"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me" Matthew 25:35-6
The Grace family is passionate about mission, both around the corner and around the world. Our mission team coordinates the vast number of missions that our church members participate in. Mission participation ranges from groups of a few people to projects that involve the whole church, and all ages have a chance to participate in various opportunities.
A few examples of ongoing projects:
CAEF (Center for Attention and Education to the Family):
Grace partners with the organization CAEF in Trujillo, Peru. CAEF is a Christian non-profit organization that works in the physical, psychological and spiritual restoration of kids in extreme poverty to reach their social adaptation in Trujillo, Peru. CAEF works to strengthen children’s education, train youth leaders and prepare parents. The orphanage works with children of all ages all with behavior problems stemming from being victims of abuse and violence. Grace supports CAEF financially and prayerfully. Grace members are pen pals with children and carers, and a team has travelled to Trujillo, visited CAEF and participated directly in their ongoing projects.
Ozark Mission Project:
For a week during the summer, Jr and Sr High Youth join youth from other churches in various locations across the state of Arkansas to build wheelchair ramps, paint houses, or clean yards; and build relationships with other youth, with the ‘neighbors’ they meet in their work, and with God.
Blessing of the Backpacks:
Grace raises money and materials to stuff backpacks before the new schoolyear. Children and youth have the opportunity to put together these backpacks that are then given to children and teachers in the Conway schools.
Bigelow School Shoe Drive:
Grace raises money to buy shoes for children who need them at the Bigelow Elementary and Jr/Sr High school.
Faulkner County Detention Center Donations:
Grace raises funds to donate Bibles and reading glasses to inmates at the Faulkner County Detention Center
Grace members makes prayer shawls which are prayed over by our prayer team and given out to any who are sick or in the hospital or just in need of prayer.
Grace members make layettes to give to newborns who do not have clothes to wear home from the hospital.
Wesley Food Pantry:
Grace donates food and finances to the Wesley UMC food pantry to partner in serving the hungry in Conway.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the projects going on at Grace. There is something for everyone! Contact Pastor Kathleen for more information on the Missions Team and how YOU can participate in God’s work, changing lives with us at Grace!