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Sweet Victory: Grace & Faith Conference

Andrew Wommack Ministries Europe recently hosted Andrew's Grace & Faith Conference in England. The annual four-day event drew its largest crowds to date with more than 2000 guests attending some of the meetings. All of the festivities were held at the International Centre in Telford.

Andrew shared the platform with ministry friends and worship leaders, Charlie and Jill LeBlanc, as well as CBC-Colorado Instructor, Pastor Duane Sheriff. Andrew also invited Deborah McDermott to share her family's tremendous Healing Journey testimony.

While in England, Andrew also had the opportunity to be a part of the commencement ceremonies for CBC-UK. Fifty-four students graduated as part of the class of 2014, and among those in the graduating class were Deborah and her oldest son, Timothy—what a sweet victory!

“God is always speaking. We are not always listening.” Andrew addressed the crowd at the Grace & Faith Family Conference in Telford, England, teaching the importance of recognizing the voice of God. (Click to enlarge)

Andrew invites Deborah McDermott to share her inspiring story. Both of her sons were healed of Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. To see the full story, click the "Healing Journey testimony" link above. (Click to enlarge)Afflicted throughout his childhood with severe symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome, Timothy McDermott graduates from Charis Bible College, UK, on May 24, 2014. CBC and AWME UK director, David Illingworth looks on. Timothy plans to attend CBC-Colorado for his third year in the Media School. (Click to enlarge)

Charis Bible College Colorado Media School Director, Stephen Bransford, welcomes Timothy McDermott into the third-year program. (Click to enlarge)Barbara Uhyrkova of Czech Republic receives her diploma, graduating with a class of 54 students from 20 different countries. (Click to enlarge)

Filed by AWM's Media Operation Manager, Stephen Bransford, on the road in England.


Andrew Visits The Great Lakes Region

Behind the scenes look at Andrew ministering on April 24th at Church on the Queensway in Toronto. (Click to enlarge)Andrew recently completed a fruitful, three-city, tour through Toronto, Detroit and Chicago, holding well attended Gospel Truth Rallies in each location. Anticipation was high and Andrew's ministry of the Word was well-received at each venue.

According to Christy Driediger, the Administrator for Andrew Wommack Ministries Canada, more than half of the nearly 2000 guests at the Toronto gathering were attending a GTR for the first time. "We were pleasantly surprised to see so much new response," Christy said. "People traveled from all over Canada to come see Andrew for just a few hours. There were also some Americans that attended, particularly from border cities in New York, such as Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Lockport."

The line of people waiting to receive prayer from Andrew in Toronto. (Click to enlarge)Prior to his visit to Canada, Andrew's teaching series, God Wants You Well, had been running on television. In the weeks leading up to the meeting, Christy and her staff were inundated with questions and requests that Andrew be available to pray. On the night of the event, one could sense the need and willingness to receive the Good News among those attending the meeting.

Many in the crowd were in need of healing; the handicapped seating sections were full to capacity, and there were many people in wheelchairs. When Andrew arrived in the auditorium, people hopeful to receive prayer, formed a line that stretched into the foyer of the facility.

While he did pray for quite a few people, and they saw many great things, there were a number of people that Andrew was unable to minister to personally. Instead, he ministered to the entire group by sharing a message based on his teaching, You've Already Got It. He opened the teaching by acknowledging the need in the crowd, and the reality of the gifts of healing and of miracles. But he went onto say that while those are fully functional gifts within the Body of Christ, and that many times people are healed through personal contact with those possessing the gifts, he does not believe that is the dominant way God's wants to meet our needs. Speaking to the born again believers, Andrew said, "God wants you to receive directly from His Word...You have the Holy Spirit on the inside of you...You have the power of God on the inside of you, and you don't need somebody else to do things for you...The power of God that's on the inside of you is already sufficient to produce whatever Andrew listeing attentively in Canada.
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miracle it is that you need." He went on to acknowledge that what he had just shared was a powerful truth.

The crowd was truly blessed by Andrew's message and personal ministry. The evening also generated a lot of interest in the Charis Bible College extension school in Toronto. Several people submitted applications for enrollment, while many others filed interest cards requesting more information about the school.

After the Toronto event, Andrew continued his tour, returning to the United States and stopping in Michigan and Illinois. Once he was Stateside, Andrew’s normal GTR team, including Daniel Amstutz and the Charis Bible College Worship Team, as well as his group of prayer ministers, joined him. Over the course of the two evenings, many received Salvation and nearly 500 were baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Attendance in both cities had increased from previous visits, and similar to the Canadian crowd, the physical needs were great. At both rallies, the prayer ministry team was joined by several CBC Alumni, and with their help, they were able to address Andrew sharing the Gospel Truth in Canada.
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the crowd's needs efficiently.

Among the testimonies shared by those who received healing through the prayer team was an eight-year-old boy. The boy had lost his eyesight as a result of his battle with leukemia. After prayer, the boy had regained his sight.

A lady, who was suffering with a condition that left her skin so painful and sensitive that she could not bear to be touched, also requested prayer. She shared that before turning to Jesus, her doctors had tried numerous remedies to address her severe discomfort—all their attempts had failed. After receiving prayer, she felt all of her pain leave. Proof that she was healed came when she flung her arms around the prayer minister and cried tears of relief.

A woman, whose faith had been stirred by Andrew's message, was helped through the line by her daughters. A neurological problem had left her unable to balance or walk without help. After ministry, the woman walked away unassisted, and her balance was completely normal.

