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Freely You Have Received, Freely Give

Gail (left of center) with Andrew and fellow graduates during a CBC Weekend event in 2007 in Chicago. (Click to enlarge)

In February of 2000, Gail Coleman found herself living in new and unfamiliar life circumstances. She had recently lost her husband to cancer, had just begun her own breast cancer treatment, and was entering a new season of life as a single parent raising three daughters, ages eighteen, fourteen and ten. It was during this time that Gail first encountered Andrew's teaching. He and several other ministers spoke at a conference hosted by the church she attended, Christian Life Center in Tinley Park, Illinois.

Gail was blessed by Andrew's teaching as well as the introduction to Andrew Wommack Ministries. Over the course of the conference she also became aware of Charis Bible College (CBC), and she had an immediate desire to attend. Gail had always sensed a call to ministry, but in her situation, still settling her husband’s affairs, and being a single mother, she could not imagine how it would work.

Gail ministers to children during a mission trip to Nicaragua with Ambassadors to the Nations. (Click to enlarge)In 2001, Gail attended the Summer Family Bible Conference in Colorado Springs. Once again she was blessed by what she heard, and while there she received healing of severe lower back pain. She knew, beyond a doubt, that the Lord was calling her to attend CBC, but was still unsure about how that would happen. All she was able to do was “be still and know" (Psalm 46:10).

It was not until 2003, when Gail attended a Gospel Truth Seminar in Chicago, that it became clear how she would be able to attend CBC. She found out that graduates from CBC in Colorado Springs were planning to launch the first CBC extension school in the United States, in nearby Chicago. The new school would be located slightly less than an hour from her home; Gail signed up immediately.

Gail's friend and fellow CBC graduate, Sharon Tarzon, serves as CBC-Indiana administrator. (Click to enlarge)Despite the long drive Gail made it to class every day, even through rough winter weather and constant road construction. "I was so impressed with the teaching and the integrity of the ministry; I could not imagine being anywhere else." Her time at CBC provided her with the validation of her call
to ministry.

After graduating from the two-year course of study and completing her one-year apprenticeship, Gail's future direction in ministry was still uncertain. She shared her uncertainty with Andrew when he asked her what she thought was next. He encouraged Gail, and assured her God would continue to lead her. Three months later the Lord began speaking to her about starting a CBC extension school in northwest Indiana. Although she still lived in Illinois, Gail had been attending a church in Indiana for some time. She brought the idea to her leadership at CBC and they agreed she was on the right path.

CBC-Indiana students in class.
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Unbeknownst to Gail, the very same day she had been discussing the idea of a launching a Bible College in Indiana, her pastor had been expressing the desire to have a bible college in their church. This was a major confirmation for Gail, and it gave her the confidence to continue to plan Charis Bible College-Indiana.

Gail’s friend and fellow CBC graduate, Sharon Tarzon, agreed to come on board as the CBC-Indiana administrator. The two women determined that they wanted to have at least five students to kick-off the start of the school—blessed, they launched with twelve. Today the school operates as a part-time night school to meet the needs of those attending. There are twenty-five students presently enrolled, and Gail is expecting between thirty-five and forty-five students next year. Because the school operates on a part-time basis, it takes four years to complete the curriculum. CBC-Indiana will hold its first graduation ceremony in the spring of 2011.

Gail ministers to a teacher on the Nicaragua mission trip in 2009. (Click to enlarge)Andrew's simple delivery of the Gospel truth changed Gail's life, and brought about a relationship with God that she had not known was possible. Freely she received from the Lord, and now she shares her revelation with her students (Matthew 10:8).

"Now I have the opportunity to give back. I love what God has allowed me to be a part of at CBC!" Gail exclaimed.

To learn more about Gail's growing school visit, Charis Bible College-Indiana.


