How do you measure the work of God?
Though our mission is simple—glorify God by making more and better disciples—the conversation of how to measure our effectiveness can be a complicated one. Ultimately, we believe it’s about lives changed by the power of Jesus and for the glory of God. One day, we’ll know every story, and we’ll hear every detail. But for today, let these three stories encourage you. Your gifts and contributions to Grace Fellowship are being put to good use. Both here in our own backyard and around the world.
Thank you for giving to God’s work through Grace Fellowship in 2018.
May God continue to bless our church as we sacrifice together for HIS Kingdom.
From our church family
Angela D’Amico – Troy
“A year ago, I was in a very different place spiritually. I wouldn’t say I was running from God, but I definitely wasn’t living life for Him.The tension I was feeling about that kept building and building. It all seemed to go back to a relationship I was in at the time. Finally, toward the end of January, I woke up one morning and I knew that I had to choose God or that relationship. They were going in opposite directions and I was being torn between God and that guy.
I chose God. And from that day, everything in my life has been so much different. The day after the breakup, I got involved in a morning Bible study with a few other women from church. From there, I learned to see myself the way God sees me. I learned about my value to Him. A few months ago, I felt like God was telling me that it was time for me to lead a small group of my own, and I did.
When I look back on this year, I’m just so thankful to God for carrying me through all of that, and for giving me such great friends to help me grow closer to Him.”
From our community partners
Veteran’s Miracle Center (VMC) – Albany
The Veterans Miracle Center is a special place for veterans and active-duty military personnel, as well as their immediate families, to receive daily life necessities absolutely free.
“One of our favorite stories from this past year was of a Vet who had just moved into to the Capital Region. His wife and three children were staying with friends and hadn’t moved yet. He came to this area for a job his buddy had promised him, but the job fell through.
We were able to help him find a job and a home that was just what his family needed. Through the very generous donation of Grace Fellowship, the VMC was able to provide 4 brand-new beds—2 queens and 2 twins—complete with all the bedding (his children had been sleeping on the floor while they were in transition). Two weeks later, the family was reunited, the kids got registered for school, and the Vet went to work and joined the volunteer fire department.
When we followed up with him a few months later, he said the VMC and our supporters have restored joy to his family and he is forever grateful.”
From around the world
Kerith Ministries – Palissa, Uganda
Last year, due to an unusually long dry season, the people of Pallisa faced unprecedented famine and poverty. Crops dried up, and food prices soared. People in this remote village were dying of starvation. In response, Grace partnered with Pastor Samuel of Kerith Ministries to purchase farmland and drill a well.
“On behalf of the people of Pallisa, I would like to thank you so much for responding to our cry of safe and pure water. Early last year we contacted Grace Fellowship Church over the matter, and by God’s grace you responded positively. We [also] reached out to you for financial support to buy land for farming. We want to thank God for our first harvest! Part of the food will be sold, and the rest will feed the children here at Kerith Ministries. We thank you so much for your partnership in helping our church and changing our communities!”