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Finding the Father’s Love

“Our first night of ministry was at a youth group in Subotica, Serbia,” said second-year Charis Bible College student Lauren Bartlett. “I noticed this small, pale boy in a death metal shirt, standing in line for the altar call. When it was his turn, the first thing I asked him was if he was saved, to which he said no. So, I asked him if he wanted to be, and he
said yes!

“In that moment, I could actually feel heaven leap, shout, even dance with joy. It’s one thing to know in your head that heaven rejoices and God dances over each lost soul that comes to salvation; it’s another thing to truly experience it.”

Last December, a group of second-year Charis students invaded the spiritually dark corners of Eastern Europe, taking God’s love and grace to people who had never heard the Gospel. Teaming up with European Initiative, the team traveled across Hungary and Serbia, seeing soul after soul translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light (Col. 1:13).

Students made the most of every opportunity to reveal the Father’s love to those precious people. Whether it was leading worship in the subway stations, performing dramas in the schools, or playing with children in the Roma villages, the love of
God overflowed.

Faith Kennedy, another student on the trip, recalled such a time in the subway. She noticed a woman who had been there for a while, clinging to every word the team shared. Faith inquired about the woman’s story, and when she heard what the woman had to say, Faith’s heart began to break.

“She said she had been raped, her husband cheated on her, and [she] had been homeless for the past three months,” Faith said. “I don’t remember everything the Holy Spirit had me say, but I do remember sharing God’s heart with her. I expressed to her how the Lord’s heart broke at the thought of what she’s been through and that He wanted to love, protect, and restore her. I could actually feel the ache of the Father’s heart throughout my bones. As I spoke to her, I began to cry, and so did she.

“I finally asked her if she would like to receive Jesus, to let Him love her and take care of her. She said yes! So, we prayed, and she received the Lord that day. I wrapped my arms around her, and we both began to cry. After a little while, I began to sing in tongues. This turned into singing in English, and then she began to sing with me in English, even though she didn’t speak the language. Afterward, I had the interpreter tell her what we were singing. It was the Lord singing over her, ‘You are mine; I will never let you go.’”

Eastern Europe will never be the same, and this is only the beginning. More and more students are being sent out to minister the Gospel to a lost and hurting world. Charis missions trips are made possible through the support of the partners and friends of Andrew Wommack Ministries. Students are challenged, and people across the world are introduced to their loving Father. With every trip, miracles abound, student’s lives are impacted, and hundreds of lives are eternally changed. Find out how you can help today.


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.


CBC Team Visits Hungary & Serbia

A child from a gypsy village in Serbia.
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In late November 2012, a twenty member mission team from Charis Bible College Colorado visited two European nations to spread the contagious and almost-too-good-to-be-true-news of Jesus Christ. The team, led by CBC Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson, and third-year interns, Josh Moore and Melody Koop, paired their efforts with European Initiative, led by Jeff Serio, as they ministered throughout Hungary and Serbia.

CBC's Hungary/Serbia 2012 mission team. (Click to enlarge)The diversely gifted and flexible CBC team was well prepared to share the love of God with all those they came in contact with, from the poorest of the poor to the seemingly well off. The CBC students were prepared with two evangelistic dramas, a pair of Christmas skits, a puppet show, and games and activities for the children. They had opportunities to minister everywhere they went, from the subway platform to the church platform, to the rubbish heap. A staff member from European Initiative commented that the CBC team even had a high-level skateboarder, who dazzled the kids and adults, drawing big crowds to outreach programs.Sharing Jesus on a skateboard.
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One couple from CBC, Chris and Donna Barnard, had the opportunity to participate in the children's ministry programs. Both had served in children's ministry before, and it occurred to Chris that children are children no matter where they are in the world. He said, "They all love to have fun, they all can be very insightful, and they all love candy."

As the Barnards and their team ministered on God’s love, a little boy asked why we can't see God or feel God? Donna Chris and Donna Barnard and Tyler Showers praying for a lady in Serbia. (Click to enlarge)asked the boy, “Does your mother hug you? Does your sister hug you?” The little boy said yes. Donna then asked for his permission to give him a hug and said to him, “This, is God hugging you.” A huge smile broke out across the boy's face. At the end of the service when his mother came to pick him up, the little boy ran into Donna’s arms for one more of God’s hugs. "They all responded to the love of God demonstrated through our hugs, our heartfelt words, and warm looks directly into their eyes," said Chris.

The team performing a drama on the streets of Serbia. (Click to enlarge)Another student, Travis VanMatre, originally viewed his participation on the trip as little more than fulfilling a graduation requirement, another step toward his own full-time ministry. What Travis didn't know was that the trip would change his world perspective and his life. As he passed through security on the way back to the United States, he realized he was not that same as when he left America. God had changed his heart about the world; all of a sudden it wasn’t as big. Travis said, "God showed me that no matter where you go, no matter who you are worshipping with, He is Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson (top center) CBC Intern, Melody Koop (left center) Second-year student, Tori Gaines (right center) sharing the love of Jesus with the children in Serbia. (Click to enlarge)always the same! It was amazing to stand in a church service in Serbia, and then in an evening service in Hungary, and see everyone worshipping with the same passion and zeal. When you are in those moments, there are no language barriers, no cultural differences—everyone is a citizen of Heaven worshipping our Great Love."

According to Michelle, the team ministered on the city streets; worked in churches, teaching and performing dramas; visited gypsy villages, Afghan refugee camps, and met in homes and public schools. "We would do four outreaches per day—this team was incredible," said Michelle.

Will and Becky Royer minister to a man in Hungary. (Click to enlarge)"The Charis Bible College team impacted thousands of Hungarians and Serbians with the love of Jesus Christ," said European Initiative founder, Jeff Serio.

For a glimpse of the ministry that took place on this trip, be sure to watch the short video recap below.