First Presbyterian Church EPC - Corinth MS 38834
Friday, June 23, 2017
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Missions

 
UPCOMING MISSION TRIPS
OCTOBER, 2017:  We are currently planning a mission trip to Huehuetenango, Guatemala the second week of October, 2017. The trip will have medical, construction and childrens ministry focuses.  If you are interested in participating with FPC Corinth on a mission trip, please let us know!  Contact Pat Tucker at pucdoc@gmail.com.  We would love to talk with you. 
 
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MISSIONARIES WE SUPPORT
(information updated 01/22/2015)
PLEASE SEE OUR CONTACT GUIDELINES UNDER "MISSIONS!" ON THE HOME PAGE
 
*You will notice that some of our missionaries' names have been altered to protect them and the people whom they are working.  We do not publish contact information for our missionaries in sensitive areas or situations.
 
Benj*min & Mon*ca B.- Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach, Arabian Gulf
Benj*min, Mon*ca and their four children are in a closed country in the Arabian Gulf.  They teach English and do relational evangelism and house church planting. updated May, 2016
 
Keith & Paige Berger- Reformed University Fellowship, Southwest USA, kberger@ruf.org
Keith, Paige and their family live in Fort Worth, Texas.  Keith is an area coordinator for RUF for the Southwest United States.  RUF is a Presbyterian college campus outreach. Keith and Paige have 4 children from 15 to 9 years old: Louise Anne - 15, Kate - 13, Anderson - 11, and Ward - 9.   Paige is the daughter of Joe and Cindy Vann. updated May, 2016
 
Rod & Debi Bond- New Beginning Resources , Utah, rod@rodbond.com
Rod and Debbie are from Corinth. They were on the mission field in Quito, Ecuador for 11 years, where they planted several churches in the mountains surrounding Quito.  They have recently felt the Lord’s call to minister to Mormons in Utah, in the Logan community of about 115,000 where only about 1% of the population is evangelical Christian, and 83% is Mormon. Their three girls are grown, although the youngest is in Utah with them. Please pray for them as they reach out to this cult, in this extremely difficult area. updated May, 2016
 
Ry*n & Gl*nda B.- TEAM, Middle East
Ry*n, Gl*nda and their 3 children (Amb*r, Dan*el and Rach*l) are serving in the Middle East.  Ry*n is a dentist working with Bedouin Muslim tribes.  He also teaches dentistry at a university. updated May, 2016
 
Chris & Debbie Gibson- Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach, Livonia, MI  gibsongoulash@hotmail.com
Chris and Debbie do direct Missionary Care for the EPC's World Outreach. They served 12 years in Budapest, Hungary providing counseling, mental health services, pastoral care, coaching and spiritual direction from the Budapest Garden House Counseling/Ministry Center which they founded. They are now caring for World Outreach workers from 3 strategic locations - Budapest, Hungary, Chiang Mai,Thailand and the USA. Their mission is to keep Missionaries Healthy, Effective and On the Field.  updated June, 2016
  
Steve & Dianne Hill- Christian Missionary Society, Peru Mission, Celendin, Peru, sdhillhaven@gmail.com
Steve is from Ripley, MS and Dianne is from California.  Steve pastored in PCA Churches for 21 years before becoming a missionary to Peru.  Steve and Dianne live in Celendín, where Steve is a “circuit riding preacher”.  Dianne teaches Conversational English Classes as an outreach tool as well as Sunday School Classes to children and women.  They host mission teams in the summers.  updated May, 2016
 
Jeff & Veronique Kim- Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach, St. Paul Trois Chateaux, France, jeffakim@me.com, Skype: jeffrey.a.kim
Jeff is a minister from our Central South Presbytery and is planting a church with the Luke 5 Organic Church team in St. Paul Trois Chateaux. The Kims are laboring to see new models of church multiplication developed in this area that will develop disciples of Jesus that multiply themselves. Jeff and his French wife, Véronique also teach at The Life School (a Christian school with a missional approach). Jeff is also a Life and Ministry Coach helping pastors, church-planters, and missionaries move forward in their callings and passions. They have 2 children, Victor and Anna. The Kims were our first EPC missionaries to support.  updated October, 2016
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Ron & Beth Mills- Internationals Students, Inc., ISI Director, Denver, Colorado, http://www.isionline.org rgmills2@juno.com
Ron and Beth worked with international students on the campus of Arizona State University for 18 years. Ron has served as director over 14 ISI staff in the Phoenix area. Ron and Beth have recently taken a step of faith to pull up roots and serve as ISI Director of the Denver area. Ron will be supervising 9 ISI staff and working with local churches to start international ministries at University of Colorado at Boulder, U of Mines at Golden and various universities and colleges in the area. Beth and Peggy Skattebo are sisters.  updated May, 2016
 
