Many verses define our heart for mission and outreach. These are key:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matthew 22:36-39
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. – James 1:26-27
We have a great commandment and commission that are coupled with compassion. Suffice to say, a percentage of our weekly giving goes to support missions and outreach. We also have a “Deacon’s Fund” that goes to supplement support requests for members and neighbors, as well as the missions below that are dear to the heart of our congregation. Every year we review how we support local and global outreach. We also take offerings for special needs and host special events as the Spirit leads us.
James works with Islamic Community on campus at the University of Washington and surrounding Seattle area, bringing the good news to bear on issues of faith, religion and relationships. See James’ heart and mission below:
The Cunninghams with Steps of Justice (Cambodia)
We focus first on those in need in our own area, but understand we have the means to impact things globally. Steps of Justice is a justice based organization that partners with local churches, communities, and activists to bring awareness, education and practical steps that help us engage in serving the poor and oppressed of the world. They build houses for those in need, host trips and more. We currently support efforts in Cambodia.
Jake and Rachel Dahlberg with CCF
Jake and Rachel work with Campus Christian Fellowship to create community, conversation and conversion at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.
If we support bringing the good news to junior high and high school children, we also know that the “Bread of Life” has a heart to see their physical needs met now, loving our neighbors and especially underprivileged kids. The Nourishing Network partners with our local School District to serve as a weekend meal program for the district’s homeless and low-income families. We collect food, do drives and encourage participation.
This time-tested, youth-focused ministry has a local chapter in our area and we seek to bless them with special offerings as well as the use of our facility for leaders or events as needed. Young adults build relationships, share the gospel, and disciple boys and girls at Lynnwood High School, Alderwood Middle School and more. We encourage local families to support and be involved with YoungLife.