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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!

Monday
Jul282014

The Best Is Yet to Come

Check out Charis Bible College's latest worship album. (Click to enlarge)Daniel Amstutz and the Charis Bible College Worship Ministry have released a new worship album, The Best Is Yet To Come. The album, available on CD, DVD and MP3, was recorded live at the CBC campus in Woodland Park, Colorado.

The title track for the 14 song album was written by Daniel Amstutz, the Director of CBC's School of Worship. Late in the project, although the team had been working on the album for some time, the Lord weaved in an addition of His own. Interestingly, with 13 songs planned and arranged, the Holy Spirit began to reshape the theme of the album in Daniel's heart. Daniel remembers clearly the moment when the Holy Spirit spoke the song title to him. As Daniel pondered the phrase, the best is yet to come and compared it with his revelation of the Lord's goodness—that every promise in the new covenant is for us, now, today—even still, the best is yet to come, he clearly heard the Lord say to him, "That is a song, and I want you to write it."

The worship experience at Charis Bible College in Colorado.
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"I started getting the melody of the chorus almost immediately, as soon as the seed was sown in my heart! I prayed about it, and went home and wrote it that night! It was awesome, how it felt like it was being downloaded!" Daniel said.

Daniel's next step was to get together with Marcus Gresham to work out the "musical roadmap" for the recording of the new album. CBC's School of Worship was also very involved in the project. Five of the fourteen songs are original, and were written by the Worship School staff and students. The album has been enthusiastically received, and Daniel and the team have received encouraging feedback from listeners, who are filled with gratitude for the opportunity to experience the anointed CBC worship.

"It is amazing how a song can minister to people," Daniel said. "It is not just the lyrics, but the powerful combination of the emotional impact of the music, combined with the lyrics, that opens up the soul for huge possibilities."

The worship team has heard testimonies of people receiving healing and restoration, along with comfort and encouragement, as a result of listening to the new album. According to Daniel, the music styles featured offer something for everyone, regardless of personal music preferences.

Daniel said of the recording experience, "I am very blessed to be working with such world class musicians, servant-leaders, and amazing students, who really do want to change the world, one life at a time."

To get your copy of The Best is Yet to Come, you can purchase the album on the Charis Bible College website, iTunes or Amazon.

Monday
Dec232013

CBC's Online School – "It's a Lifeline."

After watching Andrew on television, often up to three times a day, Catherine's spirit began to soar, and with it, her desire to know the Truth. In time, the Lord spoke to Catherine about enrolling in Charis Bible College's Online Program. Watch the short video testimony below to see how Catherine's interaction with CBC's Online School and its community transformed her life.

Visit CBC-Colorado's website for more information about their Online Program.