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Monday
Dec082014

Faith Adventures

Tracey Elliot-Reep, one faith adventure after another (Click to enlarge)Growing up on a farm in southwest England, Tracey Elliot-Reep struggled through school with severe dyslexia. When her family experienced the ravages of divorce, the only place Tracey found stability and acceptance was with the ponies on her mother’s stud farm.

By the time she was nineteen, Tracey had lived and worked in several countries caring for animals. One day, after hitchhiking to Jerusalem, Tracey asked Jesus to make her new and help her find her purpose in life.

Tracey continued to work around the world as a photographic journalist until her main client “went bust, owing [her] thousands of pounds,” at which point she started her own business selling her photos as postcards. During the early stages of her business, some friends asked her to join them at Andrew Wommack’s Grace and Faith Conference. Too busy to really commit, God dropped Philippians 2:3 into Tracey’s heart, and she found herself attending.

Tracey, full of joy and excitement doing what she loves to do (Click to enlarge)One of Tracey's books, Riding by Faith Across America (Click to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“God needed me at that conference,” Tracey says. “While I was there, He put the desire to go to Charis Bible College in my heart.” Months later, with little money, no green card, and no means of support, she arrived in Colorado Springs with her entire life’s savings. “I had enough money for two months,” she recalls, “until God told me to trust Him and give those funds to someone else.” Undaunted, Tracey began to personalize Romans 4:20 and declare it everywhere she went. “I am growing strong in faith, giving You praise and glory, fully convinced that what You have promised, You will also do.”

Soon an international children’s book publisher contacted Tracey with an offer. “They liked my photographic work and asked me to come up with some ‘learning to read’ books for kids. Me? I thought. Do you realize you’re asking someone who’s struggled with dyslexia? But they took five of my book ideas and offered me a $9,000 advance.” Since she was working with an international company, Tracey could legally accept their offer and pay for all of her expenses in the U.S.

While at Charis, Tracey developed a firm foundation in the Word and gained the publishing experience she would need. “For the past ten years, God has ridden with me on cross-continental rides, from the top of Scotland to Lands’ End in England, around Southern Ireland, across Wales, the length of New Zealand, through southern Europe on the Pilgrim’s Trail, and along the Rockies from Mexico to Canada. I have published photographic books chronicling my adventures with God.”


Ponies in the snow (Click to enlarge)Tracey and her ponies (Click to enlarge)
Dartmoor ponies enjoying a photo shoot with Tracey (Click to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My time at Andrew’s Bible college was the most important step of obedience I’ve taken. It changed my life and gave me the confidence I needed to walk by faith. I know that when God gives me an assignment, He believes I can do it, and so I can!”

To learn more about Tracey and her amazing faith adventures, visit her website traceyelliotreep.com

Monday
Dec012014

God's Definition of Success 

Define success… (Click to enlarge)When Linda Washington first heard of Andrew Wommack Ministries, she was living the American dream. As a well-educated, middle-class American, she had a good job, a loving family, and money in the bank. Her life fit into every definition of success she’d ever heard—even from her church. But Linda felt something was missing.

After years of hard work, Linda developed an enrichment package for young children and began the arduous process of marketing it to schools, hospitals, and bookstores. Finally, a nationally recognized educational publisher picked it up. “By that time, I was happy to let it go!” Linda recalled. “But I wondered, Is this it, Lord? Is there more for me?

What does true success look like? God's definition is often different from ours (Click to enlarge)Then one day, in Raleigh, North Carolina, Linda heard an outrageous promise listening to Christian television: “A man named Andrew Wommack was giving away free teaching material. I couldn’t believe it—no preacher ever gave out free material. So, even though I could pay for the product, I called to see if what I’d heard was real.” Two days later, a package was in Linda’s mailbox, and Andrew had gained a new ministry partner.

As Linda’s family began listening to Andrew’s teachings, the Bible began making sense. “I never understood how God could go from a God of wrath in the Old Testament to a God of love in the New Testament. But as I listened to Andrew, his teaching The True Nature of God really connected the Bible for me.” Soon the Washington family was attending Andrew’s conferences on the East Coast and thinking about coming to Bible school.

“I completed Charis’s first-year program at River of Life in Raleigh before moving to Colorado Springs,” Linda says. After completing second year, Linda realized what had been missing from her earlier success. “I worked in child development and education for years,” she shares. “One of our buzzwords was teaching the ‘whole child.’ But the world’s definition of ‘whole child’ excluded the spirit. At Charis, I learned that was the most important part. Children cannot fulfill God’s purpose for them or find success without knowing who they are in the spirit.”

Linda Washington with her 2011 graduating class (Click to enlarge)Deciding to return to Charis for third year’s Business School, Linda felt God nudging her to write again. “I knew I was still called to children, but I wanted to teach to the true ‘whole child.’” Working with her development team, Linda created a business proposal for a new children’s curriculum that would focus on foundational principles in the Word without ignoring or misrepresenting the Holy Spirit.

Now, after years of development and testing, the Foundation Curriculum is ready! Launching December 1 on her website (in two different languages), Foundation Curriculum connects the Bible for children—just like Andrew connected it for Linda. Incorporating concepts of Spirit, Soul & Body, the Believer's Authority, and The True Nature of God, Foundation Curriculum includes teacher-parent resources and student activities for every lesson.

“I’m amazed at how God brought this all together,” Linda admits. “I think I’ve worked harder on this project than any other, but I’m so excited! This is God’s project. He birthed it in me, and He has brought it to completion—just like He promised. I’ve found my success; it’s in being a living sacrifice like Romans 12:1-2 says.”

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I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:1-2

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.