our missions

Carrying out the Great Commission is central to the identity of Calvary Community Church.  In 2015, 12% of tithes and offerings went to missions.  Additionally, the congregation contributed $107,000 outside of regular tithes and offerings, designated to support particular missionaries or missions groups. 

About half of our missions budget goes to Ban San Faan, and the other half is allocated by our Missions Committee to 20 missionaries serving locally and around the world.

Ban San Faan

"A Christ-centered children's home where orphaned and other homeless children can be nurtured physically, emotionally, and spiritually" - this is the vision not only of our Ban San Faan Mission Board, but of the entire church.  By the grace of God, Calvary has seen it become a reality over the last fifteen years. 

The vision for a children's home in Thailand started in 2001.  After many months of planning, the home - called Ban San Faan, meaning "house of fulfilled dreams" - opened in 2003 in a rented building in Chiang Mai, a city of 150,000 in northern Thailand.  In mid-2004 the home reached its limit of 15 children.

The church then voted to use reserve funds and member pledges for Ban San Faan to purchase property and build a home of its own.  The home was dedicated in 2007.  The next phase was a new school built by a non-profit organization started by one of Calvary's members.  Opened in 2010 on land adjacent to the home, it is a Christian school where the children learn English as well as Thai.  It is also an opportunity to reach Thai students and their parents with the Word of God.  A boys dormitory opened in 2014. 

Ban San Faan's preschool children are taught in the home.  K-6 students attend the adjacent school.  Older students attend four schools in Chiang Mai. 

We now have 27 children and a loving staff who provide a Christian home.  Each child has a Calvary sponsor who contributes $30 per month.  In 2016 our first two children will graduate from high school. 

Ban San Faan has done more than provide a Christian home in a non-Christian country.  It has also directly engaged our congregation in the mission field.  Sponsors, the pastoral staff, youth groups, couples - all of these and more have served at Ban San Faan. Some stay for a couple weeks, while others have invested years of their lives.

our missionaries

The Missions Committee has set these goals for carrying out Calvary's missions objectives:

  • Missions should be a definite, visible, and ongoing commitment of the church.
  • Activities of Calvary's missionaries should be effectively communicated to the congregation. 
  • Missions can take a variety of forms -- evangelistic, aid-based, disaster relief, short-term, long-term, missionary residing in foreign country, missionary traveling to a foreign country to train leaders.
  • Calvary's missions should reflect a balance between foreign and local.
  • Short-term missions activities should be evaluated for effectiveness of follow-up.
  • Youth should be encouraged to consider whether God is calling them to missions work.
  • Calvary should support its members who are called to long-term or short-term missions.

This year our support is allocated among 20 missionaries or mission organizations, and has the following balance:

Local                                                      6

National (outside Washington)           4

Foreign -- living in the country           7

Foreign -- living in US & traveling      3

All are full-time.  Of the 9 couples and 1 single person involved in foreign missions, 5 individuals are current or former Calvary members.

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