Rich Sasser, Pastor of Missions
And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Big Valley Grace is a church that believes in actively reaching people in Modesto and the surrounding communities with the love of Jesus through compassion efforts, sharing the gospel, training church leaders and multiplying churches.
Bags of Grace is a Reach Ministry event that provides a 1 gallon plastic bag filled with basic items to help a person without a home. We like to challenge our attenders and visitors to distribute a Bag of Grace to someone they encounter on the street, bringing joy to a person who might be going through a difficult time. Bags may have some or all of the following examples:
The Bible is more than our source of faith and practice. It contains God’s wisdom for every area of life. Biblical Principles of Government will help build a more complete worldview based on biblical principles. In the class, the participant learns how to identify faith-based decision processes for government, history, economics, education, charity and the proper role in society for family, church and state. For more information, visit IPS programs
Each summer, our Reach Ministry at Big Valley Grace partners with Modesto Gospel Mission (MGM) to collect NEW shoes for disadvantaed students in need. The shoes are collected for three weeks during BVG Weekend Gatherings and various drop-off locations, then distributed by MGM at their annual Back To School event before the students begin their new year. For information about Kicks 4 Kids shoe drive and how you can become involved throughout the year, contact [email protected]
“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith….” Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)
REACH out to our Local Partners through encouragement notes! The small blessing of receiving a surprise note of encouragement speaks volumes to our partners. Please consider sending correspondence on a regular basis to help uplift the spirits of our missionaries! THANK YOU!!
Perspectives is a fifteen week class designed around four vantage points or “perspectives” — Biblical, Historical, Cultural and Strategic. Each one highlights different aspects of God’s global purpose by inspiring people to live strategically by going into missions, supporting financially, mobilizing churches and/or becoming a prayer warrior. Discover what God is doing around the world and find your part in His purposes through this life-changing course. To find out more about Perspectives and how you can become involved, visit Perspectives Home Page or sign up online at Modesto Perspectives for upcoming classes.
Every fall, Reach Ministry hosts our Global and Local Partners during our Reach Conference event, spotlighting and blessing the missionaries as they gather at Big Valley Grace to inform our church family about their various organizations and ministries to reach different cultures and communities through compassion ministry, Biblical teaching and Christian materials. We incorporate our partners into several BVG on-site ministries, home growth groups and throughout the Weekend Gatherings. During our weekend events, we encourage our BVG family to stop by the various tables to meet our local and global mission partners, learn about their organizations and find out how to help and be involved in practical ways, including prayer, regular correspondence, financial support, short term missions and other opportunities. We also recommend visiting our Mission Partner Prayer Page to become acquainted with our partners’ updated prayer needs and praises.
Advancing Vibrant Communities, Inc. was formed by a pastor and business leaders with a burning vision to see the church and faith-based organizations meet the needs and heal the hurts that are crying out for help in each of our communities. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
The Chemo Crew’s mission is to offer hope and help to cancer patients and their families. “Hope” to let them know that they are not alone; there are survivors in our community that would love to offer support to them, and “Help” by offering one-on-one support through the Chemo Kit as well as helping connect them with the many resources that are in our community. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Child Evangelism Fellowship is a Bible-centered organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.
Christian Berets Inc. was founded in 1970 by Don Crooker as a non-denominational, non-profit ministry to people with special needs. At that time, there were few non-profits that focused on serving the disabled.
City Ministry Network (CMN) strives to be a catalyst in inspiring, connecting and mobilizing people toward good work in the transformation of Modesto’s neighborhoods. CMN aims to strengthen faith-based community development ministry approaches within our city. We do this by creating space for multi-sector leaders to connect through relations, learn, and grow in this ministry approach.
More than 20,000 people from India reside in the Central Valley, including many Sikhs, Hindus and Mu*lims. The passion of the India Community Ministry (ICM) is to befriend, help in practical ways and be Jesus to those of East Indian descent in our community. The ICM offers English classes, Bible studies, citizenship coaching, counseling and prayer for the sick.
