OUTREACH PARTNER UPDATES
*MINISTRY PARTNER UPDATE AND PRAYER GATHERING
Via Zoom on Sunday, July 26th at 7:00pm
Come hear from our ministry partners – including Tara Chase and Jonna Reeder from Frontier Fellowship, Ryan and Alethia White with Presbyterian Mission, Esperanza Ministries, and Scott and Connie Anderson with InterVarsity – and spend some time praying for them.
Here is the Zoom link to join that meeting:
Meeting ID: 819 4939 9442
ONGOING WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR MINISTRY PARTNERS DURING THIS TIME
WORLD RELIEF SEATTLE – www.worldreliefseattle.org
While an office closure affects the staff and operations, the biggest concern is for refugees and immigrants who are feeling the effects of this even more acutely. Several of these refugees had just secured their first job, and have now been laid off. Schools closing impacts childcare for those who have hourly jobs in industries where people are unable to work from home. Here are the most pressing needs:
- Gift card donations: grocery stores (i.e. Safeway, Fred Meyer, Target), Amazon, and Dollar Tree
- Financial donations to sustain vital services and meet the urgent needs of refugee families
- Prayer for families, health of staff
- Volunteer by writing encouraging notes to families, helping with online tutoring, responding to urgent needs posted on the Facebook page, and more. For more information on volunteering, e-mail Angela at email@example.com
- Sign-up for their newsletter at www.worldreliefseattle/events and click newsletter sign-up
BUY MASKS AND SUPPORT AFGHAN WOMEN (from Chitra Hanstad/World Relief)
Several years ago, World Relief Seattle conducted focus groups with the local Afghan community, asking what Afghan women are seeking in employment environments and opportunities. Based on what we heard, we created a sewing class for refugee women to develop vocational skills, practice English, and build community. More than 40 women have completed the course.
In addition, two World Relief staff started Âdi Collective: a clothing company that provides a platform for meaningful employment for sewing class graduates where refugee women’s artisanship can thrive and intersect with the local economy. Âdi Co. built their production model around the demands of everyday life: artisans can work from home and care for their children (even in non-pandemic times!), working hours are flexible so seamstresses can do things like take English classes, and women are utilizing one of their culturally-prized skills: the art of sewing.
Today Âdi Co. has four women working with them–Mursal, Sweetra, Farida and Yasamin. They are tackling a large order of 3,000+ masks for an essential business, in addition to sewing masks for the local community. They’ve even been able to donate some to newly arrived refugees and asylees! It’s been amazing to see how this work has been able to help sustain these families during this pandemic time. Many of their husbands held jobs outside of the home and have not been able to work because of COVID-19. For all but one, they are now the sole income earner in their home.
Consider supporting them and buying masks for your family, your business, or to give away to people in need! www.adicollective.squarespace.com
URBAN IMPACT – https://www.urbanimpactseattle.org/
Here are some specific ways you can be praying for Urban Impact in these days:
1) We are needing to find a lender that will accept our Paycheck Protection Program application—a part of the CARES Act. Our bank closed their resources before we were able to apply.
2) Rainier Health and Fitness financially surviving as a community gym during this shut down season and working with them to sustain their membership during this season.
3) Both Emerald City Bible Fellowship and Central Community Church–our two church partners–are working hard to figure out ways to serve and respond to neighbors’ needs for food and essential supplies.
4) Which is more of a praise, we are working with the City of Seattle, and other community organizations to push the information about local, state and federal resources for small businesses, through our economic development program and hosting two upcoming webinars focused on the African American community and other women and People of Color owned businesses.
Join us for prayer every Friday at 1-1:30pm over on Zoom. Here is the info to participate (same link every week):
Join Prayer Meeting via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/752254371 / Meeting ID: 752 254 371
NEW HORIZONS – www.nhmin.org
Since 1978, New Horizons has existed to serve the needs of homeless youth in our city. They are fighting to keep their Shelter Services open so they can care for this vulnerable population who have nowhere else to go, nowhere to self-isolate and be cared for. They are in immediate need of the following items:
- Funding to make up for the $250K shortfall as a result of canceling their fundraiser and to assist with extra needs due to Covid-19, including increased cleaning support, overtime staffing, medical support, and healthy meal bags
- To-go breakfast items such as granola bars, etc.
- Compostable plates, cups, cutlery, etc.
- Individual hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, etc.
- Cleaning supplies, specifically bleach, microfiber towels, and sanitizing agents
- Prayer for health of staff and for the young people they serve
COLLEGE MINISTRIES (IVCF) – www.intervarsity.org
Scott and Connie Anderson, Alex Moore, and Nathan Ives have requested the following:
- Prayers for students who aren’t able to travel home and who are feeling scared, vulnerable, and alone
- Prayers for creative virtual ministry, community, bible studies
OTHER MINISTRIES THAT NEED SUPPORT
Big Table – www.big-table.com
The hospitality industry has been hit hard in these days. BIG TABLE is a ministry (started by a Presbyterian pastor) that serves to help those in the hospitality industry who are struggling and they are acutely aware of specific people who need the most help right now. They also had to cancel their annual fundraising event, so are in need of donations. They have a waitlist in Seattle for people who are needing care and assistance.
Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund – www.gofundme.com/f/seattle-hospitality-emergency-fund
In addition, you can personally support that industry by getting take-out from those restaurants that provide it, purchasing gift cards so they can use the funds immediately, and you can look forward to dining in the future, as well as supporting the organizations mentioned above.
Outreach is a vital part of Bethany’s DNA. We count it a privilege to participate in God’s mission here in Seattle and around the world. Our Global/Regional Outreach and Local Outreach teams meet regularly to pray for and support our partners. There are other teams which have a special focus such as China, Honduras, Kenya, Refugees, and the Seattle Police Department. If you’d like to learn more about ways to walk with our partners, please contact Margui Rutherford, Elder for Global/Regional Outreach, or Milt Smith and Misty Grieger, Elders for Local Outreach.
Bethany’s Local Outreach Team supports numerous ministries in the Seattle region. Our Local Outreach team meets about 4-6x/year, and we love to have new people join us as we focus on things such as the ministry of reconciliation, reaching out to refugees, connecting with the Seattle Police Department, supporting homeless youth. For more information, contact Milt Smith and Misty Grieger, our Elders for Local Outreach.
Global/ Regional Outreach teams focus on making disciples of all nations, showing Christ’s compassion by meeting human needs, and intentionally linking people across social, cultural, racial and economic barriers. Almost 20% of the church budget supports local and international ministries. Members of the congregation volunteer in many ministries locally, and a surprisingly large number of Bethany members serve with Christian organizations as their job. Some are participating in the work of various Christian agencies overseas.
Bethany makes it a point to use a portion of our budget to financially support ministries that are serving as the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
Short Term Mission Trips
Groups from Bethany have served as far away as Honduras and Kenya, and more locally with Tierra Nueva in the Skagit Valley, and on Vancouver Island with Esperanza Ministries (see the video). Our Youth Group serves on a week long mission trip every summer, most recently to Tijuana with DOXA, and in Mississippi with the Perkins Center.