Upcoming Mission Opportunities
Nicaragua with Living Water International: April 23-30, 2017
Living Water Nicaragua currently works in and around the cities of León, Granada, and Rivas; this Grace trip will serve the community of Rivas. Each year the Living Water team hosts groups from North America to make generational change through the gift of safe water and the grace of the living water that is Jesus. Team members will use an LS400 drill rig with our in-country drillers and work alongside our hygiene team to teach proper sanitation techniques and Bible stories. Our hope is that during the trip you will make meaningful relationships, experience a slower pace of life, and witness the faithfulness of God, returning home transformed.
For more information or to register for this opportunity, please contact Becca Lehde, 713-267-5013.
Kenya with The Outreach Foundation: May 24-June 4, 2017
Join The Outreach Foundation and Grace’s supported missionary, Stu Ross, constructing a church and adding two classrooms to the Grace Girls High School in Letoire, Kenya.
For more information or to register for this opportunity, please contact Becca Lehde, 713-267-5013.
For more information on any of these opportunities contact Sabrina Hergert, Director of Mission Partners, 713-267-5035.
Read stories of how Grace members and partners are making Jesus visible in our community and around the world.
Grace members participated in an immunization clinic sponsored by Making It Better and hosted at Walnut Bend Elementary School on August 16, 2016. Volunteers played with the children and entertained them while families waited for their appointments. For several weeks in July and August, school supplies and backpacks were collected for this event. The Frownbusters clown troupe was also on hand for some smiles.
Read about the clinic in this article from The Katy News.
Thanks to each and every one of you for coming to volunteer! We had the biggest year ever and we are so grateful for all the helping hands. We have been doing this immunization clinic for seven years now and we doubled our record from last year – 109 children were vaccinated and over 1,000 immunizations were done! Texas Children’s Hospital told us they had to call for extra doctors and nurses to come and they even had to go get more immunization supplies.
We gave out almost every single book that Making It Better had brought, including 49 copies of Jesus Calling books versions for all ages and NLT Bibles. The Jesus Calling books in Spanish were a big hit and we’ll more of those for next year. These are great for the kids to read on their own or for parents to read to their children.
The kids were so excited to pick out backpacks and school supplies, too; t was clear that so many of the kids didn’t have a backpack or much in the way of school supplies to start their year. Thank you to everyone who donated school supplies, backpacks, or cash to buy school supplies.
We know the kids enjoyed your company yesterday and Grace Presbyterian’s awesome clowns!
Laurie Schmid & Kelly Bukholt
Katie and Jordan Goodie lead the Chi Alpha chapter on the campus of West Virginia University. They have a young daughter, Zoe.
Dear friends and family,
Over 30,000 students have flooded our city as the new school year is upon us! Jordan, our team, and our 34 small group leaders have been serving and loving on students all day in the heat! In two days, they have helped over 500 students move into their dorms! It’s so cool to watch students who were recently new themselves come out and serve parents and students for Jesus. Several students who weren’t Christians a year ago were impacted by Jesus’ love, and are now serving and discipling students in a similar way. It is very humbling to watch and be a part of what God is doing in their lives.
We’ve worked hard the past month, planning for the next school year and having our first event of the year, Leader’s Retreat weekend. In Luke 10:2, Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” God is giving WVU Chi Alpha more workers, and we’re praying for them to be quality followers of Jesus and leaders on campus! We have all types of events going on which allow us to meet many more students. Please pray with us; we want to see over 150 students this year. We had 20 small group leaders last year and we hope to double that. We have all these goals for growth and we’re busy meeting students, building relationships, and telling people about Jesus. Amidst all this activity, Psalms 127 rings true, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.”
Thank you for your love, support, and prayers!
Katie & Jordan Goodie
Grace member Laura Smith is in Budapest, Hungary teaching first grade at the International Christian School of Budapest.
Hi, friends at Grace Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood!
