Fall Missions Fest

The purpose of the Fall Missions Fest is to report on all the great things God is doing through Missions at Grace Church and to get people excited about the upcoming year of missions.

  • Pray that God would inspire Grace church to be involved in missions more than ever before.
  • Pray that those who God is calling to go on short term trips would step out in faith and sign up for one of the many trips planned for 2018.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit would be active and on fire in our speakers. Pray that the Lord would guide them and speak through them.
  • Pray for generous hearts. Pray that people would make generous commitments and be diligent in following through with their Faith Promise giving.
  • Pray for open hearts in our home church. We want eyes to be opened to the world of missions and people to get involved in the advancement of the Kingdom across the street and around the world.

"If you found a cure for cancer, wouldn't it be inconceivable to hide it from the rest of mankind? How much more inconceivable to keep silent the cure from the eternal wages of death." 

— Dave Davidson

New Career Missionaries

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The call to be a full-time missionary can be loud and obvious or a subtle and quiet. Either way, Grace Church wants to partner with those whom God has called. The decision to become a missionary is a life-changing one. It requires a lot of work, perseverance, braveness, energy and resources.

  • Pray that God would be equipping future missionaries and encouraging them to respond to His call.
  • Pray that during the Festival, those how have been called would surrender to His will and in obedience, go into the entire world.
  • Pray that some would be called to go to the completely unreached, where there are no current mission’s agencies or churches.

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest”

-          Luke 10:2

Generosity

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The Bible has a lot to say about money and how we use it. We often quote 2 Corinthians 9:7b “God loves a cheerful giver” and remind each other to be good stewards of our money, time and resources. All of this is true. However, do you treat money like God treats money? Consider this your challenge for the week:

Do you act like God is the true owner and distributor of money? Do you trust God with your finances? Would it be hard for you, like it was for the rich young man, if God told you to sell all your possessions and give to the poor (Matthew 19)?   

 “Everything belongs to God, and all things were created by his power.”

 -Hebrews 2:10a

 “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”

-Psalm 24:1b

  • Pray that God would place in your own heart a desire, willingness and ability to give.
  • Pray that people would be moved to give generously to The CAUSE because they want to invest in the expansion of God’s kingdom.
  • Pray that the dollars given to missions would stretch far and that they would fund outrageous efforts to reach the lost.

Vishwavani: Church planting in India

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An indigenous church planting movement is exploding across the unreached villages of India! The Vishwavani ministry was started on May 1st of 1980 as a few men knelt before the Lord to pray with burden for the perishing souls of India. Now they have more than 3,754 full time native staff tirelessly reaching out to 7471 villages!  They are going into villages where no other mission agency or church is currently work and strategically placing field workers to cover the most unreached areas. Native workers are selected, trained and sent to minister to their own tribe/language. It is Vishwavani’s mission to reach 1,000,000 villages with the Gospel by actively recruiting and training local workers to plant healthy reproducing churches by 2020! Praise God for what He is doing in India, a country caught in the system of Hinduism and almost completely lost from Christ.

Currently:

3,754 full time staff

301 people groups reached

7471 villages where ministry is carried

6139 Bible study groups

828 churches constructed

2483 churches planted

 

  • Pray that God would continue to move in powerful ways and impact the millions of lost people in India!
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to enable the church planters to courageously continue in their efforts to spread the Gospel.
  • Pray for protection from persecution.

 Link :    http://www.vishwavani.org

Visiting Missionaries

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During the Missions Festival this year, a larger number of our 107 missionaries will be visiting from all over the world! These are faithful partners in Christ that have dedicated their lives and careers to serving God abroad. They come back for this special festival to encourage and report on the work they have done abroad.

  • Pray for the visiting missionaries to feel refreshed, cared for, and ministered to while at Fall Festival. We want our missionaries to feel at home and loved during their time here.
  • Pray that Grace would be intuitive to their needs and that they would know how much we appreciate the work they are doing.
  • Pray that the missionaries will be able to clearly articulate what the Lord has done and that their stories would inspire others to be involved in missions either through praying, giving or going.
  • Pray also that God continues to renew their vision for the ministry God has called them to.

