Global Missions

In 1994, Grace participated in its first international mission trip, sending a medical team to Bolivia, South America. In succeeding years, construction teams also went to Bolivia. This ministry has been possible because of the loyal support of members of our congregation, from youth to older adults. Grace is open to serving other countries under the auspices of UMVIM. You can support this ministry through your prayers, your contributions for mission supplies, or your participation as a mission team member or as a volunteer at the fundraising events. Interested volunteers are invited to fill out an application form, found in the church office, or talk to anyone on the mission committee for more details.

Epworth Children’s Home

Epworth Children’s Home was established in 1895 by the South Carolina Annual Conference of the Methodist Church and chartered by the Act of the South Carolina General Assembly as Epworth Orphanage. Epworth provides child care, counseling, and related services to families and children, without regard to race, religion, national origin or ability to pay. Grace supports the Epworth Home financially on a yearly basis.

UMVIM (United Methodists Volunteers in Mission)

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission began as a lay movement in South Carolina in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. A small group decided that they could make a difference in the world. Since this simple start, UMVIM has spread through most of the United States and sends teams to    almost every country in the world. Teams and individuals serve from a few days, to years, as volunteers providing medical and construction teams, guidance in teaching, evangelism, agriculture and many other areas. UMVIM-SC continues as a leader in providing teams and services to our brothers and sisters around the world.

Bolivia

Since 1995, under the auspices and direction of UMVIM and Iglesia Evangelica Metodista en Bolivia, Grace sponsors a team of missioners  yearly to administer physical and spiritual aid to the impoverished people of Bolivia. You can support this ministry by being a Missioner, by praying for the team, by participating in and supporting the fund raisers, or by contributing to requested supplies. Interested volunteers are invited to fill out an application form obtained from the church office.

Jose Luis Chambi Endowment Fund

This fund was established in 1998 and named in honor of Jose Luis Chambi, a 10 year old boy restored to health through the efforts of Graces’ medical teams. Through this endowment fund, Grace currently funds the education for one Bolivian child who attends a private Christian school in Caranavi, Bolivia. This child not only receives educational instruction, but moral and spiritual  guidance as well.  An individual can contribute to the endowment fund for the student Grace UMC supports or they can support a child of their own choosing  for $35 a month.  Contact Janis Collins for more information.

Ngozi International Foundation, Inc.

The Ngozi Foundation was born through tragedy, an ensuing sense of purpose, the help of many, and faith in God. Kenneth and Ebele Okafor’s daughter, Ngozi, died in Nigeria on January 9, 1994 from an illness that would have been easily treated in the United States.  Through this tragedy, Kenneth and Ebele developed a sense of purpose and began doing what they could to improve medical care in their native Nigeria. The Ngozi Foundation has sought to establish partnerships in Nigeria to promote spiritual welfare,a culture of philanthropy among the Nigerian people, and an increase in independence and contribution to society, and the improvement of health care.

Operation Christmas Child

Grace UMC participates in Operation Christmas Child, an international agency through Samaritan’s Purse which distributes Shoe Box Gifts to children throughout the world.  Essentially, we are spreading the love of Christ to children and their families who might not know Him   otherwise.  Members of the congregation are invited to participate in this special ministry by picking up a shoebox available at the church, filling it with requested items, and returning it to the church. Contact Carolyn Bigger  for more information.