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We are rebuilding our GMI website and it will be a couple of weeks before the site is up and running again. We ask for your patience during this time.

In the meantime, if you would like to make an online donation to a missionary, you may use the missionary drop down to go to the missionary’s page. On that page there should be a link to donate to the missionary. A second option is to use the orange “donate” box on the bottom of the home page. It will take you to a page where you can select the account you want from a drop down menu and you will find the missionaries’ accounts in that list.

To give a gift to a project, you can click on the orange donate box on the home page and on the next page use the “comments box” to indicate which project you would like to support.

For projects that are in the Christmas catalog, you may use the “give now” button under the Christmas Catalog graphic to go to the project of your choice. If you don’t see it there, it has been fully funded. Praise the Lord!

Feel free to call 616-241-5666 if you have any questions!

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Congratulations to John and Naomi Caprari on the birth of Esther Neema who weighed in at 6 lbs. 6 oz. and was 19.5 inches long and Eva Nia who weighed 6 lbs 1 oz and was 19.7 inches long. Mom and babies are doing well. Grandma (Kathy Kemper) was thankful to be there to watch big sister Jael and to meet her new granddaughters.

John and Naomi explained on Facebook that Neema (Nay-ma) means “grace” in Swahili.

Eva (eh-vah) which is Latin for Eve and also a modern way of saying Eve in Swahili and Nia (nee-ah) mean “purpose” in Swahili.

We are all thankful that things went well, mom carried the babies to term, and the babies are healthy!

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The deadline for applying for the 2019 EXITE Team is only five days away – Sunday, February 17!! If you would like to join the group, NOW is the time to get your application in to Grace Ministries International! This summer a select group of high school and college students will travel to Zambia to learn how to share the love of Christ with the children and youth in Kabwe and Livingstone, Zambia. Something exciting happens when we step out of our comfort zone with other students to be the “hands and feet of Jesus.” EXITE is about spiritual growth as we put our faith into action in practical ways serving our Zambian brothers and sisters in Christ.

For more information and to get an application, visit

Join the EXITE team today!

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Many women in most parts of Malawi have had very little or no formal education. There is very little hope of one’s potential and what their hands are capable of doing. Some of the women who come to the sewing class are either victims of early marriages or unplanned pregnancies.  Our class, Chiyembekezo “Hope,” is a place for such women. We exist to bring both physical and spiritual hope to the community. When we receive the ladies into the class, we welcome them with the love of Christ. It doesn’t matter where they come from, but our desire is to share the message of God’s grace.

 We look back at when we first met with the ladies. Our first class on the first day had only five women. Our journey wasn’t smooth – we walked through the cold, heat, and rain – sacrificing each day to meet. There were times when we felt we had reached the end, but the Lord would continue to encourage us in different ways. Other times we had no classroom to use and gathered under a tree, but we still remained grateful. The Lord has blessed this ministry with a classroom and shop. The ladies don’t have to worry about a cold or rainy day under the tree anymore. The number of women continues to increase with each intake.  

We thank God for the 2nd and colorful graduation ceremony of the sewing class held in Lilongwe, Malawi, on the 19th of January. This year we graduated 17 women whereas last year, seven completed the training. Our hope is to see these ladies transform so as to see vibrant communities. We continue to see the impact of this training among those that graduated last intake. Most of these are now able to contribute to family financial needs. With each year’s intake, we have been able to give each of the ladies a sewing machine to start with. This year, we were only able to raise funds for 10 sewing machines out of the 17 that graduated.

To ensure that their businesses run smoothly and they manage their finances well, Mercy taught a seminar (January 21-23) on starting and growing small businesses. 

We look forward to another intake beginning this April. We hope to enroll 20 women in the training based on our capacity to run the program. Our goal for 2021 is to see this project bringing in income to help with the running costs of the program as well as raise funds for the National women’s ministry in Malawi. Through this program the Grace church in Lilongwe has been able to connect with the community. We trust the Lord will use this program to expand the work and ministry of the church in the community. Our desire is to continue building and strengthening these relationships through follow-up seminars.

On behalf of the Grace church in Malawi and all the ladies who have been part of the program, our gratitude goes out to you, our partners in ministry. Thank you for the prayers and financial support.

Mercy Mango

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The EXITE team will be serving in Zambia this summer. If you are 14-18 years old and interested in growing in your faith and serving Christ cross-culturally, please pray about this opportunity to experience missionary life and ministry June 26- July 13.

