We believe God’s Spirit is moving across the globe. First Presbyterian has partnered with churches and organizations around the world to work for the advancing Kingdom of God. Below is a list of our current mission partnerships.
The Outreach Foundation
Stu and Linda Ross of The Outreach Foundation led mission teams from our church in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. Our congregation has engaged directly with this mission, having sent 25 local church members to Kenya (Read the 2014 Mission Report here). Gifts to the Outreach Foundation will be used to construct and furnish churches and schools.
Since 1996, Todd Luke has lived or worked in the southern portion of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in a rural area known as Calakmul. He works through the Campechano Presbytery to support evangelism and community development among the Ch’ol people living in the Xpujil region. Todd dedicates 6 to 10 weeks each year to hosting mission teams from the USA. These groups work with Ch’ol Presbyterians building cisterns, leading Vacation Bible School, and in other shared ministries. The Senior High students make a trip to this region to assist Todd every two years, and they will make this journey in the summer of 2014.
FPC sent a group from our congregation to Cuba in 2004, and the relationship between our church and our sister church in Cuba continues to grow. This church in Guanabacoa has continued their Campaign for the Hope and Aids outreach program, ministering to those in need with health supplies, information and pastoral counseling. A second local team is preparing to make the trip to Cuba in 2014. The number of new believers is increasing dramatically in Cuba, and the shortage of pastors becomes more acute. Our support helps cover costs for training workshops and meals for two years. We sent a team to Guanabacoa in 2005.
In recent years we have witnessed an unprecedented turning to Christ among Iranians from a Muslim background, and they hunger to know and follow Jesus. We will continue our partnership with the Rev. Dr. Sasan Tavassoli who serves as a missionary among Iranians in Iran and among Iranians now living in the USA.
USA / Brazil
FPC supports the Rev. Jose Carlos Pezini as he works in Brazil with three Presbyterian denominations in the area of new church development. He also works with other Brazilian mission organizations that focus on church planting and leadership development.
Marion Medical Mission
Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania
Through Marion Medical Mission, we support the Shallow Well Program, which provides fresh water to people who have only known a life with contaminated water-related illnesses. Since 1990, more than 10,000 wells have been built in villages in Africa. The $400 well changes lives forever, as our church members can affirm from their direct work on the Shallow Well Project. We also support the Field Officers who are responsible for the installation of approximately 100 to 120 new shallow wells each year, while ensuring the ongoing maintenance of existing wells in their area.
Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship
The Gospel is spreading rapidly in Ethiopia, and our church sent a team in 2007 to witness this work. We continue to partner with Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship and evangelist Urgessa Biru to build schools and provide teachers in the village of Kokossa. Because of its effectiveness, this work has become the model for other churches and denominations in teaching the good news of Jesus Christ in predominately Muslim areas.
Menja Holistic Outreach
We continue our support of the holistic outreach to the despised Menja people in the Ameya area. These people are coming to Christ as they are taught to replace their hunter-gatherer lifestyle with modern bee keeping co-ops. This effort will help with training leaders in their fast-growing faith.
Sacred Road Ministries
Since 1855, the culture, families, and dreams of the Yakama people have steadily disintegrated. Sacred Road Ministries was established on the Reservation by the Pacific Northwest Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America to establish a dynamic, healthy church in the remote town of White Swan. The Sacred Road team reaches out to the community through children’s ministry, youth ministry, a variety of acts of service and mercy, adult Bible study (Hope Fellowship), as well as recruiting, hosting and organizing one week service teams. In the summer of 2013, FPC sent a team of adults and students to serve the Yakama people by helping to construct their new worship center and working with the Native American children each evening through the Kids Ministry of Sacred Road. The Student Ministries team is planning a Middle School Family Mission Trip in 2014 to the Yakama Reservation in White Swan, Washington through Sacred Road Ministries.
Other Global Mission Projects
The Antioch Partners
FPC supports the efforts of The Antioch Partners, a ministry of the Outreach Foundation. This group equips, sends, and supports fellow Presbyterians in long-term, cross-cultural ministry.
This year is our eighth year supporting the Belloc, Haiti “Children for Tomorrow” Bible Camp. This effort is led by Samuel Dumond, who was of great assistance to our VBS team when we visited Belloc in 2011. Each year has shown incredible growth with VBS. Children come from miles around by foot to participate. This event always grows significantly as word spreads throughout the area during the week. This past year the VBS attendance was a total of 848 children over three days. Read a report from the the 2016 Haiti Mission Team here.
EPC World Outreach
The EPC World Outreach seeks to mobilize our family of churches, in partnership with the global church, to firmly plant and establish Christ’s Church among all the peoples of the world.
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Barbara Altork, a daughter of First Presbyterian Church, and her husband Richard, continue to work with Wycliffe Bible Translators. FPC supports their continued efforts to bring Christ to area children in the Philippines through a yearly Bible School.