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Thursday
Aug042016

Jim Omi—An Employee with a Charis Heart

Jim Omi believes that being a custodian at Charis Bible College includes more than just cleaning floors and straightening chairs. He cares for the people he serves and connects them to one another and to their community. Jim credits this influence, which he calls a kind of vision, to
his mother:

“She was an American, but because she was of Japanese heritage, during World War II, she was split up from her family in an internment camp. Her family’s property was taken from them, and they temporarily lived in horse stables. She was never bitter; neither was my father. My mom’s faith in the Lord was strong. I received patience from her and a love for people.”

Jim’s job description doesn’t limit him from reaching beyond the physical walls he cleans. It was almost from the start of his employment at Charis in 2014 that Jim approached his supervisor, Facilities manager Tom King, to propose an outreach to Woodland Park High School. Jim asked if he could bring physically and mentally disabled students to Charis to train them in janitorial work. So, Tom and his supervisor worked with Bob Piercefield of the Woodland Park School District to make it all happen. During the school year, Jim brings these students in for one hour, three days a week. He says he just keeps it simple:

“I teach them with a towel and cleaning solution. I teach them how to straighten chairs. They get exposure to people here. They love the music and the students…. Let me tell you about Octavius. When he started coming, he was slumped over in his wheelchair. Now he has been sitting up over time. That may not look like much. Although it’s quiet, it’s huge.”

It’s not just Woodland Park High School students who are being connected to Charis. Jim found out about two first-year Charis students who were talented at baseball, so Jim contacted the Woodland Park baseball coach, Mayor Neil Levy, and asked the coach if he could use a couple of “great guys from Charis” to help with their baseball team. Coach Levy was happy to have the help.

Then there is Adam Stone, coordinator of the Charis Creative Arts School, whom Jim was able to give a helpful connection to during the Christmas season. As Charis was preparing for The Heart of Christmas, Jim connected Adam with Sara Lee in the drama department at the high school.
Adam explains,

“We went to see their props department. They supplied us with so many props and costumes. The best was a wooden wheelchair for [the character of] President Roosevelt. We thought there was no chance they’d have one of those. But sure enough, they had the exact
[prop]—amazing!”

Jim is a man who benefits people wherever he goes. Though he’s not a graduate of or even a student at Charis, he has internalized what the school is all about, and it shows in the way that he fulfills Ephesians 4:16:

“He [Jesus] makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”

New Living Translation, brackets added

“Jim exudes Charis,” says Tom King. “His heart is for students and for his job. It really shows in how he does his job and leads his team.” Jim is a great example of how no matter what your job title is, you can play an important role in God’s kingdom. One way you can discover your role is through seeking God at Charis! Click here to learn more. 

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Monday
Aug012016

The Porter Healing Journey 

Porter familyIn the midst of a medical emergency, we as believers have a choice—believe what the doctors are saying or believe God’s Word. For Trina Porter from Glasgow, Scotland, this choice meant the difference between life and death when her husband, Alistair, had a
near-fatal accident.

It all began with a phone call one ordinary day in January. Prior to then, Trina had listened to every teaching of Andrew’s that she could get her hands on. She knew that healing was always God’s will. She knew the power of imagination and how, if not careful, unbelief can counteract faith. Trina knew everything necessary for countering an attack from the Enemy; however, what she did not know was that the phone call she was about to answer would demand that she put it all into practice.

On the other end of the line was David, her husband’s coworker. “All he said was, ‘Al has fallen off a roof. We’re going to get him to the hospital.’” Trina recalls, “I said to God, ‘Al’s fallen off of a roof… What’s going on?’ God just said to me, ‘He’ll be all right.’”

God’s words comforted Trina to a point that she expected Alistair to have only minor injuries when she arrived at the hospital. This was not at all the case. “His head was so misshapen and bloated, he almost looked unrecognizable,” Trina remembers. “His eye was so swollen, it looked like someone had taken a tennis ball and stuck it underneath his eyelid.” Alistair had fallen thirty-five feet and landed headfirst on the concrete.

Trina Porter“The doctor said, ‘He’s got three embolisms. It would only take one to kill him, but he has three.’” Trina continues, “And he said to me, ‘We don’t think he will survive surgery, and if he did, he will have mental and physical disabilities.’ While he was speaking, I pictured Al strapped into a wheelchair, unable to move and unable to take care of himself.”

At that moment, Trina had to choose whether or not she was going to allow those negative thoughts in her imagination. “I knew in that instant, I had to eradicate that thought and go back to seeing Al well,” says Trina. “And I told the doctor, ‘God told me he would be all right, so I want you to do the surgery.’”

