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Monday
May232011

A Mission of Healing

Recently, Charis Bible College-Colorado sent a team to the mission field in Ecuador. (Click to enlarge)God touched many lives through outstanding demonstrations of His healing power during a recent Charis Bible College (CBC) mission trip to Ecuador. Under the direction of Dr. Delron and Peggy Shirley and missionary to Central America, Mickey Cartagena, the CBC students learned that flexibility and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit are of utmost importance when on the mission field.

After nearly twenty-four hours of travel, the CBC team arrived at their hotel in Ecuador at four in the morning. Due to their travel schedule the team had planned to enjoy a slowly-paced first day. They visited a local botanical garden where they jumped into ministry mode and gave an impromptu presentation of a Gospel-centered skit to a group of senior citizens, also visiting the garden. Three CBC students, Pharisee Bendolph, Greg Bramblett and Dracian Coroian, stand around an Ecuadorian man and his wife. The students prayed for the man's eyesight. He was blind, but now he can see! (Click to enlarge)Soon, what could be described as a revival meeting broke out as nearly every senior citizen was prayed for by the CBC team members. Many instant healings were witnessed including the restoration of hearing and vision. "The schedule that I had prepared was one that would give the students many opportunities for ministry and fellowship with the people of Ecuador, but the student's enthusiasm and fervor created even more opportunities," said Mickey, the trip coordinator.

The experience with the senior citizen group set the tone for the rest of the trip as the team ministered in various cities including Machala, Huaquillas, Puerto Bolivar, Salinas and Pasaje. The students served as the hands and feet of Jesus, and continued to witness the healing power of God at work everywhere they went. Long lines of people, hungry for a touch from God, formed at each service.

The team gathered to pray for people who had come forward to receive Jesus and to be baptized in the Holy Ghost. (Click to enlarge)People came forward for salvation, baptism in the Holy Spirit, and especially for healing during the meetings. In addition to the many physical ailments that were healed, there were numerous emotional healings and deliverances. "The team wore buttons that said, 'Jesus valora tu vida,' meaning 'Jesus values your life.' This message flowed forth from the students' testimonies, their teachings, their mannerism, their actions, and from their hearts to each and every person they came in contact with, and it was life changing for many," said Mickey.

One woman named Martha grieved the loss of her mother, father and brother. Martha also harbored feelings of anger because she thought her sister had wanted her brother to die so that she would receive more inheritance. These emotional burdens made Martha easy prey for demonic oppression. Mickey Cartagena, trip coordinator and co-founder of Alpha and Omega International Ministries, translating for CBC student Joann Rye.
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As she came forward for prayer, the demon which was tormenting her began to manifest and put Martha into a trance-like state. CBC students took authority over the spirit, and Martha became conscious again. The team then prayed with her to be able to forgive her sister, and to receive emotional healing. It was impossible to miss the huge smile of freedom on Martha’s face following prayer.

Another woman, Tiffany, had been suffering from epileptic seizures for eighteen years, often suffering as many as five per day. Her mother and sister brought her to one of the CBC meetings held in a high school auditorium in the town of Pasaje. While at the meeting Tiffany had a seizure. Her mother explained that being in large crowds triggered her seizures. The students, and other local believers spent an hour praying over her, but she never regained consciousness. Even though her family knew the crowds could trigger her to have another severe seizure, the family brought Tiffany back for another meeting in Machala. The CBC team ministered to young and old alike. Here they pray for a young boy. (Click to enlarge)When they arrived a group of students met Tiffany and her family outside the church, and her mother reported that Tiffany had only experienced one mild seizure that day, which was a significant improvement. Since Tiffany was alert, the team could easily minister to her. Since the family was not completely sure of whether or not they were truly born-again, the prayer team prayed with Tiffany’s family for salvation first. The team then continued ministering to Tiffany for healing and deliverance. After a short time, Tiffany announced she wanted to go inside the church. Since she was able to go into the crowded church without experiencing a seizure, the team took it as evidence that she had received her healing.

CBC student, Fancine Van Bromell, with two little girls. The team made special note of the how children at each meeting were drawn to Fancine.
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During the last night at the church in Marchala, fifteen-year-old Yaniel came forward for prayer. He was completely deaf. As prayer began and the healing power of God was released upon him, Yaniel fell to the floor grasping his head in tremendous pain. Eventually, he was able to explain to his mother why he was in pain. Yaniel’s mother told the CBC students that he was hearing for the first time and the unfamiliar sensation was overwhelming due to the complete silence he had experienced for fifteen years.

