Serving War-Weary People

Serving War-Weary People

When your loved ones need help, you go. For First Free missionaries Jim and Sandy Bellair, the war in Ukraine has been of particular concern because they lived there for four years in the late 1990s, and still have close friends there. They’ve returned often over the...
Global Ministry, Local Venue

Global Ministry, Local Venue

“I was a stranger and you invited me in.”Jesus to his disciples (Matthew 25:35b) Looking for a chance to meet and minister to people from other cultures? First Free Rockford hosts English as a Second Language (ESL) classes on Saturday mornings throughout the year, and...
Seven Stories, One Redeemer

Seven Stories, One Redeemer

On Thursday, Sept. 15, at Klehm Arboretum, Rockford Rescue Mission’s Women of Hope event celebrates the lives and stories of seven brave women as told in the powerful new book, The Other Side of Hope: From Dark Valleys to Wholeness. First Free Rockford’s Jim...
Cut, Sew, Rip & Roll

Cut, Sew, Rip & Roll

Up until about a generation ago, the Evangelical Free Church of America included the Women’s Missionary Society, which supported women who served as home or overseas missionaries, or as traveling evangelists. Under that umbrella, EFCA churches would then create...
Time to build a house

Time to build a house

First Free’s Habitat for Humanity team is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s house build. A free, informational breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. this Saturday in Fellowship Hall, and there’s still time to register. Habitat for Humanity is an international...
Slovakia serves Ukrainian refugees

Slovakia serves Ukrainian refugees

Slovakia shares 60 miles of border with Ukraine, meaning it has been a first stop for more than 200,000 refugees since the Russian invasion. As a first wave of refugees has moved through, a second wave is arriving … with little idea where to go next. These include...