Grace Church supports missionaries all around the world as well as church planters in the US.
Keni & Vanessa Epp
Santuario Bautista Vida
Keni and Vanessa have been living in Tegucigalpa, Honduras since April of 2010. There with the primary purpose of establishing biblically sound churches. Along with this, striving to meet the needs of individuals that will result in changed lives. Keni is from Kansas and was raised in a Christian home. He was saved at a young age but didn’t surrender to ministry until after high school. Keni earned a degree from Baptist Bible College in Youth Ministry. Vanessa grew up in Odessa, Texas where she was also raised in a loving christian home and was saved at a young age. In high school, she surrendered her life to the Lord’s service. After high school she went to Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. where she earned a degree in Missions.
The Duke family arrived in Cusco Peru in March of 2008. Our first 3-1/2 years were spent in Pisac, (about 45 minutes from Cusco). Those years were dedicated to learning the language and culture, as well as assisting veteran missionaries, plus helping start a bilingual school. In 2013, we moved our family into the city of Cusco itself and planted our first church. “El Refugio” Baptist Church began in the living room of a friend, with 8 people attending regularly. Two months later we rented our first building with 20 people. God blessed and we grew to 60 and realized we needed a bigger location. We then moved to our present location and have had to start two Sunday morning services because of rapid growth yet again. On our 3-year anniversary this past November, we had 175 in attendance!
God has given us a dentist in our congregation and we have started a dental clinic that runs six days a week, right out of our own building. There are people in and out of our church building seven days a week.
We are now planning for our future, by looking to hire our first full-time staff member, and to buy property soon.
After only a few years in the pastoral ministry, Don & Sheryl become disillusioned with ministry, the church, and their own marriage. Don & Sheryl began a painful journey that would change their lives. Through their own experiences and pain, they discovered deep truths about God’s amazing mercy and grace, forgiveness, and love. They learned to love each other more deeply, learned to love themselves, and love others the way God intended! The Rooks have been involved with the Restoration Ministry and SITM (Stress In The Ministry) since their inception 12 years ago. During the past four years, the Rooks have traveled to other countries to share their experience and expertise by conducting marriage and pastoral retreats.
Connecting Point Ministries is available on a love-offering basis plus travel expenses for retreats with emphasis on pastors and staff, workshops, and church and family counseling.
Baptist Bible College & Theological Seminary
BBC has educated and equipped over 12,000 men and women for many different ministries all over the world. These graduates have gone on to pastor churches, plant churches, start and grow non-profit organizations, become Christ-honoring business professionals, and more. There is no doubt that this world has been impacted by BBC graduates, and we want this legacy to continue. We want to invite those who have been impacted by BBC to provide means for future students to be impacted as well.
Blue River – Kansas City Baptist Association
A network of over 130 churches in the Greater Kansas City area who are partnering together for the advancement and flourishing of the Kingdom of God.
Our churches are vastly different from one another: they are urban, rural, and suburban. They range from small to mega-size. They’re blue collar to white collar. Some are contemporary, some are traditional, others are blended. We have African American churches, Hispanic congregations, language missions, and churches that worship in Cambodian, Swahili, Tagalog, Russian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and French Creole. We have churches that target specific segments of the population, from rockers to outdoorsmen to college students.
What do these diverse churches have in common? Well, aside from being Baptist, they are all committed to banding together to accomplish gospel outreach, church resourcing, community transformation, church planting, and equipping of leaders.