When asked what was the greatest commandment, Jesus responded that it was to love God with all we are and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our hope is to provide some very practical ways for our Grace Snellville family to carry out the Great Commandment.
As a family of churches, we have sent out several missionaries through our Grace360 pipelines. Join us at the Grace Village (3996 E Ponce De Leon Ave, Clarkston) – speakers and dates announced in weekly Grace Snellville communications.
The next 360 Talk: Thursday 5/31 at 7pm at the Grace Village (3996 East Ponce De Leon Clarkston). Hunter and Lauri Lambeth will be speaking. Hunter and Lauri worked with the ministry of Young Life for 20+ years, primarily with the organization’s international work. They helped launch Young Life in the Middle East in 2009 and then moved to Nazareth, Israel in 2012, where they lived for the past 5 years. They are now back in the Atlanta area directing the work from a US base. They oversee 8 indigenous staff and over 50 volunteers, Palestinians and Israelis, who carry out the relational ministry on a daily basis. The local staff team includes both Arab and Jewish followers of Jesus. This team coordinates weekly “clubs,” outreach in nature. Approximately 650 youth attend these collectively around the region. At present, over 200 youth are being discipled through one-on-one mentoring relationships and bi-monthly Bible studies. Today, youth are being reached through the ministry in about 12 communities throughout the Holy Land. Youth from all three major cultural-religious people groups are involved; Jewish, Christian and Muslim. In summer of 2018, we will hold 10 camps in the region, with as many as 1000 youth attending, from all 3 cultural-religious backgrounds.
This is our weekly summer outreach in Clarkston to refugees from around the world. We do this by building relationships with families and through a weekly kids program at apartment complexes. Our goal is to cultivate friendships with these families, bring hope and share God’s love.
When: Wednesdays in June & July, 2018
Who: Middle & high school students and we need parent volunteers/chaperones
4pm-8pm Meet in the High School Room, Buses Depart for Clarkston at 5:30
For more info, contact:
In 2016, the Grace Family of Churches rallied together and purchased a house which is now known as the Grace Village. And it is more than a house, it is a place to thrive. To start. To dream. To rebuild. To be restored. To be empowered. Below are a few highlights of the initiatives at the Grace Village–you can find out more here.
One of the many places we love to go and befriend neighbors of many different backgrounds is the city of Clarkston. Clarkston was once called the most diverse square mile in the entire United States and is home to the majority of Atlanta’s refugee population. And we have opportunities for the whole family!
Peace of Thread
For women, you can build relationships with other women from around the world by serving with the organization Peace of Thread (contact , Founder).
Tekton Career Training
For men, you walk alongside a refugee man as he seeks job training and employment through Tekton Career Training (contact ). The Grace Family of Churches is partnering with this training program designed to equip Clarkston refugees for long-term careers in construction. A key part of Tekton Career Training is to pair each student with a mentor (construction experience is not required!) who will be a friend and a guide as they go through the program. This is an amazing opportunity for you to build a relationship with someone from a different culture.
For medical professionals, we have a medical outreach two Saturday morning a month that we’d love for you to be involved in (contact , Medical Outreach Coordinator).
And for the whole family, every summer we spend Wednesday nights in Clarkston with Generation Salaam where we mentor kids and befriend families. Throughout the year with Generation Salaam, we have special events like hosting a refugee family in your home for Thanksgiving or hosting affordable yard sales at apartment complexes in Clarkston for the families we befriend. If you’re interested in engaging in our Clarkston outreach in any way, we’d love for you to contact who oversees our work in this unique and beautiful community.
KOSOVO EXCHANGE PROGRAM
One of our opportunities that you can be a part of without ever having to board a plane stemmed from one of our international partnerships. For several years, we sent teams of young people to Kosovo and as our relationship progressed, we realized that the next natural progression in our friendship would be for the Kosovar students to come to Atlanta. So each year we have a handful of Kosovar students who stay for the entire year and then for one month we have around 20 students who join our community. If you are interested in hosting one of these students, please contact .
Grace also has a huge heart for serving foster children and foster families in Gwinnett County. Click here to learn more.