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Mission Trip Opportunities for All Ages

Do you want to experience new areas, new people, and new ways to be like Christ to His people?  Calvary’s 2020 Short-Term Mission Teams are now forming. There are opportunities for nearly all of us! For Students: 5th-6th Grade Camp Serve: Learn about the ministries of Calvary Church and how you can be a part.   7th-8th Grade Madison, WI: You will do service projects & have opportunities to share your faith. High School Poland: Help with a local summer camp and VBS as you serve together in Poland. For Families:  The Spring Break Family Trip is for families with kids in fifth grade and up! Come to Kentucky and serve together. For College Students, Young Adults, and everyone else: Mozambique is for anyone who has a heart to encourage our missionaries Lucky and Sonnet, spread the word of Jesus, and help both adults and children dig deeper into God’s…

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Join a 2020 Short-Term Missions Team

Short-Term Mission Teams are now forming. Applications are available in the Connection Point or online at calvarygr.org/trips. Trips include: May 14 to May 26 – Mozambique. We work alongside missionaries Lucky and Sonnet to provide encouragement, spread the word of Jesus, and help both adults and children dig deeper into God’s word through oral Bible storytelling. Chuck Ely, a seasoned team leader, will help anyone new to short-term missions hit the ground running. You will learn Simply the Story a life-changing and fun method of telling Bible stories. Co-ed team. May 1 to May 10 – Guyana. Calvary men, this is your opportunity to help build a structure and build the community of Christ. Caleb Marcus is the leader of this trip. We will be partnering with missionaries Andy and Kathleen Girwarnauth. Come prepared to sweat, build stuff, and labor for God. Both skilled and unskilled workers needed. Men only…

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2020 Short-Term Mission Trips

I used to think short-term mission trips were only for the “super-spiritual, bilingual, uber Christian” who had the entire Bible memorized. Then I was challenged to go to Kiev. With some skepticism, I asked God for everything to fall into place logistically before I would commit, and sure enough God orchestrated some amazing details! Despite this, I told God “I am not qualified,” God broke down that barrier and not only did I go to Kiev, but God awakened my heart to His love for the nations. That trip created a new awareness in me so now when I read, “People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God” (Luke 13:29) I find myself almost in tears rejoicing at what a great God we have who loves all His children.  In spite of your own…

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Lesvos November 2019: Day 5

Our last day at the Center.  We were a bit run down, five of six team members battling sickness. But we pushed through knowing this was our last chance to serve the precious women, kids and All4Aid workers.  An electrician was finally able to come today.  It had been scheduled at the beginning of the week, but due to strikes and other delays the service upgrade didn’t happen until today.  This meant canceling some of the day’s previously scheduled laundry appointments and offering fewer showers in order to close the Center early.  (School went on as usual, without electricity, the students don’t even flinch when the lights go out.)  It was hard to face the disappointment of the women and very difficult to explain that the temporary inconvenience would mean better service in the future – more washing machines, consistently hot showers, fewer daily outages. Fridays are “deep cleaning” days…

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Lesvos November 2019: Day 4

Happy Thanksgiving! Today our team is thankful that we were able to assist the Center in providing 85 showers, 36 loads of laundry, and 40 children with schooling! We also provided many women with mediocre manicures and enjoyed creating sunshine craft projects with the kiddos. For Thanksgiving dinner, our team shared a huge family-style Greek meal at a local restaurant. Tonight, we are especially grateful for the refugee volunteers who assist us in making all of the above activities possible. The Center has roughly 10 young girls and women from Moria camp who volunteer everyday to help the Center run smoothly and to provide translation for those of us who lack the ability to speak Farsi. These women work tirelessly to assure women are cared for at the Center, and then return home to the Camp to cook for and care for their own families. We just think the world…

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Lesvos November 2019: Day 3

We had another full, interesting day. The Center seemed more crowded and intense. We were told later this was due to many people receiving transfers to Athens; they were under pressure to get everything in order before their boats left in the afternoon. We’re not sure the conditions will be better in Athens, but it is seen as a step forward in their journey. In the evenings we eat dinner as a team and discuss moments from the day and questions we have about our experiences. Tonight we shared our evening meal with eight of the workers from All4Aid. We learned the stories of how each person ended up serving on Lesvos. Each story was unique, with a common thread of the Lord’s call and divinely orchestrated opportunities. On bad days, they look back to that call and know this is where they are supposed to be. Thanksgiving is an…

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Lesvos November 2019: Day 2

Today at the Center, we served in many of the same ways as Monday: lice checks, showers, laundry, school, and craft activities. We also deep cleaned parts of the Center and organized items for their new store (we might share more about the store later in the week). We finished at the Center a bit early due to a scheduled power outage and used the opportunity to visit the “Life Jacket Graveyard.” This space is a dump for the remnants of a refugee’s journey to Lesvos, such as their life jackets and boats. Let me tell you, it was piled high. The space felt heavy, and left us with more questions than answers: Should we celebrate, as each life jacket represents someone safe at shore? Should we be angry, as people were forced to flee from their homes? Should we be unsettled, as this could just as easily be us?…

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Lesvos November 2019: Day 1

Last week when I checked the weather forecast for our time in Greece, I was disappointed.  I was hoping for a warm week of Greek sunshine after “suffering” through our early Michigan winter.  Instead the forecast showed several days of rain.  When we arrived at the island last night, our Greek hotel owner was fretting about what the rain would do to the people in the camp.  I felt incredibly selfish for wanting sunshine for the sake of my own experience. The people we met and served today walked down the hill from the Camp to the Center and arrived soaked.  They take a shower or do laundry.  We assist however we can (entertain the kids, help with laundry/shower schedules, serve tea, check for and treat lice, find clothes for the families being treated for scabies).  Then they haul their laundry back up the hill, through rain and rivers of…

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Lesvos November 2019: Journey to the Island

Hello from Athens. After an unexpected delay in Newark, we have finally arrived in Greece! We are a day behind, but  maintaining good attitudes and taking the opportunity to get to know each other. When asked to describe our journey, these words quickly came to our mind: long, flexible, team building, unexpected, and fluid. We missed the opportunity to attend church and spend some time shaking off jet lag, but are thankful to arrive to Lesvos on Sunday evening in time to start the week off at the center. In our team devotion on Saturday, we were reminded to be thankful for all the ways God reveals His love to us (Romans 8:28-29). We’re excited to get on the ground in Lesvos and continue to be reminded of God’s love.

