Thank You! Since this is a request for God’s people to participate in the annual Thanksgiving Offering, we begin with saying, “Thank you!” Thanks for all the help you have given in the past, and Lord willing, thanks for your generosity this year. Each year we solicit funds from within the PCA which we will distribute to congregations and ministries that are training leaders in mercy ministries. We focus on minority interns, but not exclusively.
We can only give what you send to MNA for this particular effort, so we ask you to please pray for this year’s offering and ask the Lord for guidance on what you can give. The churches that we feature this year are doing good work in Jesus’ name. Some of the people they evangelize and gather into their church struggle with poverty. They need the gospel, they need mercy, and they need the love of the Lord.
Grace Church, Worcester MA
In 2013 Jarrett Allebach and his family moved to Worcester MA after completing a church planting fellowship with Trinity PCA in Providence RI. Worcester, which is 50 miles west of Boston, is the second largest city in New England yet is overlooked by many. Our God, who sits on high, looks low and loves this gritty, hardworking, diverse, and underserved city. There is an incredible need for gospel-preaching churches and an opportunity to reach all kinds of people as over 20% of Worcester’s population is foreign born and their public-school students speak more than eighty languages.
In God’s leading and blessing he has provided a place for worshipand outreach at the at the cross-section of different cultures,classes, and people groups in the city. Grace partners with the elementary school next door to serve families in need and holds summer and after schoolprograms to reach and disciple children. They evangelize international students and bring a holistic gospel to families fractured by sin. They have seen God raise up church leaders from different countries, levels of education, and income.
During this long journey, MNA and the New City Network have been instrumental in both encouraging and equipping them to build an intergenerational and cross-cultural church that is rooted in Christ and ready to advance the gospel in Worcester and through the world. In particular, the Thanksgiving Offering has allowed them to provide scholarships to one of their church leaders, Marco Teixeira, who came as a young man to the US from Brazil and is on the path to ministry.