Racial Reconciliation as a Fruit of the Sending Culture

by Rick Burke & Cathy Nelson As the saying goes in Europe, “If it is springtime, it is time for war in the Balkans”. Having lived not so far from Bosnia during the turbulent years of the genocide that occurred between the Bosnians, Croatians and Serbians, this saying took on new meaning. I visited a new church plant in West Mostar in 1996. The war was officially over, yet as we gathered in this small building with sandbags stacked

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News from the Field

God is Bigger than Her Vision Lynn P’s Message from the 6/4 Mission Community Lunch  For safety concerns, Please do not forward, post or distribute.  If you know of someone who would like to receive our e-mails, please contact us. I didn’t consciously go to Burkina Faso to sacrifice my life for Christ. It wasn’t a heroic decision. I was going to build a school and run it for another organization. My expertise was setting up day care centers

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Community Ministry Efforts

Through the years, Outreach Ministries has made a concerted effort to find ways to meet the real needs of our community. God has blessed by bringing us into the right relationships to ask the kind of questions that go deeper than simply what we perceive as needs. This being said, God has provided mission efforts where we can meet ongoing needs. What a great way to develop relationships and build unity with your Sunday Adult Connection, small groups, families

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Missionaries Home

Ann B will be at the Missions Wall (2nd floor; west of the auditorium) on 7/30/17 after each service. Stop by and say hello! David & Heidi Westmoreland will be at the Missions Wall (2nd floor; west of the auditorium) on 8/6/17 after each service, and will speak at the 8/6/17 Mission Community Lunch. Kurt & Sue are here until early August.  

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Points of Interest

Rick Burke Update: Rick will be commissioned in front of the congregation on Sunday, August 6 and celebrated at the Mission Community Lunch after second service on the same date.  Though Rick and Donna plan to continue to live in St. Louis and attend First Free, he does have an employment end date set: August 31. He will be taking some much deserved vacation time before starting in his new role, so his last day in the office is Thursday, August 17.

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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. Praise God for two successful short-term mission trip – Ironton and Beirut. Join

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