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

  • Bridge of Hope
  • Compassion International Child Sponsorships
  • Mercy Community Crisis Pregnancy Center
  • Opportunity House
  • Samaritan’s Purse
  • Support of local in schools in the City of Reading
  • Wisdom 31: English as a Second Language & Citizenship classes
  • World Vision

Fighting Poverty through housing/shelter, clean water and education.

  • Practical Compassion: aid to Haiti, teacher support/well building
  • Freedom Gate: support for those transitioning out of prison
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • SHARE: Salvation Army programs
  • Soup kitchen
  • World Vision

Church Planning & Support

  • Doug & Jeanne Birdsall Lausanne Movement: Executive Chair
  • Dave & Jeanne Dougherty: Overseas Missionary Fellowship
  • Jon & Tracy Eide: Church planters Kiev, Ukraine
  • Ned & Marisol Farnsworth: Christian radio station manager, Ecuador
  • Paul & Carol Friesen: Antioch Partners, Southeast Asia
  • John & Gwen Haspels: Ethiopia working with the Suri people
  • Jim & Ellie Jewell: training doctors and medical students in Zambia
  • Washington Presbyterian Church of Reading

Developing Indigenous Discipleship

  • Stephanie Black: Nairobi Evangelical School of Theology
  • Tim & Marta Carriker: training Brazilian missionaries (PCUSA)
  • Scott & Sally Glover: Campus Crusade East Asia
  • Joann Griffith: Ethiopian Education Endowment Fund
  • Brian & Tori Hinton: Wycliffe Indonesia
  • Bob & Debbie Lehman: Wycliffe Philippines
  • Jack Nelson: WorldLink president training indigenous missionaries
  • Priority One Men’s Ministry– Alex Cameron & Kristen Scholl
  • Reading/Berks Conference of Churches– providing a united ministry effort of local churches