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Monday
Jun162014

Australia's Gold Coast: Andrew Ministers Down Under 

The seaside skyline in Gold Coast, Australia.
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In October 2013, Andrew headed Down Under for a series of meetings that kicked off in Victor Harbor and culminated in the Gold Coast. In both Victor Harbor and Melbourne, Andrew preached to packed-out churches where people had flown in from across Australia, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, and the South Sea Islands, in expectancy of the miraculous. God did not disappoint, as many were baptized in the Holy Spirit and healed both emotionally and physically.

Andrew was encouraged as he met with Pastor Chad Mansbridge of Bayside Church International in Victor Harbor, who launched the first Charis Bible College (CBC) Co-op school in Australia in February 2014. This program will enable like-faith churches across Australia to host the first-year CBC program for local correspondence students and to open up the DVD instruction to other Christians, church members, and leaders. Pastor Andrew MaGrath of Hope City Church hosted the Melbourne meetings and will soon be incorporating various CBC correspondence courses into his church’s School of Ministry.

Andrew speaking at the Glorious Grace Conference in Victor Harbor, Australia.
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After leaving Melbourne, Andrew headed to the Gold Coast to hold the first-ever Gospel Truth Seminar (GTS) in this magnificent area of Australia. The CBC Gold Coast team, Byron and Leesa Hamilton, David Carter, and Jessica Sharp, hosted the GTS at the Dream Centre, October 31-November 2. The team was concurrently in preparations to launch Australia’s first CBC, which opened its doors in February 2014.

CBC Gold Coast became a reality when the prayers of one man, Rod Smith, met with the faithful obedience of one couple, the Hamiltons, during the summer of 2010. It was then that Smith prayed fervently for God to bring a CBC to the Gold Coast area. Simultaneously, the Hamiltons were responding to the Lord’s call to move from Springfield, Missouri, to Colorado Springs to attend CBC Colorado. Little did they Andrew ministering to a packed house at Hope City Church in Melbourne. (Click to enlarge)know that God was preparing them to be the answer to Smith’s prayer.

After graduating from CBC in 2012, the Hamiltons flew to Australia, Byron’s homeland, to visit his relatives along with Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM) partners throughout the continent. When they arrived in the Gold Coast, they met Rod and Lisa Smith. The Hamiltons informed the Smiths that they were scouting the land for a good place for “someone” to develop a CBC in Australia—never thinking that “someone” was them!

Upon arriving back in Colorado to begin their third year at CBC, Leesa shared with classmates about her trip to Australia and the wonderful people of the Gold Coast. As she did, the Holy Andrew and CBC Colorado Director, Gary Lueke, stand with AWM Australia/CBC Gold Coast team: Byron and Leesa Hamilton (center), CBC Colorado graduates, David Carter (far left) and Jessica Sharp (right). (Click to enlarge)Spirit spoke to her heart about God’s plan for her and her husband to be that “someone.” Once it was settled in the Hamiltons’ hearts that they would be returning to the Gold Coast to launch a CBC, they shared their news with the Smiths. But Rod already had some “inside” information about the new school. Two days before Rod received their phone call, God had told him to stop praying for a CBC Gold Coast because his prayer had already been answered.

GTS Makes Its Way to the Gold Coast

Andrew arrived early on opening night in order to personally thank the thirty-five prayer ministers who had generously volunteered to serve during the conference. The volunteer team consisted of local pastors, AWM partners, and ministry leaders with their Andrew greeting guests at the Gospel Truth Seminar in Gold Coast. (Click to enlarge)teams. After spending time with the volunteers, Andrew was welcomed by a line of people that had already formed in anticipation of receiving prayer and ministry. After sharing stories of how AWM had changed their lives through radio and television, CDs and DVDs, books, and other resources, the crowd thanked Andrew for coming, letting him know they had waited many years for him to make his way to their area.

To Andrew’s pleasant surprise, nearly 600 people were on hand for each of the five sessions to hear the life-changing message of the Gospel. At the end of the services, people flooded to the altar to receive salvation, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and miraculous healings. Eighty-seven people in all received the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, including ex-pastors and new Prayer ministry at the Gold Coast GTS.
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believers alike. One woman, who had been trying to pray in tongues for twenty-two years, finally received her prayer language after hearing what the Bible teaches about the baptism in the Holy Spirit. She couldn’t believe how easy it really was to receive.

