Growing God’s Kingdom Locally and Globally
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!
When: Four times a year. Upcoming date is October 8-22, 2017.
Where: Ivanrest Church
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.
Michael Kunnen serves on staff at the Bridge Street Ministries, a ministry committed to building a bridge between the streets and the church in the West Side neighborhood of Grand Rapids and beyond. On staff, Michael serves as the director of the Grand Rapids Bridge Year, a program for post-high school and college-age individuals looking to take a season to know Jesus and make Him known and learn what it means to live a life of mission.
Jared and Susan Benthem support Christian education in Nicaragua through their work with Nicaragua Christian Academy, partnering with Resonate Global Mission to raise prayer and missionary support. They are both involved in leadership and teacher training at the Nejapa campus of Nicaragua Christian Academy. Susan is serving as the academic dean of the elementary school, and Jared is the coordinator of the English program as well as Treasurer of the Board for the Association of Nicaragua Christian Academy in Managua.
Kyle and Stephanie Brooks are Resonate Global Mission partners in Oakland, California. In 2018, they merged their church plant with Bernard and Kim Emerson’s church plant as an expression of God’s multicultural kingdom: a majority white church and a black church; an East Oakland church and a downtown church; a millennial church and a multigenerational church. They combined to form one new, united, multicultural Tapestry Church because “Jesus told us that whatever the word may say, we are one in Him.”
Michael Kunnen serves on staff at Bridge Street Ministries, a ministry committed to building a bridge between the streets and the church in the West Side neighborhood of Grand Rapids and beyond. On staff, Michael serves as the director of the Grand Rapids Bridge Year, a program for post-high school and college-age individuals looking to take a season to know Jesus and make Him known and learn what it means to live a life of mission.
Tony and Stacey Meyer pastor Mountainview International Church in Spain, where by God’s power, they empower people to “know Jesus Christ and to grow in His grace” and partner with them in bringing God’s radical message of grace into a society that is desperate to hear it. At the same time, they are shaping the ministry structures and systems to continue the effective ministry that is going on and empower that ministry to flourish into the future. They are missionary partners with Resonate Global Mission.
Steve and Jan Michmerhuizen live in Budapest, Hungary, where Jan is a teacher. Based in Budapest, they partner with Resonate Global Mission in neighboring Romania, where their mission is to join with leaders of churches and Christian organizations through networking, teaching, learning, worship, and community in order to make Christ known throughout Romania and beyond.
April Palmbos works as the Executive Administrative Assistant for International Association for Refugees (IAFR). Her work includes helping new and perspective missionaries along the application process, as well as supporting current missionaries from the home office. IAFR partners with the Church to help people survive and recover from forced displacement in the United States and around the word.l
Josh and Mandy Shaarda and their children serve with Freedom in Christ Ministries in Obulle, Uganda, partnering with Resonate Global Mission. Josh is developing discipleship materials and equipping rural pastors to disciple their congregations. He also coordinates prison ministry and radio ministry in Eastern Uganda. Together, they minister to youth in their community.
Larry and Ruth Spalink work with the Christian Reformed Church in Japan via Resonate Global Mission. Larry is a missionary, consultant, business manager, and legal head of the Christian Reformed Japan Mission. He also works with local Japanese congregations as well as regional groups of the Reformed Church in Japan to help them engage in their work more effectively through richer worship and more effective deployment of members. Ruth works as coordinator of the Student Support team, a middle school resource teacher, and the Child Protection Officer at the Christian Academy in Japan.