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Thursday
Nov172011

Andrew Keeping "Boots on the Ground" in Uganda

Andrew with CBC Uganda Interim Directors, Dean and Linda Crooks, in the main CBC classroom.
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Wrapping up the trip to Uganda involved two final meetings: The first with Charis Bible College staff and students at their facility. We realized that these students were the face of the future in Uganda for the message of God’s love and grace.

At CBC Andrew brought an encouraging message about how to keep the spiritual relationship the students had cultivated through their studies at school. He told them of plans for CBC to continue in the Students gather to hear Andrew at CBC.
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future. He also let them ask questions for an hour. Most of the questions were about challenging passages of Scripture. Andrew sensed a very positive response from the students as he spoke. The impression received was that these students will do very well in the days to come. They have established their hope in the word, and in the Lord, and have not been knocked off course by the unexpected loss of Leland Shores.

Andrew receives a gift from CBC Kampala students. (Click to enlarge)David Hardesty and Gary Everett prepare for the pastors meeting with longtime ministry friend, John Katto. (Click to enlarge)

Andrew and David listen as Pastor Herbert speaks of Discipleship Evangelism. (Click to enlarge)The final meeting was an intimate meeting with pastors. They discussed the history of Andrew Wommack Ministries in Uganda. Andrew first went on Lighthouse Television in 2005. It soon became obvious that he would need to establish “boots on the ground” to make the most of the television impact there. Later, when Leland Shores went to Uganda, he met Pastor Herbert Kiwanuka who led him to gather pastors to receive the Discipleship Evangelism course. Most of these meetings were organized in outlying villages. This approach multiplied the impact throughout much of Uganda.

Meeting with pastors. (Click to enlarge)Over the years, Leland brought the DE course to pastors in Kampala, which sparked a demand for a Charis Bible College in this densely populated area. The Andrew Wommack bookstore was also established as a ministry contact point for locals. It has proven to be a very effective outreach. As we boarded our flight in Entebbe and began the long flight home, we had a deeper appreciation for the effect of these combined outreaches in Uganda. They will continue to yield very high eternal returns. In spite of the attempts of the enemy to kill, steal and destroy, none of our efforts have been wasted, and nothing has been lost to the Lord of the Harvest.

Filed November 11, 2011 by AWM Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford.

Monday
Nov142011

Andrew Visits Glory of Christ Church in Uganda

Andrew speaks at Glory of Christ Church.
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Every trip to Uganda includes a Sunday speaking engagement at Glory of Christ Church. Pastor Herbert Kiwanuka was the first Kampala pastor to embrace Andrew’s teaching and let it transform his congregation. Pictured here is the crowd that gathered to hear Andrew at the second Sunday morning service. There were no empty chairs inside, and outside, many listened on loudspeakers placed in the streets.

Pastor Herbert interprets for Andrew.
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Pastor Herbert began his ministry conducting miracle and salvation meetings in the outlying villages of Uganda. It was to these same villages that he led Leland Shores in 2006, pulling together the original network of pastors receiving Discipleship Evangelism training. This was the foundation that grew to become Charis Bible College, and the Andrew Wommack Bookstore in Kampala. Herbert has been a key to seeing the message of God’s unconditional love and grace take hold in Uganda.

We can still hear this choir singing, “His love has made me whole …” (Click to enlarge) Three young men re-enact historic drama.
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Each visit to Glory of Christ Church features the music of several choirs, plus a display of African tribal pageantry. This time three young men (above) depicted tribal warriors confronted with the healing power of Jesus. They celebrate the miracle that caused their tribe to reject superstition and witchcraft and embrace Christianity.

Pastor Herbert’s twin daughters join in a youth dance. (Click to enlarge)Priceless.
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The young dancers pose with Andrew.
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Late arrivals in a full house.
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Pastor Herbert Kiwanuka, what these eyes have seen… (Click to enlarge)Picture Pastor Herbert as an eight year old orphan watching a sudden hail of bullets and grenades explode through the wall of the only home he has known. The bullets riddle the bodies of his beloved aunt, uncle, and cousins. He is untouched so he falls down with them because he is sure it is some kind of game. His Aunt pulls him to her side, urging him to lay very, very still as a group of Idi Amin’s soldiers kick and shoot their way into the room. Miraculously, the boy alone survives and grows to become an angry young criminal wreaking vengeance on Uganda. In the midst of his crime spree, he encounters the one who so miraculously spared his life---Jesus Christ. When Pastor Herbert preaches the good news today, he knows perhaps better than most, the life changing power of love over hate, grace over law, and mercy over justice. This is just one more reason why we always look forward to our regular visit with Pastor Herbert and Glory of Christ Church.

Filed November 10, 2011 by AWM Media Operation Manager, Stephen Bransford.

Thursday
Nov032011

On the Road with Andrew: Uganda II

The first graduating class of CBC Uganda. (Click to enlarge)

The first graduating class of Charis Bible College Uganda took center stage on this special day. First year students received a certificate of recognition, while those completing the two-year course wore gowns and received diplomas. The event was testimony to dedication, endurance, and hard work. Not only for the students, but for the extraordinary service of CBC grad Dean Crooks and his wife Linda, who were suddenly called upon to hold the Andrew and Wendell greet guests arriving for the ceremony.
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school together following the untimely death of director, Leland Shores. If CBC gives out medals of valor, they should be first in line. Indeed, it was a day of firsts.

The presence of Andrew and Wendell Parr was deeply appreciated. The students are depending on Andrew Wommack Ministries to continue its presence in Uganda. In that regard, Andrew announced that he is grooming third-year students to restart the full Charis Bible College program. In the meantime, the bookstore in downtown Kampala will continue as a partner and Gary Everett (right) served as Master of Ceremonies. (Click to enlarge)ministry center, and the Gospel Truth broadcast will continue twice daily on local Lighthouse TV.

Gary Everett, longtime director of Lighthouse Television has accepted the additional role of ministry director for Andrew Wommack in Uganda. His years of experience in the local culture and his connections to government and business, have helped stabilize Andrew’s position after the loss of Leland. At Gary’s invitation, Catherine Naava Nabagasera, Special Assistant to President Catherine Naava Nabagesera, Special Assistant to Uganda's President Museveni. (Click to enlarge)Museveni, brought congratulations to CBC graduates from the President.

And Parliament member, Honorable Mariam Matembe, nearly stole the show. As former head of the Office of Integrity and Ethics, she challenged the graduates to boldly enter all levels of Ugandan society and make it a better place.

A touching moment in the proceedings occurred when Leland’s widow, Andrew enjoys a moment with firey Miriam Matembe. (Click to enlarge)Carole Shores received her first year certificate of completion. On this first CBC graduation day in Uganda, the memory of Leland Shores and his unique leadership was never far from anyone’s thoughts. Yet the legacy of his service seen in the lives of these students seems alive and well, and ready for a bright future.

 

Leland’s widow Carole Shores receives her first year certificate. (Click to enlarge) Wendell Parr, Director of World Outreach, and CBC grad John Kimani. (Click to enlarge)

 

Filed November 2, 2011 by AWM Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford.