Before I started my race of a day called Monday and zoomed back into the reality of American culture, I wanted to stop and share some reflections from my trip to Kenya last week.   It is a little perplexing to think that just a week...

Thinking about joining a short-term mission team this summer? The pros and cons of such trips have been debated over the years. And while short-term missions will never become a perfected model for missions, we believe that they can be done well and that they...

The traditions and the foods may be different, but even across the globe, we can unite with our Kenyan brothers and sisters in this great celebration. Christ has come to earth! The redemption of our souls has been accomplished. Our God has made a way,...

I hear the same question all the time: Why did you adopt internationally? There are so many kids here in the U.S. that need a home. Wouldn’t that have been easier?   My stomach drops to the floor and back into my throat within a moment. Because...

Please be in prayer for these three teams that are serving in world outreach this week. For more information, please visit our website. Twice a year, we send medical teams to Kenya to help support our local church partners....

I will never forget the last day of the mission trip that I participated in this summer. It was Friday, the seventh day of our journey into the heart of Nicaragua. After a long and amazing week of serving the people in this beautiful country, it...

“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...

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....

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...

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. ...

Growing up in a western, enlightened society I learned to look down on everyone else’s understanding of the world. I learned empirical values. I learned to despise the childish notions of our ignorant ancestors. Accordingly, Greek mythology, demonic activity and supernatural phenomena were classified with...

As I walk through the doors of work with a canteen of coffee in my hand, I mentally prepare myself for the day ahead. The humidity and the heat of the air are increased as I walk from the open air breezeways into the four...

Until three years ago, Barbara Dansby had never had a desire to join an overseas missions team. She heard about opportunities to join medical or pastoral teams, and, since Barbara is a middle school guidance counselor, neither of those areas were really in her skill...

I was home in Greenville for three months this summer on a break from missionary life in Papua New Guinea. During that time, I heard the “Citizens” series at Grace and since then I’ve been thinking about what it means to be an alien and...

As I was reading Pocahontas to my children the other night, a particular part of the story stuck out to me. “Smith told Pocahontas that it [his fancy compass] came from London, a very big village filled with carriages and bridges and big, tall buildings....

We just had a team return from Nicaragua. Through our partnerships with local schools and churches, the team worked in classrooms, hosted a medical clinic, and did pastoral training. Read about Jake's experience on the team:...

I still remember the first day I heard his story. As I read, I sat at my desk and cried. His story and photos stirred something in me, and I found myself longing to somehow help him....

Living in Kenya, I've experienced varying levels of homesickness. My feelings towards home have felt a bit like a roller coaster- with moments of exhilarating excitement in my new surroundings, times when my stomach drops suddenly and feelings of loneliness and longing rush me downward,...

My name is Elijah Mabonga Mangori from Kinyogori high school. As a child, I lived with my grandmother from my mom's side. When I was growing up, I didn't know my mom or my dad- only my grandmother. However, in 2006, my grandmother passed away. My dad lived...

I have spent the last four years studying and communicating the truths of God’s word for women pertaining to femininity, sexuality, and body and body image. And I have believed and taught that these truths transcend cultural differences....

Over the past few months, I have heard many great things about the OVC Kenya program.  However, my experience with the program was purely superficial.  I only knew how many advocates and children there were, the amount of money necessary to support a child, and...

Many of you may have seen the photo of one of our OVC Kenya children that I posted last week. Since I am friends on Facebook with several of the teachers at Happy Day, word got back around to Gachoki (pronounced gu-sho-kee) that her picture...

Istanbul, Turkey is certainly one of my favorite cities in the world.  In matters of history, commerce and faith, no other city in the world can compare. Having just returned from my third visit in four years, the city once again exceeded all my expectations. ...

Imagine that you are a working woman in rural Kenya. Your husband is either   not around or not interested in working (or perhaps both). You try to provide for you and your children by doing odd jobs, but you rarely have enough money  to  buy...

"Actually, you have to be a resident of Kenya for 7 years before you can legally adopt." Bernard's words surprised me as we ate dinner with the team one night in Kenya. His statement surprised me not because I was hoping to return to the States...