English Ministry

Creating Life-Long Followers of Jesus

April 15, 2016 | English Ministry
Scott and his family live in Texas, where they attend church regularly, send their son to the local Christian school, and raise him in a Christian home. Like many Christian parents, Scott aims to engage his family in faith and biblical understanding through every aspect of life.   Driving to work one Saturday morning, Scott found the Kids Corner broadcast while scanning his radio. He came home and immediately shared the newfound Bible program with his seven year old son. “We introduced our son to the Kids Corner online episodes before bedtime,” Scott shares. Kids Corner is produced by Reframe Media, BTGMI English outreach. “Kids Corner tells stories of individuals who are trying to find their role within God's story,” explains Ron VandenBurg, Kids Corner Producer. “Children and families hear the fun adventures of characters who are living within God's story, applying Biblical truths, failing and stumbling, but still finding…[Read More]

Young Moms’ Media Needs

March 15, 2016 | English Ministry
Ten moms of children ages 1-11 met at Alger Park Church in Grand Rapids, MI to discuss how media influences their lives and faith. The event was sponsored by ReFrame Media, the English outreach of Back to God Ministries International.  It provided valuable information for the production team as they “develop resources that speak to real people,” noted Christy Prins, who facilitated the discussion. Christy, a young mom herself, led the participants through questions like: What types of media do you use and how much? What media do your children use? What kinds of activities do you do for spiritual growth and how does media play a part in that? The women, who ranged from stay-at-home moms, to part-time employees, to those who work full-time, indicated that women in the 23-39 age group are looking for “brain food” as well as ways to stay in touch with other women and…[Read More]

Free Resources to See God in Your Life

March 2, 2016 | English Ministry
Fair Fighting at Home. Creation Care. Seven Deadly Sins. Star Wars. Contemplating Lent. Modeling character for kids. What do these all have in common? Each topic touches corners of our lives where we are called to live out our faith. And, these topics cover a few of the free e-books ReFrame Media is offering to help you live out your life within God’s story. Not only are they free, we pray the content will deepen your faith in God and relationships with others. Thanks to ministry share and offering support of ReFrame Media, the English outreach of Back to God Ministries International, we’ve been able to offer these free resources to CRC Members and thousands of other followers of this ministry. We’ve created these e-books from ministry content we’ve previously published through our ReFrame programs and in response to our followers’ requests for ongoing discipleship resources. As we shared the…[Read More]

How are You Observing Lent?

February 9, 2016 | English Ministry
The season of Lent is observed by many as a time to give something up in order that we might focus on Christ’s suffering. Have you given something up for Lent this year? While you might be, Think Christian writer, Nathan Bierma, defended why he will not. This spurred a thoughtful conversation about the purpose of observing Lent. Think Christian is an online magazine produced by ReFrame Media, the ministry that also publishes Today. The thought-provoking and respectful articles draw readers from a variety of worldviews into conversations about faith – and religious practices like Lent. Readers are invited to comment on each article in hopes of forming a community of people who are grappling with issues and want to share how they relate their everyday lives to God. In his article, Bierma states his hesitation of giving something up for Lent: “For me at least, the habit could actually…[Read More]

“Young at Heart” Seniors Mentoring Youth

January 21, 2016 | English Ministry
Shirley and Gary Raterink have a heart for youth. They are a part of the Fairway CRC of Jenison (MI) seniors’ group, YAH—Young at Heart.  Around seventy members of the YAH group gathered in August 2015 to learn how they can be intentional about having an impact on youth in the church. Each month the YAH group invites a speaker to challenge and inspire them in ways they can live so their faith has an impact on others. Rev. Steven and Deb Koster, leaders of Back to God Ministries’ Family Fire outreach, led the workshop on mentoring youth in faith.  “How do we make sure the faith of our generation actually makes it to the next generation?” Deb asked the seniors. “Research we’ve studied for Family Fire shows that it takes five adults with consequential faith to be involved in a young person’s life in order for their faith to…[Read More]

