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  • Repent and Witness Evangelism Camp NYC 2019

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    They say "There are eight million stories in the naked city."  Here are just a few from our recent missions trip to evangelize the city that never sleeps!
    Onward, Christian Soldiers!
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    This year marked our 12th annual Repent and Witness Evangelism Camp in New York City. Dubbed by some as a "boot camp" for evangelists participants in this year's outreach experienced four solid days of training and equipping in Biblical evangelism to include opportunities for engagement in rigorous activity such as open air preaching and one-to-one witnessing. Each day we mustered outside the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association (MNYBA) where we stayed and "marched as to war", so to speak, toward popular destinations like Times Square, Coney Island, Union Square, and Washington Square in an effort to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. 
    Times Square is chock full of colorful characters
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    Here CCN President Jenifer Pepling is witnessing one-to-one with a man dressed as a popular comic book hero. Can you guess this character's name? In recalling one of her most treasured talks that day Jen writes: "My favorite conversation was with Alec. I shared the gospel with him and he was very receptive. I asked him what was stopping him from repenting and putting his faith in Jesus and he told me 'addiction and lots of problems'." Jenifer then spoke at length with Alec about his use of heroin and pointed to the fact that this was not going to fix anything but only create more problems for him. She then encouraged him to resolve to put away such things. Afterward, she posed the question again, "What is stopping you from repenting and putting your faith in Jesus?" He replied that it would not go with his lifestyle. And so Jenifer wonderfully explained to him The Parable of the Hidden Treasure from Matthew's gospel (Mt. 13:44) and that Jesus is the treasure worth selling everything! Finally after a third time of asking the same question Alec finally admitted that he lacked purpose and that he has been suicidal. Filled with compassion Jenifer assured him that because he was made in the image of God it was that which gave him value and worth. "The look on his face when I told him that" Jen recalls with immense joy "was worth a thousand words!" 

    Savior and the awesome responsibility we as Christians have to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mk.16:15)!  Please pray for Alec. 
    Down by the sea
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    It was a warm and sunny day at Brooklyn's Coney Island. Lots of people were walking about enjoying the beach and the nice weather. Campus Leader Leah Jessie made the most of this opportunity by handing out gospel tracts to passersby along the boardwalk.
    Service with a smile!
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    At Washington Square park Campus Leader and seasoned Repent and Witness veteran Tim Jackson preached in the open air. Many people trekked through our area and heard as Tim graciously proclaimed the law and the gospel with a merry heart and cheerful countenance. 
    Subway praise!
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    Team Leaders throughout were extremely encouraging. Late one evening as we headed back from a long day of witnessing CCN President Jenifer led us in a lively rendition of "Nothing But the Blood" followed by "Amazing Grace". Though our bodies were worn our spirits remained high. It was a joyful night of singing and giving glory to God, one that we will not soon forget! 
    Additionally, Team Leaders' responsibilities focused on helping participants to put into action what they have learned while lovingly encouraging them out of their comfort zone to reach the lost.
    On the box
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    Former Slippery Rock University and CCN Bible Study student Joshua DiPippa shown here preaching in the open air for the first time in Union Square.
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    John Malone a native from New Jersey and a first time attendee of Repent and Witness shown here giving his testimony before a busy crowd.
    The Gospel at Union "Scare"
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    Manhattan's Union Square contained bright lights and a bustling nightlife, not to mention an eccentric mix of people. But for Campus Leader Eric Williams it also brought forth a wonderful surprise. While "on the box" Eric (right) was greeted by his cousin (left) whom he hadn't seen in a long time. Nevertheless, while he was preaching Eric's cousin was listening and got an opportunity to hear the gospel! "What are the odds?" Eric wondered aloud. 
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    Dennis Miranda (left) from Pittsburgh, PA lovingly shares a passage from God's word with a New Yorker in response to one of his objections. Just a few moments before the bicyclist and his friend had been sharply protesting during Dennis' open air preaching before a watching crowd. 
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    Campus Leader Gene Henderson came upon two young men dining in the park where he began a witnessing conversation with them. "They were very attentive" Gene recalls "and did not seem to mind me interrupting them while they chowed down on their pizza. The young man on my right said to me that he thought the Bible to be not a reliable book saying that it was translated so many times over so many years." This is a common objection that CCN campus missionaries often face. Nevertheless, Gene was prepared to give a defense. "I explained to him that the Bible was written over a length of 1,500 years, written by 40 different authors and from three different continents. And that the Bible has a coherency and consistency unmatched by any ancient work out of antiquity. We see this coherency and consistency well in the multitude of fulfilled prophesies and even more amazingly in the life of Jesus who often went to the scriptures to answer peoples questions and objections. So if the scriptures" Gene pressed on "were and are good enough for Jesus to properly know and answer life’s questions then those same scriptures are good enough for you and me." The young man then exclaimed that that was the best explanation of the validity of the Bible that he had ever heard! Thus Gene then ended his time by politely apologizing for interrupting their meal. However, they seemed very appreciative nonetheless that he stopped by to talk with them and to share the good news of Jesus Christ who forgives all when we repent and trust Him. 
    "Parting is such sweet sorrow..." - Shakespeare
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    Though witnessing in such a place as New York City could be considered a tough assignment, the toughest part of this mission, however, was in leaving the sweet fellowship of like minded believers. At Repent and Witness our faith was tested and limits were certainly stretched. Nonetheless, one truth remains, and that is [God] is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20).
    Want to join us next year for our 13th Annual Repent and Witness Evangelism Camp (NYC) 2020? Learn more by visiting www.changeyourcampus.com/repent-and-witness/ and register today!
    To all those who've partnered with Christian Collegian Network throughout the year to make our evangelism camps and outreaches a success THANK YOU for your continued support!
    May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
    - CCN


