Sent to All the World, Starting Right Where We Are
Over the past 42 years, First Presbyterian Church, Thomasville, has made significant contributions to our Mission Partners around the world to help further their work of spreading the Gospel. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. Mark 28:19.
World Mission Conference 2018 recognizes that not only are there needs around the world, but also here at home by looking more closely at how we can organize our local and world mission efforts for the greatest effect. This year’s theme, “Here I Am”, speaks both to the need to spread God’s love and message where you are and to answer God’s call by saying, “Here I am, send me.”
In Christ’s Love,
Alan and Ellen Sprowls
THURSDAY, MARCH 1
Opening NIGHT POTLUCK Dinner
Bring your favorite dish and come hear nationally recognized speaker, Bob Lupton with Focused Community Strategies in Atlanta. Bob is an author and Christian community developer who has created housing, businesses, and other services for inner-city communities of need. You also won’t want to miss the special music planned for the evening!
6PM | Fellowship Hall
FRIDAY, MARCH 2
Community Engagement Breakfast
Have breakfast on your way to work at this event designed to bring the community together. Local community and church leaders have also been invited to hear Bob Lupton speak about local outreach and cross cultural community harmony. Bob’s talk will have a different focus from Opening Night, so be sure to come hear this one as well! Delicious breakfast to be provided by JB Crumbs.
Fellowship Hall | 7:30 - 9 AM
Join us for a fun evening outdoors with a fish fry and hear speaker, Adrian Crawford from Engage Church in Tallahassee. Adrian is a former FSU and professional basketball player who was with Every Nation Tallahassee and 925 Athletic Ministries. He started Engage Church in 2012, whose mission is to engage God, people, and culture. There will also be live Bluegrass and Gospel music. Don’t miss this night of fun, fellowship, and learning! Food provided by Hendersons Restaurant.
$10 per person/ maximum of $30 per family
FPC Campus | 6PM
Youth Ice Cream Social
Hey, Middle School through College age friends! Join us after the Fish Fry event for a “build your own” ice cream sundae bar and hang out with Adrian Crawford. Adrian will be there to address issues important to you and answer your questions. Bring a friend!
Student Ministry Building | 7:30PM
SATURDAY, MARCH 3
Going the Distance Color Run
Run or walk in this fun event that will start and end at the church. Be prepared to come back a lot more colorful than when you started as you just may be sprinkled with a little powered color along the way! This is an event for everyone, so come out and enjoy the day at whatever speed you like.
FPC Campus | 8 - 10AM
Munch & Mingle
Whether you are finishing up the race or arriving to help with the Service Project, join us for a light breakfast of fruit, granola bars, juice, and coffee following the race.
FPC Campus | 10AM
Kids Against Hunger Service Project
Kids Against Hunger is a non-profit humanitarian organization with a mission to provide fully nutritious food to impoverished children and families around the world. The meals we pack will provide a stable nutritional base from which recipient families can move from starvation or food insecurity to self-sufficiency.
FPC Campus | 10:30AM - 12PM
After a full morning of racing and serving, Moonspin Pizza will provide lunch as we hear speaker, Todd Luke of the Outreach Foundation. We are really excited to have Todd here as he will be leading members of our Youth Group to Campeche, Mexico this summer to help build cisterns to catch rainwater for families in need. Todd has been a speaker at our church several times and is always a favorite. Come and learn more about this important ministry and what our youth will be doing on this upcoming mission trip!
FPC Campus | 12:30PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 4
Come to this will be a combined Sunday School program where representatives of many of our local and world missions will give a quick synopsis of their mission and what we can do to help. Whether you would like to get involved or just want to better understand what your church is doing, don’t miss this event that will take the place of regular Adult Sunday School classes that day. Also, be sure to visit the newly renovated Edwards Building at any time during the conference to see it and the wall displays by many of the local and world missions that we support.
Edwards Building | 10AM
Children's Sunday School with Barbara Altork
The children, 5th grade and younger, will get to hear Barbara Altork talk to them about her ministry for children in Davao City in the Philippines. Our children have been raising money for Barbara’s efforts to provide “gift bags” for these children in Davao City, filled with small necessities for their school and personal life. Barbara grew up in our church, so please be sure to welcome her home!
Education Building | 10AM
Student Sunday School with Todd Luke
Todd Luke will join the Youth during their Sunday School hour to talk to them further about his mission efforts in Campeche, Mexico. Whether or not you are going on the mission trip with Todd in the summer, you will want to be here to learn more about this program and hear Todd speak!