David & Laura Pratt Nelson- Victory Latin America, Roca Blanca Mission Base, Southwest Mexico, laurapratt11@juno.com , www.rocablanca.org
Laura is a registered nurse running the base clinic at Roca Blanca Mission Base in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is from Corinth.  She has been running the base clinic, teaching health and hygiene at the Bible Institute located on the base, and taking medical and dental teams into the villages of Southwest Mexico for over 20 years. David is a long-term missionary to Mexico.  He is the director of the Roca Blanca Spanish Language School on the base.
 
Peggy Skattebo- Navigators, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado,  peggy.skattebo@navigators.org 
Peggy Skattebo  serves with The Navigators in Colorado Springs.  She and her husband Jim served in the Philippines for 10 years.  For the past 6 years, Peggy has served with NavMissions, which is the international sending arm of The Navigators.  She directs a two year program for college graduates to go and serve long-term Navigator staff in countries around the world.  She has two married children, two getting married this summer, and one just finishing freshmen year of college. updated May, 2016
  
Mark & Dedria T.- Joseph's House, Eastern United States
Mark and Dedria run Joseph House.  Their focus is developing relationships with Internationals (typically college students and visiting scholars) in transition to the U.S. They have been working with MKs and Internationals for over 30 years after serving in West Africa.  updated May, 2016
  
Mike & Nancy Watkins- theIDC (Iglesia Del Camino), La Antigua, Guatemala, mike@centrodesuenos.orgnancy@idcmissions.org
Mike and Nancy have been serving this ministry since July of 2006--a church plant of Pathways Community Church, Largo, FL, to the community of La Antigua, Guatemala.  Mike´s role has expanded. He continues to serve on the counsel and teaching team for theIDC, a growing bi-lingual, multi-cultural church in La Antigua. And now is leading the Fundación Centro de Sueños )The Dream Center Foundation, Guatemala - the benevolence arm of theIDC operations.  They do multiple outreaches in the La Antigua area including pre-fabricated home construction, medical and dental outreaches, children´s community centers, evangelization and work with the National Police of Guatemala. Mike was the youth pastor at FPC Corinth in the early-mid 1990's.  They have 2 children-Matt and Amber.  They are both married and living in the U.S.  updated May, 2016
 
Dr. Br*nd*n and M*ry W.- Interserve, Arabian Peninsula
They have been in the Arabian Peninsula teaching English and doing a medical mercy ministry for several years.  They are now in N. African teaching family family medicine residents at a Christian mission hospital.  They have 2 children, L*kas (5yo) and J*nnah (3yo). updated May, 2016
 
J*sse & Su* M.- Global Outreach, China
J*sse and Su* are from Iuka.  J*sse was a pastor.  After retirement, they have been called as life-long missionaries to China. They are currently in language study and relational evangelism and house church planting.  They have grown children.
 
K*n & W*ndy F.- EPC WO / English Language Institute China (ELIC), Beijing, China
K*n and W*ndy focus their time on reaching out to the future leaders of China. K*n is an University English Professor at one of the top schools in the country. They lead a team of 8 international workers and offer weekly English and culture programs. Their heart is to share His hope with students and colleagues. They have three children, Wesl*y (age 9), Calv*n (age 6) and Kels*y (age 2).  updated May, 2016
 
Shawn & Lisa S.- Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach, Missionary Recruiter, North Carolina
Shawn is a long-time youth pastor.  He was called to be a missionary recruiter for EPC's World Outreach.  He travels, recruits and does followup work with missionaries in the field with World Outreach.  Lisa is a nurse.  They have 3 children.  The youngest is still in high school.
 