CBC Students Share Jesus in Nicaragua

CBC'c team used an adaptation of the Three Little Pigs story in skit format to share the message and love of Jesus.
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Earlier this year, Darey and Karen Jolly, missionaries to Central America and founders of Ambassadors to the Nations, hosted a Charis Bible College (CBC) mission team during a trip to Nicaragua. The team was led by CBC staff members Ashley and Carlie Terradez, and third year apprentice Kim Harrison. The Jollys provided the team with a hands-on ministry journey that touched the hearts of both the natives, and the missionaries.

A Nicaraguan family stands outside their home; a one-room shack without a bathroom or running water.(Click to enlarge)Struck by the conditions in which the people lived, the compassion of Jesus flowed through the students from the moment they arrived in the capital city of Managua. From the beginning of the trip the students were able to minister in many of the same ways exemplified in the Bible; they washed people's feet and gave them new shoes, visited a leper colony, taught the Word in churches, participated in street evangelism, and prayed for the sick and saw them healed. In all, the team ministered to four-thousand people during the six-day trip.

Student, Jim Huthmaker, like many on the trip, was touched by the poverty in which the people of the Nicaraguan villages live. He made mention of the fact that the people, to whom they ministered, were living in tiny shacks with no plumbing.CBC student, Jim Huthmaker hands out candy to a group of children.
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"We wouldn't put horses or dogs in some of these places," Jim said, as he recalled with compassion the living conditions.

While reflecting on the trip, CBC team member Lyndsey-Elizabeth Drummond recalled one opportunity the team had to minister in a medical clinic. After successfully ministering to several people, the doctor brought an elderly woman over to Lyndsey. The doctor explained that the woman had been sickly, suffering from arthritis pain and other ailments for eight years, and that the clinic had been unable to help her. After receiving prayer, the woman was completely healed. The doctor and her assistant, who had been treating the woman for years, stood weeping in amazement as the woman was restored. Lyndsey, not fluent in Spanish, just raised her arms in praise and said, "Yeshua," hoping that they understood it was because of Jesus that the woman was made whole. The elderly woman raised her hands in acknowledgement.

CBC student Lyndsey Drummond and CBC staff member Carlie Terradez ministered healing to a little girl. The power of God flowed as the little girl's shorter leg grew out. (Click to enlarge)Karen Jolly asked the team to minister to a little girl who was suffering with constant pain. One of the girl's legs was shorter than another. As Carlie helped situate the child comfortably in a chair, and Lyndsey lifted the girl's ankles to pray, the two women witnessed the little girl's leg as it grew out, before they had spoken a word.

The team saw numerous healing miracles ranging from stomach issues and lung problems to crippled legs and kidney trouble—God healed them all.

While the team did have the opportunity to teach and share from the pulpit at a pair of minister's conferences, most of the ministry on this trip was accomplished on the ground level with hands-on helps ministry. Whether feeding the hungry by distributing food boxes, or washing feet and providing new shoes or simply giving candy to a child with a smile, lives were touched and changed in Nicaragua.

CBC's mission team traveled as part of a larger group under the direction Darey and Karen Jolly, founders of Ambassadors to the Nations. (Click to enlarge)The team was blessed to serve alongside the Jollys and Ambassadors to the Nations. The CBC students were impressed by the Jolly's love for the Nicaraguan people, their visible compassion and desire to minister the love of Jesus to a poverty stricken people. Uzzi Macy praised the Jollys for their servant's hearts. In the midst of poverty, homelessness and fatherlessness, the Jollys expressed the love of God in a tangible way.

During the post trip presentation to the CBC student body, Kim said, as she glanced back at her team, that they were, "absolutely the hands of Jesus." She commented that the students worked from morning until night, many times without food, in triple digit heat and humidity, with no complaints. "They made a difference in that nation," she said.


The Engineering of Sound Design 

Andrew and Northgate Properties, Gary Erickson test drive a pair of the sample seats being considered for the main auditorium at the new campus in Woodland Park. (Click to enlarge) On July 7, Andrew and the Sanctuary planning team met with land developer, Gary Erickson owner of Northgate Properties and representatives from Architectural Innovations, to continue the design process for Andrew Wommack Ministries' new Woodland Park campus. The meeting was held in the conference room at the ministry's current headquarters in Colorado Springs. While many campus details were covered throughout morning, the primary focus was on Auditorium needs, ranging from acoustical engineering to seating.

