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Thursday
Jun222017

Love Doesn’t Give Up  

“I was speaking over his leg and ankle, commanding the ankle to be where it [wasn’t]. I began to feel his leg hot like fire, and my hands were hot as well. Suddenly I felt his ankle pop. I knew that he was healed, and his ankle was there where it wasn’t before!”

—Drew Harris

Drew Harris is just one of the students who traveled with a Charis Bible College missions team to Hungary, Serbia, and Ukraine this past school year. There, faith and miracles were an expected occurrence. But miracles don’t always happen in one instant. Sometimes it takes persistence and trust on behalf of the student, and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone.

This happened to Drew in Budapest, Hungary, when he took notice of a man on crutches while the team was ministering in a subway. “We asked him if we could pray for him to be healed,” recalls Drew. “We asked him what was wrong with his legs. Through the translator, we discovered that it was not his legs, but his ankle. We began to pray over him … [and] he told us his ankle was hot…. It turned out that he was born without a left ankle!”

This man had gone his entire life without a left ankle, which meant he also had weak muscles for walking and could never run or jump. Drew now understood that he wasn’t just praying for healing, but for a creative miracle. “So, we prayed over him again, but still he did not receive,” Drew explains. “He continued to feel that heat where his ankle should be…. We told him, ‘That heat is Jesus healing you!’”

The team returned to the skit they had been performing, and this man stuck around to watch. Drew kept feeling like he should go pray for him again, but not in the same way as before. God revealed to him that this man needed to take a step of faith—literally. Drew brought two team members and a translator over to this man and asked to pray for him again. Drew explained that he wanted him to put his crutches down and that the team would hold him up.

“I was speaking over his leg and ankle, commanding the ankle to be where it [wasn’t],” Drew recalls. “I began to feel his leg hot like fire, and my hands were hot as well. Suddenly I felt his ankle pop…. I stood up and told them to let him go…. I [watched] his face. He was scared to fall. Then, as he put weight on his new ankle, his face lit up, and he was overcome with joy. He began to walk through the subway. Then he began to run, praising God and running around, experiencing his healing. After a while of running around, he came to me and said that the next time he saw me, he would be faster
than me.”

This is just one of the many examples of the miraculous acts our students are doing around the world on their second-year missions trip. Not only are they discipled in the message of God’s unconditional love and grace, but they are also given the opportunity to reach out to people around the world with this love and grace, a love that doesn’t give up on people (1 Cor. 13:8).

Like Drew, you too can make a difference. Whether you’re called to attend Charis or to support others like Drew, you can find all the information you need online.

Please comment below if you’d like to share your own missions or
healing story.

Written by Jessica Giaimo.

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Monday
Jun192017

From Ritual to Faith

Strolling through the streets of Mexico, it’s quite easy to find images that reflect the religious life of the people. Beautiful churches grace the many plazas. Colorful altars with fresh flowers and candles can be seen in many public places. Church bells are heard throughout the day, from sunrise to sunset, like a familiar song.

Despite the appearance of religious life, many people in Mexico don’t know Jesus as their personal Savior. The void of a true relationship with God is filled with religious rituals that cannot give the peace and assurance that only true faith in Christ brings.

But God is at work, resurrecting the faith of the Mexican people. With that purpose in mind, a team of Charis Bible College students spent eight days in the city of Querétaro, sharing the love and grace of God.

Julie and Alex Palomares, the directors of Charis Mexico, had many outreaches prepared in order to give the students an opportunity to share the love of God. The team was ready. Kathy McHugh recalls, “Our team went to Mexico as well prepared as possible, and God blessed our efforts abundantly, proving once again that preparation time is never wasted time.”

The team had the opportunity to visit the Pan de Vida Orphanage and spend quality time with the children who live there. They also held a street outreach in the nearby town of Salamanca, where the powerful message of salvation was shared with simplicity.