India Community Ministry is a non-profit organization, that desires to show Christ’s love to the people of India especially to the Sikhs, Hindus, and Mu*lims in the Central Valley and across California. Often our outreach efforts take us to the market place. This allows us to reach out to people from the Indian community and develop ongoing relationships. Getting to know people on a personal level sets the stage to present the gospel to them by giving them the Jesus Film in their heart language, or sharing a gospel tract.
Through Home Bible Study Fellowship, we develop strong spiritual roots. For those who come to the Lord, we encourage them to follow through with baptism and church fellowship. We seek to provide help in times of need and develop reasonable friendships with our new neighbors. The India Friendship Center, which opened in June 2000 in downtown Turlock, and the market place are both key locations in realizing our vision. Without the help of local Christians who volunteer their time, we could not have these ministries.
Friendship is the bridge that will span the religious barriers and can be used to share the message of Christ with the people of other faiths. We extend friendship by providing the following activities at the Center:
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Immigration Help – helping our clientele fill out the application for their citizenship papers and offer assistance on how to pass the citizenship test.
Family matters – helping with family needs such as; family conflict and cross cultural issues.
Christian Literature -sharing the gospel with Christian materials and Bibles.
For more information contact us by phone (209) 261-0547 or send an e-mail: [email protected]
Love Modesto is helping to change the face and identity of our city while inspiring as many municipalities as possible toward: a renewed love for their city, community-wide volunteer days, ongoing volunteerism, collaboration among leaders and involvement with neighborhoods, schools and foster care/adoption. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Modesto Gospel Mission has been providing refuge, recovery and restoration in Stanislaus County for more than 65 years. Since 1948, Modesto Gospel Mission has provided nutritious meals, warm beds, and a place of safety for thousands of poor and homeless men, women, boys and girls. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
The vision of the Modesto Pregnancy Center (MPC) is to reach out to women and men in a crisis pregnancy with all the information needed to make an informed decision regarding their pregnancy. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Redwood Family Center provides a faith-based clean and sober living environment for women and women with children in order to equip themselves with the life skills necessary to become self-supporting members of society. We envision a community where individuals seeking recovery and their families have the opportunity and services to live a drug-free and productive future. We are committed to providing recovery resources through collaborative relationships in the recovery community while the women and children at Redwood Family Center remain in a safe clean and sober living environment. The results are lives that are transformed and families that are reunited. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Located in West Modesto, Vine House is an outreach to drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes and the homeless. It offers a coffee house, Bible studies/discipleship for men and women, parenting classes, a Good News club for children and many collaborative community events.
Donate your skills (mechanical, plumbing, electrical, roofing and painting); donate coffee, hot cocoa, lemonade, sugar, creamer, toilet paper, napkins, paper plates, laundry and dish soap; serve at the Coffee House and participate in opportunities to serve and/or do specific needed projects or bring your creative talents and put them to use.
For the Holy Spirit to continue working in the hearts and lives of those who need Him most
For direction and wisdom in engaging the community
Youth for Christ (YFC) works in a variety of ways to reach at-risk youth and their families. Through various programs including Mentoring, Juvenile Justice Ministry, Tapestry, Teen Moms, Campus Life and Family Concern Counseling, YFC helps youth discover, develop and maximize their God-given potential.
Volunteer with a YFC program; provide meals for Tapestry on Monday nights, mentoring a young person, help chaperon an event with our teen moms program, run a small group for one of our Point Break workshops, help with mailings in the office. Email Christie for more info. [email protected]
For faithfulness in helping our youth and families
For wisdom for leaders
For physical, spiritual, emotional, relational and mental protection over YFC kids in their daily lives
OUR MISSION is to glorify God by multiplying healthy churches among all the nations (Ethnos (plural): multitude or nations—peoples, tribes, languages) and bring the gospel to the unengaged, unreached and Bibleless people of the world; to ensure the success of ministry partners as they mobilize people to follow Christ. (Matthew 24:14)
CURRENT SHORT TERM MISSION OPPORTUNITY
India – Training leaders in strengthening their English as a Second Language (ESL) skills
June 19 – 29, 2020
*Limited spaces available
Short-Term Mission (STM) Interest– Please take a moment to reflect on some of the below questions for those interested in participating in a STM. Also, take a moment to read through the Reach Global and Reach Local pages on the BVG website to learn about our current mission partners or contact Reach
Please follow the link STM Form to submit an application to our Reach Board for review. Thank you.