Dav*d & L*sa N.- Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach/MUP, Ch*na
Dav*d & L*sa have been working among the T*betan peoples of Ch*** for many years doing house church planting. While Dav*d is ordained in the EPC, he is also an engineer.  L*sa is a nurse and a doula.. Dav*d and L*sa use their skills to build relationships in communities while seeking opportunities to share the Gospel in both word and deed. They have five adult children who are all involved in missions. They have been raising a local T*betan girl since birth, but as yet have not been able to adopt her.  updated May, 2016
 
Larry Brown- African Bible College, Malawi, larrybrown3658@gmail.com
Larry has been on staff as a professor at African Bible College in Malawi for 23 years.  He is a professor and director of outreach.  He is a widower.  He is raising his adopted son, Carey (13).  updated May, 2016
 
Ge*rge & Cynth*a P.- Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach, China
Ge*rge and Cynth*a are doing relational evangelism and house church planting in China.  They are currently language learning and Ge*rge hopes to get employment as an English language teacher in their area.  Cynth*a is an artist and has been using that regularly to meet Chinese ladies. They have grown children.  They are currently in Georgia as Ge*rge is being treated at Emory University Medical Center for a brain tumor. The doctors do expect remission and they are trusting God to get back to China in early 2017.  updated May, 2016
 
Nick & Amanda U.-Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach, Middle East
Nick and Amanda are from Memphis, TN and have 3 kids, Ellie (6), Hazel (5), and Gus (born April 2016). They are both teachers, but are currently doing relational evangelism and discipleship among refugees and locals in the Middle East as part of the Engage 2025 Field Team. updated June, 2016
 
M*ke & T*mmy M.-Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach, Southeast Asia
M*ke and Tamm* are engaged in relational evangelism in a mostly Muslim country. Although they are currently focused on language and culture learning, they also spend time with the local residents to try to engage them in meaningful spiritual conversations and presentation of gospel truth. They live in a working-class neighborhood about 30 minutes from a major city, where about 95 percent of the residents are Muslims. They are the parents of three grown sons.  updated May, 2016
 
As*ph & L*nn D.-Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach, Central Asia
As*ph is an ordained Teaching Elder in the EPC.  He is the son of a Presbyterian pastor and comes from a family that accepted Christianity in Central Asia four generations ago.  He is discipling young men through sports clubs (cricket). His prayer is for a strong indigenous church that will be a light in a dark place.  L*nn has previously served as a medical missionary in Central Asia. That is where L*nn and As*ph met.   They have two daughters, Leah and Emma.  L*nn is homeschooling their daughters as well as consulting with several Christian hospitals in the area of public health outreach.  updated June, 2016
 
B*b & N*ncy H.-Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach, Central Asia
B*b is a family physician and physician educator.   N*ncy is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and lactation consultant. They have joined a team in Central Asia where B*b is developing a program to train family medicine residents and faculty and develop primary care in the public health system.   N*ncy is passionate about early childhood nutrition and development and will work to improve the health of children in the surrounding area. Most of the past year has been focused  on developing relationships and language learning. They have three grown children.  updated May, 2016
 
Nour & Reb*cca B.-Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach, Middle East
Nour and Rebecca are primarily involved in ministry to Syrian refugees living in the poor urban communities of Beirut. In addition to discipleship efforts and home visits, they assist in Arabic literacy projects, food and clothing distribution, and special Ramadan and medical outreaches.  Nour, a Syrian-American whose first language is Arabic, also leads worship at a local Lebanese church and is involved in Arabic Christian TV programming that’s broadcast across the Middle East.  Rebecca is the primary caregiver for Julia (1 year old), homemaker, and in the midst of Arabic language studies while continuing a Master’s of Religion from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Islamic studies.  updated May, 2016
 

Dan & Helen Tidwell- Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach, U.S.A.                                                             As our incredible World Outreach missionaries around the globe spread the Word among the unreached, the churches of the EPC need to hear of the importance of the work, the stories of struggles and salvation, and the impact that the EPC is making in His kingdom. It is Dan's and Helen's ministry to be an avenue that connects the work of the World Outreach missionaries to the ears, eyes and hearts of the presbyteries, pastors and congregations of the EPC.  updated May, 2016

