Thomas Johnson and Family (Niger, West Africa)
In 2008, First Presbyterian formed a partnership with Tom Johnson, a community development specialist in Niger serving (at that time) under a joint sponsorship arrangement between the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Reformed Church in America. Tom and his family work in conjunction with the Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger (EERN) at the Dagon Gao Bible School. He has been instrumental in setting up agricultural endeavors to help the school and community become self-sustaining.
In 2010 our congregation hosted Tom and his family during their stateside furlough. During that time our bonds of friendship and resolve to support his mission in Niger were strengthened greatly. Even from a distance we share in their joys, encourage them in the midst of difficulty, and count them as part of our church family. (It is also our great pleasure to watch the beautiful children grow up!)
Through the world-wide mission of the Presbyterian Church (USA), First Presbyterian is linked to partner churches and mission personnel serving Christ around the world. Our congregation has adopted special partners that we financially support and remember in prayer: In addition, we participate in various other global mission opportunities such as the "30 Hour Famine" and the "Heifer Project".
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Andrew and Holly Haas (Johannesburg, South Africa)
In 2011, First Presbyterian had the privilege of hosting learning from Andrew and Holly Haas during their furlough in the states. Andrew and Holly shared with us just how they do their part to help TWR fulfill its objective "to assist the Church worldwide through Christ-centered programming and outreach opportunities that focus on ministry initiatives encompassed in the Mission’s Global Strategic Plan." We were also introduced to the importance of understanding how the Gospel can most effectively transmitted in cultures with an oral tradition. The partnership and support we share with Andrew and Holly makes it possible for us to help send the Good News of Jesus around the world in powerful ways that meet each individual culture's needs.