Hanley Christian Reformed Church

Outreach

Faith Promise

Hanley's Faith Promise program calls attention to our responsibility under Christ's "Great Commission" to bring the gospel to the whole world. Each year, one or two weeks are set aside for missionaries to lead our worship services. During this time, members of the congregation are given the opportunity to make an anonymous promise to God to provide a specific amount of money for the support of designated missions causes. The missions currently supported by Hanley include:

  • Guiding LightThrough the guiding light of God’s Spirit, Guiding Light partners with individuals to fulfill their God-given potential through rescue, recovery and re-engagement in the community.
  • Albanian Christian Ministry - Roland Rizallaraj and his wife, Blerta, immigrated to the United States in 2008. When they moved to Grand Rapids they sought out a larger Albanian community. Upon learning that many of the Albanians in the area adhered to Islam, the two began working to introduce Jesus to the people around them. Roland leads worship services in the Albanian language on Saturday evenings.
  • Jenny LeMahieu -Jenny is working in various provinces throughout Papua New Guinea, assisting translators with workshops and activities that promote the use and understanding of Scripture as it is translated into the local languages. Her ministry in PNG includes many different activities and changes according to the needs of a language community. A few of the areas where she works are: promoting story-telling, Sunday School workshops, Culture Meets Scripture workshops, Scripture engagement workshops, and song-writing workshops.
  • Friends of Kibbuse -   The purpose of the ministry is to advance the Kingdom of Christ by seeking and managing financial aid to the Kibbuse foundation which in turn supports the Good Samaritan Clinic and the Kibbuse Vocational Training Centre. The Good Samaritan Clinic provides primary health care to a remote area where seven villages and somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 people have no medical services within walking distance. The Kibbuse Vocational Training Centre (KVTC) is a Christian vocational school located in a severely impoverished rural area of western Uganda where many young people desperately need to learn how to be “job-makers instead of job-seekers.

     

Mel Trotter Ministries

On the second Thursday of each month, members of the Hanley congregation lead a worship service at Mel Trotter Ministries. We provide a speaker, a pianist, and a soloist or other musicians. Approximately 200 attend this service.

 

Vacation Bible School

Each summer, Hanley provides a Vacation Bible School for the children of Hanley and the community. This is a special week-long event for children 4 years - 5th grade. It includes Bible lessons, singing, skits, games, crafts, and treats. The final day is celebrated with a program and refreshments for family and friends.  

 

World Mission

Hanley is also involved with World Mission, which brings the Word of God to non-literate people by providing audio playback devices called The Treasure.

 

Love In the Name of Christ

Love INC works to support Christians in bringing God's love and care into our communities by mobilizing churches to address the unmet needs of individuals and families, such as food, clothing, transportation, household goods, counseling, etc.  

 

The Hanley Prison Ministry

Since February 2004, Hanley has carried out a ministry to inmates in several prisons in California. This ministry also serves family members and friends of the inmates. Why in California? Because Hanley inherited this ministry from a member's brother who lives in California.

About ten times each year, we send out transcripts of a sermon preached at Mel Trotter Mission to each inmate on our mailing list. Before mailing, the sermons are translated into Spanish for those inmates who can only read Spanish. Some inmates receive the transcripts in both Spanish and English and share the message with other inmates during Bible studies that they've organized for themselves.

Hanley also sends these sermons in English and Spanish to chaplains and counselors who make copies available to inmates in their institutions. In this way, thousands of copies of each sermon are distributed.

This ministry has gradually grown to serve more inmates and more prisons. As of July 2009, we reach nearly 100 individuals at 16 prisons with personal mailings. As a result of this ministry, some inmates have initiated an exchange of personal letters with us. We have also responded to requests from inmates and chaplains for Bibles in English and Spanish. We recently responded to a chaplain's request for Christian music by providing 33 CDs for him to share with inmates. We have also arranged for copies of the book The Purpose Driven Life to be shipped in response to numerous requests.

We pray this ministry will continue to expand and eventually reach men and women in prisons in additional states.