TENTERFIELD MINISTRY BASE

Pictured:  The new entrance to the World Missions property near Tenterfield NSW. With new road under construction

Pictured:  The new entrance to the World Missions property near Tenterfield NSW. With new road under construction

The miracle of this 16.5 acre property still amazes us. We feel extremely humbled to see the progress taking place for a future work and ministry base in the high country of northern NSW. A local earthmoving contractor has begun the work of constructing a road into both the WM property and our new neighbours place. The first phase of a long term vision to establish a ministry base within walking distance of Tenterfield’s main street, which is also the New England highway.

Thank you all for your interest in what we believe will be an exciting new era in the story of Steve Grace Ministries and World Missions. Yes there will be some big faith challenges ahead and we are so excited to see God’s provision as we begin building what we’ve dreamed of for 30 years. Thanks to those who are partnering with us in the vision.

WHITSUNDAY WORSHIP

Pictured:  Sunday morning combined Churches service in Airlie Beach, North Queensland

Pictured:  Sunday morning combined Churches service in Airlie Beach, North Queensland

It may not sound all that impressive compared to some of the megachurches there are around the world… but last Sunday was the largest gathering of folks (about 200) from the combined churches of Proserpine and Airlie Beach in the regions history. The Whitsunday coast was devastated by Cyclone Debbie in late March and the region is still working hard to recover economically and mentally from the ordeal. As we drove into town last Saturday to set up for the concert the evidence of destruction was still so visible. Trees are only just becoming green again with new foliage. Some houses stand condemned and repairs are underway in many streets. Long after the news media and headline hunters are gone there are normal people trying to rebuild their lives. 

Saturday night’s concert was a full house and Sunday morning was the biggest gathering of churches ever!! 8 people committed their lives to the Lord and there was a real sense of expectation and enthusiasm there. We loved being part of seeing local churches gathering together in a spirit of agreement. Thanks to all the churches who cancelled their morning services to be involved.

SUGARCANE COUNTRY CONCERTS

Pictured: Deep into North Queensland ‘Cowboys’ country and land of sugarcane. 

Pictured: Deep into North Queensland ‘Cowboys’ country and land of sugarcane. 

The best time of the year to be heading north from the winter cold is June!! Yep we are on tour in North Queensland. Last weekend was an amazing time in the Proserpine/Airlie Beach region and it was so good to see the area coming back to life after the devastating affects of Cyclone Debbie a couple months ago. The region was decimated and many folks are still struggling to get back to a sense of normal. But we thank God for some quality time with the locals and hope to return soon for more work in the region.

This week we head for Cairns for ministry with the Living Light Church. Please pray with us that lives will be impacted by the Gospel and people will be encouraged. Then we head for the Atherton Tablelands and the town of Millaa Millaa and then inland away from the green of sugarcane paddocks to the cattle country of Charters Towers.

PRAYERS, PLANS AND PROMISES

Pictured: The never ending adventure of maps and calendars and ministry tours across Australia..

Pictured: The never ending adventure of maps and calendars and ministry tours across Australia..

"Lord you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise. You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down. You are familiar with all my ways." Psalm 139: 1-3

The Bible tells us that we are to make plans… not just sit around and feel sorry for our present situation in self pity.. We are called to be proactive in believing for God’s intervention in our lives. As we make our plans He will establish them, as we honour Him our lives will know His favour. It’s not about sitting around waiting for God to turn up.. it’s about choosing to step out in faith and have a go. He actually turned up a long time ago and completed the work that was needed to redeem humanity from death and self destruction. That’s what Jesus came to earth to do. He made a way for us to intimately know the Father’s plans and promises.

Reading through Psalm 139 is always an inspiring revelation. God knows me for who I am and despite that… by His grace, is willing to work with me on making me a better man for His Name and His Kingdom.. He is familiar with my ways and everything that goes through my mind… wow. That’s a humbling thought. He created my innermost being and formed me in my Mother’s womb. He says I’m fearfully and wonderfully made! And His works are wonderful!!

"All the days ordained for me are written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts O God! How vast is the sum of them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. 'when I awake, I am still with you." Psalm 139:16-18

It is so good to know that He is still with us.. in our prayers, plans and promises. In the madness of a world that has lost its way, keep declaring to the Lord “I am still with you”. 

Thanks again for your prayers and support as we map out the rest of 2017 with missions and concert tours.

Godspeed,

Steve

 

MENS MOTORCYCLE MINISTRY

Pictured: Steve with Pastor Steve Kennedy of Champions Church

Pictured: Steve with Pastor Steve Kennedy of Champions Church

 

My good mate Steve Kennedy has been asking me to come with him on a motorcycle mission for years. Every year the men of Wave Church, Virginia take a week off and venture south to Tennessee to ride some of the best roads on the planet. It’s a week of great fellowship and with ministry in churches on the weekends. Thanks to Steve Kennedy for arranging for me to be part of the adventure. The generosity of many of the men allowed us the privilege of riding late model Harley’s and enjoy many a good meals and mountain cabin accommodation… complete with a visit from a 400lb black bear one night. Yep I was on the phone to Kerrie out in the carpark when out of the shadows 20ft from me appeared a hungry black bear!!! I bolted back to the safety of the cabin!!

