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Charis Bible College Opens in Uganda

Carole and Leland Shores III, Director of CBC Uganda (Click to enlarge)The hunger to know Jesus is growing more prevalent throughout the world, and Andrew's teaching of God's unconditional love and grace is helping to meet the needs of the spiritually hungry in many nations. Andrew's message is shared through a variety of ways including the continued expansion of Charis Bible College campuses.

During February 2010 a new Charis Bible College (CBC) extension school opened its doors in Kampala Uganda. The school operates under the leadership of Leland Shores III and his wife Carole. Leland, a CBC graduate, serves dual roles of directorship as head of both CBC-Uganda and Andrew Wommack Ministries of Uganda (AWM-Uganda). He recalls God speaking audibly to him in February of 2005. Leland heard the Lord say, "I am preparing you to go to Africa." Nine months later, Leland was living in Uganda following a specific call and direction from the Lord. According to Leland, opening the college at this time was the next step in the plan God showed him—God's plan to disciple the Ugandan nation.

Evening class at CBC Uganda
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Like Andrew's other schools, CBC-Uganda's mission is to prepare men and women with a solid foundation and understanding of God's unconditional love and grace, who can then be sent out to share the lessons they have learned (2 Tim. 2:2).

“I believe that Charis Bible College of Uganda is going to affect a change in this nation that will flow like rivers of living water into the surrounding nations of East Africa. Discipleship is God's plan for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I believe that Uganda is positioned to cause great revival throughout the world. I am looking forward to seeing whom He has chosen to send,” Leland said.

The first hour of each class day is reserved for a time of worship.
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The new school is located just three blocks away from the AWM Bookshop on the same thoroughfare in downtown Kampala. The Lord has positioned the entire ministry right in the heart of the nation's capital city.

CBC-Uganda opened its doors in February with forty-four registered students and as of this post has enrolled a total of sixty students. The curriculum for first year students attending CBC-Uganda begins with the first two levels of Andrew's Discipleship Evangelism program, a simple Financial Stewardship course, and a focus on intimate fellowship with God emphasized through worship. The premise of CBC-Uganda is teaching and duplication through discipleship, but the core message is relationship
with God.

CBC-Chicago graduate, Ann Petry, serves as CBC-Uganda's Administrator, and has begun teaching a "Financial Stewardship" class. “I praise the Lord for the Discipleship tools that Andrew and Don Krow have written and produced. It is through these teaching tools and staying true to their context that we are where we are today,” Leland shared.

Andrew is thrilled with the opening of CBC Uganda and the continued expansion of Charis Bible College. Andrew commented, “I believe this is why the Lord led me to start Charis Bible College fifteen years ago. We are now training up thousands of men and women in thirteen schools around the world, and they are doing greater works than we have done. Indeed, Jesus told us we would do the same and greater works than He did if we would just believe” (John 14:12).


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.


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.