‘Foster care is not for the faint of heart’

‘Foster care is not for the faint of heart’

What does it take to parent children who have been in the foster system? Tears. Prayers. A support system. Patience. And a new level of trust in God. We spoke with two First Free couples who have been foster parents and who have adopted children they had been...
‘A window of opportunity’

‘A window of opportunity’

Paul and Diane Geddes never really imagined themselves as snowbirds. Now that they’re both retired, though, you won’t find them in Illinois during the dead of winter. The past three winters, they’ve used the month of January to head south—not to beaches or golf...
A legacy of mission

A legacy of mission

Don Oleson was still principal of Rockford East High School when First Free sent its first mission team to Czechoslovakia in 1992. He watched with interest and thought, I could do something like that after retiring. But he had no plans to retire any time soon. God has...
Step by step

Step by step

John and Linda Brennan’s stories – separately, then together – could fill several books. Both are Southern California natives. Both suffered broken marriages – John two, Linda one. Both of their lives were once derailed by addictions—John’s by his own drug use and...