ADVANCE Mission Trip to San Diego, CA

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PLACE: San Diego, CA
DATES: July 17 – 24
WHO: Students currently in 10th – 12th grades
COST: $750
DUE DATES: Parent Meeting and CALI App due 2/7, first $100 deposit due 2/17, $300 deposit due 4/11, remaining $350 balance due 7/11)

“Our ADVANCE Mission Trip to San Diego, CA is an opportunity for you to use all of the skills, methods, and training that you have learned in CBSM, at BASIC, and all throughout your life to spread the glory of Christ to the uttermost parts of the earth (Acts 1:8).  This mission trip will give you opportunities to share Christ, to serve others, to learn more about church planting and missions, and to spiritually grow more in the gospel and transformational likeness of Jesus Christ Himself.”  To see the video promo and announcement slide, just click here…   Continue reading

San Diego, CA Mission Trip Day #4

Tuesday has totally been the best so far.  We got up, ate the so-s0 continental breakfast at the hotel, and got out by 9am again.  We went to another PowerPlant conference session on church planting and evangelism for students. 

We then went over to Sally’s for lunch.  We’ve grown to love this woman, and her food is just redonkulous!  Today she cooked us pork, mexican rice, beans, salsa, guacamole, and tortillas (flower and corn).  We were so ready for a siesta after our fiesta.

We then went over to the park at about noon to start setting up for our Olympic Events which was our method to building relationships and presenting the gospel to the children of San Diego.  Last year they had a high of 75 kids show up at the park to be a part of this event.  Today was the first day of the even this year, and we had over 150!  We broke the kids into 7 different teams (a kindergarten team – a 6th grade team).  The teams competed in individual sports today like the 100 yard dash, the tennis ball throw, the long jump, etc.  There were a couple small opportunities to share the gospel, but because of the extremely unchurched area, its very difficult to get into a full-gospel presentation when 95% of the city is completely unchurched (no knowledge of the gospel).  So we started small, capitalized on our opportunities, and shared little bits and pieces when we could.  We will expound more on the gospel as the days go by.  Their team then fed us, and we went back to our hotel for just a few minutes. 

We then drove our students out to Coronado Island which is an absolutely gorgeous drive passing over a huge bridge which gave us the ability to see the skyline of San Diego in the sunset (the drive out) and in the night (the drive back).  Our students went nuts over the beach.  They ran out of the car like little kids running up to grandma and grandpa’s house.  Some of them got in, some of them drew in the sand, and all of them enjoyed just hanging out and taking pictures together.  We then went to one of the little shops on the strip there, and everyone got some ice cream and hung out some more.  We then headed back to the hotel where we prayed together for about a half hour, and then we sent them to bed.

Pray for tomorrow as we seek to learn more about having a heart for church planting and evangelism at the PowerPlant Conference.

Pray for tomorrow as we get deeper in the gospel with the Cali kids.

Pray for tomorrow as we hit the beach again, but this time with one of the church plant’s youth ministries.  We want to be a blessing to them!

San Diego, CA Mission Trip Day #3

VisionSDWe had a super Monday.  We slept in a little, ate breakfast, and left the hotel at 9am.  We headed on over to Midway Baptist Church for the “Powerplant” conference for teenagers on church planting and evangelism.  I love that our students have this opportunity to hear about church planting since we hardly ever talk about it or hear about it.  My prayer is that God raises church planters out of our group, wives of church planters, individuals who will be willing to join a church plant someday and help them reach people for Christ.  I want them to have a hear for their city and see Christ glorified in their city.  We sat in two sessions taught by two church planting pastors in the San Diego area.

We then left and went to our lunch paradise.  A lady in the church plant we’re working for is feeding us all week.  She has this paradise-like backyard where we all just chill out and stuff our faces.  She had baked chicken, rice, and beans.  It was crazy delicious!   Continue reading

San Diego, CA Mission Trip Day #2

VisionSDWe had the honor on Sunday of leading the whole church service at the church plant we work with.  I was really thankful that we got that opportunity as its something very special to be able to lead worship and preaching in a Sunday morning worship service for an entire local church.  So our praise band and I left at about 8am to practice for the service this morning.  This is definitely a church that thrives on prepartion.  We got there and started practicing for the church service, then we went to their youth Sunday school, then prayed as a part of their prayer meeting, etc.  The service then started at 10:30am with our praise band rocking out some serious worship tunes towards Christ.  After about 3 songs, I got up and preached on what it means to be created in the image of God, how that image in us was affedcted by sin, and how we can be restored in the image of God specifically through Christ (Gen 1, Gen 3, Col 1, Col 3).   Continue reading

CBSM: California Mission Trip to San Diego


Go to: for our Vision San Diego, California Mission Trip video trailer

Parents and Students, I can’t even express how stoked I am about this trip!  I was totally excited about it before I left for San Diego last weekend to check it all out, but after having coming back…I’m 1,000 x’s more excited!  I wish we could move it up and just go in May, but obviously we can’t so I’ll just hold my horses till July. 

Students and their parents who are going on this trip should be receiving emails from Bart Fowler on this trip.  If you are not, definitely email him at or  You should already have your $200 deposit turned in by now, and please note that we’ll be having a CALI meeting on Wednesday, May 6th at 8pm (after the student worship service) in the student building.  Continue reading