MISSIONS

MISSIONS

We are Touching Heaven and Changing Earth through missions.

At Grace Fellowship church we pray for our missionaries each week during the Sunday service.

We send missionaries locally and around the world. We encourage members to take part in short-term mission trips and have organized trips for members to go to Honduras, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, London and Belize.

 

The fourth Sunday of every month is our “Mission Sunday”

when we put special focus on a particular missionary or mission need.

SUPPORT

GFC has sent representatives to countries around the world.

 

HOW DOES GRACE FELLOWSHIP SUPPORT MISSIONS?

We pray for a different missionary each week during the Sunday service. The fourth Sunday

of every month is our “Mission Sunday” with a time of special focus on a particular missionary

or mission need.  There will be regular opportunities to meet our missionaries in person, hear their  testimonies and get first-hand insights for supporting them. These dates will be posted to our calendar.

 

HOW DOES GRACE FELLOWSHIP SUPPORT GFC MISSIONARIES?

There are many options for giving which include online through our giving page, in our app and with a giving envelope available in our sanctuary.  Simply select missions and the amount of your gift. GFC sends the designated funds to our missionaries.

 

WHAT OTHER WAYS IS GFC INVOLVED IN MISSIONS? 

Grace Fellowship Church also encourages its members to take part in short-term mission trips.  GFC has organized several trips for members to go to Honduras as a team to serve in a slum area of Tegucigalpa with outreach, house building and food distribution.

OUTREACH

Nursing Home Outreach

Writing letters to someone who can't have visitors during COVID-19 just might make a big difference!

 

Email missions@gfc.cc to get started communicating with people around the corner who need to know they are important.

MEET OUR MISSIONARIES

Dan Boerger teaching with a coworker

Brenda Boerger


DAN AND BRENDA BOERGER

Wycliffe Bible Translators

There is great importance in raising up the next generation to go into different countries, translate the Bible and establish churches. That is why Grace Fellowship Church is blessed to have Dan and Brenda Boerger as missionaries. They have been members of Wycliffe Bible Translators for over 35 years.


The Boergers served for 20 years with the Natqgu-speaking people of the Solomon Islands and helped them translate and dedicate the New Testament, Ruth, and Psalms in 2008. They are now leveraging that experience at Dallas International University (DIU) and SIL International.

Dan is administrative assistant to the Academic Dean of DIU. He leads a Tuesday night home group, now meeting on line. He is author of The Interpreted New Testament (TINT), which Pastor Joe Oakley refers to regularly.

 

Brenda is an Adjunct Professor at DIU, where she teaches and mentors students planning to go into cross-cultural ministries, including Bible translation. Her main SIL assignment is as an international consultant in language and culture documentation, which she has done since 2010. She was recently inducted as a fellow of the Pike Center for Integrative Scholarship.

 

They see their current role as helping raise up the next generation of cross-cultural workers to take over that outreach until Christ's return.

MEET OUR MISSIONARIES

Laura, Jude (baby), Ethan, Claire, and Brent Brollier

Brent Brollier, Linguist


BRENT AND LAURA BROLLIER

Pioneer Bible Translators

Brent and Laura Brollier are missionaries with Pioneer Bible Translators (PBT) working since 2012 to translate the Bible for a Bible-less West Africa people group: the Konyanka.

 

Laura is counseling and mentoring other young missionaries while caring for their baby. Brent regularly meets with village leaders to develop an alphabet for the rural people group. Once the Konyanka people can read using their alphabet, they can also read the Bible translated in their language!

 

The President of Pioneer Bible Translators describes Brent as, “one of their finest linguists." He knows Hebrew and Greek and is fluent in French. Their mission to start an alphabet and finish a Bible can take 10-15 years. The president continues, “[He] is most capable to do this project.”

 

The Brolliers are all about touching heaven and changing earth, which is the vision of Grace Fellowship Church. They believe God will provide so that they can spend their time on their calling. Donations from Grace Fellowship Church helped the Brolliers go to France where they learned to speak French fluently.

