GraceConnect eNews, No. 144, Week of March 21, 2016


The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

Prayer in Action

“We want to communicate through prayer, not prayer requests,” Jake Smith, a Grace College student and founder of the school’s campus-wide Prayer Initiative, said. “It’s not a time to tell each other what to pray for but a time for prayer.”

For Smith, prayer is not just a tool used to talk to God alone. It is a tool used to unite other believers in the community around him.

Smith began with a much smaller mission in mind. He desired to unite his dorm as a body of believers in a Wednesday night prayer meeting. He desired to see Godly men pray for those around them to come to Christ and to repent of the sins they struggled with. After meeting with dorm leadership to discuss his dorm-wide prayer meeting, they agreed.

Over the course of time, Dr. Roger Peugh, who teaches the Practices and Principles of Prayer class, heard about Smith’s prayer meeting and met with him to talk about ways to get the campus involved. Within a few weeks, each dorm had a Wednesday night payer meeting.

With each dorm having large attendance rates, Smith created a weekly prayer initiative, Prayer in Action. The group quickly outgrew the large classroom in Mount Memorial where they met.

The group’s mission? Pray for revival on campus. Each week they united in prayer for unbelieving students to come to faith in Jesus Christ, repent and turn from their sins, and against Satan’s schemes against both themselves and Grace College as a whole.

During the fall semester of 2015, Ben Gruber began to lead the group, pictured at right. The mission continues to be the same; pray for revival on campus.

“Years ago, the theme that Prayer in Action prays for and continues to pray for is a revival. We pray not only for a revival to take place on the campus but also for a revival to take place in each person’s heart,” Gruber said.

Gruber has also made it his mission to “see more people put an emphasis of praying into their lives.” As one participant, Amanda, stated, “I have seen God moving in my own life through the prayer meetings by reminding about the truth of who He is through the prayers of the students around me.”

Since the start of Prayer in Action meetings, at least 17 students have come to Christ, and one unnamed revival has begun.

Gruber now hosts the meetings every Monday in McClain 107 from 9:15-9:45 p.m. and on Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. Send Gruber a letter of encouragement at -- by Grace Beight 

Editor’s Note: Grace Beight is an intern at GraceConnect. She is a senior at Grace College and is from Amherst, Ohio.


[Your Turn]


"I can think of no better way to prepare for the joy of the resurrection which we celebrate on Easter than to participate in this beautiful reminder of just how much Jesus Christ loves us!"

Pastor John F. Smith at 
Grace Church at Willow ValleyLancaster, Pa., posted a brief explanation of the meaning behind Easter communion. Click here to read the post. 


Grace Community Church in Goshen, Ind. (Jim Brown, lead pastor) continues its hands-on, boots-on-the-ground support of displaced Christians in Iraq. Watch the video here for an update from their recent trip.


This week, the Church is reflecting on the foundation of our faith: the resurrection of Jesus. Tim Sprankle, pastor of the
Grace Brethren Church in Leesburg, Ind., recently shared a link of his wife, Liz, and Leesburg music leader Micah Nightingale performing a song called Resurrection Blues during a late night front-porch session. Click the picture below to listen.

He is Risen!
RESURRECTION BLUES by Micah Nightingale

Events in the FGBC

April 8-9, 2016  WLS: Spiritual Formation, Winona Lake, Ind. (WGUSA)
April 20, 2016  Day Away - North of 55, Duncansville, Pa. (CEN)
April 21, 2016  Day Away - North of 55, Greencastle, Pa. (CEN)
April 21, 2016   Day Away: North of 55Hagerstown, Md. (CEN)
April 22, 2016   Day Away: North of 55, East Earl, Pa. (CEN)
April 29-May 1  Awakened Weekend at Urban Hope, Philadelphia, Pa. (CEN)
May 20-21, 2016   WLS: Women and Scripture, Ashland, Ohio (WGUSA)
June 13-17, 2016   Encounter SoCal (EWP)
June 19-25, 2016  The Great Canadian Adventure, Toronto, Canada (GBC)
June 20-July 11, 2016  Operation Barnabas Tours (CEN)
June 22-28, 2016  Mission Trip to Haiti (WGUSA)
June 27-July, 2016  Encounter Atlanta Atlanta, Ga. (EWP)
July 4-10, 2016  StreetWise (formerly Crosswalk) Philadelphia, Pa. (CEN)
July 22-25, 2016  Margins Conference Toronto, Canada (FGBC) 
July 26-31, 2016  Momentum Youth Conference Cedarville, Ohio (CEN)
October 16, 2016   Day Away: North of 55, Dublin, Ohio (WGUSA)
November 20, 2016   Day Away: North of 55, Duncansville, Pa. (CEN)
CEN – CE National
EWP – Encompass World Partners
FGBC – Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
GBC – Grace Brethren Canada
WGUSA – Women of Grace USA

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