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Thursday
Sep022010

Blessed to be a Blessing

CBC Dallas' mission team members, Barron Skelton and Arlettia Sharp on their way to Mexico. (Click to enlarge)One Saturday morning in January, with the temperature in Dallas, Texas hovering at an uncharacteristically cold thirteen degrees, Barron Skelton and Arlettia Sharp, second year students at Charis Bible College-Dallas, and college Administrator, Shirley Johnson departed for their mission trip to northern Mexico. On the way to Mexico the CBC-Dallas team stopped in Harlingen, Texas, just north of the Mexican border, where they met with students from CBC-Chicago and CBC-Kansas City to form one larger missions team. The group was hosted by Bobby and Lynn Crow, founders of World Missions Outreach and Palabra de Vida (Word of Life) in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico.

Although the team headed south of the U.S. Border, there was no reprieve from the cold weather for the missionaries, as Ciudad Victoria was experiencing the coldest winter in recent history. The mission team from CBC-Chicago.
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Everyone was thankful that they had packed plenty of warm clothes. Even though the weather was unpleasant, the students were welcomed warmly by the Crows and their staff.

On Sunday morning the CBC students attended church services at Palabra de Vida, and were blessed by the hospitality of the church members. It was a joy for them to be received and treated as family, and to participate in the anointed worship service, for which the Crows and their church have become renowned.CBC-Kansas City's mission team.
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The first official day of street ministry took place in one of the many poor neighborhoods in Victoria. The residents of the neighborhood were welcoming, and students were humbled by the generosity and thoughtfulness of those they visited. Although it was obvious that the local people didn’t have much in the way of material wealth, they were eager to share what little they did have with the students. The team prayed with the residents for financial provision, healing, for runaway children to return and for many other needs. CBC students rested after playing soccer with some local children. (Click to enlarge)Ten people received Jesus as their Lord and Savior during the first day on the mission field.

Rita Luckett-Robinson from CBC-Chicago served as one of the team's children’s ministers. She brought many fun items for the kids, and she also played the flute for them. During one tent meeting, the team saw thirty children saved; it was a time of great rejoicing.

Each tent meeting the team held was fruitful. One CBC student would give a testimony and one would share a message each evening. The students also performed skits demonstrating the unconditional love of God, which proved very effective in reaching the people's hearts. Barron Skelton praying for people during one of the meetings. (Click to enlarge)Many residents responded with great enthusiasm and received Jesus, and some were filled with the Holy Spirit. One woman was so blessed by the ministry's outreach on one particular evening that she actually went forward specifically to pray for a student, instead of to receive prayer for herself.

At another meeting a young man who had received salvation stepped forward to share his testimony. He explained that he had been a local police officer but had been caught selling guns to “the bad guys.” He shared about how God had gotten him out of jail when it looked like he would never get out, and how his wife had been sick with a growth in her chest and how God had healed her. Arlettia Sharp ministers in the prayer line after a meeting. (Click to enlarge)It was a very emotional testimony that touched the hearts of those in attendance, including the members of mission team.

The CBC teams were sad to say good-bye to Mexico. They left feeling as though they had received as much as they had given. From the people they ministered to, to the kitchen staff at Palabra de Vida who never let them go hungry, to Bobby and Lynn Crow and their family who shared challenging messages and words of encouragement, as well as met their every need, the students were truly blessed.

Thursday
Aug262010

CBC-Florida's Mission to the Dominican Republic

Part of CBC-Florida's mission team performing a skit for the residents of La Vega.
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The second year curriculum at Charis Bible College combines classroom teaching with hands-on training in real-life ministry situations. One of the blessings second year students receive is the privilege of participating as part of a team on one mission trip abroad. These experiences are a valuable part of each student's time at Charis, as they learn how to effectively minister the Gospel and communicate in a foreign culture.

In April, sixteen students from Charis Bible College-Florida (CBC-Florida, formerly CBC-Jacksonville) visited the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is the eastern neighbor of Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. The CBC-Florida team partnered with Cedric Twillie of Crucial Ministries in Jacksonville. Cedric's wife is from the Dominican, and they maintain a ministry in Concepción de La Vega, the third largest city in the Dominican Republic.

Map of Latin America with the Dominican Republic highlighted in red. (Click to enlarge)Many of the CBC students were amazed at the depth of poverty in the city. Housing accommodations in the area were poor at best, and in this community that often meant houses were built with tin sheeting and had dirt floors. However poor the conditions appeared, students were equally amazed by the warmth of the people. As the team traveled by foot down the local dirt roads, little children would spring into the streets and follow them everywhere they went, greeting them with hugs, and grinning with broad smiles of friendship as they welcomed the CBC team to their neighborhood.

The poor in La Vega live in shacks like this one. (Click to enlarge)Danon Winter, Director of CBC-Florida, carefully planned the week-long trip maximizing the team's ministry opportunities. The students broke into smaller groups to cover more ground during their short stay. They visited three different hospitals, two schools, engaged in a neighborhood clean-up project, and met with local pastors to present Discipleship Evangelism lessons. “Everywhere we went we saw God save and heal people,” commented Danon.

A team of men from CBC-Florida visited a juvenile detention center and saw 33 boys receive Jesus. (Click to enlarge)The teams were sensitive to the Lord's leading, taking every opportunity to minister. As the students walked downtown in the mornings they would extend invitations to those passing by to meet them at the park. Then as local children and their parents gathered together at the park, the drama team would perform skits that pointed to the glory of Jesus. In the hospitals the team witnessed numerous miracles; people were healed and many were filled with the Holy Spirit as the students laid hands on them. A few of the CBC men also visited a juvenile detention center for boys, which was home to thirty-three young men. The mission team spent two hours with the boys, and before they left the center, all thirty-three received Jesus as their Savior!

