Seattle Church Commits to Neighbors

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The members of a Seattle-area church plant called Word of Truth International Ministries are not content to simply enjoy Sunday worship together. They also want to reach out to their community. They believe their faith, based on the Word of Truth, demands it.

Located in Tukwila, one of Seattle's most diverse and impoverished inner-city communities, Word of Truth focuses on ministering to the whole person. The congregation's goal is to be a community center that serves the needs of the many hurting people in their area.

For example, the church has launched The Movement, a community development ministry focused on creating a more hopeful future for at-risk youths. The church also conducts financial education classes for local residents.

Inspired by Rev. Clarence Presley's teaching on discipleship, many in this young congregation have committed themselves to serving as a missional presence in their neighborhoods—bringing the church into homes.

As interest and commitment to neighborhood ministry has caught on, the church recently launched six new "missional communities" in southern King County.

These communities are made up of members of the congregation and their neighbors, who gather together regularly to share meals, fellowship, pray, and study the Bible.

The groups also talk about ways they can work together to serve their neighbors. Among the leaders of the groups are recently-baptized Word of Truth members.

Word of Truth continues to grow. The church recently baptized eight new believers in a celebration event held at a local city pool.

The congregation is supported by Christian Reformed Home Missions.

-Home Missions

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