Our students at Clear Creek have many opportunities to participate on mission trips while they are preparing for the calling God has placed on their lives. We want them to have opportunities while they are students in hopes that they will continue to keep missions a priority in their ministry.
Alumnus Stephen Thomas now serves in Florida. He shared with me about a recent mission trip he took to another part of the world.
“I had the privilege of serving on a mission team for two weeks where we went to meet with and encourage pastors,” Thomas said. “Even though I have traveled for years to other places of the world, God still humbles me each time I am able to go on a trip like this.
“We met a pastor on this trip who ministers to people who live in caves. The obstacle he faces is that these people don’t stay put, but move from place to place so they can graze their cattle. So he has to continuously track their movements and go find them as he tries to share the gospel with them,” Thomas said.
“We also met a widow whose husband was a pastor, but has died,” he continued. “Following their tradition, his family came and took everything they owned, except for the three children and the clothes on their backs. The widow now struggles to provide for her children, but knows that God is providing for their needs.
“We had the opportunity to preach in some churches,” said Thomas. “The church I preached in was a church plant and does not have a permanent place to meet. The day we were there, the man that owns the building we met in felt led to give the church a piece of his property so they can build a church.
“It was an immediate answer to prayer,” he added. “God is good!
“We also visited a church that was burned down by Muslims in the area, but that has not stopped this church from rebuilding and even bigger. The Christians there stand strong in their faith to Christ, but have a lot of work ahead of them.
“Please remember to pray for these people as God works through these pastors.”