What comes to your mind when someone mentions “Tweens and Teens”? Do words like “image bearers”, “potential”, “next generation of leaders” or “disciple making” come to your mind? Unconsciously, at times it is easy to focus on the challenges that come with the tween and teen years, and we can miss the gift it is to have these young people in our lives. For those leading the Calvary Students Ministry, the mention of tweens and teens stirs thoughts of a tremendous opportunity to invest in the lives of these precious image bearers of our Creator. Those who serve in Calvary Students see a generation that is worthy of their time and investment and have a passion to see these young people find their true joy in Jesus.
For the past two and a half years, Nathaniel Madonna has led Calvary Students. Calvary Students is in a time of transition as God has moved the Madonnas to Michigan, where Nathaniel will be serving as an Associate Pastor. Ben Taylor has stepped in and taken over the primary teaching role on Wednesday nights, with Pastor Dan Loggans and Pastor Matt Horine rotating to teachonce a month. Ben has served in Calvary’s youth ministry for 15 years and has a passion for pouring the truth of God’s Word into the young people of Calvary. Not having grown up in a church with a ministry for youth and not understanding the gospel until age 18, Ben desires to be to teens what he never had at such a critical season in his own life.
While fun and fellowship are always a part of the youth’s gatherings on Wednesdays, the primary focus is pointing these young people to the transforming message of the gospel. This is played out by a time of singing, teaching from the Word, guys and girls small group discussion times and prayer. Seeing students rooted deeply in scripture and understanding how the gospel is the foundation for all of life, is the heartthrob of Calvary Students leadership. Having just finished the book of Daniel, Ben is now taking the students through a study entitled “Connecting the Word of God to Life” which includes teaching on applying the Scripture to our family, community, and world. The next study will be on God’s design for marriage and family.
Those leading the students at Calvary are passionate about helping young people grow strong in their faith, but they don’t see themselves as the primary disciple makers of Calvary’s youth, but rather it is their goal to support parents as they lead their children towards Christ. It is also the desire of those who serve to see these students confident in sharing their faith, serving the Lord,and growing in leadership abilities. It is the goal to see students ministering on Wednesdays by leading the music, reading scripture, and leading in prayer.
When asked what the greatest need was in Calvary Students at this time, without hesitation both Dan Loggans and Ben Taylor replied “more people serving on Wednesdays!” Calvary Students currently sees about sixty 6th -12th graders attend their Wednesday gatherings, with only five to six volunteers helping lead this ministry. To better serve the youth, the leaders of Calvary Students are earnestly praying for another four to six volunteers with a passion for helping young people find their joy in Jesus. Ben Taylor says “you will be tired after an evening with these young people, but it is so worth it!”
Would you prayerfully consider if God would have you invest in the next generation? Volunteers are needed on Wednesday evenings from 6p-8p. For more information on working with the youth, contact Pastor Dan.
Prayer Points for Calvary Students:
  • That the young people of Calvary would have a willingness to hear the truth of scripture and have tender hearts to God’s working in their lives.


  • Calvary Students are seeing youth attend that are not from CCA or CBC. Pray that the ministry continues to reach more young people beyond the walls of Calvary.


  • Pray for parents as they disciple this next generation of young people at home each and every day.

What does it mean to do Bible translation in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa? A lot of our life is just doing the normal parts of life. Lindsay and the kids homeschool, while Jack drives to the office for work. The kids have been able to get involved in soccer and horseback riding which serve as opportunities for them to build relationships with other kids in the community.


Jack is a linguist here with our organization. His specialty directly impacts the finished Scripture, making it clear, accurate, and natural. But his day-to-day work can look a little different than people often think. So, we’d like to debunk a couple myths about what he does and about our life here.


Myth #1: Jack is fluent in all (or at least many) the 80 Ivorian languages.

Praise God, there are more and more nationals who are receiving the training necessary to translate their own Bibles! Jack will never be able to speak these languages as well as these translators, and he doesn’t have to. Jack’s role is to come alongside the translators and support them in any way he can. So, he provides training in grammar and narrative discourse to help them understand how their own languages work, which helps them to produce a Bible that can feel like it came from their own language and not just a stiff translation.


Myth #2: Jack is translating the Bible into one language.

Not really. In the past, Bible translation was done through “one couple, one language, one lifetime.” In this model, one couple would move to a remote area, learn and analyze the language, create an alphabet, translate the Bible, teach the community how to read, and then facilitate Scripture Engagement within the community. We are so thankful for the work of these devoted missionaries, and we stand on their shoulders in order to do what we do now. The way that Bible translation works these days is that we, as missionary expats, come in as the support necessary for the national translators to do their work. We offer trainings for the translators in grammar, storytelling, and orthography (alphabet). We help create resources like literacy guides and tools for teaching people how to read their own language. A consultant trained in Greek and Hebrew works with the team to check their work – this is the step that makes sure that the translation is accurate. Following this are various community checks and readings to make sure that the book is clear and natural in the target language.


Myth #3: Jack and Lindsay live in a hut.

The Lord has blessed us with a house that we rent from a Christian Ivorian family. This allows us to have our own space and also be able to host our friends from church and people that are visiting for work. But Abidjan is a city of 6 million people! The downtown area has skyscrapers,and the roads are packed with taxis and commuters. But why do we live in a big city instead of out in a village for the translation? With Jack’s role as a linguist, he has work in each of ourlanguage projects. So, the office is strategically located in the biggest city in the country with conference rooms, training areas, and apartments for the translators to stay in when they come to town for training or checking.


Myth #4: Bible Translation is just sitting behind a computer all day.

While this is a common place to find Jack, there are also so many aspects of the translation process that we get to be a part of! For example, when a language team reaches a milestone like finishing the gospels or finishing the New Testament, there is a big party out in the village! It’s called a Scripture Dedication Ceremony and it’s when the community is able to hold the Bibles in their hands for the first time. These are really special, and we’ve been able to be a part of these with our kids!


Feel free to check out our blog at to learn more and follow our family as we serve on behalf of you in Côte d’Ivoire.

There are many resources for Advent but we wanted to offer a few of our favorites to you. Look through this list and order one today to help you keep your eyes and heart focused on His coming during this busy season.



Here are 5 activities to try as a family this season:
  • Turn off the lights and read the Christmas story (Luke 1:1-2:38) by the light of the Christmas tree. Use characters from your nativity scene to act it out.
  • Make a holiday breakfast for dinner. Turn your pancakes into snowman with chocolate chip faces and bacon into scarves.
  • Leave bagged Christmas snacks and drinks at your doorstep for the delivery drives showing up all season. Make a festive sign to say “thank you!”
  • Have each family member choose a cookie cutter that represents something good God has done for them this year. Then, bake and decorate a batch of cutout cookies.
  • At bedtime, retell the story of each of your children’s birth or arrival in the family. Pray for families who are welcoming children in the midst of unusual or difficult circumstances right now.

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Advent Begins
Night of Worship
CCA Christmas Program
Calvary Kids Christmas Program
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service


Week of Prayer
Sunday Seminar hour Prayer Sundays in Jan)


Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Sunday Seminar Quarter 3 Begins
Second Quarter giving (up to 11.30)
Giving: $466,254.29
Budgeted: $530,629.00
Deficit: ($64,374.71)