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Monday
Nov102014

A New Year for Healing School

Healing School Director Daniel Amstutz teaching from the Word of God (Click to enlarge)Imagine a place that not only teaches biblical truths about healing but also empowers people to walk in healing and minister it to others. Welcome to Healing School! Charis Bible College provides a place where believers can apply God’s Word and witness miraculous results.

“What we’ve discovered is that so much of the church today believes it is not God’s will to heal,” explains Daniel Amstutz, Charis Healing School’s director. “Or they believe that sometimes God can heal, but they never really know when that time is.”

Charis Intern Coordinator Carlie Terradez says, “A big part of what we do at Healing School, what we’re really passionate about, is training up believers that they can do the works, and greater works, of Jesus. We teach them that it’s nothing special—we’re not ‘super-dupers.’”

“So, we wanted to provide an atmosphere for people to be able to come and jump into the Word and find out what God really says about healing,” says Daniel. “A lot of people come seeking a healing, but when they get their eye on the Healer and get that priority straightened out, it’s amazing what begins to happen. It’s like seeking first the kingdom of God and then all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33).

Charis Instructor Barry Bennett shares testimonies of healing from his own life (Click to enlarge)Students put into practice what they have been learning as they begin to pray for one another (Click to enlarge)Carlie explains that this is the reason it’s a healing school—because the students are learning to be ministers. She goes on to say, “It’s Jesus in them that heals people. They, too, can heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons.”

Aside from the students on campus, people have received their healing online, through viewing either the live feed or the archives. “Man, that just blows me away,” exclaims Carlie. “I mean, the anointing is there. Our hearts are for our students not to just keep what they’ve learned through the Healing School training but to then take it out to the streets. They see awesome healings out there.”

“It’s the students who have been trained and raised up as disciples who do it, which has been Andrew’s heart for all these years,” explains Daniel. And the best is certainly yet to come as the Healing School continues its third year with a weekly attendance of about 200 students and an average of 400 more watching by live stream.

This past year, the Healing School has held meetings in cities around the country and the world, from the sunny beaches of California to the wintery villages of Russia. The message truly changes everything, everywhere.

Carlie Terredez addresses the crowd at the first-ever Healing is Here Conference 2014 (Click to enlarge)Plenty of opportunities to put the Word into action as people line the stage (Click to enlarge)Join us for Healing School at our Woodland Park campus or online, every Thursday, starting at 1 p.m. (MT). Can’t watch it live? No problem! Visit the archives to watch any sessions you may have missed.

Healing isn’t just available to you; it’s on the inside of you. Learn to unlock this incredible gift of God in your life and touch the lives of those around you. We’ll see you on Thursday!

Monday
Nov032014

Loves Jesus—Will Travel

Melody (center) ministering in the Gypsy villages of Serbia (Click to enlarge)From her small-town, southern roots in Georgia to the snowcapped Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Melody Koop took a single step straight into her destiny. “Before I came to Charis Bible College, I was leading small groups back home, but I just wasn’t seeing much fruit,” Melody shares. “I had compassion toward women and I wanted to help them, but I wasn’t always sure how to go about it.”

After graduating from Charis in 2012, Melody went on to complete the third-year School of Ministry and became more confident in sharing the Good News with others. “The teaching changes you by taking head knowledge and turning it into heart knowledge. Charis has grown me from a little tadpole to someone who knows how to minister to people with God’s love.”

Blending into the Berlin Wall, Summer 2013 (Click to enlarge)Melody goes on to say, “During my second year at Charis, I was able to go on a two-week missions trip to Germany. I began to develop what God has placed in my heart concerning evangelism and loving people.” That trip seemed to have a lasting effect on Melody as she planned to return to Germany for a summer internship the day after her graduation. She just couldn’t get there fast enough!

“Since I graduated from Charis, I have been to Germany twice, as well as to Hungary, Serbia, Poland, Prague and Belgium, leading missions teams and evangelizing on the streets,” Melody recounts. “I absolutely love meeting new people, sharing the love of God with them, and watching their guards come down. It’s something I will never get tired of.”

