Included in Jesus’s last words before He ascended to His Father was a command to go and make disciples of all nations. The GFC Global Mobilization Team aims to encourage and equip members at GFC to each fill a role in missions as part of fulfilling that Great Commission.
going to all nations
sending missionaries and resources
praying for God’s work around the world
learning about other cultures and God’s work throughout history
welcoming internationals right in our hometown
mobilizing others to support God’s Kingdom causes.
One way we seek to live out these roles is by partnering with like-minded missionaries in their disciple-making efforts around the world.
We have chosen to focus on Japan, as the Japanese are one of the largest unreached people groups in the world.
Robert and Roberta Adair
Robert, Roberta, and their 4 boys (Joseph, Benjamin, Anderson and Timothy) serve in the town of Shiogama in Miyagi prefecture. (Roberta grew up in nearby Bellefonte, PA!) They desire to come alongside the church in Japan, to be an encouragement in sharing the love of Christ. This can look like quite a diverse set of activities, such as language study, relational evangelism, teaching English, discipleship, coaching, and doing whatever else is necessary to help build the church in Japan.
Recently they partnered with a Japanese congregation to start a church plant in their local area, where none existed before!
Get to know more about them and their ministry at adairupdate.com.
Keith and Caroline Kepner
We are also partnering with our own members, Keith and Caroline Kepner, now serving as International Staff with Cru in Thailand. Caroline has been on staff with Cru since 2016, and Keith since 2018. Each served at Penn State University and also overseas in East Asia, and they were married in 2021. The campus they serve in the city of Hat Yai has over 34,000 students, many of whom have yet to hear the gospel message as Thailand is one of the top 12 most unreached countries in the world. Keith and Caroline are passionate about winning Thai students for Christ, building them up in their faith, and then sending them out as Christ-centered laborers to reach Thailand, Southeast Asia, and beyond.
Sign up for their newsletter or visit their Cru page to donate financially.
We also partner with two local ministries:
Pregnancy Resource Clinic
The Pregnancy Resource Clinic exists to educate, encourage, and empower men and women to make informed life choices. Trained client advocates and medical personnel, including Registered Nurses, Certified Phlebotomy Technicians, and Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, serve the community and answer questions. All services are strictly confidential and absolutely free of charge.
Keystone Family Alliance
The Keystone Family Alliance exists to make believers aware of the plight of orphans and vulnerable children and to motivate every believer to engage in his or her responsibility to care for the orphans and vulnerable children. They strive to provide Biblically-based resources and material support to help create well-equipped homes for orphans and vulnerable children in Pennsylvania.