The Missions Ministry of Grace Bible Church is dedicated to the fulfillment of the Great Commission's call to make disciples of Jesus Christ in all nations by going, evangelizing, baptizing and teaching all men to observe what Christ has commanded (Matt 28:18-20).
To those ends Grace Bible is committed to training and sending missionaries (short and long term) to the mission fields of the world. Regular trips are scheduled to visit, encourage and support our international missionaries (GBC currently supports 11 missionaries) on short term trips. GBC also actively encourages people to follow God's call to the mission fields of the world on a full time basis.
Grace Bible is also committed to reaching the local community of Midlothian with the gospel of Jesus Christ through ministries such as neighborhood outreach, outreach dinners, home Bible studies and small group fellowships.
MISSIONS LEADERSHIP TEAM
The Grace Bible Church Missions Leadership Team has a passion for missions and has a desire to serve the body in equipping and sending of missionaries. Bill Cross oversees the Missions Leadership Team, which coordinates the various aspects of the ministry.
The MLT meets monthly throughout the year generally on the second and fourth Thursdays. During the meeting we pray for our missionaries and discuss specific aspects of the ministry such as:
• Care and support for our missionaries
• Short term missions trips to encourage and help our missionaries
• New missions opportunities
• Evaluate prospective missionary candidates
• Prepare and maintain the Missions Budget
• Plan and organize regular missions emphasis weekends
Being involved in God's work around the world has eternal value. It is the reason the church is still on this earth, and therefore, it is of the highest priority. Contact Bill Cross for more information.
Internationals Right Here in Richmond – Opportunity for Sharing
Universities are places of great diversity, and at VCU, there are thousands of international students – many from countries where the Gospel of Christ is restricted to varying degrees. Some never meet someone who has trusted Christ as Savior. Particularly during the holiday season – VCU has several matching programs that pair families or individuals with interested internationals. Many here at Grace have welcomed students into homes for holiday dinners, activities, and weekend home stays. Would you consider welcoming a student into the life of your family? From the Word of God, we know that with His blood, Jesus the Lamb of God has purchased for God men from every tribe, language, people, and nation. Welcoming a student into your life in the name of Jesus is a glorious way to participate in the mission of God as a whole family. If you would like to participate, email Vanesa at email@example.com. “All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.” (Psalm 86:9)
CONTACT: JACK DOVE
Those within the Grace family who actively participate in local evangelism efforts welcome you to join them on the campus of VCU. Consider coming out for an exciting and encouraging time to share the Good News with others in front of the Cabell Library behind the cathedral - usually on Tuesday evening. Many people really DO desire to talk about spiritual matters; they just don’t know WHO to talk to. Perhaps it is YOU! For dates, details or information, contact Jack Dove at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RETIREMENT HOME MINISTRY
CONTACT: MARK DONAHUE
Since 1991, GBC has been involved in ministry to local retirement residences. Grace representatives currently serve on a weekly or monthly basis to bring Grace Bible to those who are unable to attend our regular services. Currently at The Virginian, a service is planned two Wednesday evenings a month at 7:00 p.m. At Chesterfield Heights Retirement Residence, a service is scheduled for the first Tuesday evening of each month, 7:00 p.m. Would you like to serve? Both music and teaching opportunities are available (as well as people to attend). Contact: Mark Donahue at email@example.com.
Missionaries all around the world are supported by Grace Bible Church to preach the gospel in the name of Jesus Christ. We are tremendously grateful for the eternal rewards of their ministry and give God all the glory for the work He is doing through them.
NOTE: Due to the social/political situation in some countries, the names of some missionaries have not been displayed. If you would like a complete listing, please contact the Church Office by telephone at 804.378.6722.
MATT AND ELLEN BJERK
BIBLICAL MINISTRIES WORLDWIDE
Matt and Ellen Bjerk, serve with Biblical Ministries Worldwide in Croatia. They have a two-fold ministry: evangelism/church planting—spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and helping establish churches in areas of Croatia where there is little or no effective gospel witness; and assisting other missionaries in Europe with the communication needs of their ministries.