Melody with Charis Colorado's Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson, ministering in the subway in Hungary (Click to enlarge) Not only did her time at Charis equip Melody to be more effective in her calling, but it also gave her a glimpse of what exactly her calling is—“I desire to start different groups in different countries, go out and evangelize, and bring people in to disciple them. There are so many people out there who have never heard that God loves them, who have never heard of Jesus before. It sets a fire on the inside of me to tell as many people as I can that God isn’t mad at them and that He has a reason for them to be here on this earth.”

Today Melody serves as the women’s pastor for her church and continues to lead evangelism groups on the streets of Colorado Springs, all while planning her next trip to take the Gospel around the world.

Melody bringing the love of God in Belgium 2014 (Click to enlarge)Melody says, “I’m so grateful for the time I spent at Charis. The connections I made, the growth that took place in my heart, and the opportunities they gave me have jump-started me down a path that I couldn’t have traveled on my own. I’m so glad I took that step four years ago. I can’t wait to see what God does next.”

Are you living your life with the passion of knowing you’re doing what you were created to do? Visit www.charisbiblecollege.org for more information on how you can start your own journey.

Monday
Oct202014

When Purpose Found Me

Adam performing on stage (Click to enlarge)What does a successful life look like? Adam Stone was certain it had something to do with fame and fortune. His experience was unlike most people’s. “Although I was born again at seven years of age, I wasn’t really pursuing a relationship with Jesus,” he admits. “I was pursuing a career in the performing arts. I’ve worked with Anthony Hopkins and been in a James Bond film. I was even privileged enough to tour the world singing. However, there always seemed to be something blocking me from true success in that industry.”

Life in the spotlight would prove unfulfilling, while Adam’s walk with the Lord seemed foreign and irrelevant. “In my earlier years, my relationship with God was very up and down, depending on circumstances, really,” he recalls. “I didn’t find my identity inside, and as a result, I lived with a carnal mindset. I’d been confused by religion and bad doctrine. Experiences in life didn’t seem to line up with the Word of God.”

Adam using his gifts and talents to praise God in the CBC worship band (Click to enlarge)Thankfully, God is not the author of confusion, and He was determined to reach Adam right where he was. “My mother came across this American preacher on television called Andrew Wommack. He wasn’t the kind of guy we would normally listen to, but what he was saying resonated with our spirits. We recognized the truth when we heard it. At that point, our lives would never be the same again.”

As the religious misconceptions slowly began to clear up, Adam started to view himself, and the life he lived, through a different lens. “Suddenly, I knew that God had a purpose and a destiny for me that was greater than anything I could ever achieve in my own strength,” he says. “Before, my ambitions were earning a BAFTA or an OSCAR. Now my ambitions are healing the sick and preaching the Gospel.” This newfound sense of purpose seemed new and exciting for him, but left the lingering question of “How?”

Adam and his newlywed wife, Cathrin, in England
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My wife Cathrin and I did not know what God’s plan was for our lives, but thanks to Andew’s teaching, we knew it wasn’t going to just come to us automatically—we had to pursue it. So, we decided we had to step out of the boat and follow Jesus.”

Adam and Cathrin decided to leave London, where Adam had a prosperous job, sell everything they owned, and make the courageous move to Colorado to attend Charis Bible College. He admits, “As soon as we got here, we knew we were where we were supposed to be. It truly is the most amazing feeling to know you are right in the center of what God wants for you.”

Adam adds, “Since being here, we have learned so much every day through the Word of God. The main thing I am benefiting from immediately is realizing how much God loves me and how much Jesus achieved for us. Charis Adam putting his studies into action as he prays for a fellow student (Click to enlarge)is empowering and equipping us with the tools that we need to become usable for the kingdom of God. I believe that God wants to use us more than we want to be used, and I’d say I’ve been getting in His way until now. Through Healing School and prayer ministry, we are seeing the sick healed, the dead raised, and that’s exactly what Jesus told us to do.”