SERVING THE WORLD
Domestic Mission Trips
Members of First Presbyterian Church have the opportunity each year to serve others through domestic mission trips. We offer trips for adults (one week or weekend), senior high youth, junior high youth, and families.
Adult & Senior High Trips
Our adult and high school youth trips usually focus on construction projects and disaster relief. Recent trips have been to the Gulf Coast, New York, and Nashville, Tennessee.
Adult Mini Mission Trips
Shortened trips to Camp Grier allow people with stricter work schedules to experience a one night and one day mission trip.
Junior High Youth
Our middle school youth usually take shorter trips to either an urban (Jacksonville, FL; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA) or rural (WV) setting.
Mission trips for the entire family, young to old, are planned for on-site work at locations such as Black Mountain Home for Children, Crossnore Home and School, or Camp Grier.
Indonesia – Dr. Becca Young
Rebecca Young was appointed in July 2007 to serve as instructor of Systematic Theology at the Jakarta Theological Seminary in Jakarta, Indonesia. In addition, Rebecca has a part-time assignment with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance as a consultant for PDA’s ongoing recovery work for the tsunami in Aceh Province of December 26, 2004. Prior to her appointment, Rebecca worked for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in Indonesia. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, teaching world religions, philosophical ethics, and women in world religions (2000-2003).
Rebecca was director of alumni/alumnae relations and church relations for Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia (1998-1999). She was interim pastor of Nacoochee Presbyterian Church in Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia (1997-1998).
In health and development work, Rebecca worked with Church World Service from 1989 to 1993 in Jayapura, Irian Jaya, Indonesia, where she served as a nutritional consultant, trained village health workers, and did health and nutrition surveys in the interior of West Papua. She was a nutritionist in Johnson City, Tennessee, employed by the Upper East Tennessee Regional health Office to evaluate and monitor the nutritional status of children under 2 and pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Rebecca has a bachelor’s degree, three master’s degrees, and a doctorate. Her bachelor’s degree is in psychology and international development from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has a master of divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia; a master’s degree in public health and nutrition from the University of North Carolina Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and both a master’s of philosophy and a doctorate from Fordham University in New York, New York. Her dissertation subject was the Holy Spirit from a woman’s perspective, with emphasis on environmental and women’s issues.
Rebecca was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1998 by the Presbytery of Western North Carolina, of which she is still a minister member.
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.
Hebron USA is a non-profit organization providing medical and educational services in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. Hebron USA was originally founded by Presbyterians in the Salem Presbytery of North Carolina. A key focus of the work of Hebron USA is the support of a medical clinic which it helped to build in the town of Ocosingo. The clinic is called “Manos de Cristo” (the hands of Christ) and provides much needed medical care to the people of the region. Medical mission teams travel to the area on a regular basis to provide additional care and also training for basic medical providers there. Several mission teams from First Presbyterian have worked in Ocosingo. Hebron USA also holds an annual pastor’s school and provides training for Presbyterian pastors in Chiapas. For more information please leave a message for Dennis Stamper at our church, 828-322-6343.
International Mission Trips
Adults and senior high students of First Presbyterian Church have the opportunity every other year to serve others through international mission trips. These trips usually focus on construction projects, often to areas where natural disasters have caused significant damage. Medical mission trips are planned as the interest and needs arise.
To serve on a mission trip, contact Ken Bates.