Missions and Outreach
At Newport Covenant Church (NCC) we feel a burden for the hurting people in our community and beyond. We believe that people both locally and globally need compassion, mercy and justice and we strive to meet their needs by sending out missionaries, praying and giving our financial support. Below are the mission efforts we currently support:
World Vision/KidREACH of South Bellevue – Joint Directors - Joann Wilson and Mary Klug
KidREACH of South Bellevue meets at Newport Covenant Church and provides free one-on-one tutoring on Tuesdays to students who face academic challenges and whose families are unable to provide the support they need. Students typically show academic improvement, better attitude and effort at school and a love for reading. The KidREACH program of South Bellevue has developed a good reputation and this year is serving Newport Heights Elementary school. Weekly sessions include recreation, a nutritious snack, homework help and skill building. To volunteer, contact Joann Wilson or Mary Klug at email@example.com. Both Joann and Mary are members of Newport Covenant Church.
Covenant World Relief
Covenant World Relief has been the Evangelical Covenant Church’s response to human suffering and injustice in the world for more than 60 years. Through disaster relief and community development, they partner in the transformation of individuals, families, and communities. Using micro-enterprise, micro-finance, sustainable water development, community health initiatives, agriculture, and sustainable food programs, Covenant World Relief’s mission is to share God’s love in serving and working together with the poor, the powerless, and the marginalized.
covchurch.org/relief and facebook.com/covchurch
Keith and Celia Olson – OMF International
Keith and Celia Olson serve as missionaries in Japan with OMF International on the north island of Hokkaido, near Sapporo. Their desire is to participate in the work of God in bringing Japanese into a joyful, living relationship with God, in particular those at the fringes of society, especially artists. Celia builds relationships with artists, especially musicians and supports local churches through her own artistic activities (cello, tea ceremony, etc.) Keith teaches the Bible to seminary students at Hokkaido Bible Institute (HBI). Keith and Celia joined a ministry new to OMF called COEN Life, which includes a café, English school, and Bible community (Sunday worship.) At COEN, Keith leads the English Bible discussion group and preaches for the Bible community. Celia prepares creative liturgy for the Bible community and provides behind-the-scenes support for the café. Celia grew up at NCC. To see their newsletters and reflections on life in Japan, visit
Alaska Christian College – Keith Hamilton, President
The mission of Alaska Christian College is to empower Alaska Natives through biblically-based education and Christian formation to pursue excellence in character, learning, and service as followers of Christ. ACC is a non-profit organization funded primarily by gifts from individuals, churches, corporations, and foundations. Through the generosity of supporters, ACC is able to provide quality educational training with a small staff to student ratio, individual care with one-on-one mentoring, and a safe, supportive environment in which students can grow in their faith. President Keith Hamilton is a former NCC member
Andy Larsen (wife Cari Conklin) Evangelical Covenant Church Serve Globally, Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Andy works with churches and non-profit groups engaging Muslims locally and globally doing peacemaking initiatives. Andy uses his photography, relationship building, and growing network among Muslim, Christian and advocacy groups to build bridges between divergent communities. Andy works with the MENA team primarily focused (but not exclusively) on three of their ministry objectives: 1) Muslim engagement 2) Peace and Reconciliation with focus in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and 3) Ministry to refugees.
Andy and Cari's website shown below provides more detail about their work and recent events plus some of Andy's beautiful photography. Andy Larsen is a former pastor at NCC.
Rev. Allan Folmar – Chaplain
Rev. Allan Folmar is an emergency response chaplain serving with the King County Sheriff’s Office and with the King County 9-1-1 call receivers and dispatchers since Spring 1998. Allan’s ministry provides care and encouragement to
these emergency responders. He also provides care, compassion, and comfort to extreme trauma victims and their families during home, highway, and hospital incidents. Often the victims are very near death or have already died. Frequently Allan must knock on the doors at the homes of unsuspecting family members to deliver official death
notifications for the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. There is always so much hurt and neediness during these incidents that the requirement for a compassionate chaplain’s care is obvious and essential. The extent of Allan’s ministry flows wide and deep. In support of his ministry in 2019 Allan drove 4,987 miles and served 1,258 volunteer hours. Allan is a member of NCC.
Pat Kelley - Literacy & Education, SIL
Pat traveled to Ecuador over 40 years ago with Wycliffe Bible Translators and lived with the Waodani people of central eastern Ecuador to teach them how to read and write in their newly developed written language. Pat has dedicated most of her life to work with the Waodani. She continues to advise Waodani in translating and distributing discipleship and other practical materials, encourages Waodani believers to share their own testimonies and stories of God working in their lives. Today, working from the campus of the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), Dallas, Texas, Pat's ministry focus is to promote readership among ethnic language groups so they are able to read the Scriptures with understanding and to ensure the materials are accessible to them given new technologies. Pat is a member of NCC.
Heather and Esau Vega-Caraway – Covenant Merge Ministries
Heather and Esau's position within the Evangelical Covenant Church is in Merge Ministries as trip facilitators, searching for ministry partners, coordinating, training and leading mission trips with the USA, Central and South America. Merge ministries sends short-term missionary teams out to encourage and work alongside full time missionaries. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed what they are currently able to do. The trips planned for this year have either been canceled or postponed to 2021. They are using this time at home in Kansas to plan and re-evaluate the way Merge Ministries serves missionary partners and teams to improve the processes and make the experiences even better.
Heather Vega-Caraway grew up at NCC.
India for Christ Ministries – Rev. Paul Devakumar
India for Christ Ministries (IFCM) aims at triggering a spiritual revolution in India with a team of committed men and women of God dedicated to reach the millions in this vast country of India with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. IFCM is led by locals and is inter-denominational in ministry. The goal is to plant 1000 vibrant and spirit filled churches in unreached areas in every state in India.
IFCM also cares for more than three hundred impoverished children by providing meals, tutoring, recreation, and Bible classes near the city of Bangalore, where their headquarters is located. IFCM has two hundred churches with over 3,000 members. Bandakadipalle is the Mission field where NCC is ministering through financial support in partnership with IFCM.. NCC also supports a children’s program in Bandakadipalle. Currently, IFCM is providing food to families in need as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Bridge Disability Ministries
Bridge Disability Ministries helps people with disabilities live full and meaningful lives by providing medical equipment, building communities of belonging with church partners and providing medical, financial and community case management care. NCC provides financial support and is becoming a Beacon Church, one who is especially welcoming to people with disabilities, in partnership with Bridge.
Jubilee REACH Service Day
Jubilee REACH service day is an annual event held the last Saturday in August which brings people together in the eastside community to serve at local public schools and homes. The service day was canceled in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions.
Jubilee Reach Groceries For Families Program
The grocery distribution feeds more than 500 families in need during COVID-19. Newport families can participate by buying a bag of groceries each week from a list provided. Join with others and work out a rotation schedule to purchase bags once a month! Here is an information letter about the program and how to sign up. Grocery Program For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org