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Monday
Feb022015

To the Nations of the World!

The School of Missions, training students to reach the world (Click to enlarge)“Let me tell you a story.” Delron says. “I have a missionary friend who travels to the island nations of the South Pacific which look like dots on a map. While my friend is there, she wins the king, queen, prince, and princess to Jesus, and the whole island then is impacted with the Gospel.

“Well, one day a ‘friend’ of this woman said to her, ‘Oh, you aren’t a missionary. All you have is a spirit of travel and adventure.’ This, of course, wounded her to have this woman say that—especially since she thought they were friends. When my missionary friend told me all this, I said to her, ‘You are a missionary because you have a spirit of travel and adventure. God put that in you so that when He called you, you would already have the nature to fulfill that call.’”

Students receive personal and interactive training from Delron (Click to enlarge)Stories like this one are the reason Delron does what he does as director of the School of Missions. He leads one of the third-year tracks at Charis Bible College. What started as merely an elective class for second-year students has now evolved into a full third-year school. It is complete with guest speakers, Delron’s own missionary curriculum, and on-the-field experience during a six-week missions trip to the Dominican Republic.

“There simply was not enough time to adequately prepare the students for a six-week missions trip,” explains Delron. “They spent more time on their trip, developing more as a team than doing actual ministry.” Since the school became established, however, students now spend an average of nine hours a week under their missions training and are further equipped for when their trips approach in the spring.

This, of course, is only the beginning. Like all the other third-year tracks, the School of Missions has big plans for the future. Children receive Jesus in the Dominican (Click to enlarge)“Right now the statistics show that 95 percent of people who are preparing themselves for a lifetime of ministry have a vision to minister in America,” informs Delron. “That’s only 5 percent of the world’s population. I would like to see the tables turned where the 95 percent are being trained to reach the 95 percent.”

Plans for multiple locations of missions trips are a part of Delron’s heart as the school continues to grow. “I have a vision to go beyond just one specific place to be trained,” admits Delron. “One day when people say ‘I want to go minister in Africa,’ we’ll have a camp in Africa where they can go and spend their six weeks. And it will be the same for people who want to minister in Europe or the 10/40 Window. As the student body grows, I would like to see the school expand to where people can actually get a hands-on feel in the environment where they are called.”

2013-2014 School of Missions students in the Dominican Republic (Click to enlarge)Delron concludes, “I grew up with that wanderlust, travel and adventure spirit. And I believe God put that in me as a child, so that when He called me to missions as an adult, it would just naturally fall into place. I’m looking for those people who have that adventuresome spirit and who aren’t afraid to try new things or go to new places.”

For more information on the School of Missions or to apply for the 2015-2016 Charis Bible College school year, visit our website: www.charisbiblecollege.org. The greatest adventures begin with the first step. Make yours today!

Monday
Oct202014

When Purpose Found Me

Adam performing on stage (Click to enlarge)What does a successful life look like? Adam Stone was certain it had something to do with fame and fortune. His experience was unlike most people’s. “Although I was born again at seven years of age, I wasn’t really pursuing a relationship with Jesus,” he admits. “I was pursuing a career in the performing arts. I’ve worked with Anthony Hopkins and been in a James Bond film. I was even privileged enough to tour the world singing. However, there always seemed to be something blocking me from true success in that industry.”

Life in the spotlight would prove unfulfilling, while Adam’s walk with the Lord seemed foreign and irrelevant. “In my earlier years, my relationship with God was very up and down, depending on circumstances, really,” he recalls. “I didn’t find my identity inside, and as a result, I lived with a carnal mindset. I’d been confused by religion and bad doctrine. Experiences in life didn’t seem to line up with the Word of God.”

Adam using his gifts and talents to praise God in the CBC worship band (Click to enlarge)Thankfully, God is not the author of confusion, and He was determined to reach Adam right where he was. “My mother came across this American preacher on television called Andrew Wommack. He wasn’t the kind of guy we would normally listen to, but what he was saying resonated with our spirits. We recognized the truth when we heard it. At that point, our lives would never be the same again.”

As the religious misconceptions slowly began to clear up, Adam started to view himself, and the life he lived, through a different lens. “Suddenly, I knew that God had a purpose and a destiny for me that was greater than anything I could ever achieve in my own strength,” he says. “Before, my ambitions were earning a BAFTA or an OSCAR. Now my ambitions are healing the sick and preaching the Gospel.” This newfound sense of purpose seemed new and exciting for him, but left the lingering question of “How?”

Adam and his newlywed wife, Cathrin, in England
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My wife Cathrin and I did not know what God’s plan was for our lives, but thanks to Andew’s teaching, we knew it wasn’t going to just come to us automatically—we had to pursue it. So, we decided we had to step out of the boat and follow Jesus.”

