Ministry Updates

"My son died last week." It was the end of our routine health screening, and as me and my partner Natasha had been trained in SMI, we asked our patient if we could pray for anything for her. I remember her upbeat voice, her boisterous personality, her laughter come crumbling down. This woman, who through her general appearance and demeanor who I had pre-judged to be pretty happy was in…

My time in Philly for SMI has been an exciting and equally challenging time. It has been mixed with struggles and growth. I would like to share an experience I had during the last few weeks to explain what I mean.

During one of our community outreaches when we walk around the streets of North Philly knocking on doors to see if anyone is interested in a free…

As many medical students can confirm, type A people—you know who you are—like to compartmentalize. We like to organize: work, time, people. But in the three weeks that I’ve spent here, I’ve found God skewing my lines and boxes for people.

Merriam-Webster defines the “poor” as having little money or few possessions. I defined “poor” as a group of people that God wanted us to serve. But God defines the…

I, perhaps like most of the students, began our outreach into the community with excitement and trepidation, hopefulness and uneasiness. It was discouraging to arrive at homes to only find our team loitering in front of a stranger’s home. But when we did reach a home that answered, it was refreshing because we got out of the heat… and got to perform a health and spiritual screen. Praise God!

During my time here at SMI, I was really challenged with the idea of comforting this neighborhood. Seventeen students gathered to use our talents to not only physically help the city of North Philadelphia, but to also give spiritual support and hope for the spiritually lost. But who are we to do that? These teams are mostly of people that were not from around the area. I can personally say…

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I

Each week this summer in WOW (Wide Open World), Tenth kids are focusing on a different country where one of our global partners works. Students are sent home with a sheet profiling our partner and his work and another sheet helping them connect to that country’s culture. We encourage families to pray specifically for the partner family of the week and to help their children further explore. This

Each week this summer in WOW (Wide Open World), Tenth kids are focusing on a different country where one of our global partners works. Students are sent home with a sheet profiling our partner and his work and another sheet helping them connect to that country’s culture. We encourage families to pray specifically for the partner family of the week and to help their children further explore. Last

"Come in, we've been expecting you."

She probably just said those words because people in scrubs had been strolling around the streets for the past week. Yet, I couldn't help but think how those words meant something more to me. God has a plan for each of us and he is expecting us to arrive at our destination. When we arrive at that place, be it at church…

When asked casually how SMI is going, my answers thus far has been one of two: “cool” and “it’s like college.” [Smile].

Though the prior answer is a neutral word I’ve incorporated into most conversations, the latter has been something I thought more about when we walked into our partner church last Sunday. In college, I had the opportunity to grow among a close community of believers, receive…

I am blessed for this to be my second year on the SMI team.  It has been especially good because I can see the team developing and amazing stories coming about, even from the first day of outreach.

We had evangelism training, which was really helpful. It eliminated some of the misconceptions we have when reaching people upfront, such as the necessity of “earning the right to be heard.” I…

Each week this summer in WOW (Wide Open World), Tenth kids are focusing on a different country where one of our global partners works. Students are sent home with a sheet profiling our partner and his work and another sheet helping them connect to that country’s culture. We encourage families to pray specifically for the partner family of the week and to help their children further explore. This

Week 2 has come to a close at Spruce Hill—the first of four Maranatha mission trips this summer. We praise God for such a wonderful team this year. The group from Northern Ireland has “gelled” (as they say) well with our group, with everyone working extremely well together. Thank you for your prayers for our team and please continue to pray for the remaining trips in the months ahead.

At the time I am writing this, it is nearly midnight on Friday of the first week of Maranatha Missions.  I start with this so that you will forgive any typos that may follow.  To look at us, you would see our team is tired, haggard, and some of the guys have let their facial hair grow far too long.  We have been working 18 hours days for the most part, with little down…

Each week this summer in WOW (Wide Open World), Tenth kids are focusing on a different country where one of our global partners works. Students are sent home with a sheet profiling our partner and his work and another sheet helping them connect to that country’s culture. We encourage families to pray specifically for the partner family of the week and to help their children further explore. This

Each week this summer in WOW (Wide Open World), Tenth kids are focusing on a different country where one of our global partners works. Students are sent home with a sheet profiling our partner and his work and another sheet helping them connect to that country’s culture. We encourage families to pray specifically for the partner family of the week and to help their children further explore. This

In the words of one Global Outreach Commission member, this is like being the first ever Rookie of the Year in baseball.

