CHILDREN OF PROMISE
Children of Promise provides a future for children, offering education, nutrition, health, and spiritual nurture. CoP kids are able to better their lives, enjoy health and vitality, and establish an eternal relationship with God. They become contributors in their community, and country, and for the Kingdom of God.
First Church has the highest number of CoP child sponsorships in the world! Wow! That is something to celebrate!
To know more about sponsoring a child through Children of Promise contact our church office or click here to find out how to sponsor a child.
First Church supports John and Gwen Johnson which allows them to serve as regional coordinators in Africa, working with 8 Church of God missionaries and several churches through the entire region. First Church is currently investing in the Malawi Pastor Training program which offers education opportunities for pastors and church leaders, and allows them to travel, plant new churches, and purchase resources.
First Church built the Malawi Ministry Center which has become a vital meeting places for ministerial student training, and pastors conferences. We currently investing in a new water well system, and are making plans to build dormitories to complete this project by 2022.
India Gospel League is an indigenous, Bible-centered ministry born and operated in the heart of India. Millions across South Asia still need to hear the Good News about Jesus, and millions more need practical blessings like education, medical care, and economic opportunity. All of their ministries are built to be self-sustaining.
More than 100,000 village churches have been planted by IGL in the past 25 years, and from these, hope is shining out to a world darkened by desperate poverty and ancient idolatry. From a small mission in South India, IGL has grown to become an international mission; sharing the gospel and serving with compassionate care.
EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Our Assistant Regional Coordinators for all of Europe and the Middle East are Nate and Stacy Tatman. They are moving to Madrid, Spain, in June of 2020, where they will begin the challenging task of leading a great group of missionaries and pastors who work throughout these large diverse regions. We are excited to be able to have an impact on so many leaders through our support of the Tatmans.
Heart for Lebanon is a faith-based holistic ministry bringing dignity to the marginalized and rejected communities in Lebanon, including Syrian and Iraqi refugees living in Beirut, the Bekaa Valley, and Southern Lebanon, as well as the Bedouin, Gypsy, Turkmen and the poorer Lebanese communities residing throughout the country.
SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA
Our regional coordinators for Central and South America are Jason and Abby Torgeson. They live in Costa Rica, but the impact of their work is felt all through the region. Through Jason and Abby, our reach is extended to hundreds of missionaries and ministries through out all of Central and South America.
Jason and Abby host groups on work projects and impact trips often. Our youth group is planning a trip to Costa Rica in 2021. We send teams to Paraguay about every two years. See the next section for more on Paraguay.
Over the past 15 years First Church has built 7 church buildings to support the local churches in Paraguay, allowing them to increase their reach for Christ. First Church also invests in the radio station and Timothy’s School. First Church also combines our work projects with children’s VBS programs, and have impacted 100’s of children in this way!
First Church of God’s investment in Paraguay also involves teacher training, leadership training, seminary training for pastors and church leaders, and small business training and grants for pastors! Our impact in Paraguay continues to grow in new creative ways! It is First Church’s desire to continue this ministry for years to come!
House of Blessings Orphanage: We helped double the size of the orphanage in 2018, so that 40 children are now served. The kids are either orphaned with no family, or they are children whose families are so destitute that they cannot care for them. Loving house parents provide care, love, and a warm Christian family environment. Through a partnership with Children of Promise, the costs of housing, clothing, nutrition, education, and Christian nurture are covered.
We have taken three trips to the orphanage, where we connected with these precious children. We hope to go again in the future when safety issues in this country settle.
LAKOTA RESERVATION, ALLEN, SOUTH DAKOTA
Kim and Tim Wardell, our missionaries in the Pine Ridge Reservation, are serving the Lakota people in wonderful ways. This area of our country struggles desperately with poverty, suicide, and substance abuse. At the same time, there is so much rich beauty in the people and the culture. We are excited about building friendships with Tim and Kim, and the Lakota people.
An Impact Trip is being planned for June 19-28, 2020. The focus of this trip is to connect with the people and make friends among them. We will do work projects in their homes, as well as VBS and teen programs.