Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (NWYM) is a covenantal community
of evangelical Friends churches that make Jesus Christ known by:

Teaching and obeying the whole gospel as revealed by the
Holy Spirit and recorded in Scripture

Loving and mutually supporting each other

Equipping and releasing people to continue His mission in the world


Our Global Outreach

We send Friends to find ways to bless the people and nations where they live. It’s one of our answers to Jesus’ call to love God and love our neighbors, at home and throughout the world.

We’re yearning for Spirit-led ministry that bears fruit, whether or not it results in a Friends faith community. The Friends we send are rooted in relationship with Jesus Christ and aligned to NWYM Faith and Practice. We seek to express God’s love in thought, word, and deed. We pray that this love-as-service extends the Kingdom of God.

Please click through to find more information about the people we send, and how you can help send them—or how you can offer your own gifts and presence internationally.

It’s work that’s sometimes frustrating, and always blessed. Please pray about how you could participate—

  • to serve internationally in short-term or long-term ways,
  • to donate financially,
  • to pray for the workers and the people they serve,
  • to volunteer or lend other key support through your church.

For more information, please contact Shawn McConaughey, associate superintendent:
(503) 476 3383 or



Russia — Johan and Judy Maurer

Living in the outskirts of Moscow, Johan and Judy teach English and help nurture the ministries and programs of Moscow Friends.

PowerPoint Presentation

Johan and Judy Maurer are serving in Elektrostal, Russia. In this extraordinary country (proud, hospitable, and frequently suspicious), we maintain an “embassy” of Northwest Yearly Meeting.

We teach English in Elektrostal’s oldest private college, and find many ways to support the programs and ministries of Moscow Friends.

To make a tax-deductible donation please fill in the amount and click the Paypal button below. Northwest Yearly Meeting will send a receipt for each donation at the end of the month.



Middle East — Elizabeth Todd

Elizabeth Todd is Resident Friend at Ramallah Friends School, 14 miles from Jerusalem.

We’re thrilled that Elizabeth Todd is now serving as Friend in Residence at the Ramallah Friends School in Palestine. Friends have been part of the landscape there since 1869.

Our dream is to have a team in the Middle East who will work through existing organizations, focusing on education in English for adults and children. With Elizabeth Todd as our “person on the ground”, we Friends are seeking ways to be, live, learn, and love in the Middle East. We move forward in confidence that Jesus, our present teacher and true shepherd, invites and commands us to be a blessing.

StudentsWhat will make this possible? Donations, prayers, and a willingness to serve. For more information, please contact Shawn McConaughey, Associate Superintendent,

Please consider making a donation through PayPal or sending a contribution to the Yearly Meeting office at 200 N. Meridian, Newberg, OR 97132.

Karen Swenson has been serving in Hungary since January 1998 (and in the Teaching Abroad program since 2002).  Her focus is to assist missionary families meet the educational needs of their children.  Through her tutoring and teaching, Karen provides opportunities and assistance to students who are being homeschooled and students whose needs are not being met in other settings.  Because of her efforts, missionary families are able to remain on the field and continue their ministry.

These are the TA teachers for the 2015-2016 school year.


NWYM Board of Global Outreach (GO) sends Friends to find ways to bless the people and nations where they live. It’s one of our answers to Jesus’ call to love God and love our neighbors, at home and throughout the world. Friends Traveling in Service (FTS) support the existing ministries of NWYM through…

Currently Serving in Ramallah:

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Will serve during 2015-2016 school year

Lana Thurston


Will serve during 2015-2016 school year

Jan Geil


Currently Serving

Sam Saxton

Being Friends in Residence at the Ramallah Friends School—Friendly education for Palestinian kids since 1869. This fall, NW Friends join Elizabeth Todd (our long term FSA) to support kids and teachers and to volunteer in the community. Please pray for them as they live among people under the pressure of military occupation, tense community life, and an uncertain future.



Currently Serving

Anna Thomas


Currently Serving

Kara Maurer

Being Friends of Jesus in Moscow through the Language Link program. The FTS will offer English language training as well as receive Russian language education. Looking to serve their hosts, the FTS will seek ways to love and serve their Russian friends as well as support Friends work in Moscow.

Friends that have previously served:

Cheryl Engel – served 2014 in Ramallah

Lana Thurston – served 2014 in Ramallah

Ashley Weinacht – served 2014 in Ramallah

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Will you GO? As an FTS you serve between three months and one year.
You receive a mentor and gain experience being a Friend living and serving in one of several communities abroad.
For more info, CONTACT: Shawn McConaughey at or by calling 503-476-3383.

October 19th

Who is a refugee? Why get involved? Why does it matter?

The US Refugee Program*: (official site)
United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) :
Mercy Corps :

How can you help?

Volunteer opportunities vary depending on where you are located. Refugee Resettlement programs are located in particular areas only; however, individuals and groups located further away from these areas can still help in other ways.

If you are located in a Refugee Resettlement Area, opportunities include but aren’t limited to:

  • Co-Sponsor refugees
  • Acquaint refugees to American culture
  • Tutor English & other school subjects
  • Pick up refugees from the airport
  • Accompany clients to appointments, either on public transit or with private vehicle

If you live outside of resettlement areas, while it may be difficult to work directly with refugees, there are still many ways to assist :

  • Help solicit donations for furniture and household donations to support new and existing refugee clients. Household donations include, lightly used: basic kitchen goods, towels, sheets and blankets, comforters and bedding of all sorts, Toiletries, warm jackets and winter clothes of all sizes (children and adults)
  • Cash donations – to go into the agency’s emergency fund to help subsidize when cash assistances from the government is not enough, for example: housing in Portland is very high, cash assistances go towards rent and utility subsidies.

Here’s a video of how one church worked together to sponsor one refugee family:

If you or your Church would like to learn more about how to help a refugee individual or family, below are links to the list of voluntary agency affiliates contracted by the US Department of State to run the formal refugee resettlement program :

Organizations assisting in the State of Washington :
Organizations assisting in the State of Idaho :
Organizations assisting in the State of Oregon :

How do you help Syrian Refugees?

The US government is currently still processing applications (and eligibility) of Syrian refugees, overseas. All refugees are processed overseas, not in the US. The recent government budget approval in response to the Syrian refugee crisis does not fall under the current fiscal year that is already running. It is anticipated that their arrival into the US will be in the next fiscal year, 6 months from now.

October 1st

All sorts of earthquake destruction was evident in most every direction from Kathmandu. In some villages every home had damage. Most of those damaged were constructed with stone and mud as mortar.

This newly reconstructed church(thank you donors) used their old church building materials to create a kitchen countertop.

Dan Cammack and I got to enjoy the natural beauty on our way to visit a village that was greatly impacted by the earthquake and greatly helped by donations to EFM.

Samson Retnaraj and a Community Health Evangelism (CHE) worker discuss preparations for distribution of “Dignity kits” These kits were created after the earthquake and are aimed at helping meet the needs of women who often sacrifice their own needs for the rest of the family. They hold about 20 items that help women take care of themselves well. These are distributed through churches to the women in local communities. They are accompanied by teaching covering the importance of self care, sanitation, nutrition, and other spiritual/health related topics. These women stop to thank the CHE workers and EFM for this care. One woman commented ‘I had no idea that I was so important.

Click the links below to explore how local congregations are partnering with and sponsoring organizations that serve around the world.


Fill out the Initial Inquiry Form for possible service overseas.

Partner in these ministries! Your support makes ministry possible: Donate online (with linked tab) or send checks to: NWYM 200 N. Meridian St. Newberg, OR 97132