Andrew's ministry was well received by the people in all three cities on this Gospel Truth Rally tour. (Click to enlarge)Another family of three also came forward to receive from the Lord. The mother and father brought their comatose, eight-month-old baby to the meeting, desperate for a miracle. The couple shared that their baby boy had suffered a brain injury and was in a vegetative state. Doctors had given the family a poor prognosis; the negative report was no match God's prognosis. "Immediately after I prayed with him, the baby's eyes opened, and he looked right at his Mom. They were so excited because he was conscious and had never been able to do that before. They knew he was healed," said GTR Prayer Ministry Coordinator, Carlie Terradez.

The goodness of God was made manifest in all three cities that Andrew visited, and thousands left his meetings knowing that Jesus Christ is Lord.


Encountering Jesus in the Public Square

Students from CBC-Colorado performing a skit called, The Wall, in the busy streets of Germany. Huge crowds gathered to watch the outreach performances. How many in the crowd could identify with the emotions? (Click to enlarge)A young Scottish woman named Beth agrees to go on an adventure with five of her friends. Although she knows their trip from London to Berlin will be exciting, Beth has underlying concerns about the journey. Beth is a Christian, a student attending a school of worship in London, and she is keenly aware that her faith in Jesus is not shared by the majority of her travel companions. Beth brings her concerns regarding the uncomfortable mix of beliefs before the Lord in prayer.

God answers prayers—sometimes in unexpected ways.

Beth and her friends made their way to Germany. They happened to arrive in Potsdamer Platz, an important public square in the heart of Berlin, at the same time two-dozen students from Charis Bible College in Colorado happened to be holding a flash-mob, complete with dancing and dramatic performances openly sharing the Gospel. The paths of the two parties crossed, and several CBC students had the opportunity to minister to the young women from the United Kingdom.

Tamara Walters ministering to a group of 20-somethings on the streets of Germany. (Click to enlarge)Tamara Walters, a CBC-Colorado student, was among the team members to minister to Beth and her friends. During the interaction, Beth was quick to acknowledge that she was a believer, and Tamara easily sensed the varying degrees of receptivity among the rest of the girls.

Tamara and her team continued to minister through a somewhat difficult encounter. After the conversation came to a close, the girls walked off to continue their day. Tamara said, "Beth ran back and thanked us, through tears, for sharing with her friends. She shared that she had been praying for them. Laying her head on my shoulder, she allowed me to pray for her strength, wisdom and courage to continue to be a light among her friends." Tamara went on to share, "God hears our prayers and is able to answer in such unfathomable ways—even to bring a team from America to encourage His precious daughter—God is so big, and nothing is impossible for Him," she said.

CBC student, Britney Williams (back to camera) ministers to Judy (left) with the assistance of European Initiative translator, Anna (rght). Judy believed God was real, but until she met Britney, she didn't know God loved her personally. She received Jesus during this meeting.
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Another CBC student, Josh Melton, had several difficult, but silver-lined encounters of his own during the trip to Germany. After the team performed their dramatic outreach outside a famous cathedral in Koln, they began to mingle with and minister to the large crowd that had gathered. Josh and several other students approached an older couple and asked what they thought of the skit. Josh noticed immediate resistance in their body language, as the couple began to back up to escape any meaningful conversation. Though the couple did stay put long enough for the students to share the Gospel with them, they remained disinterested. Looking for an opportunity to demonstrate the power of God, the team asked if they could pray for them. The couple replied as they walked away... "How much are you going to charge for that?"

Disheartened by the rebuff, but not defeated, Josh moved on, confident that seed had been planted. He then noticed a young man, in his early twenties, leaning against a light pole very close to the group's previous encounter. Josh asked the man what he thought of Judy and Britney. After receiving Jesus, Judy approached the larger CBC group. She expressed that she felt a warm sensation in her chest while Britney was ministering to her. Judy also began to cry. Through her tears she shared that she was so happy to finally know that sombody liked her, because not many people do.
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the presentation. Coarsely, the man replied that he was drunk and didn't need God for anything in his life, and he said he didn't believe in God. Unfazed by the previous encounter, Josh asked the man if there was anything God could do for him, to confirm that He is real. The man said he would want God to deliver him from his addictions. Before the team could pray, the man proceeded to lash out in a blasphemous tirade against God. Josh said, "Basically it was just the enemy spewing a bunch of lies. We cut him off and just said, 'You're going to hear from God right now.' We laid hands on him and prayed that he would experience the power of God, and without a doubt, by the end of the prayer, he had experienced God's presence." Immediately the man's demeanor changed, and he said he felt something. Then he asked, "How do I get Jesus?" The team exclaimed, "You just did!" After a ten or fifteen minute conversation with the man, he had received Jesus as his Savior, expressed interest in connecting with the local church the team was promoting, and he was stone cold sober!

The CBC teams that travel the world on short-term missions are making a huge impact in peoples' lives—one person at a time. Some teams share the love of God with the soft impressionable hearts of children, and some stand toe-to-toe with stony hearts of hardened adults. The results are the same; individuals all over the world are introduced to the God that loves them—one personal encounter at a time.

For a quick recap of the trip to Germany, be sure to watch the video below. The CBC team, consisting of 21 second-year students, two third-year intern leaders, and the CBC Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson, visited Cologne, Dusseldorf and Berlin. The team spent nearly two weeks with gracious hosts, Jeff and Barb Serio and their Berlin-based ministry, European Initiative. The video was produced by Alex Zehrer of EI.