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Tuesday
May292012

Russia Trip 2012: CBTC-Naberezhnye Chelney

Andrew, Stephen Bransford and Will Graham walk to the theatre in the new Russia. (Click to enlarge)Naberezhnye Chelny is the second big [sic] and high-populated town of Tatarstan and the most dynamically developing one of Russia." These words, written in limited English, greeted our team as we arrived in our rooms at the Kamaz Hotel in central Russia. Here, as in much of Russia, the old world built by Communism is being renovated and replaced by an aggressive new Russia, built on the principles of Western capitalism. In this environment of competition, each community advertises its merits to the world— “…the most dynamically developing one of Russia.

But we had not come to build a business, or to correct anyone’s English, rather to meet with Victor and Natasha, Charis Bible College grads from St. Petersburg. Mike and Carrie Pickett had spoken of them often but this would be our first meeting. After years of conducting Discipleship Evangelism home groups, Victor and Natasha have established a Charis Bible Training Center in this city of a half million people. Their first class was set to graduate, and they were overjoyed that Andrew would be there to honor them.

The graduation was conducted in a local movie theatre, where Victor played a video profile of the school that filled the huge movie screen—and the surround sound system—with the story of CBC Naberezhnye Chelny. Victor had simply copied the style of video storytelling that he saw on Andrew’s website while editing on his laptop. His media presentation rivaled those produced by students in the Colorado Springs Media School. This confirms that media will continue to play an expanding role in the future of Charis Bible Colleges worldwide.

Filed May 29, 2012, by AWM Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford.

Andrew prepares to speak in the Russian movie theatre. (Click to enlarge)Students cannot believe they are seeing Andrew in the flesh. (Click to enlarge)

Student led praise & worship. (Click to enlarge)Andrew addresses the students and their friends in the theatre. (Click to enlarge)

Victor & Natasha, Andrew, Velodya, Mike & Carrie Pickett adress graduates. (Click to enlarge) Graduates and first year students, CBC Naberezhnye Chelney 2012. (Click to enlarge)

Friday
May252012

Russia Trip 2012: Andrew Meets Local Pastors

Andrew and Volodya speak to Russian pastors in St. Petersburg. (Click to enlarge)Before leaving St. Petersburg for meetings in central Russia, Andrew held a special morning session with a group of local pastors. He pointed out that Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College exist to provide support for the local church, not to replace it. He explained that he encourages Charis Bible College directors not to become pastors for this very reason. He does not want them to appear to be in competition with local churches.

After speaking, Andrew opened the program for questions. Many of the pastors wanted to clarify his message Pastors were allowed to ask questions. (Click to enlarge)and its implications for them. Wherever Andrew travels, he finds that not all pastors are happy to hear the Gospel of grace. This is especially true for those who attempt to control the behavior of their people. Teaching about the true nature of God’s love sets people free from the condemnation of failure. This properly makes them immune to intimidation and fear, which in turn, causes controlling pastors to lose their hold over them. In St. Petersburg, as in most places, the pastors left the session with mixed feelings. Many received it, and others remained skeptical. Still, Andrew Andrew believes it is important to communicate to local pastors.
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believes that it is important to support them and to communicate with them whenever possible.

Filed May 25, 2012 by AWM Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford.

Friday
May252012

Russia Trip 2012: Andrew's Russian Voice

Andrew, Volodia and Stephen Bransford inspect Andrew’s translated books and CDs. (Click to enlarge)The offices of Andrew Wommack Ministries in St. Petersburg are housed on the second floor of the same warehouse where Charis Bible College meets. Since Andrew’s last visit to Russia in 2008, the work of the office has grown dramatically. This has happened because Gospel Truth daily television began broadcasting in the Russian language in February of 2010. Many reports arrive daily of lives set free from dead religion and made alive to God. This has also led to an increased demand for Andrew’s Russian language books and tapes, and the St. Petersburg office fulfills those orders. A total of 11 of Andrew’s books are now available in Russian, as well as the Discipleship Volodia sits where he translates Andrew’s TV programs.
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Evangelism workbook, and several CD and DVD teaching series.

The Russian TV programs are produced in England but each episode is translated and voiced by Vladimir Tcys (“Tsiss”), or Volodia as he is known to his friends. He records the translations daily in the St. Petersburg office. In this way, he has literally become the voice of Andrew Wommack to the Russian speaking world. This new identity has brought him a measure of unexpected celebrity. Wherever he goes now, people want to know “WWAS”… or, “what would Andrew say.” He laughs when he tells us that translating Russia at the crossroads of A BETTER WAY TO PRAY. (Click to enlarge)Andrew does not give him the mind of Andrew. Though he is a teacher of the Gospel in his own right—he gladly lets Andrew speak for himself on the challenging questions.

Filed May 25, 2012 by AWM Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford.