Below is a story from 2007 CUDS alumnus, Mark Williams. We are proud of our alumni!


The Journey from Buies Creek to Emmaus

By Mark Williams


In the spring of 2011, Sara and I ventured to South Africa to work alongside a ministry called the ARISE Ministry Group ARISE serves the disadvantaged in South Africa by meeting their physical, mental, and spiritual needs. We were asked to help with the training of pastors and help the widows and families with orphans that have been affected by AIDS. The ARISE ministry currently supports a preschool in a community called Emmaus. They meet in a church planted by a pastor educated by the ARISE ministry group. As self-funded CBF field personnel, we came alongside this ministry and community to help them fulfill the calling that God has placed on their hearts. During seminary, God placed on my heart the passion to bring a part of the seminary to Christian leaders that could not afford it. At first, I wrote that dream off because I couldn’t see how that would be relevant in my circumstance, so I placed that dream on the shelf and served as a resident missionary to the John Deere factory in Fuquay-Varina. However, God was patient and eventually matched my passion with the need of a South African ministry. My wife, Sara, is a social worker and has a passion for working with children. Now she uses her passion to work with those who are neglected and devastated by HIV/AIDS. Together, with our son Elijah, we encourage the church in Emmaus to meet the needs within the community. It is such an honor to serve our God and his people in Africa. God has been faithful to us despite the obstacles that we faced during our journey from Buies Creek to Emmaus. So no matter where the road has taken you since you journeyed from ‘the Creek’, be aware of the risen Christ walking with you.






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