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Feb232015

Karamoja—An Opportunity for the Gospel

Reception committee of Karamojong children with real bows and arrows used for hunting (Click to enlarge)After years of visiting Uganda and preaching in their churches, the Lord began stirring Andrew’s heart for more. Andrew asked one of his contacts there to take him to a place he’d never been, a place where the people had never heard of the Gospel. Soon he was flying into another world—the world of the Karamojong.

The first time Andrew visited Karamoja, he was not only astounded by the abject poverty of its people but frustrated with his inability to adequately share the Gospel with them. “How do you tell a people about the wonder of God’s goodness when they’ve never heard of Jesus? They don’t know what the crucifixion is, they’ve never heard of Israel or the Law, they know nothing outside of their village. I remember leaving that place thinking, God have we accomplished anything good here? Although half of them prayed to receive Christ, I don’t know if they knew what they were doing,” Andrew recalls.

Confiding in his friend and contact there, Andrew said, “Francis, you’ve got to help me. This is not making disciples.” But as promised, the Lord had gone before Andrew (Is. 45:2), preparing hearts, developing plans, and working out details. Francis replied, “God has already spoken to me. I’ve resigned from my church, and I’m ready to start traveling throughout Uganda with Discipleship Evangelism. If you want, I’ll come to Karamoja too.”

Mark Rowe preaching with the Jesus film (Click to enlarge)Partnering with Andrew Wommack Ministries in Uganda, Pastor Francis Tumusiime began traveling to remote villages around Karamoja with the Jesus movie and Discipleship Evangelism tools. The movie gave his audiences a reference point for the Gospel, while Discipleship Evangelism gives them step-by-step instruction in the Word. To date, thousands of people are being discipled all over Karamoja. Even though most cannot read or write, Francis and his team don’t allow that to stop the spread of hope and truth—they share the Gospel in the oral tradition of the Old Testament. With this kind of growth, in two years 1.2 million people will have been discipled!

“Forty-three years ago, the Lord spoke to my heart to start making disciples. That’s why I became a teacher. Second Timothy became my mantra—”

Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. [2] And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

2 Timothy 2:1-2

A typical Karamojong village (Click to enlarge)“Now we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reach a basically unreached people with the Gospel,” Andrew shares. “But not only are we preaching the Gospel in a way these people can understand; we are teaching their churches how to prosper and care for the people. We are bringing aid and resources they would otherwise never receive. We’re providing water filters and medicines, developing plans to drill wells, working to introduce them to aquaponics or other sustainable farming techniques, as well as teaching them simple business skills and supplying them with micro loans.”

Mark Rowe shaking hands with Pastor Moses at one of the intended project sites for well drilling (Click to enlarge)Mark Rowe, our director of International Operations said, “Watching what God is accomplishing in Karamoja is simply amazing. Because they are a communal people, we are able to go in and disciple an entire village at one time. We want to use that attitude to prosper the whole community so they can provide their own schools, their own hospitals, and their own businesses—all on the principles they are learning in the Word of God. Then we can take that model and translate it into any country in the world!”

This really is a wonderful opportunity to see multiple nations changed for the glory of God. Join us today!

Monday
Feb162015

This Just Happened – Phoenix GTS

Andrew preaching in Phoenix (Click to enlarge)This January, Andrew Wommack Ministries traded the ice-capped mountains of Colorado for the wide-open desert skies of Arizona, bringing with them the first Gospel Truth Seminar of the year. Phoenix is always a wonderful venue, and this year was no exception. We had new partnership pledges, Association of Related Ministries International (ARMI) sign-ups, and people getting teaching resources reached an outstanding level. Students from Colorado, Phoenix, and Ontario, California, came to serve as prayer ministers, ushers, and greeters, along with several partners and alumni who wanted to serve in the seminar. Every one of them came with the expectation of seeing people saved, baptized in the Holy Spirit, miraculously healed—and that’s exactly what they saw!

Prayer team (Click to enlarge)Before and after each session, a line of attendees stretched across the venue, eagerly waiting for the next available prayer minister. People’s lives were being changed all over the room. Many came in hopes of a physical or emotional healing and walked away renewed, set free, and humbled by the tremendous love of God.

