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Founded in 1886 by the Presbyterian Synod of Michigan, Alma’s mission is to prepare graduates who think critically, serve generously, lead purposefully, and live responsibly as stewards of the world they bequeath to future generations.
These educational institutions prepare men and women to be pastors, educators and musicians for congregations. They serve as centers of theological discourse, reflection and research for the benefit of the wider church during changing times.
Red Bird Mission, Inc. and Red Bird Clinic, Inc. have been providing ministries in the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Today the need remains critical in this isolated, rural distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area.
In the summer of 2016, a team of 5 members of FPC were members of an adult mission trip to Red Bird, to work with the Community Housing Improvement Work Camp.
This is a year-round work opportunity for volunteers in mission and service-minded groups. Work Camp strives to provide home repair for low-income community residents and maintenance for Mission buildings and grounds. Some examples of work projects are roof replacement, small room additions, painting, building porches or ramps, and grounds keeping. Other light duty work is available such as cutting soup UPC codes, office work, craft and community store helpers, and recycling. A single fee covers the cost of each person’s lodging, meals, and materials used.
In addition to providing mission opportunities, Red Bird provides an atmosphere where participants grow spiritually and gain a personal understanding of mission. Evenings are spent in Christian fellowship and learning about the diverse ministries of Red Bird Mission.