Church Planting Movements

by Rick Burke Have you ever asked yourself how Christianity is growing in the United States? I am sure with the moral issues we face and the seeming loss of influence of Christian values in our culture, we have all wondered how effective our methods are in the expansion of Christianity. One scorecard that is fairly measurable is the growth of churches in the U.S. In the last article I examined the idea of “missional church planting” versus the

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The Testimony of a Muslim-Background Believer

God is on the move in the Middle East.  It’s hard for us to imagine the experiences of those from a Muslim background coming to faith in such dramatic ways. This is the testimony of M (his name is blanked out for his safety). Would you join us to pray for him and the work of the Holy Spirit in places of deep opposition?  What an encouragement it would be to his heart to know that we support him

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Missionaries Home

Mark Sanders: Mark will be at Dave & Nancy Williams’ home (1 Sackston Woods Lane, St Louis, 63141) for a Meet & Greet on August 23 at 7 pm. Aaron and Delaina Spence: August 2016-Jan 2017. Aaron and Delaina will be at an Open House Saturday, September 3rd from 1-5 pm at 210 Wildbrier Drive, Ballwin, MO. If you’d like to hear more about their work, stop by!

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Points of Interest

German Pastor Visit: We have the pleasure of hosting Timotheus and Lydia Liebscher, the leaders of the camp we work with in Dresden, here in St. Louis on August 25. There will be cookies and conversation from 7-8:30 in Room 110.  All are welcome, especially former team members. RSVPs to cnelson@efree.org would be appreciated. Serve St. Louis: First Free is tweaking our Serve St. Louis effort. Is God stirring your heart to serve our community? How can your small group or Adult Connection class

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Russia has closed its doors to Christianity; not just those who enter (missionaries), but Russian believers as well. Believers may be arrested, persecuted, and tortured for their faith. Please pray for them. What Satan has intended for evil, God can use to bring great blessing and bounty. Please pray for the Chinese Christian Fellowship (CCF) and Mustard Seed Group (MSG). CCF welcomes the Chinese community to First Free every Sunday morning. MSG meets new Chinese students at Washington University and invites them to a weekly meeting

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