As your church considers the myriad of worthy causes to support this Advent season (or even Thanksgiving!), here are four Alliance initiatives (three from our own Alliance Northwest Field, and one National) that could have dramatic impacts on the ability of our international workers to spread the gospel.
Advance the gospel in deeply Islamic territory through Teahouse
Phil and JJ, Alliance Northwest international workers, are a part of the Teahouse team that launched in 2011. You can read some recent news about the team here.
The team has now branched into a second city, with an even bigger lack of Christian witness, and plans to setup programs addressing health and wellness education, strong families, and professional development.
Your gifts would help offset Teahouse’s yearly operating budget of $70,000 ($35,000 per city). Cascadia Network currently partners with them.
To support this project, use The Alliance’s website (or send checks to The Alliance) and earmark them with “Teahouse NGO approved special project.”
Support local Thai Bible school students at a critical time in their studies
Alliance Northwest international worker Debbie Vik works closely with The Center for Leadership Development (CLD), a Bible school program developing lay leaders from tiny churches with little access to resources to become more effective in church ministry. The three-year program includes theology, ministry skills, and personal skills. Graduates from the program are able to preach, teach, lead ministries, and plant churches.
CLD holds a camp once every three years for students and their pastors as a way to encourage them, access further skill development, and allow them to meet other people studying in the program. The next camp is scheduled for October 23-25, 2019 in Khon Kaen, Thailand. Many will find it financially difficult to attend, and a partial scholarship of $50/person would be a great encouragement. Debbie and her team hope that about 100 people will be able to attend.
Southeast Alaska and North Puget Networks currently partner with Debbie Vik.
To support this project, use this link for Debbie’s work fund.
Finish & Furnish Community Center in Gjilan, Kosovo
Only a handful of people follow Jesus in Gjilan, Kosovo, a city of over 90k. An Alliance team supported by Alliance Northwest churches is firmly embedded there. The opening of their new community center will greatly enhance their ability to speak the name of Christ into this corner of the world.
The Portland Metro Network currently partners with the Kosovo team.
Send New Workers with the National Office Year-End Giving Project
This year, 60 new positions have opened for passionate, well-equipped new workers to serve as clergy, vocational, and community development workers in some of the world’s most spiritually desolate places.
Our gifts to this offering will place more workers among people who desperately need the redemption and restoration only Jesus can offer.
Gifts to the Alliance Year-End Offering will help send new workers through the Great Commission Fund (GCF), which fully or partially supports and equips 700 Alliance international workers, and the CAMA Advance Fund, which enables 40 community development workers to show Christ’s love to afflicted and neglected people in war-torn and disaster-stricken areas.
Keep an eye out for more information on the 2018 giving project at cmalliance.org as it is updated.