#CCoFwca team preparing to worship our God and help you do the same this weekend! #beingapartofit
#CCoFwca team preparing to worship our God and help you do the same this weekend! #beingapartofit
For a prayer breakfast at 7:00am on a Saturday!? I think only God saw this potential in 2014…and it’s only February!
Is this your year? (Missions)
The 2014 mission trip brochure is here!
Visit the missions team in the Hospitality Room between services the weekends of January 18/19 and January 25/26 to pick up your brochure and register for up-coming trips. Also get information on how you can WIN one of our international mission trips! Make this the year that you step out and GO!
Signups are being taken now for the following trips (click here to register):
Winslow street people ministry, February 22
Mexico with Amor Ministries, March 15-19
Austria with TCM International, June 1-13 (only 1 spot left!)
Kurdish ministry in the Middle East, August 3-15
Ethiopia with CMF International, October 16-30
CCoF men are praying! Biggest #Gideons meeting ever!
What difference does an Amor trip really make? (Missions)
The answer to this question is different depending on if you’re a participant or a recipient of one of the homes that is built. Pastors in Mexico say that adequate housing is their community’s greatest need. Without a decent place to live, people cannot be productive members of society, children cannot learn, and families cannot thrive. If you’re one of the families selected to receive a home, you are given hope. Hope for keeping your family together. Hope for a safe, dry place for your family. Having a home increases the chances of having stable employment. The home is a tangible gift of God’s love for them.
For the participant it’s a chance to learn true humility and service to one another; to experience the poverty that is a reality for the majority of people in the world. We give because we have, and our love extends beyond borders because we are loved. We adjust our priorities to go on these trips because it’s back to the basics of what Christ calls us to do. Quite simply, this trip can change your life if you open your heart.
Since Christ’s Church of Flagstaff began partnering with Amor Ministries, CCoF volunteers have blessed 23 families with their own homes! We have room for you on our next trip, March 15-19. Click here to register, and then make sure to attend the first team meeting on Saturday, January 25 at 3:15 in the West Campus Auditorium.
Sierra Leone: Hard Work and Heart Change (Missions)
This past October, CCoF members Tres Flook and Dean Nyhart spent two weeks in Sierra Leone, West Africa assisting our missions partners, the ‘C’ family. Reading their stories gives you a great sense of the conditions in Sierra Leone, what our partners are doing, and what a mission trip to a developing country entails. Tres’s story is below, followed by Dean’s. You can see more of their trip photos by visiting our Flickr Photo Gallery.
Have you been thinking about going on a Mission trip? Whether you choose to go on a local trip or an international trip I can almost guarantee you will come back with a different perspective on the world and what the Lord may be expecting from each of us.
You may have read and seen reports of global poverty, but until you see it up close it really doesn’t take hold of your heart. I have now been on a few different mission trips—local and international—but on my recent trip to Sierra Leone (Africa) I was exposed to the existence of extreme poverty and need in a third world country on a level I never imagined. Basic things, such as clean water, food, and shelter were a daily struggle to the extreme. Our Lord certainly put me in a position to alter my heart and perspective permanently.
The following is just one day’s experience and description of my mission trip and how it affected me:
It was 8:30 AM and we were bouncing along on unpaved roads leading to a new church building in Serabu, Sierra Leone. The Toyota Land Cruiser could handle the bumps quite well, but we still had to use the hand holds to minimize the jostling we were experiencing.
My traveling companions on this morning were Dean Nyhart (CCoF member), along with our mission’s partner and two of his co-workers. We also joined the pastor of the local church we had met the previous day. We had come to help build benches and a table for his new church. With only two benches there was a need to accommodate the church members who had been sitting on a dirt floor.
As we approached the church I had a sense of anticipation and happiness that gave me a strange chill and goose bumps. This was quite remarkable since it was already 90 degrees with 100% humidity. Driving along the road the children of the village ran beside our vehicle. Obviously excited, they yelled greetings at us with contagious smiles. Dean immediately engaged with them and they swarmed around him. From that point on I called him the kid magnet.
We stopped and unloaded supplies and tools, and carried them to the new church building. This new church had mud brick walls, dirt floors, and bare openings for windows and a door. The metal roof looked like it might blow off at any time. Compared to western standards this new church wasn’t much, but I could see that the villagers were quite proud of it. The lumber for the benches soon began arriving, carried by the locals who had just recently cut down some trees to provide the necessary planks for our project.
We immediately started building the benches and, throughout the day, curious villagers dropped by to see what these white strangers were doing. As we worked, the Pastor would converse with the children and villagers, inviting them to visit the next church service. Needless to say, it was hard work, and the heat and humidity were draining. However, the satisfaction of doing this simple work for this tiny, rugged church was immense.
