Mission Spotlight: Refugee Backpack Event II

On Saturday, August 12, hundreds of students from the Wichita Refugee Community received backpacks and school supplies at First Presbyterian Church. Grace joined First Presbyterian and Trinity Presbyterian in partnering with the International Rescue Committee for this event.  Here are some reflections from Grace Participants.  This is part one of two in this series.

By Anne Burris

I was happy to take the time to volunteer with the refugee backpack event because I wanted to be a friendly face at an uncertain ...

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Mission Spotlight: April 2017

Four groups – S&S Men, Grace Gals, Windjammers and Young Adults – provided meals and fellowship for the Wichita Circles Network program at East Heights Methodist Church in the last few months. They were supported by a $500 Presbytery of Southern Kansas mission grant matched by a $500 gift from Economy Corner. Residual money from the gifts was donated to the East Heights Circles effort.

The Circles Network is a city-wide program designed to assist people out of poverty. Participants commit ...

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Mission Spotlight Refugee Team Testimony: Welcoming the Stranger 1-3

Welcoming the Stranger  –  Part 1

At Grace, we continue to find ways to assist and encourage our new refugee neighbors who come to Wichita under the auspices of the International Rescue Committee, IRC.

  • This winter some of the warm coats you may have donated to Economy Corner could be helping keep a new neighbor from Africa warm.
  • At Christmas time, many generous Wichitans bought gifts for individual refugee families.
  • Grace’s Economy Corner team partnered with our refugee team to sponsor a family, providing ...
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Mission Spotlight: A Bountiful Day – Refugee Dinner

Written by Loretta Phares.

The December 5th Holiday Dinner for area refugees at Grace, in partnership with the IRC (International Rescue Committee) and Lorraine Avenue and Zion Mennonite Churches, reminds us of the title from an 80’s movie, The Trip to Bountiful.

Certainly the food offered was abundant. In addition to the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, donated home-made salads and desserts spanned several tables. Around 150 people were served. Leftovers were delivered to Inter-Faith Ministries and the Union Rescue Mission.

Even ...

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Mission Spotlight: November 2015

Laundry Love Reflections: Fran Belden

I had hoped to be involved with Laundry Love from the time Grace first started the mission project, but our life got in the way, and October was my first opportunity to do so.

Catherine provided valuable advice by suggesting I work the second shift as first is usually “pretty hectic” (her words).  I arrived early, assuming I could watch the others, gain my bearings, and be completely informed by my time to start.  Let me just ...

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