Go and make disciples of all nations. Matthew 28:19
Be it across town or across the world, serving lunch at our local Manna House or building churches in the Amazon, First Presbyterian serves the call of evangelism. Our members have incredible opportunities to reach out to those in need and put to use their spiritual gifts and talents. Each year, a number of global mission trips are organized and each week our members volunteer locally.
Upcoming Mission Trip
Our annual mission trip to Haiti will be in February. Departure will be Feb. 27, and return will be March 7. If you are interested in participating, please call or email the Rev. Chris Handley.
Recent Mission Trips
GLOBAL MISSION SUPPORT
First Presbyterian supports ministries all over the world. Over 20% of the gifts given to the ministry of this church go to support the work of building the kingdom of God around the world. Our mission ministry team works to stay in contact with over 25 missionaries that we support on every continent on the globe.
Ken & Karen Buckner
Come Go With Us Ministries: Zambia
Following Jesus’ command to “go and preach”; this ministry was born to provide an opportunity for others to play a vital role as supporters, prayer warriors and local ministry partners – in the capacity of interns, mission teams, individual mission team members and full time missionaries on the mission field. Ken & Karen have been serving the people of Zambia in southern Africa since 2008. Pray for the Buckners as they endeavor to take the Gospel to the lost in the Zambian bush.
Carol Crom (Covenant Partner of FPC)
A former missionary to Slovakia, now works with Entrust as their Director of Donor Relations (coordinating development and fundraising), Communications (writer and editor) and India Team (women’s training and communications).
Gives burned children in developing countries around the world a chance to get the care they need and hope for their future. The process is not easy and these families come in scared, often traumatized by their experience, and fearful of what is going to happen. We are humbled to realize that in the past eight years we have been blessed to help give over 3000 patients encouragement, effective care, and a chance.
Empower Believers Connections: India Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship
EBC is a network of indigenous (Indian) mission agencies that are planting churches and transforming communities throughout the northeastern state of Bihar. Bihar is 0.06% Christian. The state is mostly Hindu (80%), followed by a large Muslim population (18%) and a mix of Buddhism, Jainism, Seiks, etc. EBC was founded and is led by Chandan Kumar Sah who employs multiple strategies to reach and transform communities, including: CHE (Community Health Evangelism), CPM (Church Planting Movements), DMM (Disciple Making Movements), and MED (Micro-Enterprise Development). Pramila, Chandan’s wife, is instrumental in equipping and discipling women as she leads a strong women’s ministry.
Roger and Joy Gulick
The Gulicks serve as pastoral care providers for Entrust’s global staff. Dr. Roger Gulick is also a member of Entrust’s Board of Directors and Pastor Emeritus of our church, First Presbyterian Church, Florence, SC.
Jeremy and Courtney Emert (Covenant Partners of FPC)
Along with their three children, the Emerts moved to Choma, Zambia, to act as team hosts for short term mission teams visiting Zambia. They’ll work to insure that each team member has a set of sheets, that the water filter is full, that no one sleeps through breakfast or gets lost on the way to Hopefest. More than those practical things, however, the Emerts will guide debrief times and shepherd team members as they process and wrestle with their cross-cultural experiences. The Emerts will also build relationships within their African community. So will their children.
Pastor Actionnel Fleurisma and OFCB Ministries
In Bayonnais, Haiti. Their goal is to preach the gospel spiritually and socially, and to provide food, education and proper medical care to one of the poorest areas of Haiti.
Combating Child Slavery
Ghana’s Lake Volta is among the world’s largest man-made lakes, covering 3,275 square miles. Thousands of children work in its massive fishing industry – and many of these children are held in slavery. A July 2013 investigation conducted by IJM estimated that as many as 60% of the nearly 800 children we observed on the lake may be slaves. These children are abused and malnourished; their work is dangerous; and drowning and other hazards are a constant threat. Though this form of slavery is brutal, there is hope. The Ghanaian government has expressed its serious commitment to addressing slavery on Lake Volta, and is eager to employ a proven model to combat slavery on the lake. We are ready to help end slavery in Ghana. We rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems.
Wick & Cindy Jackson
The Jacksons serve Envoy International to help the local church develop and implement personalized involvement in world evangelization and discipleship. Cindy Jackson also founded Burn Care International (after she was severaly burned in 2011 in Bolivia) which works to improve the lives of burn patients in developing countries around the world.
Drs. Caleb & Louise King (Covenant Partners of FPC)
The Kings are currently serving in the town of Musanze/Ruhengeri, in Northwest Rwanda where Caleb and Louise work at Ruhengeri Hospital, teaching Rwandan doctors. Caleb also continues working to develop hydroelectric power for Northeast Rwanda. A video tour with Louise here.
Tim and Annette Gulick
The Gulicks serve with OC International in Argentina. Their focus is on training and mentoring youth leaders in the Spanish speaking world as well as developing and distributing youth ministry resources.
This ministry seeks to demonstrate and proclaim the love of God through evangelism, church planting, discipleship, and literature distribution and also by providing relief and development in many areas of the world.
Rev. Dr. Cody and Talulah Watson
Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship “For every people an indigenous church, For every church a mission vision.” Currently, Cody is PFF’s resource person for Frontier Mission in South Asia, India (especially the state of Bihar), Nepal and Bangladesh.
Bob and Kristi Rice
The Rice’s began in January 2010 as mission workers of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they serve with the Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC). Bob serves as a consultant and colleague with the CPC, with an active involvement in visioning and implementing new initiatives in Christian education and evangelism, including the development of curriculum and traveling throughout the region as a member of the evangelism team. Kristi serves with community development and microloan projects connected to the CPC as she seeks to empower the poor and demonstrate God’s love. Read more here.
David and Susan Rice
The Rice’s have served with Campus Crusade for Christ since 2007 on the Global Campus Team, helping develop and give leadership to our expansion efforts around the world. They are currently in Hungary. Read more here.
Chandan Sah (India)
Chandan Sah is the Administrator of BORN. He and his wife, Pramila, have been involved in training grass roots church planters. Earlier, they served as native missionaries to their home state of Bihar. Chandan Kumar Sah founded and leads Empowering Believers Connections and he employs multiple strategies to reach and transform communities, including: CHE (Community Health Evangelism), CPM (Church Planting Movements), DMM (Disciple Making Movements), and MED (Micro-Enterprise Development). Pramila, Chandan’s wife, is instrumental in equipping and discipling women as she leads a strong women’s ministry.
Larry & Inge Sthreshley
These missionaries serve with the Medical Benevolence Foundation. Larry and Inge have been under appointment as mission co-workers since 1987. Larry is the Congo Director of IMA World Health. Projects include a large gender based violence project, AIDS and malaria programs, working with the government on their health information system, and working with neglected tropical diseases and small agriculture and nutrition programs. Inge assists women’s groups in the areas of agriculture and development. She has written a number of brochures and published a book on agriculture and health education materials.