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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Please pray for Rick and Donna Burke as they seek guidance for their future ministry. Pray for peace and confidence to trust God in their transition. Please pray for Bill and Carol Jones during their upcoming travels and new ministry. Please pray for direction for the Outreach department as we transition to new leadership. Pray for overworked missionaries to have wise boundaries and discernment about how to be refreshed. It’s a spiritual battle out there. Please pray that our

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There’s More Than One Way to Be Wicked

by Rick Burke & Cathy Nelson In chapter 11 of Gaining by Losing, Greear tells a fun story about a place he and his friends used to go in college and jump off a cliff into the pool basin below. The problem is that the cliff wasn’t straight so you had to have lots of momentum to clear the rocks. It was risky but very exhilarating. For all disciples, risk is required. In the parable of the talents, the

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A Note From Rick Burke

It all began on Friday morning, August 4, with a phone call from my soon-to- be boss, Dr. Michael Cooper. As of September 1, I was to start work with Dr. Cooper at International Needs to reach 55 unengaged/unreached people groups. However, Michael called to tell me that the International Needs board had relieved him of his job that very morning. The board had told him that the focus of unengaged/unreached people groups was taking International Needs off the path

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News From The Field

On our first international adventure as First Free-ReachGlobal missionaries by Bill Jones What do you think of when you think of East Africa? Savannahs filled with loping zebras? Herds of elephants wallowing in muddy ponds? As we transition from my pastoral role at First Free, we think of church leaders that we will meet in mid- September. After the last six months of training by ReachGlobal, reading many books (some required for our training and others recommended by our

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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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Points of Interest

Fall ESL Classes: Learning a new language is difficult! We welcome our international community to join us for English classes on Wednesday nights starting September 20. We have several skill levels and it’s a great way to learn, practice, and make new friends from around the world. Pick up a flyer at the Information Center or email Laura Calys at english@efree.org. 500 Years…. That’s how long it’s been since the Protestant Reformation! Covenant Theological Seminary and the Francis Schaeffer Institute

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Please pray for Rick and Donna Burke as they seek guidance for their future ministry. Pray for peace and confidence to trust God in their transition. Please pray for Bill and Carol Jones during their upcoming travels and new ministry. Direction for the Outreach department as we transition to new leadership. Pray for overworked missionaries to have wise boundaries and discernment about how to be refreshed. It’s a spiritual battle out there. Please pray that our missionaries are strong

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Prayers for Missions & Missionaries

Ellen Dykas asks us to pray that she would multiplying herself through writing, speaking, and equipping. She is sensing the freedom to disengage from discipleship/small-group responsibilities to pour her heart and energy into teaching, resource development and training. Missionary Team A1 are praising God for another one year visa, how He is building His church, and joy in home schooling. Intercede for patience, perseverance, and wisdom in the role of project funding coordinator. Pray for their children to grow

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Racial Reconciliation as a Fruit of the Sending Culture

by Rick Burke & Cathy Nelson As the saying goes in Europe, “If it is springtime, it is time for war in the Balkans”. Having lived not so far from Bosnia during the turbulent years of the genocide that occurred between the Bosnians, Croatians and Serbians, this saying took on new meaning. I visited a new church plant in West Mostar in 1996. The war was officially over, yet as we gathered in this small building with sandbags stacked

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News from the Field

God is Bigger than Her Vision Lynn P’s Message from the 6/4 Mission Community Lunch  For safety concerns, Please do not forward, post or distribute.  If you know of someone who would like to receive our e-mails, please contact us. I didn’t consciously go to Burkina Faso to sacrifice my life for Christ. It wasn’t a heroic decision. I was going to build a school and run it for another organization. My expertise was setting up day care centers

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