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Feb092015

Summer Family Bible Conference

Kids at the conference (Click to enlarge)The Summer Family Bible Conference is an annual event where God speaks a “now” message and the worship lifts hearts. Approximately 1,100 attended last year, determined to draw closer to the Lord and to respond to His leading for the future. They nodded in agreement when Andrew preached about success—that only what God calls you to do will have lasting value—and they were encouraged by a variety of Charis Bible College teachers who reminded them that believers possess the life of God in the here and now. A special session of Healing School brought freedom to many bound by disease, and on the Fourth of July, all were blessed with a surprise treat: an award-winning drummer, dressed in Revolutionary garb, playing the classic sounds of freedom.

Youth learning about God (Click to enlarge)The teens gathered in a big tent, led by John and Abi Elshaw (directors of Charis Toronto). Abi says, “Kids were healed and experienced His presence. It was encouraging how many of them were walking in the understanding that God loves them and sees them as perfect, regardless of what they do. They prayed for each other with authority and praised God with passion. The theme was ‘This Is Who We Are!’—created in the image of God, unique, and free to be who He made us. We’ve heard negatives about ‘the youth of today,’ but the truth is, there are families who are training their children in the way they should go, passing down the knowledge of God’s grace and mercy, and raising a generation who want to be like Jesus!

“And we had fun! We shot each other with marshmallow guns (even Andrew got shot at with marshmallows!) and built friendships over pizza and pop. Our socks were totally blessed off!”

Worship service for the kids (Click to enlarge)The younger kids had their own tent, too, led by third-year interns Josh McFall and Derek Dickerson. Josh says, “When I was asked to help with the kids, I thought, I don’t know if I can do this, but the most outstanding thing of my life happened there. I was teaching about the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and I asked the kids if they wanted to hear my secret language that the Enemy can’t decipher. Of course they hollered ‘YES!’—so, I prayed out loud in tongues. Then the Lord brought to mind the scripture that says if you speak publicly in tongues, it must have interpretation. I was put on the spot. I asked the kids if anyone understood what I said. Not a peep out of any of them. I was stuck for a minute, but the Holy Spirit rose up in my heart and it was so crazy strong, I had to jump. I shouted about how God our Father loves His children. It was the most overwhelming moment I have ever had. If you were there, you would know what I mean. It was life changing, all in a flash.”

Andrew preaching (Click to enlarge)If you weren’t at the Summer Family Bible Conference last year, pray about coming this year. It’s refreshing to be in the gorgeous Colorado mountains, meet believers from all around the globe, watch the kids bouncing in carnival tents, and sample a delicious variety of food. But most importantly, it’s refreshing to receive the Word of God. So, make plans to come join us June 29-July 3, 2015. We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday
Feb022015

To the Nations of the World!

The School of Missions, training students to reach the world (Click to enlarge)“Let me tell you a story.” Delron says. “I have a missionary friend who travels to the island nations of the South Pacific which look like dots on a map. While my friend is there, she wins the king, queen, prince, and princess to Jesus, and the whole island then is impacted with the Gospel.

“Well, one day a ‘friend’ of this woman said to her, ‘Oh, you aren’t a missionary. All you have is a spirit of travel and adventure.’ This, of course, wounded her to have this woman say that—especially since she thought they were friends. When my missionary friend told me all this, I said to her, ‘You are a missionary because you have a spirit of travel and adventure. God put that in you so that when He called you, you would already have the nature to fulfill that call.’”

Students receive personal and interactive training from Delron (Click to enlarge)Stories like this one are the reason Delron does what he does as director of the School of Missions. He leads one of the third-year tracks at Charis Bible College. What started as merely an elective class for second-year students has now evolved into a full third-year school. It is complete with guest speakers, Delron’s own missionary curriculum, and on-the-field experience during a six-week missions trip to the Dominican Republic.

“There simply was not enough time to adequately prepare the students for a six-week missions trip,” explains Delron. “They spent more time on their trip, developing more as a team than doing actual ministry.” Since the school became established, however, students now spend an average of nine hours a week under their missions training and are further equipped for when their trips approach in the spring.

