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Monday
Apr082013

CBC Students Visit Garden of Hope

A mission team from CBC-Colorado praying for people after a service in Costa Rica. (Click to enlarge)Recently a 30 person team of staff and second-year students from Charis Bible College in Colorado had the opportunity to minister in Central America. The team, led by CBC Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson, and intern leaders, Marcelo Duarte and Lori Lalonde, went to the nation of Costa Rica where they were hosted by Garden of Hope, a ministry founded by CBC-Colorado graduates Jim and Lynn McHood in Horquetas, Costa Rica.

CBC-Colorado's mission team on the ground in Costa Rica. (Click to enlarge)The McHoods provided the students with ample opportunity to put into practice the ministry training they have received at CBC. The team spent time evangelizing neighborhoods through door-to-door ministry; they taught in churches and schools and visited a local rehabilitation center. Each opportunity yielded measurable fruit.

For CBC student, Dalton Mixon, that measurable fruit came in the form of healing. After an evening outreach, which included a series of teachings and the sharing of student testimonies, Dalton had the opportunity to minister to a man who came forward for prayer. Although Dalton Mixon as Jesus during a skit performed at a rehab center.
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the two were hindered by a language barrier, Dalton understood by way of hand and facial gestures, that the man was suffering from severe back pain. It was Dalton's prayer that the man would feel a warmth come over his body as he laid his hands on him. Dalton hoped the warmth would overcome the language barrier and that the man would realize he was healed. When Dalton finished praying for the man, he invited an interpreter over to bridge the gap in communication. The interpreter told Dalton that the man said he had felt a warm sensation in his back and that he knew he was healed. The man also said that there was still a small pinch when Dalton praying with a young man.
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he bent over all the way. Dalton was unwilling to compromise; he expected a full healing. Dalton spoke again to the man's back, and the pinch and pain left immediately. Later one of the CBC intern leaders, Marcelo, who speaks fluent Spanish, followed up with the man and explained to him that it wasn’t Dalton who had healed him, but that it was God. Marcelo stressed this for the man's benefit, pointing out that tomorrow Dalton would be gone, but God would never leave him.

CBC student, Maria Seppälä, experienced the Lord as He led her to step out of the shadows and into the front lines of ministry.
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Another CBC student, Maria Seppälä, experienced the Lord in a different way, and her fruit manifested on a freeing internal level. As she prepared for the trip to Costa Rica, Maria realized that her primary expectation for the trip was to actively participate in the ministry opportunities presented to her on the mission field. Maria felt that she had been hiding behind her husband for some time, with the perspective that he was the one God was able to use, and that she was just along for the ride.

Once on the ground in Costa Rica, Maria stepped out of her husband's shadow and out of her comfort zone. On more than one occasion, Maria found that the Holy Spirit led her to It is the goodness of God that leads to repentance... The team's bus driver, Johnathan, was so impressed by what he saw in the team's witness that he gave his life to Christ. Here he is being baptized by Marcelo Duarte and Francis Ansah. (Click to enlarge)minister to groups of people that have always been on her heart, and she found that ministering in those situations was exciting. "I have felt that I am called to love and help parents in their parenting, to help young couples with their marriages, and I know that I want to see children growing in their personal relationship with their Lord and sharing the good news. During the mission trip I was excited as I realized that most of the ministry opportunities that I had, took place among these groups of people. I loved being in those situations and I felt that ministry was easy," Maria said excitedly.

Thursday
Apr192012

“Going Deeper” in Costa Rica

CBC-Colorado students ministering in Costa Rica. (Click to enlarge)Recently, 25 Charis Bible College students from Colorado headed south to the Central American nation of Costa Rica. Led by CBC's Director of Online Education, Greg Macy, this small army of short-term missionaries was hosted by CBC-Colorado graduates, Jim and Lynn McHood of Kingdom Transitions Ministries at their 60 acre training center in La Esparanza.

While the trip offered a wide range of ministry opportunities, the students were specifically challenged by their host to, go deeper. "Go deeper in knowing Jesus. Go deeper in serving others, really listening and hearing God. Go deeper in being led and walking in the Spirit. Go deeper in building people and the Kingdom of God with pure motives and heart. Go deeper in unity, working as a team CBC student, Cathy Reeves, ministering from her own life experience to a group of ladies from a women's shelter.
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and loving others. Go deeper in the areas God is showing you," Jim encouraged.

One student, Cathy Reeves, took Jim's encouragement to heart and sought the Lord about where she was to focus her ministry. Cathy felt strongly that God was leading her to minister to abused women. She had her opportunity as the McHoods had a bus-load of ladies from a local women's shelter brought to the training center, aptly named Garden of Hope. The CBC team ministered to the women through breakfast and lunch, and during that time, Cathy could see that the women were bound by shame, hurt, guilt, sickness and hopelessness.

Knowing she was scheduled to teach between meals, Cathy had prepared a message to share with the women from the shelter, but as her turn to speak drew near, the Holy Spirit began to rearrange her plan. Sensitive to Jim's encouragement to "Go deeper," Cathy let go of her plan and embraced His. The Lord led Cathy to share As Cathy ministered, the Lord gave her a word for the women and a powerful time of individual prayer ministry followed. (Click to enlarge)a very personal healing testimony with the group—something she had not shared before. "Although I knew I was set free from a stronghold that had been in my life for 51 years, I had no idea he would want me to share such a personal message with these ladies. I obeyed, and I could tell the Holy Spirit was touching them even through my interpreter," Cathy shared.

