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Announcing: The Juicys Winners

November 14, 2014 | English Ministry
ReFrame Media’s Church Juice just revealed the four churches who received the 2014 Juicys grants. This year, both first place awards go to churches in Texas: Harris Creek Baptist Church in McGregor, TX (large church winner) and Resurrection Houston (small church winner). Knox-Met United Church in Regina, SK received the small church runner-up award and Broadway Church in Vancouver, BC the large church runner-up award.    “The Juicys are a way to recognize and reward those churches who’ve worked to improve their church communications during the last year,” explains Church Juice senior producer Jerod Clark. “It includes giving these congregations a grant to jump start their next project For Harris Creek, multimedia experiences aren’t just around because they’re trendy. They are a vital way to reach their congregation through a medium they understand. They reimagined what an annual report could be in helping the congregation of 900 see the true work being done. The church launched…[Read More]

Praying for Others Made the Difference

November 12, 2014 | English Ministry
Inmate Roland Harris felt “stupid and unloved” until he was given an opportunity to pray for people he didn’t even know. The 47-year-old former drug addict spent much of his lifetime in prison, where he received his first copy of the Today devotional. While filling out the order form to receive the booklet each month, Roland noticed a checkbox to sign up for being a prayer partner. “Honestly, I wasn’t sure what that was,” admits Roland, “but I was ‘down’ to pray, so I checked the box.” Then Roland noticed that as he prayed for others, “things started happening,” he says. “I haven’t been a Christian very long. But my faith was growing as my prayer life grew.” As a prayer partner for Back to God Ministries International, Roland receives a list of prayer requests each month. People from around the world who respond to BTGMI outreach send prayer needs,…[Read More]

A Life of Faith, Softly Spoken

October 13, 2014 | English Ministry
At age 6 as a student at The Learning Center for the Deaf, Timothy didn't yet have a language for the hope that he would come to have and the Savior he would come to know. When he unexpectedly died at age 24 early September 2014, those who knew him well testified, that "his faith was in everything he did."  His cousin, Kimberly Davis, recently wrote about Timothy's life and witness in a Think Christian blog.  "Reading this [beautiful tribute] is a great reminder to me that we don't always 'have time' to talk to a loved one before we lost them," commented Steve about the article. Another reader added, "Thank you too for the reminder that opportunities for human connection and community surround us daily. In an increasingly digital world, human touch has become a scarce commodity. Thank you most of all for helping us all understand that God has uniquely…[Read More]

Escape to the Lake

July 21, 2014 | English Ministry
Sounds good, doesn’t it? Summer, vacation, time away, rest, a lake—escape! Megan and Greg and their children drove from Chicago to the Conference Point Center on the shores of Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, WI, looking forward to a peaceful family vacation. They had no idea what else God had in store for them. “When we looked at the conference center grounds and saw all the musical equipment, we wondered what we had gotten ourselves into!” explains Megan. “We are not musically inclined.” Megan and Greg had “stumbled on” the second annual Escape to the Lake conference. And it is indeed a musical event. But it’s more than just a music event, explains event host and organizer, Dave Trout, who also produces Under the Radar, a one-hour audio program that highlights some of the best undiscovered and under-appreciated music from Christian artists. From July 2-5 around 300 adults, children, Back to God Ministries ReFrame…[Read More]

Kacie’s Testimony

May 1, 2014 | English Ministry
Kids Corner Bible study graduate Kacie Vanderzon says some of her favorite, quiet, undistracted moments with God are when she is riding her horse through the woods. Fifteen-year-old Kacie grew up in a Christian family who loves to travel and experience different cultures. But it wasn’t until a year ago that she publicly committed her life to the Lord, and looked for ways to grow in faith. Kacie celebrated the one-year anniversary of her commitment to Christ by completing the Kids Corner Bible study correspondence course. Kacie shared some of her life journey that led to her commitment to Christ. Living in a remote jungle village of Bolivia has been one of the most interesting experiences of Kacie’s life. When she was 12 her family travelled for 100 days, driving 8,000 miles through 11 countries to experience different cultures, languages, and cities along the way. “I really wanted to go…[Read More]

