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Monday
Jan272014

CBC Students Minister in Europe

CBC's Serbia and Hungary team (Click to enlarge)Late last year, CBC-Colorado sent a second-year mission team to minister overseas in Serbia and Hungary. The team led by the CBC's Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson, teamed up with Jeff Serio and European Initiative, an outreach ministry serving 10 nations in Europe. Over the course of the team's nine days of ministry in the two nations, the team served every day, from early morning until late at night—literally stretching the time they had to reach as many people as possible with the almost-too-good-to-be-true news. According to Jeff, the team's efforts were, "nothing short of remarkable."

In the nine days on the ground in Serbia and Hungary, the team of 20 ministered in eight churches, five public high schools, blessed the poor in four remote villages and conducted several outreaches in subway stations in downtown Budapest.

To see highlights from the trip, please take three minutes to watch video below. And, to be fair, the team did have the assistance of some super heroes... for more details check out this article on the European Initiative website.

Monday
Jul082013

Sharing Holy Spirit in South America

CBC-Colorado sudents minister to young children recued from cocaine plantation slave labor.
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The Baptism in the Holy Spirit turned out to be a key emphasis for a team of Charis Bible College students from Colorado who traveled to South America to minister in Colombia. Twelve students, led by Dr. Delron and Peggy Shirley, spent time in a variety of ministry environments and shared the good news of Jesus Christ with many. The team visited places such as rehabilitation centers, children’s rescue homes and churches.

While at a rehabilitation center for young women rescued from prostitution and drug addiction, one CBC student shared her testimony of receiving a severe beating, which resulted in a months-long coma. She explained to the young women how God healed Quite a mix of reality caught on camera in Colombia. (Click to enlarge)her from the inside out, and that she could forgive her attacker as a result. Once the team finished ministering on a believer’s new identity in Christ and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, the young women came forward for prayer. The majority of the group received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and they spoke in new tongues.

More students shared their testimonies the next day when the students visited a rehabilitation center for men recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. Again, most men in attendance came forward and received Jesus as Savior and the baptism in the Holy Spirit. It was a powerful time for both the residents of the center and the Many received Christ and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Click to enlarge)student missionaries.

The fruitfulness continued as the team visited a home for children rescued from cocaine plantation slave labor. Because of tight quarters within the building, the meeting was held outside at a nearby park. This allowed the students to minister to the children as well as to passersby. One group of five teenagers stopped to watch the dramas. A team member approached them to talk and learned that one out of the five was a believer. Before long, the other four teens received Jesus as well; an answered prayer for the one already saved.

Amie Larson prayed for the girl on the floor. The girl had been suffering from migraine headaches. When she got up, all pain was gone! (Click to enlarge)CBC Student, Amie Larson, recalled a young girl who approached her to pray for a migraine on the right side of her head. “I laid hands on her and began to pray in tongues, she began to sway back and forth, and as I commanded the migraine to go, she fell backwards into the catcher's arms and to the ground. As soon as she got up, I ran over to make sure the migraine was gone and it was! Praise God!”

Rain threatened to interfere with plans for more outside ministry, however, skies cleared supernaturally on more than one occasion. “Not only did the Lord close the physical heavens to stop the rain, He opened the spiritual heavens to pour out the anointing as the team ministered on the streets and in the churches,” said Delron.

Throughout the trip, students had the opportunity to step out of their comfort zones. One team member, who had never shared her faith or prayed for anyone to receive Jesus, led four people to the Lord during one outreach. For many, comfort zones The team left a smile on many faces of Kingdom royalty in Colombia.
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stretched in other ways. Between interpreters not showing up, to flat tire on the bus, to switching from adult to children’s ministry at the last minute, the students learned Delron and Peggy’s first rule of missionary work—be flexible.

“Of course, the impact of the mission experience on the students was just as significant as the work done in the people of South America,” Delron noted.

Monday
May202013

CBC Students: Willing to Go

CBC-Colorado student, Nadine Reitz, shares the love of God with a little girl in Nicaragua. (Click to enlarge)Charis Bible College-Colorado sent a 33 person mission team to Nicaragua in April. The group, led by Bruce and Joyce Ball, had the privilege of being hosted by Andrew's friends, Karen and Darey Jolley, and their ministry, Ambassadors to the Nations. Ambassadors is an international missions ministry, the focus of which is meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the poorest communities in Central and North America through short-term mission projects.

CBC-Colorado's 2013 Nicaragua team. (Click to enlarge)This CBC team ministered primarily to children in Managua, the Granada Islands and on the Island of Ometepe. The students performed skits, street dramas and puppet shows to engage the youth. They also preached, offered prayer, and passed out food, toys and necessities to the community.

While the humanitarian aid and ministry were warmly received, the CBC students could not look past the hurt behind many of the children's eyes. The pain perceived by CBC student, Marie Marsden, overwhelmed her. Marie said she saw sadness in many of the littlest girls and some middle and high school-aged children. "My heart just broke for them. I know that sexual abuse is rampant in Nicaragua. I was told by a team member from Ambassadors to the Nations that one out of every three girls is sexually violated on a regular basis," Marie shared.

Marie Marsden (right) with several Nicaraguan young ladies.
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The team saw some difficult living situations, particularly for the children. Marie came upon these situations regularly, and began to feel weighed down, so she turned to the Holy Spirit for comfort. In spite of the language barrier between Marie and the Spanish speaking communities, God was not hindered in moving among each and every divine encounter Marie experienced. "Not being able to speak the language, in some ways, made it easier to focus intently on the leading of the Holy Spirit while we were ministering. We saw the Spirit of God touch people’s hearts and lives—moving them to tears. We also saw bondages loosed, and the spirit of joy released in those for whom we prayed. Most enjoyable were the smiles which came from the beautiful children’s faces. Sadly though, we were not able to draw smiles from all the children," said Marie.

Gillian Moore (right).
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Gillian Moore was also touched by her trip to Nicaragua, and her experience solidified her call to the mission field. Through this trip, Gillian was able to see God working all things together for good. Before she left for Central America, the Lord brought people, even some unbelievers, to help her prepare for her journey. People at work found out that Gillian was going on a mission trip, and they offered to provide the supplies she needed for the journey. Gillian said, "They really did help. They gathered crafts and toys, candy, women’s articles, and clothing. They pretty much filled my check-in bag, and we were able to distribute these items all over the place."

Gillian enjoyed the ministry in Nicaragua, the laughing, playing and dancing, and she said it was a rewarding experience. Among those to whom Gillian was able to minister were the two children she sponsors through Ambassadors' Sponsorship Program. "I was able to meet both of my sponsored children in Ometepe, and together with a fellow student, was able to minister to the mother of my one young boy who was in a difficult home situation. I am trusting that this home will continue to CBC Student, Jon Wolter, helps to paint the walls behind these young boys. (Click to enlarge)grow in the love of the Lord because of this ministry," she said.

Both Marie and Gillian mentioned the simplicity of making a difference in someone's life; it is the willingness to say, "Here I am Lord, send me."

I believe God is calling me to missions in the future, and going to Nicaragua has rekindled a flame that I thought had died out. I believe God wants His children to hear His heart, His love for the nations, and be willing to go. I am saying, "Here I am, Lord—Send me!"