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Europe Trip 2011: Amsterdam Surprise

Mark Becking with Andrew (Click to enlarge)His name is Mark Becking. A few years ago he was a successful psychologist who specialized in training leaders in Holland. After immersing himself in Andrew’s teaching, his life radically changed. As happens to so many, he felt a need to go to Charis Bible College for a complete baptism in the grace and faith teaching.

He took a huge risk, putting his practice on hold and moving his wife and daughter to Walsall, England. By the time he graduated, CBC director, Paul Flanagan and others had seen his leadership skills. Andrew addresses students of Charis Bible College Amsterdam. (Click to enlarge)They asked if he would consider returning to Holland to start an extension school.

It was a daunting idea. There was no facility, no translated teaching materials, no student body and no way to support his family while leading a school. A series of miracles and provisions accompanied his efforts, including a businessman who offered to pay his salary so that he wouldn’t have to return to his private practice.

The results are our Amsterdam surprise: Andrew enjoys informal discussion with CBC world changers in Amsterdam. (Click to enlarge)At the end of his first year, Mark leads one of the most successful Charis Bible Colleges in the extension school system. He has supervised 20,000 hours of translations of first year curriculum, he has recruited 90 full and part time students into the school, and projected enrollment is pushing him beyond the walls of his current facility for next year.

Andrew fully enjoyed the special meeting he had with the student body. The academic year has already ended and promotions have been celebrated, so not all of the students were able to return for this meeting. But those who came really impressed Andrew, Wendell Parr promises to provide the full attention of his office to the future of the Amsterdam School. (Click to enlarge)David, and Wendell with their dedication and focus on the almost-too-good-to-be-true Gospel.

“I think the quality of the leader is reflected in the quality of these students,” Andrew concluded. “Mark Becking is bearing very good fruit.”

Pictures in this post supplied by CBC Amsterdam students, Kees Pos, and Kjell Schipper.

Visit CBC-Nederland for more information about the school.

Filed Saturday, June 4, 2011 from Amsterdam by AWM Media Manager, Stephen Bransford.