Stories

Volunteers return home from assignments with inspiring stories of their experiences and lessons learned.

We have collected some of these stories over the years and share them here in the hope that the experiences of past volunteers will help you to discern the volunteer opportunities you may be considering.

If you are a volunteer who has recently served as a volunteer through ServiceLink or one of the ministries or agencies of the Christian Reformed Church, we invite you to submit and share your story.

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Israel Cooper, a 2016 participant in the Youth Ambassador of Reconciliation Program, shares some of the experiences, insights and lessons from her visit to a remote First Nations community in Northern Ontario.
Two friends and their young daughters discover the joy and challenges of serving at the Welcome Inn ministry in north-end Hamilton, ON.
How one man read an article and is now helping 30 Asian people to practice speaking English - and building relationships along the way.
Christina DeVries of Hamilton, Ontario spent 3 amazing weeks in northern Ontario during the summer of 2012, where God continued to open her eyes and heart to the First Nations people of Canada.
Aileen Earls joined up with 2 friends and spent a week with the Ministry to Seafarers Centre in Montreal. The Ministry to Seafarers of the Christian Reformed Church is dedicated to caring for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of seafarers visiting the Port of Montreal.
Janice Reitsma of Dunnville, Ontario shares with us her journey of discerning God's calling on her life. It began in 2007 with a mission trip to Romania, followed by schooling and an internship in Zambia. Now five years later, she and her husband Phil are waiting as God prepares them for the journey ahead.
New Life Christian Reformed Church in Guelph, Ontario is a medium-size congregation for whom sending young people on summer mission trips remains a high priority. The following story looks at the youth group's service trip to the Indigenous Family Centre in Winnipeg, MB.
Charise Bos and her family joined her church’s youth group mission trip to Jackson Mississippi with 'Voice of Calvary'.  She reflects here on how God uses ordinary people and does extraordinary
When Hans de Jong retired from his career as a translator for the Canadian government, he wanted to continue using his translating talents for work in God’s kingdom. So when Back to God Ministries International approached him and asked him to assist their French team by translating testimonies of those who respond to the ministry, he eagerly agreed.
A look at CRWM's Prayer Safari through Janet’s eyes
By Derek Hoogland, Partners Worldwide Three months volunteering through ServiceLink with CRWM in the Dominican Republic had a tremendous impact on the trajectory of my life.