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Thursday
Mar102011

2011 Houston GTS

Andrew introducing the teaching for the weekend, How to Receive God's Best. (Click to enlarge)Andrew and his conference team were recently in Houston, Texas for a Gospel Truth Seminar. The meetings took place the second weekend in February, and Andrew shared a teaching called, How to Receive God’s Best. He began the message by sharing scripture from the twenty-ninth chapter of the book of Jeremiah, where God states through the prophet Jeremiah, that He has a plan and an expected end for the people (29:11). Andrew went on to teach how to understand that plan and how receive the best God has for each believer. Over the course of the three day conference, seventeen people received salvation and nearly two hundred people were baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Andrew ministered to those who answered the altar call at each meeting.
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Of special note was a woman who attended the Thursday night meeting, who was suffering from lung cancer. As Andrew prayed from the platform, for people with cancer, he looked directly at the woman and said that the tumor was gone and that she was cured in Jesus’ name. She returned to the conference on Friday and shared that she had been back to the doctor, and that the cancerous nodule on her right lung was no longer there. Praise God!

Another woman who was in attendance on Thursday evening suffered from degenerative disc disease in her back and shoulder issues, which caused her left arm to be disabled. Her MRI showed tearing and cysts on her shoulder, and she reported that her arm would click, catch and sometimes "lock up" when she attempted movement. Ater the meeting, one prayer minister prayed with a woman who had been battling high blood pressure. After the prayer the woman checked her blood pressure again and saw a significant reduction from her previous test prior to the meeting. (Click to enlarge)Friday night she came back to the conference and gave a praise report that she had been healed and had her full range of motion again. She was very excited to report that she slept like a baby on Thursday night, without any pain. She was further excited to tell of how, on Friday morning, when the pain tried to come back she took her authority and spoke to the pain, commanding it to go. She seemed as excited about her new found authority over her body as her healing itself.

Other prayer ministry highlights included the healing of spinal disease, acid reflux, sciatic nerve pain, high blood pressure, arthritis, vision issues, hip pain, and eye floaters; these were all healed in Jesus name. And last, but not least, following prayer a little girl received healing in her body and was able to eat macaroni and cheese, cheese enchilada and ice cream for the first time in a year and a half. God is good!

Watch the video below as Andrew introduces the teaching, How to Receive God's Best at the Houston Gospel Truth Seminar.


 

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

Monday
Mar072011

CBC Colorado Sends Team to Costa Rica

Charis Bible College Colorado sent a student mission team to minister in Costa Rica. (Click to enlarge)Costa Rica was the destination of a recent mission trip for a team of students from Charis Bible College (CBC) in Colorado Springs. The group from Colorado was hosted by, and ministered alongside a team from Kingdom Transitions Ministries of San Jose, Costa Rica which was founded by CBC graduate, Jim McHood. CBC Instructors Dr. Delron and Peggy Shirley and Intern Eric Williams, led the Colorado team. The following is Delron’s summary of the team's ministry highlights while on the mission field.

The mission actually began before we arrived in Costa Rica as a couple of the students led their seatmate on the plane to salvation and the baptism in the Holy Spirit while still airborne. CBC students ministered to school children and their families.
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On Friday, we visited a school and had a special assembly where the CBC students presented the gospel through skits, music, and testimonies to the elementary school children and their parents. Each child also received a special gift of a Spanish New Testament and some school supplies. On Saturday, we were back at the school for a full day of activities, including a high-energy rally with games, puppets, dramas, music, testimonies, teaching, and prayer, followed by a fun-filled time at the newly constructed obstacle course on the school grounds. The evening concluded with a free Christian movie and a time of ministry to the community living near the school.

Many had fun on the obstacle course, which was partially funded by the mission team.
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Sunday was a full day of ministry, beginning with a service at a local church complete with Spanish music, testimonies, and a skit. Almost the entire congregation came forward for prayer, and many received significant instantaneous answers. One man walked away from the altar carrying the cane that he had been dependent upon when he hobbled forward for prayer. Another lady came forward with knees so stiff that she could barely bend them, but was able to walk briskly across the stage after a simple prayer of faith by one of the students.

After a tearful goodbye at the front door of the church, the students boarded the bus to head to a remote village for a tour of a parcel of land where Kingdom Transitions Ministries is building a campground. The visit was highlighted by a refreshing time playing in a river on a rope swing. But even while we were having fun in the water, some of the students were busy on the shore sharing the gospel with a couple of local residents.The mission team stopped to watch Delron's antics on a riverbank rope swing. (Click to enlarge)

Next, we visited a rehab for men who were recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. Dramas, testimonies, and preaching were followed by a time of prayer and personal ministry to the men. All the men received prayer and at least one of them was baptized in the Holy Spirit.

On Monday, the team visited a rehab center for women, most of whom had been rescued from prostitution and drug addiction. All the ladies were touched by the dramas and victorious testimonies, and were blessed through the prayers and love of our team. Staff and students praying for men in a rehab facility. (Click to enlarge)Several of them were slain in the Spirit as the students laid hands on them and commanded that they be released from the bondages which held them captive.

Tuesday was our last full day in Costa Rica, and for many it was the most memorable. We started our day by loading the bus early in the morning to head for the Pacific coast. Once we reached the beach, we found a place where we could present our dramas and music to the passersby. The action really began once the first person came forward for prayer. As we prayed for him, others started gathering around to see what was happening. Soon, every member of the team was actively ministering to the people. Drivers stopped their cars right in the street causing a mini traffic jam, and called our team over to pray for them in their cars. One man who came to the Lord returned asking us to come with him to talk to a local shop owner up the street. What began with one man coming forward for prayer, led to wave after wave of seekers coming to the CBC team as they ministered on the beach. The desire for prayer even backed up traffic in the city street.
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Since he couldn’t leave his store to come to us, we went and ministered to him. Wave after wave of seekers kept rushing to the CBC students to ask for prayer. We saw a number of alcoholics delivered and several instant healings. One man came limping up with a bandage wrapped around his ankle and leg; after prayer, he pulled off the bandage and walked away without any haltering in his step.