Via fellow global partner Dr. John Kempen:

American Academy of Opthalmology honors Young Ophthalmologist for his work in Sub-Saharan Africa: 

Dr. John M. Cropsey is the recipient of the Academy’s inaugural Artemis Award. He has led significant efforts to deliver and improve vital…

Each week this summer in WOW (Wide Open World), Tenth kids are focusing on a different country where one of our global partners works. Students are sent home with a sheet profiling our partner and his work and another sheet helping them connect to that country’s culture. We encourage families to pray specifically for the partner family of the week and to help their children further explore. This

Each week this summer in WOW (Wide Open World), Tenth kids are focusing on a different country where one of our global partners works. Students are sent home with a sheet profiling our partner and his work and another sheet helping them connect to that country’s culture. We encourage families to pray specifically for the partner family of the week and to help their children further explore. This

Summer is almost here and that means Maranatha Missions will soon be kicking into full gear.  This year we have over 80 students and leaders helping facilitate seven weeks of missions, six of those weeks at three different bible camps for over 300 Philly kids.  Could you keep all of that straight?  Basically, what you should come away with is that this summer God is using the youth of Tenth church in big ways for…

May 9, 2014

Why Colombia Reformada?

Inside the ¡Viva Reformada! Benefit Dinner

Back in the early 2000s Noé Acosta, of Gospel Through Colombia, and I had begun to get involved with the ministry of developing church leaders in the northern coast of Colombia, especially working with two brothers who pastored there, Rev. Jaime Leal and Rev. Rafael Leal. Both of them ran a small seminary program and out of that some young leaders were developing. But after they had finished their training…

After years of going back and forth to the Warwick Hotel during the school year and Fellowship Hall during the summer, Tenth International Fellowship (TIF) has stayed in Fellowship Hall this whole year. This has been a blessing for TIF because more of the congregation has had the opportunity to visit our worship service on Sundays, and TIF members feel more connected with the larger congregation. Many of our TIF…

What are the results of the Summer Medical Institute, known as SMI? Aside from the statistics we provide about the number of doors knocked on or the number of health screens performed, what good actually comes of the program?

In case you don’t know, SMI is a project of Medical Campus Outreach (MCO), which is a ministry of Tenth Presbyterian Church. During SMI, Christian healthcare students live and…

Colombia Reformada

Live in the Reformed way! This is what God has called us to, as we understand and live out the gospel of God’s grace. Colombia is a country in which half of the population lives in desperate poverty, and much of the country is gripped by control of guerrilla and paramilitary groups. This on-going conflict since the 1960s has led to a massive movement of farmers…

When you first see Huerto Los Olivos, the community center in Barranquilla, it looks a bit like a fortress. Huge red metal doors punctuate concrete walls. You enter, much like the parable, through the narrow gate. Inside, there’s a buzz of activity, with children running and playing on the playground equipment or hopping among the few scraggly trees, and all ages clustered in groups here and there. A…

Fellowship Bible Study (FBS), which meets twice weekly, consists of a group of Tenth Church members (some with former addictions) and homeless, addicted men and women. It began in 1989 as an outgrowth of the relationships that had been established in the Community Dinner ministry where hosts invited guests to study the Word of God.

Fellowship Bible Study is another non-intimidating way Christians can come alongside their homeless…

If you’ve ever been inside the gross anatomy lab at Drexel University, you can observe caffeine-fueled first year medical students peering inside a cadaver, studying the wonderful systems that God designed. Organizations are seldom as scintillating as the structures in the human body, but you’ll find that Global Outreach (GO) has some great efforts going to support and care for our global partners and connect them with the congregation. Let’s…

Hey Dad—did you know that Mother’s Day is only 2 weeks away? Are you wracking your brain trying to come up with the a way to sufficiently honor your wife for all that she has done in raising your children? (Heads up—that's kind of impossible). Thankfully, however, Maranatha is here to help you out this year.

