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Nov052012

A New CBC Opens in San Jose, CA

Kathryn and Nels Hanson, the Directors of the new Charis Bible College extension school in San Jose, California. (Click to enlarge)Sometimes, Andrew's teaching of God's unconditional love and grace is met with resistance. For whatever reason, the-almost-too-good-to-be-true-news of the gospel sounds unacceptable to one's ears. Nevertheless, however the message is received, seeds are planted and the truth of the gospel begins to grow. This is what happened with Nels and Kathryn Hanson six years ago, when a friend gave Kathryn one of Andrew's CDs. Today, the Hansons are Charis Bible College-Colorado graduates and the pioneers of a CBC extension school in San Jose, California.

The Hansons graduated from the nightschool program at CBC in Colorado in 2011. (Click to enlarge)"I was given a CD by a dear friend who follows Andrew's teaching. At the time I listened to the CD, I was a bit freaked out by the message and put it on a shelf; I left it there for about two years. My religious ears were not ready to hear what Andrew had to say," Kathryn remembered.

In 2006, Kathryn and Nels were living life and loving the Lord. They had raised their family, two daughters and one son, and Kathryn was working as a medical assistant for a group of cardiologists, while Nels worked for a nut company. The Hansons were heavily involved in their local church, where Kathryn led a Wednesday night Bible study and was the director of Women's ministry, and Nels served as the A/V coordinator, managing all the sound and lighting needs for the church.

Andrew and the Hansons in 2011. (Click to enlarge)Over the course of the two years Andrew's CD sat on the shelf, Kathryn became dissatisfied with what she perceived to be religion surrounding her in her Christian circles. Her hunger for the truth drove her to pull Andrew's teaching back off the shelf and led her to pursue more of his teaching. Kathryn listened to Andrew for nearly a year before Nels gave Andrew a chance, but once he did, their lives began to transform.

During her struggle to find the truth Kathryn had also been researching Bible colleges. The results of her research were often a source a frustration. She found that many schools did not even use the Bible in their curriculum. "What I kept finding from other schools was they did not use the Bible to teach with, but big fat text books, and not only that, they used non-Christians to teach. This is not what I was looking for," said Kathryn.

Nels at work in his CBC office.
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Finally, Kathryn found a school she could accept, and just before enrolling in classes, she and Nels were invited to one of Andrew's Gospel Truth Seminars (GTS). It was at the GTS that the Hansons learned that Andrew had a school. "As soon as I heard how CBC was taught, with the Bible, I knew that was where I belonged. When Andrew asked who was coming to the school, I shot out of my seat as if I had been stuck with a pin," Kathryn shared enthusiastically.

Since getting a hold of Andrew's teaching and attending CBC, the Hanson's lives have been transformed. Where The Hansons (Click to enlarge)once there was fear, Nels and Kathryn now have peace and boldness. They stay steady, standing on the Word and seeing God's promises manifest in their lives as well as in the lives of those around them. Whether the Hansons are ministering to others or just moving about their day, they have a smile on their face all the time. That smile stems from knowing who they are in Christ and knowing that no matter what is going on around them, they have the peace of God running through them. Their peace is evident to those they come in contact with and it draws people. "Since we have come home, we have been told by those around us that there is something new in us, and they want it," said Kathryn.

Prior to graduation from CBC, as Kathryn sat in a second-year class on the ins-and-outs of establishing a 501c3 CBC-San Jose staff (L-R): Karl Hirsch, Dean of Students; Patricia Hirsch, Events Coordinator; Kathryn and Nels, and Assistant Administrator Michele Brockway. (Click to enlarge)organization, she had a conversation with the Lord. She heard the Holy Spirit say, "Now is the time to prepare for a CBC school in California." Surprised, Kathryn asked, "What?" and she recalls hearing the phrase again. Kathryn answered and said, "Okay." On the way home from school that evening Kathryn shared what she had heard with Nels. "We had many previous talks about what God had [planned] for us and nothing had settled in us. We had no peace until we heard that word from our God. From that point on we started preparing for the school here in San Jose," said Kathryn.

Kathryn sits with CBC-San Jose student, Kathy Mooney, as a prospective student visits the extension school's open house and registration event. (Click to enlarge)The Hansons know that they are where they are supposed to be, doing what God created them to do—they are making disciples in California. CBC-San Jose currently has 12 students enrolled, and they are expecting more. To those contemplating enrolling in classes at CBC, but who are still on the fence, Kathryn said, "If you want your life radically changed, if you want to be set free from the cares of this world, come and sit under the Word of God for the next 2 to 3 years, and see yourself go from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly soaring in the freedom that has been yours all along." And, she said it with peaceful contentment in her eyes.

For more information about the Hanson's ministry in California visit the CBC-San Jose website.

Reader Comments (4)

Hi Andrew and Crew,
Just wanted to send you this email and encourage you to keep on keeping on.
I have been thrilled to receive your tv broadcast about Christian Philosophy.
I usually tune in at 1.oo pm and have lunch while watching the program and it is excellent.
I have always been a fan of creation research here in Australia since I was saved about 20 years ago. We hjave some good creationist in Australiua namley John Mackay of creation research and also ken Ham who is now in the Us from Answers in Genesis. It was very interesting to hear what Dr Baugh is doing there with his creation museum and the Hyperbaric chamber, I hadn't heard that before.
Anyway I just want to encourage you to keep going, the message you gave on Homosexuality especially the final one on friday was excellent, I got a copy off the web site , thank you for making it freely available, I am spreading the messages around our church.
We have a small group meeting each Sunday in our small country town, a bit like Prichard Colorado. Our past left and the person in charge doesn't really want to be there but we are encouraging her to stay. We have a few uncommitted Christians who drift in and out as they please and one who has started up a lesbian relationship recently.
This material you have is invaluable in teaching rebuking correcting and training in righteousness 2 Tim 3:16 so keep up the good work, God would be proud.
thanks
Charlie Davies
Australia

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

praise God in what you're doing. and may God bless you in your spirit for doing what he tells you. keep up the good work & he will bless you with more students. happy Tuesday and have a great day. from Calvin your brother in Christ

November 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercalvin brooks

Andrew, In 1Corinthians 15:28 You CANNOT be subject unto yourself. Mark 13:32 He would know. You brought up the Hewbrews scriture that Jesus was tempted on all points like we are, well, what are you gonna say about God cannot be tempted and neither does He tempt any man. God is a Spirit and when a person is born again of His seed (permenent) they are born of spirit what God is, like you are born of your earthly father by the flesh (his seed in the flesh). Jesus Christ is God is a doctrine that has blinded so many good people and this is my personal thought, it is paving the way for the son of perdition because they are expecting a man, not a quickened Spirit the people that are left here after the gathering together of the church. If somebody can't understand what I have typed here they are so blind and should speak in tongues like a house of fire if they know how.

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Weisser

saw, learned, now applying the works of miracle vs the work of blessing ... connecting abraham's physical / spritual abundance; understanding god's blessing - mixed w/faith - led me to believe in the prayer: lord, help me to never need a miracle from you again. i want to live in the blessing.

i'll start w/my self now, share my prayer s/my wife and 6 children --- see what's god's next blessing for me to do for him for his glory.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbenito c lim

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