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Monday
Jun012015

Fruits of Obedience

Pete and Ruth RauchWhat happens when you heed the voice of the Lord? Something amazing, something beyond your wildest dreams—something like Charis Bible College.

“When Jamie and I started in ministry, a Bible college was the last thing on my mind,” said Andrew Wommack, founder of Charis Bible College. However, in 1993, the Lord impressed 2 Timothy 2:2 on Andrew’s heart and showed him a groundbreaking way to fulfill that verse’s call to discipleship, with a college that offered a unique blend of God’s Word and practical, on-the-job training. In 1994, Charis Bible College was born. Though its first graduating class had fewer than fifty students, as Andrew and Jamie remained faithful to God’s call, Charis exploded. “It’s awesome what God is doing through Charis, and I know we’re just getting started. I think the impact of this school may be the biggest thing God does through this ministry.”

“We are so thankful Andrew listened to God all those years ago. His obedience changed our lives and taught us how to hear from God ourselves,” Ruth Rauch, a graduate of Charis and business owner, said in a recent interview. “Because of his teaching and that of Charis Bible College, both our business and our marriage are prospering.”

Before attending Charis, Pete and Ruth Rauch had built a successful business in South Carolina, but their outward accomplishments only masked a longing within them for more. “One day while I was doing laundry, I left the television on and overheard a man talking. He was answering questions I’d always had about the Word and teaching things my church always skimmed over. I was hooked, and soon my husband and I were watching Andrew every morning.”

During one of those broadcasts, the Rauches heard about Charis Bible College. “We wanted so badly to learn the Bible for ourselves and stop taking everyone’s word for what it said, but we didn’t know where to start. When we heard about Charis, we figured that if Donald Trump could run his business from anywhere in the world, we could surely run ours from Colorado Springs. And, by God’s grace, we did.”

One of Ruth's mended broomsGod’s grace not only allowed them to run their business cross-country, but it also taught them how to live productively. “The grace of God changed our entire lives,” Ruth recalls. “Before Charis, we lived under the burden of our self-imposed expectations. They were stifling and really hindered us from experiencing God’s best.” Charis taught Pete and Ruth how to live and love together, as God intended, in their marriage. “When Pete and I first got married, my primary use for a broom was as a weapon, and I broke several during that first year! We loved each other, but we didn’t know how to be married. We didn’t understand how God’s grace toward us could be extended toward one another.” In their business, Ruth worried and fretted over every decision, every employee, and every client. But at Charis, she learned to trust God to be who He said He’d be—her provision (Ps. 54:4 and 1 Tim. 6:17). Now Ruth and Pete rejoice that the fruit of their lives is overflowing!

“Charis really discipled us in every area of our lives. Not only is our marriage a blessing, but our business is prospering. And we are debt free! Thank you for teaching us to hear from God. Thank you for sharing God’s grace with us. Thank you for helping us think bigger and look for ways to not limit God. We are changed!”

Monday
Mar092015

Redeeming the Arts

Nathaniel Carter (Click to enlarge)Talk to someone even remotely engaged in today’s culture, and you’ll likely find a person well-versed in the music, movies, and accompanying gossip of our time. In many instances, the arts have become a cesspool for immorality and hopelessness. But for one man, this fact sparked a life-purpose to see the church rise up and use her God-given talents to honor Him and bring hope to a lost world.

“I have always looked at the artistic excellence of the world and seen how people’s God-given gifts are twisted to proliferate Satan’s influence in our culture,” Charis Bible College student Nathaniel Carter shared in a recent interview. “Recently I started asking myself why the church hasn’t recognized this powerful tool that’s been left on the shelf.”

Nate grew up in a Christian home surrounded by godly examples of people using their talents to honor the Giver, but much of what he saw seemed tied to religious dos and don’ts. “I grew up knowing the Word of God but rarely experiencing it. I knew the expectations of the religion I grew up in, but I had never seen the love of God displayed to me in the way I now understand it. I didn’t really know the God of the Bible—and the Holy Spirit kept confirming to me that I would find what I needed at Charis.”

