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Nov282011

Justin Knapp: Answering God's Call

2010 Charis Bible College graduate, Justin Knapp. (Click to enlarge)When Justin Knapp was still young in the Lord, he sensed God calling him to ministry. Unsure of the pull he felt in his spirit, but eager to understand, he sought the wisdom of other Christians in his life. Justin reached out in faith and took hold of what the Lord offered; now three and a half years later, he's a graduate of Charis Bible College serving the Lord wherever He leads.

Justin is the older of two sons raised by a single mom—the boys' father went to prison when Justin was four years old. He grew up in Texas, and although his family moved around a lot, relocating every two years, Justin calls Mesquite, a suburb of Dallas, home.

Justin as Jesus (left) in a skit performed at CBC. (Click to enlarge)After football season during Justin's senior year in high school, he took on a full-time job at a local grocery store to help his family make ends meet. It was there that Justin confided in a fellow employee named Rod, a man he knew was a believer, that he felt the Lord pulling him closer. "I told him I had this feeling there was a calling on my life, and he said, 'I think so too, but you need some training,'" Justin shared.

Rod went on to tell Justin about Charis Bible College in Colorado. Justin was surprised by Rod's comments, and he half-heartedly laughed them off, but Rod had planted a seed.

Andrew presenting Justin with his CBC diploma. (Click to enlarge)A short time after talking with Rod, Justin was asked to speak in front of a Christian athletes' group that met at his school. Although he felt honored by the request, he found himself in an awkward position; Justin had been saved for several years, but his lifestyle didn't truly reflect his acceptance of Jesus as Lord. Having shared his faith in other circles, he put his awkward feelings aside, and agreed to speak. When the day came, Justin had nothing to say. "It was extremely embarrassing. After that experience, I started to think about CBC, but it seemed impossible. I didn't have the money to go. I didn't have a car that would make it to Colorado. I didn't have a job, didn't know anyone and I didn't have a place to stay. The biggest thing was that my mom wouldn't be able to pay the bills without me. It was impossible."Justin ministering at Pulse, a young adult ministry under Heartbeat International Ministries in Colorado Springs. (Click to enlarge)

Justin prayed. He laid all of his concerns before the Lord. After a month of praying, one of his teachers, Mrs. David, a Christian, pulled Justin aside and said that for the previous four nights she had dreamt about him. In her dream she saw Justin praying, asking God many questions about how to get somewhere. She went on to say that in the dream she was shouting to him, "Just go and everything will be okay!" but Justin couldn't hear her. "Then," said Justin, "She looked at me and said, 'So, I don't know if you're traveling somewhere, but just go and everything will be okay!'"

Justin was blown away by his teacher's words and he took them as a confirmation of the Lord's call to go to CBC. From that moment, he began to tell others he was going to Bible College. Justin on the platform at Heartbeat International Ministries, teaching about God's unconditional, never-ending, unrelenting love.
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Still unable to imagine how it would come together, he waited for the provision. Two weeks before Justin needed to be in Colorado, all three years of school were paid for by his aunt and uncle, and they also gave him a new car. Additionally, he was hired by the same grocery chain, for the same position he held in Dallas (with a pay raise—during a hiring freeze) and he found an apartment. "Jesus makes the impossible possible," said Justin.

It wasn't until the opening rally at CBC, during the first days of school that Justin ever heard Andrew teach. It also wasn't until classes were in full swing that he realized that his former co-worker, Rod, was a CBC graduate and the founding director of CBC-Dallas.

When Justin arrived at CBC, at the age of 18, he didn't know his way around a Bible and relied on friends sitting nearby to help him navigate through the Scripture examples the instructors used during classes. Justin (blue cap) approaches a humble home during his second-year mission trip to Mexico. (Click to enlarge)By the time first year was completed, Justin had a firm grasp, not only on the location of the books of the Bible, but on the Word of God. As he grew in his relationship with the Lord, the call on his life to lead became more outwardly evident.

After a year at CBC Justin's leadership qualities began to emerge and he was asked by CBC Instructor, Dan Funkhouser, to help pioneer a young adult ministry at a new local church plant. Justin's faithful, steady steps in the journey led to an explosion of growth for the ministry now called, Pulse.

Justin graduated in 2010 and served as a CBC intern in 2011. Recently, through confirmation of prophetic words and connections made at both CBC and Pulse, Justin making an impact in Udon, Thailand. (Click to enlarge)Justin felt led to step away from his leadership role at Pulse to venture out onto the mission field in Thailand. For five months he served alongside Jeff DeVine Ministries. "God did great things while I was in Thailand, especially in my heart. For the rest of my life, no matter where I go, I will have an awareness of the fact that people need Jesus all over the world. I want the people that have no hope to know that there is Hope, to know they have an inheritance, a Father that loves them and a King that gave everything for them, said Justin.