Thanks for all of your love and prayers! I am so thankful to both of my churches for all that you have done for me. Please communicate to the mission team members at each church how grateful I am for their support. I will do my absolute best to stay in touch and let you know how everything is going! I’ll be home over the Christmas holidays. I plan to be at FPCK on Dec. 24/25th and at Grace on Jan. 1st.
Wed., Aug. 31 – First day of school!
Wed., Dec. 21 to Sun. Jan. 8 – Christmas Break, trip home to Texas
Sun., Jan. 8 – Return to Budapest
Tues., Jan. 10 – Classes resume after Christmas break
Thurs., June 8 – Last day of school
Fri., June 9 – Teacher Workday
I love y’all!
Dear Grace Church,
Thank you again for your support and prayers throughout the process of my mission to Gaborone, Botswana this summer. I’m so grateful you answered the call to partner with me in my journey this summer, and I want you to know the miraculous work the Lord did through your support.
Our five weeks in Botswana were spent doing various kinds of ministry in partnership with the students involved in Cru at the University of Botswana (UB). We spent time evangelizing in a village, showed the Jesus Film four times, prayerwalking, volunteering at a school for children with disabilities and evangelizing on the campus of UB. It’s so humbling to think that God chose my team and me to be His messengers and to spread the truth about Him in Gaborone.
In the village of Mmathubudukwane during our first week, I met an 18-year-old girl named Gorata who was getting ready to start her freshman year at UB. We bonded over our faith and became fast friends as we talked about the challenges and joys of living faith out in all aspects of our lives. Gorata is one of those people you feel like you’ve known your entire life after a 30-minute conversation with her. We stayed in touch via Facebook Messenger after I left the village, and she ended up meeting us to evangelize on campus later in our trip. I learned so much from Gorata’s boldness and her desire to share the love of Jesus on a campus where she hadn’t even begun classes yet. Gorata taught me how to be fearless for the sake of the gospel, and I’m so grateful for the friendship we have.
Although the numbers and statistics were not the priority in our mission, I praise the Lord for the number of lives He changed this summer, including my own. Through the grace of God and for His glory, our time in the Botswana resulted in 201 personal decisions to follow Christ! The way He presented conversations and transformed hearts was so encouraging and says so much about His amazing power. He is good, and He is faithful. He worked in ridiculous, scandalous, miraculous ways this summer – all for His glory and the expansion of His kingdom. That is definitely something worth celebrating!
Thank you again for your contribution to my incredible summer!
Harper Rae Jones
This was my thirteenth year of collaboration with Ministerio Restauración training conference with Mauricio Montion in Cordoba, Argentina. God always shows up in miraculous ways at our trainings. God is equipping wounded healers to offer programs of discipleship for sexual and relational healing in the Body of Christ. Mauricio told us that in South America sexual abuse affects 60%-80% of the population! Mauricio and the team value my sensitivity to hearing the Holy Spirit and prophetic words. I also move with a mantle of authority and the Father’s blessing. I love all the opportunities I have to pray for and bless the other team members during our time together.
We had participants from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, and Switzerland. Of the 39 participants, about twelve were under age 25 and there were at least four sets of parents with a homosexual sibling. God did a great work with a set of parents attending with their son. A long time churchgoer, Fabio, told me that only last year had he grasped what a real commitment to Christ meant. He has also asked me to mentor him, which we will do via Whatsapp or Skype. Our small group included five men ranging in age from 19-54. A few years ago, I ministered to a pastor whose wife was on our team this year, and I ministered to their 19-year-old son in small group! Their church is really pursuing equipping people to offer sexual restoration and healing. One young man questioning his sexuality came to the training from Europe via one of my contacts who suggested it to him!
It is so encouraging to see how the leadership in Mauricio’s ministry has grown and matured through the years. We are also seeing millennial leadership being raised up; I had the blessing of being part of their training since most of them were in my small groups as members or as apprentices. Many of the men are overcomers of homosexuality. I have the joy of ongoing relationship as we continue ministering together at these yearly trainings. The team included several parents and siblings overcoming homosexuality. My co-facilitators in small group were Fabio and Josue. Fabio has a son currently in gay world and Josue is a 19-year-old man from a gay background. Our small group leadership represented three generations with me as the patriarch. This was the first year on the team for Fabio and Josue. God impressed on me that this year would be the Reconciliation of the Generations.
