The final meeting in St. Petersburg included the graduation ceremony for Charis Bible College. Mike and Carrie addressed the crowd and introduced each student and graduate. Their teamwork in training these world changers, and their affection and personal connection to each student was evidence of their true calling. Carrie, after graduating from Charis Bible College-Colorado, has given more than a decade of service to Russia. Mike has proven to be not only a wonderful husband to Carrie, he is a full partner in the work of Andrew Wommack Ministries here.
Andrew followed the graduation with a message about the importance these students have placed on the word of God by committing two years of their lives to a concentrated program of study. They had honored God by honoring his word, Andrew said, and by doing that, God promises that He will honor them.
As we left the Azimuth Hotel, Carrie escorted a student to Andrew’s side with a word of testimony. Her name was Natasha, and on Andrew’s first day in Russia she had come to him for prayer that she would be healed of AIDS. Unbeknownst to her, her husband had been diagnosed with AIDS and had not told her about it until he was obviously sick. He recently died of the disease and the doctors had placed a death sentence on her as well. Now, a week after prayer, she had returned from extensive testing and the doctors could not explain why they found no trace of the virus in her body! She wanted to thank Andrew for teaching the word in such a way that she could reach out and take by faith the healing God had provided by grace.
We leave St. Petersburg with a sense that Natasha’s testimony promises a much greater future for Russia than her past. With that, we turned our attention toward our next destination, Telford, England and the Grace & Faith Conference.
Filed June 4, 2012 by AWM Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford.