What Makes a Church Successful?

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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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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