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Missionaries Home

Lynn Peters is home from 2/24/18 to 6/10/18. Phone: 314.814.0173. Jodi & Donnie Bentley will be home from 6/15/18 to 9/15/18, with a trip to New England from 7/12-8/20. Phone: 314.799.5877. Ann B will be home from late June to early July. Phone: 512.925.7971. A family from Nepal will be home from 6/5/18 to 10/8/18. Phone: 977.9803362721. K&S R will be home summer 2018. Contact Cathy (cnelson@efree.org) for information. Aaron & Delaina Spence will be home from 10/18 to 11/18. Phone: 636.288.1700.

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Points of Interest

June Mission Community Lunch: Please refer back to the A Summer Twist on the Mission Community Lunch section for information. 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

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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. Pray for support to be provided for family desiring to depart to the Middle East in late June. Please pray for our missionaries – unity on

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A Note from John Richardson

There have been some changes to the leadership structure at First Free. John Richardson is now the Executive Pastor of Discipleship, and Outreach is under his umbrella of leadership. Each year in the small, rural, church of my youth, we would have a special week with a mission emphasis. With a different missionary each night, the evening services would be filled with accounts of hardships, spiritual battles, and glorious evidence of God’s saving power at work. Each night would

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How to Evaluate a Short-Term Mission Opportunity

by Cathy Nelson Compiled from Successful Mission Teams: A Guide for Volunteers by Martha VanCise Over the years, we have had several inquiries from parents or young adults asking us in how to know if a mission trip opportunity is a good one. Questioning is a great place to start because all mission trips are not the same. Ms. VanCise talks about a team that went to serve in the West Indies and was fed popcorn and gravy all

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Celebrating Chinese New Year

by William Luo On the afternoon and evening of February 3, 2018, the Chinese Christian Fellowship (CCF) celebrated Chinese or Lunar New Year with First Free American brothers and sisters and some friends from the local communities. The Activity Center was decorated with traditional Chinese colors and decorations. It was a beautiful sight. This is the third time that the Chinese believers at First Free have hosted this annual celebration. They also use it as a community outreach event

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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

Two families serving in Casablanca and Jordan that can’t be listed on the Internet for security reasons. Contact cnelson@efree.org to reach them. Lynn Peters is home from 2/24/18 to 6/10/18. Phone: 314.814.0173. Jodi & Donnie Bentley will be home from 6/15/18 to 9/15/18, with a trip to New England from 7/12-8/20. Phone: 314.799.5877. A family from Nepal will be home from 6/5/18 to 10/8/18. Phone: 977.9803362721. Aaron & Delaina Spence will be home from 10/18 to 11/18. Phone: 636.288.1700.

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Points of Interest

Mission Community Lunch: Come join us for lunch and to hear from some First Free missionaries! Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 10, at 12:15 pm in the Activity Center. Please let us know that you plan to attend by RSVP-ing to Laura at lcalys@efree.org. 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

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Please pray for the search for Mobilization Pastor/Director to lead Outreach at First Free. 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 support to be provided for family desiring to depart to Turkey in late May. Please pray for our missionaries – unity on the mission field is vital. Teams try to

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