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Missionary Christmas Cards 2017: We want your signature! Stop by the mission wall on Sunday mornings during the month of November and sign the Christmas cards for our sent workers. It is a real encouragement to know they are remembered during the holidays. Questions? Contact Cathy at cnelson@efree.org. Christmas Giving at First Free: God is glorified by the generosity of his people. First Free provides many opportunities to share generously with others according to your passion, your ability, and your resources.

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Direction for the Outreach department as we transition to new leadership. Please pray for our missionaries who have or are relocating: Sanders, Edwards, Potters, Emily Arneson, Lynn Peters (moved nearby for safety reasons). 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 in the Word and prayer and they put on the spiritual armor of God each day. Ask for

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How to Pray Evangelistically

by Cathy Nelson Are you frustrated in evangelism? Do you feel like you are open to share the gospel, getting to know people and yet not seeing those God given opportunities to tell them more about Jesus? Well, one answer might be that we have not prayed well. So the next series of Outreach Connection articles is going to cover that subject from several angles and through the writings of five different authors. For September, we will use the

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News From The Field

Oasis 2.0 Update by Cathy Nelson Since the recent Middle East team was able to visit the location of the newest Oasis Project funded by our Advent Conspiracy 2016, we wanted to give you an update on developments. The Oasis 1.0 project in Beirut was based on having a large supply of volunteers to run classes and programs. The next project is not near to the mother church and has not been allowed to use any local buildings due

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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

Faith and Freedom Festival: Join us on Saturday, October 7 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater for an exciting evangelical outreach geared to teens and young adults (and parents). This is a great event to invite your friends to! The event will feature live music, a car show, food trucks, and special guest speaker Rob Welch of For His Glory ministries. Check it out at faithandfreedomstl.com. A Job Complete – It’s Time to Celebrate! The Tatarstan partnership will be marking a historic

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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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