The Local Missions Ministry of FPC encourages, equips, and provides opportunities for FPC members to live intentional lives of personal and corporate outreach and evangelism. “Missions” is emphasized as a daily lifestyle for every believer as part of our love and dedication to the Lord, and to follow in the example of Christ.
Living in the fourth largest city in America comes with both blessings and challenges. Houston is home to many who are homeless or living in poverty, thousands of refugees and Internationals, as well as many of America’s top businesses and professionals. First Presbyterian, in the heart of the Museum District, is physically in the center of it all. Being neighbor to the Medical Center, Third Ward, Downtown and Montrose gives FPC a great opportunity to minister to people from all walks of life. The Local Missions Ministry of FPC is not partial to rich or poor, homeless or those with multiple homes, black or white, American or International; this ministry is to any and all people outside the walls of this church. FPC has over 30 wonderful Local Missions partners and local missionaries around Houston. Additionally, First Presbyterian has great relationships with other local organizations and ministries also working to meet the needs of those living in the community.
Devotional for Local Missions:
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” Mark 10:45 (NIV). Jesus was active in his community. Just like you and me, he had people to see and places to go. As we watch his life unfold through the gospels, it’s amazing to see Jesus take time to interact with all walks of life. Young and old (Mark 5:35-43 and Luke 7:11-17), rich and poor (Mark 10:17-31 and Mark 2:1-12), well or sick (Matthew 4:18-22 and Mark 5:25-34), Kings and beggars (Luke 23:1-25 and Mark 10:46-52), Jews and Gentiles (Mark 12:13-17 and John 4:1-26)—not only his friends but enemies of the Good News (Luke 10:38-42 and Acts 9:1-9) as well. Of the 132 plus contacts Jesus made with others recorded in the Bible, roughly six were in the Temple and four were in synagogues. The rest were out in the community, engaging with his neighbors. As we strive to lead a life that follows His, we too must be intentional and open to engaging with our neighbors. We are Christ’s ambassadors. Not only do we have an opportunity to do this through serving in Local Missions, but we are each missionaries in the spheres of influence with which God has placed us. Let us start each day prayerfully asking God how we can better serve our neighbors.
To find out more about the Local Missions Ministry contact Stephanie Drew, director of Local Missions, or 713.620.6547.