To everyone’s amazement, Alistair survived the surgery. As days went by, however, Trina noticed that he was starting to relapse, and she called for the doctor. “He took one look at Al and said, ‘Get him to the emergency unit; we’re losing him.’” Trina remembers, “I had to sign a form because they were going to have to cut away a part of the brain to reach the blood clot farther back.”

Although the surgeon seemed apprehensive about the outcome of the procedure, Trina did not lose hope. “Again I said, ‘God said he will be all right. So, you go in there, and I promise you, this will be the best day’s work you’ve ever done.’”

Alistair PorterHours later, the surgeon came back with news: “It was the middle of the night, and he came into the waiting room with the little mask hanging around his neck. I said, ‘Best day’s work you’ve ever done?’ With a smile, the doctor responded, ‘Yep.’”

Alistair spent a total of only three weeks in the hospital, and his recovery shocked everyone. When it came time to check out, one consultant in particular shared his professional opinion with Alistair. “He said, ‘Someone up there likes you a lot. You are a walking miracle,’” Alistair relates. “This [came from] a consultant. They’re very scientific!”

Today Alistair continues to be a walking miracle, inspiring everyone who hears his testimony. Both he and Trina are very thankful to Andrew’s partners. Alistair shares, “I want to thank the friends and partners of Andrew Wommack Ministries because I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for them.”

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Monday
Jul252016

The Answer’s Simple—Obedience Is the Question

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Have you ever wondered why people genuinely find the answer to that question puzzling?

“And God created…every living creature that moveth…and every winged fowl after his kind…. [22] And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful,
and multiply
.”

Genesis 1:21-22a, emphasis mine

The answer is only puzzling if you don’t know what God’s Word says about it. The chicken came first.

Knowing God’s answer is not the only thing that matters, though. Once you have an answer from Him, your obedience to His Word becomes the question. In Andrew’s Lessons from Elijah teaching, he demonstrates how Elijah’s life teaches that both hearing and continuing to obey God’s voice are important.

Elijah “appears on the scene with no introduction” (p. 1) during a time
of wickedness:

“And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him. [31] …he took to wife Jezebel…and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.”

1 Kings 16:30-31

The word of drought that God gave Elijah to declare to Ahab changed everyone’s circumstances—even his own. Today, too, in a climate of confusion and darkness, believers are looking for answers. But as Andrew puts it, that’s not really the problem:

“It’s not a lack of words [or answers] from God that is the problem; it’s the failure of people to realize what they have in God’s Word and [to] act on it that is the problem today” (p. 3, brackets mine).

In other words, the real problem lies in believing an answer God’s provided and taking the next step of obedience to what He has said:

“We want to have the entire picture before we step out on God’s Word. Elijah didn’t have that! He didn’t know that the Lord was going to make supernatural provision for him. He just had one word from God: ‘Tell the king a drought is coming.’ Then after he was faithful to go and speak forth that word, God revealed the next step” (p. 7).

I faced a time like this in my own life. In March 2013, I attended Charis Campus Days in Colorado, thinking I was just there to find out about distance learning. In one of the sessions, Andrew said, “Someone here is thinking— I can’t come to school because I have older parents, my son will have to switch schools, I have a business, I have a dog…” I felt like there was a giant neon arrow pointing down at me. I knew God was speaking. Then Andrew said, “If that’s you, stand up.” I felt as though I had on a 100-pound lead suit. I struggled to stand and was the only one standing. Slowly others stood. He prayed that we would never forget the moment that we got the call to come to school.

When I went home, I found out that there were real obstacles to my obeying God. However, as I faced each situation, it was as if I had been given a machete and was hacking my way through a jungle. For me, it became a question of continual obedience. By August of that same year, my belongings were in a trailer going west, and my son and I were traveling toward Colorado in a car the Lord had provided for me just two weeks earlier.

Andrew teaches through Elijah’s life that God sends provision to the place He intends you to be. He calls this principle “a place called ‘there.’” Because God is good, He may give you supernatural incentives to make your obedience easier, but—

“Your place called ‘there’ isn’t necessarily a specific geographic location. It’s often more an attitude of wholeheartedly moving toward doing what God has said for you to do” (p. 21).

The outcomes of my obedience have been wonderful. My three years at Charis Bible College healed and changed me. The Lord has positioned me in the Andrew Wommack Ministries Publications Department, from where I am blogging today. Lessons from Elijah makes it clear that you will find God’s answers for your life—obedience is the only real question.

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