Mission 10 Update

August 2022

Message from Pastor Kristian

Over the next month, we will have three teams participating in missions trips to Jolo, WV; El Salvador; and Rajashthan, India. Will you join us in praying for these three teams?

Please pray for these specific things as they prepare to go: pray for their health and safety, pray that they will grow in their faith on these trips, and pray that they will have a great impact in the communities in which they will serve. While some of the individuals have been on missions trips before, there are several for whom this will be their first trip. Thank you so much for supporting missions at CLA and for your prayers!

Local Missions

What an exciting summer we had with local missions! In addition to having our first two volunteer opportunities with Hands & Feet Ministry, our recent work day in July at Greenlight Operation’s Restoration Home was awesome! Thanks to the nearly 40 volunteers who participated!

In addition, CLA has the unique opportunity of being one of various local churches supporting the upcoming Franklin Graham God Loves You Tour. The tour will be at the York Expo Center on Sunday, September 25 at 4:00 PM. There are several key ways that you can get involved! Learn more.

Domestic Missions

Not Forgotten | Austin Jones (Alaska)

Austin Jones is one of the nearly 200 missionaries that CLA supports on a monthly basis.

In His Own Words
Living for eternity requires one to live intentionally, and real discipleship naturally flows from real relationships. For many years, our ministry vision has flowed directly from the words of Christ in Luke 15, “leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one,” and this continues to remain firmly in our hearts today as we are “Reaching the 1 - Equipping the 99.”
I have made five personal decisions that have kept me close to Jesus all these years, and I’m sure will do the same for you.

  1. Strive to always DO THE RIGHT THING. Regardless of feelings or emotions, learn to practice self-control. Choose to walk the narrow path that many do not find.
  2. KEEP YOUR HEART sensitive to the conviction, gentle nudges and voice of the Holy Spirit. Walk in the fear of the Lord and aim to live your life in such a way as to not grieve the Holy Spirit. Live Spirit-filled and live Spirit-led.
  3. Always FORGIVE, demonstrate authentic LOVE and learn to OVERLOOK OFFENSE. Offense, unforgiveness and bitterness are enemies to the soul. They’re never worth holding onto. Treat these like a spiritual cancer that must be eradicated and healed. A life free from offense is a life free indeed!
  4. Live a LIFESTYLE OF REPENTANCE. With a humble heart, own your mistakes and failures. Refuse to call sin “a moment of weakness.” Don’t deflect it or justify it. Don’t conceal it, but rather choose to reveal it and confess it. True repentance flows from a place of humility deep within the heart.
  5. REMAIN in the realm of FAITH. Despite the circumstances, challenges, hardships and impossibilities - choose to stay in faith. Fight the good fight of faith! Real faith has no plan B and never draws back. Faith never gives up on the promises of God! Never!

Luke 10:2 says, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” There are so many remote locations in western Alaska without active ministry, pastors and laborers. I declare to the small remote places of Alaska… “God has NOT forgotten you!!” I am asking all our ministry partners to PRAY with us for God to divinely call and thrust forth new laborers in His harvest field.

For over 19 years, we have seen thousands of lives transformed by the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. We oversee multiple churches in western Alaska while serving as Lead Pastors at River of Life Church in Nome.

Our ministry has strived to place no monetary obligation or financial burden upon the unbeliever. Partners like you allow us to remain proactive in reaching the unreached before the soon return of Jesus Christ. Your generosity helps to send us forward in proclaiming the Good News in this final hour. God meets FAITH! Thank you!

”If there was ever a time when our world needed to hear Good News - it’s NOW!” – Austin Jones, Alaska

Global Missions

Winning the War | Katowice Refugee Center (Poland)

“What do I do now?” “What’s next?” “How will I survive?” “Where do I go?”

These are a few of the questions that those who fled from Ukraine are still facing today.

Builders International believes every person deserves a place to belong. When Ukrainians had to flee their war-torn country, they needed a safe place to find hope. Through the assistance of donors and volunteers with Builders International, the Katowice Refugee Center in Katowice, Poland became a reality.

Previously an office building, the Katowice Refugee Center is being remodeled to house 100 refugee families. With a smart design to maximize space to help as many as possible, each of the three levels will have multiple, humble individual living quarters for each family with basic furnishings. Each floor contains common areas with small kitchenettes, showers and bathroom facilities for families to share.

Kreig Smith, a member of the CLA church family, felt God nudging him to go and use his talents for Him. Having served with Builders International on past missions experiences, Kreig signed up to go. Upon his return, he shared that it was like no other experience he ever had.

Kreig noted that there were many languages spoken in this facility – from German to Russian, Ukrainian to Polish, and English. Communication can be hard, especially on a construction site, but mixing in so many languages made it even harder. But God always provides a way and, sure enough, a battle was won as He provided a teenage boy who knew seven languages and was able to translate for everyone!

Kreig appreciated that he had an opportunity to hear firsthand accounts of what is happening in the lives of the refugees. For instance, parenting a teen is hard enough, but he had the chance to talk with the wife of a missionary who had to flee with her teenage daughter. The woman shared how difficult it has been for their family, as her husband stayed in Kiev. Not only do she and her daughter miss him terribly, but her daughter is also missing her friends; they attended an American school, and they were dispersed all over the world.

Although the families are experiencing such difficult times, they are also appreciative of the hope they are finding in Jesus! Churches are flourishing, and Jesus is being glorified.

Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” This is such a powerful reminder of who our true enemy is and that there is a spiritual war all around us!

Thankfully, Ephesians 6:13 provides the promise of hope that we are all looking for. It says, “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.”

If you are feeling God nudge you to take a stand, Builders International has additional trips scheduled for the Katowice Refugee Center in Poland, in addition to several other opportunities around the world.

Learn more: Builders International

“So often on construction trips, you do not get to see the immediate impact of those who will benefit from the spaces we remodel, but this trip was unique in that we were able to meet and see families move in before we left. What a blessing!” – Kreig Smith

Mission 10 Offering | Ashogone Village – India

CLA has been a long-time financial supporter of the ministry that happens in Rajasthan, India. Ashogone Village, known as Village of Hope, is a place for women who are rescued from sex trafficking to find a safe place to stay and, most importantly, find the hope they have in Jesus.

On September 25, we will be receiving a special offering to support this ministry. If you would like to financially support this initiative, visit our Give page and designation Mission 10. Please also pray for the women yet to be saved.

Prayer Requests

Will you join us in prayer?

  • Franklin Graham – God Loves You Tour | York, PA – Pray for lives to be changed, that many will come to accept Jesus and that they will engage in a discipleship program at a church near them
  • Austin Jones | Alaska – Pray for the 1 to be found, the 99 to be equipped and the next generation of Christian leaders to be victorious in reaching every people group in Alaska
  • Builders International | Global Missions – Pray for the refugees who have and will be reached as a result of the war in Ukraine; pray too that many others will be positively impacted through the Builders International construction projects around the world