Mobile Food Truck
Since the time our church held it’s first Mobile
Food Truck in November of 2008, our church has distributed
30,000 lbs. of food.
This food was served to 363 families
consisting of 1,139 adults and children. Amazing, isn’t it, in
what we can do?!
Relieving hunger in Newaygo County is a worthy
assignment, one which many churches and other organizations have
taken on locally.
Thanks to the Fremont Area Community Foundation
for providing most of the funds with grant dollars, both to
purchase the food distributed and for the cost of publicizing
the Mobile Food Truck schedule each week in the Hi-Lites.
And thanks to each of you who donate your time
and efforts when our church hosts the truck.
Together, we serve in Christ’s name.
African Medical Mission: years in the
by Jim and Brett
Over thirty years ago I saw a movie in a social studies class
about the Project Hope ship.
They were in an African port and I thought what a great
thing that would be to someday go to Africa on a medical mission
Last summer I learned of Project Compassion through a dentist
who works in our office.
He was telling me of an upcoming mission trip in the
summer of 2010 to Malawi, Africa.
Malawi is in Southeast Africa.
It is a country of 13 million people with only 200
doctors to treat them.
So many people do not have access to any type of medical
Sandy and I had discussed the trip.
She and Julianne would not have the time this summer for
the trip. Brett was
all for it! So we
Brett would go as a non-medical person and do whatever needed to
be done, - crowd control, play with kids, run for this or that,
flew from Grand Rapids to Chicago on Thursday, July 22.
We boarded our plane in Chicago and were to leave for
London at 9 p.m.
However, there was a problem with the air conditioner. They
attempted to repair it and, finally at 3 a.m., it was decided we
couldn’t fly so we were put up for the night.
Project Compassion had a large group of people coming from
California and we were to meet this group on Friday in London to
complete the remainder of the trip.
Our next flight did not leave Chicago until 6 p.m.
Friday. I contacted
the group in London and informed them of our dilemma.
We proceeded to London only to have missed our connecting
flight to Kenya, Africa.
There is only one flight a day to Africa.
The flight on Saturday was booked so we had to spend some
time in London which gave us a chance to see London.
No disappointment for Brett on this stay!
At the airport Sunday evening, we were told we weren’t booked on
this flight. We did
fly standby and got on the last minute to Nairobi, Kenya, only
to be told we weren’t booked on the flight to Malawi.
Again, only one flight
per day to Malawi out of Kenya.
We flew standby and finally arrived at our destination
Monday afternoon, two days late.
No luggage for six days!
We stayed on the campus of African Bible College which is in the
capital of Malawi and drove out to the villages everyday.
Travel was dusty and dirty and long.
We treated any person who wanted to be seen.
We treated and saw a wide variety of illness that you
don’t see in the U.S.
We saw measles, treated malaria & schistomisis, a
parasite, which if left untreated would result in death.
We also saw common infections such as ear aches, anemia,
and influenza. As
people waited to be seen, the men and women would wait in
separate lines. The
children were to wait in line with the women.
The men would wait quietly for their turn while the women
were a bit unruly. That’s where we needed crowd control.
On one instance, we were told to be ready to pack up and
head out quickly as that “line” was getting loud and demanding.
The situation did get under control so that our workers
could continue the rest of the day.
Every patient was prayed for.
These were Muslim and Christian people.
The Muslims would wear some type of necklace, believing
that this would protect them from evil and illness.
Our prayer partner explained to them this would not
protect them from getting sick and most agreed to remove the
We worked long days. We were up by 5:30 a.m. and one day we did
not return to home base until 9:45 p.m.
That certain day we had a very sick baby with malaria
that we had given an I.V. in the village.
The baby wasn’t doing any better by the time we left.
It was decided to drive the mother and the baby to a
mother had to stand in the bus because there was no room to sit.
The first hospital had no power and they were unable to
care for the baby.
We drove to the next hospital which also had no power and it was
dark but they were willing to take the baby.
These “hospitals” are more on the order of our
med-centers here in the states.
Everyday we would take shifts to eat a lunch which consisted of
a small can of tuna fish, 6 crackers, a small bag of chips, and
a small cup of apple sauce and dried fruit or nuts.
