NB: We are not like most missions organizations.
While other missions organizations are intent on helping people with tangible projects like schools and church building projects, with water projects and orphanages, etc, we do not minister like this. Rather, and this is very important, our focus of development is the human heart, mind and life in Christ. This means that we do not bring funding or fundraising efforts to any projects of any kind.
◆ Please do not ask us for funding or fundraising help for your projects. Our answer will be ‘No’.
We have spent well over a year’s time in prayer seeking the Lord on this and it has become very clear that our scope of ministry is ONLY the hearts, minds, and church life of the body of Christ, not projects. If you expect to invite us and thereby have your projects funded, know that this will not happen.
◆ Please only invite us if you truly want what we are offering.
In this we will have rich fellowship together without disappointment or misunderstanding. It is important to us that we are clear in our understanding and expectations of each other. We do not want to keep disappointing you if you continue to ask us for money for various needs and projects. We do however stand alongside all plans and projects in prayer.
◆ Please do ask us to pray in collaboration with your goals and visions. This we are glad to do.
And we ask for your prayers over us in this same way. The international ministry work at CCIM takes large sums of money and we appreciate your prayers for full funding over the work we are called to do. Let’s stand in prayer for each other.
“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.” Psalm 18:32-36
When Jesus Christ came to earth the Jews were under Roman rule. This rule over their lives was heavy-handed and in many cases without justice. The people were suffering. Not unlike many of our own lives today. The Jews therefore believed that when the Messiah came he would do away with the oppression from their land and lives. They thought he would fix all that was wrong in their worlds. But of course, Jesus did not do that. Instead, Jesus came with a different plan.
Instead of focussing on the external difficulties and problems Christ directed our attention to our internal heart difficulties. He addressed the problems within our own souls. But because of this difference in priorities from what the people wanted to what Christ brought, many of the people at that time missed out on Jesus. They couldn’t see what Jesus was offering due to their preoccupation with their own idea of a Savior; they simply wanted their lives fixed.
While we at CCIM are certainly not the Christ, we find ourselves running into a similar thinking as we travel and minister in various areas. Often it is assumed that we are bringing money to help with various projects and tangible needs within communities. We understand this assumption for it has been the way of many missions organizations over the years to, for instance, build buildings and feed orphans and clothe widows. And while there is nothing wrong with this kind of work it is not the work we are called to.
Rather, Capturing Courage International Ministries is called to spiritual transformations, heart healing, church renewal, and leadership development. CCIM is focussed on the internal state of our hearts before God. We therefore sometimes feel like Christ might have felt when the people kept expecting him to fix their lives when in actuality he had something much bigger in mind. We at CCIM believe that God’s priority is not about fixing our lives, rather God’s priority is about entering into our lives with us, growing us stronger in the face of difficulty, and developing us into people of integrity, character, and holiness.
This is the particular work of Capturing Courage International Ministries. We come alongside encouraging and equipping, growing and developing your inner core as a person, a leadership team, and a congregation. If this is something that would be of value to you then let’s continue in relationship and communication and the Lord will indeed meet us mightily as we wait on him together.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11