We believe the Scriptures are clear in calling us to make eternal impact on the nations of the world by being an missions-active church. For more information about our missions passion and strategy, see the Outreach and Growth section of our Church Handbook.
We desire to grow in our knowledge of world missions by seeking to become better informed about the Biblical basis for missions, the religious, cultural and political trends in the world and ways our fellowship can become involved in evangelism, discipleship and church planting in other cultures.
Our efforts to stay informed focus primarily on areas of missions where someone directly related to our church is presently serving or preparing to serve. Each Life Group adopts a missionary with whom they can regularly communicate and for whom they can pray and help in practical ways.
We also want to be a sending church and believe God will raise up from our fellowship those who will be effective cross-cultural missionaries for both short and long terms. Missionary families from Westside are already serving in different parts of the world as long-term missionaries. We also send out individuals and teams to serve Christ in both short- and medium-term missions.
Westside has sent or "commended" (a biblical term used in Acts 14:26) these missionary families to serve the Lord full-time in overseas or local missions:
Manuel and Tracy Aleman (Spain)
Manuel and Tracy and their two sons, Tomas and Lucas, serve the Lord in Seville, Spain. They teach and disciple Christian believers and do evangelism. Manuel also serves with the Emmaus correspondence course ministry. He does course translation and contacts students in various areas of the country. They travel to other towns to meet with new believers, encourage them to start new meetings and provide Bible study materials to help them grow in their knowledge of God’s Word.
Eric and Roxana Ericsson (Mexico)
Eric and Roxana have spent many years as missionaries to Mexico. Their passion is teaching the Bible and ministry skills. They first taught in a Bible school near Ensenada in the Baja region. More recently, they have been teaching for part of the year at a Bible school in the central part of the country and visiting and discipling Mexican believers in remote areas of the country. They are the parents of four adult children.
Peter and Melanie Mead (England)
Peter and Melanie and their six children, Hannah, Aliyah, Mariah, Joel, Kaylah and Jessah, live in Chippenham in southwestern England. Their primary focus is on biblical preaching and ministry training. They are passionate about equipping others to dig deeply into God’s Word and know Him personally. One way is through Cor Deo, a relational study program centered around Bible study, church history and applied theology with the goal to share God’s heart. They are also involved in a new church plant in their town, preaching and teaching. Their blog is Poured Out.
Dick and Nita Papworth (Special Areas)
Dick and Nita have been missionaries to one of the least-reached people groups for over 40 years. Dick and his team evangelize and disciple this people group through the use of cutting-edge mass media, including satellite and internet radio, mobile apps, website, and Facebook. Dick serves as one of the elders (pastors) of Westside Bible Fellowship and preaches regularly. Dick and Nita have been blessed with two adult daughters and ten grandchildren.
Mike and Sandy Rice (U.S. Prison Ministries)
Mike and Sandy reach out to inmates in prisons in the Northwest. They do this primarily by distributing Emmaus correspondence courses. Mike is the regional director for Emmaus Prison Ministries. They have three adult daughters.