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Eric Leroy Baird | 1959–2018

Former Butterfield Memorial Foundation Chief Executive Officer Eric Leroy Baird was welcomed with open arms into heaven on May 16, 2018, after fighting valiantly against pancreatic cancer for the past 16 months. A funeral service to celebrate his life was held Monday, May 21, at the Midwest City Free Methodist Church.

He was born on June 29, 1959, in Winnemucca, Nevada, to Dorothy Esther … Read more...

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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. Hoxie was selected from among a field of candidates following an extensive recruitment and selection process.

“Hal Hoxie is a dynamic Christian man who will … 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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Women Clergy Revive in the Rockies

More than 100 Free Methodists were among the 300 participants in the Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy’s Revive conference April 12–15 at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. The Free Methodist Church –USA had the largest denominational delegation at the conference, which the FMCUSA co-sponsored with the Brethren in Christ, Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), Church of the Nazarene, and the Wesleyan … Read more...

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Jim Caviezel to Headline Adoption Fundraiser

BY DIERDRE MCCOOL WITH MICHAEL CONRAD

Most people know Jim Caviezel as Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ.” At Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoptionwe know him as an adoptive dad.

Caviezel and his wife, Kerri, are strongly committed to representing Christ well. The Caviezels have adopted three children (all with special needs) putting their pro-life stance into action. At the 11th annual Angels … Read more...

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Central Christian College of Kansas Announces Presidential Transition

The Board of Trustees of Central Christian College of Kansas is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for President Hal Hoxie (pictured at right). Retired Col. Hoxie will be transitioning into the role of president of the Butterfield Memorial Foundation located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Board of Trustees greatly appreciates the strong, dedicated service President and Mrs. Hoxie have provided Central Christian College.… 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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