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Monday
Dec122016

Casting God’s Love over Your Children

As we walked into the assembly of over 300 children and I saw the staff dressed up as characters for Book Day, I knew it was the perfect setup for our skit: “Postman Joe,” frantic to deliver his package to Miss Ginger, wouldn’t leave until she opened it, and inside was a special book.

As she opened the book, a Bible, it glowed from within and projected rays of light. The grade school children of Birmingham, England, gasped in surprise. Every eye was fastened on Ginger as she spoke of the love of God and demonstrated that love with a red heart as the object lesson. Another Charis team member followed Ginger’s teaching with an invitation for the kids to accept Christ. Although they prayed silently, we could see the majority of kids mouthing the words after her as she prayed. It was a glorious moment as God’s love was cast like a net over the entire room.

I first met Ginger and her husband, Joe, during our preparation for the England missions trip. Like so many of us who come to Charis Bible College Colorado, Joe and Ginger Pillitteri had moved from another state—in their case, Florida. Joe was a pharmaceutical representative, and Ginger was a teacher for autistic children. Based on her experience with kids, Ginger was asked to lead the children’s ministry for our team in England.

This same couple was then asked to lead the weeklong children’s program at the 2016 Summer Family Bible Conference held in Woodland Park, Colorado. Because their teaching reflects the grace taught by Andrew and other Charis instructors, Ginger and Joe’s results with the kids were phenomenal. Children were healed, saved, and filled with the Holy Ghost as they learned about their identity in Christ.

“Essentially [Ginger taught] all those things that we had to relearn when we first came [to Charis]. Most people come here with religious baggage that weighs them down,” Joe explained.

“I think you reach kids just like you reach adults, by starting with God’s love and the nature of God,” Ginger said. “Who is He? How does He see me? Why does He love me? And what does that look like?”

As she was planning for the event, Ginger said, “God told me to teach on the identity of Christ. What does God see when He sees you? He sees Jesus—God sees perfection on the inside of you.”

Ginger described one boy who hung his head and said, “I’m not righteous.” She explained, “[The kids] don’t think they are righteous; they don’t think they are worth anything. They have condemnation at such a young age.”

For the 2017 Andrew Wommack Ministries Summer Family Bible Conference, Joe and Ginger want parents to know that they aren’t just dropping off their kids for childcare. “The Holy Spirit is naturally supernatural,” Joe said. “We want kids to realize that they have [already] heard Him many times; they just didn’t know it.

“Consider this,” Joe continued, “children always responded to Jesus.” Speaking of the time that John the Baptist leapt in his mother’s womb at Mary’s greeting (Luke 1:41-43), Joe explained, “An unborn baby was the first to recognize Him [Jesus] as another unborn baby.”

Joe wants to stress to parents, “Don’t limit your kids by believing that they are not here to have an encounter with Jesus on their level. If the Holy Spirit can talk with shepherds or wise men, He can speak to children—just as He does [with] adults.”

It is exciting to realize that families coming to the 2017 Summer Family Bible Conference can expect their children to have an encounter with God that will draw them into either a first-time relationship or a deeper one with Him. Make your plans early to come to Woodland Park, Colorado, on July 3-7, 2017. You won’t want to miss God’s perfect setup for you and your
whole family!

Monday
Dec052016

More than a Dream

Are you already making a list of New Year’s resolutions? Instead of trying to change yourself, let the Word change you at the 2017 Phoenix Gospel Truth Seminar on January 5-7. Admit it—most resolutions end up as unfulfilled dreams anyway.

Andrew Wommack visits Arizona at the open of each year, along with a guest speaker, to kick off his first GTS of the new year. This year’s guest speaker is Dr. Bill Winston. People travel from all over the United States and Canada to attend this event. The 2016 seminar produced many supernatural healings as Andrew and Arthur Meintjes taught on pride and humility.

“I took fifteen pages of notes last night,” said attendee Kelly about one of the evening meetings. “Andrew said if you could get yourself out of the way, you could be effective. That was my takeaway last night.”

“We are having a great time,” one couple said. “It is a great way to bring in the new year.”

One person had this to say about the last Phoenix GTS:

“This was the first place I was able to see Andrew in person. This is like full circle. [I] went to Charis Bible College, and now I am back at the Phoenix GTS. You are free to develop relationships. It is a melting pot of different cultures…. What a better way to spend New Year’s [than] getting the Word and being in God’s presence!”

Jerry, another attendee, said that he liked “the casual style, the personable prayer, the congregation, the facility, the city, meeting Andrew, and some of the prayer ministers. It was a wonderful experience!”

