Finding a home at Grace
Leading up to Grace Church's 25th Anniversary, we are counting down the days by posting 25 blog posts in 25 days by 25 authors (well, 24. Dave wrote twice). The post below is one of these posts. Need tickets to the 25th Anniversary celebration at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on September 11, 2016? Get tickets here:†gracechurch.us/25.†
BY RICHARD MERGULHAO, STAFF†MAINTENANCE COORDINATOR
INTERVIEWED BY EMILY O'CONNOR, COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
Richard Mergulhao has been a maintenance coordinator at Grace Church since May 2015. He is from Goa, India and has a degree as a mechanical engineer. Richard is married with four children. When heís not working at Grace, he is working on the custodial staff at Carmel High School.
The following is a conversation with Richard:
How did you find Grace Church?
I came to Grace through the Care Center. I was born and grew up as a Catholic. Once I came to the United States, I could not find a church. My wife was a Seventh Day Adventist, and she changed to Catholic, but she was still hesitant and didnít feel a connection with the Catholic Church. Someone introduced her to Grace, so she came here first and started telling me about it. I came a couple times here, but I felt awkward because it was different for me. The real thing that changed my life and my concept of coming to this church was whenever I visited through the Care Center. I used to come here sometimes, not just to be a Care Center friend. I thought it was spiritual healing for me. It was Godís calling. Whenever I used to come and talk to all my friends here who served me and told them about what I was going through, I felt like it was one of Jesusí disciples holding my shoulder or hands in prayer, which I had never had in my life as a Catholic. That drew me closer here, how people are so wanting to know about you and care for you, how Jesus sent the disciples.
You previously worked in India as a mechanical engineer, how did you feel about taking the position at the church?
This will help me to help people who are in need. Itís how they will understand how Christ not only being a Son of God, but he was the son of a carpenter. It was because he had that rank or position, he went out to everybody. Thatís what I feel like God is trying to call me for something, and I am just waiting for the answer.
What is your favorite part of Grace?
I donít feel like this is a church. I feel like this is a home. Everybody knows you. Even if you try to go in different services, people still know you by your name. I worked different jobs throughout my life. Jesus was calling me to work in His ways.† If you do a job outside the church, itís different because sometimes you cannot talk about religion. Here you can talk about what you feel about Christ and you can tell a person who Christ is.
The best thing about this church that I liked was the nondenominational. The first thing that struck me when I came to service here was the cross. This church is a church that doesnít fully talk about a certain religion, but it is a church that tries to show the path of Christ. It doesnít matter which religion, which color, or which country you come from, they just embrace you. I am so happy now theyíre expanding from this little base of Noblesville and going out to the world. I always try to just pray that God will be with us.†