Mission

Mission
Mission at Horizon Presbyterian Church
 

Horizon also has a rich tradition of caring for others beyond the worshipping community.  God’s Garden Preschool and Child Development Center is a special mission owned and operating by the church and aimed at serving the needs of families with small children in Ahwatukee and the Foothills.

We help serve a meal each month at the Phoenix Rescue Mission and take food donations to Matthew’s Cross Food Bank in Chandler.  Adults, youth, and children as young as five years meet at Feed My Starving Children in Mesa four times a year to pack food for children in Haiti and other developing countries.

Horizon has built homes in Puerto Penasco through Amor Ministries and sent teams to Honduras for public health mission projects through HOI, Inc.  We have visitors from Egypt, Turkey, and other countries served by International Needs, Inc., and a group from Horizon visited Turkey in 2014 to tour World Heritage sites and pray with Turkish Christians.

Feed My Starving Children

In 2010, Feed My Starving Children opened a packing site just across the freeway in Tempe.  Since then, Horizon members and friends have packed life-saving Manna Packs each quarter.  Approximately 40% of the worshipping community, some as young as 5 years old, have packed food that is shipped to the Philippines, North Korea, and other Asia-Pacific countries.  FMSC shipped more than 170 million meals in 2012 to mission partners in 70 countries around the world.

In April 2013, more than 60 Horizon members and friends packed food during the Change the World from Phoenix event.  More than 5,000 volunteers packed a million meals in 24 hours.  Horizon also contributed more than $17,500 to help fund a second packing site in Phoenix and more than double the yearly output here in the Valley.  See www.fmsc.org.

 

Honduras Outreach

Horizon members and friends have traveled to Honduras four times (2002, 2005, 2008, and 2012) in the past 11 years to work in Olancho Province, a rural area in the “wild, wild East” of Honduras.  Working side-by-side with native Hondurans and HOI staff, we have laid concrete floors, built latrines, installed chimneys, and mudded walls.  We have enjoyed playing with the children and engaging them with Bible school activities.

HOI has a 25-year record of success in reducing infant deaths due to malnutrition and disease.  Rancho el Paraiso, where we stay during the trips, houses a medical clinic and is a beacon of hope in rural Honduras.  Near the ranch, HOI now runs schools serving K-12 students, many of whom cannot afford to attend public schools.  Students are beginning to graduate and seek higher education in Honduras and the United States.

The HOI model demonstrates the power of God to break through continuing cycles of poverty in developing countries, offering people opportunities for health, education, and economic sustainability.  Visit www.hoi.org  Teens, 13 and older, can participate in the Honduras mission trips.

NOW…we are preparing to go to Honduras again.  The trip is scheduled to begin on Friday, June 12, 2015.  We will fly from Phoenix to Houston where we will spend the night.  On Saturday morning, we will join other church and medical mission teams and hundreds of other short-term missionaries in the International terminal at George W. Bush International Airport as the teams head out to Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Belize.  By noon, we will be in Tegucigalpa and preparing to board the HOI bus for the 160 mile trip to the Agalta Valley and the ranch.  Click HERE for more details.

Missions to Mexico

For more than 10 years, Horizon youth and adults have traveled to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) to build homes for needy Mexican families.  Although we often think of Rocky Point as a vacation destination, almost 50% of the residents live in poverty, earning as little as $2 a day at labor-intensive jobs.

Amor Ministries, the sponsoring organization, works with Mexican churches to identify and support families, and volunteers, such as Horizon, pay for and build simple one room homes.  The partnership has helped more than 16,000 families over the years.

See www.amor.org for more information.

Find out what happened in 2014 by watching the "HPC Youth Mission to Mexico"!



Tour of Christian Sites in Turkey


Pastor Ron Hawkins and Chuck Jarrell led a trip to Turkey in November 2014.  Sponsored by International Needs Network, this tour included six of the seven Revelation church sites.  Several of these cities, including Ephesus and Laodicea, are World Heritage sites where we experienced ancient, Greek, Roman, and Christine Byzantine cultures.  We also visited Istanbul and met the staff of International Needs-Turkey.

Our mission program will continue to provide for similar tours into areas of the world that will provide spiritual and personal understanding of the world's needs.  These will be announced well in advance of each opportunity.


The Spring

Want a worship experience with a vibrant, growing worshipping community near the ASU campus?  Worship with The Spring at 5pm on Sunday evenings.  Horizon adults and youth are involved by providing a meal for 60-80 students and young adults.

Whether it’s pasta night or a Cinco de Mayo celebration, it’s a pleasure to be a part of helping a new worshipping community!  Visit www.springpeople.org


Water for the Homeless in Phoenix

Jesus said, "For...I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink...Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25). More than 15,000 people are reported to be living on the streets of Phoenix and other Valley cities. Many of these people suffer during the summer months and need water just to survive the incredible heat with which we are all too familiar. Phoenix Rescue Mission (PRM) delivers bottled water to the homeless throughout the Valley. In 2013, members of the Horizon faith community gave 49 cases of water to help PRM. In 2014 we stepped that up to 66 cases thanks to the generosity of those who heeded Jesus' call.