The Colts Neck Reformed Church (CNRC) supports a number of mission partners throughout the world through the Reformed Church in America and other organizations. Listed below are countries in which partners we support directly are serving, along with the details about their work. Also listed are programs strongly affiliated with the RCA.
India - CNRC partners with Mission Partners India (MPI) in many ministries including women's ministries, livestock aid and small business development. The Church of South India is comprised of more than 4 million members, most of whom are Dalits (people previously referred to as the untouchables"). As a mission partner, MPI builds bridges between the Church of South India, RCA churches, businesses, and individuals to provide programs and services that equip and empower the Dalits, many of whom are unemployed or living below the poverty level. They focus on developing programs in education, micro-enterprise, skills training, and job creation, and promoting a culture of mutual respect. Our mission partner has been working in India since 2004. She previously served in Bosnia and Croatia, training refugees in micro-enterprise projects. Devotionals: God Guides, written by a mission partner, helps us to listen to God for his guidance. The God Guides book is a compilation of M.G.'s journal entries written while serving as a mission partner. She shares her practice of having a quiet time which focuses on listening to God for his guidance. The book can be used as a daily devotional or for group Bible Studies. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to help support a school the M.G. established for poor children, many of whom were street children.
Kenya - CNRC supports the mission in Alale, Kenya, in the West Pokot region along the Kenya/Uganda border. Amos Liang'or currently works as a nurse at the Pokot Health Centre in the village of Alale. The Pokot rely on the clinic for health services. There they receive prenatal care, immunizations, volunteer counseling, testing for HIV/AIDS, family planning counseling, and treatment for malaria, cholera, broken bones, minor wounds, and other ailments.
Niger - Tom Johnson and his wife, Aichatou, serve in one of the poorest countries in the world in the west of Africa. Tom is a community development instructor with the Bible school operated by the Evangelical Church of Niger (EERN), the RCA's partner organization. At the Bible school Tom teaches students who are preparing to be pastors and evangelists. Tom also works in community development, while Aichatou is involved in health care, education, and training.
Sudan - Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather work with RECONCILE (Resource Centre for Civil Leadership), an indigenous ecumenical Christian organization. It promotes peace-building to this war-torn country by providing training in trauma recovery, conflict transformation, and civid education.
United States - Bruce and Laurie Hawley work with and are accountable to RCA mission partners around the world to develop their capacity to facilitate work groups and individual volunteers. They assist mission partners in project development and in overseeing projects, and provide on-site orientation for volunteers, with special attention to cross-cultural sensitivity, work coordination, hospitality, and spiritual care. Bruce and Laurie encourage groups to prepare for the spiritual dimension of their trip before they leave home, and to use devotions, quiet time, group sharing, and other means to grow spiritually during the mission trip as well.
Andrew and Amy Fields serve in partnership with the Moravian church in Honduras and the Moravian Church in North America. Their goal is to work alongside the Honduran church to build on the breadth and depth of theological education programs and resources available to Honduran church leaders as they seek to develop their gifts for ministry in the church. The Fields assist in the implementation of a holistic curriculum of biblical, theological, and ministerial courses, as well as coordinating and promoting the use of library resources.
Paolo Naso serves as national coordinator of Being Church Together in Italy. He uses his skills and experience in immigration and communication to bring immigrants into Italy's Waldensian and Methodist churches.
Project Hospitality in Staten Island, NY began in 1982 as a volunteer interfaith effort responding to the emergency needs of the homeless with a soup kitchen and overnight emergency shelter in the basement of Brighton Heights Reformed Church. Today, Project Hospitality administers a range of comprehensive direct care programs, serving more than 5000 people of the community annually. Its mission is to care for and to offer a continuum of service to those who are low-income, homeless, or infected with HIV.
World Renew serves worldwide as the development, disaster response, and justice arm of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. They envision a world where people experience and extend Christ's compassion and live together in hope as God's community. Their mission is to engage God's people in redeeming resources and developing gifts in collaborative activities of love, mercy, justice, and compassion.
Words of Hope is a radio ministry that broadcasts in the U.s. and around the world. Often, radio is the best opportunity to reach areas that are usually difficult to evangelize due to geography, political, or religious barriers. WOH broadcasts to millions of people in over 40 native languages on hundres of radio stations around the world. In addition, the ministry provides print and electronic resources for devotions and Bible study.