Modern Slavery

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Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world (second only to arms dealing); it is Satan’s 32 billion dollar industry. An estimated 28 million people are trapped in human trafficking rings and roughly half of them are children. Human trafficking is the selling of a human being by means of force, fraud or coercion to be used for labor or sex.  Often victims are young girls in poor areas who are pursued and lied to by traffickers offering them good jobs and a new life in a city far away. Likewise, some cultures have become financially dependent and deeply ingrained in the sex trafficking industry that it has become culturally acceptable for parents in poor villages to sell their children to pimps as a source of income. Grace has several missionaries and partners that fight human trafficking daily and work to prevent more from being enslaved, free those who are currently trapped and restore those who have been hurt by this industry.

Human trafficking occurs everywhere, even in the United States and anyone can be trafficked, regardless of education, gender or age.  People that do end up escaping from or leaving the industry are often too physically and emotionally damaged to fully re-enter society. AIDS/HIV and other physical damages are common as well as addictions and psychological trauma inflicted by their captors make it hard for people to escape.

  • Pray that the church would be more active in protecting women and children who are being abused and that victims and buyers would choose a path of recovery and encounter the love of Christ.
  • Pray for an attack on the porn industry, many victims of human trafficking are forced to be the subject of porn production through violence and threat. Porn financially fuels the sex trafficking industry.
  • Pray for the upcoming SuperBowl as Grace prepares to engage in outreach and prayer initiatives related to human trafficking.
  • Pray for new and creative ways to fight human trafficking. Human trafficking is a complex issue and requires a complex solution. Pray for political change, wise legislation, pray for cultural change, opportunities for the oppressed, pray for heart change.

Human trafficking exists in Eden Prairie and in our surrounding communities as well. Our Eden Prairie police department is regularly involved in operations that target buyers and identify victims. In August 2017, during a 12-hr operation, 24 men were arrested for attempting to purchase a female online. 10 of these men specifically targeted a minor. 5 victims were recovered and 1 adult trafficker was arrested.

To find out more about how you can engage in local human trafficking initiatives, including opportunities connected with the SuperBowl, contact Christine Erickson, Director of OneLess Ministries at christine.erickson@grace.church or visit grace.church/oneless.

 “Nothing happens just because we are aware of modern-day slavery, but nothing will ever happen until we are.”

– Gary Haugen, International Justice Mission (IJM)

 

Pastor Dave Gibson

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Please pray for Grace Church’s Missions Pastor, Dave Gibson, as he gives leadership during Fall Missions Fest and to Missions at Grace Church throughout the year. Pastor Dave provides leadership for various strategic projects, outreach activities and ministries as well as conducts evangelism training seminars. All of Grace Church has been blessed by his wisdom and guidance as he lives out his faith by example.

  • Pray for the protection of the Gibson family from the enemy's schemes. Living a life boldly for Christ will make you one of the devil’s targets. Pray that he and his family are armed with the armor of God so the devil is powerless against them.
  • Pray also for the Lord's strength and divine wisdom during the Fall Missions Festival’s busy week for the entire Missions Team of staff and volunteers. Putting on large events like this one can be exhausting and both physically and mentally draining.
  • Pray that good judgment and renewed energy follows the leaders throughout the Festival and upcoming year.

The Secular World

There are many countries that would be considered part of the secular world. These are areas where there is no primary god served and most of the population would consider themselves atheistic, agnostic or irreligious. These are places where the devil has distracted nations with his temptations. Places where people just want to have fun in life and be carefree. These are some of the hardest places to evangelize.

Praise God for organizations like Steiger, senders of No Longer Music that take on the challenge of reaching the secular world. No Longer Music is an evangelistic musical and theatrical production group that uses the stage to communicate the Gospel of Jesus in night clubs, city squares and festivals. Their target audience is young people who would never step foot into a church. They use a creative blend of live modern music, stage drama, and other special effects (e.g., video projections and fire) to present a relevant yet clear Gospel.

  • Pray that as Christians in a secular culture, our lives would look different and stand out in the world.
  • Pray that the devil’s grip on these countries would be loosened and that nationwide revivals would turn cultural trends away from their downward spin and towards the loving arms of God.
  • Pray for organizations like Steiger who send No Longer Music teams, who are dedicated to taking the Gospel to the secular world.

How do you respond to your secular family and friends? Do you have trouble reaching those who view institutionalized religion as an irrelevant, dead, empty tradition of the past? Aaron and Ben Pierce with Steiger International and No Longer Music will be leading a class this November to equip you to reach the secular culture with the love, hope and forgiveness found only in Jesus.

Short Term Trips

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Grace Church sends out multiple teams on short term mission trips every year to partner with our sister churches and missionaries here and abroad.  These trips encourage our partners and empower the goers.  These short term trips partner with our long term partners for a long term impact. Are you ready to answer God’s call to Go? Fill out our Short Term Trip Interest Form to let us know you want more information!

