About This Cause
Born in the Philippines, James Tica is a third generation missionary, as are his six siblings who also grasped the heart of compassion for reaching the unreached with the Gospel. After attending Bible college, James ministered for four years in Japan. From there, God urged him to assist his parents in planting a church in San Jose, California, while he finished his Masters degree in Religious Education and Paralegal studies. Then it was a teaching position at Liberty Baptist School in San Jose before moving on to the harvest fields of the Philippines.
In the small fishing village of Binangonan, James and his wife Lisa launched the church-planting ministry of Grace Christian Mission. Their focus was to reach out to children first, providing them education and exposure to the Gospel. With their parents’ approval, many little ones began attending church and became Christians. Slowly Grace Christian Mission grew into a training center for pastors and missionaries, and eventually five churches were planted. Two more have been established just this year as a result of what is known as the Apple Christmas project.
Before James’ visit to U.S.-based supporters eight years ago, one of the young Filipino children reminded him, “Pastor, don’t forget our apples for this year’s Christmas.” Thus began the GCM Apple Christmas project – a time where each child not only receives the presentation of the Gospel, but the gift of an apple, a special Christmas treat in the Philippines.
What part would God have YOU take in the ministry of Grace Christian Mission?