Christ has asked us to spread His message throughout the world. And as Christians we are to be good stewards of this planet and watch over our fellow brothers and sisters, especially those who are less fortunate , in need and hurting.
Paths of Hope – Susan Smith
Paths of Hope is a new mission organization founded by Susan Smith, a member of OIEPC. The organization focuses on disadvantaged children and young adults in Lima, Peru.
Partnering with United World Missions and missionaries Billy and Kate Greenman, Paths of Hope mentors these disadvantaged Peruvian children and young adults to develop purpose in their lives by nurturing them in the Christian faith and guiding them into successful careers. These children are orphaned and have had little hope of obtaining a successful adult life.
Missionaries Billy and Kate Greenman will coordinate the mission’s program in Peru. Paths of Hope funds all the expenses for the program except for the basic living costs for the Greenmans.
Scot & Lydie Fogle- WEC International
Located in France, the Fogles for over 16 years have supported missions throughout the world. Scot as program director has coordinated the evangelizing, church planting, immigrant outreach, and missionary leadership development. Beginning in August, 2019 they are moving to a new assignment. Scot will serve as principle of the Cornerstone Bible College for Missions Training in Beugen, Netherlands. Scot will take on both administrative and teaching responsibilities. The college trains students spiritually, mentally and morally, and equips them for the expansion and development of the Church of Jesus Christ worldwide. Scot is the son of OIEPC members Gary and Suzan Fogle.
Doug & Abby Vinez- Global Network Training
Doug & Abby Vinez have been providing biblical and theological training to thousands of indigenous church planters, pastors and Christian leaders, on the African Continent since 2008. These pastors can then effectively equip and lead their congregations to evangelize and disciple their communities for Christ. Doug has noted that in Africa, 80% of the pastors have no biblical training. Doug and Abby provide ongoing training in the Western Province of Zambia and Namibia. They have also trained in South Africa, Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. They return to Africa annually and some years return twice. Each year they are reaching out to new African communities to bring the Bible training to their leaders.
Percy Muleba- Global Network Training
Percy is an Inyambo Mission Center leader and ordained pastor who is working to train and equip other pastors and church leaders to reach out to those who do not know Christ in the Western Province section of Zambia. He states how humbling it is to see the young adults they have discipled become part of the mission program. Percy travels with the Vinez’s providing training in Zambia and Namibia. He recently met with the Bushmen of Namibia in Zambezi region. He noted the Lord has opened a door for them to be trained.
Sarah Smith- Anchor of Hope
Sarah Smith is a missionary serving with CTEN (Commission To Every Nation) in Romania. She has been there ten years working with abandoned babies, orphans, and foster/adoptive families. Sarah holds a yearly camp for the orphanage children where they learn about Christ while doing relationship therapy.
Inspired by Hebrews 6:19, Sarah sees Jesus as the only real hope these orphaned and abandoned children have. This year there is a special emphasis on placing more children in foster families, and in teaching foster parents and caregivers how to care for children from traumatic backgrounds.
Sarah asks us to pray for the opening of international adoptions by the Romanian government and please pray for the children.
Joe & Julia Carvajal- WEC International
The Carvajal's, from Charlotte, NC ,moved to New Zealand in January 2019 and became a part of the WEC New Zealand team. Joe is a teaching elder in the EPC, accountable to our Mid Atlantic Presbytery. He serves as a part of the "member care" teams seeking to provide pastoral/chaplain support for New Zealand WEC missionaries and their families around the world. Julia's evolving role is serving as a part of the local WEC gospel outreach team to the many immigrants who live in New Zealand. In July, they are expecting a second child and so Julia's time will be shared between their two children and ministry.
Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Ministry
Operation Christmas Child partners with churches all over the world to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A shoebox filled with small gifts of love open the way for learning about the Greatest Gift, Jesus Christ. We begin the Christmas season with the congregation filling shoeboxes to distribute through Samaritan’s Purse Ministries.
Providence Home- Family Emergency Teen Center
Providence Home provides a safe and nurturing shelter for youth, ages 10-17, who due to a home emergency or crisis cannot remain with their families. Their mission is to provide short-term and safe shelter to Brunswick County youth. They provide 24 hr. supervision, care, educational support, counseling services and opportunities for spiritual development to eligible Brunswick County youth for a maximum of ninety days, at no cost to the families. Their goal is the reunification of families.
Southport-Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship
SOIIF is made up of 16 local churches who seek a united witness to Christ in our community working together in support of God’s work. Meeting short term human needs is a primary focus by operating one
of the largest food pantries in the county and working with Brunswick Family Assistance to provide emergency financial aid to those requesting help. SOIIF also coordinates coverage for Sunday morning worship at local nursing homes. Other programs are an annual fund raising walk, a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, and community Lenten services.
UNCW Reformed University Fellowship
Reformed University Fellowship, UNC, Wilmington is a local Presbyterian campus outreach ministry that reaches out to university students who are seeking spiritual fulfillment in knowing Jesus Christ as their Savior and Redeemer, and taking part in a like minded community to grow their Christian faith. The program offers a weekly worship service with an average of 115+ students and develops student leaders who lead small study groups. Sam Kennedy is the new RUF campus pastor. OIEPC member Rebekah Taylor is an active student in the RUF program.
Catherine Clark, Reformed University Fellowship Intern
Catherine Clark, granddaughter of OIEPC member Pat Kelly is a Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) intern on the University of Western Kentucky campus. RUF is a Christian campus program that reaches out to college students, providing a missional Christian foundation for students who are seeking spiritual answers in their lives and to students who have found Christ and want to grow their relationship with Him.
Oak Island Angel Tree Program
OIEPC responds in loving generosity to fill the Christmas wish lists with gifts for needy children and adults on Oak Island. The OKI Resource Center gathers these wishes from families in need and prints individual requests on tags for our Angel Tree. The congregation selects tags and fulfills the wishes, often with more than was asked.
OIEPC Emergency Family Assistance
OIEPC's Human Needs Program functions as a safety net for local residents of the Oak Island Southport area who are in need of emergency assistance. We help with overdue rent or utility bills for those who are facing eviction or cutoff due to a short term situation that has impacted their ability to pay, assist homeless families locate shelter and provide counseling for finding employment and managing expenses. We respond to legitimate requests when other local agencies do not have funding or their specific guidelines disqualify the requestor. Most families that are helped are living below the poverty level.
OIEPC Mission Events
On alternating years, OIEPC holds a Mission Fair highlighting each organization we support or an International Artisans Christmas Bazaar which helps support artisans in developing countries and local charities. This year is the Mission Bazaar to be held on Saturday, November 9.
OIEPC Mission Statement
"Led by the Holy Spirit, we will support Christian mission programs that meet Scriptural principles through prayer, our labors and finances, and that provide an international, national and local outreach".