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Monday
Jul182016

The Warmth of His Love

“God wants me to give you a word—just one word,” a woman told recent Charis graduate Denise Mize. “Maybe you know what it means,” she continued. “The word is Russia.”

“Throughout my first year at Charis Bible College, I had a strong desire to go to Russia on my second-year missions trip,” Denise said. “So, when the time came to submit our choices, I wrote Russia right at the top. [While] waiting to hear, I never really doubted that it would be Russia, and it was! Knowing God gave me a word through a woman I had never met gave me peace and joy. I knew He had a purpose for me in Russia.”

Like a blanket of snow that freezes all living things in its tracks, religion has been covering Russia, crippling God’s children who so desperately desire the love of their Father. This is where Charis sent a team of second-year students, who took with them the light and warmth of their heavenly Father.

After the students arrived, they were divided into teams and sent out for two days to minister to one family, being reminded that deep relationships take time. When Denise and her teammate Shalom entered the home of Masha, a dear Christian woman who lived in a small village outside Izhevsk, Denise instantly felt a special connection to her. “I just couldn’t love on this woman enough,” she recalled. “I soon felt that two days just wasn’t enough. I didn’t want to leave. My love for Masha was greater than any inconvenience.

“When we first arrived and realized the bathroom was a crude, wooden outhouse in the frozen backyard, I quoted Philippians 4:13 and promised the Lord and myself [that] I would not complain. Now I think, Outhouse? No big deal! If given the opportunity to go be with Masha again, I would jump at the chance—and I would bring some of those disposable toilet seat covers!”

Not only did Masha receive the healing she needed, but Denise noticed that Masha was also receiving the Father’s love through them. Denise insisted that their translator, Sergey, read Proverbs 31 to her.

“As he read the verses describing the skills [the virtuous woman had] of preparing food and sewing for her household, he pointed to the food on the table and lifted up her crocheted rugs [that] we had been admiring,” Denise said. “After he finished the reading, he translated my words: ‘Masha, you are a Proverbs 31 woman. You show the love of God to others in so many ways.’ I will never forget her smile. Masha and I both cried when we said goodbye. I think about Masha and pray for her every day.”

As a supporter of Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College, you are a part of bringing life and healing not only to the nations, but also to the students who visit them. Recent Charis graduate William Bellamy, injured in a snowboarding accident just before his trip to Russia, asked for prayer for his shoulders while he was there—and something quite unexpected came his way.

“As the people began to pray for me, I received total healing in both shoulders instantly,” recalled William. “While they were praying, one woman put her hand on my lower back directly where I had major pain from an injury I received during the Iraq War. The area began to get warm, and instantly the pain
was gone.”

We may never know the full effects of what happened in the frozen tundra of Russia this side of eternity. However, we do know that this is just the beginning, as more and more students are realizing who they are—and Whose they are—and are going out to proclaim it to the world.

Click here to find out how you can help support missions trips like this through AWM!

Monday
May092016

Finding the Father’s Love

“Our first night of ministry was at a youth group in Subotica, Serbia,” said second-year Charis Bible College student Lauren Bartlett. “I noticed this small, pale boy in a death metal shirt, standing in line for the altar call. When it was his turn, the first thing I asked him was if he was saved, to which he said no. So, I asked him if he wanted to be, and he
said yes!

“In that moment, I could actually feel heaven leap, shout, even dance with joy. It’s one thing to know in your head that heaven rejoices and God dances over each lost soul that comes to salvation; it’s another thing to truly experience it.”

Last December, a group of second-year Charis students invaded the spiritually dark corners of Eastern Europe, taking God’s love and grace to people who had never heard the Gospel. Teaming up with European Initiative, the team traveled across Hungary and Serbia, seeing soul after soul translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light (Col. 1:13).

Students made the most of every opportunity to reveal the Father’s love to those precious people. Whether it was leading worship in the subway stations, performing dramas in the schools, or playing with children in the Roma villages, the love of
God overflowed.

Faith Kennedy, another student on the trip, recalled such a time in the subway. She noticed a woman who had been there for a while, clinging to every word the team shared. Faith inquired about the woman’s story, and when she heard what the woman had to say, Faith’s heart began to break.

“She said she had been raped, her husband cheated on her, and [she] had been homeless for the past three months,” Faith said. “I don’t remember everything the Holy Spirit had me say, but I do remember sharing God’s heart with her. I expressed to her how the Lord’s heart broke at the thought of what she’s been through and that He wanted to love, protect, and restore her. I could actually feel the ache of the Father’s heart throughout my bones. As I spoke to her, I began to cry, and so did she.

“I finally asked her if she would like to receive Jesus, to let Him love her and take care of her. She said yes! So, we prayed, and she received the Lord that day. I wrapped my arms around her, and we both began to cry. After a little while, I began to sing in tongues. This turned into singing in English, and then she began to sing with me in English, even though she didn’t speak the language. Afterward, I had the interpreter tell her what we were singing. It was the Lord singing over her, ‘You are mine; I will never let you go.’”

Eastern Europe will never be the same, and this is only the beginning. More and more students are being sent out to minister the Gospel to a lost and hurting world. Charis missions trips are made possible through the support of the partners and friends of Andrew Wommack Ministries. Students are challenged, and people across the world are introduced to their loving Father. With every trip, miracles abound, student’s lives are impacted, and hundreds of lives are eternally changed. Find out how you can help today.

Monday
Nov092015

Missions Trip to Columbia

Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

2 Timothy 4:2 (New Living Translation)

We never know when opportunity will arise to share the Gospel. Charis Bible College student Tanya House discovered that truth during her missions trip to Colombia. “On Friday morning, I was asked to teach on the baptism of the Holy Spirit during my scheduled time at the girls’ home on Monday. I was not prepared for that. I was planning to teach about who we are in Christ. All my notes and scripture references on the Holy Spirit were at home in Colorado!”

As the day drew closer, Tanya felt frazzled. With all the ministry and travel time, she hadn’t been able to study like she wanted. “I didn’t realize how little free time we would have. Soon it was Sunday night, and I couldn’t sleep. I kept trying to rehearse what to say, but all I really did was worry. At one point, I became so frustrated, I burst into tears.” Tanya had forgotten God’s promise in Matthew 10:

Don't worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. [20] For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Matthew 10:19b-20 (NLT)

“Nothing seemed to be going right Monday morning,” Tanya recalled. “I never finalized my outline, we had to stop for gas, traffic was horrible, and we got to the center an hour behind schedule. By the time we’d finished with the music and skits, I only had ten minutes to preach. I kept reminding myself that God was faithful and that He could redeem the time, but it was hard not to be anxious.”

Tanya didn’t realize how deeply the Word of God had been implanted in her heart at Charis. When she began speaking, the Holy Spirit took over and worked mightily in the heart of each girl present. When the invitation was given, four girls came forward for salvation, and thirty-four asked to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. “I couldn’t believe God’s faithfulness that day! Every girl but one received the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. And as the team ministered individually, several were slain in the Spirit. One girl was even delivered of demonic activity. It was an amazing time of healing and restoration. All I could do was cry, but these weren’t tears of frustration!” They were tears of joy!

Tanya learned that day that God doesn’t need our brilliance. He doesn’t need our strategies or carefully laid plans. He just needs our willingness. “We are the hands and feet of Christ. God needs our participation for miracles and ministry to happen. He needs us to be yielded vessels that He can use to bring His kingdom to earth. When we learn to lay our lives and agendas down, He can use us beyond what we ask or think!” (Eph. 3:20).