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19th FCF International Conference


DSC_5736FCFI Board Vice President, Todd Brace, from East Canton, Ohio, spoke Saturday morning and evening at the FCF International Conference, July 27-29th, in Branson, Misssouri, thanking the members on behalf of the FCFI Board of Directors for their leadership, prayers, and financial support of the ministry.  He also emphasized the theme of the Conference, Matthew 25:34-40, “……..As you did it to one of the least of these you did it to me…..” to challenge all to be involved in our local communities to help meet the needs of people around us.


Steve and Janis Miller, Paris, Missouri, with their music ministry “Praises to Him,” lead the singing at each session of the 19th FCF International Conference.  Steve and Janis have participated in many FCFI Mexico and South Texas Mission trips over the past 19 years.  This year they brought four of their grand children to Branson.DSC_5742

Jim and Susan Wish, Bellefontaine, Ohio, announced that the 2013 FCF International Conference will be in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Creation Museum, in nearby Petersburg, Kentucky, will be a major attraction for families attending next year’s Conference, August 2-4, 2013.  You are invited to come to Cincinnati!




The Sons of the Silver Dollar performed a concert Saturday night at the 19th FCF International Conference.  The group sings regularly at the Silver Dollar City attraction in Branson.DSC_6010

Mike and Betty Morris, Moundville, Missouri, lead the Children’s Evangelistic Ministries, specializing in equipping people with clever ways to share the gospel message.  Mike and Betty are holding a soccer ball made with the colors of the wordless book.  Mike Morris was a pioneer in the development of the wordless walking stick in 1997-1998.  Mike and Betty can be contacted by visiting their website


Troy Meeder, “Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch” Bend, Oregon, served as keynote speaker and work shop leader at the 19th FCF International Conference.  Troy challenged all at the Conference that time is short and that we need to live our lives in such a way as the Lord leads, to be “All In” to serve the Lord and have an impact in our families and communities. Troy can be reached at

DSC_5781Good food in a family friendly setting is a priority for FCFI Conferences.  Tom and Rachelle Fitschen and their two daughters, Abigail and Alivia, enjoy a meal at the 19th FCF International Conference.  It is a goal of the FCFI Board of Directors and Ohio Conference Committee to have many young families attend the 20th FCF Conference, Aug 2-4, 2013 in Cincinnati.


FCFI Executive Director, Dennis Schlagel, is shown leading a prayer for Ken and Sheila Ortman during Sheila’s work shop at the 19th FCF International Conference.  The Ortmans lead Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch in Lampe, Missouri.  FCFI members have traveled to the LUC Boys Ranch on mission trips to work on projects to further develop this working farm’s ministry to troubled boys.  You may reach Ken and Sheila at

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