  • Fruitful Month of Ministry

    July was another fruitful month for CCN in fulfilling the biblical mandate to preach the gospel to every creature.  The Lord has been gracious to us in providing many opportunities for the advancement of His kingdom!
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    We had a wonderful time engaging with local residents again at the Hampton Community Days outreach in Hampton Township, PA.  Here Campus Leader Gene Henderson is shown administering the IQ test to festival goers before taking them through the good person test.  The IQ Test has been proven to be a wonderful ice breaker at many of our outreach events which not only draws in curious onlookers but also paves the way for the presentation of the law and the gospel. 
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    Recently CCN President Jenifer Pepling met with fellow Christians in New York City to proclaim the good news through open air preaching and one on one evangelism. Please pray for those who heard the gospel in the city that never sleeps that they might find rest in Christ for their weary souls.
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    Back in Pottstown, PA Campus Leader Andre Goff shown here along with one of his church's youth group members hits the street lifting high the cross of Christ!  As shoes for their feet, no doubt, "having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace" (Ephesians 6:15) they stand fast in proclaiming the truth and righteousness.
    Are you ready?
    Ready to join CCN in prayerfully supporting our largest evangelistic outreach in the next few days in one of the most populated and diverse cities in the world? 
    From August 8th - 11th CCN will be hosting its 11th Annual Repent and Witness Evangelism Camp.  Imagine going to a place where you never have to draw crowds to preach the gospel, because almost everywhere you go, there are massive crowds of people from literally all over the world to preach to.  That's CCN's Repent and Witness Evangelism Camp in New York City!
    During this time please petition the Lord on behalf of all the saints attending Repent and Witness this year as we engage in activities such as biblical evangelism training, open air preaching in the city streets and subways, along with fellowship and worship, and one on one evangelism.
    Pray also that words may be given to us in opening our mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which we are ambassadors, that we may declare it boldly, as we ought to speak (Ephesians 6:19,20).
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
    - CCN
  • Campus Mission Tour 2019

    In March Christian Collegian Network (CCN) kicked off its annual Spring Break Official Campus Mission Tour (CMT) in Pottstown, PA!

    Led by Campus Leader Andre Goff the CCN Official Campus Mission Tour was a huge success. Promoted as "a highly strategic mission trip designed to bring Christians and Christian college students to various campuses" those who participated in this year's CMT were able to reach many students through the use of Biblical evangelism.  

