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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Update from the Philippines

Philippines and Vietnam: Continue to pray for recovery efforts following Super Typhoon Haiyan, the storm that has left widespread destruction in central and southern Philippines and parts of Vietnam. The following reports have been received. ICCM: Of 835 sponsored children in the Philippines, only six lived in the worst-hit area. Aid from ICCM has been delivered to the sponsored […]

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Giving Tuesday

The Latin America Area has joined #GivingTuesday. This is a first of its kind effort to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the holiday giving season by harnessing the collective power of a unique blend of partners–charities, families, businesses and individuals. Coinciding with the post-Thanksgiving kickoff of the holiday shopping season, […]

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Business as Mission

BY JACOB GRADY In the past 15 to 20 years, many mission organizations have begun to focus on business creation as a means for sharing the gospel, as well as meeting physical needs. “Business as mission” (BAM) has many faces and models. At the heart of BAM is the simple, biblical concept of living out […]

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Syrian Refugees Flood Bulgaria

‘Syria has become the great tragedy of this century,’ Antonio Guterres, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, said in a statement, describing the situation in the country as ‘a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history.  The only solace,’ he said, ‘is the humanity shown by the neighbouring countries in welcoming and […]

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IF Resources | November 2013 – VISA Ministries

Video and stories focusing on VISA Ministries If You Say “Yes”! by Darin Land, VISA Associate, Philippines My wife, Jill, and I joined a mission team from Kamuning FMC (Philippines) to minister to retired elders of the Philippine General Conference. These retired men and women were among the first converts to Christ through the pioneering […]

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