Westlake Church Lausanne devotes at least 10% of its annual income, plus roughly 25% of its weekly Sunday collections, plus one-off offerings, to promote the spread of the Gospel around the world, through word and deed. There are four streams of support: Church Planting, Practical Compassion, Bible Translation, and the Persecuted Church.
Specific projects that we support:
Christianity first reached Myanmar in the early 1500, but the task of spreading the gospel became a challenge due to the fact that most Burmese were devoted Buddhists. The foundations of the Protestant Church were laid by the lifetime work of American Baptist missionaries, Adoniram and Ann Judson who arrived in Rangoon (now called Yangon) on July 13, 1813. In 1962 Buddhism became the official religion of the country resulting in much hardship and all sorts of restrictions on the Christian minorities. As of today the church has grown in the midst of tribulation and many have risked their lives to spread the Gospel.
As the Church in Myanmar grows, so does the need for local leadership and reaching remote areas in the country with the gospel. Westlake is privileged to partner with a group of our brothers and sisters in Myanmar who have taken on the challenge of teaching and discipling young people from various tribes and people groups before sending them back to their own people.
Medair - South Sudan
Medair is a non-governmental organisation (NGO), with internationally recruited staff who are motivated by their Christian faith to care for people in need. Medair's International Headquarters are based in Ecublens, near Lausanne, and the Westlake church family includes many past and current Medair staff. Westlake has supported Medair for several years, and since early 2015 we have focused our support on Medair's programme in South Sudan.
South Sudan is facing a critical food crisis and millions of lives are at risk. Because of the conflict that started in December 2013, more than 2 million people have been forced to flee their homes. As a result, crops have not been planted, livestock have been lost, and many traders have fled. The UN estimates now that four million people are at risk of severe food shortages this year.
Displaced communities are left without the food they need to survive and are almost entirely reliant on emergency food rations. Some communities have fled several times in search of safety. Humanitarian groups struggle to reach certain communities because of insecurity, poor infrastructure, and heavy rains.
Medair teams continue to respond to the dire needs through delivering life-saving assistance in the areas of health and nutrition and water and sanitation, and through the distribution of non-food items.
Medair has been working in South Sudan since 1991 and is a key player in humanitarian coordination among the many agencies present in Juba, South Sudan.
The Walk is a local ministry co-initiated and led by Westlake members, seeking to bring the love and freedom and compassion of Jesus to women working the streets of Lausanne.
The organisation Open Doors works to support and resource the persecuted church. As a church, Westlake is supporting a project by Open Doors to provide the New Testament to underground churches in a muslim-majority country, with which members of the church have personal contact.
Through the Seed Company (a division of Wycliff Bible Translators), Westlake supports the translation of the New Testament into the language of the Suriname Maroon people group in Suriname, South America. For more information, please visit their website.
The Sethule Orphan Project
As well as supporting an individual child in Ukraine, through their giving in Sunday School our children support The Sethule Project which cares for ophans in Zimbabwe.
CABES - Contacts Amitié Bible entre Etrangers et Suisses
CABES is a team who seeks to share God's love with non-Westerners who have come to the French-speaking part of Switzerland in order to find refuge or to flee economical poverty. This sharing includes welcoming people and developing friendships as well as sharing the Gospel.
This project began in 1990 with Jean-Pierre and Suzanne Besse's ministry with a few other people, such as Jürg and Annemarie Loeliger. At present, CABES is a Scripture Union ministry. For more information, please visit their website.