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Monday
Aug232010

CBC-Belfast's Mission to Mexico

CBC-Belfast participated in true marketplace ministry. (Click to enlarge)Earlier this year a small team of staff and students from Charis Bible College in Belfast, Ireland went to Mexico on a mission trip. The four-person CBC team led by school Co-Director, Yvonne O’Brien, was hosted by Paco and Isabel Martinez, founders of a small Malinalco-based helps ministry. They ministered throughout Mexico City and Malinalco with the assistance of the Martinez' daughter, CBC-UK graduate and Pastor, Lorena Lucey. Yvonne was eager to report that many lives were touched, including the lives of the missionaries themselves.

Yvonne was thrilled about the open and receiving hearts that her team encountered. In Mexico City the team held well-attended meetings in homes and conference centers. They also spent several days in the mountain region of Malinalco, ministering to and healing the sick in the market square and in the town of Jesus Maria. (Click to enlarge)Yvonne said of the people they encountered in Mexico, "No matter where we were or who we were with, the one thing that stood out to me was, ‘God’s love never fails’ and sharing His love with people is not complicated." She went on to recall memories of the many people who came forward during their meetings, and gave their lives to the Lord; people were baptized in the Holy Ghost and set free from all kinds of sickness and disease.

Liliana Kwarcinska ministers to a small crowd in Jesus Maria. (Click to enlarge)CBC student, Liliana Kwarcinska had much to say about her experience in Mexico. She said, “This mission trip was a life changing experience for me and I will draw from the memories of it for the rest of my life. The biggest highlight for me was the opportunity to minister God's love to the people. The team was able to minister in a variety of ways including, sharing testimonies, teaching simple truths from the Word of God, healing the sick and baptizing people in the Holy Spirit."

One man, suffering from stroke-related paralysis down the right hand side of his body, approached Liliana for prayer. She explained, "I asked him, ‘What do you want prayer for?’ He told me, ‘I want to have full function of my body.’ I told him, 'He could walk today.' I helped him out of the wheelchair and we started to walk together. I asked his family if this was normal. They were speechless."

Debbie Lamont ministers to a woman in Mexico. (Click to enlarge)Another wonderful memory the team shared from the trip was seeing true marketplace evangelism in action. Liliana said, "We had the opportunity to interact with people on the street. We prayed for healing or salvation right in the middle of a busy market. Right in the midst of the business of life, people’s lives were transformed forever. It is so wonderful to be able to apply what I’ve learned in College. I now have the confidence to minister God’s love anywhere to anybody.”

CBC students, Allan Bruce, Liliana Kwarcinska and Debbie Lamont.
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CBC team member, Debbie Lamont was excited to see firsthand how discipleship really works. She said, “All of the Belfast team had an opportunity to minister during the meetings, and were also ministered to by what the resident people shared with us. I can see that sharing the gospel should not be only from a pulpit, but very much part of our everyday lives. The nice thing about small groups is that people get a chance to share with each other, and that is so encouraging. I can’t thank Yvonne, Grady and CBC-Belfast enough for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this mission trip. It has been life changing for me.”

Having some fun exploring Mexican culture. (Click to enlarge)Allan Bruce, CBC team member and the trip photographer, had the opportunity to capture some of the memories and sights of beautiful Mexico. He said, “The mission trip was amazing in so many ways. I photographed ministry, people, food of all kinds, local people and places, villages and city life. I was amazed at the contrasts of it all. Personally I am changed forever because of this trip. I would like to thank all those who supported us through prayer and giving, you have helped change so many lives."

Paco and Isabel have set up a ministry center in Malinalco, Mexico where people are welcome to attend workshops, and classes. In addition, the couple uses the center to teach Discipleship Evangelism (DE). Individuals come to their center and receive from the DE Lessons what it means to be a disciple, and then in turn, go out and share with others. This is the cycle the Apostle Paul spoke of in 2 Timothy 2:2, the scripture upon which Andrew launched Charis Bible College.