As people were touched by the power of God, they couldn’t help but share their testimonies, and the excitement became contagious and irresistible. Entire families received salvation and baptism in the Holy Spirit. One man, after being filled with the Holy Spirit shared that he could feel, “fire inside his heart.”

The entire mission trip was truly a healing journey. In addition to the many lives that were touched, healed and delivered throughout the trip, the CBC team also left Spanish translations of many of Andrew’s books behind; these are sure to continue to bless the people of Ecuador.

Wednesday
May182011

A Pharisee Set Free

Charis Bible College graduate and business owner, Sandy Harmon. The Lord has prospered Sandy as she has followed His lead. (Click to enlarge)Sandy Harmon was navigating her way through the ravages of divorce when she was first introduced to Andrew's teaching. In the summer of 2001, Sandy's counselor, a Christian woman who had been helping her through her marital situation, asked if she could give Sandy some audio tapes that would further explain some of the topics the two had been discussing. The teaching Sandy's confidante gave her was Andrew's Spirit, Soul and Body, and her reception of this teaching brought the beginning of a huge change in Sandy's life.

Nearly a decade after Sandy had received the free gift of salvation, and after she had served her church as a deaconess and a Bible study leader, she began to realize that she had not established a true relationship with Jesus. In her own words she was a Pharisee.

When Sandy listened to Andrew's teaching, You've Already Got It, she was set free. She had been teaching Bible lessons and acting like a Christian, but she really didn't understand the truth of the Word. This message completely changed Sandy's approach to the Word and her relationship with God. Sandy Harmon's three children enjoying the favor of God and their first winter in Colorado Springs. (Click to enlarge)"I was always dragging my knuckles behind me into my time with the Lord and feeling like such a failure. I was always asking God to give me more love, more patience, more kindness; I did not know that I already had it inside me. I cannot tell you how much that changed me. Understanding that, I began to walk a little taller and with a peace (instead of striving) that I had never known," said Sandy.

As Sandy continued to listen to Andrew's teaching, she began to have a desire to attend Charis Bible College (CBC). Although she imagined attending CBC in the distant future, it became clear to her, as she gained deeper revelation of God's love for her, that the Lord was leading her to go to CBC much sooner than she envisioned. In early spring of 2002, Sandy contacted CBC and asked for information about the school. She then attended one of Andrew's camp meetings and that helped finalize her decision; Andrew and Sandy Harmon standing in what would become the headquarters for AWM and CBC Colorado. It was from this visit to the new building that Sandy returned to the Robinson location to overhear the phone conversation that led to her first job in Colorado Springs. (Click to enlarge)she moved her family to Colorado one month later.

Sandy and her three small children, twin five-year-old daughters and a two-and-a-half-year-old son, left the east coast and drove to Colorado Springs. No job, no contacts, no place to live—just a mom, her kids and a faithful knowing that she was to attend CBC. As Sandy stepped out, the Lord met her family's needs.

After getting situated in Colorado Springs, Sandy spent the next two years attending CBC; saturating herself in the Word of God and being equipped for a life of ministry in the marketplace. Her mornings were spent in classes and her afternoons were filled with business opportunities—all of which came supernaturally.

For example, Sandy walked in on a phone conversation the CBC receptionist was having with a local business owner; Sandy and her Discipleship Evangelism class, which was led by program co-author, Don Krow (center, red shirt). (Click to enlarge)the conversation was about Sandy. Sandy had previously called the business owner about a job opening, but was so quickly dismissed because of her limited availability, that she didn't even have a chance to leave her name. Somehow the business owner had tracked Sandy down to invite her to apply for the job. When Sandy arrived to apply, she noticed the owner wasn't feeling well and asked if she could pray for her. The owner allowed Sandy to pray. The woman was instantly healed and exclaimed, "You're hired!" Sandy went on to enjoy extraordinary favor within the company during her days as a CBC student, and she was able to minister to the company's staff on a regular basis.

Andrew and Sandy at her CBC graduation. (Click to enlarge)Sandy continued to work with the company after graduating from CBC until the Lord began to turn her attention to Real Estate. This surprised Sandy because although she had been successful in the field before moving to Colorado, she had been open with the Lord about not wanting to be involved with it again. "I was very much against it since Real Estate is a very performance driven industry and I was now living by grace. Grace and performance are polar opposites," said Sandy.

