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CBC Students: Willing to Go

CBC-Colorado student, Nadine Reitz, shares the love of God with a little girl in Nicaragua. (Click to enlarge)Charis Bible College-Colorado sent a 33 person mission team to Nicaragua in April. The group, led by Bruce and Joyce Ball, had the privilege of being hosted by Andrew's friends, Karen and Darey Jolley, and their ministry, Ambassadors to the Nations. Ambassadors is an international missions ministry, the focus of which is meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the poorest communities in Central and North America through short-term mission projects.

CBC-Colorado's 2013 Nicaragua team. (Click to enlarge)This CBC team ministered primarily to children in Managua, the Granada Islands and on the Island of Ometepe. The students performed skits, street dramas and puppet shows to engage the youth. They also preached, offered prayer, and passed out food, toys and necessities to the community.

While the humanitarian aid and ministry were warmly received, the CBC students could not look past the hurt behind many of the children's eyes. The pain perceived by CBC student, Marie Marsden, overwhelmed her. Marie said she saw sadness in many of the littlest girls and some middle and high school-aged children. "My heart just broke for them. I know that sexual abuse is rampant in Nicaragua. I was told by a team member from Ambassadors to the Nations that one out of every three girls is sexually violated on a regular basis," Marie shared.

Marie Marsden (right) with several Nicaraguan young ladies.
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The team saw some difficult living situations, particularly for the children. Marie came upon these situations regularly, and began to feel weighed down, so she turned to the Holy Spirit for comfort. In spite of the language barrier between Marie and the Spanish speaking communities, God was not hindered in moving among each and every divine encounter Marie experienced. "Not being able to speak the language, in some ways, made it easier to focus intently on the leading of the Holy Spirit while we were ministering. We saw the Spirit of God touch people’s hearts and lives—moving them to tears. We also saw bondages loosed, and the spirit of joy released in those for whom we prayed. Most enjoyable were the smiles which came from the beautiful children’s faces. Sadly though, we were not able to draw smiles from all the children," said Marie.

Gillian Moore (right).
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Gillian Moore was also touched by her trip to Nicaragua, and her experience solidified her call to the mission field. Through this trip, Gillian was able to see God working all things together for good. Before she left for Central America, the Lord brought people, even some unbelievers, to help her prepare for her journey. People at work found out that Gillian was going on a mission trip, and they offered to provide the supplies she needed for the journey. Gillian said, "They really did help. They gathered crafts and toys, candy, women’s articles, and clothing. They pretty much filled my check-in bag, and we were able to distribute these items all over the place."

Gillian enjoyed the ministry in Nicaragua, the laughing, playing and dancing, and she said it was a rewarding experience. Among those to whom Gillian was able to minister were the two children she sponsors through Ambassadors' Sponsorship Program. "I was able to meet both of my sponsored children in Ometepe, and together with a fellow student, was able to minister to the mother of my one young boy who was in a difficult home situation. I am trusting that this home will continue to CBC Student, Jon Wolter, helps to paint the walls behind these young boys. (Click to enlarge)grow in the love of the Lord because of this ministry," she said.

Both Marie and Gillian mentioned the simplicity of making a difference in someone's life; it is the willingness to say, "Here I am Lord, send me."

I believe God is calling me to missions in the future, and going to Nicaragua has rekindled a flame that I thought had died out. I believe God wants His children to hear His heart, His love for the nations, and be willing to go. I am saying, "Here I am, Lord—Send me!"


CBC-Colorado Mission: Nicaragua 2012

CBC-Colorado's largest mission team of the 2011-2012 school year. (Click to enlarge)Trip leaders and CBC instructors, Dan and Penny Funkhouser, stand with several young ladies and their new shoes. (Click to enlarge)At the end of April, Charis Bible College-Colorado sent its largest team of the year (33 people) on a short-term mission trip to Nicaragua. The group, led by CBC instructors, Dan and Penny Funkhouser, was hosted by and served alongside, Karen and Darey Jolley and their ministry, Ambassadors to the Nations. While in Nicaragua the students ministered to over 3,200 people, working as a team toward the same goal; to share the Gospel and the love of Jesus.

One family of three had the unique opportunity to travel together to Nicaragua. It was their first time on a plane and their first time out of the country. Paul, Valerie The Strattons, Paul, Stormy and Valerie, with 7 year-old, Heyling, one of four children they sponsor through Ambassadors to the Nations.
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and daughter Stormy Stratton were blessed in many ways throughout the mission trip, but one of the biggest highlights was meeting three out of the four children whom they sponsor through Ambassadors to the Nations. “I couldn’t help but think, ‘Wow! I’m actually here talking with, embracing, and beholding these children we sponsor. God is so good!’ How at peace I felt knowing they are taught the true Gospel and that our family gets to be a part of something so great!” Valerie shared.