The kids would stand outside the bus with their hands
out, wanting us to give them something to eat.
We could not give them food in that we didn’t have enough
for all the village.
It would have created a situation that we were not
equipped to handle.
Brett and another young man named Ryan who was from Texas,
worked with the children of the village and taught them hand
hygiene, dental hygiene and sanitation.
The kids really like the feeling of clean hands!
It was fun for them to “make bubbles” and see the dirt
wash away. Brett
played a lot of games with the children and really had a good
time. The kids used
a ball made from plastic bags which a nurse taped up to hold it
this time with the children is where Brett learned “azungo” was
the meaning for white people, as all the kids would chant azungo,
azungo, while he played with them or when he would take their
picture. They all
really liked to have their picture taken.
After completing our medical mission we drove by bus to Zambia 8
hours to go on safari.
This was a fantastic experience seeing many different
African animals such as elephants, giraffes, hippos, leopards,
lions and many different types of deer.
We had many vehicle break downs from flat tires, vehicles
that died while being driven and a blown clutch.
Upon landing in Chicago, our plane caught fire in the wheels and
landing gear. We
had to exit the plane immediately on the run way, in the rain,
down the emergency chutes.
A very tense situation, in that we did not know what was
wrong until we got off the plane and saw the fire.
But through it all God persevered and kept us safe and
provided for us. We
both are very thankful that we had this opportunity and
would not hesitate to take another mission trip!
The Church is made up of people like....Phyllis V.W.
I was born in Holland, Michigan on June 16, 1939, to Harold and Henrietta
Borgman. I am the
oldest of my siblings, two brothers and one sister.
I had another brother who died of leukemia when he was 4
years old. He died
on my 12th birthday.
I lived on the “North End” of Holland in the Beechwood area, and went to
Beechwood School and Beechwood Reformed Church.
I always enjoyed sports and played softball and
basketball when I was young.
I graduated from Holland High School, where I was in
Dutch Dance for three years.
My first job, besides babysitting, was as a “soda jerk”
in Model Drug Store in Holland.
I went to Western Michigan University to major in Special Education, but in
my sophomore year, I had some health issues and dropped out of
school. By this
time, I was dating a cute guy I met on a blind date, so I got my
“MRS degree” instead of a BS degree.
Walt and I were married June 27, 1959.
Until we started our family, I worked as a
receptionist/secretary in Children’s Retreat at Pine Rest.
After living in the Grand Rapids area for 10 years, we moved to Grant with
our two daughters, Kathy (Byma), Susan (Sotelo), and our son
Steven, in July, 1969.
Jim was born the following January.
We enjoyed raising our family on the farm.
There was never any time to get bored.
I always enjoyed teaching and I taught Sunday School, VBS, and Calvinettes
(now GEMS) in churches we attended.
I also enjoyed teaching Story Hour in the Coffee Break
program here at Grant CRC for 25 years, and I was a teacher’s
aide at Grant Christian School for two years.
We are blessed to have our daughters live in Grant and our sons live in
Grand Rapids, so we have been able to enjoy our 12 grandchildren
and 4 great-grand-children.
I enjoy watching sports, quilting, reading, knitting, and
Bible verses that have been important in my life are:
Romans 8:28, “We know that in everything God works for good with those who
love him, who are called according to his purpose.”
Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans
for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will
direct your path.”
verses remind me of God’s faithfulness to us in our lives.
We have had many trials in life, but the Lord always
brings us through them and richly blesses us.
As the song “Lead Me, Guide Me” states so clearly, “I
am weak and I need your strength and power to endure with
grace my weakest hour.”
G is for God.
He is the focus of every GEMS lesson, outing, craft or
E is for Exciting.
Every GEMS night is filled with something different and
that keeps the girls in suspense and always wanting more.
M is for Memories.
We hope that each GEMS year is one that the girls will
S is for Smiles. There isn’t a Fellowship
Night where you won’t find the girls
laughing and having a good time with
What does this spell?? GEMS!!
Last year was one to be remembered.
The year started out learning about the Little Lambs
ministry. Over the last few years the GEMS have supported
different organizations and this year it was Little Lambs.
