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Monday
Sep052016

Eyes Opened to God’s Goodness 

Moses watched his passengers demonstrate God’s love in a manner foreign to his Muslim faith. As the designated bus driver for a team of second-year Charis Bible College students, he escorted the group across Uganda, where they witnessed healings, deliverances, signs, and wonders. Unknown to Moses at the time, he was being used by God to help carry out His plans—plans so big that the missions team had been getting glimpses from the Lord of things to come for weeks before their arrival.

“During praise and worship one morning, the Lord gave me a vision,” Charis student Rebecca Fenske began. “I saw a man with cloudy eyes being healed by my hands. Two weeks later, we were in rural Kayonza Rakai, Uganda.”

Revival broke out in Kayonza Rakai as Charis students saw the Lord’s healing power manifest for several of the locals who had “incurable” diseases. “The need was overwhelming,” Rebecca continued. “Hundreds of people were lining up from surrounding villages and hillsides. The people were set free of demons, pains, parasitic infestations, malaria, fevers, digestive problems, infections, female problems, and STDs. Legs grew, ears opened, and blind eyes began to see.”

Several instances of legs being lengthened came by student Jimmy Davidson. “I noticed a young boy who was about four years old, hunched over and walking with an incredible limp,” explained Jimmy. “With his mother’s permission, I sat him down and examined his legs. His right leg was several inches shorter than his left.”

Confident in his identity in Christ, Jimmy encouraged the boy’s mother to watch as he commanded the leg to grow out and line up with God’s Word. “His leg grew out right while I was holding it,” continued Jimmy. “The boy’s mother began to cry profusely. We walked around the room in celebration as the interpreter explained how much Jesus loved them.”

Miracles and healings continued for hours, when suddenly a middle-aged man caught Rebecca’s attention. “The Lord reminded me of the vision I had seen before the trip,” shared Rebecca. “I asked the Lord, ‘Is this the one?’ Then I heard our interpreter, Godfrey, explain to us that this man’s eyes were cloudy and that he couldn’t see very well anymore.”

Rebecca enthusiastically prayed for him. “He opened his eyes and they were clear! With a big smile, he said softly, ‘I can see.’ We hugged as we all began to praise the Lord with such joy.” This man was not the only one to receive sight as a result of the team’s obedience.

As the team spent time with Moses and included him whenever possible, he began to feel comfortable enough to ask questions. After a talk one day with student Selina Williams, he gladly received some tracts.

“During the youth conference, when the altar call was given, Moses was one of the first ones to respond to give his life to Christ,” Selina recalled. “When Moses showed up the next morning, he informed the team that he had led his wife to salvation when he got home.”

As a bus driver, Moses was unaware that he was being used by God to bring life and freedom to Uganda. Are you aware that partners of Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College are being used by God to bring life and freedom to the world? Partner with us today to make more stories like this one possible!

Monday
Aug292016

Amidst Everyday Life

How do you know that God hears your prayers? I remember a time in my life when I didn’t know the answer.

A few years ago, I listened to a teaching about how Christians must follow the format of the Lord’s Prayer while praying or else their words won’t make it to heaven. Around that same time, I would babysit for one of my neighbors on a regular basis. While getting ready to babysit one evening, I asked God if He heard me when I prayed and if my prayers had any effect. Confusion over how to pray and doubt that He was listening had stifled my communication with Him. In response to my questions, I was impressed to start talking to Him like a friend. I didn’t realize that I had slipped into a formula. But a subtle nudge from the Holy Spirit reminded me to stop my formulas and just talk
to Him.

This reminds me of something Andrew says in his book A Better Way to Pray:

“In the Bible, people knelt, raised their hands, and even looked up into heaven at times, but don’t make a religious form out of these things and require their presence in order to consider something ‘prayer.’ You can pray with your eyes open or closed, hands raised or down, standing, kneeling, or prostrate. Since meditation is prayer (Ps. 5:1), you don’t even have to talk out loud! Your communion with God should be constant” (p. 19).

God was showing me how to relate to Him in normal, everyday life. I didn’t have to follow a method; I could just be myself with Him. So, I talked to God about everything—my family, friends, dog, dreams, the past, the future—and then I asked Him to work in other people’s lives. I then wrapped it up by praying for the Christian family I was going to babysit for, whose house I was about to enter.

