• Read about Immigration in the latest issue of Light & Life Magazine. Read more!

  • Light + Life Magazine is bigger, better and newly redesigned! Read more!

  • In conjunction with General Conference 2015, church members from ages 13 and up will have the option to serve on a six-day mission trip. Click here for more information!

  • Psalm 146:9 tells us, “The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow.” Click here to read more!

  • The second greatest commandment that Jesus left for us should be reason enough: “‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:39). Click here to read more!

  • GC15 sessions will include strategies to enable churches and individuals to live up to our heritage of inclusion and social justice. Click here to read more!

  • Psalm 146:9 tells us, “The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow.” Click here to read more!

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Summit Launches Prayer Movement

Blaire Paubel prays at the National Prayer Summit. (Photo by Marvin Gray)

BY JEFF FINLEY AND MARK CRAWFORD

Greenville, Illinois, isn’t normally a spring break destination, but 175 people from 22 states met there March 19–21. They saw farm fields instead of the beach, but they came to seek partnership with the Son rather than partying in the sun.

“Prayer is the primary means by … Read more...

Missionary Phyllis Sortor shares her story with Lead Pastor Blake Wood at First Free Methodist Church in Seattle.

Phyllis Sortor Shares About Her Abduction and Release

Missionary Phyllis Sortor shares her story with Lead Pastor Blake Wood at First Free Methodist Church in Seattle.

Free Methodist missionary Phyllis Sortor’s Feb. 23 abduction in Nigeria made international news, but she didn’t go to the cable news networks for her first in-depth interview since her March 6 release and subsequent return to the United States.

Instead, Sortor answered questions from Blake Wood, … Read more...

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Mudslide Destroys Church, Clinic, School

Free Methodist World Missions has received word that the large Free Methodist church, clinic and school (14 primary classrooms and six secondary classrooms) at Rutunga, 20 miles south of Bujumbura, Burundi, on Lake Tanganyika, were destroyed by a mudslide on Sunday, March 29.

People were in the church building, seeking refuge. Bishop Deogratias Nshimiyimana reports three people have died, 16 are still missing. The road to the … Read more...

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Teens to Be Challenged, Inspired at GC15

BY JEFF FINLEY

Suzy and Chuck Jewell

Teenagers shouldn’t expect a passive experience July 13–16 when they attend General Conference 2015 at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

“You have the choice to be challenged or not. If you want challenge to grow and challenge to actually make an impact and a difference in the world, we might be one … Read more...

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Ignored but Important


BY LEXI BAYSINGER

It’s not something that we should ignore. God has made it clear that it is important to Him (Exodus 20:8–11, Deuteronomy 5:12–15). However, we, as a nation, seemingly have no qualms about skipping this particular commandment. The Sabbath is something that the United States seems to have given up on completely. Instead, we’ve filled our days with Netflix, sports, jobs and mind-numbing … Read more...

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Sabbath: God’s Response to the Rat Race

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

What a wonderful promise our Lord gives — rest as response to life’s demands. The continuity of God’s character is boldly declared, emphasizing an essential weekly rhythm established at Creation (Genesis 2:2–3). An Old Testament prescriptive pace becomes solidified in New Testament promise. The first book of … Read more...

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This photo was taken of Bethel Worship Center — a Free Methodist preaching point in Tulsa, Oklahoma — before tornadoes hit the area.

Church Damaged in Oklahoma Storms

This photo was taken of Bethel Worship Center — a Free Methodist preaching point in Tulsa, Oklahoma — before tornadoes hit the area.

Bethel Worship Center in Tulsa is looking for another place to worship on Palm Sunday after becoming one of many buildings to receive damage from severe storms — including tornadoes — that hit Oklahoma on Wednesday, March 25.

“Their sanctuary is soaked … Read more...

Missionary Phyllis Sortor Has Been Released

News Release

We thank God Phyllis Sortor, Free Methodist missionary to Nigeria, was safely released today, Friday, March 6, early evening Nigeria time, into the care of authorities and Free Methodist Church leaders. She had been abducted February 23. We are deeply grateful to all who prayed for Phyllis’ safe return.

Phyllis, age 71, has devoted many years to the people of Africa, a land … Read more...

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Bob Haslam | 1928–2015

Robert Bruce Haslam, 86, died Jan. 28 after a brief illness. Haslam served the Free Methodist Church – USA in many capacities for more than 50 years: pastor of churches in the Midwest and on the West Coast, missionary to the Philippines and longtime Free Methodist World Missions executive. For tens of thousands of magazine readers and countless freelance writers, he was known as Bob … Read more...

This Friends of Haiti Organization building was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.

Five Years After Haiti’s Earthquake

The Friends of Haiti Organization building was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, and killed more than 230,000 people — including Free Methodist World Missions missionary Jeanne Acheson-Munos, Volunteers in Service Abroad missionaries Gene Dufour and Merle West, and Friends of Haiti Organization caretaker Erlin Blot.

FMWM missionary Jack Munos and VISA missionary Katie Zook were … Read more...

Fire Causes Severe Damage to Church

A fire caused major damage Thursday, Jan. 15, to the Free Methodist Church in Burlington, Vermont.

The Burlington Free Press reported Friday, Jan. 16, that Fire Marshal Barry Simays said the fire’s cause would be listed as “undetermined” because structural damage — including a roof collapse — prohibited investigation of the burned 1903 church building, which lacked insurance.

“The power has been shut off to … Read more...

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Pastor/Professor Shares Early Christian View of Psalms

Christians today are at a loss for how to read the Psalms. Many of us know the Psalms have played an essential role in Christian life and thought throughout the history of the church, but we have fallen out of practice in praying them and so are largely unfamiliar with how the Psalms can make us better disciples. In “Make the Words Your Own: Read more...

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