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Compassion Sunday 2018

Posted by Susan Buenger on

Malacatan, Guatemala, is a small town close to the border between Mexico and Guatemala—about 15 minutes from the El Carmen border crossing. Yearly, tens of thousands of migrants from all over Central America are deported to this area by Mexican authorities. Large buses cross the bridge...

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Final India Update - 2018

Posted by Susan Buenger on

I am flying home from Delhi full of hope and joy for what our team experienced while in India. In debriefing with the team and reflecting, I was reminded repeatedly of the value of relationships as we join God in His mission. Our team stepped into the midst of significant and longstanding...

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La Limonada: Guatemala Team Update

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The drainage ravine that hosts the neighborhood of Limonada in Guatemala City is not an ordinary place. It is simultaneously full of hope and violence, beauty and profound material, spiritual and emotional poverty. As we entered the door of a home in Limonada, we met a baby seated in a stroller...

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Guatemala Team Itinerary and Prayer Requests

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A team of six from First Pres travels to Guatemala September 7–14 to partner with the Del Camino Connection (DCC), connecting with Guatemalan pastors and ministry leaders, and deepening the relationships forged on a 2016 trip. The team will also meet new leaders and connect with churches...

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Mongolia Team 2017 Prayer Requests

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Posted by Susan Buenger on

On Wednesday, August 9, a First Pres mission team departed for Mongolia to assist with a conference for Mongolia Campus Crusade for Christ (MCCC) staff. The team will be joined by Richard Haney from Presbyterian Fellowship, and together they will seek to encourage, listen to and pray for the...

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Launched into Mission

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Chloe Buckler is a student at Azusa Pacific University. First Pres has supported her missions to Uganda in 2016 and Haiti in 2017. Chloe shares the following thoughts on what God has taught her through her involvement at First Pres and her participation in short-term missions:  Children...

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Retirement With a Purpose: Bill and Beth Bennett

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First Pres retirees Bill and Beth Bennett are answering God's call to serve in the nation of Albania.

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Bringing Living Water to El Salvador

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According to Living Water International, at least 663 million people across the globe lack access to safe drinking water. This huge need and the thirsty people affected by it make it a great place for the people of God to step in! In 2013, a group of MOPS moms decided to give up coffee, take...

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A Shining City on a Hill

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guest post by Matthew Soerens In his farewell speech to the nation, President Ronald Reagan described the United States as a “shining city on a hill” for those seeking freedom from persecution and deprivation, a place “teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and...

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Cuba 2017 Reflections

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Reflections on ministry in Cuba by Jan Barnes and Don Wallace To hear reflections on this trip in person, join the team Sunday, April 9, at 12:15 in Room 209 for a time of sharing and snacks.  The ministry of presence Our team trips to Cuba have become known as "being" trips, rather than...

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