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Monday
Sep012014

Going Far, Reaching Deep

Phase II, otherwise known as 'The Auditorium,' has begun at the Charis Colorado campus (Click to enlarge)Andrew Wommack Ministries has exploded since 2002 when the Lord spoke to Andrew to stop limiting Him with small thinking. In September of 2009, the ministry purchased 157 acres of pristine mountain property here in Woodland Park, Colorado. Phase I of our building project on the property is complete, and the new campus for Charis Bible College Colorado is in full operation.

What a blessing this has been, not only to the students who attend classes, but also to the thousands of people who come for conferences and ministry events. We are thankful to God for using us to help change the way people see God. Thank you to our partners and friends for joining us in the vision to make this happen.

Recently the Lord spoke to Andrew to reachPikes Peak Mountain towers over the construction of Phase II (Click to enlarge) as far and as deep with the Gospel as possible. The goal is to reach far through television, radio, conferences, the internet, and through printed material. Reaching deep is the goal of discipling men and women through the establishment and development of Charis Bible Colleges around the world.

And it’s time to grow again.

The Lord is sending more and more people to be trained and raised up as leaders at our Charis Bible College headquarters in Woodland Park. Our current campus is bursting at the seams, and that’s a good problem. It means God’s hand is on us. But in order to be good stewards of those He is entrusting to us, a larger facility is needed. That is what Phase II is all about. It is the building project for a new campus on our Woodland Park property. This new home for Charis Colorado, called The Auditorium, will be a 140,000-Andrew and Jamie Wommack give an update while the AWM staff outline the perimeter of the new building (Click to enlarge)plus-square-foot facility that will seat 3,000 students. We have already broken ground.

Phase II, a $35 million project, is underway, and The Auditorium is set to be completed in 2016. God’s best is that it be done debt free. We will reach this goal, but we need you to join us. With your help, we’ll be able to receive all those coming to us.

Romans 10:14-15 says,

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? [15] And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?

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God has made it clear that we are to go. Is He speaking to you about sending us? Become a partner with us, and watch how far and deep we can take the Gospel to the world!

For your convenience, you can partner with us by going online: www.awmi.net/partnership/usa/grace or by calling our Helpline: 719-635-1111. Also, we now have a Text2Give option: To give a $10 donation, simply text the word “Charis” to 80888. (The donation will automatically appear on your next phone bill.)

Watch this video for the latest progress on The Auditorium.


Monday
Aug252014

Trading Shame for Redemption

Ottilia with CBC Zimbabwe (Click to enlarge)“I was in darkness for thirty-six years. I knew all about God, yet I was lost.” Life circumstances had taken a toll on Ottilia Nyagura, and although she sought refuge in the comfort of her church, the religious nature of her denomination actually compounded her suffering.

Ottilia is a single mother of three children, and her cultural surroundings, in Zimbabwe as well as within the walls of her church, never let her forget it. She lived under the burdensome weight of shame, condemnation, and rejection by society—until she heard one of Andrew's teachings. “Listening to ‘No More Sin-Consciousness’ completely changed the way I perceived my relationship with God,” remarks Ottilia. “I know that Jesus Christ has already paid for my sins—past, present, and future—and that my righteousness is in Him. It’s a done deal. I don’t have to fall apart like a two-dollar suitcase.”

After having tasted the sweetness of theA time of fellowship (Click to enlarge) Word of God, Ottilia moved to Walsall in West Midlands, England, to attend Charis Bible College. “I heard a voice say, ‘Come and learn My Word. I have called you to be My servant.’ How could I do the Lord’s work when I did not know Him?” she says. Fulfilling the responsibility of being a parent, Ottilia attended her studies during the day, while working part time at night, sending money back to Zimbabwe for her mother and three children. It’s said that a mother’s work is never truly done. Ottilia knew just how true that was, even thousands of miles removed from her children.

