The Great Commission instructs us to make disciples by reaching and teaching all people with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ, at home and in the nations beyond (Romans 10:13-15).
Grace Evangelical Free Church of Fridley has a long history of sending and supporting missionaries around the world. The missions team invites one and all to participate! Whether it is volunteering for an hour at the Thrift Store in Robbinsdale, praying, hosting an international student, helping with Operation Christmas Child, or offering your advice and encouragement as a member of the Missions Team, all are vital to our goal of spreading the gospel.
~Liz Christie - Director of Missions
Grace Evangelical Free Church helps support over 36 missionaries, agencies, and short-term teams who are sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. These people are an extension of our local church family as they share the gospel locally, nationally, and internationally. We focus on prayer, financial giving, teaching, training, and providing workers.
Some examples of our missions connections include:
Bethel American International School
Bethel American International School was started in 2012. This school, for grades 7 - 12 in Fiditi, Nigeria, offers a Christ-centered classical education with a liberal arts emphasis. Grace Evangelical Free Church members contribute time, expertise for curriculum development, and ongoing leadership and direction for construction and other improvements.
Bethany Baptist Church
Our sister church, Bethany Baptist Church, in Riga, Latvia, was started in 1965. Prior to that time, believers often had to meet in secret. Since 2000, Grace has helped support their efforts to reach out to their neighbors with the love and gospel of Jesus. Often, we send workers and materials to partner with Bethany as they put on a week-long Green Camp for children or teens, many of whom have never heard about Jesus.
Another exciting project is the TGSSA Mission Clinic in Fiditi, Nigeria. Serving people by the grace and power of God, the Clinic is staffed five days a week. The doctor has clinic hours on certain days and is on-call for help when needed.
Vacation Bible Camp
The Good Samaritan Society Mission Village in Fiditi, Nigeria is the site of the eagerly anticipated Vacation Bible Camp, started in 2010. The GEFC team spends months preparing to share the gospel with children.