There has been a lot of things happening at Grace Falls Church since the new church plant started early in 2013. There have been a lot of mission teams that have helped the new church get started. The last team that worked with Pastor Buff and Grace Falls Church was a group from Exciting Idlewild.
“We had a great week with the Idlewild team here. As it is with every mission trip, we had a plan, we thought that we had God’s plan but it seemed like everyday God had a different agenda and it was amazing to see how the team was willing to adjust and follow Him. This is what church planting is really all about. Our willingness to see what and where God is working and be willing to lay our agendas down and follow Him.”
-Pastor Buff McNickle
The team of thirteen from Idlewild participated in many different activities to reach out to the community and to support and encourage the new church plant.
Our focus on community outreach took us to parts of the Atlantic City area that are desperate for hope. We did not invite them into a building, we went out and shared about Jesus and showed them his love, Pastor Buff was more interested in being the church instead of asking them to go to church.
We went to a couple of parks, one park that is only a couple of miles from the luxury of the gambling resorts is a favorite for the homeless, the other park that we worked in is in the middle of a violent neighborhood. We also went to the homeless mission in Atlantic City, to the mall and to an elementary school.
We spent time with the homeless, served them a meal at a local soup kitchen and gave away bags of things that they need. We also stayed busy with a neighborhood cookout, a clown ministry and a Vacation Bible School program.
“My favorite part was taking some of the group to Sister Jeans Kitchen! Wow, did they bless me. The Idlewild team took the initiative to pray over all the tables before people got there, they really loved on the people and the workers. We spent more time in the dining room in fellowship with the people than in the kitchen (which is not typical of most of the volunteers). The team was a tremendous help, and a huge blessing!”
-Shelby Moreland, Grace Falls team member
Serving the church
God has brought people to Grace Falls that were in great need of hope. God has drawn people that would not ordinarily be interested in going to church. It was amazing to see how much pain and suffering that some people have experienced and how desperately they need the hope that is found in Jesus.
One new Christian had arrest warrants that were issued for things that she was involved in before coming to Grace Falls. We had a lawyer on our team that was able to help her. Pastor Buff reports:
“Tita was arrested last week on past offenses and it was really God moving in her life. She is being forced to be off Methadone and by the grace of God doing amazing! We know that God is going to help her get closure on her past and walk free in Him.”
From a lawyer to a window repair expert, an IT professional and even a clown, God orchestrated the team makeup and he made sure that there were opportunities to use their talents.
Exciting Idlewild’s church plant in Atlantic City is doing well but they still need your prayers, your financial support and you words of encouragement.
You can write a personal note to any of the church plant team members at 308 N. Shore Rd., Absecon, NJ 08201. The team members are: Pastor Buff & Cissy McNickle, Ashley Fierros, Sean Hopcraft, Shelby Moreland, Jim and Tami Webb.