After the bus trip back to San Jose, we gathered for one “last hurrah” before our early-morning flight back to Colorado—a farewell banquet of typical Costa Rican fare accompanied with traditional Latin music and dancing. As the students shared their final goodbyes with the interpreters and other team members, the constant theme was how much they had all been impacted by the love of the Costa Rican people. When asked to share some of the most impactful moments during the trip, one student told the story of how his heart had melted when a little girl had reached up to grab hold of him during the children’s program, and one lady described the moment that she “melted like butter” as one of the women at the church hugged her after the service.

The Costa Rica mission was a powerful time of ministry to the locals, but just as impactful to the students who made up the team—the exact reasons we love to lead mission teams to foreign countries!

Thursday
Mar032011

No More Fear

April Parker and her three children, L-R: Logan, Rylee and Noah. (Click to enlarge)April Parker lives a full, blessed life with her husband of thirteen years, and three children ages 10, 8, and 5. The Parker family resides in Georgia, where April runs her own business called Creative Artists. Looking at April now, it’s difficult to believe that she was once crippled by the spirit of fear.

When April looks back over her life, she thinks her struggle with fear was always present, but she recognizes that after she had her first child the fear rose to new levels. “I believe a mother’s protective nature is from the Lord, but can be perverted when laid on a foundation of fear,” April explained.

At first, April recalls just having subtle fears of her son becoming sick, The Parker family. (Click to enlarge)but as time went on the thoughts became consuming images, that wouldn’t stop replaying in her head. April feared for her life as well. She loved the Lord, but thought maybe it was God’s will for her to die early and not be there to raise her children. Each time April got in the car, she would plead with God to protect her vehicle, but anxiety prevailed despite her prayers.

By the time April gave birth to her second child, she felt that she no longer had any control over her thoughts; they tormented her (1 John 4:18). She would have a thought and then the thought would become an image in her mind. She prayed that God would free her from the ever-escalating fear, but things only grew worse. April was afraid to tell her husband, Travis, just how out of control her struggle with fear had become. April and her husband Travis.
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“If I had gone to a doctor and told them what was going on in my head, there is no telling what I would have been diagnosed with. Not to mention the medication I would have been put on,” April said.

One of April's biggest “light bulb” moments came during a phone call from her mom. She said, “April, fear is sin, and more importantly, it’s not from God.” Then her mother began to quote scriptures such as, 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind,” and Romans 8:15, “For you did not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba Father.’”

April and her mom, Paula.
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What April’s mother shared with her during their conversation that day, was the beginning of revelation and freedom from the bondage in her life. “In Hosea 4:6, God tells us that His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, and that is where I’ve lived most of my life. But not anymore,” April declared.

This truth changed everything for April. She began to study what the Word had to say about the spirit of fear, how to overcome it, and why the Word tells us to “take every thought captive and to cast down imaginations” (2 Corinthians 10:5). April began to see that thoughts can come from one of three places: God and His Word, one's mind, or the enemy. As she continued to study, she started to understand that her battle was in the spiritual realm, and that her mind and emotions had been heavily affecting her escalating fear.

As April was gaining revelation of her unnecessary bondage to fear, she and her mother were introduced to Andrew’s ministry. The very first topic April heard Andrew teach was, We’re in a Spiritual War. A mom free from fear. (Click to enlarge)She listened to the teaching over and over, and each time, gained new revelation. One particular analogy Andrew used really spoke to April. “He gave a great analogy of a bird. He said you can’t stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can control whether or not it builds a nest there. In my own life, I had made a habit of entertaining thoughts of fear, allowing them to build a nest, so they played out in my life,” April explained.

Andrew encourages a literal application of James 4:7, “Submit yourself therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.” So April would repeat that verse hundreds of times a day saying, “I submit myself to God, I resist you fear and you will flee from me.” It took April only a few days before April's freedom from fear allowed her to have ears to hear the Holy Spirit. (Click to enlarge)she had pushed out the consuming thoughts of fear and replaced them with the truth of God’s Word. April said, “Now that I knew God didn’t want me to fear, and he wanted me to have faith in Him, I wasn’t going to have a drop of fear. Sounds crazy to go from one extreme to another, but trust me, extreme faith beats extreme fear any day.”

April’s next victory came through Andrew’s teaching on, “God Wants You Well.” She needed the revelation that God did not want her or her family sick. She had been under the misconception that everything that happened was God’s will. April thought God might want to teach her something by allowing her children to become ill. “I now know without a doubt that God forgave our iniquities and healed all our diseases. I now understand that His desire for me is to live and not die, and to declare the works of the Lord.”

April being sworn in to her elected position on the school board. (Click to enlarge)April now shares her testimony with anyone who will listen and has given away hundreds of Andrew's teachings. She tells people that if there is something going on in their life that doesn’t line up with the Word, they don’t have to yield to it. She encourages them to speak resistance to their stronghold and command it to leave.

In the fall of 2010 April fearlessly ran for an elected office based on a vision the Lord had given her. In November 2010, April became the first woman to hold a county-wide seat on the local School Board. “And it took a whole bunch of faith, not fear, to get there,” April said.