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October 27, 2019

Well it’s been a few days now and please accept m apologies for the silence! First, our last two days on the island were overwhelming! The highs of the Woman’s Centre work of our ladies, connecting with the women and children POC’s (Persons of Concern. The work of new classrooms and children’s amazing resilience in the joy of learning and activity time , smiling, laughing, having fun together causes our hearts to smile. The All4Aid Centre is definitely a ray of light in this very dark place both spiritually and humanitarian based. As the women shared the love of Jesus at the Centre, the guys walked through the heartbreak of the camp, to say overcrowded, is a vast understatement! We sorted tents, packed clothing, winterized tents, counted people, mapped tent placement in the overflowing olive groves and walked/talked with people from many countries and cultures! Lots of interaction with refugees…

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October 23,2019

Today was a hard day! Today was an up close and  personal look into the reality of the life of a refugee family. Moria camp has burst its borders and spills out into the olive groves on the accompanying hillsides. What was built to house 2500 now overflows with 15,000 people. Families of 4-6 making due in a 4 person tent! We took census today and mapped out sections of the hillside to provide some level of mapping for where people are! We met several families, husbands and wives, children all with smiling faces, eager to welcome you into their tent and share some tea or roasted bread, the little they had, with you! Would I do the same if the shoe were on the other foot? These people have nothing, they left it all behind in exchange for safety and freedom. We serve an awesome God and we serve…

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October 22, 2019

Day 2 has come to a close as I write this! It was another full day. The boys, Bill, Bob & Marv, reported to camp Moria and volunteered to help in the EuroRelief warehouse. There, we prepared clothing packs for new arrivals to the camp. These packs are put up by size, age, & gender. It was a privilege to pray over each pack and ask God to touch the life that would be receiving the clothes and draw them to himself as they journey the refugee path! We also helped reorganize and inspect a large amount of used tents to see if they could be handed out in the future! Dawn and Phyllis enjoyed another day in the center ministering to the ladies and their children. The school was in operation for its second day and everyone came back and was extremely excited. In the morning the class is for…

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October 21, 2019

Day 1, how does one even grasp the concept of refugee life? Seeing it, touching it, walking in it’s midst, is only a glimpse of the complete and utter despair of those caught in this ongoing crises! Today we touched it with the hands of Jesus and we walked it in his sandals. We offered a hand and loved in his name both in the Center and in the incredibly overpopulated camp they call Moria. The women came to the center after being closed for a week (to prepare the classrooms). Many came, so very happy to have it open again. The children came to the first day of school. Three hours in the morning for the younger ones and four hours in the afternoon for the older ones. The children came happy! Us guys worked in the camp and interacted with many, each smiling and happy to shake our…

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October 20, 2019

What a grand day we had today! After breakfast together we headed off to a real multi-cultural worship experience shared with volunteers from all over the world and many refugees from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Northern Africa! We sang together, heard a compelling presentation of the gospel in three languages, and had opportunity to pray for several refugee seekers/worshipers. After enjoying lunch as a team, we pitched in, helping to clean up the All4Aid Center with the All4Aid team getting it ready to reopen after being closed for a week to complete the addition of the class room with teaching beginning tomorrow. Adding the teaching is a longtime answer to prayer and will be a solid foundational point in spreading the good news of the gospel. Tomorrow it all starts. Bob, Bill and I will be working in the camp while Dawn and Phyllis will help kickoff the education…

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Lesvos STM, October 17-28, 2019

Our team arrived safely and on time with all of our luggage yesterday (Friday). We made our way to our “home away from home” and after a quick dinner, settled in for some horizontal sleep after roughly 31 hours of travel since leaving our homes in GR. God answered our prayers and yours by bringing us safely here to reach out for Him! Today, Saturday, we were able to visit the All4Aid Centre and see the almost completed addition of the classrooms as they began a long awaited and prayed for ability to teach the refugee children of the camp! We also had the privilege of touring the island for the afternoon. We are looking forward to our time here of being a living testimony to the Greeks, the staff of the Center, the other volunteers, and especially all of the refugees we come in contact with. Thank you for…

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Lesvos September 2019 | Thursday

Hi brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you for your patience in waiting for this post. Thursday morning began with breakfast at Laura and Marta’s new apartment. Baked goods were provided by a dear friend of Laura’s. At the center we helped the women and children make friendship bracelets. It was a joy to work alongside refugee volunteers. After the workday we were able to go up to see the Olive Grove which is a camp right outside of Moria. This was extremely difficult to see. Please see this video. https://youtu.be/sv_1eU889Po Friday morning at the center began with praise and worship time as well as scripture reading and prayer led by Pastor Chris. Many women and children came to the center for showers and laundry. The Calvary team facilitated and helped with various activities including completing puzzles and playing Uno with children, dancing with both women and children to “Hokey…

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Wednesday Oct 2

Our team started the day with breakfast at the hotel, then drove to the women and children center, after a short-worship song and a beautiful devotion, a prayer and job assignments for the day we were ready to start. Many refugee ladies and their young kids were waiting patiently outside the center with their bags of dirty laundry, and a hope of a safe place to sit, rest ,shower and have someone who can love on them.. We started with few planned activities- a home made colored play dough which the kids enjoyed a lot, it was such a joy to watch these little kiddos molding and cutting the play dough into multiple shapes and showing it off with a big smiles on their faces. The ladies were super excited to use the facial masks, many ladies sat down to crochet or drink tea with their face masks on, what... Continue Reading

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

We walk to another day of wonderful weather! We had an 8:15am start at the center with staff devotions and then assignments. Angela and two staff personnel manned the showers; Calling out the number for the next in line, handing a small cup of shampoo to each person, and pushing the button for 7 minutes of hot water. (Several pauses in this process needed to wait for water to heat.) Approximately 100 showers take today! Lana started out in the laundry room. If you came to the center today you would have opportunity to do 3 loads on Oct 21. Yup, appointments are 3 weeks out at this point for use of their 8 washing machines. Julie, Amy, and Laurie interacted with the women and children in a variety of ways. We made puzzles, colored, polished nails, cooed at babies, batted beach balls around and did crafts – Julie was…

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Lesvos September 2019 – Monday

Today was our first day serving at the All4Aid center, located near Camp Moria. The staff said that it wasn’t as busy as usual due to two fires that broke out the day before inside the camp, where nearly 13,000 refugees are currently living. The fires, which killed at least one person and triggered rioting, has created more tension and fear, causing the women to stay home. Those who came took showers, washed their laundry, sewed, mended clothing and just rested. Our team spent time painting their nails, coloring with the kids, playing games and whatever else we could do to make them feel comfortable and cared for. Due to overcrowding and growing tensions, we are not allowed to enter the camp, so our day ended a bit early (prior Calvary Church teams have helped serve meals inside the camp), giving us more time to spend together as a team…

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Lesvos September 2019 | Day One

