When Andrew and Tylena Adudu moved their family from Florida to Kansas City and Andrew started serving as the Outreach Pastor for Graceway Church, they had no idea what God had in store. Soon after they arrived, COVID-19 swept across our country resulting in churches, businesses, and schools coming to a halt. “God has been very faithful to me and my family through all of this and I am thankful for the way we were welcomed to Graceway,” Andrew commented.
Graceway is one of the churches in The Sending Project Alliance of Churches and it is known for its multi-ethnic, multi-generational congregation. It is also known for its outreach into the community and believes “the Church, both worldwide and local, should be a witness to the world and also that the ministry, worship, and teaching of each local church should creatively adapt to the particular culture it feels called to reach, but without compromising Biblical absolutes.”
When COVID-19 hit, Pastor Andrew realized that these were times when churches must learn to ‘think outside the box’ in order to continue loving their neighbors and fulfilling the Great Commission. He started several initiatives to collaborate with different churches, ministries and organizations with the goal of building relationships in KC through acts of service and ultimately being able to share the hope of Christ in the midst of crisis.
Graceway filled sacks with groceries and gave them to families in need, opened up their production services for local pastors and leaders who needed to record their sermons, continued its prison ministry by recording sermons that were shown inside the prison since hearing a message ‘in person’ wasn’t possible, and provided a number for families to call for requesting prayer.
Ministry partners of Graceway include:
- The Bishop Sullivan Center, which includes a community kitchen and food pantry, emergency assistance, low interest car loans to those working, services to the indigent elderly, and a job program.
- City Union Mission, committed to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with homeless men, women and children while providing warm beds, nutritious food, and a place of safety.
- Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP), a local organization that provides emergency assistance to the community of Raytown in the form of food, house and school supplies, and more.
One of the Scripture passages that fuels Andrew’s passion for reaching out to those in need is found in Matthew 25:35-40: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Click on the following link to listen to Saturate KC podcast #128 and learn more about Andrew Adudu and the ministry of Graceway!