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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Connecting with God’s Heart for the World

BRAD BUTTON FMWM Missions Mobilizer At General Conference 2007, I came to a fork in the road on my faith journey. Indian Bishop John Gollapalli spoke, reminding us of God’s collective call to all the nations and encouraging us to let our imaginations go free with the help of the Holy Spirit. It was a […]

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Community Church Planting (CCP)

BY SHIRISH AHALEY Asia Pacific FM Missions Association (APFMMA) and leaders from FM South East Asia gathered for the first training in Community Church Planting (CCP) in Bangkok in March 2011. Key resource person Bruce Bennett from One Mission Society (OMS) introduced CCP. Movement: With a phenomenal record of initiating nearly 25,000 new churches in […]

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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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