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Monday
Feb152010

Andrew's Central European Distribution Center

AWM's Hungarian office and Central European Distribution Center. (Click to enlarge)Hungary, a former satellite of the Soviet Empire, is now the host of a busy distribution point for Andrew Wommack Ministries of Europe (AWME). A modest house in one of the greenbelt villages of the town of Győr serves as both the Hungarian office for AWME and as the Central European Distribution Center, from which Andrew's teaching materials are shipped to the 27 nations of the European community. The facility is managed by native Hungarian and CBC England graduate, Zsolt Katona.

AWM's Head of European Translation and of the Central European Distribution Center, Zolt Katona and his family live in Hungary.When Zsolt became an AWME employee in 2006, the ministry had just begun publishing Andrew's books in various European languages. Now, in 2010, Zsolt manages tens of thousands of copies of Andrew's translated materials. As a result, the house is crowded with shelves full of spiritual seeds just waiting to be shipped to thirsty souls. Zsolt does his best to utilize every inch of the office efficiently, but that job is becoming increasingly challenging.

With a steady stream of translations being completed, storage space at the distribution center is tightly packed. (Click to enlarge)Presently, Andrew's books are being shipped across Europe in 11 languages, but that number continues to increase as AWME's Foreign Language Translation Team works diligently to make the books available to more people in more countries. Several of Andrew's books are currently going through the translation process for eight additional European languages. The translation process takes time—four to six months on average. Worldwide the team of countless volunteers has translated 127 of Andrew's books in 36 languages.

At this time, Zsolt distributes his largest orders to Holland and Germany. Smaller countries like Hungary tend to order less per shipment. But the important part is that the orders continue to come in on a steady basis.

Currently Zsolt is the only full-time employee for the distribution center, but as Andrew's message continues to spread across languages, the job will eventually become too large for him to manage singlehandedly.

So, as the saying goes, "never despise small beginnings." Each book shipped from this little house in Hungary is a seed planted for a multiplied harvest
to come.

 

Watch as Andrew tours the Hungarian office and reminisces about the Ministry's humble beginnings. Be sure to follow the link at the end of this clip for a full video summary of Andrew's recent trip to Europe.

Catch a glimpse in the video below as they organize the upcoming project schedule. Be sure to follow the link at the end of this clip for a full video summary of
Thursday
Feb112010

Charis Bible Training Center Impacts the Nations

St. Petersburg, Russia home of Charis Bible Training Center. (Click to enlarge)For decades under communism, Russia recruited third world students to St. Petersburg to indoctrinate them in Soviet Universities. Today students still come from abroad to study, but they are no longer indoctrinated with communism. Some of the world's brightest come to study business, medicine, science and law in the Russian Universities. Charis Bible College graduate Carrie Pickett has been in St. Petersburg for ten years, preparing some of these aspiring professionals to return home with more than just an academic degree, but also a firm foundation in the Word, and an ability to minister the almost-too-good-to-be-true-news of the Gospel.

Missionaries Mike and Carrie Pickett. The couple co-direct CBTC, EMI and Andrew Wommack Ministries Russia.
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Carrie and her husband Mike, both originally from the United States, met in 2004 on the mission field of St. Petersburg, where Carrie was directing Charis Bible Training Center (CBTC), a Charis Bible College affiliate school. The two were married in 2006 and since then have been working to transform the lives of the students attending CBTC, sharing with them the message of God’s unconditional love and grace.

Mike and Carrie currently co-direct CBTC. The school offers two years of Bible training, a third year of Leadership School and a fourth year apprenticeship program before the students complete the curriculum. The Picketts and their four other staff members are presently ministering to, and equipping, 62 students from over 15 nations at the training center. These students represent multiple churches and denominational backgrounds. The Bible school in Russia is literally touching the world through its multi-national graduates.

In class at CBTC (Click to enlarge)Together the Picketts oversee a number of other leadership training programs beyond CBTC, under the banner of their own ministry called Equip Ministries International (EMI). The vision for EMI is "to equip and mobilize leaders to reach the nations." The fruit from CBTC and their ministry efforts indicates that they are fulfilling this mission.

