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CBC-Belfast's Mission to Mexico

CBC-Belfast participated in true marketplace ministry. (Click to enlarge)Earlier this year a small team of staff and students from Charis Bible College in Belfast, Ireland went to Mexico on a mission trip. The four-person CBC team led by school Co-Director, Yvonne O’Brien, was hosted by Paco and Isabel Martinez, founders of a small Malinalco-based helps ministry. They ministered throughout Mexico City and Malinalco with the assistance of the Martinez' daughter, CBC-UK graduate and Pastor, Lorena Lucey. Yvonne was eager to report that many lives were touched, including the lives of the missionaries themselves.

Yvonne was thrilled about the open and receiving hearts that her team encountered. In Mexico City the team held well-attended meetings in homes and conference centers. They also spent several days in the mountain region of Malinalco, ministering to and healing the sick in the market square and in the town of Jesus Maria. (Click to enlarge)Yvonne said of the people they encountered in Mexico, "No matter where we were or who we were with, the one thing that stood out to me was, ‘God’s love never fails’ and sharing His love with people is not complicated." She went on to recall memories of the many people who came forward during their meetings, and gave their lives to the Lord; people were baptized in the Holy Ghost and set free from all kinds of sickness and disease.

Liliana Kwarcinska ministers to a small crowd in Jesus Maria. (Click to enlarge)CBC student, Liliana Kwarcinska had much to say about her experience in Mexico. She said, “This mission trip was a life changing experience for me and I will draw from the memories of it for the rest of my life. The biggest highlight for me was the opportunity to minister God's love to the people. The team was able to minister in a variety of ways including, sharing testimonies, teaching simple truths from the Word of God, healing the sick and baptizing people in the Holy Spirit."

One man, suffering from stroke-related paralysis down the right hand side of his body, approached Liliana for prayer. She explained, "I asked him, ‘What do you want prayer for?’ He told me, ‘I want to have full function of my body.’ I told him, 'He could walk today.' I helped him out of the wheelchair and we started to walk together. I asked his family if this was normal. They were speechless."

Debbie Lamont ministers to a woman in Mexico. (Click to enlarge)Another wonderful memory the team shared from the trip was seeing true marketplace evangelism in action. Liliana said, "We had the opportunity to interact with people on the street. We prayed for healing or salvation right in the middle of a busy market. Right in the midst of the business of life, people’s lives were transformed forever. It is so wonderful to be able to apply what I’ve learned in College. I now have the confidence to minister God’s love anywhere to anybody.”

CBC students, Allan Bruce, Liliana Kwarcinska and Debbie Lamont.
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CBC team member, Debbie Lamont was excited to see firsthand how discipleship really works. She said, “All of the Belfast team had an opportunity to minister during the meetings, and were also ministered to by what the resident people shared with us. I can see that sharing the gospel should not be only from a pulpit, but very much part of our everyday lives. The nice thing about small groups is that people get a chance to share with each other, and that is so encouraging. I can’t thank Yvonne, Grady and CBC-Belfast enough for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this mission trip. It has been life changing for me.”

Having some fun exploring Mexican culture. (Click to enlarge)Allan Bruce, CBC team member and the trip photographer, had the opportunity to capture some of the memories and sights of beautiful Mexico. He said, “The mission trip was amazing in so many ways. I photographed ministry, people, food of all kinds, local people and places, villages and city life. I was amazed at the contrasts of it all. Personally I am changed forever because of this trip. I would like to thank all those who supported us through prayer and giving, you have helped change so many lives."

Paco and Isabel have set up a ministry center in Malinalco, Mexico where people are welcome to attend workshops, and classes. In addition, the couple uses the center to teach Discipleship Evangelism (DE). Individuals come to their center and receive from the DE Lessons what it means to be a disciple, and then in turn, go out and share with others. This is the cycle the Apostle Paul spoke of in 2 Timothy 2:2, the scripture upon which Andrew launched Charis Bible College.