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Our global focus is partnering with God’s Church in gospel movements around the world. We need to work together, with all our resources, to see the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission in our time.

First Free supports a number of missionary families who are currently working in the United States and in foreign countries. First Free also supports some missionaries who work in sensitive areas and have chosen not to be listed on our website for security reasons.

Our Missionaries

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David & Patsy Alfors

ReachGlobal (Cameroon)

Church Planting

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Rocky & Rachel Bliss

Global Fingerprints

Information Technology Specialist & Southeast Asia Advocate

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Herb & Debra Bloomquist

Camp Shamineau (Minnesota)

Executive Director

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Dave Boeltl

DB Ministries (Minnesota & Canada)

Hockey ministry, Music Ministry & Ministry to Native People 

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Katie D

Reach Global

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Timothy & Carolyn Dahlin

LATN (Latin American Training Network) with ReachGlobal (Minnesota) 

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Enrique and Becky Fernandez

Latin America Training Network (LATN) (Latin America and the US)

To provide training and teaching to Christian leaders in Latin America and the U. S

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G.P. & Nancy Foote

Cru (Iowa)

College student ministry 

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John & Wendy Gerhardt

Urban Impact Ministries 

Pastor of Castle Rock Community Church & Director of Urban Impact Ministries

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Andy & Lorna Gilbert

ReachGlobal (Japan)

Church Planting 

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Tom & Joy Harriger

Cru High School

International Ministries of Cru High School 

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Dave & Jan Harthan

Wycliffe Bible Translators

Director of Language Program Services for the Americas

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Glenn & Teresa Kenadjian

China Outreach Ministries (Florida)

Evangelism of Chinese students studying in the USA 

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Rick & Becky Mackey

United World Mission (Dominican Republic)

Helping Dominican Christians grow healthy churches  

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John & Lori Robb

International Prayer Council (New Mexico) 

Chairman for the International Prayer Council

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Nubako & Claudine Selenga

ReachAfrica (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Team Leader 

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Jack & Beth Thompson

ReachGlobal (Hungary)

Business Manager & ESL Teacher

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Heidi Tunberg

ReachGlobal (Minnesota)

MK Care Coordinator - College & Career Age


Partner Organizations

Kids Alive

kids-aliveIn 1997 a few adults and youth from First Free traveled to the Dominican Republic to serve with Kids Alive in the town of Jarabacoa in the mountainous central region of the island. Upon our arrival, we found a house full of exuberant children living in a crowded, rented, rustic, wood-framed dwelling; happy to be in the company of a loving household, to be receiving 3 meals a day, attending school and now finding themselves the subject of attention of these visitors from the US. We immediately set out to construct a new group home for them on a piece of property just outside of town, where they would have ample space to grow and play. As we worked side-by-side with the Dominicans, we made many friends. We got a good start on that new group home and then continued to return, year after year to help them expand the ministry. Out of that experience has grown a lasting relationship with the staff at Kids Alive, with local townspeople and of course with the children.

Our work in Jarabacoa was completed several years ago and we’ve moved on to the Kids Alive ministry in the nearby town of Constanza, where they are now expanding their school. On our trips we help with everything from construction to the children’s ministry, and many from First Free also support some of the children financially.


Castle Rock Community Church & Urban Impact Ministries

crcc-logo-centered1Some 22 years ago, our First Free youth pastor then, John Gerhardt with his wife, Wendy, and the first of their 4 children, moved to New Orleans to help a fledgling new Free Church, Castle Rock Community Church, serving the poorest of the poor in that city. That created a relationship that prompted First Free to regularly send teams to serve with Castle Rock, and its partner, Urban Impact Ministries. We do that in any way that we can be helpful. We clean out places, redeem buildings and locations that have been abandoned, love on people, play with kids, and generally do all we can to encourage that effort as well as see changed lives and redeemed people. As John says, "We want to transform our neighborhood into a place where kids can safely rides their bikes."