Hilmar Covenant Church is privileged to serve our brothers and sisters worldwide, sometimes without even leaving our community. These are a few organizations we have partnered with in recent years.
This summer, Rooted High School will be going on a service and missions trip known as a SLAM Trip. SLAM stands for "Students Learning About Missions." It will take Rooted students to the Yakama Indian Reservation in eastern Washington where they will be serving and learning about missions from Mending Wings, an organization whose goal is to immerse students in the Native American culture and teach them that model of missions work.
Mending Wings website (www.slamtrips.com) says "For many years, we have been watching youth groups come to our reservation on drive-by mission trips. It seems that they have come, not primarily as learners, but as teachers. They have come to teach us before they have ever earned a place among us to be heard. They come bringing that old missiological model that has not worked among our people for the last 500 years (less than 3% of native people claim to be followers of Jesus way after 500 years worth of effort). We at SLAM Trips want to offer your group a different model of service and learning trips. We invite you to our reservation as learners and as servants, to listen to our stories and theologies, to receive and to give, to experience healing between our peoples, to be immersed in our culture and participate in indigenous worship, and then to see the power of Creator at work through all of us."
Mending Wings in affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church. At CHIC 2018, a group from the Yakama Nation shared a prayer dance from mainstage at evening worship.
In 2018 and 2019 we partnered with World Vision, walking a 6k to raise money to bring clean water to communities in need.
According to World Vision: "6 Kilometers is the average distance people in the developing world walk for water - water that is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases...[T]housands of people from around the globe will walk or run 6K to bring life-changing clean water to communities in need. Each participant's $50 registration fee provides life-changing clean water for one person, so when you participate in the Global 6K you take that distance away from people in need."
For many years we have partnered with Samaritan's Purse, packing shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts for children around the globe through Operation Christmas Child. For more information about this ministry, visit Samaritan's Purse.
From 2012 to 2015 we partnered with "Feed My Starving Children" to hand pack meals for hungry kids around the world. Instead of spending money on travel and personnel, we raised funds to bring Mobile Pack food packing events to our community, providing 676,512 meals that will feed 1852 children a fully nutritious meal ever day for an entire year! Go to fmsc.org to learn more about this organization.