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07 Feb

Tough, Tattooed, and Totally Welcome: The Radical Hospitality of a RYFO Host Home

I knew I had found the right place when I saw the cross-shaped emblem above the door. Tammy greeted me with a warm smile and the promise of coffee freshly brewing in the kitchen. I complimented the colorful streaks in her hair, wondering if the touring musicians she constantly served were having an effect on her sense of personal style.

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28 Jan

Loving the Least: Nadifa's First Day of School

 

Nadifa (not her real name) was born in a troubled season. She spent her first years of life in a canvas tent in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. At age five, Nadifa got on a plane with her mom and two younger brothers, and arrived in a new and unfamiliar world called Phoenix, Arizona: one with light-switches and microwaves, carpets and vacuum cleaners.

Nadifa’s family was the first to be sponsored through the efforts of CRM staff members Steve and Melissa Hubler, who create pathways for local churches to engage in mission. Through their work, small groups of Christian sponsors “adopt” refugee families, meeting them when they arrive, furnishing apartments for them, staying connected in relationship, and offering practical help in learning to live in a brand new country.

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23 Nov

2016 Celebration: Hope for Racial Reconciliation in the South African Church

One of the leaders I give spiritual direction to is on the executive committee at her church, and was chairman of the committee to select a new pastor. This church, while in a diverse neighbourhood of Johannesburg, is predominantly "white" and has an ageing population. The church has struggled to adapt to the "new South Africa," post-Apartheid, and clings to the past, whether it be how people ought to dress for church, how a minister should look, or who is welcomed into the church.

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03 Nov

Among the Mafiosos: Miracles in a Small Venezuelan Town

In western Venezuela, there’s a little town called Carrillo. In some ways, it’s a typical small town where everyone knows everyone else. But in Venezuela, the "typical" small town can sometimes be a very dangerous place, with people involved in deadly crime. In this case, Carrillo is basically controlled by drug mafia.

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31 Oct

Tips for Intercessors: The Firestarters of Revival

Throughout scripture God's presence, passion, purity, and judgement are represented by the symbol of fire. Hebrews 12:29 describes God as "a consuming fire." When we pray for revival we want to pray for these things—the power and purity of God's presence—to move into the dark places and fill the earth with his glory. And how does his fire spread throughout the earth? By His people!

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20 Sep

Death Threats and the Water of Life

“I realize now that coming here was the beginning of my redemption.”

Ramiz (not his real name) was deeply opposed to al-Qaida and Isis. As a resident of a town in the Middle East, he partnered with the US military as a translator in the heat of war. This work put him and his family at risk, and the Americans moved him to a new location where he would not be recognized. While working with a forward special forces unit, he survived an ambush. One of his friends on the patrol was blown up right in front of him, and Ramiz bears the scars of shrapnel from that encounter.

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11 Aug

The Fish Becomes the Fisher: Why Evangelism and Discipleship Go Together [Video]

"Everybody loves, 'Come follow me.' Because it means we get to hang out with Jesus, right? Walk where he walks. Eat what he eats for breakfast. Front row seats on the big spectacle that is 'Jesus the Messiah!' But when his invitation is joined by a call to make disciples, I can suddenly find my schedule is, unfortunately, a little too squeezed that night." -Darren Prince


Listen in as Darren Prince, one of the leaders of CRM’s order among the poor, shares powerful truths about the Church’s call to make disciples who make disciples. Why? Because Jesus really is compellingly good news.

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25 May

Unexpected Opportunities: A Plan for Everyday Disciple Making

You’re going through another busy day. Maybe you’re running to the grocery store after work, taking the kids to soccer practice, or eating a quick lunch in the break-room. Stop and consider, do you know how many of the people around you—in the check-out line, in the break-room, on the bleachers, walking that dog past your house—are living apart from the Source of Life?

Many of us are surrounded by people who don’t know God. That's even true of many who call themselves Christians. The vast majority of people we interact with on a daily basis don’t expect God to show up in their lives in powerful, transformational ways.

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04 May

Standing in Solidarity: Will the Refugee Crisis Mean Revival in Europe?

Germany received more than a million refugees in 2015, and is expecting to resettle another half million this year, and the German Church stands at a crossroads: Will they continue on a trajectory of inward focus and non-relevance, or receive God’s challenge to “wake up” and usher in revival in the midst of the crisis?

There was a protest against the refugees planned for our small town in Southern Germany, put on by an organization that was hosting rallies all around Germany. On the day of the protest, about 50 of this group’s supporters showed up from out of town. So did around 600 visiting counter-protesters, including some that have unfortunately already become known for violence in the short span of this crisis.

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22 Mar

Nadifa's First Day of School

 

Nadifa (not her real name) was born in a troubled season. She spent her first years of life in a canvas tent in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. At age five, Nadifa got on a plane with her mom and two younger brothers, and arrived in a new and unfamiliar world called Phoenix, Arizona: one with light-switches and microwaves, carpets and vacuum cleaners.

Nadifa’s family was the first to be sponsored through the efforts of CRM staff members Steve and Melissa Hubler, who create pathways for local churches to engage in mission. Through their work, small groups of Christian sponsors “adopt” refugee families, meeting them when they arrive, furnishing apartments for them, staying connected in relationship, and offering practical help in learning to live in a brand new country.

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