FUTURE SHORT TERM MISSION OPPORTUNITIES:
If there is an STM you are interested in participating in, please contact our Reach Missions Department at 209-577-1604, ext. 337 to receive an STM application to submit to the Missions Board of Big Valley Grace. The above statements are merely a basis to begin the vetting process. If you have not participated in a Perspectives class or Share Your Faith class, this does not exclude you from a Short Term Mission visit. Our team is interested in your current status as a follower of Christ. Thank you for understanding our perspective.
REACH out to our Global Partners through encouragement notes and email! The small blessing of receiving a surprise note of encouragement speaks volumes to our partners. Please consider sending correspondence on a regular basis to help uplift the spirits of our missionaries and let them know you are praying for their efforts! THANK YOU!! For contact information, please email [email protected]
INTERNSHIPS Wycliffe Bible Translators – Experience a taste of missions and see God utilize your missionary gifts!
Visit Wycliffe Internships for more information about mission related opportunities.
Wycliffe Bible Translators – Learn how literacy and teaching can impact Bible translation across the globe. At Wycliffe, they are searching for teachers who are interested in teaching overseas and the pivotal impact educators can make in Bible translation. Explore literacy as a tool for making a difference in various communities. Visit Wycliffe Total Education to learn more. Translation and Linguistics – Through Wycliffe Bible Translators, you can enroll in a five day course that will introduce you to linguistics, the work of Bible translation and opportunities to share God’s word through specific languages. During the class you can learn language and translation skills, phonetics, grammar, IT technology among many other skills. Please visit Total It Up and find out how you can learn to share the gospel in a different language.
There are nearly 2,293 Unengaged Unreached People Groups (UUPG) of the world. An Unreached People Group (UPG) means there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize to their own people. An unengaged unreached people group (UUPG) has no known active church planting underway. “A people group is engaged when a church planting strategy, consistent with evangelical faith and practice, is under implementation.”
The Reach Ministry here at Big Valley Grace would like to challenge other FOLLOWERS OF JESUS to join our team in reaching the UUPG’s of the world and helping to complete God’s call to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 24:14 and Matthew 28: 19-20). Reach will provide UPG prayer cards and distribute to as many prayer warriors as possible to begin praying about minimizing and ultimately reaching the 2.293 groups of people in this world without the opportunity to know Jesus. Pray for the gospel to extend to various areas of the globe through Missionaries, Church Planters, Bible studies and home groups and Biblical Christian materials in the heart language of those we are trying to reach. For more information on how you can do this, please Contact Katie Fuentes for a current, printable list of UPG prayer cards or follow the link Joshua Project lists and the Issachar Initiative – Finishing the Task
Big Valley Grace has partnered with congregations in Baja Mexico to build worship facilities, work with local orphanages, train pastors, build houses and present the gospel to thousands of children during Vacation Bible School programs. Become part of the High School Ministry, Men’s Ministry or Spanish Ministry teams that go on short-term mission trips. Help financially and spiritually by supporting youth and young adults as they experience short-term mission life in Mexico.
It’s a small act that makes a big difference to reach the Unreached. As part of the Great Commission, given in Matthew 28:19 to “go and make disciples of all nations,” Adopt a Verse is a Wycliffe Bible Translators campaign to engage churches in Scripture translation for people who do not yet have the Bible in their native language or dialect. Big Valley Grace is joining with Wycliffe to reach the Unreached People Groups of South Asia. As a church, our goal is to have the following Books of the Bible translated into the three native dialects of people in South Asia: Romans (completed in 2017), John 1-3, James, Philemon and Hebrews. The average cost to translate one verse is approximately $40 USD. The monies raised through our adoption efforts will translate the books into the heart language, allowing more than 1.25 million Unreached people to read the books of the Bible for the first time! How to Adopt A Verse Throughout the year, you can donate online through Big Valley Grace online giving. Please indicate the following: Adopt A Verse in the memo line or look for the specific Adopt A Verse column. The donation amount is a minimum of $40 per verse, per language. AAV giving
Pray for the Unreached people of South Asia without access to God’s Word and the opportunity to have their lives transformed by the Living God. Pray for the Wycliffe translators as they translate the books into a language that touches the hearts and lives of the hearers. Pray for the impact of the gospel to reach beyond South Asia to other Unreached Unengaged People Groups of the world.
