The Ministry of Bill & Grace Harding
Residing in Waxhaw, NC, Bill and Grace have a deep love for the Lord Jesus Christ and have had the joy of serving Him with SIM for over four decades. They are committed to the local church and equipping the church for Great Commission impact. They are family people with a great love for life and laughter. Having raised four kids and now with 12 grand-kids, life is full and fun!
Bill is currently SIM USA Director of Public Affairs serving as a a special representative for SIM in North America. God is using Bill’s gifts and rich experience in Ethiopia as a conference speaker to challenge and reaffirm the priority of world missions.
His ministry focuses on mobilizing students, laymen, and churches to be part of God’s heartbeat for the nations.
The ministry began in Ethiopia in 1983. Because Ethiopia was a Soviet satellite under a communist dictatorship, Bill entered the country as a water engineer. Through drilling wells and capping springs in drought stricken Ethiopia, Bill was not only able to give clean physical water, but introduce many to the “Spring of Life” the Lord Jesus Christ. For nine years Bill and Grace served the Gedeo people of southern Ethiopia through a ministry of evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.
Later, as Outreach Administrator for SIM-Ethiopia in the capital city of Addis Ababa, his main goal was to serve the Lord in facilitating the development and expansion of SIM’s overall outreach in cooperation with the Kale Heywet Churches , KHC. (The SIM related churches now number over ten thousand and over ten million congregants.)
Bill’s responsibilities included developing strategy and mobilizing resources to reach the unreached people groups of Ethiopia. Bill was involved in an extensive conference ministry, speaking in Amharic. He continues his conference ministry in Ethiopia.
While raising four kids in Africa, Grace served in a rewarding ministry of outreach to the Ethiopian community through Bible studies and her gifts of hospitality. Her love for the Lord and for people has not diminished but continues to grow as she speaks to women groups across North America, leads Bible studies and is passionate about inspiring healthy living around the world.