In March 1998, a small group of believers led by Pastor Dave and Renooka Rajoon, got together for a prayer meeting in the living room of Ricaldo Ramjag and Mala Maraj (103-54 105th Street Ozone Park NY). That prayer meeting was the beginning of  a new church that soon continued with regular Sunday morning worship services. Though the founding pastors of this new ministry would be the first to say they did not plan to birth  a church, it has become clear that  it was the intention of God all along. In a few short months, Grace Evangelistic Ministries was able to move into its own building and God was began to do something  wonderful in Ozone Park, New York. Very soon after its inception, Grace grew into a place where people could fellowship, raise their families and be strengthened in their spiritual walk.
 
We like to say Grace is not just our name, it’s who we are. We acknowledge God’s unmerited favor in all of this and we exist to extend His Grace. It is for this reason alone, we have become a people, seasoned with grace. In our actions and reactions we will exude grace. In our interaction with others we will be graceful. And we will always acknowledge “by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Eph.2:8-9)
 
The story of Grace that has developed over the years is the story of many  faithful and hard working  immigrant and non-immigrant families. It is the story of their children dedicated, baptized and married under the auspices of Grace.  It is the story of friends and financial supporters who put their resources to work building the ministry into what it has become. Grace is our story which does not have “the end” attached to it; it is a continuing story.
 
Grace has a vision for the future. Religion and faith has always been an integral part of the larger fabric of the great metropolis that is New York. This is evidenced by the profusion of churches and religious institutions – great and small – that make up the faith culture of the city. Though Grace began as a small house church, the vision is for an institution of Christian faith transcending generations in New York city and internationally. While a huge building may not necessarily be a part of the vision,  Grace will raise up leaders, including pastors and evangelists and musicians  to continue spreading the gospel of Jesus as far as possible and  will expand to the left and the right.
 
In late 2015 a decision was taken by the board of Trustees to shorten the  name to GRACE MINISTRIES, dropping the  “evangelistic.” This should not be construed as an abandonment of the ministry’s evangelistic thrust but as part of a larger strategy to reach a wider demographic.
 
To be continued…