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How to Transform an Audience into an Army

by Rick Burke & Cathy Nelson Many years ago I read a book by Douglas Hyde that changed my understanding of developing people into leaders. Douglas Hyde was the news editor of the London Daily Worker and after 20 years as a member of the Communist Party renounced Communism and, with his wife and children, joined the Catholic Church. His pilgrimage from following Marxism to following Christ motivated him to write a book in an effort to spur Christians

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Rick Burke Transition

by Rick Burke Starting September 1, 2017, I will be transitioning to a new organization and role. I will be joining the staff of International Needs as their senior vice president of Church Partnerships. Dr. Michael Cooper is the president and CEO of this Christian NGO based outside of Grand Rapids, MI. Michael and I have been friends for many years. He took this position last September and immediately began talking with me about joining him. Michael and I

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News from the Field

From David Westmoreland (Cru):  (David is a featured speaker at the August Mission Community Lunch!) David recounts that during a spring break trip with Cru, he and a student named Alex were walking through an outdoor mall looking for people with whom to have spiritual conversation. They “saw a man with a lot of tattoos and a pit bull puppy sitting by himself. We were a little intimidated by him but decided to take a step of faith and strike up

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Missionaries Home

Lynn Peters is here until 7/7/17. (Phone: 314.814.0173) B family are here at various times from 5/8/17 to 7/31/17. (Phone: 205.316.9399) David & Heidi Westmoreland will be here on 8/16/17. (Phone: 407.668.6852) R family will be visiting in summer. (Phone: 636.432.8226) Outreach friend from Austin, TX, will be visiting the week of July 31. (Phone: 512.925.7971)

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Points of Interest

Diaper Drive for Bethany Christian Services: Join the ladies of First Free as they support other women and children in our city by bringing wipes and disposable diapers of all sizes to church during the week of May 21-28. Diapers and wipes are supplies that any mother can never have enough of! Your support is appreciated. Offering for Outreach Ministries: On the first Sunday each month we take an offering for our Benevolence fund. On Sunday, June 4, the church will

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Please pray for Rick and Donna Burke as they close out the 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 a career of pastor to an equipper to those in ministry in undeveloped countries. Please pray that God will supply all the people needs to have an

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Gaining by Losing

by Rick Burke & Cathy Nelson Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Why isn’t the kingdom of God growing like it did in the early days when the Apostle Paul was planting churches during his journeys?” Church history gives us an insight which today’s North American/European church culture continues to propagate. History shows that two factors slowed and almost stopped kingdom growth. The first factor was combining church with the state. Thankfully, our forefathers were wise enough to

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News from the Field

From Ann (Navigators, San Antonio, TX):  Using everyday experiences to bring the gospel into conversations. At a picnic this fall, I was talking with Sherrie and Mary about what it means for one to become a Christian including difficulties one may face when embracing Jesus, such as the possibility of being cut off from one’s family. As we were talking, some Girl Scouts came by to sell cookies. Mary and I explained Girl Scouts to Sherrie which led to

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Points of Interest

First Free Champions for Life Interest and Informational Lunch -THIS Sunday, March 26: We will gather to discover how God desires to equip First Free to enjoy and express the gospel in the arena of life issues. It is our hope to follow God’s lead to develop a team that addresses infertility, end of life concerns, crisis pregnancy, and much more. Come to explore how you can join us to support Life at First Free. Contact lifeteam@efree.org. 2017 Churches for

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