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Monday
Dec122011

CBC Mission Team Visits Argentina

CBC Colorado students performed many skits for the people of Argentina. (Click to enlarge)In early November, Charis Bible College-Colorado sent its first team of the 2011-2012 academic year to the mission field. The group, students ages 17 to 89, led by CBC Director, Gary Luecke, had the opportunity to minister in several cities in Argentina. The Colorado team was hosted by full-time missionaries and CBC graduates, Joe and Nancy MacQueen. The MacQueens are the founders of Charis de Dios (Grace of God) Ministries in Buenos Aires.

Hosts, Nancy and Joe MacQueen, of Charis de Dios Ministries and future directors of the CBC extension school slated to open in Argentina in March of 2012. (Click to enlarge)Joe and Nancy organized a number of outreach projects and local church ministry opportunities for the students. The team was invited to minister and teach in Pastor Jonathan Ravello's church, Palabra de Fe (Word of Faith) in Buenos Aires and Pastor Jorge Ovando's, Iglesia Bautista (a Spirit-filled Baptist Church) in the city of Lujan. In addition to sharing at many church services, the students also hosted parties for local children, evangelized in area parks, and hosted an assembly at a local school.

The team performed lively skits in parks, churches and schools, sharing the life and love of Christ. Here Jesus and Peter walk on the water. (Click to enlarge)The teams dramatic performances touched the hearts of the Argentenian people inside and outside the church. (Click to enlarge)The lively children's parties included many games, musical fun and skits. "They did a really neat skit for the kids going through the whole life of Jesus – it was really well done. Then they gave the salvation message and many kids accepted Jesus," said Nancy excitedly. She also shared that, "Pastor Jorge, who had been very reluctant to allow a female to teach in church, was absolutely 'blown away' and humbled by the teaching 17-year-old Brittanie did at one Wednesday night church service in Lujan.

Jeanne, CBC's 89-year-old student missionary, seen here teaching through her interpreter, ministered with love and boldness to everyone she met whether they spoke English or not—including Catholic priests. (Click to enlarge) 17-year-old Brittanie shared a powerful teaching in Lujan. Pastor Ovando had been reluctant to allow a young woman to minister in his church, but he was pleasantly "blown-away" and humbled by her message. (Click to enlarge) At CBC foreign mission trips are viewed as a valuable part of the student's ministry training. Their primary focus during these second-year trips is to share the almost-to-good-too-be-true news of the gospel with as many people as possible during their seven to ten day stay on foreign soil. The experience abroad gives students' a refreshingly new perspective of the world and provides abundant learning opportunities unavailable otherwise. With

Prayer ministry at Palabra de Fe. (Click to enlarge)The students leading worship at Iglesia Bautista in the city of Lujan. (Click to enlarge)regard to her experience in Argentina, CBC team member, Jill Tomlinson said, "I learned that it is great to have expectations, but that ultimately it is God's decision how He wants to manifest Himself to us and to the world. Our trip was all about His love... that was our message everywhere we went and that is what we experienced ourselves."

Jill's husband and CBC student, Jimmy Tomlinson shared, "I experienced God's love flowing between fellow believers who have never met one another in person and yet share the connection we have in Christ, and I was able to see first-hand how the Body of Christ can work together in ministry (even with language barriers) in displaying His love to others."

"Jesus said in Matthew 9:37-38, 'The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.' This is so true. The people were so open and hungry for Jesus. The Love of God I saw, changed my life!" exclaimed CBC student, Lisa Bradley.

From their wide range in ages to the gifts with which God had equipped them, this was a diverse group of students. "The diversity of their gifts was received with great warmth from the beautiful people of Argentina. It seemed like the students chosen to minister at the various services were ordained by God as their messages, testimonies, worship, etc., seemed to always be right on, and they blessed many people," said Gary.

Thursday
Dec082011

Lance Weldgen: Healed and On A Mission

Lance and Gerri with Andrew and Jamie at the Sanctuary during a Healing Journeys reunion in 2011. (Click to enlarge)In November of 2010, we posted a story about Lance Weldgen's Healing Journey; a wonderful story of Lance's victory over fibromyalgia and his faith building journey into ministry. In today's article we are happy to share an update about what Lance and his wife, Gerri, are doing with their lives as a result of their time at Charis Bible College. For Lance, the healing wasn't the end of the story—it was just the beginning.

Lance and Gerri each graduated from CBC-Colorado; Lance in 2009 and Gerri in 2011. "Both of us agree that being saturated with the Word at CBC was the very best time of preparation in our walk with Jesus. We were transformed at CBC. The Word was planted Lance and Gerri being water baptized in 2008. (Click to enlarge)deep, and the seed is already bearing fruit," said Lance.