Most of the people who came up for prayer were battling chronic pain from major accidents, previous surgery, or even arthritis. There were people dealing with excruciating pain from disc or other back and joint areas, especially in the arms, neck, and knees. One by one, people were walking away pain free, moving in ways of which they had once only dreamed! They were introduced to their Healer, and they walked away forever changed.

Lady whose leg grew out nearly three inches (Click to enlarge)There were five instances of legs growing out and hips and knees realigning. One lady, who had to wear a wedge in her shoe that gave her two and a half to three inches of height, was prayed for by two of our ministers. They watched in grateful amazement as her leg grew out nearly three inches and her knees completely lined up! Safe to say, no more wedge in her shoe!

Another lady was recovering from Limes Disease and could hardly walk. She was brought up to the front in a wheelchair. Can you guess where this is going? She left the conference pushing her own wheelchair out of the auditorium! This lady simply could not stop smiling as she basked in the love and presence of her God.

Prayer minister (Click to enlarge)The stories go on and on. A man with a twisted arm caused from a birth defect was prayed for, and his arm completely straightened out. He left with no pain. However, our prayer ministers didn’t stop at the attendees. One of the employees at the Biltmore was suffering from a major backache; that is, until two of our ministers prayed for her in their room. The employee left with no pain and full movement in her back! Okay, I think God was just showing off now.

Andrew preaching (Click to enlarge)By the end of the weekend, nine people prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior and eighty-six more prayed to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. People’s lives were touched, their bodies were healed, and their relationship with God would never be the same. It’s through the friends and partners of Andrew Wommack Ministries that we can bring these Gospel Truth Seminars to multiple cities across the United States and the world.

Check out our website to see when we’re bringing one to you!

Monday
Feb092015

Summer Family Bible Conference

Kids at the conference (Click to enlarge)The Summer Family Bible Conference is an annual event where God speaks a “now” message and the worship lifts hearts. Approximately 1,100 attended last year, determined to draw closer to the Lord and to respond to His leading for the future. They nodded in agreement when Andrew preached about success—that only what God calls you to do will have lasting value—and they were encouraged by a variety of Charis Bible College teachers who reminded them that believers possess the life of God in the here and now. A special session of Healing School brought freedom to many bound by disease, and on the Fourth of July, all were blessed with a surprise treat: an award-winning drummer, dressed in Revolutionary garb, playing the classic sounds of freedom.

Youth learning about God (Click to enlarge)The teens gathered in a big tent, led by John and Abi Elshaw (directors of Charis Toronto). Abi says, “Kids were healed and experienced His presence. It was encouraging how many of them were walking in the understanding that God loves them and sees them as perfect, regardless of what they do. They prayed for each other with authority and praised God with passion. The theme was ‘This Is Who We Are!’—created in the image of God, unique, and free to be who He made us. We’ve heard negatives about ‘the youth of today,’ but the truth is, there are families who are training their children in the way they should go, passing down the knowledge of God’s grace and mercy, and raising a generation who want to be like Jesus!

“And we had fun! We shot each other with marshmallow guns (even Andrew got shot at with marshmallows!) and built friendships over pizza and pop. Our socks were totally blessed off!”

Worship service for the kids (Click to enlarge)The younger kids had their own tent, too, led by third-year interns Josh McFall and Derek Dickerson. Josh says, “When I was asked to help with the kids, I thought, I don’t know if I can do this, but the most outstanding thing of my life happened there. I was teaching about the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and I asked the kids if they wanted to hear my secret language that the Enemy can’t decipher. Of course they hollered ‘YES!’—so, I prayed out loud in tongues. Then the Lord brought to mind the scripture that says if you speak publicly in tongues, it must have interpretation. I was put on the spot. I asked the kids if anyone understood what I said. Not a peep out of any of them. I was stuck for a minute, but the Holy Spirit rose up in my heart and it was so crazy strong, I had to jump. I shouted about how God our Father loves His children. It was the most overwhelming moment I have ever had. If you were there, you would know what I mean. It was life changing, all in a flash.”

Andrew preaching (Click to enlarge)If you weren’t at the Summer Family Bible Conference last year, pray about coming this year. It’s refreshing to be in the gorgeous Colorado mountains, meet believers from all around the globe, watch the kids bouncing in carnival tents, and sample a delicious variety of food. But most importantly, it’s refreshing to receive the Word of God. So, make plans to come join us June 29-July 3, 2015. We look forward to seeing you there!