First Presbyterian Church of Ottawa offers many opportunities for you to serve in missions:
ONE-DAY MISSION PROJECTS
Opportunity School welcomes visitors to read to preschool children or help with special projects. This preschool is located in our church.
OTTAWA LABOR OF LOVE is on the first Saturday of October. We have the opportunity to help people who need an extra helping hand with household repairs.
MULTIPLE DAY MISSION PROJECTS
During natural disasters, we have sent two teams to Mississippi to repair homes after Katrina, a team to Iowa after a disastrous flood to repair homes and a team to Coal City, Illinois after the devastating tornadoes in 2013.
We continue to send teams to Guatemala to work with missionaries Craig & Peggy Harvey. We work with children and adults who live in Rainforests and share the Word through games and city gatherings.
We have financially supported members from our congregation who worked in the field and villages in Africa. We have also raised money to buy Plumpy Nut packets (made up of peanut butter, powdered milk and vitamins) to feed and save lives of malnourished babies in Africa.
ON-GOING MISSIONS (supported financially)
Pastor Fredy Smola is a young pastor in the Czech Republic who is starting a brand new church plant in the city of Vsetin. The Czech is a nation of people whose spiritual lives are still very influenced by the atheistic indoctrination of Soviet Union communism. Fredy and his wife, Lenka, and a growing team of Christians are doing bold work, seeking to influence their spiritually hungry culture with the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Craig & Peggy Harvey, members of the First Presbyterian Church and missionaries in the village of Jobompiche, in the Peten Peninsula of northern Guatemala since 2001 where they minister to villagers with the saving news and every day hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Cup of Cold Water is a mission group headquartered in LaSalle County that reaches out to different people groups in impoverished places like Mongolia and Bolivia, seeking in the name of Jesus and his Gospel to help them make their lives better.
Servants Heart is a local Christian-oriented help organization for homeless and financially-struggling individuals. Counseling and resources that promote people’s ability to help themselves get out of poverty are offered. A soup kitchen and resale clothing store help people further to meet basic needs.