Our awesome team leaving Gerald R Ford Airport at 11:30 am Friday. We are so blessed. From Grand Rapids to Newark to Athens to Lesvos ,all of the flights were on schedule without a hitch. Arrived at Hotel Glazio Asterio at 4 pm local time (9:00am our body time). This will be our home for the next week.   Local restaurant on the Aegean Sea drying octopus. Can you see Turkey in the distance?             Sunday morning worship at I58. So touching to worship with this international community! Scripture displayed in English, Farsi, Arabic and French!       Lunch with sisters from All4aid. Such Delightful Mediterranean weather and delightful company ! Here’s a bit of Greek culture… as we drove through narrow streets we followed this truck filled with live chicken. A couple flew out 😭 It’s 9:30 pm and our team sorting/ packing…

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Lesvos August 2019 | Athens

We got to the airport at 5:30am after loading our tiny European cars with 8 suitcases plus carry-ons. When we first arrived in Lesvos at the beginning of the week we had an All4Aid worker meet us at the airport and she was able to take the majority of our luggage. This morning, we prayed right before packing them that God would give us the space we didn’t know we had, and He sure delivered. During our layover in Athens we had the chance to go to the Acropolis and visit the Parthenon. It was an amazing experience. Right before walking up to Mars Hill we read Acts 17:22-31, the passage of the Areopagus sermon from the Apostle Paul. In the afternoon we visited a couple shops and headed back to the room to rest up for our 3am pickup to the airport. Please pray for smooth travel (especially since…

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Lesvos August 2019 | Last Day at Center

The day was bittersweet as we are all worn out from both the physical and emotional toll of working at the center, but we wish we could stay and work more! We will miss all of the women and children, as well as all of the All4Aid workers who mentored us and worked alongside us throughout the week. Today was busy as there were refugees from other nations besides the Middle East— we had a few women and children from the Congo. Today we made paper plate fans (as it was very hot, once again), made more sock puppets as the kids absolutely love them, and did some yoga as the morning workout. There many children today, so we were kept busy with coloring, and ended up taking some of their energy outside to do a lot of jumping rope. The shop was kept very busy as appointments had accidentally…

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Lesvos, August 2019– Princess Day

Today was the day!— princess day! Both the mothers and daughters loved all of the activities. We had stations around the center for makeup, massages, sharing affirmations, hair dressing, crown making, nail painting, and a banquet style snack. It was…

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Lesvos, August 2019– Wednesday at the center

This morning we had a quick and simple breakfast before heading over to the Centre for Women and Children. We sang a new song and prayed before the center opened— one of the workers led us in worship as her husband played the guitar. We got our…

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WEST VIRGINIA 2019- MISSIONS RECAP VIDEO

Here is a video recap of our entire week in west Virginia.
 
Thanks again for all of your support.
 
-Austin

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Lesvos, August 2019– Tuesday at the center

Today was our first full day at the center. It was complete with more laundry, the shop, coloring, and a new craft. Today, we made sock puppets with the women and children, complete with yarn hair, google-y eyes, and felt tongues. Once the puppets…

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Lesvos, August 2019– First day at the center

This morning we met with Martha, a All4Aid worker in Moriah and at the center. She gave us some more background knowledge on the refugee crisis in Lesvos as well general knowledge about the work they are doing on the island. From there we went to the…

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Lesvos, August 2019–Tour of Lesvos

During the tour of Lesvos we made a few stops. After church, we headed to Olive Wood, a shop that sells handmade olive wood goods. We were happy to visit and support a local business—  even though most of the team members had never met the owners of…

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Lesvos, August 2019– Travel & arrival

We woke up early Friday morning and hopped on our first flight from GR to Detroit. From there, we had a 5 hour layover and then a flight to NYC. From NYC, we began the longest stretch of trip as we boarded a 9 hour flight to Athens. That flight was a…

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Camp Serve 2019: Highlight Videos

As part of Camp Serve, our Tech Team kids created two highlight reel videos of their experience. They had great fun taking photos and videos and then selecting which shots best told the story of their experience.
Enjoy!

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Camp Serve 2019: Day Two

Mr. Mark showing the tech group how to use the camera
 
Camp Serve is amazing! The first day, I got to see what Calvary’s Financing Department (pretty sure that’s what it’s called) was like, and even got to experience it. Afterwards, I got a…

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Camp Serve 2019: Day One

Offering Counting Simulation
 
Hi, our names are Abigail, Onaka,
 
Today we had our first day of Camp Serve. Soon after we were dropped off, we were separated into four groups. Our group went to Pastor Jim’s office with the Worship Team. We also…

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West Virginia 2019- Final words from students experiences

The best part of this trip is quiet time which is a time when you spend time praying and reading the Bible. During that time God told me that he would use me in powerful ways and I felt so much more closer to God then I’ve ever been. God said he sees…

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West Virginia 2019- Thank You Jesus

Today we spent the morning serving a local pregnancy resource center by painting one of their homes they use as a half way house.  The kids eagerly jumped into scraping and painting.  We ended our time with the leaders surprising the kids with water…

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West Virginia 2019- Thursday

Thursday started out with breakfast but then instead of a session we split into two groups. 
One group stayed back and painted the outside of the YWAM building. The other group went and assisted a summer program for kids. They got to play games with…

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West Virginia 2019 – From the Students’ Perspective

I have been so very encouraged by these students willingness to not only serve but to ask the Lord to do something in and through them this week.  Here’s a few more student experiences so far. 
Today during Quiet Time, Carson played songs on his…

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West Virginia 2019 – A Team Member’s Perspective

I thrived all week!  My time in West Virginia has been a blast, while I was here I started talking to more people and it was so much fun.  On Wednesday we got to paint the community park, I felt like we helped the community out a lot and I feel we…

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West Virginia 2019 – Through the Students’ Eyes

So far this trip it has been an adventure from doing awesome worship to watching an elderly man smile for the first time in a long time just for doing a simple little thing. The YWAM group has been so kind and accepting to everyone which is just…

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West Virginia 2019 – Wednesday

Wednesday has been conquered! After speaking with many students, the general consensus was that today has been the favorite day so far! Despite the heat, everyone remained so positive and happy throughout the entire day. 
 
I can’t speak for the…

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Lesvos – June trip Short Term Missions Recap

Our trip to Lesvos in June was another amazing trip. As you have heard before, the refugee crisis has had very negative effects on the tourism industry on the island. The Greek people are so kind, generous and grateful for the volunteers that come to…

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West Virginia 2019 Notes From Students

Here’s a few notes from students experiences so far!
The drive here was longer but I think that it made the group closer together. On the way down we stayed at a hotel and we got to watch The Lion King at the theater. Once we got here we got to meet…

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West Virginia 2019 Day 2

We are all still alive and well! Some have had one too many cookies but the important thing is we are still happy, hydrated and protected with plenty of sunscreen (don’t worry I’ve made sure!)
 
The kiddos were a little more tired this morning…

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West Virginia 2019: Day One We Made It!

