"About 4 years ago, I experienced a traumatic event and suddenly found myself homeless. I had developed an addiction and ended up living in a tent for several months. But with everything I was going through, I still knew God loved me and had a greater plan for my life. I lived in a place that transient people referred to as Tent City. While I was living there, some amazing people turned that tent city into a tiny housing development for the homeless, called Quixote Village I lived in Quixote Village for 3 1/2 years, where I received the help and the resources I needed to get clean from my addiction. As part of my recovery, I started attending Celebrate Recovery and then became part of the Capital Christian family. I am involved in a small group and am in relationship people who help me grow in Christ. I have moved out of Quixote Village, have a great job and have moved into my new house that God gave me, where I host my own small group through the “A Place to Belong” series. I continue to grow into the vessel that God created me to be. I soon realized that as I was grow- ing in God, through His word and in fellowship with other believers, I was also learning that He wanted me to serve others. So several months ago, I started volunteering at the PEACE Center. I go in every week to help with stocking and cleaning, as well as managing our inventory in the Food Pantry. It feels amazing to be part of a team and in a position to serve others because of what God has done in my life. Because I have learned to obey God’s word, I can hear him speak to me, and I just want to do what he needs me to do. My life and my transformation are such a testimony to what God can do when you completely surrender your life to Him. I have gone from being a homeless, hopeless addict, to hosting a small group in my own home and serving others at the PEACE Center!"
“I came to the PEACE Center pretty skeptical. I didn’t know what they were going to say or how I would be treated. I was a little scared because I didn’t know what the PEACE CEnter was all about. A friend told me about it and invited me to come, so I did. When I came in everyone was so polite, courteous and attentive to my friend and I. We sat around, had co ee and cookies while we got acquainted. I was happy to meet some new people and nd out more about the PEACE Center. The people there helped me get groceries and listened to me. When we were ready to go, they prayed for me and invited me to church. I had been wanting to come back to church for awhile, but no one had invited me. When I got to Capital Christian everyone was very kind and loving toward me. My rst day I attended Meet the Pastors, went straight through the Discipleship Track and completed Intro to PEACE. I was excited to learn everything I could and start serving others. I now attend church every weekend and have renewed my relationship with God. Being a veteran, I was carrying a lot of anger and I really just needed someone to talk to. I attend Celebrate Recovery on Tues- days and Men’s 33 Series on Mondays. I have learned that I am not alone, and there are others who have gone through the same things I have. I’m now volunteering each week at the PEACE Center, where I have become part of the family. Also, I am going back to school studying for my Commercial Driver's License, so that I can go back to work part time!”
ADAM'S PEACE CENTER STORY
“I have been attending Capital Christian for awhile now. A few months ago, I visited the PEACE Center because I was in the midst of a trauma in my life. My daughter’s father left us and moved out of the country which left me with no way to take care of my child. We had no means of paying our rent or buying groceries. When I came to the PEACE Center, I was nervous and a little embarrassed to have to ask strangers for help. The people at the PEACE Center started by praying for me, asking God for a miracle. They wanted to make sure I knew I was not alone. I owed a lot of rent and was about to be evicted. They started reaching out to other agencies on my behalf. Some generous people in the church heard about my situation and pitched in to help as well. Little by little the money started coming in. The volunteers at the PEACE Center kept encouraging me and believing with me for my miracle. They also helped me with food. In the meantime, I got a full-time job so that I could take care of us in the future. On the day I was to be evicted, the last bit of money came in! I was able to pay my rent and now I have a job that provides enough for us to get by. I am so thankful for the partnership with my friends at the PEACE Center. I know that they genuinely love me and want God’s best for me.”
RUTH'S PEACE CENTER STORY
"At opening this morning we had four families come in, all at the same time. We were able to get them all through the process very quickly; I love the system we have! A man and a woman, who happened to be neighbors, rode in together. We gave him info on Grief Share because he lost his fiancee recently and her on the different services available, prayed with them and they went out the door.
The woman came back about two minutes later and asked if there was anyone at the church she could talk to. I said absolutely and asked her if there was anything specific that she was looking for. She told me that she was planning to kill herself and that she'd like to speak with someone about it.
I am thankful for the Mental Health First Aid Class because it was good training for this situation. We went to the other room for some privacy. I asked her very direct questions about her plans and got her story. We probably talked for about an hour. There were many tears- some of mine as well! She talked about losing hope. We went over so many things, including how loneliness and hopelessness isn't God's plan for her life and how the enemy tricks us into believing that God has left us behind. We went over some Bible verses and one she is holding on to is Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." We even highlighted it in the Bible she took home because she really connected with it. A lot of our time together was just talking about things and me telling her that she was loved - not only by me and all of us here, but by Jesus and He will never give up on her. Also, we just happened to have Courtney Hickman's sermon on Hope, from the series we did at the beginning of the year, playing while she was here so we were able to talk about some of what he was saying.