Valerie felt that the CBC team seemed to be of one mind and one accord for the entire trip. “We just loved everybody with the sweet love of Jesus. It was a great blessing to be with the body of Paul Stratton came face-to-face with the reality of need in the world.
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Christ serving in unity and purpose. This team will forever hold a special place in my heart,” she said.

For Paul the trip helped him to realize the great needs of other people in the world. “Here in America we live in somewhat of a bubble. We can be so unaware of what is happening in our own backyard much less in other parts of the world. The need for help is great; the need for the gospel is even greater. This trip has greatly increased my desire to do all I can to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” he said.

Part of the team that performed the False Identity drama. (Click to enlarge)Paul shared that he thought that the two dramas the team performed, False Identity and The Heart Drama, reigned as the highlight for showing the love of God and the gospel to the Nicaraguan people. In addition to participating in the drama outreaches, Paul also had the opportunity to water baptize five of the CBC team members, including his wife, Valerie, while in Nicaragua. “I praise God for this ministry experience,” Paul said.

CBC student, Roderick "Robbie" Gammon, got a word from God to encourage the teachers that work at the schools built by Ambassadors to the Nations. He told them that they are helping to raise CBC students ministering from a place of victory in Christ. (Click to enlarge)up a generation of leaders for Nicaragua by giving them a strong foundation built on the Word of God. “They are manifesting Jesus to these kids,” said Robbie. Later he received a confirmation about the word he shared from another team member, Dennison, and Karen Jolley who shared how a teacher impacted her life as a child. Robbie also prayed for a woman who was in severe stomach pain, and following prayer the woman was pain free.

Regarding the time spent in Nicaragua, Robbie had this to say, “Ambassadors to the Nations is the most effective ministry I have ministered with. I love Karen and Darey’s hearts for the people of Nicaragua. When I see them, I see Jesus!”


CBC-Chicago Ministers Globally

Second-year CBC Chicago students traveled the world in March. They ministered in Nicaragua, Uganda and Russia where they had the privilege of sharing the power and goodness of God. (Click to enlarge)Over the course of the past academic year, the second-year students at Charis Bible College in Chicago, Illinois prepared for their mission trips abroad. The students took mission prep classes, in which they received practical training in how to effectively minister the almost-to-good-to-be-true-news, in word and power, to the people in foreign nations. "Mission trips are the highlight of students’ experience at CBC. It is the time when everything they’ve trained for comes to the forefront and they operate as who they really are—citizens of heaven and Jesus in the earth," said CBC-Chicago Director, Cindy Quarles.

In March, the school sent three teams on three separate trips across the globe with stops in Nicaragua, Uganda and Russia. As each team returned, their hearts and mouths were full of praise and reports of God's amazing love displayed through the students on the field. Lives were changed as a result of each trip.


The first team sent out from Chicago ministered in Nicaragua, where they experienced the blessings of street and prison ministry. The Chicago team worked closely with students from CBC-Gardner, Massachusetts, CBC-Indiana and CBC-Colorado, all hosted by Darey and Karen Jolley of Ambassadors to the Nations.

Ministry through provision. Here a CBC student put a new pair of shoes on a little boy. (Click to enlarge)After providing packages with necessities, this Chicago student shares a hug. (Click to enlarge)


CBC-Chicago's Russia team shared the love of God with the people of St. Petersburg. Hosted by Mike and Carrie Pickett, the directors of Charis Bible Training Center, the students ministered in half-way houses to people who have come out of a lifestyle of drugs and alcoholism. The team was able to bring hope and encouragement to the residents by sharing their personal testimonies, the Word, fellowship and love.

Chicago students ministered in a local church setting in St. Petersburg. (Click to enlarge)The Chicago team gathered with the CBTC staff and students after a church service. (Click to enlarge)


Chicago's Uganda mission team traveled to the country's capitol city of Kampala where they were hosted by CBC-Uganda director, Leland Shores and his wife Carole. During one outreach, the Chicago students teamed up with the Ugandan students and they traveled an hour north of Kampala to pray for the sick in Nakaseke hospital. Forty-eight people, in the predominantly Muslim area, were born again as a result of this outreach, and 117 of the 150 people prayed for were discharged from the hospital after receiving their healings! Cindy commented, "They pretty much emptied out the hospital! "God is Awesome!"

Here a Chicago student lays hands on a sick child in the Nagaseke hospital. (Click to enlarge) The students saw 117 people discharged after receiving their healing. (Click to enlarge)

Cindy expressed her thanks to all who contributed and supported the CBC-Chicago teams in any way. "Your gifts and prayers have eternal significance. People are the treasure," said Cindy.