Our FPC mission partners share the good news of God's love with people around the world.
God at Work in San Diego: A Call to Action
Saturday, June 11, 8:00am-Noon
Learn and work alongside others as we partner with our local missions on Saturday,
June 11. We will meet at the church at 8:00am for a quick snack, a devotional from Ben Montoya, Director of Downtown Fellowship, and then we head off to one of the locations described below.
Partnering with the San Diego Downtown Fellowship of Churches and Ministries, our team will join a host of people from other churches and organizations for a Community Clean Up Day and Outreach on the streets of Downtown. You will receive basic guidance and be accompanied by experienced individuals who will assist you with interacting with people who live on the streets. This activity will help you to safely become acquainted with the plight of homelessness on our San Diego streets.
Our own FPCSD Ladle Fellowship passes out groceries to the elderly and other members of our local community on a Saturday morning each month. Our team will join other Ladle workers in the distribution of groceries to those in need, downstairs at the church.
New Day Urban Ministries restores lives by equipping those in need to move forward with hope by providing essential services to the homeless, urban poor, veterans and those recently released from prison, in a safe, home-like setting where people are treated with dignity, respect and compassion. Our team will experience a “day in the life of a client” activity, and then choose to help sort clothing, work in a food bag and snack bag “factory,” or if you can bring paint clothes, we could use painters to help with our project to paint the building inside and out.
At the San Diego Rescue Mission, a 12-month residential recovery and rehabilitation program for men, women, and children, our team will hear a short presentation on the work of the Mission, meet some of the staff (take optional tour), then work on one of the following tasks: sorting living quarters and clothing closets, assembling hygiene kits, and deep cleaning our Children’s Center Preschool and our Women and Children's Emergency Shelter.
June is Missions Month
Join us throughout the month of June as we hear from many of our mission partners in the worship services, adult Academy of Faith classes, and youth Sunday School. Discover how God is at Work in the World and how you can participate! See more info below.
Please pray for the people of Ukraine! FPC has sent $6000 from our Missions emergency account to The Outreach Foundation, one of our trusted mission partners. Two of our FPC members, Susan and Josh Montoya, will be traveling June 8-17, to Lithuania, Poland, and Spain, bringing supplies, listening and bringing encouragement to Ukrainian refugees and partners. You may donate through FPC or send directly to: www.theoutreachfoundation.org/ukraine-appeal
Lois Andrews presented Crushed But Not Despaired, Syria/Lebanon, on February 15.
You can watch it here. Also see the Outreach Foundation's new film:
Our Mission Partners
"Hope for Syrian Students in Syria & Lebanon"
The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon:
The Outreach Foundation (TOF) connects Christians in the United States with church partners around the world. Since the start of the war in Syria, TOF is focused on securing funds to sustain congregations and families in Syria and in supporting Schools for Refugee Children in Lebanon. FPC's support is focused on these schools through a project called, "Hope for Syrian Students in Syria and Lebanon." Marilyn Borst of TOF is our liaison with these ministries. Learn More >>
"Rebuilding Hope in South Sudan"
The Presbyterian Church of South Sudan
Since 2012, representatives from TOF have been visiting the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCoSS) to accompany it on its mission to build a strong country through healthy churches and church-based schools. TOF works in partnership with the PCoSS to reach out to members who have been displaced due to an on-going civil war. FPCSD is supporting these efforts to “Rebuild Hope in South Sudan.” Frank Dimmock of TOF is our liaison with the South Sudan ministries.
Lorrie Yturralde Faivre
Lorrie Yturralde Faivre works from San Diego for CRU International headquarters in Orlando. She seeks to have an enduring global impact through Cru's Significance Project, helping to equip others worldwide to be more effective in evangelism and discipleship. Lorrie married Steve Faivre in December 2020. Steve also serves with Cru.
Eva Liu Glick
InterVarsity - International Student Ministry
Eva, a First Pres member, mobilizes and equips InterVarsity staff and students to seek out, serve, and learn from internationals on college campuses across the U.S. She and her team instill vision, create resources, consult, and conduct training with the vision to develop global disciples and leaders from every nation to every nation.