Yesterday, as my GPS clicked under 20 minutes to our destination I began to found myself praying for this new experience we were entering into with a little bit of anxiety. Our travels had been problem-free and I knew the Lord had led us here, but I…

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Glyfada: Pictures

Jim and Sean at Church on Sunday
Lunch with Pastor George and family on Sunday
Boys at the Acropolis
Whole Group at the Acropolis
View From Mars Hill 
Bluprint Office
Matt and Sean Working on a Sign for Bluprint
Hearing about wisdom in…

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Glyfada- Friday Update

Today was our last day in Glyfada, and boy was it hard to leave the people that have so warmly embraced us!
At VBS the kids heard from Katie about how God has given her the gift of hospitality, and then heard the story of Lydia and how she was…

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Glyfada- Thursday Update

Every day here we can feel ourselves digging deeper into what God has for this place and seeing how He is moving in Glyfada! 
Today was slow at Bluprint, but there were still awesome conversations happening! Most of the team spent the day with staff…

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Glyfada- Wednesday Update

God is moving in amazing ways here! 
Half of our group invested time in the people at Bluprint today. Through that, Beka had a wonderful spiritual conversation with an entrepreneur there who says that she is very close to accepting the gospel, but is…

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Glyfada- Getting Started

Our group had a wonderfully encouraging day! We had many big unknowns this morning as our team took on a hefty to-do list, but we were met with so many answered prayers. 
Vacation Bible School started today, and we had 21 beautiful children join us…

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Glyfada- Settling In

What a day it has been!
We were able to start the day working at Glyfada Church. We helped clean out a storage space, and began setting up for Vacation Bible School. Our time there was very encouraging because we were able to see so many plans for…

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Glyfada- We Made It!

YASSAS from Greece!! 
First full day under our belts! (Apologies for not posting sooner, internet is a bit spotty!) Our team had an amazing time today with unexpected schedules and visits along with the planned events like helping at church. The day…

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We’re Off

We are setting out for Glyfada this afternoon! We are thrilled that the day has come, and continue to see God’s provision and affirmation time and time again.
 
We have seen God answer prayers about the logistics of the trip regarding Sunday…

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Tanzania Team – A Blog with Many Pictures

Greetings and salutations,
Our weeklong program at the Mwanza Bible Institute has officially come to an end. We’re readying ourselves for a long trip back to America, but are also thanking God for the week that he gave us here. The team members who…

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Tanzania Team – Work at MBI Continues

Jambo from Mwanza,
Today we completed our fourth day at the Mwanza Bible Institute. Joseph (head of MBI) had car trouble in the morning, which prevented him from arriving at the institute in time for the morning sessions. This created some challenges…

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Tanzania Team – Day 2 at MBI

Greetings and salutations, dear readers! We want to tell you about our team’s second day at the Mwanza Bible Institute, which was this Tuesday. The two Eds (Kaleefey and Wiers) continued in teaching the class on the doctrine of God, and Cindy Marrell…

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Tanzania Team – Work Has Begun

Hello everyone! We wanted to give another update from Mwanza to say that we began our week-long program at the Mwanza Bible Institute today. Despite some initial scheduling snafus, the leaders agreed that it was a good first day overall. Here are a…

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Checking In: God’s Provision

Our team has seen God show up and provide for us in many ways already as we are preparing for the trip through details on projects coming together and financial support coming in, and we will surely see more as time goes on.
As our team continues to…

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Tanzania Team Update

We are happy to report that our team made it to Mwanza in only 43-44 hours (50 turned out to be a bit of an overestimate, much to our collective relief). We didn’t experience any missed flights or lost luggage—praise God! Thank you so much for your…

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Tanzania Team Checking In

Greetings and salutations from the road! We have begun our journey towards Tanzania and the Mwanza Bible Institute (MBI). The first leg of our journey consists of a drive to the Chicago airport from Grand Rapids, which will be followed by several…

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Just the Beginning!

Calvary Church has partnered with the Greek Evangelical Church in Glyfada, a suburb of Athens, to encourage and support the congregants and staff there. In our time in Greece, our team will be focused on several projects, including:

Participation…

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Wrapping up

Saturday was a day to debrief and Sunday we traveled home. The end of the week picked up pace and in some ways it felt like we were just starting the work we came to do as we got into more of a rhythm. There are many more stories of people to tell and…

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Thursday and Friday

Thursday and Friday were the last days at the All4Aid center and Moria camp. The shower curtain painting inspired creating a wall painting and some women and children helped paint. How sweet it was to work on making the center more beautiful together!…

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Two very different dinners and other stories

Monday night tomatoes were served in Moria. Tuesday night it was hot dogs. There have been riots on tomato nights because it is a staple in the diet of the refugees, and they just do not get them often. Monday night they ran out of food, whether it is…

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Monday

Being Easter Monday in the Greek Orthodox church, All4Aid women and children’s center was closed to the women and children. We were instead able to see the space which has a laundry room, shower facilities, toddler play area, baby bathing station, and…

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Lesvos April 2019: A day on Lesvos island

Our travels from the moment we set foot in Detroit airport to the time we landed in Mytelini, the capital of Lesvos, couldn’t have been any smoother. Detroit security lines were short, and our short cushion of time to board ended up being no…

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Lesvos April 2019: Travel Day

We have our checklists complete (or what was unfinished will be left so), our bags are packed and underweight, and we are driving to fly out of Detroit to start this first round of many short term trips to Greece. But more than the necessary physical…

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Lesvos November 2018: I Spy

I Spy Chris…

Giving a big hug to a mom whose kid was really acting up
Giving a big hug to one of the Gateways2Life Greek employees who was very overwhelmed in a particular moment 
Sharing looks of care

I Spy Madison…

Chasing little kids…

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Lesvos November 2018: Days 1-3 at Gateways2Life

Wrapping up day three of working in the center, currently cuddling the cute puppies at our hotel and cutting fleece for a craft tomorrow.
The first three days of working in the center…
Day One: We decided to take the first day to get acquainted…

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Lesvos November 2018: Lord, may You shine through us broken vessels

Oh where do we begin with sharing this adventure? 
It all started in Grand Rapids where family and Calvary staff sent us off by praying for our trip. I was reminded of what Priscilla Shirer teaches, that prayer activates the armor of God. We were…

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Grand Rapids 2018: Day One

Day one of the Fifth and Sixth Grade Mission Trip in Downtown Grand Rapids is in the books. Below are two student perspectives on the adventures of their first day.
By Onaka Lobbezoo
The first thing everybody did today at church, obviously, was set…

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Final Chapter

We arrived safely home last Sunday morning. It has been a challenging transition to “normal” life this year. We are grateful that there was a holiday last week to help us recover from the trip and the traveling, but the combination of change of pace…

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Hamtramck: Sowing/Sifting 2018

“Last week was the best week of engagement I’ve had in the US. This Calvary Church team was a joy to work with. Over the course of 5 days, they shared the gospel for the first time with 120 least reached Muslim people! They prayed with even…

