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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
Aug222016

New Life in Mexico

“The Lord highlighted a girl to me to tell her about His love and how beautiful she was, but I couldn’t at first,” Charis Bible College Colorado student Esther shared. “We had been told not to say much to them because it was the first time for Charis to visit the home. I kept on getting the [nudge] to talk to her, and I got permission from one of the interns to do that. I was glad I did because it was just what she needed. She wept with joy.”

Second-year Charis Colorado students were overwhelmingly blessed by the response they received from sharing the Gospel while on a missions trip to Mexico last December. The team enjoyed various ministry opportunities, like working in an orphanage with Charis Mexico students, and ministering in churches, a hospital, and the marketplace. Almost every day of the trip, someone received either salvation or the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The team was also invited to several work projects at the Christian orphanage “Pan de Vida” (Bread of Life). Projects included painting a ceiling, exterior doors, and a fence, along with hanging cabinets. The Charis Colorado team then prepared a program for the children of the orphanage, and this included songs, skits, and five stations where children could visit for face painting, balloons, crowns, fishing, and more.

Over 300 people attended the marketplace outreach. Games and a puppet show moved into three skits by the Charis Colorado team. The final skit was evangelistic in nature and was followed by a Gospel presentation. An invitation was given to receive salvation through Jesus, and most of the crowd responded by raising their hands.

Charis student Grace Iverson shared:

“My life was overwhelmingly blessed, as I was privileged to travel to Querétaro, Mexico, on a short-term missions trip with Charis Bible College Colorado. […] We traveled to another city where a local church, pastored by one of Charis Mexico’s students, had prepared a market outreach. The day prior, we canvassed the marketplace, passing out fliers and inviting all to the outreach. On the day of the outreach, hundreds of children and families came, and we were able to simply present the Gospel. Many were saved. The simplicity of love—hugging a child or playing games with a child—combined with the simplicity of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ made this a life-changing day for all involved. […] I am so thankful for the opportunities that we as students have at Charis Bible College—opportunities to share all that God has given us with the world!”

Their five days of ministry concluded back at Charis Mexico. Both Charis Colorado and Charis Mexico students enjoyed a special night of sharing experiences. Their hope is that all the lives affected, including their own, will continue in the faith and hope they have in Jesus.

Would you like this to be your story? At Charis Bible College, you can learn how to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit and watch God do incredible things through you. You will also gain a strong foundation in the Word, go on a missions trip, and experience the practical application of everything you’ve learned. It will change your life so that you can change the world.
Enroll today!

Thursday
Sep062012

CBC Set to Open in Mexico

Charis Bible College-Colorado graduates and the new directors of CBC-Mexico, Alex and Julie Palomares, stand on either side of Andrew. (Click to enlarge)Alex and Julie Palomares fell in love with missions work during the 1980s when they were part of an Evangelistic Caravan in the mountains of Mexico. It was there that the couple led an elderly woman to the Lord. After ministering to her, Alex and Julie's hearts were full of excitement and passion for ministry, and they were ready to become full-time missionaries. However, as the Palomares sought the Lord for direction, they found that God had other plans. The Lord led them to go back to the United States to raise a family before heading on to the mission field.

The Palomares at their CBC graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs. (Click to enlarge)In January of 2011, we shared the Palomares’ testimony of their return to Mexico. Three decades later, after raising their family and graduating from Charis Bible College in Colorado, the Lord had rekindled the fire for missions in Alex and Julie's hearts. They returned to Mexico in 2010 and made their home in the city of Querétaro. The couple did not waste any time establishing their ministry, and they began traveling to teach Discipleship Evangelism(DE)courses in León, Guanajuato, a town about two hours northwest of their new home. A short time later they also established a second discipleship group at a local church in Querétaro. Since then, the invitations and opportunities to minister the Gospel throughout Mexico have continued to increase.

As they shared the Word, Alex and Julie noticed a pattern within the groups of people to whom they were ministering. The Alex and Julie ministering a La Roca Church. (Click to enlarge)people, many of whom had spent their lives attending church, were tired, worn out and did not know God or understand His provision for them. However, as Alex and Julie continued sharing the DE lessons, they realized the people were being transformed. “As they learn and become aware of how much God loves them, their lives begin to change,” Julie explained.

From the beginning, each group that Alex and Julie have taught has gained an abundance of revelation and a clear understanding of water baptism, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, speaking in CBC Mexico will occupy the upper level of this building in Queretero. CBC signs were being created at the time of this posting. (Click to enlarge)tongues, their authority as believers and more. “They learn that they can be blessed, and that they can have health—they learn all the benefits," Alex explained.

Following the completion of the DE course, many group participants began to inquire, “What’s next?” This question, and the hunger from which it stemmed, came as no surprise to Alex and Julie. The two have been working diligently for the last two years to create CBC's first Spanish language campus in North America—a place to facilitate continued growth in the Lord and to further equip of the saints in Mexico. The Palomares' efforts and long hours have proven fruitful, and CBC-Mexico will open its doors in Querétaro in September of 2012.Alex and Julie at home in Mexico.
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Alex and Julie are excited about the expansion of their ministry and the process of discipleship that began just two years ago. Their mission has not changed, they simply desire to, “Equip others to go out and make disciples,” just as Jesus has instructed. They are off to a great start!

Be sure to watch the brief video below to learn more about Alex and Julie's journey in to full-time ministry, and visit CBC-Mexico to learn more about this brand new extension school.