The girls made care packages, wrote letters, made crafts,
sent pictures of themselves, made blankets, and collected
clothing to send to the orphans.
Altogether five tubs were sent down to Chicago where they
would later be sent on to the Ukraine.
Supporting Little Lambs was not the only thing the girls did last year.
They also had their GEMS diner (which was a HUGE
success!), made stepping stones & jewelry, enjoyed lessons, made
cards with Sheryl Brink & Pat Boks (who we had such a great time
with!), went on a scavenger hunt, participated in several
service projects, went bowling (two times!) and made gift
baskets for a few widows in the church!
This year we are so excited to start!
We have new teachers, more girls and we are going to have
a GREAT year. We
will be working closely with more women of the church to support
our theme this year: Becoming Strong Women in Christ
Our night will start out with prayer partners.
The girls take 15 minutes to meet in groups of two or
three, they share prayer requests/praises and then use that time
to pray for and with each other.
The rest of the night is taken up with a lesson or a
craft. On other
nights we will spend our time with service projects like:
watching the kids in the nursery, cleaning nursery toys, or
cleaning up after Fellowship Night dinner.
The girls will also spend one Wednesday evening visiting
with a few widows in our church.
This is a wonderful evening enjoyed by the girls and
women of our church.
We don’t want to give away all of our plans for this year so if you want to
know more just ask one of the GEMS girls once Fellowship Night
Our Christian hope
“Christian hope involves more than a sunny, cheerful attitude.
It is more than a general kind of optimism. It is more than hope
in hope, or faith in faith. Christian hope is tied to the goal
of history and the purpose of each person’s existence. It is the
unshakeable confidence of the sovereignty of God and God’s
eventual triumph over all the forces that stand against truth,
righteousness, faithfulness, love and mercy. And in the great
contest between good and evil, Christian hope declares God as
winner. ... Christ is the hope not only in the world to come; he
is the hope of the world right now!”
The Fight Against Abortion Goes On
This article from Barbara Listing of Right to
Life of Michigan is reprinted here to help
you realize that, even though we don’t hear
about abortion in the media as often now, abortions are still
On Sunday, July 11, there was a total solar eclipse.
This spectacular phenomenon was limited to a 150
mile-wide band that crossed a small portion of the Pacific
Ocean. The only
eyewitnesses were tourists and inhabitants on a handful of small
islands and on mainland southern Argentina and Chile.
I would suggest that we experience a “total eclipse” every single day in
America when it comes to the issue of abortion.
It is an “eclipse” of reason.
It is an “eclipse” of the facts.
It is an “eclipse” of deeply-held moral values and
Unlike a solar eclipse, this is not a natural occurrence.
It is man-made.
It is totally contrived and carefully orchestrated by
those who wish to conceal the truth about this life and death
issue. Even after 30
years of trying to shed the light on this dark issue I still
have unanswered questions.
Why is it...after 37 years of
legalization, abortion is still the best-kept secret in America?
Studies have consistently shown that less than three in
ten people realize abortion is legal throughout all nine months
of pregnancy, for any reason whatsoever.
Why is it...that abortion, the number-one
cause of death in the United States annually, is so badly
million dead and counting...
Why is it...that the average American
will be an eyewitness to murder and mayhem, in every conceivable
form, thousands of times per year, on both television and in the
movies, but the media feels that it is inappropriate to provide
the general public with a factual description of even a first
trimester abortion, let alone a partial-birth abortion?
Why is it...that on one floor of many
U.S. hospitals they will abort babies, but on another floor of
that same hospital, they’ll spend $100,000 or more to save a
child born at the same gestational age as the children being
aborted two floors away?
Why is it...that when a woman is happy
about her pregnancy, it’s a “baby.”
She’s asked questions like “When is your baby due?” or
“How far along is your baby?”
But when she wants an abortion, it’s suddenly a glob of
tissue or a product of conception?
Why is it...that you can kill an unborn
baby anytime – for any reason under the sun – but if you destroy
a turtle egg on a Florida beach, you go to jail?
I’ve seen reports for a $4,000 fine for killing cats, a
$1,300 fine and 60 days in jail for torturing and killing
rabbits, and a $10,000 fine for killing an historic tree.
