Our Outreach Missions Projects

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

(2 Corinthians 9:11)

We are passionate about giving.

When we’re overwhelmed by the great need all around us, James 1:27 is our guide. We give to and serve the poor, making widows and orphans our first priorities. We provide food (in Mexico, we now grow most of it ourselves!), clothing and necessities to those in need, as well as building and repairing homes. Visit our Timeline to see how we got started!

While our main outreach activities are in Mexico and India,  we give help to those in other countries as well as the Lord leads. And we support other ministries and missionaries world-wide who care for widows and the fatherless, and who bring the Gospel to the poor. We see where the Lord is working, and we join in.

Keeping Matthew 6:3, and the privacy of those we serve in mind, we’re able to post some of the work we’re able to because of your faithful support!

We give and serve in relationship. Over the last 17 years, tens of thousands have been blessed through our outreach work. Many have been saved after receiving help from our ministry with no strings attached, by receiving the kindness of the Lord and seeing how much He loves them. (Romans 2:4)

India Outreach – Spring Bible School 2017


We held VBS-style services for the children of Parvathi’s tribe for 5 straight days!

It took a few days to find volunteers to help. Not many other people in the area speak their language. But the Lord quickly brought it all together, and soon we had helpers, a meeting hall, food, snacks, and clean drinking water for all 47 children for five days!

The children came from 9 am until 4 pm each day. It was a little more challenging than usual though. These children have never been to school and haven’t learned to read. So we focused on Bible stories, and songs, and even memory verses. The kids were so proud of themselves for memorizing Bible verses. They had so much fun!

Update: Parvathi


A few short weeks after I published Parvathi’s story here, her condition worsened, and she went home to the Savior she had just met. We cried and cried, and we mourn still.

Parvathi was from a small tribe named Hakki Pikki. They are a very close-knit tribe, keeping away from outsiders. They don’t speak either of the main languages of India—Hindi or English, so they are very isolated.

When we were asked to provide medical treatment for Parvathi, they accepted us among them. And, fortunately, our volunteer Vilbert speaks their language!

In addition to medical treatment, we brought groceries each week to Parvathi and her family. After Parvathi was born-again, others close to her noticed a change in her. She was no longer afraid and she had a deep peace. Six women, in particular, started asking Parvathi about this change, and she told them about Jesus. They asked Vilbert, when he came to bring groceries to teach them too about Jesus. So he started teaching them and praying with them and teaching them worship songs in their language. These six women also accepted Jesus!

Then, shortly after, Parvathi passed away. We held a memorial service for her and during this service, all six women testified how much Parvathi loved Jesus, and that they too had received Him as their savior. These women are well respected and their testimonies greatly moved the tribe.

Then they asked us, if we have love for them as a people, can we hold a meeting for all of them like we had for Parvathi and the other women? With Bible Stories and singing?

We put together an evening with food, Bible Study, praise, and prayer. The men were so happy to be included! And families together learned about the love of Jesus. They are so receptive, and many have given their lives to Jesus. They have asked us to begin regular services for them.

It’s amazing how the Lord is working things together here! He is giving peace from despair and beauty from ashes in this tribe. When we thought our ministry among this tribe was over with Parvathi’s passing, it looks like it’s just beginning.

Thank you so much for your support that makes all of this possible! Both your giving and your prayers are bringing salvation to so many.

India Outreach – Parvathi


In October of last year, we met a woman who had just learned she had cancer.  Parvathi had gone to the dentist with a swollen cheek, thinking it an abscess. It turned out to be a large malignant tumor.

She and her small children live in a hut made of tarps and bamboo and were able to eat only by begging. She certainly had no ability to pay for surgery plus cancer treatment. The hospital and doctor agreed to donate the facility and surgery, but they still needed the anesthesia and chemo and radiation treatment costs.

After prayer, we agreed the Lord wanted Gracethrufaith to cover it. This was all just one year after Jack had passed away—one week after learning he had cancer. I am so happy to help others with cancer—especially on the one year anniversary of losing my Love to the same disease. I’ve learned the best antidote to grief is giving. (It may just be the antidote to everything.)

Parvathi was so amazed at the kindness, she asked why we would help her. And our friend Vilbert, who runs our outreaches in India, told her about Jesus. Who He is, and how He loves her so much, He suffered and died so that she can be with Him. And now He asks His followers to show others His love. Parvathi replied she loves this Jesus who loves her, and she asked to know Him! Her entire family was saved! We are so blessed to be a part of what the Lord is doing!