However, Ottilia stayed the course to finish what God had told her to do. She went on to graduate from Charis West Midlands, complete her third-year apprenticeship, and was ordained into the ministry in October 2009. “Feeling as though the brook had dried up in England, I traveled to South Africa in January of 2010. I was inspired by the opening of a Charis there and had this zeal to start one in Zimbabwe. I was then connected with Keith Chigondo, a graduate from Charis St. Petersburg, Russia, who was already located in Zimbabwe. We discussed the visions we both had to start a school in our mother country. A few months later, we received the tremendous blessing of materials from Charis West Midlands and were able to watch our visions come true, as the planting of Charis Zimbabwe commenced.”

Ottilia being ordained into the ministry
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Life on the mission field isn’t always easy, but the goodness of God proved to be Ottilia’s strength when she didn’t have any strength of her own. “It was tough for me, leaving my children and mother for the sake of the Word, but the words spoken by Paul Flanagan at my ordination kept me going: ‘It is a great honor to be able to send a mighty woman of God to the frontlines, fully equipped, fully trained, and fully armed. She is a devastating weapon to the Enemy. Faithful. Faithful. Faithful.’ I knew that God had called me for this message to reach out in His goodness.”

Today Ottilia serves as the assistant director for Charis Zimbabwe, alongside Keith Chigondo, and is fulfilling the call of God on her life to be a missionary in her own country. You, too, can experience the surety of living in God’s perfect will for your life. Visit Charis Bible College online to find a school nearest you. God only knows the adventures awaiting those who take the first step.

Thursday
Aug212014

Meet Jessica: AWM's New Blog Writer

Jessica capturing the moments in the villages of central Russia (Click to enlarge)Brewing coffee, bright lanyards, and the sound of Bible pages turning—the new Charis Bible College (CBC) school year had officially begun. I was a third-year intern filled with optimism, opinions, and perhaps a little too much caffeine. As I prepared for classes, I did what any well-meaning intern would do when they’re a little unsure of the next step—I enrolled in the School of Ministry. Who could go wrong with that, right?

As the days turned into weeks, my uneasy conscience slowly started to distract my mind from the classes I was in. There was a restlessness in my heart that I felt like no one around me fully understood. The classes were thought provoking, and the instructors were intelligent and insightful; however, there was a still, small voice on the inside of me, saying, “I wonder what they’re doing in Media School right now.” Thankfully, it didn’t take long for me to realize this was indeed the Holy Spirit guiding me, through the desires of my heart, down the path He had in place for me. I’m so grateful God continually pursues each one of us, even when we overthink the simplest things.

After setting up a meeting with the instructorsGathering footage in Cologne for the 2013 Germany Missions video (Click to enlarge) of the School of Media, Jeff and Autumn Nakkula, I began to share with them my heart and the experiences I had already had in the field. By the end of our conversation, they seemed bewildered and amazed that I wasn’t already in the Media program.

I repented.

On my first day of Media classes, I walked in with my MacBook in hand and my heart full of anticipation. I could hardly sit still. The first item on the agenda was logo design, and my mind took off at full speed from there. Suddenly, I became excited for each new day and for a chance to learn something that would help me become better at what I love to do. Although I don’t ever remember hearing a distinct voice saying, “Go to Media School,” I never thought of doing anything else once I Tracking the story in the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado (Click to enlarge)started. The Holy Spirit lives on the inside of me, and I don’t have to go looking for answers outside of my relationship with Him. As we grow closer, His thoughts become my thoughts, His desires become my desires, and His plan becomes my plan.

Since graduation, I’ve had the incredible honor of traveling around the United States and the world, shooting and producing videos. Recently, I returned from a six-month-long stay in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I assisted CBC directors Mike and Carrie Pickett there in multiplePrepping for interviews in Ijevsk, Russia for the 2014 Russia Mission Trip video
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 media projects, capturing the most amazing stories in the largest country on earth. Today I spend my days as a writer for Andrew Wommack Ministries, developing my skills even further, and looking forward to all of the beautiful things God has in store.

Now, I know I don’t have it all figured out quite yet. But I know what my passion is, and I know who is leading me. It’s because of this that I know I will accomplish with excellence what I need to do, no matter what the situation. This isn’t because I know it all. I don’t have to. I’ve got connections.