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Monday
Jul152013

Dominic Burns: A New Creation

Dominic Burns, the Director of Charis Bible College in Yorkshire, England. (Click to enlarge)"You can’t tell me Jesus doesn’t heal; He healed me.

You can’t tell me He doesn’t deliver; He delivered me from alcohol and hell.

You can’t tell me He doesn’t provide; He provided for me to go to school.

You can’t tell me tongues passed way with the apostles, for I am baptized in the Holy Ghost with tongues evident. God was good to me, so I took Him at His Word and I believe His truth, His way.

I am a new creation."

Relaxing with friend and pastor, Allan Mooney, after graduation from CBC-Belfast.
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It is very easy for Dominic, the new Director of Charis Bible College-Yorkshire, to make these declarations, and to share them with others because they describe his personal experience. Now he ministers these truths with fruit manifesting from the seed of the Word he shares.

Dominic grew up in Northern Ireland where, following studies of hotel management and marketing, he climbed on to the fast track into the world of leisure management. However glamorous life in leisure management sounds, Dominic's life was anything but glamorous. He spent his time running pubs and clubs and looking after DJs. In his words, Dominic was, "Living quite a worldly, irresponsible, selfish lifestyle."

Several years ago however, during a temporary stay in the United States, Dominic met a pair of Christians. The two Dominic teaching Discipleship Evangelism classes at CBC Yorkshire. (Click to enlarge)individuals sowed into Dominic's life, and when he left the US, he was in possession of his first Bible. Although Dominic began reading his new Bible, and pursuing the things of God, he ended up in rehab shortly after his return to the United Kingdom, after a stint managing pubs in London. Looking back, Dominic said, "I was very ill, mentally, physically and spiritually."

Dominic successfully completed his rehab program, and continued reading his Bible. Dominic's younger brother, a born again believer, ministered to him from a distance; he sent books and shared the Word with Dominic over the Internet. As he dove into the Word, Dominic eventually called out to God for help.

"I was healed of mental problems, liver problems, delivered from alcohol (totally) and received great peace of mind and joy of heart. I knew it was God and Jesus who healed me. I got saved a few months thereafter, as I knew that I knew, God showed up for me (L to R:) Pastor Bob Ward, Dominic and Wendell Parr, celebrate Dominic's apprenticeship graduation and his installation as the new Director of CBC-Yorkshire. (Click to enlarge)big time and that He was good and kind," said Dominic.

Dominic was introduced to Andrew's ministry three months after his salvation experience when he met one of Andrew's ministry partners at church. The man fed Dominic's desire to know more of God by giving him CDs from Andrew's Gospel Truth Seminars.

When Dominic first heard Andrew's teaching and saw how accurately Andrew represented the word and work of Jesus, it was easy for him to believe the truth. "I saw it in the Scripture, clearly, and because of my erratic past, I had little or no religion in me to stop me from believing the actual truth of the Word."

Dominic's friend from church also brought him to an open house at CBC-Belfast. At the event Dominic was impressed by the message Andrew's World Outreach Director, Wendell Parr, shared. Dominic was also intrigued by things Yvonne and Grady O'Brien, directors at the time, shared. The messages, coupled with a desire in his heart, were enough for Dominic to Dominic's performing his first duty as the Director, introducing AWM's World Outreach Director, Wendell Parr. (Click to enlarge)enroll in classes the following school year.

Dominic spent one year under the O'Briens and one year under their replacement, Alan Bruce, before graduating from CBC-Belfast. During his first year, Yvonne and Grady poured into Dominic, and as they did, he began to recognize God's call to ministry. The Lord used Scripture, words of knowledge and things prophesied over Dominic to steer his path to Yorkshire to complete an apprenticeship. "The Lord used: 2 Kings 19:29; Zechariah 8:12; John 15:5, 16-17, to encouraged me to step out in faith and move to England. The word of God highlighted in Andrew's teaching called, A Place Called "There"settled my heart to be obedient to the call...The Word of God guided me along the way, so I moved from Ireland to England," Dominic shared.

In England, Dominic participated in the third-year apprentice program under the leadership of the CBC-Yorkshire campus. During his apprenticeship he was groomed to take over Dominic (center right) and a second-year CBC-Yorkshire student, minister to the man in black. (Click to enlarge)leadership of the school, and on March 18, 2013 he was officially installed as the Director of the school.

At this time, the school is in its second year, and there are 15 students (nine day school and six night school) enrolled in 2012-13 classes. Dominic indicated that he is expecting 30 students this coming fall. "Many enquiries and school visits are being made at present by prospective students, praise the Lord. We will have ten students receiving award at the graduation/promotion ceremony in May 2013."

