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Monday
Dec292014

Holy Ghost Treasure Hunt

Leader Mark Jones giving instruction from the Word (Click to enlarge)“Lord, help us minister Your love tonight,” a small group of men prayed one Saturday night. They had gathered with the express purpose of having what they called a “Holy Ghost Treasure Hunt.”

After watching a documentary in their monthly Bible study about believers following the Spirit’s leading in street evangelism, these men were inspired to do the same. Mark Jones, Charis Bible College graduate and Night School director, leads up this team. “It’s really exciting,” Mark said in a recent interview. “Our group just keeps growing and growing. The last time we went out, two people were saved and many others were ministered to! People [out there] are hungry to see the power of God—to know He really exists and cares about their needs.”

Treasure Hunters taking down clues as they listen to the Holy Spirit (Click to enlarge)The first time Mark’s team went “hunting,” the Holy Spirit gave them three clues. “We heard the words bird, broken wing, and Country Buffet. Then one of the guys got a picture of a circle with dots flashing at the 1 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock positions. We had no idea what it all meant, but we decided to drive over to the Country Buffet and find out.”

As they drove, they began to speculate about what the Lord would do that night. Excitement bubbled up in Mark’s heart while hearty laughter trickled out the car windows. “It was so much fun,” Mark confesses. “I vividly remember that night.” When the men arrived at Country Buffet, they immediately noticed a man standing out front with his family. The kids were carrying balloons, and the dad wore a sling on his right arm.

Preparing their hearts to hear (Click to enlarge)“Trying to strike up a conversation with someone you’ve never met before is intimidating. But we did,” Mark says. They discovered this man was hurt in an accident at work. A huge drill press came down on his arm and crushed it. As they ministered to him, the power of God became very tangible. “Watching a big 6-foot guy break down in tears is a humbling experience. But when we prayed for him, all the pain left his arm and God gave him a word of encouragement.”

As the sun went down, the men returned to their car in a state of semi-shock. “Did that really just happen?” they asked one another. While they relived the experience, the parking lot lights came on, and they could see a blue circle of light with dots of light escaping its boundaries at the 1 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock positions. “God always confirms His Word!” Mark exclaimed. As it turns out, the man’s wife was a believer, but he only tolerated the idea of Christianity. That night, his perception changed along with that of the entire men’s group!

Treasure Hunters fellowshipping before a hunt (Click to enlarge)“It’s so cool to experience the power of God like that. Everyone who participates in these treasure hunts walks away with a greater dimension of relationship and a greater level of faith. Hearing from God is not concrete, but when you know you’ve heard from Him and you see the confirmation of His Word, it does something to you. It’s such an exciting way to live!”

Holy Ghost Treasure Hunting is open to any Bible-believing Christian. Our mission is to gather in the presence of God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost with the intent of hearing Him and receiving direction and guidance on where to go and who to minister to in our city. The group meets one Saturday a month at the Springs Café, which is on the corner of Fillmore and Hancock in Colorado Springs.

Their next meeting will be on February 7, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome! For more information, email Mark: markjones@awmi.net.

Monday
Dec222014

God’s Faithfulness for a Lifetime

Betty and her husband, Buck, in 1946
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How can a word be so powerful? To eighty-nine-year-old Betty Bishop, words are a part of her life. “I first started taking notes to keep myself from falling asleep in church.” But after discovering how those words impacted her devotional life, Betty kept at it. “I have 3,100 legal pad pages of notes I’ve taken while listening to Andrew’s program over the last several years, and even more from church or other teachers I listen to. I’ve understood [Scripture] so much better since studying with him.”

When Betty first heard Andrew Wommack on television, she had been a Christian for years. “I discovered Andrew’s program while scanning through the Christian stations. I was attracted to the uncompromised Truth he spoke. I take notes because I know I won’t remember everything he says, and I don’t want to miss anything important. My notes let me go back and study to make sure I understand what I’ve been taught.”

Betty and Symmi studying the Word together (Click to enlarge)Since studying with Andrew, Betty says she’s learned to totally depend on God. Recently her 16-year-old cat got lost: “Symmi usually stays very close to the house,” Betty recalls. “Her back legs are weak and she’s deaf. But when she hadn’t returned by nightfall, I began to worry. By the third night, I was losing it.” Rarely letting her emotions get the best of her, Betty says she “was bawling.” “I went out with a flashlight to search for her, and just as plain as if He were visible, I heard God say, ‘I will take care of Symmi. You calm down and go to bed.’” Immediately, Betty felt God’s peace, and the next morning, Symmi waltzed around the house a little thinner but just as bossy and spoiled as before. “As simple as that may seem, it illustrates how personal God is in each of our lives when we learn to trust Him.”

