When it doesn’t go like you thought

Recently my husband and I were asked a question by someone we had just met. We paused for a minute and looked at each other as we pondered whether we should give the neatly-packaged answer or the honest answer. We chose the honest answer, even......

For the Sake of the Gospel

When your job is engaging people and culture it can be easy to think you’re an expert.   For the past 5 years, my job, on some level, has consisted of engaging people and cultures intentionally and with the goal of gospel-centered restoration. As someone who......

Because We Have Been Adopted

Orphans and vulnerable children are a devastating product of the broken world in which we live. Because of sin and the fall of man, children throughout the world experience abuse and corruption everyday. People recognize this issue and realize a practical way to help is through......

Neighboring: 5 Steps to Earn Trust

Our family has moved more times than I ever thought we would. The first couple of times were cross-town moves to homes better suited to our growing family. But then we moved to Allendale, SC in 2011, and then back to Greenville in 2014.  ......

Where we belong

This is a weekend that marks the halfway point of our summer and also a major turning point in our nation’s history. Our celebrations may vary across families and regions. And yet, even in the diversity of this weekend, a unity built on our shared......

Christ as the Cornerstone

My experience in Allendale was refreshing. It wasn’t refreshing in the sense that it was relaxing or easy going. We were running around in 100 degree weather and those of us involved behind the scenes were continually focusing our attention on the many moving parts......

Meet some of Greenville’s Young Entrepreneurs

This summer, 14 teens will be working with Mill Community Ministries learning entrepreneurship and life skills through project based learning. Mill Community Ministries is a collection of social entrepreneurs working to develop communities for success in Greenville, South Carolina. Our mission is to unite with......

Present + Engaged

  In today’s world, we are intentional about a lot of things. We are constantly making decisions to move our agenda forward in our fast-paced society.   This affects how we dress, how we save, the particular kind of coffee we drink, and the non-GMO......

engage now: june

Find out how you can #engagenow!   Meet the CE interns                       Name:    Sara Brunson School:  North Greenville University Major:    Interdisciplinary Studies: Linguistics & Communications; Minor in Business Administration What will you be......

Jealous for Allendale

The Espinosa family moved to Allendale, SC in 2011 to live and work in the community as an extension of Grace Church. After returning to Greenville last summer, Joey and his family have engaged their new community here, but the transition has been bittersweet. Caring......

All things new

The restoration of all things. When you say it aloud, it seems big, grand, and unattainable. Instead of a banner to hold over the people of God, it more often feels like the disillusioned claim of a disconnected minority. Anyone who is tuned in to......

Ketchup, milk, & laundry detergent

Ketchup, milk, and laundry detergent. These three things may appear to be just your normal household staples. However, for my husband and I, the quantity of these three item have greatly increased on our weekly shopping list over the past month. This change happened as we welcomed......

The Hard Part(s)

  Foster care. Sometimes, that first step can seem like the hardest one. The paperwork, regulations, and requirements may seem like more than you can handle. This post is for those who are feeling nudged- for those who are starting to see God move them......

7 actions to engage your culture

“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for......

Becoming foster parents

May is foster care awareness month. Be on the look out for more posts about foster care!  Opening our eyes Until just a few years ago, I heard very little about foster care. My husband and I were ignorant about the need and knew very......

Just Down the Street

Throughout the years, I have had several opportunities to travel overseas and to participate in “mission work”. Those opportunities to engage in ministry within a different culture have brought immeasurable amounts of growth to my personal walk, and, Lord willing, have helped to bring life-change......

Engage Now | May

  Find out how you can #engagenow!   Nicaragua     Registration for the July trip to Nicaragua will be closing soon.  The team has a specific need for 2 more doctors (MD, PA or Nurse Practitioner).  Sign up today!       Hands On Community......

A Christian’s Response to Terror, Part 2

  Reports of death are everywhere these days. It seems as if everyday there is a fresh report of some group attacking another. We often find ourselves so disheartened by these reports that we avoid turning on the news altogether. We sigh and excuse ourselves......

A Christian’s Response to Terror, Part 1

  Felista Wangui is a gentle, unassuming college freshman at Garissa University in eastern Kenya. On first appearance, she is such a quiet young woman that she seems frail and easily intimidated. But when she speaks, she projects an inner strength that commands respect. During......

My Story: Manasseh Mwangi

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.   You see, Manasseh is a seven year......

4 reasons to do Hands on Community Day

In just a few short weeks, thousands of volunteers from across the Upstate will join together to serve their communities. As a church, we want the individuals and groups of our body to be key contributors to this community event. It’s not put on by......

Living Homesick

  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......

My Story: Elijah Mangori

  Elijah is a part of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program that Grace Church supports in Kenya. This is his story.  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......

A Cultural Lesson

I recently had the opportunity to be a part of a team from Grace Church that partnered with Christ for the City International in Nicaragua.  I have been on several short-term mission trips with Grace before, but Nicaragua was truly a unique experience.  The trip had many opportunities......

A Fresh Perspective

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......