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Other organizations share in Grace's mission by bringing healing to our broken world. In order to fulfill our purpose as a church and to engage our people in God’s mission, we enter into partnership with many of these organizations. When our partners succeed in bringing healing to the world through the engagement of our people, Grace Church wins. When our people become passionate about God and his work in the world, everyone wins. Because, together, we can change the world.
ALARM, African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries, is an African led and African based organization that focuses on equipping leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to truly transform their communities. Serving in many post and current conflict regions in central-eastern Africa, ALARM pours their efforts into training and transforming communities through servant leadership and the Christian message of forgiveness and reconciliation. ALARM’s programs are designed for grass roots church and community leaders, women, youth, government officials, teachers, military professionals and Christian professionals (lawyers, police and chaplains).
Craig Anderson serves as the Community Catalyst for International Teams, an international ministry to transform broken communities around the world. Craig leads the fieldworkers living within each community in the “how to’s” of Integrated Community Transformation. Our goal is to deliver the authentic Gospel that combines mission and compassion in a manner that provides access to food, freedom and forgiveness, and empowers individuals and communities to reflect the ways of Jesus.
Keith and Natalie Back serve with Campus Crusade for Christ reaching college students all over the Great Lakes Region and also locally on the IUPUI campus with international students. Their mission is to turn lost students into lifelong laborers for Christ. The international students come to the US from China, the Middle East, India and many other countries and are the top students in their home countries. If Keith and Natalie can reach them for Christ here at IUPUI, upon graduation they can go back to their countries with the life changing message of Christ.
The strategy of Bridges of Hope is to develop long-term relationships with in-country ministry partners that are actively engaged in caring for the poor and marginalized in their country. We mobilize teams from the US to engage in projects through coordination with these organizations to significantly impact their communities through the provision of medical care, social outreach, homes and business development with micro-enterprise programs.
Missions Frontier is operated by missionaries Matt and Leslie Capehart in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Chichicastenango is a rural mountain town where poverty, physical abuse and ceremonial witchcraft are common. Missions Frontier supports the local church through Kingdom business, short-term trips, education and community projects. The ministry owns a hotel and uses its profits to fund local programs like medical clinics, English camps, Christian-based schools, home construction and small businesses.
Center for Global Impact (CGI) offers hope and freedom by empowering the poor and protecting the vulnerable. They do this by creatively connecting financial and human resources with vocational training programs and humanitarian projects in Cambodia. Their ultimate desire is to open a door for the Gospel and to share the love of Jesus Christ.
Centurion’s Watch (CW) is a faith-based nonprofit organization that uses practical, thought provoking biblically based education and support to transform America’s Reserve and Guard families into strong, healthy and ready military families. CW works to strengthen marriages by conducting military marriage seminars and enrichment events for Reserve Component families throughout the United States. CW affiliate ministries enable volunteers the opportunity to serve military families through various initiatives such as marriage counseling, mentoring, small group discipleship and need-based outreach projects.
Tim and Julie Christensen, with North American Indigenous Ministries (NAIM) work together with native and non-native believers to reconcile Native Americans to Christ and His followers. This ministry thrives on Penelakut Island, British Columbia, a reservation overshadowed by a history of abuse and social injustice perpetrated in the name of Christ. Tim and Julie are working together with a local Penelakut Christ follower, Tal James, and other organizations to reclaim some of what was lost through the horrors of the Penelakut Island Residential School. They are also responding to the growing openness to the Gospel by developing healthy relationships with the Penelakut people and inviting them to experience the adventure of following Christ.
Contacts: Kevin & Wendy Klassen at email@example.com or 317.332.7898
Circle City Relief exists to be a bridge to help and hope to the people of Indianapolis by sharing the love of Jesus Christ through the giving of food, clothing and connection to resources. In doing so, they provide a space for Christians to grow in their faith by serving God directly through those who are often forgotten or ignored.
Food Rescue is a network of volunteers who reclaim leftover retail food from restaurants and deliver it to local food pantries and ministries. The organization also inspires people in other communities and states to support their local food banks by collecting leftover retail food themselves. The organization either schedules or inspires 1,200 food rescues each year, resulting in over 4 million dollars of retail food being saved each year! Food Rescue also focuses on persuading large franchise restaurants to adopt a corporate food recovery policy that includes end of the day food donations for every store. This includes education on Good Samaritan Laws, tax advantages of food donations and public relations. Lastly, they are involved with 9 public schools in Hamilton County, teaching over 5,000 children using an educational program called, "Hats for Hunger", where children learn about local, national and world hunger statistics and bring $1 to wear a hat and support local hunger relief efforts demonstrating that a small act of sacrifice can make a difference.
