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Thursday
Mar312011

Sharing God's Love in the UK

Charis Bible College instructor, Dr. Delron Shirley (left) and the eight member CBC Colorado mission team visiting the United Kingdom. They ministered in Ireland, Scotland and England. (Click to enlarge)A missionary team from Charis Bible College-Colorado (CBC-CO) recently returned from a bustling adventure to the United Kingdom, which included stops in Ireland, Scotland and England. The team was made up of eight second-year students and was led by Dr. Delron Shirley.

The first stop was in Belfast, Ireland, where the team ministered at Charis Bible College-Belfast, which is directed by CBC-CO graduates Grady and Yvonne O’Brien. The team members were given opportunities to share their testimonies, teachings and prayer ministry with the Belfast students. The Colorado team also participated in an in-home fellowship just outside the city, and in a campus ministry in the heart of Belfast.

CBC-Colorado student missionary, Lydia Schneider, teaching at CBC-England.
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When their time in Belfast came to an end, the Colorado team crossed the Irish Sea by ferry to Scotland where they were met by John and Susan Donnelly, pastors of Glen Aros Church in the town of Dumfries. The team members stayed in the homes of various host families while ministering in Scotland.

The student’s adventure with the Donnellys began with a traditional ceilidh (pronounced kay-lay), which is a social gathering complete with bagpipes, kilts, and Scottish dancing. The highlight of their evening was the meal, which was complete with haggis, a Scottish delicacy of sheep heart, liver, and lungs mixed with onions, oatmeal, and spices cooked inside the sheep’s stomach. Yum.

The first day of ministry in Dumfries took place in an open-air meeting on a downtown public street. The students were invited to stand on the park bench and share their testimonies and whatever message was on their hearts. When anyone showed interest, they were offered free literature and a prayer. The following day, the students ministered at a church during both the Sunday morning and evening services. Colorado student, Doug Bishop teaching. (Click to enlarge)Students took turns sharing a testimony or short message in the church service, and then spent time ministering individually to the people as they fellowshipped after the service. A number of individuals received healings and a woman received a dramatic deliverance from a spirit that had been tormenting her severely. One man who had been suffering from serious knee problems was totally healed and began running up and down the stairs proclaiming his healing.

At the Sunday evening church service, Colorado team member, Caroline Walton had the opportunity to minister to the large Scottish family with whom she was staying. During the conclusion of the service, as Delron invited people forward for prayer, Many witnessed the love and miraculous power of God flowing through CBC-Colorado student, Caroline Walton (right) as she ministered. (Click to enlarge) the eldest daughter of Caroline's host family indicated that her friend needed prayer but was too shy to go forward. As Caroline approached him, she remembered being told that he had not previously received Jesus. Caroline asked him if he needed to be healed, and he explained that he had chronic pain in his lower back. Caroline then asked if she could pray for him and he agreed. She proceeded to evaluate his legs and saw that one leg was shorter than the other by approximately an inch. Standing on God's word, Caroline commanded his leg to grow in the name of Jesus Christ—and it did. After prayer for his back, hips and spine, all the pain left his body.

As Caroline made her way back to her seat, she heard the Lord say, "He is ready." Caroline knew this young man was ready to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior. She looked over and saw him sitting with his face in his hands. Caroline knelt down beside him and asked if he would like to make Jesus his Lord and Savior. The young man looked up with tears streaming down his face and answered, yes. "I placed my hand on his shoulder and introduced him to the God who had just healed him, and then led him in a prayer of salvation. What a wonderful way to meet the Lord, knowing what a mighty God He is,” said Caroline.

The CBC-Colorado team included Doug Bishop, Tennie Goen, Jim Schneider, Lydia Schneider, Jay & Karen Smith, Trish Sinclair, Caroline Walton and team leader Delron Shirley. (Click to enlarge)For the final leg of the journey, the students were guests of Charis Bible College-England, directed by Paul and Sue Fong Flanagan. Just as they had in Ireland, the Colorado team shared their testimonies and taught in the classes and in small groups. A highlight of the ministry in England was a communion service in which the Colorado team served the local students and then prayed with them. Many students from both campuses testified to receiving physical and emotional healings that day.

As time in the UK drew to a close, the Colorado team gathered for fellowship with a number of the local college students and staff, as well as members of the community for a home fellowship at the farm of Carol and Barrie Dupree. In that closing meeting, students offered prayer and ministry one last time. “It was beautiful to see how so many kept coming to various members of the team for prayer before we finally loaded the bus and headed back to the hotel in preparation for our departure,” said Delron.

