Here at FP, one of our core values is to “bless the world”. Through prayer, participation and financial support, we participate in the Kingdom of God here in Bakersfield, across the U.S. and around the world. Matthew 28:19 commands us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. We support the missionary work of great people and organizations that are sharing the gospel, translating the bible and helping the hurting.
We have embraced this vision for our Church and how we can participate in this ministry of “blessing the world” by focusing in on three areas:
1. Locally: We want to be a blessing here in Bakersfield. What we do in the present—by painting, planting trees, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, nursing, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God’s eternal future. These activities are not simply programs but avenues of relationship and blessing done here locally. It is our goal to continue to create opportunities for you, your family and small group to get involved so that our Church becomes a blessing for Bakersfield and ambassadors of good news.
2. Nationally: Continuing the legacy of supporting those who play an active role in ministries across this country, we partner with these missionaries and organizations who are pouring the love of Christ into people so that they become active participants in the Kingdom of God.
3. Globally: We partner with missionaries and organizations who are active in the most critical and desperate parts of the world. These are areas such as Somalia, Tanzania, Malaysia, the Middle East and India. We support not just people on the ground in these foreign lands but who are also here in the United States collecting resources to send overseas.
We participate in “blessing” but face a call to give sacrificially so that we can continue to deepen our impact locally and around the world. With the mission so great and the world in need to hear the gospel of peace and freedom, this is a time for our vigilance and commitment to do three things: raise up those to be sent, support with prayer and resources, and continue to ask what else our Lord requests of ourselves and our church.
Missions Committee (L to R: Eliot Henderson, Bob Green, Jarrod Puffenbarger (Director of Missions), Lisa Elliott, Phong Han (Committee Chair), Carol Bracy, Jeff Smith, Beth Kuney, Deborah Nystrom)