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  • Blessed Year of Ministry

    This past semester has been such a blessing from God. 

    A husband of a CCN student said the following:  "I am so grateful for all that you have taught my wife.  She has taught me all the things you taught her."

    One of the CCN students texted this:  "I learned a lot this semester I just hope I can remember most of it thanks!"

    The last few weeks in the Campus Leaders meetings we have been going over the book Tactics. One of the Campus Leaders is teaching this in their fellowhip as well.  We learned that when others bring up hard topics or speak untruths we should ask questions.  The book "Tactics" taught us to first ask "What did you mean by that?"  This helps us make sure that we understand what the person is saying.  If they are asking a question that is really a statement it helps us flush that out as well.  When we ask these kinds of questions we make sure that we do not challenge something a person is not saying.   We do not want to make a strawman and disprove something a person do not even believe.   It makes people define their terms so we can be clear about what they are saying.

    The second question we learned to ask is "How did you come to that conclusion"?  As Christians we often are called upon to defend our faith but we almost never make others defend what they believe.  Many of the stances that people stick to as to why they do not have a Biblical view they have not thought through.  People cannot defend their own faith and have not thought through why they do not believe Christianity.  They hear statements and just repeat them without thinking them through.  This questions gets us out of the hot seat and instead of us have to debunk whatever the other person says it makes them prove their world view.

    After we understand what a person believes and how they have come to that conclusion, hopefully we have found the flaw in their view.  We take the flaw and we add knowledge of the correct view and we ask a question to show them the flaw using their own wording of their view.

    This plan of attack is good since the person likes us since we are asking questions.  We are seen as interesting to talk to since we are interested in listening to them.  We are also in control of the conversation while not exposing what we believe until we have shown the flaw in other persons world view first.  This works very well in places like the classroom and at work where there can be a high price to pay for having a Biblical view.

    Here is a picture of students sharing their faith at CCNY in NYC.  They are interviewing students and then giving them the good person test and then sharing the gospel with the students.

    In Virginia the Students and Campus Leader got together over the Holidays to enjoy fellowship together.  They are all sporting their CCN shirts!

    December is a month to finish up teaching on the campus.  We spent time talking to the students about what they would like to learn next semester.  We came up with a plan for next semester.  We spent time working on fliers to invite students to Bible Study next semester.  We planned all of the outreaches for the Spring semester.

    CCN is very excited about this coming semester.  We will be finishing up Tactics and then we will be going over Creation Science. 

    God Bless you and thank you for your support!


  • Praise Report May 2014

    One of the pillars for CCN is Bible Study. We evangelize on the campus and invite students to Bible studies. We teach on the following subjects: evangelism, apologetics, theology, character building, ministry training. You can see more about our pillars by going here.

    Here is a picture of Campus Leader Jake in Minnesota preaching the gospel.

    Jake met up with Tom Hacker in Rochester MN. Jake had the following to say about their outreach:


    “ We handed out about 200 tracts, open air preached, and had some great one to one witnessing. Elizabeth (pictured) saw us walking by with the cross and shouted out "I love that...it is so true.” We stopped and talked with her for about 20 minutes. She turned out to be Roman Catholic and didn't understand why Jesus died on the cross, but knew that it was important. After taking her through the good test, she said that she was afraid of going to hell. I explained to her that it was good to fear God and that it is the beginning of wisdom. I then shared the good news with her. She was very grateful and took a DVD.”

    “We preached for about 2 hours near the Mayo clinic. It was very busy with hundreds of people passing by on the street. I was amazed by how many people stopped and thanked us. This is very unusual, but awesome!

    Not everyone was pleased with us though. We had one strange heckler who called himself "The Woodsman.” He claimed to be a Christian, but couldn't tolerate the Word of God. Then there was Eva. She screamed every cuss word in the book at Tom as she passed by with her stroller and 2 small children. After we finished preaching, we came across this angry woman half a block away. Tom offered her a tract, but she just yelled at him again. I then asked her why she was so angry. It turns out that she was offended by Tom's shirt that reads "Abortion is Murder.” She told me that she aborted her baby because she had been raped. She admitted that it was murder and that murder is wrong. She kept going back and forth saying that it was wrong, and then justifying it on account of the rape. It was a very heartbreaking conversation, but she did soften up to me and I prayed with her and left her with a Bible.

     

    CCN Bible Studies at Pitt and SRU finished up for the semester. We had a great semester of learning. Thank you for supporting our outreaches and teachings.


    The summer time brings many different kinds of outreaches. One of my favorite outreaches is our booths as community days. We have about 7 booths planned for the summer and fall months. I am very excited about them. The booth currently looks like this when it is set up.

