Mission

The FPC Mission Committee represents our call to share the love of Christ worldwide. Through financial support and direct hands-on activities, this committee organizes FPC mission work outside the immediate area of Rochester, Minnesota.

serving jesus christ globally

FPC supports mission workers and projects financially through mission budget disbursement, special offerings, and targeted gifts. The mission budget also supports the PC(USA)’s and our Twin Cities Presbytery’s Unified Mission. FPC members have traveled to Mombin Crochu, Haiti to provide medical care, training & other support. Volunteers in Mission from our congregation have also served in Venezuela, Hungary, Malawi, India, Texas, North Dakota, and Alaska (Sheldon Jackson College). FPC also has a long-standing relationship & involvement with the Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF).  For more information visit mbfoundation.org.

Annual VBS Mission Trip: Bdecan Presbyterian Church, Spirit Lake Reservation

The Bdecan (buh-DAY-chan) VBS Mission Team is coordinated through the FPC Mission Committee. FPC mission teams have traveled to Spirit Lake Reservation (North Dakota) to provide Vacation Bible School (VBS) since 2015 when Bdecan Presbyterian Church (BPC) youth pastor Joe Obermeyer posted on the Presbyterian Disaster Relief website asking church groups to come lead VBS.

Relationships are growing & deepening. Kids, parents and grandparents remember us and look for our return. Children participate more enthusiastically every year. VBS consists of songs, crafts, Bible stories, woodworking or a service project and games. Breakfast and a warm, nutritious lunch are provided each day. The children know that if they come, they will have something to eat (many live with food insecurity due to low income).

FPC members have generously and consistently donated to special projects and requests by providing winter clothing, school supplies, fabric for tied baby blankets, and other necessities needed to help support the children and families there.

Images from the 2019 Trip

The 2019 Bdecan Bible School Team included: Marylynn Aalderks, Jean Abels, Nancy & Larry Boutelle, Mary Huie, Ginger Kirby, Ron Kreinbring, Cindy Kunzman, Jane Murl, Margie Schaff, and Vicki Wintheiser.

 

SERVING CHRIST IN COSTA RICA

Karla Koll is professor of history, mission, and religions for the Latin American Biblical University (UBL). As a PC(USA) mission partner who has been training church leaders from throughout Latin America for over 90 years, Karla works with students from a variety of denominations.  “I have the joy of guiding women and men into deeper understandings of their faith in Christ … providing them with tools for working in God’s mission in ways that transform lives and communities,” says Karla who is accompanied by her husband, Javier Torrez.  

Rev. Dr. Karla Ann Koll & husband Javier Torrez

Rev. Dr. Karla Ann Koll & husband Javier Torrez

Josh Heikkila

Serving Christ in West Africa

Josh Heikkila is the PC(USA) regional liaison for West Africa, where he facilitates partner relationships, implements regional strategies and supports the work of other mission personnel. Josh says, “In partnership, not only do we learn how the Holy Spirit has given us gifts to use for the common good, but we also come to see spiritual gifts in others, and we learn to appreciate how these gifts can enrich our mutual Christian life.”

 

Serving Christ together in Cuba

David and Josey are working in partnership with the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba. David is teaching New Testament and Greek at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas, while Josey is assisting the Cuban church in Christian education efforts. As natives of Puerto Rico, David and Josey share some ethnic and cultural affinities with the people of Cuba. They developed an appreciation for the country through Cuban friends and mentors in the years prior to their mission appointment. David and Josey sense a call to be a part of a new sense of hope that's emerging in the Cuban church and society.

David Cortes-Fuentes and Josey Saez Acevedo

 

Serving at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, Africa

Steve and Alene Burgert work with World Gospel Mission Kenya, ministering at Tenwek Hospital and with Correctional Ministry of Africa Gospel Church. Steve grew up here at FPC.  Their mission:

  • Share the love of Jesus Christ through medical and spiritual care

  • Train students in medical school & seminary

  • Encourage through a ministry to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and correctional staffers

  • Participate in the life and culture of the local community

“Each one should use whatever gift one has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)

Steve and Alene Burgert