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What the World Needs Now

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my personal take on the situation in iraq

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No not just for some but for everyone

In 1965, as a 9-year-old in California who had just received his first guitar, the words to this song by Jackie DeShannon were very familiar to me. I loved the tune and I loved to play and sing it, but at age 9, I didn’t fully understand what it meant.

The Bible tells us that the world will know we are Christians by our LOVE for one another: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). I now know what that means, and I try to exemplify it in my life. I fall short of being loving at all times, but it’s always a goal.

So what about the current situation in Iraq? What does this idea of love have to do with anything? Well, I’ve just returned from Kurdistan and Iraq where I was ministering and doing my best to show God’s love to a people who have known war and terror for so many years. I was also there several years ago when ISIS reigned and terrorized the people by killing and destroying entire cities.

Central has taken teams to Iraq for the past 10 years to share the love of God in the midst of destruction and hatred. We have loved the refugees in the camps by sharing with them and by breaking bread in their homes—usually a tent or simple “caravan” (mobile home).

We have brought aid, food, medical supplies and Bibles. We have helped our missionary, Jamal, open a training center to teach refugees skills such as sewing, computer, electrical, hair cutting and styling, music, and many other skills. The students, young and old, leave with the tools they need to utilize their newly learned skills.

We have visited the military and encouraged them as they fought on the front lines against Daesh (ISIS) and other militant groups. We took them food, blankets, and other aid. And always the Word of God, which they received willingly and happily. They thanked us over and over for coming to see them and caring enough to share time and aid with them. They have said over and over how they feel the love of the Americans who come and share with them.

We met with widows who shared story after story of how their sons and husbands died at the hands of ISIS, often by being bombed or shot in their own homes. One lady shared about how ISIS had tortured her son and then sent her photos that would torture her for the rest of her life. It’s hard to know what to say to a mother who has suffered like this. So, we love. What the world needs now is love, and Jesus is love! Our ultimate goal is to bring Jesus to a hurting country and to hurting lives. I don’t care who took the first shot, dropped the first bomb…innocent men, women, and children are paying the price. We are called to love them in many ways: emotionally, spiritually, and tangibly.

I don’t know if the people of Iraq and Iran will ever live in peace, but I do know that many more now know the Prince of Peace because of the faithfulness of our missionaries and the team members who have gone to share His love. I pray that God continues to move in their lives and that one day, they will live in a more peaceful world. In the meantime, we obey and go where God calls us to go!

Thank you Central for your love, your care, and support of our Mission team who do their best to be good stewards of the gifts with which we have been entrusted. We are always looking for ways to bring God’s love to a hurting world.

What the world needs now is Jesus! What we need to do is show the world His love—in St. Louis, in Iraq, and around the world!

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13:34

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

If you would like to learn more about Central’s Mission work in Iraq and around the world, contact Pastor Randy Mayfield ( or 314-727-2777), or click on the button below.

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Posted by Randy Mayfield

Mission Update from France

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It was a joy to travel with a music and outreach team from Central on a ten day tour of France (July 8-18) sharing the Gospel in the streets, in churches, cafes and wherever the opportunity arose. We ministered to people in hotels, in the parks and town squares and we had a packed house for an outreach concert in Toulouse. 

It was providential to be in France as the terror attack took place in Nice as many people were open to talk and to hear of God’s grace and peace. One of the songs that we sang each night was “Peace Train” by Cat Stevens followed by “Amazing Grace.” Many in the audiences were not followers of Jesus. We know of at least one man who gave his life to Christ on the streets of Toulouse! One of the church members spoke with him for more than 2 hours and led him to Christ.

In Paris, we visited and encouraged the “World Team” missionaries, many who have been serving in a very difficult area for more than 25 years.  They are seeing small steps for the Gospel.  Suzy Grumelot, sister of Central member Tammy Holder, is a part of the leadership of World Team in Paris and we sang in her church. (Chapelle du Nesle) which we call the “Cave Church.”

We also ministered with church planters in an college town outside of Paris in a local Café. We shared music and the word to those both inside and outside of the café. One young man heard the music a mile away at a Burger King and came to the café! The young pastor, Manu, and his team were encouraged and we made great friends with some of the local vendors who loved the music, especially Johnny Cash!

In Toulouse, we partnered with a local Evangelical Christian church and our Central missionary, Malia Bridwell as we did some outreach events and open air concerts.  (A huge concert was planned in the town Capitole Square but it was cancelled due to the terrorist attack in Nice the night before in respect to those killed and as to not offend anyone with music following such an event.  We did however, do some acoustic outreach and it was well received. The next evening, the band also did a concert in a local church to a packed house.  There were many young people in attendance and the place was rocking with singing and dancing. Even the pastor joined in to the surprise of his congregation!

The next day we once again took to a local park to lead in music as the local church member shared with those who stopped to listen.  This is where one of the members led a man to Christ!

God moved, even in difficult situations.  He is glorified in all that we do to bless Him.  On our way home, we stopped in Nice and was the memorial sites where the 84 people were killed last week.  As we walked the streets, we prayed for the people of France and Nice.

 

Posted by Randy Mayfield

Ministering at Potosi Correctional Center

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On Saturday, June 6, a team of 17 men & women, consisting of 14 Central members and three guests, provided a concert and shared the Word at the Potosi Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, MO.  Potosi is a maximum security prison that houses the "death row" inmates and most of those men who are serving life sentences.
 
About 140 men came out to hear Randy Mayfield and the "All-Star Band" give an almost two hour concert that featured the music of Johnny Cash as well as some worship and praise music.  Central member Ted Winters also shared a strong word of faith with the guys and presented a clear Gospel message.  
 
It was a hot day but after a lot of prayers, God held back the rain that had been predicted earlier in the week and the concert went on and was well received by the inmates and the prison guards who were also present.  A special thanks to Central's missionary, Randy Gruber, who set up the concert and who oversees the Set Free and Emmaus ministries at Potosi and in other area prisons throughout Missouri.  
 
Randy and other Central members have been to Potosi over the years to minister and share in worship, but this was the largest event and the first outdoor concert.  We hope to do it again in the future.  Thanks to all of you who prayed for the day and continue to pray for the message and music to bear fruit in the lives of the guys living at Potosi Correctional Center.