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:

Happy New Year from SALT (Systematic Asian Leadership Training)

The year 2018 will bring many changes at SALT with staff relocations and new government regulations; but they are trusting that God will continue to lead and guide their mission to assist the church in Asia by equipping leaders to train others.

More than 50 students recently attended a training of the newly revised course, Resolving Spiritual Conflicts. Praise God for positive feedback, which brings encouragement in this new year! What follows is one sample of the feedback:

This course has been very beneficial. I see my limitations and inadequacies more clearly. My service in church is almost non-stop with long working hours every day. As a result, I am exhausted and do not have time to pray. I am not serving God; I am only working like ordinary people. The lessons in this course have inspired me to pursue relationship with God. I must learn to reduce some of my duties in order to have more time for intimacy with Him. Pray that I will read the Bible more, be more alert to spiritual things, and understand God more fully.

Cary and Reny Clifton (who receive financial and prayer support from Canton First Friends) are excited to share a strategic change in Cary’s role with SALT effective January 2018 – as Senior Researcher. Stay tuned for more details in a future bulletin column about what Cary will be doing.

Get Involved:

Women’s Medical Clinic Mission Trip to Barahona, Dominican Republic

April 14-21, 2018

This outreach will be a women’s clinic and therefore is open to women only. Nurses and medical professionals are needed for this outreach. Team size is limited and applications will be accepted only until Jan. 3, 2018. Informational packets and applications will be distributed at the meeting and are also available from Pastor Scott Calhoun, Missions Pastor, or Theresa Maxin, Director of Women’s Ministry and Connect Groups.

For questions, contact Lois Ferrel, Team Leader (330-280-2502) or Theresa Maxin 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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