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:

Ryan and Kelly Saurers – Honduras

This past month for us brought school to an end down here, both in the bilingual school where we have been teaching Bible classes, and in the night school program where we are helping to teach teens from the city and from two orphanages. One major blessing is seeing students willing to give their time to share the Gospel with us at the rec center. Even with school done for the year, they still come eagerly to serve. (Pretty awesome, considering most teenagers would sit at home and do nothing on their school breaks!) Please pray that their fire continues on into next year and we see more of their classmates seeking after God and bringing others to know Him.

We have also seen kids, teens, and young adults who come to the rec center show a desire to serve and engage in Bible study. It’s here where we study the Word together, encourage one another, and discuss how we can better share the Gospel with our families, people at Enlaces or in the market, or wherever! Some are new believers learning what it means to follow Jesus. As we share, and you pray, God is hearing and moving!

We are reflecting and seeing clearly the purpose God has for us at Enlaces: discipleship. And we pray that during the busyness in all of our lives that we are able to reflect on the true reasons for this season and take every opportunity we are given to look to God.

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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