Mission 10 Update

June 2022

Message from Pastor Kristian

Thank you for supporting missions at CLA in so many ways – through prayer, financial support and those of you who have decided to “go!”

As you’ll read in this update, the deadline for our two global trips is coming soon (next week) – July 1 – and the deadline for our domestic missions trip to Jolo, WV is July 15. In addition, you’ll read about several opportunities we have planned over the next few months for you to make a difference right here in our community by giving just a few hours of your time.

I’d also like to make you aware of a simple (and delicious) way that you can support missions every week! CLA’s café, iheart on the Hill, recently launched a new initiative – "Round up for Mission 10." To participate, when you visit the café on Sunday, simply “round up” your purchase to the nearest dollar (or any amount you choose) to help support local, domestic and global missions projects. We believe this seemingly simple act will have a significant impact over time – thank you!

Local Missions

Impacting Our Community

Thanks to each of our volunteers who helped at Jubilee Day in downtown Mechanicsburg on Thursday, June 16. We had a great day connecting with members of the community at the Petting Zoo and at our vendor booth with various kids’ activities, including balloon animals, face painting and temporary CLA Kids tattoos. Through your kindness, smiles and fun interactions, hundreds of families and individuals who stopped by seemed to have a great time! We were also able to share some great free CLA activities for kids and families.
We want to also give a shout out to our College Age students who volunteered with Wildheart Ministries on Saturday, June 18. This group gave several hours of their time helping to share the love of Jesus and beautify the Allison Hill neighborhood – way to go!

Get Involved Locally

We believe it is so important to provide opportunities for you, our church family, to serve in our community. With that, we invite you to check out our Missions Trips page to learn more about several local missions outreach opportunities coming up over the next few months. Please consider joining us to serve food to those less fortunate with Hands & Feet Ministry, volunteer with Greenlight Operation for a work day at its new Restoration Home, or help restore and clean up local neighborhoods with Wildheart Ministries.

Every time you give of your time, it makes a difference!

Domestic Missions | Sunbury Project

Let’s Celebrate Together

“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” – Matthew 25:21 NLT

The Word of God is alive and active, and the truths and principles that Jesus taught to His disciples 2,000 years ago are still relevant to us today. His heart hurts with the hurting and aches for the lost (those who do not know Him), and when we make a difference in helping people come to know Him, He celebrates with us.

In Matthew 25:14-28, Jesus shares that He expects us, as His servants, to do something with the gifts, talents, abilities and finances He has gifted to us. Since November 2021, over 100 of you did just that! Whether it was through giving of your time, talents, through prayer or financially, you have changed River of Life Church in Sunbury, PA.

River of Life began their relaunch with a Block Party on Saturday, June 11, where more than 200 people from the community attended throughout the day, and 36 adults and children raised their hands to accept Jesus during the Gospel presentations. The relaunch then continued into the Sunday morning church service, where many special moments, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony, were shared by those in attendance.

After reflecting on the journey, Pastor Jan Krebs shared her humble appreciation and joined us together in celebration through a simple statement, “What a beautiful and miraculous thing we have done as the body of Christ – look what the Lord has done!”

Upcoming Domestic Missions Opportunities

Hope For McDowell | Jolo, WV | Construction - September 10-17
This team will help build a warehouse to store large donations of building materials and resources that will benefit many renovation projects for families in the community. We are primarily seeking individuals with all levels of construction, renovation and handyman skills, as well as a few non-skilled support. Learn more. Learn more.

Global Missions

Looking Ahead | Robin Malcolm - Missionary to West Africa

In Her Own Words
On April 5, 2022, my husband, Philip, the other half of Malcolms in Africa, stepped into Heaven after a fierce battle with cancer. The Lord has walked with us through this whole journey, from my husband’s first diagnosis in January 2021, to his final breath. And God continues to walk beside me as I stumble, pick myself up and look ahead.

Phil lives now in victory over death, but my work has not finished. Even when I didn’t know what God was doing, He was preparing me for this moment. I received my Assemblies of God ministerial license in 2018 and, in 2021, I finished a Master’s Degree in Education, specializing in Curriculum and Instruction.

One of my first projects will be to complete the program Phil was so passionate about in his last days. The KidsLife 4D program is a children’s club program designed to partner with the water filter distribution efforts in West Africa and to teach children basic health principles, such as clean water, food safety and basic first aid, and tie this to spiritual health.

Additionally, African churches are still enthusiastically asking for all kinds of training. I have been invited to visit the various base camps where new missionaries are being mentored to do children’s ministry training with the next generation and write curriculum…among plenty of other opportunities and projects to be finished. Thank you so much for your ongoing support and for standing by me as a faith community as I make this enormous step of faith.

“God has qualified the called, and my calling has not ended. Malcolms in Africa will continue to work, as it always has, just with a different face.” – Robin Malcolm

Upcoming Global Missions Opportunities

Kings Castle | El Salvador | Medical - September 17-24
We are looking for individuals with a variety of medical training skills. We have a strong need for doctors, physician’s assistants and/or nurse practitioners, in addition to nurses, dentists and pharmacists. The team also includes opportunities for individuals to provide support during medical clinics, cutting and sewing clown costumes (which will equip missionary students and evangelistic teams with community outreach) and individuals who can provide basic grounds maintenance. Learn more.

Rajasthan, India - October 14-23 | Various Specialized Opportunities
A small team will consist of individuals with specific trades and skills to equip women who have been sexually exploited with important skills to be successful in their daily life. Learn more.

Prayer Requests

Will you join us in prayer?

  • Wildheart Ministries | Harrisburg, PA – Pray for bridges to be built and transformation to be made in the hearts, lives and community of Allison Hill
  • Hands & Feet Ministry | Harrisburg, PA – Pray for resources to be provided, Jesus to be shared and lives to be changed
  • Tim and Beth Pike | Puerto Rico – Pray for transition in a new environment, with new leadership and a new language, but, most importantly, for God to do great things – there is a spirit of renewal, optimism and expectancy on the island
  • Robin Malcolm | Africa – Pray for the grieving process, transition in ministry role and season of life for Robin, in addition to the family, friends and community who are also impacted by the passing of her husband, Philip