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Thursday
Dec172015

Andrew in the Community

These days, Andrew Wommack Ministries is reaching far regions of the world like Africa and China, but Andrew’s heart has never left the local community of Colorado Springs—the city his ministry has called home for over twenty years.

When Andrew transitioned from pastoring a small church to operating in a full-time teaching ministry, God gave him the freedom to live anywhere he wanted. The mountains of Colorado inspired him to put down roots and create a base for his growing ministry. From AWM being located in the Garden of the Gods area to Charis Bible College thriving in Woodland Park, Andrew’s long-term commitment to Colorado Springs and the surrounding area has produced rich rewards. Now, decades later, the fruit produced in the community can be readily seen.

Andrew believes in the importance of developing a history with the local community—contrary to the trend in our modern culture that promotes transience and individualism. He thinks that the exaltation of self is destroying the very fabric of our society. That’s why his ministry works closely with pastors and nonprofit organizations in the community, advancing the kingdom of God by preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ through word and deed.

Although Andrew’s television broadcast, Gospel Truth, continues to expand and grow in popularity, he always encourages believers to find a good local church. He views fellowship with other believers as essential to a healthy Christian life. Andrew’s friendly relationship with the local church was evident at the recent celebration of Charis Christian Center’s fourteenth anniversary. For the past eleven years, he has been invited by Pastor Lawson Perdue to be a guest speaker at the annual event. This year, Andrew shared a timely word for the residents of Colorado Springs.

When a certain pastor moved to the Springs with the vision of planting a church, Andrew was one of the first ministers to welcome him. Today this pastor is an adjunct instructor at Charis. Other local pastors also teach at the college, further demonstrating the working together of ministries and community.

Andrew also encourages Charis students to build relationships and have an impact in the communities they live in while attending the college. The student body has been a great source of volunteers for community service in the area. The college’s philosophy is that every believer in Jesus is called to be a minister, and practical, hands-on serving is part of the Charis experience.

In addition to helping smaller, not-as-visible ministries, students in the volunteer program have served in local churches, homeless shelters, chaplaincy programs, home groups, and prison ministry. Several students have had the opportunity to volunteer for Mello Memories, a ministry on the outskirts of Colorado Springs that gives support to elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged individuals by visiting them with miniature horses for them to interact with. These friendly horses disrupt the monotony for nursing home residents while filling their lives with joy. Great things happen when willing hearts unite to share God’s love in a practical way.

It’s friends like you who help Andrew provide this ministry of taking the Gospel to our “Jerusalem…Judaea…Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Thank you for your support!

Thursday
Nov122015

Lessons from a Christmas Tree

It was cold…really cold.

It was the kind of cold they warned me about, but I didn’t care. Almost forty-eight hours and at least half a dozen espressos later, I had finally made it. A lot of people had questioned my decision to move to Russia in the heart of winter, but as I stepped out of the airport into the fresh, frosty air of Saint Petersburg, nothing in the world could convince me otherwise. After all, that’s what adventures are, right? The unexpected.

I hopped into a taxi and made my way to my new home for the next six months, nodding and smiling as the Russian driver made small talk to a slightly delirious, young American. As we pulled up to the apartment, we were greeted by my new roommate Rachel, who insisted that we take a trip to the store. It was 11 o’clock at night. I was not amused.

Nevertheless, we ventured out into the dimly lit streets, crunching fresh snow under our furry boots. Everything seemed so still and quiet, almost as if we had walked right into a post card or a storybook that’s in between chapters. We rounded a corner and standing before me was an enormous Christmas tree. It was lit from top to bottom, creating an almost warm feeling as I inched closer to it. All of a sudden, it hit me. It was January 7!

Throughout the chaos of checked baggage, airplane food, and questionable looks at customs, I had completely forgotten that I was arriving on the Russian Christmas Day. It didn’t feel like Christmas. There were no presents, mistletoe, or family around. I was completely alone in a country that didn’t even know I existed or speak a language I understood. However, the quiet stillness around me made me think of the very first Christmas and what it must have been like.

God sent His Son into a world that didn’t know Him and, for the most part, wanted nothing to do with Him. He came to seek and to save what was lost, to heal broken hearts, and to set the captives free (Luke 19:10 and 4:18). When I realized that, this beautiful tree became less captivating and more tacky. The true heart of Christmas became something too beautiful to be compared to a tree.

Suddenly, my trip returned to being this daring assignment entrusted to me. God had sent me, His daughter, to a land that didn’t know me, on a quiet, snowy Christmas evening. I had arrived with a purpose—to tell the Russian people the true meaning of Christmas and what all Jesus accomplished on their behalf.

As Christians, the very heart of Christmas lives inside of us, bleeding out into our everyday lives. It’s not a 24-hour holiday but, rather, a mindset, leading us to carry on the task that began over 2,000 years ago. What I learned underneath the Christmas tree that night was that I felt honored to take Christ to hurting people. It’s a lesson I’ll never forget.

Take time to remember what the Christmas season is all about this year at Charis Bible College. Come out for The Heart of Christmas production! You can also help provide a way for others to attend by sponsoring a family here. This Christmas, remember what was given to us. For tickets and pricing information, go to www.HeartOfChristmas.org or call 719-635-6029.

Thursday
Oct152015

The Greatest Giver

“Saying God’s not a giver is like saying you want the water but hold the wet.”

The first time my pastor said this, we all laughed. I’ve never encountered water when it wasn’t wet. In the rain, from the faucet, or in the sea—no matter how, when, or where I’ve encountered water, it’s always been wet. You can’t have one without the other.

Although most people wouldn’t argue about water being wet, people would argue about the nature of God and His gifts. The Bible says it this way in James 1:17—

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

In other words, the gifts that God gives contain His goodness, and there is no changeability in His nature.

God’s gifts reflect His giving nature. Even in creation, everything He created had a giving purpose. He gave the sun to rule by day and the moon to rule by night to provide a light source for the earth (Gen. 1:16-18). It says in Genesis 1:29 that He gave seed- and fruit-bearing plants as food sources for man:

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

Every gift God has ever given contains a seed in it that allows it to continue to give. Every living thing has a built-in ability to give. This is most evident in His ultimate gift to man—Jesus.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

And in Jesus was the same giving nature. He came to give back to man what was taken from them in the Garden, giving them the gift of everlasting life.

It’s wondrous to realize that even in sending Jesus as the Savior of the world, the Father’s unchangeable nature was demonstrated. He sent His Holy Spirit to overshadow a virgin named Mary, and His Son would grow as all children do—from a seed in a woman’s womb:

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. [31] And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

Luke 1:30-31

Although times have changed and society has tried to obscure the origins of Christmas, no holiday centered on man has ever reflected the giving heart of God like Christmas. He remains the greatest Giver throughout all of eternity, and Jesus remains the greatest Gift.

Make plans to come and celebrate that greatest Gift this Christmas season with Andrew and Jamie Wommack at the premiere of Charis Bible College’s original production: The Heart of Christmas. Performances are on December 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. Additional showings are at 1 p.m. on December 12 and 4 p.m. on December 13.

Enjoy a heartwarming mix of modern-day and biblical stories with seasonal songs and American traditions that reveal the true heart of Christmas. This live musical drama was written by Adam Stone from England and Robert and Elizabeth Muren from Norway. For tickets and pricing information, go to www.HeartOfChristmas.org or call 719-635-6029.