S.A.M. Plan: Support A MissionaryPurchase gift/cash cards from Westwood United Methodist Church to support our missionaries!
- Who are our missionaries?
- How do the cards work?
- How much are the gift/cash cards worth?
- What retailers are available?
- Can other retailers be ordered?
- When are the cards available?
- How can you help?
- S.A.M. Plan Pre-Order Form
Who are our missionaries?
Westwood currently has covenants with two missionaries, the Rev. Romeo “Romy” del Rosario, who is serving as Country Director for the United Methodist Mission in Cambodia, and the Rev. Paul Jeffrey, a photographer who writes about the work of churches in disaster areas around the world.
How do the cards work?
When Westwood buys gift/cash cards from retailers, the retailers donate 5-15% of the purchase back to the church. Westwood’s Mission Team allocates those funds to support both missionaries.
How much are the gift/cash cards worth?
The gift/cash cards vary in denominations from $10 to $100. Members of Westwood’s congregation purchase the gift/cash cards at full face value.
What retailers are available?
We typically have a wide variety of retailers, including Starbuck’s, AMC and Bed Bath & Beyond. We also have several restaurants, such as Cheesecake Factory, Acapulco’s and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Can other retailers be ordered?
There is a large catalog of available retailers. Make your own selection and place an order.
When are the cards available?
The Mission Team is on the patio during coffee fellowship on most Sundays after worship with S.A.M. Plan gift/cash cards. If we don’t have a card that you want, just ask. There are 100s of retailers available. Orders are accumulated and once an order of size is achieved and placed, the cards will be available within 7 - 10 days.
How can you help?
Let us know if you'd like to help by selling gift cards during coffee hour.
Meet our Missionaries
The Rev. Romeo “Romy” del Rosario
As Country Director for the United Methodist Mission in Cambodia, Romy del Rosario, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, serves as administrator and supervisor of mission programs/projects with a team of workers that includes Cambodians and eleven UMC missionaries from different parts of the world. Romy also serves as district superintendent of two provinces and teaches at the Cambodia Methodist Bible School.
Since 1998 the Methodist Church in Singapore, the Korean Methodist, The United Methodist Church in France, Switzerland and the United States, and the World Federation of Chinese Methodist Churches have been cooperating and coordinating their missional efforts toward one Methodist Mission in Cambodia and hopefully, one Methodist Church in Cambodia by 2016.
Read Romy's full bio here.
The Rev. Paul Jeffrey
Paul Jeffrey, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, is an award-winning photographer who writes about the work of the church around the world. His photos chronicle emergencies, from hurricanes to health care, for Action by Churches Together (ACT), a Geneva-based global alliance of church disaster agencies. He also is a senior correspondent for Response, the magazine of United Methodist Women.
Four years ago, Paul moved with his family to Eugene, Oreg., after spending 20 years in Central America, where he and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Lyda Pierce, were missionaries. Paul writes about how Christian communities struggle for justice and peace amid repression, violence and economic and social change.
Paul has filed stories from more than 50 countries. His work has appeared in the Christian Century and the National Catholic Reporter. His photos have been in magazines including Sierra and National Geographic Explorer.
Two of Paul's photos grace the entrance of the church, hanging in the Narthex.
Read Paul's full bio here.