Global Missions

 

We at FPCSM want to help the unreached become fully-devoted followers of Jesus. That’s why we are focusing our efforts in Africa, India and Muslim nations. We support the following global missions organizations. For the safety of our missionaries serving in dangerous areas, we are not including their last names or specific locations.

 

AFRICA

Luke and Jenny, African Inland Mission International (AIM)
http://www.aimint.org/usa/

AIM, or African Inland Mission International, is an interdenominational, evangelical mission society that is more than 100 years old.  AIM mobilizes missionaries (currently 800+) from the United States and other countries to serve in 21 African countries.  The missionaries work at a great variety of tasks, including evangelism, discipleship, leadership training, church planting, theological education, missionary kid schools, medicine, agriculture, care of orphans and street children, counseling, aviation, hospitality, support and service, and media development.  AIM’s goal is the same wherever they work: Christ-Centered Churches among all African Peoples, with priority for the unreached.

 

Rev. Dr. Dustin and Sherri Ellington, PCUSA, Justo Mwale University (JMU)

Dr. Ellingston teaches New Testament, Greek, biblical interpretation, and preaching at Justo Mwale University (JMU), an institution that trains future pastors for service in Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and beyond. The church in this region of Africa has grown exponentially in the last two or three generations and has claimed a central role in solving the region’s societal problems. The enormous growth has also left churches in need of trained pastors who can lead people to maturity in Christ and equip them for service.

FPCSM dedicated its 2016 Lenten Offering to scholarships for students at JMU. Well-trained pastors who can faithfully proclaim the Scriptures is a growing need in southern Africa, and it’s what drew our partners Rev. Dustin and Sherri Ellington, with the PCUSA, to the university in 2010. Due to the poverty of the area, churches and others generally cover the cost of students’ education – $5,000 a year, per student – through a scholarship fund, administered by the Outreach Foundation. We raised more than $25,000 for JMU’s scholarship fund.

 

Alan and Melody, Reach Global
www.reach-global.org

Reach Global transforms the delivery of knowledge, skills and resources to millions of girls and women living in poverty. Reach’s franchise training network trains local organizations to deliver life-changing education, designed specifically to engage the illiterate. Poor women in poor countries meet and support each other in groups, with education integrated into their meetings. The new knowledge and skills enable them to cope with a family crisis (threat of malaria or AIDS), manage life-cycle events in their communities (contributions for funeral or religious events), and seize new opportunities, such as starting or expanding businesses.

 

INDIA

Witnessing Ministries of Christ (WMC)
www.witnessingministries.com

Witnessing Ministries of Christ is a Presbyterian sponsorship program for changing the lives of Dalit Christian children through nurture and education. Their philosophy is to help people so they can stand on their own feet. They educate children to make them fully capable to learn and earn their own living and not need further help from their families. WMC provides K-12 education, books required by the state school board, nutritious daily lunches, uniforms washed by the school, and has school nurses to offer healthcare to the children and their families. In existence for 25 years, the organization is helping 3,000 children today and another 2,000 are on the waiting list for $45/month sponsorships.

M.K., Bless Lunia Project, India

Since 2012, First Pres has partnered with Rev. M.K. of New Life Mission Church, India, to help reach the unreached Lunia people, who live mainly in northern India. Our partnership is focused on building relationships and joining God where He is already working. We support 12 of M.K.’s church-planting pastors assigned to work among the Lunia people. First Pres has sent groups (the “I-Team” in 2012 and “I-Team 2013” as well as smaller groups in 2014 and 2015) to train M.K.’s Lunia pastors and leaders in the fields of counseling, discipleship, intercessory prayer and children’s ministry. These pastors are planting churches at an astounding rate, but need additional resources.

As a church, First Pres devoted the Lenten 2015 offering to the Bless Ganges Connection. We came alongside our Indian brothers and sisters to spread the Gospel among all the villages along the Ganges River. A key component was sending master trainers to the villages to train, disciple and help indigenous pastors multiply their churches. We raised $25,000 to support the 20 master trainers for one year; covering their salary, medical needs, travel, rent and tithing.

We also devoted our Lenten 2013 offering to the multiplication of house churches among the unreached Lunia people. We raised more than $25,000 to provide Bibles, transportation and support for an additional 2 Lunia pastors (for the total of 12) to make it easier for them to spread the news of Jesus. M.K.’s 5-year goal is to have 20,000 new believers, 500 house churches, and 20 self-supporting Lunia missionaries sent to other parts of India.

Chandan, Empower Believers Connections (EBC)

EBC is a network of over 45 indigenous ministries in one of the northern states of India. Their primary focus is the disciple-making movement, providing intensive DMM training and mentoring to leaders and disciple makers. Women are given importance, trained and empowered, and given equal opportunity in disciple making. EBC also provides income generation training for disciple makers to generate local income for sustainability of indigenous ministries. They provide micro-finance to start different income generation projects. EBC’s goal is to see “no place left” by 2025.

EBC’s vision: Every community living in harmony, financially thriving and governing themselves by God’s principles through indigenous disciples.

EBC’s mission: EBC networks ministries to foster the disciple-making movement, empowering them to become sustainable and transformational, through shared research, resources and training.

 

MUSLIM NATIONS

M & N, Interserve International, Muslim Countries
www.interserve.org

Interserve International’s purpose is to make Jesus Christ known through holistic ministry, in partnership with the global church, amongst the neediest peoples of Asia and the Arab World. Interserve sent M&N overseas two years ago. After dedicating their first year to learning the language, they are now working under the umbrella of their local church to minister to refugees from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. At the core of their ministry is a weekly “Moms and Tots” group. Here, mothers have a safe place to receive food supplements, diapers and used clothing, and visit with a doctor. M&N help the refugees navigate the political system, and also go on home visits and lead small Bible study groups. Although they started with the most vulnerable – women and children – they hope to begin a Men’s Tea as well.