  • Pray that God will continue to call many to serve in short-term missions, and for people to be obedient to that call. 
  • Pray for those who God is calling to go on a short-term mission's trip, or to go as a career missionary, that they will be attentive to His call, and be ready and obedient to respond.
  • Pray for the people that we will meet on these short term trips, that God would already be working in their hearts so that they are receptive of the Gospel.

Sister Church in Kenya

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The Huduma Church, is growing rapidly in a desperately poor area in Nairobi, Kenya, called the Kawangware Slum. Dr. David Kitonga, who earned his doctorate at Michigan State University, is the pastor. Several short-term missions teams have gone to work bega kwa bega, shoulder to shoulder with this sister church. This February the Huduma church is dedicating their new church building! For the past 10 years they have been meeting in a tent, but God has provided a way for them to build a permanent structure that shines like a beacon of light in the slums of Kenya.

Kenya received its independence from Britain in 1963 and at that time was an economically stable country. However, in recent years corruption and political unrest have led to a huge disparity of wealth, leaving 41 million Kenyans living in poverty.

  • Pray for the church in Nairobi, Kenya to continue to have an impact among both the children and the adults in their desperately poor area of Nairobi.
  • Pray that government corruption would be stopped and the disparity of wealth would be closed.
  • Pray for the protection of biblical truth from being mixed with ethnic cultural practices.

Faith Comes By Hearing: Oral Learners

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Nearly 1/3rd of the world cannot read the language they speak and another 1/3rd chooses to learn through non-written means. This tells us that 2/3rds of the world would be considered oral learners. We need to bring the Bible and the Gospel to people in a way that they can understand and we need to provide storytellers and audio Bibles to oral people groups as well as other creative messaging to deaf and closed people groups.

Faith Comes by Hearing is doing this. They are creating free unique resources to fit distinct cultures, lifestyles and individuals around the globe! For example, BibleSticks are personal, battery-powered digital players that come loaded with the New Testament or the KIDZ bible. These are a convenient way to hear the gospel anywhere! They also have created The Proclaimer, a digital player, preloaded with an Audio Bible recording developed as a playback device for poor and illiterate people lacking the resources to receive God’s world. With this in mind they created it to be practically indestructible, with a microchip that will not erase or wear out from frequent playing, and a battery that can be charged through a built-in solar panel or a hand crank! The speaker was specifically engineered to allow groups as large as 300 to hear God’s Word anytime! 

  • Pray that God would continue to use this organization and others like it, give them creative ways to share the Gospel and to reach those who are hard to reach.
  • Pray about how you can help and support this movement of bringing the Gospel to every people group in their heart language.
  • Pray for our speaker Morgan Jackson, from Faith Comes By Hearing. Pray that God would be speaking through him and that he would feel encouraged by Grace Church

To learn more about Faith Comes by Hearing visit https://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/

The Tribal World

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A tribe is any group of people from a common ancestry under the same leaders with community customs and traditions they adhere to. The tribal world is concentrated heavily in Africa (especially Kenya), on Native American Reservations and in the mountains of Peru; however, tribes exist all over the world. Tribal communities often pose major barriers for missionaries, whether that barrier be cultural, linguistic, religious or political. 

  • Pray for missionaries going into tribal groups, that they would be able to relate to the people and understand their culture more fully.
  • Pray that God would give them wisdom on how to approach new tribes and for protection from unfriendly tribes.
  • Pray that God’s word would be translated into smaller tribal dialects so that everyone can read a Bible in their heart language.

Refugees

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 “An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of who are under the age of 18.

There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement”

-UNHCR

Most of these refugees come from South Sudan, Afghanistan or Syria, however there are refugees being displaced all over the world, forced out of their home by the Satan’s grip. They often face violence and suffer from a lack of resources or opportunities.

  • Pray that followers of Jesus around the world would respond to refugees with hospitality, compassion and love, seeing these migrants as an opportunity to extend God’s love.
  • Pray for refugee workers, the harvest is great but the workers are few, pray that people would answer God’s call to Go and bring the Gospel to a hurting people.
  • Pray for the refugee education crisis. “For many refugees education remains out of reach. School aged children are supposed to get 200 days of school a year. 3.5 million school-aged refugees had 0 days of school in 2016.

 “Dear Children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and truth.”

