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Andrew Visits Glory of Christ Church in Uganda

Andrew speaks at Glory of Christ Church.
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Every trip to Uganda includes a Sunday speaking engagement at Glory of Christ Church. Pastor Herbert Kiwanuka was the first Kampala pastor to embrace Andrew’s teaching and let it transform his congregation. Pictured here is the crowd that gathered to hear Andrew at the second Sunday morning service. There were no empty chairs inside, and outside, many listened on loudspeakers placed in the streets.

Pastor Herbert interprets for Andrew.
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Pastor Herbert began his ministry conducting miracle and salvation meetings in the outlying villages of Uganda. It was to these same villages that he led Leland Shores in 2006, pulling together the original network of pastors receiving Discipleship Evangelism training. This was the foundation that grew to become Charis Bible College, and the Andrew Wommack Bookstore in Kampala. Herbert has been a key to seeing the message of God’s unconditional love and grace take hold in Uganda.

We can still hear this choir singing, “His love has made me whole …” (Click to enlarge) Three young men re-enact historic drama.
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Each visit to Glory of Christ Church features the music of several choirs, plus a display of African tribal pageantry. This time three young men (above) depicted tribal warriors confronted with the healing power of Jesus. They celebrate the miracle that caused their tribe to reject superstition and witchcraft and embrace Christianity.

Pastor Herbert’s twin daughters join in a youth dance. (Click to enlarge)Priceless.
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The young dancers pose with Andrew.
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Late arrivals in a full house.
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Pastor Herbert Kiwanuka, what these eyes have seen… (Click to enlarge)Picture Pastor Herbert as an eight year old orphan watching a sudden hail of bullets and grenades explode through the wall of the only home he has known. The bullets riddle the bodies of his beloved aunt, uncle, and cousins. He is untouched so he falls down with them because he is sure it is some kind of game. His Aunt pulls him to her side, urging him to lay very, very still as a group of Idi Amin’s soldiers kick and shoot their way into the room. Miraculously, the boy alone survives and grows to become an angry young criminal wreaking vengeance on Uganda. In the midst of his crime spree, he encounters the one who so miraculously spared his life---Jesus Christ. When Pastor Herbert preaches the good news today, he knows perhaps better than most, the life changing power of love over hate, grace over law, and mercy over justice. This is just one more reason why we always look forward to our regular visit with Pastor Herbert and Glory of Christ Church.

Filed November 10, 2011 by AWM Media Operation Manager, Stephen Bransford.


Francine Jackson: Following God 

Charis Bible College graduate, Francine Jackson, serves as the Administrator for CBC-Chicago.
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Francine Jackson, Administrator for Charis Bible College-Chicago, was born again in 1996. The immediate change in her spirit prompted immediate changes in her natural life as well. Her desire to draw closer to the Lord inspired her to retune all of her radios to Christian programming, and it was this change that opened her ears to Andrew's ministry and the Gospel Truth.

Back then, Francine worked as the Administrator for the Metropolitan Division Social Services Department with The Salvation Army in Chicago. She began her morning routine listening to Christian radio, and Andrew's program was the last broadcast she heard before work every morning.

After years of listening to Andrew, and hearing wonderful testimonies about CBC and the transformations in the student's lives while attending, she began to have a desire to visit the school and one day move to Colorado to enroll in the college. Francine on her CBC second-year mission trip. (Click to enlarge)While the thought stayed with her long enough to share with her pastor, she never moved ahead with the idea.

One day in 2003, as Francine was visiting the AWM website she saw an announcement that said Charis Bible College was launching its first stateside extension school—in Chicago! Excited about a local school, Francine went to the open house, but because of a tug of war she felt in her heart between her desire to attend CBC and her commitment to her work, she didn't enroll.

Still wrestling with the choice the day before classes began, Francine contacted the school and asked if it was too late to register. Francine and one of her fellow graduates making a presentation to then Directors, Tenese and Mark Bassett.
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The co-director at the time, Tenese Bassett, welcomed Francine's enrollment as a part-time student. "After completing my application, I headed back to work. I was so happy. Tenese often tells me that when I left that day, she saw me outside skipping back to my car," Francine shared fondly.

In 2005, Francine completed the first year curriculum while working full-time. Although her schedule was taxing, she looked forward to her nighttime classes. During summer break, Francine faced another challenge; her second year classes were only offered on a full-time basis and the tug of war resurfaced in her heart.

Former CBC Co-Director, Mark Bassett, presenting Francine with her graduation certificate. Francine went on to completed a third-year apprenticeship at CBC.
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Believing that God wanted her to complete the two year program; Francine approached her supervisor at work and requested that her hours be adjusted to accommodate her class schedule. Initially her supervisor responded favorably to the idea which put Francine's heart at ease. But as class time drew near, her boss began to waver and challenged Francine about her commitment to her position—a position with an organization she had served for the previous twenty-four years.