Why is it...if abortion is supposed to be
available to give a woman “choice,” that illegal coercion is the
number-one cause of abortion in America today? The number-one
cause of death among pregnant women is murder.
Why is it...that when a woman goes into
an abortion clinic, the champions of “choice” only offer one
choice – abortion?
Why is it...that many do not see the
handwriting on the wall – that abortion is a catalyst to
infanticide, euthanasia, assisted suicide, human cloning,
tampering with human genetics, cross-breeding humans and
animals, only to name a few contemporary assaults on the
sanctity of human life?
Why is it...that more people don’t
understand if we lose the abortion debate, that none of us, and
I mean no one, is safe?
Why is it...that major Fortune 500
companies will proudly and publicly support Planned Parenthood,
the number-one worldwide provider of abortion services, but
pro-life companies are scared to death to openly support the
unborn for fear of retribution in the marketplace?
Why is it...that Planned Parenthood
enjoys a taxpayer supported annual budget of hundreds of
millions, while pro-life organizations are forced to eke our
projects and programs on a shoestring budget?
Why is it...that church leaders and whole
Christian denominations support abortion-on-demand, even
invoking the name of God and the Bible to support their
importantly, why isn’t there an outcry from the membership of
Why is it...that many pro-lifers,
including pastors, insist on declaring that abortion is a
political issue and therefore has no place in the church?
Abortion is not a political issue.
It is a clear violation of the Ten Commandments.
It is a spiritual and moral issue that happens to have
Why is it...that in every election cycle
God-fearing citizens will cast their vote for politicians who
openly and unapologetically support abortion-on-demand?
Why is it...that when looking at
candidates for public office, a position on the economy is of
greater importance than a position of the value of innocent
Just look at current events.
When a professional basketball player decides to switch teams,
there is a total “eclipse” of all other news from coast to
coast. When a
troubled celebrity goes to jail for repeated and habitual abuse
of drugs and alcohol, it totally “eclipses” all other stories.
Make no mistake about it, there is a daily “eclipse” in America.
It is an eclipse of reason.
It is an eclipse of the facts.
It is an eclipse of deeply-held moral values and
the big difference: in a solar eclipse, the full power of the
sun’s light returns naturally.
But in this debate, we have to make it happen!
With your steadfast support, we will continue to shed the light on this dark
issue. Thank you!
- Barbara Listing
A couple things to consider, from Herb Van
If we as
a denomination – synod and classis, and as individuals, are not
willing to cry out against this evil of abortion, who will?
Let us not forget those who have had an abortion; let us
pray for and with them; let them know the Lord loves them.
I would like to urge us to consider a pro-life candidate
in this fall’s elections.
Let us also be in prayer that all abortions will soon
GOD NEEDS OUR PRAYERS:
(Excerpts from "LOVE TO PRAY" by Alvin
Moses said to Joshua, "Choose some of our men and go out to fight the
Amalekites....I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of
God in my hands.".. As long as
Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but
whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.
(Exodus 17:9, 11)
When Moses held his praying hands up, the Israelites were winning.
But when his praying hands were down, the Amalekites were
Why would God allow his people to suffer defeat when there was no prayer?
The answer is that God was teaching his people that he
chooses to move in response to prayer and that he will not move
without it. God is
almighty, all-wise, and fully able to work without us, but God
chooses to work through our prayers.
He calls us into a working partnership.
Al Vander Griend said when God taught him this important principle of
prayer, he could apply it to when his children went to school
each morning. He
said it was as if God said, "When your children go to school
each morning, they are heading into battle.
If you, as a parent 'keep your hands uplifted', they will
be winning. But , if
your 'praying hands come down', they will be losing.
Al said he never forgot that lesson.
He learned that as church leaders and faithful Christians "lift up holy
hands in prayer" (I Timothy 2:8), the church grows strong and is
able to break down the gates of hell.
When believers in neighborhoods and workplaces 'lift up
praying hands' over those around them, the powers of darkness
are pushed back.
We can accomplish far more by our prayers than by our work.
Prayer....can do anything God can do!
When we pray, God works.
- contributed by Lois Brink
Copyright 2009. Grant Christian Reformed Church. All