Growing God’s Kingdom Locally

At Ivanrest our vision is to promote and foster a passion for God and his Kingdom.  We do this by connecting with each other while serving our community both locally and globally.  If you are ready to become more involved here at Ivanrest below you will find many different opportunities to connect with this congregation and the community around us.

Since 1967, Dégagé Ministries has served as the primary community center for homeless and low-income individuals in Grand Rapids. On the 2nd and 3rd Sunday night of every other month you can find volunteers from Ivanrest serving a free warm meal to the homeless people who visit Dégagé Ministries.

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When: 2nd Sunday night of every other month

Where: 144 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Website: degageministries.org

 

Discipling Of Christ’s Kids or “The DOCK” is an after school ministry center serving the Kelloggsville School District and surrounding areas. Immanuel Christian Reformed Church purchased an old industrial building to create a safe space where students could come after school and experience the presence of Christ through relationship and direct interaction with the Word of God.

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Website: thedock.org

Family Promise of Grand Rapids is dedicated to assisting homeless families in Kent County. Family Promise we provides hospitality to homeless families and keep them together in a time of crisis. We assist families during temporary periods of homelessness, encourage them to create an achievable vision and develop a strong foundation for self-sufficiency. Various churches in the area take turns hosting homeless families for a week at a time. When it is our turn to serve, Ivanrest Church becomes home to the homeless for a week through Family Promise.  Our guests will arrive at 5:00 PM Sunday night and are here through the Sunday morning of the following week.  We are excited to host these special friends!

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When:  Four times a year. Upcoming date is October 8-22, 2017.

Where: Ivanrest Church

Website: familypromisegr.org

Who: We need many volunteers (over sixty are needed) to make this week run smoothly and there are many different opportunities to participate.  We are in need of meal providers, evening volunteers (6:30-9:00 PM), overnight volunteers and Saturday afternoon activity volunteers.  There is a place for you!

Family Network of Wyoming’s mission is to help families in need move forward by providing food and resources. They serve the greater Wyoming area.On April 1, 2004 Family Network of Wyoming opened as a “client choice” food pantry serving an average of 11 families per week. In the first year of operation the food programs served 130,000 pounds of food to 1,400 households.  In 2014, the food programs distributed over 649,200 pounds of healthy and nutritious food to 5025 families.

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Website: familynow.us

Michael Kunnen is one of our supported missionaries serving with the Bridge Street House of Prayer on the West Side of Grand Rapids. Michael’s work includes training and teaching students in the Mission School as well as supporting the community development work happening through BSHOP.

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Website: bshop.org

Youth for Christ West Michigan reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement. West Michigan Youth for Christ is a chartered member of Youth for Christ/USA.

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Website: wmyfc.org

Growing God’s Kingdom Globally

We support many missionaries throughout the United States and Globally. Here are many of the missionaries we support at Ivanrest.

Jared & Susan Benthem

Jared & Susan Benthem’s mission is to support Christian education in Nicaragua through their work with Nicaragua Christian Academy. Susan is teaching English at Nicaragua Christian Academy Nejapa. Jared’s primary responsibilities are to attend Spanish language school, begin networking with various ministries in Managua, and supporting the family in their transition to Nicaragua. They are partnering with Christian Reformed World Missions to raise prayer and missionary support.

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Kyle & Stephanie Brooks

Kyle and Stephanie moved to Oakland in 2013 to begin building relationships, putting down roots, and eventually plant a church. Over three and a half years later, Oakland Communion held public services for the first time in Downtown Oakland. They describe themselves as “a spiritual family centered on Jesus and committed to justice for the whole city of Oakland.” Their dream is to fill the city with people who follow Christ and cause Oakland to flourish for everyone, especially those who are most vulnerable.

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Where: Oakland, California

Website: OaklandCommunion.org

FB: facebook.com/oakcommunion/

Steve & Jan Michmerhuizen

Steve and Jan and their family have committed to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Romania. They partner with Christian Reformed World Missions in Romania to identify, encourage and equip God’s people for works of service.

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Website: Click here

Blog: Click here

The latest news from the Michmerhuizens: Here

Josh & Mandy Shaarda

Josh and Mandy Shaarda and their children serve in Obulle, Uganda. Josh is using the CRC’s Timothy Leadership Program to disciple and equip African church leaders. Another program, based on Biblical teaching, is being used to educate people about the spread of HIV.

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Blog: Click Here

Newsletter: Click Here

Larry & Ruth Spalink

Larry is a church planter and the Japan mission team’s leader and business manager. Larry is helping a cluster of churches strengthen their worship and evangelism ministries. Ruth is Christian Academy in Japan’s Health Center staff person and Student Support Team coordinator.

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Website: Click here

Video: Click here

Newsletter: Click here

Dan & Heidi Smith

Dan and Heidi Smith serve in Guatemala with Paradise Bound Ministries. Their goal is to do “whatever it takes” to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost and dying in Guatemala.

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Mission India’s works in the country of India to see the country transformed by the love of Christ and to equip India’s Christians to plant reproducing churches. Their work includes Bible Clubs for children, Literacy courses for adults, and Church Planting training for believers.

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Website: missionindia.org/

World Renew: Disaster Response Services’ Mission is:
-To show God’s love and bring hope to disaster impacted communities in North America by restoring the homes and lives of those who are most vulnerable,
-To help communities build their capacity to prepare for and recover from disaster, and,
-To provide opportunities for Christians to honor the Lord by using their time, talents and financial resources in service to others.
WRDRS’ work includes:
Early Assessment, Rapid Response, Unmet Needs assessment, Organizational Capacity Building, Reconstruction, Group Mission Trips, Community Development Consultation, Construction Estimating

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Website: worldrenew.net