Ry*n & K*lly S.-Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach/WEC, International, Middle East
Ry*n and K*lly have been working in the hard places in the middle east for several years.  They do educational development and medical care for pregnant women.  Currently, their ministry focuses primarily on Syr. refugees.  They have 3 daughters, Ella (13), Sophia (11), and Juliana (9).  updated May, 2016
 
Casey & Sarah Prince-Ocean View, South Africa, www.ubuntufootball.com , www.looklistlove.org 
Casey and Sarah Prince are missionaries South of Cape Town, South Africa in an impoverished township called Ocean View.  Ocean View faces similar issues as the inner cities in the USA such as poverty, gangs, substance abuse, violence, neglect and hopelessness.  Their first ministry is to be a healthy and hospitable family among the baronesses around them and they daily host friends and children in their home to care for and encourage.  Casey started Ubuntu Football Academy which is a holistic soccer academy which aims to use Christian principles in an elite soccer context to develop the next great leaders in Africa.  Ubuntu has a residential home for some of the boys, scholarships them in school, and provides discipleship and mentoring, along with great coaching.  Sarah works in the community of Ocean View to mentor women, help run a care center for neglected children, and partners with local ministries to do community development.  They have two children, Kieren (7) and Keller (3). updated May, 2016
 
L*zzie L.- Evangelical Presbyterian Church World Outreach, Southeast Asia
L*zzie is a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee.  She is single and has a degree in Public Health.  She will be on the Engage 2025 team in that area and will do relational evangelism by helping with a retail craft business that employs Muslim women.  She will also teach basic hygiene and public health to the Muslim community.  She intends to arrive in Southeast Asia in the fall of 2017.  updated June, 2017
 
Philemon Project-Children's ministry, Beirut, Lebanon
The Philemon Project is a children's daycare ministry in Beirut, Lebanon focusing on meeting the childcare and early education needs of refugee families.  It is directed by and EPC Pastor Reverend Robert Hamd.  The children are taught English and early childhood education is Christian-based.  They are currently planning to expand through Beirut and Lebanon.  updated June, 2017
 
MISSIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY
  
AMEN Food Pantry (662-287-6727) - a community food pantry that our congregation helped get started, and our members volunteer to work in the pantry.
 
Thanksgiving Meal - a ministry of the Deacons that provides Thanksgiving meals to the needy throughout the community.
 
Support for Public Education in Alcorn County - In 1989 First Presbyterian Church co-sponsored with Horizon, Inc. the Guy Doud Event. Many members of the church are active in Horizon, which is an education advocate organization. The pastor, Don Elliott, served as President of Horizon in 1991-92.
 
Friendship Class - a program of activities and education for mentally impaired teenagers and adults.
 
Deacons' Fund - designed to meet the needs of our own church members and the poor of the community.
 
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts - FPC sponsors a variety of scouting troops that include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Daisy, Brownies, and Junior Girl Scouts.
 
Our Church facilities have been used by community organizations such as Corinth Welfare Association, Krossroads Kollection, Junior Auxiliary, the Music Club, and the Corinth-Alcorn County Ministerial Association.
 
The Community Farmers' Market is located on our Chambers lot facing Shiloh Road. This serves the community by allowing local farmers to bring their homegrown produce to sell.
 
Oasis Medical Center (662-287-8001 or 800-663-1639) is a pro-life ministry to women and men who are in a crisis pregnancy. Some of our women serve as counselors.
 
The Lighthouse Foundation  (662-286-0091) is a ministry for racial reconciliation that some of our men helped to establish. A weekly men’s prayer group meets at the Lighthouse and Unity Services sponsored by the Lighthouse helps us to cross denominational and racial barriers.  The yearly Youth Baked Goods Auction provides money to buy toys for the Lighthouse Toy store which provides toys to the needy children in the community.
 
Habitat for Humanity (Judy Glenn- President, 662-808-2455) is an organization that builds homes for the needy and several members of our congregation volunteer regularly.
 
