Missions
We use a Faith Promise concept to provide financial support for mission activities.  What does it mean to make a “faith promise” to God?  A Faith Promise is prayerfully asking God, in faith, what He is calling you to give in order to support the spread of the Gospel in our community and around our world.  This is not the same as the amount you indicated during our Annual Stewardship Drive.  This Faith Promise sits alone and goes only to support Mission activities. Making a Faith Promise means making a  commitment to the Kingdom of God, and then trusting God to make that giving possible.

  

Programs West Highlands Supports:

Equal Exchange 

Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers. Coffee, chocolate, nuts, and other goods are available for purchase Sunday after service.


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International Missionaries:

Using Faith Promise funds, West Highlands supports several missionaries who serve in South Asia, Honduras, and Nicaragua. This monthly provision helps with their needs as they witness for Christ in their particular location. 

Local School Support:  

Over the past several years Faith Promise funds have been used to support various programs at Highlands Middle School and church members have volunteered at the school in various capacities such as chaperoning student events, office work, and school club fund raising activities.

Grace Clinic:  

Grace Clinic has been an important part of the ministry of West Highlands for many years. Grace Clinic is a free clinic for uninsured and low-income individuals living in the Tri-Cities area.

 

West Highlands UMC supports Grace Clinic through our Faith Promise pledges and donations.  Individuals within our congregation also support the clinic by volunteering their time, supporting the food cupboard, as well as pick-up and delivery of bread each Friday. 

World Relief:  

Over the past several years Faith Promise funds have been used to support various programs at Highlands Middle School and church members have volunteered at the school in various capacities such as chaperoning student events, office work, and school club fund raising activities.

 

Soul Soup 

Another new outreach in 2020 is partnering with Soul Soup of Tri-Cities.  On average, Soul Soup serves over 100 meals a week.“Soul Soup is an ecumenical ministry made up of a partnership of various individuals and organizations through the Tri-Cities, WA region.  We share a common belief that when we serve those in need, we serve and honor God.  We believe it’s our responsibility to care for those who are hungry, and we strive to do that with grace and compassion.” 


Blessing Box:

A Micro-Pantry, or Blessing Box, located in front of the church building is stocked with ready-to-eat food, snacks and toiletries for those needing assistance in our community. Help is needed to keep this pantry well stocked for the several guests visiting the Blessing Box each day. Items may be left in the pantry, or email missions@westhighlandsumc.com to arrange a donation. Financial contribution may be mailed to the church office, marked "Blessing Box Supplies."

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See the list of suggested Blessing Box donations here.

Fields of Grace:

The mission of Fields of Grace is to identify and gather fresh produce to help meet the 20 tons of food needed for distribution each week in our bi-county area.

June through November, Fields of Grace volunteers work with commercial farmers and homeowners to gather fresh fruits and vegetables to help feed our neighbors in need. 

Harvested produce is distributed through local food banks and other non-profit organizations such as Mirror Ministries, Union Gospel Mission, Soul Soup, My Friends Place, Grace Clinic, and the WSU Student Food Cupboard. West Highlands UMC supports Fields of Grace through our Faith Promise pledges. Individuals within our congregation also support this mission by inviting gleaners to their yards to harvest produce, as well as volunteering their time to participate on gleaning teams.