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Monday
Jul112011

CBC-Colorado Plants Seeds in Germany

Charis Bible College students performing a Jesus-centered drama in downtown Berlin, on a recent mission trip. (Click to enlarge)In recent weeks we have posted several articles about the overseas endeavors of Charis Bible College mission teams. These reports are full of testimonies of the signs and wonders that flow freely when the seed of the Word is preached in materially impoverished nations. But what happens when the CBC teams go to more prosperous nations and cities like Berlin, Germany?

For the second time in April, Charis Bible College-Colorado sent a missionary team to the capital city of Germany. Their mission was to evangelize Berlin and to share the unconditional love and grace of God with a culture in spiritual need. The nineteen member team, led by CBC Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson, worked with representatives from several Many spectators gathered to watch the performances—lots of seeds were planted. (Click to enlarge)Germany-based ministries including the team's hosts, European Initiative.

Jeff Serio, co-founder of European Initiative, took the students many places across the city to give them a feel for the culture and spiritual climate of Berlin, a city where only one percent of the 3.4 million people claims to be Christian. His tour helped the team gain an understanding of the mindset of the city and generated within the students a Christ-like compassion for its people.

The team fervently ministered in the streets and public squares throughout Berlin, sharing the Gospel through open-air performances of Jesus-centered dramas, music ministry and one-on-one discussion and prayer. The students used every moment and opportunity, whether on the street, in a local church Berlin's Maury Park, where thousands of teens and young adults gather each weekend to drink and entertain each other. (Click to enlarge)or traveling by train, to minister to the people with whom they made contact.

As they shared the gospel of Christ, many on the team were astonished by the number of people who had never heard of Jesus. Michelle shed tears over the people in Berlin saying, "Their spiritual poverty is greater than the material poverty in the third world countries." CBC student, Abby Feldhacker, echoed Michelle's sentiments and said, "Even though Berlin may not be in poverty like some third world countries, their spiritual poverty was heartbreaking."

While the overall sentiment was one of heartbreak, the team members did plant seeds and were encouraged by the few who listened to what they were saying. The team sang spontaneously around the city and on the trains. Some Berliners would participate. Lots of 1-on-1 ministry took place on the trains. (Click to enlarge)Michelle had the opportunity to minister to two fifteen-year-old girls who had never before heard of Jesus. They did listen intently, and although they did not receive Jesus at that moment, Michelle assured the young ladies that if they asked God to reveal Himself to them, He would.

Students, Bruce and Joyce Ball, were seated together on a train one evening when a young woman sat down next to them and pulled out her Bible. Bruce saw her Bible and asked if she was a believer. The young woman said no, and explained that she was just reading it because she was curious. Bruce and his wife spent the rest of the ride ministering to her, explaining the Scriptures to her while she too listened intently.

A group shot of the CBC team.
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"I can’t really say that we saw any salvations or healings like when we go to third world countries, but I believe we did plant seeds. I feel that our presence there in the city made a difference," said Michelle.

So what happens when the CBC mission teams go to places like Berlin? The answer is, God's love is shared, seeds are planted and miracles are expected. After all, farmers don't see immediate results after planting their seeds either.

Monday
Jul042011

CBC Students Minister in Nicaragua 

CBC-Colorado students, leaders and representatives, Darey and Karen Jolley, from the Ambassadors to the Nations had a heaven of a good time ministering in Nicaragua. (Click to enlarge)Recently, twenty-three Charis Bible College (CBC) students from the Colorado campus went on a mission trip to Nicaragua. The team, led by CBC instructor, Dr. Delron Shirley, was the third from Colorado to visit the impoverished nation this year. The team had the opportunity to serve alongside missionaries Karen and Darey Jolley, founders of Ambassadors to the Nations, These young ladies hold up their new and much-needed dresses.
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a ministry which serves in some of the poorest countries in Central America. Much of the students' time was focused on ministering to the children of Nicaragua.

The Ambassadors' Sponsor a Child program allows participants to support an individual child, or an entire family, on a monthly basis. All money received through this program is used for food, clothes, water, medical and schooling needs. Some of the CBC students had the opportunity to personally meet the children whom they have been sponsoring through the program. It was a joy for them to have hands-on involvement in distributing the needed supplies to the children and families they have been supporting from a distance.

A small but life changing moment.
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The student missionaries also went into the local schools and presented Gospel-centered dramas and puppet shows, and then blessed the children with coloring books as well as new shoes. As part of the shoe distribution, the CBC students imitated Jesus' selfless act of washing His disciples' feet (John 13:4-17). The team washed the children's feet and prayed over each child before placing the new shoes on them. It was a small blessing for the children, but the act had a life-changing impact on the students.

The CBC team also held open-air meetings as part of their outreach efforts to the villages throughout the area. One such meeting was held on an island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. People came from neighboring islands in canoes and rowboats to see the puppet ministry, and hear the Gospel. People came from neighboring islands in canoes and rowboats. (Click to enlarge)At other meetings, people filled the streets and crowded around the ministry teams. At several locations where the students ministered they also offered free medical clinics. Prior to seeing the doctor, however, each patient received prayer from a CBC student, and many students reported instant healings. Students were overjoyed by the miracles they witnessed while operating in the power of God.

When the crowds became too large at some of the outreaches, it was impossible to minister to each person individually, so the prayer team formed a line and had the people seeking prayer walk past; the team called it a prayer tunnel. The students laid hands on and prayed a blessing over each person as they walked through. The team used what they called a "prayer tunnel" to accommodate the large number of people seeking ministry. (Click to enlarge)Delron and the team believed that their prayer tunnel had the same anointing that Peter’s shadow had as he passed by people in the book of Acts.

