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Meet Jessica: AWM's New Blog Writer

Jessica capturing the moments in the villages of central Russia (Click to enlarge)Brewing coffee, bright lanyards, and the sound of Bible pages turning—the new Charis Bible College (CBC) school year had officially begun. I was a third-year intern filled with optimism, opinions, and perhaps a little too much caffeine. As I prepared for classes, I did what any well-meaning intern would do when they’re a little unsure of the next step—I enrolled in the School of Ministry. Who could go wrong with that, right?

As the days turned into weeks, my uneasy conscience slowly started to distract my mind from the classes I was in. There was a restlessness in my heart that I felt like no one around me fully understood. The classes were thought provoking, and the instructors were intelligent and insightful; however, there was a still, small voice on the inside of me, saying, “I wonder what they’re doing in Media School right now.” Thankfully, it didn’t take long for me to realize this was indeed the Holy Spirit guiding me, through the desires of my heart, down the path He had in place for me. I’m so grateful God continually pursues each one of us, even when we overthink the simplest things.

After setting up a meeting with the instructorsGathering footage in Cologne for the 2013 Germany Missions video (Click to enlarge) of the School of Media, Jeff and Autumn Nakkula, I began to share with them my heart and the experiences I had already had in the field. By the end of our conversation, they seemed bewildered and amazed that I wasn’t already in the Media program.

I repented.

On my first day of Media classes, I walked in with my MacBook in hand and my heart full of anticipation. I could hardly sit still. The first item on the agenda was logo design, and my mind took off at full speed from there. Suddenly, I became excited for each new day and for a chance to learn something that would help me become better at what I love to do. Although I don’t ever remember hearing a distinct voice saying, “Go to Media School,” I never thought of doing anything else once I Tracking the story in the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado (Click to enlarge)started. The Holy Spirit lives on the inside of me, and I don’t have to go looking for answers outside of my relationship with Him. As we grow closer, His thoughts become my thoughts, His desires become my desires, and His plan becomes my plan.

Since graduation, I’ve had the incredible honor of traveling around the United States and the world, shooting and producing videos. Recently, I returned from a six-month-long stay in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I assisted CBC directors Mike and Carrie Pickett there in multiplePrepping for interviews in Ijevsk, Russia for the 2014 Russia Mission Trip video
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 media projects, capturing the most amazing stories in the largest country on earth. Today I spend my days as a writer for Andrew Wommack Ministries, developing my skills even further, and looking forward to all of the beautiful things God has in store.

Now, I know I don’t have it all figured out quite yet. But I know what my passion is, and I know who is leading me. It’s because of this that I know I will accomplish with excellence what I need to do, no matter what the situation. This isn’t because I know it all. I don’t have to. I’ve got connections.


Life After Graduation: Len Burger 

Len Burger (right) with Ministry Ambassador, Wendell Parr, during Len's graduation ceremony in 2012. (Click to enlarge)2007 was the year that I received God’s call on my life. He showed me what He wanted me to do for His kingdom with the time that I had here on earth. He gave me a dream and for the past seven years I’ve been pursuing the knowledge of God and His call for my life.

Part of my preparation was to attend Bible College. I started at CBC Heidelberg in 2011 and completed my second year in 2012. After graduating, God showed me that I was to stay in Heidelberg for further preparation time and to finish the work started in this lovely town.

I’m currently the youth leader of a local church and also run 4 home-groups throughout the week. We run a soup kitchen where we feed and minister to the kids. I find that the best way to minister is not by preaching but by demonstrating the love of God.

We’ve got big plans for this town and I believe God is going to do big things in little Heidelberg! We want to enlarge the soup kitchen to enable us to feed more kids and minister the Word to them in a way that they can receive it—mainly having projects, fun days, handing out children’s Bibles and just loving them! I’m also planning a youth conference for the young people in town and another one for just the guys. I’m on the committee of an anti-drug campaign that was started by some of the church leaders and people from the community. We aim to prevent substance abuse among the people in town and try to rehabilitate those already caught up in it. It’s amazing to see churches, businesses and schools come together under the name of Christ.

Soon I’m hoping to go to DR Congo to minister God’s love. My friend Raymond and I have taken many trips and outreaches all over South Africa, we hope to go into Africa for another trip.

I’m learning a lot from all of these projects and I’m thankful that God prepares me for the next step after every step I take. Soon I’ll be fulfilling my dream (If I haven’t started already) and I can Impact the world with this God that I serve. But above all I’m just happy that I’m getting to know God more and more and that I can enjoy this adventure with Him. Dankie Here (Afrikaans for - Thank you Lord).

Len engaging the children as they enjoy a meal at a soup kitchen. (Click to enlarge)Len demonstrating the love of God, and teaching without preaching. (Click to enlarge)

Adapted from the article, Charis Bible College: Life After Graduation , originally printed in the Spring & Summer 2014 edition of Andrew Wommack Ministries Gospel Truth magazine (South Africa edition).


The Bassett's Essential Preparation 

Mark Bassett, Administrative Director of Andrew Wommack Ministries World Outreach (Click to enlarge)As the sun was setting on the 20th century, Mark Bassett, like many, was contemplating his future. At the time, he and his wife, Tenese, were enjoying the rewards of Mark's success as an athlete. He had carved out a name for himself in the world of windsurfing, a name that carried over into the business side of the sport, where he also found success in the manufacturing and sales of custom windsurfing boards bearing his name. While the Bassetts were enjoying life, Mark sensed in his heart that the Lord had more for him.

