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Thursday
Sep132012

Andrew Visits the Windy City for a GTS

Andrew sharing the Word at the first session of the GTS in Chicago. (Click to enlarge)Andrew spent the third weekend of August ministering at a Gospel Truth Seminar in Chicago. During his annual visit to the Windy City he taught a series called, Reigning in Life. Throughout the weekend, he ministered predominantly from the book of Romans and he said, "The book of Romans is Paul's masterpiece on Grace, and he Andrew teaching Thursday night.
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taught effectively from the word of God how Jesus totally changed everything and took away the condemnation of the Old Testament Law—I mean, it is profound. If the book of Romans isn't one of your favorite books, you do not have a good foundation in the Word of God."

As he taught about the freedom Jesus provided Andrew commented, "One of the slickest deceptions that the devil ever put forth was to convince the modern day church that God gave all of the commands so that you could keep them and by keeping them you would earn God's favor. That was never the purpose of the Law."The altar call Friday night.
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After listening to Andrew share the truth about a believer's right standing and freedom through Christ, many answered the end-of-meeting altar calls to be born again or to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Large crowds also came forward to receive one-on-one ministry from the prayer team. One woman suffering from a nerve disorder called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) approached a prayer minister and explained that her feet were badly affected by the disease, and she could hardly walk. The prayer minister also noticed that one of her hands was rigidly clenched and her arm hung as if it was useless. The woman acknowledged the minister's observation and said she Andrew with World Outreach Director, Wendell Parr, the Directors of CBC-Chicago and CBC-Iniana and their staff. (Click to enlarge)had lost the use of her arm due to a stroke. Without hesitation the minister prayed, and all pain left the woman's feet, life returned to her damaged arm and she was able to use her hand again. "She was overjoyed," remarked the prayer minister.

Another woman, named Debbie, approached the prayer team. As she stepped forward, using a cane she was noticeably pale. Debbie shared that she suffered from persistent internal bleeding; a condition that caused her pale color and severe weakness. She went on to say that her problem normally kept her confined to her bed. The following day, the minister reported that within 24 hours of receiving prayer, Debbie was up, walking without the cane, color had returned to her skin and she had been out of bed all day.

A great number of those seeking prayer at this conference commented that they had suffered with their individual pain or torment for years. Their problems were no match for the mighty name of Jesus, and His finished work on our behalf.

 

Monday
Sep102012

Charis Bible College Opens in Argentina

CBC-Colorado graduates and Directors of CBC-Argentina, Nancy and Joe MacQueen.
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Two years ago, we brought you the story of the MacQueen family's call to ministry and their journey to the mission field in Argentina. After finding Andrew on television, Joe, Nancy and their son Sean, left their comfortable and ordinary surroundings in Connecticut and headed to Charis Bible College in Colorado Springs. Following their graduation and third-year apprenticeships, the family made an exciting move to Buenos Aires where they began their ministry, Charis de Dios (Grace of God).

Since stepping out in faith to attend CBC in 2004, the MacQueens have let the Lord set the pace for their ministry. Joe teaching with Pastor Johnathan translating. (Click to enlarge)While the idea of opening a CBC extension school in Argentina had been a desire of their heart since their arrival in South America, they waited patiently for God to open the appropriate doors. The trio was purposeful in only doing those things in which they discerned His leading.

In the early days of Charis de Dios, the MacQueens held small Bible studies in their home and assisted a local pastor's ministry to the homeless. As they continued to follow the Lord other doors opened, and they began serving as course facilitators for CBC-Colorado's online program. Then, in June of 2011, God gave the MacQueens the green Joe signing the paperwork to form the appropriate legal association to establish the school. (Click to enlarge)light to move ahead with plans for CBC-Argentina.

As the MacQueen's ministry blossomed they began taking the steps necessary to make the extension school a reality. The process began with governmental (both Argentine and U.S.) hoop jumping, which included securing the proper visas and establishing the appropriate civil association for the college. Juggling laws from two nations to obtain the correct documentation was not without struggle and required the assistance of a lawyer. The MacQueens saw God's hand in the process as He brought them a bi-lingual, English-speaking lawyer to guide them through the paperwork.

The MacQueen's son, Sean, the Dean of Students, and his family; wife Alejandra and daughter Amy. Alejandra also serves the school as a translator and helps with administration.
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For the certification necessary to collect tuition and hold classes, the MacQueens were required to have a meeting place, one that could be inspected by the government at any time. Of course, to secure such a place to meet, they had to have the certification—a catch 22. After some difficulty, God miraculously opened the door for the MacQueens to use a space (for a small fee) in a former Argentine Presidential mansion. Location problem solved.

In June of 2011, the MacQueens began holding Bible studies in their mansion "classroom," and CBC-Argentina officially opened its doors in March of 2012. "It had a gorgeous outdoor courtyard and we loved it there," Nancy said with fondness. Two weeks into the school year, which Palacio Barolo, the palace in which CBC-Argentina holds classes. (Click to enlarge)runs from March through December in South America, Joe and Nancy were informed that they had to move the school from that facility. Though the prospect of relocating was an inconvenience, the MacQueens did not let the disruption shake them. They turned to the Lord. "God miraculously provided another classroom for us—this time in a palace (Palacio Barolo)! So we moved from a mansion to a palace...and, for the same amount of rent—that's favor, " said Nancy.

With the location issue settled, the MacQueens moved forward with discipleship, something that can be difficult when there is a language barrier. Again, the Lord provided for their need. "We needed translators for the school, for both morning and night classes. Joe had said to God, back in 2004, that he would go anywhere in the world as long as He provided a translator, and God miraculously CBC-Argentina...students, translators and teachers. (Click to enlarge)provided a whole family of translators. The family's daughter translates in the morning classes and the father translates at night. And our daughter-in-law, Alejandra, fills in whenever needed," said Nancy contently.

All of CBC-Argentina's current students travel from at least an hour away to attend class. Their determination to attend and their dedication to spreading the good news is already bearing fruit. One student, Maria, has started a weekly Bible study where she has been teaching what she learns in class. Maria's study has grown from two people to 13 in just a short amount of time, but her success has not been without harsh criticism from other professing believers. In the early days of the MacQueens ministry, Maria struggled with the teaching because Maria (black shirt) and Alejandra soaking up the teaching at CBC-Argentina. (Click to enlarge)of the conflict between what local religious teachers were saying and what the MacQueens were sharing. Maria prayed, and asked God who she should believe. Maria received her answer in a dream and shared her dream with Nancy. According to Nancy, Maria saw a great light coming towards her in the dream. God told her not to be afraid of the light—that the MacQueens were bringing the light of the Gospel to Argentina. Since then, Maria has been to every one of the MacQueen's Bible studies and has never missed a day of school.

"Maria is the one that is truly out on the front lines, blazing a trail," said Nancy. "We have an awesome, dedicated group of students; they will be the ones to impact Buenos Aires with the Gospel of Grace."

The MacQueens consider CBC-Argentina to be God’s project, and they operate as the overseers of His work. "Proverbs 16:9 says, 'A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.' There is freedom and great peace in knowing that. We do what we can and walk through doors as God opens them, and it is so humbling to be chosen to be a part of God’s work. We just look in amazement at the working of God," Nancy reflected.

If you or someone you know would like more information about CBC-Argentina and the MacQueen's ministry visit their website.

Thursday
Sep062012

CBC Set to Open in Mexico

Charis Bible College-Colorado graduates and the new directors of CBC-Mexico, Alex and Julie Palomares, stand on either side of Andrew. (Click to enlarge)Alex and Julie Palomares fell in love with missions work during the 1980s when they were part of an Evangelistic Caravan in the mountains of Mexico. It was there that the couple led an elderly woman to the Lord. After ministering to her, Alex and Julie's hearts were full of excitement and passion for ministry, and they were ready to become full-time missionaries. However, as the Palomares sought the Lord for direction, they found that God had other plans. The Lord led them to go back to the United States to raise a family before heading on to the mission field.

The Palomares at their CBC graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs. (Click to enlarge)In January of 2011, we shared the Palomares’ testimony of their return to Mexico. Three decades later, after raising their family and graduating from Charis Bible College in Colorado, the Lord had rekindled the fire for missions in Alex and Julie's hearts. They returned to Mexico in 2010 and made their home in the city of Querétaro. The couple did not waste any time establishing their ministry, and they began traveling to teach Discipleship Evangelism(DE)courses in León, Guanajuato, a town about two hours northwest of their new home. A short time later they also established a second discipleship group at a local church in Querétaro. Since then, the invitations and opportunities to minister the Gospel throughout Mexico have continued to increase.

As they shared the Word, Alex and Julie noticed a pattern within the groups of people to whom they were ministering. The Alex and Julie ministering a La Roca Church. (Click to enlarge)people, many of whom had spent their lives attending church, were tired, worn out and did not know God or understand His provision for them. However, as Alex and Julie continued sharing the DE lessons, they realized the people were being transformed. “As they learn and become aware of how much God loves them, their lives begin to change,” Julie explained.

From the beginning, each group that Alex and Julie have taught has gained an abundance of revelation and a clear understanding of water baptism, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, speaking in CBC Mexico will occupy the upper level of this building in Queretero. CBC signs were being created at the time of this posting. (Click to enlarge)tongues, their authority as believers and more. “They learn that they can be blessed, and that they can have health—they learn all the benefits," Alex explained.

Following the completion of the DE course, many group participants began to inquire, “What’s next?” This question, and the hunger from which it stemmed, came as no surprise to Alex and Julie. The two have been working diligently for the last two years to create CBC's first Spanish language campus in North America—a place to facilitate continued growth in the Lord and to further equip of the saints in Mexico. The Palomares' efforts and long hours have proven fruitful, and CBC-Mexico will open its doors in Querétaro in September of 2012.Alex and Julie at home in Mexico.
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Alex and Julie are excited about the expansion of their ministry and the process of discipleship that began just two years ago. Their mission has not changed, they simply desire to, “Equip others to go out and make disciples,” just as Jesus has instructed. They are off to a great start!

Be sure to watch the brief video below to learn more about Alex and Julie's journey in to full-time ministry, and visit CBC-Mexico to learn more about this brand new extension school.