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CBC South Africa Graduation 2011

Carlynne stands with CBC-South Africa's first graduating class! (Click to enlarge)In 2003, Carlynne Kotzè left the familiar surroundings of her home in South Africa, and her successful life in the secular workplace, to pursue the Lord's leading to attend Charis Bible College in the United Kingdom. Carlynne saw, first hand, the Lord's provision and faithfulness to His word as she walked through the double opened doors before her (Isaiah 45:1-3) in the UK.

After successfully completing the CBC program in Walsall, England, Carlynne returned to South Africa to launch and direct a CBC extension school. Now, two years later, Carlynne and her ministry efforts are bearing fruit; CBC-SA celebrated its first ever commencement ceremony in November of 2011 with 12 students graduating from the school in Heidelberg.

Andrew Wommack Ministries Director of World Outreach, Wendell Parr, was on hand for the graduation ceremony. Wendell oversees the expansion of the Charis Bible College ministry and the development of the extension school campuses in the United States and abroad. "It was an exciting event," Wendell said of the first graduation ceremony in South Africa.

While many aspects of her job as director of CBC-SA are fulfilling, Carlynne truly enjoys watching the process of renewal that takes place as students grab hold of the Word. She also takes pleasure in being able to watch as ministry gifts come alive in her students. "The best is to see their gifting to start to manifest. For a while, I can see what they have not yet realized— that I love!" exclaimed Carlynne.

Opening procession (Click to enlarge) Carlynne (left) receives flowers (Click to enlarge)

Master of Ceremonies, Charles Hopkins
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AWM World Outreach Director, Wendell Parr
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Gail McFie, Second-year representative
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Wendell presents Michelle Moyo with her Diploma
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Wendell, Junaid Esau and Carlynne (Click to enlarge) Carlynne, staff and students (Click to enlarge)



God's Pursuit of Patty Murray

Charis Bible School-Plymouth second-year student Patty Murray and her husband Tom.
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Growing up, Patty did not know her biological father, and her mother was re-married three times during her childhood. She recalls some fighting and violence in her home, often the result of alcohol abuse. Patty grew to fear her step-fathers and men in general. Her mother was excommunicated from their church because she was divorced; however, Patty had attended enough services to pick up on the guilt and shame aspects of religion. Patty determined that her Heavenly Father was no different than her earthly ones—scary and unloving.

Throughout her time at school, Patty struggled with reading and comprehension; sitting still and paying attention were quite challenging for her. Patty and Tom with their son Tom Jr. and their daughter Katie.
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Being extremely shy and withdrawn, Patty slipped through the proverbial cracks and never received the help or encouragement that she needed to overcome her learning difficulties. Patty dropped out of school after ninth grade.

As an adult, Patty married and had her own children, but she continued to struggle in many areas of her life. She suffered from severe sleep issues and multiple back problems, for which she took prescription pain medications regularly. Patty remained extremely shy and fearful of people.

Patty (in blue) took a bold step and registered for classes at CBS-Plymouth in August of 2010. (Click to enlarge)In 2010, Patty learned that her friend, and former Woman’s Group leader, Judi Appleton, and her husband, George, would be opening a Charis Bible College extension school in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Despite the many hindrances in her life, Patty felt an urge to attend. The first time she discussed it with her husband, he didn’t think it was a good idea. He pointed out that finances were tight, Patty still had her attention issues, her back pain would hinder her from sitting all morning, the school was an hour away, and they only had one car.

Patty’s husband made a good case against going to school, but she was sure Satan hadn’t put the idea of Bible College in her head. Instead of letting the idea slip away, she decided to take a huge leap of faith and go for it—Patty and several first-year students sit with CBS Co-Director, Judi Appleton (in red) after registering for classes in 2010. (Click to enlarge)even though she didn’t know how to make it all happen.

When Patty found the courage to tell her husband that she really felt like God was leading her to Charis Bible School-Plymouth he responded, “Go with God.” That was Patty’s first confirmation. She filled out the registration form and brought it to the post office right away. While she was there, Patty looked down and saw a dime on the floor. She picked it up and read the words, “In God We Trust.” She took this as a second confirmation because she made a habit out of asking herself the same question each time she found money on the ground, “Am I trusting God?” She determined that she was and that she would continue trusting.

