Katie serving on a mission team with YOM in Belize 2017
Another good day of ministry in Belize — much done for the Lord. With the van fixed it received a good cleaning for picking up people for the Bible Conference on Saturday and Sunday. The puppet stage dot painted and continued work on the back drops — almost ready for VBS next week. Every day each team member is assigned a “missionary chore” from set up-clean up for meal, sweeping, dishes, bathhouse cleaning. Water balloons were filled for Teen Game Time. We had about 30 teens — Emily and Leon shared testimonies and Kyle presented a Bible challenge.
We had the opportunity to go to Nicaragua on a mission trip. It was a great blessing to be part of such a ministry. God is working in Matagalpa and Global Bible University. Bill Personette was able to share his testimony and it was a true blessing.
I am so happy about what God has done in my life. I am happy to saythat I finally made it through high school, but not without God’s help. I have a summer job at Pensacola Christian College. It was only by the grace of God that I got this job in the first place. There were only a couple of spots left open when I applied. I know that it is God’s will for me to be here. He has blessed me already with some pretty great roommates and friends. I hope to continue in His word and let His light shine through me.
VBS Can Change a Life
Everybody loves it when kids invite their friends to VBS. That’s how it’s supposed to work. Teachers encourage the friends to come back the next day to give us the maximum amount of time we can have with them to pour God’s love into their lives. When you have just five days, you don’t want to miss a minute.
So as a teacher you feel a bit like you’ve failed somehow when a student comes one day and you never see them again. Disappointed, you conclude you must not have made much of an impression on those one-day-only kids.
But don’t be too sure.
Her mom wouldn’t let her go to church. When one of the neighbors invited her to attend VBS one day, her mom grudgingly agreed she could go.
But just for one day.
At the close of that day, she left with eyes shining, fists full of crafts and papers.
The teacher must have hoped she’d be back, but they never saw her again.
The teacher’s name is long lost, and she can’t sing any of the songs now, but she remembers that day. She remembers how much she liked the music, how fun it was, and that she heard and believed that day that Jesus is really the Son of God. That one day ignited a spark and burned into her heart a hunger for God and the truth of his love.
Much later as a young adult she was invited to church again.
Her friends were surprised when she not only agreed to attend, but quickly made a commitment to Christ as though this was something she had been waiting to do. Now active in a church in the Pacific Northwest, her eyes still light up when she talks about that one day in VBS.
Because she knows even when it’s only for one day, VBS can change a life.
“It was a huge blessing to be able to go on the Dowagiac mission team to help out with VBS. I realized from the beginning that God wanted my sister and I to go down. I wasn’t sure why but after a very successful week now I know. It was to befriend and see those kids get saved. God also showed me the importance of doing something like a mission team trip. It was a big answer to prayer. Thank you Pastor Wilder for inviting us”. Hillary myers. 🙂
I was given the opportunity to help out at Calvary Bible’s Day Camp this year. I was given jobs that I had never experienced. I learned quite a bit from those experiences! I learned about many of the kid’s likes and dislikes. While I was there I made friends with more than a few of them! It was a blast seeing the kids enjoying the games and activities. Alot of kids accepted Christ as their Savior at Camp. I couldn’t be happier to be involved in it all. Many kids made decisions at camp, but there were also some helpers that made their own decisions at Camp. While I was there I made a commitment to go to school to be a teacher. I am so thankful for my friends at Calvary Bible for inviting us to help at their church, it was a real blessing. I look forward to helping out again!
Last winter I meet Pastor Stacey Wilder at a winter retreat. While I was getting to know him better, he explain to Pastor Lon Russell and me about his youth group mission teams. He mentioned that he and his youth group help churches with Vacation Bible School (VBS). Pastor Stacey and the youth group from Calvary Bible Church agrred to come up and help us put on a VBS. Before Calvary arrived at Heritage Baptist Church, our youth group was growing, but there just seemed to be a number of “road blocks” in the young people’s lives. They seemed to struggle with thoughts of “service” and “surrender”. Throughout the week of VBS I started seeing a change in the lives of our young people. I even saw some smile (which I didn’t know was even possible for them to smile). I started to see kids that never talked with others outside of their circle, start talking with new kids. They even got involved in VBS itself. There were a lot of memorable events that went on throughout that week. The event I cherish the most is when, The Calvary Teens were about to leave and the kids started sharing their personal testimonies. It was amazing to hear how God had moved some mountains inside these young people. It was a blessing to hear how these young people were getting burdened about some of the young people they reached out to that week. It was real compassion being shown. Yes some were leaving and some were staying, but the compassion that was growing in hearts of these young people was a blessing from God. Teens desiring to be used of God to make a difference in the life of somebody else. I found one of the greatest blessings is when I had the opportunity to just watch young Christians reach out to some lost, hurting souls and show them God’s love. I’m am very thankful that Pastor Stacey and the teens of Calvary Bible came up and labored together with the teens of Heritage Baptist to make a difference.
We had a great time of fellowship with the teens from Heritage Baptist Church. We played big-ball volley ball, reverse kick ball, and the all the time favorite “Dodge-ball”. Fun had by all. Thanks for coming and being a part. Looking forward to working with you this summer. Changed by God’s power.
Testimony from Eric,
Recently, I went up to Camp Cobeac with the youth group. The speaker for that week was Hal Hightower. Every sermon was great, and I benefited from each one. The one that hit me the hardest was about having a tender heart. The problem is, when we get a hard heart, (like Pharaoh holding on to the Israelites) we don’t know it. I asked God to help me keep a tender heart. When God says something, I want to be sensitive to it- I don’t want to miss what He has for me.
“It is amazing how God can work in your life. I learned this fact this summer when our church went to Skandia, MI on a mission trip. I hadn’t seen God do big things in people’s lives before. I had seen Him give money to my family, and answer other small prayers, but I just didn’t take it very seriously. Once we got there and started to give the Gospel to the children and teens that were there, I saw the Holy Spirit working in them and me. It was amazing. We were only there for a week, but it felt like we had known each other our whole lives. This is because we all have something in common – we know that Christ is our Savior. It is a wonderful thing to know that God can work in your life, and that through you He can bring others to Him. It only takes one person who is willing to take a group of teenagers to go spread the Gospel in a little town in the Upper Peninsula for lives to be changed. I am glad that I go to Calvary Bible Church. The pastor and his family have helped me to grow in my faith, and I am forever grateful for that ministry.
“Two teens came to Know Christ tonight at teen time. Thanks to all of you people who made the teens feel welcome. I would also like to thank the teens that have been praying for these young people. Jesus is stll in the saving business. We need to stay in the gospel giving business.
If you would like to submit a Testimony. This page will be used as an encouragement to those who read this website. We would like those who have been encouraged or blessed by the ministry of Calvary Bible Church, to send in testimonies as to how God used this ministry in your life. We will read all testimonies submitted and post them as God leads. Please send all testimonies to firstname.lastname@example.org in care of Pastor Stacey. Thank you for your help. Looking forward to reading your testimonies. We would like to post your picture if possible.