The Sanctuary's pavilion is beginning to take shape. (Click to enlarge) The meeting opened with a discussion of the four companies from which the architectural firm has sought bids for the audio and visual design of both the main Auditorium and the Barn, the campus' banquet hall. One of the important parameters within which the engineers have been asked to work, is that the design be specifically tailored to the new building's needs, and not designed around the electronic equipment that each company sells. The services being sought include acoustical analysis and design, audio design, video design, specialized auditorium lighting, control systems, possible coordination with an outside third-party acoustician and of course installation. The pavilion with roof truss system in place. (Click to enlarge)While efforts were made to solicit comparable estimates there are still many structural variables in the project that hinder these companies from providing definitive price quotes. Rough estimates were gathered however, and although they were wide ranging in price, two of the companies seemed to be of interest to Andrew and the team. One well established corporation has years of experience and quite an impressive portfolio including Denver's INVESCO Field, Denver International Airport and Bob Nichols' Calvary Cathedral in Fort Worth, TX. Pavilion details take shape with pillar design and fireplace now visible.
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The other is a younger Colorado Springs-based company with a sound and growing reputation for quality work. The latter company has Colorado Springs' New Life Church among its list of well designed projects.

The outcome of the audio design portion of the meeting resulted in the scheduling of face-to-face meetings with the individual companies being evaluated to go into further detailed conversation about the ministry's specific needs.The view South, overlooking the pavilion. (Click to enlarge)

Also covered in the discussion of audio and visual needs were the projectors and screen choices for both the Auditorium and the Barn. Andrew decided to go with a ceiling-mounted, front projection system in the main auditorium and a rear projection system in the Barn. Because the Barn's south-facing wall will be all windows, outside light penetration provides a critical challenge to screen visibility and projection options. The team discussed the implementation of mechanically operated shades to filter the incoming light during performances or productions, allowing for better onscreen visibility.

Three of the five seating options presented at the July 7th meeting. (Click to enlarge)The team went on to explore seating options for the Auditorium. Several chair vendors had provided the team with six sample seats, each equipped with an optional fold-away writing tablet. It is Andrew's desire to outfit the Auditorium with these student-friendly seats because it allows for the optimization of the facility for Charis Bible College usage. The team did find that it had a preferred seat out of the choices presented, but Andrew did not make a final decision. Instead he chose to wait to examine several more samples at a future meeting.

Blueprints of the newly proposed mechanical space. (Click to enlarge)Meeting conversation also included the discussion of the internal and mechanical aspects of The Sanctuary buildings. As the plans progress and specific engineers are brought in to the process, changes to initial designs are inevitable. With sound considerations a priority, careful attention has been given to placement and accommodations for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment. Several alterations have been made to the western side of the facility to accommodate the air conditioning units, the boiler room and the electrical room. Computer model view of the newly proposed mechanical spaces. (Click to enlarge)These changes present new challenges to Andrew's vision for the function and aesthetics of the area. Additional square footage was added to house some of the larger equipment such as the boilers, chillers and garbage receptacles. These additions forced the introduction of two new structures. During the conversation Andrew and AWM General Manager, David Hardesty, proposed the combination of the two new spaces into a single two-story structure. Andrew voiced concerns regarding the proposed location of the mechanical additions. He noted that the new foot print would not only disrupt the aesthetics of the western entry to the main building, but it would also eliminate a significant amount of previously designated parking area. While the entrance on the western side of the facility was never intended to be the building's main entrance, it is anticipated to see heavy use, thus Andrew's desire for the space to remain available. The architects agreed to redesign the space in question, incorporating a two-story design.

Andrew's next architectural meeting is scheduled for later in July after Andrew and Jamie return from ministering at the Gospel Truth Seminar in Minneapolis. Stay tuned for our next update on the progress of The Sanctuary.