Today, Speaking Directly to You

January 13, 2016 | English Ministry
We all have our daily struggles, big and small, regardless of age, gender, race or economic status. The scripture-filled and Spirit-led devotions of Today reach our readers with the words they need to hear in life. It is with joy we share the following testimonies from readers like you. James was suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Provoked by these addictions, he began the habit of reading Today. “Everything I read from Today seems to fit right in to my life,” James states. Through prayer and devotion, God delivered him from the negative dependencies. “God restores me and heals me daily—I praise Him and give Him all the glory!”   For two years Raquel was living on the streets. Searching for something to raise her spirits, she started reading Today. She notes, “I was down until I read the Today devotional. I believe in God, and reading it helped me learn to forgive.”…[Read More]

Helga—Still Sharing the Gospel at Age 72

December 31, 2015 | English Ministry
Four years ago we shared a story about Helga from Germany. After reading a Today devotional that encouraged sharing your faith, Helga was inspired to fill her shopping bags with Christian literature and share it as the Lord prompted her. Recently Helga wrote us again and shared a little more about her life. “I grew up without any Christian education, but since the death of my dear mom – she was only 36 – I became interested in Jesus and the Bible.” At the time Helga was corresponding with a girl in the United States who was a Christian. “I know now that she was praying for me,” says Helga. “God answered her prayers, and at the age of 23 I was born again.” Helga received a copy of the Today devotional produced by ReFrame Media, the English outreach of Back to God ministries International. “The Today is continually an inspiration to me. From the beginning I had…[Read More]

Mentoring Inmates with Today

December 15, 2015 | English Ministry
Steven is an inmate who receives Today, the daily devotional produced by ReFrame Media – the English outreach of Back to God Ministries International. Two years ago he gave his heart to Christ. “Along with the Holy Spirit, your Today devotional has really been a ‘light to my path.’” Steven writes. As his faith continues to deepen, Steven uses Today to mentor other inmates in their faith walk. “Some are saved or seeking salvation through the Word of God, and we are using your daily devotional as a jump start to praise God every day.” With few resources, even Steven is making an immeasurable impact on others with the Word of God. To show his appreciation and gratitude, Steven gave what little he has, enabling 15 people to receive Today. Steven hopes that, “someone may be inspired to learn and build a relationship with God.” “I have been saved for…[Read More]

Doing What God Prepared Him to Do

November 25, 2015 | English Ministry
Jei Wilson has been a member of Roseland Christian Ministries in Chicago, IL for nearly 30 years. It all started when his mom, Irene Wilson, ordered the Today devotional, after learning about it from the Back to God Hour radio program. “When I was younger we were always a believing family. My mom faithfully studied her Bible, but we didn’t feel the need to belong to a church,” Jei remembers. “But once she found the Today, she wanted to find a church associated with it. She liked the way it spoke plain English and was true to what the Bible said.” Back to God Ministries staff directed the family to Roseland Christian Ministries, a church in their neighborhood. Jei was 18 at the time, and admits his mom had to cajole him into going to church. “I was working nights, so it took a bit for me to want to go.” Jei was glad he did.…[Read More]

Sophie’s Top Ten Most Wanted

August 17, 2015 | English Ministry
Two weeks before Easter 2014, Sophie Golhof Ensing took to heart a challenge given by visiting pastor Rev. Moses Chung, Director of Christian Reformed Home Missions. He had given the members of Sophie’s congregation, Fleetwood CRC in Surrey, B.C., a “Top Ten Most Wanted” bookmark which invites people to make a list of people they know who need Jesus. “Then do everything you can to attract them to Jesus and pray until they come to know Jesus,” Rev. Chung explained. Sophie was excited about the challenge. “We live in a globally diverse community. I began to pray that I might have an opportunity to converse with some and give them a copy of the Today devotional.” Sophie made a list of names and showed it to Gerry, her husband of 57 years. Over the past year they have been praying for several people by name, and looking for opportunities to…[Read More]
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