 

It is up to each linguist to secure needed support. Brent and Laura believe God will provide for all of their needs by touching people's hearts to give.

MEET OUR MISSIONARIES

Ron and Lynn Dennis


RON AND LYNN DENNIS

Ministers to the Honduras and Venezuela People Groups

Ron was called to the ministry in 1965 in college in southern California.  And Lynn in 1960 was called into ministry at the age of 13 while at a church camp in Santa Cruz, California

 

They have been in ministry for 51 years.  They were Wycliffe Bible Translators for 48 years and then retired.  While at Wycliffe they were GFC missionaries.    But during retirement they realized that God still had on their hearts, the people of Honduras and Venezuela.  They decided to spend their own money to help them.  They fly in once a year, sometimes Lynn flies over and teaches but they help with food while there.  But during the year they send help for food and supplies to help with a benevolence and relief funds.  They have paid their own expenses of airfare and all the help they given these two countries.  So, really we found they didn’t really retire, they just changed ministries.  We decided to add them back on as GFC missionaries. 

Their hearts are drawn to them because Honduras and Venezuela are the least reached people.   Besides helping with food they bring encouragement and discipleship.  They also bring written materials for the churches and schools there. 

 

The Tolpon of Honduras often lack basic food and necessary medicine.  They send funds as they have funds available. 

 

They are active at GFC service and also are a large help to Pastor Awilda at Grace Latino.  Lynn translates English into Spanish for Grace Latino Church.

 

They are greatly loved at GFC, they are faithful to both services and faithful to help in these two countries as funds are made possible. 

 

Please consider partnering with them to help the very needy in Honduras and Venezuela. 

MEET OUR MISSIONARIES

Mary Dunham Faulkner

Grace Place building & first two orphans


MARY DUNHAM FAULKNER

Leah's Sisters

Her experience of living in Thailand for 25 years where she founded and directed an Occupational Center for girls at risk has given her a unique foundation for cross-cultural partnerships. Mary has also worked extensively in Africa where she has partnered with the Rwandan government and Restoration Church of Kigali, Rwanda to build the Jireh Business Training Center for Women.

 

She is the author of six books, including Gentle Wisdom for Tough Times. Mary also conducts leadership conferences and seminars in Eastern Europe, S.E. Asia, Africa, and South America.

 

Mary of Leah Sisters has established several orphanages over 25 years, but then joined ministering to the slum children headed up by Pastor Bradip, who is one of her spiritual sons whose wife, Rattana, was one of the girls in her first Girl’s Home in North Thailand. The pastor wanted to build an orphanage there in Burma with the ministry to the slum children. She said of course, let’s pray about it. The pastor and his wife had pastored a church in Chiangmai, Acts of Grace and for years worked together to minister to the slum children. They began to ask God for land. Little by little God opened financial doors to start building. He asked if he could name it Grace Place and she thought that a great name. Donors began to help continue to build it, but Grace Fellowship Church was committed to sowing into seeing the completion
of it. We are happy to announce that Grace Place has been completed and has just started with two orphans, as more will me added later.

MEET OUR MISSIONARIES

Candi Summers with BESTWA child

Candi Summers (center in blue)

Andy Perkins, BESTWA Founder


CANDI SUMMERS

BESTWA

Candi Summers is the Executive Director of BESTWA. Along with her team in Liberia, they feed 1,400 children daily.

 

Candy passionately serves in Liberia to save children, following her father's example. When her father Andy, founder of BESTWA, first went to Liberia as a businessman, he saw children sick and dying from lack of food and medicine. Most children there didn't live past 8 years old. God put the desire in his heart to save as many children as possible. He came back to the States determined to find a way to save children's lives.

 

There is such poverty in Liberia that a grandmother, who had no food to feed herself, and her granddaughter, went to a nearby river to drown herself and her granddaughter, rather than see them both starve. Strangers saved the child and took her to BESTWA. They named her ‘Blessing’ and she is now 9 years old.