On top of connecting with other like-minded believers and enjoying the teaching, many were also healed. In one instance, cataracts had clouded the eyesight of one man who received prayer. After ministry, his vision started clearing up and he could see the lights become brighter. He returned the next night to tell the prayer minister that he wasn’t wearing glasses anymore because his eyes were clear. Another healing occurred when a woman was prayed for who had a cyst on her sinuses, causing her sinuses to be blocked and her eye to droop. After prayer, her sinuses instantly opened and her eye no longer drooped! Another woman had trouble sleeping at night, so she went for prayer. The next day she came back and reported that she slept the whole night through.

And the healings kept coming! Another guest of the event received prayer for his limited hearing—and complete hearing was restored in both ears. An attendee who had suffered debilitating side effects from a stroke was also healed after prayer from the ministry team. This person was able to march, do heel lifts, and even go for a walk! One prayer minister alone reported praying for eight different people who suffered from back pain, and every one of them walked away no longer feeling pain.

What do you want to see in 2017? Whether you need direction for the coming year, help getting out of debt, or even the motivation to get in shape, the Word empowers you with “all things that pertain unto life and
godliness”
(2 Pet. 1:3).

Don’t wait! Make plans to come to the next Phoenix GTS, on January 5-7, with Andrew Wommack and Dr. Bill Winston. The conference is free, but please register ahead of time. It’s a great way to start the New Year!

Your life will be transformed as your heart grabs a hold of the Word that goes out. It’s much more than a dream. Make one New Year’s resolution: Attend the 2017 Phoenix Gospel Truth Seminar. You’ll be glad you did!

Post a comment below if you plan on coming!

Thursday
Dec012016

God’s Servants to You

Have you ever heard the song “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”? From the time I was a toddler, my dad would sing this hymn to me any time he needed me to stand up—to help me get dressed, to get off the couch, to do a chore. He would sing, and I would pop up. It worked every time. Years later, those words still resonate in my spirit. That old hymn begins like this:

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
Ye soldiers of the cross!
Lift high his royal banner,
It must not suffer loss.

We are Christian soldiers for King Jesus to fight against spiritual darkness. Likewise, God has set in place earthly checks and balances, like the police and military, to preserve and protect our communities and nations against wrongdoers. Romans 13:3-4 (Amplified Bible) lays out God’s purpose for law enforcement and what our relationship should be with them:

“For [civil] authorities are not a source of fear for [people of] good behavior, but for [those who do] evil. Do you want to be unafraid of authority? Do what is good and you will receive approval and commendation. [4] For he is God’s servant to you for good. But if you do wrong, [you should] be afraid; for he does not carry the [executioner’s] sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an avenger who brings punishment on the wrongdoer.”

As a way to thank those who protect and serve the Colorado county where Charis Bible College’s main campus resides, Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis hosted an appreciation banquet and fundraiser for their local first responders this past September. Hundreds from the county participated in honoring their firefighters, law enforcement officers, medical technicians, and paramedics. All first responders and their guests ate for free. Each guest also had the option of paying for an individual ticket, sponsoring a table, or donating funds directly to a first responders’ fund. In total, the event raised $55,712, and the money was split evenly between the Ute Pass Regional Ambulance District and the Northeast Teller County (NETCO) Fire
Protection District.

After the fundraiser, a public response was issued from the NETCO board:

“We would like to say thank you to the citizens of Teller County, the sponsors and donors, along with Mayor Neil Levy and master-of-ceremonies Debbie Miller, but especially Andrew Wommack Ministries/Charis Bible College and staff for hosting the First Responder Banquet and Fundraiser. It was truly a wonderful evening and we are honored to have received such praise
and appreciation.”

Through the nonprofit organization Shield616, AWM also provided upgraded armor to local police departments. Sixteen body armor kits were purchased and donated by AWM, enabling God’s servants to stand strong and
be protected.

As I think about the results of this generous gift to a group so underappreciated, I can hear my dad’s voice:

Put on the Gospel armour,
Each piece put on with prayer;
When duty calls or danger
Be never wanting there.

Remember the first responders in your community this Christmas. If you’re not in a position to give to them financially, at least pray for their safety. John 15:13 (AMP) says, “No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment] than to lay down his own life for his friends.” As God’s agents, first responders are demonstrating a great love—Jesus’ love—to the community through their service. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how you can be a blessing to them this Christmas season. Serve each other in love as your heavenly Dad sings over you:

To him that overcometh,
A crown of life shall be;
He with the King of glory
Shall reign eternally.

Post a comment below if this has blessed you.

 

Join Andrew Wommack in Phoenix, Arizona! Make plans to come out January 5-7, 2017, for the Phoenix Gospel Truth Seminar. (Special room rate available until December 5.) For more information and to register, visit this page.

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