Harrell Family Missions
The origin of Children's Gift Ministry begins with Harrell Family Missions. On January 5th, 1992, Ken accepted Jesus Christ as the Lord of his life in Greenville, South Carolina. Shortly thereafter he was called to preach and began Bible College while ministering in nursing homes, prisons, street preaching and on the radio. After obtaining ministerial credentials he sensed the call to Evangelism and thus began preaching revivals.
In the summer of 1999, upon returning from an educational tour of Israel, the Lord laid on Ken’s heart to begin a Spanish Ministry in the Fellowship hall of the Church. Because Ken spoke no Spanish he prayed and found a Spanish Pastor to translate his preaching on the street and on the radio.
It was during this process of evangelizing the Spanish community that Ken met his wife Gricelda, a native of Honduras. In 2001 they were called to pastor Airport Assembly in Columbia, SC for six years.
The Harrells officially announced their call as missionaries to Honduras and moved there on March 5th, 2007 and began their adventure as an international ministry!
After attending a year at the Center for Cultural Research and Language Studies (CINCEL) in San José, Costa Rica Pastor Ken graduated in September of 2008 and Harrell Family Missions was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
The Harrell family began their missions ministry by preaching in the needy rural areas and mountainous villages of Honduras. The needs they saw especially among the children inspired them to search for ways to bring hope to those who had no clothes, shoes, hygiene items, Bibles or toys – thus was born the Children’s Gift Ministry with the tag line “Connecting Compassion with Children in Honduras.”
Children's Gift Ministry operates under 16 core beliefs:
The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.
There is only One True God-revealed in three persons…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).
In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God’s son Jesus was both human and divine.
Though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sin-ushering in evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.
Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through ‘Salvation'(accepting Christ’s offer of forgiveness for sin).
We practice two ordinances-(1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one’s sins and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion(the Lord’s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation.
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times.
The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ‘Speaking in Tongues,’as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.
Sanctification Initially Occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike.
The Church has a Mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe ‘the Church’ is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God’s offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.
A Divinely Called and Scripturally Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, and to build up or edify the body of believers-the Church.
Divine Healing of the Sick is a Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ’s atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins).
In The Blessed Hope-When Jesus Raptures His Church Prior to His Return to Earth(the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever.
In The Millennial Reign of Christ-when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. At that time many in the nation of Israel will recognize and accept Him as the Messiah, the Savior who died for them and all mankind.
A Final Judgment Will Take Place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire.
We believe and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. ‘And so shall we forever be with the Lord!’
Ken Harrell is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God – ag.org
Harrell Family Missions appreciates and partners with many denominations and different churches and organizations “Connecting Compassion with Children” through the different ministries of the Children’s Gift Ministry.
Meeting the physical and spiritual needs of Honduras
Rev. Ken and Gricelda Harrell, married January 20th 2001 have been blessed with 3 amazing children (from right to left) Victor, Angelina and Kenny.
“To connect compassion with children in the poorest parts of Honduras through evangelism, humanitarian aid and leadership development.”
“To empower and partner with Honduras to meet the spiritual and physical needs of its people.”