Sharing Hearts(Becky Dalton, 662-286-3957) is a non-profit day care center for elderly diagnosed with dementia at First Baptist Church that our church supports through providing lunches occasionally and several members volunteer there.   
 
Buddy Bags is an outreach for providing needy children with snacks on the weekends when they are not receiving subsidized food with the school lunch program.
 
French Camp is a Christian resident home for troubled children.
 
Palmer Home is a Christian orphanage in Mississippi.
 
Crosswind is an inner city ministry in Corinth attempting to change lives of the poor, troubled and homeless through introducing them to Jesus, loving them unconditionally, meeting their physical needs, and assisting them to become financially independent.
 
Living Free Ministries is a ministry in Corinth that provides a loving and understanding family environment for those with addictions.  They help with treatment for addiction and work toward leading the addicted to the true healer, Jesus Christ.
 
 

Pictures From Previous Mission Trips

 
 
 
July 12 - 19, 2008 25 people will travel to Antigua, Guatemala from First Presbyterian Church to work with Mike Watkins a missionary and former FPC staff member. The trip will included medical missions, working with children, and some construction. Team Members are Alberto & Marianne Albarracin, Ricky & Mary Bratton Burgess, John Burnett, Susanne Cooper, Jim Corley, Don Elliott, Cullen Grantham, Van & Mary Hedges, Edward Knight, Brandon Lowrey, Madeline McClain, Pat Palmer, Jim Lindsey, Deb & Jordan Parker, Teresa Shouse, Pat & Suzanne Tucker, Payton & Ben Tucker, Joe Vann, Edi & Elizabeth Williams.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The mission team from First Presbyterian Church headed to Mexico on Saturday, July 11th, 2009. There were 23 people on our mission team. The team worked on a construction project to build a porch for one of the dorimitories at the Base.  Pictured, Kimberly and the gang entertain the local children.
 
 
 
 
July 14, 2010
The mission team arrived in Corinth yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon after taking 9 flights in 11 days. In spite of the extended time in the skies much was accomplished by the team. Third times the charm, so they say. Our third trip to the church in Manzanamayo, led our construction crew to begin the church’s kitchen. The footings and slab were poured for the kitchen and dining room this week. The completion of the future kitchen will give the church a sanctuary, restrooms, Sunday school rooms and ultimately their kitchen.
 
Our vacation bible school ministry team led the children at the public schools in Manzanamayo and Cajamarca in a week of fun lessons and crafts. The puppets were a huge hit. The week concluded with the baptism of two of the children in Manzanamayo. That will be very unique for them due to the fact that Don Elliott baptized the children.
 
. The top of the mountain was a hub of activity last week, between construction, bible school, and the dental clinic. Dr. Mark Mazurkiewicz was quite busy. He performed around 250 extractions. Just as here in Corinth the visit to the dental office isn’t complete without a toothbrush and toothpaste to take home. There were smiles all around.
 
We are so grateful to Alonzo and Esther Ramirez for all the work they did before we arrived which includes hosting of our team. As you may know by now, the Bradfords were not able to be there due to the accident that William suffered three days before they were suppose to leave for Peru; we give thanks to the Lord for William’s recovery and continue to lift him to the Lord as well as for a complete a healing. As always God takes care of the needs of his children.
 
After a jammed packed work week, the team went to the city of Cusco to visit the Machu Picchu site on Sunday. This was a very long day, but a day that we enjoyed, as we marveled at the ruins left by the Incas. When you are more than two miles high, the views are spectacular. Possibly this is because you are that much closer to heaven.
 
After we returned to Lima on Monday, the team gave our good byes to Samuel Vargas as he returned to Cajamarca. Samuel was a great help to the vacation bible school team. He will be missed.
 
Words on a page can not begin to convey the experiences that this mission team had over this past week at least not through this author’s pen. Members of the team will be reporting to the congregation soon, and we hope to show photos of the trip during our upcoming Family Bible School. You will not want to miss it.
 
I want to give my thanks to the team for all the work they did, for being such as great group of people, and to the congregation and friends who prayed for a successful mission trip. God is good all the time.
 
ALBERTO