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Gaining by Losing

by Rick Burke & Cathy Nelson   I heard the story of a missionary who was sharing about her ministry in Africa while on furlough with her sending church. This lady missionary was explaining to a Sunday School class that the village tribe she was ministering to had a unique value of wealth. They valued dried cow and camel dung. Why? Because it could be used for fires and in this area of Africa there was virtually no wood

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Stories from the Field – Dave & Sharron Mathis

Dave & Sharron Mathis are ReachGlobal missionaries in Haiti. The Mathises live and work in Haiti with their young daughter Quinn. Doing ministry in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is a challenge on a good day, but now they face devastating physical damages to their community and country. Hurricane Matthew (October 17, 2016) killed over 400 people and affected over one million, so you can imagine the spiritual and emotional damage is even greater. Please read this

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Missionaries Home

D&J B are in town 12/7/16 – 2/13/17.  Contact Cathy Nelson at 636.779.2187 to connect with them. Ellen Dykas is in town 2/25/17 – 3/6/17. There will be an open house at Pam Watson’s home on 2/26.  Stay tuned for more details. To contact Ellen, call 314.397.3516. MH will be in St. Louis starting 2/1/17 for compassionate leave for one to three months, depending on J’s mother’s health. To contact, call 303.817.7229. Dave and Quinn Mathis are in the US from 2/10/17 – 3/29/2017,

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Points of Interest

Short Term Teams: Summer mission teams are forming now! Whether you choose to stay in Missouri (Ironton) or go overseas, now is the time to pray, submit your application and still have time for equipping and training. Please contact Cathy Nelson (cnelson@efree.org) for answers to your mission questions. Chinese New Year Celebration: The Chinese Christian Fellowship at First Free is celebrating the lunar new year on Saturday, February 11, in the Activity Center. The whole church family is welcome to

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Praise God for faithful and generous saints that met all our financial obligations for 2016. Please pray with us as we believe God for even bigger things: becoming the sending church for Bill and Carol Jones, Linda Sjerven (new in 2017), and another family in 2018. For the many people seeking safety, security, and peace (physically, mentally, and spiritually) in the Middle East/North Africa. The Oasis and our workers have connected with Syrian families. Pray for more workers in

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What Makes a Church Successful?

by Rick Burke Some years ago, as part of a small church plant, I was challenged to consider what makes a successful church. Is it having a nice building with traditional church architecture (white pillars, tall steeple and located on Main Street, USA)? Is it the number of people attending on Sunday morning… the bigger the church, the more successful it is? Or is it the excellent programming from music to eloquent preaching and engaging ministries? All of these

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Stories from the Field – Mark Sanders

Taken from Mark’s summer 2016 newsletter Mark Sanders, Campus Crusade High School leader for Eastern Europe had an exciting summer. Despite ministering in a part of the world that is cold and dark, God is working. Each year he participates in Speak Out camps to teach students English and hear the gospel. The reports this year were particularly encouraging. Mark lives in Hungary and the camp there had three sessions with 106, 84, and 72 campers, respectively. 125 staff reached

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Merry Christmas from the Outreach Staff!

If you’re like us, you can hardly believe we are nearing the end of 2016! God continues to stretch us in ministry and mission as well as allowing us to see success and victory in this endeavor we call life. It has been a year of great blessing, though it has not without its challenges. We know that God is sovereign, so we can rest that His will and purposes were accomplished. You are created for purpose so we

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Points of Interest

Missionary Commissioning and Send-off Lunch: Aaron and Delaina Spence will soon be leaving for training for their final destination on the mission field. Join us on January 1 for their commissioning during service, and stick around for lunch directly after second service in Room 110. Please RSVP to cnelson@efree.org. Year-End Giving at First Free: God is glorified by the generosity of his people. God’s word urges us to use our money and material goods for eternal outcome. Thank you for your

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