Militant or Person of Peace?

BY MEGAN It’s easy for us to forget that Saul’s Damascus Road conversion (Acts 9) took place in a land – Syria – which is today amidst deep civil war. Images on our evening news show us the modern setting for this biblical story in which Saul encountered Jesus and came to know Ananias, a Christian disciple […]

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Accomplished by the Cross

I need Lent for reasons not unique, but common to all who desire the company of Jesus. I forget the way of the cross that Christ trod for me, or at least I allow that way to recede into the background, even though the call is to take up the cross daily. Forgetting almost always […]

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The Confusion of Today

BY RICK IRELAND “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,”  Jeremiah 29:11. Sometimes when I think about these words of Jeremiah I find some doubt creeping into my thoughts. Does that ever happen to […]

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To the Bush for Prayer

BY MIKE REYNEN, AFRICA AREA DIRECTOR Pastor Dosseh (Togo) told me that he went to the “bush” for prayer with his pastors. When he mentioned it on another occasion, I wondered what they actually do and asked if they could plan one of these prayer times when I was in Togo for a visit. He […]

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Sign Up Now to Participate in Freedom Sunday 03.09.14

1 – Prepare Prepare for Freedom Sunday by going to the Freedom Sunday page on the Set Free Movement website. Register, download the bulletin insert, and learn about the projects. Register Now 2 – Participate Create a meaningful experience for your church, youth group or small group. Whether you spend five minutes or five weeks, it’s about […]

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I Want to Be that Man

BY AL MELLINGER Nikolai has a passion for God and belief that his people can make a difference in their society.” Meeting Bishop Nikolai Vasilev you would not know he is the lead pastor of the largest Roma Church in Bulgaria. He is quiet and unassuming, and yet cares for and loves his people very […]

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A Great Light of Hope in the Darkness

BY MATT SAUDER – January 9, 2014 I’m sitting here in the airport in Yangon, Myanmar, waiting to depart.  I am filled with great sorrow and a burden for the world. I’ve seen the great poverty that floods the streets of Myanmar, and I’ve seen the extreme oppression of religions and politics during my time here. […]

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Freedom Sunday Is Coming

Freedom Sunday is coming March 9! What is Freedom Sunday? It’s a Sunday to focus on the issue of modern slavery / human trafficking. Participating in Freedom Sunday may involve a special prayer emphasis, an entire service dedicated to the issue, or many other possibilities. The goals are to: Raise Awareness about the problem of […]

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Liberia – The Impact of a Pastor’s Training

The Free Methodist work in Liberia started in 1998. Like most kingdom efforts over time there have been ups and downs, but one of the most transformative periods of the Free Methodist work occurred when we had missionaries in Liberia who brought training to pastors. When trained, some pastors took that same teaching to other […]

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God Positioning His People

by Brad Button and David Yardy The migration of peoples is a global phenomenon taking place in Asia, Latin America, Africa, North America and Europe. It is a reality right next door to us. For the privileged, moving is a choice. For the harassed and vulnerable, relocation is forced on them. For some, moving to […]

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“You Became My Pastor”

Interview with Darrell Fiddermon by Paula J. Gillespie “You became our pastor when you gave me a turkey,” – it might be unusual for an IT guy to hear such a statement, but it was a comment bi-vocational pastor Darrell Fiddermon welcomed. (Darrell represents a growing number of bi-vocational pastors.) Darrell’s being bi-vocation was unplanned, […]

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Togo – Ministry Expands with Partners

When a vision is felt, when it is deep in leaders’ hearts, you may watch as leaders encounter one challenge, hardship, barrier and suffering period after another. Despite the challenges, these leaders keep going. When there is a question of whether partners will emerge, these visionaries believe: “This vision must be achieved, whether or not […]

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2013 Missionary Memorials

Free Methodist World Missions honors the memory of these missionaries whose lives have been used of God to touch the lives of countless others. Elizabeth Reynolds Canon June 20, 1916 – October 9, 2013 Elizabeth Reynolds served in Latin America for 35 years. Her service began in Paraguay in April 1950 in Asuncion. Betty was […]

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Transition to Colombia

The Gómez family is ready to go. Bags are packed, airline tickets purchased and final approval given. On December 27 Ricardo, Beth, Juliana and Jonathan Gómez will leave the U.S. to make Medellín, Colombia’s second largest city, their new home. Ricardo, who was born in Colombia, will be returning to his homeland. What comes to your […]

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New Oversight Structure in Europe

From David Roller, for the Board of Bishops On behalf of the Board of Bishops, as an outworking of an ecclesiology that places mission (the missio dei) at the heart of the church, I’m pleased to announce a new oversight structure for the European Area. We have created two regions in Europe; dividing the oversight responsibilities […]

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IF Resources | December 2013 – Giving

Video and stories focusing on Giving Joy Abounding by Jim Wilson, Philippines Have you ever driven a convertible? In the summer of 2012, a pastor loaned us his convertible for three months. Every time I put the top down, I felt joy as my wife, Deb, and I cruised along. Just prior to my experience […]

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