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Monday
Nov072016

Freedom in the Dominican Republic

Charis Bible College prepares second-year students to go and declare the glory of God to other nations by sharing His wonders among all peoples (Ps. 96:3). These mission trips are not just prayer walks. Those who go—students whose lives have been transformed by the Holy Spirit—carry the “Charis experience” with them, taking the love and power of God and sowing it among the people they come in contact with. On one particular trip, the destination was the Dominican Republic—one of two nations located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago, nestled in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

With the help of their hosts, Tim and Trena Johnson, the students visited many different places, and their testimonies awakened the reality of the Gospel for the listeners. Students truly had the opportunity to learn the meaning of Christian outreach. They were not sharing just stories from a book; they were sharing the true love of God flowing from their own lives. They visited a prison in Santo Domingo, and Charis student Sylvia Wells opened her heart and shared her testimony with the inmates:

“A few years before I came to Charis, my twenty-three-year-old son, Kyle, was involved in a hit-and-run accident and was left to die on the side of the road. Being found by a policeman, he was then rushed to the hospital, where he died several hours later. The man who hit Kyle was drunk at the time of the accident. He was arrested just days later and received a light sentence for what he had done. My son was born again, and in spite of the circumstances, I knew that God’s Word promises that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8). Because of this truth, how could I be sad, knowing that my son was now in the presence of the God I love?”

She continued, “I forgave the man and chose not to harbor bitterness toward him. I was free to celebrate the life of my son without focusing on the loss. Later, I found out that the man was struggling with guilt and depression because of what had happened to my son and our family. I wrote him a letter and extended forgiveness to him. I told him that Jesus died for him so that he could be forgiven and free. The man was very grateful for my letter. I’m sharing with you today how God helped me to forgive the man responsible for my son’s death—because you need to know that God’s forgiveness is available for you too. My son’s race is over, but yours isn’t. God still has a plan for your life. Don’t give up!” With those words, seeds of forgiveness, redemption, and hope were planted in the lives of those inmates.

During the same trip, Dominican children also received ministry. The visit from the Charis team to a mission where children gather for a meal and Bible study was the highlight of the day for many involved. The children were able to see that God loves them through these students taking the time to show that they cared. Ed and Michele Liquete, the team leaders, had the opportunity to minister to a Canadian girl who was struggling with drugs. They also helped others rededicate their lives to the Lord. Like Jesus, the Charis team went about doing good and destroying the works of the devil (Acts 10:38).

If you would like to help take the Gospel of Christ to the nations through the missions trips taken by Charis students, go to our
website: iamworldoutreach.com.

If Sylvia’s testimony or the work done in the Dominican Republic ministered to you, please comment below.

Monday
Oct242016

Costa Rica: A Mission of Love

“People kept commenting on my eyes,” recalled second-year Charis Bible College Colorado student Laurie Wegner. “At first, I thought it was just because I was pasty white with green eyes. But then a man told me that he could see God in my eyes and that it was beautiful.”

Every year, hundreds of second-year students from Charis Colorado are sent out to over a dozen different countries, putting their curriculum into practice. The very same message of God’s love and grace that has been transforming their lives for two years pours out of them in ways that they never thought possible. Such was the case with the 2016 missions trip to Costa Rica, where students saw firsthand the power of God’s love for His children.

“One afternoon, we went door-to-door praying for people and inviting them to a church service in the community later that evening,” Laurie continued. “At one of the homes, we began talking with a young woman when an older man came out. He seemed a bit apprehensive and not sure that he wanted us there. We asked if we could pray for him, but he wouldn’t let us.

“As we talked, I noticed that he would glance at me and quickly look away. At one point, he even interrupted the interpreter and asked where I was from. After that, he wouldn’t look at me at all. He mentioned that he had been separated from his wife for twenty-three years. He always thought that he would grow up to be a pastor, but he assumed it was too late now.”

After they had talked a little while longer, Laurie said they invited him to the service that night; however, they weren’t sure if he would actually come. But to Laurie and the team’s surprise, he showed up. He looked uncomfortable and ready to bolt at any moment, until one of the team members began to preach words right into this man’s heart.