Good Samaritan Network brings together Christ-centered charitable organizations serving Hamilton County. They do this by coordinating the efforts of 64 service agencies, 34 food pantries and nine township trustees to meet the needs for at-risk people in the county. This spectrum of services includes basic needs like housing, utility assistance, transportation, medical assistance, employment, counseling and life-skills development. During the holidays, food, clothing and Christmas gifts are given to over 16,000 people.
Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County, a nonprofit Christian organization, seeks to put God’s love into action and transform the lives of our partner families through safe, decent, and affordable home ownership. Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County brings people together to build Hope, Homes, and Communities in Hamilton County. Through the expanded vision of Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County and their faith in our mission and ministry, they now work to engage with a great number of partners in the revitalization, rehabilitation, and restoration of homes, neighborhoods and members of their communities that need their help.
Hands of Hope uniquely and deeply loves orphans at home and around the world. They do this by educating on God’s heart for orphans and vulnerable children, motivating individuals to get involved, and supporting those who do. This ministry also seeks to lessen the financial burden for Grace Church and Indiana families called to adopt through providing matching grants and interest-free loans to qualified families.
Hands of Hope seeks to serve their partner children’s homes through short-term mission trips where they build relationships and go deep with the children at the homes. Although the trips do planned activities with the children, the main purpose of the trips is to love and serve the children, while also encouraging the care givers.
The Health Care Ministry is an interdisciplinary team of Christian physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other clinical and administrative volunteers who provide free health care to the poor and uninsured in our community through two free clinics. The Shepherd Community Clinic is located on the near East Side of Indianapolis in Marion County and the Trinity Free Clinic serves the Hamilton County community. Both clinics are faith based, Christ centered organizations that seek to minister to the spiritual as well as the medical needs of patients.
Contact: Richard Bickle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.946.6711
In His Steps (IHS) is a Christian non-profit organization whose mission is to use innovative and specialized ministries to impact the lives of people for the glory of God, specifically with at risk children, juvenile offenders and their families, in the marginalized black community of Canton, Mississippi. IHS does this by providing safe, after-school and Saturday morning learning programs, weekly discipleship Bible studies, family support services for parents of juvenile offenders and a long-term preventive ministry for youth called SPASE. These programs provide vital spiritual and academic development for Canton youth and their families and young inmates. In His Steps has also provided short-term missions opportunities for the students of Merge, Senior High Ministry of Grace Church and four other churches and colleges for over 18 years. These trips focus on racial reconciliation and compassionate care for our students as well as the people of poverty-stricken Canton.
Gary Kirschman is the City Director for Christian Business Men's Connection (CBMC) of greater Indianapolis, a worldwide ministry that is a resource and catalyst for young professionals in the workplace. Their purpose is to share the transformational love of Christ with those in the business community while helping Christ followers grow in their faith. They offer various opportunities for discipleship, networking, ministry and leadership training, mentoring and community projects.
The Kunnecke's serve with SEND International in Tokyo, Japan, facilitating the fulfillment of our mission as believers to make Christ known and empower His followers to build up His Church. SEND International, begun by veterans from WWII in Asia, has planted over 50 churches in this spiritually-needy nation of less than 1% Christians. Their mission is to mobilize God's people and engage the unreached in order to establish reproducing churches. Steve is the Director of Yamanaka Chalet. He manages the SEND Japan retreat facility, finances and property maintenance of the seven cabins at Lake Yamanaka near Mt. Fuji. Janet coaches individuals and teams through conflicts that naturally arise in cross-cultural contexts. She facilitates workshops for Japanese to discover biblical, culturally appropriate interpersonal reconciliation.
Contact: Steve and Janet Kunnecke at email@example.com
Lamplighter Ministries offers six weekend experiences a year for people interested in deepening their relationship with Christ regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey. The Friday evening through Sunday events are full of community and individual activities designed to help people take the next step in their Christian journey and renew their spirit.
Life Centers affirms the value of life by providing a network of care to those experiencing pregnancy-related crisis and by presenting Biblical truths resulting in changed lives to the glory of God. Through their eight pregnancy centers, they provide confidential, free services including pregnancy tests, ultrasound exams, peer counseling, support services (such as diapers, bottles, maternity and baby clothing, etc.) and post-abortion support groups.
