Big Valley Grace believes in actively reaching the world with the love of Jesus through compassion efforts, sharing the gospel, training church leaders and multiplying churches.
Each year we offer opportunities to reach the global community. Short and long-term opportunities are available to serve with our global partners as they reach out with the love of Jesus.
Short-Term Trips Guidelines-
Following Jesus in this way is not so much something you do, but it’s who you are and becoming:
-Where are you in your walk with Christ?
– How are you growing, serving and sharing as a Christ-follower?
Look through the Reach Global and Reach Local pages on the BVG website to learn about our current missions partners or contact Reach
-Which areas locally and/or globally are of interest to you?
-What questions do you have about our vision, values and strategy?
-Are you part of any Big Valley Grace large group community? Are you part of a Home Growth Group?
– How long have you been attending BVG and a member of our family? Is it more than nine months?
– Who are the mentors in your life? Who are those that you are influencing/helping to grow?
-Have you completed a Perspectives class to understand various cultures around our world?
-Have you completed a SEEDS (Evangelism Explosion) class to understand how to share your faith?
-Have you been on a short-term trip prior to this inquiry?
Interested in experiencing a Big Valley Grace Short-Term Trip? Please contact our Reach Department at 209-577-1604, ext. 337 to provide further information and requirements for each member of the Big Valley Grace mission team.
REACH out to our Global Partners through encouragement notes and email!
The small blessing of receiving a surprise note of encouragement speaks volumes to our partners. Please consider sending correspondence on a regular basis to help uplift the spirits of our missionaries and let them know you are praying for their efforts!
For contact information, please email [email protected]
Wycliffe Bible Translators – Experience a taste of missions and see God utilize your missionary gifts!
- Year long terms available
- College credit
- Stateside or overseas
Visit Wycliffe Internships for more information about mission related opportunities.
Wycliffe Bible Translators – Learn how literacy and teaching can impact Bible translation across the globe. At Wycliffe, they are searching for teachers who are interested in teaching overseas and the pivotal impact educators can make in Bible translation. Explore literacy as a tool for making a difference in various communities. Visit Wycliffe Total Education to learn more.
Translation and Linguistics – Through Wycliffe Bible Translators, you can enroll in a five day course that will introduce you to linguistics, the work of Bible translation and opportunities to share God’s word through specific languages. During the class you can learn language and translation skills, phonetics, grammar, IT technology among many other skills. Please visit Total It Up and find out how you can learn to share the gospel in a different language.
Unreached People Groups
There are nearly 3,986 Unreached People Groups (UPG) of the world. An Unreached People Group means there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize to their own people. The Reach Ministry here at Big Valley Grace would like to challenge other FOLLOWERS OF JESUS to join our team in reaching the UPG’s of the world and helping to complete God’s call to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 19-20).
Reach will provide UPG prayer cards and distribute to as many prayer warriors as possible to begin praying about minimizing and ultimately reaching the 3,986 groups of people in this world without the opportunity to know Jesus. Pray for the gospel to extend to various areas of the globe through Bible studies, Missionaries, Church Planters and Biblical Christian materials.
Become part of the High School Ministry, Men’s Ministry or Spanish Ministry teams that go on short-term mission trips.
Help financially and spiritually by supporting youth and young adults as they experience short-term mission life in Mexico.
It’s a small act that makes a big difference to reach the unreached.
As part of the Great Commission, given in Matthew 28:19 to “go and make disciples of all nations,” Adopt a Verse is a Wycliffe Bible Translators campaign to engage churches in Scripture translation for people who do not yet have the Bible in their native language or dialect. Big Valley Grace is joining with Wycliffe to reach the Unreached People Groups of South Asia.
As a church, our goal is to have the following Books of the Bible translated into the three native dialects of people in South Asia: Romans, John 1-3, James, Philemon and Hebrews. The average cost to translate one verse is approximately $40. The monies raised through our adoption efforts will translate the books into the native language, allowing more than 1.25 million unreached people to read the books of the Bible for the first time!
How to Adopt A Verse
Throughout the year, you can donate online through Big Valley Grace online giving. Please indicate the following: Adopt A Verse in the memo line or look for the specific Adopt A Verse column. The donation amount is a minimum of $40 per verse, per language. AAV giving
Pray for the unreached people of South Asia without access to God’s Word and the opportunity to have their lives transformed by the Living God. Pray for the Wycliffe translators as they translate the books into a language that touches the hearts and lives of the hearers. Pray for the impact of the gospel to reach beyond South Asia to other Unreached People Groups of the world.
It’s an opportunity to adopt a verse for just $40, to invest in the vision of reaching the people of South Asia with the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. If you cannot afford the total donation amount, invite a family member or friend to invest with you to adopt a verse. Together, the family of Big Valley Grace can bring the various books of the Bible to those who have never read of the great problem of sin and God’s greater plan to save us!
Reach Global Partners
Big Valley Grace Community Church partners with and supports several ministries throughout the world.
Competitive Edge International (CEI) connects with people in East Asia through sports.
Rocco and Karoline Panepinto serve with Kontaktmission in Jena, Germany. Jena is a center of the “God is dead” philosophy; more than 80% of its residents profess no belief in God.
Partners International works and trains teams to care for and start churches among the people in Indonesia.
Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) is part of a network passionately committed to holistic mission in the name of Jesus.
Densely populated, underdeveloped districts of India live in bondage to spiritual and generational poverty. Local believers are going where few Westerners can go, to live and share Jesus with others.
AFnet is committed to training African pastoral leadership, expanding the Christian faith through strategic church planting efforts, and practically addressing the need for humanitarian aid across Africa.
Luke and Amber Grover serve in Tanzania with Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) to develop, empower and release healthy leaders around the world.
The greatest way you can support our Reach Global Partners is through prayer. Please visit our regularly updated Reach Partners Prayer Page for more information on how you can specifically be praying each week.
Pray collectively for our Global Partners around the globe, sharing the gospel and introducing people to our Savior, Jesus Christ. Pray for Johan and Christa Combrinck in South Africa, Henry Mumba in Zambia, Julie at CEI, The Campbell’s at Wycliffe Bible Translation, Steve and Dianne Warn of Agape, The Grover’s in Tanzania, Missionstream partners of Asia, Rocco and Karoline Panepinto in Germany, Todd and Sarah Hunnicutt in Slovenia, David Unruh for Mission India, Wade and Deanne Ebersole for Papua New Guinea, Domu for Indonesia and our partner in Southeast Asia. Pray for safety, courage and discernment. Pray for their message of hope, faith and salvation to reach many, many people for Christ.
Please consider reaching out to our Global Partners by communicating via email, postal service, Facebook, etc. Let our Partners feel encouraged through your sincere words. If you need contact information for a specific partner or various partners, please email Katie F