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Interview with a Colombia Mission Trip participant

God can take the most average person, and blow their world right open! Say YES to a mission trip.

Why did you make the decision to go on a mission trip? Why this trip? Why now?

I was excited about the way our CCV attendees sponsored over 11,000 children in Colombia As a family we chose to sponsor a child. We were eager to go and serve at one of the many churches built there. We also were excited to meet our little sponsored girl.

Was there a moment that really stood out to you? What was it?

It was the moment we walked into the Center on the very first day and the children were holding sign saying they were “happy” and “Had been waiting for us”. It was quite a moment.

How are you going to apply what you've learned and seen on this trip to your life when you get home?

We haven’t stopped thinking about it. We hope to go back soon but to also invest in our local community. We hope to reach other children and make sure they know Jesus.

How did this trip equip you to be a better Ambassador for Christ?

It was a trip of complete giving and selfless acts. Exactly as Christ would have done it!

How did this trip impact your personal relationship with Jesus Christ?

I felt the Holy Spirit quite often. That was my biggest take away. To listen to that voice more often and act on it. Continue to be in his Word.

What would you tell someone else thinking about going on a mission trip?

Please don’t wait. And if you can’t afford it, tell someone. You never know who is out there to gift you with a financial blessing.

One Student's Open Mind

When we step into something we don't know about, God can help transform our thinking and our hearts to align with his.

The other day I joined a one day discovery trip to GoTEN’s campus to see what that team is doing with the communities of refugees we have here in Phoenix. GoTEN stands for GO To Every Nation, a non profit dedicated to fulfilling the great commission in Matthew 28 that says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.”

My first thought after hearing about GoTEN and their mission is if you want to “go to every nation” then… why are you here? Of all the nations in the world you are choosing to plat yourself here… in the US, the country with the most churches in the world, why is that? My answer would soon come.

Early on in the discovery, Bobby Cox and his wife Angie explained how their ministry started with Bobby being a successful youth minister who then felt God pushing him to visit the countries affected by a 2004 tsunami that decimated most of Asia. After going on a single short term mission trip, Bobby was hooked. Bobby and his family decided to pack up, sell everything they have, and move to a country that was considered 100% Muslim. A country where using the Bible as a means to convey the gospel wasn’t much of an option. So he spent the next few years there until the Arab Spring changed the entire 10-40 window.

The 10-40 window is an area of the world that is almost completely Muslim and has been historically completely closed off from all Christian attempts at conversion. Not only was it completely closed off, but it was also exceptionally dangerous. A large population of the planet was closed off from any Christian contact until most of the North African and Middle Eastern countries banded together to have massive uprisings, revolts, government overthrows, and in some places even deadly civil wars. It hasn’t been pretty for sure, but what we learned is that this created quite possibly one of the greatest evangelical opportunities we have ever seen…. The greatest refugee crisis in modern history.

Now in our politically charged and divided country those words bring a sense of dread and fear. Refugees? That’s a mess I don’t really want to deal with. I, like most Christians, know what the Bible says about refugees. In Exodus 22:21 we are told to not mistreat or oppress the foreigner among us. The James 1:27 verse that states that the true religion God accepts as pure and faultless is the one that takes cares of orphans and widows in their distress. And of course there is the famous Galatians verse that says we are all one in Christ, that there are no racial or national differences. I could go on and on about God’s call to take care of the people seeking asylum from well-founded fears of persecution and violence. So the problem isn’t that Christians don’t know what God has asked us to do, I think personally it’s that we don’t care. The question is always about fear. Fear for the safety of me, my family, and my country. Allowing foreign born nationals coming from war torn countries ravaged by Muslim extremists to live among is a danger too great to take right? Right? Here lies the question that Bobby made us pander. What if that crippling fear is unfounded?

We were shown the results of a study done by the CATO Institute called Terrorism & Immigration Risk Analysis 1975-2015. The pivotal part of the study comes when it shows that terrorism by people who have gained access to the United States through a refugee visa is basically non-existent. Since 1975, we have accepted 3.3 million people into the US on this type of visa, and since then only 3 people have died due to terrorism. If you stop that study from 1980 and forward, that number is ZERO. The reason for this? Most refugees spend years, if not literal decades, in refugee camps before they ever are accepted into a country. Not only that, but the US has the stingiest refugee security check of any country. If an extremist of any kind wanted to do something, they would not wait years in a refugee camp just to get flagged by our security checks before they even reach the border. There are far easier ways to do it. So Refugees are by and large, broken hurting people running from violence, just trying to find a way to live.

And Yet, for me, God challenged that notion even more. He reminded me that even if there was a little danger, even if it was not that safe, the benefits far outweigh the risks. At CCV, one of our core values is to risk it all to just win one more. With just one dollar, and one week, we would still spend it on saving just one more person for Jesus Christ. After all, we serve a God who leaves one hundred sheep to go find that one lost one, even if it cost him everything. At GoTEN I was reminded that God and his church never let fear be a factor in sharing the gospel. At GoTEN I also learned, that the greatest opportunity to witness to Muslims is right here on our doorstep.

Men doing Men things

Going on a mission trip is more than just building a roof.

