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Monday
May232016

Groovy Blessed!

Who wants the Charis experience to affect future generations? Ben and Joy Johnson do. 

Right after Ben and Joy got married, Joy developed multiple sclerosis and, soon, was in a wheelchair. Although Ben had been a pastor and Joy had been a missionary to Hong Kong before their marriage, the couple stopped going to church after Joy’s health continued to decline.

One Saturday night, Ben went into his office to have it out with God. “I know You can heal. Why are You holding back Your hand?” After the struggle, he searched online for local churches, and Charis Christian Center came up. The next morning, they went back to church, and Pastor Lawson preached on spirit, soul, and body. By that fall, Ben and Joy were enrolled at Charis
Bible College.

Ben said that they were living from miracle to miracle when they went to Charis. The school was small then, and they sat in the front row. Ben would ask Andrew how he was, and he’d always respond, “I’m blessed!” Andrew would ask Ben how he was, and he’d say, “Groovy blessed!”

From sitting under God’s Word for hours a day, the “Charis experience,” Joy’s health stabilized and has continued to improve. Ben said that they can never thank Andrew and the other instructors enough for everything they’ve learned. While finances were tight for them during school, they still experienced the love of Christ flowing toward them. One time, a student showed up at their door and gave them a check that was nearly the exact amount of their electric bill—the very day that their electricity was going to be cut off. Another time, an instructor paid the last part of their first year’s tuition and the first part of their second year’s. The Gospel and the love of like-minded believers was transformational for them.

“Charis changed our lives,” Ben said. “Joy is getting better and better. When she’s out of the wheelchair, we plan to go back and do our Third Year.”

As the couple learned how to live out of blessing, they became financially stable and then began to prosper. So, they decided to invest in future Charis students. They actually called Gary Luecke (Vice President Charis Bible Colleges and International Operations of Andrew Wommack Ministries) to find out how they could include Charis in their wills. That’s when they heard about the Charis Endowment Fund. “The seed that was sown in us, we want to give back to the ministry,” Ben said.

Now Joy and Ben are not only monthly partners with Andrew, but they also give to the Charis Endowment Fund. As Ben put it, “We do it so that we can leave a legacy and help pay the tuition of students for years to come.”

For Ben and Joy Johnson, sowing into the Charis Endowment Fund is their way of giving back to a ministry that changed their lives. You, too, can help the next generation of believers succeed. Invest in the Charis Endowment
Fund
today.

Monday
May162016

Dreaming Big with God

In high school, I wanted to be a sports broadcast journalist. I saw myself reporting live from Turner Field or Sanford Stadium. I had it all planned out: I would attend the University of Georgia, major in sports broadcasting, land an internship at ESPN, and reach all of my career goals by the time I was thirty. There was just one problem with my otherwise flawless plan—God told me to go to Bible college. What was He thinking, right?

Maybe other Christians who don’t know what they want to do with their lives need something like Bible college, but I had a plan. Thankfully, my relationship with God was at a point where I knew that no matter what I thought I wanted, the happiest and most fulfilling place for me was in doing what He wanted—even if it looked less appealing at the time.

In Andrew’s latest teaching, Humility: God’s Path to More Grace, he explains it this way:

“Jeremiah 29:11 says, ‘I know the thoughts that I think toward you,’ saith the Lord, ‘thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.’ God’s plans for you are better than your plans for yourself. And I know many of you think, Oh, no, God wants me to turn and go this direction, and I believe that this is what’s best for me. But God is the one who created you. He knows what will satisfy you. God will take care of you better than you would take care of yourself.”

It’s been almost six years since I moved out to Colorado for Bible college. Looking back on my life, I can clearly see how much better God’s plan was than mine. The biggest dream I could come up with in my own strength sounds extremely boring and mundane now.

God has not only changed my heart, but He’s also expanded my mind and vision for my life. The world will try to tell you that you have to have a plan and that you’re already behind with it. It teaches that maturity is planning for every possible failure, but the Bible teaches faith and dependency on God. Now, I’m not against having a plan. In fact, I feel like I’ve been doing more planning lately than any other time in my life! But I had to reach a place where I depended solely on Him for guidance, rather than a list.

Andrew continues in his teaching:

“If you feel like you can do what you believe God has called you to do in your own strength and power, then you haven’t humbled yourself yet and you haven’t found God’s will for your life. God is going to call you to do something that is beyond yourself for the very specific reason of bringing you to the end of yourself. That’s what humility is. It’s just humbling yourself and saying, ‘God, I need You. I can’t do this without You.’”

It’s one thing to say that dreaming big makes you uncomfortable, but it’s another thing to say that it takes true humility to do so. When you have the courage to step out in faith into the mystery of God’s will for your life, the real adventure will begin. You were never meant to have it all figured out on your own. You have a Father, and if you’ll humble yourself and trust Him, you’ll be fulfilling dreams you didn’t even know you had.

Learn how to live a life of true humility with Andrew’s new teaching, Humility: God’s Path to More Grace. It’s also available to watch on the Gospel Truth broadcast. Start dreaming big with God today!

Post a comment below if this blessed you.

Monday
May092016

Finding the Father’s Love

“Our first night of ministry was at a youth group in Subotica, Serbia,” said second-year Charis Bible College student Lauren Bartlett. “I noticed this small, pale boy in a death metal shirt, standing in line for the altar call. When it was his turn, the first thing I asked him was if he was saved, to which he said no. So, I asked him if he wanted to be, and he
said yes!

“In that moment, I could actually feel heaven leap, shout, even dance with joy. It’s one thing to know in your head that heaven rejoices and God dances over each lost soul that comes to salvation; it’s another thing to truly experience it.”

Last December, a group of second-year Charis students invaded the spiritually dark corners of Eastern Europe, taking God’s love and grace to people who had never heard the Gospel. Teaming up with European Initiative, the team traveled across Hungary and Serbia, seeing soul after soul translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light (Col. 1:13).

Students made the most of every opportunity to reveal the Father’s love to those precious people. Whether it was leading worship in the subway stations, performing dramas in the schools, or playing with children in the Roma villages, the love of
God overflowed.

Faith Kennedy, another student on the trip, recalled such a time in the subway. She noticed a woman who had been there for a while, clinging to every word the team shared. Faith inquired about the woman’s story, and when she heard what the woman had to say, Faith’s heart began to break.

“She said she had been raped, her husband cheated on her, and [she] had been homeless for the past three months,” Faith said. “I don’t remember everything the Holy Spirit had me say, but I do remember sharing God’s heart with her. I expressed to her how the Lord’s heart broke at the thought of what she’s been through and that He wanted to love, protect, and restore her. I could actually feel the ache of the Father’s heart throughout my bones. As I spoke to her, I began to cry, and so did she.

“I finally asked her if she would like to receive Jesus, to let Him love her and take care of her. She said yes! So, we prayed, and she received the Lord that day. I wrapped my arms around her, and we both began to cry. After a little while, I began to sing in tongues. This turned into singing in English, and then she began to sing with me in English, even though she didn’t speak the language. Afterward, I had the interpreter tell her what we were singing. It was the Lord singing over her, ‘You are mine; I will never let you go.’”

Eastern Europe will never be the same, and this is only the beginning. More and more students are being sent out to minister the Gospel to a lost and hurting world. Charis missions trips are made possible through the support of the partners and friends of Andrew Wommack Ministries. Students are challenged, and people across the world are introduced to their loving Father. With every trip, miracles abound, student’s lives are impacted, and hundreds of lives are eternally changed. Find out how you can help today.

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