RMS Board Meeting June 10, 2017
At our recent RMS Board meeting held June 10, 2017, we elected four individuals to serve on the Board from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2020. We praise God for Mr. Dave De Zwaan of Cornerstone URC-Hudsonville, MI, Mr. Joel Kloosterman-Dutton URC, Mr. Clint Van Beek of Cornerstone URC-Sanborn, IA, and Mr. Todd Hilton of Bethany URC-Wyoming, MI. Todd was re-elected to an additional three-year term. Our next RMS Board meeting will take place, Lord willing, the weekend of October 13-15, 2017. This is our face-to-face meeting where we welcome the new board members and discuss the future direction of RMS for the upcoming year. Please be in prayer for the plans that are being made for this important meeting and for discernment as to the Lord’s leading of RMS.
SANTA MARTA, COLUMBIA
Three individuals travelled to Santa Marta and helped the local people with some of the construction for the second floor of the Calvary Reformed Church. The team was also able to bring some supplies for the Fundacion Sembrando Vida (Foundation Sowing Life) children’s ministry. On Saturday, the team visited one of the area reservations where the Indigenous people of the region live. There are a few members of the Calvary church who live and work there as teachers. The Calvary Church is working with the people there through a women’s Bible Study which meets there every other week. The team discovered there needs including materials and volunteers for a men’s Bible study there. There are several Christians who live there and would like to learn more about the reformed faith. Please remember this Church and the ministries in which they serve their community bringing the Gospel to those who so desperately need to hear it. RMS is considering future involvement here next year.
We give thanks to God for the five TASC events that took place this summer across the United States. There were 166 students and sponsors who were a part of these events. The TASC were Burlington URC in Burlington, WA, Bethany URC in Wyoming, MI, Covenant URC in Pantego, NC, Dutton URC in Dutton, MI, and Hudson Valley URC in New Hampton, NY. It is our hope and prayer that the work that was done in each of these places was done to glorify God and that the ministries that were served can continue to spread the love and Gospel of Christ.
We are pleased to announce that we have three churches interested in hosting TASC teams for 2018! Now is the time to begin to plan for next summer’s TASC events! RMS is looking for churches that would be willing to host a TASC event at their church in the summer of 2018. RMS desires to have host churches across the US and Canada to keep transportation costs down for the participants. RMS has developed a detailed manual to assist you in preparing for an event that is available to you per request from our director. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in or would like more information concerning hosting a God-glorifying week of service and training for high school aged and college aged freshman, please register at www.rms.org/tasc-host- church-application/ or contact Rob at email@example.com.
FUTURE FOREIGN TRIPS
RMS is in the initial planning stages for foreign trips to Mexico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. The tentative dates for these trips are:
– Dominican Republic January 9-19, 2018
– Costa Rica-February 6-16, 2018
– Haiti-Mid/Late February 2018
– Peru-We are still considering the possibility of a trip to Peru in Late November 2017. However, these plans need to be firmed up before posting this trip.
– Nepal-Our Director is also travelling to Nepal at the end of October to investigate the possibility of a building project in a suburb of Katmandu in cooperation with Mr. Norlan DeGroot of MINTS Theological Seminary.
More details for these trips will be posted in upcoming communications and on our website.
DOMESTIC TRIPS OPPORTUNITY
Redeemer Church located in Cambridge, MD continues to look for volunteers to assist with necessary renovations to the Church building, Stewart Hall, and the adjacent lot. They are looking for painters, electricians, those with IT and sound board experience, concrete and brick masons, carpenters, and other general laborers. Please contact Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Redeemer Church is a church plant under the supervision of Pompton Plains Ref. Bible Church (URCNA), pastored by Rev. Steve Arrick. RMS is seeking volunteers to assist a ministry in which Messiah’s Reformed Fellowship works with in New York City. There are many different talents needed for this trip. This dates for the trip is late September/Early October. For more information regarding this trip contact the Director at email@example.com and he will put you in touch with the person in charge of this opportunity.
RMS has a new program involving Evangelism and Discipleship Training. It is a two-week program set to take place next summer in a couple of locations. More details for this program will be posted soon!
We would like to offer assistance for Vacation Bible School programs for small churches and Church plants for our member churches. If you are interested in receiving help or offering to help one of these churches, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNITED REFORMED MISSIONS ASSOCIATION (URMA)
Individuals from the congregation of Trinity Ref. Church (URCNA) in Lethbridge, AB have started a charitable corporation, registered with the Canadian Government as a legal entity to begin collecting donations from Canadian Churches. All donations that are sent to URMA will help to fund RMS projects in North America and around the world. For more information, go to www.urma.ca. You can also contact Duane Konynenbelt at email@example.com with any questions you may have regarding how to contribute.
Continue to remember to be in prayer for our URCNA Missionaries including Dr. Neal Hegeman, Rev. Eric Pennings, Rev. Allan Vander Pol, Jose’ Ramírez, and Norlan DeGroot of MINTS International Theological Seminary. Also, pray for our URCNA Foreign Missionaries in: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, and Romania as well as our URCNA Church Planters in: Big Springs, CA, Chicago Heights, IL, Colorado Springs, CO, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jersey City, NJ, Cambridge, Maryland, Niagara Falls, ON, Ontario, CA, Regina, SK, Scarborough, ON, St. Catharines, ON, Toronto, ON, Waterdown, ON.
Pray for Divine Hope Seminary and Rev. Andrew Spriensma (US Army Chaplain) Finally, keep Rev. Richard Bout our URCNA Missions Coordinator in your daily prayers as he works with these Pastors in their fields where they labor unto the Lord.