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.
WEC International-Scot and Lydie Fogle
Scot is the son of Gary and Susan Fogle, active members of OIEPC. He and his wife Lydie serve with WEC International in Strasbourg France.
WEC (Worldwide Evangelization for Christ) International is a mission agency which focuses on Christian church planting. WEC prioritizes the planting of churches among indigenous and unreached people groups, who have little or no access to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The country of France has only a 1% Christian population, making the French a people who have not heard the good news of the gospel.
Scot has many roles and responsibilities. First he is team leader for WEC missionaries in France. He coordinates WEC’s Sending Base, dedicated to mobilizing French believers to go as missionaries to countries like Cambodia, Senegal, Central Asia and other lands. Scot loves to engage with university students, many of whom are Muslims, and talk with them about Christ. He also teaches English classes. Lydie works as a nurse doing home health in poor neighborhoods.
We pray for the Fogle’s ministry in France, that the Lord would give them fruit for their labor and they would be refreshed daily in God’s Word.
Anchor of Hope - Romania
Anchor of Hope, which is a non-profit organization working in Romania, was founded by Sarah Smith in 2010. Sarah’s grandfather, Kenny Smith, is a member of our congregation. Sarah first visited Roma-nia in 2006 and fell in love with the country and noted the many orphaned children. She made several trips back to Romania, eventually moving there in 2009. Initially she worked with young mothers at a
maternal center in the capital city. While praying with a young mother at the center one day, God led her to Hebrews 6:19 where Jesus talks about being the anchor of our souls and our true hope in the world. Sarah came to realize that Jesus is the only hope these orphaned and abandoned children would have. Sarah’s program provides basic care and medical supplies as well as love from the Anchor of Hope staff and volunteers to these abandoned babies, seven days a week. They provide their services in government orphanages and hospitals such as educational classes, child trafficking prevention and teaching children of Christ’s love. They also provide support and education to young mothers who grew up in orphan-ages and now have babies of their own. Additionally, they have placed children in foster homes when they would otherwise be placed back in the orphanage system. Sarah’s vision is to glorify God by sharing His love with the abandoned children and people of Romania, transforming their lives through the knowledge of Christ.
Scripture Union Peru Mission
This mission became personal to us in 2015 with our first international mission trip to a Girasoles Boys Home in Ica, Peru. One of 7 Scripture Union homes for abandoned Peruvian children, this home provides a Christian family environment for each child where they can be nurtured physically, emotionally and spiritually. The results are life changing and a striking ex-ample of God’s love being demonstrated.
Rescued from hopelessness and often abuse, the Girasoles boys learn that they do not have to be defined by their past. By knowing that God created them in His image for a specific purpose, they gain a new self image worthy of being loved and sharing that love with others. It is trans-forming to see a future filled with hope.
The OIEPC team found the boys eager to learn, grateful, and happy to be brothers. They gained so much respect for this program and for having been called to serve among them. Our church treasures this friendship and continues to send support. Girasoles means sunflower in the Spanish language. As a sunflower follows the path of the sun to take in light and energy, each child touched by the program may find that they can step out of the darkness of their past and into the light of God’s Son.
Global Training Network- Inyambo Mission Center
Doug and Abby Vinez's work in the Western Province of Zambia, Africa is quite remarkable. Their mission is to train Zambian pastors, church planters, leaders and chaplains in biblical instruction and to kindle evangelism and church planting. Many of these pastors and leaders do not even own a personal bible. Utilizing a "mobile school" approach that includes three weeks of intensive training they are teaching historic Christian doctrine, sound biblical character and related practical skills. To date they have mentored over 70 pastors who are going out and doing Christ's work evangelizing in their small villages throughout the province. Doug and Abby's website is dougandabby.org. They are sponsored by our Presbytery and home based in North Carolina.
Southport/OKI Interchurch Fellowship
The SOIF is made up of 18 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. SOIF also coordinates coverage for Sunday morning worship at Ocean Trail and Dosher nursing homes. Other programs are an annual fund raising walk, a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, and community Lenten services.
OIEPC Human Needs Program
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. We respond to legitimate need when other local agencies do not have funding or their specific guidelines disqualify the request. Most families that are helped are living below the poverty level. We assist in locating other resources that may relieve their circumstances.
Hope Harbor Domestic Violence Center
Hope Harbor Home is Brunswick County’s only domestic violence response agency. They offer 24/7 safe shelter, support groups, court and legal advocacy, housing assistance, transportation, counseling and referral to other community services as needed. As a non profit 501 (c) (3) they have assisted thou-sands of women and children since opening their doors. Last year they provided over 2000 nights of shelter to more than 150 women and children. They also provided advocacy services to more than 1000 victims and prevention/education to more than 4000 people. Their operating funds come from government funding, foundation grants, individual church and business contributions and from the Hope Chest Thrift Stores they operate.
New Hope Clinic
The New Hope Clinic has provided free medical care for the uninsured, low in-come residents of Brunswick County for the past sixteen years. Their mission is to provide basic medical and dental care, diagnostic ser-vices and prescription drugs to low income, uninsured residents of Brunswick County and to enhance the quality of life, while preserving the privacy and dignity of every patient.
Their 4000 sq ft facility is located in Boiling Springs where they supported over 6000 visits, serving about 1200 patients, and 15,000 free 30 day prescriptions to over 1,100 patients last year. A small staff and over 150 volunteers including doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and administrative personnel con-tribute over 10,000 volunteer hours annually.
Family Emergency Teen Center
Providence Home is a private, non-profit organization, licensed by the State of North Carolina. It was established for Brunswick County youth who did not have an emergency residential facility available to them. It provides safe and nurturing shelter for youth, ages 10-17, who due to an emergency or crisis cannot remain with their families. The maximum length of stay is 90 days. The goal of Providence Home is to offer youth and their families an opportunity to work on the problems which led to the youth being placed out of their home. They learn positive coping skills for dealing with troubling situations in sufficient time for everyone involved to find long-term resolutions.
Providence Home is supported by area churches, civic organizations, and volunteers. It is Brunswick County’s only emergency youth shelter.
Five and Two Global Initiatives Scholarship Program
Susan Smith, a member of the OIEPC congregation has been assisting missionaries Scott and Julia Scott with setting up the Five and Two Global Initiatives scholarship program for underprivileged high school boys in Peru who do not qualify for government assistance. Many boys at the Girasoles Boys Home in Ica, Peru orphanage do not have birth certificates and therefore are not recognized by the government for higher education financial aid. The Five and Two Global Initiatives scholarship fund has been established to assist those boys who academically qualify for scholarships and are interested in attending college or trade school.
Samaritan’s Purse- Operation Christmas Child Shoebox
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. Our OIEPC congregation begins the Christmas season with active participation in this project as families and in groups.
Oak Island Angel Tree Program
OIEPC also responds in loving generosity to help provide Christmas gifts for needy children and adults on Oak Island. The OKI Resource Center prints individual requests on tags for our Angel Tree . The congregation selects tags and fulfills the wishes, often with more than was asked. Other churches on the island provide additional gifts. OIEPC alone receives the clothing requests.