God has called Grace Church to make an impact here locally, throughout our nation, and around the world. Every year we seek God together and ask him, how do you want us to make an impact?
During our Reach Out Celebration, we unveil the strategy that God has given us to impact our world. We are excited to share that strategy with our spiritual family and invite you to join us to change the world together. Watch the video above to see what we are doing this year.
We will make an impact locally through our Servolution projects. We will build relationships with the people of our community and share the love of God through random acts of kindness, and by meeting practical needs.
Projects have included handing out glow sticks at Chapel Hill's fireworks celebration, throwing back to school block parties for New Hope Elementary School, serving the people at Durham Rehab, single mom's oil change, serving meals at Durham Rescue Mission, and many more.
We will make an impact on the next generation by partnering with Pregnancy Support Services to offer help and hope to families facing unplanned pregnancies.
We will continue to support the first responders in our community by helping to Fund the annual First Responders banquet to honor the best of Durham’s police, fire, and EMT. We want to give back to those who do so much to serve us.
We will make a huge impact by adopting a local refugee family. We will care for them by supplying them with all of the household items they will need for their new home and by helping them to get acclimated to their new environment and culture. What a powerful and practical way to share God’s love with a very vulnerable family.
We believe that the local church is the hope of the world. The greatest way to bring change and transformation to a community is to plant a life giving local church. In 2017 we will have the privilege to help launch five new church plants across the United States.
The impact that these strong and growing local church will make will be felt for generations to come. We believe that thousands of people will be reached and see their lives built as they connect to a healthy spiritual family.
Manna Church West Florida - Pastor Chris Shinnick
Manna Church of Colorado Springs - Pastor Joe Adams
Manna Church Hawaii - Pastor Shown Withy-Allen
New York City Church - Pastor Nathan Lewis
San Antonio Church - Pastor Aaron
Our strategy for reaching the world is to partner with people and organizations world wide who are already demonstrating successful projects and programs and help them do more. We ask partners "what were you not able to do last year, that you would love to do this year". Over a million dollars have flowed through Grace Church to our ministry partners.
God has a huge heart for the orphaned and abandoned and so does Maria Sell. Maria operates a small baby home in China called the Bulrush Baby Home, where special needs children who have been abandoned can be loved, cared for, and given a chance until they are adopted. Through the Bulrush Baby Home, children who would have likely died, or been severely hindered in their development receive loving care in a happy environment where they can thrive. We will help Maria to continue to provide this care by sending a small team to care for the children and provide needed upgrades and equipment for the baby home.
We will send a short-term team from Grace to support a crusade in Equador where thousands of people will hear the gospel and many will respond to the call to salvation and surrender their lives to Jesus.
Pastor Bernardo Dominguez is truly a pastor of pastors and a key leader in the nation of Cuba. He has started six churches, a training center, and provides mentorship to several pastors. His church is trying to complete construction of a new building that will allow them to grow and increase outreach in their community. Grace will provide funds to help them complete their building as well as send a small team to minister and conduct leadership training to local churches.
The Manila’s have been serving the people of Central Asia since 1999. Their work focuses on bringing health, wellness, and a better quality of life to the local community where they live and minister. Their heart to serve the people has opened many doors for relationships and the sharing of the gospel. They have started a Health Education Project in the community as well as a Children at Risk Project that ministers to children in a local orphanage. Grace will be sending funds to help them continue to expand these valuable community projects. These projects will not only meet practical needs, but they will enable the Manila’s to continue to build bridges of friendship with many muslim families in Central Asia.
Yuri Semenyuk pastors Church of the Christ Savior in Transnistria where he and his wife, Oxana, have served faithfully for seventeen years. They have a passion to see the lost come to know the saving power of Jesus. Through the work of the Church they have seen hundreds of lives changed and families strengthened. They minister to vulnerable families, orphans, drug addicts, alcoholics, businessmen & youth. Much like Grace, they need more space to continue to reach more people for Christ. They are continuing to work on building a Family Life Center, that will allow them to continue to reach more people and build more lives. We want to help them complete this project so they can continue to fulfill the mission that God had given them. They can only build as funds come in, so we will help them take a huge step forward in completing this vital project.
Dr. Dahan Sheref is literally changing the future of the west African nation Sierra Leone by starting Grace School of Science, a College preparatory School that prepares young men and women for careers in the science, medicine, nursing and engineering. At Grace School of Science, students learn to think for themselves, explore new ideas, and develop leadership ability that will help them succeed in life and become future leaders in the nation. They are also taught biblical truth and confronted with the reality of God’s love while they are learning. We will help Grace School of Science continue to grow so they can influence more future leaders through campus expansion.
Leadership development is the key to any sustained move of God. EQUIP Leadership, is a non-profit, global leadership development organization founded by John Maxwell that is committed to radically changing the leadership landscape by developing christian leaders in every nation. This year we will partner with EQUIP once again by sending Pastor Kendrick and Pastor Jerry Daley to Singapore to train a group of over 40 pastors in Singapore. This strategic time of training and impartation will impact the church in Singapore for generations to come.