There are always so many exciting things happening in missions at CLA. This is because of your generosity in giving, volunteering or going on a short-term missions trip. Last Sunday, I reported some of the highlights of the first 6 months of our fiscal year. Some of you asked for me to put it in writing, since I ran through it so quickly, so here I go! So far, 65 people have gone on a short-term missions trip.
• We had a team go to the National House of Prayer in Ottawa for the National Prayer Breakfast and encourage the leaders of our country.
• In the summer a young adults team under the leadership of Jeremy King, went to Poland to train youth leaders from all over their country and lead worship at a festival organized by communities in that region.
• Over the past 10 years, Men’s and Women’s teams have served in Guatemala at the Shadow of His Wings orphanage. While, this year the men were involved in construction work and the women ministered to the girls through personal care and a helped throw a party for all the girls turning 15 this year.
• A team of 6 went to Cuba to minister at the Rehab Centre, which already has 6 residents going through a one-year recovery program. The team ministered in 5 services while there. Joel Reimer our new Recovery Pastor was able to see the work first-hand. One of the highlights was to see one of our team members who had gone through recovery share the transforming power of Jesus Christ in her life. It was so impacting to the Cuban believers and gave hope to those going through recovery.
• A team of 22 went to Israel including Pastor Derrick and Sarah Lee. While there we attended the Jerusalem Encounter at the King of Kings Church. Believers from all over the world worshiped together and it was amazing to see the gospel impacting the land of Israel.
At home, Mandy Martens continues to faithfully lead our City Serve. We continue to see CLA serving our city through you, our volunteers. Once a week, we serve lunch to 80 students at H.D. Stafford and three days a week we serve breakfast at Langley Secondary School. This has opened the door for relationship with the leadership and teachers of the schools. At our ‘Back to School Event’ we gave out 700 Backpacks and were involved with H.D. Stafford at their Fall Festival. Volunteers from CLA were involved in all these events. We are so thankful that the LORD has opened these doors as a means to share the love of Christ to the lost in our community. We are now in the Christmas season and committed to helping 15 families with hampers in our community.
As I’m writing this today, it’s been a very long day. We started early this morning and ended with our container to Zambia packed, locked and loaded with over 2,000 boxes of love, 155 special gifts for the VOH staff and house moms, 40 boxes of school supplies, sports equipment, medical supplies, 273 boxes of clothing, and 800 bibles for the children. Please pray for the safe arrival of the container to Zambia as it begins its 91-day trip. My prayer is that we would listen to what the LORD has to say to us as we consider a year end missions offering, to help propel CLA missions into 2020! “But life is worth nothing, unless I use it for doing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus - the work of telling others the good news.” Acts 20:24 To God Be the Glory!
–Steve Nicholson Missions Pastor