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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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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

For the many people seeking safety, security, and peace (physically, mentally, and spiritually) in the Middle East/North Africa. The Oasis Project has connected with many Syrian families. Pray for more workers in order to reach more people through this ministry. For Linda Sjerven as she travels to Beirut for first official trip as GlobalFingerprints missionary staff. She will observe the program in action. Please pray for her as she learns from and encourages the GF staff. Please pray for

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What Makes a Church Successful?

by Rick Burke & Cathy Nelson   I heard the story of a missionary who was sharing about her ministry in Africa while on furlough with her sending church. This lady missionary was explaining to a Sunday School class that the village tribe she was ministering to had a unique value of wealth. They valued dried cow and camel dung. Why? Because it could be used for fires and in this area of Africa there was virtually no wood

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Stories from the Field – Dave & Sharron Mathis

Dave & Sharron Mathis are ReachGlobal missionaries in Haiti. The Mathises live and work in Haiti with their young daughter Quinn. Doing ministry in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is a challenge on a good day, but now they face devastating physical damages to their community and country. Hurricane Matthew (October 17, 2016) killed over 400 people and affected over one million, so you can imagine the spiritual and emotional damage is even greater. Please read this

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Points of Interest

Short Term Teams: Summer mission teams are forming now! Whether you choose to stay in Missouri (Ironton) or go overseas, now is the time to pray, submit your application and still have time for equipping and training. Please contact Cathy Nelson (cnelson@efree.org) for answers to your mission questions. Chinese New Year Celebration: The Chinese Christian Fellowship at First Free is celebrating the lunar new year on Saturday, February 11, in the Activity Center. The whole church family is welcome to

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