The Freedom Bulletin

A Freedom Fellowships Newsletter
April 2023
Book of the Month: Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers
By Dane Ortlund, Review by Dar McCallum I am so grateful for Dane Ortlund’s book, “Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers.” As someone who grew up in a somewhat legalistic church, coupled with a personality that leans toward...
Written by Darlene McCallum
Independence Village: A Ministry of Hope, Dignity and Purpose
About five years ago, Richard Hunter saw the need to minister to the seniors at Independence Village in Aurora, Ohio, where he works as a maintenance supervisor. His burden was to bring hope, dignity and a purpose to the seniors living there who ofte...
Written by Kaitlyn Farrance
Revival at Asbury
On Feb. 17, three friends and I made a trip to visit Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. Now why would we do this? If you weren't aware, news was circulating that a religious revival was breaking out at Asbury University, a private Christian coll...
Written by Calvin Muller
Shake It Up! College Sphere Changes Schedule to Focus on Growth
With the new year came a change in how the Freedom Fellowships College Sphere approached its Central Teaching (CT) meetings. Instead of meeting in the Study Center on Saturday evenings along with the Young Adult and Family Spheres, the College Sphere...
Written by Kaitlyn Farrance
The Radical Call of Discipleship
Summary of the 2023 Fiscal Support Team (FST) Retreat teaching by Kyle McCallum, edited by Alex Herbers. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8. Our church is changing, but change isn't new. The fellowship God has bu...
Written by Alex Herbers
December 2022
Freedom Fellowships: 2022 in Review
2022 was an eventful year for Freedom Fellowships. Let’s take time to praise God for the wonderful blessings and answered prayers! Here are some of the amazing things people in our fellowships have been able to experience with God’s power: FST: Pl...
Written by Elli Rozler
Less is More
When you fly halfway around the world, only to find that your bags are still in Chicago, you go through some things: denial, anger, bargaining (United customer service: I’m looking at you), depression and finally, acceptance. OK, it’s not that seriou...
Written by Heidi Muller
Mapping God's Work
Isaiah 49:6 – The LORD says, “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the ea...
Written by Todd M. Muller
Saved Podcast Review
“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” - Revelation 12:11 We humans are story-driven people. Underdog stories, redemption sto...
Written by Megan Smalley
May 2022
"An Ever-Present Help In Trouble."
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9, NASB “We can live forever if you’ve got the time.” My Chemical...
Written by Alex Herbers
Book of the Month: The Men We Need by Brant Hansen
I'm a big fan of Brant Hansen books. I consider his book “Blessed are the Misfits” a modern classic and “This is Us” isn’t too bad either. Then I heard he was releasing his new book and I knew I had to get my hands on it. Fortunately, it did not disa...
Written by Kyle McCallum
It's Happening: We Hired Adam
Staff isn’t something we have much of here at Freedom Fellowships, so it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to hire a much needed Associate Pastor to serve and minister to the needs within Freedom Fellowship. Welcome, Adam Esterle! The leadership team...
Written by Elli Rozler
Summer Is for Playgrounds
The Study Center has provided Freedom Fellowships with many blessings. During the pandemic, the parking lot served as an impromptu spot to host Central Teaching (honks to that)! In the last year, the building has been used for teachings, study, worsh...
Written by Megan Smalley
March 2022
Book of the Month: Church History in Plain Language by Bruce L. Shelley
If you are looking for a well-written and easy to digest overview of church history, Church History in Plain Language by Bruce L. Shelley is the book for you. From the days of Jesus through the gospel expansion of the early 1900s, this book covers it...
Written by Kyle McCallum
Identity Project Splits! New Groups For a New Age
Contributing authors: Alex Herbers, Kyle McCallum, Ian McCullough, Elli Rozler As many of our Identity Project workers age out of college, the time has come to graduate to the next stage of ministry. Working in the post-college age group has its uni...
Written by Kyle McCallum
Meet Rajakatti
Meet Rajakatti, Freedom Fellowships’ new match for India Gospel League’s (IGL) Adopt-a-Village program. Rajakatti is located in the southern state of Karnataka and has a population of about 2,560 families, which includes five nearby villages. The mai...
Written by Kalie Brooks
The Boredom of Ecstasy & The Ecstasy of Boredom
"...Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." - Philippians 4:8b, NLT "A man will lie for a hundred years In a bed of reliable gears...
Written by Alex Herbers
December 2021
Book of the Month: The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch
Have you thought about what screen time is doing to you or your kids? In today's digital world we are surrounded by technology and endless instant entertainment that can rob us and our families of opportunities to relate. In his book "The Tech-Wise F...
Written by Kyle McCallum
Reaching Out With Restoration
Dozens of members of Freedom Fellowships have volunteered annually at the Joni & Friends camps that serve families affected by disability by providing them with a week of rest. Many people who volunteer at Joni & Friends return with a conviction to s...
Written by Megan Smalley
Revamped & Ready for the Next Generation
An important part of God's plan throughout the Bible involves passing on the things of God to the next generation. Which is why Freedom Fellowships is pleased to see the ministry for our kids, Oasis, revamped and ready to serve the little children be...
Written by Elli Rozler
The Unexcogitable Christmas
What a silly word "unexcogitable" is. It means "not capable of being thought out or contrived." (It's almost self-defining that way.) However, if Christmas really is the celebration of God’s coming to earth in the form of a human infant, then “unexc...
Written by Alex Herbers
November 2021
Book of the Month: Playing with Fire: A Modern Investigation into Demons, Exorcism, and Ghosts
Spooktober is over, but if you’re still looking for a scary book that will keep you up at night, look no further than “Playing with Fire” by Billy Hallowell. Hallowell is a Christian journalist who brings his skeptical eye to bear on the topic of dem...
Written by Kyle McCallum
Elders Attend Amplify Outreach Conference
On October 19, the elders headed over to Wheaton, Ill to attend the 2021 Amplify Outreach Conference hosted at Wheaton College, the same college attended by the late great Billy Graham. The focus of the conference was evangelism in a post-Covid world...
Written by Kyle McCallum
The Summer of the Parking Lot
Pulling into 500 VFW parkway, Kent on a Saturday night this summer you would’ve discovered a packed-out parking lot, like a smaller version of Cleveland’s Muni Lot before kickoff. That’s what it felt like. People parked around a podium with trunks o...
Written by Elli Rozler