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Hamtramck: Sowing/Sifting Day 5

On our final day of engagement, a very hot & humid day, we drove to Dearborn ate a Lebanese lunch, engaged in a shop, & visited the largest mosque in the US. I’ve been to many mosques, but this was my first Shiite mosque & the saddest…

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Hamtramck: Sowing/Sifting Day 4

Day 4 for Detroit Team:
  Jon writes, “Today we entered mosques, not only to observe, but to engage. The ladies entered the large Yemeni mosque through the ladies entrance, a small door on the backside of the building. They said it felt like…

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Camping a mile above Sea Level

The internet access was, as expected – unavailable, unless we had access through a cell phone – which we didn’t. So, we have a rather long post today. But if it is any consolation, it will probably be our last post until we return.
Barb, Lilly and I…

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Hamtramck: Sowing/Sifting Day 3

Calvary, I’ve been told that this city is too hard, that people aren’t receptive to hearing the gospel, that we’d be arrested for sharing in this Mslm majority city. Maybe there’s another Hamtramck? I love this place! There’s…

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Hamtramck Day 3 Mosque Engagement

After 8 hours of engagement on Day 3, Zach & Jon Nuenke were still begging for more. Jon had never been to a mosque, and Zach is a real EV “tiger”, so we drove to this little slice of Yemen in Detroit. It was honestly the best mosque…

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Hamtramck, Detroit Day 2

We had another great day here in Hamtramck.  So often today we could see how God was creating divine appointments with people in need of the gospel for us.  He had clearly gone before us and prepared hearts for the words and message we would share. …

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Hamtramck, Detroit Day 1

Our first day engaging least reached Yemenis & Bengalis couldn’t have gone  much better! God prepared many opportunities for us! As one Calvary team member said, “It’s only 2 hours away, yet when we entered Hamtramck it was a whole…

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Ready for Camping

We had a very pleasant day today. Starting with our first solo venture on the transit system, getting from our borrowed apartment to the church. The service was an amazing time of worship – even though we did not have an interpreter to understand the…

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Midway Point

We just returned from the Leader’s Retreat. As we had thought, there was no WiFi without a phone (the Phone signal was very strong), which is why we haven’t had a post in a few days.
The retreat was a great deal of activity. Each of the…

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Bay City 2018 – Friday!

Day two of our Bay City trip is in the books! Our blog post this evening comes to you via Kathryn Thompson. See below for her recap and reflections on the day. 

God is in control. We know that but do we live by it? I know God was in control, but…

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Bay City – Thursday!

Good evening! 
The first day of our Bay City trip is drawing to a close. We appreciate all of your prayers for us thus far, and ask that you keep praying all the more as we head into our first day of relational and service oriented ministry…

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Kalamazoo 2018: Day Four Update

Today we worked at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission again. We cleaned out another room filled with kitchen storage. This is helping them prep an area of the building that’s being torn down “sooner rather than later.” We also sorted items at…

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Kalamazoo 2018: High Ropes

Here’s a fun little movie of the kids on the high ropes course yesterday.

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set to go

PLT. We are just a couple of hours from leaving for the Leaders Retreat.
Yesterdays was a day of planning and preparation. The Retreat schedule was reviewed and our part of the detail was rather quickly confirmed. More effort was required for the…

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Kalamazoo 2018: Day Three Update

We are more than halfway through the week and these kids continue to go hard! Today we served at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. Our groups were divided up between three different projects. The largest of our groups helped clear a room that had been…

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Kalamazoo 2018: Day Two Update

Today we worked in the Vine Neighborhood in the morning. Before we started at our park, we had a chance to meet with the director of the neighborhood association. Steve is incredibly passionate about helping residents make things happen in the…

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Central Asia 2018: Fine Tuning the Plans

What a wonderful day! What a wonderful place! What a wonderful people!
Today we had some time before the planning meeting so we scheduled a visit with one of the B4T operations and met several others that were meeting for the same purpose. We had a…

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Bay City 2018 – Posts Forthcoming!

Hello! If you are looking for the Bay City team blog, you’ve come to the right place! Please watch for updates beginning Thursday, June 21. 
In Christ,
Josh Karhan

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Kalamazoo 2018: Monday’s Evening Activities

One of the parts of this trip that’s so unique is the kids get to enjoy the activities at Miracle Camp in the evenings. We had waterfront time before dinner where they could enjoy the blob, swimming and small boats.


Then after dinner they…

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Central Asia 2018: Safe & Happy arrival

Praise the Lord, for a safe and uneventful journey to Central Asia. Our flight arrived at 6:20 this morning. It is so strange to think that as we are experiencing the breaking of dawn, the folks back in GR haven’t even seen the previous…

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Kalamazoo 2018: Day One Update

Our first day of work projects is in the books! We spent the morning serving at Ministry With Community. They operate a day shelter in downtown Kalamazoo that provides social services, free laundry, breakfast and lunch. The kids picked up trash around…

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Kalamazoo 2018: We Have Arrived

We made it safely to Kalamazoo! After settling into our rooms, we took a tour of the camp. This was followed by our first session of worship and teaching. Our group had a chance to break down the teaching afterwards, as well as share ways we have been…

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MADISON 2018: THURSDAY AND FRIDAY UPDATE

Good morning! Our Madison team returns home today! Please be in prayer for safe travels, good conversations along the way, and most importantly, for the Spirit to give our students continued eagerness to build upon the lessons and experiences of this…

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MADISON 2018: WEDNESDAY UPDATE

The latest from Matt Horling…
Today we had the honor of doing some dirty work! In the morning both crew 1 and 2 went to separate local gardens to help weed and prepare the soil. We joined in the afternoon at a third local garden and continued to…

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MADISON 2018: TUESDAY UPDATE

The latest from Matt Horling…
Today we had the opportunity to assist a library in preparing crafts for their summer outreach programs. One of the great challenges in Madison, Wisconsin is keeping the youth out of trouble during the summer. The…

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Madison 2018: Sunday & Monday Update

Hello! Josh Karhan here posting on behalf of our Madison team for 2018. I am supporting our leaders and students who are “in the trenches” from here in Grand Rapids. I have been hearing great things from our leaders about their first couple…

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Monday: A Refreshing Day

Today was a refreshing time. We enjoyed a prayer walk and photo scavenger hunt. The kids and adults looked for things that made God happy, made him sad, and reminded us of scripture. The kids had good insight into God’s compassion for lonely…

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Sunday Festival Update

Thank you for praying–God met every need and gave another joyful festival day. We were thankful as a team to be here. Many hands were needed to serve the families who attended. God gave us the privilege of sharing much fun, hospitality, and laughter…

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Joy Felt at First Day of the Festival

Bonjour! We started our day with worship and prayer at the park with our team and other friends who arrived to help with the festival. Many hands made light work as we set up tents and equipment, and prepared games and activities for kids. We were…

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France Team: Arrived and Already at Work!

