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Church Planting Movements

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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

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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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Points of Interest

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German Pastor Visit: We have the pleasure of hosting Timotheus and Lydia Liebscher, the leaders of the camp we work with in Dresden, here in St. Louis on August 25. There will be cookies and conversation from 7-8:30 in Room 110.  All are welcome, especially former team members. RSVPs to cnelson@efree.org would be appreciated. Serve St. Louis: First Free is tweaking our Serve St. Louis effort. Is God stirring your heart to serve our community? How can your small group or Adult Connection class

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

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Russia has closed its doors to Christianity; not just those who enter (missionaries), but Russian believers as well. Believers may be arrested, persecuted, and tortured for their faith. Please pray for them. What Satan has intended for evil, God can use to bring great blessing and bounty. Please pray for the Chinese Christian Fellowship (CCF) and Mustard Seed Group (MSG). CCF welcomes the Chinese community to First Free every Sunday morning. MSG meets new Chinese students at Washington University and invites them to a weekly meeting

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Church Planting for Dummies

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by Rick Burke If you were a missionary heading into an unreached people group, how would you plant a new church? Would you rent a building, purchase sound equipment, get a guitar, make some signs, put an ad in the local newspaper, purchase some advertising on billboards around town, and run radio ads? Would you pray and then plan a launch date, write a sermon and plan some music with high expectations for people to come? If you did, my guess would be that

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First Free’s Serve St. Louis, Tweaked

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by Laura Calys Serving to have impact in people’s lives is one of the desired outcomes of Serve St. Louis. The question I ask myself when planning for this event (and others) is, “Should the impact to be in our lives, or the lives of those we serve?” My answer is both. We have participated in Serve St. Louis for the past several years, and I have seen a trend at First Free and other churches. As the number of people participating from

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Stories from the Field – Dan & Jamie Hartke

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Dan and Jamie serve at Camp Forest Springs in Westboro, Wisconsin, where he is the Youth Specialist. His newsletter recounted this good story. In the last weeks, they have had 67 campers pray to receive Christ in the sessions or with their counselors! Dan writes, “I feel it is very appropriate to write to you in the midst of our youth camps (3 down and 3 to go!), to celebrate what God is doing and THANK YOU for partnering with us in this work! Without your

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Points of Interest

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August Mission Community Lunch on Sunday, August 7th. This lunch will take place directly after second service in the Activity Center. Ryan and Shannon Potter will share what God has done in their lives the past two years. After one year in France for language learning and then one year in the Congo, they have amassed so many new life experiences to share. We will also feature two summer mission teams from Ironton, MO and Dresden, Germany. Both have stories of God at work

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