In 2016, as part of our year-long theme of ON MISSION, we embarked on an initiative called “Joining God’s Mission: 52 Weeks of Generosity.” Every week, Quest selected one recipient that shares in our vision and mission and that reflects what God is doing in “Jerusalem (Seattle), Judea (Pacific Northwest), Samaria (areas of Reconciliation), and the ends of the earth (global),” (Acts 1:8). We invested $1000, shared their story, celebrated its work, and prayed for God’s ongoing work through that mission partner.
Here is the list of the 52 mission partners we highlighted. We encourage you to look through each one, and feel free to visit their websites (located in the description section) for ways to learn more and/or to connect. May you be blessed in the work that God is doing in our city, nation, and world.
Bread for the World Institute provides nonpartisan policy analysis on hunger and strategies to end it. The Institute has been educating opinion leaders, policymakers, and the public about hunger in the United States and abroad since 1975.
WEEK 19: Kingdom work in North Korea
WEEK 20: Elijah Warren
WEEK 21: Lloyd and Bobbie Diester
WEEK 22: Bob and Grace Shim, Thailand
WEEK 23: D.A.D.S., Seattle, WA
Divine Alternatives for Dads Services (D.A.D.S.) carries out a vision to model healthy relationships as a means of creating healthier fathers and families.
To stop the cycle of family violence and brokenness in order to improve the lives of children. To encourage fathers to become agents of change in their communities. out more, visit their website.
First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME), in Seattle, Washington is the oldest church founded by African Americans in the City. In 1886, Seaborn J. Collins organized a small Sunday school band of people who had found their way to Seattle. From humble beginnings, these pioneers of faith laid a foundation that now boasts well over 1,000 members and ministries that serve the poor and the disenfranchised, as well as an emergent middle class of multi-ethnic, social conscious, politically active, and spiritually thriving intergenerational people of faith. We are grateful for their important ministry in Seattle! Find out more at their website.
St. Thomas Covenant Church is a new church-plant in Salem, OR. Their mission is to reframe timeless Christian truths & practices in a language and style that makes sense today, and to wrestle honestly with how those truths & practices impacts lives now. They feel called to reach those who have been let down by the Church and invite them home; to develop healthy followers of Jesus; and to transform our neighborhoods into loving, safe, and welcoming communities. For more info, visit their website.
WEEK 26: Mending Wings, Yakima, WA
Mending Wings exists to EMPOWER Native American youth and families to WALK TOGETHER in wholeness and beauty, HONOR Creator through our cultures and lives, HEAL with the help of programs that facilitate wholeness, and SHARE with others the life-changing hope we find as followers of the Jesus way, in a culturally relevant way. For more information, visit their website.
WEEK 27: Hope For Life, Rwanda, Africa
Hope for Life is a faith-based organization that empowers youth in Rwanda to escape homelessness by providing housing, education, and counseling. They seek to make a sustainable impact through reconciling families and improving their long-term standard of living. For more information, visit their website.
WEEK 28: Keith & Lynn Tungseth, Seattle, WA
Breakthrough Partners mission is to make strategic connections locally and internationally. They are always working towards “building churches that rebuild communities.”. For more information, visit their website.
WEEK 29: PNW Conference: Church Planters’ Cohort
Church planters hold a special place in our hearts at Quest. We’ve designated ways to support for the 15 new church plants in the PNW Conference.
WEEK 30: İzmit Protestan Kilisesi, İzmit, Turkey
The İzmit Protestan Kilisesi is a church located in İzmit Turkey led by faithful brothers and sisters sharing the Good News of Christ in a country of 74 million that has less than 6,000 Christians.
WEEK 31: CCDA, Chicago, IL
The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) is a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities wholistically restored. They believe that God wants to restore us not only to right relationship with Himself but also with our own true selves, our families and our communities. Not just spiritually, but emotionally, physically, economically, and socially. Not by offering mercy alone, but by undergirding mercy with justice. This is an incredible organization and we are blessed to be sending several of our staff members to their annual conference! For more info, check out their website.
WEEK 32: Puentes & Alexia Salvatierra
Puentes mobilizes mental health resources to help undocumented migrants and their families cope and flourish despite our broken immigration system. They create innovative therapeutic spaces to promote the recovery of social agency, social healing, and organize our communities towards collective immigration justice in the United States. For more info, check out their website.
Rev. Alexia Salvatierra inspires and equips religious leaders for a deeper level of engagement and effectiveness, drawing on her own history of highly effective leadership. She is one of very few mentor-consultants who is able to link a strong theological grounding to a strong strategic focus. For more information, visit her website.
WEEK 33: Seattle Urban Academy, Seattle, WA
Seattle Urban Academy is devoted to the education and transformation of high school youth. SUA delivers academic intensive care with rigorous academic standards and practices to equip students to graduate prepared for higher education. SUA is committed to student-centered development focused on socio-emotional, spiritual, academic, and career growth. SUA is committed to graduating whole and healthy young men and women with the academic mastery to further their education at a higher level and secure meaningful employment. For more info, please visit their website, and watch Joshua’s story.
WEEK 34: NW Young Life, Seattle, WA
We are grateful for our JGM partnership with NW Seattle Young Life andBlake Raney! Their mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. Their goal is to increase the number of kids they reach by inspiring, training and mobilizing volunteer leaders and committee. For more info, visit their website.
