Make a Difference

You can make a difference.

God wants to use you to befriend someone who is lonely, to care for someone who is hurting, to encourage someone who is down, to help someone who is weak, or to serve someone in need. It’s easier than you think to get started.
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your personal
mission field

Start where you are!

Look around your life and identify family, friends, neighbors, classmates, and coworkers. Select a few of these people and:

  • Reach out to them to see how they are doing. Make an authentic connection to show you care.
  • See if there are any needs they have that you can meet.
  • Invite them over for a socially distant visit or meal.
  • Pray for them regularly.

Serve at
First Free

There are lots of ways to serve within the ministries of First Free!

  • First Free Kids and Student Ministries have roles to connect you to the lives of children and teens to help them grow spiritually.
  • Our Connections ministry is a great place for people with a heart for hospitality to serve.
  • Care Ministries is looking for couples to work with engaged couples in our Pre-Marital Mentoring program.
  • Our prayer team needs people to reach out to those on our prayer list for regular updates and encouragement.
  • Our Tech team makes it all happen behind the scenes, and yes – they can train you!

help close
to home

Email us to learn about these opportunities to serve St. Louis!

  • Lend a hand (virtually or in-person) at Bridge of Hope. Bridge of Hope Ministries in North St. Louis needs volunteers for online tutoring, gardening, mentoring, and short-term teams.
  • Serve the students right across the street by joining our outreach team for Carman Trails Elementary School, or donating food for the backpack program which provides food for students over the weekend.
  • Serve cross-culturally with the Chinese Christian Fellowship at First Free and be part of the events and services they use to reach the Chinese community in St. Louis with the gospel.
  • Join our ESL program and teach English to immigrants and refugees.
  • Use soccer to spread the gospel by volunteering with the annual Cup of Nations soccer tournament.
  • Use your hospitality skills to prepare and serve food at our Mission Community Lunches.
  • Buy a gift for a child with an incarcerated parent during our Mission Gate Christmas Angels gift drive.
  • Join our Willing Hands team and provide help with yard work and home maintenance for widows, elderly, and anyone else who needs assistance.
  • Impact the lives of Chinese students studying in St. Louis through the Mustard Seed Group.
  • Fill shoeboxes with gifts for children around the world through Operation Christmas Child.
  • Serve the Telugu community and help Hindu followers encounter the gospel of Christ.
  • Support immigrants and refugees through our new mentoring program that equips and connect peoples from First Free with immigrants and refugees in our area to provide friendship, community, and Christian witness.
  • Join our newly formed Crisis Response Team to serve the physical and spiritual needs of those impacted by natural disasters or other calamities.

SAVE THE WORLD (SERIOUSLY!)

Email us to learn how to impact people around the world!

  • Start a missionary care team. Staying in touch with our missionaries is critical to caring for them well, especially during times like the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Take part in short-term team training. We are not sending short term teams this year but we will be offering training to prepare you for upcoming  experiences.
  • Help those impacted by the devastating August 4th explosion in Beirut. Give to the EFCA’s Beirut Response here
  • Support our missionaries through giving to the Outreach Fund (click here, and select ‘Outreach Fund’ from the dropdown).
  • Support missionaries directly.
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Local Ministry Partners

Mission Gate is both an in-prison ministry and a residential program for men and women recently released from prisons, jails, or rehabilitation facilities. Their ministry helps men and women create new healthy and meaningful lives.

Thrive St. Louis offers reproductive health care for women.

Sunshine Ministries is committed to providing high quality Christian social services to the poor and needy of St. Louis by offering healing from the past, help for the present, and hope for the future. 

Oasis International welcomes and cares for refugees from many nations to the United States who have experienced war in their home country.

Jubilee Church is preparing to open a free clinic to benefit their community. They are looking for volunteers to check patients in and perform other clerical work. Jubilee also provides a job shuttle to Westport and is in need of more drivers. They are also in the process of facility upgrades they could use some help with. For more info, email localoutreach@efree.org and we’ll put you in touch!

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