Because of your generosity, we are also able to provide food for them each week. Now her kids don’t need to beg, and it helps us keep in contact with them.

Several months later, after the full course of treatment, the doctors contacted us and said her cancer was not responding to radiation, and it was spreading to her eye and throughout her body as well. Her health deteriorated quickly, and the doctors put her on hospice, saying her time is short and there’s nothing they can do. She’s too weak to undergo any more surgery or treatment. We’ve held prayer and fasting days over her continually since.

I’m heartbroken. But Parvathi isn’t. She said that this Jesus who saved her, whom she loves, will keep her in peace until she dies. That she is so grateful she got to meet Him before dying. She said she’s not scared, and that she knows He will take care of her children. When she explained her situation to her kids, it was with gratitude, not fear or anger. She knew their time apart would be short in light of eternity. She said Jesus suffered and died too, and what a privilege for her to know the same.

Oh, her sweet, sweet faith. I pray for a miracle! A miracle healing of her physical body. I also know that the greatest miracle has already happened. She was dead and is now alive. (Luke 15:32) And no matter what happens next, she wins! The enemy loses. She and her Savior will be together forever, and nothing can take her from His hands.

These stories are far too personal to share on the internet. We’ve never done so before. But Parvathi asked (and keeps on asking) me to post her story and thank everyone here who helped her have more time with her kids and to know Jesus. It’s personal, but also precious, and I’ve been having such a hard time writing it—to do her story justice with my words. I hope that you too are encouraged and touched by her child-like faith. Thank you for being a part of what the Lord is doing through this ministry. We couldn’t do it without you!

A dear friend, when she heard of Parvathi, said she is jealous for this young woman’s faith. Amen!

Now please join me in lifting up Parvathi, her children, and her family in prayer. That our God, Who is faithful, Who began a good work in her, will carry it on to completion. Amen and amen.

Roofs & Home Repairs in Mexico Winter 2016


Each year before the rainy season, we go through the community to see which homes are most in danger of flooding. And we begin replacing warped and rotten wood, relaying tar and roofing paper and patching walls. Often we end up needing to remove the entire roof and start fresh. (You can see into a home from above after we removed the old rotten roof in the first image below.

Since our community here is on the coast, unprotected wood rots quickly and soon begins to leak. And because it’s on a hillside, walls with cracks and holes leak into houses from the runoff.

Repairing roofs here means heating tar in a barrel, and using a rope mop to apply it to the roof. Other crews here use tar paper that is supposed to seal with the sun, but our guys swear by hot tar… even though it’s hot, messy and dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. They say it’s the best and cheapest way to repair them. And we’ve never had a leak in a roof we’ve done! Thank you so much for your support that gives families in need warm, dry homes!

India Outreach


In 2008, a reader from India wanted advice to start a Bible outreach to children in a poor tribal area. We prayed, and knew the Lord wanted us to join with him and share His love and provision with the people in Orissa.

Violent persecution of Christians took place just before our first planned outreach. Over 50,000 were left homeless after mobs burned down homes, churches and businesses. Christians were threatened to covert to Hinduism or be tortured and killed. In the aftermath of the attack, those who survived and were able fled the area, leaving mostly seniors and children.

Our Garden: Late Fall 2016


Praise the Lord for a twelve month growing season! Zucchini are still the favorite in the community and we’re making sure they’re always available to harvest. For variety, we’ve still been growing the large globe squashes as well. They’re so versatile.

Depending on how they’re cooked, they can taste like a traditional zucchini. But the texture also works well to cook them like pumpkin and sweeten it for dessert. So from the same large squash, you can take half to use for soup for dinner, and the other half with sugar to make a dish similar to our sweet potato pie (minus the marshmallows).

Our Garden: Early Fall 2016


The garden is starting to fill in, and we are grateful for zucchini! They grow so quickly, we always have vegetables to give. We had a surprise rain storm that almost wiped out our tomato plants, but we’re praying they’ll recover.

We’ve planted the next side with seedlings, hoping to space out our harvest a little better this time. When the entire garden has produce ready for harvest every day, it’s hard to keep up, so we’re hoping to space it out to harvest from one side one day and then the other side the next. It’s a good problem to have!

Garden Update Late Summer 2016


We’re transplanting our seedlings from the greenhouse, now that we’ve tilled and prepared the soil. We are growing zucchini and few different types of squash, along with cabbage, peas, corn, beets, peppers, and tomatoes.

