Profound life-changes on both sides of the equation.
After leaving seminary, Spencer Nix was ready to put his theology into practice by getting local churches involved in missions and outreach, both at home and abroad. After realizing that there weren’t any churches hiring for such a position, he launched his own nonprofit ministry called Grace to the Nations.
With the mission of “connecting the community of believers to the community of need,” Spencer and his wife Paula have spent the last three years assisting local families in need. In addition to helping them pay their bills and obtain food and clothing, they have organized Christmas toy drives and Bible study programs for underprivileged children, counseled families and implemented a mentoring ministry with the goal of impacting their lives more relationships. They have coordinated community blogs and missions trips, both domestic and international, and helped launch a local Spanish-speaking church plant.
Spencer says his biggest challenge is getting volunteers to meet the ever-present needs of the community. “There is never a shortage of people in need so, unfortunately, the biggest obstacle has been getting believers and churches involved,” Spencer says. “At times, our ministry asks a lot of people; we ask them to give not just of their resources, but of themselves. But, when they do get involved most of them get hooked. It’s amazing what God has done in the lives of our volunteers and supporters.”
Paula adds, “The hurting world around us in need of Christ is obvious to many, but Spencer has also always been concerned about the need to move church congregations out of their seats and into the world to make an impact in the name of Christ. We have seen profound life-changes on both sides of the equation.”