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Work and the Mission Field

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” (Colossians 3:23)   My vocation is by nature “for the Lord.” I came to Papua New Guinea to plant a church because I wanted to work for the Lord generally, and I...

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Working for the Lord and not for Success

Since I was young I’ve heard the joke about stay-at-home moms sitting on the couch, watching Soaps and eating bonbons all day. I just Googled it and received over 17,000 results, so apparently the saying is still floating around. And even though I never saw my...

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Caring for Women | Piedmont Women’s Center

“You know, free pregnancy care is available elsewhere. What we’re really offering is the hope of the Gospel.” While this might not be obvious to every woman as soon as she enters the door at Piedmont Women’s Center, you can be sure she won’t leave...

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Learning to Value the Work of Motherhood

I have been a stay-at-home mom for 9 years, but to be completely honest, I was never the girl that wanted to do this.   I very much wanted a family, but I really always saw myself as a working mom. I even rolled my eyes a...

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Work & Faith in the Daily Grind

  When we think about our work we typically think of our vocation (job) and the required activity it takes to complete its mission-a lawyer doing litigation work, a server serving tables, a homemaker managing the household, a project leader coordinating a project team...

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/cul•tured :: the art of engaging

  The world around us is ever-changing and, at times, can feel as if it's spinning out of control. As believers in Jesus, we must discipline ourselves to set our hope in eternity and to rest in the sovereignty of God. However, we must also learn...

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Lessons from a High School Mission Trip

Sam Middleton attends Grace Church Pelham and is involved in our high school ministry, Forge. This summer, Sam had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Nicaragua with 20 other students and leaders of Grace Church. Here are his thoughts on his experience there....

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/cul•tured :: the art of engaging

  The world around us is ever-changing and, at times, can feel as if it's spinning out of control. As believers in Jesus, we must discipline ourselves to set our hope in eternity and to rest in the sovereignty of God. However, we must also learn...

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When God writes your foster care story

It makes me a little (a-lot-a) nervous to be writing on a blog that will just be dangling out there in cyber world for anyone to read. Actually, this is less comfortable for me than thinking about a 6-month-old and a 2-year-old in my care...

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Bible Talk & Sidewalk Chalk

Could a VBS held at an apartment complex be successful?   Originally, I thought popsicles and free food would be the ultimate selling points, but the kids really seemed to be coming for something else. The children were experiencing true joy through having a group of twelve...

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Where faith and talent intersect

Where do our talents and abilities intersect with our call to make disciples? And when do those things line up in a such a way that we move into an opportunity for full time ministry? These are questions that every follower of Christ must wrestle...

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The Hard Relationships: Diversity and Unity

  One of the things I love most about my work with Mill Village Farms is the diversity of students that we serve. Most of our students come from the “inner city” neighborhoods in which we are located, but we intentionally recruit teenagers from outside those...

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The week my 8-year-old learned to bike

If you were to venture into our backyard on any given day, most likely a kid or two would wiz past riding a bike. Trails are formed all over our yard. Our landscaping (if you can call it that) is made up of jumps of...

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Foster Parents & Case Workers | On the Same Team

A recent conversation with a caseworker confirmed a burden I’ve carried for several months. For the foster care system to be whole, it requires that the fractured relationships between caseworkers and foster parents to be functional. What is the status of foster parent and DSS...

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Unexpected lessons of my first mission trip

I came into my CE internship at Grace this summer with a lot of “firsts”. Just one month before we departed for Allendale, I had boarded my first plane for a three week trip to Israel. Two days after I returned, I was hard at...

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Global Cause, Local Church

Take the Good News- to the ends of the earth. This was Jesus' command to his followers as He left the earth. And this is the responsibility of the people of God today. Tuesday evening, we had the opportunity to join in a conversation with German church...

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Not Grow Weary

“Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”  -Isaiah 40:30-31   Whenever I think...

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Life on Mission | The Post Family

For Kevan and Ashley Post, their college experience impacted them so strongly that it's still making waves for them over 5 years later.   As college students at Clemson University, they both participated in a campus ministry called the Navigators. This ministry places a high emphasis on...

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HOG Day | Frequently Asked Questions

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The 5 W’s of HOG Day   What Hands on Greenville Day is a community service event hosted by United Way each year. When Saturday morning, April 30th Who As a church, we send volunteers (you!) to partner organizations within our own communities as a way to join in...

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A Call to Action in SC Foster Care

Currently, when there are not foster parents available to host a child, that child will be moved to a group home. However, in an effort to ensure the best care for young children, children six years and younger will now require a foster family placement....

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Business for the good of the community

  You may already know that Mill Village Farms develops local youth (ages 14-18) with weekly classes and mentoring. And you probably know that we provide paid job internships for dozens of these teenagers. In 2015 alone, we provided 35 job opportunities for teenagers -- among...

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Generation to Generation

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. Psalm 145:4   Below is an interview with Kathy Lewis at Grace Pelham's Senior Honor facility: The Gardes at Eastside. What is your role in the Senior Honor Program? I am Grace Church’s Senior Honor Volunteer Coordinator at The...

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Good Friday Prayer for our City

  Gentle Jesus, be thine the wounds that heal our wounding. -Frederick Buechner   Your Son taught to us to pray to you as our Father. Never do we feel more connected and indivisible as when we hurt each other, and the ripples tear at our insides, from one...

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Changing the world

I didn’t always love him. Pulling into the DSS parking lot that day, I knew that my life was about to change forever. I walked into the office and saw a little boy in grungy clothes that were too many sizes too big to even count....

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A Letter to a mentor

Mentoring- it can seem almost too simple. You may wonder if it can make an impact at all. This letter from one child's teacher to his mentor tells a different story.      Dear John, Thank you so much for your dedication to Michael each week.  I know that it must at...