The women’s and children’s hospital was part of the itinerary also. Public hospitals in Mexico can be overcrowded, and patients and their relatives can feel isolated and ignored despite the best efforts of medical personnel. To show love to the people in their time of need, the Charis students spread throughout the overcrowded hospital courtyard, taking with them over a hundred sandwiches they had prepared beforehand. The team gave the people food, took time to hear their personal stories, prayed for them, and reminded them that God truly loves them. One leader said that while amazing things happen at all of Charis Mexico’s outreaches, many students find that the hospital outreach impacts them the most.

Judith Leitner shares her own experience from the missions trip: “After praying with [the people], I would look into their eyes, and there was always a noticeable difference. I saw hope, possibility, joy, relief, less-to-no pain, no confusion, clarity, and brightness. Plus, there was always a huge smile of happiness on their faces! I was so touched to see God’s promises
come through.”

When people see the love of God in action and understand that salvation is a gift from God, it empowers them to experience a genuine conversion. In these outreaches, the team saw approximately 275 salvations and 50 healings, and 4 people received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The students left Mexico rejoicing over the goodness of God. And for the precious people they left behind, the ringing of the church bells will have a new meaning. It will remind them to come out of dead rituals and into a
living faith.

Our Charis students take missions trips every year to a variety of places. Please consider praying for them. And as always, please comment below if this has encouraged you!

Written by Citlalli Macy

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Friday
Jun162017

Building a Legacy of Faith  

“For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through
the gospel.”

1 Corinthians 4:15, New King James Version

Fathers are vitally important in building a legacy of faith. Without their consistent, purposeful leadership, we fall into the trap Paul mentioned in the scripture above: We stop thinking generationally.

God is a generational God. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. When God called Abraham into relationship and legacy building, it wasn’t his great faith that got God’s attention. Out of all the people on earth, God chose Abraham and declared that he would be a good father.

“For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment.”

Genesis 18:19a

One of the primary objectives given to the Jewish people—and to us as believers—is that of legacy building. God said to teach His laws “diligently to your sons and … talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up” (Deut. 6:7, New American Standard Bible). For legacy building to really work, however, it takes more than just a mother’s nurturing ability. It takes fatherhood.

In 1 Samuel 1:11, Hannah prayed for a son, promising that she would “give him unto the Lord all the days of his life.” Samuel served the Lord (and the people of Israel) as judge and prophet all the days of his life. He had an intimate, personal relationship with God. But one wonders if Samuel was thinking generationally.

Scripture says Hannah intended to care for her son until he was “weaned” (1 Sam. 1:22); then she would present him before the Lord. But this word “weaned” does not have the same connotation as we understand. It means more than simply ceasing to nurse. In Hebrew, this word is gamal, which also means “to deal fully or adequately with” (NAS Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible). Hannah cared for and taught her son until he was ready for the next stage of his training: apprenticeship.

In Jewish culture, children were taught the importance of family, the importance of God’s Law, and a trade. Typically, sons apprenticed with their fathers, and by the age of twelve or thirteen, they were considered responsible for their own actions. Whether this was the age at which Hannah presented Samuel to Eli the priest, or if he was presented earlier, she felt that Samuel was adequately prepared to serve the Lord. However, Eli’s own sons were ungodly, and “he restrained them not” (1 Sam. 3:13). Eli was unable to teach Samuel how to build a legacy of faith. Perhaps it’s not surprising that Samuel’s own sons also went their own way (1 Sam. 8:3), regardless of Samuel’s standing in Israel. Samuel lacked the teaching to become a
good father.

A father’s role in God’s generational plan of faith cannot be overstated. Fathers are so important! Luke 1:17 says that John the Baptist would prepare the people for the Lord and would “turn the hearts of the fathers to their children” (New Living Translation). John helped people think generationally. I believe this is the church’s job today. We must present a clear call to fatherhood and stress its importance in building a legacy of faith. Without fathers, we could lose the next generation.

I want to thank my husband, Raymond Troup, for helping me write this
article—for sharing his insights in the Scriptures. But more importantly for being a man of great faith and an example to our children of what it means to walk with Christ. We are building a legacy of faith, babe!

Pray for the fathers in your life. And don’t forget to wish them Happy Father’s Day this weekend.

Written by Roxanne Troup

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