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Local & Global Missions

FPC’s mission of Changing Lives, Making Disciples extends locally and globally.

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Transforming Lives

Thanks to member generosity, FPC helps our neighbors by providing food for the hungry, medical services for the sick, programs for those with special needs, and emergency aid for those in need of housing, transportation, and cost of living demands. 

 

The church also supports a variety of educational opportunities for both youth and adults, providing tutoring, job training, school uniforms, one-on-one mentoring, and a summer enrichment program.

Your gifts go far beyond our church walls and make a difference in the lives of people throughout the world. FPC has contributed financial support for Ukrainian war relief efforts, indigent care in the Congo, schooling in Haiti and Nicaragua, clean water in Africa, housing repairs in the hurricane-damaged Caribbean, and the important ministries of our partner missionaries in Kenya and Sweden. 

 

As you read the list of local and global programs that receive support from FPC, imagine how giving transforms lives near and far. FPC’s Outreach Ministry plans to explore new partnerships in 2023 and will be open to whatever God may place on our hearts. Please pray for the missions we fund and the members of our ministry teams. 

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Join us in providing a life-saving education to a deserving young boy or girl in Nairobi, Kenya!

Global Outreach Ministry is seeking support for the 2024 Bahati Scholarship Program which supports deserving high school students in one of the poorest areas of Nairobi. Started in 2007, the program has provided funding for 269 students, adding girls to the program in 2010. Bahati Scholarships cover school tuition, uniforms and school fees, personal items, transportation to and from school each term and for mid-term breaks, salary for a social worker who manages the program, and a general fund for medical expenses, special meals, shoes, special needs, etc.

Supporters can choose to sponsor a specific student for $880 per year or be paired with another sponsor(s) and pay $440 or $220 per year as a partial sponsor. Sponsors are encouraged to communicate with the student via email and periodic mailings. Those who want to support the program but don't want to be in a relationship with a specific student can make a donation to the program and be assured that the funds are used to provide resources for things like holiday meals, medical care, shoes, uniforms, etc. as needed. Your contribution to this Global Outreach Ministry of FPC will touch you and a student in East Africa in surprising ways.

 

For more information or to become a supporter, contact the church office or Jack or Mary-Stuart Alderman (jackalderman@mac.com or msalderman@me.com) or Jeff Myers (jmyrs12@yahoo.com).

For the Bahati Scholarship support form, click here.

Transforming Lives Locally

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Antioch Educational Center (AEC)

AEC's mission is to assist members of low-income families to transition to self-sufficiency by offering programs and services in the areas of education, job preparedness, and health and wellness. 

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Brain Gain

Offers high achieving minority students from the local Boys and Girls Club and local Hispanic churches, opportunities that might otherwise not be available to them. A day at Brain Gain might include chess, kayaking, Latino-American studies, African American studies, sports and crafts.

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Hopeful Horizons

The Lowcountry leader in ending child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault provides treatment, support, safety, shelter, legal services and advocacy for the victims/survivors of abuse.

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Pockets Full of Sunshine

By providing inclusive opportunities to connect with one another and our community at large, Pockets makes it sunnier for adults with disabilities.

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School Uniform Drive

This program is part of First Presbyterian's Local Outreach Ministry. Funds raised are used to buy uniforms in bulk and then are distributed to students in schools in Jasper County working in partnership with counselors and others.

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Backpack Buddies

Addressing the needs of hungry children in the Lowcountry, they provide nutritious, child-friendly food for school children to take home over the weekend and older children to have during the week.

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Deep Well Project

Founded in 1973, the initial goal was digging wells to provide clean, safe water for the Hilton Head Island community. Over the years, it has become the source of emergency assistance for those in need.

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Memory Matters

Provides a variety of programs, support and training for individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, caregivers, family and friends, and health professionals.

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Programs for Exceptional People (PEP)

PEP strives to enhance the lives of adults with a broad spectrum of intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities through socialization, literacy, activities and vocational training.

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Thornwell

Offering a unique continuum of care, Thornwell partners with children and families in need to nurture healthy environments for all.  

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Bluffton Community Soup Kitchen

Volunteers prepare, serve and deliver food to the hungry, seniors, those who are sick or shut-in, the homeless and others in need.