Monday
Mar282011

The Wesley's International Journey

Charis Bible College graduates and missionaries to Nepal, Dawa and Bob Wesley. (Click to enlarge)In 1984, Bob Wesley walked away from his job as a civil engineer in Texas to answer the Lord's request that he return to his old stomping grounds in Indiana to share Jesus with some old buddies. With that first step he entered a life of missionary ministry that eventually led him to Nepal. After ten years serving the Nepali people, Bob met Dawa, a native of the Darjeeling District of West Bengal, India, who was working for a ministry in the same area of Nepal. Two years later the couple was married. Little did the Wesleys know that they would soon find themselves on an international journey.

City streets of Kathmandu, Nepal
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In 2000, the couple lived in a small town called, Kalimpong in the State of West Bengal, India. One day as Dawa was preparing lunch, Bob flipped through the television stations, and he came across Andrew's Gospel Truth program on the God TV Network. Bob watched for a short time and then asked Dawa to come and listen to what Andrew was teaching. After several minutes, Dawa said to Bob, "If you preach what he is preaching people here will kill you." Intrigued by Andrew's simple straight forward approach to teaching the Gospel, they continued to watch Andrew regularly.

Map of Nepal (Click to enlarge)Both Bob and Dawa continued to serve the Lord passionately; however, as time passed, the couple began to struggle under the weight of self-centered priorities. Their vows had united them as husband and wife, but both were driven by their commitment to their individual ministries. Each one preferred to focus on their work, and they had not continued to develop their relationship with one another or with the Lord; subsequently, their marriage began to fail.

After three years at CBC, Bob and Dawa returned to the mission field of Nepal. (Click to enlarge)After a long struggle with language and cultural barriers as well as differing levels of spiritual maturity, the Wesleys made the decision to put the work of the ministry on hold, and focus on addressing the their spiritual and marital issues. Having both gleaned a great amount of revelation from Andrew's, the couple chose to pursue relational and spiritual healing at Charis Bible College (CBC) in Colorado.

Though the three years in the United States presented their fair share of challenges for the couple, they managed to repair and rebuild their relationships at the feet of the Lord. After their time at CBC the couple was more fully equipped for life on the mission field—working together. Bob sharing the Gospel, discipling and working with the boys living on the streets. (Click to enlarge) Throughout their time in Colorado their hearts burned for the Nepali people. From the first week of classes, Dawa grew in her understanding of the love of God and she longed to share it. "I felt the love of God for the Nepali people who, like me, were dying in legalism and in bondage even after they were genuinely saved," said Dawa.

After three years, Dawa had grown accustomed to the comforts and convenience of living in the States, and her desire to leave had waned. Bob only had to remind Dawa of the call on their lives, and the couple again purposed to return to the people to which God had called both of them in Nepal.

Dawa ministers to the young women in the city. (Click to enlarge)Upon their arrival back in Nepal in 2009, the Wesleys stepped back into full-time ministry. They were struck by the harsh reality and contrast between life in America and life on the mission field. One afternoon, as Dawa approached her new office, she saw two boys on the street ahead of her. Immediately, she noticed the condition of their clothing and particularly their bare and roughly worn feet. As she watched them, she asked the Lord what He wanted her to do. "I heard the Lord reply, 'feed them,'" said Dawa. In that moment, the Wesley's ministry, Wesleys International was set in motion and they have been caring for the destitute of Nepal since.

The Wesleys have a number of programs that minister to local widows. (Click to enlarge)Bob and Dawa are dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus, equipping the saints for the work of ministry and caring for the needy. Their work is accomplished through the printing and distribution of Gospel tracts and bibles, teaching the body of Christ and caring for the impoverished. The Wesleys minister to the surrounding communities through a variety of programs, and they are bringing forth fruit as they continue to witness people being saved, healed, delivered and prospered. To learn more about Bob and Dawa's ministry to the people of Nepal and their united efforts to share Jesus, visit the Wesleys International website.

Thursday
Mar242011

How to Walk Blessed

Alfred and Angie Buhrke walk by faith and in agreement. (Click to enlarge)Al and Angie Buhrke have been walking with the Lord and growing in their relationship with Jesus for more than twenty-five years. Approximately sevenyears ago, they came across Andrew's Gospel Truth program on television. As Al watched Andrew, he identified similarities in their understanding of God and His word. Al also realized that Andrew was further along in his faith walk, and that he could advance in his own journey by gleaning from Andrew's revelation.

Andrew's teaching, You've Already Got It made a huge impression on Al and opened his eyes to the authority believers possess. He came to understand that the promises of God are available for all who choose to believe and receive them by faith. In 2010, the Buhrkes had an opportunity to put their faith to the test.

