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 frequently organize short term service opportunities. They also invite participation in specific ministry projects and child sponsorships. We encourage you to check out their web sites and pray about getting involved.
Forgotten Voices International
World Vision International
Friends In Action International
Reach Global Crisis Response
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.
Cambodia is moving forward away from the terrible ‘Killing Fields’ of the past (1975-1979) toward a brighter future. One of the obvious signs of change is the rapid growth of the Cambodian church in the past 15 years. From the small remnant that survived the Khmer Rouge genocide, there are now over 250,000 believers in several thousand churches throughout the main cities. The Cambodian church is young and enthusiastic and possesses a natural aptitude for evangelism.West Shore has had the privilege of partnering with the Kampong Chhnang Evangelical Alliance (KCEA), a group of newly planted churches north west of Phnom Penh. This strategic regional focus is led by Pastor Chhon Kong who we support through Mission to Unreached Peoples. We have sent short term teams to work with the Grace Language Institute and the Light for Living ministry center. We also support a development project called the ‘Work for Food’ program that helps poor farmers build village infrastructure earning wages in the form of sacks of rice.
More recently we have joined hands with the TAHAS Bible Institute, where local pastors can receive Bible training in two-week modules while continuing to serve their churches full time.
The leader for the Cambodia focus is Ken Thompson.
A monthly prayer team for Cambodia meets every fourth Monday of the month in the prayer chapel at 7:00 PM.
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.
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.