Firing Up Marriages in New Jersey

April 10, 2014 | English Ministry
Sussex, New Jersey is a hard-working community. Many farmers, tradesmen, and business owners usually see more than just a five-day work week! Yet they know family life takes work too. So Sussex CRC partnered with ReFrame Media’s Family Fire team, Steven and Deb Koster, to organize, promote, and host a marriage conference for the church and its neighbors on March 22, 2014. “Family connections are very important to our church family,” said event coordinator Brandie Vande Werken. “There are a number of 4th generation children worshipping with their great grandparents, and some extended families gather every Sunday for coffee after the morning service.” The Sussex event planning committee wanted to give their congregation an opportunity to enrich those relationships. “We are excited to see how God is working in that community,” reflected Deb following the seminar. “We had tremendous feedback from those who attended the workshop.” One couple noted, “We appreciated…[Read More]

Gang Leader finds Christ in Prison

March 20, 2014 | English Ministry
Cedric hit bottom. Although he grew up in the church, he found himself sitting in a prison cell, paying for his time as a violent gang leader. But Cedric found hope when God reached him through a small booklet, the Today devotional. The words in the Today caught Cedric’s attention. His heart was changed and he gave up the anger he felt in his heart. Cedric prayed for forgiveness and made a new commitment. “I gave up my life to Christ!” Cedric proclaims. When inmates decide to dedicate their lives to the Lord, they end up finding true happiness. “I am paying for my mistakes, but since I’ve been here God has become the head of my life and I couldn’t be happier,” Cedric said. “I use your devotional to help me with my studies and for inspiration.” Now Cedric is out of prison, but before he left he shared…[Read More]

Helping Rose Find God’s Plan

March 11, 2014 | English Ministry
Rose needed help. Her teenage son, a new Christian, was struggling with how to live out his faith and she needed to find the words to comfort him. In desperation, she searched the Internet for answers and God brought her to a video devotional produced by Walk the Way. As Rose heard the message, she appreciated this new way of hearing God’s Word. “It was so laid back and nonjudgmental,” Rose says, “I couldn't help but continue to watch.” The video, Witness, discusses many of the common errors Christians make when trying to share God’s story. “We have a witnessing problem,” says Walk the Way host Jeff Klein. “When we try to force Jesus into people's lives, it makes Jesus look pretty unattractive.” This message is exactly what Rose wanted to share with her son, Ethan, as he sought the best way to witness to his classmates. “I know that…[Read More]

Sharing God’s Word—even at a Party Store!

March 6, 2014 | English Ministry
Harriet Borgman is always keeping her eyes open for places she can share Today devotionals. But she never thought she’d be reaching people in a party store! The resident from McBain (MI) began delivering the devotional booklets more than seventeen years ago. “After my husband passed away, I was looking for something I could do,” says Harriet. “I’ve been a faithful reader of Today as long as I can remember. I got the idea when I saw a rack of Today devotionals in a restaurant while visiting family in Grand Rapids.” Every other month Harriet receives a box of 250 Today booklets from Back to God Ministries English outreach team, ReFrame Media, who produces the bimonthly devotional. And every week she drives to several towns in northern Michigan delivering Todays to local restaurants, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, and other “regular” clients. She stamps the name and address of her church…[Read More]

Different Battles; Same Victory

March 5, 2014 | English Ministry
Maisey battles with cancer. However, she says, God is using her cancer to prepare her for new challenges in her life. “At present, I am free of cancer symptoms, but I'm not cancer free,” says the Groundwork program listener from Windsor, Ont. “No one expected me to still be here.”  But God still has a purpose for Maisey, even though she says, “My present struggle is far more intense that the physical limitations I continue to experience.” Maisey discovered Groundwork in 2010 when she was first diagnosed with cancer. She found the program to be a great source of spiritual nourishment, and shared her thoughts with the producers in December 2011. Her story was an encouragement, so we shared it on our website. (See Similar Battles; Different Victories) Since then Maisey has continued to communicate with the Groundwork producers, and recently shared that she faces new challenges. God has brought…[Read More]
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