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Monday
Apr122010

Building Hope & Saving Lives

SRM provides free meals to those in need through community outreach efforts in Colorado Springs.
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Paul and Marilyn Vyzourek, graduates of Charis Bible College (CBC), founded Springs Rescue Mission (SRM) in 1996. The couple began by providing sandwiches to the homeless in parks and under bridges in Colorado Springs. Their heart to help the homeless however, didn’t stop at simply providing a meal; they wanted to transform lives with the hope of Jesus Christ.

With an increasing desire to help, the Vyzourek’s began taking in the homeless, providing refuge for them in their own home as they got back on their feet. In addition, they opened a food pantry in one of the rooms at CBC. Before long, much to their excitement, they began to see God supplying bigger and better ways to accommodate the needs of more people.

SRM Samaritan's Kitchen program serves approximately three thousand meals per week. (Click to enlarge)Springs Rescue Mission has been faithfully serving people in Colorado Springs for 14 years, and is currently under the direction of Rev. Joe Vazquez. He began volunteering at SRM as second year CBC student and was eventually hired. In July of 2003, he was appointed Executive Director by the SRM Board of Directors. Under his leadership, this organization now oversees the second largest emergency food distribution service in Colorado Springs.

Two of the many programs SRM uses to serve the Colorado Springs community are the Samaritan's Kitchen and the New Life Men's Program.

SRM has served more than 1.4 million meals since the ministry began in 1996. (Click to enlarge)Samaritan's Kitchen provides approximately 3000 meals per week. This program is open to the homeless, and anyone who needs a hot meal. Each evening, along with their meal, those who would like to do so can also listen to a Gospel message taught by someone from one of the local churches. Once a month struggling families are welcome to pick up a Food Box. These boxes, provided free of charge, are packed with the ingredients needed to prepare meals at home.

Samaritan's Kitchen also offers two Culinary Arts programs as a way for those in need to establish new job opportunities. The program is certified by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and locally supervised by Pikes Peak Community College. ACF certificates of completion are awarded to participants upon graduation.

Other services supported by Samaritan’s Kitchen are, summer lunch programs for children in need, outreach meal events, brown bag meals, and catering for other non-profit ministries in need.

SRM's year-long New Life Men's program equips men with necessary and Biblically centered life skills.
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The New Life Men's Program (NLP) is a one year residential program, which serves men who are homeless, drug addicted, and/or are having difficulty functioning in society due to a lack of life skills. The program is quite thorough in that it focuses on five key aspects of an individual's recovery, addressing the spiritual, educational, vocational, life skills and personal counseling needs of the person.

On average, Springs Rescue Mission helps 4,500 families per year with emergency food, clothing, and other assistance. Since the ministry began, SRM has provided more than 1,450,000 meals to the hungry and homeless. These meals very often provide a doorway to hope for a better life through recovery programs, emergency services, counseling, job training and other services provided by SRM.

SRM meets more than physical needs.
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Andrew's teaching about the love of God stirred compassion in the hearts of two CBC students. The Vyzourek's took the revelation they received from Andrew and put it into action. Their desire to help those in need led to the simple act of providing sandwiches to the homeless. Their initial effort has been multiplied by the hand of God, and the ministry has become a multifaceted, citywide blessing to many struggling souls in the Colorado Springs area.

To learn more about the many vital programs offered to the homeless and hopeless of Colorado Springs, visit the Springs Rescue Mission website.

Thursday
Apr082010

Andrew's Father In The Faith

In 1967, at the age of 17, Andrew met Joe Nay. Joe's radical passion for Jesus made a profound and lasting impact on Andrew. It was Joe's fanaticism for the Lord that God used to draw Andrew closer to Himself. The two shared a lot of time together talking about the Lord and discussing the supernatural power of God. Ultimately it was Joe's influence that set Andrew on the path he has been running for forty plus years of ministry.

Joe is Andrew’s Father in the Faith. In the insightful video below the two reminisce about the impact Joe had on Andrew as a teenager and some of the early ministry they did together. The time spent watching is sure to be
a blessing.

Monday
Apr052010

How Are Andrew’s TV Programs Made?

(Click to enlarge)John prepares studio lights, set pieces, and camera equipment so that everything is right for Andrew’s teaching. John has been with Andrew 24 years, longer than any other employee.

Andrew's (Click to enlarge)special teaching gift makes it possible for his programs to be captured by a single camera. It is as if he is sitting at the table in your home talking with you.


(Click to enlarge)Ed operates the camera on shoot days and processes the video for raw digital ingestion, DVD mastering and broadcast mastering. He holds an AA degree in electronics from Pima College.

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Karen runs the teleprompter on shoot days (used for announcements, etc.) and assists with the management of the department. She also conducts on-camera interviews at Gospel Truth Seminars.

(Click to enlarge)Laurie is the assistant to the program producers. She publishes the notebook that guides each Gospel Truth show through editing and mastering. She performs Quality Control, publishes production and broadcast schedules on the website, and creates closed captioning for the program. She is a CBC graduate.

(Click to enlarge)Doris transcribes each of Andrew’s teachings, researching the content for editing and finishing purposes. She has worked with the ministry for
12 years.

(Click to enlarge)Michael manages the assembly of the Gospel Truth programs in the Avid editing Suite. He earned a BA in radio, TV and film production from the University of North Texas.

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Aaron is Chief Editor of the Gospel Truth program. He holds a business management degree from Sam Houston State University and will graduate from CBC in May 2010.

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Sean prepares Andrew’s teachings for the Gospel Truth program. He holds a BA in film studies from the University of Nevada and for the past 3 years edited nomination packages for the Academy Awards and Emmys. He plans to attend CBC in the fall.

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Kevin is Final Editor for Gospel Truth programs. He puts the finishing touches on each program and makes sure it is ready to be seen on your home TV set.

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David creates the Russian version the program, and adapts the American program for airing on God TV and in Uganda. He also troubleshoots the networking of the Avid computers.

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Mike manages the creative side of the department where promotions, documentaries, testimonies, and teaching DVD’s are made. He is also the technical supervisor for Gospel Truth Seminars and other events, including the management of audio visuals for CBC. After working on an engineering degree for 3 years he heard God calling him to CBC. He has worked in the television department for 6 years.

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Michael has 30 years of experience as a cameraman, editor, voice announcer and producer of commercial and Christian television. An accomplished musician, he composes sound tracks for documentaries such as Destiny Stories and
Healing Journeys.

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David is a CBC graduate who has worked in TV for 3 years. He has become an excellent motion graphics artist as well as the Mac System Director, implementing the coordination of the Final Cut editing stations on the creative production side of
the department.

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Annabelle is a CBC student who will graduate in May. She works part time logging video footage and has recently begun to edit special program material. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from DePaul University with a BA in radio, TV and
film communications.

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Teresa writes the script for the TV announcer on each broadcast. She also developed the video library system for the department and performs logging functions.

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Stephanie places the Gospel Truth TV and radio programs on networks and stations worldwide. She is an employee of Integrity Media in Lewisville, Texas and has served Andrew’s media placement needs for a decade.

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Stephen is Media Operations Manager for the ministry. He produced the original Gospel Truth TV broadcast and launched Andrew on the INSP Network in 2000. He has been with Andrew for 11 years.