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Ryan Wilkins

Technical Director Micah Yost sits down with Ryan Wilkins to talk about his life and his book “Realer Than Real.”

For more information on Ryan, visit realerthanrealbook.com.

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Story of Rebuilding

In this clip, C&MA President John Stumbo shares his personal story of sickness, healing, and rebuilding.

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The Gospel changes lives

 

In this clip, C&MA President John Stumbo shares a unique story of what one homeless man used his Bible for and how God changed his heart.

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5 Year Plan

In this clip, C&MA President John Stumbo shares how God chose not to follow the five-year plan he made for himself.

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Rebuild – Nehemiah is Jesus

In this clip, Lead Pastor Mark explains the picture of Jesus that is painted through the life of Nehemiah.

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Rebuild – Sabbath

In this clip, Lead Pastor Mark shares how Nehemiah went about reestablishing the importance of the Sabbath and explains why we need to do the same thing today.

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Rebuild

In this clip, Lead Pastor Mark shares what he learned about transformation from a Christmas stocking.

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There and back again … thoughts from my recent trip to Mali.

For the last 10 years CCC has been heavily invested in bringing Jesus to the country of Mali, one of the poorest countries in all of Africa. In early November I was blessed to take a 10-day trip to visit Mali (my 3rd trip to this amazing place) which never fails to impact my life. Over the next several weeks I want so share some insights and perspectives about life and ministry in Mali.

grindingIn a material sense, Mali is just flat out poor. It is poor in a way that we don’t really see or experience in America. Yet in many ways their poverty is less cumbersome to them than poverty in America because the poor in our country are surrounded by wealth. Not so in Mali. Even in the big cities the level of poverty is staggering and the so-called middle class in Mali would still be considered very, very poor by our standards. Yet in the midst of this poverty, we have an opportunity to show clearly the love of Jesus in ways that are small to us, yet life-changing for the Malian people. Let me share with you a recent example.

One of our ministry partners in Mali, an American missionary named Shawn McCabe, approached CCC about 6 months ago to see if we would participate in a project with him. His team is doing work in very remote Malian villages to bring the love of Jesus into these villages and the starting point is usually to address some of their physical needs. The particular project for CCC is to come along side a village to help them purchase a grinding mill. In this village, named Sanwan, there is no electricity, no running water, and food is scarce. This village is so remote there are literally no roads to get there, just dirt paths made over the years by donkey’s and people.

IMG_6868The women of Sanwan pooled their resources together over the last two years by literally taking a handful of grain each week and saving it. Not money but grain! When they put it all together and sold it they raised the equivalent of $1,000. Shawn then asked CCC to match this with up to $3,000, all of which could then be used to purchase a grinding mill for their grain. As part of DYI we invested this money in the project and the grinding mill has been purchased and installed (using solar for electricity).

This grinding mill will be life-changing for this village and the surrounding farmers. Previously the villagers had to grind their grain by hand, as you can see in this picture of the young lady with a baby on her back. Now they can grind all of their grain at the mill, which is must faster and more efficient. As well, they are able to charge for this service from surrounding villages and farmers, the proceeds of which can be used for other community improvement projects. IMG_6869

Of course from our perspective there is another upside. Seeing clearly the love of Jesus poured out to them by these “Christians” opens their hearts and minds to hearing more about Jesus. In a community such as this, where every last person is a Muslim, when you can show tangible Jesus-driven love that will feed people and care for their basic needs, it elevates the message of hope that you and I already enjoy.

When you get a chance, pray for the village of Sanwan and pray that this new grinding mill will not only change their earthly lives but also their eternal lives.

Craig Walter, Missions Pastor

Shutting Down The American Dream! – Traffick Report

Staff Blogger:  Lisa Ashton – Assistant Director of Spiritual Discovery

american dream

“Dear God, please shut down the American Dream…” Such was a prayer of a friend of mine this past year every time she passed a local strip club in Omaha.  After being a part of a trafficking awareness training at CCC she started to notice the various adult entertainment venues around town. One just happened to be on the route of one of her daily commutes.  Bothered by that, she began to pray that the club would close.  Imagine my joy this last Sunday, when she approached me at church and exclaimed, “Lisa I have some random news for you!” “What?” I said.  “Remember that strip club I told you about over where I lived? It closed!!”  Now THAT’S some good news.  I then asked her what the name of the club was.  She replied, “American Dream”.  What?  That’s just wrong on multiple levels.  C’mon really?  The American dream for who?  The owner? The stripper?  The consumers?  All of the above?  Sad.

Curious as to how many strip clubs there actually are in Omaha, I did what we frequently do to find out an answer – googled it.  A few top hits said in the title  -18 Gentlemen Clubs – listed in the yellow pages  in Omaha.  No need to look further (in fact, I’d be afraid to click on anything).  Whether 18 is an accurate number or not, I think it’s fair to say, there are more than we care to admit.  Highly disturbing. Once more, they are listed as “gentleman” clubs?  Far from it!

I’m proud of my friend for having the heart to pray away that club.  I’m thankful she noticed it and acted by faith.  I wonder for me, or for you, if there are any clubs or adult stores we pass every day?  If so, let’s commit to praying that they get shut down. Let’s pray that they have to close their doors because the demand is decreasing…or because the owners become convicted…or because the performers get the desire and courage to walk away.

“Oh God, help us to join you in cleaning up our city.  Open our eyes to the places we pass every day that distort sexuality and degrade humanity.  Give us a heart to pray for them. We want to see adult entertainment clubs and businesses close.  Shut them down, God!  Please.  In your name, amen.”

 

 

 

 

But how do I know what to look for? Traffick Report

polaris project

Let me introduce you to a very helpful website in connection with Trafficking if you haven’t already discovered it.  Polaris Project is an awareness and education clearing house of incredibly helpful information.  For this week’s Traffick Report, I’m directing you to a great article on how to recognize the signs of trafficking.  Hop on this link and it will take you there directly:

http://www.polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/recognizing-the-signs

If you see any of the following signs, consider them red flags, but also consider them grounds for action!  Generously plastered over the Polaris sight is the national Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline number for reporting potential abuse.

1-888-3737-888

Recognizing the Signs

The above blog post mentions several categories of things to be attentive to.

  1. Pay attention to the working conditions of people who are trapped.  Examples cited include, underage workers providing sexual services, the relationship between the worker and the “manager” (a pimp), this person is denied very basic on the job considerations like breaks, fair pay, etc.
  2. Poor mental health or abnormal behavior.  Fear, depression, avoids eye contact.
  3. Poor physical health – lacks health care, eating disorders, signs of abuse or even torture.
  4. Lack of personal control over money, schedule, or not allowed to freely communicate with friends and family.

Most people think they will never see a trafficking victim because these kinds of things just aren’t all that prevalent or obvious.  Bear in mind that’s exactly what those who are benefiting from trafficking are happy for an ignorant, disengaged public to think.  Recognizing the signs of abuse and knowing what to do when you see them will make us much more aware and dangerous to the perpetrators.  Don’t play it safe.  Don’t stay ignorant.  Don’t stay uninvolved.  Keep your eyes wide open in your community and have the courage to make the call!