Pouring Old Wine Into New Wineskins

by Robert Marshall, pastor Los Angeles Community FMC, CA The early church of the first three centuries was a culturally diverse urban church. Leaders placed a high premium on developing new leaders. As a result, the people’s needs were met and the gospel exploded. Mark’s Gospel (chapter 2) reminds us that, “no one pours new […]

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Revival Time at the Parc Chretien FMC

by Rick Ireland August 26, 2014 At about 5:45 a.m. came the sound checks (very loud), and the service began in earnest at 6 a.m. It continued until approximately 7:30 a.m. The women’s group gathered to pray and sing at 4 p.m. A second service kicked off at 4:30 p.m. and ran until about 8 p.m. This happened every […]

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Building Futures

by Vickie Reynen, with Paula J. Gillespie “This place has been so good to me,” 8th grader Gideon Mutua Kioko says about Kibera FM Academy, Kenya. “I have grown up here, and it has been home to me. It is so rare to find green plants in our slum of Kibera and yet we have […]

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Israel’s First Ministerial Candidates

By Pastor Henry September 4, 2014 This is a historical occasion! Before I finished my last lesson tonight one student asked a question: “What do we have to do to be ministerial candidates?” We know these men and this lady. We know their character, their call, their commitment. They have been studying under Pastor Nabil at […]

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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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