Patty receiving prayer at the opening rally in 2010.
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The same day that Patty mailed her registration to CBS-Plymouth, she received an unexpected check in the mail for $100—the exact amount of her registration fee. The check was from a man who had vandalized her car months before. Patty had witnessed the perpetrator smashing her car, and immediately reported the vandalism. Unbeknownst to her, the man had been caught, convicted and ordered to pay her a certain amount each month for the damage he had done to her property. This was yet another confirmation for Patty.

The following week was a rough one; Patty struggled, internally, with her decision to go. The enemy whispered lies and Patty lost sleep. On Sunday, when she and her husband pulled into their parking spot at church, Patty’s husband said, “Let’s pray.” This was so out of the ordinary for him that Patty was taken aback. She was further surprised when her husband began to pray, as it was usually Patty who led them in prayer. That morning, they listened to the sermon with amazement. As Patty made her way through first year, she began to experience true freedom in Christ. Here she volunteered with classmate Wilda O'Brien-Arauz at CBS's coffee house outreach.
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Each issue they had been struggling with, and every concern Patty’s husband had prayed about, was addressed in the message that morning. “We both knew I was going to school!” Patty exclaimed.

After the couple determined that Patty would go, the provision began to flow. Patty continued to receive her payments for the vandalism, which “coincidentally” continued each month until the end of the school year. The two also received a check from their insurance agency for an overpayment they had made, their mortgage payment decreased through no effort of their own, and they found a second car for less than a thousand dollars. They were thrilled.

Patty is able to sit through the class sessions. (Click to enlarge)When school first began, Patty found that sitting for long periods of time was tough; however, she noticed right away that she could listen and comprehend in class. Patty felt like directors made the teachings very personal and intimate. “It was like sitting in my living room, relaxing, while we they were teaching me,” Patty said. Then, on September 15, Patty experienced being in the presence of God for the first time. Instead of running away in fear, she felt His tender love for her. She found she wasn’t afraid of Him anymore. What a glorious victory!

“I’ve begun to learn how much I’m loved,” Patty said, I’m still learning, but I’ve gained confidence in my life.”The Murray family including Katie's fiance, Colin. (Click to enlarge)

Patty once felt condemnation because she dreaded reading her Bible. However today she says, “The Bible came alive for me at Charis, Plymouth.” Patty has finished reading the King James Version of the Bible all the way through for the first time, and has enjoyed her time in the Word very much.

When Patty started school, she would turn scarlet red and cry if asked to speak or read in class, but today it’s difficult to keep her quiet. “The encouragement from George and Judi was incredible,” Patty emphasized.

Patty has seen a major improvement in her back pain and is overjoyed to see growth and restoration in her family members. She is especially pleased to have experienced growth in her marriage; she now feels more connected than ever to her husband.

Patty ended up carpooling with several other ladies who attended Bible school for the year and today she calls them her best friends. “Every step of the way, God just showed up,” Patty said.

By the grace of God, Patty ended up being one of the top students during her first year at CBS. She is filled with confidence and joy today thanks to the revelation she has received from the teaching of grace and faith. “He is my Confidence, my Daddy, my Everything,” Patty said. Amen.


Daniel Amstutz: CBC's Way to Worship

Daniel Amstutz, the Director of Charis Bible College's School of Worship and the School of Healing. (Click to enlarge)Charis Bible College of Colorado continues to expand its third-year Ministry Training program. The third year has been specifically developed to further equip those students who have been called to an office in full-time ministry (Ephesians 4). Among the available course offerings, or tracks as they are called, are the School of Ministry, School of Worship and School of Media. Each of these tracks is led by a well-seasoned minister or team of ministers. As the third year offerings increase, the Lord continues to bring quality leaders to oversee each department. In the case of the School of Worship, CBC has been blessed to welcome to its staff, music ministry veteran, Daniel Amstutz, whom some refer to as a "Father of Modern Worship."

