This looks really cool to go and visit in Bradenton in January!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
In case people are interested, our vision at CCSP is for our members to gain exposure to missions and then equip the saints for the work of the ministry Eph. 4:12.
The average sending church doesn’t often do a great job of equipping our servants for international ministry. Our goal is to fill those ministry tool boxes with all kinds of tools to help ensure ministry success.
We also believe that in the local church, missions is biblically the center spot of each ministry. It’s not a slice of the church ministry pie (with each ministry being a slice: Men’s ministry, youth, women, etc and missions simply being another slice). What this means is that missions is at the heart of each ministry, For example, take a more obscure outreach ministry like Family Martial Arts or the Good Fight Club. What do they have to do with missions? The goal is fellowship and training but we also design a devotional and missional element to what we do since that should be the heart of the church. So if you are part of that ministry, you will be in the word of God and occasionally helping out with local outreaches, in addition to inviting others to the ministry and church!
Here are some 2016 update stats
*These figures include ALL of 2016, including November-December plans.
We currently support 44 families globally in full time work. All but 3 have come from our fellowship. The average US church has 1 missionary support for 2000 members. We demolish that statistic at CCSP.
2016 Short Term Mission Trips: 8 with 79 trip participants. Typically we have more, but we had smaller teams than usual this year.
We had the privilege of sending 3 new long-term workers globally in 2016 and there are 3 more families preparing to leave in the next 12-13 months (Romania and Papua New Guinea)
We have several mobile homes in the Gator Lake overflow parking area that we use for missionaries in town (it is a huge burden removed when we provide the basics for our international partners). In 2016 we had 2,369 “person days” (number of people times number of days) occupying our homes! That is a lot of free blessings! In addition, we have a van for families to use while in town and in 2016, that van only sat idle for a total of 38 days including maintenance days!
In 2017 we have one more mobile home coming online. This will be used by interns coming to serve the church for 20 hours a week with Potter’s Field Ministries. These students will work in the food truck and the remaining time will be involved in the church, volunteering a minimum of 20 hours a week.
Lastly, we raised close to $75,000 for a Tibetan Bible translation! What a blessing! What a fantastic year in missions!
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Friday, September 30, 2016
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Helping our Sports Ministry by sending out a notice for their upcoming Chipotle Fundraiser….Mark your calendars!!
Come support Calvary Sports! when you eat at Chipotle (Park Place Mall Pinellas Park) Wed. Oct 12th from 5 to 10 pm. We will receive 50% of the proceeds if you just say that you are supporting us.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Date and Times: January 20-21. Start time 1pm, Friday. Ending 24 hours later with lunch.
Costs: $25 for motel style lodging. Plus 1 meal Saturday.
Schedule: 4 main messages with Q and A panels and small group discussions facilitated by a church planter. Plenty of time for fellowship/mentorship and interaction with experienced church planters.
Who? –This is open on a first come, first served basis. Limited to 25 people. Anyone who is considering church planting and needs mentorship and/or is involved in a church plant currently and needs some encouragement and maybe some extra tools in their church planting toolbox.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
In case you have always wanted to know about one of the most incredible missions tactic out there, the Jesus film is coming to CC ST. Pete. September 16th, we are showing this excellent film to several different language groups, including English and Spanish and Vietnamese (in different rooms at Calvary). So come watch it in English, invite someone and their family. If you have someone in mind, let us know and we can try to find the movie in their language. Sign up here:
For more amazing facts on the Jesus film, click here: https://www.jesusfilm.org/
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Ezekiel Hopkins, the renowned Puritan pastor of the Church of Ireland, wrote, "We do not pray out of hope to alter God's eternal purposes; but we pray to obtain that which God has ordained to be received by our prayers. We ask, that we may be fit to receive what God has from all eternity determined to give by prayer and not otherwise . . . Prayer does not incline God to bestow that which before he was not resolved to give, but prepares us to receive that which God will not give otherwise."
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Here is some information from Martin Knauber who translated the New Testament into Dawawa and the consultant for the OT that we are helping to fund.
