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Monday
Sep192016

Testimony Power

I believe that a big part of being in heaven will be our hearing both the well-known and unknown stories of believers on earth. That’s why testimonies are so powerful; they carry the convictions of the people who lived them. I was an eyewitness to many amazing demonstrations of God’s love during the most recent Charis Bible College missions trip to England, and I believe that these demonstrations will be talked about in glory for all of eternity.

For example, one night at a church youth group, one young man’s urge to commit suicide was taken away. Something about his face actually changed when he was delivered. At Dovegate Prison in Staffordshire, one inmate who had committed murder was filled with the Holy Spirit as a student ministered the love and acceptance of God to him. And at St. Peter’s Church in Walsall, a student prayed for a woman who had crushed bones in her hips and legs, and the woman was suddenly able to bend and dance without pain. These displays of God’s goodness were so wonderful. Yet I witnessed two miracles that demonstrated God’s love to me in a special way.

The first happened while the Charis team was at a healing service in the beautiful town of Harrogate. Arceli Abernathy was asked to teach. She received a word of knowledge that the Holy Spirit wanted bones to be healed. She noticed a young woman with crutches and a splint boot get up to leave. Arceli called out to her, “Jesus wants to heal you today, sister.” Although reluctant, she agreed to let Arceli pray for her.

She had a right foot injury where a ligament had never healed, and her foot was visibly deformed. Before anyone could say a word, Arceli undid the boot splint and took the crutches from her. She commanded her to walk in Jesus’ name. In front of the whole church, the young woman’s foot became straight. The congregation broke out in revival, and everyone came running to the front to receive healing. It was as if the ceiling had opened and miracles were being showered on God’s people.

The second great demonstration was a private one, for an individual: God healed and saved an eighty-six-year-old man named Gordon in the city of Walsall. He was hunched over and pushing a walker, so we asked if we could pray for his legs. Gordon couldn’t hear well, and he shouted back and pointed that it was his knees. I was overwhelmed by a sense of God’s love and care for him. I knew that the Lord had sent us there to prepare him for his future.

After we laid hands on him, Gordon was walking quite easily. But he still couldn’t hear well enough to repeat a salvation prayer. I put my hands on his ears and commanded him, in Jesus’ name, to be able to hear. When we shouted to see if he could hear us, he was pretty startled at how loud it was. We all laughed.

I felt so happy that Gordon could hear and that he had asked Jesus into his life. I ask the Holy Spirit to remind me of him often. When we are all in heaven, I’m going to go looking for Gordon. I know I’ll see him there.

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Monday
Sep052016

Eyes Opened to God’s Goodness 

Moses watched his passengers demonstrate God’s love in a manner foreign to his Muslim faith. As the designated bus driver for a team of second-year Charis Bible College students, he escorted the group across Uganda, where they witnessed healings, deliverances, signs, and wonders. Unknown to Moses at the time, he was being used by God to help carry out His plans—plans so big that the missions team had been getting glimpses from the Lord of things to come for weeks before their arrival.

“During praise and worship one morning, the Lord gave me a vision,” Charis student Rebecca Fenske began. “I saw a man with cloudy eyes being healed by my hands. Two weeks later, we were in rural Kayonza Rakai, Uganda.”

Revival broke out in Kayonza Rakai as Charis students saw the Lord’s healing power manifest for several of the locals who had “incurable” diseases. “The need was overwhelming,” Rebecca continued. “Hundreds of people were lining up from surrounding villages and hillsides. The people were set free of demons, pains, parasitic infestations, malaria, fevers, digestive problems, infections, female problems, and STDs. Legs grew, ears opened, and blind eyes began to see.”

Several instances of legs being lengthened came by student Jimmy Davidson. “I noticed a young boy who was about four years old, hunched over and walking with an incredible limp,” explained Jimmy. “With his mother’s permission, I sat him down and examined his legs. His right leg was several inches shorter than his left.”

