Graystone Missionary to South Africa

Hey!  My Name is Nick Carnill and I have been attending Graystone for the last few years.  Actually, I attend when I’m in the neighborhood, but consider Graystone my home church.

I wanted to take the time to tell you a little bit about myself and to say thanks to you, my Graystone family, for supporting me and helping me on my missionary journey.

I was born in Michigan, spent my preschool-kindergarten years in Snellville, and then my family moved to Quito, Ecuador as missionaries.  While there, my parents started a ministry with the people that lived and worked in the garbage dump.  That turned into an organization called Extreme Response.  We started working in the dump as a family in 1997 and now we (Extreme Response) have 28 partners in 12 countries.  After graduating from high school in Ecuador, I moved to USA to begin collage at John Brown University in Arkansas.  I attended for a year and really missed serving.  I’d always told God I would go wherever He wanted me to, and at that time, I felt Him calling me back to Ecuador. So I went.

My first year there, I was an intern at one of our ministry partners – a children’s home.  There I became a big brother to the 26 kids that lived  at the home.  I also helped with all the work teams that came to advance the ministry.  The following year, I moved back to Quito where I was one of our short-term team coordinator.   That job including planning and running teams of volunteers that came from the USA and Canada to help advance our programs and partner ministries.   I love working with teams.  It’s been part of my life since second grade.  I enjoy seeing people realize just how God can use them to further His kingdom.  It’s not just about getting the work done – it’s about changing lives.

A year ago, Extreme Response President Jerry Carnill (yes, that’s my dad) asked if I would consider moving to South Africa to help Extreme Response start an office and help expand our short-term teams department.  At that point, God reminded me of my promise to serve Him wherever and whenever.

Last May I was able to travel to Cape Town with my parents to help me make my decision.  It was a great experience. We visited many of our partners, heard their vision and saw the needs first hand. I learned how having an ER office in Cape Town will help ER and our partners throughout the entire region change more lives.  Last July I made the decision to move from Quito to Cape Town.

I have been back in Georgia fundraising for the last few months because it’s quite a bit more expensive to live in South Africa than Ecuador.  God has been so good. I am almost to my fundraising goals. Because we are a “faith ministry”, all of our staff raises their own support (monthly pay and living expenses).  I do have a plane ticket to leave for Africa on May 27.  I am still waiting for my visa to be granted – please pray for that!

The week after I arrive I start helping with a team of nurses from USC Upstate.  I will also be very involved in helping ER establish a children’s program and will work closely with all of our partners throughout Africa.

I’m looking forward to keeping in contact with you via this blog.  If you have any questions or comments, or would like to sign up for my newsletters, be sure to contact me at ncarnill@extremeresponse.org.

Thanks so much for being part of my life and ministry!


(Graystone is sending a team to South Africa in November! Click here for more info.)


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