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
Click this link for the Nicaragua Mission Trip page on the church website to read about the team’s work in Managua with the House of Hope.
Nicaragua Mission Trip
2017 Haiti Mission Trip: April 22-29
Click this link for the Haiti Mission Trip page on the church website to read about the team’s work in the week-long medical clinic in Cite Soleil.
Haiti Mission trip
The Haiti mission team conducted annual physicals and sick visits at the Haiti Outreach Ministries (HOM) clinic in Cite Soleil, and stayed at the HOM guest house in Terre Noire.
The combined U.S. and Haitian team saw almost 400 patients, ran 800 diagnostic tests and dispensed more than 1,000 prescriptions and OTC products. We helped needy people feel a bit better and may have saved a few lives. We felt God’s presence many times over the course of this week.
The trip itself covered an eight-day period. The planning took months and involved many people who deserve thanks. First Presbyterian Church staff spent hours printing medical forms, working on trip finances and storing medical products that would end up in the fifteen large suitcases that accompanied us to Haiti. They cleaned up the mess we made on packing day. Many people donated the suitcases, vitamins, eyes glasses, etc. that we took with us. Through their pledges, the congregation purchased the products we used and dispensed. Volunteers In Medicine folks helped us by facilitating the pharmaceutical and medical products orders. Perhaps most importantly, people in our congregation and elsewhere prayed for our team. For this, and other unmentioned support, we want to express our sincerest gratitude and thanks. Blessings to all.
–The Haiti mission team
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
Learn more on the Bahati Scholars page
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
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.