CCV has been a proud partner with Bulembu ministries for the last 13 years! We just sent a hard working team of men with the sole purpose of building a roof on the local high school.  Turns out that with the pouring rain and construction, much more was able to be done other than the roof.  Mentoring happened, meals were shared, testimonies given, men were challenged, boys were inspired. People who have been to Bulembu, Swaziland say that the air is thin there, it's like you're closer to God.

Thank you, Bulembu Ministries, for impacting an ENTIRE NATION and for allowing CCV to serve you. 

Athletes Coming to know Jesus

Student Athletes coming to know Jesus

CCV  is a proud supporter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes here in Arizona.

this story comes to us from Kelly, who works with young female athletes.

"This is my 7thyear with the team as their chaplain. This year in particular has been a harvest it feels. I’ve had the opportunity of baptizing 7 of them this year in the pool over the left field wall. That includes the head coach which was amazing.

Overall all 9 have been baptized in that pool… 11 if you include the two University of Oklahoma softball players who jumped in to be baptized.

I feel God reminding and speaking to me… “be faithful, keep showing up, even when you don’t know if its helping I will use you”.

Let's continue to pray for all the workers who strive each day to be obedient and let's celebrate with them when God uses their efforts for his Glory. 

A One Night Mission Trip??!!

A local serving opportunity, engaging in our community, and a mission trip - all rolled into one 24 hour period.

In September of this year, CCV sent a team on an overnight trip to the Phoenix Dream Center (PDC) located near Grand Ave and 35th Ave. The team spent two days doing projects around the center, such as clearing out closets of donations, painting, and general clean ups. The team had the opportunity to hear from residents of the PDC and how the center has changed their lives. It was amazing to see how the residents were so invested in the center, and were not only working to better themselves, but were also working hard to better the other residents.

The Phoenix Dream Center exists to disciple men and women through community based outreach programs, which includes long term housing at a complex that was formally an Embassy Suites. They offer programs lasting anywhere from 3 months to 2 years that help people overcome difficult seasons of life (addiction recovery, coming out of prison, aging out of foster care, leaving abusive relationships, etc) through Christ-centered discipleship, structured living, and community outreach.

CCV is excited to offer this opportunity to our members and attendees.  It gives us a chance to know the needs and resources in our community! We have an upcoming trip to the dream center this January.  Check it out! 

1Mission builds its 800th house!

Poverty alleviation One House at a Time! !

This past October CCV sent a team with 1Mission down to Rocky Point, Mexico. Our team consisted of 85 people, with each of the 9 campuses represented on this team!

1Mission's main strategy for community development in that city is by coming alongside local families and helping make a way for them to have sustainable and adequate housing for their families. While our team was down there, they constructed three houses alongside the families receiving the homes. Of these three homes, one was the 800th house that 1Mission has constructed!

This home was for the Gil Encinas family, who worked along with the team in the construction of their new home. Ruben and his wife Yoselin, and their two children Ruben Alejandro and Rubi live off about $70 a week and have been living with Ruben’s mother. Receiving this new home allows them to live independently as a family and work together towards a brighter future for themselves. The family has put in over 200 hours of service towards the receiving of their home; through community service, health & wellness, skill training, literacy education and home building itself.

CCV has been involved with 1Mission and the work they are doing in Mexico since they were founded in 2007. We send several teams throughout the year, and would love to see you on a trip! To learn more about 1Mission's community development strategy in Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua, visit 1Mission.

Our favorite Cambodian

Sometimes CCV mission partners visit and we show them a good time!

Earlier in November, we had the wonderful opportunity to host Theara from Rapha House, a ministry we support in Cambodia. The CCV missions team and previous Cambodia trip participants got to hear about the work that our partner, Rapha House is doing in the fight against human trafficking in a difficult country. There is a constant influx of girls being brought in to their safe houses in various locations who have been rescued from lives of sex slavery and forced prostitution, as well as girls leaving their care through reintegration into the community and reunions with their families. They ask for your constant prayers for the girls – both those coming and those leaving, as well as the staff providing care.

While Theara was visiting, we got the chance to hear from her at a little get together with some of the previous team members from CCV who have taken a mission trip to visit Rapha House in Cambodia. It was a great time of fellowship between teams and reunion with Theara who serves as a translator and host for the teams that visit. The missions team also had the chance to take Theara to Antelope Canyon, an Arizona favorite destination! We loved having this chance to encourage Theara, and hear about how Rapha House is doing.
We have two trips this year to Cambodia, we would love to have you on these trips. The work Rapha House is doing is incredible! 

Soccer Reaches Nations

We never know the powerful impact our presence in another country can have on individuals coming to know Christ.

CCV and STARS Youth Sports collabored on a mission trip to Cuba recently. A team of coaches and players spent a week in Cuba, playing soccer, sharing about topics like leadership and integrity, visiting the local church, and playing more soccer!

Our partner in Cuba had this to say, "It was an incredible experience to have your teams coming our way. Many blessings are being received because of the program and the work your teams did. The community is aware of the partnership between Phoenix and Havana. The impact of the activity reaches many levels of the life of the communities here. A testimony of friendship, and the most important one is the fact that we are one people to the eyes of God. It impacted, not only our players, but other teams who play for the National league and many neighbors. On Sunday service we had a bunch of kids worshiping our Lord! and they were very attentive to what was happening. It is all because of the testimony your team showed them."

Praise God for following God's call to reach the nations!