Ambassadors to the Nations help to improve the living conditions through the building of suitable housing for the people to whom they minister. CBC students were able to visit several housing projects where new homes had been built. The new houses, which were constructed with sturdy cement brick, and were complete with electricity and plumbing, replaced old shelters built with scrap metal, random pieces of wood and sheets of plastic. One home that had just been completed was given to a teacher from one of the schools. An example of the crowds that gathered to see the missionaries from CBC. (Click to enlarge)Before moving into her new residence, the teacher lived in a “home” with a tarp roof and had to walk a village block to use a bathroom.

Delron estimated that the CBC team touched at least four thousand lives through the supplies distribution, medical clinics and open-air ministry; however, the impact on the students lives was just as great, as they witnessed so many responding to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Monday
May232011

A Mission of Healing

Recently, Charis Bible College-Colorado sent a team to the mission field in Ecuador. (Click to enlarge)God touched many lives through outstanding demonstrations of His healing power during a recent Charis Bible College (CBC) mission trip to Ecuador. Under the direction of Dr. Delron and Peggy Shirley and missionary to Central America, Mickey Cartagena, the CBC students learned that flexibility and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit are of utmost importance when on the mission field.

After nearly twenty-four hours of travel, the CBC team arrived at their hotel in Ecuador at four in the morning. Due to their travel schedule the team had planned to enjoy a slowly-paced first day. They visited a local botanical garden where they jumped into ministry mode and gave an impromptu presentation of a Gospel-centered skit to a group of senior citizens, also visiting the garden. Three CBC students, Pharisee Bendolph, Greg Bramblett and Dracian Coroian, stand around an Ecuadorian man and his wife. The students prayed for the man's eyesight. He was blind, but now he can see! (Click to enlarge)Soon, what could be described as a revival meeting broke out as nearly every senior citizen was prayed for by the CBC team members. Many instant healings were witnessed including the restoration of hearing and vision. "The schedule that I had prepared was one that would give the students many opportunities for ministry and fellowship with the people of Ecuador, but the student's enthusiasm and fervor created even more opportunities," said Mickey, the trip coordinator.

The experience with the senior citizen group set the tone for the rest of the trip as the team ministered in various cities including Machala, Huaquillas, Puerto Bolivar, Salinas and Pasaje. The students served as the hands and feet of Jesus, and continued to witness the healing power of God at work everywhere they went. Long lines of people, hungry for a touch from God, formed at each service.

The team gathered to pray for people who had come forward to receive Jesus and to be baptized in the Holy Ghost. (Click to enlarge)People came forward for salvation, baptism in the Holy Spirit, and especially for healing during the meetings. In addition to the many physical ailments that were healed, there were numerous emotional healings and deliverances. "The team wore buttons that said, 'Jesus valora tu vida,' meaning 'Jesus values your life.' This message flowed forth from the students' testimonies, their teachings, their mannerism, their actions, and from their hearts to each and every person they came in contact with, and it was life changing for many," said Mickey.

One woman named Martha grieved the loss of her mother, father and brother. Martha also harbored feelings of anger because she thought her sister had wanted her brother to die so that she would receive more inheritance. These emotional burdens made Martha easy prey for demonic oppression. Mickey Cartagena, trip coordinator and co-founder of Alpha and Omega International Ministries, translating for CBC student Joann Rye.
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As she came forward for prayer, the demon which was tormenting her began to manifest and put Martha into a trance-like state. CBC students took authority over the spirit, and Martha became conscious again. The team then prayed with her to be able to forgive her sister, and to receive emotional healing. It was impossible to miss the huge smile of freedom on Martha’s face following prayer.

Another woman, Tiffany, had been suffering from epileptic seizures for eighteen years, often suffering as many as five per day. Her mother and sister brought her to one of the CBC meetings held in a high school auditorium in the town of Pasaje. While at the meeting Tiffany had a seizure. Her mother explained that being in large crowds triggered her seizures. The students, and other local believers spent an hour praying over her, but she never regained consciousness. Even though her family knew the crowds could trigger her to have another severe seizure, the family brought Tiffany back for another meeting in Machala. The CBC team ministered to young and old alike. Here they pray for a young boy. (Click to enlarge)When they arrived a group of students met Tiffany and her family outside the church, and her mother reported that Tiffany had only experienced one mild seizure that day, which was a significant improvement. Since Tiffany was alert, the team could easily minister to her. Since the family was not completely sure of whether or not they were truly born-again, the prayer team prayed with Tiffany’s family for salvation first. The team then continued ministering to Tiffany for healing and deliverance. After a short time, Tiffany announced she wanted to go inside the church. Since she was able to go into the crowded church without experiencing a seizure, the team took it as evidence that she had received her healing.

CBC student, Fancine Van Bromell, with two little girls. The team made special note of the how children at each meeting were drawn to Fancine.
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During the last night at the church in Marchala, fifteen-year-old Yaniel came forward for prayer. He was completely deaf. As prayer began and the healing power of God was released upon him, Yaniel fell to the floor grasping his head in tremendous pain. Eventually, he was able to explain to his mother why he was in pain. Yaniel’s mother told the CBC students that he was hearing for the first time and the unfamiliar sensation was overwhelming due to the complete silence he had experienced for fifteen years.

As people were touched by the power of God, they couldn’t help but share their testimonies, and the excitement became contagious and irresistible. Entire families received salvation and baptism in the Holy Spirit. One man, after being filled with the Holy Spirit shared that he could feel, “fire inside his heart.”

The entire mission trip was truly a healing journey. In addition to the many lives that were touched, healed and delivered throughout the trip, the CBC team also left Spanish translations of many of Andrew’s books behind; these are sure to continue to bless the people of Ecuador.