Daniel was raised in a Christian home as one of five children, and the son of a Baptist minister. He remembers the day he was born again when he was five years old. Daniel speaking in Greely, Colorado in 1978. (Click to enlarge)"I prayed with my Mom in the kitchen of our home in Montana, and received Christ at that time," recalled Daniel.

He knew from a young age that the Lord had called him to a life of ministry, but it wasn't until Daniel's latter college years that he realized his call to music ministry. As a young man, Daniel developed his musical skills to the extent that he was accepted to audition for several prestigious positions and collegiate-level scholarships across the country. Among these auditions were one for the Fisk Memorial Scholarship at the University of Colorado (CU), and one for a position at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. After auditioning for both, he was awarded a full scholarship to CU, Here Comes the Son, Daniel's first album release. (Click to enlarge)which he and his parents viewed as a confirmation from the Lord of His provision. Daniel graduated from CU with a degree in Vocal Performance.

In the mid 1970s, after graduating from CU, Daniel began writing and publishing music while he was leading worship for his dad's church in Alamosa, Colorado. He then recorded his first album while working as a music minister with Faith Ministries Fellowship in Greeley, Colorado. "My first solo project was called Here Comes The Son, recorded in 1981, and it was all original songs—most of which I wrote during the sermons, and would sing at the end of the service as a part of the altar call," Daniel and Praise & Worship artist, Don Moen, at CBC's Better Way to Worship Conference June 2011.
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Over the years since his first release, Daniel has recorded several other projects, including his second solo effort called, Inside Out. In 1983, while Daniel was the worship leader for Bob Yandian's church, Grace Fellowship in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he and his worship team recorded Heart to Heart, the first of five live recordings he was a part of at the church. "At that time we were one of the first churches to record live praise and worship," Daniel said.

Daniel leading worship at CBC. (Click to enlarge)After the initial recording at Grace, Daniel began hosting an international worship gathering called, The Local Church Music Seminar, which drew hundreds of attendees. "People came from all over to receive teaching and mentoring in what was the beginning of the contemporary worship movement—although at the time we didn’t know that's what it was," said Daniel. It was then that many people, including his peers, began referring to Daniel by the nickname, Father of Modern Worship. "I was just trying to hear from God and obey," stated Daniel humbly.

Since the late 1970's, Andrew and Daniel had occasion to minister in the same places, and each became aware of the other's ministry. Over the years since their initial meeting at The Rocky Mountain Faith Minister's Conference held in Daniel and his wife, Tracy (green shirt) ministering together at CBC's Better Way to Worship Conference.
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Greely, Colorado, the two have maintained a friendship. Looking back Daniel said, "Every time I heard Andrew minister, it was so full of revelation and yet somehow so practical. He really ministered to me. I really could not be doing what I’m doing, and teaching what I’m teaching, without what I have received from Andrew."

When the suggestion to include a School of Worship as part of CBC's third-year program came forth and began to take hold, Daniel ministers to a couple. (Click to enlarge)there was some question as to who would lead. As roles were being considered last fall, Andrew recalled Daniel's influence in the music ministry, and called him to ask if he would consider being a part of leading CBC worship once a week or so. "That developed into more of the 'or so' and pretty soon I was asked if I would like to teach in the night school—and then the day school—and then when they found out that I had already written much of the worship school curriculum at Grace Fellowship in Tulsa, they asked me to put together a proposal to lead the CBC program." In January 2011 CBC welcomed Daniel to his new full-time position as Director of the School of Worship.

Daniel makes his point with contagious exuberance at a recent meeting.
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Daniel has ministered through his music in many places and in many capacities through the years, and now he has found his home at CBC. Just as Andrew has found A Better Way to Pray, Daniel has found a better way to worship. His revelation of what it means to praise and worship the Lord from a New Covenant position in Christ is being well received, and is sure to stir up the world of music ministry—again.

"It's a real blessing to have Daniel as part of the school. I think it's a Godsend. It's just awesome. He's got such great vision," Andrew said.