Heidi Ansiel grew up at Grace Church of DuPage. During her youth and young adulthood, she went on several short-term evangelistic trips with Josiah Venture (JV). Heidi’s studies at Cedarville University, and then her work as Communication Assistant at Grace Church, began fostering in her a passion for using media as an evangelistic tool. Additionally, her love for making disciples of Christ of the youth both in Warrenville and abroad led her to pursue a summer internship with JV’s Communications Team. Through this experience, Heidi sensed the Lord was calling her to make a long term commitment to the Josiah Venture Team in Slovenia. Our Grace Church family has confirmed Heidi’s calling with joy!
Short-term missions have four subordinate aims in light of gathering Christ-worshippers. Short-termers go 1) to support, encourage, and edify Grace Church missionaries, 2) to prepare the ground for the potential establishment of a career missionary team, or church partnership, 3) in response to a discernible leading in their lives in pursuing a potential career ministry in missions, and 4) to become vibrant, passionate world-Christians who feel the urgency of the spread of the gospel.
Our goal in short-term missions is not to take the place of long-term missions, but rather assist bridging the gap between the nation and the local church through this ministry partnership with our missionaries. Our short-term teams must have a strategic evangelistic outreach to the nations. Our passion is to see all peoples shout to God with loud songs of joy (Psalms 47:1)! We seek and desire to be used by God to bring people to repentance, and a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray that through these missions projects you would personally experience, even for a brief time, what world-missions really means, and as a result, that it might spark a fire for you to see the importance of missions, and possibly be used of God to direct you towards being a career missionary.