In May 2010 we shared the faith journey of CBC-Colorado graduates, Danon and Amanda Winter, who officially launched CBC-Florida in Jacksonville in September of 2006. The school opened with 35 students and has continued to expand over the past six years. The Winters enjoy seeing lives transformed on a regular basis and the impact that their students are having in their spheres of influence, reaching fellow employees in the workplace and beyond, with the good news of Jesus Christ. Today, Danon and Amanda are continuing to follow God’s lead for expansion, which includes multiple CBC extension schools in Florida and abroad.
Just a few years ago Danon felt like God was directing him to start up four additional schools in different highly populated regions of Florida. He and Amanda began to explore the idea of planting schools in Orlando, Tampa, southeastern Florida between West Palm Beach and Miami, and one on the Panhandle. Once they received the go-ahead from World Outreach Director, Wendell Parr, they began to put their plans into motion.
The couple opened their second school in Orlando three years ago, and at the beginning of September, the Winters opened a school in the Tampa Bay area. “So now we have two more locations to reach to complete God’s instructions for Florida. We need to hit southeast Florida and the Panhandle,” Danon explained.
“All of this has to happen in God's timing and with the right leaders in place. So far all of our campuses [including an in-church school in Clermont] have been started alongside people that we have worked with side-by-side for a minimum of two years. Relationship is a key,” said Danon.
CBC-Colorado graduates, Kim and Ronda Nyght facilitate the Orlando campus. The Nyghts and Winters were students in Colorado at the same time and then worked together for two years at the Jacksonville campus. CBC-Florida graduates, Ed and Judy Vomacka and Kurt Barreto facilitate the Tampa Bay school. “Judy drove every week from Tampa to our Jacksonville campus for 3 years to do school and the apprenticeship program and Kurt graduated from Jacksonville two years ago,” Danon explained. Even with the additional campuses, he and Amanda regularly travel to each school to oversee operations and teach classes.
As promised, the Lord is blessing the work of the Florida team’s hands. Mission trips are particularly fruitful. On one trip to the Dominican Republic, a group of students testified that every prisoner in a juvenile detention center gave their life to Jesus. At the same time, another group of students returned from a local hospital and testified that every person they prayed for received healing and many of the patients and their family members gave their lives to Jesus. “I was overhearing this while I was training eight pastors, who oversee more than 50 churches, to use the Discipleship Evangelism (DE) material. It was a pretty awesome day,” Danon recalled.
CBC-Florida also partners with another local ministry with a heart to transform northeastern Florida. One way the ministry touches the region is by going into the public school system. During one of their in-school outreaches they gave an altar call, and CBC students were able to pray with hundreds of public school students to receive the Lord. “This was in a public school, praise the Lord!” said Danon.
With the fulfillment of the five Florida schools in sight, Danon shared that there are more plans in the works that will reach beyond the borders of Florida—beyond the United States. “Recently God challenged me to start five schools in five different countries,” Danon said. Wasting no time, the Winters currently have plans in the works to start new schools in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, and contacts have been made in the Bahamas. It won’t be long before these schools are up and running.
“We have gone through three sessions of DE in the Dominican Republic, and the fourth one is going now. Those who have been discipled are now discipling. It is awesome to plant seeds in different locations, do a little watering, provide some leadership, and then watch it grow. Training others to go out and produce fruit is so exciting because you can really maximize your efforts and in time see way more fruit than if you were doing everything yourself,” Danon said. “It’s the multiplication factor. Our disciples are reaching others and making other disciples.”
To learn more about this expanding ministry, visit the CBC-Florida website, and find their campus pages on Facebook.