in business to impact the world.

Businesses have the opportunity to enhance the lives of people they encounter, from co-workers to customers to communities all around the world. There is no standard for what that looks like in a business, and there is no definition of what it means to a business. Through First Rate’s commitment to do more than just business, we endeavor to talk about how our co-workers, customers, and communities are creating opportunities for people to dream bigger, live fuller, and love deeper. Journey with us as we take a few steps every day to tell the story of combining the business of First Rate with First Rate’s mission to impact the world for positive change.



Learn how First Rate employees, partners, and clients live out First Rate values to impact their
personal passions, communities, and social responsibility.


Leaving Footprints

YWAM Tijuana May 26, 2009 A group of First Rate team members and their families join the efforts of Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Tijuana to help a family in need build a house.
YWAM Costa Rica July 28, 2018 A group of First Rate team members and their families join the efforts of Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Costa Rica to help a family in need build a house.
First Rate India: Rob's Story Hyderabad, India June 25, 2015 Rob Bethmann, General Manager of First Rate Business Process Outsourcing, shares his story of how he was called to serve a community through business in India. Through the experience of starting a business in India he sees how business can change a community.
London, United Kingdom March 25, 2019 First Rate team members visit London to expand on new and existing partnership opportunities.
Jerusalem, Israel March 21, 2019 First Rate Living leads a 10 day study tour in Israel.
Hyderabad, India February 20, 2019 First Rate Products team members visit the India office to meet, collaborate, and build relationships with the India & Afghanistan teams.
Kabul, Afghanistan April 4, 2019 First Rate Founder, David A. Stone, visits the First Rate Afghanistan office in Kabul.


Walk Together

The individual passions of our clients, customers, and co-workers become the passions of First Rate. It is an important part of our mission to foster, support, and be the vehicle to help accomplish the goals of their outreach. It allows us the opportunity to diversify and expand the impact of First Rate as well as connect with each other and create lifelong bonds.

First Rate strives to enhance the value of our communities and our families through charitable contributions and partnerships. By teaming up with other community leaders and extending our circle of influence, we can make a lasting impact on future generations to create a cycle that loves, gives, serves, and enjoys. 

Can you imagine a world where every company operated with the purpose to be stewards to their clients, to impact the world around them, to invest in human capital, and to work for a greater good? Although we cannot solve the world’s problems on our own, we strive to be a driver and part of a bigger solution by building a business to give back to the mission, culture, and country it serves.

  • Businesses can be the lifeblood of the mission a firm operates with. Business can conquer social injustices and give hope to people and communities that dream of opportunity.

    Rob Bethmann General Manager Service Bureau
  • Some journeys take us far from home, some adventures lead us to our destiny.

    C. S. Lewis
  • Business and mission aren't two seperate events. Business funds the mission. Business is an integral part of the mission.

    Rob Bethmann General Manager, Service Bureau

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Chaplain's Corner


Meet the First Rate Chaplain:

Blake Miller

Featured Chaplain Blog

Enjoying Divine Gifts

For those of you that weren’t in attendance for the First Rate Living Weekend retreat to Pine Cove back in April; well, you missed out. One of the resounding highlights of the weekend was our keynote entertainer Ken Medema. He is such a special individual who has struggled to hone and sharpen his gift of music despite being blind. Ken showed what ability really means by so easily tapping into his divine gift. Everyone was continually amazed at how effortlessly Ken could hear someone in the audience share a story of their own, and then he would immediately create a beautiful song based on that story. Everyone in attendance ran through the gamut of emotions during his performance. Tears were shed, laughter could be heard all around, and there was a constant sense of awe at what this man was instantly creating for all to enjoy.

This was all thanks to an extremely clear sense of a divine gift being utilized to it’s fullest potential. Whether it is seeing a friend selflessly serve everyone they encounter, watching a child excel at a sport, or seeing the perfect sunset at a beach or national park. So often, these powerful moments engulf our emotions and our spirit because we are seeing some form of a divine gift being lived out loud. You know it when you see it, when you hear it, and when you feel it. It is hard to miss the experience when you are present for it.

But divine gifts aren’t limited to a select few. Each and every one of us has been granted a divine gift of one form or another. At First Rate, we talk about “Pursuing your Primary Aim.” I think another way to phrase that would be “Discover and Share your Divine Gift.” All the enjoyment that came from Ken’s divine gift can be replicated many times over by every individual discovering and sharing their divine gifts. So go out there and create that same sense of awe that Ken did. You’re more than able.


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