Vision

To see needy communities transformed by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, glorifying God, and multiplying to the ends of the earth.

Mission

Harvest of Grace International mobilizes communities from within through relationships, training, discipleship, and caring for those in need, resulting in transformation that is spiritual, physical, social, and economic.

History

During a midweek service in 2011 at Faith Community Church in Tucson, Arizona, the evening message was on the ‘Parable of the Talents’.  Tom Papale, who had heard and read the passages on this parable numerous times over the years, heard it in a new way and received a fresh excitement to serve God in foreign missions.  Tom searched online for opportunities to serve on short-term mission trips in Peru, where his wife, Tina is from, but found trips only for “young” people.

In time, Tom’s desire to form a nonprofit organization for missionary work took shape, and Harvest of Grace International was founded in May of 2012.

Statement of Faith

    We believe in one God, existing in three equal and eternal persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    We believe the Holy Bible, in its original texts, to be the infallible and authoritative Word of God, and that it is the ultimate standard for faith and conduct.

    We believe humankind has been separated from God through sin, and that every person’s highest need is to be reconciled to Him.

    We believe in Jesus Christ as the only way of reconciliation to God; that if we turn away from our sins and place our faith in Him, trusting in His sacrificial death on the cross as the complete payment of our just penalty, we receive the free gift of salvation by God’s grace, and will be rewarded with eternal life and joy in His presence.

    We believe that those who receive God’s salvation become His children, that the Holy Spirit dwells in them, and that love and good deeds will be evident in their lives.

Our Views on Poverty and Development

    We believe that the local church is the primary institution of God’s work in the world, to reach out with the hope of the Gospel and to care for people through genuine relationships.

    We believe that there is no sphere, e.g. spiritual, physical, social, philosophical, in which the Church is not to be actively involved and making a profound, positive impact.

    We believe that poverty is not only material, but also spiritual, and as such, cannot be truly addressed apart from the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the love of His church.

    We believe that poor communities possess enormous untapped potential, and that they can be empowered through the development of their strengths, and through spiritual awakening, to sustainably transform their communities from within; spiritually, physically, socially, and economically.

    We believe that material resources from outside of poor communities must be given cautiously and strategically in order to produce sustainable improvement rather than dependence and a false sense of inferiority.

    We believe that the social and material needs of a community are best identified and addressed by the community itself, and that this is best accomplished through the formation and training of local committees, which foster the community engagement and ownership necessary for any program to be sustainable.

Board of Directors

 

Tom Papale – President

Tom was born in Massachusetts where he grew up enjoying the outdoors, and playing baseball and hockey.  He began to follow Christ at age 17, and stayed involved in church.  At the age of 23, he began working as an electrical engineer and has enjoyed a 30-year career in the electronics industry.  Tom also founded and managed a trading company for several years, specializing in exporting seafood to Japan and Taiwan.

Tom met his lovely wife, Tina, in Lima, Peru, and they were married in 1989.

Tony Mojica – Treasurer

Tony Mojica was born in Panama City, Panama, where at the age of 18 he was introduced to his Lord and Savior by two American missionaries. He has been happily serving the Lord for over 40 years.

In 2008, Tony was ordained and has since traveled to Panama, Argentina, and other areas to spread the Gospel.

Tony and his wife Margaret have lived in Tucson, Arizona for over 30 years. He enjoys playing the guitar, growing in the knowledge of the Bible, and serving as an elder and pastor at Faith Community Church.

Okongo Samson – Board Member

Okongo Samson was born in Kenya, the 14th of the 16 children born to Jeck and Judith.  Okongo became a follower of Christ at the age of 14 and started proclaiming the Gospel at the age of 16.  He has traveled to 34 countries preaching and training ministries and church leadership, particularly in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.  He is now an American citizen living in Tucson, Arizona.

Having a graduate degree in medicine and having practiced as a physician in the UK, Okongo has served in war torn countries such as Sudan, Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Iraq, Eritrea, and the Middle East, as a medical missionary with various ministries such as Samaritan’s Purse.  He also holds a degree in Human Resource Management and Administration.