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CBC Students Evangelize Berlin

CBC students ministered to individuals on the streets of Berlin, Germany. (Click to enlarge)In early April 2011, Charis Bible College-Colorado (CBC) sent an eighteen person team on a mission trip to Germany. The team, led by CBC Night School Coordinator, Carol Odenwald and third-year Interns, Arnold Oney and Lynae Minoletti, worked with representatives from several Germany-based ministries including the team's hosts, European Initiative, to evangelize the streets of Berlin.

According to Jeff and Barbara Serio, founders of European Initiative, less than one percent of Berlin's 3.4 million people claim to be Christian. With this statistic in mind, the team went to the heart of Germany's capital city to share the story and love of Jesus through street evangelism. Street evangelism began with praise and worship music. (Click to enlarge)The CBC students performed skits and played music to attract the people caught in the hustle and bustle of city life. When the students finished presentations, they took the opportunity to witness to the crowds that had gathered. As one student explained the skit to the onlookers, the other team members would take every opportunity to minister the Gospel to, and pray with, interested individuals in the audience.

"During the skits, team members would place themselves in the crowd and strike up conversations about the dramas. People seemed to enjoy the dramas and would talk to us fairly readily, but few people would accept Jesus," Part of the CBC team performing a skit. (Click to enlarge)said Carol.

The team was able to plant seeds in the minds of those with whom they spoke, and also led eight people to Lord. "Most of the people we met and talked with on the streets didn’t know who Jesus was, and did not see any reason to have Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior," said Arnold. It was Arnold's observation that the people with whom he had contact were more interested in their material possessions than in hearing about Jesus.

The team prayer walking the streets of Berlin. (Click to enlarge)When asked to surmise the perceivably cold reception to the Gospel, Carol had this to say, "As far as the hardness of their hearts, for the young adults, it was a totally new concept as most of them are atheist and have never heard the “good news”. The older people remember the Holocaust and are totally freaked out by any form of propaganda (i.e. tracts or verbal). For all of them, I believe there is a sense of shame about the Holocaust. I believe that shame acts as a veil. "

Regardless of the seeming lack of receptiveness, the CBC students moved about the city, mostly on foot, walking an average of three to five miles per day to share the Gospel. One particular morning, the students joined with a missionary couple, who operate a café; the group simply walked the streets together singing and praying for the population of Berlin. The team also ministered in several local churches, where the student's testimonies and messages of relational evangelism were well received.


Four Campus Mission

In March, Charis Bible College sent four teams of second-year students on to the mission field in Central America. In a combined effort the teams from Colorado, Indiana, Illinois and Massachusetts, united with Karen and Darey Jolley founders of Ambassadors to the Nations to serve the local communities in Nicaragua. The thirty-six member team ministered to many groups of children in schools and neighborhoods, expressing God's love through the giving of gifts of clothing, shoes and other necessities. The CBC students also had the opportunity to share God's Word in a women's prison and at a Pastors' conference. As you will see in the images below, many lives were impacted by the teams' ministry efforts and the good news of the Gospel of Jesus.

A bus load of ministers and and a wagon load of wood. (Click to enlarge) The living conditions of those in need in some of the areas the student's visited. (Click to enlarge)



Gifts at each stop included Spanish translation Bibles, clothing and... candy! (Click to enlarge) God loves a cheerful giver and to see His children receive provision. (Click to enlarge)

The CBC teams were prepared with drama performances pointing to Jesus. (Click to enlarge) Bright smiles could be seen wherever the teams ministered. (Click to enlarge)


Pastor Daniel interprets for Ruth as she shares a message. (Click to enlarge) Boxes of love—these contained shoes and clothing for the children. (Click to enlarge)

The teams sort through shoe sizes.
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The teams washed the children's feet before placing on the new shoes. (Click to enlarge)

Sometimes ministry looks like clowning around. (Click to enlarge) Sometimes ministry looks like a dance party! (Click to enlarge)

Karen Jolley (left) and several team members pray for a young boy. (Click to enlarge) The teams ministered in schools, churches, prisons and in the streets. (Click to enlarge)




Sharing God's Love in the UK

Charis Bible College instructor, Dr. Delron Shirley (left) and the eight member CBC Colorado mission team visiting the United Kingdom. They ministered in Ireland, Scotland and England. (Click to enlarge)A missionary team from Charis Bible College-Colorado (CBC-CO) recently returned from a bustling adventure to the United Kingdom, which included stops in Ireland, Scotland and England. The team was made up of eight second-year students and was led by Dr. Delron Shirley.