Adam and Cathrin decided to leave London, where Adam had a prosperous job, sell everything they owned, and make the courageous move to Colorado to attend Charis Bible College. He admits, “As soon as we got here, we knew we were where we were supposed to be. It truly is the most amazing feeling to know you are right in the center of what God wants for you.”

Adam adds, “Since being here, we have learned so much every day through the Word of God. The main thing I am benefiting from immediately is realizing how much God loves me and how much Jesus achieved for us. Charis Adam putting his studies into action as he prays for a fellow student (Click to enlarge)is empowering and equipping us with the tools that we need to become usable for the kingdom of God. I believe that God wants to use us more than we want to be used, and I’d say I’ve been getting in His way until now. Through Healing School and prayer ministry, we are seeing the sick healed, the dead raised, and that’s exactly what Jesus told us to do.”

Monday
Sep222014

Charis's 20th Birthday Celebration

Wendell Parr (left) and Andrew Wommack recount stories from the past as new students listen on in amazement (Click to enlarge) Anticipation and excitement filled every seat as 1,300 students, teachers—former and current, and visitors gathered in The Barn for the 20th anniversary celebration of Charis Bible College. Wow, what a great time of remembrance! The excitement in the room was contagious as we came together in a building that was once only seen through faith. I usually have to tell people when I’m excited, but I was very excited to be standing in a room full of so many world changers. The fruit that we’ve seen from this school is incredible, and I am overjoyed that the Lord has used Charis to transform the lives of so many through His love and grace.

It was such an honor to have some of the original instructors—including Linus and Kay LeFever, Don Krow, Wendell Parr, and Leon Matheney—share stories and recount the journey that has made possible all we are accomplishing today. It was wonderful to have old friends be able to come to our new facility and witness for themselves what God has done. Linus and Kay LeFever stand together as they relate their journey with CBC to the massive crowd before them
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The looks on their faces as they surveyed a campus that accommodates over 600 students, was absolutely priceless. They were really blessed, knowing that they were the ones who helped make this possible. They saw the school in its humble beginnings, and their trailblazing has paid off. The reach of Charis, with its correspondence program, online courses, and over forty international and stateside extension schools is ever growing!

Throughout the celebration, roars of laughter were met by moments of awe-inspired silence as the former instructors went up and shared how this had impacted them. New students listened intently to stories of the faithful men and women who made it possible for them to be sitting in the room that day.

Kay LeFever related how she struggled to leave their dream home after being on the mission field in Russia for many years and coming to start a fledgling school with no guarantee of success. Their first grandbaby was on the way, and they left it all. Her husband, Linus, rehearsed memories of those early days and some of the challenges we faced preparing our first world changers. It gave a perspective of Charis that our current students would not have gotten without these eye-witness accounts.

Don Krow telling the hilarious tales of their fearless leader, Andrew Wommack (Click to enlarge)Wendell Parr, who started the journey with me, shared about how his family left a secure and growing church to be a part of this mission. He continues with me today as one of our venerable instructors. Don Krow, a former instructor, took a different approach, amusing the crowd with stories of me falling off the stage in one of our previous facilities. They’ll probably be laughing about that for weeks.

However, no one captured the hearts of everyone there like Leon Matheney. As he spoke, every eye and every ear tuned in as this seasoned minister of over eighty years old opened up his heart with words of love and encouragement. Trying to hold back tears and remembering the days when he spoke in front of a class of thirty, Leon imparted powerful and memorable words to what was now a sea of students. You can view the whole morning's events online here and here.

Several of our international directors Leon Matheney addressing the largest student body he's ever seen before at Charis (Click to enlarge)came to the celebration with their own news of growth and expansion from all over the world. One was Carrie Pickett, the director of our school in St. Petersburg, Russia: “I graduated with the fourth class in 1999,” she remarks, “so seeing how much it’s grown and the fruit that’s happening is truly an inspiration. It’s been so exciting to see all of my old teachers and the people they’ve ministered to, now ministering to other people. The excitement in the room is overwhelming, and I feel encouraged to go back to Russia and let what’s happening here in Colorado be the inspiration for what we do overseas.”

I am confident that this celebration was more than just a special event. People’s lives were being touched as we took time to remember the things God has done. But the best is still yet to come! If the celebration taught us anything, it’s that the future of Charis is so bright, you have to squint to look at it.

New students capture the moments as they listen to the stories of CBC, most for the first time
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The first twenty years have been amazing, to say the least, but the job of Charis is far from over. We are just getting started on our God-given mandate to make disciples of all nations. If the Lord is speaking to you about Bible college, I encourage you to request an information packet today by emailing info@charisbiblecollege.org. Or, to apply, simply visit www.charisbiblecollege.org. You won’t regret it!