Charis Bible College Hong Kong recently celebrated graduating its first class of students! After years of preparation, the dream birthed in Andrew’s and Jamie’s hearts in 2010 is finally becoming a reality.
During the fall of 2010, Andrew and Jamie Wommack ministered overseas in Europe and throughout China, meeting with hundreds of pastors and encouraging them in the Word. At one such meeting, Andrew met a man who, for ten years, had been imprisoned and tortured for his faith. This selfless man now oversees 200,000 underground churches across four provinces in mainland China. It is estimated that those churches minister to more than 10 million dedicated Christians who are hungry for the truths of the Word!
While in China, the need for leadership training there became very apparent to Andrew. Once he and Jamie returned to Colorado, Andrew shared his experiences with the students and staff at Charis and explained how he wanted to help minister to the needs of church leaders throughout China. The planting of an extension school in Hong Kong was set in motion.
After hearing Andrew, Carol Odenwald, who was on staff at Charis at that time, felt God move on her heart for China. In March of 2011, she flew to Hong Kong on a scouting trip to discover what it would take to set up a school there. Immediately, it became apparent that the only way to reach China was through Hong Kong. Although a part of the same country, the government of Hong Kong operates separately from mainland China. Historically, Hong Kong functioned under British rule, and today the atmosphere continues to be much more open to Western ideas and influence.
Early in 2012, Carol returned to China to learn Mandarin Chinese and be Andrew’s “boots on the ground” as World Outreach continued pushing through the paperwork to open a Charis Bible College in Hong Kong. After months of bureaucratic delays and red tape, Charis opened its doors in January of 2013!
After graduating Charis’s first group of Chinese students in June of this year, Carol Odenwald handed over the reins of Charis Hong Kong to a new director, Cindy Pearson. Cindy has felt the call to missions all of her life, but God placed a special love in her heart for the various people groups of China. Prior to graduating from Charis Colorado, she spent twelve years in China and Hong Kong, where she trained people to work with special-needs orphans.
As God continues to direct Carol and Cindy through the transition at Charis Hong Kong, it has become abundantly clear that He is uniquely positioning this school to fulfill His Word of “becoming the gateway” to reach one of the largest people groups on the planet with the unconditional love and grace of God!