Global Missions

“For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”  (Romans 1:11-12)

We partner with many organizations to fulfill our vision of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ on a global scale. The primary vehicle for empowering our global vision is our Mission Co-Workers. Mission Co-Workers are appointed by the Reformed Church in America to serve in partnership with indigenous organizations around the world.

  • Donations for Asylum Seekers Shelter
    in Ciudad Juarez

    The gifts given here will be forwarded to Las Tierras Community Church (PCA) in El Paso, TX, and on to Iglesia Frontera de Gracia (INPM) in Cuidad Juarez, MX. Donations will be used for operational costs (food, medicine, bedding, clothing and transportation) incurred by asylum seekers who are staying in the shelter established by Frontera de Gracia Church to meet the needs of a few hundred of the thousands of migrants waiting to cross into the USA.

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  • Hope College

    Partnership with International Department

    Members of our congregation host a student from the International Department at Hope College once a month for coffee to support and encourage students in the United States. We welcome international students as a part of our worship life each Sunday. The local congregation becomes a place of international dialogue, support, and witness right in Holland, MI.   

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  • Words of Hope

    We partner with Words of Hope because of their commitment to sharing the gospel with unreached people groups. Through radio ministry and the latest advances in media, Words of Hope shares the gospel in some of the most isolated places in the world by partnering with indigenous churches, missions, and local organizations.

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  • Aqua Clara

    Clean drinking water is the world’s most precious resource, and people in under-developed countries often have a difficult time accessing it. Aqua Clara is using brand new technology to clean and purify water using primarily indigenous materials.  

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  • Personal Energy Transportation (PET)

    Physically handicapped people from across the world often lack the dignity and respect of those around them because they are confined to the ground. PET seeks to empower and bring dignity to such people in under-developed countries through Personal Energy Transportation systems that are equipped for travel on diverse surfaces.  

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  • Bread for the World

    Bread for the World is a political advocacy organization that seeks to be a voice for the voiceless on Capitol Hill. They advocate for those in poverty in the United States and worldwide, seeking to provide all people with the opportunity to a well-balanced meal.  

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  • Malawi Children's Feeding Program

    Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian Nkhoma Synod

    The church has a special interest in orphan ministry in Africa because a number of members of the congregation have participated in personal mission experiences there. In the past year, the Reformed Church in America has developed a partnership with the Malawi Children's Feeding Program which is particularly responding to the number of children without parents because of HIV/AIDS. We are hoping to learn more about this ministry in the coming year as we develop this new partnership for our church.

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  • THM International students

    The past two years Third Reformed Church has hosted Masters in Theology students from other lands.  They worship with us, sometimes do liturgy or preaching, and are hosted by the congregation.  This helps us to enter into the joys and sorrows of our brothers and sisters in other lands.  This year we host Zeeshan Shafigue from Pakistan and Eyasu Wihoro from Ethiopia.

  • Exchange with kamakura yukinoshita church in japan

    Every 5 to 6 years the Kamakura Yukinoshita Church in Kamakura, Japan and Third Reformed Church have had pilgrimages to each other's congregation to learn about how we go about being the church in our respective cultures.  We learn about the culture of each country and how the gospel can take root.

our Mission Co-workers

Third Reformed Church seeks to live out its call to know Christ and to make Christ known not just locally but also globally.  Our primary vehicle for empowering that vision is through our Mission co-Workers.  Mission Co-Workers are appointed by the Reformed Church in America to serve in partnership with indigenous organizations around the world in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We also partner with organizations that seek to fulfill this vision on a global scale through a specialized ministry.

  • Jaime and martha amaro

    oaxaca, mexico

    Martha and Jaime Amaro became Christians when they heard the gospel from a missionary. Now doing mission work themselves, the Amaros help the Presbyterian Church in Mexico by providing training workshops for the Children and Worship program. They have a vision to see the Children and Worship program in use throughout Mexico within three years. The Amaros also do translating work; they have been translating "Growing in the Faith" discipleship materials, which are used to train church leaders, into Spanish. The Amaros have two children, Jaime Jr. and Alex.   

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    Mission Partners India, Inc. (MPI) works in partnership with the indigenous local church in South India to help the poorest of the poor. It is the goal of MPI to come “alongside” the Church of South India in realizing a shared vision with mutual respect to build sustainable indigenous programs that promote dignity of marginalized children and families. 

  • wayne and miho jansen


    Tokyo Union Theological Seminary (TUTS) trains pastors for congregations of the United Church of Japan (Kyodan). As a homeroom teacher for the freshman class, Wayne Jansen gets to know newcomers to the seminary and provides pastoral care for them through their time at TUTS. He also works with the seminary's Clinical Pastoral Education program. Miho Jansen has a degree in linguistics and has taught English in Japan and Japanese at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Miho teaches English part-time at a Christian high school, helps the faculty and staff translate articles and documents, and often entertains students and church members at home. Miho and Wayne met at a worship service at Yokohama Union Church in 1986. They have twin sons, Manato Thomas and Megumu David. 

  • albino and sandy rodriguez


    Working in Peru, Sandy partners with La Casa del Maestro, which 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.

  • rowland, jr. and jane van es


    St. Paul's University in Limuru, Kenya, is an international and ecumenical institution that prepares men and women for ministry in the Christian church and in society. Founded in 1903 as a divinity school, St. Paul's recently expanded to become a Christian university. In addition to doing theological studies, students can now earn a bachelor's degree in business administration. Rowland Van Es Jr., who has training in economics and theology, teaches in both departments. Jane Van Es teaches sociology and psychology at the bachelor's level and assists with the master's-level program in pastoral care and HIV/AIDS. Rowland and Jane served previously in Sierra Leone, Malawi, and the Gambia. They have two daughters, Jenna and Michelle.    

  • john and Lynne Hubers


    John has been appointed to serve as a professor and consultant for the Christian-Muslim relations program at Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Originally started by RCA missionary Peter Ford, John will help revitalize and restructure this critical leadership development program to equip pastors, evangelists, and church planters for a sensitive, Christ-centered witness among and dialogue with their non-Christian neighbors. 

  • lubna younas


    Lubna Younas teaches Old Testament at the St. Thomas Theological College in Karachi, Pakistan. She waited many years to go to seminary, receiving training in South Korea and then a Masters in Theology Degree at Western Seminary in Holland, MI in 2017. Lubna worshiped with us for a year at Third Reformed Church and during that time we got to know her and to share the Christian faith together. She is the first female theological professor in a Protestant seminary in Pakistan. Through this relationship, the United Church of Pakistan and the Reformed Church have joined in a church partnership for the first time in history.