The Grainery is passionate about supporting those who have travelled from Australia to different parts of the world to spread the Kingdom of God. We currently provide financial and prayer support to the following families and individuals.

John & Kay Hodge

MINISTRY
Seek Peace

MINISTRY ROLE
Responding to Jesus’ call to serve, John and Kay worked with a Christian ministry called CFaith Ministries (started by John’s parents Kent & Ruth Hodge) in northern Nigeria from 2016-2020. In 2021, John and Kay launched Seek Peace to support organisations like CFaith Ministries in Christian peacebuilding efforts in the areas of research, design, evaluation, advocacy, fundraising, and sustainability. They are currently working with 6 computer centres set up in known hotspots for religious and ethnic violence in northern Nigeria.

John and Kay are ordained pastors and are currently working towards their Master’s. John, in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation and Kay in Sustainable Development.

MINISTRY IN DETAIL
Seek Peace works with grassroots Christian peacebuilding initiatives in Nigeria and West Africa. Our experience and specialty are in peacebuilding and reconciliation practices, particularly at the intersection of Christian mission and sustainable development. We launched in 2021 and we continue to partner with our long-term ministry partners CFM (who we served with for nearly five years prior), with six youth computer training centres each established in known violent hotspots. In 2022 we are looking to expand our partners into supporting other Christian ministries in this way. Due to the effects of COVID-19 and the needs of our growing family life, we are currently based out of the UK.

“We believe the Church has a mandate and a rich tradition of seeking peace in ethnically and religiously divided communities and bringing hope and healing in the name of Jesus.” John and Kay Hodge

PRAYER POINTS
For the six Computer Training Centres, most especially the Miango Centre which has been affected by significant local Fulani (cattle herder) unrest in the last few months. One staff member lost their home in one of the recent escalations of violence along with hundreds of fellow community members.

For the launch of the seventh Computer Centre in Jos North (a predominantly Muslim community) with our partners CFM.

For the gospel to bring radical transformation through the commitment to reconciliation and loving our neighbours as Christ has loved us.

That God would bring timely new partners for Seek Peace as we grow our ministry and reach in 2022.

Pete & Rahel Burgess

MINISTRY NAME
YWAM Amsterdam, The Netherlands

MINISTRY ROLE
Communication & Mobilisation Team Leader (Pete), Discipleship Training School Program Co-Leader (Rahel)

MINISTRY IN DETAIL
YWAM Amsterdam is an urban community of followers of Jesus. They strive to know God better and to make Him known in Amsterdam and across the world, through a diverse group of teams and training programmes.

With over 40 years of innovation in ministry, YWAM Amsterdam continues to be a birthplace for new initiatives to reach the world with the love of Jesus.

YWAM Amsterdam’s vision is to see the unified body of Christ in the Netherlands and Europe; commissioned to mobilise generations and disciple Nations. Training young people to love Jesus and share Him with others.

PRAYER POINTS
Rahel is launching a new Europe-focussed Discipleship Training School in April 2021, so prayers for preparation, staff, team training, building the European network, and for future students.

Pete’s team is growing, and doors are opening to reach out and partner with churches, so thanks to God for this favour, and continued prayer for the growth of the ministry.

Pete is working with a new team to launch a cafe to share Jesus with people in the Red Light District, so please pray for guidance and the right location for the cafe.

Please pray for the Red Light District, as this was closed for months during COVID, and YWAM are partnering with other organisations to help transition women out of prostitution and equip them with skills such as those for the hospitality industry.

Brent & Heather Madsen

MINISTRY NAME
YWAM Mazatlan, Mexico

MINISTRY ROLE
Base Directors – overseeing all operations of the Ministry in Mazatlan, including managing 100 staff

MINISTRY IN DETAIL
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. They are passionate about mobilising young people into missions; combining training, local and world-wide outreach, and mercy ministries.

YWAM Mazatlan’s passion is to serve and love both locally and globally, and to be agents of change in our society. Their campus trains students in a multitude of programs and courses, equipping them to use their individual callings to bring the Gospel across the globe.

PRAYER POINTS
Brent’s health – Brent has very low kidney function and requires occasional treatment

Continued campus development which involves the purchase of new properties

Development of campus leaders and staff

Vision to plant new YWAM bases in Mexico and beyond

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.

John 3:16 MSG