We’ve had our first update from the France Team:
God was faithful to answer prayers for smooth travels and a healthy team. We also prayed for dry weather and this weekend is sunny, warm, and gorgeous outdoors.
The Gaylords have given us a warm…

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France 2018: Family Mission Trip Introduction

(top left to right): Aaron Lamport, Rob Teigen, Joanna Teigen, Leah Teigen , Anna Teigen 
(bottom, left to right): Gwen Lamport & Mason Teigen (Not pictured but a member of the team—Gary Humphrey) 
Our first family trip to France is gearing up…

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A Day in the Life — Greece 2018

Hello from Athens!!!
We left Lesvos early this morning and just landed in Athens. Today, we will be going into Athens for a debrief/tourist day. We are hoping to do some shopping, some eating, and some resting before our return home. 
We’ve…

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Feeling Centered — Greece 2018

Hi everyone!
This blog comes to you from a sea-side cafe with some wonderful Wi-Fi!!! 
We’ve just finished our third day at the women and children’s center. Our time there so far has been filled with giggles, bracelets, and Uno! The…

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Beauty and Brokenness — Greece 2018

Hi again!
It’s been a while since I’ve written! Last night, I put together a post about our day, but the entire thing somehow got deleted! Oh well, not a big deal.
We have now spent two whole days on Lesvos and have seen much of the…

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Time Flies! Travel Updates – Greece 2018

Hey everybody!
I am beginning this post in the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, but will likely finish somewhere else! It is currently 8:37 in the morning, but at home, it is 3:37… Needless to say, we’re all feeling a little strange and sleep…

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Packing Our Bags for Home

On our last day, Saturday, we packed up our bags and reflected back on what God did on the trip and also looked forward to how we would apply all that we learned. John Shepherd shared with us that some of the biggest evangelistic movements have…

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Houston 2018 – Change of Plans

This whole trip we have had to be flexible with our plans, but not as drastically as today. Instead of doing training with John in the morning, we helped train high schoolers in sharing the gospel! We went door to door with them, shared the gospel…

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Houston 2018 – A Day for Relationships

Today was a unique day. It was very relational for most of us. We spent a lot of time with a few people. We got invited into a few houses and were served food and drink. 
In the morning we did a training session with the missionaries on another…

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Houston 2018 – An Encouraging Day!

Yesterday was another incredible day.
We spent most of our time in the same apartment complex as the day before. We were able to get a lot of practice sharing the gospel. 
Highlights:
– We were able to share the gospel with a little help from…

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Houston 2018 – Invited and Encouraged

Day 3 in Houston: Monday we started the day with worship in song then went on to worship with our words through sharing the gospel. John Shepherd brought us to an apartment complex where we talked to many people who were recpetive to the gospel and…

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Casting Out Fear

We have all had fears at one time or another. For many years I lived crushed beneath the weight of my fears, but over the past two years, God has been giving me a whole new perspective. There are many fears that could take root as we enter…

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Houston 2018 – First Day Sharing

It’s nice to have this first day under our belts. God has shown himself so powerfully already.
Today was packed full. We enjoyed getting to know the Shepard’s better. Together, with the Shepard’s, we went to church. Then we headed to a…

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Greece 2018 – Before We Go

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17
Hi, my name is Taylor, you’ll be reading a lot from me over the next couple of weeks. I am in charge…

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Houston 2018

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love, and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 
This Saturday, March 3 our team will be leaving for Houston, Texas. The goal of the trip is to share the gospel with Muslims in their…

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Short-Term Mission Trip Meetings

If you have a heart for people who are struggling in our area, come to the meeting for our Grand Rapids mission trip. You will have a chance to learn about organizations in our area that are helping individuals in need, as well as gain an…

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Fall Mozambique 2017: A Quick Update From Team Leader Mark

I wanted to give you the quick update I received from Team Leader Mark Kotlarczyk. He wrote, “Orientation to the village today went very well. We prayed for area churches and walked with the children. Unboxed our suitcases and such. All is well…

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Fall Mozambique Team – On The Ground

Fall Mozambique Team Supporters,
Mark called and our team successfully made it to Johannesburg.  He said they were on their way to get their luggage and get some sleep!
 Everyone is well although I was told turbulence was definitely a factor in the…

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Introducing your Fall Mozambique Team

Hello Calvary,
    Mark Kotlarczyk wanted all of you to meet his team.  Mark is the team leader of our Fall 2017 Mozambique missions trip and below you will see their team picture.  They are asking for your prayers and donations…

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Grand Rapids 2017: Day Three

Our last day went differently than planned. Because of the rain, we were not able to spend the morning downtown. Instead, we helped move the Calvary Kids things into their new space.
 
Once the rain stopped, we went downtown. While there we handed…

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Madison 2017: Wednesday

Following a powerful evening discussion about suffering and God’s presence, power, and grace with us in the midst of our suffering, the students were set to sleep till noon…. if we had let them. Their wake-up call yesterday morning was David…

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Grand Rapids 2017: Day Two

Today was spent mainly at Bridge Street House of Prayer (BSHOP). Along with hearing teaching from the director, the students participated in some activities before lunch. After lunch, we split into groups to serve BSHOP. Our projects included…

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Madison 2017: First Days Recap

The Madison team has had some technical issues, but wanted to share that God is at work! Thank you for praying. Here is a short summary of the trip thus far. They will share a full recap on the blog when they return.
On Sunday they had beautiful…

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Grand Rapids 2017: Day One

Today was a busy day! We worked pulling weeds, sorting clothing, playing with kids, painting, serving food, cleaning and passing out water. 
During the debrief time tonight we discussed Matthew 20: 26- 28 (our team memory verse) and what it means to…

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Madison 2017: Monday – Serving Day 1

Students were woken from their (deep) slumber Monday morning at 7am sharp by our worship leader for the week playing on his guitar before the Lord with all his might.
 
Thus began our first day of serving in Madison. I feel that the best way to…

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Madison 2017: Sunday – Arrival at Next Step Ministries

We had a beautiful day of traveling on Sunday; plenty of sunshine, catchy music from multiple genres and eras, and good bonding time. Around 7 hours after we departed Calvary Church, we reached our destination: Sugar River Church in Verona, Wisconsin…

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Guyana 2017: Day 9 & 10

What an awesome past few days we have all had. We have been busy here but God is so faithful. 
Thursday we had another great day of VBS and enjoyed continuing to love in these kids for Jesus and share skits and music with them. 
We also had our…

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Guyana 2017: Day 7 & 8

Sorry this update is delayed, we have been having trouble with the blog/ iPad lately.
 