A CBC drama team performs a skit for local school children. (Click to enlarge)Much of the team's ministry time was focused on the local neighborhood children. Before leaving the United Sates, the CBC students had packed approximately twenty suitcases full of school supplies, personal hygiene items, clothing, candy, games and toys. On the ground in the Dominican Republic the teams sorted and packed all the goodies into backpacks and distributed the items to the children. The team even hosted a birthday party for all the students at the local Haitian Christian School, providing them with these gifts.

The CBC team and local children glorified Jesus, performing together for a large crowd. (Click to enlarge)The CBC students spent a few afternoons walking through the streets, speaking with the families and offering prayer. On Saturday night a stage was set up, a local band played and the gospel was delivered to a large, but quiet crowd. The CBC drama group and some of the children also performed together. As the skies grew dark one person approached the stage for prayer—then all of a sudden, prayer erupted everywhere! The children and the parents, and the mission team were all praying together. As the ministry and evening ended, the children led everyone in a time of joyous dancing in the street.

Prayer was well received in La Vega as the CBC students experienced hands-on ministry. (Click to enlarge)CBC-Florida students enjoyed their time in the Dominican Republic, and were blessed as the power of God worked through their hearts and hands as they shared the good news of Jesus Christ.

“We are glad to partner with Crucial Ministries,” Danon said. “We plan to return to the Dominican Republic to continue what the Lord has begun, and this local connection helps us to stay in touch with their needs.”

Monday
Aug232010

CBC-Belfast's Mission to Mexico

CBC-Belfast participated in true marketplace ministry. (Click to enlarge)Earlier this year a small team of staff and students from Charis Bible College in Belfast, Ireland went to Mexico on a mission trip. The four-person CBC team led by school Co-Director, Yvonne O’Brien, was hosted by Paco and Isabel Martinez, founders of a small Malinalco-based helps ministry. They ministered throughout Mexico City and Malinalco with the assistance of the Martinez' daughter, CBC-UK graduate and Pastor, Lorena Lucey. Yvonne was eager to report that many lives were touched, including the lives of the missionaries themselves.

Yvonne was thrilled about the open and receiving hearts that her team encountered. In Mexico City the team held well-attended meetings in homes and conference centers. They also spent several days in the mountain region of Malinalco, ministering to and healing the sick in the market square and in the town of Jesus Maria. (Click to enlarge)Yvonne said of the people they encountered in Mexico, "No matter where we were or who we were with, the one thing that stood out to me was, ‘God’s love never fails’ and sharing His love with people is not complicated." She went on to recall memories of the many people who came forward during their meetings, and gave their lives to the Lord; people were baptized in the Holy Ghost and set free from all kinds of sickness and disease.

Liliana Kwarcinska ministers to a small crowd in Jesus Maria. (Click to enlarge)CBC student, Liliana Kwarcinska had much to say about her experience in Mexico. She said, “This mission trip was a life changing experience for me and I will draw from the memories of it for the rest of my life. The biggest highlight for me was the opportunity to minister God's love to the people. The team was able to minister in a variety of ways including, sharing testimonies, teaching simple truths from the Word of God, healing the sick and baptizing people in the Holy Spirit."

One man, suffering from stroke-related paralysis down the right hand side of his body, approached Liliana for prayer. She explained, "I asked him, ‘What do you want prayer for?’ He told me, ‘I want to have full function of my body.’ I told him, 'He could walk today.' I helped him out of the wheelchair and we started to walk together. I asked his family if this was normal. They were speechless."

Debbie Lamont ministers to a woman in Mexico. (Click to enlarge)Another wonderful memory the team shared from the trip was seeing true marketplace evangelism in action. Liliana said, "We had the opportunity to interact with people on the street. We prayed for healing or salvation right in the middle of a busy market. Right in the midst of the business of life, people’s lives were transformed forever. It is so wonderful to be able to apply what I’ve learned in College. I now have the confidence to minister God’s love anywhere to anybody.”

CBC students, Allan Bruce, Liliana Kwarcinska and Debbie Lamont.
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CBC team member, Debbie Lamont was excited to see firsthand how discipleship really works. She said, “All of the Belfast team had an opportunity to minister during the meetings, and were also ministered to by what the resident people shared with us. I can see that sharing the gospel should not be only from a pulpit, but very much part of our everyday lives. The nice thing about small groups is that people get a chance to share with each other, and that is so encouraging. I can’t thank Yvonne, Grady and CBC-Belfast enough for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this mission trip. It has been life changing for me.”

Having some fun exploring Mexican culture. (Click to enlarge)Allan Bruce, CBC team member and the trip photographer, had the opportunity to capture some of the memories and sights of beautiful Mexico. He said, “The mission trip was amazing in so many ways. I photographed ministry, people, food of all kinds, local people and places, villages and city life. I was amazed at the contrasts of it all. Personally I am changed forever because of this trip. I would like to thank all those who supported us through prayer and giving, you have helped change so many lives."

Paco and Isabel have set up a ministry center in Malinalco, Mexico where people are welcome to attend workshops, and classes. In addition, the couple uses the center to teach Discipleship Evangelism (DE). Individuals come to their center and receive from the DE Lessons what it means to be a disciple, and then in turn, go out and share with others. This is the cycle the Apostle Paul spoke of in 2 Timothy 2:2, the scripture upon which Andrew launched Charis Bible College.