I would have felt more comfortable if she would have gone inpatient today but we talked a lot about why that wasn't an option for her. I truly believe that if I would have called on her it would have broken the trust we just started to build.
We connected her with National Alliance on Mental Illness; they have a support group she is going to try out. I asked her to give me until Tuesday because she is struggling to stay clean and was very interested in Celebrate Recovery. The neighbor she rode with was getting a bit impatient to leave. I followed what I believe are the safe step guidelines: we made a specific plan with a firm timeline, I got her information to follow up with her and I directed her to several resources. I told her what time I was leaving and that she can come back anytime. She promised me she would give me until Tuesday so that we could get her to Celebrate Recovery. I let her know that she is not alone. She was worried about how she would get to Celebrate Recovery, but I told her that we would work together on a way there and that she wasn't going to have to do this alone.
She had taken a teddy bear when she first went shopping and she held it up to me and said, "I took this for myself because I need to know Jesus loves me, like it says on this foot". I told her that He does, more than any of us can even comprehend! I told her she came in today for a reason, to remember that she was now someone special to me and that I would be checking in with her this weekend. I also told her I would be there every service this weekend and that I would keep an eye out for her and I'd love for her to come visit us. I truly hope she does.
When she left I called Laura and told her I really needed her help to get this guest to Celebrate Recovery. Without hesitation Laura called the guest and offered for Mark and herself to give her a ride to Celebrate Recovery. I am always so blessed by Laura and her heart for those who need someone to come love them! Laura talked to her for awhile and affirmed her that she was loved and wanted, and that she had a community here who cares and can help."
My name is Aaron Maben, I’ve been coming to Capital Christian for about two and a half years and I wanted to share with you what Courageous Faith has been doing in my life.
About the time Courageous Faith started I was on deployment outside of the US. Luckily, I had a connection to back home where I could watch livestream and still communicate with my family. As Pastor Dave was wrapping up with Courageous Faith we had an opportunity to decide what we were going to commit to sew into Gods kingdom. My wife communicated a figure to me through text message. I thought about it, thinking it was reasonable, but I felt like we could do more. So, I sent her my figure back and she was like “Yes, that’s the figure I was thinking, I just know you tend to be reserved and a little more risk averse.” Together, we thought it was the best thing to do even if it put more strain on our budget.
At that same time, I came into my reenlistment window. I had to decide if I was going to re-obligate myself for another 3 to 6 years or transition out of the military back into civilian life. I was praying about it asking God which one should I do and God asked me a question back, “Which one takes more faith?” As I thought about it, I was thinking, “I have a steady paycheck, I have great benefits, I have healthcare for my family, and I get paid to jump out of planes and shoot guns.” Obviously, getting out of the military, something God called me to, required a lot more faith to do. I committed to God as I started on this faith journey to separate from the military.
As I started the journey my wife and I put our plan to paper. We were planning to return to our hometown while she and the children were going to go back first while I stayed in the area and everything just came together. It was exciting, but there was also that doubt, that anxiousness, that worry that creeps in. It became a time where you’re not sure if you did the right thing. But when I get those feelings I lookback and see that has God placed me with incredible friends from church to stay with and He provided for my family to buy our first house. Even though I’m still working on what I’m going to do when I separate from the military I know it’s in God’s hands and that I can trust Him.
One of my questions for God on my Courageous Faith journey was, “If you’re calling me out of the military, how am I still going to maintain this three-year Courageous Faith commitment we’ve made?” God is asking me to trust Him. It’s like what Pastor Dave always says, “It’s not my problem that I have to deal with. God, it’s your problem and I’m trusting you to find a way for this to come to fruition.”
So, as we leave our Capital Christian church family, I am excited to find another church family that I can belong to where I am going. I know that you don’t compare churches, but I do know Capital Christian has been a place that is very special. It’s going to be hard to replicate the people I’ve gotten to serve with on the media team, the friends I’m staying with now who have opened their home to me and how Pastor Dave applies God’s Word to everyday living. But, I’m not expecting to find an imitation of my experience at Capital Christian because every church is different. I will find a place that I can get planted, take the things I’ve learned here and help serve God wherever He calls me.
