2010 Kingdom Advancement Grants

Trinity Church, through its Global Outreach program, is pleased to announce the 2010 Kingdom Advancement Grants. The broad goals of the Kingdom Advancement Grants are evangelism among unreached peoples, strategic intervention on behalf of the poor and marginalized, and increased availability of Scripture. These grants are intended to stimulate ministry done directly by Trinity’s missionaries and strategic partners (partner churches). We pray that our missions partners will be encouraged to expect and attempt even greater things for God in the future. 

We received 39 applications. These proposals were separately reviewed by three different groups and the Global Outreach Ministry Team. We are pleased to announce the following 5 finalists. 

$25,000 toward Hunger Relief in Zimbabwe.

Submitted by Trinity missionaries Frank & Ruth Luter and Dave & Marilyn Kenaga, this project envisions partnering with Global Aid Network/USA, Feed My Starving Children, and Maranatha Church (Harare, Zimbabwe) and its 18 daughter churches. We were especially pleased with an element of this project that would involve approximately 200-300 Trinity attendees. 

Before releasing the initial amounts, we would like to see the formation of a Zimbabwe Strategic Partnership Leadership Team, the outline of a Strategic Agreement with Maranatha Church, and two external affirmations by development professionals in Zimbabwe on the proposed methodology in addressing the hunger challenge.  

$9,000 toward Ministry to the poor in Galway, Ireland.                                  

Submitted by Paul Cullen, the leader of our Strategic Partnership in Ireland, this grant would partially offset the cost of a trailer to help their existing Community in Action ministry take a portable soup kitchen onto the streets of Galway on a regular basis to minister to the homeless. We celebrate Discovery Church’s ongoing efforts to holistically share the Gospel.  

The monies will be released as soon as Discovery Church makes the initial payment towards the purchase of the trailer.         

$25,000 toward the development of theHudumaVocational Center in Kwangware. 

Submitted by the co-chairs of Trinity’s Kenya Strategic Partnership Leadership Team, Mark & Anne Cody on behalf of David & Ann Kitonga these funds will go towards the purchase of sewing machines, woodworking machines, entry-level computers, and printers to increase the training and potential production capacity of their job-skills program at this Center. We were pleased to note the desire to move beyond training, to production and marketing.  

Initial monies will be immediately released against purchase orders for new equipment. The release of the remainder of the award to expand the Vocational Center is dependent on a joint feasibility plan by a team of Kenyan and Lansing-based business people by October 2010 

$9,000 toward training ofWayuupastors and leaders in Colombia and Venezuela. 

Submitted by Trinity missionary Ubaldo Restan, Director of the Colombian Pastoral Institute, this detailed and compelling proposal aligned well with KAG objectives and goals. Presently, there is only 1 pastor and 1 church among the Wayuu for each 45,000 people. Significant church growth is a very real possibility because of this investment. 

$4,500 released immediately, the remaining amount after the first training phase is over.  

$6,000 toward the purchase of 1,000 Bibles (International Student Edition).

Submitted by Trinity’s missionary with International Students Inc., Gordy Decker, this specifically designed Bible for International Students will help strengthen ISI’s outreach to internationals on university campuses throughout the USA. 

Monies to be released immediately. 

Periodic updates as outlined in the initial invitation for Grants are to be adhered to. 


We are excited about Trinity’s growing outreach to the re-settled Bhutanese in our midst. We are both gratified and impressed with the progress being made. However, we would like to encourage the ministry leaders to consider alternate sources of funding, for example the upcoming 2010 budget, or the Deacons Fund. If there are critical needs that cannot wait, or are not funded by these sources, we will re-engage. The same goes for Trinity’s successful TESOL program. 

Soli Deo Gloria