Ministry Stories

Daniel Bud

Christmas in Communist Romania

How does a church celebrate Christmas when the government is officially atheistic? When Christians are persecuted and treated as second-class...
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Bernita Tuinenga

It’s All About the Heart

What can I give him, poor as I am. If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb. If...
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Natalie Hart

A Great Light

I am greedy. When it comes to Isaiah 9:2, I want to use ALL the translations, because I want all...
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Bernita Tuinenga

I am thankful for deacons

“In that wonderful day you will sing: ‘Thank the LORD! Praise his name! Tell the world what he has done....
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Daniel Bud

Missional reading of the Bible – NT Wright

The church is founded on the word of the Bible, and the mission of the church is central in the...
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Natalie Hart

We’re All Struggling Children

I am gaining new appreciation for how painful it is to be my heavenly parent. The vast majority of the...
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Jolene DeHeer

Mountains and Valleys

I have a beautiful memory of a trip to Colorado.  The snow was falling as I landed in Denver and...
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Daniel Bud

Promoting Christian Education for the Chinese Youth

Partners in Learning Across Cultures (PLAC) is an organization connected to Hillside Church and founded in 2004 by John and...
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Natalie Hart

I want to be more like Nebuchadnezzar

I’m almost at the end of the Old Testament, which means that I’ve been wallowing in the prophets for a...
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Natalie Hart

Flipping the servant worship switch

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Natalie Hart

Wait a minute, who’s on trial?

The muttering started as soon as they broke camp. No. Moses had to admit that it started as soon as...
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Bernita Tuinenga

Reflections of the Leadership Training Event 2013!

(Leadership Training Event is an annual training for ministry leaders hosted by Volunteers In Service and CR Home Missions) The...
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Jolene DeHeer

In His Presence, Joy Comes

For the last few weeks I have been doing a lot of thinking about joy, happiness, and sadness.  A godly...
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Daniel Bud

Three logistic updates to Alpha

Alpha is an evangelistic tool used by many churches worldwide.  This year marks two decades since making Alpha an outreach...
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Natalie Hart

Sometimes I want to break up with the Bible

So I’ve been participating in these Five Minute Friday posts (prompted by Lisa-Jo Baker), and today’s word is broken. I...
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Bernita Tuinenga

The Importance of Relationships

Recently I was blessed by a drop-in visit from a very dear couple who has volunteered for VIS for many...
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Daniel Bud

Impact Burundi

Libere Dusabe was born in 1973 as the sixth child of a Christian family living in one of the villages...
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Ron Kool

How Do You Control Someone (part II)

Middle East Travels (V) Last time I wrote about a problem that the Roman and Greek Empires had. It was...
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Ron Kool

How Do You Control Someone?

Middle East Travels (IV) We may not think of it as a problem, but the Roman Empire had a problem....
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Jolene DeHeer

Nothing is Wasted

I just love getting a surprise gift – especially if it comes on a non-designated gift-giving occasion.  And I’m not just...
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Jolene DeHeer

Two Gardens

I can’t believe I’m writing a blog about gardens because I am the absolute worst gardener – ever.  I’ve never...
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