Sharing the Joy of the Lord

Russia train

Kimberly Grogan’s call to missions came when she was 25 years old while teaching school in Texas. Her parents were missionaries in Venezuela, South America, where she was born and spent 18 years of her life. At the age of 25, Kimberly resigned from her teaching job and began classes at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. There, she met her future husband, Nolan, and they now have 3 daughters—Maria, Reese, and Gabrielle.

Kimberly says, “When we became special workers, our children were 5 years old, 2 years old, and 6 months old. Our children all now live in the United States and are in college, but we have always told them that God has a special call for each of them.” The Grogan children have always been involved in their family’s ministry. They continue to pray for their friends and search for ways to share about their family’s mission.

Nolan and Kimberly Grogan continually seek new opportunities for ministry–and these opportunities are ever evolving. Where they live, the society is very developed; the community’s greatest needs are spiritual needs. “The need for spiritual fathers and spiritual mentors is huge,” says Kimberly. The Grogans work both together and individually to meet the spiritual needs of their community. Nolan’s strength is in discipleship. His emphasis is developing the spiritual maturity of a large number of men, from new believers to pastors. Nolan directly supervises special workers in Russia. He guides and encourages them in as many ways as possible. Together, the Grogans work with many young adults, providing them with a parental-type mentoring relationship. They also lead the IMB’s service in Russia, where they work alongside other IMB workers. “We are much more intentional about mentoring new special workers and helping every team have the skills and people they need to start a church. We intentionally seek Russians who have a vision for partnering with us”, says Kimberly.

Through their everyday lives, Nolan and Kimberly pray to live with compassion towards others. “Jesus showed us what it looks like to have compassion to others. I try to look beyond people’s unfriendly, mean, or sinful behavior to see the person beneath the sin, who is entrapped in sin and needs the love of Jesus,” says Kimberly. The Lord uses acts of compassion to open the hearts of others to hear the good news. “Many people are hurting and want to talk with someone about what they are going through. Lending a caring ear is so important,” shares Kimberly.

Nolan and Kimberly invite people to their house for tea as often as they can. They counsel engaged couples and newlyweds, and they invest in young families through discipleship. Nolan invites young men over on weekends to complete woodworking projects. Kimberly invites young women to join her in their home for sewing and quilting lessons. These gatherings give them mentoring opportunities.

Kimberly and Nolan believe it is as critical to help other believers share the gospel with the people in their lives as it is to share the gospel themselves. They have not figured out all of the answers, but they are seeing good progress through talking to people in parks, using English, watching movies, and even taking bike tours. They continuously look for opportunities to share with others all around them.

Kimberly shares, “At times, it seems like very few people are seeking God. Many do not want to hear, or do not respond positively to the gospel. However, many times we are encouraged to hear testimonies which include that they heard the gospel in many ways, by many people, before they surrendered to Him.” It is always encouraging when God places opportunities before them to share.

Please join us in praying for the Grogan family. Pray for boldness, discernment, and wisdom as they seek to share Christ in every opportunity they are given. Pray for endurance, encouragement, and wisdom for the workers in Russia. Pray for spiritual health. Ask God to help them continue to stay strong in His Word. Pray for church leaders and members who are starting new churches. Pray that believers will be able to share their faith openly, and that they may continue to see God’s freeing truths in their lives.

Let us be reminded of Ephesians 3:16–18 (NIV1), “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”

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