Impact It’s an opportunity to adopt a verse for just $40, to invest in the vision of reaching the people of South Asia with the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. If you cannot afford the total donation amount, invite a family member or friend to invest with you to adopt a verse. Together, the family of Big Valley Grace can bring the various books of the Bible to those who have never read of the great problem of sin and God’s greater plan to save us!
Our Missionstream partners serve in the least reached regions – those areas where people have little or no access to a church or to the gospel in their own language, culture, and proximity, or where the gospel has not taken root. Missionstream evangelizes, disciples and establishes churches by using a mission force of local missionaries, evangelists and cross-cultural missionaries.
Get Involved: Because of sensitivity issues, contact Reach at [email protected] for information on how you can get involved.
Prayer Needs: Pray for Christian connections and to build relationships with influential leaders in important regions where Christians are persecuted; bold Christians to share their faith; government and educational leaders to permit Christian churches and learning centers in various areas.
Julie C serves with Competitive Edge International (CEI) to connect with the unreached throughout Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, by building relationships and sharing the good news of Jesus through sports. CEI assists long-term workers by providing short-term ministry teams, offering skills and expertise in sports through clinics and competition to nations desiring to develop sports. CEI’s “First Responders Sports Teams” provide disaster relief therapy through sports and trauma counseling.
Join CEI as a fastpitch softball coach, athlete or athletic trainer*
Share with others about CEI’s short-term (2-4-weeks) mission opportunities*
Support CEI financially*
Get updates on CEI Sports Ministry Teams at CEI Sports
Rocco and Karoline Panepinto serve with Kontaktmission in Jena, Germany, a city of great influence and center of the “God is dead” philosophy. More than 85% of Jena’s residents profess no belief in God. It is vital that the people of this intellectual city, including prominent scientists and researchers, are presented with Jesus and the difference He can make in their lives.
Study or pursue scientific research in Jena and contribute to the development of the local church; enroll in a German language course in Jena and interact with university students.
For open hearts among the people of Jena
Continued growth in the church and development of national leaders
For Rocco and Karoline as they reach out in practical ways to their Muslim friends and neighbors, many of whom are traumatized refugees
Big Valley Grace partners with teams to care for people and start churches among the people in Indonesia. Partners International trains, sends and provides support for Indonesian workers who live among Muslim villages and cities in this region.
Travel to Indonesia on a short-term team to teach English to university students; sponsor students in the villages to cover schooling expenses. Contact Reach at [email protected] for more information.
For protection, safety, and opportunities for compassion/church-planting teams
Strength and faithfulness for new followers of Jesus
For literacy centers to bring holistic transformation to each community
Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) is part of a network passionately committed to holistic healing in the name of Jesus. God is using Community Health Evangelism (CHE) as the strategy to help church members to love their neighbors, MAI provides tools to teams and individuals to reach out to those who have never heard the good news of Jesus Christ.
Due to sensitivity and safety issues, please contact Reach at [email protected] for information on how you can get involved with MAI.
For team building, planning direction and expansion for MAI
For peaceful and harmonious solutions to ongoing ethnic conflicts in the areas where MAI teams serve
Densely populated, underdeveloped districts of India live in bondage to spiritual and generational poverty. Mission India assists local Indian churches and indigenous mission agencies in church planting by utilizing three strategies: children’s Bible clubs, adult literacy classes and church planter training. Local believers are able to go where few Westerners can–to live and share Jesus with others. God is using teams to help transform families; improve health and income; improve literacy rates, and establish worshiping communities that multiply in neighboring towns and villages.
Because visibility raises the risk of persecution, short-term mission/work teams with our India partners are not possible; local Modesto area supporters we gather to encourage, learn and pray for Mission India.
