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:

Missionary of the Month

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

Chris and Lori Gassler

Serving with Wycliffe in Cameroon

Chris and Lori Gassler, along with their children Noah, Kristin, and Ben, have been missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators since 2011.  Their work is with the EthnoArts group and since 2014, they have been assigned to Cameroon, Central Africa.  In their EthnoArts ministry, they look for ways to infuse scripture into local music and arts with the goal of seeing people learn about and worship God in their own language with their own musical and artistic forms.


Andy Wood

Andy Wood

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.


Marc Corbett

Marc Corbett

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) in Lynchburg

Marc began RUF Lynchburg in the Fall of 2008 after serving as the campus minister at Texas Tech for 7 years. After graduating from Liberty University in 1996, Marc earned a ThM from Dallas Seminary. Marc met and married his beautiful wife, Amy, in Dallas. He loves adoption, downtown, home remodeling, the outdoors, coffee, stories, movies, and shows. Marc and Amy are excited to see God work through RUF in Lynchburg! They feel blessed to minister to such a great group of students from the local colleges.
Marc and Amy are blessed with two beautiful children- both way cooler than they are: Caroline (born in 2008) and Jameson (born in 2012).
“Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to be useful to the town of Lynchburg. I consider it as the most interesting spot in the state.”
– Thomas Jefferson


Jamie and Rachael Grant

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

Benjamin and Anna Wontrop

Serving with Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship in England

The Wontrops serve in the south east of England at Bury St. Edmunds Presbyterian Church (EPCEW). Bury St. Edmunds is a market town situated about an hour and a half from London in the county of Suffolk. Once strongly influenced by puritanism, today most of its residents (like so many people in the UK) have little to no exposure to the gospel. The church meets in the community center of a needy neighborhood and is heavily involved in outreach as it seeks to bring the gospel to many with significant physical and spiritual needs! The Wontrops’ prayer is that many of the lost souls in the community where they serve might be conquered for Christ and brought into His church for the glory of God.
Abi Van Kampen

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.

Contact the Missions Team at missions@mercypres.org