Andrew's teachings, Spirit, Soul and Body, The Believer's Authority, The Positive Ministry of the Holy Spirit and Don't Limit God, each had a profound effect on the Weldgen's understanding of God's Word. The revelation they received from Andrew and CBC shaped Lance and Gerri's ministry, bringing them from a works mentality to a place where they are able to receive God’s grace and direction and respond in faith with a love for others that never ends.

Lance graduated from CBC-Colorado in 2009. Gerri graduated in 2011.
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Both Lance and Gerri put their revelation to work. Even before graduation, Lance went to work at the Springs Rescue Mission in downtown Colorado Springs, where he ministered to the men in their New Life Program. During his time at SRM he witnessed both physical and spiritual healing and transformation in many lives. Gerri too, had the opportunity to minister in her profession as a certified Muscular Therapist at a local senior center. She had spent years working as a therapist, but after her time at CBC and her baptism in the Holy Spirit, manifestations of complete healing became commonplace. One of Gerri's clients had suffered with numbness in her leg for 14 years, Map of India highlighting the region in which the Weldgens will be ministering. (Click to enlarge)and one day while Gerri ministered to her, she received complete healing. "We expect results. We expect healing," Gerri said joyfully.

Although the Weldgens were seeing fruit in their individual workplaces the Lord began to shift their attention to the mission field in India. This was a drastic change for the couple—at least for Gerri. For some time, Lance had experienced a growing desire to minister in India, but Gerri had not shared the sentiment. Gerri was supportive of Lance's desire and very aware of it as he would bring it up from time to time in conversation. Instead of physically heading onto the mission field, the couple chose to sponsor two needy Indian children through the World Vision ministry.

On their third day in India the Weldgen's were invited into Victor's home where they had the opportunity to share their testimony and teach on healing.
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In 2003, Lance had the opportunity to go to India to meet the children the couple sponsored. That experience further solidified Lance's dream to pursue missions in India. "When I came home to Colorado, I knew that one day I would return to India," Lance said.

Lance eventually realized that if the Lord wanted the Weldgens to go to India, He would also put the desire in Gerri's heart and he held his peace about his dream. Then, in January 2011, the Lord supernaturally changed Gerri's mind. She was asleep on a bus bound for Arizona to serve as part of Andrew's prayer ministry team at a Gospel Truth Seminar in Phoenix. Gerri woke upLance teaching a small Agape Fellowship Church in Hyderabad.
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at dawn and as she stared out the window she had a vision. "Lance and I were ministering—in India! More important than that vision was that I had a total heart change. My heart was suddenly filled with the love of God for his people in India,” shared Gerri excitedly.

Lance was elated, and the call was so strong that the Weldgens began preparing for their transition immediately. As they took each step in faith, the Lord continued to direct them. He showed them that they were to go to Hyderabad and reconnect with a pastor Solomon Raju, whom Lance had met back in 2003, and that they were to go to Chennai The Weldgens ministered to Sujartha and she was healed.
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and serve at CBC-India.

The Weldgens made their final preparations this fall and left for India in late October 2011. The couple plans to see hearts and bodies made well, and to disciple many in the Word! They will also minister to the region's poor through the provision of basic needs, such as the drilling of fresh water wells in small villages. "God’s plan is very big here," said Lance.

To learn more about Lance and Gerri's ministry and to keep up with their progress, visit their ministry website: Son Ministries International.

Monday
Dec052011

Julieann Hartman: A Fearless Woman of Faith

Julieann Hartman, a fearless woman of faith.
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For years, Julieann Hartman lived her life pushing her body to the point of exhaustion. Her rigorous physical workouts were extreme and lasted between three and five hours per day, six days per week. Julieann didn't work out for targeted health reasons or to manage her weight, and although she was employed as a physical fitness instructor, she didn't do it for the money. Julieann did it to keep her inner fears from overtaking her, thinking that if she worked herself to the point of collapsing into bed every night, then she would escape fear's torment (1 John 4:18).

Julieann and her husband, Butch, near the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.
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Julieann's relentless pursuit of exhaustion wasn't limited to exercise, everything she did, she did with all her energy and for the same purpose—exhaustion to combat fear. "It was about keeping my mind occupied," said Julieann.

The question is what drove her to such lengths? Julieann was introduced to fear as a child growing up in Burbank, California, where she was exposed to the uncertainty of living with an alcoholic father. Life was unpredictable, and unsafe. The family never knew what state of mind Julieann's dad would be in when he arrived at home, and he would often insist on driving them around while he was severely intoxicated. "That was really scary. The Hartmans, Butch, Carly, Julieann and Sophia celebrating Carly's sixteenth birthday. (Click to enlarge)We thought for sure that he would end up killing all of us in an automobile accident. Praise the Lord; God was keeping us safe even then, when we didn’t know Him," said Julieann.

When she was nine, Julieann's mother packed up the children and left their father. Her mother even went as far as to change their names to hide from him. Regardless, Julieann lived in fear that he would find them and kill them for leaving. The door to fear was left wide open.

As Julieann matured, she grew to harbor fear in many areas of life, but her strong-willed nature allowed her to mask her fearfulness by developing her self-reliant and exhausting coping mechanisms. Julieann outside the CBC campus in Colorado Springs. (Click to enlarge)She poured herself into acting, then into working behind the scenes in television and then into life as a fitness instructor, wife and mother of two daughters—burying her anxieties.

For most of her life Julieann avoided church; she didn't feel worthy to sit where God lived. However, when she he was 27, she gave her life to the Lord and she was born again. Julieann and her husband, Butch, began attending a large church in South Central Los Angeles. Between raising her family, working and attending church, Julieann's schedule was full and she began to disregard the things that The Hartmans enjoying some playtime at a roller rink in Glendale, CA.
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normally gave her panic attacks—she began to experience some freedom. Then, a famous word-of-faith minister visited the Hartman's church and he prayed over the congregation for freedom from any demonic power that kept people in bondage. Julieann left feeling free.

For years, everything went very well for Julieann. Then, blindsided by unforeseen changes at work, her career as a physical fitness instructor suddenly ended. "The last time I was without somewhere to go everyday was when I still lived at home as a kid. Wow! Screech! Who put on the brakes?" Julieann exclaimed as she shared her story. She found herself alone—with her thoughts. The Hartmans weathered fear's torment together. Julieann had all but begged Butch to leave her during her lowest point, but he stood by her side. (Click to enlarge)"I was sad. I was depressed. I felt hopeless. I never felt so alone in my life!" recalled Julieann.

She had reopened the door to fear and the enemy wasn't shy about his reentrance. Julieann suffered with the mental anxieties she had always battled, but this time she had physical symptoms as well. Every day she struggled with chronic flulike symptoms, body aches and pains, random numbness and twitching. The Hartmans spent tens of thousands of dollars on medical and alternative treatments trying to help Julieann. Her life became consumed with visiting specialists and worse—diagnosing herself via the Internet.

Julieann sitting in Andrew's chair on the set of The Gospel Truth television program—a program she had once dismissed.
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"The funny part of this was that even if a doctor would give me medication, I wouldn’t take it because I felt that I was not being in faith. It was crazy!" said Julieann.

During a trip to Texas to celebrate Thanksgiving in 2009, Julieann stumbled across Andrew's Gospel Truth program on TV. Within seconds she dismissed Andrew wondering aloud, "Who could listen to him? I would fall asleep." Six months later however, she came across Andrew again. This time, she heard Andrew say something that grabbed her attention and went straight to her heart. Andrew was sharing things Julieann had never heard before and she was captivated.

The Hartmans, seen here in Uganda, founded Hartman House, an international, non-profit organization, which reaches out to the less fortunate Their motto: "We can for those who can't." (Click to enlarge)Julieann went to Andrew's website and began downloading his teachings and ordering materials. "I took two weeks, cleared my schedule, and I didn’t leave my house. I listened to Andrew, I watched Andrew, I prayed, I read and I spoke to my body! I was filled with so much peace and joy! I also enrolled in the Online Charis Bible College. I immersed myself in the Word! The Word came alive in me and my symptoms started to change," said Julieann.

Among the materials that changed Julieann's life were the Healing Journeys testimonies, particularly Nikki Ochenski's story. Julieann saw what God had done for Niki and knew by faith that He would do it for her. "We had a lot of the same symptoms. The fact that AWM updated the testimony a couple years later was really inspiring because Niki didn’t lose her healing," said Julieann joyfully.

Today Julieann is free from fear. She leads a weekly Bible study in her California home sharing Andrew's materials and the personal revelation she has received of what Jesus has done for her. She knows Whose she is, her authority in Christ and that she is more than a conqueror! Julieann is happy to share her true freedom.

Julieann and Butch founded Hartman House Foundation, to find out more about their work and the impact they are having in the United States and abroad be sure to visit their website.