In Our World
Here at Grace we take a very targeted approach to Missions. We realize that there are needs all over the world and sometimes the recognition of those needs leads us to feel overwhelmed. We understand that we cannot do everything, but we do know that everyone can do something! We are all called to spread the good news of Jesus at home and abroad.
Grace In Kenya
Grace In Kenya is a mission initiative in the Nyaza province in western Kenya. Over the past 4 years, we have had the privilege of sending short term mission teams and building relationships with the people of Kandaria, Kenya. Grace In Kenya is now expanding to neighboring communities and strategically partnering with our missionaries, David and Justine Okongo and House of Hope, a ministry to orphans and widows based in Katito. This year we will have two mission teams traveling to Kenya in July and November to encourage and minister to the people in this region.
The main emphasis of Grace In Kenya is “to honor God by reaching people with the good news of Jesus Christ and teaching them to become followers of Him.” We strive to spread the gospel in every way that we can while meeting physical needs as well.
Tim and Beka Holman are serving at New Hope Church in Ashland, Ohio. Just two years ago, Tim and Beka stepped away from ministry here at Grace and became church planters in Ashland, OH. In April of 2010, they began their church with just 6 adults and 1 teenager. Over the course of the last 2 years they’ve seen over 70 brand new decisions for Christ, Baptized 25, and averaged 130 in attendance. With a growing number of people engaging in their small group ministry and reaching a number of local college students, they are amazed how God has grown their church in such a short time. They are praying right now when and if God will move us to a more permanent location.
Randy and Cubie Kennedy are serving as missionaries for the Ripe For Harvest World Outreach at ICM (Iglesia Crisitana Misionera) in Auburndale, Florida. The Kennedy’s work is focused is Hispanic (Spanish speaking) church planting. As the Lord opens doors and hearts they enter into discipleships, coming alongside to encourage, challenge and connect churches, couples and individuals with others of like calling. In this process they seek to close cultural/relational gaps, foster a spirit of cooperation, assist in the training of new leaders and church planters, and provide follow up and consultation. Discipleship and translation of Spanish to English – English to Spanish are key elements of our ministry partnerships.
Chris and Victoria Cox and family are serving as missionaries at New Life Fellowship Church in Phnom Penh Thmey, Cambodia. Chris and Victoria Cox help to support Pastor Sophea and his wife in many areas of operating the church. They also work to assist New Life in order to fulfill their vision of making disciples, and training them to become witnesses to their friends, family, and the world. With this goal in mind, Chris and Victoria spend much of their time training and leading new believers in their walk with the Lord through small groups, one-on-one discipleship, and just making friends. Teaching English is an important part of community outreach for New Life, so the Cox’s have the ability to help the students hear correct pronunciation and grammar as well. Wednesday night church is always in English with translation, so Chris has a greater opportunity to share from God’s Word on a regular basis. The Cox’s have seen growth in many Cambodians as they have spent quality time with them, and their hope and desire is to make a lasting impression that will be passed on from generation to generation.
David and Justine Okongo serving as the founders and directors of House of Hope, a ministry to orphans and widows in Kenya House of Hope exists to meet physical, emotional, educational, medical, and spiritual needs of orphans and widows within the Nyaza province. Since its inception in 2001, House of Hope has been able to help over 300 children. David and Justine Okongo, founders and directors of House of Hope, began this ministry in their home as a result of personal tragedies within their own families. Today, House of Hope has a ministry site based in Katito, Kenya. With a medical clinic open to the public and a children’s dormitory nearly completed, the Okongos have plans for an additional dormitory, dining hall, school, and staff housing to be added to the site. Through this ministry many children and widows are given hope in the midst of desperate circumstances.