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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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

A family from Nepal will be home from June 5 to October 8. Phone: 977.9803362721. Jodi & Donnie 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. Ann B will be home from June 20 – July 10. Phone: 512.925.7971. K&S R will be home June 12 – August 6. Phone: 636.432.8226. Aaron & Delaina Spence will be home from October 18 to November 18. Phone: 636.288.1700.

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Points of Interest

Mission Community Lunch: See ‘A Summer Twist on Missions’ section. Discern your place in God’s global mission! URBANA 2018 is a global mission conference in St. Louis at the end of the year. December 27-31 may seem far away, but it’s not too late to start praying and thinking about whether God may want you to attend. Questions? Go to Urbana.org. Early Bird registration began on March 1 and the cost will increase after June 30. Contact Cathy Nelson (cnelson@efree.org)

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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 good deputation for workers on furlough this summer and fresh support for those requiring it. Please pray for our missionaries – unity on the mission field is vital. Teams try to work well together but struggles arise. It’s a spiritual battle

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