Welcome to the Adventure!
Our goal is to see the Kingdom of God announced and displayed in all the nations of the earth. How can that happen? Well, we believe Jesus’ example should be ours as well, and so our focus is to equip and mobilize incarnational disciple-makers. Specifically, we feel God has called us to invest our time building Gospel relationships of peace with the Muslim community.
EPIC :: Encountering People In Context (Israel/Palestine) / November 8-18, 2017
South America :: Trinidad / May 29-June 6, 2017
Africa :: Benin / July 20-30, 2017
Kosovo :: Suhareka / June 9-30, 2017
Kosovo :: Medical Trip / June 2-10, 2017
India :: Delhi / March 17-26, 2017
A LITTLE BACKGROUND
Here at Grace, we haven’t always been so keenly focused on the nations. For years, we simply cut our support checks to families overseas and felt we’d satisfied our responsibility as a local church. But then, through the humble and shrewd influence of some key leaders at Grace, Buddy Hoffman, our Lead Pastor, went to Jamaica with a team to serve. There, he learned first-hand the power of short-term trips both for the people we were reaching and ourselves.
This, of course, was also Jesus’ model–he frequently traveled cross-culturally with his disciples (John. 4, for example) and even sent them out to do the work of the Kingdom for a short period of time (Mt. 10). As a church, we began taking more and more of our congregation overseas to engage with the nations, and the results were truly transformational. Making disciples, we discovered, was not simply a local task; it was a global responsibility.
Through the late 1990s, we spent much of our effort in the Andes Mountains of South America, where today a thriving community of believers has grown up among the indigenous people.
In 2003, just after the World Trade Center collapsed, we sent one of our teams to New York, where God clearly called Buddy to add a focus on the Muslim world to our strategy as well. For the better part of the last decade, we have been prayerfully and intentionally trying to learn the best ways to build relationships and share our faith with the Muslim communities around us.
To learn more about our journey, please feel free to view this talk from Buddy at our Grace360 conference a few years ago.
As you review the opportunities listed here for learning and for going, please prayerfully consider how you might join with us in bringing the life-giving message of Christ to people loved by God and created in His image.
EPIC :: Encountering People In Context (Israel/Palestine)
November 8-18, 2017
Cost: approximately $3700 (includes airfare)
During EPIC, we aim not only to learn about the Holy Land’s history but how we could impact its present and future. Our group, led by the Jesus and the Qur’an teaching team, will tour, train, and – most importantly – talk with Christians, Jews, and Muslims in their own context about Jesus, His Kingdom, and lasting peace. Already we have seen this trip radically transform lives (not least our own), and we expectantly invite you to join us this fall.
South America :: Trinidad
May 29-June 6, 2017
We are excited to go to Trinidad this summer and want you to come with us! During the trip we will be holding VBS at a local elementary school, visiting mosques and temples, learning how to share the gospel with people of different faiths and building relationships that will have an eternal impact.
Africa :: Benin
July 20-30, 2017
Cost: $2000 – 3000 depending on team size
Join us in the summer of 2017 as we prayerfully and humbly engage unreached people groups in the birthplace of voodoo. Benin is considered the least evangelized Non-Muslim country in Sub-Saharan Africa. There are nearly 2 million unreached Muslims who live among 14 unique people groups in Benin. On this 10-day trip, you will work with organizations and churches who have dedicated their lives to seeing the holistic kingdom of God come to Northern Benin.You will learn from local and foreign leaders who are striving to serve the Beninese people while also praying about how to provide the Gospel to an unreached Muslim people group for the first time in history.
The trip at a glance:
- Meet local people of peace and share the good news of the Kingdom.
- Volunteer with local medical clinics and nationally-led emergency food relief programs.
- Support and meet with missionaries, scripture translation groups, and humanitarian organizations.
- Visit one of the most diverse cities in Africa.
Kosovo :: Suhareka
June 9-30, 2017
Serve alongside a Kosovar non-profit organization, Kosovo Hope, and you’ll have the opportunity to:
- Be a camp counselor at a camp for Kosovar high school students.
- Serve families in poverty that live in villages surrounding the city.
- Be a part of the “LUG Kosovo” group.
- Build friendships that will last a lifetime!
Kosovo :: Medical Trip
June 2-10, 2017
2017 will mark the second year the medical team has traveled to Kosovo to hold medical clinics in villages in proximity to Surhareke, Kosovo. A Project Briefing Guide is attached which provides information regarding trip dates, trip costs, meeting schedules, clinic schedules, and other important trip information. The medical team encompasses roles for providers (MD’s, DO’s. PA’s. NP’s), other health care professionals, registered nurses/licensed practical nurses, pharmacists/pharmacy technicians, physical therapists, and “helpers” (i.e.,non-medical team members who assist in patient movement and other support roles).
CLICK HERE to download the Project Briefing Guide
India :: Delhi
March 17-26, 2017
Be exposed to a new culture, engage with the locals, and witness firsthand the expansion of the Kingdom of God.