Volume 5 No 5
Dear friends, I have been asked on several occasions, just what or who is Grace Communion International? (G.C.I. - the parent body of Face to Face Magazine)
We are a part of the body of Christian believers with about 50 000 members worldwide. Our headquarters are located in southern California and our local offices are based in Johannesburg. We are members of the National Association of Evangelicals in the US. Our Theology is Inclusive and Trinitarian (for more info on Trinitarian Theology request a free copy of the article, The God Revealed in Jesus Christ - A Brief Introduction to Trinitarian Theology)
Locally, we have 26 South African congregations and are also represented in Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Madagascar and Mozambique, as well as many countries further to the North. In total we have about 6 000 members in Southern Africa. (for more info see our website www.gci.org.za)
We believe that Christ died for everyone and that God wills that all should be saved, but that we still have the freedom of choice to reject the grace He freely offers.
Not only do we participate in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus, we also believe that we are called to serve others as we are able. ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
As documented previously in Face to Face, we have been involved in digging wells in Mozambique in order to provide clean, fresh drinking water. We have also installed water purification units in remote areas, and assisted the people to buy food during the flooding that took place earlier this year.
In Namibia, we have been involved in vegetable growing and poultry projects to help the locals feed themselves and become self sufficient.
Locally, we sponsor disadvantaged youth to be able to attend a summer youth camp in Gauteng, where they are taught leadership, Christian living and life skills. They are also offered experiences that they would not usually be exposed to, such as rock climbing, ballroom dancing and many others. We also work alongside and assist many other local Non Profit Organisations and groups.
We consider it not only a pleasure but a privilege to participate in Christ’s Ministry in Southern Africa, as we go about “Living and sharing life-changing Hope, with all kinds of people in all kinds of places”