TUESDAY. . .
VBS went really well. We were able to smooth out some minor issues and the kids (and our team) are loving it. Are numbers jumped to about 120 kids…

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Spain 2017: Day 12, the last day

Today Jaime took us to a large National park called Centro Btt Valles del Oso. We had devotions,  then went for a 30 km bike ride in the mountains. Again, the scenery was beautiful. The terrain was rocky at times, but we had nice mountain bikes. Most…

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Spain 2017: Day 11

Today were all very excited to explore Spain! We worked hard while we were here and have been looking forward to a bit of  sightseeing. We headed to Leon, which is about ninety minutes away. The drive was beautiful but somewhat treacherous through the…

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Spain 2017: Pictures from Day 10 and more

Pictures! I have a ton of pictures from Amy to share with everyone.  So, here you go…
ESL camp graduates.

Our Missionary Jaime and Team Leader Evelyn with a very excited young ESL Camp graduate.

Jaime with another precious…

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Guyana 2017: Day 6 – Blessings and Prayers

Today our team began our first day of VBS. It was a great morning and things went very well. We had around 90 kids that came out for the first day. This was a great turn out. We expect this number to double and possibly triple over the next few days…

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Guyana Day 5

Hello everyone. Today our team had the privilege of joining the “Crabwood Creek Bible Church” which is Pastor Vishal’s church. We are staying at Pastor Vishal and his families house which is right behind the church. We had the…

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Guyana day 4 Prayer requests

Hello from Guyana.
We have had a few slower paced days adjusting and preparing for our ministry here. Last night we began our ministry here with our first crusade. What a powerful night our first crusade was.
We joined our Guyanese brothers and…

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Spain 2017: Day 9

This morning we headed to Oviedo, a large city not far from Lugones. We headed up Maronco mountain, hairpin turns and all, and the view was fabulous. We had devotions at the top. There is a statue at the peak of Jesus with His hands outstretched. It…

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Spain 2017: Day 8

Today is graduation day from our ESL camp! We are all very excited as we make preparations. Our skit today was The Prodigal Son. It is a story of love, forgiveness and the restoration of a relationship with the Father. The students really seemed to…

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Spain 2017: Day 7

Romans 10:1 ” Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved”. We studied some verses about salvation this morning. We are praying daily that while we are here some of our students…

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Guyana 2017: We Made it!

“I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.” 
Ezekiel 34:26 
 
We made it! We landed in Georgetown Guyana about 10:00 pm last night. We all made…

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Spain 2017: Day 6 Pictures

Hi everyone, these pictures correspond to Amy’s day 6 Blog Post.
Pray for the families whom our Spain Team have left behind- it is hard to have someone gone so long but praises to them for supporting this…

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Guyana 2017: Pastor Vishal’s note to Calvary

Pastor Vishal sent Calvary and his prayer team this note and so I wanted to share it with everyone:
   “Hello everyone, we do hope you all are doing well. I praise God for His continual strength and renewed grace. The team from Calvary in Grand…

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Spain 2017: Day Six

This morning we started our day with a prayer walk.We went out and prayed for whatever was on our hearts. Some of us walked around the town of Lugunes while others sat quietly on a bench and prayed. This was a unique way to start our day. 
Our…

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The Journey has Begun!

We’ve arrived safely in Miami! Everything has gone miraculously smooth and quick. After grabbing some lunch we are now waiting in the terminal for our flight to Trinidad; from there we will fly to Georgetown, Guyana. 
Please pray . . . 
1.)…

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Spain 2017: Day 5 pictures

Calvary, here are the Day 5 pictures from Amy.  She and Kate are doing an amazing job blogging!  
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Going back over yesterday’s vocabulary with the kids in order to introduce the new words from the parable of the…

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Guyana 2017 Prayer Calender

It’s finally here. In just a few short hours our team will be flying out of Grand Rapids to depart for Guyana. All of the preparations, planning and packing has lead up to this. Please join us in praying for safe travels and good health these…

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Spain 2017: Day Five

We start each day with devotions and prayers as a team. Today Lenski shared with us the importance of praying not only at scheduled times but throughout the day. Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Then we headed out to the church. Today it is a bit cooler here in…

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Spain Team: More Pictures for our Prayer Warriors

Photos from the Spain Team – take a look and pray for the people you see in these photos, pray for the buildings and streets and everyone who lives there and works there… this is a great way to visualize where our team is and the people they are…

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Spain 2017: Day Four

This morning we had our first children’s class. Ten children came and eagerly watched the parable of the Good Samaritan. It was a good reminder for all of us that when we see someone who is hurt, lost or in need, we must stop what we are doing…

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Spain 2017: Day Three

Today is Sunday and we are very eager to attend Jaime’s church. He is giving the message today since recently the Pastor of the church retired. We were introduced to the congregation along with some other missionaries from Spain that are in…

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Spain 2017: Day Two

Today we went to Jaime’s church which is called Betel to bring our supplies for the ESL classes we will be teaching. We will be teaching children in the mornings and adults in the evenings. The church has been advertising the classes prior to our…

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Spain 2017: Day One

Hola! Our team arrived safely in Spain. We were met by our missionary Jaime Clore. We are thankful for a safe journey and appreciate your continued prayers for our work here in Lugones.

Here is a photo of our team: Greg and Evelyn Hamlin, Kaylee…

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Spain 2017: In the Air and On Their Way!

Our Spain 2017 mission team to Lugones is in the air and on their way!  We couldn’t be sending this team without your generous prayer and financial support so thank you. Please continue to support the team by committing to praying for them as…

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Maine 2017: Traveling Home

Thursday’s travels were long and delayed, but even in this, the Lord was present to bless the 2017 Maine team.
Now that we are home – and catching up on some much needed rest – how can you be praying for the team?
Pray that God continues to…

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Maine 2017: Influence, Service & Lobster

Tom led our team through one last morning devotion on Wednesday, asking students to consider who was in each of their spheres of influence. Who had God brought into their life that they could influence for Christ on a daily basis? How did Jesus want…

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Maine 2017: Strawberries

Tuesday saw the Calvary students returning for a second year to the Maxwell’s strawberry farm. Last year’s students worked to pick strawberries from this farm so that we could go door to door and handout baskets of fresh fruit to the Phillip’s…

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Maine 2017: Wildernesses and Cemeteries

This blog post covers the events from Monday. A blog post covering Tuesday and today (Wednesday) will be posted later this week.
We began yesterday morning with breakfast and a devotional teaching from Tom. The subject of Tom’s talk was the…

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Maine 2017: Travel Days / Pauper’s Chapel

As I write this first blog post for the 2017 Maine Team, two days of travel lay behind us while several exciting days of service and ministry await us. Here is the girl’s van (plus me, Josh) smiling and ready to take off from Calvary church on…

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Spain Team: thank you for sending a Calvary team in 2017!

