As a recently chosen youth board member of the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, junior Melissa J. Voss of Orland Park, Illinois, attended the annual CRWRC conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on February 25-27.
The Christian Reformed organization, whose motto is “Living Justice, Loving Mercy,” seeks to provide ministry in community development and disaster response and relief and connect people around the world on global issues, Voss explained.
Meeting with many CRWRC directors and board members, Voss learned how the CRWRC advocates their ministries, as well as ways they, as an organization, can better promote their work.
Inspired to become a voice for the CRWRC, Voss was given support from other board members who helped brainstorm ways for her to spread the word about the organization’s work throughout campus and in all areas of her life. With two other youth delegates, Voss was chosen to be the “eyes and ears” on her campus, finding ways to promote better involvement with the CRWRC.
“The CRWRC wants to continue to make a connection with this generation,” Voss said, “and it is their hope that, through our work, college students will be more interested in the work of CRWRC and want to continue to support this organization in the future.”
As a representative of Trinity, Voss hopes to connect with different clubs, organizations, and departments on campus to help organize service trips through the CRWRC, invite speakers to talk on behalf of current issues, and offer more ways for students to connect with service possibilities.
“God is working through this organization and through this opportunity,” Voss said, recognizing her new found awareness for the global needs in the world. “Not only am I hoping to promote the CRWRC motto ‘Living Justice, Loving Mercy,’ but I also hope that my life and actions mirror that same motto.”