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Our Mission Partners
Boca Helping Hands is a community-based organization formed in 1998 by a group of local church congregations. Its Mission is to provide help through food and assistance programs to individuals, families, and children. Hot meals are provided five days a week and grocery bags of food staples are supplied to help people meet their needs. The assistance center provides financial help to clients in emergency situations, job mentoring and job search resources for those seeking employment. Several programs are based on children’s needs including an after-school sandwich program and Boca Blessings in a Backpack.
Grace Community Church spends the fourth Saturday each month preparing and serving a hot meal to approximately 200 people. Members also prepare food for special meals held at Christmas and Easter.
Every Wednesday during the school year, a group from Grace gathers at Orchard View Elementary to pack backpacks with six healthful non-perishable meals for students in need as part of the Blessings in a Backpack Program. Volunteers pray for the children and their teachers as they pack each backpack. For most of the children, the food provided is the only food they will have for the weekend.
Christians Reaching Out to Society enables people of all faiths to work together to help those in need in our community. C.R.O.S. ministries include food pantries, summer youth camps, hurricane repair, gleaning and The Caring Kitchen, which provides a hot meal and after school snack program. In partnering with C.R.O.S. Grace Community Church collects food throughout the year for the Delray Food Pantry, participates in gleaning fresh vegetables, and provides Thanksgiving food boxes.
For the past several years, volunteers from our church have participated in gleaning. We have had hundreds of volunteers, from toddlers to teenagers to 80 year olds, glean thousands of pounds of corn and tomatoes and peppers. We meet at 7:15am at the church and car pool to the site. We are usually in the fields for about 2-1/2 to 3 hours and are back about 1:00pm.
What is gleaning? Gleaning is a biblical initiative that involves volunteers picking produce that has been left in farmers’ fields after commercial harvesting. The Gleaning Program in Palm Beach County is operated by C.R.O.S. Ministries and funded by the United Way and Palm Beach DHS. The food is distributed through the Daily Bread Food Bank to local agencies that work to feed the hungry in our community.
Gleaning is a great way for young and old to participate in responding to the needs of others. To sign up please contact Cindy O’Connell.
Gleaning volunteers are needed several times a year.
Missionary Flights International (MFI) is a Christian nonprofit organization operating turbine DC-3 aircraft out of Fort Pierce, FL. MFI’s mission is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in partnership with Bible-centered missions by providing reliable transportation and logistical services. We are currently serving 480 mission organizations in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas.
The hallmark of MFI from the beginning has been to “Stand in the Gap” (Ezekiel 22:30) wherever possible. Services are continually evaluated and added as the needs of affiliated missions continue to change. These services include flying passengers and cargo for the missionaries. It also includes purchasing items for the missions as well as receiving and then distributing their US mail in their country of service.
Current prayer concerns include:
- Staff needs. We have had some turnover in the past year and are in need of some new staff. Specifically, pilots, mechanics, and some non-technical staff – such as facilities and purchasing.
- Financial needs to finish up the new airplane and for the new Hospitality Park.
- Always continued prayers for safe flights on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And that the people and cargo we are flying are making difference for the Kingdom.
There are approximately 7,200 women prisoners in the six major women’s prisons in Florida (of over 102,000 total prisoners).
Of the female prison population:
- Most are young (average age 35.1)
- The majority are economically disadvantaged minorities with children
- About a quarter have attempted suicide
- A sizable number have serious drug problems
- More than half are victims of physical abuse; over one third have been sexually abused
- About a third never completed high school
- Most of the women are first imprisoned for larceny, theft or drug offenses
- Many of the women convicted of manslaughter or murder have killed a boyfriend or husband who abused them
- Half of the women who commit homicide are first time offenders
100% need to know by the grace of God they are forgiven and made new by calling on Jesus Christ as their Savior.
100% need to know that THEY ARE LOVED!
Members of Grace Community Church send birthday cards to each woman prisoner in two of the seven major prisons reminding them that they are loved and each woman is individually prayed for in addition to ongoing prayer for the women prisoners as a group. At this time we are sending cards to approximately 120 women each month. Volunteers help financially support the mission project by buying or underwriting the purchase of stamps and others help with stuffing envelopes and preparing a ‘gift’ of writing paper in a stamped envelope. (Many of the women have no or limited access to writing materials to contact their children and familiy members.) Prayers for the women and the ministry are always appreciated.
The Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, South Carolina, was established in 1875, and continues to be a joyful Christian community. Thornwell serves as a home for children who for various reasons can no longer live in their own homes. Instead of functioning like a traditional orphanage, Thornwell places children in cottages with “family teachers,” who serve as role models and parental figures.
Each summer, children from Grace Community Church travel to the Thornwell Home to participate in a week of service and fun.
Brenda G. Johnston is Grace Community Church’s own Missionary at Large in Africa, serving in Arandis, Namibia, for over ten years. Through her organization, Children of Promise Ministries-Namibia, Brenda oversees almost 50 orphans, incorporating the philosophy that children are better cared for in homes, not institutions. Thus she places the children with various Christian families whom she mentors.
Our church contributes to Brenda’s personal financial support and has helped build Talitha Kumi Christian Academy, a school where the children’s special needs are met and they can experience the love of Christ. Since 2007 we have annually sent a mission team to Arandis to help with tasks ranging from medical screening to helping in the school and performing grounds and building maintenance.
Read this recent update from Brenda.
To learn more about Brenda’s work, visit Children of Promise Ministries.
China Partner is a community empowered by the Holy Spirit that seeks to love God by serving the Chinese church through leadership training, evangelism and discipleship. China Partner offers pastoral training, Christian literature distribution, Christian education, and church construction. Grace Community Church partners with the founder (Werner Burklin, member of GCC) and staff of China Partner, providing financial support and pastoral teaching and leadership.
Read this recent update from China Partner.
Watch this brief video discussing the work of China Partner.
“Life is hard in Haiti. Political violence, disease, unemployment, corruption and lack of clean water plague the country. More than five years after the devastating earthquake of 2010, some people are still living in makeshift houses! Somehow, despite the difficulty of simply surviving in the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, the church thrives. The only hope they have is the only hope they need: Jesus Christ.”
Read this recent update from the Robinson’s.
Learn more about Bruce and Deb Robinson and the work taking place in Haiti.
Grace is privileged to partner with Samaritan’s Purse each year to bring hope to children around the world through their Operation Christmas Child project. Last year we packed over 400 boxes with the Good News of Jesus Christ! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read this recent update from Samaritan’s Purse.
Several times a year we help the Community Blood Bank by donating blood before and after our worship services and during other events.
Blood Drives Scheduled for 2017
November 12, 2017
Contact Peter Graham at email@example.com to sign up.