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“I recall a lot of what I learned in Pastor Dave’s Leadership Class almost daily in various situations. That tells me that I was able to retain a lot of the information! It was explained so clearly and really helped me grow how I was thinking. From the beginning of class I was terrified of doing my speech, but it turned out to be my favorite part about the class! I loved getting to know everyone and allowing others to know who I truly am. As I learned more about my biblical character, I also learned more about myself. God began to tell me who I am, and I finally listened. Overall, I discovered “I am called to lead the ‘whos’ of my life to their ‘whys’ through authentic relationship.” My revelation of God and myself has been drastically changed thanks to Pastor Dave’s Leadership Class!” – Joscelyn Burdick
“Pastor Dave’s Leadership Class helped develop me from a consumer into a contributor. I have learned that God has created me very specifically and through Pastor Dave’s Leadership Class I know how to activate what God has purposed me to do and contribute to something bigger than myself!” – Jessica Andersen
“I enjoyed attending Pastor Dave's Leadership Class with our group from the Kitsap Campus. The challenge of developing a philosophy of leadership that begins with understanding myself rather than simply studying principles of leadership has been both refreshing and personally stretching. I encourage anyone who wants to grow personally and as a leader to consider attending this class. If you do, your understanding of yourself, of others and of God will leap to a new level. You will be better prepared to understand the unique contribution God has for you to serve in His kingdom.” – David Greene
“Pastors Dave's Leadership Class left a large imprint on my life. The biggest question I would ask a potential student is “What are your values?” I would ask you that because at the end of the day if you don't understand or know your values, you will never begin to fully understand how much value you have!” – Kevin Davidson
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Last summer, my two children had the honor of participating in the Capital Arts and Music School Summer Program. My daughter, who was 14 at the time, wanted to focus on singing, worship leading and songwriting. My son, who was 11 at the time, wanted to focus on singing, worship leading and drumming. Both children didn’t have many expectations other than hanging out with their church friends and being able to sing every day. They love the movie “Camp Rock” with the Jonas Brothers. I think, in their minds, CAMS would be a lot like “Camp Rock”. At the end of the first day, CAMS far exceeded their expectations.
I walked in at the end of the first day fully expecting my kids to be exhausted and ready to come home. They have been to other summer programs and, by the end of the first day, are begging me to just stay at home all summer or come to work with me every day. Their experiences had, up until CAMS, been very unfulfilling. Much to my surprise, they didn’t want to leave CAMS at the end of the first day! They talked the entire ride home about their experience, the classes they were taking and the new friends they were making.
The excitement of the first day did not seem to wear off! Every day was a new adventure for my children. My daughter, Bariah, loved all of her classes but really fell in love with public speaking. She really came out of her shell during the summer and left with a new confidence in her anointing and calling. She has always loved to sing and worship lead. However, after CAMS, she now leads with confidence and even throws some of her wisdom and ministry in with her singing. Being part of CAMS allowed her to understand her calling and gifting in a new way and to walk confidently in ministry. She also formed bonds with the other members of her worship team which allows the team to minister in a much more effective and unified way.
My son, Elijah, was really looking forward to his singing and drum classes. He was surprised when he was assigned to a CAMS band! He loved practicing with his band, helping to arrange their sing and learning leadership through the band experience. Elijah’s band “director” really spent time helping Elijah learn how to lead effectively and confidently. The skills he learned have really helped him as he has transitioned into a middle school worship leader. We have really seen the leadership skills he learned in CAMS being used in his everyday communications. Elijah is a strong personality and loves to lead.
Both of my children experienced incredible growth while participating in CAMS. They went into CAMS feeling nervous and timid and left feeling confident and called. Their gifts were nurtured by our church family during their CAMS experience. There is no place I would rather have my children this summer than in the Capital Arts and Music School Summer Program. I know that my children will experience another summer of growth, learning and fun and look forward to seeing their gifts evolve. I would highly encourage anyone thinking about the program to invest into their children’s future! CAMS is an opportunity to sow a seed into your children’s future. Students, sign up! Be bold! You won’t regret your decision.
God first drove home this idea of faithful giving to me around the year 2000 when I decided to do what Malachi 3:10 (NIV) says and test Him on the tithe. That was the year I started faithfully tithing a full 10 percent of my income. I was given 3 raises within that year and I didn’t ask for any of them. I believe every raise came because of my tithing and not because of anything I did at work. I truly experienced how the remaining 90 percent (after the 10 percent tithe) is more than 100 percent.
God continued to bless me in all kinds of little ways that added up to me ultimately receiving more than the original 100 percent. I’ll never forget being tested when I was temporarily on unemployment and unsure how I was going to pay all my bills that month. As scary as it was I told God I was committed giving my tithe, no matter what, and I was going to trust Him to provide what I needed. Right after I tithed from my unemployment check I went into see my career counselor for one of my routine appointments. At the end of the appointment he asked, “By the way, could you use a couple gas cards and a ticket to the food bank this month?” which I had not received before. I was stunned. I knew that was from God and I was humbled and excited to see His faithfulness. Because of the gas cards and food bank ticket the money I did have went towards my bills; every bill got paid that month.
