Below is a list of national and international organizations/mission projects supported by First Presbyterian Church. To go directly to the organization’s website, click on the links below (descriptions are provided for mission projects without websites).
Domestic Service Organization/Project Funding
|Disaster Relief Projects
|Jobs for Life
|Society of St. Andrew
|Youth Conference Ministries
Mission Co-Worker and Staff Funding
|Faith and Stan DeLaCour||Stu Ross|
|Rev. John McCall||Fred Foy and Cecily Strang||Nedson Zulu
International Service Organization/Project Funding
The Dora E. Valentin Reformed Presbyterian Church, the Evangelical Theological Seminary and the Center for Mission, Evangelism, and Christian Education receive financial support to further the growth of the Christian church in Cuba. FPC sends at least one mission team annually along with funds to assist the church in its outreach efforts, and in particular, its support and expansion of home mission churches. The Seminary is an ecumenical training center offering coursework to both lay and ordained leaders of the church, and now includes PC(USA) missionaries teaching there who are also supported by FPC.
Andrew’s Memorial United Church, located in the central Jamaica community of Mandeville, is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) sister denomination in the Caribbean, The United Church in Jamaica and The Cayman Islands. The church has an active outreach program and seeks to serve the poor by offering health care clinics, primary education, tutoring and evangelism through Sunday school offerings and worship services in their communities. The relationship with FPC began in 2011 and will continue to grow through annual mission trips that partner with church members on construction projects, evangelism outreach and other areas of mutually agreed upon need.
The Presbyterian Church of East Africa serves a Christian community of faith that has many growing congregations seeking someone to come alongside them to assist as they build or expand their church buildings, caring for and educating children throughout the country or partnering in water purification projects. FPC sends mission teams as often as possible to partner with these new communities of faith in their construction and building dedications.
The Presbyterian University of East Africa is located near Nairobi at the site of the Thogot Mission Centre on land provided by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. This University seeks to be the center of academic excellence by educating leaders who will contribute to the region’s future progress with undergraduate degree programs in theology, business administration and computer science. Expansion plans include facilities that will enable the University to offer degree programs in health sciences, law and education with enabling collaborations with several Presbyterian hospitals located within Kenya.
Forman Christian College has grown to be an educational institution after being returned to the church after 31 years of government control. It is a major task of God’s people at Forman Christian College to educate both Muslim and Christian students in an atmosphere conducive to mutual respect. FPC’s funding assists support of the chaplaincy, scholarships for students and funds for student activities.
Palestinian Bible Society
The Palestinian Bible Society (PBS) is a national office of the UBS (United Bible Societies) with its office in Jerusalem. The work was started in the Holy Land in 1816 and is still going on to this date. The PBS specifically works and partners with all the various Christian churches and denominations and, on the general scale, works with all sectors and areas of the Palestinian community. A new initiative of the PBS, focused especially on Gaza, is providing the Bible on solar-powered MP3 players which also include a re-telling of key Bible stories, contextualized for Palestinian listeners. This is a very relational ministry, and they see that they have an extraordinary opportunity in these days to share the Scriptures and to show the love of Jesus.
Busanza Vocational Training School is an add-on construction project in this community and follows the completion of a sanctuary for the Busanza mission church of Kanombe Parish. This school will serve as a bridge for many youth from high school to a job by providing training classes in areas such as sewing, carpentry, masonry, and computer skills. The goal is to build a total of six classrooms over three years.
CPAJ (Centre Presbytérien d’ Amour des Jeunes) is a ministry to street children established by the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. The church realized that there were a large number of children living in the streets of Kigali and that the government was not able to care for all of them. While it is illegal to live on the streets, there are over 7,000 street children in Kigali and only 3 organizations ministering specifically to them. In addition to lodging, food and clothing, CPAJ teaches vocational skills, Bible stories/lessons/songs with the children given work and other responsibilities to help restore the self-respect they lost while living on the streets.
Hannah Ministries Tumurere is a Christian organization working with AIDS-infected mothers as well as children at risk (orphans, children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, children living in a child-led household and street children). It is a local initiative in Byumba, Rwanda born to respond to the needs of these individuals. Its priorities are to provide education; feeding; medical expenses; vocational training; HIV/AIDS care & counseling; and self-sustainable development.
Kanombe Parish is a Presbyterian congregation is striving to accomplish its mission of reaching out to the community of genocide survivors. The congregation initially focused particularly on the widows and children who husbands and fathers were killed in 1994. Funding sent for this church has helped to build a suitable worship facility along with space for Christian education and literacy programs. The church also has an education/care program for special needs children.
The Presbyterian Church of Rwanda serves a Christian community of faith that has many growing congregations seeking someone to come alongside them to assist as they build or expand their church buildings, caring for and educating children, or providing vocational training facilities for young adults throughout the country. FPC sends mission teams as often as possible to partner with these communities of faith in their construction and building dedications.
Hands in Service (HIS) was founded by the Farris family (Alfred, Carney and Evelyn) a year after being sent out from First Presbyterian Church in 1980. HIS operates in a region of Northeastern Uganda that encompasses nearly 2 million people from the Teso and Kumum tribes. Through the years HIS has been involved in many innovative community development and ministry initiatives as a response to the changing societal challenges and problems that arise in this part of the world. Currently HIS is operates a metal fabrication workshop and apprenticeship vocational and training program to sustain the ministry activities of HIS; a citrus orchard/market garden sustained by solar irrigation and surrounded by housing and gardens for HIS staff; a diversified farm and agricultural training center situated on the shores of Lake Kyoga to teach and demonstrate sustainable and organic farming practices; and a film outreach ministry that goes into villages on a regular basis taking the Jesus and Amazing Grace films to conduct outreach ministry in partnership with local churches. www.handsinservice.org
Juna Amagara Ministries was founded in 2004 to help children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic grow in Christ to become healthy, productive members of society. The mission is to propagate socially healthy and productive life relationships through Children Care Homes, Schooling, life-skills training, fellowship groups, counseling and reconciliation programs; to provide life sustenance through nutritional and medical facilitation; and to present the life saving and transforming power of the Gospel. www.amagara.org
Kamwenge Secondary Vocational School (KSVI) is a community school in the heart of rural western Uganda with a vision to transform a poor community into a self-sustained and responsible community with a high sense of integrity and accountability in a Christian transforming environment. Kamwenge people have united together in this effort by giving generously. KSVI aims to equip individuals with skills for sustainable socio-economic development as a holistic approach of building the Kingdom of God. www.pim-africa.org/ksvi.html
Crisis Nurseries offer emergency, transitional homes for orphans and abandoned children that provide care until the child can be safely united with extended, foster, or an adoptive family. They also provide help for poor, malnourished children who desperately need good nutrition to survive. One such home Lusaka, Zambia is named after former FPC pastor, Bill Bryant and his wife, Bettye. This nursery is a safe home saturated with love, prayer, and tender care for toddlers and preschoolers who critically need specialized nutritional and psychological care.
|International Justice Mission
|Living Waters for the World
|Medical Benevolence Foundation
|The Outreach Foundation