Our Story Begins With Our Name

2021-03-17 | Empowerment | GraceStation Press

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Did you know that the number “five” symbolizes God’s grace and it is mentioned 318 times in the Scripture? I bet you didn’t!

GraceStation foundation is a nonprofit organization that projects God’s grace through our 5 operational workstreams. Dedicated to providing the basic needs of the less privileged in society and we have managed to give them comfort, solace and put a smile on their faces again and again. The no 5 is a significant number and God’s GRACE upon the foundation at large cannot be downplayed.

Why are we called GraceStation?

First of all, let’s define the two words; GRACE and STATION.

Grace is the love God shows to the unloved. It is the peace of God given to the restless; the unmerited favour of God. In other words, Grace is the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it.

Grace is not a created substance of any kind but rather, it is an attribute of God that is most manifest in the salvation of sinners.

Station on the other hand is a place or a building where a specified activity or service is based. It is a facility equipped with special equipment and personnel for a particular purpose.

When you hear the name GraceStation foundation what comes to your mind at that instant? A lot of people often say they just combine the definition of Grace and Station and give meaning to the name. This can be very correct but it does not do justice to what the name ‘GraceStation’ really means and what it entails.

“As each of you has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied Grace- 1Peter 4:10

We believe that Grace is the love that gives, the love that loves the unlovely and the unlovable. Spreading God’s Grace is our top-notch priority, that people may be blessed and experience the glory of God. God has blessed us with abundant Grace and we only grow in giving Grace to others. We are not just a foundation called GraceStation but this is the meaning that drives our name. In the book of Luke:6, Jesus said; be merciful even as your father is merciful. Of course, we are determined to show God’s grace to others by spreading and reflecting the love of God to the restless and less privileged.

GraceStation foundation impacts the lives of so many people nationwide through 5 (FIVE) operational workstreams which are;

Feeding, Education, Health, Empowerment and Shelter Emphasis on the Number 5!

The number Five (5) is directly linked to God’s favour, grace and mercy on different occasions in the bible. What instances in the bible do I hear you ask?

  • There are five basic types of offerings enumerated in the Old Testament which were made in the Temple where God’s Grace was certainly manifested.
  • In Ephesians 4:11, Paul listed 5 ministries by which the Lord’s grace is revealed.
  • There are seven miraculous births in the bible. The fifth one was that of Samuel, his mother’s name was Hannah which means Grace.
  • Jesus fed the multitude using five loaves of bread, this symbolizes God’s Grace in terms of providing for our needs.
  • In Isaiah 9:6, Prophet Isaiah gave us five names, for the saviour sent to us according to God’s Grace.

The list goes on and on and on… These are not just mere coincidences that the number 5 (five) represents the grace of God in different contexts.

Our 5 (five) operational work streams are all based on showing Grace, Mercy and the love of God to the needy in the society. We serve as a comfort zone to our beneficiaries and we do not just provide them with food, education, health care, means of livelihood and shelter, we also support them with prayers and share the gospel with them.

 So why do we say we are a Station? The Station in our name does not mean a bus or gas station. No! It does not even necessarily mean a building or a particular place.

 “…It is more like an arena the needy can run to for hope and grace. It is even more than just a building that people come to, but also a platform that reaches out to the needy and less privileged in the society.”- Ophelia Lamptey (Education Project Coordinator).

‘Station’ is not just a facility with personnel and resources to us, but rather, it is a team dedicated to reflecting God’s love and spreading the grace and mercies of God to the needy and restless nationwide.

“..Station means that it is a structure to give Grace, hope and happiness to people that are in dire need of assistance and help. It is like an oasis in the desert… when you see the water you get so excited because you’ve been thirsty.”- Christopher Agbagidah (Finance Manager).

There is Glory attached to our name; GraceStation Foundation for ‘Grace is but Glory begun, and Glory is but Grace perfected'. - Jonathan Edwards.