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I Spy

Posted by Courtney Hoekwater on

I Spy Chris... Giving a big hug to a mom whose kid was really acting up Giving a big hug to one of the Gateways2Life Greek employees who was very overwhelmed in a particular moment  Sharing looks of care I Spy Madison... Chasing little kids as they laugh and laugh Using her...

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Days 1-3 at Gateways2Life

Posted by Courtney Hoekwater on

Wrapping up day three of working in the center, currently cuddling the cute puppies at our hotel and cutting fleece for a craft tomorrow. The first three days of working in the center... Day One: We decided to take the first day to get acquainted with the Women and Children's Center...

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Lord, may You shine through us broken vessels

Posted by Courtney Hoekwater on

Oh where do we begin with sharing this adventure?  It all started in Grand Rapids where family and Calvary staff sent us off by praying for our trip. I was reminded of what Priscilla Shirer teaches, that prayer activates the armor of God. We were sent off armor activated, knowing it needed...

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Grand Rapids 2018: Day One

Posted by Middle School 56 on

Day one of the Fifth and Sixth Grade Mission Trip in Downtown Grand Rapids is in the books. Below are two student perspectives on the adventures of their first day. By Onaka Lobbezoo The first thing everybody did today at church, obviously, was set up. We have this great huge room that has...

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Final Chapter

Posted by Kim Velting on

We arrived safely home last Sunday morning. It has been a challenging transition to “normal” life this year. We are grateful that there was a holiday last week to help us recover from the trip and the traveling, but the combination of change of pace, change of time zone and change of...

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Hamtramck: Sowing/Sifting 2018

Posted by Natalie Uecker on

"Last week was the best week of engagement I've had in the US. This Calvary Church team was a joy to work with. Over the course of 5 days, they shared the gospel for the first time with 120 least reached Muslim people! They prayed with even more people in the name of Jesus to bring blessing into...

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Hamtramck: Sowing/Sifting Day 5

Posted by Natalie Uecker on

On our final day of engagement, a very hot & humid day, we drove to Dearborn ate a Lebanese lunch, engaged in a shop, & visited the largest mosque in the US. I've been to many mosques, but this was my first Shiite mosque & the saddest for me. Unlike most prayer services, the women in...

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Camping a mile above Sea Level

Posted by Kim Velting on

The internet access was, as expected – unavailable, unless we had access through a cell phone – which we didn’t. So, we have a rather long post today. But if it is any consolation, it will probably be our last post until we return. Barb, Lilly and I took the trolley to church...

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Hamtramck: Sowing/Sifting Day 4

Posted by Natalie Uecker on

Day 4 for Detroit Team:   Jon writes, "Today we entered mosques, not only to observe, but to engage. The ladies entered the large Yemeni mosque through the ladies entrance, a small door on the backside of the building. They said it felt like being devalued. They entered a room with 5 Yemeni...

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Hamtramck, Detroit Day 1

Posted by Natalie Uecker on

Our first day engaging least reached Yemenis & Bengalis couldn't have gone  much better! God prepared many opportunities for us! As one Calvary team member said, "It's only 2 hours away, yet when we entered Hamtramck it was a whole different world! It was like we took a 20 hr flight...

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