From the City


fromthecity2_logo_17But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Acts 1:8

In Acts 1:8 Jesus commands us to go as far as the uttermost parts of the world to tell people about Him. As a church, we want to enable you to go to some of the darkest places, because that is where the Light is needed most desperately. Some of these trips are not easy, but that is why these people groups remain unreached. Please, prayerfully consider each of the partnerships listed below. If you have any questions, please contact our Mission Pastor, Scott Ward, at scott@grandfamily.net or the MPA Leader associated with the partnership.

NATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

dallas1DALLAS TEXAS
Dallas has one of the largest refugee populations in the US with people coming from all over the world, including Syria, Bhutan, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, etc. It is our privilege to work with a Bhutanese couple, Hanok & Esther Rasaily. Hanok is the pastor of First Bhutanese Baptist Church.

 

coloradosprings1COLORADO SPRINGS COLORADO
Just over a year ago, Steve Farris and Brandon Stokes moved out to Colorado Springs to launch The Bridge Fellowship. Steve has since left to pursue another ministry position. Brandon is currently the interim pastor as they look for God’s man to take over this incredible church. God is doing a tremendous work through their efforts to reach the Colorado Springs area.

 

columbus1COLUMBUS OHIO
We are currently the Lead Partner Church in Columbus for NAMB‘s Send Initiative. When we accepted this position, we committed to three things: plant a church in Columbus, give a significant amount financially, and help connect other churches to church planting efforts city-wide. We are currently working with Jason Williams, the pastor of Church In The Wild.

 

alaska1ANCHORAGE ALASKA
True North Church is a 7 year old church plant, and we have been with them from the beginning. They are currently without a pastor and looking for God’s man to take that position. Alaska is considered the least-reached state in the US, but True North continues to push out into the communities with goals of planting campuses all around Alaska and to continue their outreach to indigenous tribes.

 

stlouis1ST. LOUIS MISSOURI
This is one of our newest partnerships. Jason & Rachelle Helmbacher and kids moved to Affton, a community within St. Louis, to revitalize the slowly dying First Baptist. They launched as the Church @ Affton. Affton, also, happens to be the center of the largest population of Bosnian Muslims outside of Bosnia, and it just so happens that the Helmbachers spent two years in Bosnia as missionaries! God is awesome!

 

wyoming1RIVERTON WYOMING
Within the Wind River Indian Reservation there is a tribe called the Northern Arapaho. The are considered the last critically unreached people group in the continental US. We have been taking teams there for the last six years in order to build lasting relationships, and we now call many our friends. Our goal here is to simply gain respect and build relationships with the hope of being able to share the good news of Jesus. We are also praying for a long-term missionary presence. Jason & Sarah Lucas and kids, a non-denominational missionary family, have now moved there! Check them out HERE.

 

kansascity_logoKANSAS CITY KANSAS
Ray & Abbi Peoples and kids moved from Fort Smith to Kansas City to plant New City Church in Merriam. We currently have a team of students planning to go there over Spring Break 2019, and we look forward to seeing what God will do here in the future.

 

lawrence_logoLAWRENCE KANSAS
One of the most incredible things is happening in America right now: college students are readily coming to Christ! Our fastest church plants in America right now are on college campuses. We could not be more excited as our own, Aaron & Kristen Rodgers and kids, have moved to Lawrence, Kansas, home of the Jayhawks, to plant Story Hill Church. We have a team of college students heading there Spring Break 2019.

 

neworleansNEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA
We are extremely excited about our newest partnership with Lakeshore Church in New Orleans. We already have two trips planned there: a spring break high school trip and a men’s trip in the fall which will include some red fishing on the bayou!

 

 

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

honduras1GUAIMACA HONDURAS
This has been a partnership for our church for more than 17 years! Every year we go to work at Orphanage Emmanuel where there are more than 500 kids. We take a big team every February, but we also have folks that go different times of the year on their own. Many of our church members sponsor children at the orphanage. Also, every year our children make shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts to send there. It is shipped to Tennessee by our friends at ABF where it is packed and then shipped to Honduras.

 

southasia1A CITY IN SOUTH ASIA
Because of security reasons we cannot publish much about this partnership. For more information, please, email our MPA Leader, Mary McCutchen. We can say that we are extremely excited about working with this unreached people group. Mary has been leading teams here for a number of years and will continue to do so through our church. Mary’s team has been supporting two pastors there for a couple of years now who took over the work from IMB missionaries.

 

central_asia1A CITY IN CENTRAL ASIA
Because of security reasons we cannot publish much about this partnership. For more information, please, email our MPA Leader, Val Oliver. We can say that we have been sending two teams here every year for almost seven years now, and it is incredible to see how God is working. We currently have four units that live there, and they are working with a very small, but dedicated group of believers to share the good news in this very dark place.

 

southeastasia1A CITY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
Because of security reasons we cannot publish much about this partnership. For more information, please, email our mission pastor, Scott Ward. In this particular country we will be working with both indigenous Christian leaders and IMB missionaries. The universities are wide open for learning English and having spiritual conversations in the big city, plus we will be taking a team of doctors and dentists to work among the minority tribes in the rural areas.

 

tanzania1CHOME TANZANIA
Our mission pastor and his family served in Tanzania as missionaries for about three years working with the Pare Tribe in the Pare Mountains, a range of mountains coming out of Mount Kilimanjaro. Working together with a local pastor, Fanuel & Monika Kiroka, they were blessed to get to see many churches planted. We continue to go back every year or two in order to continue church planting efforts, encourage the young churches, and disciple new pastors.

 

peru_logoPUCALLPA PERU
For more than 15 years we have been partnered in Ecuador working to reach the Shuar Tribe. The IMB has now determined that there is enough gospel presence among this tribe to be able to move on. They have now moved their missionaries, our partners, Adam & Jess Huser and kids, from Ecuador to Peru to work with uncontacted tribes in the rainforests. We will continue to work with the Huser’s and plan to send a team next summer 2019.

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