My Calvary Missions Story - Room In The Inn

Everyone has different gifts- it took me a few years as a church member to find mine.  I would sit in church and listen to an eloquent testimony, hear our choir and musicians moving the congregation and have been part of Sunday school classes where our teacher made connections that deepened my understanding of scripture. 

I admired them for their courage to use the blessings they had received and wanted to worship in a similarly amazing way.

My talents are eating and sleeping. You may not think there are many opportunities for those skills in service. Not true. Calvary Room In The Inn has provided me the opportunity to serve god and our community by being an overnight host.

 As a host you only need to be able to answer yes to the three following questions:

 1) Are you a male?  

2) Do you like to eat?

3) Can you sleep on a extra wide cot? 

If you want to serve and you want to meet some really interesting fellas.  Sign up.  (Sundays November through March)

 Word of caution- sign up soon. The dinners are sponsored by Sunday school classes and the veteran hosts are carefully combing the lists to research what nights certain Sunday School classes are sponsoring.  Don’t bother signing up for the night Vota Vita is hosting, my mother and her class are Grannies and they cook with lard and love.

I hope that you will give consideration to supporting Calvary’s Room in the Inn.

Brett Bell

My Calvary Missions Story - Leupp, AZ

Recently, I had the privilege of participating in Calvary’s mission trip to Arizona.  This was my first mission trip, and it was a truly wonderful experience.  This CBF mission opportunity was developed by Navajo Pastor Greg Long who pastors a church in Flagstaff, Arizona.  He worked with Brian Varble and leaders of other western CBF churches with the goal of holding a one-day revival at a Navajo flea market.  In order to prepare the flea market site, our Calvary group traveled to the town of Leupp, Arizona where the flea market was held.  Leupp is located on the Navajo Nation, which is the largest U.S. Indian Reservation.  The Reservation is approximately the size of the state of West Virginia.  At the site in Leupp, we assisted in setting up the various tents that would be used during the flea market.  The layout consisted of one large central tent with a lectern at the front and rows of hay bales set up pew style so that participants could sit in the shade.  Calvary and the other participating churches set up smaller tents surrounding the large tent, and each of the smaller tents contained an activity geared toward children- balloon animals, face painting, etc.  The night before the flea market event, Brian Varble and Pastor Long slept outside at the flea market site to ensure that everything was secure and ready for the flea market the next day.

                Calvary’s flea market tent focused on providing bags of school supplies to Navajo children and their families.  We had previously called upon Calvary members for donations, and, as usual, they were exceptionally generous in donating school supplies and money.  Retired school teacher Barbara Bowman did a great job of maximizing our purchasing power so that we could be as generous as possible.  Through all of these efforts, we were able to put together 250 bags of school supplies, and we gave all of them away during the flea market.   The Navajo children and their families were extremely happy to get these supplies, and this met a significant need as many of the families living on the reservation struggle with high unemployment.         

                Not only was the flea market a fun day for children, but it also was a great means of spreading the Gospel.  During the day, volunteer pastors would preach 15-minute sermons under the large tent, and there were musical interludes as well.  Many churches had brought great musicians who played classic hymns on a portable keyboard.  Listening to “How Great Thou Art” sung in Spanish was a particularly moving event for me.   It was wondrous to be a part of a large community worshiping one Great God and spreading the love of Christ to so many children.   

Janet Graham,
Navajo Mission Team Member

Our Family Missions Story - Asheville, NC

We’re the Boatmans: Phil, Nancy, Carter (age 8) and Laney (age 5). We went on our first family mission trip this summer and had a blast!

It’s important to our family to not only talk about helping others but to take part in helping others. The Asheville family mission trip gave our family this opportunity. Typically, we go on family vacation in July. This year we still went on our family vacation- to Hilton Head Island for five days and then headed to Asheville for five days.

We worked together fixing up the Black Mountain Children’s Home and the Veterans Restoration House. Phil and Carter helped build shelves, and Nancy worked on landscaping at the children’s home. We all three painted at the veteran’s house. Laney was well taken care of by Ms. Ann and Ms. Emma.

Aside from working together, it was so nice to get to know other church members and socialize together. We had the best time on the ropes course, pool, river adventure and dinners.

We highly recommend the family mission trips for all church members from babies to senior adults. There will be a place for you! Join us next time.