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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14 Things Your Missionaries Might Like to Tell You, but Feel Inhibited

When Paul and Barnabas returned home from their journey, they “gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles” (Acts 14:27). Your church’s missionaries periodically pay you a brief visit. They will tell you about their successes and failures, […]

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Six Reasons Missions Matters

by Brad Button, Missions Mobilizer Missions matters when it comes to your personal life and the health of a local church. It represents the most fundamental and holistic view of the faith journey for Christ’s followers. Engaging in local and global missions is why the church exists. 1 Engagement aligns a local church with the […]

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Graduation Day – From Learning to New Life!

By Mark and Cathy Lessig Cathy is an affiliate missionary serving with ELI (Empowering Lives International) Graduation ceremonies are always lovely events – a time to celebrate hard work and accomplishment. On Sunday afternoon, March 30, a graduation ceremony was held for Paul Rono. Paul isn’t your typical fresh-faced graduate. In fact, Paul isn’t graduating from school; […]

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The Insider Approach to Ministry

By Darrell Whiteman, Vice President for Mission Mobilization and Training, and Resident Missiologist, The Mission Society The events of September 11, 2001, put Muslims on our radar screen like never before. As a result, Christians have no shortage of opinions concerning how we should react to Muslims today. The question of whether or not a […]

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Hope

Anna Henry left her home in Washington State in March 2014 to minister to Spain. Anna is working with Josh and Susy Fajardo, assisting the Rivas-Vaciamadria FMC with youth, worship and compassion ministries. In addition she is providing leadership and support to the LOGOS Study Abroad Program. Anna is the daughter of Mike and Shelley Henry, former missionaries […]

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Free Methodists Rebuild after Typhoon

BY JEFF FINLEY In the months since Typhoon Haiyan — one of the largest storms in recorded history — struck Southeast Asia last November and displaced millions of people, the international news coverage has nearly disappeared but the rebuilding continues. Relief and rebuilding efforts have received a significant boost from more than $145,000 in donations through […]

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Celebrating Ten Fruitful Years as Venezuela Superintendent

BY PAUL OLVER Casto Rojas Brito trained as a medical doctor, specializing in pediatrics. But God called him to be a pastor, working for the growth and health of disciples, leaders and churches. Casto became a Christian as an adult through the ministry of To God Be the Glory Free Methodist Church in Maturin, Venezuela. Then pastor and […]

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