Betty Bishop at a commemorative ceremony honoring her work building these planes during WWII (Click to enlarge)With a lifetime of stories of God’s faithfulness—even in her unfaithfulness—Betty takes time each day to remember His goodness and write down her “life notes” in a book she’s putting together, called Traveling Life’s Road on a Learner’s Permit. In it, she details God’s faithfulness to her during childhood, through war, as a mother, and the death of her spouse—in narrative poetry. Betty’s hope is that the power of the Word in her life will reflect in the words she writes and                                                             will bless others.

                             Enjoy this excerpt from one of her poems:

I waited for the feeling that Christians talk about—

The feeling folks experience—the one that makes them shout.

I’ve seen the tears of happiness flow freely down their face,

And wondered when it was my turn to feel this work of Grace.

I did just what the Bible said to have my sins forgiven;

I accepted Christ and all He did to pay my way to heaven.

I bowed my head in thankfulness, but still I wanted more—

That feeling that I knew should come from Heaven’s open door.

I read His Word, as written; I memorized it, too.

Then found each time I studied my soul was fed anew.

I learned to listen to His voice and heard Him speak my name.

He touched the chord that filled my soul—‘twas then the feeling came.

Monday
Dec082014

Faith Adventures

Tracey Elliot-Reep, one faith adventure after another (Click to enlarge)Growing up on a farm in southwest England, Tracey Elliot-Reep struggled through school with severe dyslexia. When her family experienced the ravages of divorce, the only place Tracey found stability and acceptance was with the ponies on her mother’s stud farm.

By the time she was nineteen, Tracey had lived and worked in several countries caring for animals. One day, after hitchhiking to Jerusalem, Tracey asked Jesus to make her new and help her find her purpose in life.

Tracey continued to work around the world as a photographic journalist until her main client “went bust, owing [her] thousands of pounds,” at which point she started her own business selling her photos as postcards. During the early stages of her business, some friends asked her to join them at Andrew Wommack’s Grace and Faith Conference. Too busy to really commit, God dropped Philippians 2:3 into Tracey’s heart, and she found herself attending.

Tracey, full of joy and excitement doing what she loves to do (Click to enlarge)One of Tracey's books, Riding by Faith Across America (Click to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“God needed me at that conference,” Tracey says. “While I was there, He put the desire to go to Charis Bible College in my heart.” Months later, with little money, no green card, and no means of support, she arrived in Colorado Springs with her entire life’s savings. “I had enough money for two months,” she recalls, “until God told me to trust Him and give those funds to someone else.” Undaunted, Tracey began to personalize Romans 4:20 and declare it everywhere she went. “I am growing strong in faith, giving You praise and glory, fully convinced that what You have promised, You will also do.”

Soon an international children’s book publisher contacted Tracey with an offer. “They liked my photographic work and asked me to come up with some ‘learning to read’ books for kids. Me? I thought. Do you realize you’re asking someone who’s struggled with dyslexia? But they took five of my book ideas and offered me a $9,000 advance.” Since she was working with an international company, Tracey could legally accept their offer and pay for all of her expenses in the U.S.

While at Charis, Tracey developed a firm foundation in the Word and gained the publishing experience she would need. “For the past ten years, God has ridden with me on cross-continental rides, from the top of Scotland to Lands’ End in England, around Southern Ireland, across Wales, the length of New Zealand, through southern Europe on the Pilgrim’s Trail, and along the Rockies from Mexico to Canada. I have published photographic books chronicling my adventures with God.”


Ponies in the snow (Click to enlarge)Tracey and her ponies (Click to enlarge)
Dartmoor ponies enjoying a photo shoot with Tracey (Click to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My time at Andrew’s Bible college was the most important step of obedience I’ve taken. It changed my life and gave me the confidence I needed to walk by faith. I know that when God gives me an assignment, He believes I can do it, and so I can!”

To learn more about Tracey and her amazing faith adventures, visit her website traceyelliotreep.com

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