Adult Mission Program
The adult missions program at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) is concerned with expanding the borders of the Kingdom of God, so that more and more people can come to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Faith Church believes that churches and their members may fall into one of three categories in relation to the Great Commission: 1) Senders, 2) Goers, and 3) Disobedient. "Senders" are those who help others to leave their local community and bring the gospel to others. "Goers" are those individuals who are sent by the local church with the Gospel message. "Disobedient" are those who are unconcerned or indifferent to Christ's global mission. It is our ardent desire to equip our members to be both senders and goers.
In order to fulfill this great command of Christ, and also to contribute towards the EPC's stated goal to be a missional denomination, Faith Church has sent out numerous mission teams over the years, serving the Lord in a wide variety of locales and ministries. Teams have performed service projects regionally at D&D Missionary Homes in St. Petersburg as well as at Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Orlando Children's Church in Orlando. Teams have served across our nation in places such as Cherokee NC, Seattle WA, New Orleans LA, and Montgomery AL. Some of the countries where teams have participated in international outreach opportunities include Thailand, Ukraine, Mexico, Scotland, El Salvador, and Zimbabwe.
Future Mission Trips:
Level 1: May 3-4 Chinsegut Hill, Brooksville, FL
Level 2: (planning stages, to be announced)
Level 3: Bulowayo, Zimbabwe (dates TBD)
Latest Mission Trip: Añasco, Puerto Rico - November 2018
The mission team's trip was facilitated by Praying Pelican Missions and was hosted by Iglesia Presbiteriana Evangelica en Añasco, a sister church in the Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean. They worked closely with Pastor Francisco to serve the congregation and the surrounding community of Añasco that was devastated by hurricane Maria in 2017. Among other activities, the team interacted with the community through visits with elderly shut-ins and prayer walks, participated in service projects at the church and at a homeless ministry, and were involved in outreaches to a nearby high school and a drug rehabilitation center.
Missionaries We Support
Robert Hamd has served as a cross-cultural worker, pastor, and educator since 1994 in Amman, Jordan; Marseilles, France; and Beirut, Lebanon. He currently serves as executive director of The Philemon Project, a joint ministry project with the Resurrection Church Beirut and The Evangelical Presbyterian Church’s World Outreach. The Philemon Project’s GROW Early Childhood Development Center was created to provide underserved Lebanese, migrant, and refugee children with the best possible early childhood development program including cognitive, social, and spiritual elements.
David & Natalie Holsten
David Holsten served through Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) since 2000 as missionary pilot-mechanic, chief pilot, program manager, and regional director in Indonesia before his current position as President and CEO at MAF headquarters. MAF uses airplanes and other technologies to share the gospel and make life better for those living in isolated parts of the world. They support some 2,000 churches, mission groups, medical organizations, relief agencies, and development groups working in remote areas of Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Indonesia, and Latin America.
A Global Worker who works primarily among Muslims in some of the most dangerous places in the world. This missionary speaks fluent Arabic, and is able to travel delicately and respectfully through war-torn and terror-plagued nations where many others fear to go. This worker has in years past worked in Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Currently, this missionary leads Bible studies with Muslims and new converts to Christianity in a safe place somewhere in Europe.
Matthew Mpofu (2019 Report)
Nsika Ncube and Elijah Ndlovu have recently assumed leadership of the Industrial and Business Chaplaincy (Missional) and Gospel Light Fellowship (Church Planting) ministries that were left through the legacy of Matthew Mpofu. This team of missionary partners work with corporations and chaplaincy programs in Zimbabwe, training workers primarily in the mining industry to plant churches, gain theological education, and serve Christ as witnesses in the secular work force. Currently, Faith Church is the sole supporting organization of this vibrant evangelism effort.
Art & Ellen Sanborn
The Sanborns have been working with the Thai and other Asian peoples for decades, fully fluent in the Thai language, they have planted numerous churches in their work, and trained other leaders to likewise plant churches. Using an amazing combination of music, drama, theater, and the arts, this family of missionaries have left an enduring legacy for Christ among some of Asia's most needy people. Having lived in Thailand for years, the Sanborns now train future missionaries through their Youth With a Mission Discipleship Training Schools (YWAM DTS), taking teams of missionaries to the field.
David & Debbie Walker (March 2019 Newsletter)
David and Debbie Walker have been cross-cultural workers with One Challenge (OC) and World Outreach of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Asia since 1985. They currently serve as trained professional life coaches by mentoring leaders and developing partnerships that mobilize and deploy resources to advance and strengthen the church, such as trainings from Julia's Hope, a ministry of OC Resources.
Steve Woodworth serves as Associate Coordinator for the International Theological Education Network (ITEN). While ITEN supports indigenous leaders directly by providing theological education, they also assist training centers with faculty development, curriculum reform, accreditation, networking, and resource sharing. The purpose of ITEN is to develop teachers among unreached peoples who will develop teachers among other unreached peoples.
For more information about mission trips, contact Tim Hewitt at TimHewitt@outlook.com