Justin's time at CBC prepared him for a life of effective ministry and opened doors for him to share the Gospel and power of God around the world. "All the great things I've been able to be a part of, all my ministry opportunities, have come as a result of going to CBC. I don't think I will ever be able to explain just how far my time at CBC reaches into who I am today."

Reader Comments (14)

WoW !! So Inspiring !!

Stepped out of the BOAT !! WALKED on WATER !!!

Blessings !!

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMathewBR

Hi my name Juan & I saw this show abt going to cbc bt I'm n school & have family here I've been n2 my faith for 6 months & I ask myself I can always do more for God bt I figure he would show me how it could be done I now am going 2 pray & wait for conformation because even though I have school & family here I jst dnt feel that this my calling I want to help people for God

March 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjuan

I do believe God start His great works on your life. Be strong!!!

God bless you!!!

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNigussie

Justin you are a blessing. Thank you for being example to the youth and all who comes in contact.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRon Anselmo

Justin,

I have been praying and asking God to show me the way. I too desire to join CBC and at the moment all seems impossible. I cried reading your story believing God is using it to shore up my faith. I shared my hopes and dreams with a believer on Sunday and he told me to start packing. He said he didn't know when I was suppose to leave for Colorado but believed the message to start packing came from the Lord. Praise God, he is so good, so faithful.

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Coker

Justin,

I have been praying and asking God to show me the way. I too desire to join CBC and at the moment all seems impossible. I cried reading your story believing God is using it to shore up my faith. I shared my hopes and dreams with a believer on Sunday and he told me to start packing. He said he didn't know when I was suppose to leave for Colorado but believed the message to start packing came from the Lord. Praise God, he is so good, so faithful.

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Coker

Justin,
What a great testimony on How God places a vision on our hearts, then we acknowledge it and "Take the First Step" towards its fulfillment, He is the Author and Finisher of our FAITH. He provides what we need for the journey. The key for everyone here is..have FAITH that He WILL provide for our journey and HE will give us what we need to succeed! But, we have to take the first step, a step of FAITH, to put the plan into action. That's why we can TRUST HIM, He is Truth. It all starts with a seed of a vision, gets watered and fertilized by FAITH and the completion (harvest) comes by diligence and perseverance to HIS faithfulness.

I too, look forward to the day I journey back to Colorado, to enroll in CBC and walk out the plan He has for my Life and for all the lives that will be touched. Sincerely, Barry (PowerCross Coaching)

July 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarry Lopatic

What a great testimony Justin! Jesus is wonderful! I was listening to some of the meetings on AWM website (I think it was the one for the camp meeting this summer) and Andrew Wommack asked the people there how many of them would love to go to the bible college but for one reason or another felt that they couldn't do it. He said that it wasn't the devil who put that into their hearts because there's no way the devil would be inspiring people to sit under the word for 4 hours a day. :-) He said if you have that desire in your heart then he believes God put it there and that you should seriously consider it. My daughter would like to attend the new school opening in Toronto this September and although we have a few obstacles to overcome we both are believing and trusting God that she will be going and we are both excited about it. I have been greatly helped by Andrew's teaching and I honestly can't think of a better place for her to be discipled, encouraged and really grow in her relationship with God.

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

This testimony is such an encouragement to me. I have applied and been accepted at CBC Washington DC, but live in Hampton Roads VA. I am too going to lay all m concerns before the Lord and i know it will work that i can relocate and my provision will be where i am going not where i am now or provided before i go.

October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Totally awesome testimony Justin! What a blessing to know you personally and see how the Lord has done such an incredible work in your life and now you are so boldly sharing His Love with others!
Hallelujah!

October 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessie Huthmaker

Wow!!! It is so inspiring!!! I received Jesus as My Lord three and a half years ago and I definitely know that God has a great plan on me , I also have listened to pastor Andrew's preaches about the gospel since last year and I really feel excited to know how great our God is. I am Chinese, The gospel which was preached in many churches here in my place was almost religious so far as I am concerned, so I have prayed that a door that open for me to a suitable Bible school will be shown . I want to be well--equipped with the word of God, I am still waiting and praying. thank you for your testimony Justin!! I hold the faith that God has done it for me .

Skipper 18th Nov. 2013

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterskipper wei

Justin thank you for sharing your wonderful testimony as I read your testimony I received confirmation from God to come to CBC, praise the Lord for He is good! I give Him all the glory and praise ahead of time.

January 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDamaris

Hi my name is Doreen will be fifty-one in a few short weeks, a wife and mother of 3 boys 31, 23, 21yrs and 1 daughter 15yrs. I really love the lord and his word, your testimony has been a great blessing to me, which I could have gone to Bible school but after been boosted by you thinking about maybe online or correspond courses. God continue to bless you and pray for my family.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDOREEN

I just got teary eyed reading this bc I'm being drawn to this bible school and do not have the means to do it, however I rely on my favorite scripture, Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at His disciples and said, "with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

I live in NY so I am far, but I am truly going to pray about this and hope God finds a way for me to go. Thank you for your beautiful testimony :)

February 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Neuls

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