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Hal Hoxie Named Butterfield Memorial Foundation President

The Board of Directors of Oklahoma City’s Butterfield Memorial Foundation (BMF) is pleased to announce the appointment of retired U.S. Air Force Col. Hal Hoxie as the third president of the foundation. His anticipated start date will be Aug. 2. Mr. Hoxie was selected from among a field of candidates following an extensive recruitment and selection process.

“Hal Hoxie is a dynamic Christian man who … Read more...

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Unrest in Nicaragua

Tensions had been high for a while in Nicaragua, when protests broke out on Wednesday, April 18, in Managua, in response to government plans to change Nicaragua’s social security system. The change would have put a strain on the incomes of workers and pensioners.

The unrest has resulted in an estimated 27 deaths and many other injuries and while the government has announced it has … Read more...

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Malawi Flooding Destroys Buildings, Crops

Heavy rains in the Karonga district of Malawi caused flooding that has affected many people, including Free Methodist Church members. The flooding has resulted in the destruction of buildings and in the loss of crops. Malawi Northern Conference Superintendent Japhet Msyani reports that the people of Karonga rely on rice and cassava, and the flooding has washed away all of their food. Please pray for … Read more...

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5 Ways to Engage the 20-Somethings in Your Church

BY ANNIE ROBERTS AND KAYLIN SALLENBACK

There has been a lot of talk about the underrepresentation of millennials in churches today. While this generation (those born between 1980-2000) account for 22% of the U.S. population, they only account for 10% of our church population. Many believe this discrepancy is unique to the millennial generation, but research shows the underrepresentation of this age group may actually … Read more...

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Preparing to Multiply

Detroit was once synonymous with wealth, power, ingenuity and expansion, but that eventually changed.

“It’s also a city that saw its wealth and influence erode into utter ruin and bankruptcy. Once thriving neighborhoods fell abandoned to decay and despair,” said Michael Forney, the Southern Michigan Conference’s assistant superintendent of leadership and multiplication, who added that Detroit’s story hasn’t ended with decline. “Detroit has grit. Detroit … Read more...

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Prayer Summit Launches National Intercessors Network

The Free Methodist Church’s third National Prayer Summit proved to be the largest yet, and it launched the National Intercessors Network to bring the Free Methodist community together “in hearing what God is saying, and responding across our land in unified prayer.” This new network was detailed near the end of the Feb. 22–24 summit that focused on the theme of “Prayer & Community Transformation.”… Read more...

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Venice Celebrates 40 Years of Miyabe Ministry

BY CHERI SAKAI

The Venice Free Methodist Church in Los Angeles, California, recently celebrated Senior Pastor Jim and Suzanne Miyabe’s four decades of service.

The Miyabes have led a fruitful period of ministry for this resilient congregation, which started out way before World War II but then had to regroup and start from scratch to minister to the many lost and confused but hardworking farm … Read more...

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Meet Mark Dowley

Mark Dowley is the new chief operating officer of the Free Methodist Church – USA. Dowley — who served the last nine and a half years as the conference business administrator for the Southern Michigan Conference — took office Jan. 1 following the retirement of Larry Roberts.

“I’ve been Free Methodist all my life. My grandfather on my mom’s side was a pastor in the … Read more...

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The Day of My Kidnapping

On Feb. 23, 2015, Phyllis Sortor was kidnapped by gangsters while at a Christian school in Nigeria. Sortor’s abduction and eventual release made international news, but the full story is just now being told through the release of Sortor’s new book, “The Kidnapping of an American Missionary: One Woman’s Story of Courage and Conviction Under Fire.” Here is an exclusive excerpt.

My friend Ruth drives … Read more...

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Film to Share Women Pastors’ Experiences

Free Methodists gather for a group photo at a Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy conference.

BY CHRISTIANA LONG

Roberta Mosier-Peterson — the senior pastor of Oakdale Free Methodist Church in Jackson, Kentucky —  is working to turn her Northeastern Seminary doctoral dissertation into “Lived Experience,” a documentary film covering the ministry experiences of women pastors.

In May 2016, Mosier-Peterson finished her dissertation that details common ministry … Read more...

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Partnership Provides Lunch With Dignity

The Olive Branch Mission serves takeout lunches with dignity through a partnership with Starbucks, Feeding America and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

As the Chicago Tribune’s Samantha Bomkamp recently reported, the partnership gives homeless Chicagoans an upgrade to the brown-bag lunch sandwich that homeless shelters typically offer guests as they leave each morning. Olive Branch receives unsold sandwiches and salads each night from Starbucks’ Mercato … Read more...

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Rwandan Free Methodists Celebrate 75 Years

BY BISHOP JOAB LOHARA

It was indeed one of the most impressive celebrations in the Free Methodist Church worldwide. More than 10,000 Free Methodists gathered at the football (soccer) ground in the outskirts of Kibogora Township by Lake Kivu on Aug. 13 to proclaim 75 years of God’s goodness and blessings on the Free Methodist Church in Rwanda.

A grand parade led by a Free … Read more...

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