As I walked through my neighbor’s front door, I saw the dad preparing dinner for his two young daughters. He and I chatted for a bit, and while he was setting down full dinner plates for his girls, he blurted out, “I feel like someone has been praying for us.” He turned around and looked at me. Oh my gosh! I shrieked in my mind as I stared back at him in silence. It had just been a normal conversation with God.

In A Better Way to Pray, Andrew says,

“You just need to learn how to fellowship with God in the midst of everyday life. Do you know how to appreciate Him in the small things? Are you always trying to do something earthshaking or monumental to build your intimacy with Him? You can’t sustain your relationship that way! Adam and Eve walked in the cool of the Garden with God. I’m sure their conversations consisted of: ‘Father, I saw a flower today that I’ve never seen before. You did a great job!’ That’s prayer” (p. 47).

I realized that God Almighty was hearing my voice! Heaven was using my prayer to bless the people in my life! And it definitely made an impact. Knowing this may sound like a baby step of faith in prayer, and that’s probably true. But if babies never take that first step, they’ll never learn how to walk. John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” The line to heaven is always open, and He’s always listening. Now I just need to let God get some words in edgewise!

Are you confused or frustrated about your prayer life? Do you feel like you’re not “doing it right”? You can learn how to transform your prayer life into an intimate friendship with God. Check out Andrew’s teaching A Better Way to Pray. It’s available in CD, DVD, book, or study guide format. You can also watch Andrew teach this topic on the Gospel
Truth
broadcast.

Post a comment below if this has encouraged you! 

Monday
Aug222016

New Life in Mexico

“The Lord highlighted a girl to me to tell her about His love and how beautiful she was, but I couldn’t at first,” Charis Bible College Colorado student Esther shared. “We had been told not to say much to them because it was the first time for Charis to visit the home. I kept on getting the [nudge] to talk to her, and I got permission from one of the interns to do that. I was glad I did because it was just what she needed. She wept with joy.”

Second-year Charis Colorado students were overwhelmingly blessed by the response they received from sharing the Gospel while on a missions trip to Mexico last December. The team enjoyed various ministry opportunities, like working in an orphanage with Charis Mexico students, and ministering in churches, a hospital, and the marketplace. Almost every day of the trip, someone received either salvation or the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The team was also invited to several work projects at the Christian orphanage “Pan de Vida” (Bread of Life). Projects included painting a ceiling, exterior doors, and a fence, along with hanging cabinets. The Charis Colorado team then prepared a program for the children of the orphanage, and this included songs, skits, and five stations where children could visit for face painting, balloons, crowns, fishing, and more.

Over 300 people attended the marketplace outreach. Games and a puppet show moved into three skits by the Charis Colorado team. The final skit was evangelistic in nature and was followed by a Gospel presentation. An invitation was given to receive salvation through Jesus, and most of the crowd responded by raising their hands.

Charis student Grace Iverson shared:

“My life was overwhelmingly blessed, as I was privileged to travel to Querétaro, Mexico, on a short-term missions trip with Charis Bible College Colorado. […] We traveled to another city where a local church, pastored by one of Charis Mexico’s students, had prepared a market outreach. The day prior, we canvassed the marketplace, passing out fliers and inviting all to the outreach. On the day of the outreach, hundreds of children and families came, and we were able to simply present the Gospel. Many were saved. The simplicity of love—hugging a child or playing games with a child—combined with the simplicity of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ made this a life-changing day for all involved. […] I am so thankful for the opportunities that we as students have at Charis Bible College—opportunities to share all that God has given us with the world!”

Their five days of ministry concluded back at Charis Mexico. Both Charis Colorado and Charis Mexico students enjoyed a special night of sharing experiences. Their hope is that all the lives affected, including their own, will continue in the faith and hope they have in Jesus.

Would you like this to be your story? At Charis Bible College, you can learn how to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit and watch God do incredible things through you. You will also gain a strong foundation in the Word, go on a missions trip, and experience the practical application of everything you’ve learned. It will change your life so that you can change the world.
Enroll today!