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Monday
Jul262010

CBC Students Share Jesus in Nicaragua

CBC'c team used an adaptation of the Three Little Pigs story in skit format to share the message and love of Jesus.
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Earlier this year, Darey and Karen Jolly, missionaries to Central America and founders of Ambassadors to the Nations, hosted a Charis Bible College (CBC) mission team during a trip to Nicaragua. The team was led by CBC staff members Ashley and Carlie Terradez, and third year apprentice Kim Harrison. The Jollys provided the team with a hands-on ministry journey that touched the hearts of both the natives, and the missionaries.

A Nicaraguan family stands outside their home; a one-room shack without a bathroom or running water.(Click to enlarge)Struck by the conditions in which the people lived, the compassion of Jesus flowed through the students from the moment they arrived in the capital city of Managua. From the beginning of the trip the students were able to minister in many of the same ways exemplified in the Bible; they washed people's feet and gave them new shoes, visited a leper colony, taught the Word in churches, participated in street evangelism, and prayed for the sick and saw them healed. In all, the team ministered to four-thousand people during the six-day trip.

Student, Jim Huthmaker, like many on the trip, was touched by the poverty in which the people of the Nicaraguan villages live. He made mention of the fact that the people, to whom they ministered, were living in tiny shacks with no plumbing.CBC student, Jim Huthmaker hands out candy to a group of children.
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"We wouldn't put horses or dogs in some of these places," Jim said, as he recalled with compassion the living conditions.

While reflecting on the trip, CBC team member Lyndsey-Elizabeth Drummond recalled one opportunity the team had to minister in a medical clinic. After successfully ministering to several people, the doctor brought an elderly woman over to Lyndsey. The doctor explained that the woman had been sickly, suffering from arthritis pain and other ailments for eight years, and that the clinic had been unable to help her. After receiving prayer, the woman was completely healed. The doctor and her assistant, who had been treating the woman for years, stood weeping in amazement as the woman was restored. Lyndsey, not fluent in Spanish, just raised her arms in praise and said, "Yeshua," hoping that they understood it was because of Jesus that the woman was made whole. The elderly woman raised her hands in acknowledgement.

CBC student Lyndsey Drummond and CBC staff member Carlie Terradez ministered healing to a little girl. The power of God flowed as the little girl's shorter leg grew out. (Click to enlarge)Karen Jolly asked the team to minister to a little girl who was suffering with constant pain. One of the girl's legs was shorter than another. As Carlie helped situate the child comfortably in a chair, and Lyndsey lifted the girl's ankles to pray, the two women witnessed the little girl's leg as it grew out, before they had spoken a word.

The team saw numerous healing miracles ranging from stomach issues and lung problems to crippled legs and kidney trouble—God healed them all.

While the team did have the opportunity to teach and share from the pulpit at a pair of minister's conferences, most of the ministry on this trip was accomplished on the ground level with hands-on helps ministry. Whether feeding the hungry by distributing food boxes, or washing feet and providing new shoes or simply giving candy to a child with a smile, lives were touched and changed in Nicaragua.

CBC's mission team traveled as part of a larger group under the direction Darey and Karen Jolly, founders of Ambassadors to the Nations. (Click to enlarge)The team was blessed to serve alongside the Jollys and Ambassadors to the Nations. The CBC students were impressed by the Jolly's love for the Nicaraguan people, their visible compassion and desire to minister the love of Jesus to a poverty stricken people. Uzzi Macy praised the Jollys for their servant's hearts. In the midst of poverty, homelessness and fatherlessness, the Jollys expressed the love of God in a tangible way.

During the post trip presentation to the CBC student body, Kim said, as she glanced back at her team, that they were, "absolutely the hands of Jesus." She commented that the students worked from morning until night, many times without food, in triple digit heat and humidity, with no complaints. "They made a difference in that nation," she said.

Thursday
Jul152010

CBC Students Embrace the Thai People

CBC's Thailand Mission Team 2010
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At Charis Bible College (CBC) foreign mission trips are viewed as a valuable part of the student's training. The student's primary focus during their second year trip is on sharing the almost-to-good-to-be-true news of the Gospel with as many people as possible during their weeklong stay on foreign soil. Every effort is made to reach those in need of receiving Jesus as their Savior. Students attempt to share the Gospel through a variety of ways, holding tent meetings complete with worship, preaching and prayer, as well as through street ministry, by performing skits, and canvassing neighborhoods. While many CBC teams have been given the opportunity to minister in foreign lands, it is a rare occasion that a team has the opportunity to go to areas that have never before heard of Jesus Christ. This year was an exception as students visited small villages in Thailand.

CBC Graduate and full-time missionary to Thailand, Jeff DeVine, ministered with the CBC team. (Click to enlarge) CBC graduate, Jeff DeVine, full-time missionary to Thailand, hosted nine CBC students in May 2010. The student team was the first from CBC to visit the region. Thailand is a primarily Buddhist country, peppered with temples and religious idols, where the people are preoccupied with superstition and fear.

Not only was the team the first from CBC to visit Thailand, but they were also the first to share the Good News in a village called Bon Kamuang. It was a great honor for the students to minister the Word of God to the Bon Kamuang villagers for three nights. Each night, more than two-hundred people attended the meetings, received a free meal, enjoyed praise and worship music and heard the Gospel.

CBC team performing a skit.
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One night, after performing a skit illustrating how Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed, the team members explained that the story was true, and that Jesus is still healing today. The students also explained that the villagers could read more about Jesus for themselves in the Bible. Many Thai people received the truth from the skit, and when prayed for were instantly healed. Deaf ears were opened and pain in people’s bodies left. More than two-hundred bibles were distributed to villagers who wanted to know more about Jesus. CBC students were overwhelmed by the receptive hearts of the Thai people.

Part of the ministry in Bon Kamuang included sharing fellowship and food with the villagers. (Click to enlarge)During the last night of ministry, rain threatened to end the meeting early. Not to be shaken, the praise and worship leader encouraged everyone to agree in prayer that the rain would stop. As they joined in agreement and praised the Lord, the rain did stop and the meeting continued. Praise God!

The missionaries recognized a distinct shyness in the Thai people, noting that they were reluctant to make eye contact and were not very affectionate. By the third day however, it seemed as if a barrier had been broken, as the people began giving and receiving warm embraces; a sure sign of changed hearts.

The team canvassed Bon Kamuang and made the most of every opportunity to minister to the residents. (Click to enlarge)Apprentices and mission trip leaders, Alex and Julie Palomares noted that each of the students were very willing to put in extra time and effort to perform the skits with excellence. The fruit of the extra time and effort became obvious as the Thai people received the message. Three salvations and twenty-five instantaneous healings were reported as a result of the CBC student’s ministry efforts.

The work begun in the small village continues, as a pastor of a church from a nearby town goes back to Bon Kamuang each Sunday afternoon to teach and disciple those who are interested. He has reported that an average of 15-20 adults and many children regularly attend his meetings.

The organization of the trip details and Jeff's infectious enthusiasm for the Thai people was appreciated by the entire CBC team. To learn more about Jeff’s ministry in Thailand visit, Jeff DeVine Ministries.

Thursday
Jul012010

Effective Ministry Begins With Preparation

Prayer ministry after an evening tent meeting in Mexico. (Click to enlarge)At Charis Bible College (CBC), the second year curriculum combines classroom teaching with hands-on training in real-life ministry situations. Second year students also have the privilege of participating in one mission trip abroad. For many believers, few things are as life changing as participation in a foreign mission trip. These experiences are a valuable part of each student's time at CBC, as they learn how to effectively communicate the Gospel message in a foreign culture.

In February, a thirty-six member CBC mission team, led by CBC Dean of Students, Wayne Knurr, traveled to Ciudad Victoria (Victory City) in northern Mexico for a week of hands-on ministry training. The team was hosted by Bobby and Lynn Crow, founders of World Missions Outreach and Palabra De Vida (Word of Life) Church. The students saw the power of God's Word in action, as they witnessed salvations, miracles, and transformation in the lives of the Mexican people to whom they ministered.

Mission team hosts and founders of World Missions Outreach, Bobby and Lynn Crow (Click to enlarge)After returning to Colorado, each student had the opportunity to share personal highlights from their experience in Mexico. During an assembly, with the rest of the CBC student body, mission team members shared their deep appreciation for Bobby and Lynn, noting the Crow's desire to serve and provide for the CBC team. Their example of love, service, and abundant provision did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

Prior to the trip numerous students had prayed that God would provide an opportunity for them to be part of a major healing manifestation, and Praise God, no one was disappointed. The students saw a baby healed of colic, blind eyes and deaf ears opened, and witnessed people being set free from sickness, disease and pain. One woman, who was in a wheelchair due to a severe back injury, was healed and able to walk around after being ministered to by the CBC team.

Kim Hatfield (right) standing boldly outside her comfort zone. (Click to enlarge)CBC student, Kim Hatfield reported that upon arriving in Mexico the Holy Spirit reminded her that if she didn’t do anything, nothing would happen. This inspired her to step out of her comfort zone. As she trusted the Lord and ministered His word to the Mexican people, she was delighted to see the manifestation of God's healing power.

Mission team member, Deuane Woodard took special note of the uniting power of music ministry. He was touched by how praise and worship united everyone at each gathering, completely overriding the language and cultural barriers. He also noted that when he was faced with a particularly challenging prayer request during ministry, he would ask the Holy Spirit to guide his prayer. In one instance, the Holy Spirit prompted him to pray against a spirit of infirmity. He did as the Spirit instructed and saw an immediate healing manifestation.

Students Zachary Konstas and Katherine O'Brien with two local children.
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The Mexican children made quite an impression upon several of the CBC students. Some of the children enjoyed tagging along with the missionaries during their door-to-door home canvassing, and other children helped the students by translating for them. Whether it was cultural curiosity or candy that drew the children to the missionaries is hard to say, but all of the children came forward boldly and unashamedly to take their share of the candy when it was offered by the CBC students. Through this example, one student realized God’s desire for all of His children to approach Him in the same manner, with boldness, excitement and anticipation, unashamedly expecting His blessing and provision.

Second year student, Tim Abello was pleased to note that preaching with an interpreter actually calmed his nerves some, but he was more excited to share about the particularly fruitful door-to-door visitations. One day as they canvassed a neighborhood, he and his team members saw thirteen people saved within an hour and a half.

CBC students in Ciudad Victoria in northern Mexico. (Click to enlarge)Overall, the students were overwhelmed by the open, receptive hearts of the people in Mexico. Everyone who came forward for prayer was able to receive from the Lord. Although many of the people the students encountered claimed to know Jesus, some also confessed that they were not sure that they would be going to heaven when they died. Students led the individuals who were seeking assurance of their salvation in simple prayers throughout the week. Simplicity was the key for many in overcoming language and cultural differences.

Effective ministry led to salvations, miracles, and changed lives, both Mexican lives and student's lives.

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