Charis Bible College instructors, Dr. Delron Shirley and his wife Peggy, led a group of CBC-Colorado students on a short term mission trip to South America in early May. Their ministry adventure brought them to Bogota, Colombia where they were hosted by Mickey and Suzan Cartagena and the staff at Rhema Church and Bible College. From their mission base, the team traveled throughout the city and its suburbs ministering in schools, children’s homes, parks, and churches. And, since they were visiting during Colombia's National Children's Month, their focus was children's ministry.
While Delron and Peggy are seasoned missionaries, having founded a global ministry Teach All Nations Mission, their team was comprised mostly of students who had never been exposed to missions (with at least one student who had never even flown on an airplane). The group also included students who had several years experience on the mission field after serving with another ministry. Regardless of each team member's experience before the trip, the time they shared as they ministered in Bogota was life changing.
One CBC student, Jake Stringer, noted that while most Columbian people will say they are Catholic when asked about religion, he feels that their answer [Catholic] is more of an automatic cultural response than a true one. "Whether young or old, broken or whole, Catholic or not, every person we encountered in Bogota just wanted more of God. They believed the word of God with no resistance, and they received the love and power of God with a childlike enthusiasm I have never seen," said Jake.
Husband and wife, Chip and Margaret Morrow, ministered as part of the CBC team. Margaret was excited to be part of such a fruitful time on the mission field and likened the unity within the team to the smooth-running parts of a machine—well-oiled by the Holy Spirit. "We healed the sick, cast out demons and preached the kingdom of God. People dead in trespasses and sins became new creations. Well over a hundred were empowered with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues for the first time. Chip and I were part of a harvesting team that reaped the city of Bogota, Columbia in fields that were ripe and ready," said Margaret enthusiastically.
Chip's heart was touched when a little boy came over to him climbed into his lap. Chip had crouched down to rest after being part of one of the team's skits when the boy approached. Chip prayed for the boy, and blessed him. Soon, other children crowded around Chip for prayer. Then, a mother brought her kids to Chip in hopes that he would pray over them as well. He said to himself, I'm not Jesus to whom mothers bring their children to be blessed. The Holy Spirit quickly corrected him, “You are Jesus to these children. The fullness of Jesus is in you.” In that moment, Chip understood that when believers are giving to others what God has given to them, the life of Jesus flows through the believer.