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Red Hawk Ranch & The Sanctuary

Andrew stepping out of the excavator he used to break ground at The Sanctuary (formerly, Red Hawk Ranch), the future home of Charis Bible College in Woodland Park, CO. (Click to enlarge)With the long-anticipated groundbreaking at The Sanctuary behind us, Andrew and Charis Bible College look forward to a bright future for the new campus in Woodland Park, Colorado. For two years, this blog has shared Andrew's heart and vision for the property and covered the process by which the ministry has undertaken this project. Previous owners of the property also had hopes and dreams for the land on which CBC's new buildings will sit, and as God would have it, the desired outcome is very much the same—that it would be a place dedicated to the glory of God.

Red Hawk Ranch

Red Hawk Ranch, as it was known before AWM purchased it, and Andrew and Jamie renamed it The Sanctuary, was owned by Gilbert S. Jackson and his family. Gilbert, who acquired the land in 1990, had always thought of himself as a Christian, but it wasn't until two weeks before he passed away that he truly received Jesus as his Savior.

Visionary and former owner of The Sanctuary property, Gilbert S. Jackson. (Click to enlarge)After the celebration of Gilbert's 74th birthday, he lay in bed hurting and frustrated as he struggled with the pain and symptoms of cancer. As his nighttime nurse's aide, Merline, comforted him, she commented to him that as far as she knew Gilbert was only missing one thing in his life. Anxious to hear what she thought, he asked her to tell him what he lacked. Merline shared Christ with Gilbert, and in the moments that followed he was born again.

Gilbert said he, "saw Jesus," and the experience was so tangible to him that it noticeably changed him. In the days that followed Gilbert could hardly contain his happiness. Although he was bedridden, he sought to share his experience with everyone he knew including his daughter, Debbie Jackson Littlestar. When Debbie arrived at his house, Gilbert wanted to tell her all about his salvation experience. "I had never seen such deep joy on my dad's face and in his eyes—such amazement and love," shared Debbie.

(1996) Gilbert's daughter, Debbie and her husband Mark Littlestar stand on the building site of their home, the building Andrew now calls the Lodge.
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After being born again, Gilbert told Debbie and her husband, Mark Littlestar, that he wanted all of his properties to go to Christian endeavors. As Debbie recalled conversations with her father, she shared that he was a visionary. She said Gilbert would sit and brainstorm for hours about the future of Woodland Park, and he encouraged his family to do the same. On one such occasion, Gilbert shared his heart for education and learning and how he dreamed of having a school on the 157 acre property. Gilbert had even imagined having a school with glass walls so that the students could feel like they were outside while learning.

The Littlestar's home now serves as The Sanctuary's Lodge. A facility which has temporarily housed many ministers and AWM functions. (Click to enlarge)After Gilbert passed, Debbie handled her father's affairs and managed his assets both in Colorado and in Texas. In 1996 Debbie and Mark decided to build a home on the ranch, the house Andrew calls the Lodge, with the intent of living there forever, raising their two daughters, Sarah and Krissy, and sharing it with people from all over the world. "We were involved in international missions with various organizations and hoped to share this blessing with our friends and family as they traveled through Colorado," said Debbie.

The Littlestars named the property Red Hawk Ranch because of the red hawks (seen here on the post) that frequently visited the site during the building process. (Click to enlarge)As the Littlestars began the process of building their home, a couple of missionary friends visited and offered to pray over the property and the project. "The four of us stood back-to-back, facing in all four directions, and we prayed out loud for the property to be used by God to glorify Himself and further His Kingdom," Debbie shared.

Their prayer time, which included blessing the future builders, took place on the spot that would eventually accommodate their house. Ironically this was the same site that had served as the dump for the ranch for the previous 50 years. "It's a great metaphor for restoration and redemption, isn't it?" suggested Debbie.

80-yr-old, master carpenter, Bob Flett, placed the large beams found in the Lodge. Bob prayed over the each log as he worked. (Click to enlarge)Over the course of the building project many hands worked on the home and the accompanying outbuildings. Their efforts created a special place for all to feel welcome and open to feel God's presence. Among those who contributed to the home's beauty was 80-year-old master craftsman, Bob Flett. He was hired to place the log beams inside the home. Debbie recalled with fondness, Bob's gentle spirit and soft godly manner. The Littlestars also shared that Bob had prayed over each beam as he worked with them.

Although the Littlestars' plans changed and they sold the property in the latter half of 1999, their prayers and desire for the ranch live on through Andrew's vision for the property. Looking back on her father's creative thinking, Debbie said, "This is the answer to our prayers and our desire for Dad’s dying wishes to be fulfilled."

With construction underway at The Sanctuary, Gilbert's dreams for Red Hawk Ranch and Andrew's vision for CBC's new campus are becoming a reality. Continue to check back as we bring you updates on the construction progress at this place dedicated to the glory of God.

Reader Comments (11)

How amazing! This is why the devil just can't stop this from happening! As hard as he has tried, nothing has hindered it and will never hinder it from getting the message of God's love and grace to the nations through the multiplied thousands who will walk through that building, sit in those seats in the auditorium, sit in those classes, soaking up God's Word and HIs grace, and look through those glass walls to gaze upon "America's mountain, Pike's Peak!"

