Christ Church has been involved in Haiti for almost 5 years, pursing a vision to educate orphans in hopes of creating leaders who can transform Haiti. On this spring’s mission trip, our team drove past a church school that Christ Church built in 2013. At that time, 40-50 students were enrolled in the school at the church. Now, over 200 students are enrolled and two more classrooms have been added. On that same trip in 2013, I preached in a church with tarp walls (pictured below). This year, Pastor Mike Morgan from Marion preached to the same congregation. As you can see (pictured below), their facility has improved! We even built a building next door to accommodate the ever-growing number of children in the congregation.

When the team returned, Ryan preached a sermon in which he challenged us to focus on lives on the process more than the outcome. God’s timing hasn’t been what I expected. The outcomes of our involvement in Haiti are not what I expected. They’re better. More kids are hearing about Christ and receiving an education than I ever imagined. The process is taking us where we need to go and, once I let my timeline die, God could raise up HIS better outcomes. This kind of death and resurrection shows me what Easter is all about. Thank you for your faithfulness. Pastor Mike

Christ Church is my Family

Charla Gordon // Parishioner // DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS

Sharing my thoughts about Christ Church is like sharing about my personal family.  But, when I think about it, Christ Church is really part of my family. Where do I start?  

My husband, Cliff, our two sons, and I first came to Christ Church in 1983, a short time after we had moved to Davenport from Colorado. I had been praying for God to lead us to the right church and God faithfully did that. Christ Church was the friendliest of the churches we visited and it was that friendliness and guidance from God that brought us to here. We joined in the spring of 1984, so I now celebrate 30 years as a member!

Christ Church has been a good place for me to grow in my relationship with Jesus, who makes all the difference in my life. I am reminded of the line from the song “Amazing Grace”:  “Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come...” It is the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ who holds  on to me and brings me through each trial I have faced. One of the main ways God has strengthened and comforted me in my trials is through my family, the Christ Church congregation, specifically the members of my Christ Church small group. They are Jesus with “skin on”!  And they are truly a part of my family. I praise and thank God for leading me to Christ Church!