Mike and Claudia Elzinga
In 2009, we both completed four years in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University: Mike with a degree in film/video and Claudia with a focus on advertising and public relations. We’ve been married and working in our respective fields for three years now, developing a love for melding creativity and technique to tell stories. We’ve also spent time volunteering at Pathway Church, Byron Center, Michigan, both as youth leaders and members of the praise team. It has become clear to each of us that there is much more we need to do; there are more and bigger stories to tell. We are being called to put our spiritual gifts into full force to illustrate God’s work beyond the Great Lakes.
Beginning October 2012, we will take a year off from our steady jobs in Grand Rapids, Michigan to travel the globe as volunteer photo/video journalists for Christian Reformed World Missions. We’ll be working closely with missionaries in Asia, Africa, and Europe — engrossing ourselves in missions and sharing God’s work through creative storytelling. Our work will connect North American churches to their Christian brothers and sisters around the world and energize congregations to get more involved in Spirit-led mission work. This will help the Christian Reformed Church reach more people and build a stronger global community.
Mike will take the lead behind the video camera; Claudia will assist by conducting interviews, carting equipment, and shooting secondary footage. Claudia will be writing stories for CRWM and also keep a blog of our experiences, and we’ll both photograph the churches and people working for God’s Kingdom. We’re looking forward to a beautiful adventure filled with so much love and learning (and sweat). We are eager for our relationship — with God and each other — to grow exponentially, and we hope to develop lasting friendships with the people we meet along the way. This is an incredible opportunity for us to use our God-given talents to spread the Good News. We can’t wait to share our experience with you.
Partner In Missions
Ways you can partner with Mike and Claudia include lifting them up in prayer, offering encouragement, and providing financial support. Please become a partner in missions with Christian Reformed World Missions and Mike and Claudia Elzinga.
October 2012 – August 2013
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