Colombia 2017

Colombia 2017

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Elisa Tung

Cameron Zimmerman

Drew Kelley

David Laansma

Michelle Yin

Bertram Wong

Andy Matson

Tiffany Wong

Sarah Michelle Cruz

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¡Estamos Listos para Celebrar!

Our time in Colombia is already coming to a close. Our last week in country was a busy one! We played at several prisons, public schools and churches. We were able to go from classroom to classroom and play concerts for a lot of students back to back. Going through prison security was somewhat stressful, but as a leader I was very encouraged by the team’s great attitude and willingness to serve.

We’ve seen the faithfulness of God this week and we marvel at how we’ve seen the message of Jesus touch so many hearts. But more than that, our team has learned that there are probably many lives that were impacted that we may never know about. We have faith that God will continue to work in the people of Colombia long after we leave.

Every day we’ve spent here, we’ve fallen more and more in love with the culture and its people. Colombia has definitely found its way into each of our hearts. With only a few more days in country, we are preparing to share lots of stories with you. Though we are sad knowing our time in Colombia is coming to a close, we can’t wait to celebrate with you what God has done and is doing in Colombia! We’ll be back home soon!

 S   H   O   U   T   O   U   T   S  –  S   H   O   U   T   O   U   T   S  –  S   H   O   U   T   O   U   T   S  –  S   H   O   U   T   O   U   T   S
Bertram:

My time here in Colombia is coming to an end and I’ve enjoyed every day here. There are days that are more tiring than others, but God has given us all strength to push through. Can’t wait to tell you all the adventures we have been through!

Drew:

Colombia has been a wonderful experience! Sadly it is coming to an end. And though it may be sad to leave, I’m excited to be home and tell everyone all the amazing things God has been doing through us!

Andy:

As a look back on this time I’m Colombia there are so many things to reflect on. I am so thankful for all of the circumstances and people God has used to push me to abandon my preconceived notions and burst my self maintained bubble of indifference.

Tiffany:

I enjoyed every day I spent here in Colombia! So thankful to have seen God’s hand at work, and to have learned more about who He is and my identity as a child of God over the past three weeks! Absolutely can’t wait to share what God has taught and revealed to me with everyone!

Sarah Michelle:

This past week we played at prisons, schools, and a church– and each performance was incredibly transformative. I’ve been confirmed through people I’ve met of God’s calling in my life to the nations. Though I’m sad for this time to end, I’m ready to go home and see what God has in store for me next!

Michelle:

My favorite place to play at were the prisons. Its just amazing to be able to see how warm, caring, and loving the prisoners were. I’ve learned so much from them as well as the other Colombians we’ve encountered. I’m so glad to be able to be a blessing here for these few weeks but also been able to been extremely blessed by the YFC and other people here in Colombia.

Cameron:

Every day I’ve  spent here, I’ve fallen more and more in love with the culture and its people. Colombia has definitely found its way into our hearts.

David:
Colombia is a beautiful place and I keep appreciating more and more each day. The people are wonderful and always wanting to learn more about us just as much as we want to learn more about them. God continually reveals the work He is doing. Looking forward to telling you all about it!
Elisa:
Wow, what a great week to end off our time in Colombia. The relationships we’ve built, the friends we’ve made and the things we’ve experienced will be remembered for a really long time. God is good! I’m so excited to share more with you when I get home. See you all soon!


**Special thanks to Juventud Para Cristo Colombia for providing many of these photos! Check out Team Colombia’s Photo Gallery for more pictures from their tour.

**Team Colombia will return to CTI headquarters for a live Q&A session and Final Concert on July 14th. Mark your calendars to take part in these events in person or online at ctimusic.org/live!

**If you’re a musician and you’re interested in joining a CTI summer team, visit join.ctimusic.org.


Teams Honduras and Colombia will be back this week!

Teams Colombia and Honduras are just days away from returning home! For the last month, these two teams served YFC Colombia and Honduras in their efforts to share the Gospel with their countries. Pretty soon, the teams will be back in Minnesota, debriefing and preparing for their final concert. For now, though, they still have the opportunity to share the redemptive story of the Gospel in their host countries. This is their last chance to be bold, and give their all in serving the YFC staff in their region.

Please join with us in prayer that they would use these last few days overseas to be bold and intentional in sharing the Gospel! Additionally, pray for safe travels, and a smooth re-entry into the United States.

