Twice each year, Calvary gives special emphasis to the global vision and outreach that our church has had since its inception. Our Spring Missions Celebration theme meditates on our calling to always be "Sending Hope to the World." During our missions celebration, missionaries from all over the world join us and are featured guests at several activities throughout the week.
Missions is the process of partnering with people (missionaries and ministries) to take the message of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.
Missionaries (and their families) dedicate their lives to learning a language, understanding culture and building relationships with the people they’re trying to reach. Missionaries are dependent upon funds for their living expenses and ministry needs.
We (churches and individuals) can support missionaries through ongoing missions pledges. Ongoing funding means that missionaries can stay on the field longer for sustained relationships, hope and success on the missions field.
Imagine the compounded impact of missionaries staying in their field and maintaining momentum and relationships for generations to come! Imagine if we, Calvary Church, could say “Yes!” to every missionary!
Thank you for helping us send hope to the world!
Sunday, Mar. 10
6 p.m. — Missions Small Groups (These groups meet in homes throughout the week as guests share food and enjoy time with a missionary. For times and locations, scroll down.)
Monday, Mar. 11
6/7 p.m. — Missions Small Groups
Wednesday, Mar. 13
7 p.m. — We’re uniting for one big missions rally! Worship will be followed by a missionary testimony and prayer for people called into missions. Students in grades 6–12 will also join adults for this powerful evening. Join us as we pray that God will move in nations and cultures through missions.
Friday, Mar. 15
6/7 p.m. — Mission Small Groups
Saturday, Mar. 16
8:30 a.m. — We’re featuring the work of Adult & Teen Challenge Illinois, a faith-based program that focuses on redemption and healing of addiction. Adult & Teen Challenge is one of the 200 missionaries and ministries that we support, so don’t miss the chance to hear first-hand how God is using them to make an impact. The morning will include a hot breakfast, the Teen Challenge Choir, and a message by Paul Hinzman, director of the Illinois program. This is a great chance to hear the vision behind his important organization. Tickets are $5/person, free for kids 3 and under. Click here to purchase tickets.
5 p.m. — Saturday Worship Service will feature Pastor Cody and Reverend Randy Hurst.
Sunday, Mar. 17
9 & 11 a.m. — Our missions celebration will close with guest speaker Randy Hurst in all weekend services. Reverend Hurst is the advancement director for the Assemblies of God World Missions and always brings a powerful and inspiring word for us. (At Calvary Español, special guest, Andres Panasiuk. At Calvary West, guest missionaries, Terry and Ruthanne Hoggard. Missionaries will also speak in classes and groups.)
Randy Hurst — Guest Speaker
Randy Hurst: Randy is a Missionary Evangelist who serves as the Advancement Director for Assemblies of God World Missions. He also served as AGWM Communications Director from 1997 to 2016. He and his wife, Ruth, were resident missionaries in the Samoan Islands for four years, and prior to that, served throughout the Asia Pacific region, Latin America and Europe.
Paul and Debbie Hinzman
— Adult & Teen Challenge Illinois
Paul is the CEO of Adult & Teen Challenge Illinois. He has led the teams, leaders and center facilities across the state since 2014. His dream is for the organization to become the faith-based solution for Illinois’ drug epidemic. By partnering with local churches and businesses, he hopes to increase program expansion and facility development. Paul and Debbie reside in Illinois with their 3 children.
Charles and Kehinde Moodie
Charles and Kehinde are the Lead Pastors of Chicago City Life Center. They left New York in July of 2012 to minister in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Englewood is known for its violence, drugs and deep urban poverty. Their church’s motto is, "Changing Our City One Life at a Time." The couple lives in Englewood with their two sons, Joshua and Josiah.
Terry and Ruthanne Hoggard
Terry and Ruthanne have served as European missionaries since 1984. They have provided pastoral leadership for international churches in Italy, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden. Through the years, the couple has focused on leading the global international team for Convoy of Hope, engaging in international church development and pursuing networking opportunities.
Todd and Shawndra Lucas —
Todd and Shawndra are Directors for Chicago Chi Alpha, an outreach to students on secular college campuses including UIC, Loyola, Northwestern and Columbia College. Their mission is to build a citywide community of disciple-makers. They oversee small group discipleship, leadership training, and on-campus evangelism. The couple resides in Chicago with their sons, Ethan and Cameron.
David and Chastidy Parks —
David and Chastidy have served as AGWM church planting missionaries in Azerbaijan and England for the past 17 years. In 2013, they planted Life Church Bristol and have seen the church grown into a healthy vibrant community. They have three children, Hannah, Noah and Luke.
and Claudine Bakayisanga — Rwanda
Pastor Frank is a leader within the ministry "Come and See Rwanda" and is active with Evangelism and Missions. His wife Claudine, a genocide survivor, serves as a deacon and intercessor at the church. Pastor Frank and Claudine have four children.
Andres and Rochelle
Panasiuk — Florida
Dr. Andrés Panasiuk is a renowned international Hispanic Evangelical leader, conference speaker, president of Compass Latino and founder of The Institute for Financial Culture. He previously pastored for almost 10 years in one of the most violent neighborhoods of Chicago. He and his wife Rochelle live in Florida with their three children.
Join us Sunday, Monday and Friday evening as we meet in homes around the area and at the church for missions small groups! You will have the chance to speak directly with a missionary and hear about his/her experiences on the mission field. Groups begin at 6 or 7 p.m., so be sure to connect with your group's host before you attend. Feel free to bring some food to share!
Below is the full list of groups. Click on a map location to see more information about that group.
Calvary Church believes in the importance and power of missions. We take teams to other places of the world (and our own country) to tell people about God’s love, to lend a helping hand to areas in need and to encourage the missionaries, pastors and congregations who have been called there by God. Join one (or many!) of our missions trip opportunities, and discover how God can use you to love others.
My Church. My Family. My Mission.
October 24, 25 & 26
You have the opportunity to give specifically to one of our guest missionaries and their projects! Support raised for these projects will be sent directly to missionaries and/or with Calvary missions teams visiting the area in 2019. This is a great opportunity to see how your support can make a life-changing difference around the world.
Paul & Debbie Hinzman: Team Challenge Illinois
Charles & Kehinde Moodie: Chicago
Terry & Ruthanne Hoggard: Europe
Todd & Shawndra Lucas: Chicago
David & Chastidy Parks: Europe
Frank Murenzi & Claudine Bakayisanga: Rwanda
Andres & Rochelle Panasiuk: Florida
We also send project funds with each missions trip to ensure that lives can be changed by providing crucial resources to areas that most need it around the world. Join us in supporting the ongoing projects of the over 200 Missionaries that Calvary Church supports on a monthly basis!