Welcome to the Graystone missions blog, where staff and others will be sharing what’s going on in the missions ministries in which we are involved. We look forward to using this blog for communicating the great things that God is doing through missions at Graystone! Click on the title to read more. Select from the categories list to find news and updates from a particular area.

  • Video: Southeast Gwinnett Co-op

    We showed this video on Sunday highlighting our partnership with the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op. If you're interested in volunteering with the Co-op, there is a Volunteer Orientation the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm at the facility with the next being tomorrow, September 16th. (Click here if you can't view the video.)

  • Need For Courthouse Childcare

    Are you interested in making a big difference with a small time commitment? Do you have a few hours you could spare once a month to bring fun, comfort and stability to children experiencing pain, sadness, and fear? We want to bless Gwinnett Division of Family and Children Services by providing supervision in the Courthouse waiting room for foster children.  If you are interested in this MUCH NEEDED opportunity to serve foster children, please email Lisa Hennessey at lisa@promise686.org...

  • Our Response to Middle East Persecution

    Right now, in Iraq and Syria, there is a radical militant group seeking to force the evacuation or conversion of all minority religious groups, including Christians.  If one refuses conversion or evacuation from his home, he is killed.  This is prompting people to label this movement as anything from persecution to all-out genocide.  Regardless of what we call it, we can agree that it is both evil and heartbreaking. These truths cause a variety of reactions in us as we process the...

  • Missionary Update in NYC

      Vicky Samaritano is one of 12 missionaries Graystone supports around the globe. She works with Cru and spends her time sharing the Gospel, discipling students and developing leaders at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College in New York City. Take a look at the video below to learn more about her ministry.

  • SE Gwinnett Co-op Opens New Home

    One of Graystone's long-time local ministry partners finally has a new home! The Southeast Gwinnett Co-op is a non-profit organization created to support those in our local community in need of food and financial assistance with utilities and medication. Each month they serve between 400-500 families!

  • Ben Presten Planting New Church

    Almost 3 years ago God called Ben and Tiffany Presten from Graystone to plant a church in Wilmington, VT. Valley Town Church started in February 2012 and since then amazing things have happened. Their community has been transformed and lives have been changed!

  • 2014 Brazil Team

    Thirty people from Graystone just got back from a 10-day trip to Curitiba, Brazil and what a trip it was! You can read detailed accounts from each day from our team blog here. My 3 biggest highlights are as follows: Helping further the work of the missionaries.

  • Adoption/Foster Care Orientation

    Do you think God could be calling you to adopt, foster or serve foster children? Then come learn more about it! The Adoption/Foster Care Orientation will be held at the Ozora Campus on Wednesday, July 9th at 7:00pm.

  • 2014 Haiti Mission Team

    Please pray for the Haiti mission team as they finish out their week! They are partnering with Voice of Christ in Haiti and have been helping take photos of children and getting them to write 'Thank You' letters for their child sponsorship program. They are also hosting a VBS and medical clinic, doing some construction, and encouraging Voice of Christ workers and volunteers.

  • College Discipleship

    (Hannah Hawkins is a Graystone-supported missionary serving at Kennesaw State University.) During this past semester The Lord was more faithful than I honestly thought He would be. I think with this being my first full semester on campus I thought it would be mostly building relationships and making connections that would in the future lead to me seeing future fruit. Thankfully I was so wrong!

  • Ben Presten Shares at Ozora

    If you missed last Sunday's sermon at the Ozora Campus, please check it out below! Ben Presten, Lead Pastor of Valley Town Church, shared a powerful message about God's calling on your life. He also shared some exciting news about their future in New England!  If you'd like to help Ben in any way, feel free to email him at ben@valleytownchurch.com.

  • Serving Lunch to Walton County

    Graystone Walton has a great opportunity to serve families in the Monroe area this summer! Last Thursday we started a weekly service project volunteering at The FISH in downtown Monroe. The FISH is a thrift store that, among many other things, organizes volunteers Monday through Friday mornings throughout the summer to pack lunches and deliver them to low income families that have children who get government assistance throughout the school year.

  • Orphan Care in Latvia

    Please pray for our mission team who left Saturday to serve 7 days in Latvia. While there, the team will be working with a local Children’s Center and a local Teen Center operated by Hope for Children (www.hope.lv). Currently the centers are overrun with more children than they are able to accommodate.

  • Breakfast For Grayson HS

    This morning Graystone provided breakfast for the Grayson High School staff and faculty - all 250 of them! We are so thankful for what they do for young people and the difference they're making in our community. "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." - Galatians 6:9

  • A Fun Day for Graystone Walton

      Graystone Walton members helped serve the Blue Springs soccer community this past Saturday as they volunteered to help with the Blue Springs Fun Day. Walton members watched bouncy houses, helped with games, and grilled lots of hamburgers and hot dogs so that the Fun Day would be a success. Events like Fun Day give us the opportunity to not only serve our community but also let people know about the Walton Campus and the ministry of Graystone.

  • Graystone Missionary to South Africa

    Hey!  My Name is Nick Carnill and I have been attending Graystone for the last few years.  Actually, I attend when I’m in the neighborhood, but consider Graystone my home church. I wanted to take the time to tell you a little bit about myself and to say thanks to you, my Graystone family, for supporting me and helping me on my missionary journey. I was born in Michigan, spent my preschool-kindergarten years in Snellville, and then my family moved to Quito, Ecuador as missionaries. ...

