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Monday
Mar192012

How HE Loves Each of Us

In early 2012, CBC-Colorado sent a student missionary team to Russia. CBC students Shirley, Rheta, Gideon Collin and Dan pose for a living "Last Supper" portrait at the Koralia Church.
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One visit to the mission field, short term or long, has a tendency to change a person. The experience often exposes an individual to facets of God's love and aspects of ministry that they would otherwise never encounter. Through Charis Bible College's missions program, many students have had the opportunity to see the world and God's people from a new perspective. This was the case for CBC student, Sharayah Stitt; her trip to Russia with a team from CBC-Colorado solidified a direction for her future.

The team led by CBC-Colorado's Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson, visited St. Petersburg in January and ministered alongside staff and students from Charis Bible CBC-Colorado students, Sharayah, Alex and Steve, enjoyed their time ministering at Charis Bible Training Center in St. Petersburg.
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Training Center. The Colorado students had the chance to minister in the CBC extension school as well as at a local rehab center and small village church several hours outside St. Petersburg. It was at this village church that Sharayah encountered the Lord in a new way.

At the church, the students gathered in groups of three in front of the platform for a time of prayer ministry. A young girl named, Galya, was brought to Sharayah's group. It was evident by her lack of eye contact that Galya was very shy and timid. Through the translator Sharayah understood that the girl, about 17, was recently orphaned, and now found herself living on her own and caring for a younger sister. While they did have a home Carrie Pickett, the Director of CBTC in St. Petersburg (center) stands on the platform of a small village church with the team's interpreter and CBC Colorado's team leader, Michelle Patterson (right). (Click to enlarge)and a small pension from their father's passing, it was clear that Galya's heart was broken and she needed love.

"After praying, I asked our interpreter to tell Galya that she was pretty and reminded me of one of my friends. She looked up nearly astonished, for the first time making eye contact, then smiled ever so slightly and threw her arms around me in the most desperate hug I have ever experienced," Sharayah said.

The two embraced for several minutes and for the next half hour, stood with their arms around each other, listening to another CBC team member minister on God’s love. From those first moments, Sharayah and Galya were inseparable. If they were standing, they were hugging; if they were sitting they had their arms around each other. It did not matter that neither spoke the other's language—God’s During the course of the mission trip, Sharayah (right), gained a glimpse of God's love for each of us. Here she sits with her new friend, Galya.
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love bridges any language barrier.

"She had obviously not been shown much love growing up, and I believe God specifically sent me to Russia to spend time with her, love on her, embrace her, and show her the tangible side of God’s love," Sharayah said.

When the group was departing, Galya found an interpreter to share her thoughts with Sharayah. Galya told Sharayah that she loved her. During the emotional moments that followed, they shared one last embrace, and Sharayah said she loved her too.

Sharayah spent the ride home meditating on her experience. She said, "He sent one person around the Sharayah, caught a glimpse of God's love for each of us, and it was overwhelming. (Click to enlarge)world just to show one of His children that He loves them. God filled me with a taste of the love He has for everyone. I was overwhelmed by even that small fraction; unable to fully comprehend the capacity of love God has for us and wants us to show others."

For Sharayah Russia was a life-changing, life-directing experience. She has seen how much God desires for others to know His love, and He revealed to her that He has gifted her and called her to be a missionary— to spread His love to others abroad.

Thursday
Mar152012

Andrew Ministers in Houston, Texas

Andrew ministers during the altar call opening night of the 2012 Houston GTS. (Click to enlarge)Andrew held his second Gospel Truth Seminar of 2012 in the "Bayou City," Houston, Texas. Thursday evening, he introduced a series called, As I Have Loved You, saying the teaching would be a tremendous eye-opener, a challenge and a blessing to those in attendance. Andrew then turned to the thirteenth chapter of the book of John where he read, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another," (John 13:34). After bringing some context to the passage of Scripture, he made the point that this was not a casual suggestion; it was Jesus' last instruction to the disciples the night before he was crucified, and He gave it as a command. Andrew continued to explain that believers are to love people as He (Jesus) loves people, mentioning that the Andrew's message touched hearts and brought many to the platform for prayer ministry. (Click to enlarge)biggest hindrance in sharing Jesus' kind of love is that believers haven't truly received God's love.

On Friday night Andrew said, "You can't love other people until you first of all, receive the love of God. This is why most people aren't walking in love, and they get so ticked off at people. They are short-tempered and have un-forgiveness and bitterness in their heart. It's because we have been given a wrong impression of God's love for us. Religion has taught us wrong."

As Andrew spent the weekend ministering on the unconditional love of God, teaching that His love is never condemning Andrew adding emphasis to his comments as he reviews what he's been teaching. (Click to enlarge)and not something to be earned, but something to be received and shared; the ground of people's hearts softened. As a result of their new revelation, many people came forward for prayer ministry with expectant hearts.

One woman suffering with congestive heart failure, breathing problems, and a hunched spine came forward for prayer. With her heart prepared by the Word, she was totally transformed following prayer. Her natural color returned to her face, breathing became normal and her spine straightened. She received such refreshing strength in her limbs that she left the meeting pushing the wheelchair that she no-longer needed!

Andrew pauses for moment letting his previous statment linger.
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Another woman, suffering from constant headache pain, came forward for prayer. She explained to the prayer minister that her pain was a symptom of a golf ball-sized tumor on her brain. As the minister prayed for the woman, she felt the tumor disappear under her hand, and the woman's pain left instantly.

