Before I became the Missions Pastor at CCC, I was guy who sat in the seats on Sunday morning just like everyone else. But my wife and I both loved missions work and took every opportunity we could to get involved. We went on short-term mission trips, we gave money to various projects, and we helped out wherever we could. But over the years I came to realize I didn’t really know a lot about the strategy behind missions. I didn’t really understand why missionaries would do the things they do. I didn’t really get why God would use ordinary people like me to advance his cause in the world. Maybe, like me, you struggle with some of these same questions. This is where the Perspectives class comes in.
Perspectives is an amazing, 15-week class designed for the average, hard-working, regular person who wants answers to basic questions about missions. You simply won’t find a better opportunity to learn about the history of missions, the strategy of missions, the culture of missions, and the future of missions. This class will give you insight into why God would use a regular person like you to change the world.
Perspectives is being offered in 2017 to anyone in the city of Omaha, but CCC is blessed to be the class host. Starting on Monday, January 16th, in the CCC student center, I am inviting you to participate. Just go to the Perspectives website and click Register to get started.
If you are not sure yet if you really want to take the class, the cool thing is that you can come the first couple of weeks for free. Just show up at the student center and sit through the class to see if it’s for you. Hope to see you there!
As a dad with adult children (25, 21, and 16), I was reflecting recently how different this Christmas season feels to my wife and me. We have such fun memories of our kids when they were younger, and the excitement of buying them special Christmas presents and the excitement they had as they opened them. Yet the reality is, for many families who live in poverty, Christmas ends up being the exact opposite. Moms and dads and grandparents feel the stress of wondering if they can even afford to buy their kids anything. In fact, our friends from Bridge Church recently shared with me that many families will actually not make their house payment in December so they can buy gifts for their kids.
The Better Together Christmas store was put together for these families!
Last weekend, over 100 families from Village One, Franklin School and Bridge Church came with whatever money they had to shop for their kids in a dignified way at the store. With the over 1,200 gifts and toys that CCC donated discounted up to 70%, parents and grandparents were able to choose the right gifts for their children at an affordable cost.
I recall one couple that were so thankful to shop around and find the exact Easy-Bake Oven that their daughter had been wanting all year long. Others were in tears when we gifted them a few dollars as they didn’t have quite enough money.
Another lady came prepared to pay for her sister’s shopping, but we were able to bless her sister’s family by telling her she didn’t owe a penny. Her debt had been paid, just like Jesus has paid own debt in dying for us. What a special message to convey at Christmas!
A grandmother showed up with $120 to buy gifts for all six of her grandchildren that were living with her. Not only did she go home with amazing gifts like a bicycle and dolls for her grandchildren, she didn’t have to spend all her money to do it.
The toys were just a small part of the reason for putting on the Christmas store. The home run for us is to help Bridge Church develop relationships with people in the Village One community and for the love of Jesus to shine bright. Thank you, Christ Community, for coming alongside what God is doing in Village One and helping to meet a felt need in the community. Let’s keep praying for Bridge Church and for all the people we touched this Christmas in Village One!