Missions and Missionaries
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“Taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Rev. Bill & Aletha Green have served the cause of Reformed missions in Costa Rica and Latin America for 27 years in church planting, Christian school education, leadership training and publications.
The Protestant Reformation of the 16th century recovered the central biblical teachings of God’s sovereignty and grace in salvation, Christ’s lordship over the Church and the world, and the Holy Scripture’s role as infallible rule. This is called the “Reformed faith”, but this is the same Gospel taught by the early Church, and indeed by the apostles. The Green's passion is to see people come to faith in a sovereign and merciful God, in whose Word we can have absolute confidence.
In some countries of Latin America, Reformed churches have a long history. In other countries the Reformed faith is virtually non-existent. In all cases, the historic faith of the Church is under attack, either by liberal tendencies which undermine Scripture’s authority, or more recently by the neo-pentecostal “health and wealth” message.
Rev. Bill & Aletha Green have labored in church planting in Costa Rica, and are currently involved in their third church plant on the north east side of San Jose, Costa Rica. They also helped establish the Tepeyac Christian grade school and high school which Aletha served as principal for over 15 years. And Bill is Executive Secretary for the “Latin American Fellowship of Reformed Churches” (CLIR) which has as its goal bringing Reformed churches and groups together throughout Latin America to strengthen church leaders, provide support for those who need it, and serve the propagation and defense of the Reformed faith. Toward that end, CLIR has established a publishing ministry, and is providing Latin America with solid, Reformed resources.
Putting the finishing touches on the Costa Rica Ministry Center which will house the CLIR print shop, Tepeyac high school, and the Pacto de Gracia congregation.
The URCNA Missions website provides information about foreign and domestic missions by the URCNA Federation. There is a map showing where our missionaries are located throughout the world. If you are interested in materials for evangelism and missions, go to the resources page. You can also download and sign-up for the latest issue of the Trumpet Magazine, the URCNA monthly missions newsletter, from the website.
Iglesia Reformada Unida de Ontario is a ministry to Spanish speakers in Ontario and the greater Los Angeles area. Rev. Taylor Kern is pastoring the church plant. Rev. Kern is a fully bilingual M.Div. graduate from Westminster Seminary California, and native to San Bernardino County. If you were to frequent the Ontario supermarkets, gas stations, and parks, you would quickly realize that more people speak Spanish in Ontario than English. Today Latinos make up nearly 40% of the country’s most populous state. Since Spring 2006, the English-language congregation in Ontario has sought to bring desperately needed light to this expansive Latino community through the Spanish-language ministry. Our hope is that Iglesia Reformada de Ontario may become a base from which Spanish-language church plants are formed all over greater Los Angeles.
If you can read Spanish, here is a biographical sketch of Rev. Taylor Kern.
Taylor Kern nació y creció aquí en el sur de California, en la ciudad de San Bernardino. Se convertió al cristianismo bajo el ministerio de un pastor bautista de jóvenes quien también lo discipulaba en las escrituras hacia un entendimiento de las doctrinas de gracia. Luego estudió el Español en la universidad de California de Santa Barbara (UCSB). Ahí se juntó con una comunidad universitaria reformada (RUF) bajo el ministerio del Revdo. Jaimeson Stockhaus de la iglesia presbiteriana de America (PCA). Durante sus estudios se fue al Distrito Federal en Mexico para ser un estudiante de intercambio en la prestigiosa universidad nacional autónoma de Mexico (UNAM). En 2011 se casó con Ariana Martinez Kern y ahora tienen un hijo, Josiah. Pastor Taylor se graduó del seminario Westminster en Escondido California en 2015. Fue ordenado en 2016 con el cargo del ministerio en español.
Chiesa Evangelica Riformata ‘Filadelfia’ in Milan, Italy is pastored by Rev. Andrea Ferrari, who is called and overseen by Christ URC in Santee, CA. They presently have about 50 members, and meet twice every Lord’s Day for worship and catechism classes.
Rev. Andrea Ferrari has been part of the training of young men who long to plant confessional Reformed churches in Italy and Romania. But since no suitable seminaries exist in Italy and Romania, they have embarked upon the costly venture to move to Escondido, CA to study at Westminster Seminary California. Coupled with this, since Chiesa Reformata Filidelfia is a small church, our church has committed to helping these men so that they can be certain that "their financial needs are met". The young men are Yi Wang and Vincenzo Coluccia.
Dr. Michael Horton shares his perspective on the need for this ministry in Italy.
Mihai Corcea graduated from Westminster Seminary California in May 2016, Mihai was examined by Classis Southwest US on July 19th 2016 and then ordained as a URCNA minister by Christ URC Santee on July 24 2016. Following his ordination, Mihai and his wife Lydia returned to his home country as a missionary to Bucharest, the capital of Romania. For more information about the new work in Romania, go to Mihai's website.
