Local Missions (Judea)

Helping Hands
Church Key Contact:  Mary Ann Holder
Helping Hands is a ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs that reaches the needy in our neighborhood.  Helping Hands provides financial, material and relational support to hurting people.  But most importantly, we share and show to them the gospel of Jesus Christ by inviting them to experience God’s love in our midst through worship and fellowship with our church family here at FPCOS.

The Lord is My Help
Church Key Contact:  Kristen Kahle
The Lord Is My Help is a soup kitchen/food pantry in Ocean Springs that feeds over 200 people a day, with 75% of the meals they prepare being delivered to elderly, ill, indigent and disabled in our area.  Established in 1984, The Lord Is My Help now serves more than 5,200 meals per month and distributes an average of 400 emergency grocery bags per month from their Food Pantry to families in our area.

Sue’s Home (Community Care Network)
Church Key Contact: Beverly Carter
Founded in 2003, Community Care Network is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Ocean Springs, MS that seeks to empower those they help through life skills training, safe supportive housing and ongoing support and to minister healing and restoration through Christian counseling and teaching.  They provide emergency services, including transitional housing (Sue’s Home) for women and children and life skills training and supportive services for families in crisis who are homeless or have been displaced.

Young Life
Church Key Contact:  Steve and Jenni Boskovich
Young Life is a non-denominational, Christian outreach ministry with the mission of introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.  Young Life leaders seek to imitate Jesus by meeting high school kids where they are, earning the right to be heard through building bridges of authentic friendship, and sharing the Gospel with their lives and their words in ways that an adolescent can relate.

Regional Missions (Samaria)

Belhaven University
Church Key Contacts:  Luke & Mary Mittwede
Located in Jackson, MS, Belhaven University prepares students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.  Belhaven University affirms the Lordship of Christ over all aspects of life, acknowledges the Bible as the foundational authority for the development of a personal worldview, and recognizes each individual’s career as a calling from God.  By developing servant leaders who value integrity, compassion and justice in all aspects of their lives, the University prepares people to serve, not to be served.  FPCOS partners with Belhaven to provide students with an opportunity to participate in our summer youth internship program.

Cursillo of Mississippi
Church Key Contacts:  Asa Pulliam
Cursillo is a three-day spiritual renewal event designed to rekindle, deepen and strengthen your desire to live the Christian life.  Led by lay members and clergy of the Presbyterian Church, its purpose is to inspire and equip disciples for Christian action in their homes, churches and communities.  In a thoughtful, prayerful and joyful environment, you will enjoy fellowship with other Christians and leave with a desire to serve and live boldly for Christ.

EPC Church Plant – New Orleans
Church Key Contact:  Rev. Scott Castleman
FPCOS has joined a network of Presbyterian churches in the Gulf South Presbytery to plant an EPC church in New Orleans, LA.  Rev. Ben Cunningham has been called as the church planter and he and his wife, Jenny, will begin to meet with people and gather worshippers to form the Church of the Resurrection, which will be located in an area intersecting the Lower Garden District and the Central Business District in New Orleans.

French Camp Academy
Church Key Contact:  Juliana Lewis
French Camp Academy, a Christ-centered home and school, exists to serve young people and families for the glory of God.  Located in the quiet Mississippi countryside beside the Natchez Trace Parkway, French Camp Academy offers a foundation for successful living built on godly principles, a retreat from difficult circumstances, quality academics taught by Christ-centered teachers, consistent, loving guidance for moral, emotional and spiritual well-being, life skill training, extracurricular activities and a work study program.

Home of Grace
Church Key Contact for Men’s Campus:  Matt Lott
Church Key Contacts for Women’s Campus:  Mike & Marcia West
The Home of Grace, a nationally known addiction recovery program, has helped tens of thousands of individuals battle addiction.  In operation since 1965, their mission is to offer freedom from addiction through Christ-centered recovery.  The Home of Grace addiction recovery program is built on the foundation of Christian principles.  Their program is rooted in the Biblical virtues of truth, honor, integrity, respect, faith and disciplined living.

Palmer Home for Children
Church Key Contact:  Drew Allen
The mission of Palmer Home for Children is to provide superior residential care for children that introduces the love of God through service, and to extend that care to many more children in need.  Palmer Home for Children is a safe harbor for children who need a home.  They are a faith-driven organization acting on the conviction that Christians have a special responsibility to care for orphans.  Their work is to soften the hearts that have been hardened by grief and create a place “Where Hope Still Grows.”

International Missions (All the World)

Church Key Contact:  Tina Folkers
Christar exists to glorify God by establishing churches among least-reached Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and other Asians worldwide.  The vision of Christar is to cultivate Christ-honoring transformation in communities where He is yet to be worshipped.  God’s promise in Revelation 5:9 is clear.  People from every tongue, tribe, people and nation will worship God in eternity.  Christar’s vision is to go to those people who are not accounted for in the eternal roll call of nations!

EPC World Outreach
Church Key Contact (Rebecca and Nour):  Cindy Rawlings
Church Key Contact (Nick and Amanda):  Michael Cunningham
Church Key Contact (Brandon and Liz):  Linda Darphin
World Outreach is the mission mobilizing and sending arm of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.  From its birth, the EPC established its World Outreach emphasis to enable the EPC to be a mission church.  Their global vision is to glorify God through full-cycle church planting which firmly establishes the Church of Jesus Christ among the least-reached peoples, with a primary focus on the Muslim world.  This vision leads us to see our principal calling as working in those places where peoples have never heard, and cultures have not yet been transformed by the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and thus, there is no viable church established.  FPCOS currently supports three pairs of missionaries through EPC World Outreach:  Rebecca and Nour, Brandon and Liz and Nick and Amanda.

Michele Harris – Haiti
After a trip to Haiti in 2010 as part of a Samaritan’s Purse relief effort, FPCOS member Michele Harris developed relationships with Christian Haitians who are living in most difficult circumstances.  Her mission is to support these Christians by providing medical care and living expenses for orphaned children.  On her mission trips to Haiti, she usually sees over 150 patients, and she and her husband, Neil, made a commitment following the 2010 earthquake to help rear 16 children who were orphaned that day.

The Word at Work/Belize
Church Key Contact:  Rebekah Cunningham
The mission of The Word at Work is to glorify Jesus Christ by connecting resources with needs and people with opportunities to serve. They run short-term mission trips for groups of people from churches of all denominations from the USA to Belize, Central America. Their work complements, adapts, supplements and encourages Belizean ministries in their work for those in need.  Experience and conviction have led to TWAW’s understanding of how to facilitate a God-glorifying short-term experience – one that builds up and transforms the traveler while advancing the cause of the local mission.