Alleviating Poverty and Disease
With more than 2000 verses in the Bible about how we should treat the poor, the oppressed, orphans, widows, and strangers, we are committed to partnering with organizations that specialize in addressing these complex human needs. The partners listed below organize short term service opportunities, invite participation in specific ministry projects, and child sponsorships. We encourage you to check out their web sites and find some ways to get involved.
The Balkans – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Helping the Bosnian church to grow and mature in Christ is what fuels our involvement in this part of the world. In the aftermath of the civil war (1992-1995) which became the most brutal chapter in the breakup of former Yugoslavia, several young churches emerged out of the rubble and chaos. Today Orthodox Serbs, Catholic Croats and Muslim Bosniaks are coming to know Jesus through the vibrant testimony of these churches, and they are finding lasting peace and reconciliation as they grow in the true knowledge of Christ.
For the past 25 years West Shore people have gone to Bosnia to help rebuild the Bible School in Mostar, expand the Door of Hope drug and rehab center, carry out work projects for the churches of Breza and Sanski Most, conduct leadership training, organize sports ministries for young people, and encourage church leaders and members through the long term friendships God has given us
West Shore supports several Bosnian pastors, the Emek Beraka Camp Ministry, the Scholarship Program for disenfranchised youth, and we continue to respond to invitations for help and participation in what God is doing. A monthly prayer team for Bosnia meets every third Monday of the month in the prayer chapel at 1:00 PM.
The Buddhist World – Cambodia & China
The Cambodian people have left the terrible ‘Killing Fields’ of the past (1975-1979) and moved into a brighter future. One of the obvious signs of change is the rapid growth of the Cambodian church in the past 20 years. From the small remnant that survived the Khmer Rouge genocide, there are now over 500,000 believers in several thousand churches throughout the main cities. The Church is young and enthusiastic and possesses a joyful focus on evangelism. West Shore has had the privilege of partnering with a group of newly planted churches northwest of the capital Phnom Penh in Kampong Chhnang Province. We have sent short term teams to work with the Grace Language School and the Light for Living ministry center.
More recently we have joined hands with the TAHAS Bible Institute, where local Leaders can receive Bible training in two-week intensive modules while continuing to serve their churches full time and establish new congregations in unreached villages.
West Shore continues to be involved in sending workers to the Far East as English language teachers, medical professionals and as campus workers through China Outreach Ministries.
The Hindu World – India
We praise the Lord for leading us to get involved in India. The sheer size and complexity of this nation and culture is staggering!
- Almost 1.2 billion people
- 378 million children under age 14
- 18.5 million child laborers
- 4 major castes and 3000 sub-castes
- 190 million ‘untouchables’ or Dalits
- 15 major language groups
- 2695 different people groups
- 330 million ‘faces’ of God in Hinduism
- 81% Hindu, 14% Muslim and 2% Christian
We have supported multiple groups of 20 Indian pastors in several States using a 5-year ministry agreement by which each cohort of pastors receives monthly theological training over those 5 years, and each individual pastor is tasked with planting a new church in 5 unreached villages. We have been involved in India since 2007 and have seen hundreds of churches started despite the growing persecution and daily struggles these pastors face.
The Muslim World
We are partnering with a number of ministries in the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa. These are highly restricted areas that require a lot of sensitivity and discernment in how the gospel is shared and disciples trained. The people of Islam make up almost 25% of the world’s population. Most Muslims have never heard a clear explanation of the Good News or experienced the love of God in a tangible way through friendship with a follower of Christ. Our desire is to see more and more friends from these nations come to know Jesus.