    Throughout this week long event CCN leaders provided training to Christian laborers on how to share the gospel and reach the unsaved for Christ.  
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    Evening sessions were packed with quality evangelism training taught by a diverse group of instructors ranging from one CCN Bible study student, Campus Leaders from different campuses, and local pastors.   

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    During the day participants were then provided the opportunity to put into practice all they had learned in the classroom by engaging students at several college campuses.

    Here are some of the highlights from this year's Campus Mission Tour:

    DAY 1

     
    CCN's annual Campus Mission Tour began promptly at 6:00 PM at Second Baptist Church in Pottstown PA. The reception area where participants checked in for CMT contained literature and information regarding the upcoming week's events. 

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    Montgomery County Community College (MC3) Campus Leader Cliff Fulwood kicks things off with the Evangelism Crash Course which equips students with a brief overview on how to witness to others.

    DAY 2

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    Campus Leader Gene Henderson from the University of Pittsburgh Campus in Pittsburgh, PA taught on 2 Timothy 4:5 where he exhorted students to "do the work of an evangelist". 

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    Pastor Charles Cedeno (far right) taught on "The Heart of an Evangelist". 

    DAY 3

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    Garrett Hardy from CCN's Montgomery County Community College (MC3) Bible Study kicked off the evening's teaching with a lesson on "The Bible". MC3 Campus Leaders Andre Goff and Cliff Fullwood along with CCN congratulate Garrett on a job well done! 

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    Pastor Andrew Rappaport from Striving for Eternity Ministries taught on "Bible Reliability".  

    DAY 4 - Temple University

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    A CMT laborer is shown here at Temple University sharing the gospel by handing out the newest book from Wretched called "What Time Is Purple?"

      

    DAY 5 - MCCC Bluebell, PA

      
    Here's what one CMT participant had to say about their experience thus far: "...CMT has been off the chain! MCCC in Bluebell had the nicest and most receptive students of any campus we've been to. Truly blessed day. Sooooo many seeds planted and watered."
      
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    Campus Leader Timothy Jackson from Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, VA sharing the gospel with MC3 students.

     
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    CCN President Jenifer Pepling engaging in friendly discussions with students using the popular "I.Q. test".

     

    DAY 6 - Penn State, Berks Campus

      

    "Evangelism at Penn State U was off the charts!"

      
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    At Penn State CMT participants handed out tracts and had many one-on-one conversations with students. They also publicly read from the Scriptures on campus. CCN was especially excited about Brittany, a CMT participant, for her first time witnessing! Way to go Brittany!

      
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    Apologist and CMT guest speaker Dr. Anthony Silvestro (right) talks one-on-one with a college student. 

      

    Day 6 - Final day of CMT

      
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    This last day of CMT ended with an eye opening experience for many who attended the week long outreach. CMT participants witnessed in the town of Kensington which is located in North Philly.

     
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    It has been reported that here was the worst Opioid issue in the country. Used syringes could be found scattered everywhere on the ground. Thankfully many residents were able to hear the the gospel that day. Most of them took gospel tracts from CMT laborers while one woman literally threw out her drugs upon hearing the gospel from Campus Leader Cliff Fulwood! Praise God!  

     
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    CCN would like to thank Second Baptist Church in Pottstown for graciously allowing us the use of their facility to host this year's CMT event. We would also like to recognize all of the guest speakers and CMT participants who generously gave of their time and of themselves to fulfilling the Great Commission. 

     

    And finally, a special thanks to our CCN partners. Because of your faithful support CCN is able to continue spreading the gospel and impacting our local college campuses for Christ's kingdom! 

     

    May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

     

    - Christian Collegian Network

     
     
  • Give Thanks!

    This Thanksgiving season we certainly had lots to be thankful for.  At CCN we are truly grateful for the God given freedom we have in this country to share our faith openly and the gospel freely.

    As those who have been redeemed in Christ our hearts cry aloud with the Psalmist "Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever" Psalm 107:1.

    However, we're not the only ones who are grateful this holiday season...


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    This young man shown with CCN President Jenifer is from Brazil.  From afar he brought with him an assortment of questions.  He was so grateful to hear the gospel that day and for the answers Jen was able to graciously provide him.  Jen, who carries with her several Bibles and a wide array of gospel tracts, left this sojourner with a full heart, a handful of literature, and opportunity for followup later.