I had previously learned about the fishes and loaves story in the bible, so when Pastor Dave taught the same Kingdom principle during the Courageous Faith Campaign, I knew I had to sew a seed by making a financial commitment. My husband and I prayed about it and the Lord placed a dollar amount on each of our hearts, then we discussed it and agreed on our total amount. We then blessed our pledge, prayed to the Lord for what we are believing for and sowed the seed into Capital for the Courageous Faith Campaign. Six days later my employer told me they wanted to reclassify my job and that would include giving me a raise! I am now more convinced than ever that you cannot out give God!
I know it was God because I have worked in my current job for over 10 years and I have been assigned additional duties over the years but it was always without additional pay. Why did that change now? Through a necessary reorganization my employer reclassified my job. I was given additional responsibilities moving my pay scale up 13 steps. When my raise kicked in my pay increased by 5 percent! If I choose to stay in my job long enough to get to the top of my new pay scale, I will eventually be making an additional $20,000 per year.
There is a scripture that describes what is happening here: “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it.” –Proverbs 10:22 (NIV). Although it is tough at times taking on all my new duties, it is also exciting. God knew I was ready for some new challenges and as a result I will be growing as a person and receiving more money for it. This happened by obeying what the Lord asked of us. My husband and I were in agreement with our pledge and commitment amount and have already seen God bless us in numerous ways. Our vats are overflowing!
These few examples show the faithfulness of our God and I hope many people are inspired to step out and trust God. My husband and I remain in faith that what we have asked the Lord for through contributing to the Courageous Faith Campaign will come to pass. Whenever I have sought the Lord, I mean truly sought Him and done things His way, the Lord has never let me down. I know that part of sowing and reaping through God's Kingdom means that we have to be patient for the harvest. Just like sowing a seed into a garden there is a waiting period before you receive your harvest. So while we have not yet seen the full harvest of our Courageous Faith seed (which was a stretch for us), we have already seen increase begin to sprout. We remain patient and in faith that in due time our full harvest will arrive.
I am so excited to see what God is going to do in our lives and in the lives of all those who have faithfully given to the campaign, so that Capital Christian can ultimately touch even more souls for God’s Kingdom.
Hi, my name is Nancy and this is our Courageous Faith story.
We are a part of the Kitsap Campus and made a commitment to a campaign back in March of last year called Heart for the House. After prayerful consideration, God had indicated a dollar amount and we committed to a total faith offering which was beyond our means.
At the time, we had a rental house which we were renting out for $400 less than the mortgage payment we were making on it. It only made sense to sell it and we felt this was the time to put it on the market. The house sold in two days.
When we began the Courageous Faith Campaign we made the decision together to continue the commitment we made for Heart for the House last year. Continuing our commitment meant extending a two year commitment to four years. Now our total amount was to three times our original Heart for the House commitment. On January 1, 2017, we decided to start a budget to act in obedience and put everything in order for God. We started a lifestyle that I never would have chosen.
Late in February we received a letter from Hanford Operations and Engineering Pension Plans. Unbeknownst to Daniel he has a pension which is to be disbursed this coming June! Daniel worked at the Hanford Site from October 1981 until March 1990. The pension had categorized him as single. We got married July 17, 2010 so the pension now has to be re-calculated. The lump sum amount of the pension with Daniel categorized as single is $52,893.59. This is $1,893.59 dollars more than the total amount we pledged to Heart for the House and Courageous Faith.
In the Bible God says to test Him when it comes to the principle of tithing; Malachi 3:10 (NIV) says, “ 'Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,' says the LORD Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.' " We know that God is Jehovah-Jireh; He is our Provider. As we continue to step out in Courageous Faith He will meet our every need. We have seen God move once again as we stepped out in Courageous Faith!
I have seen the miracle of God restoring my broken family. Although I was a successful Soldier, I wasn’t a successful husband and father. As I put my faith in God, He restored my family, which was the biggest miracle. He also surrounded me with an incredible group of friends to my destiny who always encourage me in the Lord.
Nick was blessed with several scholarships to Saint Martin’s but in August of this year, he still owed roughly $7,000 to pay for his schooling. To some, it may not seem like a lot but at this point in his life Nick had no steady income and wanted to graduate college with no student debt.
This month Kim Phillips has been attending Capital Christian for three years. It wasn’t until last September of 2015 that she really started stepping out in faith...
Pastor Dave: Sometimes people confuse faith with feelings, it doesn’t sound like you were feeling great. You were feeling uncomfortable but you did something in obedience to God’s will.