CCOT Missions Update

This week's Messenger message is brought to you by Pastor Dave Johnson

"Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."(2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV). What a wonderful privilege we have been given in Christ Jesus to be appointed as ambassadors! God making known to His enemies the wonderful gift of grace through you and me! 

As soon as you and I understand our appointment to this holy calling, it immediately rearranges our life priorities. Rather than being focused on building a kingdom of this world we make it our passion and desire to build and invest in a heavenly kingdom. Which means we want to help those who are aliens and foreigners become citizens! With this in mind, it is a blessing to give you an update on the CCOT missions around the world and share with you some exciting happenings. 

The purpose of Calvary Chapel Old Towne is to fulfill the Great Commission; which means reaching the lost and discipling them. The Book of Acts is a wonderful and refreshing model for our missions policy as well as an answer to such questions as: “Do we really need more missions?" "Shouldn't we focus on the needs of people right  here in Orange?” The Book of Acts answers both of these questions with a decisive YES! “…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria (the local mission field), and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 ESV). CCOT has made missions and our community a priority since the very first Sunday and will continue to do so! 

With that said God has so richly blessed our fellowship that we are able to send more to missions than ever before! We have added a new missionary this year, whom many of you have already met. We will call him DIDA from West Africa for security reasons. We hope to add at least two more missionaries from northern India before the end of the year. We are also planning on visiting and encouraging many of our missionaries this year!

Speaking of DIDA, please continue praying for him. I received this message the other night, “Yesterday in the village of O—— where I spent two day reaching the Zerma, Fulani and Tamasheq communities which hear the gospel for the first time and about 13 people gave their lives to the Lord. While planning to stayed for one more night but I latter on felt the Spirit of the Lord telling me to leave, and around 8pm I decided to obey the voice of the Lord. And some hours latter there was a terrible terror attack that killed 11 Niger soldiers....! And many families were affected and in a so much fear....! Your prayers are really at work in my life. Only but the words of thanks.” 

Keep praying for our missionaries!

We are very excited to have some short term missions right around the corner. Over Spring Break, Allie Holiday will be traveling with a group of students from her school to Punta Gorda, Belize. They will be hosting youth outreaches and helping the local missionaries with some construction projects.

Two teams will be leaving from Calvary OT to India and Nepal. The first team going will be Art Archila and myself. We will be leaving on March 19 after Sunday Night Service and heading to the town of Dehradun in North India. Pastor Rod has asked us to consider supporting two missionaries who run a pastoral training school there. We will spend three full days with the pastors learning about their ministry and teaching at there school. Then Art and I will fly to Kathmandu, Nepal and meet up with our other team.

On March 24 the second team will fly to Kathmandu, Nepal. This team will consist of Pastor Bob Boxer, Debbie Boxer, and three teens, Shawn Wright, Jenna Hammond, and Elise Johnson. We will be arriving on Saturday, March 26 and will leave on Monday morning, March 27 on a twenty-hour bus ride to far west Nepal (Dhangadi) . 

Last November Saji and some pastors began bringing the Gospel to this area. They were teaching and saw many healings. We we will be running a youth camp for teens (150-200) for three days with the pastors that are planting the churches in this area. CCOT is putting together the theme, teaching the scripture, organizing games, and sharing testimonies. 

Upon our return to Kathmandu we will be preaching in the churches on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, April 3rd the Pastor’s conference will begin. Pastor Bob, Art and myself will be teaching through the book of Philippians in the mornings and having workshops in the afternoon. On Wednesday, April 5th Pastor Bob’s team will leave Nepal at 10 p.m.

On Thursday, April 6 Art and myself will travel down to the far south of India to visit B.J. Christadus and Light for India Bible College. We will stay with Mr. Christadus for two full days visiting the bible college and getting to know his ministry. On Sunday, April 9 we will return to the United States and finish our trip with CCOT's Sunday night service. Please pray for us as we go and teach, and encourage our partners in the Gospel!

 

                             -Pastor Dave Johnson

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