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Monday
Nov242014

Let the Children Come to Me

Welcome to Watersprings Ranch (Click to enlarge)When you give to Andrew Wommack Ministries, your gifts are used to support more than twenty other ministries around the world. One of those organizations is Watersprings Ranch, a privately funded ministry providing Christian homes to abused and neglected children in Arkansas.

“There was a desire—a longing in our hearts—to help abused and neglected kids,” shares Founder David Whatley. “So, we began Watersprings Ranch and opened the first home in 1989.”

The first house was only the beginning, as David and his wife Carla went on to open seven other homes. “The property has a miraculous story behind it,” explains Co-Founder Carla Whatley. “Everything about it is God because we could not have done it on our own.”

Grand Opening announcement for Watersprings Ranch (Click to enlarge)Watersprings Ranch is a safe-haven for those who have never felt safe (Click to enlarge)Every parent knows that raising your own children is a task within itself, but raising someone else’s children takes things to a whole other level. Just ask David and Carla! “We’re fully responsible for all of their needs, from educational requirements to medical treatments,” David says. “And God has just miraculously provided the funds for us so we can take care of our kids.”

“Several years ago, friends of ours gave us some CDs by Andrew Wommack,” tells Carla. “We had come out of a denominational church, and I knew there was something more. I knew that there was something missing in my life. So, I just began crying out to the Lord. I started listening to Living in the Balance of Grace and Faith, and I would play it over and over again. I began to understand grace for the first time—it all began to click on the inside of me.”

David goes on to share that one of the teachings that made the biggest difference in his own life was Spirit, Soul & Body: “It was life changing for me. I began to see things totally different than I had before. Our kids had to have this revelation!”

Some of the kids are rescued from a life of abuse or neglect (Click to enlarge)David and Carla discuss the Word in their weekly bible study (Click to enlarge)The basics of Andrew's teaching are taught to the kids in an applicable way (Click to enlarge)David and Carla began , in their weekly Bible studies, imparting to the kids an understanding of who they are in Christ. David shares, “Whether it’s been physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or whatever the case, God loves them, and He loves them unconditionally. He has wonderful grace that He provided for them.”

“When they come here, they’re so hurt and rejected,” explains Carla. “So, it’s the Word that’s imparted to them that brings emotional healing and stability to their lives. It’s the truth of God’s Word that truly makes them free.”

Carla continues, “I would just like to thank Andrew and Jamie Wommack and their partners for making this possible for us, the children and, I believe, possibly for this community one day.”

“Not only are you supporting Andrew Wommack Ministries,” adds David, “But you’re also supporting many ministries like Watersprings Ranch and making an eternal difference in the lives of children.”

If you would like more information on becoming a partner, visit our website and see just how far you can make a difference. 

Thursday
Nov202014

Uganda Update—Fruit Abounds

Andrew addresses the 2014 graduating class of Charis Bible College Uganda (Click to enlarge)Andrew attended the 2014 graduation for Charis Bible College Uganda. Celebration was the theme of the day, and it was obvious that the graduates had gotten hold of the Word of God and their lives had been changed. Andrew addressed the crowd and congratulated each graduate as they made their way across the stage.

First-year graduates snap a photo with Andrew as they look forward to the coming year of studying at CBC Uganda (Click to enlarge)Andrew congradulates the graduates as they make their way across the stage and receive their diplomas
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Grounded in the Word of God, we can plainly see the fruit of Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College around the world! (Click to enlarge) Graduates celebrate a wee-earned accomplishment. Here's to many more to come as they step out in faith!
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Andrew also held a Gospel Truth Rally at Glory of Christ Church with his good friend, Pastor Herbert. People were touched as they heard the Word, and many lives were changed. What a great time of fellowship and encouragement!Andrew ministers at the Gospel Truth Rally with Pastor Herbert (Click to enlarge)Preparations and greetings are made outside the church before the service begins (Click to enlarge)Every seat was full as every ear tuned into the stage
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Andrew and Pastor Herbert work together to bring the love and grace of God to the people of Kampala
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Hands raised in colorful surrender to the same God who created us all in His image
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The love is spread as Andrew is recognized more in Kampala than in any other city in the world (Click to enlarge)
Worship was a wonderful time of praise and refreshing (Click to enlarge)Many hearts responded to the love of God
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Monday
Nov172014

Walking in Dynamic Relationship with God

Carol Odenwald (center) worshipping the Lord and ministering the love of God every chance she gets (Click to enlarge)Traveling through the Yunnan province of China, Carol Odenwald sat mesmerized by the verdant scenery and beautiful mountainsides. Suddenly transported back to 1997, Carol remembered dreaming on the night she was filled with the Spirit: “I dreamt I was soaring with God over lush, green hills and valleys,” she shares. “I felt giddy—like a little kid. Every time we’d come down, I’d ask to go up again. At the time, I compared my dream to the landscape of Kentucky or Tennessee, having never seen such exquisitely green hills.”

Even though she hadn’t thought of that dream in years, Carol realized that the Chinese landscape outside her window perfectly depicted what she’d seen in her dream. While listening to her iPod, she heard the Lord say, “This is where we were, Carol. This is your home. It’s time to begin to say goodbye to the United States.” With tears flowing freely, Carol raised her voice and hands in surrender to God and worshiped Him, singing, “I will rise, on eagle’s wings, before my God, fall on my knees and rise.”

Yunnan, a province of China, is a perfect depiction of Carol's dream from 1997 (Click to enlarge)After her experience, Carol felt a permanent connection with mainland China, but the Bible college she was helping Andrew Wommack Ministries plant was in Hong Kong. Knowing she was walking the path God had laid out for her, she didn’t understand how her two visions were going to connect. But she just kept walking and trusting Him to take her there.

While in Hong Kong, God began stirring Carol’s heart to write songs. “All my life, music was a part of me. When I returned to the Lord in ’97, I left a part of that life behind because of my history of drug and alcohol addiction. But in Hong Kong, God showed me that others who come into relationship with Him don’t have to give up their giftings and professions. I realized it was time for me to wholeheartedly return to mine and allow God to use me wherever and with whomever He determines.”

One day, while worshiping God with her guitar in front of a western-style restaurant and pub, Carol had the opportunity to minister to a self-professing atheist. After listening to his story, Carol began to share hers. Then, picking up her guitar, she sang “My Chains Are Gone” and marveled as tears began streaming down his face. “You make me want what you have,” he told her.

Carol broadcasting the unconditional love of God to thousands in Hong Kong
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Carol’s willingness to abandon formulas and develop a dynamic relationship with God brought her into contact with a Buddhist radio host. After hearing part of her story, he asked Carol to be a guest on his broadcast to “bring hope” to others in Hong Kong. Thousands of people tuned in and heard about the unconditional love and grace of God!

After laying the groundwork for Charis Bible College Hong Kong, Carol turned leadership of the school over to Cindy Pearson and returned to her ministry headquarters in the United States. “I still believe that the vision and heart for China God gave me has yet to be realized, but I know there is more to the plan! I will return to China, likely to the Yunnan province of my dream, where I believe I will spend the latter years of my life.” In the meantime, Carol is continuing to minister wherever God opens the door and writing and fine-tuning original songs to record.

Her ministry—God Is Good—shares with the nations the message of God’s unconditional love and the finished work of Christ. By focusing on the positive ministry of the Holy Spirit, through music and teaching, Carol is showing the world that love is a person. His name is Jesus!Carol Odenwald's ministry, God is Good (Click to enlarge)