-1 John 3:18

 

Want to partner with our missionaries in aiding the refugee crisis? Many of our missionaries work directly with refugees and have been overwhelmed and understaffed to meet their needs. Some have reached out to Grace church asking for short term trips to bring some man power to their already existing refugee programs. Check out our short term trip interest list to let us know what trips you would like information on.

Grace also has many local missionary and ministry partnerships that work with refugees including Rajo, SALT and Refugee life. We are leading the effort to train future church planters in these communities. Learn more at our GO Twin Cities conference on Oct 20 &21

Our Small World

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“There are 7.2 billion people in the world today, and 2 billion have never heard the life-saving message of the gospel. When numbers reach into the billions, they seem to lose meaning; they are simply too big.

However, if we shrink the world's population down to a village of 100 people, perhaps we can start to make sense of the dire needs that crush the global population, and more importantly we can be moved to pray for people who, without Christ, have little hope, peace, joy, or opportunity for salvation.

Picture the world as a village of 100 people.  Six people (all U.S citizens) own 58% of the wealth.  74 people own 39% of the wealth.  20 people own the other 2%. If you have a bank account (with any amount) you are among the richest 30 people.  18 people struggle to live on $1 USD per day.  53 people struggle to live on $2 USD per day.  20 people are undernourished, 15 are overweight, and one dies of starvation.  20 people have no clean drinking water. 56 people have no access to sanitation, and 80 live in substandard housing.  One person has AIDS, and one has a university degree.  Seven people have computers, and 67 are illiterate.  48 people cannot speak freely of their religious faith.

Even when the numbers are shrunk to understandable figures, the global issues and problems can seem insurmountable.  But when we feel as if there is nothing we can do to help the world, we need to remember that Christ was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, sacrificed his own body and blood for every person, and rose victorious over sin, death, and hell.”

-http://prayercast.com/world.html

Sometimes it can be hard to pray for the poor. Here are a few guidelines that may help you get started:

  • Pray with a broken heart full of compassion. Do not come to the Lord with feelings of superiority.
  •  Pray that the church would become more involved than it already is.
  • Pray that all relief work would be accompanied by and out-shined by the expansion of the Gospel.

Don’t just stay at home and be un-involved. Use the gifts, talents and resources that God has given you to care for those in need.

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” -James 1:27

The Buddhist World

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There are around 488 million Buddhists in the world.  Buddhism is centered on the worldview that life is full of suffering. It is a hopeless religion where the end goal is numbness to life in an attempt to dull suffering. Buddhism is based off The Four Noble Truths.  The Buddhist world includes much of Vietnam, Mongolia, Myanmar, China, Taiwan and Thailand.

  • Pray for the Buddhist world, that they would find that it is Jesus that sets us free.
  • Pray for missionaries in Buddhist nations, that they would be comforted and that the Holy Spirit would give them a renewed passion.
  • Pray that the devil would be held back so that he can no longer put a veil over the eyes of Buddhists.

 “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work.” -Oswald Chambers.

Sister Church Peru

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In 1988, a sister church relationship was begun with Callao Church, and it has only deepened into a relationship between people who are joined together because of their love for Jesus. As Rev. Joaquin Alegre gives vision and leadership to this congregation, we serve hombro a hombro – shoulder to shoulder.

Pray for our sister church in Lima Peru.

  • Pray that God would be working through the Callao Church as well as the churches they have planted, and bless them as they grow their congregation and develop their own sister churches.
  • Pray that there would be sound biblical doctrine and that trained leaders would superstitions out of the church.
  • Pray for the translation of the Bible into the lesser known languages still spoken in Peruvian tribal groups.

Immigrants

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You don’t need to take an airplane to grow a relationship with people from around the world, “Minnesota’s foreign-born population is actually increasing faster than the national average, it has tripled since 1990.”

http://www.mncompass.org/immigration/overview

In fact Minnesota has the largest Somali population in the United States and the second largest Hmong population. Many of these peoples have resettled here due to the collapse of the Somali government that led to extreme violence in the 1990’s and the Hmong began arriving when Laos was taken over by communist powers in the 1970’s.

Is the Christian community taking the opportunity from the influx of immigrants to share the gospel? Class, an affiliate partner of The JESUS Film Project said, “We’ve been praying for people around the world for so many years. We’ve been praying that the right things would happen in their world so we’d have a change to share Christ with them. Now what’s happened is those people that we’ve been praying for are coming to America. And the sad thing is we’re living in a state of fear and concern and misunderstanding, and we may not be welcoming them the way we’re told to by Jesus.”

https://www.mnnonline.org/news/world-refugee-day/

  • Pray for an open heart to reach immigrants and refugees in your own neighborhood.
  • Pray for immigrants making a new home transition to the USA.
  • Pray for a change in the hearts of Christians, that we would be overcome by love for our neighbors.

