GraceConnect E-News, No. 5, Week of July 15, 2013
The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
In 1973, the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches conducted an evangelism campaign called "GROW '73." Its focus was on personal evangelism and the results were marked, as FGBC congregations noted growth during that time.

An integral part of that program was a small booklet, a version of which first had been used successfully in the Central African Republic -- Life's Most Important Question. (Click here to learn more.)

It's been estimated that five million of the tracts have been distributed since then. Now available in English in the King James and New International scripture versions, and in Spanish, they have been used around the world to share the Gospel.

In this issue is the story of Wally Bruder, who regularly buys the BMH tract to distribute near his home in southern California.

The tracts, which are available in lots of 100 or by the case, which is 2,000, are our featured product this week.

By the way, BMH Books has made the tracts available to CE National this week and they are being used as students at Momentum Youth Conference minister in the community.

Also in this week's newsletter is important information about next week's Vision2020 South conference in Atlanta, Ga.

Fulfilling a Divine Romance

“These are exciting, exciting times to share the Gospel. Thrilling times to be out there where the people are, and the people are more hungry than ever before,” says Wally Bruder. He should know. The California resident spends his free time handing out BMH Books’ tract, Life’s Most Important Question, to Spanish-speaking people in his city.

“I go into a [fast-food restaurant] and the Holy Spirit will single out a family eating lunch or dinner. I’ll be overwhelmed with Jesus’ love for them, and I’m drawn to them. The Lord will give me a word to share with them, and of course I’ll give them the BMH booklet in Spanish,” he says, noting that 95 percent of the time they are open to the Gospel and gladly receive the booklet.

He says he’s well-received. â€œAt first they’re a little shocked, because you’ve approached them and it’s something they’ve probably never seen before,” he says. â€œAnd they’re so thrilled to see it in their own language. They’re a little surprised at first, but then they look at you—they look at your face, and in your eyes, and they see Jesus radiating from within you.”

Read the rest of the story.

Learning Labs Provide Outreach Ideas

An estimated 50,000 refugees enter the U.S. each year, says John Ward, Missions Mobilizer with Encompass World Partners. Many of them enter through “gateway” cities like Atlanta, he says, though he is aware of smaller cities, like Fort Wayne, Ind., that attract significant numbers of immigrants.

“We’re commanded to welcome the alien and the stranger,” he adds.

It’s one of the reasons he and his wife, Kate, are leading one of several Mobile Learning Labs during the national conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches next week.

“Reaching out to Refugees,” scheduled for Monday, July 29,will provide a simulation experience, “Walk In My Shoes," where participants will be subjected to events that might happen as a refugee arrives to live in the U.S. – completing paperwork, learning an unfamiliar language, seeking medical care, finding a job, etc.

The Lab is one of several that still have space available for conference registrants to attend. Thursday is the last day to register online for the Lab and ensure participation. After Thursday, interested participants may sign up when he or she arrives at Vision2020 South in Atanta.

Read the rest of the story.

"I Am Second" is Momentum Theme

The steamy Midwest summer has not deterred the enthusiasm of those attending the annual Momentum Youth Conference, which meets this week at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.

Sessions are focusing on "I Am Second," a challenge issued by Keith Minier, pastor of Grace Fellowship, a Grace Brethren church in Pickerington, Ohio. "We still live like we are first," he told the crowd of nearly 3,000 students, youth leaders, volunteers, and guests. He stressed that it begins with an others-first-I-am-second attitude.

Other speakers during the week include Jeff Myers, Afshin Zifat, Derwin Gray, Jim Brown, Francis Chan, Sean McDowell, Clayton King, and Jeff Bogue.

Watch for regular reports from Momentum. You'll also find photo and videos from the week at the Momentum Facebook page.


Restoring the Household
This week's featured product

Life's Most Important Question tracts

Regularly $15 for 100, now available for GraceConnect eNews subscribers ONLY at 50% off!

Simply enter the code Salvation in your shopping cart at . (Price is good only until midnight, July 23, 2013.)

On sale now!

Use the booklet preferred by Wally Bruder to share the Gospel in his hometown. More than five million copies of this tract have been distributed around the world since it was first published in the 1970's. Available in King James, New International, and Spanish versions, the plan of salvation is explained in easy-to-understand language.

Events in the FGBC

July 16-21 – Momentum Youth Conference, Marion, Ind.
July 21  â€“  Operation Barnabas: Team 123 at Grace Brethren Church, Brookville, Ohio; Team 314 at Community Grace Brethren Church, West Milton, Ohio
July 22-26 – Encompass World Partners Family Reunion, Norcross, Ga.
July 23-24  â€“  Operation Barnabas: Team 123 at Movement Church, Hilliard, Ohio; Team 314 at Encounter Church, Dublin, Ohio
July 26-31 – Vision2020South (national conference), Atlanta, Ga.
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