“After church, a couple of us went to go pray with him,” Laurie said. “He confessed that he had been having thoughts of killing his girlfriend, and he didn’t want to think that way anymore. After we prayed, the man looked directly into my eyes and said, ‘Your eyes, whoa!’ He kissed me on the cheek and left.”

The fruit of this trip continues to manifest as students recall the moments God used them to spread His love in Costa Rica. “When they told us we were going to stand on the street corners with signs that say Free Hugs, my flesh wanted to start arguing,” admitted student Robert Paige. “But as people were hurrying past us, they would look down at the sign and slow down. They would stop, turn around, and stand in front of the sign, crying. Finally, they would lay their heads on our shoulders and weep. After several people did this, you couldn’t get that sign away from me!

“It doesn’t matter what country you go to or what language barrier there is,” continued Robert. “People are hurting. We all have a story to tell. Everyone wants to be loved.”

As a partner with Andrew Wommack Ministries, you are enabling Robert, Laurie, and hundreds of other students to be sent out to minister this love to lost and hurting people. Not only are the students impacted forever, but countless others around the world are also experiencing the love of the
Father—some for the very first time.

Find out how you can partner with Charis and AWM today!

Monday
Oct102016

Mighty Works in Ecuador

It was the last night in Ecuador for the Charis Bible College missions team. They were ministering at a church and praying for the sick. A young man who was a member of the church’s worship team asked for prayer because he suffered from pain in his knees and calves. Brian, one of the students, prayed for him, and the young man felt much better afterward.

As the service progressed, Brian perceived in his spirit that something was not right. He asked the young man about it, who confirmed that though he was feeling much better, he still had some pain. Brian prayed for that young man again, used the authority that Christ gave him, and commanded any root of pain and swelling to leave in the name of Jesus. Brian recalls, “[The] pain was gone and [the] healing completely manifested. Jesus is Lord!”

Some might hear a testimony like this and think, Wait a minute. It’s unbelief to pray for something twice! But Brian knew the difference between praying using vain repetitions (Matt. 6:7) and praying with authority to overcome hindrances. As he put it, “I knew it [was] not a lack of faith to pray again. We had to press in more to overcome the lie of the symptom. And when we did, we saw a great victory for this young man in the name
of Jesus!”

At Charis, students like Brian hear Andrew teach on subjects such as prayer, authority, and healing. In his book You’ve Already Got It! Andrew says, “It’s not wrong to continue to pray if you understand that God has already released His power. In the spirit realm, [the healing is] complete. But you don’t want it to just stay in the spirit. You want it manifest in the physical. So you pray again, not doubting that God has already given, but to rebuke the devil” (p. 107). He goes on to explain, “You pray to build up your faith and encourage yourself. Instead of just praying once and then trying to forget it, you’re aggressively releasing your faith to deal with any hindrance and draw the provision into the physical realm” (p. 107).

This revelation is what empowers students like Brian to overcome hindrances when they pray for the sick. If students don’t see immediate results, they don’t doubt God’s faithfulness. Instead, they recognize that God is a Spirit and that He moves in the spirit realm (John 4:24). God already provided the healing, and their part is to cooperate with God’s laws so that healing can manifest in the natural. Obtaining the victory is much easier when you fight the Enemy with the truth.

But healing was not the only gift the students shared with the Ecuadorian people. In countries that have a strong Catholic influence, like Ecuador, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is almost unheard of. But the students’ testimonies were like the call of a ringing bell, inviting the people to receive their prayer language. And many of them did! Even the van driver who transported the students was baptized in the Spirit. Melissa, another student, remembers, “After our driver received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, he was jumping up and down, speaking in tongues, [and] praising the Lord.”

The faith of the students opened the windows of heaven over the people in Ecuador, and the blessings kept pouring in. When you partner with Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis, you are facilitating trips like this one. Your help is invaluable to this ministry, and we love hearing from you. If you would like to make a donation to Charis or AWM, go here.

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