Andrew's teaching helped to confirm that God is a good God and encouraged me that He indeed is for me— and everyone else too. My Andrew Wommack Ministries partner friend encouraged me and helped me to take a step of faith based on the Word, and I did. Here I am four years later ministering, teaching, discipling, and running a school, so others may be blessed to be a blessing to others," Dominic said with complete satisfaction.

Visit the CBC-Yorkshire website for more information about Dominic and the Yorkshire campus.

Thursday
May162013

Meet the Eastwoods, Directors of CBC-Kansas City 

Mark and Charla Eastwood, Directors of Charis Bible College in Kansas City. (Click to enlarge)Mark and Charla Eastwood met in rural Kansas in 1990, and both truly believed they were born again. But when they realized that neither of their lives showed any visible fruit of the peace and joy that Jesus has promised to those who follow Him, they knew something wasn’t right.

As they sought the Lord, He led them to watch Kenneth Copeland’s television program, where they heard truths of God’s Word that they had never before been taught. Once they got a glimpse of all God had for them, they became immersed in learning more of His Word and His ways: “We learned about Mark and Charla on their second-year mission trip to Mexico in 2001.
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divine healing, which we knew nothing about,” says Mark. “I prayed for Charla, and the sinus headaches she’d been plagued with almost daily for more than two decades were gone, never to return. We were off and running!”

After several years of walking with the Lord in a Spirit-led relationship, God put it on their hearts to attend Bible college. They had no idea where to begin searching for a Bible college, but God did. God led Mark into a conversation on his construction job site one day, and he was given a cassette tape of one of Charla teaching in Mexico. The outreach began while there was still daylight, and according to Charla, there were not many in attendance. By the time the team gave an altar call, more than 120 people came forward from the shadows to receive Jesus. Out of darkness into the Light! (Click to enlarge)Andrew’s teachings.

After learning more about Andrew and his ministry, they also discovered that he had a Bible college. At the time, Charis Bible College (CBC) Colorado was Andrew’s only college, so the Eastwoods began their studies via the correspondence program. After finishing their first-year courses, they relocated to Colorado Springs to complete the second-year program.

At CBC, the Eastwoods learned about God’s grace and love, how to live victorious Christian lives, and how to pray effectively—for themselves and for others. Charla recalls, “We were trained to minister. We volunteered on the prayer line, we effectively ministered discipleship, and we even traveled to other countries to minister.” In May of 2001, In 2012, the Eastwoods became the Directors of CBC-Kansas City. Here students attend class at the extension school. (Click to enlarge)the Eastwoods became graduates of CBC-Colorado.

Upon graduation, Mark and Charla returned to Kansas and began serving as prayer ministers at Gospel Truth Seminars around the country. “Using the training we had received at school, along with the opportunity for practical application, we were able to minister God’s love and grace to hundreds—seeing signs, wonders, and miracles following,” said Mark.

During this time, God arranged many divine appointments for the Eastwoods, and they began holding local Bible Mark and Charla speaking during a special event. CBC-Colorado's Healing School held a special seminar at CBC-Kansas City. (Click to enlarge) studies and meetings, where they taught the Discipleship Evangelism program while ministering and praying for people. In 2011, God opened a door for them to intern with CBC-Kansas City when the director, Cody Hull, relocated to Houston to start a new CBC. In March 2012, the Eastwoods were chosen to take the helm as directors at CBC-Kansas City.

“The 2012-2013 school year has been an exciting one,” said Charla. “The college relocated, we have all- new classes for first-year students, and we have hungry students who are learning Mark (center) praying for a pastor in Nicaragua. To Mark's left is CBC-Florida's Director, Danon Winter. (Click to enlarge)and growing quickly... Our second-year class has already been on a mission trip to Nicaragua, where they saw blind eyes opened and many physical ailments healed, along with salvations and baptisms in the Holy Spirit.”

Mark and Charla have caught Andrew’s vision of planting Charis Bible Colleges all over the world. They have seen firsthand how the message of God’s goodness and grace that is taught at CBC is both life giving and life changing. As the newest directors of CBC-Kansas City, the Eastwoods have the opportunity to impact their home community—and ultimately the world—in a bigger way than they ever thought possible. And it all started with a teaching tape that led them to CBC over ten years ago.

Monday
May062013

CBC-Florida's Clermont Campus

CBC-Colorado graduate and director of CBC-Florida's Clermont campus, Terry Hull and his wife Melanie. (Click to enlarge)Twelve years ago, Terry and Melanie Hull were living, working, and raising their family in Colorado Springs. Terry worked for the insurance industry performing crawlspace inspections, and Melanie was at home raising their three children. Their growing family was happily maintaining their status quo, until an injury changed the course of the Hull's lives forever.

