seeking Christ & sharing His love around the world.
FPC OUTREACH PARTNERS “The Kingdom grows as we defeat poverty and disease, as we make peace, as we welcome orphans into homes, as we release the captive and as we share the gospel with the lost.”
TREE OF LIVES To strengthen the African family in our shared battle against HIV/AIDS and poverty.
In 2001, Drs. Richard and Judith Brown, Presbyterian missionaries and First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk members, founded the Holy Family HIV/AIDS Center on the grounds of Nazareth Hospital in Kenya. First Presbyterian Church began the Tree of Lives ministry in 2004 to support the work of this vital clinic. Since then, Tree of Lives has expanded to include other programs that support the African family through HIV/AIDS awareness. In 2020, the Tree of Lives Kenya NGO was approved by the Kenyan government. Tree of Lives and Tree of Lives Kenya will work together to further our shared battle against HIV/AIDS.
GLOBAL STUDENT FRIENDSHIP A place to foster new relationships and to help with practical, personal and spiritual needs
The Global Friendship organization is located near Old Dominion University. It is run by Kurnia and Lian Foe. It has served more than 10,000 international students, visiting scholars, and immigrants since 2005. The Global Friendship organization helps furnish more than 300 apartments of our international students each year and they host weekly melas and gatherings. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved, please call 757-309-0808 and the email is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Outreach Foundation SYRIA & LEBANON PARTNERSHIP Engaging followers of Christ for his work in the world
For over 40 years The Outreach Foundation has connected congregations and people in the United States with church partners around the world in Christ-centered evangelistic mission. At the core is identifying and helping fund projects and people making an impact for Christ. More than projects, they view their work as centering on relationships. Outreach is like “connective tissue” in the body of Christ. In making connections, we see what gifts we have to share with each other, and what we can learn from each other. FPC has been working with the Outreach Foundation, supporting the mission and ministry of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon. Our Presbyterian family in that region is facing unprecedented challenges due to Covid and economic collapse. Through it all, the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon has overseen the vital mission and ministries of its 40 congregations with great hope and purpose.
Commonwealth Catholic Charities / Refugee Resettlement Providing quality, compassionate human services to all people
Refugees come to the United States with great need, having left their homes, possessions and often their families. They arrive with hopes for a brighter future. Commonwealth Catholic Charities and FPC help them achieve stability and guidance. There are many ways to get involved in this vital ministry!
HELP for Nicaragua Providing quality and compassionate health care to all
HELP for Nicaragua grew out of missions trips to Young Life Nicaragua in 1998. A need for health care prompted temporary medical clinics at Camp Vida Joven from 2000 to 2004. Leaders from Vida Joven camp approached FPC in 2004 with a piece of property for a medical clinic. The clinic was opened in 2005 and serves 3600 people in seven communities in the rural highlands with basic primary care, prenatal care, immunizations, nutritional support, and treatment for non-communicable illnesses. Medical professionals and translators, from FPC have served patients. Click here to learn more!
Vida Joven Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.
La Finca (The Farm) is a Young Life Camp/Coffee farm in the mountains of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Here, youth can experience the love of Christ for a week camp. La Finca began in 1992 with the first Young Life camp hosting 187 guests. A new master plan was completed in 2017 to accommodate 350 guests. Many projects are accomplished each year by mission teams who partner with Vida Joven Nicaragua. The camp also hosts church groups and NGOs. La Finca coffee sales help raise funds to send Nicaraguan youth to camp.
MISSIONARIES SHARING CHRIST'S LOVE AROUND THE WORLD.
CHRIS HAYNES Missionary to the Czech Republic
Chris Haynes is a missionary serving in the Czech Republic under the auspices of Presbyterian-Reformed Ministries International (PRMI). He serves on the teaching team at an international church in Prague where he also regularly leads the Alpha Course. He offers a weekly Bible study for international students and helps with Scripture Union’s English camps. He serves as a teacher for PRMI’s Dunamis Course in Europe (Czech Republic, UK, Estonia, and Belarus) as well as PRMI’s Liaison to the Vatican. Email Chris!
HOLLMAN MENDOZA Regional Director of Young Life Central America
Hollman Mendoza is married to Karelia with two children, Ivonne and Gabriel. He grew up in Nicaragua in the middle of a civil war. When he was 18 years old, he started playing basketball in a league run by a North American Young Life leader in Esteli, Nicaragua. He came to faith at Young Life Camp in 1998. He began to serve as a volunteer leader. In 2002, he joined Young Life staff. In 2011, God called him to serve as National Director of Nicaragua. Hollman oversees more than 90 neighborhood clubs, led by 40 staff people and 450 volunteers. Hollman’s vision is that every kid gets a chance to have a growing relationship with Jesus. Since 2020 he has served as the Regional Director of Young Life Central America. Click here to learn more!