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Our Spring Mission Emphasis allows us to enter into the Easter season by putting mission and outreach front-and-center.  It highlights the good work already being done by our supported missionaries and organizations, and it gives the church an opportunity to support new initiatives which aren’t yet included in the budget.  Ultimately, it’s a way to “take the lid off” missions giving, moving it from a budget line item to a central concern of the church.


WHAT IS IT?
The Spring Mission Emphasis is a three-week period following Easter in which we bring special focus to both new and ongoing outreach efforts that our church is already involved with or desiring to support.

WHY DO WE DO IT?
Our Spring Mission Emphasis allows us to enter into the Easter season by putting mission and outreach front-and-center.  It highlights the good work already being done by our supported missionaries and organizations, and it gives the church an opportunity to support new initiatives which aren’t yet included in the budget.  Ultimately, it’s a way to “take the lid off” missions giving, moving it from a budget line item to a central concern of the church.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Each Sunday from April 28th to May 12th, we will have a variety of missional speakers and will seek to highlight different missionaries and organizations during the Sunday service.  On May 12th we will collect a special offering for the ministries highlighted over those three weeks.  Over the past three years, we have been humbled to receive a total of around $35,000 in above-and-beyond special giving which has supported the following initiatives, among others:

  • Renovation and equipping of a medical clinic in Yandongi, DRC.

  • Maasai School 121 – a secondary school in a remote part of Tanzania with a special emphasis on educating girls.

  • Seed money for starting an ESL ministry to immigrants in Bellingham.

  • New Way Ministries – housing and care for local homeless or at-risk mothers and their children.

  • Iglesia Hispana – a network of church plants in Whatcom and Skagit counties serving the region’s Spanish-speaking population.

WHERE DOES THE OFFERING GO THIS YEAR? 

Congo Clinic Initiative
The Congo Clinic Initiative is a denomination-wide effort of the Evangelical Covenant Church to support 108 clinics scattered throughout the northern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  BCC has made a five-year commitment at $5,000 per year to support the Yandongi clinic in the DRC’s Equateur Province.  (More information available HERE)

Love INC. 
Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) is a networking hub to help churches work together in a coordinated manner to serve struggling Whatcom County residents.  Love INC enables Christian volunteers to give their time, talent and treasures to respond to needs in our community.  (More information available HERE)

 Lummi Bible Camp
In 2005, Mary Helen Cagey, a Lummi elder, asked Tom and June Cox to facilitate a Bible Camp at her property on the Lummi Reservation so Lummi children could know Jesus. The camp has grown in the years since then and now includes Lummi youth ages 7 to 12. The Coxes still facilitate the camp, which is staffed by volunteers—both Native and non-Native—from a variety of churches.

 BCC Sweden Intergenerational Mission Trip
This summer, a group of 34 BCC youth, kids and adults will journey to Sweden to work with a Swedish partner church which was planted specifically to reach out to the growing population of refugees and immigrants who have made Sweden their home.  As the Covenant Church began out of a 19th-century Swedish immigrant movement in America, there is something poetic about completing this circle!


All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 

2 Corinthians 5:18-20