Each year CRC Missions International holds a National Missions Day. The focus for the National Missions Day changes each year. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness, raise funds and pray for a particular area of CRC ministry throughout the nations.
Below is a snapshot of our National Missions Days to date. Included in each snapshot there is a general overview of the day and various resources that relate to the chosen ministry for that year.
2019 - International Student Sponsorship Program (ISSP)
2018 - Children’s Ministry
National Missions Day 2019
Sunday 28 July, 2019
The focus for the offering on the CRC’s National Missions Day in 2019 is on the International Student Sponsorship Program (ISSP). On Sunday 28 July there will be an opportunity to invest in this valuable ministry through an offering received in each local church. This offering will be sent to the CRC Missions Finance Office and will be forwarded to Bethel Christian Centre, Papua New Guinea (PNG) for the sponsorship of students invited to train in PNG as described below in the letter from Ps Barry Silverback.
Message from our International Missions Director
Around 1986 Bethel Christian Centre in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG) decided to try and do something for people from developing countries who did not have the opportunity or access to study and training in Christian ministry and service for the Lord. Bethel began ISSP as part of Bethel World Missions in response to this need.
ISSP allows us to recruit people from nations where the Bethel World Missions arm has pioneered CRC ministries. We do not focus on people just from CRC churches, but also those from non-CRC ministries that we either partner with or have some relationship with. In practical terms, this program involves us fully sponsoring students for their medicals, passports, visas, international and domestic airfares, accommodation, and all tuition fees to bring them from their nations to study and be trained at Bethel Bible College, and at a later stage, the World Missions Faith Training School.
Students come for a period of a two years; with an optional third year practical field ministry exposure, working alongside of Bethel pastors and staff or alternatively positioned in one of our other CRC churches in a different province within PNG. Most students return back to their home nation and either work in CRC ministries or in their own denominations from which they originally came. Some selected graduates stay for a fourth year and became part of the Bethel Christian Centre staff, working in various ministry departments.
Our earliest students came some time before 1987. From 1987 onwards a good number of students began coming to PNG under ISSP. Since the program began until now, we have seen students come from India, the Philippines, Fiji, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Ghana, Tonga, Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand.
Some of the students trained through ISSP have become missionaries in other countries outside of their own nations. In 2019 we have one young lady from Ghana and another from Vanuatu who are enrolled in our new Preschool Teacher Training course. They are sponsored by Bethel under ISSP. When they complete their studies they will return to their nations and take up full-time teaching positions in preschools and primary schools.
When we give an opportunity to an individual who would otherwise not have had any hope of training and developing their desire to serve God, we are investing in their lives by empowering them to be the person God designed them to be and to do the things that will benefit God’s Kingdom. To give young men and women an opportunity to grow, develop and be inspired to be all that God has for them to do is such a worthy cause. I do not know of any greater reward than investing in the future of people’s lives, and seeing the ongoing investment producing results into the future, well beyond ourselves.
To actually see young people become true men and women of God, serving with passion and purpose is such an amazing sight to see. Comparing it with our minuscule time and effort given to mentoring, training and growing their lives is truly what I call the ‘the gold’ in life. This is more valuable than position, power, praise and possessions. People’s lives that have been transformed and positioned for God and his Kingdom is the real gold in a minister’s life. It is a specific joy to have been a part of their journey in Christ and that joy continues as we see them walk in partnership with Christ. The majority of those trained through ISSP have gone on into Christian service in their churches and the majority are now pastors and ministers of the Gospel in their own right.
In my view ISSP must continue for many years to come. It is a wonderful way that individuals and churches can significantly invest in the future of someone’s life. I am deeply moved with this thought and theme – ‘Sow a seed and change a life’. ISSP is an avenue that sows seeds through its training and mentoring program that it provides. What an amazing privilege it is to be a partner with God in this kind of program.
Thank you for considering ISSP as part of the CRC International Missions Day for 2019.
Pr Barry Silverback
National Missions Day 2018
The focus for the CRC’s National Missions Day in 2018 was on children’s ministry.
A wide range of children’s ministries throughout the nations were focused on including feeding programs, the School Assistance Program, preschools and children’s homes among other ministries.
On Sunday 29 July there was be an opportunity to invest in these life transforming ministries through an offering received in each local church. This offering was sent to the CRC Missions Finance Office and distributed, as needed, by the Australian International Missions Team to the various children’s ministries.
Thank you for your generosity.