First Presbyterian Church Hickory has been a partner church with Iglesia Monte Hebron in Santo Domingo, Guatemala (and their mission congregation Arca de Salvacion) since the late 1990s.  This is under the partnership agreement between the Presbytery of Western North Carolina and two presbyteries in Guatemala.  We provide some direct financial support but also commit to pray for one another and to share our faith with one another through exchange visits.  A number of our members have visited the church in Guatemala.  Since 2007, we have collaborated with the Long Creek Presbyterian Church in Gaston County to provide much needed scholarship assistance for elementary and secondary school students in both of our partner communities.  Scholarships are mostly funded by individuals in the church and we welcome additional sponsors.  For more information please leave a message for Ben Hill at our church, 828-322-6343.