Midwest Food Bank (MFB) has a vibrant mission. They seek to alleviate hunger and poverty by delivering food and disaster relief free of charge to recipients. Their goal is to make a difference in communities and create volunteer opportunities for all. This is their roadmap to “Sharing the Blessings.”
Hunger and food insecurity are significant problems facing our country and communities. Midwest Food Bank, serves nonprofit organizations in Indiana allowing many nonprofit organizations and volunteers to take part in weekly/monthly distributions and daily activities. Every day MFB redistributes good, wholesome food that would otherwise be wasted. Each month, weeks or days are dedicated as "Distribution". During that period, organizations come in to pick up food which they then distribute to people in their communities. Numerous volunteers also participate throughout the week to make it all possible.
Mission to Ukraine operates several programs that evidence God’s involvement and interest in Ukraine, a country struggling to emerge from years of spiritual darkness. A crisis pregnancy center counsels women to choose life instead of abortion. The LifeSavers Program provides medical aid, supplies and spiritual support to each mother and child for a minimum of 18 months. A comprehensive program for the disabled offers physical, occupational and play therapy. This program also offers medical assistance and spiritual and academic mentoring.
Nairobi Chapel is a network of churches in Nairobi, Kenya focused on global church planting, evangelism, personal transformation and social justice. These churches engage in ministries including TULIP, a faith-based job skills program for young girls and JUBILEE, a small private Christ-centered school for high school students. Nairobi Chapel introduced Grace to strategic partnerships and has shaped our church in many ways, from how we do leadership development to church planting.
Get involved: nairobichapel.org
Nehemiah Vision Ministries (NVM) is an international organization focused on transforming the lives of Haitians through education, health and spiritual development. They do this by meeting basic needs and training young Haitians to become involved in rebuilding the foundation of Haiti. NVM currently is operating a Christian school for 300 local children, a medical clinic, an agricultural training and growing program, a church that is home to over 500 local villagers, and a basket/beadmaking/sewing class for local women.
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (NCLC) demonstrates Christ’s compassion to low income and immigrant families by offering free legal representation and legal education workshops. The clinic serves as many as 14,000 people with legal representation and preventive legal education in areas that include foreclosure prevention, consumer law, immigration law, family law and tax controversy. The clinic has multiple intake sites in Central Indiana and in Fort Wayne and has served individuals from over 116 countries.
New York City Relief exists to connect the poor, addicted and abandoned in metro New York to a path of help and hope. The organization achieves this by connecting the poor and homeless on the streets with community resources to meet their needs. Their primary outreach, The Relief Bus, consists of converted school buses that contain a food service unit and counseling/referral office that serve specific outreach locations in New York City and urban New Jersey.
Outreach, Inc. works with homeless youth in the greater Indianapolis area. They provide food and clothing, while empowering and equipping them to exit street life. Outreach, Inc. combines the compassion of Christ and safe relationships with practical resources including a drop-in center, street outreach, the GOAL (graduation, occupation, address, lifestyle) education program and comprehensive wraparound social services. Working together, they create a plan aimed at improving physical, mental and spiritual health with goals focusing each young person on being self-sufficient and productive adults.
God loves all of His creation and created people to know and worship Him in His creation. He also commissioned us to care for all He has made. However, people’s relationships with His physical creation are broken, and ecosystems have been degraded. Project Eden, Grace’s new creation care ministry, works to reconnect people with the physical creation, helps restore ecosystems, and educates God’s people about the importance and theology of creation care and how to take care of the creation.
Reconnecting with Creation Retreat
March 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Join Project Eden for a restful and rejuvenating day spent reconnecting with God and Creation through guided discussion, spiritual exercises, nature hikes, and the many benefits of time spent in and caring for creation. Our keynote speaker is Patricia Tull of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light and author of Inhabiting Eden.
Safe Families for Children is a national movement of compassion that gives hope to families in crisis. Safe, loving homes are provided where parents may voluntarily have their children cared for while they seek to restore stability in their lives. Our dedication to family support, stabilization and child abuse prevention is driven by responsibility for the well-being of children in our communities.
Founded in 2002, Safe Families for Children has partnered with churches, local community agencies and volunteer families, as well as government organizations in more than a dozen states. Safe Families For Children Central Indiana (SFFCCI) is consistent with the national movement and focuses on the needs of the greater central Indiana community. Founded in May 2008, over 1350 children have been served by over 270 volunteer families in central Indiana.
