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.
GLOBAL MISSION SUPPORT
First Presbyterian Church supports ministries all over the world. Over 20 percent 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.
Burn Care International
Burn Care International is a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation established in 2005 to work in developing countries, primarily concentrating in South America and Africa. In a serious burn injury, many hospitals can offer basic care but the resulting insufficient skin grafting, poor wound healing, disfigurement, scars, and emotional trauma are unavoidable unless a hospital has been trained in how to treat burn patients.
Entrust’s mission is to multiply church leaders through accessible, locally owned, reproducible training systems.
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. EBC was founded and is led by Chandan Kumar Sah who employs multiple strategies to reach and transform communities. His ministry has expanded from Bihar to another 8 states in Northern India. Chandan is developing network leaders, training in Disciple Making Movements. He also incorporated CHE (Community Health Evangelism) to help make the movements more self-sustaining. Pramila, Chandan’s wife, is instrumental in equipping and discipling women as she leads a strong women’s ministry, and has entered a counseling program to help in rescuing women from trafficking.
Here’s Life of Florence Inc.
Here’s Life exists to empower and equip indigenous church planters in North India and Nepal to be fully supported as bi-vocational (tentmaker) missionaries. The primary focus of Here’s Life is funding interest-free micro-loans to start businesses in strategic areas.
International Justice Mission
International Justice Mission is a program that greatly increases the intimacy of the partnership and helps the congregation build a relationship with one particular field office. The primary focus of Here’s Life is funding interest-free micro-loans to start businesses in strategic areas.
One Challenge International — Tim and Annette Gulick
After working as the summer youth interns at FPC Florence in 1992 and ’93 and finishing seminary, Tim and Annette joined the mission organization, One Challenge International. Since 1996, Annette and Tim have focused on providing youth ministry training and materials. They do this through on-site, face-to-face training, one-on-one mentoring and coaching, as well as through publishing youth ministry materials, primarily on the Internet.
The Spanish-language website they started 20 years – www.ParaLideres.org – currently has over 40,000 pages of free youth ministry resources with new ones being added every few days. On average, 10,000 people a day use that website.
They train, mentor, coach, and provide ministry materials to people who are helping the younger generations become more like Jesus. This is done so they can serve the youth and families of their church and community more effectively. The Gulicks accomplish this through both onsite and online training, mentoring and coaching, as well as through publishing youth ministry materials.
Tim is the son of Dr. Roger Gulick, a former pastor of FPC-Florence.
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.
A short video of Bayonnais in 2009
The Outreach Foundation (ECO Egyptian)
The purpose of The Outreach Foundation is to engage followers of Christ for His work in the world. The Outreach Foundation works in 37 countries with 50 global partners. The global church has needs and The Outreach Foundation seeks to support our partners with their identified needs. This could be a new church start up in Egypt, a seminary scholarship in Ethiopia, or support of online ministries in Iran. The opportunities to engage the global church are limitless, and everyone of our global partners has needs. At present, the most crucial needs are for food in almost every country where we work. Food insecurity is alarming around the globe. Likewise, The Outreach Foundation is involved in leadership development and support of vulnerable women and children around the world.
Rev. Dr. Cody and Talulah Watson
Frontier Fellowship is “deeply rooted in our rich legacy and continuing to look toward the frontier where the Good News of Jesus has yet to find expression.” Its purpose is to mobilize prayer, giving and personnel for Frontier missionFor more information about Frontier Fellowship, visit here.
Bob and Kristi Rice
The Rices began in January 2010 as mission workers of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they served with the Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC). In May 2017, they began a new role and call in South Sudan. Bob serves as an instructor at Nile Theological College and teaches a broad range of courses in theology and biblical studies, with a specific focus in the academic disciplines of systematic theology, public theology, and ethics. Kristi serves as an economic and development adviser for the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. She works to strengthen the identification, development, and management of church development projects that support the financial goals of the church and improve the health and well-being of the communities. They live in Juba, the capital city. Read their blog here.
Jeremy and Courtney Emert (Covenant Partners of FPC)
Along with their three children, the Emerts moved to Choma, Zambia, where they joined Poetice International and are serving with Poetice Zambia. Jeremy serves as the Director of Community Engagement and Base Manager, and Courtney serves as the Restore and Worship Coordinator. The Emerts also will build relationships within their African community. Poetice International exists to empower the church to fight for justice. We envision the kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven. Our values are to love God through prayer, scripture, and worship, and to create belonging. For updates about the Emerts, visit here.