DENIS AND MYLENE COBAR
EXALTING CHRIST MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
Denis serves in the community of Loma De Luz, Honduras. He is regularly teaching and preaching in a local church and teaching on the local radio station. Mylene is meeting with small groups of girls to study the Bible together. Denis is leading a pastoral training class teaching and discipling the young Christian men in the village. They are also in the process of evaluating whether a church plant is possible.
CHRIS AND KRISTIN DECKERT
The JESUS Film Project
Chris and Kristin Deckert work with the The JESUS Film Project; a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. Chris recently transferred to the head of the Research Department for a new initiative to translate 865 unreached languages into the JESUS Film. He will lead a team researching and prioritizing these new languages for translation teams while meeting with Bible translation agencies to facilitate the translation of the Gospel of Luke. Contact Chris at: Chris.Deckert@jesusfilm.org
JIM AND CAROLYN DOWDY
WORD OF GRACE SEMINARY (MEXICO CITY) - IN RICHMOND, VA
Jim joined the faculty of the Word of Grace Bible Seminary in Mexico City in September 2007. He currently teaches Expository Preaching in the second year of the Seminary program. The men in class are eager to study God’s Word and prepare to serve Him. The Dowdys are now living in the Richmond area, but will still work in ministry with the Mexico seminary and churches. Contact them here to receive their most newsletter: firstname.lastname@example.org
MIKE AND BARBARA GRAY
TEAM IN JAPAN
Takamatsu Community Church was started in 1998 in the capital city of Kagawa prefecture, on Shikoku Island. Today, the church operates with six congregations spread throughout the region. Our vision is to expand to 10 locations in accord with our mission of planting and nurturing reproducing churches. The current team consists of Mike & Barbara Gray, Stella Cox, two Japanese pastors and several independent missionaries and short-term missionaries. To receive their newsletter, contact the Grays here: email@example.com
JOSE CARLOS AND RAQUEL MARTINEZ
NEZA CHRISTIAN CHURCH, MEXICO CITY (AT TMS CURRENTLY)
Jose Carlos came off the mission field in Puerta Vallarta to receive further pastoral training - attending The Master’s Seminary and living in Los Angeles, CA with the hope of returning to the ministry in Mexico as a pastor and seminary teacher. He completed the Master of Divinity degree in May of 2018; and is now working on the Master of Theology, while caring for his growing family as well as serving in the community. They will hopefully finish in 2021 and return to Mexico.
JEREMY AND JENNY PITTSLEY
GRACE BAPTIST MISSION, NAIROBI, KENYA
Jeremy serves as an instructor and missionary at East Africa Baptist School of Theology. He has a burden to bring quality, biblical, church-based theological education to the churches of Kenya as he teaches and trains African Pastors.
ALFREDO AND BETTY TABARES
GOSPEL MINISTRIES TO CHILDREN - JUAREZ, MEXICO
Alfredo and Betty minister to the children of Juarez, Mexico proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus in churches, missions, communities, and homes. Ministries include: After-School Bible Clubs, Summer Bible Clubs, Vacation Bible Schools, Children’s Rallies, Teacher Training, Evangelism through Face Painting, Fair & Rodeo Evangelism. Contact Alfred: firstname.lastname@example.org
BILL AND JUDY WITTMER
BIBLICAL MINISTRIES WORLDWIDE
Bill and Judy, along with seven of the nine children, arrived in the Republic of Ireland in August 2018, after several years of preparation and the Lord’s provision of support. They are currently serving in County Kerry on the southwest coast, working with an established church in Tralee, and through Biblical Ministries Worldwide - with a desire to tell the people of southwest Ireland of Christ in word and action. Please pray for them, and contact at email@example.com.