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What Makes a Church Successful?

by Rick Burke Some years ago, as part of a small church plant, I was challenged to consider what makes a successful church. Is it having a nice building with traditional church architecture (white pillars, tall steeple and located on Main Street, USA)? Is it the number of people attending on Sunday morning… the bigger the church, the more successful it is? Or is it the excellent programming from music to eloquent preaching and engaging ministries? All of these

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Stories from the Field – Mark Sanders

Taken from Mark’s summer 2016 newsletter Mark Sanders, Campus Crusade High School leader for Eastern Europe had an exciting summer. Despite ministering in a part of the world that is cold and dark, God is working. Each year he participates in Speak Out camps to teach students English and hear the gospel. The reports this year were particularly encouraging. Mark lives in Hungary and the camp there had three sessions with 106, 84, and 72 campers, respectively. 125 staff reached

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Merry Christmas from the Outreach Staff!

If you’re like us, you can hardly believe we are nearing the end of 2016! God continues to stretch us in ministry and mission as well as allowing us to see success and victory in this endeavor we call life. It has been a year of great blessing, though it has not without its challenges. We know that God is sovereign, so we can rest that His will and purposes were accomplished. You are created for purpose so we

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Points of Interest

Missionary Commissioning and Send-off Lunch: Aaron and Delaina Spence will soon be leaving for training for their final destination on the mission field. Join us on January 1 for their commissioning during service, and stick around for lunch directly after second service in Room 110. Please RSVP to cnelson@efree.org. Year-End Giving at First Free: God is glorified by the generosity of his people. God’s word urges us to use our money and material goods for eternal outcome. Thank you for your

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Good end-of-year giving for First Free, Outreach Support, and missionaries experiencing inadequate support. For the many seekers in the Middle East/North Africa area that Oasis and our workers have connected with. Pray for more workers at Oasis. For the expanding growth at First Free of those who are trying to be spiritual parents—skill, opportunities and the chance to study the Bible with seekers. Praise for a good year of fresh outreach, new volunteers, short term team safety and financial

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Church Planting from First Free

by Rick Burke Does it seem to you that Christianity (life and faith) has paradoxes that we must wrestle with? One paradox that affects the gathered church is when Jesus said in John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go…” The church gathers only to go. In Matthew 28:18-20, the Great Commission, Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples…” The Greek word for “go” is more clearly translated, “as you are going”. Does it seem like

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Meet the Ingrams

by Cathy Nelson We have various ways of deciding which missionaries to support. Most First Free missionaries are home grown (they came up through the ranks at First Free), some are from other Free Churches in St. Louis, but a few come on as partners because they are helping us and our co-workers reach goals in our focus areas. Jeff and Anne Ingram came to us this way. They got acquainted with our friends at the Free Church in Dresden, Germany, and the pastor was

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Stories from the Field: the Middle East

This is a story about A’s journey to faith recounted by our team from this summer. Before coming to Beirut, A’s son (about 11) had a dream. He was on his grandfather’s roof and had a vision of Jesus. Jesus told the little boy that his mother was going to have a baby boy and she should name him Jesus. They are Muslims, living in a Muslim village. In the dream, the son told his father there was someone on the roof dressed

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Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child (OCC)

by Sara Otey Operation Christmas Child is a terrific way to get involved in the evangelism and discipleship of children around the world. A ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child, uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. As shoebox gifts are distributed, local pastors or church leaders present the Gospel in a fun way designed for kids while family and friends listen in. Along with their shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest

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