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Monday
Aug172015

Whom Shall I Send?

While second-year Charis Bible College students were preparing for their annual missions trip to Europe, Amos Casa—a second-year Charis Colorado student from Italy—heard an instructor say, “If you don’t feel qualified, you’ll be a great leader. God wants you usable—not perfect!”

That little seed of encouragement rooted itself inside Amos’s heart and kept him through the feelings of inadequacy and fear until he boarded a plane heading for Germany and was able to say, “God, this trip is not about me; it’s about You.”

Amos’s first stop was in Cologne and Dusseldorf. There, he and other students from Charis teamed up with European Initiative to share the “new” message of God’s unconditional love with everyone they could. “It was amazing to see hearts open to the Gospel. Almost none of the people we talked to had ever heard about grace,” he said. “But my favorite moment was when we stopped in Berlin.”

In the capital city of Berlin, the team met many people from all over the world. They arrived in this tourist haven completely unaware of the part God’s hand played in the timing of their trip. “In Italy, there is a lot of religion,” Amos explained. “But it’s religion that represents God the wrong way. I spoke with several Italians in Berlin who asked me why I went to America to learn about religion. I got to share the true nature of God with them and tell them about His love and purpose for them individually. I know the Holy Spirit gave me the words to say. By the end of the trip, I’d led eight teens to the Lord, seven of whom were Italians.”

And Amos’s experience wasn’t an isolated event. Each of the students ministered to hundreds of people through dramas, music, and preaching. During their ten days of ministry, the team reached out to an estimated 12,000 people, and 98 Europeans made decisions for Christ! “The Charis team profoundly impacted the spiritual landscape of the three German cities we stopped in,” said a spokesman from EI. “We are immensely grateful to Andrew Wommack Ministries for their partnership with us.”

Matthew 5:14 says that we are the light of the world. How many people are waiting for us to turn on our light? How many do we know who are waiting to hear the true message of the Gospel? “God wants to use me and you to expand His kingdom and give hope to those that are hopeless,” Amos said. “We can play a part in rescuing them from destruction! It’s not about our skills or talents. It’s not about our experience. It’s about our willingness.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah 6:8 (New International Version)

Monday
May182015

The Word of Our Testimony

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. Revelation 12:11a, New International Version

Early one morning in Ecuador, as the Charis Bible College missions team was sitting down to breakfast, screams split the air. Rushing out the hotel’s back door, five team members searched the alley to find the source of the trouble.

Resurrected child“We found a woman pulling her hair, screaming at the heavens over a young man holding a very still baby in his arms,” one member recalled. Apparently, the one-year-old had fallen and cracked his skull on the concrete. He was dead. As the missions team began to minister to the woman and work to calm her down, a team member who happened to be a registered nurse verified the baby’s injury. “His eyes were set; there was no pulse. The child was dead.”

Moments before they left to take the baby’s body to the morgue, the Holy Spirit spoke to one of the team members. “You have a choice,” He said. “You can close the child’s eyes or speak life back into his body.” So, she began to speak life. The other team members joined in, and suddenly, the baby blinked. Shouts of praise erupted in the house as the mother took her child into her arms.

Later that night, the team held a powerful service about the power of testimony. During Larry Wilgus’s teaching, the parents of the baby who was raised from the dead shared their story with the congregation. Thirty people were healed that night—and word began spreading. The next morning, the Charis team’s hotel was surrounded with people requesting prayer. “Word about the little boy spread quickly, and people began to pour into our hotel, requesting the ‘Charis people’ pray for them,” Larry reported. “It was so awesome seeing God confirm His Word with signs following [Mark 16:17-18]!”

The testimony of the little boy’s miracle started a tidal wave of faith in Ecuador. After hearing the testimony, one mother approached the team for her six-month-old girl. She was born with a deformed hip that caused her legs to grow inconsistently. Two days after prayer, the mom brought her child and x-rays to show the team how her daughter had been healed. The hip was perfect, and both legs were the same length!

“This trip was a life-changer,” one team member said. “I’ve never seen such hunger for God or witnessed firsthand the power of the Gospel.” During their time there, the Charis team ministered in churches, at meetings, in the mayor’s office, and out on the streets. The entire hotel staff was born again, and the mayor openly requested prayer. The team witnessed people getting saved and filled with the Spirit, deaf ears and blind eyes opening, arthritic pain disappearing, cancerous cysts dissolving, limbs growing, and much more! “You could hear shouts of praise all over the city!”

Monday
May042015

The Works of Grace

Ephesians tells us that we receive the grace of God through faith—not works (Eph. 2:8-9). But according to James, our faith must have corresponding actions (James 2:17-18). What are those actions? They are the works of grace.

For it is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him.

Philippians 2:13, International Standard Version

God’s heart beats for people. But what is the most effective way to share His grace with others? Is it with words or through works? First Peter tells us to "live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us" (1 Peter 2:12, New International Version).

On a recent missions trip to India, Charis Bible College student Jon Hay discovered the truth of that verse when a group of Indian Christians planned a conference on the eve of a major pagan holiday. “On the day of the conference, the entire country shut down to honor Shiva, their god of destruction. There was a lot of opposition to our meeting, and it was unclear whether it would be safe for us to hold it. But I knew that God was with us and that He would open the doors for us to do what He’d called us there to do.”

The first session of the conference was well-attended and finished without incident. At least 100 people responded to the love of God demonstrated by the team. But Jon was unprepared for what transpired during the evening Charis missions team member Sherry Hoffer ministeringsession. “When we returned in the evening, the Hindu holiday was in full force. The streets were packed with revelers! God did amazing things during the meeting. We saw demons cast out, people healed, and children blessed. Toward the end of the meeting, the pastor of the church approached my teammate Teresa and me for assistance. He led us out of the meeting and told us someone needed prayer.”

Directed to the neighboring house of a major councilor in the Hyderabad government, Jon and Teresa met the woman responsible for the opposition to their meeting. The house was full of idols, but what Jon and Teresa noticed first was the stress in the woman’s eyes. “The Hindu woman told us of some major decisions she had to make for her job and the number of people pressuring her for counsel. She explained some of the physical complications she was experiencing (like diabetes and high blood pressure) because of her high-stress job and asked us if we would pray for her. Teresa and I laid hands on her and began to pray. Immediately, the peace of God overflowed in that room! We spoke life, healing, and peace over her and her family.”

The woman expressed her gratitude to Jon and Teresa for extending love to her without force or demands. And though she did not acknowledge Christ as Lord that day, the seed of His Word was planted in her heart because of their works of grace. Jon is fully expecting God to “use that time to do great things throughout India!”