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Monday
Sep222014

Charis's 20th Birthday Celebration

Wendell Parr (left) and Andrew Wommack recount stories from the past as new students listen on in amazement (Click to enlarge) Anticipation and excitement filled every seat as 1,300 students, teachers—former and current, and visitors gathered in The Barn for the 20th anniversary celebration of Charis Bible College. Wow, what a great time of remembrance! The excitement in the room was contagious as we came together in a building that was once only seen through faith. I usually have to tell people when I’m excited, but I was very excited to be standing in a room full of so many world changers. The fruit that we’ve seen from this school is incredible, and I am overjoyed that the Lord has used Charis to transform the lives of so many through His love and grace.

It was such an honor to have some of the original instructors—including Linus and Kay LeFever, Don Krow, Wendell Parr, and Leon Matheney—share stories and recount the journey that has made possible all we are accomplishing today. It was wonderful to have old friends be able to come to our new facility and witness for themselves what God has done. Linus and Kay LeFever stand together as they relate their journey with CBC to the massive crowd before them
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The looks on their faces as they surveyed a campus that accommodates over 600 students, was absolutely priceless. They were really blessed, knowing that they were the ones who helped make this possible. They saw the school in its humble beginnings, and their trailblazing has paid off. The reach of Charis, with its correspondence program, online courses, and over forty international and stateside extension schools is ever growing!

Throughout the celebration, roars of laughter were met by moments of awe-inspired silence as the former instructors went up and shared how this had impacted them. New students listened intently to stories of the faithful men and women who made it possible for them to be sitting in the room that day.

Kay LeFever related how she struggled to leave their dream home after being on the mission field in Russia for many years and coming to start a fledgling school with no guarantee of success. Their first grandbaby was on the way, and they left it all. Her husband, Linus, rehearsed memories of those early days and some of the challenges we faced preparing our first world changers. It gave a perspective of Charis that our current students would not have gotten without these eye-witness accounts.

Don Krow telling the hilarious tales of their fearless leader, Andrew Wommack (Click to enlarge)Wendell Parr, who started the journey with me, shared about how his family left a secure and growing church to be a part of this mission. He continues with me today as one of our venerable instructors. Don Krow, a former instructor, took a different approach, amusing the crowd with stories of me falling off the stage in one of our previous facilities. They’ll probably be laughing about that for weeks.

However, no one captured the hearts of everyone there like Leon Matheney. As he spoke, every eye and every ear tuned in as this seasoned minister of over eighty years old opened up his heart with words of love and encouragement. Trying to hold back tears and remembering the days when he spoke in front of a class of thirty, Leon imparted powerful and memorable words to what was now a sea of students. You can view the whole morning's events online here and here.

Several of our international directors Leon Matheney addressing the largest student body he's ever seen before at Charis (Click to enlarge)came to the celebration with their own news of growth and expansion from all over the world. One was Carrie Pickett, the director of our school in St. Petersburg, Russia: “I graduated with the fourth class in 1999,” she remarks, “so seeing how much it’s grown and the fruit that’s happening is truly an inspiration. It’s been so exciting to see all of my old teachers and the people they’ve ministered to, now ministering to other people. The excitement in the room is overwhelming, and I feel encouraged to go back to Russia and let what’s happening here in Colorado be the inspiration for what we do overseas.”

I am confident that this celebration was more than just a special event. People’s lives were being touched as we took time to remember the things God has done. But the best is still yet to come! If the celebration taught us anything, it’s that the future of Charis is so bright, you have to squint to look at it.

New students capture the moments as they listen to the stories of CBC, most for the first time
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The first twenty years have been amazing, to say the least, but the job of Charis is far from over. We are just getting started on our God-given mandate to make disciples of all nations. If the Lord is speaking to you about Bible college, I encourage you to request an information packet today by emailing info@charisbiblecollege.org. Or, to apply, simply visit www.charisbiblecollege.org. You won’t regret it!

