At First Melissa, we believe that God has called us to be the hands and feet of Christ to those we know and love, as well as to a hurting world around us. This means we should live a life that demonstrates and reflects Christ’s concern for souls in our own neighborhoods, workplaces, recreation sites, country, as well as all around the world.

The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few (Matthew 9:37). The opportunities to reach out to the lost are extensive. Click on the links below to find more details about our mission partners and missions opportunities and how we endeavor to impact our community and world with Christ’s love.

First Melissa is striving to fulfill the Great Commission through our work with local and international mission partners.

Embrace Brasil
Brazil
Mission Partners:
Vitor and Amanda Freitas
http://www.embracebrasil.org/
Vitor, Amanda and their young daughter, Lilia, serve in Lamarão, Brazil. They were called by God to start a long term missions project that will EMBRACE impoverished teens and their families, PROCLAIM Jesus Christ as Savior and EMPOWER them as disciples of Christ and contributing members to society. They EMBRACE these young people through meeting basic needs (food, clothing, recreational activities, etc.), they PROCLAIM by establishing relationships as they introduce God’s Word and they EMPOWER by providing much sought after job skills along with methods of carrying the Gospel to their families and fellow employees.

Frontiers
France
Mission Partners:
Names withheld for security reasons
http://frontiers.org/
Recently, First Melissa commissioned a family on a long-term missions initiative to take the Good News of Christ to Algerian Muslims in France. The name of this family has been withheld from promotional material due to the sensitive nature of this ministry. This family has assimilated themselves into the French culture and resides in a neighborhood known to have a large population of Algerian Muslims. Algeria is practically closed off to Western Christian evangelical missionaries so the objective of this ministry is to share the Gospel with lost Algerians currently living in France, training them up to be disciples and then encouraging them to return to their native country to deliver the Good News of Jesus Christ to this dark part of the world.

Joshua Project World Ministries
Romania
Mission Partners:
Andy and Tresha McKnight
http://www.joshuaprojectwm.org/
Joshua Project World Ministries (International Messengers) ministers to children and families with HIV/AIDS by reaching out to them in many different ways. Through the work of this ministry, advocates are available for the children and families, counseling is provided to help children, families and caretakers make educated decisions, and God’s truth is shared about Jesus Christ, the only One who can alleviate their pain and suffering.

Often times, the Joshua Project is misunderstood. Many people think Joshua Project Ministries only ministers to children dying with HIV/AIDS. Instead, this very special group of children is living with HIV/AIDS! The goal of the ministry is to reach each child with the Gospel of Jesus Christ to assure him of his eternal home. What a message of hope and love this brings to children weighed down with sickness.

Mission Partner: David & Kristie Layman
USA

David Layman is on staff with e3 Partners Ministry as the Strategy Director of Central Asia. He oversees all field operations as well as developing strategies to plant churches safely and effectively while maintaining a presence in the field of Central Asia. Kristie Layman works assisting David with all administrative duties as well as traveling to many different countries pioneering sex-trafficking resistance in Central Asia. While not traveling for ministry, David and Kristie live in the refugee community of Dallas, TX seeking to minster to the international refugees and less fortunate.

CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ)
USA
Mission Partners:
Dawn Wright
www.cru.org
As staff member with the campus ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, Dawn Wright spends a lot of time on the campuses of University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University and Texas Woman’s University. They are involved in reaching students in various parts of each campus and are passionate to see young men and women say “yes” to Jesus and become laborers both on the campus and beyond. Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ said, “If you reach the campus today, you will reach the world tomorrow!”

CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ)
ETHIOPIA
Mission Partners:
Blake and Brett Billings
www.cru.org
Blake and Brett Billings serve on a university campus in Ethiopia. The campus is the training ground for the future “influencers” of their culture. Ethiopia is in a region that is dominated by the Muslim faith, and most countries in the region do not even allow Westerners to enter their country. Reaching and training these future “influencers” for the region ensures that the Gospel is heard in many parts of closed, Muslim countries that many Christians cannot even enter.

Mission Partner: Eric & Mimi McMillian
Potchefstroom, South Africa
Eric and Mimi are missionaries in Potchefstroom, South Africa, a university town south/southwest of Johannesburg. They run a preschool, an after-school discipleship program, and skills development track to teach fundamental and marketable skills to the youth.

Mission Partner: Metro Relief
Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas
Metro Relief is a not-for-profit organization with a simple goal: Go to the people, meet the people, and serve the people. They serve the poor and homeless communities in and around Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas and Columbus, Ohio.

Their core mission includes:
· Traveling to those on the streets
· Feeding individuals who are hungry
· Building relationships of trust with those in need
· Offering resources including prayer and encouragement to those in need

FOSTER/ADOPTION MINISTRY • First Melissa currently has multiple families that are either foster homes or are pursuing licensing. That means our church families are able to directly impact kids in need, provide a stable home environment and give them exposure to the Gospel message. God has also been building our support teams that will provide ongoing spiritual and physical support for families once placements start occurring.

• If you are interested in actively supporting this dynamic opportunity, opening your
home to a child in crisis, or are currently a foster parent looking to connect with
other foster parents, please email reach@firstmelissa.com.

ROADSIDE CHURCH• Roadside Church is First Melissa’s ministry for people experiencing homelessness and meets on property owned by Samaritan Inn. We are asking God to bring salvation, comfort, healing, restoration and revival through this weekly program. God has blessed us with this partnership and ministry that is desperately needed in the north McKinney area.

• If you would like to be a part of this ministry team, please email us
at reach@firstmelissa.com.

SOUTH AFRICA TRIP • In August, First Melissa will send an advance mission team to South Africa to explore missions ministry options with our mission partners, Eric & Mimi McMillian. This team will also assess the facilities needs, needs of the ministry and guide the leadership to form construction project plans that can be executed during future trips. This 7 – 12 day trip will cost approximately $1,950.

• Is God leading you to go? If so, email reach@firstmelissa.com for more information.

ROMANIA MISSION TRIP • November 6-12, 2016, our church has scheduled a trip to Romania to aid Andy and Tresha McKnight and The Joshua Project in preparations for Operation Christmas Bag. In addition, we will be actively involved in their day center ministry which serves local teens. The seven-day trip will cost approximately $2,000.

• For more information on the Romania Mission Trip, please email
reach@firstmelissa.com.