Thursday
Jul012010

Effective Ministry Begins With Preparation

Prayer ministry after an evening tent meeting in Mexico. (Click to enlarge)At Charis Bible College (CBC), the second year curriculum combines classroom teaching with hands-on training in real-life ministry situations. Second year students also have the privilege of participating in one mission trip abroad. For many believers, few things are as life changing as participation in a foreign mission trip. These experiences are a valuable part of each student's time at CBC, as they learn how to effectively communicate the Gospel message in a foreign culture.

In February, a thirty-six member CBC mission team, led by CBC Dean of Students, Wayne Knurr, traveled to Ciudad Victoria (Victory City) in northern Mexico for a week of hands-on ministry training. The team was hosted by Bobby and Lynn Crow, founders of World Missions Outreach and Palabra De Vida (Word of Life) Church. The students saw the power of God's Word in action, as they witnessed salvations, miracles, and transformation in the lives of the Mexican people to whom they ministered.

Mission team hosts and founders of World Missions Outreach, Bobby and Lynn Crow (Click to enlarge)After returning to Colorado, each student had the opportunity to share personal highlights from their experience in Mexico. During an assembly, with the rest of the CBC student body, mission team members shared their deep appreciation for Bobby and Lynn, noting the Crow's desire to serve and provide for the CBC team. Their example of love, service, and abundant provision did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

Prior to the trip numerous students had prayed that God would provide an opportunity for them to be part of a major healing manifestation, and Praise God, no one was disappointed. The students saw a baby healed of colic, blind eyes and deaf ears opened, and witnessed people being set free from sickness, disease and pain. One woman, who was in a wheelchair due to a severe back injury, was healed and able to walk around after being ministered to by the CBC team.

Kim Hatfield (right) standing boldly outside her comfort zone. (Click to enlarge)CBC student, Kim Hatfield reported that upon arriving in Mexico the Holy Spirit reminded her that if she didn’t do anything, nothing would happen. This inspired her to step out of her comfort zone. As she trusted the Lord and ministered His word to the Mexican people, she was delighted to see the manifestation of God's healing power.

Mission team member, Deuane Woodard took special note of the uniting power of music ministry. He was touched by how praise and worship united everyone at each gathering, completely overriding the language and cultural barriers. He also noted that when he was faced with a particularly challenging prayer request during ministry, he would ask the Holy Spirit to guide his prayer. In one instance, the Holy Spirit prompted him to pray against a spirit of infirmity. He did as the Spirit instructed and saw an immediate healing manifestation.

Students Zachary Konstas and Katherine O'Brien with two local children.
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The Mexican children made quite an impression upon several of the CBC students. Some of the children enjoyed tagging along with the missionaries during their door-to-door home canvassing, and other children helped the students by translating for them. Whether it was cultural curiosity or candy that drew the children to the missionaries is hard to say, but all of the children came forward boldly and unashamedly to take their share of the candy when it was offered by the CBC students. Through this example, one student realized God’s desire for all of His children to approach Him in the same manner, with boldness, excitement and anticipation, unashamedly expecting His blessing and provision.

Second year student, Tim Abello was pleased to note that preaching with an interpreter actually calmed his nerves some, but he was more excited to share about the particularly fruitful door-to-door visitations. One day as they canvassed a neighborhood, he and his team members saw thirteen people saved within an hour and a half.

CBC students in Ciudad Victoria in northern Mexico. (Click to enlarge)Overall, the students were overwhelmed by the open, receptive hearts of the people in Mexico. Everyone who came forward for prayer was able to receive from the Lord. Although many of the people the students encountered claimed to know Jesus, some also confessed that they were not sure that they would be going to heaven when they died. Students led the individuals who were seeking assurance of their salvation in simple prayers throughout the week. Simplicity was the key for many in overcoming language and cultural differences.

Effective ministry led to salvations, miracles, and changed lives, both Mexican lives and student's lives.

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