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    Just like the U.S. Postal Service we don't allow the elements to prevent us from going out and witnessing!  This young lady standing underneath Steve's umbrella stopped even in the rain to listen as he shared with her the lifesaving message of the gospel.  Though chivalrous, Steve's kind gesture is also symbolic of the grace of God that covers those who shelter in the Cross. 

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    "Aunt" Laura is a faithful CCN volunteer who certainly knows how to make the most of every witnessing opportunity.  This conversation began with Tom, a student at Pitt, telling Laura that he loved her scarf.  Seizing the opportunity she immediately segued from music to the gospel using the Psalms.  It turned out that Tom grew up Catholic and is in the process of converting to Judaism.  Quick on her feet Laura asked the young man to explain Passover.  Seeing that he could not explain it's meaning Laura wonderfully illustrated for him Jesus as the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  Despite the freezing temperature Laura spent about 45 minutes talking to this coat-less man who listened intently to her every word and no doubt finding his heart strangely warmed by the gospel.

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    The annual Holiday Parade outreach in downtown Pittsburgh was a wonderful success.   We handed out several dozen tracts along the parade route and started several conversations afterwards. Despite the rainy weather it turned out to be a great day for spreading the gospel!  Their smiles say it all, dont they?

    As we look ahead to the birth of our Savior this Christmas season and as the New Year quickly approaches we are thankful for faithful partners in this ministry such as you.  

    For that we echo the heartfelt sentiments of Paul to the Philippian church who wrote: "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you...for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now" Philippians 1:3,5.

    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

  • June 2015 Ministry Update

    Meet hector. A man with much learning but still confused. It was an interesting conversation, He shared how he was raise catholic, then was a Christian, then a Pentecostal, Mormon etc. He actually was supposed to be working at the time, but enjoyed the conversation. Brother Luis, de Jesus offer to bring him a copy of Case for Christ the following day and followed through on that promise.

      

    Ryan had a Witnessing Academy at the Creation Muesum.  It was a wonderful conference.  The Mike Riddel taught us to ask 3 questions.  "How do you know it's true?", "Has it ever been observed?", "Are you making any assumputions?" 

    A few pictures from the Martureó Academy outreach at the Cincinnati Gay Pride Festival. Yes, we all survived and stayed out of jail. Many even thanked us for being there AND for being so loving! (The message was NOT watered down, just given Biblically and compassionately.)

     

    Of course Ryan had to do a few interviews for Witness Talk Radio.

     

    Andre and Cliff held a Witnessing Event as well in Pottstown.  They did a training and then went out to witness the next day at the Pottstown Rumble a huge Volleyball tournament in their area. Here is Cliff doing a wonderful job teaching about why we need to use the law before we share grace with nonbelievers.

      

    The outreach at the event went very well.  People heard a biblical gospel.

     

  • CCN Alumni & Students: Join Us for Our CCN "Throw Back" Saturday on April 16th!

    Reunite & be encouraged through prayer, worship, the Word of God, outreach, & dinner fellowship!

     
    Date/Time: Saturday, April 16th (10:30AM - 7PM)
    Location: Montclair State University (Outreach in Newark, NJ)
    1 Normal Avenue (Room TBA to Confirmed Attendees)
    Montclair, NJ
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    Confirm your attendance and/or get details! Email Us 

     

    A Message to the Saints

    God continues to build His ministry, CCN, by using students, many of whom have since graduated, to believe in the vision and to work together to further the message of the gospel on the college campuses, and then to pass the torch to a new generation of soul winners!

    We stand in awe of what God is doing for His glory through the college students today: rapidly multiplying students who open-air preach and witness biblically, emboldening students to publicly worship the Lord in the open air, causing students to seek the Lord in group and personal prayer, granting a thirst for His Word and apologetics, and holiness...

    We invite all of our CCN alumni and friends from over the years to come out and to share a day with us and the new generation of soul winners, as we celebrate our LORD JESUS and His glorious gospel!

    We pray that we will see you there!

    - The CHANGE Collegian Network Family

    www.ChangeYourCampus.com