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......

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......

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......

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....

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 —......

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......

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......

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......

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.    Note: Used with permission. All names have been changed to protect their privacy.   ......

Band-Aids & Politics

Band-Aids are magical, at least to my children they were. When my kids were little, any booboo from a fall could be cured with a band-aid. To them, the application of a band-aid  cured their ailment and allowed them to move on. In many ways......

With Each Swing of the Hammer

  “With each swing of the hammer, you are serving a bigger purpose.” I heard these words from Kristen, an adult woman who moved into a Habitat for Humanity home when she was seven years old. She was encouraging the 100+ volunteers who were in......

Partnering in the brokenness and mess

There are some moments in life that no amount of training or fancy degrees can prepare you for; especially as a mom. There are plenty of sweet moments that melt your heart — like the first time your baby gives you a kiss or says......

Doing Justice

The challenges for those facing incarceration are growing. When you consider the statistics surrounding those serving time in prison, it becomes clear that there is much brokenness within our justice system. Gaps created through poverty and race often bring about more injustice than justice. Defense......

It’s about relationship, not events

Last month, we partnered with a local Indian pastor to host a christmas event. While the evening was a great opportunity for Grace members to bring their Indian friends, the real ministry is taking place in the day-to-day relationships being pursued with those who attended.    A month has......

Preparing youth for work, empowering them for life

  Mill Community Ministries is a partner organization of Grace Church. Over the past several years, we have worked alongside MCM as they have worked with neighborhoods in West Greenville to launch a variety of community empowerment programs. Read below for a unique opportunity to......

When we wish we could do more

I recently sat in a meeting with a group of adults who are all part of the newly-launched mentoring program at my children’s school. The last 3 months have served as the first continual exposure that some of these people have had with children that......

This is war

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......

This Christmas | Remembering to live as exiles

We don’t belong here. This idea is a difficult one for us to remember. Our lives feel normal, busy, and often, harried. Our homes provide us with a safe haven in the evenings; we control and protect the comfort we find there. We have an......

Christmas Is About a Relationship

  Christmas is about a relationship. I didn’t say that Christmas is about relationships, as in relationships with friends and family. Of course, this season brings many intentional moments to be with friends and family. But those relationships, important as they are, aren’t the best......

Tragedies, My Selfishness, and the Incarnation

  Unless you’ve been living in a cave, or too busy decorating your home for the holidays, you’ve heard of some big events around the world — the recent spat of bombings across the world (most notably in Paris and Beirut), followed by a debate......

I was in prison…

Last Friday, I had the privilege to sit in a room with about 45 ex-offenders who had recently been released from prison. Most of them were Christians.   This was my introduction to a ministry to ex-offenders called Jump Start. Members of Jump Start  join......

A Heartfelt Calling

In 2005, I distinctly remember praying about going on a missions trip. I know I was interested in missions before then, but this is the first time I specifically remember praying about going. As it turns out, I didn’t go, and I was devastated…yet at......