OUTREACH | Local & Global

Jesus Christ is passionately committed to exalting his great name in the earth by winning worshipers for himself from every tribe, tongue and nation in the world, and he will bring this present age to its appointed end when this task on earth has been completed (Revelation 5:9-10; Matthew 24:14).


Therefore, he has given his church the following commission: “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18-20).


On the basis of this commission, Glory of Christ is passionately committed to reaching out with the love of Jesus both locally and globally that we might be instruments through which God accomplishes his purposes in the world. Please take some time to peruse the various opportunities on this page and ask Jesus how He would have you be involved in His great mission in the world.

LOCAL MISSION


Personal Outreach

Glory of Christ encourages each of its members and regular attendees to reach out with the love of Christ to their families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and others. We believe that one of the keys to joy in Christ is sharing the love of Christ with those who need it. If you would like to learn more about how to share your faith or your personal testimony with others, please contact Asa Veek at aeveek@gmail.com or Dave Fergus at dfergus54@gmail.com.


Additionally, we encourage our Community Groups to join together in reaching out to their neighborhoods or otherwise reaching out with the love of Christ to those who need Him. If you are interested in participating with others in this kind of outreach, please see our “Community” page and contact your local Community Group leader.


Bless Minnesota

Bless Minnesota is a non-denominational, non-political Minnesota movement that is bringing together a broad representation of Christian denominations, congregations and ministries, as well as representatives from business, education, government and every area of society. The vision is to bless the entire state of Minnesota by adopting every street in Minnesota for the purpose of prayer, connection, ministry, and evangelism. You can learn more about this movement, and adopt your street or other important place, at www.blessmn.org.


Abba Pregnancy Resource Center

Abba Pregnancy Resource Center is committed to helping men and women who are experiencing a crisis pregnancy to make wise, informed decisions and to become emotionally sound, physically well and spiritually alive. Clients meet with trained counselors who listen, care and help in the decision making process. Other resources, including brochures, books and videos are available for client use. If you would like to join Glory of Christ in ministering to the clients of Abba PRC in any number of ways, please contact Pastor Charlie at charlie@gcfmn.org or visit their website at www.abbaprc.org.


CAER

Community Aid Elk River, or CAER for short, is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization, located in Elk River and serving Elk River, Otsego and Zimmerman families in need of emergency food and clothing assistance. CAER was founded in 1979 as a vision of the local ministerial association. Churches, schools, youth groups, civic organizations and businesses have joined hands in a wonderful community effort to help those in need. CAER is managed by dedicated staff members and a volunteer Board of Directors. More information about CAER can be found at their website, www.caerfoodshelf.org.


Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels has been part of the Elk River community since 1965 when its care center began serving seniors with skilled nursing care. Today, they offer many lifestyle choices and service options to meet the varied needs of seniors and their families. Their aim is to share Christ’s love by providing innovative health, housing and support services for seniors and their families through active communities and individualized services. If you would like more information about Guardian Angels, please call 763-241-4438 or visit their website at www.guardianangelsmn.org.



GLOBAL MISSION


Somalis in Minnesota (Arrive Minnesota)

The mission of Arrive Minnesota (a subsidiary of Transform Minnesota) is “to carry out God’s command to welcome and bring lifelong transformation to refugees and immigrants in Minnesota.” They “accomplish [their] mission by providing compassionate and holistic support to uprooted people in our communities as we collaborate with churches and community members. [They] empower, support and encourage one another to be God’s agents of love, hope and care to our new neighbors.


Their vision is “to see refugees and immigrants transformed economically, socially, and spiritually, as we are transformed together by the Gospel.” They accomplish this mission in a variety of ways, including the ministry of S.A.L.T. which stands for Somali Adult Literacy Training.


Glory of Christ is privileged to have David and Carmen Gunderson in our midst as they seek to reach Somalis with the good news of Jesus Christ through the ministry of S.A.L.T. under the authority of Arrive Minnesota. Please join us in giving thanks to God for David and Carmen, and in praying for their ministry.


Training Leaders International

Throughout the world there are millions of pastors who are doing the difficult work of leading the church with little or no sound, theological training. Training Leaders International (TLI), seeks to help meet this need in three ways. First, TLI sends short-term teams to provide basic theological education. Second, TLI serves as an agency for qualified teachers interested in teaching overseas. Third, TLI starts theological schools in places where formal education is lacking or deficient.


It is our privilege at Glory of Christ be to the home church for Ethan Larson who works full-time with TLI and travels to various parts of the world to teach pastors. Ethan further serves on a “scouting” team that investigates potential knew sights and either gives the green, the yellow, or the red light. Ethan is married to his prayerful wife, Elysia, and together they have four children: Gretchen, Peter, Elizabeth, and Amy. You can learn more about TLI and lend your support to Ethan at www.trainingleadersinternational.org.


Eastern Europe

Amos and Meredith Anderson are passionate about people coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and being discipled into mature, Christian leaders. Amos grew up in a Christian home and was led to Christ by his mother at age 9. “I have felt called to ministry since high school but was always kind of unsure exactly what that would be,” he says. During college Amos had the opportunity to participate in four-month international internship to South America. The churches visited, the experiences had, and the ministries performed confirmed for Amos God’s calling on his life to international ministry.


Meredith grew up in a Christian home where her parents laid a solid foundation and a basic understanding of Jesus. Her father led her to the Lord at age 5. As she grew up, Meredith’s desire to know Christ better grew as well, and she eventually felt His calling on her life to consider international ministry. Several short-term mission trips later, Meredith solidified her decision to be used by God as His ambassador.


The Andersons also feel God has uniquely gifted them for church planting ministry in Eastern Europe. Amos is a shepherding visionary and a teacher. He has a heart for seeing people move towards Christ. Meredith is gifted administratively and feels passionate about using people and resources efficiently to achieve optimum effectiveness and productivity. She also has the gift of hospitality and enjoys opening her home and making people feel welcome and loved by providing a warm and comfortable atmosphere.

You can learn more about the Andersons and their ministry at www.worldventure.com/sslpage.aspx?pid=639.


Papua New Guinea

Catherine Rivard is currently working as on a Bible translation team in Papua new Guinea. Supported by Glory of Christ Fellowship in prayer, she writes, “The Bible, missions, and a close relationship with Christ have always been integral to my life. Languages and linguistics have also been a deep love since I began to talk, and when I look back, it seems only natural for me to merge these in the service of Bible translation. While in high school, I overheard a comment which caused me to pray about the possibility daily for two years. However, I didn't make the jump of commitment until one month into my freshman year of college when a series of God-ordained coincidences finally pushed me to recognize the Lord's passion for Bibleless peoples and my ability to do something about it. I haven’t looked back since. Since graduating from college, my love for the Bibleless peoples of the world has continued to grow, and I am excited about what the Lord has in store for me as a translator in Papua New Guinea!”

To read more about Catherine's calling and work, see her blog at www.catherinepng.blogspot.com/


India

Glory of Christ Fellowship has been various works in India since 2008. Currently we are involved in a ministry called Reach All Nations that is led by Vijay Mesaala and that offers pastoral training, church-planter training, a children's home, and relief works in times of disaster. Vijay is a second generation, Indian Christian who is continuing the heritage his father began some forty years ago. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit our “Global Outreach” table on Sunday morning, visit www.reachallnations.org, or contact Pastor Charlie at charlie@gcfmn.org.



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