This upcoming Mother's Day weekend, Maranatha leaders and youth will care for…

What do a pediatric oncologist  and the chief of pulmonary, allergy, and critical care medicine have in common?

Aside from being physicians, both of these men have thought a great deal about suffering. Seeing suffering day in and day out is something that many, if not all physicians experience. From more simple patient complaints to the most complicated and life-threatening diseases and conditions, suffering and medicine are connected in many…

At Easter we celebrate Jesus’s resurrection which means death has been defeated and God is going to mend our broken world, making all things new. We herald that news by reaching out in the name of Christ to those who are suffering. That's where the Easter Sacrifical Offering (ESO) comes in. Through giving generously to ESO we link arms with brothers and sisters in other parts of the world and

In what ways can we express the glory of our redemption through Jesus Christ? We can express it in story, like the inspired story found in Scripture. Similarly, we can express it through testimony as we share our individual stories. The pastor can express redemption in preaching as the story is explained and proclaimed. But the story of redemption can also be expressed in the arts. It can be sung, dramatized…

Easter Sunday is a big day. Church services, fancy (read: uncomfortable) outfits, photos, preparing extravagant meals, visiting family and friends—it’d be a shame to start the day off on an empty stomach. Fortunately, you don't have to if you join us at Tenth for Easter Sunday.

The Maranatha gang will be hosting our annual Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast has been a staple of Easter celebrations at Tenth for years…

At Easter we celebrate Jesus’s resurrection which means death has been defeated and God is going to mend our broken world, making all things new. We herald that news by reaching out in the name of Christ to those who are suffering. That's where the Easter Sacrifical Offering (ESO) comes in. Through giving generously to ESO we link arms with brothers and sisters in other parts of the world and

Apr 10, 2014

Boomerang Back to Japan

Update from Global Partners Craig and Yumiko

Craig and Yumiko Chapin are global partners to Japan. Craig serves as acting president of Christ Bible Seminary and also is a senior advisor on Christ Bible Institute’s (CBS) executive leadership team. Yumiko plays piano for worship services at Nisshin Christ Church in Nagoya and sings in the choir. She also helps with outreach via two other gospel choirs. You can read more about their ministry in Japan on their

There is something energizing about gathering with people of like faith and work. I recently spent three days in Maryland at the PCA Mercy Conference with other folks who love the Lord Jesus and are doing word and deed ministry. It was “iron sharpening iron.” We learned from one another, worshipped with one another, and prayed and praised with one another. It was exhilarating! Give him all the praise. Give him all…

With this year’s Easter Sacrificial Offering, we have the opportunity to support God’s work in Egypt through an organization called Think and Do. Think and Do was founded in the mid 1990s, focusing its ministry on the rural poor in Upper Egypt (or southern Egypt). It has since expanded to serve poor areas of Cairo as well, and now employs over 300 people. Specifically, we will be supporting the Village Workers' ministry of…

My first introduction to Dr. Carl Trueman was through his book Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative, which gives one Brit’s perspective on the woes of Christianity and American politics. Provocative and lively, the book engaged me from cover to cover as it expounded keen insights into Christian political culture. At points infuriating and at points enthralling, Trueman’s writing style mirrors his speaking style which I got to enjoy…

If you read our March door-to-door outreach recap and are a Christian health care student or medical professional who would like to participate in a medical outreach, you may still have an opportunity!

Medical Campus Outreach (MCO) will be holding another outreach in North Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, April 12, this time partnering with One Hope Community Church. Like our previous outreaches, health care students and professionals will be going…

At Easter we celebrate Jesus’s resurrection which means death has been defeated and God is going to mend our broken world, making all things new. We herald that news by reaching out in the name of Christ to those who are suffering. That's where the Easter Sacrifical Offering (ESO) comes in. Through giving generously to ESO we link arms with brothers and sisters in other parts of the world and

Last Saturday (March 29) was wet and cold, with both intermittent and steady rain showers sweeping through the city streets. On such days staying indoors with a good book and a hot drink is certainly appealing. These were hardly ideal conditions for Medical Campus Outreach (MCO) to hold a door-to-door medical outreach in the neighborhoods south of Washington Street, near Tenth’s church plant, Grace and Peace Community Church. Yet over 35 health care students…

At Easter we celebrate Jesus’s resurrection which means death has been defeated and God is going to mend our broken world, making all things new. We herald that news by reaching out in the name of Christ to those who are suffering. That's where the Easter Sacrifical Offering (ESO) comes in. Through giving generously to ESO we link arms with brothers and sisters in other parts of the world and

Mar 26, 2014

Blessings in Burundi

Update from Global Outreach Partners John and Jess

John and Jessica Cropsey serve in Burundi and are in the process of setting up an eye clinic with their team there. Here's their newest update.

After a solid month of renovation work and staff training, the Kibuye Eye Clinic officially opened on January 21! It was a busy day and the number of patients has continued to increase. On the most recent clinic day, John saw…

Why are Christians such hypocrites? Why is the church responsible for so much injustice?

For many people today the plausibility of Christianity is seriously undermined by the failures of Christians and Christian institutions, especially the church, to live in a manner consistent with Christian beliefs. Hypocrisy is a problem, and Christians shouldn’t try to cover it up where it’s present. Tim Keller defines hypocrisy this way, “an inconsistent…

At Easter we celebrate Jesus’s resurrection which means death has been defeated and God is going to mend our broken world, making all things new. We herald that news by reaching out in the name of Christ to those who are suffering. That's where the Easter Sacrifical Offering (ESO) comes in. Through giving generously to ESO we link arms with brothers and sisters in other parts of the world and

Have you ever walked the streets of Philadelphia in scrubs, going door-to-door, offering neighborhood residents blood pressure and blood sugar screens? You probably haven’t, unless you have joined Medical Campus Outreach (MCO) on one of our door-to-door outreaches. What does a day of door-to-door outreach look like?

The day begins at 12:30 PM with some medical and evangelism training, and then everyone heads out to the streets in small groups…

His eyes were wild and he vacillated between violent tantrums and brief moments of calm.

His scarred little feet were covered in both old and still-oozing new wounds. The medical team cleaned and bandaged his feet as best they could and urged him to wear the shoes that Hogar la Providencia had given him. He dismissed their pleas and ran outside to the newly-constructed playground like any little…

The Houghton College Choir will perform a concert at Tenth on Wednesday, March 5 as part of our 2013-2014 Tenth Concert Series and their annual tour. Widely acclaimed for its artistry and sensitivity, the Houghton College Choir upholds an 80 year tradition of sacred a cappella choral music, while flexibly embracing a diversity of choral styles. Whether performing a Renaissance mass setting, a Baroque motet, or an African American spiritual…

Does there seem to be a cloud of mystery and intrigue surrounding what goes on upstairs in Fellowship Hall from 6:15-7:30 on Sunday nights? You see the teens run upstairs and disappear for the night, but can’t get a word out of them afterwards about what they did. Do you ever wonder what the youth of Tenth are really doing at Maranatha

Well let me tell you…

All humans experience suffering to some degree. How should Christians respond to non-believers in the face of questions about suffering and the existence of God or suffering and the goodness of God? How does this impact the way we witness to those around us in the midst of suffering? 

These are common issues we face as we seek to spread the gospel. We experience suffering in our personal lives and…

Last week we got to hear from two of Marantha’s teens about their experiences on the recent winter retreat. This week, I hope you will be encouraged to read two more testimonies of God’s faithfulness to Tenth’s youth at the retreat.

First up is David Matej, an 8th grader at The Christian Academy. He enjoys soccer, football, running, and video games. Next, you'll hear from Mayim Kim, 17, a…