Partnership Transitions or When Did We Quit Going to Germany?

by Cathy Nelson This year was the end of our partnership with Dresden, Germany. Why, after 26 teams, did we stop? Well, because partnerships are a two-sided thing, there are two sides to this issue.  One was that they are doing so well! They have a large church for Germany, with 400 in attendance. They are considering whether they can go to three services or not. Besides the two daughter churches they planted before we connected, they have another

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A New Venture in Serving Carman Trails: As you know, First Free has been partnering with Carman Trails Elementary School at various levels. We have become aware of the needs of certain students who do not have enough food over the weekend, and we have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of our neighbors. Rather than collecting food items for Circle of Concern, we will now do so for the Carman Trails Partnership Backpack Program.

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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!). Pray for Ryan and Shannon Potter as they make plans to return to the States from serving with Samaritan’s Purse. Please pray for our missionaries

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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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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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Missionary Minds – What Are They Thinking About?

by Cathy Nelson Adapted from “Top Ten Issues on the Hearts and Minds of Missionaries” by John Certalic Have you ever wondered what is on a missionary’s mind? Maybe you have a friend or relative who is a sent worker. You notice that some things they think must be kept inside because they don’t want to offend or lose a supporter. But what do they really think? You can be sure most missionaries have a real passion and calling.

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