GLOBAL OUTREACH

TEAM

Grace Fellowship's Global Outreach Team is made up of people from the congregation who have a passion for seeing the fulfillment of Acts 1:8 -


"And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”


Our goal is to fulfill the mission Jesus gave us to make disciples by helping unreached people trust and follow Jesus.

OUR MISSIONAL

EMPHASIS

1. To focus on unreached people groups. Unreached groups lack enough followers of Jesus to evangelize their own people.


2. To emphasize making disciples, rather than simply evangelism. Jesus gave each of us a calling to make disciples and we want to partner with like minded individuals and organizations.


3. To work with indigenous church plants, rather than autonomously. We want to engage, strengthen and support local believers as they see people follow Jesus, gather together as disciples, develop leaders who can equip the flock, then nurture that church go on mission to reach others.


4. To enable our members to directly engage with mission efforts. Whether by going, praying, welcoming, praying or encouraging, we desire to see each person in our congregation directly connected with a missionary or organization that is reaching the unreached.


Please continue reading below about GFC's Go2020 vision where our lead pastor challenged us all to go on mission.

OUR GO 2020 VISION

In 2017, Joel Owen, our Lead Pastor, challenged all of our congregation to go on a mission trip by 2020. As a part of this challenge, our Global Outreach Team began developing strategy to accomplish this mission.


There are many ways you can participate in mission life at GFC. You can be a:

  1. Go-er
  2. Pray-er
  3. Giver
  4. Encourager
  5. Welcomer


To GO is a challenge for many and sometimes intimidating. So what does it mean exactly to "GO" on a mission trip. For our church, GO means to...


"go on a mission that is outside your normal or immediate sphere of influence"


Being on mission takes us out of our comfort zone and into the unchartered waters of helping unreached people trust and follow Jesus.


Scroll down to see the Trips We Take opportunities on this website to see where God is possibly calling you to GO on mission.

WHO WE SUPPORT

LOCAL MISSIONS


In order to fulfill our vision, we release people who love Jesus and others to a variety of ministries in this area, including:


Hunger First

Family Promise

Young Life

Mountain Vision Ministry



We also encourage Life Groups and individuals in our fellowship to actively be involved in ministry by volunteering with local charities, organizations, schools, and ministries that exist in our community.


Our Life Groups have recently been involved with Hope House, Bays Mountain, 2nd Harvest Food Bank, Kingsport's Fire Stations, a high school football team and a few local families.


NATIONAL MISSIONS


SOMA Asheville, NC - We sponsor this gospel centered church plant in Asheville whose mission is to restore God's beauty and brightness to the city of Asheville by harvesting the seed of the gospel. Click here for SOMA's website.


Middlefork, KY - Our annual youth mission trip over the last few years has been partnering with Middlefork Outreach Ministries in Helton, KY to rebuild existing homes for people in the Middlefork area.


Student Life - In 2018, our students will be attending Student Life's Mission Week in Winston-Salem, NC. This event will help move our students outside their comfort zones with local service opportunities. Click here for their website.


GLOBAL MISSIONS


Nicaragua & El Salvador - We take annual trips through Global Health Outreach for medical, dental, VBS and pastoral training opportunities. Keep reading below to see the Trips We Take for more information or see the GHO booklets on our Missions wall.


Middle East - We currently support a missionary family serving in a Muslim area. For more information, please see their contact card on our Missions wall.


Spain - We also support a missionary family who will be serving in a city where there is currently no evangelical presence.


Operation Christmas Child - Not only do we collect over 200 shoeboxes per year, but we are a distribution center for area churches. Between 15,000 and 20,000 shoeboxes pass through our church each year on their way to kids across the world. Between 15,000 and 20,000 shoeboxes pass through our church each year on their way to kids who will have the opportunity to be discipled across the world. Please see the OCC brochure on our missions wall.


TRIPS WE TAKE

In 2017, Joel Owen, our Lead Pastor, challenged our congregation to go on a mission trip by 2020. Here’s the trips we have planned for 2018.


Nicaragua


When: May 19-27, 2018

Partner: Global Health Outreach https://gho.servicereef.com/events/global-health-outreach-2/nicaragua-may-19-272018-sr1355

Purpose: To provide for the medical and physical needs of locals in order to build relationships to share the gospel.

Who can go: Besides medical personal, anyone can help.

  • Work in the pharmacy - counting pills and delivering meds
  • Work in the eyeglass clinic assessing and giving out reading glasses
  • Work in the dental area, cleaning utensils and assisting with the patients
  • Work in Triage taking temperatures, weights, and blood pressure
  • Teach/lead VBS
  • General logistics support (carrying boxes, getting supplies, etc.)
  • Leading in worship

Point person: Jeff Presley, gohogs1@charter.net


Winston-Salem, NC


When: June 25-29, 2018

Partner: Student Life Camps https://www.studentlife.com/event/1873

Purpose: To move people outside their comfort zones with meaningful local service opportunities.

Who can go: This student trip will need adult chaperones who will be serving as well.

Point person: Nathan Ellis, Nathan@gracekingsport.org, 423.963.0137


Middlefork, KY


When: July 26-29, 2018

Partner: Middlefork Mission Outreach

Purpose: To improve the housing conditions of locals in order to build relationships to share the gospel.

Who can go: This is a great trip for families! Anyone can help.

Point person: Nathan Ellis, Nathan@gracekingsport.org, 423.963.0137


El Salvador


When: July 28-August 5, 2018

Partner: Global Health Outreach https://gho.servicereef.com/events/global-health-outreach-2/3ca47a8c-fbf3-48ef-8e4a-d635a346e42a- 

Purpose: To provide for the medical and physical needs of locals in order to build relationships to share the gospel.

Who can go: Besides medical personal, anyone can help.

  • Sharing the Gospel
  • Serving and loving the poor
  • Discipling other team members
  • Letting God use your talents and abilities to minister and encourage other people
  • Work in the pharmacy - counting pills and delivering meds
  • Work in the dental area, cleaning utensils and assisting with the patients
  • Work in Triage taking temperatures, weights, and blood pressure
  • Teach/lead VBS
  • General logistics support (carrying boxes, getting supplies, etc.)
  • Leading in worship

Point person: Gordon & Varinka Williams, thewilliamsgho@gmail.com, 854.385.3790


Nicaragua


When: October 6-13, 2018

Partner: Open Eyes openeyes.org & Parkway Baptist, Knoxville

Purpose: To consider partnering with Open Eyes long term in creating local disciple making churches.

Who can go: Adults interested in sharing the gospel and disciple making.

Point person: Andy Malcolm, andy@gracekingsport.org, 423.863.3085