The three week ministry trip and motorcycle adventure in the USA was a refreshing break combined with great opportunities to connect with many men and churches over there. Thanks Steve Kennedy for your enthusiasm and passion for souls!

ALBUQUERQUE

Pictured: Pastor Skip Heitzig teaching from the book of Joshua at Calvary Chapel Albuquerque.

Pictured: Pastor Skip Heitzig teaching from the book of Joshua at Calvary Chapel Albuquerque.

When nearly 2,000 people turn up for a Wednesday night Bible Study at your local church you can be assured there’s good things happening.

The music and worship songs were tastefully presented and created an atmosphere of expectation. Pastor Skip’s authentic and honest explanations of God’s word were captivating. I sure was honoured to be the guest artist for the night and greatly appreciate the opportunity to come and share about our missions work in Australia. 

Thank you Calvary Chapel Albuquerque in New Mexico for inviting me to come and spend a few days in town. It was 19 years ago that I first sang in the church when I was involved with the Billy Graham / Franklin Graham Festival of May 1998. Always an honour to return and catch up with old friends. www.calvaryabq.org

VIRGINIA BEACH

Pictured: Steve sharing songs and encouraging people to mission at Wave Church.

Pictured: Steve sharing songs and encouraging people to mission at Wave Church.

It was a great honour to share songs and stories at Wave Church in Virginia Beach last weekend.

A church founded by our good friends Steve and Sharon Kelly about 15 years ago. A church with a vision to impact millions of people for the Gospel.

It’s been 14 years since I last visited Wave Church and it’s been overwhelming to see all that God has done since then. To be a small part of planting a vision many years ago and to see the harvest of souls since then is incredible. I know that’s what it’s all about. We are called to be part of what God is doing wherever we are.

Thank you Wave Church for your generous welcome and hospitality. I sure loved being part of ministry over two weekends including Memorial Day. Looking forward to returning again. www.wavechurch.com

AMERICA REPORT

Pictured: Steve standing in front of Wave Church in Virginia Beach last Sunday for Memorial Day weekend.

Pictured: Steve standing in front of Wave Church in Virginia Beach last Sunday for Memorial Day weekend.

 

It was a great honour to be asked to sing and speak at two churches in America for the Memorial Day weekend.

Australia has been a military ally to the USA for 100 years. Memorial Day in America is specifically set apart each year to remember those who paid the supreme sacrifice in conflict, those who gave their lives for the freedom we have today and the pride and patriotism runs deep.
People have migrated from every nation on earth to call America their home and it is amazing to see how the fallen are never forgotten, no matter what skin colour or race they came from. I think that’s what makes America a great nation where people are free to work hard and dream.
The past two weeks have been so encouraging to see the interest in the work we have been doing for the past 30 years in Outback and Rural Australia. As I flew across the continent of the America’s I was also greatly inspired to keep going with the work God has called us to. Every church I sang and spoke in welcomed us back for more ministry in the future. 

I must admit while looking out over the vast expanses of American wilderness and deserts I contemplated the challenge of doing an off road Harley Davidson crossing of that nation as well!! But I’ll need to get God’s favour and Kerrie’s approval before embarking on that project. But the concept excites me greatly! I’ve come home dreaming ‘Big Dreams’ and very grateful for the few weeks in America.

PENTECOST SUNDAY

Pictured:  Steve singing at the combined churches Pentecost Sunday event in Hervey Bay, QLD

Pictured:  Steve singing at the combined churches Pentecost Sunday event in Hervey Bay, QLD

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” Acts 4:12

There was nothing holding them back… They’d seen too much and experienced what living with Jesus in their lives was truly like. Peter and John would never again deny the transforming power of God as they stood before the religious leaders who accused them of healing a man crippled from birth at the temple gates. Thousands would have seen the miracle man jumping and leaping and praising God as he was set free from the prison of immobility. There was no turning back. Their courage and boldness and the presence of the Holy Spirit within them was too much for the proud religious leaders who could not contain the explosive growth of this new 'Jesus movement’ throughout the known world of that time.

Today that same Jesus movement is still growing across the planet and it was great to see churches celebrating Pentecost Sunday in many nations. We had the privilege of being part of a gathering of every denomination of church in the Hervey Bay region last Sunday. The Baptist Church was packed to capacity. Reports from school chaplains, Scripture teachers and people whose lives have been transformed by the Gospel made for an inspiring night of unity and vision. As we sang the classic anthem ‘Great Southland of the Holy Spirit’ the entire crowd stood and many came forward to rededicate themselves to the Lord and to their ongoing desire for the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Thank you to the combined churches of Hervey Bay and to our good friends at Bayside Church for the invitation to be there for Pentecost Sunday.

In just over a week we begin our tour of the Queensland Coast all the way to Cairns and back. Thanks for your prayers and support as we get back on the road and into action!!!

Godspeed,
Steve