After declaring he would hold their Monday evening Bible study in the ER, Al felt a release from the some of the pain of his injury, and he was able to have X-Rays taken of his pelvis.
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On Monday, November 29, Al was performing routine cleaning of an air conditioning vent in his home. He was standing on a ladder, just three feet off the ground when he suddenly crashed to the concrete floor and landed on his left hip. As soon as he hit the floor he began shouting, "I am healed!" at the top of his lungs. "I had learned so much from Andrew, and I knew that my first reaction was critical," said Al.

Just as Al began to yell that he was healed, Angie arrived at home from the Bible study she had been leading. Although Al had taken his stand against the injury, he was still in tremendous pain and was unable to move; the couple called 911.

Because of the excruciating pain from which Al was suffering, the hospital personnel were unable to X-Ray Al's hip. While the doctors decided how to proceed, Al and Angie discussed their plans for the evening. Al sitting in the hospital.
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Injury aside, the Buhrkes regularly hosted a Bible study on Monday nights and they were not planning to cancel the meeting. Al asked Angie to call the group and tell them to come to the hospital; the meeting would take place in the Emergency Room (ER). As Al made that declaration, he felt relief from the pain, and he was able to undergo the X-Rays.

When Al's ER doctor shared his findings, he said Al had shattered his pelvis, and that he would need extensive surgery, reconstruction and many, many months of rehab. Upon hearing his diagnosis she said, "I don't accept that." To which the doctor replied, "Well, come and see the X-Rays." As Angie was going to view the X-Rays she realized she had a choice of how to react. Her choice was between being willing to risk ridicule for her beliefs or caving in to the pressure of the world? In that brief moment, as she wrestled with her decision, one of Andrew's Healing Journey testimonies, the story of Alan and Debbie Moore, came to mind. Angie was reminded of the way Debbie stood on God's word when her husband could not. She thought to herself, "If she can do it, I can do it."

Angie sharing her testimony at a recent Gospel Truth Seminar. (Click to enlarge)Angie looked at the X-Rays, and saw the damage, but she repeated her statement of rejection. The doctor asked Angie what she meant. Angie answered, "Not only do I not accept it; I reject it in Jesus name. My husband and I walk by faith and not by sight. We walk by what the word of God says, not by what we see, and I can see that X-Ray. Furthermore, God is our physician. My God can heal my husband without surgery."

The doctor flew off his chair and said, "If your husband walks out of here, I'll become a believer." She said, "Praise the Lord!" and walked out of the room. As the doctor returned to Al's bedside he ripped open the curtain and exclaimed to Al, "Your wife is delusional!"

That evening as the Buhrkes held their Bible study in the ER, the doctor abruptly entered and demanded to know what was going on. Paperwork at the time of his discharge from the hospital indicated that Al should not put any weight on his left leg for the following ten weeks.
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He spoke harshly to Angie, stating that this was a serious matter and that Al needed immediate surgery, stressing that if Al were to try to walk he would create serious complications. After the study, the Buhrkes were told that the hospital was transferring him to a trauma facility for surgery. Al spent the rest of the night in prayer, asking the Lord for the words to say to refuse the pending surgery. Morning came, but the words did not.

The surgeon entered Al's room and shared that his team had found more fractures in his hip than originally detected—but they had also chosen not to perform surgery. The Buhrkes were relieved. The doctor also said that Al should expect to be fully recovered in eight months.

After a total of ten days, Al was discharged and sent home with a wheelchair, a walker, five different medications and a $35,000 bill. Al chose not to use any of the medicine, relying instead on the manifestation of his healing, and after making a declaration not to use the drugs, Al did not suffer from any further leg or hip pain.

Al smiled as he stood and shared his testimony at the 2011 Gospel Truth Seminar in Houston. (Click to enlarge)Several weeks later, Al had grown weary from the taxing use of the wheelchair and walker, and scheduled an appointment with the doctors. Exactly five weeks from the date of the injury, Al and Angie returned for an exam. For the first time since he had fallen, Al reviewed the X-Rays and saw the massive amount of damage he had sustained. Although the damage shocked him, the doctor's statement also surprised him. Upon evaluation, the doctor said, "I'm going to let you walk." After hearing the news, Al stood and walked out—unassisted and pain free.

Al remarked, "This is not a story of a major miracle; it's a story of how to walk in the blessings of God, and how to push back when the world tells you what to do."

As for the medical bill...Someone else stepped in and paid his expenses in full. Al said, "The truth of the matter is, I'm blessed going in and blessed going out (Deut. 28:6).