One of the unique aspects of CBTC is that the majority of the students are from other countries. Carrie had this to say about the unique atmosphere at CBTC,

A group of multinational CBTC students equipped to share the Gospel. (Click to enlarge)"We have Russians that study with us, but we also have students from Nigeria, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uganda, Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, America, Uzbekistan, Sweden, Tanzania, and Latvia. Most are studying in the Universities here in Russia for their medical, engineering, or economic degrees. Once they finish their Bible School training they head back home to their nations. It is in this unique aspect that we see our vision of equipping leaders to reach the nations being fulfilled."

In the eight years since CBTC was established in St. Petersburg, hundreds of students have received solid Bible teaching and become strong, mature ministers. As Carrie and Mike continue to minister in the multicultural setting of Charis Bible Training Center many lives are being changed in Russia and around the world.

 

In the video below Carrie shares more details of the Pickett's missionary efforts in Russia. For a more in-depth look at the Picketts and their ministry be sure to watch the Mike and Carrie Pickett Destiny Story.

Tuesday
Feb092010

Pannonhalma, Hungary

The Archabbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary. (Click to enlarge)During the autumn of 2009 Andrew and Jamie visited and ministered in Europe. Their trip included stops in England, Germany, Poland and Hungary. While in Hungary Andrew had the opportunity to minister across a denominational gap. Andrew was welcomed with open arms to the Archabbey of Pannonhalma, an eleven-century-old Roman Catholic monastery. There he met with his ministry friends Titusz Hardi, a former Charis Bible College student and Benedictine monk, and Titusz' superior, Dr. Várszegi Asztrik, Arch Abbot of Pannonhalma, member of the Bishop Congregation of Hungary's Roman Catholic Church.

These three men first became acquaintances several years ago through a fourth friend, Zsolt Katona. Zsolt is a CBC England graduate and a former teacher at both of the Abbey's schools. After graduating from CBC Zsolt did not return to the Abbey, but chose instead to go to work for Andrew Wommack Ministries where he is currently in charge of Andrew's European book translation and distribution center in Hungary.

Titusz Hardi, Assistant to the Arch Abbot of Pannonhalma, greets Andrew during his visit in the fall of 2009.
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The noticeable change in Zsolt, as a result of his experience at CBC, made such an impression on Titusz that it stirred within him a hunger for more of God. This hunger led Titusz to request a sabbatical from his life in the monastery, where he has served as a monk for more than 25 years. He sought the break to attend CBC in England. Much like Zsolt, the time Titusz spent at CBC changed his life, and he returned to the monastery refreshed and inspired by the Word of God. Upon his return to Hungary, the Arch Abbot took note of the change in Titusz.

The progression of changed lives continues as the Arch Abbot has blessed Titusz by making him Headmaster of a very prestigious boarding school in Pannonhalma. There Titusz teaches Discipleship Evangelism lessons, and also incorporates some of Andrew’s other teachings, including Spirit, Soul and Body, in the curriculum for his students. Andrew’s teachings are transforming the monks and students in several of Pannonhalma's Abbeys. Titusz takes every opportunity to share his revelation and is having an impact; many who attend his meetings are born again and Spirit filled. He has brought a revival of sorts to Hungary’s Catholic Church.

Zsolt and Titusz' time at CBC opened the door for Andrew to meet with the Arch Abbot for the first time three years ago. During Andrew’s most recent visit, the Arch Abbot extended his grace and allowed Andrew to minister in one of the monastery’s cathedrals. With Zsolt as his translator, Andrew was able to share with Titusz’ students and members of his Bible group. He taught about destiny and had the opportunity to prophecy over some of the future leaders of Hungary's church. Be sure to watch the video summary below for a glimpse of this powerful time of ministry in Hungary.

 

We invite you to watch the video clip below which shares highlights of Andrew and Jamie's visit to Pannonhalma, Hungary in 2009.