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Monday
Jul042011

CBC Students Minister in Nicaragua 

CBC-Colorado students, leaders and representatives, Darey and Karen Jolley, from the Ambassadors to the Nations had a heaven of a good time ministering in Nicaragua. (Click to enlarge)Recently, twenty-three Charis Bible College (CBC) students from the Colorado campus went on a mission trip to Nicaragua. The team, led by CBC instructor, Dr. Delron Shirley, was the third from Colorado to visit the impoverished nation this year. The team had the opportunity to serve alongside missionaries Karen and Darey Jolley, founders of Ambassadors to the Nations, These young ladies hold up their new and much-needed dresses.
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a ministry which serves in some of the poorest countries in Central America. Much of the students' time was focused on ministering to the children of Nicaragua.

The Ambassadors' Sponsor a Child program allows participants to support an individual child, or an entire family, on a monthly basis. All money received through this program is used for food, clothes, water, medical and schooling needs. Some of the CBC students had the opportunity to personally meet the children whom they have been sponsoring through the program. It was a joy for them to have hands-on involvement in distributing the needed supplies to the children and families they have been supporting from a distance.

A small but life changing moment.
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The student missionaries also went into the local schools and presented Gospel-centered dramas and puppet shows, and then blessed the children with coloring books as well as new shoes. As part of the shoe distribution, the CBC students imitated Jesus' selfless act of washing His disciples' feet (John 13:4-17). The team washed the children's feet and prayed over each child before placing the new shoes on them. It was a small blessing for the children, but the act had a life-changing impact on the students.

The CBC team also held open-air meetings as part of their outreach efforts to the villages throughout the area. One such meeting was held on an island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. People came from neighboring islands in canoes and rowboats to see the puppet ministry, and hear the Gospel. People came from neighboring islands in canoes and rowboats. (Click to enlarge)At other meetings, people filled the streets and crowded around the ministry teams. At several locations where the students ministered they also offered free medical clinics. Prior to seeing the doctor, however, each patient received prayer from a CBC student, and many students reported instant healings. Students were overjoyed by the miracles they witnessed while operating in the power of God.

When the crowds became too large at some of the outreaches, it was impossible to minister to each person individually, so the prayer team formed a line and had the people seeking prayer walk past; the team called it a prayer tunnel. The students laid hands on and prayed a blessing over each person as they walked through. The team used what they called a "prayer tunnel" to accommodate the large number of people seeking ministry. (Click to enlarge)Delron and the team believed that their prayer tunnel had the same anointing that Peter’s shadow had as he passed by people in the book of Acts.

Ambassadors to the Nations help to improve the living conditions through the building of suitable housing for the people to whom they minister. CBC students were able to visit several housing projects where new homes had been built. The new houses, which were constructed with sturdy cement brick, and were complete with electricity and plumbing, replaced old shelters built with scrap metal, random pieces of wood and sheets of plastic. One home that had just been completed was given to a teacher from one of the schools. An example of the crowds that gathered to see the missionaries from CBC. (Click to enlarge)Before moving into her new residence, the teacher lived in a “home” with a tarp roof and had to walk a village block to use a bathroom.

Delron estimated that the CBC team touched at least four thousand lives through the supplies distribution, medical clinics and open-air ministry; however, the impact on the students lives was just as great, as they witnessed so many responding to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Thursday
Apr072011

Four Campus Mission

In March, Charis Bible College sent four teams of second-year students on to the mission field in Central America. In a combined effort the teams from Colorado, Indiana, Illinois and Massachusetts, united with Karen and Darey Jolley founders of Ambassadors to the Nations to serve the local communities in Nicaragua. The thirty-six member team ministered to many groups of children in schools and neighborhoods, expressing God's love through the giving of gifts of clothing, shoes and other necessities. The CBC students also had the opportunity to share God's Word in a women's prison and at a Pastors' conference. As you will see in the images below, many lives were impacted by the teams' ministry efforts and the good news of the Gospel of Jesus.

