Northern Lights Missionary Outreach was founded by Pastor Fred Soyring under the direction of the Holy Spirit in 1977. That year the congregation met, under the name of Richwood Village Church, in a small church building in Richwood, Minnesota. Two years later, the congregation outgrew the small church and purchased the school building across the street. Three additions were gradually added over the next years to accommodate the growing congregation.
In 1979, Pastor Fred visited the Blue Mountain Christian Retreat Camp in Pennsylvania. While on his knees in the prayer tower, God gave him a vision. The vision gave direction for the congregation at Northern Lights and the words that accompanied the vision became the mission statement of the church. (Matthew 5:14-16, Mark 16:15) The vision was of a branch stretched out like the fingers on a man’s hand. The branch stretched across Northern Minnesota. The words accompanying the vision were:
Where there is a bright light, we will blend with it.
Where there is a dim light, we will add to it.
Where there is no light, we will start a light.
Pastor Fred came out of the prayer tower knowing the church’s mission was to be a light in this world, to help and add to other church bodies who had the same mission, and to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all. The emphasis of our mission field would be in Northern Minnesota. At this time, the name of the Richwood Village Church was changed to the corporate name of Northern Lights Missionary Outreach.
In 1981, land became available ½ mile east of Richwood and the congregation took a step of faith and purchased it for a new building. There was no doubt in Pastor Fred’s mind that this was to be the site for the new building because in 1972, while driving past this land, he heard in his spirit the words, “This is where you will give up your life.” (This was the Holy Spirit speaking to him regarding things to come in his life. He did indeed ‘give up his life’ as he ministered on this spot as Senior Pastor of the church for 21 years until he went home to be with the Lord on March 27, 2003.)
In 1982, money was raised during a tent meeting on the grounds for the new building. The footings were started and the new building was under way. The 13,300 square foot building was erected with all volunteer labor and was financed with tithes and offerings. At this time the new building and assembly was called Northern Lights Tabernacle.
In January of 2012 the building and assembly was renamed Northern Lights Freedom and Life which it is today. The building was built to be an outreach center for the work in Northern Minnesota. Many ministries have had their start here. They have gone on to preach the gospel not only in Northern Minnesota but to the uttermost parts of the earth. At this time, the corporation of Northern Lights Missionary Outreach and Northern Lights Freedom and Life church and the vision of both continues to go forward. Praise the Lord!!!