Missions

 HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS 

Monday, January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
This week, join First Miami  for 7 Days of Prayer & Action as we seek to bring awareness to this global issue. For seven days, you are invited to say a prayer and explore an informational resource from the list provided below. You can also explore the comprehensive list of resources found in the PCUSA website. >>

 7 DAYS OF ACTION & PRAYER

Day One—Building Awareness

  • Resources: What Is Modern Slavery?
  • Prayer: God of love and mercy, you see every trouble, every cause for grief; you hear the desires of the vulnerable and strengthen their heart. Now, incline your ear to do justice for the exploited and objectified, so that your people will no longer strike terror on your—and our—earth. Amen. (Prayer based on Psalm 10, adapted from prayer of Interfaith Community and Justice Center, Seattle)

Day Two—Looking Ahead

  • Resources: Office of Theology and Worship
  • Prayer: Gracious God, we can hardly bear to read the headlines. We now know that human trafficking happens in our hometowns, at our truck stops, in our hotels, restaurants and nail salons. And there is more . . . so much more that we have not seen because of ignorance and because we want to believe that the evil of human trafficking is elsewhere. Forgive us, gracious God, for we see the world through a tiny lens in which we are good and “they” are bad. Make us wise and incisive in responding to the needs of the world. Empower us to work both in and outside of our borders to break the bonds of injustice. Amen. (Prayer by Shannon Beck)

Day Three—At Risk

  • Resources: Sex Trafficking: It’s Their Problem, Not Ours
  • Prayer: Holy God who hears the cries of the oppressed, we come to you as if we were the ones held in slavery. There seems to be no light in this darkness, no hope for our future. Allow someone to see me, to look beyond my outward appearance and into my eyes. Give them the courage to ask, to help, to save me from this captivity. In the name of One love, One hope, we pray. Amen. (Excerpted from “Human Trafficking: The Sale and Trade of God’s Children,” PC(USA) Office of Immigration Issues)

Day Four—Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

  • Resources: ECPAT-USAThe Code
  • Prayer: Let us join the psalmist in Psalm 106, who asks, “Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare his praise? Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right. Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people; come to my aid when you save them . . . .” Lord, we know that it is from you that all goodness comes. May you work through us, and may we work together, to share your love. Amen. (Ryan Smith, Presbyterian Representative to the United Nations)

Day Five—Child Soldiers

  • Resources: Red Hand Day
  • Prayer: Loving God, who welcomes children as honored members of your family, turn the hearts of those who would crush tender spirits, forcing them to do what no child should ever have to do. Help us restore balance in your world and bring equity and justice to all corners of the globe. Be with children in war zones who face the unthinkable. Shield their souls and deliver them from the horrors that surround them. We ask this in the name of your Son, who said “’Let the little children come to me . . . for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs’” (Mt. 19:4). Amen. (Yvonne Hileman, staff, Presbyterian Women Justice and Peace Committee)

Day Six—Working with Partners

  • Resources: Freedom Network USA
  • Prayer: God of life, truth and freedom, we ask you to hear us as we pray for child laborers, child soldiers and children exploited in pornography. Liberate them from oppression. We pray that the perpetrators and organizers of human trafficking turn away from their unjust ways. We pray that government leaders, corporate directors and all that serve the public will address the systems that make human trafficking possible. We come as a people of hope. We believe that in working together as a community, we can stop the demand for human trafficking. Lead us into justice. God, give us the wisdom and courage to stand in solidarity, so that together we will find ways to the freedom that is your gift to all of us. Amen. (Adapted from a prayer of the Interfaith Community and Justice Center, Seattle)

Day Seven—Labor Exploitation

  • Resources: www.slaveryfootprint.orgCoalition of Immokalee WorkersThe Freedom Commons
  • Prayer: Loving God, you created us in love for life together. And yet we have turned away from you and from our neighbor. As we remember the women, children and men who have been trafficked for profit, production and pleasure, we realize we know little about the circumstances under which our food, our clothing, our jewelry, our lumber or our toys have been produced. And we confess that there is a part of us that would rather not know. People harvest crops, serve us food, clean our homes and yards, paint our nails, service our hotel rooms; but we confess that too often we reduce them to the service they provide and so they remain hidden in plain sight. Children here and around the world are sold, pimped and forced to labor out of desperation, for the comfort or convenience of those who can pay. We are ill at the thought and ill-equipped to respond. Forgive us God. And help us join with our sisters and brothers who have been trafficked to create life-giving patterns of community and commerce. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, who came that we might have life in all its fullness. Amen. (Prayer by Rev. Noelle Damico)

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OUR PARTNERSHIPS

Do you want to make a difference in our world? First Miami partners with many local and international organizations and we would love for you to be part of our service opportunities, outreach events, and mission trips.

