In accordance with Scripture, the MISSION of First Presbyterian Church is to “Change Lives and Make Disciples.”
Within our own congregation, our VISION is “Every Member in Ministry.”
Chair: Kent Grimes
2017 Nicaragua Mission Trip: April 8-15
FPC’s mission team is set for our annual mission trip to Nicaragua for adults and youth this spring. We are looking forward to working again with the House of Hope and the VidaNueva Orphanage. These mission trips are unforgettable experiences. The lives we set out to change begin with our own!
Look for updates on a Nicaragua mission trip page on the website when the team is in Nicaragua.
2017 Haiti Mission Trip: April 22-29
It’s not too late to join the team for FPC’s 5th Haiti Mission Trip, scheduled for April 22-29. Our team will conduct annual physicals and sick visits at the Haiti Outreach Ministries (HOM) clinic in Cite Soleil. Depending upon the skills and talents of our team members, we may provide other medical/surgical services as well. We will stay at the HOM guest house in Terre Noire.
We need MDs, PAs, NPs, nurses, lab techs and lay people. Dentists and dental hygienists are also invited to serve in the dental wing of the clinic. If you have experience in any of these areas, or are a good helper, the team needs you. The trip cost is estimated to be approximately $1,100-$1,200, depending upon airfare. We are pleased to report that there will be some ESL educational mission opportunities again this year. We are currently exploring exactly how we will work with HOM teachers, for those who may be interested.
Experience the joys and occasional tears associated with serving our less fortunate brethren in a country where the only “safety net” is cast by Christ’s disciples. To learn more, contact Brian Fatzinger – 843.715.2175 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew 25:40: “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
The Global Outreach Ministry supported and collected for Operation Christmas Child through Samaritans Purse, throughout the year. The simple shoeboxes, filled with hygiene, school and personal items, bring joy to the children and they know they are receiving it through the word of Jesus Christ. Our goal at First Presbyterian is to collect these items, then have the youth assemble the shoeboxes during camp, retreats, and Sunday School. If you would like to help, please contact Robin Swift at 843-384-0959 or email@example.com. Best of all, pray for this project and these children who receive our gifts.
Bahati Scholars program
57 high-school-aged boys and girls who have been saved from the streets of Nairobi, Kenya receive support through scholarship funds provided by FPC members. Being a Bahati Scholar sponsor is a rewarding experience. Bahati Scholarship support covers school tuition, transportation from Bahati to and from the school each term and for mid-term breaks, uniforms and school fees, personal items and a general fund for medical expenses, special meals, shoes, special needs, etc.
Click the link below to sponsor a student for 2017:
Click the link below for an overview of the program:
FPC supports Stephanie Black, a Theological Education Specialist for Serge – in partnership with EPC World Outreach. She is based in Dublin, Ireland. Stephanie teaches in theological institutions alongside Serge’s church-planting efforts in Africa, Asia and post-Christian Europe and helps Serge develop and strengthen partnerships in theological education. She will equip others to participate in theological training in cross-cultural settings. Stephanie recently led a women’s retreat at FPC and made a presentation about global Christianity at a Global Outreach dinner.
Stephanie is pictured here on the left with Pastor Doug Fletcher and Global Outreach Committee member Charlotte White at the women’s retreat.
For more information, click this link for a 3-minute video: https://youtu.be/5rxZZzJgs14
Haiti Mission Trip, April 2-9, 2016
FPC’s Haiti mission team ran a medical clinic with our Haiti on Mission partners. The team also conducted English as a second language (ESL) classes and evaluations of children.
Read more on the Haiti mission trip page
Nicaragua Mission Trip, April 9-16, 2016
FPC’s Nicaragua mission team worked with women and children at the House of Hope, and did minor construction work to expand the office area for the staff.
Read more on the Nicaragua mission trip page
Kenya Mission Network Conference, February 25-27, 2016
“Building Cross-Cultural Mission Skills”
The Kenya Mission Network conference at FPC had 65 registrants from places as far away as Redmond, OR, Fargo, ND, Rochester NY, Kansas City, Nairobi, Mombasa, Kenya, to learn about the vital importance of understanding our cultural heritage and learning to work together for a greater purpose. Speakers included Hunter Farrell, Director of World Mission for the Presbyterian Church (USA), who talked about the stages of the development of mission networks, working toward being in collaboration to be mutually supportive. Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church East Africa, Rt. Rev. Julius Mwamba, talked about his personal commitment that the denomination will focus on soul, mind and body by sharing the word through churches and presbyteries to develop schools, and hospitals. Rev. Jesse Munyoroku, Clerk of Nairobi Central Presbytery, preached on Sunday, February 28.
Learn more on the Kenya Mission Network website: www.kenyanetwork.org
“Other views: Lessons from Kenya can help our Lowcountry community”
Read the article from the March 15, 2016 “The Island Packet” newspaper written by David Lauderdale about the Kenya Mission Network conference:
Dedication of IMCK Chapel in Congo:
Charlotte White, Global Mission Committee member, went to Congo for the dedication of the Founders’ Chapel at IMCK Medical Center, supported by FPC. While there, she sent messages back to FPC, read them at the link below. FPC’s Global Outreach Committee contributed funds to build a cross for the chapel, see photo at right.
Read the recent newsletter: IMCK Newsletter 16.1
Our Global Mission Outreach supports missions trips by our youth and adults to Nicaragua, Kenya and Haiti. The goal is to send teams to Haiti and Nicaragua each year. We have also supported mission trips to Kenya for the Bahati Scholars program and to meet with our partners there, the Nairobi Central Presbytery.