International Missions

First Presbyterian Church maintains a strong tradition of global outreach as well. Each year, the church gives a percentage of its pledged income to the Presbytery as Benevolent Giving. Part of this gift is earmarked for outreach projects like the Mwandi Hospital Project, a venture started in the mid-1980's to help volunteers travel abroad to use their medical, construction, and professional skills and aid the people of this village of 6,000.

Our congregation also receives offerings at different times during the year for special purposes, such as on Blanket Sunday. Congregation members are given the opportunity to purchase a blanket in honor or memory of someone for $5.00 per blanket. Church World Service receives this offering, purchases the blankets, and distributes them around the world. This project is one of many sponsored by our Presbyterian Women. Another opportunity for giving from Church World Service is the CROP Walk. In the CROP Walk, many of our congregation members participate by either donating or by walking. We participate with other churches in our community in this project.

Our Presbyterian Women also sponsor Operation Christmas Child, a project that our Presbyterian Women have involved the entire church in. Each congregation member is invited to put together a shoebox full of gifts for a youngster and drop it off at the church. The shoeboxes are then transported to one of the main pick up points for OCC in Winston-Salem. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse. Please visit their web site www.samaritan.org for more information on this worthwhile project!

In recent years, our church has teamed with Mission Emanuel to send small groups of adults to the Dominican Republic each fall. The projects in partnership with Mission Emanuel vary from year to year. Some years, we have built block homes for the residents of Cielo. Other years, we have helped refurbish warehouse space for a school. The primary emphasis of our mission to the Dominican Republic is creating relationships with the Dominican people.