Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world (James 1:27).
Our missions team exists to introduce students to vast, diverse cultures and the multilevel condition of a global society. We strive to provide an avenue for our students to interact, learn, and serve various cultures by partnering with ministries both locally and globally. Through interacting with multiethnic people, our students learn to develop compassion for others and have a dynamic Christian worldview that will impact their world for God.
Our missions department began in 2001 with the vision for students to get involved with serving others through short-term missions. For 15 years we have been serving in Romania with “Jesus the Hope of Romania.” We have also served with the Romanian Evangelical Medical Mission and Missionary David Buckley in Hungary.
Since 2010, we have been partnering with Jeff and Abby Hunt of Engage Africa, Rustenburg, South Africa. CLS was their first mission team to minister with them from the USA. We have since returned in 2012, 2014, and 2017.
Some of our projects:
- Remodeling rooms and a playground in an orphanage
- Building a chicken coup at a home for the elderly
- Purchased kitchen equipment and vehicles for a feeding program
- Distributing clothing, shoes, medical and hygiene supplies
- Medical clinics
- Basketball and soccer camps
- Children’s outreach in churches, schools, villages, and shanty towns
We were excited to open a new chapter in missions through the development of our sports ministries team in 2013 through a partnership with alumnus Alyssa (Maurer) Rubio and Neftali Rubio in Guadalajara, Mexico. Each spring the team travels to the village and are able to gain access to schools by taking a team of soccer players to do soccer camps with children, sharing the Gospel, and distributing soccer equipment.
For 15 years we have gone wherever we have been asked to go – and whether we’ve gone to schools, rural churches, gypsy villages, or shanty towns in cities large or small, our students have learned to be ready to share their faith. Please join us in prayer and support as our students “go into all the world to preach the Gospel” (Mark 16:15).