Terry's job required that he work in tight spaces, often while carrying and maneuvering heavy equipment in those cramped quarters. In 2001, Terry suffered a herniated disk in his lower back, which led to an excruciating case of sciatica. The pain in Terry's back became so uncomfortable that standing and sitting were unbearable. Even doctor prescribed pain medications would not alleviate Terry's discomfort. At the time, the only place Terry was able to find relief was flat on his back on the floor.

Approximately six months after Terry was injured, Melanie's mother, Eva Coldiron, gave her one of Andrew's teachings, You've Already Got It. Eva had just seen Andrew minister at a church in Colorado Springs, and she felt impressed to share his teaching with Terry.

Andrew prays over the Hulls, including their sixth child, Kate Evelyn, whom the enemy tried to steal during the pregnancy. Melanie suffered miscarriage-like symptoms, and doctors repeatedly made claims of abnormalities including Kate having the markers for Down syndrome. The Hull's chose to believe God, and did not share the negative reports. The baby was born without Downs and remains perfectly healthy. (Click to enlarge) Melanie was vaguely aware of Andrew's presence on TV (she recalled changing the channel any time she saw him) but because of Terry's situation, she was happy to share the teaching with her husband. Terry had not heard of Andrew, but began listening to the tape from his mother-in-law. He played the message, not once, but over and over again. As he listened, Terry began to realize that he didn't have to wait any longer for God to answer his prayers for healing—he needed to receive what Jesus had already provided.

After listening to You've Already Got It about 50 times, Terry had a new revelation, and the gospel finally made sense to him. Within two months of receiving the teaching from Eva, Terry's back was totally healed. Because of the impact of Andrew's message, and because he wanted to know more, Terry enrolled in classes at Charis Bible College in Colorado Springs in the fall of 2001.

The message of God's grace and healing lit a fire inside Terry, and he would come home from classes excited to share what he had learned with Melanie. Over the course of Terry's two years at CBC, the Hull's lives were radically transformed, even down to the way they spoke to and interacted with their children. They had known that God Andrew, Jamie and the Hull's enjoy conversation outside the school in Jacksonville. (Click to enlarge)loved them, but they had never had their eyes opened to all that Jesus had purchased for them. This revelation of God's goodness changed their lives.

As Terry's graduation neared, the Lord began to lead the Hulls in a new direction—southeast—to Florida. God used Genesis 31:3, to lead Terry back to his homeland. Although they weren’t sure why they were to return to Florida, they knew that they knew God said He would be with them. Content in that promise, they made arrangements to relocate to Terry's hometown, after graduation, with the simple plan of living, continuing to raise their family, and getting involved in a local church.

Several years after their move, the director of CBC-Florida, Danon Winter, opened a secondary extension school in Orlando, and things became clearer for the Hulls. They realized that part of the reason they had been led to Florida was to be in a position to help with Classes at CBC-Clermont are currently offered on a part-time basis on Monday and Thursday evenings. The Hulls plan to offer full-time classes in the near future. Here, Terry (foreground) facilitates a DVD class.
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CBC-Florida's Orlando campus and the future expansion of CBC-Florida.

In an effort to be prepared to participate in CBC-Florida's continued growth, Melanie, now a mother of six, enrolled in first-year classes via the correspondence program, a program she hopes to complete this summer. As Melanie continues her studies, she and Terry have been part of the launch of another campus in Florida, about an hour south and west of CBC-Orlando. "We felt the Lord was leading us to start a school here in Clermont to make CBC classes more accessible to the west Orlando areas. After speaking with Danon and our pastor, the doors were literally flung open and we began our first year in September 2012. We have a church that is totally behind this, with the pastor attending all the classes as a student," said Melanie.

Melanie said that she and Terry would not trade the knowledge of the Word and the understanding of the peace of God that they now know for anything they had before attending CBC. "God used CBC to be the greenhouse of our spiritual growth. Before Andrew and CBC, we hoped God may heal us. Now we know that healing is ours. Andrew and Jamie stand with the Hulls and CBC-Clermont's first-year students. (Click to enlarge)We have seen sicknesses leave our children instantly by the Word. We have had miraculous provision in times of need. Now we walk in the blessings of God more than ever before and have the privilege of pouring these blessings out to others," she said.

As director and facilitator, the Hulls share the administrative duties of the school. Terry coordinates the schedule, and teaches live sessions, and Melanie helps facilitate DVD classes. As the current academic year draws to a close, the Hulls are looking forward to next year when, for the first time, they will accommodate both first and second-year students. They see a great opportunity to share the grace and faith message with the people of Clermont and the surrounding area.

CBC-Clermont currently offers classes on a part-time basis. Classes are held on Monday and Thursday nights. For more information visit the CBC-Florida website or Like Charis Bible College Clermont on facebook.