Missions Ministry

Over the last several years, there have been many changes in the field of missions. Missions is often described as being in the third wave; the first being the commissioning of disciples and the second as the “west to the rest”. In such an era, Hudson Taylor took the gospel to China. The third wave, of which we are currently a part, is discovering the place of native believers reaching their own.
So how do we at First Presbyterian Reading, PA see ourselves doing missions in the twenty-first century? Serving is at the heart of a transformed, authentic, Christ-centered life. As a missional community, we are called to respond to all aspects of Jesus’ ministry: spiritual, physical and social transformation. It’s about moving our resources and ourselves in response to human need while acknowledging that our impetus to do so is found only in Jesus Christ. We want to inspire the hearts and minds of the people of First Presbyterian to connect and engage with a courageous faith to advance God’s kingdom agenda!

To that end, we have identified four focus areas that we believe will resonate with the people of FPC. Locally and globally, these are the places that our skills, experience and resources meet and pulse with the hearts of our congregation. Our four areas are:

Child & Family Advocacy

  • Bernard & Eunice Muindi, Tumaini Children’s Center, Nyeri, Kenya
  • Bridge of Hope, Reading PA – ministry to single mothers
  • Compassion International – sponsoring children’s education and support
  • Mercy Community Crisis Pregnancy Center, Reading PA – alternatives to abortion
  • Practical Compassion, Pont Sonde, Haiti – clinics, schools and digging wells
  • Wisdom 31, Reading PA – English as a Second Language
  • Opportunity House, Reading PA – Shelter, food, education

Fighting Poverty

  • Freedom Gate, Reading PA – Aftercare and discipleship for former prisoners
  • HOPE International, Lancaster PA – Microfinance bringing people out of poverty
  • SHARE (Salvation Army), Reading PA – Emergency assistance to people in poverty
  • Local Soup Kitchen, South Sixth Street, Reading PA

Church Planting & Support

  • Doug & Jeanne Birdsall, Honorary Chair of the Lausanne Committee
  • Dave & Jeanne Dougherty Leadership Coaching Overseas Missionary Fellowship Far East
  • Ned & Marisol Farnsworth: Christian radio station manager, Ecuador
  • Jon & Tracy Eide Mission to the World, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Ned & Marisol Farnsworth Liebenzell Ministries Ibarra, Ecuador
  • Paul & Carol Friesen The Antioch Partners, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • John & Gwen Haspels Maja, Ethiopia, Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Jim & Ellie Jewell, Lusaka and Luampa, Zambia Serving in Mission
  • Washington Presbyterian Church, Reading PA

Indigenous Discipleship

  • Tim & Marta Carriker, Florianopolis, Brazil – Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Joann Griffith (retired), Dembi Dolo, Ethiopia – Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Bryan & Tori Hinton, Baltimore, MD – Wycliffe Bible Translators
  • Bob & Debbie Lehman, Manila, Philippines – Wycliffe Bible Translators
  • Jack Nelson, King of Prussia PA – President WorldLink International
  • Reading Berks Conference of Churches