First Pres is committed to creating sustainable partnerships in Madagascar. The Madagascar Initiative is comprised of two important connections: The Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) and the Biblical Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Through the FJKM, we support education, health, community development and sharing the Gospel message, as well as helping vulnerable women, children and street families, many of whom have been victims of human trafficking or forced prostitution.
Biblical Entrepreneurship teaches Orlando-based business people to build Kingdom-focused businesses, while helping coach Malagasy entrepreneurs to start and sustain local business, whose profits help support local development work.
Mercy Drive Initiative
We are building relationships with students and families in the Mercy Drive neighborhood to empower community transformation. First Pres' Mercy Drive Initiative is comprised of three main programs that make up a continuum of care in partnership with the City of Orlando and Orange County:
- Music for Learning with Orange County’s Head Start Program at Hal Marston Community Center
- OASIS After School Program for elementary school students at Northwest Community Center
- FOUR12 After School Program for middle and high school students at Northwest Community Center
A unique gathering place for the homeless community of downtown Orlando, located at 425 N. Magnolia Avenue. Compassion Corner is open throughout the week, providing Bible study, counseling, limited financial assistance and social service referrals. Trained volunteers listen to stories over coffee, share prayer requests and help provide a place of stability and safety to members of our community who are experiencing desperate need.
We also offer the Good News Breakfast every Sunday morning on our campus in partnership with our friends at Central Care Mission. One of our highest-attended worship services, the Good News Breakfast is a gathering place for the Orlando homeless community to hear a message of hope, worship together, and share a nourishing meal.
For more information on First Pres' ministry to the homeless community, email Compassion Corner, Spencer Pfleiderer.
FOUR12 is a mentoring and tutoring ministry that serves middle and high school students in the Mercy Drive Community. The ministry exists to educate and empower young people to be the change they want to see in the world. FOUR12 offers tutoring, mentoring, career exploration, character building, camps and more. Our students are empowered to excel and exceed expectations!
FOUR12 programs are held at the Northwest Community Center in the heart of the Mercy Drive neighborhood.
Grace Medical Home
Responding to the growing need for quality medical care to the uninsured in Orange County, Grace Medical Home serves as a missing link in Central Florida’s healthcare system. Qualified caregivers at Grace Medical Home offer ongoing primary care needs of prevention, wellness and sick care to the low income, underserved of our community. As a “medical home,” Grace is designed to give continuous, comprehensive care to every patient.
In partnership with our friends at Mission Emanuel, we build relationships and support their daily work to meet the physical, educational, medical and spiritual needs of impoverished people in barrios near Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Among other things, Mission Emanuel offers a medical center, school, and affordable clean water to the people of Cielo, Nazaret and the surrounding communities in Bayona.
First Pres takes teams every other summer to Mission Emanuel to help build needed facilities, provide care for the sick, and support community development.
Created to help the disadvantaged in Central Florida overcome the difficulties of obtaining personal identification, IDignity restores dignity and hope by providing identification. Legal identification is crucial to becoming self-sufficient. Monthly events bring together representatives of the Florida Division of Driver Licenses, Orange County Health Department, Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, legal counsel and more. IDignity sees to it that each client is individually welcomed and treated with respect throughout the process.
A national outreach movement formed in 1978, The Gathering teaches leadership principles to men and women, motivating them to be active in their families, churches and communities. Working closely with local churches, The Gathering offers mentoring by sharing Biblical priorities and education at weekly luncheons, annual outreach events and short-term mission trips.
First Presbyterian Church of Orlando supports a variety of individuals who are serving in God’s mission locally and around the world. Some are in roles directly sharing the message of Jesus Christ, while others support physical needs by loving and ministering through a local organization or church. In addition, we partner with missionaries in places and roles we keep confidential, in order to protect their safety and the safety of those in their communities.
We have a rich history of working alongside and sharing resources with many local and global organizations. Ministries and nonprofits, evangelical and social, we seek to create opportunities for service across cultural and socioeconomic lines.