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 three 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 nine 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 which now number over ten thousand.)

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.

 


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From the Ministry Blog…

CONTEXT: COVID-19

BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING In these turbulent times of global pandemic marked with uncertainty, anxiety, and darkness, we need hope.  May we not TAP OUT because of feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and even grief.  May gratitude trump our grief.  God is...

South Africa 2020

Drew and Janna kids in South Africa 2020  (L-R) Kaiden, Kaia Kerani, Kelty and Kirsi

Coronavirus Impacts Ministry

Bill's Ethiopia trip cancelled! In a response to the growing global spread of the Corona virus, COVID-19, SIM's Management Team has asked us to cancel all international travel for a time. We have had a year of planning to take a team of 21 students and church leaders...

In Triumph and Tragedy…

Marvel at what God is doing in Ethiopia in triumph and tragedy! Bill returns to preach in Yirgacheffe to an estimated 30,000 Ethiopians who gathered to hear the Word of God and worship extravagantly. Unforgettable! Our team: L-R Tom Fulp from Charlotte, Hendrick...

The Youth of Ethiopia

41% of Ethiopia's 105 million population are under age 15, 15-29 are 28% = 72.4 million! These are amazing stats! SIM and the SIM related church, EKHC, are taking great initiatives in this area of mission. The challenge is to prioritize and mobilize the church for...

Ethiopia and Beyond

Ethiopia and Beyond... What is the compelling challenge? Launching another decade of accelerating evangelism and intentional discipleship through the proclamation of God's life-giving and life-changing Word in the context of political, religious, ethnic conflict with...

Harding Bible School Graduation

51 Graduate from the Harding Bible School in Yirgacheffe, EthiopiaAugust 2019 We wanted to share the news with you that came last week from where we have served for years. Seeing this line of Ethiopian students of the Word of God who are now more prepared to to take...

SOUTH SUDAN – APRIL 2019

Off to Africa to minister to our SIM S. Sudan team!    We are excited and thrilled to have been invited to lead the Spiritual Life Conference for our SIM S. Sudan team.  We leave on Easter Sunday afternoon to Nairobi, Kenya. After that, we board a train to Mombasa,...

ETHIOPIA 2019

KELTY, 12 YEARS, OLD SHARING HER LOVE FOR JESUS TO 35,000 ETHIOPIANS Earlier in June 2018, ethnic strife erupted in southern Ethiopia between two tribes internally displacing just under one million lives. This conference in Yirgacheffe was held where we had served for...

Launching Into 2019

  They do grow up and we do grow old but we love it!  Maybe not the "old" part!   We give thanks today for all that God has provided for us and our family. As we launch into this new year with all the opportunities and challenges, we know that God is with us and He is...