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January 24, 2014

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Youth leads Sunday services

Grace Christian Fellowship held its quarterly Youth Led Sunday morning service Jan. 19, marking the fifth year of youth led services at Grace. 

The service was opened by College Minister Justin Cody, who led the youth praise band and introduced the speakers. 

Anna Lawler, Chandler sophomore at East Central University and member of the Grace college group, shared her recent experiences from a “Culture Exchange” trip to East Asia. As an infant, Lawler was adopted from Hong Kong by an American family. 

“I gave up Christmas with my family because I have always wanted to go to China and share the love and hope that Jesus has given me to the place where I was born,” she said. 

“I was so excited to see everything about China and to meet as many people and share all that I could. Our group went over in order to share our Christmas traditions because the Chinese people are fascinated by them.”

Also preaching during Grace’s youth led event was former East Central student Justin Greenawalt. Greenawalt, from Tecumseh, returned from an 11 month mission trip called the World Race. 

“The last year was basically a whirlwind that started me in South America in Bolivia and Peru and took me from South Africa and Swaziland through some Eastern Russian countries and left me in Thailand,” he said. “In my time, I saw some amazing people living the Gospel of Jesus to the poor, the hungry, and the lost. I am so thankful for the experience and for all that God has done for me.” 

Spencer Cody, media minister of Grace, said, “Grace as a church invested prayers and finances into both the trips because we have a strong desire to see Jesus change lives. I am so thankful for these two for their sacrifices to go and share and for being part of a church that has a heart for people everywhere.”

 

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