Francine prayed, and the Lord reminded her of something that He had spoken to her not long before she decided to attend second year; His words were simply, "Follow Me." As she recalled those words she knew what she had to do. Emboldened by His faithfulness, Francine went to her supervisor and shared her heart saying, “I love what I am doing here at The Salvation Army, but I cannot sit here every day knowing that I should be at CBC. I understand your decision, but come August I will be attending school full-time.”

On July 2, 2009 Francine was ordained by Andrew at the annual Summer Family Bible Conference in Colorado Springs.
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It was more than just Francine's two decades of committed service that hung in the air during the moments that followed her declaration. She had no other source of income, no spouse to depend on and would not receive any unemployment benefits if she lost her job. But even with so much at stake, Francine had peace because she new God would take care of her as she followed Him.

Francine started second year in August of 2005 and she was able to keep her job. "My supervisor changed her mind and changed my hours! That’s how powerfully the Truth will impact your life," said Francine.

Following the Lord's lead Francine graduated with CBC-Chicago's first graduating class. In the months that led up to graduation Francine had a series of dreams. In one very vivid dream she resigned from her position with The Salvation Army. Awakened by the dream, she sat on the edge of her bed and asked the Lord if she was really leaving her job.

Francine currently serves CBC-Chicago with Director, Cindy Quarles and the other CBC staff. (Click to enlarge)Several weeks later she received a call from the directors of CBC-Chicago announcing their plans to leave the school after graduation and they asked if she was interested in being considered for the school's Administrator position. Francine said, "Yes!" excitedly.

Following the call, knowing in her heart that this was her next step, Francine had another dream. In it she was sitting across the table from AWM's World Outreach Director, Wendell Parr, who is in charge of CBC's extension schools. In the dream he said, "I've chosen you." Francine knew the job was hers. And it was; Francine has been CBC-Chicago's Administrator since the Bassetts left in 2006.

For Francine receiving a revelation of God's unconditional love and grace has provided more than just a change in jobs; the Truth has set her free in every area of her life. "The Truth has set me on the path of the amazing plan God has for my life. The Truth has allowed me to experience the greatest relationship I have ever had– knowing the true and living God, the One He sent and the Holy Spirit. It doesn’t get any better than that! I am blessed to know the Truth and now I have the wonderful privilege of teaching others to know Him," said Francine.


On the Road with Andrew: Uganda II

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The first graduating class of Charis Bible College Uganda took center stage on this special day. First year students received a certificate of recognition, while those completing the two-year course wore gowns and received diplomas. The event was testimony to dedication, endurance, and hard work. Not only for the students, but for the extraordinary service of CBC grad Dean Crooks and his wife Linda, who were suddenly called upon to hold the Andrew and Wendell greet guests arriving for the ceremony.
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school together following the untimely death of director, Leland Shores. If CBC gives out medals of valor, they should be first in line. Indeed, it was a day of firsts.

The presence of Andrew and Wendell Parr was deeply appreciated. The students are depending on Andrew Wommack Ministries to continue its presence in Uganda. In that regard, Andrew announced that he is grooming third-year students to restart the full Charis Bible College program. In the meantime, the bookstore in downtown Kampala will continue as a partner and Gary Everett (right) served as Master of Ceremonies. (Click to enlarge)ministry center, and the Gospel Truth broadcast will continue twice daily on local Lighthouse TV.

Gary Everett, longtime director of Lighthouse Television has accepted the additional role of ministry director for Andrew Wommack in Uganda. His years of experience in the local culture and his connections to government and business, have helped stabilize Andrew’s position after the loss of Leland. At Gary’s invitation, Catherine Naava Nabagasera, Special Assistant to President Catherine Naava Nabagesera, Special Assistant to Uganda's President Museveni. (Click to enlarge)Museveni, brought congratulations to CBC graduates from the President.

And Parliament member, Honorable Mariam Matembe, nearly stole the show. As former head of the Office of Integrity and Ethics, she challenged the graduates to boldly enter all levels of Ugandan society and make it a better place.

A touching moment in the proceedings occurred when Leland’s widow, Andrew enjoys a moment with firey Miriam Matembe. (Click to enlarge)Carole Shores received her first year certificate of completion. On this first CBC graduation day in Uganda, the memory of Leland Shores and his unique leadership was never far from anyone’s thoughts. Yet the legacy of his service seen in the lives of these students seems alive and well, and ready for a bright future.


Leland’s widow Carole Shores receives her first year certificate. (Click to enlarge) Wendell Parr, Director of World Outreach, and CBC grad John Kimani. (Click to enlarge)


Filed November 2, 2011 by AWM Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford.