The Mission Field
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
FPC is blessed to walk along side of many missionaries, both locally and internationally. These missionaries, and their families, need our prayers. Often called far from their homes, missionaries find themselves on the frontlines in the fight against lostness. Missionaries can also find themselves up against forces that don’t want to see the Lord’s Kingdom advanced and will stop at nothing to hinder their efforts to spread the Good News. This is why we must always keep missionaries in our prayers.
Through our Mission Team, FPC provides financial support to these dedicated missionaries around the world, as they work daily to bring others to Christ. As a congregation, we support them through prayer and by attending mission dinners and lunches.
Chris and Anita Anderson are missionaries with Greater Europe Mission, serving in Valencia, Spain. They serve at Mision Evangelica Urbana de Valencia which is an evangelical ministry to the poor, the homeless, and the immigrants of the city. They provide a point of contact for hurting people and help the needy with some of the necessities of life with the goal of bringing them to Christ and teaching them to follow him. Anita teaches Spanish to the immigrants to help them adapt to the Spanish culture. They are involved in friendship evangelism in the community, with the Spaniards and many Muslims, allowing people to see and hear and touch the love of Christ. They are building disciples and teaching others how to do the same.
Jim and Amanda Blizzard, and their five children, Jimmy, Isaac, Nikolas, Phoebe, and Asher, are Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) missionaries located in Lakeland. Jim is the local director for Florida's Heartland, which includes Polk, Hardee and Highlands Counties. He has come to our church several times with teacher training, teaching in Kid's Kingdom and at our fall festivals. Child Evangelism Fellowship is an international nonprofit organization whose purpose is to evangelism boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ, disciple them with the Word of God and establish them in a local church. CEF ministers can be found in all 50 states and in 181 countries worldwide. Jim partners with churches throughout Florida's Heartland to train volunteers to teach Bible Clubs in the public schools and in Summer Five Day Clubs. Please keep them in your prayers as they are always looking to recruit new prayer partners and new volunteers to carry forth the Gospel message to the children.
James and Kelly Broadaway are our “home grown” missionaries from right here in Haines City, FL. They were part of our youth group here at FPC. James and Kelly, along with their three sons, Nathan, Luke, and Samuel, have been with Campus Outreach for 16 years, serving 12 years in Charlotte, NC, before relocating to Pretoria, South Africa in 2015. James is involved in recruiting new members to their mission teams as soldiers for Christ. They plan to expand their work to reach the unreachable, to create new missionaries, and prepare them to be trained and feel the call to serve Christ.
Jim and Sue Christie are missionaries serving at Faith Christian Fellowship in Eldoret, Kenya. Having previously served at Kings Kids Village in Naiorbi, Jim and Sue felt a stirring in their hearts that God was bringing change to their lives. In January, 2018, they moved to Eldoret, Kenya, to serve with Faith Christian Fellowship in specialty Bible schools, training pastors and leaders. These schools meet about 4 days per month for instruction and testing. After one year, if grades, class attendance, and participation are at a qualifying level, the students are given an internationally recognized diploma. The mass majority of the pastors must work to provide for their families, so the school is brought to them. As pastors are trained, the Christies hope to hold outdoor evangelistic crusades, placing precious souls in the churches of the pastors they have helped to train.
The Fitzpatricks relocated to Mooresville, NC in 2018 after five years in Kenya where Drew served as the Assistant Africa Regional Director (Horn of Africa) for Wycliffe Associates (WA), an organization dedicated to the acceleration of Bible translation. A retired Marine, Drew and Lynn have been married for twenty-one years and have five children. Drew currently serves as Special Projects Officer for WA’s Africa/Eurasia region, directing various projects and initiatives supporting church-led Bible translation projects in the Africa and Eurasia regions. Drew has a passion for indigenous led Scripture translation efforts - especially in the most austere environments in the 10-40 Window - and the acceleration of Scripture translation… so that every nation, tribe and tongue - may hear God’s Word in the language that speaks to their hearts.
Before they'd even met, Robin and Elizabeth felt God's call to serve in Southeast Asia, and to help bring God's Word to all people in their own language. Once they arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand, they met and fell in love! Since their marriage in 2015, they have been a team, using their different strengths to support the work of Bible translation. Elizabeth works in linguistics, supporting a translation project in a minority language of northern Thailand. Since this language does not yet have a written form, she's been working to develop a writing system so Bible translation can begin. Robin is a computer programmer, creating software tools that make Bible translation faster and more accurate. He's been developing a website that will help Bible translators communicate and get feedback from native speakers about their translations.
Jennifer serves as the International Ministries Coordinator at For His Children (FHC). Believing that all children are created in God’s image, For His Children exists as a Christ-centered ministry to homeless children, providing care in a loving and supportive environment, striving to unite them with their biological or adoptive family, and advocating on their behalf to others.
Jennifer has been working at FHC since 2009. Her responsibilities include overseeing international volunteers, planning and coordinating short-term team visits, and fundraising for FHC. Jen also works on the Child Sponsorship program. Jennifer lives on-site at FHC-Quito.
Kyle and Rahel Winter (son and daughter-in-law of Pastor Jeff and Judy) were back in the US in early 2019 and added daughter Joanna to their growing family. They live in Cambodia in the city of Battambang, near a YWAM (Youth with a Mission) base. Kyle completed a cultural and language school course and both continue learning the Khmer language. Rahel spends most time with the children and other young mothers in the neighborhood and on the base.
FPC recognizes the need to speak out on behalf of the victims of injustice, showing compassion and promoting awareness. The Mission Team provides financial support to a number of dedicated organizations locally and around the world that work to end human suffering and oppression.
The Antalya Evangelical Church is located in Antalya, one of Turkey's important historical and touristic sites in the south of Turkey on the Mediterranean Sea. Beginning in 1992 as a non-denominational church, every year they serve alongside many different church denominations from all over the world to further the Kingdom in Turkey for the Glory of God. In addition to outreach activities, this church offers opportunities for the growth and discipleship of its believers. There are four regular meetings a week at the church, including Sunday morning worship, Prayer Meeting, Youth Group and the Ladies Bible Study.
Breaking Chains International wants to be a blessing all over the world. They believe and honor the command to go into all the nations spreading the love of Christ, and winning souls for the kingdom.
Teresa Kemp, the Founder of Breaking Chains Internatinal Inc, has a passion to reach a broken and dying world. Her testimony of healing and restoration through the power of Jesus Christ is going to the nations. Everywhere from inside prisons to villages in Africa, people are hearing about the power of God.
Frontier Fellowship traces its beginnings back to a kitchen table in Portland, Oregon, in 1981. It was there missiologist Ralph Winter, pioneer of the unreached people groups movement, shared his vision to revive a frontier missions focus within the United Presbyterian Church with Harold Kurtz, longtime missionary in Southwest Ethiopia. We began under Harold’s leadership as United Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship and were later renamed Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship.
As our organization developed over the years, God challenged us to take our ministry further in denominational and generational focus, wider in geographical scope and deeper in our understanding of frontier mission. Today we’re known as Frontier Fellowship, continuing to look toward the frontier where the Good News of Jesus has yet to find expression. We believe His message is for everyone, and each person deserves the opportunity to hear the Gospel in the context of his or her language and culture.
To that end, we’re committed to our call to engage the Church—inviting, educating, inspiring, gathering and equipping followers of Jesus to embrace their God-given roles in making His name known among every nation, tribe, people and language.
The vision of the Sports Coalition of India is to make disciples for Christ in all districts in and through India via the world of sports. Their mission is to serve Christ’s kingdom through sports in all 711 districts cities of India. As sports is a way of life for many people, it shapes their time, activity and focus. Within this world, they seek to serve the needs of the sports people as well as their families, helping them to become the people that God created them to be. Sport is a universal language that is fun, challenging, competitive and relational. For these reasons, it provides a powerful way of connecting people with one another irrespective of their age, gender and background. This helps to create an environment where Evangelism, Discipleship, Leadership Development and even Church Planting can occur.
