Luke 4:18-19 is a clear mission for the CCA staff. Good News – the hope of the gospel – freedom – sight – favor with the Lord! What a joy to share this message with our students!
It is easy to ask them to turn away from violence, drugs, and gangs or to encourage them to get back into school and re-engage with plans for the future because we know that when they turn toward the Lord, their lives will become better than they could ever imagine. Yes, things may actually get more difficult. They may be less safe, more hungry, and experience more pain. But they will find peace, realize they are not alone and know the all-surpassing joy of knowing Christ and making Him known. Eternal, abundant life in Christ is beyond their wildest dreams!
Recently, I have come to understand that this is the exact same message we have to share with our volunteers, donors, and friends of CCA!
When we follow Christ for salvation, we are invited / commanded not only to believe, but to suffer for His sake. (Philippians 1:29) Christ invites us to risk losing everything – position, control, recognition, time, comfort, power, safety, self-sufficiency, appreciation, security, money, and even our lives in the greatest exchange imaginable: finding our complete satisfaction in Him alone. In this, we experience God’s goodness, faithfulness, providence, peace, healing, love, and joy. We learn that He is enough, and we have nothing to fear! (Matthew 10)
At CCA, we invite you to move away from your comfort zone and live out the overwhelming, neverending, reckless love of God. Following Christ’s example, we enjoy the all-surpassing joy of knowing Him and making Him known! (I John 4:7-21)