Welcome to Grace Eyes
Redeeming and retelling our stories through the eyes of Jesus
Who we are:
My wife Liz and I witnessed a person sharing about their brokenness in a way that added shame to their story. Liz said, “we need to put grace eyes on that” and the term stayed with me.
Then I witnessed this person redeem and retell their story after they had been equipped through the American Bible Society’s “Healing from the Wounds of Trauma” course. By engaging with a deeper narrative of the gospel, they were empowered to lift their story from a shame narrative into Christ’s redemptive love.
When a safe space for dealing with heart wounds is opened up, we saw life-giving transformation take place. And it brought into focus the core of what we believe the entire church must be enlisted in being and doing. When the church is equipped to put GRACE EYES on people, they experience how Jesus Christ Himself treats them.
Ministry is only life-giving when ministry gives life to others. It became clear that this is the nature of the ministry we want to devote the rest of our lives to.
WHAT WE DO: 1. Encourage Trauma-informed ministry through facilitating the American Bible Society, “Healing from Wounds of Trauma Course”
2. Focus on Zimbabwe and partners who are standing in the gap, ministering in the midst of widespread trauma: We encourage partnerships, generosity, and relationships where the blessings flow both ways.
3. Promote Discussion of key books and resources, facilitating and providing discussion and leadership.
PHOTO CREDIT: Joel Kanetsa snapped the picture above during a 2020 trip to Zimbabwe. We honor the Kanetsa family for welcoming and teaching us about Grace Eyes in action.
“All of us in the church need “grace-healed eyes” to see the potential in others for the same grace that God has so lavishly bestowed on us.”
– Philip Yancey
Grace Eyes is committed to the principal that transformation comes from encountering Jesus, not merely teaching about Jesus. When we encounter Jesus, we see ourselves through His eyes. When we let Him come into our lives this way, He grants us grace-healed eyes, “to see to see the potential in others for the same grace that God has so lavishly bestowed on us.”
“Many times Christians talk about being the Lord’s hands or feet, but how often do we seek to be the Lord’s eyes? How often do we realize the importance of being ‘seen’ so that we are truly known, and at the same time we are truly known, being fully loved?”
– Liz Myers
Grace Eyes Ministries Offers:
Grace Eyes continues it’s vision and active ministry, but has been in a transition like much of the world, adding to that, Bob’s move to accept a call as senior pastor to Christian Life Center Family, an ECO Presbyterian affiliated church, located in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania in Chester County.
Healing Heart Wounds Seminars:
We create venues through offering in-person seminars, where heart wounds can be healed, and where ministries can become more aware of how to be places of safety and healing.
Our emphasis is on discovery through facilitation in community. We want to get you talking about what you’ve experienced, about what you already know, and facilitate you bringing that out to yourself so Jesus can work in and through what you’ve experienced. There will never be any pressure to share your story with anyone else. You will be given words and tools to better understand your life’s journey as well as others.
“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.” — Francis of Assisi
CHURCH HURT: The Wound that Can Block Your Healing
Church hurt is a wound that takes time to heal. Resilience comes not from suppressing the hurt, or superficially forgiving the hurt, but requires an emotionally healthy process when our emotional reserves may be depleted. What complicates church hurt is the fact that church community is supposed to be a source of replenishment and encouragement. Church hurt brings a complication to healing, because it not only inflicts a wound on us, but it creates a barrier to the very place that wound is best healed. Church hurt can even get tangled up with our freedom to engage directly with Christ. Church hurt is complicated, but it can become an experience that makes you better, not bitter.
Thanks to my awesome friend, amazing preacher and leader, Rob Chifokoyo, for putting this video clip together.