Confident in his identity in Christ, Jimmy encouraged the boy’s mother to watch as he commanded the leg to grow out and line up with God’s Word. “His leg grew out right while I was holding it,” continued Jimmy. “The boy’s mother began to cry profusely. We walked around the room in celebration as the interpreter explained how much Jesus loved them.”

Miracles and healings continued for hours, when suddenly a middle-aged man caught Rebecca’s attention. “The Lord reminded me of the vision I had seen before the trip,” shared Rebecca. “I asked the Lord, ‘Is this the one?’ Then I heard our interpreter, Godfrey, explain to us that this man’s eyes were cloudy and that he couldn’t see very well anymore.”

Rebecca enthusiastically prayed for him. “He opened his eyes and they were clear! With a big smile, he said softly, ‘I can see.’ We hugged as we all began to praise the Lord with such joy.” This man was not the only one to receive sight as a result of the team’s obedience.

As the team spent time with Moses and included him whenever possible, he began to feel comfortable enough to ask questions. After a talk one day with student Selina Williams, he gladly received some tracts.

“During the youth conference, when the altar call was given, Moses was one of the first ones to respond to give his life to Christ,” Selina recalled. “When Moses showed up the next morning, he informed the team that he had led his wife to salvation when he got home.”

As a bus driver, Moses was unaware that he was being used by God to bring life and freedom to Uganda. Are you aware that partners of Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College are being used by God to bring life and freedom to the world? Partner with us today to make more stories like this one possible!

Monday
Aug222016

New Life in Mexico

“The Lord highlighted a girl to me to tell her about His love and how beautiful she was, but I couldn’t at first,” Charis Bible College Colorado student Esther shared. “We had been told not to say much to them because it was the first time for Charis to visit the home. I kept on getting the [nudge] to talk to her, and I got permission from one of the interns to do that. I was glad I did because it was just what she needed. She wept with joy.”

Second-year Charis Colorado students were overwhelmingly blessed by the response they received from sharing the Gospel while on a missions trip to Mexico last December. The team enjoyed various ministry opportunities, like working in an orphanage with Charis Mexico students, and ministering in churches, a hospital, and the marketplace. Almost every day of the trip, someone received either salvation or the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The team was also invited to several work projects at the Christian orphanage “Pan de Vida” (Bread of Life). Projects included painting a ceiling, exterior doors, and a fence, along with hanging cabinets. The Charis Colorado team then prepared a program for the children of the orphanage, and this included songs, skits, and five stations where children could visit for face painting, balloons, crowns, fishing, and more.

Over 300 people attended the marketplace outreach. Games and a puppet show moved into three skits by the Charis Colorado team. The final skit was evangelistic in nature and was followed by a Gospel presentation. An invitation was given to receive salvation through Jesus, and most of the crowd responded by raising their hands.

Charis student Grace Iverson shared:

“My life was overwhelmingly blessed, as I was privileged to travel to Querétaro, Mexico, on a short-term missions trip with Charis Bible College Colorado. […] We traveled to another city where a local church, pastored by one of Charis Mexico’s students, had prepared a market outreach. The day prior, we canvassed the marketplace, passing out fliers and inviting all to the outreach. On the day of the outreach, hundreds of children and families came, and we were able to simply present the Gospel. Many were saved. The simplicity of love—hugging a child or playing games with a child—combined with the simplicity of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ made this a life-changing day for all involved. […] I am so thankful for the opportunities that we as students have at Charis Bible College—opportunities to share all that God has given us with the world!”

Their five days of ministry concluded back at Charis Mexico. Both Charis Colorado and Charis Mexico students enjoyed a special night of sharing experiences. Their hope is that all the lives affected, including their own, will continue in the faith and hope they have in Jesus.

Would you like this to be your story? At Charis Bible College, you can learn how to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit and watch God do incredible things through you. You will also gain a strong foundation in the Word, go on a missions trip, and experience the practical application of everything you’ve learned. It will change your life so that you can change the world.
Enroll today!