Dave and Julee, Christar, Albania
www.Christar.org

The vision of Christar is to cultivate Christ-honoring transformation in communities where He is yet to be worshiped. Christar exists to glorify God by establishing churches among least-reached Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and other Asians worldwide. The organization requires all workers, before leaving for the field, to recruit 100 people to pray for them daily. The work or Christar primarily takes place in teams – a small group of people with complementary gifts, committed to the goal of planting churches among the least-reached through an agreed-upon ministry plan, mutual care and mutual accountability.

Much of the world in which Christar works doesn’t officially allow overt Christian witness. So, it is necessary for many of the missionaries to both plant churches and work within for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. The goal of these entities is to build Gospel bridges to the communities that they are seeking to reach.

Don and Mary Jo, Ministries to Muslims

In 1988, Don founded Ministries to Muslims, an organization dedicated to teaching and training Christian workers in the United States and abroad on how to reach Muslims for Christ. Don’s training has taken him to 65 countries on behalf of approximately 50 mission agencies and churches. He has lectured at more than 40 colleges, Bible schools and seminaries internationally. In addition, he has led weekend lay seminars on Muslim evangelism at churches in more than 100 American cities.

Don began as a missionary to Muslims in Pakistan, where he served for 18 years. In 1979, he founded the Zwemer Institute of Muslim Studies, which is now housed at the Columbia International University in South Carolina. In 1997, in cooperation with representatives from 19 other mission agencies, he co-founded the Ibero-American Institute of Transcontinental Studies in Granada, Spain.

 

OTHER COUNTRIES
John Bueno, Latins United Christian Ministries, Nebraska
www.latinsunited.org

For more than 20 years, Latins United, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church’s National Latin Outreach, has been reaching out with compassion ministries and a practical approach of “building connections” to develop cross-cultural ministry. With fewer than 5 percent of Hispanics in the United States attending any church, Latins United has worked through a model called “Christ Planting” to bridge the cultural, social, economic and spiritual gaps represented in our communities.

Latins United exists to assist churches develop effective ministry and has experience providing: launch of Hispanic Ministries, training of commissioned lay pastors, coordination of special events, church development cohorts, radio programming, translation services, community and sports outreach, school programs, clothing distribution, medical teams and health fairs, missions training and events, and church planting.

For more than six years, LU has been working to develop water purification systems that have been used by missionaries, medical teams and local pastors. There are three systems available – from a small hand-held unit to one that can treat 60,000-100,000 gallons of water a day.

Doug and Barbara Lamp, Sepal, Brazil

Doug and Barbara are based in the northeastern city of Natal, Brazil. They joined two other Sepal missionaries to work with local churches and their leadership to evangelize and disciple rural communities. Doug works with the pastors and Barbara ministers to the wives and other women in ministry to form mentoring groups that emphasize Christian testimonies of integrity.

There are approximately 10,000 towns and villages in this area without any evangelical churches. Popularly known as the “Sertao,” people here suffer from frequent droughts and struggle to raise cattle and goats among the cactus and thorny brush.

Mike, Southwest China

After teaching English at a local teachers college for five years, in 2016, Mike moved to the capital city of his province to become more involved in his organization’s discipleship training school and training missionaries. As he transitions to his new role, Mike will teach on intercession and spiritual warfare, which are keys to seeing strongholds of the enemy broken down and breakthroughs happen among unreached peoples. He hopes to see a School of Frontier Missions (SOFM) started in his city within a couple years that is focused even more on training Chinese missionaries for church planting among unreached people groups. His heart is to see unreached minorities in China have access to the gospel and to help in any way he can.

Mary Hopkins, Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International, Mexico

The goal of Wycliffe Bible Translators is to see Bible translation in progress in every language that needs it by the year 2025. Relying on God and rooted in His Word, Wycliffe seeks to bear fruit among new believers who also become rooted in God’s Word. The message of the Bible is evangelistic and is the basis for church planting and growth. The most effective means of communication is the mother tongue.

As literacy coordinator in Mexico, Mary takes every opportunity to work with Mexican national Christians, training them in teaching and literacy methods so they can in turn train others. The training courses provide support and skills for indigenous pastors, translators and schoolteachers who request help with the literacy and/or translation issues they face. The organizations also work in partnership with the Mexican Bible League and other Mexican mission organizations, providing technical support and training where requested.

In the literacy training classes that Mary directs at the workshop center in Oaxaca, the majority of the students are speakers of indigenous languages involved in some aspect of Bible translation or literacy work in their home communities. Literacy classes include training in the use of the computer and production of literature in the students’ mother tongue, pedagogical methods and design of materials for teaching reading and writing in the indigenous languages, and creative writing skills for producing quality reading materials to prepare readers for the translated Scriptures.

During the 10-plus years that Mary has been the literacy coordinator, she has seen the makeup of the workshop teaching staff change from being largely expat to being almost exclusively Mexican nationals, and mostly indigenous.

Edith, Camino Global (formerly CAM International), Honduras

Founded in 1890 as the Central American Mission and known as CAM International since 1975, the scope of outreach today is truly global. Camino missionaries serve alongside Spanish speakers everywhere, with feet on the ground in four continents. The mission of Camino Global is to make disciples of Jesus Christ, serving among and with Spanish speakers globally.

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