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Bringing the Gospel to Rural Illinois

When you leave the interstate and drive through rural America, small towns dot the landscape. In most of them, small churches, schools, and grain elevators and silos anchor the town. Behind the Norman Rockwell facade though, small towns in rural America are facing an increase in drug use and poverty. [...]

October 25th, 2018|

Restored Church Launches in November

When God wanted to tell His message of love to the people of Windsor, Colorado, near Fort Collins, He brought together an unlikely group. Glyn and Beckey Knight, originally from the U.K., met a small, church, located in a predominantly Hispanic community, that wanted to sponsor a new church in their [...]

October 18th, 2018|

Fort Wayne Area Families Host Basque Students

“Kaixo!”  means, “Hello,” in the Basque language. Last June, six families in the Fort Wayne area said, “Kaixo,” to six Basque students and hosted them in their homes for three weeks through the Kaixo USA program. Through this program and others like it, FEC churches have been hosting Basque students [...]

October 11th, 2018|

Northwoods Church Launches Ministry Training School

When Northwoods Community Church in Peoria, Illinois, began in 1990, they envisioned reaching the 150,000 people in the greater Peoria area who did not attend church. Today, that vision has come to life in the surrounding areas of Galesburg, Chillicothe, Canton, and Princeton. As their outreach continues to grow, so [...]

September 27th, 2018|

FEC Welcomes Neighbors Church in Portland, Maine

“Got faith? Maine the least religious state in the nation.” The Bangor Daily News recently published that story about changing religious views in Maine, citing several polls. FEC leaders and church planters Eric and Mandy Wood believed that Maine was ripe for outreach. At a time when many churches in [...]

September 20th, 2018|

Turning Tragedy into Opportunity in India

In a small Indian village, a woman watches as her husband’s breathing becomes more labored. Knowing that his death is imminent, she sends her daughter for the Hindu priest. As custom demands, he will administer the last rites in a Hindu ceremony, conduct the funeral service, and oversee the body’s [...]

September 13th, 2018|

Sabbatical Renews the Staff & Church

Many pastors feel overworked and overwhelmed by the demands of their church, according to a survey conducted by the Institute of Church Leadership Development (, 2016). The survey also found that most pastors work over 50 hours each week, some reporting up to 75 hours a week. In light of [...]

August 23rd, 2018|

The Oldest and the Newest FEC Churches Link Arms

When Henry Egly, an Amish bishop, left the Amish church, he planted a new church in Berne, Indiana. Since 1866, Berne Evangelical Church (BEC) has remained committed to spreading the gospel by supporting every FEC global initiative and missionary. When the opportunity came to partner with Wave Community Church in [...]

August 16th, 2018|

Salem4Youth Offers a Second Chance

Winston Churchill advised parents who were raising boys to give them a horse. Churchill is famously credited with saying, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Today, Churchill’s words find relevance and application for the young men at Salem4Youth, [...]

August 9th, 2018|

Grimwoods Begin Church Planting by “Taking the next step”

In 2015, Greg Grimwood left his job as a pastor, tired and burned out. He and his wife, Cara, moved their family to Wooster, Ohio, Greg’s hometown. There, he began seeking God, and he discovered the abiding life that Jesus described in John 15. He describes his new understanding as [...]

July 19th, 2018|