At First Friends we directly support career missionaries locally, nationally, stateside support for international organizations, and internationally through our tithes and offerings. We support missionaries through our denomination alongside other churches in the Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region through our giving to the Great Commission Budget.

We pray for the missionaries and organizations we support.

We go on mission trips to serve and spread the gospel in person.

FMFeatured Missionary:

Abe and Diane Bible – Ukraine

Abe felt very encouraged about the church planters after one of the recent meetings. Through their
efforts about 35 people received the Lord over the holiday season. The church planters are faithful in
their efforts even though it is hard for them to ask people to actually make a decision. But they pray
with people on the street, on the telephone, wherever they are, as well as praying that God will lead
them to people who are ready.

Diane was grateful that the Lord gave her an entire week to concentrate on the preparation of New
Testament Survey 2 for formatting into individual lessons. There are 12 lessons and she was hoping to get 6 of them done. She and Abe set up a schedule of rising at 6 and blocked out everything else except some exercise and outings for sanity. Incredibly she was able to do all of the lessons as well as the introduction and course guide changes! So now they can be changed in Russian, and the Ukrainian translation can begin without having to go back and be edited again! The hope is that in breaking some of the courses down into individual lessons people will be encouraged to study. Commitment in this day and age is…hard to come by. The other joy is to translate it into Ukrainian. This and Committed Christian Life are the only ones that are also in Ukrainian which is a deeper need as younger Ukrainians know very little Russian.

Get Involved:

Barahona, Dominican Republic

October 19-26, 2019 ( Women’s medical and prayer teams)

Now taking applications and $250 deposit. Due by January 14, 2019. Once a month training will begin in February after the team is established.

For more information, contact Theresa Maxin at 330-966-2800 or tmaxin@firstfriends.org

Holy Land 2019

March 22-31, 2019

Are you interested in traveling to the Holy Land? Pricing starting at $3496, with discounts for early registration. Brochures available at both Welcome Centers.

For more information or questions, contact Paul Johnston, at FFC (330-966-2800).

Youth Mission Trips

Our Middle School students and High School students have the opportunity to participate in local service and ministry days at Refuge of Hope and to travel nationally and internationally on summer mission trips. For more information on their trips please see:

High School Youth

Middle School Youth

In order for international mission organizations to be able to function effectively, the international missionaries need support staff in the U.S. who will oversee recruiting, administrative needs, logistics, and the pre-field and ongoing training.

M. & S. A. work to recruit, train, and support missionaries in closed countries for People International

Glen Osborne is the director of China Outreach Ministries

Lynda Gravier works for Heaven Sent Ministries coordinating their emergency food packaging projects, and overseeing their volunteers

Dave and Susan living in Orlando and serving on the Global Strategy Team with The Jesus Film Project.

Ming and Mako NagasawaIntervarsity Christian Fellowship

Tom YoungCampus Crusade For Christ


Africa and the Middle East
David and Debby Thomas
GLLT (Great Lakes Leadership Training)
H. & W. B.

Jacob and Jaya Beera – Hope Ministries, International

Asia  – All these missionaries work in hostile, closed countries, and for their safety and the safety of local believers we cannot identify them online. For more information please see the mission books in the Coffee Commons at First Friends.
J. & A. J.
K. & K. K.
M. & V. K.
S. K.
S.A.L.T.  (Systematic Asian Leadership Training) and C.C.

Mexico, Central, and South America
Nishe Rothschild – Guatemala

Caribbean – The Dominican Republic
Grace and Peace Missionary Fellowship 

Russia and Ukraine
Abe and Diane Bible

We participate in the sharing the truth of the Gospel and the completion of the Great Commission through the work of our denominational missionaries:

Evangelical Friends Eastern Region

Evangelical Friends Missions



Gail Wallace

Administrative Assistant for Children's Ministry and Missions


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Scott Calhoun

Pastor of High School Youth and Missions


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