Gratia Church Commissions Gonzalo’s Family upon Departure to Australia

Gratia church members commission Gonzalo and Joanne’s family upon departure to Australia after the Sunday service on October 20. All members prayed by landing their hands and blessed their new path. Gonzalo has been a member of Gratia Church for about 10 years and now he is going to serve the Lord in the new place with his family.

His heart is trembling, it is not because of the fear and worry but because it is new things for him to go to a different place and do something he never did before. He confessed that this is a blessing and good for his family to serve in the new place. He wants to serve any place that is needed in Australia and he wishes that his faith can grow mature and be faithful all the time. We pray that Gonzalo’s family can be a great strength for Australia and open a wider door for more people can be saved through them.


The Salvation of Zacchaeus

Luke 19:1-9

“Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.”


Gratia Church Held Graceful Farewell for Two Families

Gratia church members had a graceful farewell dinner fellowship together on October 19. Pastor Thomas and Judith’s family and Gonzalo and Joanne’s family are departing to the new mission place. Pastor Thomas’ family will be leaving for Denver in Colorado to planting a church and Gonzalo’s family to Melbourne in Australia.

Members testified their humbleness and passionate hearts to serve the Lord and blessed their new beginning. Two families also shared their reflection upon a new mission that is given to them and shared their thankfulness to the pastors and members. Members prayed for them to be a greater blessing for the people who they will meet and May God’s grace and love be with them in the new land.


Destroy the Barrier

Ephesians 2:11-22 

“Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands) remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”


The Parable of the Good Samaritan

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”