Westminster Presbyterian Church expects all our congregation and everything we do, all our programs, functions and activities, to be aligned to the mission of God in the world. As a missional church, we understand that the congregation itself is sentby God to proclaim and to be a sign of the reign of God. Just as God sent Jesus and his Disciples out into the world to spread his word, now Jesus sends our church out into the community and the world for this same purpose. Our church demonstrates full engagement in witness to the world, that witness is grounded in Jesus Christ, who prayed for His Disciples, saying: “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:18)
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Escondido, has participated with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) for the past 6 years in building homes for the needy in Tijuana, Mexico. According to the Mexican government and international organizations, nearly one in every four Mexicans, about 24 million, are unable to afford
adequate food and housing. Our goal is to evangelize and serve Mexican families through mission outreach into the poorest areas in Mexico. We bring the love of Christ, along with food, clothing, beds, stove, furniture, household necessities, and with support from YWAM, the labor and materials to build homes for the needy. These debt free homes help these poor families out of poverty, and reduce sickness due to exposure and dirt floors. More than a dozen families, parents and teenagers, along with many other WPC congregation members, travel to the YWAM Baja facilities in early October each year. We split into two teams, approximately 25 people per team to build 2 houses over the weekend. The houses are 16’ x 20’, complete with cement slab, windows and door and wired for electricity. These houses are the first homes these poor people have ever had. As we bless these recipient families with the labor of our hands, we also are blessed for our act of kindness and generosity, knowing in our hearts that we have shared a little of the gifts that God has given us. In turn, we have the opportunity to enjoy the local culture, share meals, pray with the needy family, and play with their children. Our adults and teenagers also acquire hands-on experience and skills required to build a small house. This is truly a wonderful mission outreach; one we hope to continue for many years to come.
Mission Outreach Programs
We respond to God’s call with advocacy and compassion through service of dedicated ministries in our church and through organizations committed to
outreach programs including; Sudanese American Presbyterian Church, Alliance for African Assistance, Baja Presbyterian Missions, Inc, Interfaith Community Services, Menaul School, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Navigators, Friends Á Family Community Connection, Project Compassion, MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship), Smyrna, Urban Youth Collaborative, Alternatives Womens Center, Voice of the Martyrs, Afar Partnership, Talking Bibles, YWAM (Youth With A Mission)