With this as one of our core beliefs, First Presbyterian Midland supports the following global ministries. To learn more about opportunities to engage and serve, please contact Walter Thompson, Outreach Pastor, or Carrie McKean, Outreach Coordinator.
Working in conjunction with local ethnic pro-democracy groups, FBR trains, supplies, and coordinates highly mobile multi-purpose relief teams. These teams provide critical emergency medical care, shelter, food, clothing and human rights documentation in their home regions. We're involved through prayer and financial support.
The World Health Organization estimates 70 million people worldwide are in need of wheelchairs. By developing a simple, cost-effective and highly functional wheelchair designed with locally-available resources in mind, FWM can lift someone off the ground for $80, empowering individuals with mobility, dignity, and independence. We're involved through prayer, financial support (including an annual matching-grant campaign in October), and trips to assemble and distribute wheelchairs.
Partners joins hands with local communities impacted by war and oppression to find ways to strengthen families, meet their needs in times of crisis and create nurturing environments that allow children to reach their full potential. We are involved through prayer, financial support, trips.
FPC’s own Sarah and Meddie Mugoya founded ABOH in 2007 in Kampala, Uganda. ABOH has helped improve the lives of dozens of children through their child sponsorship program. By training adults in tailoring, jewelry-making, and sweater-weaving, ABOH is able to share the gospel while at the same time providing families and individuals with skills needed to make a living. You can see some of their products for sale online. We are involved through prayer, financial support, and trips.
CROSS HOSPITAL (DR. BARTHA) // UGANDA
In 2015, Midland’s own Dr. Greg Bartha established the Cross Hospital and has been working in rural Eastern Uganda providing otherwise unattainable medical care for those in need. Our involvement includes prayer, financial support, and trips.
WATER WELLS // UGANDA
Begun right here at FPC in 2007 by Ramon and Bob Billhimer, the water well ministry has provided over 600 wells and a growing number of fish farms across Eastern Uganda, giving clean-water access to more than 2 million people. We're involved through prayer, financial support and trips.
Daughter of FPC Covenant Partners Larry and Ellen Bell, Amy unexpectedly passed away from a pulmonary embolism in 2014 at the age of 33. During her short life, Amy began a very private but significant work dedicated to making life better for less fortunate children. In her honor, her legacy has grown and continued with a vibrant outreach program serving vulnerable children in Cradock, South Africa.
KARL & JENNY TEICHERT // SOUTH AFRICA
Karl and Jenny have served as missionaries for over 23 years in South Africa with O.C. International. Karl now leads O.C.’s discipleship ministry for the continent of Africa as he coaches and leads leaders. Jenny is involved in a number of different ministries in the Johannesburg area reaching out to children and others needing care. We're involved throughprayer, financial support, and trips.
In the fall of 2019, an FPC team went to visit the Teichert's and explore other ministry opportunities in South Africa.
By connecting resources and with needs and people with opportunities to serve, The Word at Work has been empowering US churches to work alongside partner congregations in Belize for the sake of sharing the Gospel and empowering all God’s children to BE the Word at work. We're involved through semiannual mission trips to visit our friends in El Progresso, prayer and financial support.
The M/V Pacific Hope is a ship which demonstrates the love of Jesus Christ by providing medical care, construction, and training to hurting people. Since 2013, the M/V Pacific Hope has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of natural disaster, isolation, poverty, and disease with the purpose of sharing God's love and the gospel of Jesus Christ. We're involved through prayer, financial support, and medical mission trips.
HOPE INVASION (OPERATION BLESS THE CHILDREN) // JUÁREZ, MEXICO
Casa Nueva Voz, a local Spanish-speaking congregation who currently shares our building, hosts a yearly Christmas campaign in Juarez, providing a hearty meal, gifts, and an evangelistic message to anyone who comes. We're involved throughprayer, financial support, and a yearly campaign to stuff children’s backpacks for distribution and distribution trip.
With a focus on evangelism and discipleship, Farthest Corners reaches children and their families along the Myanmar/Thailand border as well as a new preschool venture in Kalaymyo, Myanmar. Austin House and his family dive deep into the local culture to share the love and hope of Jesus.We're involved through prayer, financial support, and trips.
By meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of Hill Tribe children in Thailand, G.R.O.W. provides hope and a future for vulnerable children who are at risk of indentured servitude or trafficking and works to bring healing and restoration, when possible, in their extended families. We're involved through prayer, financial support, and trips.
For over 25 years, Mrs. Lawan and her team have been providing a safe place to live and an education for Hill Tribe children. Currently, over 200 children are in their care. We're involved through prayer, financial support, and trips.
An anti-human-trafficking ministry operating in Bangkok, Thailand, Nightlight builds trusting relationships with individuals in the sex industry, offering dignifying alternatives and helpful resources to assist victims. We're involved through prayer, financial support, trips.
The Treasure Commission works with committed local evangelists and pastors in India and Nepal to plant new churches and train church leaders. The TC team reaches far into the rural areas to share the good news of Jesus and teach Bible truths. We're involved through prayer and financial support.
In addition to these ministries, we support individuals and organizations working to spread the love of Jesus through medical care, outreach to children, social justice advocacy, and discipleship/church planting in Bangladesh, Burma, China, Nepal, Pakistan, Spain, Uganda, and around the USA.
Due to Covid-19, currently we do not have any global mission trips planned. But typically, we take the following trips. If you're interested in participating in a future mission trip, please email Pastor Walter.
BELIZE // Typically we travel to El Progreso, Belize two times a year to visit and serve alongside our friends there. You'll have opportunities to volunteer in the school, help with a sewing cooperative, deepen relationships, and maybe even build something alongside our local friends! You can read about past trips on the team blog.
MEXICO // At Christmas, we take a small group of families to Ciudad Juárez to help with one of Hope Invasion's Christmas outreach projects. People of all ages can help serve in the outreach by setting up, serving, and cleaning up a meal and passing out backpacks and gifts.
UGANDA // In our trips to Uganda, we visit Dr. Bartha and his hospital, our water well ministry projects and Africa Bridges of Hope.
SOUTH AFRICA // In 2019 we took our first trip to visit our ministry partners in South Africa and to learn more about how we can be engaged there in the future. The team blog is a great place to learn more about this trip. We look forward to visiting again someday.
SOUTHEAST ASIA // Trips to Thailand (and sometimes Myanmar and Bangladesh) typically include visits to our partner ministries, including Partner's Relief and Development, Free Burma Rangers, Nightlight, G.R.O.W, and others. The purpose is typically on deepening our relationships and connections to these partner ministries and provide us opportunities to encourage those serving.