Before and after the training, I had time with my adopted Argentine family and godchild, as well as other ministry friends. I leave September 1 to again minister with Ministerio Restauracion for the training in Colombia!
Michael R. Newman, Director
Christian Coalition for Reconciliation
On behalf of Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) and Grace Presbyterian Church, I traveled once again to Mongolia. Mongolia is not a third world country, but a developing country. It was one of many nations that regained its freedom with the dissolution of the USSR. It has a population of 3 million people and 30 million animals. The primary faiths are Buddhism and Shamanism. Christians make up less than three percent of the population.
My responsibilities while I was there were to lead daily devotions, teach elementary financial and budgeting classes for businesses and families, and to mentor the Mongolian leaders of VETNet. I did that while in the capital city and while traveling to many remote sites where Claim a County schools are being conducted. This year my team traveled about 2,600 kilometers and visited several summer school sites in ten different Mongolian states.
I am grateful for the support given to CVM and VETNet by the members of Grace. It is a privilege to serve our Lord and Savior by working in Mongolia. I welcome your interest in CVM, and any questions about the country or the work being done there. Proverbs 12:10a well states a core belief of CVM, “The righteous care for the needs of their animals…”
This past June, I was fortunate to travel to Petit Goave in Haiti with First Presbyterian Church San Antonio and Experience Mission. We participated in clean-up and reconstruction in an area affected by the 2010 earthquake. We moved gravel, mixed concrete, and built walls. We also participated in a daycare program called Kid’s Club where we played games, sang songs, and did crafts with the local children.
It was an eye-opening experience to see how an earthquake that happened over 5 years ago is still affecting how the Haitian people live. There was so much poverty and rubble still evident in this urban community just outside of the capitol of Port au Prince. We, as Americans, take for granted how our government generally provides for our most basic needs. However, in places like Haiti, the people affected by disaster rely on church groups and philanthropic organizations to help them in their time of need.
The faith of the Haitian people that we helped was so evident in their faces and words as they expressed their gratefulness to God and to us for the small amount of work we did. It was hard work but definitely worth the time and effort for me.
Thank you for your support and prayers.
Chile was a wonder and a great experience! In two weeks, we got to be on four different campuses and helped their small group leaders meet new people to invite to the Chi Alpha “Conexion” group meetings. The Chilean small group leaders definitely felt encouraged with us there. That was a huge thing hoped for by that Josh and Mayra Renfro, the missionaries there. The campus ministry is still in such a time of growth; their leaders are learning how to meet people and how to invite them to small groups and meetings. It was awesome getting to share with them how we do it on the Sam Houston State University campus and then walking them through it on their own campuses. Along with that, we got to go to a few youth group services at different churches. Many students shared their testimonies, some on a one-on-one level and others in front of a congregation. All in all, each member of the team was stretched spiritually and pushed out of our comfort zones. My husband, Gabriel, even got to preach a few times while we were there, and that was an incredible experience!
Lastly, we got to speak with the missionaries down there about what the process would look like for becoming new missionaries to Chile. Having been to Chile before and seeing how the Lord moves down there, we really wanted to make this trip to help us see if it is the place God is calling us. We prayed for vision and felt His peace on continuing in the direction of missions in Chile. We know it’ll be in a few years, but to have the clarity is a weight lifted off our shoulders. We’re so excited that we had this amazing opportunity to serve there for two weeks and cannot wait to return! We’re also excited about getting to share how God is moving through university campuses in Chile!
Stop by the Filling Station on Sunday, February 5 in the Church Library to learn more about Elijah Rising’s Kendleton Farms. This is a community for women recovering from human trafficking to heal and work for a time in order to…
If you are going on a mission trip, we would love to pray for you. Submit your name and information to Sabrina Hergert, Director of Mission Partners, *protected email*. May 17 – 29, Kristin Limon Flores & Gabriel Flores Chile’…