This year synod received 43 new candidates for the office of Minister of the Word. The Christian Reformed Church in North America celebrates with these men and women the completion of their studies and looks forward to seeing how God will use them.
Serving as an ordained pastor is one way God can use people for ministry, but there are many other types of service. Here are a few stories of men and women serving God’s kingdom through the Christian Reformed Church in a variety of ways. They share how God called them to their particular areas of ministry, and they provide some advice to those considering similar types of service.
Name: Barbara Barungi Kayanja
Hometown: Kampala, Uganda
Title: East Africa Ministry Team leader, World Renew
My ministry story: About two years before I joined the East Africa Ministry Team with World Renew, I started reflecting on my role as a Christian in community development. At that time, I had worked for and built many secular organizations—community-based health care, microfinance, microenterprise development, and global health leadership—but had a certain emptiness. I had done it all for people, but had not done anything for God. This was followed by an overwhelming desire to return to church and support development within a church setting. I Googled Christian organizations working with churches in East Africa and found CRC News. It sounded so much like what I was looking for. The material was very helpful at an individual level for my Christian growth, and, as a pastor's wife, I found so much we could use in our local church. I signed up for the newsletter and started my journey of learning about the CRC. Later, I learned about the World Renew position opening and applied.
Advice to those considering a similar call: Invest in times of quiet listening for God’s direction. This was my strongest tool. I did not let ideas that came through my mind just pass. Instead, as I reflected on ideas, it became clear that this is what God wanted me to do. The biggest challenge was knowing exactly what God wanted me to do, how, and when. I invested time in reflection and seeking direction from God. I prayed about it and made sure I was not doing what I wanted but what God wanted.
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