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 our Pastor for Outreach, Lynne Faris Blessing.
Bethany’s Local Outreach Team supports numerous ministries in the Seattle region. Our Local Outreach team meets about 5-6x/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 Charis Hnin, our elder for Local Outreach, or Lynne Faris Blessing, Pastor for 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.
The Global Outreach team has given funds, and the Local Outreach team is exploring ways to work more closely with World Relief, Seattle. Contact Lynne Faris Blessing if you’d like to become more involved with our effort.
World Relief offers an excellent volunteer training session for those who would like to learn how to welcome refugees to our region. The next training will be at Quest Church on October 18 (more details forthcoming). World Relief, Seattle staff anticipate that Seattle is a “later stop” for refugees from Syria, but they anticipate more coming from Iraq in the near future.
The Outreach Foundation has been developing connections with Presbyterian churches in Syria for years.