Cathy said it had been raining all morning and that as she ministered the Lord spoke to her to tell the women that just as it was raining in front of them (the meeting was held in a cabana without sides) the Lord wanted them to know He was raining His love on them, healing and delivering them. As Cathy finished sharing the word, the rain turned to a downpour, and the place erupted into a frenzy of women crying out to God and being healed, delivered, saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit. The women understood that God was there to meet them in their need. At that point, other ladies from CBC began to minister to the CBC student, Sheryl Ellis, seen here with several school children, ministered healing to a woman who had Parkinson's disease. "This was the first healing I had witnessed in someone I had prayed for—it was a wonderful feeling,"exclaimed Sheryl.women from the shelter. "There were more ladies than interpreters but the Holy Spirit knew what each one needed," said Cathy.

Later as the women were boarding the bus to head back the shelter, Cathy noticed that none of them looked the way they had when they arrived. She said they all looked younger and free. "The same enemy that kept me bound, has ladies bound in the same way, thousands of miles away! I know that the Lord loves these ladies so much that He sent me all the way to Costa Rica to deliver a message that had set me free and in turn it has set them free," said Cathy.

Monday
Mar072011

CBC Colorado Sends Team to Costa Rica

Charis Bible College Colorado sent a student mission team to minister in Costa Rica. (Click to enlarge)Costa Rica was the destination of a recent mission trip for a team of students from Charis Bible College (CBC) in Colorado Springs. The group from Colorado was hosted by, and ministered alongside a team from Kingdom Transitions Ministries of San Jose, Costa Rica which was founded by CBC graduate, Jim McHood. CBC Instructors Dr. Delron and Peggy Shirley and Intern Eric Williams, led the Colorado team. The following is Delron’s summary of the team's ministry highlights while on the mission field.

The mission actually began before we arrived in Costa Rica as a couple of the students led their seatmate on the plane to salvation and the baptism in the Holy Spirit while still airborne. CBC students ministered to school children and their families.
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On Friday, we visited a school and had a special assembly where the CBC students presented the gospel through skits, music, and testimonies to the elementary school children and their parents. Each child also received a special gift of a Spanish New Testament and some school supplies. On Saturday, we were back at the school for a full day of activities, including a high-energy rally with games, puppets, dramas, music, testimonies, teaching, and prayer, followed by a fun-filled time at the newly constructed obstacle course on the school grounds. The evening concluded with a free Christian movie and a time of ministry to the community living near the school.

Many had fun on the obstacle course, which was partially funded by the mission team.
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Sunday was a full day of ministry, beginning with a service at a local church complete with Spanish music, testimonies, and a skit. Almost the entire congregation came forward for prayer, and many received significant instantaneous answers. One man walked away from the altar carrying the cane that he had been dependent upon when he hobbled forward for prayer. Another lady came forward with knees so stiff that she could barely bend them, but was able to walk briskly across the stage after a simple prayer of faith by one of the students.

After a tearful goodbye at the front door of the church, the students boarded the bus to head to a remote village for a tour of a parcel of land where Kingdom Transitions Ministries is building a campground. The visit was highlighted by a refreshing time playing in a river on a rope swing. But even while we were having fun in the water, some of the students were busy on the shore sharing the gospel with a couple of local residents.The mission team stopped to watch Delron's antics on a riverbank rope swing. (Click to enlarge)

Next, we visited a rehab for men who were recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. Dramas, testimonies, and preaching were followed by a time of prayer and personal ministry to the men. All the men received prayer and at least one of them was baptized in the Holy Spirit.

On Monday, the team visited a rehab center for women, most of whom had been rescued from prostitution and drug addiction. All the ladies were touched by the dramas and victorious testimonies, and were blessed through the prayers and love of our team. Staff and students praying for men in a rehab facility. (Click to enlarge)Several of them were slain in the Spirit as the students laid hands on them and commanded that they be released from the bondages which held them captive.

Tuesday was our last full day in Costa Rica, and for many it was the most memorable. We started our day by loading the bus early in the morning to head for the Pacific coast. Once we reached the beach, we found a place where we could present our dramas and music to the passersby. The action really began once the first person came forward for prayer. As we prayed for him, others started gathering around to see what was happening. Soon, every member of the team was actively ministering to the people. Drivers stopped their cars right in the street causing a mini traffic jam, and called our team over to pray for them in their cars. One man who came to the Lord returned asking us to come with him to talk to a local shop owner up the street. What began with one man coming forward for prayer, led to wave after wave of seekers coming to the CBC team as they ministered on the beach. The desire for prayer even backed up traffic in the city street.
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Since he couldn’t leave his store to come to us, we went and ministered to him. Wave after wave of seekers kept rushing to the CBC students to ask for prayer. We saw a number of alcoholics delivered and several instant healings. One man came limping up with a bandage wrapped around his ankle and leg; after prayer, he pulled off the bandage and walked away without any haltering in his step.

After the bus trip back to San Jose, we gathered for one “last hurrah” before our early-morning flight back to Colorado—a farewell banquet of typical Costa Rican fare accompanied with traditional Latin music and dancing. As the students shared their final goodbyes with the interpreters and other team members, the constant theme was how much they had all been impacted by the love of the Costa Rican people. When asked to share some of the most impactful moments during the trip, one student told the story of how his heart had melted when a little girl had reached up to grab hold of him during the children’s program, and one lady described the moment that she “melted like butter” as one of the women at the church hugged her after the service.

The Costa Rica mission was a powerful time of ministry to the locals, but just as impactful to the students who made up the team—the exact reasons we love to lead mission teams to foreign countries!