MATCHING GIFT OPPORTUNITY
You did it! Thanks to your generosity, we have reached our goal of raising $80,000 for our ReFrame translation efforts. We are so grateful for your partnership, and we look forward to launching the new translations in French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Korean this year.
ReFrame launched in November 2014, and since then thousands of people have been impacted in 26 countries! ReFrame is helping thousands of Christians deepen their understanding of God’s story and its meaning for every aspect of their lives.
Explore One Group's Journey
Last year, the fairly recent retirees in Gerry and Shirley Malnis’s church small group realized they were all asking similar questions: “Where do we fit now that we are retired? What is our purpose? What is our work?” This prompted them to look for small group material that addressed these questions and would bring vision and purpose to their retirement years. Their search eventually led them to ReFrame.
Their group included a retired school teacher, physician, engineer, social worker, nurse, businessman, and pharmacist. Despite this diversity, they found themselves in a common place of needing to “reframe” their remaining years. While Gerry never truly believed in retirement, he states that the ReFrame curriculum reinforced and affirmed for the entire group, “we still have much work to do!”
For many in the group, the idea that their everyday work—whether parenting, teaching, caregiving, or running a business—was a key part of God’s mission in the world was a new idea. They completed the course with vision and excitement for reimagining their retirement years, but there was also a prevailing sense of wishing that they’d had a larger understanding of the gospel earlier in life—they wished they had had the confidence that God cared about the whole of their life’s work. This regret prompted them to start asking, “how do we share what we’ve learned with the next generation? How do we encourage those in the midst of trying to balance work and family life with a vision that their ordinary lives are a critical part of the mission of God?”
An opportunity to pass on what they had learned presented itself as Gerry was sharing about their group’s experience of ReFrame with a young adult on the Missions team at their church. His story connected with the questions she was wrestling with and she asked if he would consider running the course and include their young adults group.
This coming fall, the Malnis’ small group will be hosting ReFrame at their church for all who want to attend, including young adults. Hosting ReFrame will provide an opportunity for dialogue and mentorship with people wrestling with questions of purpose, vocation, and identity no matter what their season of life.
Gerry reflects, “ReFrame has lit a fire in a group that thought it was going to be put out to pasture. Not only have we been profoundly encouraged that none of our work has been wasted, and that our lives are not over yet, we’ve realized we may have something really valuable to give the next generation.”
We’ve been both humbled and energized by new opportunities to partner with other organizations that want to make ReFrame accessible throughout the global Church. We are currently partnering with the Lausanne Movement who are using ReFrame with 1,000+ international participants in its 2016 Younger Leaders Gathering.
We’re excited to see what God is doing with ReFrame in communities around the world!
"ReFrame is refreshing, theologically sharp and missiologically thoughtful. We are thrilled to bring it to emerging leaders from all around the globe."Sarah Breuel, Chair of the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering
ReFrame has launched—your next gift will support translation work. Your donation will support the translation of ReFrame into French, Spanish, Korean and Mandarin.
What Is ReFrame?
ReFrame is a film-based course that explores how the biblical narrative re-frames our lives and invites us to become joyful participants in God’s ongoing mission. Featuring TED-style lectures from Regent College professors, conversations with a wide range of professionals, and insights from prominent Christian thought leaders, ReFrame offers a unique blend of biblical engagement and real-world applicability.
Visit the ReFrame website to find more information, sample episodes, and keep tabs on upcoming events.
By donating to ReFrame, you enable Christians all around the world gain fresh vision for how God is at work in them and around them in everyday life.
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