Receiving the message of grace and faith was a huge step for the Australian people, many of whom come from denominational and legalistic backgrounds. It was a fresh wind to many in attendance who had never heard God’s Word taught the way Andrew teaches it. One man admitted, “My wife didn’t want to come to the conference; she only came to spend time with me. After listening to the nearly-too-good-to-be-true news of grace, she was so excited that she went to the bookstore and bought books, CDs, and workbooks. She could hardly wait to get home to start studying. It was already changing her life.”

Even before the meetings ended, reports began streaming in from the prayer team of all sorts of healings, including an elderly woman’s hearing that was restored and a person incapacitated by fear who was delivered and set free. Many others were set free from depression and religious bondages as they heard the Good News for the very first time. And now, well after the meetings have concluded, Byron and Leesa Hamilton continue to receive reports from those who discovered they were healed of chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, allergies, and more.

Charis Bible College Gold Coast.
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The hunger for God’s Word at the Gold Coast GTS didn’t end with the meetings. Over 200 people attended an informational session regarding CBC Gold Coast, resulting in preregistrations and interest cards being completed for possible attendance at the new Bible college.

As this article is being written, plans are already being made by the CBC Gold Coast team for another GTS Down Under. If the anticipation for a move of God is as great as it was at this GTS, it should be an exciting time!

This post has been adapted and reprinted from the article "On the Road with Andrew... Gold Coast Australia October 2013" written by Byron Hamilton, and originally printed in the Spring/Summer 2014 edition of Andrew Wommack Ministries' Gospel Truth magazine.

Thursday
Jun122014

CBC Mission Schools: Going After The One

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? (Luke 15:4)

Jesus was willing to leave ninety-nine to go after one. Every individual on the planet has significance in God’s eyes. For this reason, Charis Bible College (CBC) World Outreach takes the mandate to “go after the one” very seriously by establishing and supporting CBC mission schools around the world. Mission schools are simply extension schools, located in foreign countries, and are often quite small.

Directors of Charis Bible Institute, an extension of Charis Bible College, Craig and Tina Rumbley. (Click to enlarge)The actual size of the school, however, is not always representative of the impact that it is having on its community. Craig and Tina Rumbley direct Charis Bible Institute (CBI), a mission school in Belize that was established in 2008. They currently have fifteen students enrolled. The Rumbleys followed God’s lead to become missionaries, and moved their family to a foreign country in order to reach out to each one that God brings to them. They have dedicated their lives to letting the people of Belize know that they have value and that God loves them unconditionally.

Multiplication

Although enrollment at CBI Belize is not growing rapidly, Craig and Tina see the miracle of multiplication on a daily basis.

Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. (Hebrews 6:1)

Multiplication on the mission field is about building relationships, and that is what the Rumbley family strives to do. This is a process that goes far beyond the walls of their school. Craig and Tina are continuously reaching out to the individuals in their community in creative ways to inspire connection. Sometimes it just takes one relationship to open a door to a huge opportunity to share the Gospel. The Rumbleys have come to realize that the old saying, "People don't care what you know until people know that you care," is true. After six years of showing their community they care, one person at a time, Craig and Tina and their students have compiled quite an impressive list of outreach opportunities. Some of those include:

  • Teaching in the nation's only prison on a weekly basis
  • Weekly teachings on various radio stations
  • Local community park outreaches for children on holidays
  • Devotional/Paintball outreaches for teens
  • Hospital visits: Praying for people and providing toiletries
  • Establishing Discipleship Evangelism Groups

When the Rumbleys arrived in Belize in 2008, they couldn’t find anyone who knew of Andrew or CBC. Andrew was on one radio station that covered only a small territory, and he wasn’t on any television stations in the area. The Rumbley's outreach efforts have been tremendously effective, and God has multiplied their success. Today, Craig and Tina are on four radio stations, which cover most of the country, and Andrew’s Gospel Truth program is on a popular cable television channel.

Sharing the Gospel Truth on local radio.Craig works with a mission team from CBC Colorado share the almost-too-good-to-be-true-news. (Click to enlarge)Another way the Rumbleys see the multiplication process work is through hosting CBC mission teams. The way in which Craig and Tina organize each mission team further facilitates their goal of building relationships. In Tina’s words, “The mission teams, for us, are tools to get a foot in a door—to make a connection to someone we have not yet connected with.”

