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:

Jacob and Jaya Beera – Hope Ministries International (HMI)

The man who has been building the last of the bunk beds (paid for by Canton First Friends Project 51-2016 offering) is a Hindu with whom Jacob as shared the Gospel. Although not a believer yet, the man brought his niece, who has had many miscarriages, to Jacob for prayer. She conceived again and carried the baby full term. As a result she gave her life to Jesus! Pray that the rest of her family, including her uncle, will turn from Hinduism to the Truth of Christ!

In addition, please pray for wisdom and resources for a pre-school project. There is already a kindergarten in place and HMI is hoping to build a place to house them in a location near the HMI school – but not too near because 60-70 (and more on the way) kindergartners can be very noisy! A room for the preschoolers would be built adjacent to the kindergarten building. The most important reason for the preschool is to give HMI more time to teach them Bible stories and give them opportunities to hear and see the love of Jesus through the teachers who work with them. Also, it will allow for an easier transition into the kindergarten program where they will continue learning about God and developing academically.


Get Involved:

Holy Land 2017

November 28th – December 7th, 2017

“I’m excited to offer this “once in a lifetime” opportunity to come with us to the Holy Land and explore Israel firsthand. As I have read through the Bible this past year, I have longed to see with my own eyes the places about which I have read. It has been said that after you experience the Holy Land, you will never read the Bible the same; it comes alive! I’m looking forward to that reality in my own life!! I invite you to come with us and experience it for yourselves.”
-Stan Hinshaw, Trip Leader

For questions, call the church at 330.966.2800

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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


Date: Tuesdays ( May 2, June 13, July 11, and Aug 8)
Time: 10:00 am
Location: L-6

Description: Attention Ladies – Mark your summer calendars now! The Women’s Missionary Fellowship will begin meeting this summer.


Gail Wallace

Administrative Assistant for Children's Ministry and Missions


Ext. 229

Scott Calhoun

Pastor of High School Youth and Missions


Ext. 223