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Missionary Minds – What Are They Thinking About?

by Cathy Nelson Adapted from “Top Ten Issues on the Hearts and Minds of Missionaries” by John Certalic Have you ever wondered what is on a missionary’s mind? Maybe you have a friend or relative who is a sent worker. You notice that some things they think must be kept inside because they don’t want to offend or lose a supporter. But what do they really think? You can be sure most missionaries have a real passion and calling.

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Missionary Spotlight: Aaron and Delaina Spence

Aaron has been part of First Free since 1997.  He has taught the Frogs, Bears, and Birds Kid Connection classes, participated in the Laborer’s small group, Steve Ross’ men’s small group and the Peskorses’ group.  He was very involved in the Young Adult ministry. But how did he and his wife end up as missionaries? You can read that in their own words: Delaina’s exposure to missions began with short-term trips with her high school youth group. By the

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Community Outreach Efforts

Kanakuk KampOut!: Carman Trails and Barretts Schools Outreach This has been a busy summer reaching out to the community. Through the 2017 Advent Conspiracy donations, First Free sponsored a week of KampOut! that brought over 200 kids to our church campus. We know that young children don’t come alone, so our Kid Connection staff and Women’s Ministry ladies were ready to welcome parents with coffee and breakfast pastries. Moms of Kampers were invited to stay for crafts and conversation. First

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Missionaries Home

A family from Nepal will be home from June 5 to October 8. Phone: 977.9803362721. J&D B will be home from June 15 to September 15, with a trip to New England from July 12 – August 20. Phone: 314.799.5877. K&S R will be home June 12 – August 6. Phone: 636.432.8226.

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Points of Interest

The next Mission Community Lunch is scheduled for this coming Sunday, August 12, directly after second service (12:15 pm) in the Activity Center. D&C G will present their work in SE Asia, the Spain team will share how they went to serve alongside Giles and Debbie Davis during spring break, and the German team will share about their camp experiences. Please plan to join us and invite a friend to introduce them to First Free missions. Reservations are very helpful

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Pray for the search for a Mobilization Pastor/Director to lead Outreach. A Pastor Search Team is being formed by the Elders. 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 also for the family they left here. Please pray for our missionaries – unity on

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First Free Missions: Moving to Unreached People Groups

by Laura Calys In his second book Peter exhorts us,  “First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by

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First Free Summer Missions

This summer First Free is deploying two short-term teams for missions and outreach. Dresden, Germany: Over several years of sending teams to engage with German youth in sports and English camps, our teams have led, taught, modeled, and assisted the German team to do ministry in the most effective way – being relational throughout the year. Now our partnership is winding down and we are transitioning from being a ministry partner to a friendship and support system. Of course, there

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One Verse Evangelism

by Laura Calys I went to a training a few weeks ago for the follow-up team for the Kanakuk KampOut! outreach to the kids at Carman Trails. Kid Connection Director Kelli McGill asked Lee Ann Gienke to demonstrate how to share the gospel. Little did I know that she would do it with a single verse. I thought, ‘hmmmm…. How will this work?’   As believers, we want to share our faith – but how many of us feel

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A Summer Twist on Missions

by  Laura Calys From time to time, it’s good to shake it up a bit. Life is easier and more predictable when we have routine and traditions, but sometimes God shows His sense of humor by watching us make our plans then telling us to do things differently. Summer usually brings a flurry of missionaries home for a season, and this summer is no different. You are invited to hear from our missionaries as they share about their lives of

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