International / National
“Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?”
These words from the hymn “Will You Come and Follow Me” represent Jesus’ call to follow Him, even to places unknown.
The International/National (I/N) Mission Team gives you an opportunity to answer and follow. Here are some of our activities:
MISSION TRIPS TO HONDURAS
In 2013, a team of FPCA medical professionals spent a week at a community in the mountains, providing a wide variety of treatments to more than 600 patients without access to care. In 2014, a team of FPCA volunteers spent a week in a different area building a well for a community that lacked access to reliable drinking water. Many of these efforts are funded in part through an Alternative Gift market held in the church’s atrium during Advent, along with other stewardship initiatives.
MINISRTY TO MALAWI
After feeling a strong sense of call to Malawi, Africa, three people from First Presbyterian formed a Malawi Exploratory Team and traveled to this impoverished nation in 2011. The team agreed that FPCA is being called to build a relationship with our brothers and sisters in Malawi. Since then:
- Members and friends of FPCA have given numerous gifts of chickens, goats, fish, wells, and trees to help local people
- Children from FPCA have exchanged letters with Malawian children
- Thanks to our members and friends, gifts were also given to buy bricks for schools and maize to feed the desperately hungry
- More than 50 Malawian children now have loving sponsors! Together, we are building relationships in Malawi as we follow God’s call
MORE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES
- We have a strong connection with Amar, Syria. We seek ways to support our covenant church in this region, particularly during the current crisis in Syria
- he I/N team supports The BOMA Project, which provides micro-financing for small businesses in Kenya, Africa
- We are seeking ways to further our relationship with our covenant church partner in Cupar, Scotland
- The I/N team, through the Lehigh Presbytery Worldwide Ministries Care Team, has lent support to a Christian youth camp in Romania and a Russian pastor’s ministry with the Roma people
MINISTRY AT HOME
Our team seeks to work with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Church World Service and Lehigh Presbytery’s Helping Hands to support a National Crisis Response.