English Ministry

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]

Think Christian: Finding Faith Again

March 3, 2014 | English Ministry
For nearly a decade of his life, Derek struggled to see what benefit Christianity offered to the world. Today, he says Reframe Media’s Think Christian not only helps him engage faith, but also share it with friends who have not yet embraced faith in Christ. “I was raised in a church that taught that the goal was to get ‘saved’ then retreat from ‘the world’ to avoid the entrapments,” Derek observes. During his teen years he struggled to make sense of a world that was supposedly divided into safe “Christian” and sinful “secular” categories. “I saw bad things happening in the Christian world and beautiful things in the secular world, but no one seemed to want to answer my questions. By high school, the only thing I knew about the Christian faith was that I wanted to leave it behind.” Years later, Derek met a girl who brought him to…[Read More]

Encountering God through Music and Nature

February 27, 2014 | English Ministry
On the shores of Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, WI, Sue’s family met for a reunion one weekend last July. As they sat, they heard music coming from another group. They were hearing the sounds of the first Escape to the Lake event, sponsored by ReFrame Media’s Under the Radar program. “It was heart-filling to see families share talent, music, and friendship,” said Sue. “God was here! That weekend was a giant step in my search for God.” “God moments were not just a part of the retreat, but it was a sacred experience as we all found God present in the beauty of creation, the skillfully presented music, and in the hearts of all the people,” said Under the Radar producer Dave Trout. “It was a spiritual experience, where music, conversations, sessions, devotions, and classes were just a means to a much greater end.” Escape To The Lake (ETTL)…[Read More]

New Shoes at Kids Corner

February 18, 2014 | English Ministry
Ron VandenBurg has some big shoes to fill, but he says he has the feet (figuratively speaking) to fill them. Ron joined the ReFrame Media team in January 2014 to provide leadership for the Kids Corner ministry team. Kids Corner, the children’s ministry of ReFrame Media, Back to God Ministries English outreach, offers fun ways for kids to explore the Gospel, grow in discipleship, and cultivate scriptural literacy. One way Kids Corner does that is through a Bible study correspondence program. Kelly, one of our young listeners who described herself as “a student of God's Word” told the Kids Corner team: "Thank you so much for the Bible studies you send me. I really enjoy them and I like having to look in the scriptures to find answers.” Kelly learned about the Bible studies through Kids Corner weekly audio programs for six- to twelve-year olds. Kids love Lizarardo and his reptilian friends from Reptarium Middle School because in the quest…[Read More]

Inspiration for Parents of Teens

January 10, 2014 | English Ministry
Beth is a typical mom of typical teens. “Teens are especially difficult to parent, and at times tough to love,” she says. “They push our limits, our boundaries, they test our love for them, and they cross the lines just to see what we'll do.” At times Beth felt alone in her struggle, until she discovered Family Fire’s Facebook page, an online support group for parents. Family Fire is produced by ReFrame Media, the English outreach of Back to God Ministries International. Each week Family Fire posts practical and inspirational comments designed to help people live as members of a Spirit-filled family. “We dealt with setting boundaries, a topic that crosses all age groups, but is very applicable to life with teens,” explains Family Fire’s Deb Koster, who co-leads the ministry with her husband Rev. Steven Koster. The theme resonated with many parents, including Beth. “The posts have hit home…[Read More]

Film and Faith with Think Christian

December 6, 2013 | English Ministry
How should artists balance creativity and biblical accuracy in Hollywood Bible movies? You may have heard of the 2014 film, Noah, but how will it compare to the Bible’s account of Noah? Josh Larsen, editor of ReFrame Media’s Think Christian online magazine, invites readers to discuss this on the site’s recent article. Josh writes, “I’m less interested in whether or not Noah (Russell Crowe) is wearing the right shade of sandals than if the movie seems to place this particular Bible story within God’s overall narrative of creation-fall-redemption-restoration.” As with all Think Christian articles, one of the major goals for this piece was to promote discussion among readers. Many readers shared their thoughts on Noah and other films based on a literary work. “I think it is always interesting to see how Hollywood moviemakers reinterpret biblical stories,” writes one frequent contributor to the digital magazine. “They are trying to make…[Read More]