GO OUT MISSION: SOUTH AFRICA
GO OUT MISSION: SOUTH AFRICA!
Very recently we shared with the people of Grace Church that we’re officially “Going Out” to South Africa on mission! We’re partnering with Kelly Kosky and the people of the Transkei region of South Africa! It’s taken close to three years for us to get to this point but God has made it clear this is where we need to “Go Out.” Here are some answers to a few questions that some people have been asking…
Why has it taken so long to make a decision? – We're going big or were going to stay home! We’ve had many meetings, many discussions, and we’ve taken our time because we believe sending people, lots of money and other resources to South Africa is a BIG DEAL! We’re trying our best to be good stewards and move forward with great wisdom. We physically saw with our own eyes the ministry that Kelly is doing in South Africa and it’s legit! Real ministry is taking place and the opportunities for us to serve and help are tremendous!
Why go to Africa when there are so many needs in America? – Our King Jesus has commanded us to "Go into all the world!" America is saturated with the Gospel and many Africans have never heard the Gospel even once. It’s not just about humanitarian effort. Many Christians hide behind humanitarian effort because they're too afraid to share the Gospel. There will be plenty of opportunity for us to meet many physical needs but the most important need in the Transkei is spiritual. They need Jesus!
Is Kelly and his ministry legitimate and trustworthy? – After asking the tough questions, physically seeing his ministry firsthand and following up with personal references, we don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t partner with Kelly. Also, all the monies given to Kelly’s ministry will go through Grace Church as well as World Outreach Ministries (WOM) providing two levels of accountability. The ministries that are under Kelly’s supervision are all accountable to World Outreach Ministries (WOM). WOM is recognized as a non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Service regulation 501(c)(3). Kelly is financially fully submitted to WOM for oversight and accountability. WOM continually reviews the appropriations of funds to insure that the funds are dispersed appropriately within the structure of the ministry. If for any reason, Kelly or the ministries fail to comply with the financial accountably of WOM, then WOM would directly address any financial problems. You can visit World Outreach Ministries at www.worldoutreach.org.
What are the future “Next steps”? – In this partnership we hope to send teams to Africa to serve and help Kelly reach the Xhosa people. When teams go it will not be a vacation. We also don’t want to send people to Kelly that will cause problems and people he’ll have to babysit. That means training and preparation will be required here stateside. Kelly will also play a part in the preparation process. When he’s in the States he will potentially come to Grace Church to report and to train/prepare people for ministry in the Transkei. When it comes to needs in South Africa the list is endless. So we will prioritize needs and try to meet as many as possible. Our main emphasis and goal will be to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard. That is the heart of Kelly’s ministry and it will be the heart of ours as well.
Pray for the Koskys in South Africa. Pray for the people of South Africa who desperately need Jesus. We ask you to partner with us in our support of this ministry and the "Go out" portion of the vision of Grace Church. If you'd like more information on the Kosky's ministry to South Africa, visit www.kellykoskyministries.com.