Challenge for the day: Invite a refugee or newly immigrated person in your area to have dinner with you this week. Be the love of Christ to that person and show them they are not alone.

Orphans

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“It is estimated there are between 143 million and 210 million orphans worldwide (recent UNICEF report.) The UNICEF orphan numbers don’t include abandonment (millions of children) as well as sold and/or trafficked children. The current population of the United States is just a little over 300 million… to give you an idea of the enormity of the numbers.

Every Day 5,760 more children become orphans

Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but…

Each year 14,505,000 children grow up as orphans and age out of the system by age sixteen

Each day 38,493 orphans age out

Every 2.2 seconds another orphan ages out with no family to belong to and not place to call home

Studies have shown that 10% - 15% of these children commit suicide before they reach age eighteen

These studies also show that 60% of the girls become prostitutes and 70% of the boys become hardened criminals”

- Orphan Hope International http://www.orphanhopeintl.org/facts-statistics/

  • Pray that Christians would step up and make a change in the lives of orphans here, near and far, weather that be through adoption, foster care, encounter retreats, VBS in the park, Royal Family Kids Camp, Akina Kids Club, missions trips to orphanages, or coming alongside women considering abortion.
  • Pray that God would put His hand of protection over these kids who are often vulnerable to abuse and human trafficking.
  •  Pray for our One Less ministry that supports adoptive families comes alongside children and youth in challenging life circumstances, reaches children at risk in our community and seeks to care for the fatherless around the world.

Praise the Lord for orphanages run by Christians all around the world. The staff at orphanages like the SMOC in Myanmar make great sacrifices to raise children in a loving and Christ-centered community. If you are interested in volunteering at the SMOC through a short term trip let us know through our short term trip interest form https://podio.com/webforms/3513102/269084

Evangelism

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It has been 2000 years since Jesus died and gave us the command to take the Gospel to all peoples and it is time to fulfill the command.

“The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed”

 – Hudson Taylor

  • Pray that all believers in our congregation will not only know how to share their faith, but would have courage and take steps to share the Gospel with those around them.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit would be so active and alive that to speak the Gospel one would only need to remove our hand from our mouth.
  • Pray that we will participate in outreach events and short term missions trips.

Want to know how to better share your faith? Join the upcoming Sunday Share Life Class, Nov 5 -  Dec 3 (skipping Nov 26)

Are you interested in evangelizing on a short term missions trip? Let us know what you are interested in and we will let you know when information on that trip becomes available!

Cru

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Cru is the new name of Campus Crusade for Christ in the USA. Established in 1951 they now have ministry presence in 191 countries. Their purpose “is helping to fulfill the Great Commission in the power of the Holy Spirit by winning people to faith in Jesus Christ, building them in their faith and sending them to win and build others and helping the body of Christ do evangelism and discipleship thorough a variety of creative ways”. Grace church supports over 20 Cru missionaries, we are deeply invested in their ministry, here is what Cru is doing:

2,300 campus ministries engaging more than 101,000 students and faculty.

Cru’s city ministry serving in over 50 cities and partners with over 2,000 churches and organizations.

More than 4 million people in 109 countries have been trained at a Weekend to Remember marriage getaway or an event sponsored by FamilyLife, a Cru ministry.

Nearly 100 million people have heard Dennis and Barbara Rainey on their daily radio program “FamilyLife Today” and “Real FamilyLife,” found biblical help and hope on line at familylife.com.

The athletic ministry has outreaches in 64 countries, 225 college campuses and 46 professional sports teams in the U.S. along with sports media that touches the lives of an estimated 100 million people annually.

Ministry to military installations and communities in all 50 states as well as deployed units.

The JESUS film has been shown in more than 1,500 languages and in every nation in the world. To date, Jesus Film Project is responsible for more than 7.7 billion exposures to the gospel and more than 530 million total estimated decisions for Christ.

-https://www.cru.org/about/what-we-do.html

  • Pray for the college campuses our missionaries are serving at, that they would be receptive to the gospel.
  • Pray for our Cru missionaries that are coming to Fall Festival, that they would feel loved and appreciated by their Grace family.
  • Pray for new and creative ways to reach the nations for Jesus.