Student Ministry Building | 10AM
Combined Worship Service
Join us for this combined worship service as the 2018 World Mission Conference draws to a close. Hear Tom Logan of Marion Medical Mission talk about this mission of building wells, which has served over 4 million people in Africa. This is a mission that is heavily supported by our church, both through funds raised yearly at this conference, as well as multiple teams of church members who have traveled to Africa to participate in these well building efforts. Please welcome both Tom and his wife, Jocelyn, who have spent their lives helping people through their needs without harming their dignity. It is also at this service that we will collect your pledge cards to see if we can meet our fundraising goal. Please prayerfully consider what your contribution might be. This is our opportunity to say, “Here I Am”.
FPC Sanctuary | 11AM
All Church Celebration Lunch
Plan to come and enjoy this celebration of learning, giving, and fellowship with lunch from Barberitos. We will be tallying your pledge cards during lunch to see if we have met our World Mission Conference 2018 goal of $155,000.00. Every single dollar of this goal is already assigned to one of our Mission Partners and you can see this list in your brochure and on the fpcthomasville.org website. They are all counting on us, so let’s see what we can do together!
Fellowship Hall | 12pm
Focused Community Strategies, Atlanta, Georgia
Bob has invested over 40 years of his life in inner-city Atlanta. In response to a call that he first felt while serving in Vietnam, he left a budding business career to work with delinquent urban youth. Bob and his wife Peggy and their two sons sold their suburban home and moved into the inner-city where they have lived and served as neighbors among those in need. Their life’s work has been the rebuilding of urban neighborhoods where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy adults. Bob is a Christian community developer, an entrepreneur who brings together communities of resource with communities of need. Through FCS, he has developed two mixed income subdivisions, organized multi-racial congregations, started a number of businesses, created housing for hundreds of families and initiated a wide range of human services in his community. He is the author of several books including the widely read, Toxic Charity, Theirs is the Kingdom, Renewing the City and the widely circulated “Urban Perspectives,” a monthly reflection on the Gospel and the poor. Bob released a new book in July 2015 entitled, Charity Detox, which draws on his many decades of experience, and outlines how to structure programs that actually improve the quality of the life of the poor and disenfranchised. Bob has a PhD in psychology from the University of Georgia. He serves as speaker, strategist and inspirer with those throughout the nation who seek to establish God’s Shalom in the city.
Engage Church, Tallahassee, Florida
Adrian Crawford spends his time working as a spiritual entrepreneur. The majority of his endeavors are based out of Tallahassee, Florida, where he resides with his wife Wendy and their three children. Adrian moved to Tallahassee from Akron, Ohio, when he received a scholarship to play basketball at Florida State University. Aside from a career playing professional basketball in Spain, he has lived in Florida’s capital city ever since. Adrian served for seven years as an Associate Pastor for Every Nation Tallahassee and as the Executive Director of 925 Athletic Ministries. With the support of Every Nation, he began a church plant in 2012, Engage Church, with the mission being engaging God, people and culture. Adrian has expanded his heart for reaching people in the circles he influences to equipping others to add value to their respective cultures and spaces.
Marion Medical Mission
The founder and president of Marion Medical Mission is a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary. In the 1960’s, he worked with Albert Schweitzer for 2 months in Africa, worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in voter registration drives, spent time with Palestinian refugees in Jerusalem, and worked in a Kibbutz in Israel. In the 1970’s, he developed and built low income housing projects in 10 southern Illinois towns. In 1985, he co-founded Marion Medical Mission with his wife, Jocelyn and has been a driving force behind the organization’s success of providing 2.4 million people with clean water.
Outreach Foundation/ Campeche, Mexico
Forming respectful relationships with the poor in a manner that allows them to activate their work, talents and knowledge are key components of Todd and Maria Luke’s Gospel-driven outreach in Calakmul. More than just a clean water/poverty alleviation project, a relation-based work movement is happening within communities of subsistence level farmers. Many are indigenous Ch’ols and they suffer from poor health due in part to the lack of access to clean water. Ch’ol Presbyterian laymen organize families to work together to build family-owned cisterns that collect rainfall from the roofs of their homes. Each cistern can supply 12,500 gallons of rainwater annually. During the process, our Mexican partners teach useful construction skills, demonstrate the value of partnership, pray together, and share the Good News in a causal and natural manner. To date, over 400 families own a cistern and over 4.5 million gallons of rainwater are “harvested” annually. There continues to grow a network of cistern owners who hear and see how God works in their lives through work and relationship. Our church will be sending a team of youth and adults to work in this ministry this summer.
Wycliff Ministry, Philippines
Richard and Barbara Altork began serving in the Philippines in 1992, first in Manila and later in Davao City. They moved back to the US in 2008 because of Richard’s health. Barbara continues to serve with the Asia Area as a Desktop Publishing Makeup Specialist. Her main job is to take translated scriptures and get them ready for printing. Thanks to the Internet, she can work with people throughout Asia from her home office in Monroe, North Carolina. Barbara began a ministry for children in Davao City, with Bible Clubs, independent from her Wycliff work. She replies on support of churches and friends.