Global Outreach

The Global Outreach Team (the GO Team) at Hillside is a group of wonderful, big hearted people with a passion for global issues. We are responsible for caring for people who have gone out into the world to be the hands and feet of Christ as they bring words of love and healing to people in challenging places. We are always looking for more people to join with us in this endeavor. You can contact us at: go@myhillside.ca

Some of the people and agencies we support and encourage work close to our home, some are far away; all need your prayers and your encouragements and your support.*

*Please note, special gifts to GO Team workers given to Hillside directly are absorbed into the budget and are not given to the worker as an additional gift. If you wish to bless the worker with an additional gift please contact their sending agency directly.

International Partners

Ken and Carolyn Benson

Ken and Carolyn are World Partners missionaries working as Directors for a Missionary training initiative with Cross Training Global in Toronto, Ontario.
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Twenty plus years of experience with our denomination involving a ministry in Portugal, planting a church in Vancouver and time as a youth Pastor in Sarnia Ontario has equipped them for this role. They recruit, mentor and teach prospective missionaries, then find placements in Canada and overseas in order to help equip future workers and projects.

Ken and Carolyn have deep roots in Hillside’s soil and we love it when they come visit us. May we encourage you to attend any event where they are speaking, they are a wonderful couple and have such amazing stories to tell.

Workers in Restricted Zones

Internationally we support two families that always appreciate our prayer and support.
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If you are unfamiliar with who these families are we invite you to ask a GO Team member or Hillside staff for stories of who they are and where they work and how they bring the love of Christ to the world.

If you are aware of these workers, we invite you to be praying with and for them these days as they work near and far and cope with all the restrictions of the Covid outbreak in their regions of the world.

Lauri Alward

Lauri is working with Hungry For Life International as a Project Manager. HFL's offices are in Chilliwack, BC. Lauri has had a deep passion for the ‘others’ in the world since she was a young child.
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Many years of working with the Hillside teams in Kenya convinced her to step out in faith, trusting in the Lord for the provision of support and make project management at HFL her full time career. The Lord has been faithful and Lauri is passionate about the work she is doing. Lauri has lived and worked among us here in the GVA, but she teams up with communities in distant countries (currently Guatemala, Uganda and Kenya) to help maximize their assets and lift up their people in partnership with more affluent communities in North America. The partnership provides each side of the equation with rich blessing: Human Flourishing and Spiritual Vibrancy.

The Alward family will be moving to Chilliwack in the fall to a new multigenerational home and would welcome your visit when you are in the area.

Silas Oduor

Silas Owiti Oduor grew up in a small village in Kenya. Silas and his wife Kimberly met in Kenya while she was serving as a missionary. After marrying they moved to Kimberly's home town in Ontario where they began taking steps of faith with the vision of helping the less fortunate in Kenya.
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Silas graduated from university in Ottawa in 2006 with a BSC in Microbiology after which they felt the Lord calling them back to Kenya.

The project vision is composed of self-sustaining schools including; agriculture, water, medical facilities and support to widows. Everything would be anchored on the unwavering, unshakable word of God, and the church would be the foundation through which God would accomplish His work.

Hillside became involved with Pastor Silas and this ministry when they were impacted by the need for water in the Seje community. Pastor Silas and his team were already working to make sure this water poor region had a steady source of clean drinking water and Hillside was excited to partner with them as they expanded the capacity of the project.

Hillside is now happy to be able to support the Oduor Family as they minister to their communities, taking a small part in making sure that the family is well cared for physically, spiritually and emotionally.

EMCC Disaster Fund

Hillside church’s Global Outreach team holds a small amount of money in a fund to enable us to respond quickly to world disasters through the EMCC.
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We have been able to send funds to an Evangelical Missionary church in Ecuador that was heavily damaged in an earthquake there. The funds will be used to support the church and their families/community.

National Partners

Short-Term Worker Fund

Hillside church and the GO Team want to support and encourage people’s heart for the ‘have not’ people in our world. We keep a small amount of funds in place for youth or the young at heart that want to head out into summer camps or refugee camps to bring the love of Christ to anyone they may meet along the way. We have partnered up with our denominational camp at Charis Camp in Chilliwack and provided funds to their Worker Scholarship Fund.

Charis Camp

We are proud to be supporters of our denominational camp in BC. Charis Camp is
a wonderful facility with some amazing programs and a Camp Director that has huge dreams and passion for the future of this facility. The camp has had lots of upgrades and renovations in the past year and was ready to welcome hundreds of children and adults for the summer season. The camp is closed this year due to covid restrictions, but the financial need remains as the camp staff work to keep the facility ready for re-opening. Please continue to pray and support Charis Camp through this time. And if you are driving through Chilliwack this summer, be sure to drop in to Cedar and Moss cafe at the camp for a fresh brewed coffee, or a latte or a lovely baked treat. They would love to see you.

Laura Petrillo

Who is Laura?
Many of you may know Laura from the work she did previously at a program called Street Life through Youth For Christ/Youth Unlimited. Well, after 6 years of working with YU on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver with youth living on the street, Laura has now started a very different role with YU’s post secondary program called: Lifeteams.

What is Lifeteams?
At Lifeteams School of Youth Outreach our mandate is unique: to build a force of young urban missionaries who step into the world of marginalized and vulnerable youth across Canada with the life-changing love of Jesus.
We are disciplers, we are mentors, we are teachers, we are specialists in community-based youth work. Come and join us. We guarantee that the Lifeteams School experience will stretch you beyond what you can imagine and engage you in a journey that will continue far beyond this year.

What does Laura do?
At Lifeteams Laura has the honour of journeying alongside the students in mentorship, teaching, facilitating small group discussion, and leadership building. In all these things one of the elements Laura sees as a very special privilege is walking alongside our students as they discover things that both push their limits and set them on fire. She believes it is an honour to witness their growth and feels powerfully invited into this sacred and challenging mission of journeying alongside others where they are at.