The Power of His Word

by Hope Owsley, Brazil It is not uncommon to spend many months, even years, in ministry without seeing much fruit. But, occasionally, the results of planting a small seed come so quickly they astound us. That is what has been happening in our friendship with Edson and Nubia Rodrigues. In June of 2013, Edson and […]

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Pray for the Persecuted

A New Family as told by an FM worker in a Creative Access Country Ruby, a young woman from a Middle Eastern country, went to *CAC to study medicine. She came from a wealthy Muslim family and had studied the Quran. As she read about the virgin birth of Jesus she thought, “This prophet is different […]

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The Legacy of Missions at Home

by Greg Coates, PH D student, Evanston, IL If you do not get out of here in twenty-four hours we will kill you, you missionary.” The note was hanging from her front door. Undoubtedly it startled Miss Helgen, who was returning home from an evening of ministry among the poor. Ida O. Helgen, FM missionary, […]

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Missions Alive! Adventure to the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico

The 2014-2015 edition of Missions Alive! children’s curriculum is ready to be ordered! This year’s study focuses on the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico. Click here to access: Missions Alive! Curriculum Children’s Offering Project – Helping Kids in Haiti Fun Fact Pages PowerPoint Slides To order printed copy, call 1.800.342.5531, ext. 266. You will be invoiced […]

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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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