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Church Planting from First Free


by Rick Burke Does it seem to you that Christianity (life and faith) has paradoxes that we must wrestle with? One paradox that affects the gathered church is when Jesus said in John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go…” The church gathers only to go. In Matthew 28:18-20, the Great Commission, Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples…” The Greek word for “go” is more clearly translated, “as you are going”. Does it seem like

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Meet the Ingrams


by Cathy Nelson We have various ways of deciding which missionaries to support. Most First Free missionaries are home grown (they came up through the ranks at First Free), some are from other Free Churches in St. Louis, but a few come on as partners because they are helping us and our co-workers reach goals in our focus areas. Jeff and Anne Ingram came to us this way. They got acquainted with our friends at the Free Church in Dresden, Germany, and the pastor was

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Stories from the Field: the Middle East


This is a story about A’s journey to faith recounted by our team from this summer. Before coming to Beirut, A’s son (about 11) had a dream. He was on his grandfather’s roof and had a vision of Jesus. Jesus told the little boy that his mother was going to have a baby boy and she should name him Jesus. They are Muslims, living in a Muslim village. In the dream, the son told his father there was someone on the roof dressed

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Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child (OCC)


by Sara Otey Operation Christmas Child is a terrific way to get involved in the evangelism and discipleship of children around the world. A ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child, uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. As shoebox gifts are distributed, local pastors or church leaders present the Gospel in a fun way designed for kids while family and friends listen in. Along with their shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest

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Points of Interest

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Mission Community Lunch: October 23. The lunch will take place in the Activity Center directly after 2nd service. Aaron and Delaina Spence will be here to share about their ministry to serve in Papua New Guinea as Bible translators. We will also hear from Emily Arneson of Samaritan’s Purse. Emily works with the Children’s Heart Project. Third will be a report from the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) team. God did amazing things drawing people to Himself! Come join us for lunch and

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries


Pray for the persecuted church in Russia. The government has closed its doors to Christianity, not just for those who enter the country (missionaries), but for Russian believers. Believers may be arrested for speaking about Christ even in their homes. Please pray for them. What Satan has intended for evil, God can use to bring great blessing and bounty. Please pray for the thousands of displaced Syrians around the world who live in refugee camps, often separated from family members. Many

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Church Planting Movements


by Rick Burke Have you ever asked yourself how Christianity is growing in the United States? I am sure with the moral issues we face and the seeming loss of influence of Christian values in our culture, we have all wondered how effective our methods are in the expansion of Christianity. One scorecard that is fairly measurable is the growth of churches in the U.S. In the last article I examined the idea of “missional church planting” versus the

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The Testimony of a Muslim-Background Believer

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God is on the move in the Middle East.  It’s hard for us to imagine the experiences of those from a Muslim background coming to faith in such dramatic ways. This is the testimony of M (his name is blanked out for his safety). Would you join us to pray for him and the work of the Holy Spirit in places of deep opposition?  What an encouragement it would be to his heart to know that we support him

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Missionaries Home


Mark Sanders: Mark will be at Dave & Nancy Williams’ home (1 Sackston Woods Lane, St Louis, 63141) for a Meet & Greet on August 23 at 7 pm. Aaron and Delaina Spence: August 2016-Jan 2017. Aaron and Delaina will be at an Open House Saturday, September 3rd from 1-5 pm at 210 Wildbrier Drive, Ballwin, MO. If you’d like to hear more about their work, stop by!

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