WEEK 35: Speak Up For the Poor, Bangladesh
Quest is grateful for our partnership with Speak Up For the Poor (Speak Up – Girls Education Program)! Speak Up exists to transform the world on behalf of the poor. Their mission is to create a new reality for girls in poverty. They pursue this mission by building an international network of Justice Centers which speak up for the poor, particularly girls in poverty. For more information, check out their website.
WEEK 36: Urban Impact, Seattle, WA
Founded in 1987 to address the complex realities of urban poverty in Seattle’s Rainier Valley, Urban Impact was built on the principles of Christian Community Development and a unique relationship with two neighborhood churches, Emerald City Bible Fellowship and Rainier Avenue Church. Focused on strengthening families and raising leaders, Urban Impact partnered with people in the neighborhood to address issues surrounding education, youth development, family, health, economic stability and racial reconciliation. Generational poverty has social, material and spiritual implications. Breaking it requires a holistic approach that addresses both the personal and systemic challenges of poverty. For more information, visit their website.
WEEK 37: International Justice Mission
We are grateful for our partnership with theInternational Justice Mission! The IJM is an incredible global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world. So far, they have rescued more than 25,000 people from violence and oppression, and, today, their work is helping to protect 21 million people globally from violence. To find out more, be sure to visit their website.
WEEK 38: Lynnwood-Terrace Young Life with Phil Magnenat
Quest is grateful for our partnership with Phil Magnenat and his work with Lynnwood-Terrace Young Life!! Young Life’s multicultural ministry, focused on kids in diverse cultural communities and those in economically-depressed areas, is arguably the largest of its kind in the United States. They refer to their ministry to kids with disabilities as Capernaum and to our work with teen moms as YoungLives. In a partnership with Military Community Youth Ministries, Young Life reaches military teens through a program called Club Beyond. The Small Towns initiative brings Young Life to communities of fewer than 25,000 people. To learn more about their ministry, visit their website.
WEEK 39: Covenant World Relief, Annual Sharing the Harvest “Apple Sale”
Sharing the Harvest is a mission venture of the churches of the Pacific Northwest Conference (ECC), facilitated byWiley Heights Covenant Church, in support of projects through Covenant World Relief / Food Resource Bank. They work to demonstrate God’s love through sharing the harvest.
This will be the fifth year that Pacific Northwest Conference Churches will be raising funds for a research and training farm in the Central African Republic that is supported by Covenant World Relief and Covenant World Mission. For more information, visit their website.
WEEK 40: PNWC, Evangelical Covenant Church
Quest is grateful to be a part of the PNWC, Evangelical Church. The PACNWC is comprised of churches in the northwest region of the United States. Most of our churches are located in Washington and Oregon, with limited coverage in Idaho and Montana. To find out more information, visit their website.
WEEK 41: Mien Christian Youth Association, Seattle, WA
The Mien Christian Youth Association is interchurch leaders who envision a discipleship movement to empower the local Mien church in reaching the next generation. To learn more, visit their website.
WEEK 42: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Seattle, WA
NWIRP promotes justice through defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education. They serve more than 10,000 individuals from more than 130 countries each year. For information about their important work, be sure to visit their website.
WEEK 43: Bridge Disability Ministries, Bellevue, WA
Bridge Disability Ministries honors the God-given dignity of people living with disabilities. They seek to build relationships among people of all abilities to alleviate isolation and enrich our churches and communities. To find out more about this amazing ministry, visit their website.
WEEK 44: World Impact, Exec. Director Rev. Efrem Smith
World Impact is a Christian missions organization committed to facilitating church-planting movements by evangelizing, equipping and empowering America’s unchurched urban poor. To find out more about this amazing ministry, visit their website.
WEEK 45: Hannah Joseph, International Justice Mission
So far, IJM has rescued more than 25,000 people from violence and oppression; and, today, their work is helping to protect 21 million people globally from violence. To learn more about IJM, visit their website.
WEEK 46: New Horizons, Seattle, WA
Since their inception in 1978 in downtown Seattle, New Horizons has connected youth experiencing homelessness to resources they need to exit street life through basic services and positive relationships. To find out more about New Horizons, be sure to visit their website.
WEEK 47: World Concern, Seattle, WA
World Concern is a Christian global relief and development agency extending opportunity and hope to people facing extreme poverty. For more information about their important work, visit their website.
WEEK 48: Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission provides emergency care and long-term recovery services to hurting and homeless people in the greater Seattle area. They’re dedicated to serving, rescuing and transforming those in greatest need through the grace of Jesus Christ. For more information, visit their website.
WEEK 49: Fostering Together, Western Washington State
Developed in partnership between the state of Washington and Olive Crest – a national leader in transforming the lives of at-risk children since 1973 – the program aims to ensure safe, loving foster families are available to meet the diverse needs of abused and neglected youth. At Fostering Together, they strive to increase the number of foster families across Western Washington, help families with the licensing process, and provide ongoing support to ensure their success. For more information, visit their website.
WEEK 50: Bethlehem Bible College, Bethlehem, Palestine
We are grateful for our partnership with them and the important work they do in Palestine! BBC exists to train people to serve Christ in the world, advocate a Palestinian evangelical perspective, and to model Christ through community development. God is using this school in mighty ways, and we encourage you to find out more on their website.
The Karen Community Church of Greater Seattle is one that actively cares for its community, as evidenced by its outreach, community involvement, and making its God given resources available to hospitably welcome the surrounding community. God is doing incredible things through this church community, and we are tremendously blessed by them. For more info, visit their Facebook Page.
WEEK 52: World Vision, Syrian Refugee Support
World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God. For more information, visit their website.