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Looking to “Electrify” Rural Africa

April 17, 2013


By David Ettinger At one time in his life, First Orlando member Jim Dotson was all about music, sound and recording. Now, he’s seeking something a little more electrifying — both spiritually and practically. Caption: This dramatic satellite photo shows how saturated Europe is with electricity, but how lacking Africa is. Jim is the founder […]

Reaching Muslims, Hindus in Indonesia

April 13, 2013


By David Ettinger From the age of 16, First Orlando member Barbara Bush knew that the Islamic/Hindu nation of Indonesia was in her future. “It was at that age that I felt the Lord calling me to go to Bali,” she said, referring to the diverse island of more than 3 million people. Caption: Harry […]

Two Decades in the Philippines

April 12, 2013


By David Ettinger At just about 6-foot-tall, First Orlando member Ella Crockett has definitely stuck out during her 20-year missionary stint in the Philippines. “The people are generally short over there, and they weren’t used to seeing a woman my height,” she said. “I would have people coming up behind me trying to measure me […]

Seven Years in Mongolia

April 9, 2013


By David Ettinger To the question, “How do you say good-bye to a place you have given your life to for seven years?” The answer is, “With great difficulty.” Caption: Penny Fairo during her years in Mongolia. Such is the case for First Baptist Orlando missionary Penny Fairo, who faithfully served the people of Mongolia […]

Assignment Iran: Reaching Persians For Christ

April 8, 2013


By David Ettinger For First Orlando’s Vince Manna, ministry is a worldwide endeavor. That’s why he serves with equal passion in his neighborhood as well as 6,500 miles away in Armenia. “I’ve been doing this for several years and I love it,” he said. “This” is Vince’s ministry to the Persian people. When you hear […]

Film Brings Thousands to Faith in Malawi

April 3, 2013


By David Ettinger Caption: Sandy Mahone shares a moment with some Malawian women. When First Orlando members Bob and Sandy Mahone, along with fellow member Barbara Jordan, were looking for a part of the world to help reach, Malawi was a natural fit. “The three of us, as well as a couple from Iowa [Ernie […]

Worship Leader Serves Our Troops

April 1, 2013


By David Ettinger For Doug Pierce, it started off as a “gig” — a spiritual one, yet a gig nonetheless — but has turned into a major missionary outreach to American troops stationed in Germany. “Back in 1996, when I was 23, a friend of mine was part of an internship program in Germany for […]

Salvations Abound In Brazil

May 4, 2010


By David Ettinger Caption: David McLean with Tiago. You could say that First Orlando member David McLean has “Mission Trip Fever.” After all he’s been on 11 mission trips in three years. His impressive resumé includes Canada, China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burundi and Kenya. David’s latest venture was First Orlando’s July 27-August 4, 2009 outreach […]