CCV helped support 400 Blacksheep Harley Davidsons for Christ leadership members receive training and encouragement.
Last week, Mesa hosted a conference for the Blacksheep Harley-Davidsons for Christ group. Their annual International Leadership Summit brought in 400 chapter leaders from around the world to spend three days in worship, teaching, and training. CCV staff members helped set up the event and led Worship. This group exists to introduce Jesus Christ to the thousands of motorcycle riders in our nation and in our city.
New Missions is a very special, strategic partner of CCV. They build schools and plant churches in Haiti and Dominican Republic.
CCV took a trip to Bulembu, Africa to work alongside Bulembu Ministries!
This past November CCV took a trip of 10 members to Bulembu, Swaziland, Africa to work alongside Bulembu Ministries. Swaziland is located in the southern part of Africa, landlocked within the country of South Africa. During that trip the team got to experience what Bulembu Ministries is doing in the country of Swaziland. The trip began with a lengthy flight to Johannesburg, South Africa followed by an amazing lush green drive into Swaziland. The land was nothing like any of us were expecting or imagined when we thought of Africa!
During the week we were able to participate in all of the sustainable projects that they are doing in their town; from producing honey, to bottling their own water. They truly have a sustainable mission to revitalize this once-dead town back to thriving businesses and education. The money they receive from the business enterprises goes towards the 350 children in the orphanage that are being raised by the town. The children come from Swaziland and are relocated to Bulembu because of a possibility of being vulnerable to homelessness or are already orphaned. Swaziland has an extremely high HIV rate.
We were able to see how the community works together for the good of those that call Bulembu home and for the children they are raising. The people in Bulembu are proud of what they are doing and feel a true ownership in their jobs or roles in the town. Jesus is truly the center of the town, the peace infiltrated the air. They told us there was a joke about the air being thinner between Bulembu and heaven, not only because of the peace of God but also due to the mountainous elevation!
We also had the opportunity to assist in painting a building in town that houses a Royal Ranger program, much similar to an American boy scout program. Once we finished the painting we got to celebrate the end of the year festivities with the children before they began their summer break. (They are in the southern hemisphere the seasons are reversed.)
Throughout the week we were able to participate in the lives of the children from playing sports to having dinner at their homes. The trip was quick but packed full of experiences that will never be forgotten. I would urge anyone to pray about the trip to Bulembu, it is truly a life changing experience and one of the most beautiful places on earth!
For more information about Bulembu Ministries check out the website at bulembu.org
. CCV will be taking another team back in November of 2017 if you're interested!!
Continual education for the CCV Missions Team
“He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Luke 10:2”
This November the CCV missions team was able to attend The International Conference on Missions in the beautiful city of Lexington, Kentucky. The conference exists to encourage, equip and enlist workers for the harvest. It is during this conference that missionaries, many who are our partners, are able to come to one place to be encouraged in their Kingdom work. The theme of conference was ‘Mobilize, Disciples making Disciples”. Throughout the convention there are multiple classes offered on many different topics including “How can I serve cross culturally? or Addressing the Human Trafficking issue”. Throughout each day there are class sessions, open exhibits where mission organizations can share what they are doing, then main sessions in which the entire conference comes together in worship and a message. This year’s worship was led by one of CCV’s worship leaders, The Jordan Howerton Band and it was amazing to hear people who would not be connected otherwise coming together to worship. The conference featured many keynote speakers in which they shared their heart for the part of the world in which they are serving. CCV Missions was able to encourage many of our own mission partners that we often do not get to spend time with. ICOM is fulfilling their mission of encouraging, equipping and enlisting workers for the Harvest.
Going on a trip always changes me.
Every time I go on a mission trip it changes me. It changes my faith, my view of the world, my priorities, my view of God...sometimes it changes specific things like how I pray or how I spend my time. This past year, I came home with a very clear direction to engage more in local refugee ministry efforts. It was a very specific message that it was a way I could engage the world, serve international people, right in my own hometown because it was a clear need. As I look to 2017, I'm already considering what trip God might have in store for me. I'd rather go on a mission trip and have this type of experience eternally than to plan a vacation with my husband. I pray you also find a mission trip God might have planned for you - something specific he wants to show you or teach you or change for you. Trips for 2017 are ready for your registration. It's easy - just make sure you have a passport and I think all the trips require a $500 deposit. Maybe we'll be on the same trip together!
Thank you for giving to CCV so we can support ministries like New Missions!
December 2016 New Missions Update from New Missions on Vimeo.
CCV is taking a mission team to New Missions in Dominican Republic in March of 2017. Come with us!
Over 150 Motorcycle riders helped raise funds for StreetLightUSA to fight against child sex trafficking and sexual trauma.
Charity Poker Ride Event
Over 150 Motorcycle riders helped raise funds for StreetLightUSA to fight against child sex trafficking and sexual trauma.
Sometime, Motorcycle riders might not seem to be a group of people who would gather for some social causes. Well, on the last Saturday of October, around 150 bikers participated on a fundraiser ride to lend a helping hand for kids who have been involved with sex trafficking and being sexually abused.
Bikers participate in silent auction and door prizes
Bikers are setting off to start the ride
Live Band Performance
A Biker Passes by StreetLight USA Tent
Bikers arrived at the finish stop - Westgate
Here are some facts about child trafficking in the U.S.
