Grace Fellowship and Missions
At Grace Fellowship, we believe every Christian is a missionary. When God saves men and women they become, at the same time, Christ-followers and missionaries. How should members of the local church approach various organized, possibly overseas, missionary opportunities?
First of all, speak with your pastors about your desire. The Bible speaks (in Galatians 6) of sharing all good things with those who lead you. Missions would certainly fall under this category. Your pastors should know that you have the desire for a mission endeavor. Seek their guidance. Your pastors are entrusted with the responsibility of making sure that those within their flock are protected. However, they cannot protect you if they do not know your plan. Too many Christians seek out an opportunity prematurely, before seeking any counsel. At times, Christians can end up yoking themselves with organizations who do not share their values or doctrinal convictions.
Your pastors, at Grace Fellowship, want you to be on mission. However, we want your experience to be the best experience possible. We have a few organizations that we highly endorse. There are others that our members have investigated that we think helpful. We have, unfortunately, have had members who had very negative experiences with various missions organizations. We want to help you prevent such catastrophes. We know that anyone who puts in the effort and work to go on mission evidently is wanting it to be productive and go well. Therefore, let us help you find the right organization.
We want you on mission, whether at home or abroad. If you choose to go abroad, which we hope you do, we encourage you to contact us. Let us help you find the right organization, talk about your goals, your desires, and how you should go about raising support. We do require any member seeking missions support through Grace Fellowship to meet with us first. This ensures that the church is endorsing your particular opportunity, which is biblical and vitally important as you move forward.
Grace Fellowship Current Missionaries
Rod Connor “To Every Tribe”
Jill Rae Johnson “To Every Tribe”
Keesa Dupree (Peru)
Four Corners Ministries (Uganda and South Sudan)
Seth Terrell (Campus Outreach, Birmingham)
Casey Williamson (Campus Outreach, LSU)
Mary Elizabeth Haynes (Reformed University Fellowship, TCU)
Upcoming Missions Opportunities
Possible short-term mission trip with “To Every Tribe” ministries
Ignite Calhoun County
The following is a letter from Jill Rae Johnson, currently training at “To Every Tribe” Ministries.
Dear Grace Fellowship,
Greetings from South Texas. Though we are far in distance you are never far from my heart. Often I listen to the sermons on Hebrews you are hearing Sunday mornings, and I remember you. I pray your souls are growing in truth and faith more and more, as you seek the face of Jesus through His eternal word.
The Lord has been faithful, so faithful to provide for me through your faithfulness to give to Him. I have witnessed the Lords abundant giving through you and pray even now as I write this that He would bless each of you abundantly in return. Thank you for your testimony of sacrificial giving.
Maybe some of you are considering joining me on the front lines. Consider it highly. I am finding it to be a great gift. What a great privilege it is to represent each of you at Grace Fellowship for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the unreached in Mexico. I look forward to potentially representing you again in other countries more closed to the gospel of Jesus in the future. I feel certain that I am the most blessed missionary because of your partnership, encouragement, guidance, care, and support.
We will be studying through 2 Thessalonians this week. So I will leave you with encouragement to pray that the word of The Lord would speed ahead in Mexico and my heart as well while I train at To Every Tribe for long-term missionary service. And may each of us constantly be directed to the love of God and steadfastness of Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
All Glory Be to Christ,
Jill Rae, your hands and feet to the unreached