 

**Team Colombia and Team Honduras will return to CTI headquarters for a live Q&A session and Final Concert on July 14th. Mark your calendars to take part in these events in person or online at ctimusic.org/live!

**If you’re a musician and you’re interested in joining a CTI summer team, visit join.ctimusic.org.

 

 

Bogota: So Much To Love!

 

Hi everyone! Just like that, we’ve completed our second week in Colombia. We’ve played at a large variety of places, including quite a few parks, outside a mall, a rehab center, youth group and a church. Whether we’ve played for kids, the elderly, or recovering drug and alcohol addicts, our team has learned to share the Gospel with everyone we come in contact with, on and off stage. Our team continues to learn that the message of Jesus is relevant to all people, no matter how old they are, what their life experiences are and what language they speak. More than that, this message is just as applicable to us as it is to those we share with.

 

Let’s hear from the team:

 

What is one new thing you’ve learned about Colombia & what do you love about Colombia?

 

Michelle: I love the weather in Colombia. They don’t really have seasons here in Bogotá and there is no pollen in the air so it doesn’t trigger my pollen allergies. There are so many cool and different fruits that we’ve been blessed to try because this weather environment can sustain these unique foods. It’s not too hot or cold here so it is the perfect weather, plus it doesn’t really change. There are so many reasons to come live in Bogotá and I have been on the hunt for a place that I can live comfortably in without feeling uncomfortable due to my allergies. I am definitely coming back!

 

 

Andy: I have learned so much about Colombia I don’t even know where to start! A few days ago we played at a village that was at a very high elevation and I learned first hand how quickly I sunburn when the air is thin. One thing I love here is the food. I haven’t had a single meal that I have not enjoyed immensely.

 

Elisa: Colombian culture is something I’ve grown to love. The people in Colombia are so inclusive and they go out of their way to make sure everyone feels like they are valued. Their smiles, hugs, positive attitude and willingness to even attempt to communicate with us in English makes us feel so welcome and like we’re a part of their family!

 

What was your favorite venue and why?

 

Drew: Sunday we played at a small church. So far that was my favorite venue based on overall experience. It was really inspiring to see all the people and how they participated in singing and dancing. It’s amazing to see God working cross culturally.

 

Tiffany: My favorite venue that we played at was a drug and addictions rehabilitation center. Once we started playing, the room filled with energy and joy. It was so encouraging that our audience wanted to hear our music and gospel sharing. Everyone was jumping and dancing not because our team was, but because God placed that joy to respond in them. They really understand how God saved and rescued them, and set an amazing example of what it looks like to recognize our need for the gospel every day!

 

 

Bertram: My favorite venue was the first concert we did at the park. Even though different concerts had different experiences, the first concert is the start of it all. It was the first time we played for an audience who might not know the gospel. It was the first time I gave a verbal to someone who needs to hear it. It was the first we performed the Dare drama for an outside audience. The first will always have a special place in my heart.

 

What has God been teaching you?

 

Sarah Michelle: I have always prided myself in being able to easily communicate with kids and adults regardless of any differences from me. However, the language barrier has made getting to know others extremely difficult, often leaving me feeling sad and like I’m unable to leave an impact. But God is loving, gracious, and faithful and has shown me that the ability to display his love has no boundaries. A hug, smile, and attempt to have conversations through a translator or even just asking their name in Spanish has made others feel noticed and cared for. He has shown me that sometimes that is enough.

 

 

David: Throughout this trip, I have been learning many things through God. He has been teaching me to always be open to what He will be doing even if I feel like I am personally not accomplishing what I want. Even when I feel like I am not doing anything, God is always doing something.

 

Cameron: During this trip, God has really been teaching me a lot about being faithful in every situation. We have had so many different opportunities and it has been amazing to see how Christ has used interactions that may have seemed menial or discouraging in the moment for His glory.

 

We thank God for how He’s equipped us and given us countless opportunities to serve the people in Colombia in so many ways. Pray for us as we begin our final week in country. May God give us the strength, perseverance and unconditional love to serve and share the good news of Jesus boldly.

 

Elisa and Cameron

**Special thanks to Juventud Para Cristo Colombia for providing many of these photos! Check out Team Colombia’s Photo Gallery for more pictures from their tour.

**Team Colombia will return to CTI headquarters for a live Q&A session and Final Concert on July 14th. Mark your calendars to take part in these events in person or online at ctimusic.org/live!