A bus load of ministers and and a wagon load of wood. (Click to enlarge) The living conditions of those in need in some of the areas the student's visited. (Click to enlarge)

 

 

Gifts at each stop included Spanish translation Bibles, clothing and... candy! (Click to enlarge) God loves a cheerful giver and to see His children receive provision. (Click to enlarge)

The CBC teams were prepared with drama performances pointing to Jesus. (Click to enlarge) Bright smiles could be seen wherever the teams ministered. (Click to enlarge)

 

Pastor Daniel interprets for Ruth as she shares a message. (Click to enlarge) Boxes of love—these contained shoes and clothing for the children. (Click to enlarge)

The teams sort through shoe sizes.
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The teams washed the children's feet before placing on the new shoes. (Click to enlarge)

Sometimes ministry looks like clowning around. (Click to enlarge) Sometimes ministry looks like a dance party! (Click to enlarge)

Karen Jolley (left) and several team members pray for a young boy. (Click to enlarge) The teams ministered in schools, churches, prisons and in the streets. (Click to enlarge)

 

 

Monday
Jul262010

CBC Students Share Jesus in Nicaragua

CBC'c team used an adaptation of the Three Little Pigs story in skit format to share the message and love of Jesus.
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Earlier this year, Darey and Karen Jolly, missionaries to Central America and founders of Ambassadors to the Nations, hosted a Charis Bible College (CBC) mission team during a trip to Nicaragua. The team was led by CBC staff members Ashley and Carlie Terradez, and third year apprentice Kim Harrison. The Jollys provided the team with a hands-on ministry journey that touched the hearts of both the natives, and the missionaries.

A Nicaraguan family stands outside their home; a one-room shack without a bathroom or running water.(Click to enlarge)Struck by the conditions in which the people lived, the compassion of Jesus flowed through the students from the moment they arrived in the capital city of Managua. From the beginning of the trip the students were able to minister in many of the same ways exemplified in the Bible; they washed people's feet and gave them new shoes, visited a leper colony, taught the Word in churches, participated in street evangelism, and prayed for the sick and saw them healed. In all, the team ministered to four-thousand people during the six-day trip.

Student, Jim Huthmaker, like many on the trip, was touched by the poverty in which the people of the Nicaraguan villages live. He made mention of the fact that the people, to whom they ministered, were living in tiny shacks with no plumbing.CBC student, Jim Huthmaker hands out candy to a group of children.
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"We wouldn't put horses or dogs in some of these places," Jim said, as he recalled with compassion the living conditions.

While reflecting on the trip, CBC team member Lyndsey-Elizabeth Drummond recalled one opportunity the team had to minister in a medical clinic. After successfully ministering to several people, the doctor brought an elderly woman over to Lyndsey. The doctor explained that the woman had been sickly, suffering from arthritis pain and other ailments for eight years, and that the clinic had been unable to help her. After receiving prayer, the woman was completely healed. The doctor and her assistant, who had been treating the woman for years, stood weeping in amazement as the woman was restored. Lyndsey, not fluent in Spanish, just raised her arms in praise and said, "Yeshua," hoping that they understood it was because of Jesus that the woman was made whole. The elderly woman raised her hands in acknowledgement.

CBC student Lyndsey Drummond and CBC staff member Carlie Terradez ministered healing to a little girl. The power of God flowed as the little girl's shorter leg grew out. (Click to enlarge)Karen Jolly asked the team to minister to a little girl who was suffering with constant pain. One of the girl's legs was shorter than another. As Carlie helped situate the child comfortably in a chair, and Lyndsey lifted the girl's ankles to pray, the two women witnessed the little girl's leg as it grew out, before they had spoken a word.

The team saw numerous healing miracles ranging from stomach issues and lung problems to crippled legs and kidney trouble—God healed them all.

While the team did have the opportunity to teach and share from the pulpit at a pair of minister's conferences, most of the ministry on this trip was accomplished on the ground level with hands-on helps ministry. Whether feeding the hungry by distributing food boxes, or washing feet and providing new shoes or simply giving candy to a child with a smile, lives were touched and changed in Nicaragua.

CBC's mission team traveled as part of a larger group under the direction Darey and Karen Jolly, founders of Ambassadors to the Nations. (Click to enlarge)The team was blessed to serve alongside the Jollys and Ambassadors to the Nations. The CBC students were impressed by the Jolly's love for the Nicaraguan people, their visible compassion and desire to minister the love of Jesus to a poverty stricken people. Uzzi Macy praised the Jollys for their servant's hearts. In the midst of poverty, homelessness and fatherlessness, the Jollys expressed the love of God in a tangible way.

During the post trip presentation to the CBC student body, Kim said, as she glanced back at her team, that they were, "absolutely the hands of Jesus." She commented that the students worked from morning until night, many times without food, in triple digit heat and humidity, with no complaints. "They made a difference in that nation," she said.