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Thursday
Feb102011

Nothing is Impossible

CBC Colorado sent a mission team to the Dominican Republic. The students used a skit about David and Goliath (Josh Harper, left) to share the Gospel.
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At Charis Bible College (CBC) foreign mission trips are a valuable part of the students' training. The primary focus is to share the almost-to-good-to-be-true news of the Gospel with as many people as possible during the students' stay on foreign soil. Every effort is made to reach those in need of receiving Jesus as their Savior. Students share the Gospel through a variety of ways, holding tent meetings, teaching, preaching and prayer, as well as through street ministry, by performing skits, canvassing neighborhoods and distributing food.

The 27 member CBC team on the steps of La Casa Grande missions base. (Click to enlarge)In early 2011, CBC-Colorado had several mission teams leave the country, one of which went to the Dominican Republic. CBC Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson and two third-year interns, Jessica Klecker and Omar Fernandez, led twenty-four second year students to the city of Santiago, where they stayed with full-time missionaries Tim and Trena Johnson at La Casa Grande missions base.

A team from CBC-Colorado spent time in Santiago in late 2010 and had left some of Andrew's materials with the Johnsons for local distribution. Student-led worship in the park where the team set up for open-air ministry. (Click to enlarge)Tim has been giving the materials to local church pastors since then, and they have been seeing lives changed. When the community received word that another team was coming they were very excited; they wanted more of the truth.

Michelle and her team ministered in a variety of areas and conditions. One particular outreach was held outdoors, in a public park. "The experience that stands out the most is the public park where we set up. We saw the hurting, hard and unchurched people, melt in the love of Christ through the preaching of the Word," said CBC student, Carla Harper.

CBC-Colorado Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson with the man from Haiti who had dreamed the Americans were coming. (Click to enlarge) The park event was unique in that there was a noticeably large portion of the crowd that was male; more often than not, this was not the case for this team. After ministering the Word, an altar call was given for salvation, to which many responded. One man stood out in the crowd and he shared his story with Michelle. The man, a Haitian, said that he'd had a dream the night before that there were going to be Americans in that specific park and that he needed to be there. He was among those who accepted Jesus as his Savior.

In each situation the team ministered God's love, and the Lord met the needs of those in attendance. The team distributed van-loads of pasta to the poorest in Santiago. (Click to enlarge)One of those needs was communicated to Michelle a couple of days prior to the team leaving the United States. Trena had expressed to Michelle that in one of the poorest areas the team would be visiting there were approximately 300 children that had not received anything for Christmas. Trena wondered if there was anything the team could do. It was short notice, but "Nothing is impossible with God," Michelle thought.

Michelle left her office after speaking with Trena, and she bumped into Joe Nelson, a second year student who was part of the mission team. At first she was not going to mention the need to Joe, but felt prompted by the Lord to tell him of this last minute request. Joe said that he had 150 TY Beanie Babies, still in the original wrappers, which he would bring.

The CBC team members ranged in age from 20 to 78. Here Roland Bivens, 78 prays for a local man at a children's event. (Click to enlarge)In chapel the next morning, as the student body prayed together over the team leaving for Santiago, Michelle shared the story of the needy children and how God was already working through the team to meet the need. After prayer, two students, Terry and Trena McCandless offered to donate a bunch of teddy bears. Between these two donations, the team had enough toys to cover the need. "God took care of those kids in a moment's notice. It was awesome passing them out to them," said Michelle.

"We saw the powerful function of evangelism; we saw that street ministry can be very effective, even when filled with untrained actors, home-made props, and people that have never spoken in front of a crowd. God was there. Anointing was there. Not to make us look good, but to effect the hearts of those that surrounded us. God wants so desperately to reach the hearts of those who don't know Him. He can and will use anything and anyone who is willing," said Carla.