As he saith also in Osee [Hosea], I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.  And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
Romans 9:25-26, brackets added
In general, the American church has embraced the message of adoption (see Eph. 1:3-6). But have we forgotten that God’s idea of adoption translates to every language and people on the planet? According to Barna Research, fewer American missionaries are being sent out every year and a decreasing amount of our churches’ incomes is set aside for missions work and/or outreach.
But Charis Bible College hasn’t forgotten God’s design. With over forty campuses worldwide and hundreds of students traveling for missions work every year, Charis is taking the message of God’s grace (the adoption of sons) to every tribe and tongue they can find.
After returning from a recent missions trip to Russia, several Charis students shared how the family of God is enlarging in every part of the world! Pat Koppel said, “While in Russia, I shared that we are the adopted children of God. When someone adopts a child, they spend a precious amount of time and resources dreaming about, planning for, and searching after their child. No adopted child is unwanted. As God’s adopted children, we are wanted and pursued by Him in the same way. After my testimony, seven people approached me, and our translator sent word that one of the conference attendees had received a revelation about God as her Father and was so happy! It feels good to encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ. God loves us more than we could ever know and has made plans for us beyond our expectations for good!”
Another team member shared about the church they visited near Siberia. Pastor Vladimir, the church’s pastor, encountered God in prison and, after serving his sentence, planted the church. Like many of his countrymen, Vladimir had a history with drugs and alcohol. Today he ministers “grace through faith” to those in rehab centers and to anyone who comes through the doors of his church. Already this year, twenty-five people have gone through Andrew’s foundational teachings (which have been translated into Russian) Spirit, Soul & Body and The True Nature of God. Pastor Vladimir said, “Andrew is the best. He teaches in a way that a person who doesn’t know much about the Bible can understand and get to know the love and grace of God.” Currently, the church is building a new rehab center to increase its outreach to the community. “It was a miraculous testimony,” team member Cinnamon Bergeron recalled. “Eighty thousand dollars of extra income came into this small church within ten months. They’ve purchased the land and have started to build—all with fewer than 100 people! God is so good.”
Sarah Motevalli discovered that “you can go into any corner of the world, and wherever and in whomever the Spirit of Christ is, there you find your loving family!”