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Thursday
Feb112010

Charis Bible Training Center Impacts the Nations

St. Petersburg, Russia home of Charis Bible Training Center. (Click to enlarge)For decades under communism, Russia recruited third world students to St. Petersburg to indoctrinate them in Soviet Universities. Today students still come from abroad to study, but they are no longer indoctrinated with communism. Some of the world's brightest come to study business, medicine, science and law in the Russian Universities. Charis Bible College graduate Carrie Pickett has been in St. Petersburg for ten years, preparing some of these aspiring professionals to return home with more than just an academic degree, but also a firm foundation in the Word, and an ability to minister the almost-too-good-to-be-true-news of the Gospel.

Missionaries Mike and Carrie Pickett. The couple co-direct CBTC, EMI and Andrew Wommack Ministries Russia.
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Carrie and her husband Mike, both originally from the United States, met in 2004 on the mission field of St. Petersburg, where Carrie was directing Charis Bible Training Center (CBTC), a Charis Bible College affiliate school. The two were married in 2006 and since then have been working to transform the lives of the students attending CBTC, sharing with them the message of God’s unconditional love and grace.

Mike and Carrie currently co-direct CBTC. The school offers two years of Bible training, a third year of Leadership School and a fourth year apprenticeship program before the students complete the curriculum. The Picketts and their four other staff members are presently ministering to, and equipping, 62 students from over 15 nations at the training center. These students represent multiple churches and denominational backgrounds. The Bible school in Russia is literally touching the world through its multi-national graduates.

In class at CBTC (Click to enlarge)Together the Picketts oversee a number of other leadership training programs beyond CBTC, under the banner of their own ministry called Equip Ministries International (EMI). The vision for EMI is "to equip and mobilize leaders to reach the nations." The fruit from CBTC and their ministry efforts indicates that they are fulfilling this mission.

One of the unique aspects of CBTC is that the majority of the students are from other countries. Carrie had this to say about the unique atmosphere at CBTC,

A group of multinational CBTC students equipped to share the Gospel. (Click to enlarge)"We have Russians that study with us, but we also have students from Nigeria, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uganda, Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, America, Uzbekistan, Sweden, Tanzania, and Latvia. Most are studying in the Universities here in Russia for their medical, engineering, or economic degrees. Once they finish their Bible School training they head back home to their nations. It is in this unique aspect that we see our vision of equipping leaders to reach the nations being fulfilled."

In the eight years since CBTC was established in St. Petersburg, hundreds of students have received solid Bible teaching and become strong, mature ministers. As Carrie and Mike continue to minister in the multicultural setting of Charis Bible Training Center many lives are being changed in Russia and around the world.

 

In the video below Carrie shares more details of the Pickett's missionary efforts in Russia. For a more in-depth look at the Picketts and their ministry be sure to watch the Mike and Carrie Pickett Destiny Story.

Thursday
Feb042010

Changing Lives in Uganda

In 2008 Andrew imparted his gift of teaching to Ugandan pastors through the laying on of hands.
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Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM) continues to touch lives around the world and the East African nation of Uganda is no exception. AWM, Uganda, under the direction of Charis Bible College graduate Leland Shores, is witnessing the Lord's goodness as the message of God's unconditional love and grace changes lives. Andrew's Gospel Truth television program, which is broadcast twice daily on Lighthouse Television, along with several independent television commercials, which also run daily to promote the ministry and bookshop located in Uganda's capital city Kampala, have had significant impact. Leland reports that the Andrew Wommack Ministries Bookshop is growing each day, and has become known as a place where people can come to receive greater understanding of God's Word, prayer and ministry.

The impartation meeting in 2008. (Click to enlarge)The continued growth of the AWM, and spread of this Gospel message can also be traced back in part to Andrew's visit to Africa in 2008. During that visit God spoke to Andrew asking him to do something he had never done before, which was to impart his gift to hundreds of ministers through the laying on of
his hands.

Andrew ministered to individual Ugandan pastors late into the night in 2008. (Click to enlarge)During one particular meeting, Andrew had the opportunity to minister to a group of pastors who had recently completed the Discipleship Evangelism program with Leland. It was during this meeting, held in a suburb of Kampala, that the Lord led Andrew to lay hands on every pastor to impart the teaching gift. This powerful time of ministry lasted hours, late into the night, as Andrew also prophesied concerning each pastor's future ministry. These men and women now teach instead of preach, multiplying the almost-too-good-to-be-true-news in a land that desperately needs it.

Andrew's ministry has always been one of teaching and equipping others—one of true discipleship. Whether through live ministry and speaking engagements or prerecorded and written teaching materials, the goal has been the same, to take the things Andrew has learned and train up faithful men and women who would be able to minister the same lessons to others (2 Tim. 2:1-2).

Night school students at Charis Bible College Uganda February 2010. (Click to enlarge)In order to continue to train faithful men and women in Uganda, Charis Bible College, Uganda opened its doors in February of 2010. According to Leland, “This is the next step in God's plan to disciple this nation, by preparing men and women who can be sent out with a solid foundation and understanding of God's unconditional love and grace. We have been blessed with another awesome facility just two blocks from the bookshop in the city center. God has put everything into place and we are stepping into our destiny. Praise the Lord.”

As you will see in the powerful video below, shot in 2009, the ministry's ongoing outreach in Uganda is bearing much fruit. Hearts and lives are being transformed. 

 

Watch as the people of Uganda share testimonies of how the Word of God and Andrew's teaching is impacting their nation.

Thursday
Jan142010

CBC Courses Available Online

CBC Courses Now Available Online...Enrollment Now Open!

Charis Bible College now offers courses to fit any schedule.Charis Bible College has recently announced that enrollment is now open for their brand new online program. CBC has created an online curriculum to meet the needs of those who feel called to attend CBC, but don’t have the flexibility to relocate or attend a full-time,
on-campus program.

The new program offers the same classes and instructors as those experienced on the main campus in Colorado Springs. Online students will have the flexibility to work through the courses at their own pace and study according to their own schedule. The course load per term is determined on an individual basis, allowing students the opportunity to take a few or as many courses as their schedule permits.

Once the online term begins, students are assigned two lessons per week, per course. Online students are enrolled with other like-minded believers and have the opportunity to interact with the other students and the class facilitators. At the end of each lesson there is a discussion question to which all students reply in an open discussion forum. This provides stimulating and enriching dialogue with classmates and facilitators.

CBC Online is for anyone who is interested in entering the ministry, gaining a better understanding of God’s Word, deepening an existing relationship with God, or simply, personal growth.

Whether it is your desire to prepare for the ministry or just sit under anointed teaching for personal development, this online program was designed to change your life.

Visit Charis Bible College Online for more information.

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