Be sure to watch the clip below as Andrew introduces the teaching for the Houston GTS, As I Have Loved You.

Monday
Mar122012

All The Right Moves: The Pudlo Story

Mitzi and Rick Pudlo, owners of Pro Cargo, a global freight forwarding company, study the Scriptures together. (Click to enlarge)Rick and Mitzi Pudlo met in the summer of 1975, and were married in the fall of 1976 at a local county courthouse. They remember the judge pointing his finger at them and saying, “If you put Jesus at the center of your marriage, you’ll never have any problems.” At that moment, Rick had a vision of he and Mitzi, merging into one person; the two of them becoming one flesh (Ephesians 5:31). Although Rick was not saved at the time, his experience at the courthouse made a significant impact on him and left him with a decision to make; would he acknowledge God’s presence in his life, or continue on a path of destruction?

The Pudlos spent a good portion of their first two years together high on drugs.
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Although neither were living God’s plan for their lives when they were married, Mitzi had received Jesus as her Savior when she was eleven, and Rick had been raised in church. Rick had gotten into drugs in his latter teens, and for two years following their marriage, Rick and Mitzi continued to live a life involving drugs, all the while knowing God was trying to reach them. The first Easter the Pudlo’s were married, they attended a small Baptist church in rural Kentucky. When the invitation was given to receive Jesus, Rick audibly heard God speak to him, “Rick, come.” Needless to say, Rick was shocked. “It was like someone had bellowed through a megaphone,” Rick explained. Despite this experience, Rick still resisted.

Mitzi and Rick lived rebellious lives, but the Lord was working on their hearts. (Click to enlarge)Although the Pudlo's continued their rebellious lifestyle, Rick soon came to the realization that he needed to change his course or he was going to end up in jail, or worse—dead. Rick got up one Sunday in July of 1978 and went to a Baptist church thinking that the Baptists never fail to give an altar call. He waited for the invitation, but it never came. Rick figured if they didn’t give an altar call, he couldn’t get saved. Later that same week, Rick went outside into his garden in the early morning hours, fell on his knees and looked toward heaven. “I didn’t say the sinner’s prayer or anything, no words came from my mouth, but the cry from my heart was one of help to the Lord. The moon and the stars are my witnesses that God touched my life and changed me on the spot. I got up out of the dirt a different person,” Rick said.

Rick standing next to the couple's car, on their journey West. (Click to enlarge)Mitzi acknowledges that Rick was indeed a “completely changed man” and within two weeks, the couple had sold nearly everything they owned, loaded up their Volkswagen and left town, throwing drugs out the car window as they drove. They had no idea where they were going, but figured God would direct them. Ten thousand miles and six weeks later, the two landed in Boulder, Colorado where Rick ended up getting a very good paying job. Things were looking up for the couple.

One day, while riding in his work truck, Rick heard Andrew on the radio. He liked what he heard and he and Mitzi decided to attend one of Andrew’s meetings in Denver a few days later. After several years working a variety of jobs, Rick (right) longed to start his own freight forwarding company. The Lord opened the doors for Pudlos to start their company, Pro Cargo. (Click to enlarge)It was at that meeting that Rick and Mitzi learned about the Baptism in the Holy Ghost. Rick was baptized at the meeting and Mitzi followed a week later. For the Pudlos, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost opened up a new level of intimacy with the Lord, and Andrew's steady teaching continued to minister to the couple.

Over the next several years, Rick and Mitzi committed to do exactly what God led them to do. The couple moved from Boulder to Knoxville, Tennessee and then to Houston, Texas, where Rick landed a job at the Houston airport with a freight forwarding company. “I didn’t even know what a freight forwarder was or that there was such a business,” Rick said. He and Mitzi remember sleeping in their car at a gas station when they first arrived in Houston, trying to save money so they could As the Pudlos sought the Lord for wisdom, He brought them from a humble start-up in their home, to international status.
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rent an apartment. Rick’s boss happened to ask him about his living situation during his first day of work. After Rick explained their situation, his boss gave him enough money for first and last month's rent. For four years Rick stayed with the company, during which time the Pudlos had two children; a daughter, Jordan and a son, Asher.

In January, 1985 Rick left his freight forwarding company at the Houston airport to work for an oil well completion company. Rick’s job was to transport the necessary tools, which included explosives to the company's job sites. Although he enjoyed his job, Rick could not stop thinking about owning his own freight forwarding company. After much prayer and consideration with Mitzi, Rick decided to take another step of faith. “I told my boss my intentions and he and I drove Today, Pro Cargo offices in Houston, New York, Toronto and Dubai. (Click to enlarge)to headquarters to talk to the president of our division. I told him I liked my job, but if I didn’t do this, I’d grow old wondering if I would have made it,” recalled Rick. To his amazement, the president responded, “I know exactly what you mean.” Not only did the president of the company support Rick’s new business venture, he offered him a safety net. He told Rick that if things didn’t work out, he could have his job back.

In 1988, the Pudlos started Pro Cargo. From humble beginnings, Pro Cargo now has four locations around the world. Today, the Pudlos enjoy sowing seed and giving back to the Kingdom. Rick and Mitzi Pudlo. (Click to enlarge)“One of Andrew's teachings that ministered to us early in our walk with the Lord was on giving. No matter how lean the times were, we knew that giving was something we were called to do. It's always been a joy to give, and it's true—you can’t out-give God!” said Mitzi.

Be sure to watch the video below for more insight into the Lord's work in Rick and Mitzi's lives during their journey to prosperity.