By the end of the day we were a tired, dirty, and hungry bunch, but not one person was complaining. There was a wonderful sense of accomplishment amongst us, and the appreciation from the villagers was overwhelming. They stopped by all day long, shaking our hands and thanking us. We had built seven new benches (which gave them a total of nine) and a table from which the Pastor could preach. What an awesome day!
There would be many more days of hard work for Dean and I while we were in Sierra Leone. Those days turned out to be extremely eye-opening. The missionaries (along with their families) that we support are out there doing hard things every day. They are able to share the message of Christ with the people of Sierra Leone by first providing them with clean water and helping with infrastructure projects in the community. This then opens up opportunities for evangelistic dialogue. Our missionaries are diligent stewards of the support that we provide. Although I have always trusted that my tithes and offerings are used for the Lord’s purposes, I was able to see, firsthand, their effective use in Sierra Leone.
Lastly, I was able to witness the people of Sierra Leone joining in the hard work alongside our missionaries. I was amazed and humbled by the tenacity and untiring work ethic that the people displayed. Their need is great yet they only ask for the opportunity to help themselves acquire the basic essentials that we, in the USA, have in abundance and yet take for granted.
Christ Church of Flagstaff provides it members with tremendous opportunities to serve by participating in mission trips. On such trips we are given the chance to actually see and do the hard things, and appreciate the perseverance and commitment of our missionaries. It is my prayer that every member of the body would take the opportunity to go on a mission trip and experience the resulting life change.
The flight took the team from Phoenix, to Atlanta, to Paris, and on into Freetown, the capitol of Sierra Leone; but not before making two unscheduled stops in Mauritania and Liberia. Somewhere along the way Dean’s luggage was lost and not found for five days. Not one to be undone by such a trivial matter, in borrowed clothes and toiletries, Dean pressed on with the duties at hand. Tres had brought along an extra new toothbrush and tube of toothpaste, which he gladly shared, but it did make Dean wonder exactly how long Tres actually thought he was going to be staying in country.
The first order of business was the loading and transport of building materials into the far reaches of the dense humid jungles to a small predominately Muslim village called Monghere. There, the team spent three days building furniture from raw hand-cut wood for a tiny one room Christian Church. The church building is made of mud, similar to adobe, with irregularly unframed windows and doorways; a product of crude materials and unskilled local labor. This church plant was part of a prior water drilling effort in the village and is closely watched by the village elders, who being Muslim, look with suspicion and doubt about the presence of a Bible-based church in their midst. The reality is that they are truly impressed that foreigners all the way from America would come to help build and furnish such a structure and therefore the local born-again pastor must have some major “mojo”. This goes a tremendous way in establishing rapport and credibility with the local people. The team built many pews and a large front table for communion. During this portion of the trip, they slept on old mattresses on the floor in a building that passed for an inn where cold water to bathe in was dipped from a large jug of water and sparingly trickled from head to foot. The team encountered their first of two giant Gaboon Vipers in this village and ate a local delicacy of spicy rice and chicken. Bananas were fresh off the trees wherever you could find them and most delicious. The local children were inquisitive and visited the church site often. Once, the village elders visited and nodded their approved of the finished work product. The team then left to return to the housing compound, a long six-hour drive over rough bumpy dirt roads. A stop in a small town to buy local sweet bread brought the realities of extreme poverty and need into sharp focus as large crowds of street vendors pleaded for business.
At the compound, four families, all working on water drilling projects through the Williamette Medical Program, live together and work in unity to bring the vital living resource of clean water to a country ravaged by corruption and civil war as early as 2001; and in doing so, have the ability to share the Gospel and raise up local evangelists. They work and live under difficult circumstances without complaint, in conditions many would find deplorable, but they do so in obedience to the great commission and the leading of God the Father.
The team took a large load of cement bags to Ronurie to construct a threshing floor since so much of the crop is lost into the dirt during harvest season. A flooded river prevented the team from making the last three miles. Local men, hungry for work and food, agreed to off-load the bags, and carry each hundred pound bag by hand across the river to the village for a few dollars each. A job too back-breaking to contemplate.
At the compound, where the remaining few days of work would be spent, Dean and Tres helped with the brutal physical labor of moving two large conex cargo containers into the compound using only a small farm tractor and placing heavy steel pipes in front and under the containers as they moved slowly along, taking them from the rear and running the pipes back to the front, over and over again. It took a great deal of toil and ingenuity and in spite of the intense heat and sun and the help of several villagers, the containers were in the place they needed to be and to be used to store and protect the special drilling equipment and tools from theft and the physical elements, namely, the heavy torrential rains. One local man known for his steadfast work ethic and loyalty to the missions’ team severely crushed his hand during the project. Dean provided emergency first aid to stop the arterial bleeding and cleanse the wound and then the worker was transported to the hospital for stitches and pain medication. All team members were very concerned and continue to pray for Ernest’s recovery.