Monday
Sep152014

Set Free to Bring Freedom

Palo sharing his newfound love in the Andrew Wommack Ministries Phone Center (Click to enlarge)What satisfies you? What makes you feel excited about life and the things ahead of you? How do you know when you’ve found what you are looking for? For Charis Bible College graduate Palo Robles, these questions were only the beginning. He first began to seek answers within a party lifestyle, living in a world of drugs, women, and cars. But Palo couldn’t shake the feeling that he was meant for something greater. He knew life must have more to offer. “My heart was really just looking to all of these worldly things to make me complete,” Palo reflects. “But I just couldn’t understand why none of them were satisfying me.”

Palo sharing a meal and his faith in a local food joint (Click to enlarge)Searching for a change he knew this world could not offer him, Palo made a decision that transformed his life forever. “When I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, that emptiness I had in my heart was instantly filled. All the depression and anger from not being satisfied were completely destroyed. Everything I was searching for was satisfied through God’s love for me.”

Palo now takes his newfound love and freedom to the streets, eager to share the Good News with anyone who can breathe. While out there, the main thing he’s come to realize is that everyone relates to love and that love never fails:

“People want to be loved, and they want to be accepted because that is the Father’s heart. Christ said He did not come for the righteous, but He came for the unrighteous, for the lost. He leaves the ninety-nine to go after the one. So, it’s the Father’s heart to reach those who are outside the church walls. The Scripture says he who wins souls is wise. It’s an amazing thing to witness.”

Out on the streets, reaching people's hearts with the unrelenting love of God (Click to enlarge)Through his time at Charis and his growing relationship with Christ, Palo has developed skills to more effectively minister to people. “When I’m out on the streets, I’m always asking the Holy Spirit ‘Okay, highlight some things for me: Who do You want me to minister to? What is going on in their life? What do You want me to say? Let me see them as You see them.' It brings to mind what Jesus said—‘I will make you fishers of men’ (Matt. 4:19). Jesus is teaching me how to be an effective fisherman so I can bring people into the kingdom. That’s why I do what I do.”

Palo now finds fulfillment in reaching the very people who are searching for the satisfaction he once sought. God’s plan is always bigger than what any one person can come up with on their own. Palo knows that surety. He’s experienced it. And so can you.

Monday
Sep082014

Healing Is Here: Rewind

(Click to enlarge)Broken…desperate…expectant…healed!

Andrew Wommack ministering to a full house at the first eve Healing Is Here Conference (Click to enlarge)People from all over the world checked themselves out of hospitals, rescheduled surgeries, gathered friends and family, and traveled hundreds of miles to attend this year’s Healing is Here Conference at Charis Bible College Colorado. This powerful four-day conference received such an overwhelming response, event coordinators had to close registration and invite people to join by watching online.

With an average attendance of over 1,000 people at each session and nearly 2,000 live streaming the event, it is obvious how hungry the church is to see the power of God. Carlie Terradez, one of the event coordinators, said, “People came from all over the world to attend and left us with souvenirs of glasses, walkers, canes, crutches, and braces. We even got a handicap-parking permit! It was miraculous!”

Charis prayer team ministers to the needs of hundreds of attendees (Click to enlarge)Utilizing Andrew’s You’ve Already Got It! teaching and material from Charis Bible College’s Prayer Minister Training course, Healing Is Here broke through religious tradition and taught participants how to receive healing from God and how to minister it to others. Taking what they learned to the streets, participants reported people being saved, healed, and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Event coordinators saw a man who had been paralyzed for six years get out of his wheelchair and take his first steps. One woman, undergoing chemotherapy, came to the conference wearing a wig. She testified during the event that her head started itching, so she took off her wig to find tufts of hair growing back!

Testimonies continued to flood in. Participants are saying things like:

“I’ve been a Christian for years, but I’ve never heard teaching like this.”

A few souvenirs from Healing is Here Conference 2014 (Click to enlarge)

“I’m healed!”

“I didn’t know God would use me.”

“My body is full of the Holy Spirit—there’s no room for sickness to stay!”

“When’s the next event?”

Praise God for what He’s done!