Missions at Grace
January Mission of the Month
Brent Kooi is a PCA missionary with Mission to the World called to work in Sydney, Australia. The vision of the team in Sydney is to be a sending ministry, equipping young people with the skills and desire to be missionaries throughout Asia. The MTW team in Sydney has three main ministries: Harbour City Church, Student Outreach to the World (aka "SOW" university ministry), and City Sanctum (post-university ministry). The bulk of Brent’s time will involve City Sanctum. This is a ministry started a few years ago to serve those beyond university, providing spiritual nourishment as well as practical help in navigating career life. Bi-weekly meetings in the heart of downtown Sydney are an opportunity to invite co-workers (saved or unsaved) for a meal, good fellowship with other professionals, and a discussion on relevant work-life issues from a Christian perspective. Brent will also be involved to a smaller degree with SOW and Harbour City Church ministries.
February Mission of the Month
Collision isn’t a program, it’s a movement. It starts with student leaders that are concerned enough about their peers that they are willing to go and build new relationships that lead to strong friendships. This takes time, patience, and consistency. Student leaders commit themselves to being around their peers
by playing soccer, mentoring, helping with homework, attending games, and leading small groups. All of this, because they care about their peers as friends, and, they see that God has a plan and purpose for their friends’ lives. They are faithfully living, speaking, and revealing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
March Mission of the Month
Mokahum’s purpose is to bring Native American people to life and maturity in Christ by equipping disciples and training leaders through culturally relevant biblical education, ministry training, and life skills development. Their mission is to see a growing force of Native American believers who have been established in their faith and trained as leaders so that Christ’s church will grow—both on and off reservations—through the evangelization of the lost, equipping of believers, preparing of leaders, and sending of missionaries. Grace supports Bill Carr, a PCA missionary with Mission to the World, as he provides leadership
to the staff and students.
April Mission of the Month
Worldview Academy is a non-denominational organization dedicated to helping Christians learn to think and to live in accord with a Biblical worldview so that they will serve Christ and lead the culture. High school students come for week-long, Biblically-intensive summer camps centered on worldview, apologetics, and servant leadership. Worldview Academy includes a distinguished faculty from a variety of different professions, Christian traditions, and areas of the country. The faculty teams travel with one of three staff teams each summer, teaching sessions that reflect their areas of expertise, facilitating practicums, interacting with students and small groups, and sometimes joining in on the frisbee matches. Students from Grace have attended Worldview Academy Camps and our own pastor J. Mark Bertrand is on Worldview Academy's faculty of theology.
May Mission of the Month
Prairie Light Youth Camp
Prairie Light Youth Camp is working to bring hope and salvation to the unsaved on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Director Robbie Jacobsen was born on the Rosebud Reservation and upon retiring from her position as a School Counselor at Harvey Dunn has dedicated her time to developing ongoing relationships with Native families and bringing a week of fun and education to K-8th grade students from the area. Grace members participate annually during this week.
June Mission of the Month
Cornerstone Prison Church
The Cornerstone Prision Church feels called to reach out to the men at SDSP and to disciple them in the Christian faith. As in the outside world, the church setting is instrumental to their growth as mature and faithful disciples of our lord. It is a place to nurture, encourage, and provide opportunities for the men to serve others as they grow in their faith. Members experience a true sense of ownership, acceptance, and belonging. Many participate in various inside ministries, such as weekly worship services and Faith Fellowship Weekends. They reach out beyond the walls, inviting others to come to their church. There is a level of accountability among those who are a part of the Cornerstone community. Grace members are also active in this ministry.
July Mission of the Month
Siouxlands Presbytery is made up of all the PCA churches in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. As a presbytery we have committed to planting at least one new church every five years. At Grace, we set aside one percent of our total budget for this important work. We are also blessed to play a special part in the effort to plant our first church as a presbytery in Fargo, ND. We are blessed to have John St. Martin and his family in our church for a short time as Pastor John completes his internship here. As individuals your prayers and support are vital to this work.
August Mission of the Month
Mission of Grace Children
Each week during Sunday School and Children's Church the chidren of Grace take an offering. At the end of each year, their offerings are matched by the session of Grace and the children's ministry leadership choose a mission or ministry to give the offerings to. We want to teach them give joyously and generously and help them know that it is God who provides for their every need.
September Mission of the Month
New Roots Ministry
As Sioux Falls becomes more diverse, there is a greater need for organizations to help those individuals to adjust to the culture of Sioux Falls. New Roots is a ministry that ministers to the immigrant and refugee population of Sioux Falls by providing physical, emotional and spiritual support. One local business that has become a source of employment for immigrant and refugees is John Morrell. Ministry Director Fred Wilgenberg, who also serves as part-time chaplain at John Morrell, said that approximately 75 percent of the work force at John Morrell is non-U.S. born. Two of our members, Sherri Addink and Dave Boer, have served on the Board of New Roots Ministry.
October Mission of the Month
At Grace, our vision is to see God glorified and his Kingdom come through the advancement of his church. This means we participate in the Holy Spirit’s work of renewal, which includes:
Personal Renewal – MORE GRACE, Church Renewal – MORE DEPTH, and, the renewal of culture and society – MORE COMMUNITY, all through the power of the Gospel.
Our Missions Team seeks to disciple our members to serve our church, our city, our presbytery and our world through Gospel centered ministries. We encourage you to support, to serve and to pray for our ministries and missionaries. We also invite you to consider being a part of the Missions Team.
November Mission of the Month
Reformed University Fellowship
RUF Brandon Haan is a PCA Pastor from our Presbytery serving at the University of Minnesota with Reformed University Fellowship. More than just a ministry on the university campus, RUF seeks to be a ministry for the university. They strive to serve in this unique stage of a student’s life in the world they live in, exploring together how the Lordship of Christ informs every area of life.
December Mission of the Month
John St. Martin
Fargo, ND Church Plant
More than a quarter of North Dakota’s population resides in Fargo, making it the center of cultural and economic life in the region. The city is also home to the largest university in North Dakota, NDSU. And Fargo is growing quickly. With growth comes need. And there are currently no PCA congregations in the entire state of North Dakota. Our goal in Fargo is to plant a church that brings the Gospel to parts of the city where it’s never been before. We want to see hearts won for Christ, lives changed, marriages saved, and hope restored. Because the need for faithful churches is so great, we hope to become a launching pad for church planting throughout the region, nurturing leaders who will establish Gospel communities throughout North Dakota. Please pray for John and his wife Tara St. Martin and their daughters Audrey, Noelle, and Charlotte.
Additional organizations that Grace supports include: