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On the Road with Andrew: Germany IV

Marco Shulze translates Texas slang for the German speaking audience. (Click to enlarge)How do you say “…fall apart like a $2 suitcase…” in German? Not only do you have to translate the words, you must be sure that you transmit the meaning. “Fall apart” in American slang does not mean the same thing in German, French, Dutch, Hindi, Sinhalese, or Chinese. Nor does a simple word translation convey the meaning of “a $2 suitcase,” which is something cheap that breaks up under pressure.

This is the challenge faced by all translators who attempt to put “Andrew-isms” into a foreign language. It is one thing to translate in writing, with time to edit and correct every syllable. It is quite another challenge to accomplish this work while standing on the stage, live, flying by the seat of the pants, so-to-speak. Andrew thanks a group of translators in Germany for their work on his books. (Click to enlarge)(Come to think of it, how would you say “flying by the seat of the pants” in German? Someone might think you had a GPS in your hip pocket.)

This was the kind of problem Marco Shulze had to solve many times while translating Andrew’s messages in Karlsruhe, Germany. Thankfully, he had prior experience. He had translated for Andrew two years ago. But on this occasion, he did so well, and received so many compliments, that Andrew asked him to be his “voice” for the planned German language Gospel Truth TV programs in the future. These programs are only now in the planning stages

Judith Forgoston displays the favorite titles of German-Swiss readers. (Click to enlarge)Judith Forgoston drove from her hometown of Baden, Switzerland to the meetings in Karlsruhe to report on the great changes since she left to attend Bible college in Colorado Springs in 2005. When she left Switzerland no one had heard of Andrew Wommack. Now he is well known. His books are displayed prominently in many bookstores and people are talking about the teachings. The book translation efforts of Will Graham and his army of translators worldwide, is making a surprising difference in places such as Baden.

Filed Tuesday October 25, 2011 by AWM Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford.


On the Road with Andrew: Germany III

Andrew meets Pastor Anwar Fazal of ISAAC TV, Pakistan. (Click to enlarge)Perhaps the biggest surprise of our German conference was to meet the man behind a little known Gospel Truth TV broadcast from Lahore, Pakistan, Pastor Anwar Fazal. This man and his TV station have become a “phenomenon” in Muslim Asia and the Middle East! After a humble 2004 beginning on a local cable system, his 24/7 Christian station is now carried by Asia satellite 3, with a huge coverage area including all of China, India, North Africa, Australia and the Middle East. See for the full story.

Meeting to discuss translation issues for Gospel Truth TV worldwide. L-R: German ministry board member, Klaus Gruber, translation AWME IT manager, Aaron Roach, German ministry office director, Juergen Pauli, German media buyer, Thomas Hettinger, Anwar Fazal of Isaac TV Pakistan, AWME director, Will Graham, and Media Operations Manager for Andrew Wommack Ministries, Stephen Bransford. (Click to enlarge)Years ago, Pastor Fazal began to carry Andrew’s Gospel Truth daily program in English, free of charge. He did it because of Andrew’s message. A few months ago a broker threatened to replace Gospel Truth with a paying programmer. Pastor Fazal intervened. “Some people just think in business terms,” he explained, “I am a minister, I see with eyes of faith. We need Andrew’s teaching on Isaac TV. In fact, I have studied his teachings in English, and I teach his lessons to the TV audience in Urdu and Hindi. So even though Andrew’s programs are not available in these languages, at least the people hear of God’s unconditional love and grace from me.”

Filed Tuesday October 25, 2011 by AWM Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford.


On the Road with Andrew: Germany II

Zaida Gates, a "Word of Faith" pastor from the Republic of Panama. (Click to enlarge)After the second day of the conference, Andrew stepped onto the elevator at the Aviva Hotel in Karlsruhe, heading for his room. Zaida Gates was there.

“I have been looking for you for ten years,” she said. “Someone gave me a teaching tape back then and after hearing it, I told myself that I would find you and have you lay your hands on me and pray for my healing from kidney disease. But now that I have heard you teach at this conference, I do not need you to pray for me. I was healed 2000 years ago. I’ve already got it.”

Andrew was very happy to hear this. So many people continue to seek his prayers even after he has taught them about their own authority.

Andrew prays after the session for those who still feel the need for his help. (Click to enlarge)Later, Zaida explained that she was “old school.” In the faith movement, she said, she was always taught to seek out the man of God and receive a gift of healing. Andrew’s Living in the Balance of Grace and Faith teaches that the believer has already received healing by grace, and only need to reach out and take it by faith. Faith does not produce healing, faith lays hold of the healing God has already provided through the suffering of His Son, Jesus. This means that anyone can do it. No one needs to seek out the “man of God” for this to happen.

She said that as a faith minister she had been working herself to death over the years. Uwe Dalke, senior pastor at the Christian Center in Karlsruhe, made concluding remarks at the end of each session. (Click to enlarge)She was the “woman of God” that many people looked up to for healing. She laid her hands on many people and saw them healed, but she was becoming sick herself. “Where can a faith pastor go when he or she becomes sick and needs help?” she asked rhetorically. She had worn out her immune system and now a disease was attacking one of her kidneys. She had come to Germany from Panama to see specialists who could help her. That is when she saw that Andrew was in a local conference and she came to have him lay hands on her.

The balance of grace and faith has given her a larger perspective; “I’ve already got it. It’s mine,” she said, with a confident smile.

Filed Monday October 24, 2011 by AWM Media Opertation Manager, Stephen Bransford.