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  • 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.

  • November 2013 Update

    This month one of the CCN Outreahes included feeding the hungry.  What a beautiful way to show our faith through works as well as sharing the gospel.  Praise Jesus that we are given these opportunities to give glory to Jesus.  We partnered up with Manhattan Bible church to reach the community of Inwood and Washington Heights feeding the homeless and sharing the gospel one to one.

    At CCNY they have been able to have outreach inside of a building.  They have been using the IQ test banner at CCNY.  Most people really get a kick out of the IQ questions.  It allows the conversation to start out with a few laughs and humor.  It also allows the students to see that they do not have all the answers and they could be wrong about somethings.

    In November  at Pitt and SRU, we learned about giving our personal testimony.  We talked about the importance of the students testimonies including the law, judgement, the reason Jesus died on the cross, repentance and faith.  The students were very excited to use what they learned.  They decided that they would write out their own testimonies and share them with the other students after they got back from Thanksgiving Break.  We are all very excited to listen to the students testimonies.  We all have people that we love that have not realized that when they stand before God they will be guilty if they ever broke one of the 10 commandments and would end up in hell.  No one has ever explained to them that Jesus died on the cross to pay their fine and rose from the grave 3 days later. They need to repent and trust Jesus paid it all.  

    We were able to talk to lots of people this month.  We pulled out the IQ test banner and used it at Pitt as well.  We did lots of witnessing 1-2-1 like we always do but it was fun to use the IQ test board.

    We spend lots of time handing out tracts and trying to get people to talk about the gospel with us.

    This month I started witnessing to a muslim student on the way to Bible Study Fellowship.  We walked together across half the campus while I went over the gospel with him.  When I got to the elevator to go up to fellowship he ask where we were going.  I told him that I was going to teach Bible Study.  He followed me and sat down for Bible Study.  I spent 2 hours walking him through the Bible and showing him Jesus in the different books of the Bible.  It was good because 1/2 through our conversation the students showed up and they got to see me use all the theology that we had been going over the past several weeks.  It was a wonderful conversation.  Please pray for this young man.

    At the NYC outreach we had a great time sharing the gospel with so many interesting people.  Please pray for everyone that heard the gospel at our CCN Saturday Outreaches.

     

    We also had new people join us this month.  We love to put chalk down on the sidewalk so that we have a witness there even when we are not around.  Elizabeth wrote some wonderful things on the sidewalk.  

    We had outreach in the Strip District in Pittsburgh.  We witnessed to several people but the picture of the encounter below is the one I am praying the hardest for.  Please pray for this gentleman to repent and put his faith in Jesus.  His family is Christian.  He does not believe but he heard the gospel and after his conversation with Diane he wanted the name of the good church.  Please pray for him.

    The picture below is of a student who has Christian friends and he heard and understood the gospel for the first time when I went over it with him.  He said it was very good news and understood why his friends would go to Bible study.  I gave him information about the CCN Bible Study.  Please pray for him.

    God Bless you and Thank You for your support and prayers.  I would not be able to go out and share the gospel on the campuses without your support and partnership.

  • Update August 2013

    August was full of God honoring ministry.   The Leadership Summit was successful, the Campus Leaders met the new Leadership of CCN.  We talked about the Vision of CCN: to evangelize the lost and disciple the found.  We are going to train up the next generation of soul winning leaders.  Every one of the Campus Leaders was greatly encouraged by the direction.  We made changes to the way CCN will be run.  Campus Leaders now have more control over what happens on their own campuses, and they are being provided additional support for the cost of tracts and other materials they regularly need on the Campuses.

    Repent and Witness, which is 4 days and 4 nights of witnessing went great.  We handouted tracts and open air evangelize and witness 1 -2 -1.  We went to places like Union Square, Washington Square, Times Square and Central Park.  We preached in each location and we even preached on the subway system while going from 1 location to another.  Here is a picture of our Repent and Witness missionaries.

    I enjoyed sharing the gospel with large crowds in Washington Square.

    We had church outside on Sunday and we had some of out hecklers from Saturday join us for the service.  We has several people that open air preached this week as well.  We often use trivia and IQ tests to gather a crowd to share the gospel.

    We preached at the Statton Island Fairy and thousands of people get to hear the gospel.

    If you want to see more pictures go here.

