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CCC team opens the door for Jesus in Mali

Earlier this month a team of 5 people from CCC were sent to Mali for a very specific purpose – use medical care for large animals to open the door for Jesus in local villages.

IMG_20140122_232Dr. Jerry Busselman (a veterinarian), Jamie Sell, Melissa Head, Brad Dunbar, and Randy Raether, spent about a week in multiple village in Mali providing much needed inoculations for over 3,400 cattle and hundreds more goats and sheep. As you can see from this picture, most animals in Mali have parasites which keep them from growing healthy. The medicine our team provided will allow these cattle to become healthy within a matter of weeks and therefore be more valuable to local farmers.

The beauty though from the hard work this team put in is the new open doors for Jesus.  They worked side by side with one of the local Pastors, visiting remote villages that have not been open to receiving the gospel but are eager to receive the vet team and the inoculations they bring. While the team was working hard the pastor was making connections with the village chiefs and planning to return with his team in a month to share the gospel. In all, our CCC team was able to visit 5 new villages that the pastors have not been able to previously visit.

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Not only were the native people impacted by the trip but the men and women from CCC that stepped out in faith to do this work were also greatly impacted. As one of the team members said, “This has been a life changing experience for me. To travel to a far away country that is so poor, and use something as simple as medicine for animals to bring the good news of Jesus to these people, how can this not be life changing?”

This is the 3rd time CCC has sent a team like this to Mali and it is an exciting opportunity to reach Malians with the gospel. As these local Pastors build relationships with village leaders, they gain credibility and they are given the right to then share the gospel with hundreds of Malians. In this 90% Muslim country this has been one of the most creative and effective ways to show the love of Jesus and share the gospel.

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Cats and chin ups…knowing God’s word

In this clip, Pastor Brad speaks on how we as Christian’s sometimes take Scriptures out of context by using an example of two of his least favorite things; cats and chin ups.

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Shortcut God’s Plan…Temptation Three

In this clip, Pastor Brad shares with us on Satan tempting Jesus to shortcut God’s plan of the cross and rule without having to go through the trials God had in plan for him.

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Half Truths…Temptation Two

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In this clip, Pastor Brad shares with us how Satan tempted Jesus by using half truths within the Bible to cause him to sin.

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Stones into bread…Temptation One

In this clip, Pastor Brad shares with us on what Satan was questioning when he tempted Jesus to  turn stones into bread.

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How to write your Senator. Tips from an insider…

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One of the great things about a church like Christ Community is the incredibly gifted and experienced people you’ll find everywhere you look.  Pastor Mark received the following tips from a Christ Community member about writing your senator.  In connection with the previous post, I wanted to urge you respond to this timely opportunity.  Take a few minutes to read Jim’s recommendations.  Then use your lunch break to write an email or letter in support of current Anti-Trafficking legislation that is up for consideration this week.  Swat out a link to these two blog posts via your FaceBook or Twitter!  Let’s bring it!

From: James Jensen Sent: Sunday, January 26, 2014 8:51 PM

To: Mark Ashton Subject: Human Trafficking – Regarding LB 934 and LB 933

To Mark, Lisa and Tim, In response to these two bills I would recommend the following:

  1. Enlist a number of individuals to write, call, e-mail or snail mail senators on the Nebraska Judiciary Committee prior to the hearing day January 30th at 1:30PM
  2. The letters should be short, not more than one page.
  3. The letter should thank them for serving in the legislature and considering this issue.
  4. State that you became aware of this issue through the involvement of Christ Community Church over the last 18 months.
  5. Urge each senator to support any and all measures to eradicate human trafficking from the state of Nebraska.
  6. Each letter should be individual and personal, not taking on the appearance of a form letter.
  7. If someone would appear at the hearing to testify, it would be very helpful.
  8. Thank each senator for their time and consideration.

Below are live links to e-mail each one directly.  You can also use the following address (at this point in the week, of course it would be best to e-mail given that the these bills will be considered this Thursday, Jan 30th): Senator’s name Nebraska State Capitol PO Box 94604 1445 K Street Lincoln, NE 68509

Senator Brad Ashford, Chairperson  bashford@leg.ne.gov

Senator Steve Lathrop, Vice-Chairperson  slathrop@leg.ne.gov

Senator Ernie Chamber  – No email address listed. # (402) 471-2612

Senator Mark Christensen   mchristensen@leg.ne.gov

Senator Colby Coash  ccoash@leg.ne.gov

Senator Al Davis  adavis@leg.ne.gov

Senator Amanda McGill  amcgill@leg.ne.gov

Senator Les Seiler  lseiler@leg.ne.gov

Anti-Trafficking Legislation you can help bring about!

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Wanted to call your attention in this week’s Traffick Report to a current opportunity to make a difference.  Senator Amanda McGill as you may well know is an advocate for Anti-Trafficking in Nebraska.  Check out this link to recent bills that are up for Judiciary Committee hearings THIS WEEK.  In my next post, I’ll forward you some tips for writing your senator in support of these measures.  You might want to view this post to help get informed.  Here’s a link and a few summary points:

http://journalstar.com/legislature/mcgill-wants-to-build-on-human-trafficking-legislation/article_4dd3687d-2ee2-52b6-b5db-7c797200411a.html

  • State Senator Amanda McGill is proposing LB 934 which would create a new position for a Coordinator of Human Trafficking Prevention.
  • The job will be connected to the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.
  • McGill is also proposing LB 933 which will spell out the details of coercion and trafficking to include more recent tactics being used by perpetrators.
  • Both bills are will be reviewed at a hearing this Thursday, Jan 30th.

In my next post, I’ll give you some details on how best to act on this opportunity.  Meanwhile get yourself informed.  Get yourself in prayer!  This is a great opportunity to come alongside those like Amanda McGill whom God has placed in such an influential position.

Disciples take risks

In this clip, Lead Pastor Mark shares with us the real people who took real risks for the Kingdom’s sake.

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Kingdom Contrast

In this clip, Lead Pastor Mark contrasts the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of earth.

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Why did Jesus get baptized?

In this clip, Lead Pastor Mark looks at why Jesus actually got baptized and how it effects our lives.

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