Vision and Values
Freedom, Rescue, Restoration, Redemption, Equipping
Shores of Grace is a worship and missionary ministry headquartered in Recife, Brazil, led by Nic and Rachael Billman. Our passion is to free those in captivity, rescue the lost, restore identity, redeem destiny and equip the church. We do this through many different ministry streams including: Project Bethany, our rescue homes for women and children caught in prostitution, exploitation and abuse. Our monthly Father's love banquets for women in prostitution. Our street ministry and street churches among the homeless. Our counseling and relational ministry in the poor communities surrounding our missions base. Project i35 our outreach to the poor in the sertão (Brazilian interior wilderness). Our missions base, where visitors come from all over the world for short-term mission trips. Our schools and ministry events to share all that God is doing here in Recife and train others to do the work of the Kingdom.
Our Core Values
1) Intimacy with God
"You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:13)
The original position of man was face to face with Father God (Gen 2:7) and we were created for his pleasure. Before the foundations of the world we were chosen to be to holy, blameless, abiding in love and adopted as sons and through the cross we have been redeemed to that identity (Eph. 1:4-5). Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus we can experience intimacy, communication and companionship with Him in His Presence, if we share His love for righteousness.
We know that without actually finding God, in fulfillment of Jer. 29:13, we cannot do what we do. We cannot love with supernatural, unstoppable love unless we actually experience the love of the Father for ourselves first. Our first value is to know Jesus in a passionate relationship with a love that is stronger than death (Song 8:6).
2) Dependency on the Father
So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise." (John 5:19)
We are totally dependent on Him for everything, and we need and expect miracles of all kinds to sustain us and confirm the Gospel in our ministry.We value hard work, honesty and good stewardship, we will always be willing to do our part, but we know that all good things come from the Father and that he will provide far beyond the fruits of our labors.
We are walking adoption agents full of good news inviting all of the lost and broken to come to the banqueting table of the Father (Romans 8:15). As we often pray, "show me how to love, teach me how to see", we understand that he is the source of love and grace and we are merely joyful and humble vessels.
3) Revival Among the Poor
The least one shall become a clan, and the smallest one a mighty nation; I am the LORD; in its time I will hasten it. (Isaiah 60:22)
We recognize that the key to the nation is the one (Isaiah 60:22). Like Jesus we seek the few among the crowd, always stopping for the one. We go to the neglected, the forgotten, the lonely. Not because it is our duty, but because it is our joy. The thought of restoring the lost sons and daughters to the Father was the joy that was set before Christ as he endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2). Likewise, we see the lost and the broken as the joy of Christ and we share in that joy as his body.
We serve the broken, poor and needy, not in pity or sorrow but with the expectation of revival. We see and encounter Jesus among the least of these and the closer we are to them to closer we are to his heart (Matthew 25). We seek to be even smaller jars so that we can be even more full of him.
4) The Value of Suffering and Joy
"Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory" (Rom. 8:17).
Learning to love requires willingness to suffer for the sake of righteousness. Discipline and testing make saints out of us, and produce in us the holiness without which we will not see His face and share His glory. With Paul we rejoice in our weaknesses, for when we are weak we are strong.The joy of the Lord is not optional, and it far outweighs our suffering! In Jesus it becomes our motivation, reward and spiritual weapon. In His Presence is fullness of joy, and with Paul we testify that in all our troubles our joy knows no bounds (2 Cor. 7:4).
5) Urgency and Consistency
"...Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross..." (Hebrews 12:1-2)
We have an urgency for the lost and to see women and children caught in prostitution, exploitation and abuse set free. We never want the stories of abuse and exploitation to become "normal", we never want to be desensitized. We always want to have urgency in our hearts. However, we also understand that it is a marathon not a sprint and we desire to be consistent in love, commitment and in our service of the poor and the needy.