GIVING HONOR WHERE HONOR IS DUE
To honor those who have been integral in fulfilling CBF’s vision to disciple NYC’s youth and disabled communities we have established awards based on Isaiah 61:1-6:
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. Strangers shall stand and tend your flocks; foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers; but you shall be called the priests of the Lord; they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God; you shall eat the wealth of the nations, and in their glory you shall boast."
OAK OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
In verse three of this passage, Isaiah proclaims that those who God has redeemed will be called ‘oaks of righteousness’ and will display the splendor of God in their life and works. The “Oak of Righteousness” Award is for those that have personified faithfulness in their endeavors with the ministry and have grown with us as we faced new challenges.
Faithfulness in Service
FAITHFULNESS IN SERVICE
In verse six of this passage, Isaiah talks about the 'ministers of our God'. The faithfulness in service award is for former staff who have tirelessly worked with us to continue the ministry in NYC.
Champion of Freedom
CHAMPION OF FREEDOM
In verse one of this passage, Isaiah talks about those that will 'proclaim liberty to the captives'. The Champion of Freedom award is to honor those who have partnered with the ministry to fulfill the desire of Christ to set the captives free through faith in God.
BEAUTY FOR ASHES
In verse three of this passage, Isaiah talks about giving 'them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes'. The Beauty for Ashes award is to honor those who have given resources in service to the forgotten fields. Helping campers receive beauty for ashes.
Beauty for Ashes
OIL OF GLADNESS
In verse three of this passage, Isaiah talks about the 'the oil of gladness instead of mourning'. The Oil of Gladness award is to honor those who have been an encouragement through their service and support of the ministry.
Oil of Gladness
RESTORING THE RUINS
In verse four of this passage, Isaiah talks about 'they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations'. The Restoring the Ruins award is for those who have physically volunteered to help through working in the city ministry or by offering aid to restore buildings and grounds on campus.
Proclamation of the Good News
PROCLAMATION OF THE GOOD NEWS
In verse two of this passage, Isaiah talks about the those who will 'proclaim the year of the Lord's favor'. The Proclamation of Good News award is for those who have been a testimony to God’s work through the ministry and to the forgotten fields. Those who are chosen are whom exhibit a missional heart.