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Mission: Love One Another

The CBC mission team and their Argentinian hosts in the airport. (Click to enlarge)Last November, a team of Charis Bible College staff and students from Colorado went to Argentina to minister to the people of Buenos Aires and Lujan. The trip was led by CBC Colorado Director, Gary Luecke, his wife Diane and CBC Intern, Annabelle Mintz. The trio escorted eleven second-year students to the mission field on the eastern coast of South America where they shared the unconditional love of God for twelve days. The team was hosted by full-time missionaries and CBC graduates, Joe and Nancy MacQueen, founders of Charis de Dios (Grace of God) Ministries in Buenos Aires.

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Luján. Lujan is a highly religious city 35 miles west of Buenos Aires, known for its Catholic heritage.
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This was a trip full of firsts; it was the first time that CBC had sent a mission team to Argentina, the first time many of the students had ever left the United States or North America, and it was the first time for many on the team to minister the Word of God in a public setting. Despite the newness of the experience, and the sense of anticipation and expectation, the team was welcomed by pastors and local believers as if they were already family. "It was just like being reunited with family we hadn't seen in a while—there was so much love we were overwhelmed. It made very real to me how those who are in Christ really are brothers and sisters, no matter how far apart we may be or how different our daily lives may be. Seeing such love flow between our students and the people of Argentina made me very proud to be a part of our family," said Annabelle.

Ministering to the children of Buenos Aires. (Click to enlarge)The CBC team arrived prepared to reach the community in a variety of ways including through children's ministry, performing gospel-centered skits, leading worship and teaching in local churches, and ministering through service in the community. The groups' main focus was to share the love of God in a tangible way. The students witnessed deaf ears opening, spines straightening, and people having their needs met, even when evangelizing and praying for people in the street where the language barrier could have been a hindrance.

The students had many opportunities to minister the Word, both inside the church and out. (Click to enlarge)At the very end of one of the church meetings held in Buenos Aires, the students performed a skit depicting Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and the reason for which He gave up his life. A woman entered the service at exactly the right time and was so moved by the presentation of Jesus that she accepted Him as her Savior. Visibly filled with joy and relief she began to share her story with the students. The woman had been walking down the street hopelessly depressed, planning to jump in front of an oncoming bus in an attempt to end her life. As she contemplated her end, she heard the music coming from the church, and she remembered receiving a flyer earlier in the day, hand-delivered, by a student, advertising a healing service at the church. CBC Director, Gary Luecke and several team members ministered to a local pastor. (Click to enlarge)"There is no doubt we were at the right place at the right time to see that woman's life saved and turned around," commented Annabelle.

Before the trip Gary sensed that if the team went to Buenos Aires with the intent to “love one another,” then they would accomplish a tremendous amount. He shared that impression with his team and they reaped the benefits. "Everywhere we went, we ministered with love and I believe as a result, people received from us. During the testimony time here at the school, a student said they counted at least 45 people who received instant manifestations as a result of the ministry from the team."