The first stop was in Belfast, Ireland, where the team ministered at Charis Bible College-Belfast, which is directed by CBC-CO graduates Grady and Yvonne O’Brien. The team members were given opportunities to share their testimonies, teachings and prayer ministry with the Belfast students. The Colorado team also participated in an in-home fellowship just outside the city, and in a campus ministry in the heart of Belfast.

CBC-Colorado student missionary, Lydia Schneider, teaching at CBC-England.
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When their time in Belfast came to an end, the Colorado team crossed the Irish Sea by ferry to Scotland where they were met by John and Susan Donnelly, pastors of Glen Aros Church in the town of Dumfries. The team members stayed in the homes of various host families while ministering in Scotland.

The student’s adventure with the Donnellys began with a traditional ceilidh (pronounced kay-lay), which is a social gathering complete with bagpipes, kilts, and Scottish dancing. The highlight of their evening was the meal, which was complete with haggis, a Scottish delicacy of sheep heart, liver, and lungs mixed with onions, oatmeal, and spices cooked inside the sheep’s stomach. Yum.

The first day of ministry in Dumfries took place in an open-air meeting on a downtown public street. The students were invited to stand on the park bench and share their testimonies and whatever message was on their hearts. When anyone showed interest, they were offered free literature and a prayer. The following day, the students ministered at a church during both the Sunday morning and evening services. Colorado student, Doug Bishop teaching. (Click to enlarge)Students took turns sharing a testimony or short message in the church service, and then spent time ministering individually to the people as they fellowshipped after the service. A number of individuals received healings and a woman received a dramatic deliverance from a spirit that had been tormenting her severely. One man who had been suffering from serious knee problems was totally healed and began running up and down the stairs proclaiming his healing.

At the Sunday evening church service, Colorado team member, Caroline Walton had the opportunity to minister to the large Scottish family with whom she was staying. During the conclusion of the service, as Delron invited people forward for prayer, Many witnessed the love and miraculous power of God flowing through CBC-Colorado student, Caroline Walton (right) as she ministered. (Click to enlarge) the eldest daughter of Caroline's host family indicated that her friend needed prayer but was too shy to go forward. As Caroline approached him, she remembered being told that he had not previously received Jesus. Caroline asked him if he needed to be healed, and he explained that he had chronic pain in his lower back. Caroline then asked if she could pray for him and he agreed. She proceeded to evaluate his legs and saw that one leg was shorter than the other by approximately an inch. Standing on God's word, Caroline commanded his leg to grow in the name of Jesus Christ—and it did. After prayer for his back, hips and spine, all the pain left his body.

As Caroline made her way back to her seat, she heard the Lord say, "He is ready." Caroline knew this young man was ready to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior. She looked over and saw him sitting with his face in his hands. Caroline knelt down beside him and asked if he would like to make Jesus his Lord and Savior. The young man looked up with tears streaming down his face and answered, yes. "I placed my hand on his shoulder and introduced him to the God who had just healed him, and then led him in a prayer of salvation. What a wonderful way to meet the Lord, knowing what a mighty God He is,” said Caroline.

The CBC-Colorado team included Doug Bishop, Tennie Goen, Jim Schneider, Lydia Schneider, Jay & Karen Smith, Trish Sinclair, Caroline Walton and team leader Delron Shirley. (Click to enlarge)For the final leg of the journey, the students were guests of Charis Bible College-England, directed by Paul and Sue Fong Flanagan. Just as they had in Ireland, the Colorado team shared their testimonies and taught in the classes and in small groups. A highlight of the ministry in England was a communion service in which the Colorado team served the local students and then prayed with them. Many students from both campuses testified to receiving physical and emotional healings that day.

As time in the UK drew to a close, the Colorado team gathered for fellowship with a number of the local college students and staff, as well as members of the community for a home fellowship at the farm of Carol and Barrie Dupree. In that closing meeting, students offered prayer and ministry one last time. “It was beautiful to see how so many kept coming to various members of the team for prayer before we finally loaded the bus and headed back to the hotel in preparation for our departure,” said Delron.