Currently, the Sports Coalition of India is serving the local communities through:
- Sports Coaching: They provide high quality professional sports coaching to the community people for free of cost. Coaching is to be given by Christian coaches who are certified by the respective sports federations.
- Sports Camps: They provide evangelical sports camps for both boys and girls. A 3-day residential camp provides a mechanism where the participants will be given quality sports coaching and the Biblical teachings, eventually leading them to Christ.
- Sports teams: By participating in sports clubs that play in the local leagues, they can provide an opportunity for the community people to play in leagues and go through a Holistic Development process
- Sports Hubs: Sports-themed weekly Prayer cells make it possible for participants to grow deeper in the Word of God - to grow stronger as a Disciple of Jesus Christ - to grow wider to multiply Disciples in the community and beyond - to be Disciple Makers.
LifeChoice Pregnancy Center is a non-profit organization serving girls, women, and families in Winter Haven and eastern Polk County. They are solely community-supported and offer all services free of charge.
Open 21 hours a week, they average over 600 client visits a year with our various services. Their staff and volunteers are here to empower you to make a plan for your future and support you in taking the next step.
OneByOne is a denominational ministry that exists to educate and equip churches to minister to those who desire freedom from unwanted same-sex attraction, sexual addiction, and the effects of sexual abuse. They do not provide support groups; instead, they refer individuals and families to support groups, counselors, and conferences.
OneByOne's mission is to educate and equip the church to minister the transforming grace and power of Jesus Christ to those in conflict with their sexuality. OneByOne's goal is therefore two-fold: (1) to serve as a resource for educational material; and (2) to help create and/or support local ministries to those struggling with sexual brokenness, including but not limited to homosexuality. OneByOne representatives are available to provide seminars and workshops for church leaders and/or members who want to learn how to minister Christ's compassion without compromising Christ's standards.
PARS Theological Center is an interdenominational community of pastors, counsellors, and administrators from an Evangelical spectrum, working together since the spring of 2010. PARS recognizes that here is a critical need for training faithful and affective leaders who can shepherd the Iranian church into maturity in Christ and act as agents of change in all the spheres of culture and society across the Persian-speaking world.
Their mission is to equip and mobilize the Iranian church by training a new generation of biblically rooted, theologically informed, and spiritually mature men and women of God, committed to serve and lead the church in loving God and neighbor, transforming the Persian-speaking world for the glory of God.
The vision and mission of Sidewalk Advocates for Life is to train, equip, and support local communities across the United States and the world in “sidewalk advocacy”: to be the hands and feet of Christ, offering loving, life-affirming alternatives to all present at the abortion center, thereby eliminating demand and ending abortion.
Sidewalk Advocates for Life takes a peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding approach to reaching out to those servicing the abortion center. They seek to be the hands and feet of Christ and to ‘stand in the gap’ for those who, ironically, may feel they have no choice. While they provide crisis intervention on the sidewalk to women in unplanned pregnancies headed into the abortion center, they recognize that their outreach can only go so far: they must offer her real, ongoing help or crisis management. Their interaction never ends without offering her life-affirming alternatives such as help from the local pregnancy resource center(s) and other organizations in her local community.
The Women and Youth (WAY) Center's mission is to provide a variety of spiritual and social services for families in need or crisis. The Center works with churches, schools, and other agencies in the community to ensure that the client’s needs are served in the best possible way.
They are a faith-based, non-profit, community agency that longs to make a significant and eternal impact on their community by offering services that empower and educate women and youth that reside among them. Acceptance and Accountability are two major keys they focus on here at The WAY Center. They believe that a combination of giving, teaching, and loving their clients the way Jesus would is the best possible way to help someone in need. Theirs is a family-focused community organization.