This, of course, is only the beginning. Like all the other third-year tracks, the School of Missions has big plans for the future. Children receive Jesus in the Dominican (Click to enlarge)“Right now the statistics show that 95 percent of people who are preparing themselves for a lifetime of ministry have a vision to minister in America,” informs Delron. “That’s only 5 percent of the world’s population. I would like to see the tables turned where the 95 percent are being trained to reach the 95 percent.”

Plans for multiple locations of missions trips are a part of Delron’s heart as the school continues to grow. “I have a vision to go beyond just one specific place to be trained,” admits Delron. “One day when people say ‘I want to go minister in Africa,’ we’ll have a camp in Africa where they can go and spend their six weeks. And it will be the same for people who want to minister in Europe or the 10/40 Window. As the student body grows, I would like to see the school expand to where people can actually get a hands-on feel in the environment where they are called.”

2013-2014 School of Missions students in the Dominican Republic (Click to enlarge)Delron concludes, “I grew up with that wanderlust, travel and adventure spirit. And I believe God put that in me as a child, so that when He called me to missions as an adult, it would just naturally fall into place. I’m looking for those people who have that adventuresome spirit and who aren’t afraid to try new things or go to new places.”

For more information on the School of Missions or to apply for the 2015-2016 Charis Bible College school year, visit our website: www.charisbiblecollege.org. The greatest adventures begin with the first step. Make yours today!

Monday
Jan262015

From Escaping Death to Inspiring Life

Carrie Fischer as a baby (Click to enlarge)“When I was a little girl, I had recurring dreams of a baby in the womb who was fighting for her life. I could tell this baby was in pain and literally felt her pain and heard her screams. It troubled me, but I let it go for several years. Then somebody told me that my mother had not wanted me and tried to kill me.”

Before Carrie Fischer was born, her mother attempted a first trimester abortion with her in 1968—five years before the infamous Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. Six months later, on June 10, 1969, she had a beautiful baby girl, but not without some troubling consequences: “My mother was in labor for thirty-six hours,” explains Carrie, “and I ended up paralyzed on one side of my face and was deaf in one ear. The doctors were telling my mom that I was never going to be normal, that I would be mentally challenged by age thirteen, living like a vegetable.” Proving the doctors wrong, Carrie went through school making A’s, and B’s and even went on to earn a two-year marketing degree in college.

As a Carrie and her mother (Click to enlarge)teenager, Carrie confronted her mother about what had happened to her during her mother’s pregnancy. “She lived with a lot of guilt and shame,” recounts Carrie. “It hurt her, especially given the physical effects of how I turned out. She just broke down crying. I just remember being so overwhelmed. I was maybe a little angry, thinking, How could you do that? But those feelings became compassion and love for her. I told her, ‘I love you. I forgive you. I’m glad I’m here.’”

Even though God restored her relationship with her mother, the consequences of what had happened would follow Carrie, bringing their own trials and challenges: “I would go to school and come home, crying every day,” she admits. “In public school, kids would put me in lockers, spit on me, and beat me up—just very unkind stuff. It was hard. I begged my mother not to send me to school.” So, finally, in the eleventh and twelfth grade, she took a job to pay for private school.

“I was so distraught over it that when I got into my early thirties, I said, ‘I can’t do this anymore, God.’ So, I took some anti-depressants, drank a bottle of wine, and went to sleep, hoping I wouldn’t wake up again.” Miraculously, Carrie did wake up the next morning, completely untouched by any of the possible side effects from the night before. “That’s when I knew,” recounts Carrie. “I knew that God had a purpose and a plan for me being here.”

Carrie and her husband (Click to enlarge)Carrie and her husband of three years live in Houston where they help care for her mother. The incredible and redemptive love of God is evident in the lives of these two women, and continues on today. “I feel that’s what I’m called to do,” informs Carrie. “I want to minister to these women who are hurting and tell them that God loves them and God forgives them.

“For those who have aborted their children, I believe that God has told me I can offer forgiveness to them as an almost aborted child myself. I want you to know that your child loves you, your child forgives you, and that you will see your children again. God also loves you and He forgives you.                                                                   Don’t ever doubt that.”

Carrie and her husband continue to travel and speak as much as they can, inspiring hope and proclaiming that no matter what you’re going through, life is still precious and every life deserves a chance.

To see the full interview of Carrie Fischer with Andrew Wommack, which aired on January 22, 2015, click here.