L3t me tell you a little bit about the Dawawa and where they are today.
After we had finished the New Testament we left the Dawawas in 2006 to go to North America and begin the translation project for another group. By that time the word of God had already had a significant impact on the entire language group. Many people had already left behind their old ways of Spirit worship and turned to Jesus Christ to follow him as their Lord and Savior. The love for the new Bible even grew to such a point that we had a rather unique problem: The Dawawas were hiding the Bibles in their homes because people began stealing them from each other.
The Dawawas were very sad to see us leave because they wanted us to stay and complete the Old Testament as well. However, the Lord had made it very clear to us that we were to move on and start a new project. And besides, we have been training the Dawawas in the art of Bible translation for more than 15 years, so if they wanted to continue, they were quite capable of going on themselves. So when we left, I promised the Dawawas that I would always be there for them as their consultant if they were to continue with the Old Testament. And wow, ...did they ever continue! I have never seen a group so highly motivated and eager to get the word of God as our Dawawas in Papa New Guinea. They have been faithfully translating Old Testament Scriptures over the years, and I have been back a number of times to do the consultant checking of the translated texts. The greatest encouragement, however, was when we recently visited the Dawawas from March to June this year to check some more Scripture and also to begin recording the NT to put onto the MegaVoice devices.
What was so encouraging was to see how serious and dedicated the Dawawa people had become in following the Lord with all their heart and in translating the entire word of God into their own language. When we were there a few weeks ago, we not only saw the program they had developed and built all on their own, but we also witnessed first-hand a revival that could almost be called a tribal conversion. ALL the clans from the entire language group gathered on a certain day to renounce their allegiance to the demonic spirits that still had a hold on their lives. The clan leaders had listed pages full of spirit names which they publicly renounced and sent away from their area because they finally decided to put their trust solely in Jesus Christ. This was huge, and it lasted for an entire day. The Dawawas have a very practical and child-like faith, which means, if they read something in the Bible they take it at face value and apply it to their lives in humble obedience … unlike many believers in the western world, where we often approach a text with a host of exegetical and hermeneutical questions to "figure out its relevance for us today". The Dawawas just go ahead and do what it says – no questions asked – and the Lord has visibly blessed them in many ways.
Anyway, all that to say that the Dawawas are very worthy of outside financial support. Not only because the Lord is clearly at work among this group but they also fit the profile of a valid project for outside support because they are highly motivated and have developed their own strategy for completing the project, they display a strong sense of ownership and there is positive trajectory.
So why exactly do they need support? As we outlined in our brochure: After many years of training, the Dawawa have the skill to use the resources for translation work, but unfortunately, the Dawawa people do not have the technology nor the funds to do so. They look to Beate and I for equipment, materials and also to cover travel costs to the provincial capital in order to send their work to us over the internet. PNG is a third world county that charges prices for technical equipment and consumables that are well above what we pay over here in North America. Things, like computers, generators, projectors, (or spare parts for these items), as well as toner, gas, cell phone minutes … etc. are all very expensive and beyond their reach without outside help. Also, they are subsistence farmers and need to spend most of their time tending to their gardens. Given enough support, some of the leader in our team might be able to work on translation full time.
Below is a current picture of our leader Jino Gideon and our large translation team which has now grown to including people from every major village throughout the language group.
Blessings to you and the team in St. Pete
Martin and Beate
Friday, August 5, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
I had a conversation with an atheistic neighbor a few years ago. She didn’t think Jesus really made a difference to anyone, especially women. Wrong!
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Guys need to read this
Okay, this is not a missions post, but it is a bit of a complaint regarding this push to legalizing pot… Even some Christians are duped into thinking there are benefits from smoking it, when in reality, at best, there are potential indications of beneficial chemical by products of marijuana that might prove to be beneficial but definitely smoking it. So stop this ridiculous push to legalization. Read this article:
Friday, March 18, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Sunday, February 28, 2016
EPIC JOURNEY - Movie36 Countries. 25 Stories. 1 Amazing God.
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Friday, February 19, 2016
Well worth listening too. I listened to it about 4 times already