At the end of living in Allendale for six weeks during the summer, I was more than eager to return to Greenville. I had forgotten what life was like to have Target within 20 minutes of your home and to have more than three options...

The problem of affordable housing throughout the Upstate is multi-faceted, and it’s our desire to partner with organizations like Homes of Hope who are a part of the solution. Grace Church has donated a residential lot and $35,000 to Homes of Hope to build a...

A massive storm may hit our state and neighboring states early next week. We are preparing alongside local churches and organizations to meet the potential needs of friends, family, and neighbors. The uncertainty of the weather - from the intensity of a storm to the areas...

Caring for orphans through foster care and adoption can be difficult and draining. When we've been in our most difficult days we have been blessed by the volunteers who are willing to serve our family by playing with our children one night a month so...

As the baby of the Frick family, I had little to no experience in disciplining; instead, I was the one throwing temper tantrums as I was punished by every other member of the family- mom and dad, brother, cousins, grandma, aunts and uncles- quite literally,...

My heart is broken, I am full of anger and loneliness and just pure anguish over losing a child. I am working through the stages of grief and I’m not to the end yet. But for this reason I still have hope: because of the...

Speak Up: Voices for Foster Care Reform® provides a microphone for children in foster care to be heard. Last year, thousands of people across South Carolina joined together as one voice to encourage the legislature to hear and respond to the needs of children in foster...

Being a good neighbor isn’t as easy as it sounds. I’m often tempted to think it means making sure your dog doesn’t poop in other people’s yards and waving to your neighbors when you’re both outside. Unfortunately, many of us go for years without even...

Many of you may be aware of our partnership with Miracle Hill but might not know all the facets of the ministry. Although they are largely connected with the fostering and adopting of at-risk children, Miracle Hill also provides food, shelter for homeless adults, and...

Over 150 individuals from Grace Church gathered to “meet Jump Start” last Thursday evening. Members of the Jump Start staff shared their experiences with the ministry; many of the current staff are Jump Start graduates themselves, and almost all of them have spent time in...

While there, I was abused mentally, physically, sexually, and emotionally. Anything they could do to me was done. I was told several times that I deserved what was being done to me. It was during this time that I started to get angry with God....

I don’t know what all the answers are, but I know the church can help bridge that gap, and in the process, make a big difference. I know Hebrews 13:3 says, “Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself.”...

Adoption is a beautiful, messy, scary thing, sometimes unpredictable, but always worth it. ...

At dinner, our family spent a good 30 minutes or more sharing memories of all our friends and favorite moments from our season in Allendale. I think about Allendale a lot, I get happy talking with others about it. I love when others visit our...

For as long as I have understood what adoption was, I have known it to be a beautiful thing. I had a family friend who was adopted and her parents always talked about it openly, about how they waited for her and felt so grateful...

In hard-hit North Carolina, swollen rivers are at last receding. As residents return to communities that were underwater for days, the Red Cross is delivering meals, snacks and relief supplies, including cleanup kits to help families muck out flood-ravaged homes....

Life is a funny thing. It passes slowly and yet quickly. The longer we live it, the more sure we become that our time is passing and fleeting. We long to live lives filled with meaning, but then we find ourselves filling our day-to-day with...

Over the next several days, up to 12,000 evacuees from the lower part of South Carolina are expected to travel upstate. We desire to steward our resources in a meaningful way as a proactive response to this potential need....

In my early 30’s all of these thoughts occurred on a regular basis about work. They were lies, excuses, a means to justify an escape, an unmasked a deep desire to be known. Regardless, they were all a distraction from the “Who.” I mistakenly believed...

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...

Many women come to us thinking that we are the women's clinic next door,” says Michele Reeves. Nervous, confused, and emotional, women from all walks of life come in thinking that abortion is the only option. There are three women’s clinics offering abortions in our...

I very much wanted a family, but I really always saw myself as a working mom. I even rolled my eyes a little at college friends who would be studying their bums off for finals, knowing that their ultimate goal was just to raise babies....

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...