**If you’re a musician and you’re interested in joining a CTI summer team, visit join.ctimusic.org.


Week One Shoutouts from Team Colombia

Hola!

It’s crazy to think that we’ve already been here for a week. We started out our time in Colombia with a tour of downtown Bogotá. Then, we also got a beautiful view of the city from the top of a mountain. The nature and landscape was not only a reminder of God’s power and majesty, but His providence and His faithfulness in bringing us here to do the work He has called us to do.

After playing at a Christian radio station and an outdoor concert at a park, we participated in YFC’s youth camp for the weekend in a town a few hours away. We had great time of fellowship and fun with our new Colombian friends. We were involved in dance lessons/parties and some very fun team games outside- lots of them which involved water and getting dirty!! Oh, and did we mention dancing? Lots and lots of it!

Building relationships with those around us is an important value to our friends in this culture. Getting involved with all the team activities and meals was a way to begin to connect with them and show them God’s love even before we played our concert for them.

Here are some thoughts from all of us!

 

Sarah Michelle

Bogotá is gorgeous. The city reminds me of Manila and the mountains remind me of Hong Kong; the Colombians have welcomed us with HUGE smiles, open arms and a love that transcends any language barrier. Back in March I had prayed that God would lead me to someone who would need to hear my story, and the other day, He did exactly that. I know that God has brought me here for a huge purpose. Thank you all who have supported and have been praying for me!


 

Tiffany
I love Colombia! So extremely thankful for the love and support I’ve received from the people I’ve met from our outdoor concert and the YFC camp! God has been teaching me how love needs no translation. God’s love extends way beyond any language or cultural barriers! No differences in nation or tongue can stop God from using His people to show others more of His love for them. Really looking forward to continue experiencing God and serving Him wherever He leads us during our time here in Bogotá! Thank you all who have been keeping me in prayer!

 

Andy
Hello fantastic people! Everything is going really well here in Bogotá, I am meeting droves of new and wonderful people, all of whom are extremely friendly and welcoming. Thank you for all the support in prayer, can’t wait to tell you stories in person!

 

Michelle
Definitely coming back to Bogotá , Colombia!

 

Bertram
Hey friends and family,
This past week has been a wild ride. My high school Spanish is slowly coming back to me, but it’s still pretty broken. Luckily the people are very gracious to my poor Spanish and help me out with their English. I’m getting more and more exposed to the Colombian culture each day and I’m even joining in on what they do, including dancing as some of you may not believe. I can’t wait to see what more God wants to reveal and what new place he may lead us.

 

David
Hello family and friends !
Colombia is awesome. It is consistently my favorite weather. Exactly like fall. Currently trying to test my Spanish skills from high school. Luckily everyone is forgiving. God is doing cool things here and I am excited to see what God will be doing in the next couple weeks.

 

Drew
Hello everyone! Colombia is awesome! I’ve learned that dancing is really fun. We went to a camp for a few days during the past week and i didn’t feel scared to express myself by dancing and jumping during worship because everyone was. And I also learned that i really like dancing. God has really taught me that language is not a barrier for us to share the gospel! I’m excited to see how God will use us in the weeks to come!

 

Cameron
Hey guys, Colombia is awesome. Having a blast here meeting and working with all the YFC staff. We had the opportunity to minister at the YFC camp this weekend and everyone was super encouraged through our experiences this past week.

 

Elisa
Hey friends and family,
People in Colombia are so friendly and welcoming. They love to dance! Even though dancing is not my strong suit, I still wanted my new friends teach me. I realized that though I may not be able to communicate with my words, I can connect with the people here through my actions. I’m loving it here and I’m excited to go home and show you the Spanish I’m learning 🙂

 

The team is excited to continue to do more ministry in the city and see how God will continue to use us to share His love with others! Please pray for us and with us for the people of Colombia.
-Elisa, Cameron, and Team Colombia

**Special thanks to Juventud Para Cristo Colombia for providing many of these photos! Check out Team Colombia’s Photo Gallery for more pictures from their tour.

**Team Colombia will return to CTI headquarters for a live Q&A session and Final Concert on July 14th. Mark your calendars to take part in these events in person or online at ctimusic.org/live!

**If you’re a musician and you’re interested in joining a CTI summer team, visit join.ctimusic.org.