West Side’s Mission Program
Missions are a high priority at West Side, in obedience to Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations. Twenty-five percent of the budget goes to support 24 individual missionaries or families, 24 mission organizations and a number of local and international projects.
Short-Term Mission Support
A Short-Term Mission Trip (STMT) is a dedicated time of service (one week to one year) when one uses the gifts and talents that Christ has imparted to serve others in a location away from home. WSPC provides direction, encouragement and financial assistance to West Side members considering participation in a short-term mission ministry. Clink the link for the application for assistance and the policies governing a short-term mission trip.
JAY and NANCY ADAMS The Adams have served over 20 years on the staff of Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany. This international Christian boarding school is educating the sons and daughters of missionaries serving in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Jay takes BFA students and local German students on work projects in Romania. Nancy is the head librarian.
HERB and GLENDA (PLATT) ALVORD also serve at Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany. Glenda is teaching history to high school students and Herb is the Fleet Manager. They will also be working with the 600 member International Church.
DR. SCOTT and TONIA BERTHIAUME serve with SIL (Wycliffe Bible Translators). After 18 years in Mexico working with the Pame people, and heading SIL for all of Mexico, Scott has a new position, in charge of training for mother-tongue translators and missionary translators in all of North and South America. Tonia will continue her work with leadership development and translator consulting. They are now based in Dallas TX.
ALISON BRAY is the West Seattle Area Director for Young Life. She oversees work with students at West Seattle and Chief Sealth High Schools and Madison and Denny Middle Schools.
DR. LARRY and DIANNE BURKE serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Chad, Africa. For 20 years they lived with the Dangaleat people, translating the New Testament into their language. After spending the 2013-14 school year as missionaries-in-residence at Multnomah University in Portland, OR, they return to N’Djamena, Chad where Larry will continue as the Chad Field Director.
LOREN GILL After years of service with New Tribes Mission, both in Bolivia and at the NTM headquarters in Sanford, Florida, Loren has set up his own non-profit, MissionaryTax.com. He is helping hundreds of overseas missionaries with their taxes and financial planning, a real need.
BRUCE and CHRISTIE GRAHAM serve at the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA. where Bruce is General Director. They travel regularly to India where the Grahams served for years, developing curriculum and training Indian Christians in outreach.
MARLON HOVLAND works in the Language Software Department of SIL to help accelerate the quality and rate of linguistic materials, dictionaries, and more. It really is time that everyone has the chance to read, and especially to read His Word in their own heart language.
MARILYN KAINO coordinates the Catch the Rain Program for Path from Poverty in Seattle. She organizes groups of women in the U.S. who partner with groups of women in Kenya for the purchase of rain catchment systems to help alleviate this most urgent problem. She also oversees their partnership with women in micro-enterprise projects in Indonesia.
MICHAEL and OETJE MADANY Following years of mission work in East Africa, Michael has developed an extensive radio and Internet outreach to the East African diaspora around the world and Oetje to East African refugees in the Seattle area.
MICHAEL and LINDA MCLAUGHLIN Mike is the Western Regional Director of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. He is based in Portland, OR. He trains campus leaders on 45-50 western medical & dental campuses and speaks to 400-500 future physicians and dentists as he travels throughout 15 western states.
KEITH and CELIA OLSON are working in Hokkaido, Japan, with OMF International. They are serving a local church and developing a small group ministry. Keith preaches regularly and Celia uses her classical music skills in a concert ministry.
DR. ANDREW and RABYA PROUT Andrew is ministering to refugees in Munich as part of Christar’s outreach ministry. After years of teaching at a seminary in Jordan, Dr. Prout is using his Arabic language and seminary skills to share the love of the gospel to uprooted and struggling people in Germany.
MARCUS and CARLA SNEDECKER serve with New Tribes Mission in Papua, New Guinea. They have a support ministry, Marcus working with children with learning disabilities in the school and Carla as a secretary in the Field Office.
TOM and BERNICE SPECKHARDT Founder of YouthCompass International working with students at international schools globally, Tom is the Director of International Youth Ministries for Youth for Christ International. He is responsible to develop international community ministries for teens in 120 YFC chartered nations. The Speckhardts are based in the Seattle area.
DR. TIM and MURIEL TEUSINK serve with SIM (Serving in Mission) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Tim is a physician and uses his medical experience to teach future pastors about HIV/AIDS in both Protestant Evangelical and Ethiopian Orthodox seminaries. Muriel teaches French at the international Christian school, Bingham Academy and is involved with Bible Study Fellowship.
DR. ANDREW and DORCIANE TOTH After 38 years of mission field work in Ecuador, Mexico, and Hispanic USA, the Toths are now based in New Braunfels, TX, where Andy is the Director of Candidate Training for World Indigenous Missions. They travel throughout the world mentoring new missionary candidates.
VIC and LESLIE TRAUTWEIN head the work of Kids Alive International in the Dominican Republic. With over 40 missionaries and 18 interns, Kids Alive provides education, nutritious meals, medical care and the love of Christ to over 1500 at-risk children in group homes, schools and care centers.
RICK and LORENA WOOD. Rick is the editor of Mission Frontiers, the cutting edge magazine for mission leaders around the world, published by the U.S. Center for World Missions. Lorena has a ministry to disciple immigrant women. They are based in Colorado Springs, CO.
Several additional folks we support are serving in sensitive areas.
Missionary E-mail Letters – Are you interested in receiving letters from our West Side missionaries by e-mail? If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 935-4477.