Hello, my name is Mark Van Der Brink. In December of 2017 I joined the staff at Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare as chaplain. I am also a student at Sioux Falls Seminary. In May of this year, I will be graduating with a Master of Divinity degree. I am also seeking ordination as Minister of Word and Sacrament with the West Sioux Classis of Reformed Church of America. I am an active member at a speech club called Sodak Toastmasters in Sioux Falls.
My wife is Lisa. We have been married for 30 years. We have two sons in Rock Valley, Iowa, and a daughter in Inwood, Iowa. We are also blessed with four grandchildren. In June of 2014 my wife and I moved from Rock Valley to Sioux Falls. We are members of the Doon Reformed Church in Doon, Iowa. We also attend worship services at the Good News Church in Sioux Falls, SD.
In April 2012 I felt the Lord calling me into the ministry. I also felt that Lord was calling me to minister to the discipleship of men and to prison chaplaincy. In October 2017 the Lord revealed his mission for me. It was to minister to those in prison because of the high rate of recidivism for men and women in prison. I have listened to both female and male inmates tell about their struggles on the outside while on parole or after their completed sentence.
As a chaplain for Kingdom Boundaries I am reminded of the words from 1 John 3:16-24. In verse 18 it says, "Dear Children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." You and I are called to show the love of God in words and action to those men at Kingdom Boundaries. The ministry at Kingdom Boundaries happens because of prayers, financial support, staff, and volunteers.
The Apostle Paul writes,
"The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building." 1 Cor. 3:8-9
As we look ahead to the new year, let's remember
that God has always been and always will be