The vision for Free Methodist Missions is to reach the world for Christ with passion for one and compassion for all.
The goals are:
1) Evangelize, plant churches and make disciples for Christ
2) Train leaders who will evangelize, plant churches and make disciples for Christ
3) Develop indigenous, self-supporting, self-sufficient, missionary-sending churches
4) Give priority to funding ministries that are on the “growing edge”
5) Link together Free Methodist World Missions, field personnel and national leaders through a global communications network
6) Address educational, physical and spiritual needs of hurting people through compassion ministries
Annually, our church sets a goal for supporting the work of World Missions. Every Sunday, we pray for specific ministries. Throughout the year we offer special emphases highlighting our mission fields. On Thanksgiving Sunday, we welcome a missionary or missions project in all of our services. We as a local church support missionaries in Africa, India, Asia, Madagascar, and Latin America.
We also offer opportunities for people of the congregation to sponsor children throughout the world. International Child Care Ministries of the Free Methodist church supports these children with education, clothes, food and medical care. (Phone: 1-800-342-5531 or www.childcareministries.org)
Our Global Missionaries
Wayne and Vicki Galler
Wayne and Vicki Galler are longtime members of our church who serve with “A Touch of Love” Foundation in India and partner with the Free Methodist church. With the goal of developing sustainable village development, “A Touch of Love” is committed to working with local leaders, employing local workers, and supporting the local economy in their work.
While the foundation has projects around the world, their work in South India includes an orphanage originally started after the 2004 tsunami and partnering with the Free Methodist Church. The home provides food, medical care, and clothes. Their teachers and tutors give children the education they need to succeed. Since its beginning, the home has seen children go on to become college graduates and to work in engineering, nursing, and business. www.atouchoflove.org
Dennis, Kyle, Elias, Selah, Cyrus, and Lucas Leon
Kyle Leon grew up in our church in Santa Barbara. She married Dennis, a Costa Rica native, and the two have committed to church planting in his home country. Pura Vida Church, which encompasses their initiatives, has a mission to “plant biblical and culturally relevant churches in the coastal communities of Costa Rica and beyond.” They aim to communicate the Gospel message in “simple, practical and tangible” ways, and do so through preaching, worship services, sustainable gardens, counseling, job training, medical assistance, tutoring, and more. www.puravidachurch.com
Delia and Paul Nuesch-Olver
Free Methodist World Missions describes the work of Paul and Delia Nüesch-Olver, whom we support in Latin America: “Dr. Delia Nüesch-Olver serves as Area Director for Latin America, overseeing the Free Methodist Church in thirteen countries. She coaches and supervises North American missionaries and national leaders to fuel and sustain a biblical movement to reach Latin Americans for Christ, with priority on empowering leaders, planting churches in strategic cities and developing sustainable systems. Dr. Paul Olver, Delia’s husband, works to develop a team and a system to multiply leaders and prepare people for ordination.” www.fmcusa.org
Marco, Talitha, Deandra, and Maya Ulloa
Over the past four years, our family has developed projects in California, Costa Rica and Ecuador, working side by side with less fortunate communities growing and giving away organic fruits and vegetables. Vida Raiz Farmworks will be starting a new phase of their agricultural project in Costa Rica, working with at risk young adults. Our sending agency, Communitas International, is a non-profit organization that will help provide oversight and accountability. Visit our website to view videos and photos from our various projects at www.VidaRaiz.com.
Jamie, Alissa, Isabella, Eliana, and Gavin Shattenberg
Alissa Shattenberg is another missionary of ours who grew up here in Santa Barbara. We’ve been overjoyed to watch her journey as she met and married Jamie, who was born and raised in Madagascar, and as their family grew to include Isabella, Eliana, and Gavin.
The Shattenberg’s describe Red Island Restoration as “a response to God’s leading in our lives to see Madagascar restored in Health, Forests and Hope in Christ.” Through Eden reforestation projects (in partnership with the Free Methodist Church) and Sarobidy Maternity Center, Red Island Restoration helps create sustainable jobs and provides safety and training for mothers and children. www.redislandrestoration.com
Keith, Julie, Josiah, Caleb, and Hannah
Keith and Julie are our cross-cultural workers in Asia. They serve in a creative access country, equipping leaders and caring for God’s people there since 1995. Please contact the office to get their newsletters
Support and Deployment Process for FMCSB Missionaries and Projects
Throughout the scriptures, we are invited to be a people who tell the story of Christ's love through our words, our attitudes, and our actions. We are called to do this in our own homes, our communities, our country, and around the world.
Perhaps you are considering a more intentional or formal opportunity. Is God inviting you to consider a mission in the United States or around the world? Check out the process below!
- Complete the application (above) including the sending agency, purpose, dates, budget, and expected funding sources. Short term and long term opportunity proposals are welcome.
- Contact Pastor Doug (firstname.lastname@example.org) and set up an interview to discuss the application.
- Meet with the Mission Leadership team to further discuss the application.
- If the application is approved, the Leadership team will establish the level of funding in the context of other missionaries and projects presently being supported through the generous giving of the congregation. The team will work out an appropriate funding timetable with the candidate/project.
- The Following will be considered in the approval process:
a. Priority given to missionaries who are members of our church family.
b. The person being sent by a reputable and accountable sending organization.
c. The financial proposal includes a wide and sustainable net of financial support.
For more information, contact Pastor Doug, email@example.com or 805-965-1338 x224.