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Thursday
Feb172011

CBC Colorado Visits Russia

Student-missionaries from CBC-Colorado journeyed to St. Petersburg, Russia to gain experience teaching and ministering on foreign soil. (Click to enlarge)A Charis Bible College (CBC) student mission team recently returned from the mission field in Russia. Team leader and CBC instructor, Dr. Delron Shirley, led the twelve member team to St. Petersburg where they connected with missionaries Mike and Carrie Pickett, co-directors of the CBC extension school in St. Petersburg, Charis Bible Training Center (CBTC). The purpose of the trip was for the students to gain experience teaching the Word of God on foreign soil. The group spent twelve days touring and ministering in a variety of venues in the former USSR.

Dr. Delron Shirley and his interpreter teaching the Charis Bible Training Center students. (Click to enlarge)The Colorado students used CBTC as their base and began their mission experience sharing testimonies and teachings with the CBTC students. This was a great cultural opportunity in itself, as the CBTC student body is made up of more international students than Russians. Many Africans and Indians attend a local university where they study medicine and engineering during the day, and then attend Bible college in the evenings.

The team from Colorado also had the opportunity to minister to recovering addicts in a St. Petersburg drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. The CBC team and those they ministered to in the St. Petersburg Rehab. (Click to enlarge) In addition to sharing the Word, several of the students gave personal testimonies of deliverance from alcohol related problems. The meeting closed with a powerful time of prayer ministry, during which at least one man was baptized in the Holy Spirit.

The Colorado team, and a team from CBTC, traveled together by bus to a village five hours northwest of St. Petersburg, where they visited a local church and spent three days ministering to believers in the community. The teams had to register with the Russian authorities to be allowed access to this particular village because it was home to a Russian military base. Co-Director of Charis Bible Training Center and AWM-Russia, Mike Pickett ministering at a small village church. (Click to enlarge)The students did not have any trouble passing through the military check points because they had filed the appropriate documents prior to their arrival; however, the pastor of the church was interrogated at length, as to the nature of the team's visit to his church. The questioning was due in part to heightened security after the suicide bombing that took place in Moscow's Domodedovo airporton the day the Colorado team arrived in the country.

Security aside, the students were able to minister in the village church Friday evening, all day Saturday and on Sunday morning. Students gathered to pray for those with need in the village church.
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The church sanctuary also served as the students lodging while in the village.

"It was almost twenty years ago that I was in Russia last," said Delron. "At that time, the Communist Block was just beginning to break up and the people were just beginning to wake from the seventy-two-year-long nightmare of totalitarian rule to the dream of freedom. Leningrad had not yet returned to its original name of St. Petersburg, and the few believers in the city were still meeting in secret underground churches. While in St. Petersburg, the men from the CBC team had a short walk along the bustling streets to catch the Metro. (Click to enlarge)The economy was devastated to the point that the people had to stand in long bread lines just to get enough food to supply their daily needs. The Russia I found on this trip was a completely new world with bustling streets filled with prosperous citizens moving freely and enjoying life. But most of all, I found a vibrant and growing Christian community freely living and sharing their faith."

Third year CBC intern and co-leader Mark Dykstra echoed Delron's sentiment about the Russian people when he said, "The people were very warm and receptive to the Gospel message."

Monday
Feb142011

Kingdom Heart Ministries: Fruit of Discipleship

Founders of Kingdom Heart Ministries, Jan and Wayne Knurr. (Click to enlarge)In previous posts Andrew has shared his vision for the direction of Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College (CBC), which is to fulfill God's call to make disciples (2 Timothy 2:2). With each passing year the fruit of CBC becomes more evident as the students take what they have learned and establish the new ministries to which they have been called. Kingdom Heart Ministries, founded by Wayne and Jan Knurr, is one such organization.

The Knurrs had been living lives committed to the Lord for more than a decade, when Wayne began having the desire to attend bible college. As the Knurrs explored the options from their home in Ripon, Wisconsin, friends in Colorado were praying for them, and felt led to send information to Wayne and Jan about Colorado Bible College (now known as Charis Bible College). This was the Knurrs introduction to Andrew's ministry.

CBC Graduate and Dean of Students for CBC Colorado, Wayne Knurr (Click to enlarge)Upon reading the information contained in the packet their friends had sent, and listening to the teaching from the various ministers on the introductory tape, the Knurrs knew without a doubt that Wayne would be attending CBC. "There was more life spoken on that tape than [we had heard] the previous seven years combined in our small town church. I knew this was the place the Holy Spirit had chosen for me to prepare for ministry," Wayne said.

Wayne completed his first year classes using the CBC correspondence program. In June of 1998, Wayne, Jan and their two daughters, then ages eight and five, moved to Colorado Springs for Wayne's second-year studies. Wayne completed the program and graduated in May of 1999. Later in 2000, Wayne was ordained by Andrew, Linus LeFever and Don Krow.

Jan Knurr leading praise and worship. Jan's third worship CD is due to be released in March of 2011. (Click to enlarge)The Knurr family returned to Wisconsin, and Wayne began ministering in a local church; however the Holy Spirit soon led Wayne back to Colorado to complete the optional third-year apprentice program at CBC. The Lord had revealed to Wayne that AWM was about to experience explosive growth and that He wanted Wayne to be part of the coming changes. Obedient to the Lord's leading, Wayne went back to CBC and served his apprenticeship; primarily under the guidance of Leon Matheny, the Dean of Students at the time. Toward the end of his apprenticeship, Wayne did not have clear direction for his next step in ministry, but later that year, Leon moved on from CBC and Andrew asked Wayne if he would take the position as the new Dean of Students. Honored, Wayne accepted his new ministerial role at CBC; an office he has held since 2002.

Wayne has been the Dean of Students at CBC Colorado since 2002.
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As Wayne prepared for ministry, Jan too, allowed the Holy Spirit to guide her in the use of her gifts. She has a special passion for leading praise and worship and for raising others to lead in the area of worship ministry. Jan also enjoys leading women's groups where she shares her revelation on relationship and intimacy with the Lord, and teaches on the topics of marriage and family.

Together, Wayne and Jan launched Kingdom Heart Ministries (KHM) in 2004. At the core of their ministry is the desire to equip, establish and exhort leaders in the church; edifying them through the five-fold ministry offices mentioned in the book of Ephesians. Jan and her worship team leading a women's conference in Colorado Springs. (Click to enlarge)The Knurrs emphasize Biblical instruction and healthy order within the church and its government, and they long to see all believers walking in the freedom the Lord has provided for them.

Today, in addition to Wayne's position with CBC, he and Jan travel throughout the United States and abroad ministering through praise and worship and sharing the Word with individuals, churches, and other ministries. The Knurrs have successfully mentored and discipled many men and women in Kingdom principles and relationship with God. Through the Knurr's cooperation with The Holy Spirit, they have seen God’s mercy, grace, and faithfulness bring freedom to people’s lives.

For more information about the Knurr's ministry and upcoming conference schedule, visit the Kingdom Heart Ministries website.

Thursday
Feb102011

Nothing is Impossible

CBC Colorado sent a mission team to the Dominican Republic. The students used a skit about David and Goliath (Josh Harper, left) to share the Gospel.
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At Charis Bible College (CBC) foreign mission trips are a valuable part of the students' training. The primary focus is to share the almost-to-good-to-be-true news of the Gospel with as many people as possible during the students' stay on foreign soil. Every effort is made to reach those in need of receiving Jesus as their Savior. Students share the Gospel through a variety of ways, holding tent meetings, teaching, preaching and prayer, as well as through street ministry, by performing skits, canvassing neighborhoods and distributing food.

The 27 member CBC team on the steps of La Casa Grande missions base. (Click to enlarge)In early 2011, CBC-Colorado had several mission teams leave the country, one of which went to the Dominican Republic. CBC Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson and two third-year interns, Jessica Klecker and Omar Fernandez, led twenty-four second year students to the city of Santiago, where they stayed with full-time missionaries Tim and Trena Johnson at La Casa Grande missions base.

A team from CBC-Colorado spent time in Santiago in late 2010 and had left some of Andrew's materials with the Johnsons for local distribution. Student-led worship in the park where the team set up for open-air ministry. (Click to enlarge)Tim has been giving the materials to local church pastors since then, and they have been seeing lives changed. When the community received word that another team was coming they were very excited; they wanted more of the truth.

Michelle and her team ministered in a variety of areas and conditions. One particular outreach was held outdoors, in a public park. "The experience that stands out the most is the public park where we set up. We saw the hurting, hard and unchurched people, melt in the love of Christ through the preaching of the Word," said CBC student, Carla Harper.

CBC-Colorado Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson with the man from Haiti who had dreamed the Americans were coming. (Click to enlarge) The park event was unique in that there was a noticeably large portion of the crowd that was male; more often than not, this was not the case for this team. After ministering the Word, an altar call was given for salvation, to which many responded. One man stood out in the crowd and he shared his story with Michelle. The man, a Haitian, said that he'd had a dream the night before that there were going to be Americans in that specific park and that he needed to be there. He was among those who accepted Jesus as his Savior.

In each situation the team ministered God's love, and the Lord met the needs of those in attendance. The team distributed van-loads of pasta to the poorest in Santiago. (Click to enlarge)One of those needs was communicated to Michelle a couple of days prior to the team leaving the United States. Trena had expressed to Michelle that in one of the poorest areas the team would be visiting there were approximately 300 children that had not received anything for Christmas. Trena wondered if there was anything the team could do. It was short notice, but "Nothing is impossible with God," Michelle thought.

Michelle left her office after speaking with Trena, and she bumped into Joe Nelson, a second year student who was part of the mission team. At first she was not going to mention the need to Joe, but felt prompted by the Lord to tell him of this last minute request. Joe said that he had 150 TY Beanie Babies, still in the original wrappers, which he would bring.

The CBC team members ranged in age from 20 to 78. Here Roland Bivens, 78 prays for a local man at a children's event. (Click to enlarge)In chapel the next morning, as the student body prayed together over the team leaving for Santiago, Michelle shared the story of the needy children and how God was already working through the team to meet the need. After prayer, two students, Terry and Trena McCandless offered to donate a bunch of teddy bears. Between these two donations, the team had enough toys to cover the need. "God took care of those kids in a moment's notice. It was awesome passing them out to them," said Michelle.

"We saw the powerful function of evangelism; we saw that street ministry can be very effective, even when filled with untrained actors, home-made props, and people that have never spoken in front of a crowd. God was there. Anointing was there. Not to make us look good, but to effect the hearts of those that surrounded us. God wants so desperately to reach the hearts of those who don't know Him. He can and will use anything and anyone who is willing," said Carla.