By Portia Williams
MINFORD — Six members of Grace Baptist Church will soon be treading on foreign soil in Zambia, Africa. According to Ralph Arrick, a member of GBC, the mission team endeavors to share God’s love, and assist two of their missionaries stationed there.
Pastor Rob McKinney, Andrew Beckett, Becky McKinney, Robbie McKinney, Grace Peach, and Andrew Storey from Grace Baptist Church in Minford will soon be heading to Zambia, Africa. They will be staying with missionaries Connie and Jim Jermias from the church.
Arrick said the team will be going to assist two missionaries who reside in Zambia.
“The missionary that they are going to help is a lady that grew up in our church, her name is Connie Jermias. She and her husband Jim are both missionaries. She has been over in Africa for several years, and her mother goes to our church, so that is the connection,” he said.
He said Grace Baptist Church also provides regular support to missionary work in Africa. Although the have sent and support missionaries, he said it is the first time for GBC to send a mission team.
“Our church has sent individuals to Zambia, Africa, but we have never sent a group there. This is the first time we have ever sent a group to help a missionary, and the church is very excited about the opportunity to do this,” he said.
While there, the team will be sharing God’s love with the Zambians by working in orphanages, visiting prisons, ministering in churches in the bush country, and helping the missionaries at their compound.
He said their pastor Rob McKinney is responsible for engaging the church in the mission trip.
“Our pastor McKinney has been with us for a couple of years, and this will be his third mission trip. He told us that the trip would cost a certain amount of money, and asked if we would stand behind that. We all said that we would,” he said.
According to Arrick, donations towards the mission trip to Zambia began to come in from all directions. He said the church was overwhelmed by the level of monetary donations they received.
“The money came from everywhere. We ended up with 12,000,” he said.
He said the team has spent many hours preparing for the trip. They are excited to share the message that Jesus died for everyone’s sins, and that through believing this and asking forgiveness, a person is able to begin a relationship with God,and spend eternity in heaven.
There will be a commissioning service for the mission team to Zambia at Grace Baptist Church on June 29 at 10:30 a.m.
“At the end of the service we’re going to talk about what the team will be doing, and then we’re going to have the deacons come up and pray for them, and as a church we will pray for them at that time at the end of the service. We will be praying for their safety, their wisdom, compassion, and boldness to be able to do this trip,” he said.
The team includes two Seniors from Minford High School. They will be helping shoot a promotional video for the missionaries to send to churches. Grace Baptist is a church who is trying to spread the love of God with it’s community and to the whole world.
The mission team will begin their journey on Monday, June 30, with a flight out of Washington D.C. They will be in Zambia for 10 days.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.