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......

OVC Christmas Program

Dear Advocates, I hope that this  finds you and your family well.  You should know how much I love your child partners. Many of them are students at Happy Day, and they are a joy to have in class. Your giving and support are changing their lives.......

Ebola: in faith or in fear?

Ebola. It’s undeniable that the biggest outbreak of Ebola has been in our social media and news coverage these past few weeks. During my time here in Africa, I have watched the reaction of our country from afar. The response has been disappointing, to say......

Why I Love OVC Kenya

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......

Why Do Short-Term Missions?

This past week, we had the chance to host a short-term medical team here in Kenya. Since I am in Kenya for three months, to watch the team come and to watch them leave a week later was a learning experience for me. Even in......

God’s work in Istanbul, Turkey

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. ......

Living in the Now, Hoping in the Not Yet

“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with......

Planting for Empowerment

 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......

Megan Gaminde leaves for Kenya!

This week, one of last year’s cultor house interns, Megan Gaminde, leaves for Kenya. She will be working as a Children’s Ministry Assistant at Happy Day Academy and Koinonia Academy for the next 3 months, returning to the states in December. Megan will provide administrative......

Broken, then Restored

Born and raised as a missionary and pastor’s kid, I always knew the answers to all the church questions. I knew what I needed to say to sound genuine and theologically correct. And as I have grown more independent in the last years, I have......

A Taste of Heaven

To the casual observer, Allendale lacks the marks typical of a beautiful city; Allendale isn’t marked by the amount of pretty buildings, Starbucks on every corner, or a surplus of grocery stores, but anyone who has spent time there will agree the people are what......

A Christian’s Place in Politics

We are just coming out of election season, a time notorious for anger, disenchantment, or passive resignation, depending on your views. Often times we as Christians are perplexed when it comes to engaging culture through politics; separation of church and state, choosing the lesser of......

Tiananmen Square, Christianity, and What We Can Learn

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. I was exactly 24 days old at the time. For me, Tiananmen is something I read about in history books, yet the implications still affect our world today and as Christians, we have a distinct......