Over two-thirds of American families today are affected by substance addictions. Even worse, these addictive behaviors often lead to crime, but only as few as 11 percent of these prisoners receive proper treatment to help them achieve recovery.
Cathy was a sales manager for a clothing retailer in Shenzhen, China. A young mother in her early thirties, she was a victim of domestic abuse that eventually led to divorce.
After an EF-1 tornado traveled 6.5 miles through communities south of Grand Rapids, Mich., on Sunday July 6th, Roscoe and Deb Gist did not know how they would recover.
The anticipation mounts on Saturday afternoon. A flock of green-shirted teenagers and young adults hover around the main doors. Vans roll into the parking lot. Sliding doors are pulled back.
A year ago, Rev. Syd Hielema attended a presentation by a young woman describing the place of young adults in the life of the church.
At the end of her talk, says Hielema, she touched on her hopes for the church itself. Given his interest in creating genuine communities of faith in the church, he listened intently.
The Office of Social Justice, Christian Reformed World Missions, and World Renew are partnering to organize a creation care learning tour to Bangladesh Nov. 1-15, 2014.
World Renew's Farmer Field Schools in South Cambodia have become a model for teaching sustainable and more productive agriculture practices.