Can You Afford NOT to Go?

“With the visit of the STM team from Grace Community Church, God graciously granted us a taste of heaven as we experienced true Christian unity and genuine worship while serving together in the remote village of Andasibe-Vavatenina on the east coast of Madagascar. Each team member was an encouragement to me and was committed to humbly and faithfully serving, using their unique, God-given abilities. They consistently strove to build rapport with the locals. It was so difficult to have the team leave; many of the villagers wept openly for the bond of Christian love that had been shared between them, and that alone is a testimony to the impact that the STM team had on us. The song that can be considered the theme of the trip is a Malagasy song inspired by Joshua 24:15–16, ‘Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’ May this continue to be the desire of our hearts, and may we serve the One and Only True God, wherever He sends each of us.” —Faly Ravoahangy

For more than thirty years, Short-Term Ministries at Grace Church has sustained a rich legacy of service. Our teams have supported, served, and encouraged our missionaries and ministry partners. They have consistently raised the standard of STM trips and excelled in their service and sacrificial love.

Our STM members are ordinary men and women who boldly proclaim the extraordinary message of the gospel. The gospel has completely transformed them, reorienting their thinking and galvanizing them to devote their time, talents, and treasure to the cause of the King.

There is practically no ministry that our STM members have not performed. In order to provide a platform for the gospel, they have done everything from street evangelism to conference support, from running VBS to sports outreach. And no matter what they’re doing, serving the church has been the theme. Teams have been involved in construction, laying foundations for new church buildings and working on small remodeling projects that have had a significant impact on the effectiveness of these churches’ ministry. Some have provided care to orphans, ministering to those who are “the least” among us (Matthew 25:40). Still other teams have been involved with translating Scripture and have experienced first-hand the challenges that our missionaries face in putting the Bible into the languages of those not yet reached. Our STM teams have even developed an effective ESL program that is being used as a tool in evangelism to reach those who desire to learn English, many of whom are university students. The Short-Term Ministry program of Grace Church has facilitated this profound ministry with a goal of faithfully proclaiming the matchless, transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.

No special skill-set qualifies an STM team member to serve, other than a devotion to our Savior and a desire to do whatever is necessary to effectively proclaim the gospel to the four-corners of the globe. Motivated by the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19–20), our STM team members have fortified themselves with the promises of the King: this gospel will be broadcast through the entire earth and the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).

Confronted with the reality of such a great need and such glorious promises, the question should not be “Can I afford to go?” but rather, “Can I afford NOT to go?”

For more information on this year's teams visit the STM Teams page.