It was common for Mark to listen to preachers on the radio as he worked in his shop, crafting his boards. He had a few ministers he enjoyed listening to, but he was quick to change the In the 1990s, Mark carved out a name for himself in the world of windsurfing, but he sensed God had more for him.
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station after his favorite programs were finished. One day in 1997, Mark had his hands full as his selection of radio programs wrapped up and he was unable to change the station. As Mark continued to work he was aware that there was someone with a thick Texas twang talking in the background. Of course, it was Andrew speaking on the Gospel Truth program. Andrew grabbed Mark's attention only after he mentioned another minister, with whom he was familiar. Mark said, "I heard a preacher with a Texas accent talking about Smith Wigglesworth, and my ears perked up because I had enjoyed reading several books about Smith’s life and ministry. Andrew’s teaching that day really ministered to me, so I became a regular listener."

After graduating from CBC-Colorado, Mark and his wife Tenese planted CBC-Chicago, the first extension school in the United States. Here Andrew, visits Tenese, and Mark in the Windy City (Click to enlarge)Mark was particularly impacted by Andrew's teaching series, Spirit, Soul and Body. "It helped me see for the first time what happened in me when I got born-again and who I am now in Christ. It completely changed my understanding of the Bible and helped me understand so many passages of scriptures that I didn’t understand before," Mark shared.

It wasn't long before Mark heard Andrew mention Charis Bible College, and he thought to himself, If I ever go to a Bible college, that's the one. That thought became a seed in Mark's heart. In the fall of 2001, Mark and Tenese left their home on the gulf coast of Texas and enrolled in classes at CBC in Colorado. Attending CBC swung wide the doors of opportunity and destiny for the Bassetts.

Blessed by their time attending first-year classes, the Bassetts often talked about how awesome they thought it would be to take CBC and reproduce it in other locations. When discussing the idea, Tenese used the term, "CBC in a box." The Bassett's vision seemed like a far off dream because at the time, while Andrew's vision for the school was Praise & Worship at CBC-Chicago during the Bassett's time in Illinois. (Click to enlarge)expanding, there were still only two campuses; one in Colorado and one extension campus in the United Kingdom.

During the couple's second year at CBC, the two were scheduled to go on separate mission trips; Mark to Portugal, and Tenese to Russia. During some downtime in Portugal, Mark took a walk by himself and made a commitment to the Lord that he was willing to do whatever, and go wherever the Lord directed him. Interestingly, Linus Lefever, the Director of CBC at the time, also on the trip, asked Mark to take a walk with him the following morning. As the two strolled the same area Mark had covered the day before, Linus told Mark that it was his belief that he and Tenese should be the ones to start a CBC extension school in Chicago. Mark stands with Linus LeFever, then the Director of CBC-Colorado, during a visit to the Chicago campus. (Click to enlarge).In his heart, Mark's answer was yes, but he needed to make sure that Tenese was in agreement.

As it turned out the two were in agreement, and in September 2003 the Bassetts opened the doors of CBC-Chicago, the first Stateside extension of Charis Bible College. The Bassetts ran the school faithfully for four years before sensing a change in their role with the ministry. In 2007, they turned over the reins to one of their graduates, Cindy Quarles, the current Director of the Chicago campus.

Although Mark and Tenese stepped away from full-time ministry for a season, they were confident God had more ministry in A packed house at CBC-Chicago, as students waited to hear from a guest speaker.
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store for them. They held on to God's word, and words of prophesy the Lord had spoken to them through Andrew, while they worked with CBC.

Among the most pointed and encouraging things Andrew spoke over the couple were these words from 2004, "Boy the Lord just shows me that you guys are spiritually pregnant. That you’ve got a lot on the inside of you that you’ve never seen on the outside. You are seeing God do miracles in Chicago, raising up this Bible college, but you know what, you’ve already looked beyond that. There are many Bible colleges on the inside of you." Also, in 2007, right before the Bassetts turned CBC-Chicago over to Cindy, Andrew said, "The Bible says that you can war a good warfare by the prophecies which go before, and I just say Mark and Tenese stand with CBC-Chicago's first graduating class. (Click to enlarge)that what God is preparing you for, and keeping you for, is going to be greater than what you’ve ever experienced... God’s got bigger, better things, and when they come to pass you’ll look back, and you’ll be able to see and understand perfectly why God led you the way that He led you. You’ll see that the time that you’ve spent in Chicago has been absolutely essential in preparation. Everything is going to be great."

Mark's season away from CBC came to an end in 2012 when he and Tenese returned to Colorado. After four years away from the ministry, Mark was brought back into the fold with AWM and CBC when he was hired as the Administrative Director for Mark and Tenese with their son Nathan in December 2012. (Click to enlarge)AWM's World Outreach program. Today, true to God's word about "many bible colleges" and "essential preparation" Mark finds himself serving, supporting and ministering to the directors of the 40 extension schools currently operating around the world. He is also responsible for training future directors.

Mark said Andrew's prophetic words always provided encouragement for the Bassetts, and he acknowledged that, on more than one occasion, they have used them to fight the enemy when things didn't look like they would ever come to pass. "Because of the growth in the number of extension schools, an opportunity to work with World Outreach opened up in 2012. I had a few directors, whom I had worked with in years past, Cindy Quarles (CBC-Chicago) Tom Boyd (CBC-Atlanta) and Danon Winter (CBC-Florida) recommended me for the position. I’m very blessed to work with these directors, and all the directors and staff of all our CBC extension schools. They’re all awesome ministers," Mark said.