For example, while the mission team members are ministering to children at a school, Craig and Tina have the opportunity to meet and talk to teachers and staff. Later, when they meet the teacher in a church or on the street, there is some familiarity and they are able to reconnect. Eventually, with determined effort, relationships fully develop.

Often, when mission teams minister in the local parks, and individuals get born again and/or healed, word of mouth provides free advertising for CBI Belize. Tina noted, “Belize is a small country; people talk. The kindness extended to people gets around.”

The Rumbleys see the individual mission team members as an extension of themselves. They help the Rumbleys cover more ground than what they can do on their own. “There is something powerful—beautiful—that I can't really describe with words about nations coming together and worshipping God. That is what happens when we have a school from the U.S. come to our little country of Belize to serve and minister,” Tina said.

Recently, the Rumbleys have gained access to minister in local Taiwanese and Mestizo communities. (Click to enlarge)Outreaches and missions trips are, without a doubt, helping the Rumbleys fulfill their desire to build relationships and share the Gospel in the small seaside nation of Belize, but ultimately, it is God who brings the increase. Recently, the door has opened for Craig and Tina to minister to the Taiwanese and the Mestizo communities. The Rumbleys already have plans in motion to visit homes, businesses and churches to build and nurture new relationships. As they share the gospel, their hope is that the people will see Jesus’ heart as well as the heart of CBC and Andrew Wommack Ministries. Craig and Tina believe that these new doors, which the Lord has supernaturally opened for them, will eventually feed new students into the school.

It is thanks to our Word Outreach partners that CBI Belize can continue to serve its community and students. Tuition at CBI Belize is based on the area’s economy. The total tuition collected does not cover the cost of running the school, and therefore, CBI is dependent on World Outreach to provide between $1600 and $2000 a month to cover operating expenses.

World Outreach currently has additional mission schools in Argentina, Russia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Hong Kong. These schools each need between $20,000-25,000 a year to maintain operations. If you are already a World Outreach Partner, your donations help support our current mission schools, and also assists in planting new schools around the world.

If you have never given to World Outreach, please consider uniting with us in supporting these schools for a suggested amount of $30 a month. Your partnership has the potential to reach people with the nearly-too-good-to-be-true-news of the gospel all over the world, as new schools continue to be established. Craig and Tina Rumbley, along with the other CBC Directors, are seeing lives changed and transformed on a daily basis at their schools and in their communities. It all begins with one faithful person, willing to go after just one lost sheep.

To find out more about how the Lord led the Rumbleys to share the Gospel Truth on the mission field, be sure to read, Bottle Fed to Spirit Led.

Thursday
Jun052014

Andrew Ministers in Nice, France

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The final day of Andrew’s ministry trip to Europe found him in Nice, France hosting a Gospel Truth Seminar with his longtime friend, Marie-Helene Moulin. France is considered to be a gospel hardened culture but Andrew ministered with great freedom, as he does everywhere, knowing that the word of God transcends culture. He taught on seeing with spiritual, rather than physical eyes.

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You are a completely brand new person when you are born again, but that change didn’t take place in your body. It didn’t take place in your brain, or emotions. It took place in your spirit. You are completely brand new. Sadly, most people do not know who they are in the spirit.”

After teaching, Andrew prayed powerfully to break small thinking from the minds of those who were honest enough to admit they needed prayer. Many were set free.

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New freedom resulted in many French people turning obediently to pray for one another. Discipleship became wonderfully contagious in Nice. Encouraged by the warm response, Andrew began to make plans to work with Marie-Helene to increase the reach of gospel media throughout France. See Andrew’s full interview with Marie-Helen and her sister Elizabeth here.

In a land dominated by centuries old Christian religion, the word of God continues to set people free, overflowing in joy, peace, health and a vital relationship with God.
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Andrew contemplates the modern electronic candles people plug in at a shrine (in exchange for a gift of any amount) in an ornate Cathedral. Even in “gospel hardened” France, we see that the word of God continues to ignite those whose hearts seek a living reality, rather than dead works. (Click to enlarge)

Filed from Norway, by AWM's Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford.