Inviting others into the encounter
YOUR church mission in
Nicaragua is alive and well, thanks to you! When you
think of our church's work in Nicaragua, please know that
you are all part of the team, whether your feet ever touch
the soil of that country, or stay here in Georgia. Because
you are part of that team, I want you to know of some
wonderful things that your dollars, your prayers, and your
support are continuing to accomplish. Please read about
these two ministries described here, be encouraged by those
who have worked to develop them, and prayerfully consider
how you will be involved in this work in the future.
Several years ago Fayette Presbyterian began a trade school
in the Leon area. We did this to try to break the cycle of
extreme poverty in a community that barely survived by
working at the local landfill. Two years ago, Melissa Hasty
Baron joined her parents, Glenda and Lamar, on a trip to
Nicaragua. While there, she heard a presentation by the
young people enrolled in this school, telling about their
dreams and the hope they had of improving life for their
families and their community. Melissa was determined to open
up those opportunities to as many young people as possible.
Because the trade school is overseen by Compassion
International, Melissa started her conversations with them.
Just this past week, after many months of prayer, letters,
phone conversations, and more prayer – Melissa was told that
this project has been approved, and there are now 54 young
people ready to enroll in a year-long certification process,
in their chosen field of either hairdressing or culinary
arts! Our fundraisers, whether it was the Mission Dinner or
the rummage sale, or your personal contributions to
missions, are what have made this financially possible. We
owe much to Melissa, for her determination to make this
happen. But, as Melissa reminds us, Glory to Him who is able
to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.
Just as the trade school was a dream that reached reality,
we now have a new dream. Several years ago our FPC teams
began a water filter ministry that has reached thousands of
people, bringing them an easy way to purify their family's
drinking water. In the past few years, church member Darrell
Bandy has had two goals – to improve the water well
situation in the countryside of Leon, and to develop a
ministry that might appeal to people in our congregation
seeking a hands-on ministry in Nicaragua. To those ends,
Darrell has been working with Living Water International,
setting up a well repair ministry for our church. Thanks be
to God, we now have two well repair trips scheduled in 2015!
Way to go, Darrell!
This is the spirit of mission, alive and well at Fayette
Presbyterian! It sees a need, feels the pull of the Lord's
calling, and makes it happen!
talk to these people if you have questions about any
upcoming mission trips. And please continue to pray for our work in
mission. Our ministry in Nicaragua has been a blessing to
our church over the past 14 years, and your prayers have
been the strength behind the work. Thanks be to God!
Older Mission Pictures
Fayette Presbyterian Church
supports multiple mission organizations - local, national and international.
send quarterly contributions to the ministries listed below and participate in
mission projects with
Ministries (a locally founded ministry) and
El Ayudante (a Nicaraguan mission).
Along with regular donation bins, we have holiday drives for
Fayette County DFCS families, collecting food, necessities and Christmas
presents. We travel to Nicaragua at least once every other year, and have
finished projects such as digging a well, building an orphanage, and
distributing water filtration systems. FPC has also founded a program called Sychar, bringing fresh water to Nicaragua, along with
the Living Water that never runs dry.
One of our church
logos, created by Melanie Mickleboro
These are the
Ministries we support year-round
Their goal is to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ into the greater Pignon
area of central Haiti. They have established ten nutrition centers, an orphanage,
and two churches. They also distributes Bibles written in Creole language
and conducts bible studies to pastors and youth.
The mission of Neighbor Love (a project of Matthew 28) is to show our love
as Jesus Christ commanded us, by performing basic repairs to the houses of
elderly and disabled home owners in the Western North Carolina Region and to
teach these ways to churches who want to be involved in a similar outreach.
Formerly Fayette Youth Protection Homes.
These homes were founded to proved a local alternative
housing for children who are victims of abuse, neglect or other serious
110 churches of the Greater Atlanta Presbytery by providing, as part of its
mission, summer camping programs for youth and adults, year round facilities
for church retreats, and non-summer programming for all ages.
exists to prevent domestic violence through awareness programs, educational
training and providing safe environments for the victims and their families,
utilizing legal advocacy, emergency shelters and transitional housing.
is a Fayette County organization advocating for people with developmental
disabilities and their families. We are devoted to promoting the improvement
and expansion of supports and services for people with developmental
disabilities that reside in our area.
Other Ministries we
support with our time, talents and special fundraising:
Fayette Presbyterian Youth
We provide an
opportunity for FPC youth to seek a closer relationship with God by
dedicating their service in His name, and by reaching out to help His
children in need.
from churches around the globe, El Ayudante has constructed a complex in
Leon, Nicaragua whose centerpiece is a child protection center. Facilities
include a medical clinic, teaching center and housing for mission teams.
The objectives of the child protection center are:
to provide for basic physical
to instill the knowledge of
Jesus Christ as Lord of all life and Savior,
develop social, physical,
and mental abilities,
to prepare leaders for
Sychar Water Ministry
Sychar was founded by
FPC members to bring clean drinking water AND Living Water to the people of
Calvary Refuge Center
Park, provides a transitional program for homeless individuals and families
who qualify and have a desire to move out of their homeless situation to
Samaritans is a Christian ministry serving those in need in Fayette County.
We provide food from our food pantry, clothing and financial assistance for
selected emergency needs
affordable housing and genuine hospitality to men and women from around the
world, especially medical professionals and researchers studying at the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and related institutions.
Through them, Villa seeks to extend healing to God’s children across the
Living Water for Girls
Living Water for Girls combats sexual trafficking and commercial sexual
exploitation through raising awareness, providing a safe therapeutic refuge,
and an aftercare wraparound program. Their mission is to rescue,
rehabilitate and restore commercially sexually exploited girls by providing
safe refuge and holistic therapeutic services.
Square Foot Ministry
Founded on the belief that
99% of what we do for God is accomplished by helping to provide for people
in need. SqFt Ministries is an all-volunteer, non-profit ecumenical
Christian ministry, seeking to eliminate poverty-level housing beginning in
the local community.
meet both material and educational needs of moms and moms-to-be. The
center does not receive state or federal funds. It operates totally on
donations from churches, businesses and individuals.