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International Missions

 

Doug and Priscilla Higby and Family

 

We are missionaries currently living and working in Burkina Faso, West Africa. This site is to help us keep in touch with our friends and family, and to provide a learning experience for us and our three boys as we think of ways to creatively express our values in a way that will encourage and bless others.

 

Our family theme verse:

We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as

though God were making his appeal

through us. We implore you on Christ's

behalf: Be reconciled to God.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for

us, so that in him we might become the

righteousness of God. --2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (NIV)

 

Verse 21 refers to Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty of our sins by his death on the cross, enabling us to be reconciled with God. To learn more about Jesus, read the gospel of Mark in a modern version of the New Testament. 

Visit the Higby Family web page for more details.

 

Dr. Russ and Sherri Palsrok

 

VISION

We see the CRCNA and CRWM EurAsia staff vigorously participating in Spirit-led mission with churches and other Christian organizations throughout the world so that together we are proclaiming the gospel to more and more people who have not heard it, healthy churches are emerging and the Kingdom of God is advancing in Europe and Asia.

 

MISSION

The Christian Reformed World Missions EurAsia Team exists to glorify God by leading the CRC to respond obediently to our Lord's commission to witness to the good news of God's Kingdom and make disciples of all nations.

 

MISSION WORK

As a six year old, Russ already knew what his calling was in life he told his first grade teacher he was going to be a minister when he grew up. He never wavered from this sense of calling on his life.

Russ serves as the CRWM Regional Leader for Europe and Asia. This involves planning and budgeting for the various country ministries as well as encouraging/supervising CRWM missionaries in Japan, China, Bangladesh, Russia, Hungary, the Ukraine, Cambodia and the Philippines. Additionally, Russ oversees CRWM projects in Indonesia, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Laos, Lithuania, and soon Romania.

His tasks include building a regional team from the present 18 missionaries, developing ministry strategy for the EurAsia region, establishing partnerships with other Christian churches and organizations, and researching new options for Kingdom Ministry.

"I firmly believe that I am an extension of your ministry," Russ shares, "God uses His Church with all of its resources as the transforming agency of His Kingdom. Therefore let us together seek first the kingdom of God and its advancement knowing that God will supply all we need".

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 

Visit the Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) for more details. 

 

The Luke Society

 

The Luke Society is an interdenominational organization of Christian health and business professionals dedicated to medical missions. We support indigenous Christian health professionals who have a vision to reach their own people. Our focus is on community health--teaching people how to prevent disease and equipping people to care for themselves, their families and their communities. Besides teaching prevention, we also provide medical care for the sick and comfort for the dying. When appropriate, we help initiate economic development projects to assist people in providing for their families. Most important, ours is a Christ-centered ministry of evangelism and discipleship, reconciling man to God, and man to man through the truth of the gospel.

 

History

The Luke Society was initially organized in 1964 by a group of physicians and dentists to save a mission hospital in Rehoboth, N.M. In 1970 Dr. Peter Boelens, a member of the Society, founded its first community health and development program in Cary, Mississippi. Today, that ministry is independent and continues to serve the people of the Mississippi delta under local leadership. In 1979, under the direction of Dr. Boelens, the Luke Society broadened its focus to include international ministries as well as domestic. In 1996, the Luke Society appointed regional coordinators, indigenous Christian leaders already serving as Luke Society ministry directors, to seek new ministry opportunities on their own continents and to help mentor new ministry directors. This has resulted in rapid expansion with great potential for future growth in the ministry. Dr. Boelens retired in 1998, and the organization's headquarters were moved to Sioux Falls, SD, where Dr. Wrede Vogel now presides as executive director. The Luke Society currently has partnerships with more than 30 ministries around the world. 

 

Visit the The Luke Society web page for more details