The mission efforts in south Texas are overseen by the Pharr Church of Christ and are designed to reach out to the Hispanic population in Hidalgo County, Texas, and areas across the border in Mexico. Primary activities include planting and constructing new churches, remodeling and repairing the mostly substandard homes of church members, benevolence projects including MAGI boxes (filled with gifts and other needed items for community children) and mobile dental clinics, Vacation Bible Schools, and a school of preaching. Since the late 1980s, the south Texas mission effort has planted five Spanish-speaking churches in Hidalgo County and over one dozen in Mexico, with most of those in Reynosa and Monterey.
Steve Raine & South Pacific Bible College
Steve Raine is the principal of South Pacific Bible College, located in Tauranga, New Zealand. The school offers accredited diplomas and subjects for those who desire their lives and service to be built on the firm foundation of God’s Word. Students from all over the world attend SPBC, earning diplomas in Christian Studies, Biblical Studies, and Christian Leadership, with many graduates continuing on into full-time ministry. Graduating students return to their homes to use their education to grow and serve God’s Kingdom throughout the world. Fairview Heights provides financial support to Steve, who also does local evangelism, speaks at regional conferences, and travels abroad to support efforts of some of the school's graduates now in full-time ministry.
Jim Mettenbrink &
Russian Bible Commentary Publishing
Jim Mettenbrink is part of a small team engaged in the translation of Bible commentaries and other books to Russian, and their subsequent publication and distribution to churches in Russia and Ukraine. This work began in the late 1980s in Russia, but due to changes in the Russian political climate, Jim was forced to return to the United States and the printing is now done in Ukraine. Some recent work the team has completed or is now working on includes commentaries on Isaiah, Daniel, I & II Kings, I & II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther, and additional books on the life of Christ, Christian living, etc. Fairview Heights provides financial support to Jim, who continues translation work in Brookings, South Dakota, where he lives with his wife, Lena.
Christian Family Services (Webster Groves, Missouri)
Christian Family Services was established in 1973 to provide services to children and families in need. CFS assists with maternity counseling, adoptive placement, professional counseling, and family life education/enrichment. All parents, adoptive parents, and staff are Christians; however, services are provided to children, families, and individuals regardless of religious affiliation.
Fair Haven Children's Home (Strafford, Missouri)
Fair Haven Children’s Home has been in operation for 55 years, providing a safe environment for children who have often been victims of abandonment, abuse, or neglect. Fair Haven is committed to providing care that allows children to develop mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually.
Children's Homes (Paragould, Arkansas)
Children's Homes opened its doors in 1955 and provides help, hope and home to children and families. Children's Homes is a faith-based, Christ-centered organization specializing in residential education care, foster care, and adoptive care.
Shults-Lewis Child and Family Services (Valparaiso, Indiana)
Staffed by Christian houseparents and counselors, Shults-Lewis Child and Family Services offers dynamic treatment program for struggling teens and their families through counseling, love, acceptance, and hope. The center has been providing family services for over 50 years.