Grace Church is committed to spreading the Good News of God's great love around the world, from Asia to Little Rock, Arkansas.
Below you can find information about some the missionaries we support. Stay up-to-date by reading our Blog to know how you can help and pray.
**Note that not ALL of our missionaries are listed for safety concerns.
Nate & Brittany Bruns
The Bruns are on staff ReachGlobal and are working with the Berlin Team. We will be fulfilling one of the team's 100 Gospel Initiatives as we work to support a church plant in Potsdam, Germany. They work in various roles to help this church plant grow to fruition.
Wanda is a native Little Rocker, but has spent most of her life in Asia. After a brief experience translating God’s word among the Roxteang (Sedang) people of Viet Nam, she left with her colleagues at the end oef the war. In the USA she continued until a small portion of scripture had been published in that language. Later she arrived in Thailand to work in literacy with the Iu-Mienh (Yao) people, who are scattered all over SE Asia and now the world. She spent a few years in Lao PDR training teachers to make curriculum games and other teaching devices with recycled and local materials. She returned to Thailand to teach in the master’s TEFL program and the training program for various minorities in translation, orthography (alphabet) design, literacy methods and materials production, and Scripture engagement. As the Mienh Bible was being translated, she regularly did checks on it and sometimes did consultant checks for languages from other area countries. As she read the final draft of the Mienh Bible prior to publication, she felt the thrill of her life time. It was dedicated several years ago. She is now retired from full-time work with Wycliff but actively ministering to those placed around her in Thailand. Some scriptures combine to express her praise and prayer: “Forgetting what has gone before, but Remembering how He has led me all the way, Pressing Forward to the mark of the High Calling in Christ Jesus, and Looking Forward to His return.”
Jud & Barbara Jones
Provides Leadership to full and part-time staff, as well as, over 150 volunteers as they minister to junior high, high school, and college students in 14 different communities.
Judd grew up in Port Arthur, Texas. He became a Jesus follower in high school and quickly had a burden for full time ministry. During college, he worked with youth groups helping kids know there is life in Christ regardless of circumstances. He learned about Young Life in his junior year of college and was hooked. It’s still his passion after 34 years. He is married to Barbara and they have 3 grown children.
Christian Group Homes for orphaned and abandoned children of Romania. Since 2004, Livada has provided a Christian group home alternative to Romanian state facilities. Children in Livada Group Homes are cared for by a loving staff that is healing their hearts of past neglect, abuse, and abandonment, as well as, helping them to develop into healthy adults. This is achieved through intense psychological, medical and educational care. This is coupled with spiritual, social, and life skill training.
Visit there website to learn more: http://livada.org
Ken & Anisha Hoekman
International Friendship Outreach (IFO) is a local ministry offering opportunities for social and cultural interaction between Americans and internationals who study, work, or live in the central Arkansas. We also sponsor a number of social events and outings during the year to make your time with us fun. We offer these services in both the Little Rock and Conway. If you are living or studying in Conway, check out IFO Conway for opportunities in that area. IFO became an official ministry in November of 1991.
Provides opportunities for central Arkansas believers to befriend international students and demonstrate the love of Christ. Want to learn more? Visit their website www.ifoarkansas.org.
Chad & Mandy Mary
Since 2004 the Marys have worked with Campus Outreach at the University of Southern Indiana, glorifying God by reaching the lost on campus in order to ultimately reach the world! College students come from all over the world, and if they can be reached by the gospel, they will be equipped to walk with God for their lifetime and reach others!
At age twelve Chad’s family moved to Little Rock, and Chad received a strong spiritual background from the youth group at Grace church.
Full time ministry wasn’t even an option to Chad as he attended college, but God used Campus Outreach to reveal the need for the lost to hear about Jesus. Chad graduated from Arkansas State University in 2004, married Mandy and moved to Evansville, Indiana to work with Campus Outreach. Chad and Mandy have two children; Evelyn and William.
I grew up in a home where faith was important and we attended church regularly, but it wasn’t until my freshman year at ASU that I became a Christian. Being away from home for the first time I found myself breaking many of the moral convictions I thought I owned. God used these experiences to show me that I was sinful and separated from God. My sin debt demanded a payment that I couldn’t pay, I needed a savior. I clearly saw how Jesus was the only one to ever live a perfect life and that by trusting in his perfect record my sin debt could be forgiven. I surrendered my life to Christ and since then, I have had an increased desire to learn more about him by reading my Bible and talking to him through prayer.
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” C.S. Lewis
Evan & Emily McCall
The McCalls live in Chiang Mai, Thailand and serve with the BAM (Business As Mission) Resource Team as a ministry of YWAM. This team equips people starting businesses in a cross-cultural context as a means to share the gospel with the unreached all over the world. Evan uses his engineering and technology background to resource these missionaries. Emily’s primary role is being a full-time mom to their two kids, Benson and Lucy. However, she has a background in counseling and the team is looking to use her skills to develop some member care resources for the missionaries they train. Living in Thailand also gives the McCall family natural ministry opportunities with the Thai people as the population of Christians in Thailand is less than 1%.
Zefjan & Edita Nikolla
Emanuel Church in Tirana, Albania
Teaches and preaches at Emanuel Church and among different Intervarsity student groups. His focus is leadership training. Zefjan also serves as National Director of Intervarsity Albania.
