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Missions & Outreach

Missions & Outreach Contacts

Celeste McDonough

Celeste McDonough
Team Leader, Mercy & Missions
cmcdonough@calvarygr.org

Natalie Uecker

Natalie Uecker
Assistant Director, Missions & Outreach
nuecker@calvarygr.org

Emily Franklund

Emily Franklund
Ministry Assistant, Missions & Outreach
efranklund@calvarygr.org

Courtney Hoekwater
Ministry Assistant, Mercy & Missions
choekwater@calvarygr.org

Is the chilly weather outside getting you down? The Calvary Missions Department has a solution. Join us every Friday in February for a Missions Movie Night. We have picked a selection of movies that will challenge how you view missions and make you reconsider the part you play. For admission, bring one hygiene item to donate to Calvary Care. This will be a fun time to hang out, be challenged, and leave inspired. Bring a friend, you won’t want to miss this! 

  • February 7: War Room (PG, 2 hours)
    An inspiring movie that explores the power of prayer through the story of a troubled marriage and family. Register at mycalvarygr.org.
  • February 14: Mully (PG, 81 minutes)
    This rags to riches story challenges how we hear from and respond to God through documenting the true life of a wealthy Kenyan man who gives to help those in need. Register at mycalvarygr.org.
  • February 21: Overcomer (PG, 2 hours)
    This redemptive movie is about finding your identity in Christ through the story of a cross country coach and an asthmatic runner. Register at mycalvarygr.org.
  • February 28: Breakthrough (PG, 116 min.)
    When a boy falls through the ice on a frozen lake, a whole community learns to trust in God during times of crisis. Register at mycalvarygr.org.

Ministry Focus

At Calvary Church, we believe it is an incredible privilege to, in the words of Psalm 96:3, “declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” That leads us to prayerfully find ways together to declare God’s glory, to proclaim his good news, and to be servants to people in need – around the world and right here in West Michigan.

Our Missions and Outreach team is organized around four primary tasks: Global Outreach, Local Outreach, Evangelism, and Church Planting.

What we want most is to see each person here at Calvary involved in word and deed Gospel witness, in our community and around the world. Whether by helping the poor and oppressed right here in Grand Rapids, serving on a short-term mission overseas, exploring how work can be worship, broadening vision for the needs of the unreached, you have a role in declaring the glory of our Lord.

With the generosity of Calvary people, we provide both regular support and project funds to our partner missionaries and organizations. We currently support 44 global missionary individuals or families and five others who serve nearby in West Michigan. We also have at least five Calvary families who are currently planning toward long-term mission service! Our missionaries and partner organizations reach out in over 31 different countries, in the areas of evangelism and discipleship, church planting, church leadership development, youth and children and ministry support.

Get involved

Short-Term Missions: Learn more about our upcoming short-term trips, whether you are interested in going or supporting those who go.

Local Ministry Partners: We partner with organizations around Grand Rapids who reach out with the message of Christ’s love. Learn more about them and ways to get involved.

Pray

Current Prayer Requests: Join us in praying for our missionaries and partners. Requests are updated monthly.

Global Ministry Partners: Learn more about and pray for Calvary’s ministry partners around the world.

Global Prayer Digest: A daily prayer guide for unreached people groups around the world.

Training

Do you sense God leading you into full-time missions work? Calvary’s Missions and Outreach staff would love to come alongside you in the journey, helping you develop and take the first steps toward the vision He is giving you. Contact Emily (efranklund@calvarygr.org) to learn more about our Cross-Training Process.