There was a gentle and kind man whom we met in Spain.  To protect him from his family we will call him Peter.  Peter told our team how he came to know Jesus.  He was passing through channels on his radio and started listening to an international…

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Guyana 2017: Fundraiser and funding!

Turn up the Loud Speakers!  Get ready for our Calvary Team to teach and sing throughout the neighborhoods in Crabwood Creek, Guyana spreading the name of Jesus through an open air crusade!
Imagine you are a Guyanese non believer standing there…

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Ohio 2017: Wednesday Recap

Wednesday’s morning rhythms looked a lot like Tuesdays. After breakfast, students go to Encounter while leaders meet. Then we re-gather for our justice training. In Wednesday’s training we got the chance to feel injustice. We were divided…

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Ohio 2017: Tuesday Update

We are wrapping up our first full day here at CIY in Cincinnati. Our day began with a meeting for leaders and encounter time for students. We are walking through the book of Nehemiah this week as we learn about bringing restoration to the contexts God…

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Ohio 2017: We Have Arrived

After navigating delightful Midwest back roads and enduring many scattered showers, we have made it to Cincinnati! We have eaten a pizza dinner and unrolled our air mattresses. Now we wait for our first chapel session to begin. Pray for us as we learn…

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Central Asia Team Leader Kim sends us a note:

Dear Calvary Prayer Partners and Central Asia Team Families,
 I wanted to share a note I received from Kim Velting as he has taken a little time out of their busy schedule to give us an update:
“It feels like we have been here for a week already…

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Central Asia Team is preparing to leave!

Our Central Asia team is preparing to leave!
Take a moment to imagine leaving Grand Rapids to arrive in an entirely different country where you only know your teammates and your missionary. Then think about walking off that plane prepared to do…

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France 2017: Mon Redempteur Vit!

My Redeemer Lives!
Today, we sang this in a way we never have before! We sang, “Mon Redempteur Vit, Mon Redempteur Vit!” along with our French brothers and sisters in Christ! What a little taste of Heaven that was as I looked around…

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France 2017: In the Trenches

By: Jan Ritsema
What a blessing to wake up to another day of beautiful weather here in Grenoble!  God is certainly answering prayers as rain had again been predicted.
Today we began our day together in prayer and worship after which we familiarized…

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France 2017: The Difficulty of Change

By Gary Humphrey
During a free afternoon a couple of days ago, the brave, adventurous members of our team rented equipment to scale the side of a cliff known as the Via Ferrata that makes it was up La Bastille. On the summit is the remains of an old…

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France 2017: Respite Day

Today was a scheduled respite day. 
We started out early and drove to Geneva Switzerland. The traffic was heavy early and it took about two hours. Interesting crossing the boarder without having to clear customs. (Thank you European Union.) Our local…

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France 2017: Thank You for Praying

Hello friends and family!
Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement, there has been much evidence that God is hearing and answering! So please keep them coming! I am excited to share the events of our day. Today was the first day we got to…

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France 2017: Learning About the Culture

By: Nicole Bedell
In preparation for this trip we had been learning about the Muslim culture and communities we are going to be spending time in this week, but this afternoon we were actually able to experience it.  We were able to prayer walk…

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France 2017: Camp of the Peaks

Written By: Peter Wiersma
Most times I start my prayers with “Dear Jesus, thank you for this day”. I do this because it reminds me that each day is a gift. With that being said, today felt like Christmas!
The day started with a very scenic…

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France 2017: Home Church

By Wanda Taylor
How Great Thou Art! Four powerful words to describe Team France’s day! After arriving in Grenoble yesterday receiving the hospitality of Roy and Jen and seeing the sights of Grenoble, we woke refreshed and ready to experience God in a…

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France 2017: France Mission Trip Prayer Calendar

We would be humbled to have you remember our team in your prayers over the next week and a half during our time in Grenoble, France.
Please find specific requests for each day along with a verse to pray for our team in our prayer calendar.

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India 2017: Last Day

What an amazing time we have had! Our hearts are overflowing as we have watched God work in India. The last day of VBS was attended by 94 children, the medical clinic went smoothly, a large amount of painting the walls in the buildings was done, and…

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India 2017: Trip update

Things are going well in India! We are in day two of VBS, medical camp and painting. Please continue to pray for our safety in the heat.

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India 2017: Warm Welcome

Today we were welcomed with such warmth and enthusiasm. We attended the children’s camp in the morning and church in the evening. What a blessing it is to worship with God’s people.

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India 2017: Day 1 – Meenakshi Temple Tour

Day 1: 
Johnathan took us to tour the Meenakshi Temple and gave us a brief overview of the Hindu religion. It was an eye opening experience to see idol worship in person. 
 
Pray that our work here will help the Victors bring light to this dark area.

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India 2017: Arrival

We have arrived safe in Madurai, India. We were blessed with a smooth trip experiencing no trouble in customs or with luggage.

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Pray for India & Mozambique Teams

Our India Short-Term Mission Team leaves on April 27  and returns May 7. Please remember them in your prayers for safety, health, and that the Lord would work through them and in them. They will be doing a Kids Camp, medical clinic and painting…

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Houston 2017: The team is back! Team Leader Jim Stortz shares with us.

We’re back! And exhausted! Our team spent a packed in just over 8 days in Houston, including one very early morning on our way out of Texas. The team worked diligently 8-12 hours a day going door to door, interacting with Muslims at shopping malls and…

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Houston 2017: Pray for the Team’s Health

Our Praying Family,
  Seth is still not feeling well.  Please pray for his health to return and for Jim and the rest of the team to stay healthy.  Pray for Jim and Seth as they go to the Urgent Care to get some answers and hopefully some medicine to…

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Houston 2017: Keep Praying them Through

The Houston team is asking for more prayers!  Today they had breakfast at Jon and Kris Shepherd’s church and then delved into some great Evangelism teaching from Jon.
Satan would like nothing more than to discourage this group as they reach out…

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Houston 2017: Team Prayer Request

Please pray for Seth – he is sick and not feeling well. Another new Christian is added to our family.  Yesterday Zach lead a 16-year-old to Christ. Continue to pray against spiritual warfare.
The team thanks each and every one of you for your prayers…

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Houston 2017: People are Being Led to Christ

Houston trip – so far the trip has been both emotionally taxing and yet super exciting! 
Calvary Church – We have three new believers in Christ.  Please take a minute to pray for these three new believers who were lead to Christ in Houston. Pray for…

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Houston 2017: Team on their way!

Houston we have lift-off,
  The Calvary Houston Missions trip has officially begun – there were many smiling faces at the airport.  To their family, friends, sponsors and prayer partners we want you to know how deeply blessed they feel to be able to…

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2017 Short-Term Missions Brochure

View our 2017 Short-Term Missions Brochure for more on this year’s trips for adults and students.

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