    We are able to witness to many people in our local communities in a friendly manor.

    I have been going to the local abortion clinics a few days during the week. It is great to go during the week since there are no deathscorts during that time. This allows the interactions between me and the ladies going into the clinic to be more natural and less stressful. Please pray for all the people that go down there to beg for babies lives and give the gospel.

    Ryan our CCN Campus Leader in Ohio lead a team at Ohio Fire.  Here is a picture of the team that he lead.

    I was also granted the opportunity to serve as a team leader for Ohio Fire.  This is a conference run by Striving for Eternity.  I was blessed to help people grow in their own witnessing ministry.  

     

    Leah and I were blessed to be able to witness to 2 JW's.  I was worried about being in a longer conversation while I was the team lead so I handed over the conversation to Chris and then he handed over the conversation to Andrew.  They stayed around for about 2.5 hours to hear the gospel.  Please pray for ED on the left and Eric on the right.  Eric was worried about loosing salvation and I was happy to give him the true gospel and explain several passages to him.  He left knowing he had to go look up several passages again.  During the time I talked to him his eyes seemed to be opening. They left with homework.

    I was asked to get up on the box as an example of how to open air.

    Several people got up on the box for the first time at this event. The one gentleman that joined our group later even though he was not a part of my group said that if Jen can get up and do it then I can. He did a wonderful job. 

    Leah has tons of Scripture memorized and people would stop for a few seconds to listen to her recite Scripture. It was very inspiring for all of us to see just how much she memorized.

    Here you can see Amynah our CCNY Campus Leader finishing out the night with the gospel while others in our group witnessed to those passing by. Amynah helped people come out of their comfort zone at the outreach as well.

    We were able to buy tracts for the campus leaders and for Repent and Witness. We bought Bibles for the Campus Leaders to bring for the students to use during fellowship. We received a large donation that allowed us to purchase these. Thank you.

    Thank you for making CCN Ministry possible.

     


  • March 2014 Update

    Ryan, was given 6000 gospel tracts by a wonderful donor.  He got a wonderful team together to hand out tracts at the St Patrick Day Parade in Cincinnati.  

    Ryan also participated in the Biggest Question Project.  He had a team give out thousands of DVD's at a major university in Cincinnati.  

    Ryan loves witnessing to the students on campus.  Ryan uses an interview style to witness to the students.

    Amynah the Campus Leader at CCNY said lots of new and exciting things happened at CCNY this month.  For fellowship this month, students learned from The Way of the Master  basic training DVD's and were encouraged and equipped on how to effectively share the Biblical Gospel message. One student commented that she really liked the Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort's method of evangelism, and that she'd never heard the gospel shared in such an easy way. New students also unashamedly joined in for many outreaches and even helped to pass out hundreds of Living Waters' Genius DVD's. The student in the picture below is a freshman student who is bravely handing a Genius DVD to her peers!

    This month the NYC Campus Leaders had a chance to labor with their local churches, from feeding the poor, to going door to door witnessing. As those who are zealous for evangelism, it’s our desire to see our own local church catch the same fire!  We encourage the students at CCN fellowships to go to church and participate in their local churches.

    Tim our Campus Leader in Virginia witnessed to students at CHOWAN this month.  He gave out tracts and witnessed to the students.

    Jenifer Pepling witnesses at Slippery Rock alone each week so she does not have pictures from witnessing up there.  However, Jen loves talking to the students at Slippery Rock.  Jen has talked to many of the students more than 1 time.  Last week Jen talked to a young lady that she had talked to before.  The student told Jen that she watches what she says since she talked to Jen last time.   The Slippery Rock Student has been working on being a better person.  Jen told her she was very proud of her for working on repentance, but she needed to trust Jesus paid the fine for all the wrong things she had done.  Jen told the student that trusting Jesus was necessary to get into heaven.  The student told Jen that she hoped that next time she talked to Jen that Jen would be even more proud of her because she was going to trust Jesus paid her fine.  Jen invited her to Bible study again.

    Being on the campus week after week witnessing to the students is a huge blessling.  We love being on the same campus week after week and the impact we can make because we witness at the same place every week.  

    Pittsburgh Campus Leader Jen was given and handed out 9000 gospel tracts.  We handed them out at the St Patrick Day parade.  We handed them out in under 2 hours.  We got the gospel into thousands of peoples hands.  Handing out tracts at the parades is one of the easiest outreaches.  If you are ever thinking about joining us and can walk a mile or so then this is the outreach for you.  You just have to say did you get one of these 1000 times and all the tracts are given out.  

