FYI--Missions and Outreach Committee
The Missions and Outreach Committee has had several inquiries regarding what sort of financial help we have been able to direct toward local needs during the pandemic. Local expenditures through May include the following:
|Program||Amount paid thru May||2020 Committed Amount|
|PA Food Bank||750.00||2250.00|
In addition to these local programs, the committee regularly supports several international, national and Washington State ministries. The total missions expenditures are approximately 4500.00 monthly. Your continued generosity is particularly appreciated during these times.
Tierra Nueva - New Earth
Tierra Nueva started in 1994 when Bob and Gracie Ekblad (founders) moved to Burlington, WA. Tierra Nueva, which means New Earth in Spanish began to take form when Bob began visiting immigrant workers in the nearby labor camps and served as a jail chaplain in the Skagit Valley area. Migrant and jail ministry continue to be the cornerstones of Tierra Nueva. By focusing on those marginalized by poverty, ethnicity, and crime, Tierra Nueva has developed a worshiping community where regular services are held.
The Family Support Center helps with emergency supplies, legal problems, assists with job and housing applications, and works with families in crisis. The jail ministry provides leadership for several Bible studies. Finally, Tierra Nueva’s mission includes equipping workers to take the good news of the gospel to their excluded brothers and sisters. To that end, they established the People’s Seminary as a center for scripture study and theology, rooted in active ministry with people on the margins.