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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.

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.