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:
Prayer Requests from Ken & Kathy Keyes – Wycliffe Bible Translators

  • The prospect of Ken continuing to work remotely for Eurasia isn’t feasible at this time from the overseas administration’s view. This is disappointing to Keyes, but not a surprise to God! They’re not exactly sure what is ahead, but they are still committed to seeing God’s Word reach those who haven’t heard. Pray that God’s leading is apparent as they work with Wycliffe departments to see what possibilities are God’s best plan for them. While they were waiting on the administrative decision concerning whether Ken could continue to work remotely for Eurasia, he had been going over language data, doing analysis, and maintaining contacts and relationships with local speakers. He also uploaded a rough draft of a local language dictionary with audio recordings to the internet. When one Eurasian man tried it, he responded, “Wow! This sounds as if I was standing right next to the people!”
  • Kathy who will be taking on the role of “Eurasia Ministry Budget Specialist.” It will be part-time and do-able from Dallas. She’s also enjoying the opportunity to help with small logistics tasks at the International Linguistics Center (ILC) from time-to-time.


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).

Barahona, Dominican Republic

September 22-29, 2018 ( medical and prayer teams)
November 3-10, 2018 (construction, discipleship, evangelism, and possibly medical teams)

Team sizes for these two trips are limited and applications will be accepted only until April 15. Informational packets and applications will be distributed at the informational meeting on April 8th or you can pick one up at either Welcome Center.

For questions, contact Lois Ferrel, Team Leader (330-280-2502) or Roger Foote at FFC (330-966-2800).

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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