The mission committee of the Centerville, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church (Steve Makofka, pastor) is currently featured on the Grace Brethren International Missions website for its creative use of the GBIM gift catalog at Christmas. Members of the committee are (from left) Lisa Hannahan, Kathy McGuire, Frank Brewster, and Judy Newton.
According to the web report, God put a desire on Kathy McGuire’s heart to influence her church family at Centerville to remember the true meaning of Christmas. Fueled by a passion for missions, she called GBIM to request several gift catalogs. She designed gift certificates for the church family to give to each other after selecting a ministry project.
Some chose a bicycle for a church planter. A children’s class sent money for seeds for African children to grow crops for food. “People in America don’t need another necktie for Christmas,” Kathy says, “but how much more can we further God’s work by giving that gift money to someone in need?”
More information and copies of the GBIM gift catalog are available at 574-268-1888 ext30.