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Mar012012

The Nakkulas: Ministering Through Media

CBC graduates and CBC School of Media Coordinators, Jeff and Autumn Nakkula stand with Andrew on the set of the Gospel Truth television program.
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Jeff and Autumn Nakkula met during their first year at Charis Bible College in Colorado. Each of them had learned about Andrew and CBC from the Gospel Truth television program, and were drawn to the message of God’s unconditional love and grace. Following a prompting by the Holy Spirit, both Jeff and Autumn took a step of faith and left their homes in order to seek God's plan for their lives. Neither one could have imagined the abundance He had in store for them.

Jeff recalls a class assignment, early in the year at CBC. The class was told to pray in the spirit and listen to the Lord and write down what they thought He was speaking to them. During this activity, God showed Jeff a film strip of events that would happen in his life. Jeff and Autumn traveled in the same circle of friends while attending CBC. (Click to enlarge)Among the things Jeff saw and heard was that Autumn would become his wife. This was a challenging word for Jeff because he hadn’t enrolled at CBC to find a wife, nor did he think that Autumn would be interested in this information, so he kept it to himself.

Later in the year, Jeff heard another clear word from God. He was serving alongside friend and fellow CBC student, David Forgoston, and Jeff heard God say, “You’ll be helping this man. You’ll be a part of what he is doing.”

Autumn operating the camera on the set of Andrew's Gospel Truth television program. (Click to enlarge)Meanwhile, Autumn was hearing from God as well. During class one morning, Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford, asked for some volunteers willing to be trained with cameras to help out with CBC’s video needs. Autumn felt a strong leading to volunteer. Before long she was asked to film a praise and worship event, and as she prepared for the project Autumn heard God tell her that she would be assisting with fundraising for missionaries and ministries world-wide, through media. This word from God gave Autumn peace and purpose and she continued to learn all she could about media.

In 2007, Jeff and Autumn graduated from CBC, and Jeff recalls that there wasn’t even a hint that Autumn was interested in him. Jeff working on a dude ranch shortly after graduating from CBC. (Click to enlarge)He went to work on a dude ranch in Colorado, and Autumn stayed and worked in the television department at AWM, continuing to glean media experience.

Autumn remembers being pleased with the direction her life was going while working at AWM; she was content with her part of reaching people around the world. However, a short time later, the Lord began prompting her to pray in the spirit. Autumn found that the more she prayed in the spirit, the more she began feeling a holy dissatisfaction with her life, so she began preparing herself for change.

While talking with friends and fellow CBC graduates, missionaries, David and Judith Forgoston, David told Autumn that God had someone for her, someone who was going to love her unconditionally. When Autumn heard what David said, she knew right away that the person God had for her was Jeff. Frustrated and confused, Autumn surrendered everything to God and asked Him to lead her in the direction she should go. Within one week, Autumn knew she would soon marry Jeff Jeff and Autumn became Mr. and Mrs. Nakkula. (Click to enlarge)and also that she would be going to India to help the Forgostons.

Autumn immediately began helping David and Judith with their ministry newsletters and also began spending time with Jeff. The two built a relationship and were soon engaged to be married. After Jeff proposed at the Hungry Bear restaurant in Woodland Park, he shared with Autumn about how God had told him that she would be his wife during their first year at CBC. Autumn was overwhelmed with Jeff’s faithfulness, and Jeff was encouraged to know that he did indeed hear God’s voice.

On the streets in India.
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While the newlyweds were on their honeymoon they felt that they needed to visit India and decided to buy their tickets immediately. The reality of the mission field was a bit different than they expected. India was dirty and the two were overwhelmed with the amount trash that could be seen in heaps all over the city. It was truly a rude awakening; however, upon their return to the United States, the call to India continued to grow stronger.

Jeff and Autumn began trusting God for the finances to get back to India and it was a short time later that they had enough to buy one-way tickets. When they arrived, the Forgostons were Jeff films as Autumn interviews David Forgoston about the launch of CBC-Chennai, India. (Click to enlarge) busy setting up the CBC extension school in Chennai; Jeff and Autumn helped out where needed. One of the pieces of equipment that the Forgostons had purchased was a video camera, and Autumn decided to teach Jeff how to use it. The Nakkulas bought a computer and went to work creating a promotional video for the Forgostons. When they finished the short video, it became a hit. Partners started calling and emailing to let David and Judith know how much they appreciated actually seeing what was going on in India and their support base grew.

Many exciting changes occurred while the Nakkulas were on the mission field. (Click to enlarge)Around Christmas time the Nakkulas learned that Autumn was pregnant. Another exciting change was in the works. In addition to having a child on the way, the couple’s visa was running out, and it was time for them to return to America. Between selling their equipment and an unexpected financial gift, Jeff and Autumn were able to purchase their tickets to fly home to Colorado Springs.

