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A Time to Rest

by John Richardson A story from African colonial history relates what happened to a traveler making a trek deep into the African wilderness. Men from a nearby tribe had been engaged to carry the heavy load of supplies. The first day they marched rapidly and traveled very far. The traveler had high hopes for the progress of the journey given the pace of their initial day. But the second morning these wilderness tribesmen refused to move. For some strange reason,

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What’s New with Josh Krato?

by Cathy Nelson Josh Krato, one of our supported missionaries, continues to thrive in missions in the Czech Republic.  He writes about some of the events: “English Club has been a blast this year. We average 8-12 students every Wednesday after school and have English conversation-based activities and games. Students have started taking turns baking goodies to bring to Club! It’s a great indicator of the sense of community we’ve developed. Still teaching English and sharing God’s love, except

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Points of Interest

Serving Carman Trails Elementary School: As you know, First Free has been partnering with Carman Trails at various levels. We have recently committed to serving students and their families by contributing to a ‘backpack program’. Rather than collecting food items for Circle of Concern, we will now do so for the Carman Trails Partnership Backpack Program. This program provides a weekend’s supply of food for 22 children. You may donate at the drop-off baskets at each entrance to the main building. The foods

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Pray for the Search Team for a Mobilization Pastor/Director to lead Outreach. Pray for wisdom and strength for Laura and Cathy as they coordinate the Outreach Department. Pray for D&S as they have recently deployed to an undisclosed country. Pray for their transition, their boys, and their new baby (due at the end of 2018!). Pray for Ryan and Shannon Potter as they transition back to the U.S. and set up their home in St. Louis. Please pray for our

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Take Back Black Friday Projects

by Cathy Nelson We have the opportunity to make a big difference in two really different ways this year with our Take Back Black Friday initiatives. The funds will be split between Mission Gate’s Promises of Hope Ranch in Troy, Missouri, and Trinity Video Seminary. Promises of Hope is a facility to meet the needs of women who accepted Christ in prison from Women’s Eastern Reception and Diagnostic Center in Vandalia, at Chillicothe Correctional Center and local jails. In

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Partnership Transitions or When Did We Quit Going to Germany?

by Cathy Nelson This year was the end of our partnership with Dresden, Germany. Why, after 26 teams, did we stop? Well, because partnerships are a two-sided thing, there are two sides to this issue.  One was that they are doing so well! They have a large church for Germany, with 400 in attendance. They are considering whether they can go to three services or not. Besides the two daughter churches they planted before we connected, they have another

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Points of Interest

A New Venture in Serving Carman Trails: As you know, First Free has been partnering with Carman Trails Elementary School at various levels. We have become aware of the needs of certain students who do not have enough food over the weekend, and we have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of our neighbors. Rather than collecting food items for Circle of Concern, we will now do so for the Carman Trails Partnership Backpack Program.

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Pray for the Search Team for a Mobilization Pastor/Director to lead Outreach. Pray for wisdom and strength for Laura and Cathy as they coordinate the Outreach Department. Pray for D&S as they have recently deployed to an undisclosed country. Pray for their transition, their boys, and their new baby (due at the end of 2018!). Pray for Ryan and Shannon Potter as they make plans to return to the States from serving with Samaritan’s Purse. Please pray for our missionaries

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A New Approach for Summer ESL – “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

by Laura Calys After a brief conversation with one of our students last spring, a new ministry idea was born. Over dinner on a Wednesday night, I asked a lady from Yemen if she liked to cook. Her response was “I love to cook, you should taste my food!” I told her I would love to. This prompted some discussion with my support team (Linda Sjerven and Anabelle Fabellar) and I asked them, “Rather than having classes this summer

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The “Grid” Explanation or How Does the Outreach Department Fund Missionaries?

by Cathy Nelson You might guess this, but a large church gets frequent appeals for missionary support. Nearly every week we have someone ask us if we can give to their work. Since we support about 60 missionaries (includes husbands and wives), we have a lot of our resources already committed. So how do we decide who gets help from First Free? And how much? Our top three criteria are: you have to be homegrown (at least two years

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