Kingdom’s Kloset is an outreach program of Safe Families for Children addressing the immediate clothing needs of children in foster care. Clean, gently used children's clothing up to size 10/12 (no shoes please) can be donated. In addition, donations of new socks, underwear and toothbrushes are needed. Donations are dropped off at Carmel Self-Storage.
Contact: Beth Kinney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.460.0728
Scott and Lisa Santee work with the Global Short Film Network, a Ministry of Cru, which produces and packages mini-movies from filmmakers around the world that can be used to help springboard into deeper conversations about Christ. These visually stimulating and artistic stories are designed around redemptive themes to prompt dialogue between people of similar or different faith backgrounds. They also prompt listeners to unpack what they watch on a personal level and wrestle with how the truths exposed apply to their personal lives.
Shepherd Community Center is an urban ministry working to break the cycle of poverty on the near East Side of Indianapolis by meeting the physical, social, educational and spiritual needs of the neighborhood. Shepherd has a food pantry (supported by Grace's Bag Hunger Program), summer and after-school programs, non-traditional sports, a church, and medical clinic. Jireh Sports is Shepherd's after-school mentoring program that uses alternative sports as a vehicle for discipling urban youth and introducing them to Jesus. Each Christmas, Shepherd Community Center holds a gift drive to collect toys and clothing to benefit the children in their programs. These gifts stock Shepherd's Christmas store where parents can select gifts to give their children from infancy through 12th grade.
Jeff and Peg Shrum with Wycliffe Bible Translators are part of a team translating the Scriptures and other materials into the Takwane language in Mozambique, Africa. Several books of the Bible are now available which include: Luke, Ephesians, 1 Timothy, Exodus, Hebrews and Genesis. Since few Takwane can read, Biblical video and audio recordings are an important aspect of the Takwane project as well.
Contact: Melinda Emgenbroich at email@example.com or 317.345.3938
As an evangelistic communicator, Mark Slaughter's ministry with InterVarsity involves speaking on college campuses, primarily in the Midwest. Through interactive discussions and outreach events, Mark proclaims God's Kingdom to college students with clear, compassionate and Biblical responses to the moral and societal questions facing them today. His passion is to see college students transformed to follow Jesus and impact their world.
SpringHill Camps is a non-profit Christian camp and retreat ministry with locations in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Their mission is to create life-impacting experiences that enable young people to know and to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Adults and kids love Summer Camp with extreme sports, high adventure activities and outdoor games because it's all integrated with life-changing, fun and faith-filled experiences. Programs are available for special needs children. Churches, schools and businesses can book facilities for group retreats, conferences or outings. Come for a day, weekend or an entire week. SpringHill provides lodging, meals and activities. They will also help with any needed program facilitation.
TruthSeekers International is a ministry in India led by Sunil and Pam Sardar. As a Christ-centered reconciliation movement, they are committed to spiritual and social freedom for India's oppressed. Due to the caste system, more than a half-billion people are restricted to a life of poverty and hopelessness. TruthSeekers seeks to assist lower-caste leaders in having a voice in the political process and introduces the lower-caste community to Jesus in a culturally-relevant way.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is an evangelical campus mission serving students and faculty on college and university campuses nationwide. Their vision is to see students and faculty transformed by the power and love of Jesus Christ, campuses renewed and world changers developed. Christine Twedt oversees all of the undergraduate ministry for InterVarsity in the state of Indiana. Currently Indiana InterVarsity serves 10 college campuses and close to 700 students, including specific ministries for fraternity and sorority students, as well as international students.
ULICAF is a group of believers committed to healing Liberia from the destruction of a 14-year civil war. They hope to transform Liberia by responding to the Church’s critical needs—church planting, evangelism, education and the training of pastors and Christian leaders. ULICAF operates Liberia International Christian College to ensure Liberians have access to Christ-centered learning that will equip them to do the work of Christ in Liberia and throughout the world.
Wheeler Mission has served the poor and homeless of Central Indiana since 1893. Their mission to provide Christ-centered programs and services for the homeless endures today. While first providing for physical needs (more than 140,000 overnight stays and 340,000 nutritious meals a year), Wheeler strives to restore hope to the hopeless through caring staff and Biblically-based residential programs.
The following resources are for sponsors of approved Partners at Grace. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Huckstep at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.848.2722, x225.