Mission at Horizon Presbyterian Church


Our Tradition of Mission

Horizon has a 20+ year tradition of local, regional, and international mission. From feeding the homeless in Phoenix, to building homes and improving public health in Mexico and Honduras, to providing care and education for orphans in Thailand - the Horizon team answers God's call and seeks to follow in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Margaret’s Orphans/Wa Hostel

In the early 1990’s, Ted and Adele Anderson and their family committed to help a Thai woman named Margaret, who had taken a group of orphaned tribal children into her home in Thailand.  Over the years, members of Horizon, as well as other Christians, provided money to support the orphans. This ministry grew to include a separate effort to build a hostel and provide a safe environment for rural tribal children.  God has been good, and Margaret’s orphans are now young adults with bright futures.

Phoenix Rescue Mission

The Phoenix Rescue Mission serves the homeless and poverty-stricken in downtown Phoenix and the surrounding area.  For several years, Horizon members have helped serve meals one evening each month.  In addition, the worshipping community contributes bottled water that is distributed to the homeless during the hot Summer months.  Teenagers can serve meals, and families with children of all ages can donate bottled water at the church.  See www.phoenixrescuemission.org.

Matthew’s Crossing

Matthew’s Crossing is a food bank serving approximately 3,500 needy families in the East Valley.  Located in Chandler, Matthew’s Crossing collects canned, boxed, and bottled foods and beverages and provides bags and boxes of food to working families who do not have the all of the resources to feed themselves.  Horizon members and friends can bring food items to the church when we emphasize giving back to the community on the second Sunday of each month (or anytime throughout the month).  This is a great way for families to buy a little extra during weekly trips to the grocers and giving to fight poverty here in the Ahwatukee-Foothills and East Valley. Items that are especially needed include rice, beans, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, canned fish and peanut butter. Visit www.matthewscrossing.org.

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.