Grace Evangelical Church

Grace Evangelical Church (GEC)Grace Evangelical Church (GEC) was founded in 1998 by Rev. Dr. Isaiah Mafu and his wife, Mercy. Reverend Mafu served for fifteen years in various roles at Mosvold Mission Hospital before the couple came to the United States in 1979 to further their education. They spent the next eleven years studying and starting a family before heading back to South Africa in 1990 to establish Africa Christian Ministries. What began as Sunday fellowship meetings grew into Grace Evangelical Church and the church building was completed in 2001 on land given by the Chief. A second church location was added in the rural area of Empembeni in 2002. There are now three prayer meetings held weekly at the church or in people’s homes, two church services on Sunday in different locations, as well as a thriving Sunday School program for the youth.

In addition to Sunday services and weekly prayer gatherings, GEC reaches into the community through home evangelism and visitation, orphan care, community Bible studies and prison outreach. The church is very active in the communities of Esikhawini and Empembeni, spreading the love of Christ in so many ways and remaining an active partner and supporter of ACM.

Community Outreach

ACM is committed to actively offering support and compassion to the community in the name of Jesus. ACM hosts youth soccer tournaments, ministry rallies, holiday celebrations, literacy classes, funeral support and yearly medical clinics. These events provide an opportunity to reach children and adults who would not usually participate in ACM or GEC activities.

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Isaiah’s passing.

Dear Friends,
We have some very sad news to report.

We received word late Wednesday evening (7/19/17) that our dear friend Isaiah passed away suddenly. Apparently, he collapsed after dinner and they rushed him to the clinic, but he did not regain consciousness. We are keeping in constant contact with Mercy. The best thing we can do right now is to pray for Mercy, the kids, each other and the wide net of friends that Isaiah touched throughout a life well-lived.

We can also praise our amazing God, who can take a young, willing, one-eyed shepherd from Ingwavuma and create a wonderful life of impact and joy that spans continents and forever changes thousands of lives for the better.

In Him,
Bill Hazelton
President, ACM US Board

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