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Grace Missions is pleased to announce that our own Michelle Pettet is going on a mission trip to El Progresso Guatemala through her college Concordia Irvine Ca. during her spring break. Here is her support letter.

12/20/16

Hello Friends
My name is Michelle Pettet and I am currently a sophomore at Concordia University of Irvine. I am majoring in biology and pre-med. I am super excited to announce that I am going with a team of 15 to Guatemala on March 4th for a mission trip. During this trip we will be engaging with the people of El Progresso to share Christ’s love by participating in Bible studies and building relationships with the village youth.

When I am in El Progresso, I’ll experience a new environment with new people and surroundings. I believe this trip will allow me to open up my eyes and experience what God has for me with the people of Guatemala. I am thrilled to see God change the lives of so many different people, including mine during this trip.

While God has opened up a door for me to develop a greater heart of compassion for his people around the world the exciting part is that you will be able to share this compassion in several ways. First, you can pray for me and my fellow team. We will need prayers that God will prepare us for our visit and bless our efforts as we minister to the people of El Progresso. We will also need prayers that our financial needs will be met. At this time we need to raise $1800 for the entire trip. I will need $750 to cover for the airfair by Jan. 27th, then I will have to pay $1050 by February 24th know this is a lot, but I know that can be met.

While I am extremely excited about this upcoming trip this spring. I know I cannot accomplish this task alone. I am asking you to please support with your prayers throughout these couple of months as I prepare for and participate in this mission trip.

I am also asking that you be a part of this mission trip by investing in my life and the lives of the people that I will have the opportunity to meet in El Progresso.
During the next several weeks, I will be working very hard to raise the finances to go to this mission trip. I need to cover the entire cost of my trip. I need to cover the entire cost of my trip through the generosity of others, as well as through the fundraising work I do.

Thank you so much for your consideration. Your prayers and support throughout the next months are greatly appreciated!

My God bless you richly!
Michelle Pettet
Grace is supporting Michelle in her mission trip. If you can help support Michelle we ask that you make your check to Grace Lutheran and put in the memo for “Guatemala mission”. A check can be mailed to the church, or dropped off at the office as well as during a church service. Donations can also be made through GoFundMe.

God bless, Maria De Rush Missions/Service

Stephen Ministry Training

Spiritual gifts are gifts to give away. God gives them to us, and we use them to serve others. How are you using them right now? If your spiritual gifts include one or more of the following – faith , mercy, teaching the faith, encouragement, or knowing – consider Stephen’s ministry.

Stephen Ministers are matched up with Care Receivers who need one on one ministry of caring, listening, praying…..being there. It is a distinctly Christian caring ministry. Usually a Stephen Minister meets about once a week for about an hour.Typically lasting 6 months to a year.
Stephen Ministers go through a 50 hr. training course with a small group of other trainees. The course includes reading outside of the sessions, lecture, discussion and practicing caring situations. Stephen’s Ministers meet about once a month with their leaders and other Stephen Ministers for encouragement and guidance.
Grace Lutheran share Stephen Ministry with Ridgecrest Presbyterian. A class is starting Jan. 10, 6:30pm-9pm at the Presbyterian church. Pastor Ralph Mueller and I are both trained Stephen Minister leaders. Gina Stokes from Grace and Steve Garrison from Ridgecrest will b going through Stephen Ministry Leader training in January. Please join us if God is calling you! Any questions please call me Maria DeRush 760-677-1938, or the Church office 760-375-9768.
For more information on Stephen Ministry visit http://www.stephenministries.org/stephenministry/default.cfm/1596

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