Mihai writes: "This is the mission of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Bucharest, to preach the Gospel of Christ to the people of Bucharest, to bring people the good news that God, by his grace, gives away freely a bread which nourishes our souls for eternal life."
Yi Wang was born in northern China, but became a Christian while studying at the University of Turin in Italy. Eventually he moved to Milan to continue his studies. As a new Christian, hungry to learn God's word, he came upon a lot of Reformed literature online. As he began reading John Calvin and some of the Puritans, he started looking for a Reformed church and, as you can imagine, made contact with Rev. Ferrari. Yi and his wife Huimin became members of Chiesa Reformata Filidelfia in 2013. Yi began studies at Westminster Seminary California in the fall of 2015 and desires to return to Italy upon graduation to plant a church among the large Chinese population there in Milan which will, Lord willing, enable him to reach out to the three million Chinese people living in Europe. Yi and Huimin currently worship at Christ United Reformed Church in Santee. Yi Wang shares his personal testimony at Rev. Ferrari's website.
Pastor Ferrari has also been in contact with two groups of Christians in the Italian cities of Turin and Perugia. Once a month Pastor Ferrari has been teaching the group in Turin on the topic of covenant theology. In the summer of 2016 a young man, named Vincenzo Coluccia from Lecce, enrolled at Westminster Seminary with the hope of being trained to serve Christ as a pastor or missionary in Italy.
Because Perugia is almost 300 miles south of Milan, Pastor Ferrari is hindered from visiting the group on a regular basis. However, the group in Perugia follow the Sunday morning services in Milan on Skype.
Both Yi Wang and Vincenzo Coluccia are eager to study Reformed theology and deepen their understanding of the Bible. Both plan to return to Italy to strengthen the Reformed witness in Milan.
Pasig City, Philippines
Jude Atas is from the Philippines and is currently studying at Westminster Theological Seminary. Jude hopes to return to the Philippines as a pastor. In God’s providence two churches (not yet in the URCNA) have been established in the suburbs of the capital city of Manilla. The first church is in Pasig City. About 40-45 people meet each Sunday afternoon in a rented church building. Most attendees are unmarried young men and women in their 20’s who were introduced to the Reformed faith through social media. The second church is in Imus about 30 kilometers from the densely-populated city of Manila. The church meets for worship on Sunday mornings in a rented gymnasium with about 30-35 people in attendance. This church is eager to reach their community with the good news of the gospel.
At Providence, faith is integral to learning – in every subject. Learning assumes that faith is the engine, the driver, the heart of knowing. Here it’s called Faith Guided Learning™ because the Scriptures give purpose and freedom to learning.
The principles that guide Providence are adherence to the teachings of Scripture, Christ-centeredness in both doctrine and practice, and faithful service in extending the Kingdom of God into every area of life. These principles are woven throughout the Providence experience, from school mission statement to syllabus.
"For Christ, His Gospel, and His Church"
Westminster Seminary California (WSC) exists to support the church's mission to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to sinners through the education and preparation of future teachers, preachers, and missionaries. The Seminary believes that Christ works through His Word to build His Church. The Church needs, above all, faithful ministers and teachers who know the Scriptures and are committed to defending them in this world.
Fifty-five students graduated on May 28th during the 35th commencement. The class of 2016 has these distinctions: being the largest class in WSC's history, with graduates representing 12 countries, and being the first class to hear from a United States Senator, The Honorable Benjamin E. Sasse, Ph.D., U.S. Senator of the State of Nebraska. Dr. Sasse, a former WSC Trustee, in his address entitled "Never Again Will Jerusalem Grieve," reminded the graduates that it is not people, laws, or governments that will change the world, but the power of the Holy Spirit through the preaching and teaching of God's Word.
Dr. W. Robert Godfrey writes: "We believe the church is best served by those who know and love God's Word. Through my 43 years of teaching, I have become convinced that better churches make better Christians, better pastors make better churches, and better seminaries make better pastors."
"Know what you believe and why you believe it."
The White Horse Inn (WHI) is a nationally syndicated, weekly radio talk-show exploring issues of Reformation theology in American Christianity.
Our own Dr. Kim Riddlebarger is co-host with Dr. Michael Horton.
A bi-monthly magazine dealing with theology, apologetics, and cultural issues. Since the late 1980s, Michael Horton has been host of the White Horse Inn and editor in chief of Modern Reformation.
The editors believe that each generation must rediscover and apply the gospel to their own time. They long to see a second reformation – a modern Reformation take hold of churches and return to the God-honoring, Christ-centered, Spirit-wrought places of worship they should be. Over the past twenty years, the editors have grown more hopeful that such a reformation is possible. So, they are putting their time and resources to work toward one, helping Christians “know what they believe and why they believe it.”
