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Central is highly involved in meeting needs in our area. Each year we participate in nearly 20 local work projects, provide a free community meal each month, host a free community Thanksgiving dinner, work directly with families in need, and more. We also partner with numerous community organizations in serving the diverse needs of our community.
In addition to supporting missionaries Central seeks to spread God’s love throughout our nation and world in numerous ways. We offer at least two adult mission trips per year, one domestic and one to Nicaragua. Some of the mission organizations we have done special projects with include World Vision (refuge support), Many Hands for Haiti, Samaritan’s Purse (Operation Christmas Child), Sole Hope (shoes for children in Africa), and more.
The Nehemiah Center is an interdenominational organization located in Managua, Nicaragua. It focuses on strengthening evangelical churches, leaders, youth, and students throughout Nicaragua. The Nehemiah Center also works in the areas of community development and education. Through the Nehemiah Center our church has partnered with three churches in the Acahualinca neighborhood of Managua: Monte Sion, Éxodo 3:14, and Tabernáculo de Santidad Pueblo Escogido. We send teams to Nicaragua annually to work with these churches and the Nehemiah Center. You can checkout their website at http://www.nehemiahcenter.net/.
Brian and Donna Renes have been involved in the work of Bible translation since 1989. Their first years of ministry were spent among the Tojolabal people in Chiapas, Mexico. Since 1996 Brian has worked with the United Bible Societies, giving support to national translators and consultants. He teaches them how to effectively use the computer in their work of translating the Bible into languages such as Quechua, which is spoken in Peru, and the Kuna language of Panama. Donna ministers to Hispanic children in the Sioux Center, Iowa, area through the teaching of English as a Second Language.
La Casa del Maestro, together with families and churches, seeks to equip and empower indigenous youth in Southern Peru. This is accomplished through a holistic and sustainable discipleship program that recognizes the true source of life and salvation in Christ. Youth learn to navigate the modern world, provide for themselves, and contribute to society in order to bring about generational change. Albino serves as executive director of La Casa del Maestro and Sandy is the administrator.
The Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger (EERN is its acronym in French) is the RCA’s mission partner in Niger. Founded shortly after Niger’s national independence in 1961, EERN is the oldest and largest Protestant denomination in this Muslim-majority (98 percent) country. Located in the Sahara Desert, Niger is the world’s poorest country (186th out of 187 on the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index, a composite measure of life expectancy, education, and living standard), and 50 percent of its population is under the age of 15. EERN ministries reflect this context: they focus on evangelization, education, health, and community development. Tom Johnson, an international development specialist, and his wife, Aïchatou, represent RCA missions in Niger. They have three daughters, Marie-Florence, Laurey and Elisabeth.
Jim Harrison serves as senior pastor of the English-language congregation of the National Evangelical Church in Bahrain (NEC). The congregation is made up of Christians from many different races, nationalities, and denominational backgrounds, the majority of whom speak English as a second language. Jim’s duties include preaching, teaching Bible classes, mentoring and developing new leaders, administration, guest speaking, and visiting members of the congregation. He will also assist in the administration of the NEC, providing leadership to the other language-group congregations of the NEC through preaching, teaching, and meeting with the other pastors and leaders regularly to discuss their needs.
Barry and Terryl Bruce founded The Way Out Ministries in 1984 to reach the people of Hawaiian Gardens, a small urban area in Los Angeles County. Many of Hawaiian Gardens' families live below the national poverty level, and many young people turn to gangs for acceptance. Through The Way Out, Terryl and Barry coordinate weekly youth clubs, support groups, Bible studies, and a referral network of service agencies. Terryl is the principal of The Way Out Ministries Christian Academy, a private mission school for low-income junior and senior high school students. Barry is pastor of a church in the community that was planted by The Way Out Ministries in 2003. They have three children, Ryan, Rachel, and Michelle, all of whom are actively involved in ministry.
The Nkhoma Synod in Malawi needs an RCA person on the ground, working with our partner church there to support its new university (especially the theology and education departments) and to help prepare more pastors to serve the growing number of congregations. Because of her educational background and long experience teaching in Africa, Barbara is well-qualified to not only teach at the university but to assist with curriculum review and staff development as requested. Her work will help the university effectively prepare the much-needed next generation of church and community leaders. Barbara Kapenga serves in partnership with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian.