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Monday
Aug112014

Unraveling the Bonds of Fear

Amanda Bassett was healed from epilepsy and set free from the grip fear had on her life. (Click to enlarge)“Fear in general, fear of being alone, fear of losing control…any horrible thing I could imagine, I was terrified it was going to happen to me or I was going to do it.” Amanda Bassett accepted Jesus as a child, but for more than two decades, fear dominated her life and, eventually, manifested into something much worse.

“I started noticing symptoms of the seizures when I was about nine years old. I had panic attacks where my mom would hold me down on my bed and I would be shaking. I couldn’t stop because I was so terrified—terrified that I would kill someone, kill myself, or any other horrible thing I could imagine. I was terrified it was going to happen to me.”

The fear of a seizure was always in the back of her mind. (Click to enlarge)By age fifteen, the small seizures became a way of life and the relentless cycle drove Amanda into seclusion. The fear of a seizure was always in the back of her mind. She had trouble thinking clearly and even completing sentences. It may have appeared as though she only had 5 little seizures in a day, but in reality, it was more like 100 or 200.

In high school, Amanda began to isolate herself even more than before, spending most of her teen years in a pitch-black room, fast asleep. Being around other people became awkward and troublesome, and planning for college became a luxury she physically could not afford. “I didn’t think I had a hope or a future. I thought, I’m going to sleep my life away and just hope it ends—get it over with.”

In a state of total misery, Amanda turned to God for answers, knowing that something had to be missing in her relationship with Christ. Her mom started watching Andrew Wommack in 2010. At first, Amanda didn’t really care what he had to say—he was just another televangelist. But then, she started to feel God drawing her into something more. He began to reveal that something was there that she wasn’t getting.

As Amanda turned to God, she felt him drawing her into something more. (Click to enlarge)Amanda began listening to Andrew for herself on the Gospel Truth program online and was shocked by what she was hearing. Her mom began encouraging her to pray for her healing from epilepsy, and one day, on the floor of her living room, Amanda’s life changed forever. “The 700 Club was on, and I saw people getting healed. I began to imagine how I could be one of those people.” Amanda knelt down by the television and completely put her faith in God. “I prayed something to the effect of, ‘God, please heal me of epilepsy now,’ and before I’d finished my sentence, the host said, ‘There’s someone with epilepsy who’s being healed right now. Put your hand on your head and be healed in Jesus’ name.’

“From listening to Andrew, I knew that healing doesn’t happen just because you feel something. When I put my hand on my head, honestly, I didn’t feel anything, but I knew better than to go merely by what I feel. I said to myself, ‘I’m healed!’

Amanda began to understand that healing is in God’s Word , and it’s by relying on His Word, and not on our feelings, that we see His promises manifest in our lives. “By the seventh day, all my headaches were gone, I felt so much clarity, and I could even have a conversation without doing anything weird. I didn’t feel fear—fear was gone.”

Amanda began to understand that healing is in God’s Word.
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Grateful for her healing and growing relationship with God, Amanda decided to take it one step further and go to Charis Bible College (CBC) because it was Andrew’s school. She knew the teaching, but she wanted to be around other people who were believing God for themselves. She had a desire to absorb that atmosphere.

Growing up, Amanda always thought that God only had a plan and a will for a select few people, not everyone. “So, when Andrew taught that God has a purpose for every single person on this planet, I got so excited. At that point, the only thing I cared about was what God had for me. Now that I’m not bound, I can do whatever He wants me to!

Amanda soon discovered that CBC offered more than just teaching on God’s Word. She entered the Third Year Media School and discovered her passion in life: “I really discovered a love for video making. I want to make videos that touch people’s lives and inspire them.”

Amanda and Jeff Nakkula, Co-Director of CBC's Media School reviewing Amanda's work as a third-year student.
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Now Amanda has that hope and future she thought she’d never have:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11, New International Version, emphasis added

“Jesus is my Savior, but He is also my Comforter. So, anywhere I go, I know He’s with me, doors will open, and He has a plan for me. He has somewhere He wants me to be,” Amanda declares. She goes on to say, “CBC has made me feel more established in my identity, more confident with opportunities in life, and more emotionally stable within myself. Now I feel like it’s an automatic reflex to turn to God when fear or discouragement comes up. I feel equipped for life.”

The partners and friends of Andrew Wommack Ministries have provided a place where people like Amanda can become deeply established in God’s Word. With a story in her heart and a camera in her hand, Amanda is free to tell not only her own story but also the stories of thousands more to come. There’s no limit to what God can do with a life fully surrendered to Him!

Thursday
Aug072014

Walking in the Center of God's Will

We all have the desire to walk in the center of God's will for our lives, and we want to do the things He created us to do. Sometimes, even when we know we have heard God's voice, circumstances seem to prevent us from functioning in that perfect place of unity with God. Have you encountered this type of dry spell in your life? How did you handle it? In this edition of The Inside Story, Andrew interviews Daniel Amstutz, the Director of Charis Bible College's School of Worship, and the School of Healing. Watch closely as the two cover a lot of ground, and you'll see how Daniel handled his own dry season. You will also catch a glimpse of the fruit stemming from Daniel's gifted ministry. During the interview you will hear Andrew say, "Right now, from my perspective, you are in the perfect center of God's will." Watch to find out what prompted him to share those words.

