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Monday
Jun192017

From Ritual to Faith

Strolling through the streets of Mexico, it’s quite easy to find images that reflect the religious life of the people. Beautiful churches grace the many plazas. Colorful altars with fresh flowers and candles can be seen in many public places. Church bells are heard throughout the day, from sunrise to sunset, like a familiar song.

Despite the appearance of religious life, many people in Mexico don’t know Jesus as their personal Savior. The void of a true relationship with God is filled with religious rituals that cannot give the peace and assurance that only true faith in Christ brings.

But God is at work, resurrecting the faith of the Mexican people. With that purpose in mind, a team of Charis Bible College students spent eight days in the city of Querétaro, sharing the love and grace of God.

Julie and Alex Palomares, the directors of Charis Mexico, had many outreaches prepared in order to give the students an opportunity to share the love of God. The team was ready. Kathy McHugh recalls, “Our team went to Mexico as well prepared as possible, and God blessed our efforts abundantly, proving once again that preparation time is never wasted time.”

The team had the opportunity to visit the Pan de Vida Orphanage and spend quality time with the children who live there. They also held a street outreach in the nearby town of Salamanca, where the powerful message of salvation was shared with simplicity.

The women’s and children’s hospital was part of the itinerary also. Public hospitals in Mexico can be overcrowded, and patients and their relatives can feel isolated and ignored despite the best efforts of medical personnel. To show love to the people in their time of need, the Charis students spread throughout the overcrowded hospital courtyard, taking with them over a hundred sandwiches they had prepared beforehand. The team gave the people food, took time to hear their personal stories, prayed for them, and reminded them that God truly loves them. One leader said that while amazing things happen at all of Charis Mexico’s outreaches, many students find that the hospital outreach impacts them the most.

Judith Leitner shares her own experience from the missions trip: “After praying with [the people], I would look into their eyes, and there was always a noticeable difference. I saw hope, possibility, joy, relief, less-to-no pain, no confusion, clarity, and brightness. Plus, there was always a huge smile of happiness on their faces! I was so touched to see God’s promises
come through.”

When people see the love of God in action and understand that salvation is a gift from God, it empowers them to experience a genuine conversion. In these outreaches, the team saw approximately 275 salvations and 50 healings, and 4 people received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The students left Mexico rejoicing over the goodness of God. And for the precious people they left behind, the ringing of the church bells will have a new meaning. It will remind them to come out of dead rituals and into a
living faith.

Our Charis students take missions trips every year to a variety of places. Please consider praying for them. And as always, please comment below if this has encouraged you!

Written by Citlalli Macy

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Monday
May292017

Changing Hearts at Home and Abroad

“And he [Jesus] said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Mark 16:15, brackets mine

Every year, Charis Bible College Colorado sends hundreds of second-year students around the world to preach the Gospel. And every year they return with testimonies of healings, salvations, and miracles. Perhaps the greatest testimonies are those of the students’ changed hearts and minds. Charis students who leave Colorado somewhat timid return emboldened. Those who leave quoting theory come home with revelation. And many who are seeking God for that “next step” return with vision.

This year has been no different.

Tim Mayes, a Charis Colorado student who went to Costa Rica, returned in awe of the way God changed his heart during his team’s trip. “Costa Rica was not my first choice,” Tim says. “I don’t even think it was my last choice, but I am fully aware that it was the correct choice for me.” During Tim’s trip, the Lord challenged him to do something with the wisdom and knowledge he had received from Charis. Tim describes what he heard the Holy Spirit say to him: “You have been given all of this. What are you going to do with it? But then a short time later, Tim tells how the staff leader, Steve Bartlett, “pointed his footlong index finger [at me] and asked, ‘What are you going to do for the next twenty years that will count for eternity?’ This gets your attention, starts a person to thinking. Long story short, I’m headed back to Costa Rica this summer to work in the remote villages. Hallelujah!”

Another member of the team, Rosemary Goddard, shares her story:

“Some years ago…God spoke to me and told me I would be teaching and preaching…[and] would travel and ‘go places that no man would go.’ Not really understanding [that] phrase, I said, ‘Okay, Lord!’ In the city of Limón [Costa Rica], some of us were scheduled to go up to what we called ‘the church on the hill.’ The church was in an area where we had to walk up the hill to get to it. It would [mean] climbing muddy, rocky roads, so it was not possible for the bus to reach it…. Our leader, Pastor Douglas, told us that no teachers or pastors would come to this church and others like it because they did not want to walk. It is too hot. There is no air conditioning in the church. The roads are too muddy. It is rainy sometimes, and they do not get enough money for doing it. I rejoiced when God reminded me of His words many years ago. This was my first church for ‘going places no man [would] go,’ and for me, it [will] not [be] my last.”

Student Jon Rand says, “Each individual going on a [Charis] mission[s] trip comes back, I am confident, with different impressions of the experience they had.” He describes his own experience like this:

“Our team traveled deep into the rainforest to an indigenous tribal village of the Bribri people. Here, life is simple but hard. … Our group joined a Saturday, midafternoon church service. The congregation gathered under a black plastic tarp…. Seating was crude wooden benches and old, rusted, schoolroom chairs. … Through an interpreter, one [Charis] team member addressed the native Bribri people about simply asking God for what they’re believing in and then expecting it to happen. Near the end of the service, a local pastor shared that they [were] believing for a new church facility. I took them aside after the service to inquire what that would cost. As I headed down the path toward our waiting bus, God spoke to me about helping to build that church—providing them the funds. Upon returning, we have been busy putting together a plan—a way to channel the funds, monitor the project, and simply make it happen. God is quickly opening doors. That church building will soon become a reality! Praise His name!”

If you would like to help take the Gospel of Christ to the nations through the missions trips taken by Charis students, go to our
website: iamworldoutreach.com.

Please share a comment below if the testimonies from this Charis missions trip ministered to you.

(Note: Testimonies have been edited for length and clarity.)

Written by Roxanne Troup.

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Thursday
May042017

Eyes on Brazil 

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”

2 Chronicles 16:9a

Charis Bible College students made God’s eyes rest on Brazil. During a recent missions trip to that country, Adrian, Kim, and Shoshana prayed for a lady who was using a walking stick. After prayer, they got her to stand and do movements she couldn’t do before. She walked, tapped her toes, and started taking bigger steps, bending her knees and lifting her foot. She even danced with Shoshana! When hot dogs were served, she rushed over to get one, and it appeared like she had forgotten that she ever had a problem walking. The nearly-too-good-to-be-true news made a mark in Brazil through these
Charis students.

Sang, another Charis student, prayed for a man and lifted his arms up in the air. As soon as she lifted them up, he started crying. He was so powerfully touched by the Lord. Before the day was out, the man had also received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Judy, another member of the Charis missions team, shared a personal testimony about adultery and God’s great forgiveness. After sharing, Judy prayed with a young lady, but she didn’t understand English. So, this lady asked for someone to translate for her. The translator revealed that this young lady had been going through exactly what Judy had shared during her story. She said Judy’s testimony really spoke to her. The woman appeared to love the Lord, but she had been tempted by sin. Judy was led to share this personal testimony, and she believes it will help this young lady to stay strong and stand against the Enemy’s temptation.

Please consider supporting Charis Bible College World Outreach. You are empowering future missionaries to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Also, if you feel called to world missions yourself, check out the Third-Year Missions School at Charis! Let God know that His eyes can rest on
you today.