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 Missions 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. We’re currently partnering with two missionary families in Japan:
Colby and Theresa Weinhofer
Colby & Theresa serve in the city of Kamaishi in Iwate prefecture with the goal of empowering national leaders to plant organic national churches. Their desire is to see a multiplying movement of churches in northeast Japan that focus on discipleship and function using their own internal resources.
The Weinhofers minister both through local outreach and also through coaching and supporting Japanese Christians. Their local outreach is focused on building relationships in the community and using those relationships to start spiritual conversations. The end goal is to have small groups of local Christians that study the Bible together and reach out to their friends and neighbors.
Read more about them at weinhofers.com.
Robert and Roberta Adair
Robert, Roberta, and their 3 boys (Joseph, Benjamin, & Anderson) 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.
Eric and Lauren Ranck
We are also a sending church for our own members, Eric and Lauren Ranck, who serve as missionaries in Uganda. Lauren has served in East Africa since 2011, teaching and serving in leadership at three different schools in Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda. Eric has spent time in Ghana and Uganda, volunteering with agriculture projects and helping with administrative tasks. Since getting married in 2018, they have been teaching and helping with farm work at local universities, mentoring groups of students, connecting with the local body of believers in many ways, and much more!