Our first mission trip to Jamaica was in 1992, and many more have followed. We have a sister church relationship with the church in Queensbury, and have also been integral in sponsoring a medical clinic. Work projects while in Jamaica have included work on both the church and school.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with an average annual income of $400.00. Our sister church relationship with a church in Aux Coteaux has had an incredible impact on Grace members who have traveled there to live and work with the people. Mission trips to Haiti take place on a regular basis. In addition, many members and friends of Grace participate in sponsoring Haitian school children for a minimal yearly cost that covers tuition, two school uniforms, shoes, school books and a medical check-up.
El Salvador – Central America
Our sister church in El Salvador is Rutilio Grande Lutheran Church. The church is located in the community of San Jose Buena Vista. We have been in a sister church relationship since August 2009, and helped in the construction of the new church building.
Quilting for Lutheran World Relief
Join us as we work with Lutheran World Relief to show love to our neighbors throughout the world by making quilts (over 250 per year!). We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month (except for December and the summer months) from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. There are tasks for everyone so if you don’t sew, join us anyway! Bring a sack lunch.
Guatemala – Central America
Our first ever “women only” mission trip was to Guatemala in February, 2012. This now annual trip includes 8-12 women from Grace who focus on building relationships with and supporting women who are trying to escape the cycle of domestic violence. These women have found a safe place to live at El Refugio, and are involved in many classes and counseling sessions as they learn to live in a new pattern of life. By supporting the women and their children, women of Grace have grown in their own faith.
Working with the Agrellas family, missionaries from Grace who are living in Guatemala, our mission teams have also done projects at El Refugio, such as building a compost bin, planting vegetable gardens, teaching knitting and other skills, cooking and baking with the women, and painting and decorating projects. While on the first trip, the team also worked with Pastor Jorge and his church at Linda Vista, a squatters village in the city.
October 2012, saw a new team formed from the Spirituality of the 12-Step class at Grace and this team has now focused on working with Pastor Jorge and his ministry. A major project they have already tackled was to provide a better system for clean water in the village.