  • Graystone Provides Archer HS Breakfast

    This morning Graystone provided breakfast for the Archer High School staff and faculty - all 189 of them! We are so thankful for what they do for young people and the difference they're making in our community. "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." - Galatians 6:9

  • Good News Club - Year Recap

    It's been a wonderful year for the Good News Clubs at Cooper Elementary and Grayson Elementary! Here are some things to celebrate for the 2013-2014 school year: 200 kids combined on the roster for both schools 20 volunteers helped run GNC every week (parents, Graystone members and people from community) Around 100 kids and parents attended the 12:15pm service and attended the GNC Luncheon this past Sunday at the Ozora Campus Can't wait to see what God does next year!        

  • Jesus in New York City

    (Vicky Samaritano is a Graystone-supported missionary who serves with Campus Crusade in New York City.) Bio: I became a Christian as a freshman at the University of West Georgia through the ministry of Campus Outreach. Campus Outreach is a ministry similar to Campus Crusade with a focus on sharing the Gospel and discipleship. During my time in school I received vital training in how to study God’s Word, share my faith and disciple others.  I also was equipped through experiences such as ser...

  • Easter Baskets For Local Families

      Because of your generosity, Graystone was able to partner with Shepherd's Staff Ministries and provide 10 Easter baskets for Loganville families in crisis over the Easter holiday. Each basket contained enough food to feed 4-6 people for the holiday plus 2-3 days following. That means we helped out between 40-60 people in need!

  • Sports Camp 2014

    Our biggest outreach event of the year is just over a month away! That's right... Sports Camp 2014 is upon us!

  • Saving Lives in Walton County

    (The Pregnancy Resource Center of Walton is a Graystone-supported ministry that provides compassionate care, practical help and accurate information to women who believe they’re pregnant and who may be considering abortion. They offer help without judgment and a path to Christ, both in word and deed. They have two locations in Walton County.) Hello Graystone Church!

  • Making Dreams Come True

    The city of Grayson is partnering with Make-A-Wish Georgia to help grant wishes for local area children as part of the annual Grayson Day Festival being held on April 26th. Four children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions are going to have their dreams come to life, including one who attends Graystone. Houston Abner, a 4th grader, was born with multiple congenital heart defects which resulted in a single ventricle and has had to endure four open-heart surgeries.

  • Impacting College Students in Brazil

    (Demps Dempsey is a Graystone-supported missionary working with Campus Outreach in Brazil.) Bom dia (good day) from Belo Horizonte, Brazil! I’m Demps Dempsey and I’m the director of Campus Outreach Belo Horizonte and have the privilege of having been one of Graystone’s missionaries for a number of years now. We work with college students in the third largest city in Brazil and have been here for 15 years.

  • Path Project - Bringing Hope

    Recently the Gwinnett Daily Post did a story on The Path Project - one of our wonderful partners in ministry. Click here to read the article and watch a short video. You'll be glad you did!

  • Foster Care. Do Something!

    Did you know that in Gwinnett County there are 425 children in the foster care system and only 52 homes that can take these children?  Startling, isn't it! At Graystone, we want to be a church that - not only is aware about this statistic - but DOES something about it!  Have you considered fostering? Now is the perfect time to find out how God may be calling you to be that special person in a child's life.

  • Reaching Kids For Christ

    Graystone Church supports two Good News Clubs in our local community: one at Cooper Elementary and one at Grayson Elementary. Good News Club is a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship in which trained volunteers meet with groups of children after school once each week. During this action-packed time, the kids enjoy an exciting Bible lesson, sing songs, learn Scripture, listen to a missions story, receive a snack, and play review games or other activities focused on the lesson's theme.

  • Nepal Without Orphans

    (David Hennessey is a Graystone supported missionary through the Christian Alliance for Orphans. He coaches and consults with Christian leaders around the world as they develop national movements to inspire local churches in every country to care for orphans in their own communities.) With Mount Everest in the distance, a group of 65 pastors from every region in Nepal gathered just outside Katmandu in January to learn about God’s heart for the orphan. Just as Graystone has heard the call for bel...

  • Drink Coffee. Do Good.

    Did you know that by drinking coffee at our coffee bar on Sundays you are helping change lives in Rwanda? In April 1994, Rwanda experienced one of history's most atrocious genocides. In just 100 days, close to one million ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutu sympathizers lost their lives to the hands of extremist Hutu militia.

  • Living Hope - Story of Henry

    (Living Hope is a ministry in Cape Town, South Africa that Graystone supports monthly and a place where we send teams. This is an update written from them. Your giving helps stories like this take place!) Living Hope’s ministry programs are purposefully designed to be a part of a (w)holistic approach to our vision of seeking to reach people for Christ, bringing hope and breaking the despair of poverty and disease.

  • Valley Town Update

    (Valley Town Church is a church Graystone helped start in Vermont in 2012. This a post from a couple months ago from their Lead Pastor, Ben Presten.) What an amazing year it has been for Valley Town Church. I love to look back and reflect on what God has done as a faith building reminder that there is more to come.

  • South Africa - November 2014

    Graystone will be sending a team to South Africa from November 15-27, 2014. We'll be partnering with Extreme Response and we'll be going to the cities of Cape Town and Beaufort West. This is the 4th time we've taken a team to this beautiful country.

  • Latvia - May 2014

    Graystone is sending a team to Latvia from May 17-27, 2014. We'll be partnering with The Hope Epidemic and going to the city of Karosta. It's actually our first mission trip ever to Europe and we are extremely excited about it!

  • SE Gwinnett Co-op Has New Home

    One of Graystone's long-time local ministry partners finally has a new home! The Southeast Gwinnett Co-op is a non-profit organization created to support those in our local community in need of food and financial assistance with utilities and medication. Each month they serve between 400-500 families!

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