"This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14
In 2013, Grace Auckland purchased a piece of land in Yangon, Myanmar and subsequently supported the construction of a small, multipurpose building that functions as a church and home for Pastor Henry Maa and his family. Recently, we fully financed the tiling of his house as the floor was previously linoleum, which needs yearly repair.
In addition to paying Henry a monthly allowance as a pastor (he earns side income as a barber), we started providing funds for him to reach out to the local community two years ago. This initiative bore fruits when some accepted the Lord as saviour and the funds have also helped many families with rice and oil (many in the community have been badly affected not only with the outbreak of Covid19 since January 2020 but also take over of the country by the military junta in February 2021).
We also partially supported AGAPE (run by Pastor Siang) which is a home for 11 underprivileged children on their rental and maintenance. Through generous giving from the congregation, we were also able to pay for the cost of 2 bunk beds and clothes for the children.
Rebecca Kristensen (Becs) has been working in Baguio suburb for the past 15 years under
“His Heart Ministries” which brings the Gospel to the remote villages in the vicinity.
The practical components of this ministry involve working with the homeless, abused
children and putting the lonely and isolated into families. Our Father continues to amaze us in the miracles that are so common in the life of the people of the house churches planted through this ministry. There is no formula – just the love and power of Jesus shining through His children.
Grace has been financially supporting Becs for a number of years and a few members of ourchurch has been involved on short term missions’ trips to various regions of the Philippines to minister to the people in the remote villages.
“Give Hope” was an organisation started by key people of Grace Church’s history. It is an ongoing organisation in two different locations in India. The South East (Vijaywada) has a home for girls and an after school support centre for underprivileged children.
In the South, there is a multipurpose community centre, children’s home and an after school tuition centre.
Both places have strong Christian leaders in place and are functioning well as a result of the creative expression, ideas and financial support of Give Hope.
Papua New Guinea
Graeme & Sharon, local Aucklanders continue to spend a lot of time abroad in Papua New
Guinea helping one region in a very practical and community focused scheme.
Retired builder and teacher respectively, they continue to put their talents to use.They fundraised to purchase and import a block-cutting machine from China, and are now
providing on the job construction training to local adult students. They also provide administration support, Christian teaching and sanitary teaching for men and women in
Over the last 10 years, a number of people from Grace have visited Cambodia on short term missions’ trips to different regions in Cambodia. They reached many remote villages administering medicines and providing clean water through pumps that were donated from various sources. However, more importantly the gospel was preached in every village and it was encouraging to note that many were saved and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour.
Due to Covid from 2020 to 2022, travel was not practical but we continued to donate food for the needy in the country.
In addition to our monthly giving to this organisation, we also sponsored 2 girls.
Alyssa is 12 years old living near Baguio City in the Philippine. She loves Jesus and likes to
draw. Her family and community all benefit from Grace continued support.
The other girl is 9-year-old Helena living near Dodoma in Tanzania. She is raised by an aunty
and is gifted with strong artistic ability. Because of Grace sponsorship, Helena is loved and
released from poverty.
OTHER MISSION OUTREACH
Over the years, we have also been supporting the following organisations, for example
1. North Korea – monthly giving
2. CAP Money – since November 2020
3. Barnabas Fund – one-off giving