When the Lord called Charis Bible College graduates, Lance and Gerri Weldgen, to the mission field, the couple responded in faith and immediately made arrangements to relocate to India—more than 8,500 miles from their home in Colorado Springs. While ministering in India had been in the back of Lance's mind for nearly a decade, he had waited patiently for the Lord to reveal to Gerri that the region was to be her mission field as well. For many years, Gerri had not shared Lance's enthusiasm to reach the nation of India, but in January 2011, the Lord supernaturally changed Gerri's mind and filled her heart with His love for the Indian people.
In October of 2011, without knowing exactly what God's long term plan was, the Weldgens moved ahead with what the Lord had shown them, and they trusted that He would reveal more of His mighty plan as they moved forward. "We went to India and ministered the unconditional love and grace of Jesus Christ anywhere we could," said Lance.
Since their arrival, the couple has visited a number of cities and villages throughout the nation, particularly in the State of Andhra Pradesh, where they have made the most of every opportunity to teach the Word and minister healing. With the help of their ministry partners the Weldgens have also been able to aid relief efforts in poor communities by providing basic needs, including the digging of fresh water wells. More recently the Weldgens had come alongside the Forgoston family at CBC-India in Chennai. While all their endeavors produced Kingdom fruit, Chennai has provided a newfound stability for the Weldgens—they have recently become the new directors of AWM/CBC-India.
Lance said, "We have been at the Bible college for the past few months and the more time we spent there, the more clearly we saw God’s plan unfolding, and God continues to fine-tune the plan He has for us. I am blessed and honored to now be directing Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College of India!"
Lance likens the Weldgen's journey to that of Abraham's oldest servant in Genesis 24; the servant stepped out in faith to find Isaac a wife and the Lord led him to the perfect woman. "God was just that faithful with Gerri and me! We stepped out and the Holy Spirit led! We were led to minister in far reaching villages and hamlets where they have not known grace. Once we developed relationships with people who needed the unconditional grace and love message, God led us to CBC to train up servants to go out and do the same," said Lance excitedly.
When asked to share their thoughts on the transition of leadership at CBC-India the Forgostons had this to say, "We have known the Weldgens for a few years now and have seen that they have a real desire and calling to minister to the people in India. We're very happy that such dedicated people took up the challenge to move to the other side of the world to help take CBC-India to the next level!"
The Weldgens recognize the staff and students' commitment to spreading the Gospel of Grace to all of India, and they are excited with anticipation of what the Lord is going to do with and through the school in the coming years. Lance and Gerri are thankful to have been accepted so quickly by a wonderful staff and that they have embraced the Weldgen's vision for the school. "Our vision is to see many CBC schools open during the next years, and already we are close in two other major cities in India," said Lance.
In the meantime, CBC-India graduated 20 students in April of 2012, and each of these graduates plans to spread the almost-too-good-to-be-true-news of the Gospel throughout the nation. Their determination to share what they have learned highlights the power of God's Word and exemplifies Andrew's heart for ministry duplication through CBC. Andrew has declared that he will spend the rest of his life advancing the Kingdom based on the model found in 2 Timothy 2:2,
"And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also."
To learn more about Lance and Gerri's ministry and to keep up with their progress, visit their ministry website: Son Ministries International.