MISSIONS & OUTREACH
At Feather Sound Church, we want to be a church that makes a big impact on our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Here are some of the ways we are doing just that!
We regularly organize trips internationally and within the USA including New Orleans, Tennessee, Israel (Tour) and Cuba.
These are the ministries and missionaries we currently support as a church body:
Jim and Janice Larson
Intensive Care Ministries
Name Undisclosed for Missionary's Safety
The West Bank Territories and Jerusalem
Contact: Undisclosed for Missionary’s Safety
Give: Send to Feather Sound Church and mark "Jerusalem Missionary"
Serving Central and South America
Justice Restoration Center
New Life Solutions
West Central Florida
Salt & Light Discipleship Ministry
Pinellas County & Beyond
Fellowship of Christian Athletes(FCA)
The 6:4 Fellowship
John and Gina Streeter
New Orleans Mission
Jim and Janice Larson have been full-time missionaries in Tanzania since 2011. They are the Directors for all of Africa under Intensive Care
Ministries (ICM), an international ministry based in California which
pioneered a simple, but effective, inductive Bible study (IBS) program
being used around the world. The ministry focus is to equip existing
local churches by teaching their pastors, elders, and leaders how to read and interpret the Bible properly, as most have about an 8 th -10 the grade education. Through the IBS seminars, they identify the best pastors from all denominations to be invited to enroll in the free, 2.5-year Bible college. These church leaders graduate with the equivalent of an A.A. Degree in Pastoral Ministry with an emphasis on preaching. Their ability to preach proper doctrine is contributing exponentially to spiritual growth and maturity. Prayer and financial support is always welcome and necessary. Spiritual warfare is great, as well as the financial need. In addition, Jim and Janice welcome visitors who can teach the Word, have musical gifts, and even a heart for ministry to youth and children, which is another big aspect of the work. Visits can be from 10-90 days.
As a teenager, she began serving in a Christian sports outreach program in Pinellas County, FL and as a worship leader at her church. In addition, she participated in many short-term mission trips and it was then that the Lord began to give her a passion for missions. While she was still a teenager, she already knew the Lord was calling her into full-time missions, but she waited on Him to show her where He wanted her to serve. The opportunity came the very week she graduated from university. The Lord opened a door for her to work with youth in the West Bank where she has currently been serving since 2015. It is extremely difficult for Jewish or Muslim converts to be Christians in this region as there is constant opposition from every side. There is also much segregation even among the various Christian groups. She works with youth from both Jewish and Muslim backgrounds as well as many international students to help promote unity among the body of Christ. She teaches, leads weekly youth groups, and helps organize several programs throughout the year that bring the kids together to show them how to serve and worship together as brothers and sisters in Messiah. (1 Corinthians 1:10)
Brian worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 32 years, but long before he retired he felt God calling him to become a missionary pilot. This led him to obtain a private pilot's license, as well as his instrument, commercial, and multi-engine ratings. He then became a certified flight instructor. For 8 years he served as the leader of the Disaster International Relief Team (DIRT team) and led multiple mission trips all over the world in addition to working alongside Samaritans Purse during several national disasters. During that time the Lord continued to provide opportunities to serve in various ways all while preparing him for the ministry he is now a vital part of. He currently serves as the Senior Mission’s Pilot for Harvest Aviation. Harvest Aviation is a Christian organization that transports medical supplies, food, clothing, and other essentials to missionaries in Central and South America. They also assist with transporting emergency supplies after a natural disaster or transporting missionaries and mission teams in and out of the countries they are serving.
The West Florida Center for Trafficking Advocacy, known as, the Justice Restoration Center (JRC) is a tax-exempt organization that exists to provide trauma-informed restorative pro bono legal services and advocacy for survivors of human trafficking, as well as to advocate on trafficking-related legislation and policy matters. The JRC features an alliance of legal professionals who provide free legal services for survivors, along with volunteer professionals, such as physicians, dentists, therapists, accountants, and others who are willing to assist at little or no cost to the survivor. There are tremendous needs for the survivors of human trafficking; such as healthcare, legal, mental health, spiritual and financial support. A survivor needs legal assistance expunging an undeserved criminal record. A single mom emerging from trafficking needs help obtaining public benefits while she works toward a new start. A labor trafficking survivor needs legal advocacy in the area of immigration. A trafficked prison inmate needs a safe release, transportation, and residential services. A survivor of sex-trafficking needs a branding tattoo removed to escape the stigma of her exploitation. These are just examples of the needs that the JRC sees among those who have survived sex and labor trafficking as they navigate a complex journey back to normal life.
Stephanie serves as a campus missionary with Seminole Christian Life at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. During her college years at FSU God transformed her fearful perfectionism into confident joy in Him and taught her to love sharing the good news of Jesus with people. Now, Stephanie is excited to share the gospel on campus, help students grow in their relationship with God, and prepare them for a lifetime of service to God and the local church. She especially enjoys listening to podcasts, drinking coffee, and regaling you with useless- yet interesting- pieces of information. Did you know that the Great Wall of China isn’t actually visible from space?
New Life Solutions, Inc. (NLS) is the Ministry Head of More2Life Youth Development Program, A Woman’s Place Medical Clinics, Passages of Hope Post-abortion Grief Recovery Program, Shepherd’s Village Single-Parent Residential Ministry, and Breath of Life Women’s Health and Birth Center. They are a Christ-centered ministry offering hope, help and healing for women, teens, and families by promoting healthy lifestyle choices and relationships. Their focus from the beginning has been on transforming their community one life at a time. The mission is to save souls, save babies, reach teens and transform lives by equipping them to make positive choices in order to have healthier futures. NLS presents the life-changing teachings of Jesus Christ and promotes the biblical values of the sanctity of human life, pre-marital abstinence and alternatives to abortion. Together with their partners and supporters they know they can be a positive and eternal difference in their community and fulfill the Great Commission.
Debbie Friley has served with The Navigators in full-time ministry since 1984. Employing her remarkable gift of Evangelism & Discipleship, Debbie has spent the past 30 years ministering to women through the message of the Gospel, one-on-one discipleship, Bible study groups and Leadership training. She is the founder of the Salt & Light Discipleship (SLD) ministry. As a result, she has enjoyed the tremendous privilege of reproducing and multiplying countless spiritual daughters. She continues her involvement in outreach, Bible studies, Biblical Counseling 1-1 with gals, leadership training and speaking engagements. This includes "I'm Stuck, but I Want to be Free" a powerful message from the book of Romans and Galatians as well as the SLD groups, where many groups are meeting weekly to read through the entire Bible at their own pace, memorizing scripture and studying books of the Bible as a team. The SLD groups continue to multiply and grow, contributing to the fulfillment of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 and 2 Timothy 2:2. This ministry is truly a work of God. It is now in Russia, China, England, Scotland, Nicaragua, soon to be Kenya & many places in Florida as well as other cities in the USA. Debbie also is a speaker at large and travels all over the U.S. & the world bringing the Truth of God's Word.
Kecia was born and raised in Charlotte North Carolina. Some of her best memories during those years were of playing basketball, and cheerleading through various youth leagues. She feels very fortunate to have grown in the knowledge of Christ during her childhood. She has enjoyed living in the Tampa Bay area for a total of 18 years and resides in Pinellas County, FL with her son. Some of her greatest blessings have been raising her three beautiful children and mentoring youth within Pinellas County. Sharing Christ and His love has always been a real joy to her. She considers it an honor and pleasure to continue working with youth and in the community through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She assists with administration for Pinellas FCA, while also aiding the individuals that sponsor FCA campus clubs across Pinellas County. In addition, she is also a Character Coach to higher risk teenage girls within FCA campus clubs and within the juvenile correction system.
Strategic Renewal is a para-Church ministry that exists to serve the local church and is characterized by an extraordinary commitment to the priority of prayer and the ministry of the word. In all they do, they underline the Scripture’s emphasis on healthy local-church leadership, the sufficiency of the Holy Spirit, and the pursuit of cultural transformation. They provide resources for spiritual and personal renewal, equip and mobilize churches to pray, and train pastors to lead the Church in prayer. Sadly, most churches in North America today are largely prayerless. The latest church research shows that the single greatest indicator of a healthy, thriving church is how much and how often the pastors and/or elders pray together. Yet, sadly, only 33% of pastors and/or elders are actually praying together within their own churches. On top of this, church attendance across America has decreased 12% in the last decade. In the last 15 years, $500 billion was spent on church growth efforts with no appreciable impact. Now more than ever, the church in North America is in critical need of Christian leaders, clergy and laypeople, who are committed to seeking God, proclaiming His word, and leading His people to experience the supernatural power of Christ.
John and Gina Streeter had previously taken part in several short-term mission trips through Feather Sound Church to help out at the New Orleans Mission (NOM). But after their last short term trip in September of 2019, the Lord pressed upon their heart that moving to Louisiana to serve at the mission full-time may be His plan for them. After prayerful discussions with Pastor Art and the leadership, both at FSC and NOM, they received confirmation in multiple ways that this call was indeed from the Lord. Within days of receiving confirmation, they were miraculously able to purchase a home only minutes from the retreat center and when they returned to Florida to prepare their home to sell, it sold before it even hit the market. The Lord further blessed their acceptance of His calling by bringing buyers that were also believers. God is so GOOD! Please keep John and Gina Streeter in your prayers as they will be working in aiding the existing leadership at NOM to help with the rescue, recovery, and re-engagement of hurting and lost souls in Louisiana and beyond.
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?..... What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:1-4,14-17
…learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. Isaiah 1:17
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3-4
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20