Graces Mission Fund

Campaign Created by: Grace Mathews
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The funds from this campaign will be received by Grace Mathews.

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Monthly Goal : $1,000

Total Raised : $2,696

Raised this month : $1,085

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Hello!  Grace here, Amber Grace to some.  Thank you for your interest in supporting me as a missionary!  I'm so grateful you're here! Let me tell you a little bit about my story. 

After High School, I took a six month trip called a Discipleship Training School (DTS) with the non-denominational missions organization Youth With A Mission (YWAM).  My life was forever altered in those six months, as I saw God do wild and crazy miracles and turn peoples lives around.  I spent the three month training phase in Rogaland, Norway, and spread the Gospel in Nepal, Thailand, and Ethiopia. 

After returning home, I had a new fire burning in my heart for the Holy Spirit and the Gospel.  I attended Indiana University and got connected to a campus ministry.  I tried my best to be a missionary right where I was, and I think I did a pretty good job.  This past fall, though, I had a tough semester, and I felt a great awakening in my spirit.  I yearned for more, and I wondered if I would be satisfied if my savior came back tomorrow.  I could hear God calling me into the mission field, and after some weeks, I obeyed and withdrew from college, not at all an easy decision. 

I've decided to leave the security of a career, beautiful Bloomington, living with some sweet, wonderful friends I made recently, and step into the unknown.  I knew I wanted to join as staff at YWAM, since I know and love the ministry so well.  While we were in Nepal, we ran into some YWAMers from Fire and Fragrance (F+F), and I was in awe of what a genuine, worshipful organization it is.  In September I start F+F staff training, which takes place in the Kona district of Big Island, Hawai'i.  Afterwards, I'm pleased to be serving with them for at least two years.  I could be placed at one of many F+F bases around the world, including but not limited to; Brazil, South Africa, Nepal, Germany and the Philipines.

The past few months I have been working in Fishers, paying off my debt from school and saving for my training in Hawai'i.  I am so grateful for your partnership with me, whether it's a one-time gift or monthly.  I would very much appreciate your prayers as well.

UPDATES

Week 2
October 16, 2021
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It is crazy that it’s only been two weeks of classes since I came here. I really feel so blessed that God called me to this place and closed all other doors. I love all three of my roommates. We’ve been praying together and sharing our testimonies. We’ve had the pleasure of hearing Francis Chan speak many times since I came here. This past week we had classes as normal all morning with a speaker from IHOP, and then we had prayer and worship every day from 4 to 8. We are tired! Not every week is going to be this packed, but we wanted to pray on all different sides of the bay for revival in this city. I love how Crazy Love and YWAM come alongside pastors and encourage them and what they are already doing.  We were in a lot of different churches, which is very unifying, and we find pastors sometimes overwhelmed with emotion to see so many young people with hearts for the nations. One woman said she had a vision a long time ago of young people being sent out from her church and felt it was fulfilled. How cool is it to be the answer to someone else’s longtime prayer?  We have been getting to know our neighbors, and the names of the people who work in our neighborhood. Life is good in East Palo Alto, and God is moving!

From the City!
October 3, 2021
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Friends! I am so joyful to be writing from East Palo Alto, CA!  Fire and Fragrance has had it's first meeting, and I am loving all of these young people who have come together from all over the globe to serve their Savior.  I have three roommates, one from Canada and two from the States.  They are all sweet and we're getting along well.  We have also been getting to know our neighbors already, and it's fun to walk down the street and call people we pass by name.  Today we are gathering with Francis Chan's house church network, We Are Church, at Fox Theatre.  Tomorrow we are blessed to have him speak to us.  A couple of our focuses for these next few months are revival in this city and revival in our hearts.  We don't want to just preach the Gospel, but to dig in to the Word and be open to personal transformation.  Pray for the people we encounter on the day to day, pray that He would open our eyes to those around us, and ready people's hearts as He goes ahead of us.  Thank you friends! Stay in touch!

Fran Chan in San Fran
September 17, 2021
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Big update!  God works all things together for our good.  On one side, our Kona leadership track was having trouble finding housing in Hawai'i.  Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Francis Chan had some amazing different ministries going on.  A friend of his mentioned she wanted to fill some of her apartments she owned with an army of Christians.  God brought the two together as only he can do, and just recently the track announced we will indeed be filling said apartments and focusing our outreach on Chan's ministry; We Are Church.  This is a completely new concept, and I think some really cool stuff is going to come of it.  I am slightly anxious to be going to a new place where I don't know anybody at all, but I have faith that the Lord will provide connections.  Stay tuned!

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August 13, 2021
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