Missions at Good News…
“We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.”
- John Stott
Missions efforts are a step of obedience to Jesus’ final command “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19,20).
The goal is that every nation (people group) will hear the good news of redemption through Jesus Christ so that one day “…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10,11).
In fact, the Lamb is worshipped in heaven because “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9).
GNBC missionaries are supported each month through their agencies by the weekly General Fund offering at the Chapel. The current list of supported missionaries represents a strategic effort to support the work of God in the world.
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” – John Piper
Agency: CrossTrainers Ministries
Location: Bradford, Ontario, Canada
Ministry Focus:Counseling, Leading Worship, and Speaking
Kelsey, the daughter of Dave and Ellen Stebbings, is a young woman whose passion for the Lord comes out in her gift of music. She is a graduate of Emmaus Bible College, with a double bachelors degree in Youth Ministry and Biblical Theology and a minor in Biblical counseling.
She is serving in a number of areas within CrossTrainers. As the worship/music shepherd she helps in TrueVibe, Youth and the TFL ministries. In TFL she is able to use her gift of teaching and love for studying God’s word. She has a heart to proclaim the word of the Lord and has opportunity to speak at camps and retreats with a particular heart for high school and college age students. She is also a great help for each of the ministries by coordinating menus and hospitality events, and works to support others on the team. Please pray that the Lord continues to lead and direct Kelsey as she walks closely with Him on this journey. For more information go to ctministries.ca.
Vince & Sue Griffis
Agency: Wycliffe Bible Translators / SIL International
Ministry Focus:Partner Developement/ Research for Scripture Engagement
Vince and Sue served from 1991 to 2007 at the Rain Forest International School in Cameroon. From 2007-2011, Vince did vernacular Scripture Use research in two Cameroonian language communities. He now does research with the SIL International Scripture Engagement Team, and he also works with new Wycliffe missionaries as they develop their prayer and financial support team. Sue assists the director of Partnership Development through data entry and assists Vince in his research.
Larry & Deb Peck
Agency: Global Outreach International
Ministry Focus: Electronic Discipleship, Building the Local Church
Larry and Debbie Peck have served with Global Outreach International since 2011. Their ministry has two components: a global ministry which reaches electronically around the world as well as a local ministry in Avigliana,Italy, a suburb of Torino. Larry works as an instructional designer and course facilitator to produce resources for distance learning programs. He also helps Bible colleges and seminaries who desire to move into the online environment, enabling those who are already involved in ministry — but who can’t come to a resident program — receive Bible training. Larry and Debbie are also sharing Christ with unsaved Italian neighbors and friends and discipling several young believers in their area. Less than 1 percent of Italians are evangelical believers, making it one of the most spiritually dark and resistant areas of the world. Globally and locally Larry and Debbie’s desire is to glorify Jesus Christ by helping to build the church: “proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness . . . .” (Acts 28:31).Learn more at globaloutreach.org
Bruce and Sarah Hanlon
Agency: African Bible College
Location: Malawi, Africa
Ministry Focus: Professor, Administrative Assistant to the President,Outreach to Local Community
Bruce and his family moved to Malawi from his hometown of Framingham, Massachusetts in the Summer of 2011. He left his pastoral position at Crossroads Community Church to take on his new responsibilities at the African Bible College, lovingly supported by his wife Sarah and their two children. Together, Bruce and Sarah’s heart is for the people of Africa who are hungry to understand more of what it means to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18 Bruce and Sarah are also endeavoring to update the college library. For more information go to alilongwehome.blogspot.com