go into all the world...

First Mennonite Church supports missions and missionaries all over the world. Currently, we have missionaries in areas of the world that are sensitive. For their safety and security, we cannot list their names and the places they serve.

missions festival

The annual Mission Festival is held during November.   With mission speakers from all over the world, Children’s Mission Festival, and many displays, we are challenged to continue our support of missions.

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THEME VERSE: "When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4



  • Sunday, November 6 - Morning & Evening Service – Richard Mendola
  • Wednesday, November 9 - Evening Service - 7:00 – Brian & Noelia Fox
  • Thursday, November 10 - Coffee Break at Swiss Village 10:00 am - Roberta Maxwell
  • Sunday, November 13 - Sunday School, Morning & Evening Service – Pam Arland


  • Richard Mendola

    Richard Mendola is the CEO of International Friendships, INC. (IFI), a ministry to international students, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with ministries on over 40 campuses. He is the founding pastor of All Nations Christian Fellowship Church, a multicultural church near the Ohio State University campus, and the Love of God Christian Fellowship. An author, evangelist, and church planter, Rich likes to be known as "A child of the Heavenly Father."

  • roberta maxwell

    Roberta grew up in our church as a missionary kid, and went on to be a missionary wife, mother, and international teacher.  After shifting ministries from education to caring for girls at a shelter in Manila, Roberta's passion transferred to direct care for victims of child sexual abuse. She currently works at The Demand Project in Northwest Arkansas, restoring and empowering underage survivors of human trafficking, online enticement, and commercial sexual exploitation.

  • Brian & Noelia Fox

    Brian (a son of our congregation) and Noelia Fox, along with their three daughters, have worked with the Mennonite Church in Burgos, Spain for the past 16 years.  After several years of working with youth in both the church and the community, they have taken on new roles and will soon begin a new adventure when Brian begins working part-time as an assistant pastor to their congregtion, starting in January. They also serve in the Mennonite and Anabaptist Network in Spain. 

  • Pam arland

    When Dr. Pam Arland was young, she decided she wanted to be a missionary.  Only missionaries change both the outside and the inside of people.  Pam is now a member of the International Leadership Team for All Nations International. She currently spends much of each year on the road training people in Perspective courses and other ministries. Best known as the Stick Figure Lady, Pam pioneered a method of using stick figures to help people learn the Bible and share the Good News of Jesus.   

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Help reach our goal!

The Mission Festival goal for 2022 is $225,000.  Your donation on this page  will go entirely toward Mission Festival 2022!

our backyard

Opportunities exist to join in missions and outreach without even leaving the Berne area. We support a number of more local ministries and encourage one another to become involved, sharing Christ's love in tangible ways with those in need.