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:

Cary Clifton’s Perspective (SALT – Systematic Asian Leadership Training)

“Being a student (even part time) after all these years is a trip! …I have been pleasantly surprised to find I have been drawn to it. This is largely because I am actually learning stuff! Four things I have learned so far:

  1. Repetition and memorization methods get bad PR. [But…] the fact is that our brains develop deep memories when the same neural pathways are fired repeatedly (repetition!). And memorization can be a vital tool when not used as a terminus; but as a springboard toward other activities such as meditation and application
  2. Theological education needs a revamp. It is ironic considering how quickly and uncritically the Chinese church is running toward traditional Western approaches to train their pastors. This is happening [while some are] calling for a re-think on how pastoral and theological training is done in the West.
  3. Storytelling is good, but not all stories are equal. Research suggests stories must have the right ingredients to be memorable and impactful. Storytelling seems to be critical, but it is only one part of a proper educational framework in missions.
  4. I have a long way to go! …I am now recognizing all there is that I need to learn, whether it be from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, the orality movement, or storytelling for business.
Please pray for me as I launch out into the deep end of this pool, so that I may know the best way to take what I really need, weaponize it for the Kingdom, and throw the rest away.”

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).

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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