Jade Landis in the Philippines

Jade Landis recently graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a degree in Social Work. Jade has been attending Grace Church for nine years and is an 11th grade girls POD leader on youth staff as well as a vocalist on the worship arts ministry team. Her passions for serving and investing in young people extend across the globe and she is leading a team of students on a trip to the Philippines this summer.

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I have the opportunity to lead the Operation Barnabas International 2014 team to the Philippines from June 26-July 18. The group consists of 7 students and me. We will have a 2 day orientation out in Orange County, California and then fly to the Philippines on June 29th. From there we will serve almost 3 weeks on the islands of Boracay and Panay. Our team will be working with Dan and Tori Beaver who have served over there for many years with First Love International. This ministry is the same one that I worked with in 2010 with OBI as a student and again last year with Lancaster Bible College.

While there we will do manual labor to continue building the ministry center on the island of Boracay. In addition we will love on the children of the island at feeding sites. Feeding sites provide the opportunity for our students to share a Bible story, play games, feed a meal, complete simple wound care, and just love on these children who are sometimes neglected. We will also spend a few days traveling over the nearby island of Panay to work with the Ati Tribe. The Ati Tribe has bee neglected and forced to live up on the mountain in huts and without much civilization. Dan and Tori have worked with their staff to build a school up there for the Ati children so we will have the opportunity to do some tutoring up there as well as help with some Typhoon relief from November. In addition we will use some of the normal OB programming (puppets, dramas, pantomimes, choir songs, etc.) to share the Gospel in the local schools.

My role as the leader of OBI will be to be in communication with the missionaries as well as lead my team spiritually. Though I have been to the Philippines twice before and led Operation Barnabas last summer, this leadership position will be one that will stretch me. It will be a leadership role that will challenge me and push me to step up and lead in a new manner. I covet your prayers in many ways but especially as I prepare to lead this team.

Other specific prayer requests:

  1. That the hearts of the 7 students would be teachable
  2. Wisdom as I lead this team as a single female leader
  3. Many would come to know the Lord as their personal Savior
  4. That as a team of 8 we would be unified as one team with the same purpose
  5. That we would be an encouragement to the missionaries and their staff

Thank you for your support and prayers!

Jade Landis

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Join us this Sunday at our 9:00am and 10:45am services for Jade’s church send off! We will post updates of her trip beginning the last week of June.

Grace Church has had significant involvement with Operation Barnabas (Domestic and International) for over 30 years, including sending many students and leaders from our church, hosting orientation at Grace Church, and providing finances for buses and other practical ministry needs. In addition, Grace Church financially supports “TK” (Timothy Kurtaneck) who is the Director of OB through the parent organization, CE National. For more information about Operation Barnabas and Operation Barnabas International, click HERE. If you are interested in going on OB or OBI, contact Jeremiah (Director of Student Ministries)

Salamat Po – Thank you!

Cydney Vance has grown up in the ministry of Grace Church, as well as in it’s backyard. Cydney attended Lititz Christian School for some time, but would eventually graduate from Warwick High School. After graduation, Cydney headed to Liberty University, where she is currently studying Psychology. In the beginning of the year, she had an incredible opportunity to go on a missions trip to the Philippines with Light Ministries (a partner of Liberty University). Below is a “thank you” letter from Cydney in response for the support Grace Church gave towards the trip in order to enable her to serve Christ in this way.

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Dear Grace Church,

            Thank you for all your support throughout my time raising money and sharing Christ’s love in the Philippines. While in the Philippines, our team was able to help in various ministries. One of the ministries we participated in was Kids Jam, where we were separated into four teams to help do a fun Bible lesson for the kids in various locations of the city of Manila. While at these locations we sang, played games, and helped hand out snacks. It was a time of fun and perfect way to share God’s love.

            While in the Philippines our team traveled to the Island of Bantayan, a province of Cebu, which was extremely impacted by the typhoon that hit the Philippines in early November 2013. While there we attended a church service where Dr. Wheeler (My Team Leader) spoke about God being there through the struggles of life. Also, on the island we were able to help at a feeding center where many of my teammates and I led games, songs, and Bible stories for the children and some teens there. My favorite part of the island though was the time our team spent helping rebuild the church, literally. The typhoon that hit the island completely destroyed the building, but used our team to build the new church for the congregation. I was able to help lay bricks and put cement down for the wall. Some of the team cut down trees for a new garden being planted and painted walls within the current church building.

            The third location we traveled to way Iba, Zambales where there was a camp. This 24 hour camp was a daily event where up to 1,500 students from ages 13 to 25 come for a possibly life changing experience. At the camp each student has the opportunity to hear the gospel, accept Christ, be counseled, be baptized, and be discipled. While we were there, we assisted in counseling and sharing the gospel with teens. Personally, I was able to share the gospel with 12 girls and had 10 of them make decisions for Christ. Overall, in that one night approximately 500 students came to Christ! In the morning, following a night of rest, students had the opportunity to be baptized. This was my favorite part because while the guys on our team baptized, along with our ordained leaders, I prayed for the students as they stepped into their new life. Overall, 200 students were baptized and many students wanted discipleship. God is so good! Thank you again for all your prayer and support. Through you God accomplished and is still accomplishing his mighty works.

In Christ,

Cydney Vance

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Super Storm Hits Philippines

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If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve seen that Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines this week. It is being described as one of the “strongest storms ever”. Christian Beuggert, who is one of our Grace Church partners serving in Bangkok, Thailand, also oversees ministries in the Philippines and has said that both our ministries, (Bacolod and Bicol) would have been effected. He will continue to update us. Please be in prayer for the Filipino people.