Blessings abound on every square inch of that magnificent property!!!

August 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEleanor Lock

I met Andrew in Phoenix, Ariz. over thirty two years ago and his teaching changed my life forever. I am so glad to be a partner with this ministry and to see this campus beginning to be built. Now many more will hear the simple gospel truths that changed my life and many thousands more will have there lives changed too!


August 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Micknal

What an awesome story...God's will being carried out before our eyes.
So happy that Gilbert came to know Jesus before he entered into eternity.
God bless "the Sanctuary." We will be there soon (as students) on our journey with God.

August 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNina Niedenfuer

Thank you so much for sharing this amazing testimony. It is very encouraging to hear the "back stories" on the wonderful works that we see taking place in the Name of Jesus. May God richly bless this new chapter in AWM as it continues to impact world.

August 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTed Cramer

I have been attending Andrew Wommack's Bible College at River of Life in Raleigh, NC. I began in September, 2010 and on January 20, 2011, my younger brother, 56 years old, died of cirrhosis of the liver caused by alcoholism. He was my only sibling. It was an awful time in my life, watching my brother die a little each day,

I am SO GRATEFUL to Andrew and all the professors at Charis for their teachings.....I was able to see God in a very special way that blessed me and comforted me through my brothers funeral and memorial. During that time God taught me many things about forgiveness and blessings. Most importantly, God healed many relationships in my life..........especially my relationship with my father. In the Intensive Care Waiting Room, my father and I talked like we had never been able to talk before! The walls between us came down and the miraculous gift of forgiveness and healing happened! Thank you, Jesus, for my father and for everything YOU have taught me. I love you.

I am now taking my LAST TEST and I am proud to say that I am very close to completing my first year of Andrew Wommack's Bible College! Thank you, again, Charis. My life is on a very different pathway now and I am blessed and changed forever! Fran Ammons, Cary, NC

September 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfran ammons

What an encouragement to know the history of this piece property and to see the intricate plan, purposes and timing of the Lord nurtured in the hearts of those who love Him!

We are so privileged to watch these present events unfold and delight in the fulfillment of all these desires! As Proverbs 11:30 (and Proverbs 13:12) says, "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise" (Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.). What was only a short time ago a desire in the hearts of a few people is becoming a tree of life to many!!!!

How Good is the Lord to invite us to dream and desire good things with HIm???!!!

September 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Palomares

What an amazing story! It really is...I do imagine that Mr. Gilbert would have wanted to include the town of Woodland Park in his vision. I don't really know, but it sure sounds like he would with the man he was.

Building a public trail abound the Sanctuary would be a nice way of including the surrounding neighborhoods and other members of the community so that they, too, may enjoy the amazing creation of God. Currently, the Sanctuary plans don't include a public trail. What an opportunity to encourage others to become Christians as well!

September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Fitzsimmons Pierce

What a wonderful story! God bless this family that they would honor Him by selling their beloved property to AWM, and God bless the ministry as it sets out to bless the world through the love of the Lord. I literally have tears in my eyes from reading this. Thank you SO much for sharing. My husband and I are very excited over this endeavor and pray God's richest blessing on it, on every hand that sets out to build the campus, on every foot that comes forth from there and treads this earth for Jesus, on the entire ministry and everyone involved throughout the world, on the Littlestar family, and of course, on the Wommacks. And lest we forget, God bless that nurse for boldiy sharing her faith with Mr. Jackson, and praise God for Mr. Jackson's faithfulness in sharig his vision with his family. I love to see how God works!

Rejoicing in the Lord and His goodness forever,

Sheila from Florida :-)

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Praise God for the wonderful way He works. He desires to show all who will, the love and compassion HE has for us. I feel that the campus is a slice of heaven sent down to earth to impart the beauty of the Lord into people who desire to share that love and beauty with the Nations one life at a time.I cry because I see someone and something that truly does remind me of the true Gosple of grace. Amen to all involved in this process and thank you to Andrew for touching humanities lives.

November 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBobby Hulsebus

Brother Andrew, I believe the coming of our Lord is so near. When I saw all the building you have planned at Charis, I wondered if it was as near as I thought. The Lord seemed to impress on my heart that Charis Bible College will be a training school also during His millennial reign. People who live through the tribulation will need to be school in the things of God.
Also my 90-year-old mother received her healing from constant leg pain (metal implants for broken bones) during your August healing conference. All praise and glory to the Lord Jesus.

August 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHarriett Ford

A very encouraging testimony. One
of the things I learn from this
story is that God's vision may be
given to different people in
different generations. Each people
will fulfil part of that Vision
according to the illumination and
resources provided to them in that
season. They may move away from
the vision, abandon it or even die
but God's vision goes on. It acquires
new owners and they likewise
build on the Vision to the next stage.
Therefore we should never have
to worry about when, or how late
we start on the vision God has
given us. Some parts of it may be
already in place , having been
planted by those who came before
us. It is God's Vision, He will
complete what He started. Beatie

December 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBeatie Shepherd

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