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  • 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!

  • As followers of Christ, remember that we are "sojourners"

    The Bible often reminds us as followers of Christ that we are "sojourners", "pilgrims" (1 Peter 2:11-12), strangers in a strange land if you will.  And last month's outreach booth at the Mars Apple Festival in Mars, PA was no exception. (They literally have a spaceship in the middle of their town!!)  


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    Here Dennis, Assistant Campus Leader at Pitt, is speaking with a woman at our booth sharing with her the gospel of Jesus Christ.  While we have the wonderful privilege of doing so and meeting many different people along the way, one common thread we've noticed running through each person regardless of race, color, creed, or religion is the erroneous belief in goods works as a means for one's salvation.  To which we continually point to the finished work of Christ on the cross and to Bible passages such as Ephesians 2:8,9.    


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    Andre, Leader of Discipleship with CCN, took his youth group out again this month to share the gospel in the streets of Pottstown, PA.  Both Andre and Campus Leader Cliff (not shown) have been faithful to share the gospel in that area for years.  Please pray for a revival in that town and may God be glorified!


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    Slippery Rock University Campus Leader Matthew met with a young man that came and sought him out him.  The student wanted to meet with Matt and see what he was doing on campus.  Matthew then proceeded to graciously walk him through the gospel.  During their discussion Matthew became aware that the young man possessed some un-biblical views.  So he spent the remainder of the time showing him what the Bible says rather than what the student thought it says.  Matt reminded the young man that Jesus was upset with the Sadducees and Pharisees, the religious leaders of His day, because they put the the traditions of men above the word of God.   


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    CCN President Jenifer spoke with a young man recently named Harry at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).  Harry asked some of the most often asked questions a person could ask such as:  

    • How do you know there is a God?
    • How do you know which God?
    • Is it the word of God with all those different versions of the Bible?
    • Which God do you believe in the one of the New Testament or the Old Testament? Why did God kill everyone but Noah?
    • Why did God kill all the people before Israel took over?
    • Why does God let bad things happen?

    Jen was able to give him answers to all of his questions and Harry was happy to finally get an answer to all them!  Afterwards, Jen gave him a Bible and a book called "The Gospel of God" to encourage this young man to seek after God.  Harry also took her card and said he was going to read through the Bible.  Please pray for Harry.  This was truly a wonderful conversation!

    CCN exists for the purpose of proclaiming Christ while warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may "present every man perfect in Christ Jesus" (Col. 1:28).

    Because of your partnership with this ministry God is answering prayers and providing the necessary resources needed in order for us to carry out the Great Commission.  Thank you once again for your faithfulness to the gospel in ensuring that it is being preached unto every creature (Mk.16:15)!

  • September Update


    The Bible says, "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1).  As the leaves begin to fall and the seasons change the purpose for this ministry remains - to preach the gospel to every creature!


    CCN's outreach booth in Slippery Rock, PA was a success!  We were able to share the gospel with so many people.  One gentleman whom we had talked with last semester stopped by the booth and thanked us for being on the college campus.  Each week he would trek across campus to read at the library.  Turns out we were the only group in an entire year to talk with this student about the gospel.  Just as surprised by this as we were he asked if there were any other christian ministries on campus because of their lack of representation.  


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    The University of Pittsburgh is as always a great place to witness due to its diversity.  Many international students attend Pitt some as far as India and China.  The conversations we have with students from abroad is truly exciting because we are bringing Christ and His message of salvation to the world!


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    The students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA are so very kind to us and more than eager to talk.  We love witnessing aboard this campus, engaging with students, and have been doing so for a couple of years now.  Lord willing, we will continue for many years to come!


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    Jenifer had several wonderful conversations with people that started with them asking what CCN was all about.  One young lady had watched her witnessing to others earlier in the month in Wilkinsburg then every week at Pitt.  Jen asked that if she died today would she go to heaven or hell?  The young lady replied by saying she was a child of God and was certain she would go to heaven.  Rather than spending time arguing over what makes someone a child of God, Jen took a more direct approach and asked if she considered herself to be a good person, a tactic she's learned through years of witnessing experience.  Seeing that the reality of God's Law and the punishment of hell for transgressing His Ten Commandments weighing heavily upon her heart, Jen explained the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and called for her to repent and put her trust in Him.  

    During another encounter Jen had the pleasure of speaking with an atheist.  She quickly took him through the good person test and later pointed out to him that while other religions believe a person can earn their way to heaven, Christianity affirms that God paid it all!  Needless to say, the professing atheist walked away with much to think about after their conversation.

    It's been said that there are two times a year in which Christians should preach the Word of God - in season and out of season! (2 Tim. 4:2)

    Your financial and prayerful support makes the preaching of the gospel all year 'round possible.  Because of this we are able to reach this next generation for our Lord Jesus Christ.  From those of us at CCN Thank You! for another spirit filled month in partnering with us!

    Soli Deo Gloria!  

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