Mongolia Campus Crusade
FPC supports two teams in Mongolia: the “New Life Teachers Movement” with the goal of bringing the gospel to all high school and university teachers in the country; and “To the Last Nomad” reaching out to the nomads with the gospel and church planting in remote areas. Many of these missionaries are first generation Christians operating in a largely Islamic and Animalistic world.
New Day Urban Ministries (formerly PUM)
Raul Palomino, Director
In a Christ-centered environment, New Day restores lives by equipping those in need to move forward with hope by providing essential services to the homeless, urban poor, veterans and those recently released from prison, in a safe, home-like setting where people are treated with dignity, respect and compassion. They provide basic services to individuals and families in need, assist clients as they search for employment, and offer prayer and spiritual support.
10th of Ramadan Church
Isaac William, Pastor
Pastor Isaac leads this young congregation in a new city, Tenth of Ramadan, located two hours outside of Cairo. A new church in Egypt is a rarity. This one serves 300-400 worshippers every Sunday evening in an impoverished neighborhood where funding is scarce to meet its growth and needs. Pastor Isaac is temporarily in Pasadena, California, with his family, while he works on a PhD in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Seminary's School of Mission and Theology.
J and E*
J and E * are members of FPC serving in Central Asia with their two children. The sensitivity of their work limits what we can describe here. Please see our printed missions brochure or contact the church for more information about their important and fruitful ministries.
* Full names and identifying information withheld for their safety.
Icthus grew from a 1964 short-term mission trip to Guatemala by First Pres Eagle Scout, Don Weisbrod. Icthus prepares young people for service and leadership wherever God leads by equipping churches with training and programs throughout Latin America. On May 1, 2022, Don passed the leadership torch to Luis Yon, Icthus's new Executive Director.
Amor empowers churches and enriches local communities in Mexico by facilitating trips to build houses for families in need, keeping families together. These trips transform the lives of participants, “bringing people together to manifest the love of Jesus.” FPC sends a team with Amor every spring. Gifts through FPC Missions provide scholarships for Amor team members.
David and Lynn Frank
Wycliffe Bible Translators
David and Lynn currently work with three minority groups in two countries in West Africa to check Bible translations as part of Wycliffe’s goal to provide God’s word to all people in their own language. They also write and edit academic materials in support of Bible translation and literacy, which are published on www.sil.org or in print.
San Diego Rescue Mission (SDRM)
Donnie Dee, President, CEO
The San Diego Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered residential recovery and rehabilitation program for men, women and children suffering from the effects of homelessness, addiction, poverty, neglect and other forms of abuse and trauma. The Mission also operates an overnight emergency shelter for women and children (Nueva Vida Haven), a licensed Christian preschool and Partners for the Hungry – a food distribution program for local food banks and church pantries.
Rev. Seth Korentang
Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASIC) works in the West African Village of Kasei, Ghana, focusing on education, church planting, medical and economic assistance, and demonstrating Christian love to the village. FPC directs their support to Faith Presbyterian Church of Kasei, pastored by Rev. Seth Korentang.
Jonathan, an FPC member, works with Cru's mk2mk (Missionary Kid To Missionary Kid) program. This ministry is directed toward coming alongside missionary kids as they impact their world for Christ. mk2mk primarily does this through conferences, site visits, team activities, annual mission trips and personal mentoring.
International Justice Mission (IJM)
IJM is our partner in seeking justice for boys in Ghana who are trafficked away from home to Lake Volta and violently pressed into enforced labor in the fishing industry. First Pres assists IJM to mobilize Christian churches of Ghana to action, advocating justice and care for the boys.
Baja Presbyterian Missions
Jim Hancock, President
Baja Presbyterian Missions works in partnership with the Northwest Border Presbytery, raising money to help purchase land and buildings, to fund and oversee church construction projects, and to supplement a Baja pastor’s salary until each church is self-sufficient.
Downtown Fellowship of Churches and Ministries (DF)
Ben Montoya, President
Ben Montoya & Bruce Menser along with others on their team and various members of the community make up this faith-based collaborative to engage with San Diego's downtown community. Their mission is to serve the most vulnerable and offer opportunities for spiritual and social renewal in our city, with a particular focus on homelessness outreach. Downtown Fellowship's members are collectively from over 45 churches, ministries, and community organizations that work together in shared compassion for our community.