Your adventure begins with boot camp at Grace Christian University. In Zambia, you will be doing some work projects; sharing the gospel through your testimony, drama, and outreach programs; worshiping together with our Zambian brothers and sisters; and experiencing some incredible scenery like Victoria Falls. For more information see .


Dates: June 26 – July 13, 2019

June 26-28 – Boot Camp at Grace Christian University

June 29 – Travel to Zambia

July 13 – Return to Grand Rapids

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In Bolivia, Dan and Mary Sue Reed have asked us to pray for Yenny who just had surgery for a tumor on her thyroid (Yenny and her family are pictured above). The tumor was cancerous so the surgeons had to remove her whole thyroid. She will also have six weeks of radiation. Yenny is one of the key leaders who Dan and Mary Sue worked with at the Km 14 church plant which became Casa de Misericordia (House of Mercy Church). She is also the one who shared a clear gospel message with the 120 or so kids who came to Carlos Laborde for the special Christmas program and gifts on December 30 (click HERE to read about the event). Pray for Yenny, her husband, and their three-year-old son.

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In today’s world many people are using the Internet to shop and is a very popular location to do that shopping. GMI has now signed up as a non-profit participant with AmazonSmile which means if you order through GMI’s link ( GMI will get a .5% benefit from everyone’s orders. You are actually giving to the Lord by going about your regular day-to-day business! Isn’t that a wonderful bonus for shopping at!

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Ted with the District Commissioner and others

On January 16, there was a great service at the District Commissioner’s office where six handicapped bicycles were gifted to local individuals in the Rukwa Valley of Tanzania. The District Commissioner can be seen in the photo to the left wearing the flowered shirt.

Thank you to those who gave to this project in the Christmas Catalog. Six handicapped bicycles were purchased with the donated funds. The Rabenolds are so grateful for your generosity which has impacted struggling people in Tanzania! It has allowed them to develop good relationships with local authorities who are happy to see the handicapped helped.

Another photo on the day the handicapped bicycles were given out
Ted getting the bicycles off the top of the vehicle
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The following is from Mary Sue Reed, GMI missionary in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She and her husband Dan write a monthly update on their ministries and this is an excerpt.

On December 30 we were in for a big surprise when we arrived at our kids club. We knew that a group of leaders from La Gracia Church had planned on bringing Christmas gifts to the kids the previous week when we were out of town. What we didn’t know was that those plans had been postponed because of heavy rains. What a day! A group of 35 leaders and youth from the church had arrived early and gone door to door in the neighborhood to invite all the kids to a special program and to receive a Christmas gift. When we arrived many of the leaders had taken all the neighborhood kids to the park to enjoy a time of games. Then when they came back to the Carlos Laborde property we couldn’t believe it….they just kept coming. About 120 kids and at least 30 moms and dads! A clear gospel message was presented to them using Child Evangelism materials. Then they all received a snack and a special Christmas gift. It was really incredible! Dan and I were able to meet some of the parents and neighbors. It was truly a delight!

Many of the children who came to Carlos Laborde in Bolivia on December 30

Exciting things are happening in the ministries in Bolivia. Please continue to pray for Dan and Mary Sue Reed and also for Frosty and Cathy Hanson, the two couples who make up our GMI missionary team in Bolivia.

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Grace Ministries International (GMI) began ministering in Malawi in 2000 when two Zambian Bible School graduates were sent as short-term missionaries to that country. In January 2005, Rev. and Mrs. Kennedy Simtowe, GMI missionaries to Zambia, moved to Malawi to strengthen the work by establishing a training center and expanding the evangelistic outreach and church planting ministries. In September 2009, Titus and Kristy Lloyd joined the team to work in leadership training and establishing a computer training center. Joseph and Emmanuela Asong came in June 2012 to work in theological training. Bill and Sue Vinton arrived from Congo in September 2013 and Eric and Mercy Mango joined the team in January 2014.

At the present time the training center in Lilongwe is running an English Bible school. The English program is in the process of being translated into Chichewa which will be offered in the different regions of Malawi. There are currently 30 Grace churches throughout the country.

Thank you to Stefanie Sherman of Mapped Media who spent the summer of 2018 traveling to several of GMI’s fields to capture our ministries on video so we can share them with you! The video of Malawi and our missionaries serving there can be seen right HERE.

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