Even though he had a steady job, a fine arts degree from a respected university, and a portfolio that qualified him as a professional musician and actor, Nate took Philippians 3:13-14 to heart. He decided to “forget those things which are behind and press on toward the goal” of God’s high calling for his life.

Nate worked behind the scenes to produce the Christmas at Charis productions
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“At Charis, I discovered that nothing can trump the satisfaction of true relationship with God. It is something I can’t logically process—but I have experienced it! In my secular arts education, the concept of experiencing what you have theoretically understood is the cornerstone of the learning process, and praise God, it has become my spiritual cornerstone here.”

Jesus and His disciples (Click to enlarge)After Nate started attending Charis, he began recognizing needs that his previous education and experience gave him the ability to fill: “I started volunteering with the praise and worship team and the Audiovisual Department. After eight months, I was offered a part-time job. I worked faithfully with the AV department and, last October was offered a full-time position.” One of Nate’s first assignments was the month-long Christmas at Charis extravaganza. He became an integral part of the set design, production, and technical direction for each showcase. “The event really created a community within the college that gave students an avenue to use their giftings in ways many of them had never considered.” That’s what Charis is about: stirring the hearts of people to discover and use their God-given gifting to change the world.

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Click to enlarge)“I’m so excited to be stepping into what God has planned for my life. I want to use my gifts to paint a picture of God from a perspective that most have never seen. We, the church, have a message worth sharing—we need to learn to do it with excellence and use every avenue God has given us to accomplish it. For me, that’s by redeeming the arts.”

Monday
Feb022015

To the Nations of the World!

The School of Missions, training students to reach the world (Click to enlarge)“Let me tell you a story.” Delron says. “I have a missionary friend who travels to the island nations of the South Pacific which look like dots on a map. While my friend is there, she wins the king, queen, prince, and princess to Jesus, and the whole island then is impacted with the Gospel.

“Well, one day a ‘friend’ of this woman said to her, ‘Oh, you aren’t a missionary. All you have is a spirit of travel and adventure.’ This, of course, wounded her to have this woman say that—especially since she thought they were friends. When my missionary friend told me all this, I said to her, ‘You are a missionary because you have a spirit of travel and adventure. God put that in you so that when He called you, you would already have the nature to fulfill that call.’”

Students receive personal and interactive training from Delron (Click to enlarge)Stories like this one are the reason Delron does what he does as director of the School of Missions. He leads one of the third-year tracks at Charis Bible College. What started as merely an elective class for second-year students has now evolved into a full third-year school. It is complete with guest speakers, Delron’s own missionary curriculum, and on-the-field experience during a six-week missions trip to the Dominican Republic.

“There simply was not enough time to adequately prepare the students for a six-week missions trip,” explains Delron. “They spent more time on their trip, developing more as a team than doing actual ministry.” Since the school became established, however, students now spend an average of nine hours a week under their missions training and are further equipped for when their trips approach in the spring.

This, of course, is only the beginning. Like all the other third-year tracks, the School of Missions has big plans for the future. Children receive Jesus in the Dominican (Click to enlarge)“Right now the statistics show that 95 percent of people who are preparing themselves for a lifetime of ministry have a vision to minister in America,” informs Delron. “That’s only 5 percent of the world’s population. I would like to see the tables turned where the 95 percent are being trained to reach the 95 percent.”

Plans for multiple locations of missions trips are a part of Delron’s heart as the school continues to grow. “I have a vision to go beyond just one specific place to be trained,” admits Delron. “One day when people say ‘I want to go minister in Africa,’ we’ll have a camp in Africa where they can go and spend their six weeks. And it will be the same for people who want to minister in Europe or the 10/40 Window. As the student body grows, I would like to see the school expand to where people can actually get a hands-on feel in the environment where they are called.”

2013-2014 School of Missions students in the Dominican Republic (Click to enlarge)Delron concludes, “I grew up with that wanderlust, travel and adventure spirit. And I believe God put that in me as a child, so that when He called me to missions as an adult, it would just naturally fall into place. I’m looking for those people who have that adventuresome spirit and who aren’t afraid to try new things or go to new places.”

For more information on the School of Missions or to apply for the 2015-2016 Charis Bible College school year, visit our website: www.charisbiblecollege.org. The greatest adventures begin with the first step. Make yours today!