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Monday
Mar072011

CBC Colorado Sends Team to Costa Rica

Charis Bible College Colorado sent a student mission team to minister in Costa Rica. (Click to enlarge)Costa Rica was the destination of a recent mission trip for a team of students from Charis Bible College (CBC) in Colorado Springs. The group from Colorado was hosted by, and ministered alongside a team from Kingdom Transitions Ministries of San Jose, Costa Rica which was founded by CBC graduate, Jim McHood. CBC Instructors Dr. Delron and Peggy Shirley and Intern Eric Williams, led the Colorado team. The following is Delron’s summary of the team's ministry highlights while on the mission field.

The mission actually began before we arrived in Costa Rica as a couple of the students led their seatmate on the plane to salvation and the baptism in the Holy Spirit while still airborne. CBC students ministered to school children and their families.
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On Friday, we visited a school and had a special assembly where the CBC students presented the gospel through skits, music, and testimonies to the elementary school children and their parents. Each child also received a special gift of a Spanish New Testament and some school supplies. On Saturday, we were back at the school for a full day of activities, including a high-energy rally with games, puppets, dramas, music, testimonies, teaching, and prayer, followed by a fun-filled time at the newly constructed obstacle course on the school grounds. The evening concluded with a free Christian movie and a time of ministry to the community living near the school.

Many had fun on the obstacle course, which was partially funded by the mission team.
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Sunday was a full day of ministry, beginning with a service at a local church complete with Spanish music, testimonies, and a skit. Almost the entire congregation came forward for prayer, and many received significant instantaneous answers. One man walked away from the altar carrying the cane that he had been dependent upon when he hobbled forward for prayer. Another lady came forward with knees so stiff that she could barely bend them, but was able to walk briskly across the stage after a simple prayer of faith by one of the students.

After a tearful goodbye at the front door of the church, the students boarded the bus to head to a remote village for a tour of a parcel of land where Kingdom Transitions Ministries is building a campground. The visit was highlighted by a refreshing time playing in a river on a rope swing. But even while we were having fun in the water, some of the students were busy on the shore sharing the gospel with a couple of local residents.The mission team stopped to watch Delron's antics on a riverbank rope swing. (Click to enlarge)

Next, we visited a rehab for men who were recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. Dramas, testimonies, and preaching were followed by a time of prayer and personal ministry to the men. All the men received prayer and at least one of them was baptized in the Holy Spirit.

On Monday, the team visited a rehab center for women, most of whom had been rescued from prostitution and drug addiction. All the ladies were touched by the dramas and victorious testimonies, and were blessed through the prayers and love of our team. Staff and students praying for men in a rehab facility. (Click to enlarge)Several of them were slain in the Spirit as the students laid hands on them and commanded that they be released from the bondages which held them captive.

Tuesday was our last full day in Costa Rica, and for many it was the most memorable. We started our day by loading the bus early in the morning to head for the Pacific coast. Once we reached the beach, we found a place where we could present our dramas and music to the passersby. The action really began once the first person came forward for prayer. As we prayed for him, others started gathering around to see what was happening. Soon, every member of the team was actively ministering to the people. Drivers stopped their cars right in the street causing a mini traffic jam, and called our team over to pray for them in their cars. One man who came to the Lord returned asking us to come with him to talk to a local shop owner up the street. What began with one man coming forward for prayer, led to wave after wave of seekers coming to the CBC team as they ministered on the beach. The desire for prayer even backed up traffic in the city street.
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Since he couldn’t leave his store to come to us, we went and ministered to him. Wave after wave of seekers kept rushing to the CBC students to ask for prayer. We saw a number of alcoholics delivered and several instant healings. One man came limping up with a bandage wrapped around his ankle and leg; after prayer, he pulled off the bandage and walked away without any haltering in his step.

After the bus trip back to San Jose, we gathered for one “last hurrah” before our early-morning flight back to Colorado—a farewell banquet of typical Costa Rican fare accompanied with traditional Latin music and dancing. As the students shared their final goodbyes with the interpreters and other team members, the constant theme was how much they had all been impacted by the love of the Costa Rican people. When asked to share some of the most impactful moments during the trip, one student told the story of how his heart had melted when a little girl had reached up to grab hold of him during the children’s program, and one lady described the moment that she “melted like butter” as one of the women at the church hugged her after the service.

The Costa Rica mission was a powerful time of ministry to the locals, but just as impactful to the students who made up the team—the exact reasons we love to lead mission teams to foreign countries!

Thursday
Feb172011

CBC Colorado Visits Russia

Student-missionaries from CBC-Colorado journeyed to St. Petersburg, Russia to gain experience teaching and ministering on foreign soil. (Click to enlarge)A Charis Bible College (CBC) student mission team recently returned from the mission field in Russia. Team leader and CBC instructor, Dr. Delron Shirley, led the twelve member team to St. Petersburg where they connected with missionaries Mike and Carrie Pickett, co-directors of the CBC extension school in St. Petersburg, Charis Bible Training Center (CBTC). The purpose of the trip was for the students to gain experience teaching the Word of God on foreign soil. The group spent twelve days touring and ministering in a variety of venues in the former USSR.

Dr. Delron Shirley and his interpreter teaching the Charis Bible Training Center students. (Click to enlarge)The Colorado students used CBTC as their base and began their mission experience sharing testimonies and teachings with the CBTC students. This was a great cultural opportunity in itself, as the CBTC student body is made up of more international students than Russians. Many Africans and Indians attend a local university where they study medicine and engineering during the day, and then attend Bible college in the evenings.

The team from Colorado also had the opportunity to minister to recovering addicts in a St. Petersburg drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. The CBC team and those they ministered to in the St. Petersburg Rehab. (Click to enlarge) In addition to sharing the Word, several of the students gave personal testimonies of deliverance from alcohol related problems. The meeting closed with a powerful time of prayer ministry, during which at least one man was baptized in the Holy Spirit.

The Colorado team, and a team from CBTC, traveled together by bus to a village five hours northwest of St. Petersburg, where they visited a local church and spent three days ministering to believers in the community. The teams had to register with the Russian authorities to be allowed access to this particular village because it was home to a Russian military base. Co-Director of Charis Bible Training Center and AWM-Russia, Mike Pickett ministering at a small village church. (Click to enlarge)The students did not have any trouble passing through the military check points because they had filed the appropriate documents prior to their arrival; however, the pastor of the church was interrogated at length, as to the nature of the team's visit to his church. The questioning was due in part to heightened security after the suicide bombing that took place in Moscow's Domodedovo airporton the day the Colorado team arrived in the country.

Security aside, the students were able to minister in the village church Friday evening, all day Saturday and on Sunday morning. Students gathered to pray for those with need in the village church.
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The church sanctuary also served as the students lodging while in the village.

"It was almost twenty years ago that I was in Russia last," said Delron. "At that time, the Communist Block was just beginning to break up and the people were just beginning to wake from the seventy-two-year-long nightmare of totalitarian rule to the dream of freedom. Leningrad had not yet returned to its original name of St. Petersburg, and the few believers in the city were still meeting in secret underground churches. While in St. Petersburg, the men from the CBC team had a short walk along the bustling streets to catch the Metro. (Click to enlarge)The economy was devastated to the point that the people had to stand in long bread lines just to get enough food to supply their daily needs. The Russia I found on this trip was a completely new world with bustling streets filled with prosperous citizens moving freely and enjoying life. But most of all, I found a vibrant and growing Christian community freely living and sharing their faith."

Third year CBC intern and co-leader Mark Dykstra echoed Delron's sentiment about the Russian people when he said, "The people were very warm and receptive to the Gospel message."

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.