Most of us like to know what’s ahead. When opportunities arise, we want to know exactly what we’ll encounter and what will be required of us. Or perhaps we long to do something extraordinary—to play a part in God’s redemptive story—except we don’t how or where to start. But as one CCC journey group, led by Mark Krogh and Michael Wheelock, discovered last Christmas, living Beyond Belief begins by simply taking that next right step.
When Tera first learned Christ Community was sending a team to Senegal, she was surprised to sense God’s tug on her heart. But she felt like perhaps the last person who should be taking such a trip. Not only did she have three little girls in need of care and a husband who needed to work, she’d also never been on a mission trip before nor did she know how she felt about them in general.
Many of us will go to great lengths to avoid feeling awkward. We long to build bridges that will allow us to share our faith but don’t always know how. What if we say the wrong thing and look stupid or offend someone?
These feelings of inadequacy can paralyze us and cause our world to shrink. Or they can motivate us to draw closer to Christ and depend more heavily on Him.
Last fall, Shelley Sessions felt as if something were missing. She wasn’t experiencing financial difficulties or marital issues. In fact, she appeared to have every reason to feel happy and content. But God used a series of events to stir within her a desire for more—to experience a life that went beyond belief.
In late October, I was blessed to visit El Colorado. That’s not the state of Colorado, but instead a small, hurricane-ravaged village in central Cuba. As I traveled around Cuba visiting small churches, this particular stop was very important, because many of you at CCC provided resources for hurricane relief in this and other hard-hit Cuban villages.
The Deaf Ministry at Christ Community Church started in 1987, with a group of interpreters who actively interpreted CCC services for the deaf attendees. Several years later, God brought a Deaf man, Stuart Thiessen, and his wife, Linda, and they joined the team to be able to lead and teach in American Sign Language and the ministry continued to grow. This weekend, the Deaf Ministry celebrates their 30th anniversary of reaching the Deaf community in Omaha!