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Family Promise of Beaufort County

The only shelter in Beaufort or Jasper counties, Family Promise's vision is that every child has a home and is dedicated to keeping children with their parents.

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Neighborhood Outreach Connection (NOC)

NOC’s mission is to help the poor and those who are vulnerable through its core programs of education (preschool, after school, and adult education), health services, and workforce and community development activities. 

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Real Champions

As an advocate for children, Real Champs helps establish long-term mentoring relationships that lead children to greater opportunities in life, school, and work.

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Volunteers in Medicine (VIM)

VIM's mission is to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically underserved and their households, who live or work on Hilton Head or Daufuskie Islands.

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Books and a Buck

Part of FPC's Local Outreach Ministry, this program provides books to children in preschool through grade 12 in Jasper, Hampton and Allendale Counties.

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First Presbyterian Day School

This Regio Emilia inspired school on the FPC campus provides a safe, healthy and creative learning environment for children ages 2, 3 and 4 years old from diverse backgrounds whose parents are employed in the community. 

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People in Need Fund (PIN)

This program is part of First Presbyterian's Local Outreach Ministry which assists island residents with rent, electric and water bills, gas, food and more. The PIN office and food pantry are located at the church.

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Sandalwood Community Food Pantry

On Tuesdays and Fridays the pantry, located at Queen Chapel A.M.E. Church, provides food (produce, meat, bread, canned goods) and supplies (toiletries, school supplies and clothes on an ad hoc basis).

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Transforming Lives Globally

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Bahati Scholars, Nairobi, Kenya

This FPC scholarship program supports deserving high school students in one of the poorest areas of Nairobi. Started in 2007, the program has provided funding for 269 students, adding girls to the program in 2010.

For the Bahati Scholarship support form, click here.

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Caribbean Youth Network

The Caribbean Youth Network is an international mission organization fostering the planting, partnering, and networking of relational, Christ-centered youth ministry activities in the Caribbean Islands. 

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Rev. Stephanie Black, Mission Partner, Nairobi, Kenya

Stephanie brings her experience in theological education to Serge, an international organization that sends and cares for missionaries, mentors and equips ministry leaders, and develops resources for ongoing spiritual renewal. Based in Nairobi, Stephanie's mission is to serve the Kingdom of God by teaching alongside Serge's church-planting and leadership training efforts to deepen and strengthen partnerships. 

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CCP Christian School and House of Hope, Nicaragua

The mission is the integration of women and their children into society, transformed through the power of healing and complete discipleship and vocational training within a safe, loving, and serving community. Started in Nicaragua, and now also located in Honduras and Bolivia, House of Hope provides day programs, residential centers, educational opportunities, micro-grants and counseling. 

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IMCK in the Congo

Since 1954, IMCK in the Democratic Republic of Congo has provided educational opportunities for students who dream of providing quality health care throughout their country. The staff of Institut Supérieur des Techniques Médicales and Institut de Techniques Médicales work diligently to provide quality education for their students. 

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Ukrainian War Relief 

FPC supports this mission through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance which enables congregations of the PC(USA) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events. Currently PDA in Ukraine is in the emergency response phase, primarily supporting refugees in transit in Ukraine and refugees who have crossed borders with food, hygiene items, potable water, baby supplies, first aid, psychosocial support and more.

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Haiti Outreach Ministries

HOM’s vision is to develop self-sustaining communities that help people become the individuals God intended them to be. This is achieved through programs that address the spiritual, mental, physical, and economic needs of our Haitian brothers & sisters.

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Marion Medical Mission, Africa

This ministry extends the love of Christ to the extreme poor in Africa by providing a sustainable source of clean, safe drinking water. Since the 1990s, they’ve focused on preventative medicine by providing functional wells. 

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Adelynn Helms, Mission Partner, Gothenburg, Sweden

Through Campus Crusade for Christ International (Cru), Adelyn is serving in Sweden. Cru is a community of young people passionate about connecting people from all cultures in every walk of life with Jesus Christ. 

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Operation Christmas Child

Samaritan’s Purse, an umbrella organization, which with the help of churches world-wide meets the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine. Each year FPC packs hundreds of shoeboxes with toys, tools, sewing kits and more for children in some 100 countries to share about Jesus' love. 

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