FAPC Announces New Slate of Mission Partners

Outreach Committee chair Dottie Cannon at Ministry of Hope-Lesotho, 2015.

The Session of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church has approved five first-time mission partners and renewed 10 others for a new, three-year funding cycle.

New mission partners include:

  • Ministry of Hope-Lesotho, a home for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children in this small mountain kingdom in southern Africa. Ministry of Hope has previously received funding from FAPC’s mission tithe and was the site of a 2015 mission trip.
  • Cobbie and Dessa Palm, Presbyterian Church (USA) mission co-workers in the Philippines. The Palms’ ministry focuses in two areas: providing clean water to underserved and disaster-stricken areas, and combatting human trafficking. The Palms hosted a portion of FAPC’s mission trip to the Philippines in 2012 and consulted with the Mission Partner Task Force in 2013.
  • Parity. A New York-based nonprofit, Parity supports LGBTQ persons pursuing Christian ministry and offers programs that aim to create a fully inclusive Church and to nurture the spirituality of LGBTQ people of faith. FAPC has been a member congregation of Parity (formerly Presbyterian Welcome) since 2005.
  • Search and Care. Founded in 1972, Search and Care provides social services to an estimated 1,000 seniors in New York City who have difficulty coping with a variety of medical, physical, cognitive and emotional challenges.
  • Dan and Elizabeth Turk, PCUSA mission co-workers in Madagascar/Southern Africa. The Turks are working to protect children and other vulnerable populations through AIDS programs and rural clinics, gardens and environmental education, and other initiatives in partnership with our sister church, the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM). FAPC hosted the Turks and the Madagascar Mission Network last April.

Organizations renewed as FAPC mission partners are The Bowery Mission, The Bridge, Church of Gethsemane, Hands Along the Nile Development Services (HANDS), Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center, Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood House, New York Asian Women’s Center, Operation Exodus, Presbyterian Senior Services, and the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH).

Read about our mission partners here.

Established in 2013, FAPC’s mission partner model concentrates the church’s benevolence funding and volunteer resources on a select group of organizations whose missions align with ours. The Mission Partner Committee recommends new mission partners and funding allocations for Session approval. The committee also establishes covenants between FAPC and each of its mission partners, and oversees these relationships.

“We can all be proud of this model, because it is doing exactly what we wanted it to do,” Senior Pastor Scott Black Johnston said at the Session meeting on Jan. 24, when the new slate of mission partners was approved. “It has ensured that we make a stronger impact with our outreach dollars. And it has fostered growing relationships between the church and our partner organizations."

Although covenants for five former mission partners were not renewed, FAPC's strong relationships with most of these organizations will continue. FAPC volunteers will remain actively engaged with Habitat for Humanity NYC, the Haiti Fund and Project FIND. Frank and Nancy Dimmock, former PCUSA mission co-workers in Africa, have returned to the U.S., but one of the projects they founded—Ministry of Hope-Lesotho—is among our new mission partners. Presbyterian Hope in Action (PHIA), created in 2012 to coordinate church mission teams in Superstorm Sandy recovery, has scaled back its operations.

In the coming weeks, we will feature profiles of our new mission partners on fapc.org.

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