    We are able to go on the parade and just walk up the side and hand out the tracts without issues.  

    Jen went to 2 different abortion clinics this month.  Jen spent time at the one in East Liberty.  We wrote on the sidewalk with chalk.  We love doing this, because it is a witness even after you leave. 

    However sometimes right after you write with chalk on the ground the deathscorts come out with a bucket of water and a broom and undo all that you did.  Jen had more chalk so she wrote with chalk again after they undid it.  Jen did not write it in all the same locations but many of them. 

    Jen said: "The surprising thing about going to the abortion clinics is how many people I get to share the gospel with.  It is the gospel that saves and so that is the most important message I share with people.  I talked with a young man named Jamel the day that this chalk picture was taken.  I walked him through the good person test and he said that he had broken all of them.  I explained that he would end up in hell and that concerned him.  I showed him that if we were in a court of law and was guilty he would still have to pay the fine even if he confessed and promised not to do it again.  He understood why Jesus died on the cross when I went through the gospel with him.  I asked him if had a Bible at home and he did not.  I asked him if he wanted one and he did.  He walked with me to the car and got a Bible.  He walked by later in the day and thanked me and said hello."

    The picture above was taken of Jen in front of Planned Parenthood after the St Patrick day Parade in Pittsburgh.  Jen tells us this "It was in the afternoon so no one that I saw went into the clinic while I was there but there are bars on either side of the clinic and I leaned up against the tree there and handed out million dollar bills as people went by.  I was able to witness to several people.  One young man that I talked to for a long time let me know that if he was able to repent of his homosexuality that he would have a drink with me in heaven.   He heard the gospel and was not offended.  Pray he gets saved. "

     

    At Pitt we spent every Wednesday morning witnessing to students and whoever will talk to us.  We have been surprised about how many people have talked to us even though it has been cold.  We have been going to Pitt for so many years I am always surprised that there are people down there that we have not talked to.  Aunt Laura and I are probably considered part of the culture at Pitt at this point.  The seniors that graduated Pitt last year did not know life without us coming down and handing out tracts and talking to people.  Please pray for all the people that we have talked to through the years.

    Thank You so much for your support.  We could not do any of this without your support.

  • December 2013 Update

    This Fall semester at CCNY has been God-glorifying!  CCN students were able to share the gospel with many students on campus during weekly outreaches, and they were able to give away free gospel tracts and books. Additionally, many professors and faculty members at the City College of New York were encouraged by CCN students as well, and invited them for lunch to celebrate a great semester. The students cannot wait until the Spring semester starts, to continue serving God!

    The last 30 days we have handed out over 10,200 tracts. We gave out many of them at the Macy's Christmas Parade in Pittsburgh.  Those watching the parade loved the tracts.  They were Christmas postcards with the gospel on them.

    The tracts were easy to give out.  We said Merry Christmas to everyone.

    They normally said Merry Christmas back to us.

    The students at Slippery Rock I believe loved the Christmas Postcards the most.  Almost all of the students I have the tracts to take them and said Merry Christmas back.

    At Pitt we were able to talk to several students while handing out tracts.  This young lady is a Christian and she asked for a few extra postcards so that she could send them to her family that is not Christians.  Pray for all the non Christians that got these tracts.

    A Slippery Rock students found the tracts easy to handout as well.  We were able to talk to this young man outside even after he finished his cigarette.  It was about 8 degrees outside.  When we first started talking to him he said he was an agnostic. Before the end of the conversation he said that he could believe in a God that died on the cross to pay his fine for his sin if he repented and trusted Jesus. He just did not want to call himself a Christian and go to Church.  I would say it was a step forward.

    We went down to the Strip District and Planned Parenthood to witness as well this month.  We spent a lot of the time praying for people after we witnessed to them.  We watched the one couple that we witnessed to at Planned Parenthood pass by the clinic.  They stopped and argued in front of the clinic but they did not go in.  They paused and the boyfriend walked back to the clinic and then walked back to the women.  The women left and did not go in.  I do not know if they really were going to go in but they heard the gospel and the women seemed to understand the gospel before she walked away from us.

    In December most Campus Leaders plan out the next semester.   CCN has two new campus leaders. 

    Jen gave a talk on evangelism on the second Saturday of the month.  The teaching went very well.

    We also had our annual outreach at First Night.  We spent several hours handing out tracts and witnessing.  Several groups of people heard the gospel 1 to 1.  The New Years Eve event is always a festive atmosphere in which to share the gospel.  We were excited to share the love of Christ at this event.  Below is a picture of the crowds during the parade on New Years Eve.

    All of this would not be possible without support.  Thank You for your prayers and your support.

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