Our partner families are beautiful, wonderful people and while the team was there, they all ate their meals together. Unlike being out in the deep jungle and eating minimal food, sleeping on the ground, and enduring constant exposure to the elements, insects, and wild beasts, this short-term trip allowed Dean and Tres to sleep indoors, in beds, and eat an abundance of regular food; all a welcome relief after a hard days labor. Tres was a constant source of airline pilot stories in the evening, while the rains continuously poured, while Dean played board games with the children and got in a few miles running each day. The fellowship was terrific and welcome by all. Sleep was fitful under the ever protective mosquito netting.
The last day was a day of rest and sun at the beautiful beach near Freetown. The warm tropical waters were a relief to sore tired muscles.
The flight home was uneventful and seemed unusually long, as Dean and Tres were anxious to see family and friends again, but thankful for the opportunities to minister to the C family and their teammates, and to give a small part of their time and efforts in service to the believers of Sierra Leone and to the future believers who may come to know the loving Savior, Jesus Christ.
Winter/Spring Women’s Bible Studies (Adults)
Women’s Bible Study is Starting Back Up!
Check out the courses being offered below. If you are interested in joining a study, please fill out the registration form from the bottom of this page and return it to the church office. You may also register by calling the church office Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:00. Fees can be payed at weekend services or on the first day of class by cash, check, or credit card.
"BRAVE: HONEST QUESTIONS WOMEN ASK"
January 27—March 10, Monday nights 6-8pm
Facilitators: Mary Mays, Donnie Jones, Annie Brown
This Bible study looks at the heart of what women are thinking and feeling. We all have insecurities, flaws, and struggles that we’re afraid to address. But if we can be brave enough to raise the questions, God will answer us. You’ve got questions. God has the answers. Be brave!
"RUTH: LOSS, LOVE & LEGACY"
January 28—March 4, Tuesday mornings 9-11am
Facilitator: Diane Flook
Ruth’s journey of unbearable loss, redeeming love, and divine legacy comes alive in this Kelly Minter Bible study. You’ll delve into the virtuous character of Ruth, her unique relationship with her mother-in-law Naomi, and her blossoming love with Boaz. If you’ve ever felt devastated, struggled as a stranger, longed to be loved, or wept along the way, you’ll find a loyal sister in Ruth.
"RECLAIMING SURRENDERED GROUND: PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY FROM SPIRITUAL ATTACKS" (Session 2)
January 28—March 4, Tuesday mornings 9-11am
Facilitator: Janie Galloway
Sometimes Christians forget they have an enemy. But let your guard down for just a moment and Satan—ever watchful for an opportunity—is waiting to attack not just you but your family as well. This study shows how Christ alone can save your home from the destructive powers of bitterness, unforgiveness, pride, and anger.
"HEALTHY EATING FOR ALL GOD’S CHILDREN"
January 29—March 26, Wednesday mornings 9-11am
Facilitator: Suzanne Bonner
Learn how to incorporate simple and effective health habits to help you feel better and be healthier. We will look at what Scripture says about the food God gave us to eat, and how He suggests we lovingly care for His Temple, our bodies. Education about modern food choices included. No condemnation, only love and support allowed in class! There may be an optional exercise program offered as part of the class.
"ONE THOUSAND GIFTS: A DARE TO LIVE FULLY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE"
March 11—April 15, Tuesday mornings 9-11am OR March 24—April 28, Monday nights 6-8pm
Facilitator: Diane Flook
In this study participants are encouraged to start journaling God’s gifts—to find the good in life in all circumstances. It’s only in this expression of gratitude for the life we already have, that we discover the life we’ve always wanted … a life we can take, give thanks for, and use to serve others. Embark on this personal, honest, and fresh exploration of what it means to be deeply fulfilled, wholly happy, and fully alive. We are wildly loved by God!
Have a safe and happy 2014! (Community)
On behalf of all of our CCoF family, we hope you have a safe and happy start to 2014! As we come off an enormously successful and generous Christmas season, we can’t wait to see what God has in store for Flagstaff this year!
Photo by @myfoxphoenix
Amor trip deadline January 25! (Missions)
Join us in making a difference!
The first team meeting for the Spring Break mission trip to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico is Saturday, January 25, 3:15-5:15pm in the West Campus Auditorium. You must register at or before this meeting in order to go on this year’s trip!
Be sure to visit the missions team in the Hospitality Room after services this weekend and get details about other 2014 trips, as well as how you can enter to win a FREE international mission trip!
Make this the year that you step out and GO!