Grace Life Church desires to show the love of God by spreading the "Good News" of salvation locally and around the world in practical ways. By supporting missionaries financially and in prayer we stay in touch with today's reality of unreached communities that have never heard the Gospel. By partnering with effective established ministries we can offer church members the opportunities to experience interaction with other cultures by sharing the love of Christ.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:19
Missions that Grace Life Church supports, across town and across the world.
The Cazarin Family
Merry and Vicente, along with their children Isaiah, Wendy and Kasia, serve the Church in Spain. Merry is a 2nd generation missionary who grew up in Oaxaca, Mexico and Vicente is from Mexico. The family served many years in Oaxaca before the Lord called them to Spain. They focus on discpleship within the church, leading sunday school classes for all ages, and Youth group.
The Casa Hogar Children's Home in Oaxaca City is the nucleus, and the model, for our initiatives in Mexico. Presently home to nearly eighty children, Simply Smiles has helped Casa Hogar transform into a true oasis for the region's impoverished children. Unique among children's homes in Latin America, Casa Hogar has no age maximums, has a focus on children with special needs, provides education at any level, and maintains a community outreach program run by the children themselves.
Our Youth Group visited Casa Hogar in spring 2010. To see pictures from the mission trip click HERE
Fran & Carol Marin: Casa Hogar Directors
Carol joined Casa Hogar children’s home in Oaxaca over 20 years ago. They take in orphans and handicapped children, plus children that parents can’t support without help - they help. Oaxaca, Mexico, is a very poor and unstable society, but Casa Hogar provides an opportunity for children to learn academics, skills for future employment, and an understanding of trusting Jesus as Lord. Grace Life Church has supported Carol and the Casa Hogar orphanage for many years and seen much growth. The blessing of the Lord transformed and increased their outreach.
After taking a short term mission trip to Casa Hogar, Suzie felt the Lord calling her back there so in January she headed down for 6 months, and 6 months has turned into "as long as God will use me!" Suzie works with the kids and does what ever needs to be done in the daily running of the home and loving on the kids!
Irina Lesheva: Jerusalem House of Prayer
Irina serves at the Internation House of Prayer for All Nations in Jerusalem, Israel. She gave her lifeto the Lord as a university student in her native Russia and God immediately gave her a passion for prayer and the Jewish people. She became a language student at the synagogue until she was called to Israel. In addition to daily prayer watches, ministry in her church, and monthly outreach to the Arab children around the House, Irina is the Guest Coordinator for visitors year-round and the Annual All-Nations Convocation.
Gary Gilbertson: Prepare Ministries
Gary founded Prepare Ministries in 2001, and God is using him in teaching and evangelism. Prepare Ministries is a multi-denominational campus ministry with a heart to encourage and strengthen this generation's relationship with Jesus. They strive to accomplish this and to train the current generation through: Meetings, Mentoring, and Missions. His ministry takes him all over the world - he just returned from Africa. Read More...
Ben Goodman: Prophetic Ministry
Ben Goodman’s calling from God is in the office of the prophet. Ben ministers extensively to a wide variety of churches, both nationally and internationally, strengthening and equipping them through a combination of teaching, prophetic ministry, and demonstrations of God’s power. Ben, his wife Becky, and girls call Lewiston, Idaho, home. Ben has a long history with Grace Life church and True Bridge Networks. Read More...
Charlie & Karen Ogelsby: New Mercies Ministries
The ministry was founded by Karen in the summer of 2006, and God quickly blessed it as the Rwanda orphanage project got underway. They endeavor to bring the message of Christ's passion to hurting, hungry, hardened, hopeless people in post-crisis nations through sustainable relief and development projects in cooperation with local churches and other local and international organizations. Karen and Charlie direct the ministry and accomplish the work through connecting with volunteers in the US and in Rwanda. Currently they are focusing on the many crisis needs in post-war Rwanda. The opportunities are plentiful for anyone wanting to join them.
Are you intersted in serving New Mercies as part of the GLC/VCC 2012 mission trip to Rwanda? Click HERE for more info or APPLICATION and watch for future meetings!
Steve & Glenda Kvale: Wycliffe Bible Translations
Steve's role with Wycliffe is centered on technology projects and communication enhancements with missionaries. Wycliffe Bible Translators is an organization that translates the Word of God into the language of unreached people groups around the world. Steve and his family are based in the Balaton area, and he works remotely from his home with the rest of the team based out of Orlando, FL. Steve says it is a privilege to serve the various computer needs to help spread God's Word to the nations! "The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It never needs a furlough, and is never considered a foreigner." Read More...