 

Since BESTWA began feeding and supplying medicine to the area, they have not lost a child. Even during COVID-19 they have had not had sickness with their team or their children.  They are now trying to feed families of the children because everything is shut down and there is no work.  They now feed 600 people of their families for $2200. Some of the children have even graduated high school!

 

Medicine and vitamins amounting to 14 million dollars were donated to BESTWA. However, there is a great cost to ship these supplies overseas. Candi lives very modestly to be sure as much money as possible is going to the children. The Lord said, "as much as you do into these you do unto me."

 

They make trips to Liberia to oversee the team there. Just $28 can feed a child for a month.

MEET OUR MISSIONARIES

Valentin (Val) and Tatyana Sviontek


TATYANA AND VALENTIN SVIONTEK

JEWISH PARTNER INITIATIVE

In the mid 1990’s after the fall of Communism, a tremendous wave of revival broke out in the former Soviet Union.  Among the many salvations were Jewish believers in desperate need of Biblically sound Messianic-based discipleship and training.  To answer the need Shady Grove Church sent Dr. Wayne and Bonnie Wilks were sent to begin the first Messianic Jewish Bible Institute school.  At the same time Valentin and Tatyana Sviontek were called to go as well and move back to their native Ukraine to assist the Wilks’.

 

Both Val and Tatyana came from Jewish families and both confessed Yeshua (Jesus) as teenagers.  They met at a youth camp for believers shortly after coming to faith, which ironically was located in the very city that MJBI was birthed outside of Odessa, Ukraine in 1996.

 

When MJBI began to expand internationally, the Sviontek’s ministry did as well.  MJBI recently transitioned in the Gateway Center of Israel.  The Sviontek’s love of their ministry in Ukraine, Israel, Europe and Zimbabwe.

The Lord led them to stay with the ministry God gave them in all these places.  They have schools of leadership taught to the Messianic Believers.  At one time as a Director at MJBI Val and some other leaders baptized 5000 Zimbabweans’ of the Limba Tribe as new believers in Yeshua (Jesus).  They continue schools there. 

 

In Europe and Israel involves congregational planting, youth and children’s ministries, evangelism, leadership retreats and musical outreaches.  They value worship and equipping the ministry. 

 

Please consider supporting us for this busy year in 2021. We start off with trip to Zimbabwe to host and have ceremonies for students there to become new pastors to spread the Gospel. Also, they are planning in Ukraine a Conference for Israel pastors and our local pastors,
teaching them more about reaching the Jewish people. Also to understand more about standing with Israel and how important that is in these days.

 

Val and Tatyana, our GFC missionaries are friends with the Mission Pastor and Pastors Joe and Deborah Oakley, they have known the Svionteks’  for a number of years. 

MEET OUR MISSIONARIES

Samson and Qamar Titus


SAMSON AND QAMAR TITUS

Ten14 Ministries

Their goal at Ten.14 Ministries is to increase the ministry workforce, provide reliable transportation for the ministers in Pakistan, stimulate the local Pakistani economy, provide ambulatory care to the “Untouchable”, and help provide an opportunity for quality education for those who would not have it otherwise.

 

They were both born and raised in Pakistan as the fourth generation Christians. Their great grandparents converted from Sikh religion in the early 1900’s, when John Nelson Hyde (more commonly known as Praying Hyde) was preaching through India. They both accepted Jesus Christ as savior and were baptized in Pakistan. According to the Pakistani tradition their parents arranged their marriage in 1989. They attended All Nations Christian College in London, England and returned to Pakistan in 1991 to work with the tribal (Bheel) people in southern Pakistan. In 1994 they came to the United States of America and were ordained to be ministers of the Gospel in 1995. They set up the mission’s office to raise much needed financial support for the work in Pakistan. When (Qamar’s Father) Dr. William Daniel passed away in 1996, it placed them in the leadership position to oversee the work in Pakistan and raise financial support.

