Each month the people of Grace choose an organization, individual or family – members or not – who needs help and encouragement. This mission for the month will receive the free will offering from our after-church coffee fellowship collected during that month.


 Our September Mission is Steve and Erin (Suiter) Pavek, missionaries to the University of Alaska, Anchorage.


Our October Mission is the Anne Carlson Center in Jamestown, ND. Mission donations will be used to purchase  Christmas gifts for the children residing at the Center.






You can also follow Julie and Deeper Still Ministries on Facebook.


Julie Olsen Smude


Missionary and Pastor Julie Olson Smude works to bring Christianity to the Chiang Rai, Thailand area where she lives. Julie is a founder of Deeper Still Ministries and is president of this non-profit organization.

Julie worked to plant a Christian church about nine years ago and was the pastor of  Chiang Rai City Church until a couple of years ago.  The church began with 6 or 7 people and has grown to the present 150 members. Julie is a friend and mentor to the current Thai pastor of this church. Deeper Still Ministries and the Chiang Rai City Church partner together for medical outreach and Christmas outreach to the hill tribes of northern Thailand and some areas in Myanmar (Burma).

Deeper Still Ministries works with and mentors local Thai college students who have become Christians. The hope is that these individuals will take their training and faith into the mission fields of their homes and villages in Northern Thailand to spread the message of Jesus Christ and improve the conditions of their villages and homes.

Julie and other Deeper Still Ministry staff also work with organizations and groups whose goal is to help young girls and boys who would otherwise be in the streets of Thailand or caught in human trafficking.

Julie established  a ministry center and residence to teach English and other skills in a Christian setting. She is a qualified TESOL/TESL instructor for the Chiang Rai SEA English Academy which is a branch of the international SEA English Academy. This ministry center has a worship area/prayer room that is open to Christians in the area and also provides a retreat for missionaries seeking rest and renewal from the mission fields.

 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’     Matthew 25:35-40


Julie Olson Smude visited us on October 14, 2012 and presented Grace Lutheran Church with a beautiful watercolor painting of our church building located in a Thailand landscape setting. This painting was done by Thai artist Paradorn Wora-apinyaporn.

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