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Monday
Nov032014

Loves Jesus—Will Travel

Melody (center) ministering in the Gypsy villages of Serbia (Click to enlarge)From her small-town, southern roots in Georgia to the snowcapped Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Melody Koop took a single step straight into her destiny. “Before I came to Charis Bible College, I was leading small groups back home, but I just wasn’t seeing much fruit,” Melody shares. “I had compassion toward women and I wanted to help them, but I wasn’t always sure how to go about it.”

After graduating from Charis in 2012, Melody went on to complete the third-year School of Ministry and became more confident in sharing the Good News with others. “The teaching changes you by taking head knowledge and turning it into heart knowledge. Charis has grown me from a little tadpole to someone who knows how to minister to people with God’s love.”

Blending into the Berlin Wall, Summer 2013 (Click to enlarge)Melody goes on to say, “During my second year at Charis, I was able to go on a two-week missions trip to Germany. I began to develop what God has placed in my heart concerning evangelism and loving people.” That trip seemed to have a lasting effect on Melody as she planned to return to Germany for a summer internship the day after her graduation. She just couldn’t get there fast enough!

“Since I graduated from Charis, I have been to Germany twice, as well as to Hungary, Serbia, Poland, Prague and Belgium, leading missions teams and evangelizing on the streets,” Melody recounts. “I absolutely love meeting new people, sharing the love of God with them, and watching their guards come down. It’s something I will never get tired of.”

Melody with Charis Colorado's Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson, ministering in the subway in Hungary (Click to enlarge) Not only did her time at Charis equip Melody to be more effective in her calling, but it also gave her a glimpse of what exactly her calling is—“I desire to start different groups in different countries, go out and evangelize, and bring people in to disciple them. There are so many people out there who have never heard that God loves them, who have never heard of Jesus before. It sets a fire on the inside of me to tell as many people as I can that God isn’t mad at them and that He has a reason for them to be here on this earth.”

Today Melody serves as the women’s pastor for her church and continues to lead evangelism groups on the streets of Colorado Springs, all while planning her next trip to take the Gospel around the world.

Melody bringing the love of God in Belgium 2014 (Click to enlarge)Melody says, “I’m so grateful for the time I spent at Charis. The connections I made, the growth that took place in my heart, and the opportunities they gave me have jump-started me down a path that I couldn’t have traveled on my own. I’m so glad I took that step four years ago. I can’t wait to see what God does next.”

Are you living your life with the passion of knowing you’re doing what you were created to do? Visit www.charisbiblecollege.org for more information on how you can start your own journey.

Monday
Sep152014

Set Free to Bring Freedom

Palo sharing his newfound love in the Andrew Wommack Ministries Phone Center (Click to enlarge)What satisfies you? What makes you feel excited about life and the things ahead of you? How do you know when you’ve found what you are looking for? For Charis Bible College graduate Palo Robles, these questions were only the beginning. He first began to seek answers within a party lifestyle, living in a world of drugs, women, and cars. But Palo couldn’t shake the feeling that he was meant for something greater. He knew life must have more to offer. “My heart was really just looking to all of these worldly things to make me complete,” Palo reflects. “But I just couldn’t understand why none of them were satisfying me.”

Palo sharing a meal and his faith in a local food joint (Click to enlarge)Searching for a change he knew this world could not offer him, Palo made a decision that transformed his life forever. “When I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, that emptiness I had in my heart was instantly filled. All the depression and anger from not being satisfied were completely destroyed. Everything I was searching for was satisfied through God’s love for me.”

Palo now takes his newfound love and freedom to the streets, eager to share the Good News with anyone who can breathe. While out there, the main thing he’s come to realize is that everyone relates to love and that love never fails:

“People want to be loved, and they want to be accepted because that is the Father’s heart. Christ said He did not come for the righteous, but He came for the unrighteous, for the lost. He leaves the ninety-nine to go after the one. So, it’s the Father’s heart to reach those who are outside the church walls. The Scripture says he who wins souls is wise. It’s an amazing thing to witness.”

Out on the streets, reaching people's hearts with the unrelenting love of God (Click to enlarge)Through his time at Charis and his growing relationship with Christ, Palo has developed skills to more effectively minister to people. “When I’m out on the streets, I’m always asking the Holy Spirit ‘Okay, highlight some things for me: Who do You want me to minister to? What is going on in their life? What do You want me to say? Let me see them as You see them.' It brings to mind what Jesus said—‘I will make you fishers of men’ (Matt. 4:19). Jesus is teaching me how to be an effective fisherman so I can bring people into the kingdom. That’s why I do what I do.”

Palo now finds fulfillment in reaching the very people who are searching for the satisfaction he once sought. God’s plan is always bigger than what any one person can come up with on their own. Palo knows that surety. He’s experienced it. And so can you.

Thursday
Aug212014

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.