Part of the future judgment on us as a church—and as individuals—will be based on how we responded to people in crises. Jesus said in Matthew 25:35-36: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."
I am so grateful to be part of a church that will be able to say to Jesus, "We did respond to the least of these brothers and sisters of yours and we did it for the sake of your Name."
Over the years, Grace has sent out hundreds of individuals on short-term trips to needy places here in our city, the states, and around the world. Participants experience God on a deeper level and have a new resolve to continue participating in the Great Commission through their prayers and generous giving. Trips like this can be life-changing.
…You can travel to our Grace Church home in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to teach and minister to young girls and boys who were at risk of being sold into sex trafficking, but now have a safe place to live and an opportunity for education.
...you can travel to remote mountain regions of Ecuador to tend to the medical, dental, and vision needs of people who live in great poverty, as you share the gospel and pray with each individual.
...you can travel to under-served communities in Appalachia, West Virginia, and get involved in the outreach and construction efforts of a rural church plant.
...you can travel to Cleveland and participate in a "Grace in the City" weekend, coming away with a greater understanding of urban poverty and a passion for continued inner-city ministry.
...you can travel to a Native American reservation in South Dakota to help with their construction needs and to share the gospel through children's and teen ministry.
...you can even do away with travelling as you and your family participate in the "Build a House" project this June in our front parking lot. We'll be building two houses in partnership with Help Build Hope and Habitat for Humanity.
Finally, let me encourage you by saying that the Lord will use whatever you're willing to give him...sports, technology, art and drama, construction and medical skills, children's ministry, music. The list is endless.
My hope is that this kind of global engagement will only grow. I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am for all of you, and how honored I am to serve as a pastor here at Grace. If the Lord is prompting you to pray, give, or go, here’s how to get more info:
· Pick up a brochure from our Literature Display
· Visit the Missions Info Center just off the Lobby
· Join the "Prayer for Missions" prayer team
· Support a team by providing needed supplies or financial support
· Contact John Uher at JohnJUher@gmail.com or Michelle Uher at Michelle.L.Uher@gmail.com