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We take Missions seriously. Not only with our funds, but with our hearts, hands, feet,...our whole selves. We realize that WE are God's love to those we serve.
We have some amazing opportunities for members of our congregation to serve our church, our community and our world.
We now have an updated Mission Booklet that provides information on the missions and missionaries that we support. You may download or view this booklet by clicking the link below.
Missions and missionaries supported by First Presbyterian Church, Wichita Falls
Interfaith Ministries, Inc. is a united effort of the religious community to show God's love. We respond to those in need through advocacy and coordination of community resources. Interfaith is a private non-profit ministry supported by persons of many faiths from over 50 member congregations along with many others. Through Interfaith Ministries all supporters are able to "Join Hands to Serve Others." www.interfaithwf.org
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian housing ministry that works in partnership with God's people in need to build decent, affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods. We empower partner families to break the cycle of poverty housing through education, skill development, and mentoring to become successful homeowners. We build a spirit of volunteerism by providing volunteer experiences and encouraging philanthropy to support the mission and spirit of Habitat for Humanity Wichita Falls.
Faith Refuge: In the past 20 years the face of the homeless has changed. The fastest growing homeless population in the United States is now women with dual diagnosis (mental illness and addiction) and single mother families with children. This holds true for Wichita Falls as well. Faith Refuge opened in May of 2012 to address the need for shelter for this population. www.faithrefugewf.org
Faith Mission daily focuses its ministry efforts to transforming lives and sending those people into the world spiritually and emotionally whole in the name of Jesus Christ. Faith Mission is providing hope to all by restoring lives through Rescue, Rehabilitation and Reintegration through the love of Jesus Christ. www.faithmissionwf.org
County Jail Ministry: Our county jails house many lost people. Johnelle Donnell serves as a jail chaplain and conducts Sunday evening services as well as one-on-one visits. Those who come to Christ are discipled weekly and given Bibles, Christian literature and Bible studies. Some are followed while in prison and given support upon leaving in the form of mentoring, bus tickets, medical help, and guidance on transitioning into a recovery program or learning how to live their faith on the outside.
On Eagles' Wings reaches Native America with the message of the gospel, addressing the hopelessness and addiction found on Indian reservations. On Eagles' Wings has a twenty-plus year history of reaching Native youth for Jesus Christ with peer-to-peer evangelism that goes to the heart of lost Native youth. With sports, Christian music, and personal stories of hope, many Native young people on reservations throughout North America are given the opportunity to make personal decisions for Jesus Christ.
New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children (NOROC) is a mission which provides for the spiritual, developmental, social, and medical needs of at-risk Romanian orphans in Tulcea, Romania. New opportunities for spiritual, physical, educational and emotional growth are offered so that at-risk institutionalized children may escape cycles of poverty, dependency and abuse, and may become independent adults who can nurture meaningful relationships and contribute to their communities. www.noroc.org
Slavic Reformation Society (SRS) is a mission which exists to meet the need for theological training of pastors in the Russian-speaking world. Discipleship in true Christian theology, biblical interpretation, worship and preaching equips leaders and advances the Church. FPC provides support for students attending SRS seminary. www.slavicreformationsociety.com
The Eden Center Presbyterian Church and School in Managua, Nicaragua was founded by missionaries Abraham and Anna Jung in 2012 with the goal to share Christ's love and develop a school and community that exemplify Christian values. www.hopenicaragua.org
Cafe Justo is a grower-owned coffee cooperative based in southern Chiapas, Mexico, formed to address the poverty and migration from Mexico to the USA. FPC sells this coffee with all proceeds going to the cooperative. Cafe Justo is the only coffee that is served at our church. www.justcoffee.org
LOCAL, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL MISSIONARIES
Carolyn and Jack Hill, now affiliated with World Outreach Ministries after 40 years with The Navigators, reach out to people from all backgrounds with the Good News of Jesus Christ, helping everyday people become grounded in the Scriptures and in their relationship with Jesus Christ, equipping them to reach their families and friends. The Hills are committed to being part of the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan for all nations and seeing Him become more famous among all peoples. The love and support from their First Presbyterian Church family is a continuing source of encouragement in their work locally and around the world. firstname.lastname@example.org www.WorldOutreach.org
Tara and Colin Bready are working as evangelists and disciplers in Durham, NC. Their time is spent ministering to graduate students on the campus of Duke and working with needy communities to bring the love and message of Jesus to all. Tara also serves in a national capacity to help develop leadership and training for the new generation of laborers in urban areas while still consulting for women's issues in the Middle East.
Blake and Cathy Purcell moved to Leningrad in 1990 with their three children and became one of the first Evangelical missionaries allowed to live in the Soviet Union since 1917 (Leningrad later became St. Petersburg). The Purcells were blessed with three more children after they moved to Russia. Blake founded the Reformed Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg and the Biblical Theological Seminary of St. Petersburg in 1999. Our church has been in partnership with the Purcells since 1990.
Liz Searles and her husband, Rev. Douglas Searles, serve with NOROC in Tulcea, Romania. First Presbyterian Church provides support for this effort to share God's blessings with Romanian orphaned children.
FIRST PRES. MISSION TRIPS
Ferncliff Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Center in Arkansas
Eden Center Presbyterian Church and School in Managua, Nicaragua