For national workers who are called to unreached areas at considerable risk
Strength to persevere through persecution; for those wanting to learn to read, especially women, who are ridiculed or told they may not come
Persistence through the daily lessons as they begin reading stories about the God who created and loves them; courageous
Wade & Deanne Ebersole work in conjunction with Ethnos 360 to establish indigenous tribal churches in the Lavongai and Mengen tribes. Their vision is to help the people of the tribal churches grow in maturity through teaching, discipleship, literacy programs and Bible translation. Once equipped, tribal churches can carry the good news of Jesus beyond their own borders.
Pictures and information about the people of these villages are available through Reach. Contact Reach at [email protected]
For the Ebersoles as they minister to International Missionaries
For wisdom in Bible translation efforts and printing Bible books in various dialects and heart languages
For the hearts of those who are not Christ-followers to be open to God’s work
Todd and Sarah Hunnicutt serve in Slovenia with United World Mission (UWM). Their goal is to see lives and communities transformed through growing and reproducing churches. Slovenia has the 14th smallest evangelical population in the world and the highest rates for suicide, alcoholism and heroin use. Todd and Sarah employ many different strategies to equip and empower the Slovene Christian church, which consists of approximately 1,100 believers in 40 churches with few resources.
Join a short-term teams skilled in areas such as sports, teaching English, or prayer to work with churches and ministries.
For Slovene Christians to establish relationships with people who have not received the good news of Christ
Greater unity among churches and pastors
For new Christians to be on fire for God
For fresh hope and vision for Slovenia
Eric Raingruber works with Wycliffe Bible Translators as an animator. Their goal is to make the Bible available to those who don’t have it in their heart language, including the more than 400 completely unreached Deaf languages around the world. A big challenge in Deaf translation is the lack of key words found in scripture. Eric is creating Bible footnote animations that visually illustrate many of these difficult to translate passages and concepts. Amazingly, the same set of animations can be used with all 400+ languages!
PRAYER – For the Deaf to receive and understand the Gospel. That our team would work quickly in both translation and animation. That our overseas partners will be diligent in testing and giving feedback that this work may be effective.
Johan & Christa Combrink and Henry Mumba of AFnet are committed to training African pastors and church leaders, expanding the Christian faith through strategic church planting efforts, practically addressing the need for humanitarian aid across Africa, and meeting needs of children and families impacted by the AIDS-orphan crisis.
Join a short-term outreach team to South Africa; help sponsor orphans and the operation of the Ithemba La Bantwana Orphan Day Care Center in the village of Eersterust, South Africa; sponsor training of pastors and church planters.
For economic and political stability to enable AFnet to share Jesus unhindered
For AFnet staff to seek the Lord wholeheartedly as they serve the people of Africa
Wisdom and divine understanding as staff aligns for the task at hand
Keith and Lisa Campbell serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators, with the vision is to see God’s Word made accessible to all people in the language that speaks to their hearts.
Keith serves as a physician at the Wycliffe USA headquarters in Orlando, Florida, supporting the healthcare needs of missionaries. He assists in determining the health needs of assigned areas and establishing health guidelines for the Wycliffe members in those areas, as well as providing healthcare for the Orlando Wycliffe support staff in the on-site medical clinic.
Visit the Campbell ministry page and sign up to receive their monthly newsletter, The Campbell Connection
For Keith to be successful in assisting the missionaries in remaining healthy, both spiritually and physcially
Wycliffe to bear fruit in reaching the various Unreached People Groups of the world
For the Campbell family to develop strong and meaningful relationships as they serve at Wycliffe
Eric and Heather serve in Germany with OC International at Black Forest Academy. BFA is a school for missionary children and home to students whose families serve and work in over 40 countries to advance the Gospel. The Kooimans desire to help raise up the next generation of Christ-followers through their investment in the lives of missionary kids.
How you can be involved:
We need prayer warriors to consistently pray for the children attending the school and for the administration as they work alongside and teach missionary children. Black Forest Academy is searching for teachers and staff to join their team. Visit the BFA webpage for more information BFA of Germany
If you would like to receive the Kooiman’s newsletter and keep up-to-date with the ministry at BFA, please email [email protected]
How to Pray
For Eric as he leads the Middle school as Principal
For the mission projects with unreached people groups that BFA supports by educating the children of missionaries
For new staff and teachers