· According to reliable sources, 300,000 youth are being trafficked each year.
· The average life expectance for a victim of the trafficking is seven years, the lead cause is homicide and drug abuse.
· Every 2 seconds, a child is forced to sell her body.
· 1/3 of the 2.8 million runaway kids each year in the US are lured into prostitution or pornography within 48 hours,
· the average age that StreetLightUSA residents were first trafficked is 14.
· The average age StreetLightUSA residents were first sexually abuse is 8.
If you are interested with the cause of StreetLightUSA, please visit http://streetlightusa.org.
Over 300 High School students from CCV Avondale, Peoria, and Scottsdale Campuses volunteered at 1Mission in Rocky Point, Mexico.
CCV High School Mission Trip to Rocky Point, Mexico
During the Columbus Day weekend, over 300 High School students from CCV Avondale, Peoria, and Scottsdale Campuses volunteered at 1Mission in Rocky Point, Mexico. During their trip to Mexico, they built new houses for 10 families who are actively participating in the community development. Students who had little experiences in labor work spent 3 days of their break to learn how to swing a hammer, mix concrete and saw wood. More importantly, they gained a much deeper understanding of poverty, limited resources and the satisfaction of hard work. Ultimately, they grew their faith by being part of the vision that CCV has for community development and restoring the brokenness of our own world through servanthood, love and compassion.
Rocky Point (aka Puerto Penasco) is about 4 hours south of Phoenix and 30 miles off the border between U.S. and Mexico. 1Mission, a long time mission partner of CCV, has been working in Mexico for many years seeing fruit in the community and growing God’s Church. Their main strategy for community development is sustainable and stable housing. Volunteers come to work alongside families to build houses for people who have been serving in their own community for hundreds of hours and have earned their new house through 1Mission. This house is a beginning of their new life and empowers them to fight off the poverty that has been limiting their potential and ability to benefit their own neighborhood. So far, nearly 500 houses have been built and those families who has been inspired to serve God and others.
Getting Ready to Launch the First Day of Work
Praying over the soon-to-be-house before working
Worshiping after Whole Day of Work
Students taking picture with the house they built and the family.
Where will their next step be?
Missionary from Costa Rica reunited with CCV volunteers
On September 16th, Mark and Meg Kuzdas, who are missionaries in Costa Rica, were reunited with 15 CCV members who had been on mission trips to that country previously at CCV Surprise Campus. They enjoyed an Italian dinner and shared their experiences during the trip as well as received updates of the mission from Mark. Mark and Meg are exceptional faithful workers in Christ. Despite the hardship they are facing in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras, they are able to win people to Christ, train them to be disciples and send them to preach the gospel to others.
Here are some highlights during this reunion:
Pastor Dennis Bloodworth praying over the food.
Group praying for Mark and Meg’s mission work and protection.
Taking “Next Step” with CCV and going to the world to “Win People to Christ.”
Please pray for Mark and Meg for they are facing these issues in their mission fields:
· Property dispute in the court and potentially being forced to evict their current location. Please pray for the court procession and justice being restored to God’s workers.
· Special Outreach events that are designed to share the gospel and reach new people.
· For provision of resources they need to continue the ministry.
· The government of Nicaragua passed a new law last month requiring missionaries that enter the country to have prior authorization. We know many people that have been refused entry at both the land border and at the airport. So far, it seems impossible to receive this special permission.
Taking time to meet a refugee just might make all the difference.
I think there are many people who see the news and wonder about refugees and the crisis and even ask what we can do about it. We, the missions team at CCV, got the opportunity this week to visit a ministry in Phoenix that is serving and ministering to refugees on a daily basis with compassion and love and unbiased service. They have what is called a Discovery Day. An opportunity for the general public to learn about immigration, the refugee process, the limitations and hurdles they have resettling in Phoenix, and what people can do to practically serve.
We were able to participate in an English language class, working side by side with a group of refugees learning English, practicing reading and pronunciation. We practiced saying, "My birthday is ____" and "I was born on _____". We practiced reading rhyming works like mat and fat and rat. Learning English needs to be their first priority if they hope to get good jobs and their children do well in school. The second biggest hurdle is transportation - getting to and from good jobs is reliant first on transportation. Simple basics we take for granted.
Our team went to have lunch in a local Iraqi restaurant. Sometimes enjoying ethnic food and being intentional about talking with the waiter and the owner and asking questions about their family is a way to be a good ambassador too! The food was excellent!
Then we did some home visits. We got to visit a beautiful Syrian woman in her home, sit in her living room and hear her story. This family left their home near the start of the Civil War and went to Jordan. They spent 4 years in Jordan as asylum seekers and applying for refugee status to be resettled somewhere. They arrived in Arizona in June and got settled in this apartment complex. I'm so grateful for the workers who live there full time to be helping hands as they settle in a brand new country.
The most impactful part for me of the whole day is that I can now say that I feel more educated on the issues and have actually met a refugee. I think we have opinions, biases, prejudices without actually taking time to meet someone, befriend someone, and educate ourselves on the reality of the situation. I'm grateful Nada's family has been given the opportunity to come to my city and be safe and create a life for their kids and I feel more responsible than ever to welcome them and help them through the transition into MY country that I love.
For more information, visit http://www.goten.org/.