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Monday
Jan112010

Andrew and Jamie Visit Auschwitz Fall 2009

Memorial plaque reminding visitors of the despairing history of Auschwitz. (Click to enlarge)During a recent visit to Europe, which included stops in England, Germany, Hungary and Poland, Andrew and Jamie visited Auschwitz – Birkenau. Auschwitz served as Germany’s largest Nazi concentration camp during World War II. The stop was a stark reminder of what can happen if ideas go unchecked or unchallenged long enough to become an accepted mainstream ideology.

Menacing barbed wire fences kept camp prisoners confined as they traveled between buildings. (Click to enlarge)

Andrew has toured Auschwitz on more than one occasion, and while speaking to the staff during a recent AWM meeting he compared his visits. Andrew recalled being there some 25 years ago when the grounds weren’t quite the tourist destination they are now—when they were deserted. At the time the desolate state of the grounds made it easy for Andrew to envision the scale of the atrocities and to imagine all that went on there. He recalled roaming by himself through the barracks, gas chambers and furnaces, and walking past the furniture and lamps made from the skin and remains of some of the millions of Jews
killed there.

A number of buildings have been destroyed, but the ruins serve as a cold reminder of the atrocities that took place there. (Click to enlarge)“Auschwitz is overwhelming, it’s hard to really feel anything because it’s bigger than you can wrap your brain around,” Andrew said, as he reflected on his visits.

Andrew went on to comment, “Going to Auschwitz really sobers you and lets you realize that we’re fighting that same evil in the world today. It’s right here in America, it’s right here in Colorado Springs, it’s the exact same spirit of Antichrist.”

Under the influence of the same spirit of Antichrist, more than 40 million unborn babies have been murdered in United States since 1973. This was the year another terribly flawed line of thinking was accepted, and abortion was made legal in America.

Andrew’s memories of his stops in Auschwitz remind him that AWM and Christians everywhere, have a serious job to do, and that what the ministry is doing, reaching and changing people’s hearts, is vitally important.

“If the Body of Christ won’t stand against evil, you can’t expect the non-believers to do it,” Andrew said.

Thursday
Jan072010

Europe 2009 Trip Overview

Our recent news coverage has been focused on Andrew and Jamie's autumn trip to Europe, during which they visited England, Germany, Poland and Hungary. Several AWM staff members also traveled with Andrew and Jamie, including the ministry's Media Operations Manager and television department head, Stephen Bransford. Stephen documented much of the journey through Europe via video camera. Using Stephen's script and raw footage, Michael Coward, also of AWM's TV department, produced the following documentary-style overview sharing ministry highlights of Andrew's travels. We're pleased to be able to share this television department production with you.

Thursday
Dec312009

Andrew's Books Translated in 35 Languages

As AWM shares the truth of the Gospel with the body of Christ the ministry’s influence continues to grow. One of the indications of this growth can be found in the consistent request for Andrew’s books to be translated into foreign languages. During their European trip this fall, Andrew and Jamie became more aware of the ministry’s far-reaching growth.

The Hungarian AWM office and European book distribution center operate under the oversight of native Hungarian and CBC England graduate, Zsolt Katona. Here Zsolt and Andrew minister together as Zsolt serves as Andrew's translator.
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While in Hungary, Andrew visited the location that serves as the ministry’s local AWM office. The humble house, reminiscent of the ministry’s stateside beginnings in Manitou Springs, Colorado, also doubles as AWM’s European book distribution center. The site contains tens of thousands of Andrew’s books. The office and distribution center operate under the oversight of native Hungarian and CBC England graduate, Zsolt Katona. Andrew was pleasantly surprised to find that his books have been translated into 36 languages.

Andrew had this to say about the increasing call for and reception of new translations,

“It’s just amazing what’s happening. As a matter of fact, while we were there, there was another language they’d found that they were translating. And so, tremendous things are happening.”

Andrew’s books have been translated in 11 languages in Europe alone: In addition to English, 12 of his books have been translated in Hungarian, 11 in Dutch, 11 in German, 11 in Czech, nine in Russian, seven in French, five in Italian and five in Polish, the majority of which are available in print through the distribution center. Several other language translations have been completed and await publication including three in Romanian, two in Albanian and two in Swedish. A number of other translations are currently in progress in Finnish, Latvian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Slovakian and Danish.

“I felt like this trip to Europe was unique and there was a feeling everywhere we went that the ministry has a life of its own. The message is changing so many lives in so many ways, it’s growing underneath our feet. We’re being lifted up literally, by a tide that’s bigger than any of us,” said Stephen Bransford, AWM’s Media Operations Manager.

The ministry is also growing across foreign soil outside the UK. Sixteen nations outside Europe are experiencing the increased desire for translated materials as well. Numerous books have been published in Thai, Burmese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tibetan, Afrikaans, Zulu, Pakistani, Indonesian, Tamil, Burundi, Ghanaian, Filipino, Tanzanian and in Indian dialects.

In addition to the languages listed above, three of Andrew's books have been translated in Spanish and released in the US.