Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). The church is God’s mission in the world. Thus, we desire to be a church that does more than simply support missions. Instead, we must first see our congregation as part of God’s larger mission to the world, here in Forest, Virginia, to gather and equip his people. Yet we also know that the church is much larger than our congregation, and so we desire to partner with others called to Jesus’ mission to build his church throughout the world, both near and far.
Below are the missionaries and ministries that Mercy supports:
Pray for Our Missionaries
Mercy supports a variety of ministries around the world. Our commitment to them includes lifting them before the Lord in prayer.
During December, please pray for Jamie and Rachael Grant, serving with World Witness in Oviedo, Spain. Specific prayer requests:
(1) For the Bible study to continue to grow, for unsaved friends to learn more about Christ and His love for them, and for believers to grow more in their faith and knowledge of the Lord.
(2) For the new youth Bible class that meets each week. There are about seven teens attending, some from neighborhood families who are not believers.
(3) For wisdom for our leadership as they discuss the future plans for the Bible study. It will soon outgrow the Grants’ home, as there are 35-40 attendees. They hope to see the Bible study become a church in the future.
(4) For the marriages in our group: some families are going through difficult times
(5) For two families in our study group who are currently unemployed.
(6) For the ministry as the Grants begin furlough in January: Transitions for the five Grant kids; protection as the family travels speaking at churches and mission conferences; relatively new team members who will be taking over the ministry in Spain while the Grants are away.
(7) For the wisdom to balance their time on furlough and make it a productive time, but also a time of rest and Spiritual refilling for their family.
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Chris and Lori Gassler
Serving with Wycliffe in Cameroon
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech Reformed University Fellowship (VTRUF) is a campus ministry seeking to experience and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in community with others. We’re open to students from all faith backgrounds, including those who are exploring the Christian faith in particular. We’re for the convinced and unconvinced- RUF is a safe place to ask questions and work through your doubts about Jesus Christ. We are starting our 13th year on campus (Andy has been the Campus Minister since 2011) and are so thankful for all that God has done in and through VTRUF.
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) in Lynchburg
Jamie and Rachael Grant
Serving with World Witness in Spain
James and Rachael Grant began service with World Witness in 2013, having transferred from Mission to the World. The Grants are now serving in northern Spain, where their ministry vision is to see revival through strong, national churches. James obtained his master’s degree in Spanish at NY University’s Madrid campus and his MBA at Liberty University in Virginia. Rachael is a registered nurse. The Grants are associate members of Newberry ARP Church and have five children:
Benjamin and Anna Wontrop
Serving with Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship in England
Abi Van Kampen
Serving with 1Hope Ministries in Pretoria, South Africa
Abi Van Kampen serves with 1Hope Ministries in Pretoria, South Africa. She is the Health Manager at Muphamuzi Baby Home and works with Women’s Evangelism and Discipleship at Living Hope Church. For more information please click here.