How wonderful is it that God continues to give Grace Church the opportunity to share the love of Jesus near and far? Speaking of “far”, part of how we’re celebrating the true meaning of Christmas this year is by showing compassion in Africa! It’s that time of year again and we are so excited to announce that this year’s Birthday Gift for Jesus will be used to benefit our Hand-in-Hand Partnerships in the Central African Republic; Rays of Hope Ministry in Malawi, Africa; and C.A.R. Relief Work.
Hand-in-Hand Partnerships: For many years, Grace Church has been partnering with 3 schools in the Central African Republic who provide Christian education, clothing, food, and medical care for up to 50 orphans. Civil war and unrest has devastated many ministries in the CAR over the past two years, including the orphan partnership programs in the capital city of Bangui. The Hand-in-Hand partnership program has continued to function, however, as it is spread throughout the country in villages and is centered around the ministries of local churches. Not a single one of the 2,000 children in Hand-in-Hand schools was killed during the fighting, and many schools’ supplies were spared during the looting and burning of villages. Learn more HERE.
CAR Relief Work: Encompass World Partners continues to actively support relief efforts in the war-torn country of CAR. Financial contributions like ours are helping to provide food, seeds and farming tools, shelter, Bibles, and other practical items throughout the country.
Rays of Hope: Willie is known by many here at Grace Church. Originally, he came to the U.S. to study community development at Eastern University. He has also spent
time interning on a pig farm in our area with the goal of learning the business from top to bottom to implement and teach his skills in his native country, Malawi. All of this work has been aimed at equipping this incredibly sharp and godly leader for his continued ministry efforts through “Rays of Hope.”
The land-locked, Southeastern African nation of Malawi is the 9th poorest country in the world, and Willie’s ministry reaches out to its urban youth (90% of whom live in slums), to provide the necessary foundations to become the Christian leaders of tomorrow. This is done through after-school programs, feeding programs, and job skill training. Click HERE to see pictures.
Opportunities to give will last through the entire month of December. If you have any questions, stop by the missions table or at Guest Services. We’ll also have Birthday Gift for Jesus postcards for you so you can use it as a reminder to continue to keep praying for these ministries, their staff, and all who will receive help and the gospel of Jesus Christ.