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Painting the Invisible Man

by Rick Burke & Cathy Nelson Have you ever stopped to consider how Jesus turns our world upside down with his values about His Kingdom? Take a few examples: Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep if for eternal life. (John 12:25) OR, how about this one? For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as

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News from the Field

From Shannon Potter, an OB/GYN working in Africa (Samaritan’s Purse): One of my favorite attending doctors in residency taught me a lot about the effect of human touch. He was a doctor to women with GYN cancers, and sometimes these women were old and frail, and their hearing was failing along with their bodies. I watched him on several occasions bend down until his bald forehead was touching theirs, and speak clearly and loudly to them. “They can hear better

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Missionaries Home

Lynn Peters is here until 7/7. (Phone: 314.814.0173) K&S R will be here from 6/30 to 7/18. (Phone: 636.432.8226) T&T B are here at various times from 5/8 to 7/31. (Phone: 205.316.9399) David & Heidi Westmoreland will be here on 8/6. (Phone: 407.668.6852) Ann will be visiting from 7/19 to 8/8. (Phone: 512.925.7971) Mark Sanders is here from 5/26 to 8/9. (Phone: 573.975.5070) Look for a way to connect with our Outreach Friends on their Welcome Sunday or during their stay!

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Points of Interest

JUNE Mission Community Lunch: New to First Free? We’d love to introduce you to First Free missions and outreach. Join us next Sunday, June 4, directly after second service to hear what God is doing through our missionary efforts. We will hear from Lynn Peters (Burkina Faso Outreach), and from the Mustard Seed Group (MSG) that does outreach to Chinese students at Wash U and SLU. We still have room at the table for you! Reservations are appreciated –

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Please pray for Rick and Donna Burke as they close out their chapter of pastoral leadership at First Free and move back into direct missionary service. Please pray for Bill and Carol Jones as they seek ministry support to send them to the mission field. Also pray for the life-style transition from the career of pastor to an equipper to those in ministry in undeveloped countries. Please pray that God will supply all the needed people to have an effective

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How to Transform an Audience into an Army

by Rick Burke & Cathy Nelson Many years ago I read a book by Douglas Hyde that changed my understanding of developing people into leaders. Douglas Hyde was the news editor of the London Daily Worker and after 20 years as a member of the Communist Party renounced Communism and, with his wife and children, joined the Catholic Church. His pilgrimage from following Marxism to following Christ motivated him to write a book in an effort to spur Christians

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Rick Burke Transition

by Rick Burke Starting September 1, 2017, I will be transitioning to a new organization and role. I will be joining the staff of International Needs as their senior vice president of Church Partnerships. Dr. Michael Cooper is the president and CEO of this Christian NGO based outside of Grand Rapids, MI. Michael and I have been friends for many years. He took this position last September and immediately began talking with me about joining him. Michael and I

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News from the Field

From David Westmoreland (Cru):  (David is a featured speaker at the August Mission Community Lunch!) David recounts that during a spring break trip with Cru, he and a student named Alex were walking through an outdoor mall looking for people with whom to have spiritual conversation. They “saw a man with a lot of tattoos and a pit bull puppy sitting by himself. We were a little intimidated by him but decided to take a step of faith and strike up

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Missionaries Home

Lynn Peters is here until 7/7/17. (Phone: 314.814.0173) B family are here at various times from 5/8/17 to 7/31/17. (Phone: 205.316.9399) David & Heidi Westmoreland will be here on 8/16/17. (Phone: 407.668.6852) R family will be visiting in summer. (Phone: 636.432.8226) Outreach friend from Austin, TX, will be visiting the week of July 31. (Phone: 512.925.7971)

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Points of Interest

Diaper Drive for Bethany Christian Services: Join the ladies of First Free as they support other women and children in our city by bringing wipes and disposable diapers of all sizes to church during the week of May 21-28. Diapers and wipes are supplies that any mother can never have enough of! Your support is appreciated. Offering for Outreach Ministries: On the first Sunday each month we take an offering for our Benevolence fund. On Sunday, June 4, the church will

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