Finding a job once they returned proved to be quite challenging at first, however God’s faithfulness put Jeff in the right place at the right time and he was able to find work. The job sustained them while they re-established their lives in the Springs and had their son Isaac.

Jeff, Autumn and AWM's Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford. (Click to enlarge)Shortly after their son was born, Stephen Bransford called the couple and told them about the new CBC School of Media and asked them if they would be interested in being assistant directors. Jeff and Autumn were thrilled to accept the new position and began developing the courses immediately.

The Nakkulas serve as coaches to the CBC students while training them to help ministries raise support and communicate through a variety of media. “Looking back at what God spoke to me right at the beginning of the first year of bible college, there are a couple of things from that film strip that I’ve seen come to pass already, but there is still a lot more to come. Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, God opens up a new door and does amazing things,” said Jeff.

Thrilled with the initial success of the Media School, Jeff and Autumn love giving back to CBC. “I’m able to take everything I’ve learned and share it with students at Charis Bible College. It’s just amazing to see how I’m able to take the things that they’ve poured into me, and pour into them,” said Autumn of the Media School students.

For more information about the Nakkulas, be sure to watch the video below.

Reader Comments (15)

WOW that was awesome.. So encouraging...

March 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDona

The bible says we will overcome by the blood of the lamb and word of their testimony . Your ministry has such a powerful anointing on it I feel like I'm going to explode! Thankful for all you do...how exciting! I know God has so much more for me than I've LET Him do so far in my life
. I got radically saved at 31 years of age...I'm now 57...the key is God's Word ( the Bread of Life ) and obedience to it.. God's up to something...I feel like have to daily submit to him or I just start to drift back into my own world of business ( self employed and all with seven kids still at home)...again, thanks for your faithfulness!

March 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergreg koshiol

Very encouraging! Thank you for sharing your story!

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEdmee Chavannes

Autumn and Jeff, we are thanking the Lord for all He's has done and will do in your lives! It's so encouraging to hear you both tell your story and see how much the Lord loves us down to the most intricate details of life. Thank you for the way that you both have personally blessed our lives!
Can't wait to see the next next frames of the filmstrip!

March 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Palomares

This article and video has blessed me because I am interested in media.

March 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMziwakhe

Thank You for this encouraging testimony and video! be blessed!
Thank You Lord!

March 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJL

That is so cool, Jeff! I had no idea about your whole story. Very neat! Hey, we are missionaries in Uganda now!!

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarjorie Broce

That was such an awesome story!! Thank you for sharing it!

June 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Adams

What a beautiful story.May God bless you and you family.Please teach me how to pray in the spirit

June 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAhalia Sooknah

Your story has blessed me greatly and thank you for sharing it.There is a hope and an expected end for each and everyone of us.Praise God for His faithfulness,with Him there is no shadow of turning.What an encouragement.

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Mthembu

Thank you for sharing your journey. What a great testimony. I have always been fascinated by the arts and media especially those that are being used for God's glory. Yours is definitely an anointed one. Thank you for your obedience and sharing what God placed in your lives.

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEvalyn from Tucson, AZ

I am moved to tears watching this video. Seeing how the Lord has worked in you gives me hope and the courage to let go and let him do his perfect work in me. I have had a dream since 2009 to return to Colorado and attend CBC. I'm not at all sure what God is doing now and why I am still in Texas when my heart is in Colorado but what I do know is that if I am to return I must trust completely that my Father has a plan for me. Thank you Father.

Debbie Coker

August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Coker

God's wonderful love and Grace is so "typically" portrayed in Jeff and Autumn's story and relationship. When we surrender, trust and rest in Jesus, it's amazing what manifests! He IS Lord!

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKingdomchild

Inspiring testimony. So glad for the Nakkulas. There's many more to come.

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFidelis Odogbo

Wow! I just can't get over how amazing God is. God did the very same thing for me. I know I love the Lord but I was way off base in so many areas. I made a decision about 1- 2 years ago to just go after the things of God first and to find my purpose. I committed to him that I would find that purpose. I am divorced and I truly love family so I hoped to remarry one day but I told God I would never settle and just put away thoughts of remarriage. Within days, he showed me that I would remarry and exactly who it would be. I received it immediately because I was just so utterly amazed and grateful that God had actually chosen someone for me and was giving me another chance to be a wife but WHO he showed me really floored me. It would be very hard for anyone in my circle to believe so I struggled with it at first and satan really fought me hard. But I have persevered and know without a doubt that it is God. It is still in the future, but this testimony is an amazing encouragement. I know it was God and that it will eventually come to pass but to see how God has done it for someone else is just that special icing on the faith-cake! I love you Jesus.

May 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdenike

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