"I believe God has raised up Modern Reformation as a voice to call us back to the Scriptures as our only infallible guide to truth." –Jerry Bridges, staff, The Navigators
"[Modern Reformation] has championed confessional Reformation theology in an anti-confessional and anti-theological age." –J. Ligon Duncan, III, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church
Mission to the World is the mission-sending agency of the Presbyterian Church in America, helping to fulfill the Great Commission by advancing Reformed and covenantal church-planting movements through word and deed in strategic areas worldwide.
Dale and Nancy Knutson are part of a mobile medical clinic that goes to various villages alleviating the needs of the suffering, teaching and mentoring medical students in medicine, and most importantly sharing the Gospel to hearts that the Lord opens.
Read about Dale and Nancy's experiences in Cambodia from Dale's Dusty Puff blog, which he says are "Musing and thoughts as I live in Cambodia. A boy learned our bodies come from dust and return to dust. One day he saw dust under his bed and asked if someone was coming or going?! The dust that makes our bodies appears as a puff on the timeline of eternity thus we are a dusty puff."
Word & Deed partners with Chibulika Orphan Care, Lizulu Orphan Care Centre, Logos Ministries, Neighbour Mission Orphan Care, New Life Girls' Home and True Friends Orphan Care in Malawi.
Christian Education Program: This program works in the Central Church of Africa, Presbyterian (CCAP) churches under the leadership of Logos Ministries, to educate youth about biblical lifestyles. The root of the AIDS problem in Africa is behavioral and needs to be addressed using the instructive principles of God’s Word. Those who are involved in teaching children from Sunday School through catechism age are trained to instruct youth in biblical principles relating to marriage and family relationships, HIV/AIDS, church and society, leadership and doctrine.
New Life Girls' Home: During 2013 the Blantyre Girls' Home was faced with a number of challenges due to the death of the home's former Administrator Frank Phiri in October 2012. Although arrangements were made for temporary leadership, in the months following Frank's death the administration and care offered by the home faltered. In the fall of 2013 it was decided that it would be better to start a new home in Lilongwe in central Malawi with new leadership, new staff, and a stable church presence. The new home is aptly named New Life Home. Training for staff and new board members began and New Life Home was opened in Lilongwe at the beginning of 2014. It is now a safe place for ten young girls who were involved in or vulnerable to prostitution. The girls go to school during the day and are provided with Bible lessons, training and good role models with the hope that they will be transformed by the gospel and go on to live their lives in service to the Lord.
Logos Ministries: The winds of change are affecting almost every sector of public and private life in Malawi. Traditional practices and beliefs are being questioned and abandoned in many places. The wholesale importation of western videos has completely changed the morality and values of an entire generation of the young people in Malawi. The goal of Logos Ministries is to create an understanding of the major issues of modernity as they affect the people of Malawi, and to explore some of the ways in which God wants His people to approach these problems and situations.
After working closely with the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian (CCAP; a large denomination of over 1 million members) for a number of years on the orphan sponsorship program, Word & Deed was given the opportunity to provide CCAP pastors, elders and leaders with the practical and doctrinal tools they need to better serve their congregations (which often number in the thousands). To that end, and in partnership with CCAP, Word & Deed offers training seminars to church leaders to equip men in CCAP churches to lead and instruct their flocks. Multiple seminars are held each month, and are conducted by visiting pastors and teachers, as well as by Logos staff.
Orphan Care Programs: Word & Deed first became involved in Malawi to take over the orphan program begun by Dr. Timothy & Dorothy Monsma. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. There are an estimated one million orphans in Malawi, mostly as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Word & Deed currently partners with the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian (CCAP) in meeting the basic physical and spiritual needs of several thousand orphans in the village based orphan care projects listed below. The orphan care centers serve as a base where children and their caregivers can go to receive biblical instruction as well as assistance with food, education, clothing, agricultural inputs, and other necessities.
- Chibulika Orphan Care
- Neighbour Mission Orphan Care (Salima)
- True Friends Orphan Care
- Lizulu Orphan Care Centre
African Bible Colleges train Christian leaders across the continent of Africa. There are now three African Bible Colleges in Africa: Malawi, Liberia, and Uganda. We support the one in Malawi.
The African Bible College in Malawi offers a bachelor of arts and master of divinity degrees in biblical studies. Students come from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Mozambique.
"Do not cast me away when I am old, do not forsake me when my strength is gone." (Psalm 71:9)
The Artesia Christian Home located in Artesia, CA has been offering quality services to the elderly community for over 50 years. The home is supported by local Reformed Churches. Our own Ron Ornee is on the board of directors.
The new Memory Care Community building is a single story, residential dwelling for people living with Alzheimer's and other types of Dementia. The facility is a licensed, 24 hour care community, with a garden for residents to freely and securely go in and out as they please. The home is divided into two separate sections connected by one large common activity room, each section has 14 beds and its own country kitchen. The facility is located on 18105 Mundare Avenue in the city of Artesia.