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Thursday
Jan282010

Gospel Truth Magazine Makes Online Debut

Gospel Truth magazine is now available in an online edition. (Click to enlarge)Andrew Wommack Ministries is pleased to announce that the Gospel Truth magazine has made its online debut!

Gospel Truth magazine, AWM's feature publication, has been in print since the Spring of 2007. The magazine, with a distribution of approximately 33,000, was created to provide Andrew's partners with a more in depth look at the ministry's progress and accomplishments, while communicating Andrew's vision and plans for the future.

According to Jim Ertel, AWM's Director of Partner Relations, "The purpose of the Gospel Truth magazine is to give partners a more complete view of the impact this message and ministry is having, and to tell the stories of the lives that are being changed."

The print version has been produced twice a year since its initial issue, and up until now has only been available to friends and partners, those that support the ministry financially. Now, to expand the magazine's impact, AWM has recently brought the magazine online, making it available world-wide to those who have access to the internet.

The online version appears on screen as an exact replica of the print version and provides readers with a user-friendly, interactive experience. Those choosing to view Gospel Truth magazine online are able to turn individual pages, zoom pages to a comfortable viewing size and print desired pages.

Visit the new Gospel Truth magazine archive for a focused look at how Andrew and AWM are touching lives around the world.

Monday
Jan252010

Faithful Discipleship: A Look at Forgoston International Ministries

CBC graduates and missionaries to India, the Forgoston family (L-R) David, Judith, Russ and Hannah.
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Three Charis Bible College (CBC) graduates founded Forgoston International Ministries, located in Chennai, India. Russ Forgoston, his son David, and David's wife Judith began ministering to the people of India two and half years ago. Since then, the missionary trio has implemented three main programs in Chennai, which have been quite fruitful and have seen exponential growth.

One program that the Forgoston's launched is called Grace Discipleship Training. Their program is based on the 48 lesson curriculum Andrew co-authored with Don Krow, called Discipleship Evangelism. Upon witnessing a noticeable lack of biblical foundation in local church leadership, the Forgoston's felt led to start the program in order to reach out to area pastors to give them a better understanding of the Word. The program has helped many leaders come to know God more intimately and as a result, the Forgoston's are receiving reports that some Indian churches are growing and thriving like never before. At the end of 2009, 350 pastors and church leaders had completed the training program.

The Forgoston's discipleship training program has touched the lives of many in Chennai. (Click to enlarge)In order to accommodate growing interest in the Grace Discipleship Training program, David explained that they have decided to video the teachings and dub-in various language translations. This will allow more pastors access to the materials and lessons, enabling them to view them as often as they choose. Although the Forgoston's have only just begun this process, many have expressed interest in these products.

Another program the Forgoston's set into motion is called the Jeevan Bank project, which is a micro-loan program, and so much more. Russ explained that they wanted to offer something that would help the poor. Through the Jeevan Bank, those with an entrepreneurial heart can obtain small loans to start their own businesses. This loan program goes beyond traditional banking practices in that the loan recipients are taught how to manage their money, how to promote their businesses and how to make wise decisions as their businesses grow. The program has been largely successful. A total of 162 micro-loans were given to India's poor in 2009. The Forgoston's have seen many lives transformed through the opportunities this program has offered to the people of India.

David and a local boy having fun.
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"I am continually amazed when I think about the favor that God is pouring out on our mission. We are walking through doors that I never imagined would be opened for us. Things are being set up and plans are going into motion that are absolutely extraordinary," David said.

In 2009 the trio also opened the doors of Charis Bible College, India. The Forgoston's enrolled 60 first year students during their inaugural school year. They currently offer full and part-time programs and correspondence courses are also available. David, Judith and Russ each teach at the school, and use DVD curriculum as well. Students also experience live praise and worship three times a week. The Forgoston's goal is to share the Gospel truth with the people of India through the courses at CBC.

Judith enjoys building relationships with people of Chennai. (Click to enlarge)Reflecting on the opening of the school Judith commented, "Teaching at CBC India and building relationships with the students here has truly been one of the best experiences of my life."

Years ago the Lord placed 2 Timothy 2:2 on Andrew's heart, which became his vision for CBC. In that verse, which is a picture of discipleship, Paul explains to Timothy that he should take what he had learned from Paul and commit the same lessons to faithful men around him who would be able to teach others as well. Like Andrew, the Forgoston's are doing just that; continuing the line of discipleship by being faithful to share with others what they have learned.

"Being a missionary in India for the past couple of years has really stretched me," said Russ. "I believe that my relationship with God has become deeper and stronger and the reason for that is directly linked to me following His call and letting Him fulfill the plan that He has for my life."

Ministries working together to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Catalyst MI founders Jeff and Autumn Nakkula stand and serve together with the Forgoston family in Chennai. (Click to enlarge)The Forgoston's ministry endeavors are captured in the short video posted below. Interestingly, the husband and wife video production team of Jeff and Autumn Nakkula are also CBC graduates and missionaries. Jeff and Autumn founded Catalyst Ministries International, a helps ministry organization that comes along side others already doing the work of the ministry. They utilize their media and TV production skills to help document and promote ministries such as the Forgoston's as they minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jeff and Autumn are also missionaries in India at this time.

To Learn more about the Forgoston's growing ministry visit Forgoston International Ministries. For a more in-depth look at the Forgoston family's call to ministry, watch The Forgoston's Destiny Story and read the article Like Father, Like Son.

Monday
Jan182010

Reflections from Auschwitz and Birkenau

Stephen Bransford, AWM’s Media Operations Manager accompanied Andrew, Jamie and several AWM staff to Europe on their recent trip—video camera in hand. Here he shares a few thoughts as he reflects on their stop at Auschwitz.

“Today we visited Auschwitz and Birkenau. AWM Media Operations Manager Stephen Bansford
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The movie, Schindler’s List hit with the emotions of a sledgehammer. The Boys From Brazil raised the hair on my neck. But seeing the real Auschwitz left me numb. The numbers were too large. The scale of hatred overwhelmed the senses.

The strongest impression I felt was how tired I became walking along the railroad tracks that carried the people to the gas chambers and crematoriums. Step after step I began to feel the size of the German machine. It grinned like a Jackal with barbed wire teeth all around me. We walked free but those who had walked before us knew they were doomed. We walked a mile past one barracks after another after another. Each one had held a thousand Jewish prisoners housed for death. They were processed like a commodity on an assembly line. But as you walk you begin to get a feel for how many perished. It just goes on and on and on! I thought, ‘When will this end?’ How many of those who perished there must have had that thought?

Mengele’s clinic was there. Pictures of the children used in experiments. But it still made me numb, numb, numb as I filmed it all.

Finally, as I was leaving the main gate I saw a group of Jewish young people arriving. They carried Israel’s flag as they got off a bus, waving it high above their group. Many wore the Star of David on their shirts. As they began walking down that endless lane beside the railroad tracks toward the massive ovens, I began to film them… and I began to feel something. I felt a fraction of what it might mean to be Jewish at Auschwitz today—A whole different experience than for the rest of us. This place created the State of Israel.

I wondered how Israel will survive the next wave of anti-Semitism? It is coming at them like a bullet train. These young people held an answer in their hands as they waved their flag defiantly at the relics of their own terrible history. However, the real answer will come for them only when Jesus sits at last, triumphant on the throne of David. The day they say ‘blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

Stephen Bransford
October 26 2009, Krakow, Poland