". . . Go and make disciples of all the nations . . ." Matthew 28:19
Since its beginnings, Central Bible Church has a long history of involvement in world missions in response to the LORD's command. In the early years our fellowship sent out a number of our own young people to the mission field. First among them were Ellie Munter to Liberia, then Jim Wright to India and Anna Lou Oursland to Nigeria.
On a regular basis, a number of women meet together to support our missionaries in prayer. Circle II and Maranatha are two women's prayer groups who work to gather prayer requests from our missionaries and then gather together to bring those needs before the throne of grace. The Rafiki Group (Friends of Africa) does the same with a specific emphasis on those missionaries serving in African nations. You can learn more about these groups here.
The Missions Committee works to keep these needs before the larger church body as well. Their efforts are highlighted by a Missions Conference every 18 months where we bring in speakers to speak on missions, give reports of our missionaries' efforts locally and globally, and provide opportunities for fellowship with visiting missionaries.
Over the years, at least a dozen of our own young people have answered the call to serve full time in local and world missions. You can learn about a few of them on the Our Missionaries page. Many others have served in short-term projects in Africa, Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific.
One of the highlights of our church year is sending a youth and adult team to Mexicali, Mexico area. Each year around Easter, a team travels south of the border to serve the Body of Christ by doing a VBS for local children and working on the church building of a local church there. The trip is a wonderful chance to serve the church internationally and for our own students get a small taste of international missions. It's the privilege of the greater part of our local church body to support this group prayerfully, financially, and in encouragement.
It is our goal to have each person in our congregation be involved in world missions. Those who give through a “Faith Promise” for missions and/or designate “MISSIONS” in their giving, have a part in the work of over 25 different missionaries at present. Our giving for these missionaries amounts to about 25% of the annual church budget. In addition, people here give to support numerous short-term missionaries, mission teams and projects each year.