Persistence Overcomes

With its wide streets shaded by palm trees and sweeping views across Lake Tana’s shimmering blue water, Bahir Dar has become the foremost tourist destination of Northwestern Ethiopia. Some people even describe the city as the Ethiopian Riviera. Bahir Dar is home to more than 400,000 people and one of Ethiopia’s major universities. It is also home to a Free Methodist church. […]

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The Promised Land Awaits

by Mark Lessig, husband of Cathy Lessig, Affiliate Empowering Lives International, Kenya Caleb spied out the promised land and reported back to the Israelites, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it. Only do not rebel against the Lord.” Numbers 13:30, 14:6 I had begun working […]

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A Vision Fulfilled

by Phyllis Sortor It was a beautiful day. The forest was filled with birdsong, the scurry of small animals and the slither of snakes in the tall grass. A young man walked along a narrow footpath, talking to God as was his habit. Suddenly he stopped, startled – before his eyes trees, rocks and grass […]

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Tillman Houser – Pioneer Missionary Passes Away

April 30, 1922– July 24, 2014 Pioneer missionary Tillman Houser passed away July 24. A memorial service was held on August 7 at Warm Beach Free Methodist Church, Warm Beach, WA. Rev. Tillman Houser, and his wife, Gwen, served as missionaries to Africa for 35 years. The Housers arrived in Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe, […]

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“They Told Me Americans Were Friendly”

by Megan Before Charis woke for her next feeding, I took a short walk and found myself sitting on a bench, trying to process all that had happened recently and thanking God for His faithfulness. Across the way, I saw a Muslim woman sipping Arab coffee, a familiar sight when I lived in the Middle […]

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The Body Working as It Should: Reflections from Argentina

by Andrea Green, Serving with Operation Mobilization in Córdoba, Argentina What a humbling and incredible experience to be at the annual meeting for the Free Methodist churches in Argentina and Uruguay. Today I got to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of my brothers and sisters who are laying it all out for the sake of […]

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Following the Undercurrents of Faith

by Lynette Sykora, FM missionary to Slovakia This is Milan Cicel (Chee-chell). He is a 72-year-old man from Bratislava, Slovakia, a husband to an amazing woman, Božena, father of three grown daughters and grandfather to eight. He is also a member of the Cirkev Bratska church where my husband, Josef Sykora, is pastor. Milan came […]

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A Great Beginning

by Brad Button, Missions Mobilizer “Immediately there was a sense that we wanted to do something,” David Coleman, lead pastor of Countryside FMC, Sandusky, MI, describes this as his congregation’s response to their Global Impact Celebration in February 2012. Countryside FMC provides a model churches may adapt to their ministry context as they seek to […]

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Wrestling

by Cathy Lessig, Africa – Affiliate/Empowering Lives International Sometimes I feel like I’ve had a day where there has been lots of wrestling. At times the wrestling is with God about something that I know He has for me, somewhat like Jacob did with God (Genesis 32:24-28). Other times the wrestling is much more tumultuous. Living […]

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Equal Partners: Haiti After the Earthquake

by Bishop David Roller It was a couple weeks after the earth had moved and many were still nervous about sleeping indoors. As I gathered with a number of Haitian leaders at a hotel along the coast, many Haitians preferred to sleep outside rather than in their rooms under concrete roofs. The memories of the […]

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Indigenous Mission – A Global Initiative!

by Bishop Joab Lohara One of the most noteworthy characteristics of global Christianity is the emergence of strong, local, indigenous churches and leadership. Among the innumerable surprises of the Holy Spirit are the ways in which He has worked from locations on the margins and through people who previously seemed to be excluded. The mission […]

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Opportunity

  by Rick Ireland, Haiti April 22, 2014 Recently I have been doing a lot of reflecting on the concept of “opportunity.” America is often described as a “land of opportunity,” as indeed it is. We are surrounded by opportunity. Consider education. We have an extensive publically financed school system. If a child has learning […]

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New Bishop Elected in Burundi

The Burundi General Conference elected Rev. Déogratias Nshimiyimana as their new bishop this past week. Bishop Joah Lohara, President of the Free Methodist World Conference, provides this official announcement: June 4, 2014. The Burundi General Conference of Free Methodist Church chose a new leader to be its Bishop in the capital city of Bujumbura today. Though […]

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Work Begins in Ivory Coast

Africa Area Director Mike Reynen announced this week that Free Methodist work in Ivory Coast formally opened in May. Pastor Bertin Tae, leader of the church, began working with Free Methodists while he was a refugee in Liberia from 2012 to 2013. Returning to his homeland in 2013, Pastor Tae resumed working with 15 pastors serving nine churches and several fellowships. […]

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A Dream … and a Phone Call

By Phyllis Sortor April 15, 2014 We had an amazing pastors’ retreat this past weekend, with pastors and their wives coming to Emi-woro from Akwa Ibom State, Lagos, Ibadan, Kano, Taraba and Enugu! At Emi-woro, we had families filling the two guest houses, classrooms and even the clinic! The fellowship, speakers, teaching and worship were wonderful – […]

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Spangler New Asia Area Director

Announcement from the Board of Bishops I am pleased to announce that the Board of Bishops of the FMCUSA has appointed Eric Spangler as the next Asia Area Director of FMWM. Eric will assume the AD position on July 1, 2014, but he will continue to serve as lead pastor at LifePoint (a multiple site […]

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