A New Approach for Summer ESL – “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

by Laura Calys After a brief conversation with one of our students last spring, a new ministry idea was born. Over dinner on a Wednesday night, I asked a lady from Yemen if she liked to cook. Her response was “I love to cook, you should taste my food!” I told her I would love to. This prompted some discussion with my support team (Linda Sjerven and Anabelle Fabellar) and I asked them, “Rather than having classes this summer

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The “Grid” Explanation or How Does the Outreach Department Fund Missionaries?

by Cathy Nelson You might guess this, but a large church gets frequent appeals for missionary support. Nearly every week we have someone ask us if we can give to their work. Since we support about 60 missionaries (includes husbands and wives), we have a lot of our resources already committed. So how do we decide who gets help from First Free? And how much? Our top three criteria are: you have to be homegrown (at least two years

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Scott Waller: A Modern Day Apologist

Scott and Cathy Waller work with Eidos Christian Center.  The following is an excerpt from their website written by J.P. Moreland:  “An increasingly secular culture has emerged in the United States. Along with this, the church has grown anti-intellectual and out of touch with the historical principles of spiritual formation…important to a vibrant Christian faith that unites both head and heart to the good of the church and the society at large. But I believe a great harvest is

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Points of Interest

The next Mission Community Lunch is scheduled for Sunday, October 21, directly after second service (12:15 pm) in the Activity Center. We have a great line-up! Bill and Carol Jones, Dan Hartke, and the Ironton Family Mission Team will share what God is doing around the world and closer to home in Wisconsin and Missouri. Please plan to join us and invite a friend to introduce them to First Free missions. Reservations are very helpful – email lcalys@efree.org. Discern your place in

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Pray for the Search Team for a Mobilization Pastor/Director to lead Outreach. Pray for wisdom and strength for Laura and Cathy as they coordinate the Outreach Department. Pray for D&S as they have recently deployed to an undisclosed country. Pray for their transition, their boys, and their new baby (due at the end of 2018!). Please pray for our missionaries – unity on the mission field is vital. Teams try to work well together but struggles arise because it’s a

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