General CBF / Internationals Ministries / Justice and Peacemaking Ministries / Missions

Being Missional or Doing Missional?

It was a different kind of mission trip. We hosted a group of 25 college students and their leaders for a week here in Houston, TX. No houses were built. No vacation Bible schools took place. No sports camps with inner city youth filled city parks. Those are all valid ways to engage.  This experience … Continue reading

General CBF

From Talk to Action

The following thoughts are posted from Terry Hamrick, coordinator for Visioning in the Missional Congregations initiative area. The missional conversation has been going on intensely for fifteen years at CBF. We have been challenged and cajoled to embrace what’s next. We, like all institutions, have discovered that such transition is much easier to talk about … Continue reading

General CBF / Internationals Ministries / Justice and Peacemaking Ministries / Missions / Resources

CBF Field Personnel and Partners Address Human Trafficking

While visiting with some young friends from Iran, I mentioned the American custom of recognizing mother’s on a particular day in May. The young woman told me that though the government in Iran sets a day to recognize mothers according to the Islamic calendar, she prefers to celebrate on March 8th, International Women’s Day. I … Continue reading

Internationals Ministries / Justice and Peacemaking Ministries / Missions

God’s Gift

Sue and I began LUCHA Ministries in 2004 with United Methodist colleagues Victor and Heather Gomez to address social, spiritual, family and community-development needs we observed in the Latino community in the greater Fredericksburg, Virginia area.  In partnership with area agencies, churches and others, we’ve offered ministries of transportation, translation, food, spiritual outreach, summer youth activities, … Continue reading

General CBF / Internationals Ministries / Missions / Poverty & Transformation Ministries

What is in your hand?

This past Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the banquet for Health Outreach to the Middle East. I was humbled and challenged. It was one of those situations as described in the song, “a missionary came to your church and his pictures made you cry.” I think my missionary journey has given me some … Continue reading

Church Starting and Faith Sharing Ministries / General CBF / Internationals Ministries / Missions

Hijab is not for me, but it is for her.

We have ministered among Muslim peoples for twenty-five years.  Upon arriving in Texas we set about to learn the context of Islam here. Make no mistake, the way we practice faith, whether Christianity or Islam, is affected by cultural context. So we set out to visit area mosques and visit places frequented by Muslims. For … Continue reading