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How to Change the Spiritual Climate

by Cathy Nelson Last month we discussed how to improve our evangelism through prayer. We looked at prayer as love and how praying for people is love. This month we will continue to talk about prayer preparation for evangelism using a chapter called, “How to Change the Spiritual Climate” from Prayer Evangelism by Ed Silvoso. He begins by reminding us that climate determines a lot about how we live. If we experience a 20 degree drop in temperature, we

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Mustard Seed Group (MSG) and Chinese Christian Fellowship (CCF) Special Gatherings

by Weimen Wang During the weekend of September 29 through October 1, the Mustard Seed Group (MSG) and the Chinese Christian Fellowship (CCF) hosted a special series featuring guest speaker Xingran (Kris) Wang. Wang is an elder at Lansing Chinese Christian Church in Michigan and a columnist and frequent contributor to Behold, a well-known Chinese language Christian magazine. With a background in media and pop culture in Taiwan before he moved to the US, Wang has special sensitivity and

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Bringing Light to Tatarstan

About 25 years ago, First Free started a ministry in the city of Kazan in Tatarstan, a republic within Russia.  Many Tatar people live in Kazan, which is culturally about 50% Muslim and 50% Russian Orthodox. In 1993, most people were not even aware of God after 70 years of atheistic communism.  So First Free decided to partner with several other churches and the EFCA to plant a cross-cultural church. Why the partnership? After several initial short-term teams visited

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Community Ministry Efforts

Through the years, Outreach Ministries has made a concerted effort to find ways to meet the real needs of our community. God has blessed by bringing us into the right relationships to ask the kind of questions that go deeper than simply what we perceive as needs. This being said, God has provided mission efforts where we can meet ongoing needs. What a great way to develop relationships and build unity with your Sunday Adult Connection, small groups, families

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Points of Interest

Missionary Christmas Cards 2017: We want your signature! Stop by the mission wall on Sunday mornings during the month of November and sign the Christmas cards for our sent workers. It is a real encouragement to know they are remembered during the holidays. Questions? Contact Cathy at cnelson@efree.org. Christmas Giving at First Free: God is glorified by the generosity of his people. First Free provides many opportunities to share generously with others according to your passion, your ability, and your resources.

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Direction for the Outreach department as we transition to new leadership. Please pray for our missionaries who have or are relocating: Sanders, Edwards, Potters, Emily Arneson, Lynn Peters (moved nearby for safety reasons). Pray for overworked missionaries to have wise boundaries and discernment about how to be refreshed. It’s a spiritual battle out there. Please pray that our missionaries are strong in the Word and prayer and they put on the spiritual armor of God each day. Ask for

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How to Pray Evangelistically

by Cathy Nelson Are you frustrated in evangelism? Do you feel like you are open to share the gospel, getting to know people and yet not seeing those God given opportunities to tell them more about Jesus? Well, one answer might be that we have not prayed well. So the next series of Outreach Connection articles is going to cover that subject from several angles and through the writings of five different authors. For September, we will use the

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News From The Field

Oasis 2.0 Update by Cathy Nelson Since the recent Middle East team was able to visit the location of the newest Oasis Project funded by our Advent Conspiracy 2016, we wanted to give you an update on developments. The Oasis 1.0 project in Beirut was based on having a large supply of volunteers to run classes and programs. The next project is not near to the mother church and has not been allowed to use any local buildings due

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Community Ministry Efforts

Through the years, Outreach Ministries has made a concerted effort to find ways to meet the real needs of our community. God has blessed by bringing us into the right relationships to ask the kind of questions that go deeper than simply what we perceive as needs. This being said, God has provided mission efforts where we can meet ongoing needs. What a great way to develop relationships and build unity with your Sunday Adult Connection, small groups, families

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Points of Interest

Faith and Freedom Festival: Join us on Saturday, October 7 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater for an exciting evangelical outreach geared to teens and young adults (and parents). This is a great event to invite your friends to! The event will feature live music, a car show, food trucks, and special guest speaker Rob Welch of For His Glory ministries. Check it out at faithandfreedomstl.com. A Job Complete – It’s Time to Celebrate! The Tatarstan partnership will be marking a historic

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