Garden Update Mid Summer 2016


We’ve been tilling the ground, adding new compost and fertilizer, and getting it ready for the next planting. We still have beets growing on the side, and our greenhouse is filled with seedlings ready to be planted once the soil is ready.

We’ve been so blessed with great weather! We’ve also been able to keep everything organic, and we haven’t had any problems with pests. Thank you Lord for protecting this garden! And thank you to all who join with us to keep this garden going to provide food to those in need!

You’ll see in the photos below the clever device our workers made to till the ground from scraps from our home building ministry! This is reusing at its finest, and it meant we didn’t need to buy any equipment.

Garden Update Early Summer 2016


It’s been drier and warmer, but the garden is doing well! We continue to harvest many types of squash daily. We have melons, cucumbers, cabbage, peppers, and beets to harvest as well.

Thanks to your generosity, so many in this community who would have gone hungry now have fresh organic produce!

Many kids in the community love to come help too. They help carry and hand out the produce when it’s ready. We’ve even had a toddler who loves to sneak in and eat the cucumbers off the vine while the older kids are helping!

Garden Update Late Spring 2016


We are harvesting Italian zucchini, traditional Mexican calabacitas, and several other types of squash, daily. The community now knows the harvest schedule well and those in need know when we’ll have fresh picked produce available.

Garden Update Mid Spring 2016


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Garden Update Early Spring 2016


We’ve been blessed with lots of rain and the garden is growing! We’re growing a few types of zucchini, green beans, and herbs.  Zucchini is our main crop so far. The seeds are cheap, and they grow quickly and produce so well!

Zucchini are very popular here and this time of year they are pretty expensive, so most aren’t able to have them until the fall.  We also harvest the blossoms. People love to stuff the blossoms with cheese and fry them.

Introducing Our Community Garden


We’ve started a community garden! Along with our home repair and building projects, we’ve always given food, clothing, medical care and other necessities to those in need. Where we are in Mexico has such a long growing season, that we’ve wanted to grow food in the community for a long time. Everything finally lined up and we began. People started giving more and more, and one of our construction workers gave his land for us to use. Thank you all for your generosity to this ministry!

At first, we wanted to use the traditional community garden model, where each family gets a plot of land and they are responsible for it. They buy the compost and seeds, and they reap the harvest of what they grow. What a great model! And there is such talk and debate in the church now about how to give without hurting. How to give without creating dependency. I thought it would be a great example of helping people help themselves! But after much prayer, the Lord told me that this is not how we were to begin. In beginning, were to labor in the garden. We were to buy the materials. And we were to give the harvest to the community, so that they would see that He is feeding His people. Later perhaps it will be a traditional community garden, but for now it is a gift. How beautiful! Thank you Lord!

Oscar House


This family has two young kids, and their home is basically a one room studio apartment.

Christmas Food Distribution 2015


Every Christmas, we put together a food distribution for especially needy families in the community where our home building ministry is focused. This year, because of your incredible generosity, we were able to double the size of our distribution and even add some extras!

Agape Community Center


For years, the community in which we’ve been working has been trying to complete a public meeting and recreation center. It originally started as a 20 X 20 single room that currently houses a seniors group, a pre-school, and a no cost legal clinic.

Elementary School Classroom


Due to over crowding, the students in a nearby village are not getting enough personal attention from their teachers.

Lupita House


The tar paper and plywood shanty in the first picture below is home to a husband and wife, their two children, and two teenage nephews.

Suarez Room Addition


A dad, his single daughter, and her little boy lived in what was essentially a one room house.

Dayana Roof


This is another case where a poorly constructed flat roof eventually began to collapse.  It got so bad the combined weight of the roof and the water that pooled on it began cracking the windows.

Herrera House


This family has 5 children and lived in a two bedroom cellar with pieces of old plywood laid on top for a roof. Whenever it rained, water seeped in through the walls and through the roof.

Church


Early this spring the Lord brought us the opportunity to build a house for Him. A small congregation lost their meeting place without warning and had nowhere to go.

Two Roofs


There are two different roof projects.  The one with the peaked roof  was a simple remove and replace the existing material.  The one with the flat roof was a different story.

Brick House


This project looked like a bombed out shell when we first saw it, and I didn’t have much hope for it.  But our crew wanted to try, so we went ahead in faith.

Christmas Food & Gift Distribution 2014


Last week we put together a Christmas food distribution for 31 especially needy families in the community where our home building ministry is focused.

Hernandez House


This single mom and her little boy lived in a shack made of  used garage doors.