Monday
Aug042014

Watching God's Best Unfold

Clint and Laura Zeller have taken over as the new director and administrator of Charis Bible College in Houston, Texas.
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Clint Zeller, who graduated from the third-year School of Ministry at Charis Bible College (CBC), served as a combat medic in the Army for seven years before being medically discharged for a heart condition.

He was told that his ailment was caused by stress, and he was also diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. To manage his symptoms, Clint attended anger management and PTSD support groups. After listening to Andrew’s teaching about his true identity in Christ, however, Clint was immediately healed of the heart condition, and the anxiety and PTSD symptoms disappeared as well. Today Clint and his wife, Laura, have taken over as the new director and administrator of CBC Houston.

The Zellers met at Fort Riley, Kansas, while they we were both serving in the Army. Laura was a medic for four years and served fifteen months in Baghdad, Iraq. Despite the fact that Laura swore she would never marry a soldier, the couple fell in love and exchanged wedding vows.

Both Clint and Laura had a spiritual wake-up call when they were expecting their first child. “I was born again when I was a teenager but never started living for God until I was in my mid-twenties. Laura and I were expecting our daughter, Grace, and knew we wanted our kids to go to church. Good people go to church, and our kids were going to be good people! We started going to Rocky Mountain Family Church in Pueblo, Colorado, and quickly found out that there was more to church than just being a good person. That’s when our lives really began to change,” Clint recalled.

Laura was born again as a child and grew up in what she describes as a very loving, big, happy family. They attended a great church in Independence, Missouri, three times a week without fail. “My dad taught me to follow God,” Laura recalls, “but he knew that I had lost my passion in my late teens and early twenties. He never made me feel bad or pushed me away. When Clint and I got married, we were totally different people than we are now. My dad just laughs at how awesome God is in turning our lives around.”

The Zeller family. (Click to enlarge)After being discharged from the Army, Clint began pursuing a degree in Health Administration. It wasn’t long, however, before Clint began feeling unsettled in his heart. He decided that he should quit pursuing his degree and instead go into full-time ministry. Clint shared the idea with Laura, and the two thought it best to discuss the idea with their pastor. After hearing the Zellers’ hearts, their pastor recommended that the couple attend CBC, to help prepare them for their calling.

Coincidentally, when Clint and Laura went online to look up Andrew Wommack and CBC, they learned that Campus Days was just a couple of weeks away. Clint immediately made plans to attend the three-day conference, where he was able to sit in on actual classes and mingle with the faculty and staff. Clint knew as soon as he walked through the door that he was supposed to attend CBC. Laura, who watched the live stream, was also impressed by what she heard. “Clint got to go to Campus Days, and I watched live, online from home. I remember just staring at the computer in total awe at what was happening. From that moment on, Clint and I both knew that CBC was our next step,” says Laura.

Finding Andrew and CBC has been instrumental for the Zellers, not only in helping them turn their lives around, but also in finding their destinies. Clint remembers being radically changed by Andrew’s teaching, You’ve Already Got It!, but it was Spirit, Soul & Body that has affected him the most.

Andrew's teaching, Spirit, Soul & Body is available on CD, DVD, paperback book and study guide. (Click to enlarge)Spirit, Soul & Body significantly impacted Laura as well. “This foundational truth is important in understanding so much about who you are, who God is, and what He truly thinks about you. When this revelation went from just head knowledge to really knowing, I couldn’t stop talking about it,” she says.

Both Clint and Laura were drawn to Andrew because of his down-to-earth nature. “He didn’t use big flashy words, turn red, and spit on people in the front row when he was teaching. He speaks from his heart. Andrew’s knowledge of the Word comes out in such a way that anyone and everyone can understand. Listening to him speak in school, you could sense that his passion for God was really palpable. Change your life, change the world. That’s Andrew’s vision, and it’s our vision for Houston, Texas, as well,” Laura states.

Since attending CBC, Laura says their lives have been anything but boring. “As we have renewed our minds to the true nature of God, we have seen His good, acceptable, and perfect will unfold right before our eyes,” she explains. “Our passion is to see the same things happen to each student attending CBC Houston.”

Thank you, CBC World Outreach Partners, for joining with us to help people realize God’s perfect will for their lives. The Zellers are confident that CBC Houston will continue to grow under their leadership, and the city of Houston will be further saturated with the Good News of God’s love.

Are you curious about others who have graduated from CBC and gone on to change the world? Click the CBC Grads in Ministry link to the right, and find testimony after testimony of transformed lives. CBC graduates who have a passion to direct extension schools are taking the hope of Jesus Christ to every corner of the earth.

Partnership with CBC World Outreach is making a difference all over the world. If you have never taken the opportunity to partner with us, please consider doing so today.