 

The Lord has broadened their vision. In addition to the work in Pakistan; they teach seminars/conferences on Cross Cultural Outreach, as well as minister in prayer and counseling as the Lord is bringing so many needy people across their path. They travel across the United States and other parts of the world to teach and preach.

A few years ago, they opened a sewing center where women learn to sew as a way to provide for their families and gain protection from the dangers of working in the fields. Donors provide new sewing machines at the beginning of a class and upon graduation, each women is given the sewing machine she has been working with. The sewing center is saving lives, building self esteem and providing a source of income for its students.

 

They have grown so much they are building their third Sewing Center. And have need of funds to pay for sewing machines. They learn to sew on these machines and when they graduate they receive this sewing machine as a graduation present.


Their school is flourishing now that Daniel’s School has started back after being during the pandemic. They pay their teachers and even paid them while they weren’t teaching so they wouldn’t lose their teachers.

 

Praise God, their church has been built. However, they are still needing funds for the outdoor Baptistry and also build a stage over it to protect it but can move stage easily when using Baptistry. Also build two restrooms near Baptistry for people to change clothes in that are being baptized. The Baptistry and Restrooms are urgent to be build, people waiting to be baptized.

MEET OUR MISSIONARIES

Ed and Janet Williams

Ed and Janet in Kenya

Ed and Janet in Kenya


EDWARD AND JANET WILLIAMS

Kenya Lend a Hand

Minister Ed Williams is the founder and governing practitioner for Kenya Lend a Hand, a Nairobi, Kenya based ministry designed to facilitate God’s calling outlined in Proverbs 19:17. Kenya Lend a Hand operates expansive programs that include feeding, clothing, and educating impoverished children, providing food and personal care subsidies to girls and young women, occupational self

sufficiency programs, homes for the homeless, Bible distribution and study classes and many other

facets of the representation of God’s provisions and direction.

 

The birth of Kenya Lend a Hand was equally as miraculous as the provisions that continue to sustain the ministry. In 2015, Minister Ed faced a life crisis. He was diagnosed with stage three prostate cancer and given a prognosis of a year and a half to live. The cancer was diagnosed as one of the most aggressive forms, and the medical belief was the cancer would inevitably metastasize. After six months of intense treatment, Minister Ed planned a bucket-list trip to Kenya from his home in Dallas, Texas.

 

In planning the trip, Minister Ed befriended a young man named Collins Wasonga who was offering tours of a township in Nairobi. Collins was advertising tours of the township of Kibera on social media and Minister Ed felt compelled to add the tour to his agenda while in Kenya. In the meantime, Minister Ed and Collins remained in contact. Collins demonstrated a strong faith in God and believed that someday God would bless him to oversee a school for poor children.

On the day that Minister Ed and Collins met in the Kibera township, it served as the culmination of a spiritually ordained relationship as many of the local children were dressed in clothes sent by Minister Ed leading up to his travels to Kenya. It was March of 2017, less than a year from the dire prognosis levied on Minister Ed by doctors monitoring his cancer progression. But on the day that Minister Ed and Collins met in the filth of the Kibera township, a miracle took place. God orchestrated the meeting of two men who live 10,000 miles apart, to execute His will in caring for His children.

 

Minister Ed and his wife Janet established Kenya Lend a Hand and opened the Agape School in the Kibera Township. The school teaches 65 children daily who otherwise wouldn’t be afforded an education. Salary for the teachers, food, water, school supplies, and sustenance for their single female headed households are provided by the ministry. Please consider sowing into this ministry as

they continue to share the goodness of God in one of the poorest regions in the world. By the way, several months after Minister Ed returned from Kenya, his doctor ordered a thorough body scan to identify where the cancer had spread. Through this day, no cancer has been found. Praise God.

MEET OUR MISSIONS PASTOR


ANN HUNTER

Missions Pastor

Read about Ann Hunter on her Leadership page.

QUESTIONS?

Send an email to our Missions Pastor for more information.