Calvary Chapel Idaho Falls (CCIF) stages theatrical performances each Easter commemorating Jesus’ death and resurrection. Last year’s Resurrection Day drama depicted believers, including the young woman on the left, sharing their hope in Christ with non-Christians. The state of Idaho has the second-highest percentage of Mormons in the U.S. Photo by Chris Balmer
Hope That Does Not Disappoint—Pointing to Christ in Idaho Falls, ID
Story by Debra Smith
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9
As the Gardners exited CC Idaho Falls (CCIF) after a service in 2010, 5-year-old Isabel turned to her mother, Hilary. “I love coming to church here, Mom,” Isabel stated. “Every time, I learn about Jesus.”
The words hit Hilary hard. She had grown up Mormon and was deeply committed to her Mormon extended family. Yet for months, a battle had been raging inside her. Her husband Grant had begun questioning Mormon teaching, and Hilary didn’t know what to believe. They were attending both CCIF and Mormon services. “Do you like our other church, too?” Hilary asked.
“It’s okay,” Isabel replied. “But there, we learn about a bunch of other guys. Here, it’s all about Jesus.”
CCIF was planted in the city of 50,000 in 1993 by Rick and Tammy Brown. Pastor Rick stated, “The church contains two extremes: former Mormons who’ve typically lived upright-looking lives, and broken people emerging from addictions. The Spirit of God working through the Word of God transforms the people of God … people of all sorts.” He said the surrounding area is dotted with small-town farming communities, from which, “Every week, we ask God to bring us hurting people. People with no hope find hope in the Lord here.”
You can find the complete article in the Summer 2012 issue of Calvary Chapel Magazine. To subscribe click here.