Reaching the Nations


"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.


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:

  • OUR MISSIONAL EMPHASIS
  • WHO WE SUPPORT NATIONALLY & GLOBALLY
  • OUR 2022 SHORT TERM TRIPS

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 who we support Nationally and Globally and our trips. 

WHO WE SUPPORT

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.



GLOBAL MISSIONS

We currently support missionary families making disciples in:


Ecuador - Serving youth leaders through Nexus International with our youth pastor, Paul Wingfield.


Spain - Serving in a city where there is currently no evangelical presence.


Middle East - Serving in a Muslim area. 


Namibia, Africa - Serving an unreached people group. 


Central Asia - Supporting church planting in this area.


Punjab, India - Supporting an organization that uses a reproducible disciple-making process that leads to biblical church planting.



Operation Christmas Child - Not only do we collect hundreds of 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 who will have the opportunity to be discipled across the world. Please see the OCC brochure on our Missions wall.

TRIPS WE TAKE

Here are the trips we are considering for 2022:


Local

Focus: Home & Grounds Improvement Projects

Leaders: Josh Burke, Alan Cochran

Time commitment: 3-6 hours, plus a training session as needed

Possible Dates: A couple of Saturdays in Spring & Summer

Cost: Time & Talents


Regional

Focus: Community Service Project in KY, VA, NC or SC

Leaders: Stephen Hamby, Joe Douthat

Time commitment: 1-3 days

Possible Date: A weekend in June/July

Cost: $75-150


Global

Focus:              El Salvador Medical Trip                                Nicaragua Gospel in Word & Deed Trip

Leaders:        Gordon & Varinka Williams                                                   Andy Malcolm

Time:                             1 Week                                                                            1 Week

Possible Date:      End of July/August                                                                June/July

Cost:                         $2000-2500                                                                 $1200-1800


Youth

Focus: MFuge, serving Asheville, NC

Leaders: Paul Wingfield

Time commitment: 4 days

Date: June 23-26

Cost: $392