At Grace Pointe, being on mission with God is in our DNA. We GO in order to GROW. The context of growth in God begins by being on mission with Him – wherever He leads.
Journeys are volunteer teams that travel locally, nationally and internationally with specific partners who are church planting (which is our vision). Those efforts are in various stages (some use platforms, some are still discovering their area and making inroads, others are in early stages of growth). Our role is to help them however we can, and various journeys support various aspects of those efforts.
We Go Because:
Jesus Commands It
Jesus left us with a mission. He calls every believer to share the Good News of Christ with the world. This starts at home in our own Jerusalem. We also go out into those locales and people groups like us in our Judea. Going also includes travelling father, into places where the culture is different in our Samaria. His call extends to the Ends of the Earth. Grace Pointe is committed to serving Jesus in this way by partnering with Church planters in each of these areas of our world. The Word of God is our filter and we begin all we do by filtering our actions through what the Bible says to us.
We Go to Grow
Once we have become followers of Christ,His Word tells us that we need to continue to grow. Experiencing the work of God in the world challenges your faith. We go to serve but we come back as changed people. The experience of serving Christ never leaves you the same. At Grace Pointe, we believe that growing is vital to our walk with Christ.We go because growing is so important.
It Teaches us To Love Which Shapes Our Character
When we serve, God teaches us great things about love. In our travels, we gain a heart for the people of the world. Often our hearts are not moved by cultures that resemble our own because we have not experienced the other culture firsthand. Missions gives Christian men and women the opportunity to grow in love for the world and this love begins to shape the way we see others. God’s Word tells us that in all things we must display love as it holds everything together. Going helps us understand the world and gives us love for people unlike ever before.
It Helps Us See Our Own Context In Perspective
Often we live our lives and begin to take things for granted. We grow used to our standard of living, our views on life, our Christianity and our place in the world. When we go, God uses the exposure we have to other places to help us put our own circumstances into perspective. We begin to see that we are only a small part of the great world God has created. We become thankful for the lives we have. Our understanding of the world around us begins to develop a better understanding of life here where we live, work and play.
Where Do We Go?
Grace Pointe has partners around the world. Here is a little information on each of our partnerships:
CAMBODIA – Associate Partner
ND & Sophal Strupler work with ICF Cambodia planting a church and overseeing a massive weekday outreach to the community of Siem Reap.
COLOMBIA – Global Parter
Jorge and Ginny Enciso work with South America Mission. They plant house churches in Bogata, Colombia. They also train church planters throughout the country. They have an active outreach to families in the community as well.
GERMANY – Global Partner
Alex and Lena Berg serving by planting Mosaik Church. The church also runs a cultural center that serves the community through arts, classes and sports. Recently they have also begun a ministry to refugees in the area camps.
GUATEMALA – Global Partner
Justin and Jenny Burkholder serve with TEAM by planting Iglesia Reforma. They work in outreach to the homeless, orphans and addicted in Guatemala City as well.
HAITI – Global Partner
John and JoAnn Munsell serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship. John is a mechanic and pilot. They also are in leadership at the church plant at Quisquya Chapel in Port au Prince. This is a church with a diverse congregation of ex pats and Haitian nationals. They also work closely with Teen Challenge in their church planting efforts at Rendevouz Jesus Church.
Kenya – Associate Partner
Bob & Stephanie Milligan serve through African Inland Missions. Bob and Stephanie are teachers at Riff Valley Academy, a school for missionary kids from many different nationalities. They have also worked with native Kenyans to plant Church in the Valley which serves the community through spiritual services and literacy programs.
MAINE, USA – Associate Partner
Bryan and Danielle Page are planting Seven Mile Church in Kennebunk, Maine. They have started the church as well as several “Gospel Community” Life Groups in the area. They are working to bring the light of Christ to a suburb of the most Post-Christian city in the US (Portland, Maine).
Missouri, USA – Discovery Partner
Rick and Candy Tucker serve with NAMB in planting Red Tree Church in Wentzville, Missouri. Wentzville is one of the fastest growing suburbs in the United States. Red Tree church is reaching many unchurched and dechurched people. God is transforming Wentzville through this church plant.
Seville, Spain – Discovery Partner
Rusty and Jennifer Ford serve with the IMB in Southern Spain. In their time in the country the Fords have helped to plant two churches. They specialize in relational ministry that leads people to Christ. Their work in Seville is growing and they are looking to plant a third church soon.
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