Sandy yielded to the stirring and gave her notice at work. Six months later, after hearing in her spirit "Call brokers," she began to call local Real Estate brokers and ask them if they needed help with their businesses. As she offered her expertise, not as an agent, but as a consultant, the Lord consistently brought her new experiences and a wide array of job opportunities—not all in Real Estate. Over the next several years Sandy held four different jobs, and much like Joseph's story in the book of Genesis, God's favor was evident in each position. She would work for a season, and then Sandy would be laid off. Though troubled by the disturbing trend of being let go, Sandy began to see that each new job had prepared her for the next—each was a promotion. Sandy and her children after graduation. (Click to enlarge)She could see that her work across the years since graduating from CBC had prospered her employers and her family, and each position had provided an opportunity to minister to her employers and clients.

After being released from a job in 2009, Sandy reflected on her experiences, and it became evident that the Lord had gifted her in the areas of business development, organization and administration. Sandy sought the Lord for her next step. Again she heard the words, "Call brokers"—something from which she had drifted, clinging instead to the security of a steady paycheck and benefits. Sandy heard the Lord say, “If it’s not by my grace, than it does not belong to you.” Again Sandy yielded and opened her own company. "By this point I knew that the Lord had gifted me to help people—specifically Realtors. The name of my company is Helping You Succeed and that is what I do. Sandy enjoying a moment outside last fall. (Click to enlarge)I assess a broker's business and spiritual needs, and then God uses me to be a blessing to them and to minister to them in their marketplace."

Looking back Sandy shared, "The Lord was so good in how He provided for me and my three when we got to Colorado." Through Andrew's teaching and her subsequent revelation of God's love for her, Sandy had developed a true relationship with the Lord. Through that relationship with Jesus and her dependence upon the Holy Spirit, He has guided her every step into His promises of prosperity and abundance.

Monday
May162011

Andrew Shared the Truth in Washington D.C. 

Andrew teaching at the Thursday evening service in Washingto D.C. (Click to enlarge)Andrew spent the third weekend of April ministering to large crowds in the nation's capital. He shared a series called, The True Gospel. He opened Thursday evening's meeting acknowledging that many in attendance would feel let down at the announcement of the topic, but Andrew pressed on and boldly insisted that most people, including the average Christian, do not understand the true Gospel. He jumped right into the word, where he read from the book of Romans:

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth..." (Romans 1:16).

Getting ready in DC...Here Andrew's crew builds the platform.
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Andrew used this verse to make the point that most Christians do not understand the fullness of the word salvation, and that churches have limited it to mean only the forgiveness of sins. Andrew said, "It is true that sins have already been forgiven and you can reach out and just take it, but salvation isn't limited to the forgiveness of sins." He went on to explain that the Greek word translated salvation in this verse was used over three hundred times in the New Testament, and that it applies to more than the forgiveness of sins, but also to healing and deliverance.

As Andrew continued to share the power of God unto salvation, lives were touched and forever changed. Close to three-hundred people came forward throughout the weekend to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and more than a dozen received Christ for the first time. Andrew's GTS crew prepares the auditorium. (Click to enlarge)During each session Andrew revealed more of the true Gospel and the prayer team saw consistent manifestations of God's power flow as they ministered to those who came forward for prayer.

A woman suffering from macular degeneration in both eyes came forward and shared that the symptoms of her affliction made it impossible for her to read. After prayer, she thought she could see clearer. Later, she returned to the prayer minister crying. Her tears were those of joy, and her mouth was full of praise, as she held up a piece of paper—that she could now read.

Andrew ministered to large crowds each session while in the nation's capital. (Click to enlarge)A man in his early twenties approached a prayer minister and explained that he had been forced to leave college because he was suffering from the torment of his thoughts. He boldly stated that he had come to the conference to be delivered. Knowing her own authority, the minister put her hands on him and said emphatically, "Be Free!" As the young man received the power of God flowing through the minister to him, his whole countenance changed, and he was set free.

These are just two of the many manifestations of God's power that followed Andrew's ministry of The True Gospel in the nation's capital.

Watch the clip below as Andrew introduces the topic of his teaching for the 2011 Gospel Truth Seminar in Washington D.C.: The True Gospel.

 

Click here to view the entire five-part teaching series.