Local

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

First Miami partners and supports the work of Alcoholics Anonymous by hosting their weekly meetings at our church. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

ASHES TO GO: ASH WEDNESDAY

First Miami partners and supports the work of Alcoholics Anonymous by hosting their weekly meetings at our church. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE: COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS MIAMI

Communities In Schools of Miami does whatever it takes to help at-risk students stay in school and succeed in life. First Miami partners annually with communities in schools back to school drive to provide school supplies to schools and children in need.


First Miami in partnership with CISM hosts an annual back to school drive for families who cannot afford to buy supplies for their children in Miami-Dade County.

BRICKELL HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

Brickell Homeowners Association is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those who live, work and play in the Brickell community. BHA focuses on key quality of life issues such as crime prevention, traffic safety and beautification, communicating with elected leaders, government professional and the business community. First Miami has served as a meeting space to host BHA meetings and quorums.

BRICKELL SOUL BY FIRST MIAMI

Brickell Soul is a ministry of First Miami that is focused on promoting kindness towards others while building a stronger community within Brickell. Brickell Soul offers an outdoor environment that serves the Brickell community and provides a place for people to connect.


First Miami volunteers will be able to help greet people as they arrive, do event setup and cleanup, and other jobs to help carry out our free activities.

CITY COMMISSIONERS & MIAMI-DADE POLICE DEPARTMENT

We are proud to serve and host our city commissioners as well as our Miami Police Department through providing meeting areas for city-wide meetings and gatherings.

CUB SCOUTS

In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today and for life. 

First Miami partners with cub scouts through collaborating in service projects and community building. 

FOOD TRUCKS

We support local business owners daily through providing space to make connections to the greater community of Brickell. 

FRIENDSGIVING

Friendsgiving is a ministry of Brickell Soul that brings together the Brickell community to gather and share in a time of fellowship with others who have made First Miami Home. It gives an opportunity for those who may not have a place to share a meal with family to be able to have a home to come to for the holidays.


First Miami volunteers are able to help prepare/serve the thanksgiving meal, set up and clean up before and after the event and greet those who will be attending the meal.

HELICOPTER LIFT ZONE

First Miami has served multiple condominiums and residents in the Brickell area by providing space for air conditioning equipment helicopter lifts.

KEY POINT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

Key Point Christian Academy is supported and partnered with First Miami Church to provide quality Christian Education to more than 250 students attending the school.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY ELECTIONS

First Miami supports Miami-Dade elections as a polling location for the Brickell Community.

MIAMI MARATHON

The Miami Marathon is Miami’s most sought out race that brings thousands of runners from around the world to participate.


First Miami supports runners and spectators during the Miami Marathon through bringing together the First Miami community to cheer on the participants of the race.

RESCUE CHURCH & SUN CITY CHURCH

First Miami supports local churches by providing space for them to meet and share the love of Jesus with the Brickell community. Currently, First Miami hosts a Rescue Church, a Brazilian Church plant and Sun City Church, a Spanish speaking church plant.

THE BRICKELL LIGHT

The Brickell Light gift shop is a ministry of the church and serves to equip the community of Brickell with resources to aid in their growth of knowledge and disciples individuals in the faith. All proceeds benefit the ministries of First Miami.


First Miami volunteers will be able to sign up to help with sales and making coffee in the gift shop Sundays and during the week.

TOUCHING MIAMI WITH LOVE

Touching Miami with Love shares the love of Christ by offering hope, opportunities, and resources to our communities. First Miami is a partner of Touching Miami with Love First Miami volunteers’ involvement in their Saturday work projects.

INTERNATIONAL

Brickell Christmas Trees

The Christmas tree sales is a ministry of First Miami that serves to provide a means of service to the local Brickell community while raising funds to support ministry in Honduras.


First Miami volunteers can sign up to help sell and engage with the Brickell/Downtown community at any of our two Christmas tree sights.

COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL

Compassion international works to achieve a holistic approach to child development for the purpose of sponsorship, through partnerships with local churches in 25 countries around the world.


We will be partnering with Compassion International through their Compassion Trips that will intentionally place our community in areas where the need is real and the impact is life changing.

HONDURAS

Honduras missions trip is a mission of First Miami Church. We serve children and at risk adults in the heart of Tegucigalpa and support the community of Vallecillo through building projects and sharing the love of Jesus with all.


We will be partnering with third party organizations to empower the First Miami community to engage in service to those in need in Honduras (VBS, Construction, Prayer/Evangelism, etc), all the while sharing the love of Jesus.

THE PC(USA) SPECIAL OFFERINGS

The PC(USA)’s four church-wide Special Offerings(One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost Offering, Peace & Global Witness Offering, Christmas Joy Offering) help share Christ’s love with millions of people around the world. 

First Miami will be partnering with The PC(USA)’s Special Offerings 4 times a year to share Christ love around the world. 

DOMESTIC

FLORIDA RESTORES PROJECT

Is an initiative of disaster recovery ministry of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.


First Miami partners a few times a year with the United Methodist Conference to aid in the restoration of homes affected by Hurricane Irma. First Miami volunteers travel to the Florida Keys and stay overnight.