    CCN had a booth at the PineRichland Community Days.  It was cool that we were able to talk to people that we had talked to the year before.  Everyone who stopped by went through the gospel and got a teddy bear, a tract and a Bible (if they wanted one).  I got a letter from the township thanking us for participating in the event.  It is a great day when you can share the gospel and get asked to come back and do it next year.

    CCN taught an Evangelism Crash Course in Philidelphia.  We meet the young lady that asked us to do it at an outreach.  She was so encouraged by our outreach that she contacted us to do a Crash Course.   The students learned so much and they went out and shared the gospel after the Crash Course.

    Here is a testimony about the Crash Course from Amynah a Campus Leader:

    "Last year, at an outreach in Philly, I handed a girl a gospel tract and proceeded to share the gospel with her, little did I know the girl was already saved. In fact, she was the leader of a youth group at her local church. A year later, the same girl went on the CCN website, which was located at the bottom of the tract I gave her and she requested to host a CCN Crash Course at her church for her youth group (which consists of mostly 13-15 year old). After five hours of evangelism training, we took the entire group out to a local area to share the gospel and it was amazing! The students instantly engaged into conversations with many different people and passed out many gospel tracts. A young boy even said he wanted to do it again next Saturday. It's amazing seeing the fruit that can come from one simple gospel tract a year later."


    The following week CCN took a team down to the Planned Parenthood.  This was the first time down there for some and the second time for others.  Some of the team had does this for years.  We ended up driving a young lady home from downtown who was having issues.  We talked to many people before they went in.  We pray that some of those people that were going into make an appointment decided not to have an abortion.

    The Fall Semester is about to begin.  Please Pray for all the Campus Leaders.

    Thank You so much for your support.  The CCN Team would not be able to do all of these things without your support.



  • Update July 2013

    Earlier this month CCN helped out at Jersey Fire. We were able to encourage and teach several people to open air preach for the very first time. One of the families contacted us afterward to get information about going out to their local abortion mill because they were inspired. Here is a picture of two people that preached for the very first time.

    We have spent a great deal of time preparing for our Leader Ship summit this month. We are training up all of the Campus Leaders about being Leaders in our new reformed CCN. We are very excited to move forward with Biblical evangelism on the Campus’s this coming semester.

    Repent and Witness is a 4 day mission’s trip to NYC at the beginning of August. We are very excited about this year’s event. CCN has spent many hours preparing for this missions trip. We have added a new location where we will be witnessing. We are also changing the location that we are staying. Years in the past we have seen God work in amazing ways at this event and we are praying that will be the case again this year. I cannot wait to send you an update in September.

    I have been laboring for many years at a local abortion clinic. I found out this month that 4 years ago I stopped a woman from having an abortion and now there is a little 4 year old little girl in the world that God used me to save. God is so good. Sometimes we never know how God has used us but, sometimes God gives us a glimpse into what he is doing.

    Yesterday I saw a testimony from one of the CCN graduates that went out with her family and others to share the gospel. I am so grateful that so many CCN graduates continue to share their faith after college.

    This month I had a booth at a local community days.  We give away stuffed animals that people have donated to people that take the good person test.  Here is a picture of people waiting in lines to hear the gospel.  We have been doing this for years and get invited back to the community days.  Here is a picture of this months community day.

    A Big Thank You to our donors none of this is possible without them.



  • CCN Leadership Change


    This is to inform you that major changes in the leadership of CCN have taken place as follows:

    1. Three (3) new independent members have been elected to the Board of Directors: Raymond Wier, Gary Taylor & Michael Holligan effective June 2, 2013

    2. Sean Lacon has resigned from the Board of Directors and is longer associated with CCN

    3. Tiffany Gelpi has resigned her position as President of CCN and is no longer associated with CCN

    4. Jonathan Barba has resigned from CCN also

    5. The new Board of Directors is committed to retaining the CCN mission unchanged while revising or eliminating certain past practices and policies

    6. The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenifer Pepling as the new CCN President effective immediately. 

    Jenifer has been an active member of CCN for 3 years and is currently Campus Leader at University of Pittsburgh & Slippery Rock University. She will retain Campus Leader position at these institutions until such time as replacement leader(s) are appointed by her.

     We seek your continued participation & partnership to serve our Lord through revitalization of this ministry which we pray will continue to bear fruit in fulfilling the Great Commission on college campuses. Partners in 

    His Service, 

    Raymond WierChairman, Board of Directors