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Mar032014

CBC Mission Team Becomes The Word

CBC-Colorado student missionary, Lori Caldwell, spends a little time playing with a young girl prior to an outdoor meeting the team held in a small village. (Click to enlarge)Earlier this year, a 10 person mission team from Charis Bible College in Colorado traveled to India to minister to, and alongside, the staff and students at the CBC extension school in Chennai. The American team led by CBC-Colorado's Mission Coordinator, Michelle Patterson, and CBC Intern, John Bullock, arrived on January 10 and began their power-packed adventure sharing the gospel with the Indian people.

Bethany Sather ministering to a woman at Little Drops. (Click to enlarge)The team moved around the region ministering in village churches, local orphanages and elderly homes where there were endless opportunities for prayer, healings and salvations. For Colorado team member, Bethany Sather, the experience overseas brought her to a new place in her relationship with the Lord. Before going to India, Bethany had never led anyone to Christ and she was timid when it came to laying hands on anyone. Her time in India changed her life. She knew the trip would put her in uncomfortable situations, but she determined in her heart before leaving to trust God and to try to flow with whatever she sensed the Lord wanted her to do. As a result of making that determination, Bethany had the privilege of leading a 94-year-old woman named, Pashmina, to the Lord. She CBC-Colorado student, Kati Herr, hanging out with her new friends at an orphanage called, "The Shelter." The facility is a home for orphaned children with AIDS.
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rejoices knowing that she will spend eternity with Pashmina. Bethany said, "I saw several people healed and baptized in the Holy Spirit. It was awesome to step outside my comfort zone and watch God work!"

For Kati Herr the trip was a fulfillment of the desire of her heart. She had longed to go to India since early in her first year at CBC. Because the Lord had placed India on her heart, and the desire to minister was already there, the cultural differences did not hinder her in any way. Kati said she was fascinated simply riding down the street, enjoying sights and sounds, the scenes being so different from America. The hospitality and kindness of the Indian people made a significant impact on her as well. "Meeting our brothers and sisters at CBC-Chennai CBC-Colorado third-year intern, John Bullock, ministering to an elderly man in the Little Drops home for the indigent. Like Jesus, John was sure to incorporate the power of touch in his ministry. (Click to enlarge)was a highlight for me. We connected instantly and had so much fun ministering together on our outreaches. It was so fulfilling to minister at the orphanages and old age homes. I really felt the love of Jesus flowing through me as I touched and prayed with the people there," she said.

Each of the Colorado team members had their own personal experiences, including the team's intern, John. While the team was ministering in a small village church, a man walked in and asked for prayer for healing. John prayed for him and the man's pain left. What impacted John more than the instantaneous healing, was that the man looked up at him afterwards and said, “You are like God! I have never met people like you.” As he The gentle eyes of one of the Little Drops residents. (Click to enlarge)reflected on the trip John said, "That is what we wanted to be. We wanted people to see Jesus, not us, wherever we went."

John also shared a story about when they visited a home for the indigent elderly, a place called, “Little Drops.” Before the team went in to minister to the people, they met the founder of the home, a man named Paul. He told the team how important just visiting and talking and touching was to the people. Paul told the CBC team that he was tired of church people who came to have a religious service or read the Bible but never really touched the needy. Paul's challenge to John and the team was, “Don’t focus on converting them. Focus on them personally. Don’t just read the Word—BE the Word!”

"That was our team and that was our ministry, as we trusted God for the ability, the compassion and the results," John said.

Herbert, a CBC-Colorado student, chats with a resident of Little Drops. (Click to enlarge) Hands-on ministry with John Bullock and several other CBC students. (Click to enlarge)

Clay Caldwell praying for a Little Drops resident. (Click to enlarge) The team praying with a man after a village church service. (Click to enlarge)

The CBC-Colorado team with the staff and students from CBC-India. As CBC-Colorado student, Clay Caldwell (circled in red) ovserved, "Charis Bible College is so much bigger than just Woodland Park, CO. We are part of something that is changing the world!" (Click to enlarge)

Reader Comments (2)

Awesome testimonies, good job everyone! Definitely you did the word: "And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you." (Luke 10:9) Thank you for sharing the love of God, and set people free.

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEsteban

"You are like God! I have never met people like you.”

When I read this, I broke into tears. We should all be like this. No greater compliment was ever paid one of Jesus' followers.

I also thought the following was outstanding advice:

“Don’t focus on converting them. Focus on them personally. Don’t just read the Word—BE the Word!”

Thank you so very much for sharing this with us. It was a blessing to read.

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSheila in Florida

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