Experiencing God with all Five Senses

I had the great opportunity to experience CSM Denver during the summers of 2012 and 2013 when I was interning at a church in Texas. I will never forget the way our mission trips with CSM were able to open our students' eyes to the humanity of the homeless--and to many other issues that the city faces.

I was 20 years old but I was still sharing in many of those eye-opening experiences with the high school students. To this day, those moments have had a positive and lasting impact on my life and my faith.

I graduated from college in 2014 and have been working in student ministry full-time ever since. My wife and I serve as the Youth Ministers at a church in Oklahoma City, and this past summer, we had the chance to take a group of students to Denver with CSM once again. What our group experienced was challenging in all the right ways. That trip with CSM gave us the push that we needed to start serving in our own city, year round.  

God is at work. He always has been and he always will be. He is calling His people to participate in the ongoing narrative of redemption and restoration. It’s amazing that 30 years ago, CSM was created as an obedient response to God’s call for participation. What’s even more amazing is the way CSM teaches others how to participate in what God is doing.

CSM helps groups to experience, with all five senses, the love that God has for those who are broken. Even six years later, I often recall moments from my first trip to Denver. Those experiences continue to shape my thoughts, and even the way I approach ministry.

Lastly, I want to express how thankful I am for the amazing people who have worked for CSM. They continue to have a far-reaching influence in the Kingdom of God.

Taylor Cockrell Youth Minister