Zefjan was born and raised in a small village in Northern Albania. As he grew up, Albania was under a communist dictatorship and was a self-proclaimed Atheistic country. He became a Christian in 1991 while attending a Bible study at Tirana University. After graduation in 1995, he became a youth pastor at Emanuel Church. He’s been the teaching pastor since 1999. In 2000 he was asked to be National Director of Intervarsity Albania. Zefjan married Edita in 1998. They have 2 daughters, Greis and Emili.
Rafael and Carol O.
Rafael and Carol are from Brazil and they serve with the Frontiers Ministry on the Lights of Arabia Project in the Middle East, among the Arabs. Their plan is to work with church planting through the Disciple making movement methodology. Also in the future their team will be a bridge for future teams from Latin America, so they can develop and serve in the other cities in the region.
We want to see a disciple making movement that will plant churches that ultimately will transform the society. To do so, based on God`s dependence and guidance we will invest our time searching for people who have the desire to know more about Jesus and will open doors for others to hear the gospel. We will find these people by living Jesus out loud, sharing bible stories from the start of all relationships, seeing their interest to talk about spiritual subjects, offering to pray for them and to tell our stories with God. We will focus our time on those who show interest in learning more about spiritual things, and inviting them to study the Bible with us. We will invite them right from the beginning to obey and share the story they learn with their family and friends, so they can study the Word together. We will continue to support these people studying the Scriptures with their family. Coaching and helping the community multiply the groups. Eventually they will become churches with their own leadership and guided by the Holy Spirit. Through obedience to the scripture and the desire to share the Gospel, they will transform their community.
Thomas & Agnes Schneider
Serving with WORD OF LIFE in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. Primary job is to provide vision and focus for a staff of 22 full-time missionaries leading camps, Bible clubs, evangelistic campaigns, and even a TV Program for the people of the Porta Alegre and surrounding areas.
Thomas Schneider is a native Brazilian who came to Christ through the ministry of the Word of Life camp in Brazil. He attended the Word of Life Seminary in Sao Paulo. He has been serving in this ministry since 1988. He married his wife, Agnus, in 1989. They have 3 children-Melissa, Camila, and Mark.
Paul & Shirley Shackleford
Inner City Ministry of Cru
July 1, 1997 a new chapter in ministry unfolded as the Shackleford’s stepped into the inner cities of Central Arkansas to give leadership to Here’s Life Inner City. HLIC, the compassionate urban ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, is committed to restoring hope, justice and dignity to the poor and under-privileged of the community. Networking through the local community of churches they connect, empower and develop resources to bring positive biblical change to the fractured families of Central Arkansas’s urban communities.
Since 1997 Here’s Life Inner City-Central Arkansas has moved from just two inner city contacts to working relationships with over 140 urban churches and another 30+ church resourcing partners in the suburbs. In January of 2001, on behalf of Here’s Life Inner City-Central Arkansas, Paul received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award by the Black Community Developers, Inc. and the 2007 Community Service Award from the Greater Little Rock Christian Chamber of Commerce.
Paul and Shirley continue to serve in an expanded capacity at a national level for Here’s Life as Shirley supports the National Adult Development training effort and Paul as National Director of Special Projects.
The Shackleford’s have 5 adult children, 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild all out of state.
Mark & Carrie Tedder
Mark & Carrie Tedder believe that worship leaders can transform the earth. The Worshiplanet Band is a living expression of his belief that local churches everywhere can experience powerful worship. In the few years since Mark and his wife Carrie began to build the Worshiplanet network of creatives, they’ve recorded live worship in Communist China, mobilised worship leaders from Islamic Egypt to Buddhist Thailand, and almost had Spring Harvest clapping on the off-beat. They’ve learned that to change the world one piece at a time, you’ve got to take risks. Worshiplanet is a growing tribe, a family of around 20 professional musicians, singers and visual artists, gathered from Brazil to Iceland. Practically, their work reaches in two directions: Equipping worship leaders and teams with teaching, hands-on instruction and encouragement, and bringing the Gospel to the streets, through concerts and public performances.
From the gleaming palaces of Beijing, via Shanghai’s Blade-Runner skyline, down to the powdered minarets of the Himalayas, China stretches across 9 million square miles. Over 1 billion people call it home. The scale airbrushes the detail. In countless cities, churches are meeting in secret. And while there are officially sanctioned congregations, the estimated 40 to 100 million Christians living there are banned from expressing their faith outside state controlled setups. In 2006 The Tedders swapped the 4,000 strong community of Divide, Colorado, for Beijing City.
Since ‘The Door’ they have recorded ‘Restore’, a project of prophetically worshipping life back into the European church held in historic buildings in the UK, Italy, France and the Czech Republic. And they’ve got the wheels turning for a similar project in India. “It’ll be about bringing on Indian musicians and giving them a platform for worshipping with. It won’t be polished, it won’t be high tech, but the beauty of it is that God uses that kinda stuff.” The Tedders are now in America again, but every month or so they’re back on the road. In Singapore and Thailand they recently trained about 800 pastors, church-planters and missionaries serving in sensitive places such as Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Turkmenistan.
Rolly & Robin Walter
Rolly works with Avant Ministries at the Malaga Media Center where he heads up the Spanish ministries department. Their goal is to move hearts in Spain toward Jesus. Recently they committed to partnering with a Spanish youth ministry, providing thoughtful and challenging short films to help reach young people for Christ. Rolly’s activities center around leading his creative team and video editing. Robyn connects with other moms when she picks up the girls from school. The Walters are involved in a small Spanish church plant of about 30 people where they have helped with music and media.