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Monday
Apr222013

Students Let Holy Spirit Lead in UK

CBC students, Lisa and Chris Cree minister to a gentleman in the United Kingdom. (Click to enlarge)Last month a team from Charis Bible College in Colorado hopped the pond for a short-term mission trip to the United Kingdom. The 11 member team led by CBC's Intern Coordinator, Carlie Terradez and third-year intern, David Carter, ministered in England, Scotland and Ireland.

With their schedules packed as tightly as their luggage, the team began their overseas ministry experience on the evening of their arrival in England. They shared a refreshing time of worship and fellowship with the students and staff from CBC's West Midlands' campus.

For CBC-Colorado student, Drewrome (Drew) Williams, the casual setting of the first evening allowed him to get acclimated and also provided him the opportunity to share a word of knowledge with a CBC-England student. Both men were encouraged by the accuracy of Drew's word as the man confirmed that the things Drew spoke were the same things the man had been carrying in his heart.CBC-Colorado student, Drew Williams, open-air preaching in Scotland. (Click to enlarge)

Throughout the trip the Holy Spirit continued to work through Drew. In Scotland, he had the opportunity to minister from a platform in a city shopping mall. He remembered praying, before it was his turn to share, that he would have boldness and enough vocal volume to minister effectively. Drew said, "When it was my turn to speak, I sensed the power of the Holy Spirit, and my voice was unusually loud. I felt like I was watching myself speak. It was as though the Holy Spirit had taken over and I was along for the ride."

While still in Scotland, the team attended a service held at Glen Aros Church in Dumfries. There, Drew prayed with a woman for healing in her ankle. This opportunity had a particular significance for Drew because before leaving Colorado, a classmate had told him he would minister to someone with an ankle problem. After his prayer, the woman's broken CBC-Colorado students, Vern and Kathy Raney and Georgia Boudreau, pray for a student from the Walsall campus. (Click to enlarge)ankle was completely healed.

More than a year before this Colorado team had their chance to go to the UK, the Lord had awakened a love for the region in Lisa Cree's heart. She and her husband Chris, who also traveled with the team, went with optimistic and expectant hearts. The two know they are called to encourage and disciple other believers, and the Lord brought many such opportunities on this journey.

While visiting Dumfries, Lisa and Chris prayed with a married couple, Margie and Joe. Margie was battling a life-threatening Lisa and Chris Cree prayed for and encouraged this couple, Joe and Margie. (Click to enlarge)illness and the couple simply asked the Cree's to agree with them that Margie would be healed. Lisa and Chris agreed, and boldly cursed the sickness. They commanded the sickness to leave Margie's body in Jesus' name and spoke a blessing of health and healing over her. There wasn't any visible sign that the healing had manifested, but the Cree's reminded Margie and Joe that God is faithful.

Lisa said, "As we prayed with them we saw God connect our hearts. As I prayed, I thought, 'If praying with this couple is the one thing you have sent us on this trip for, it is so worth it, just for them. You love each of us so much Father.'"

Chris (at right) practices the ministry of listening as John shares his aviation stories. (Click to enlarge)Chris recalled his own impactful moments from the trip to Scotland. He shared that in addition to Joe and Margie, he met a man named John. John had come up from England to attend the outreach the team held on Friday night. As Chris and John spoke, John indicated that he worked as a commercial pilot. Because Chris had flown off aircraft carriers in the US Navy, he found he had common ground (or air) with John. Chris said, "Of all the people there, I was the one who spoke his language."

Chris was able to encourage John simply by listening to his aviation stories and truly being able to understand them. Chris said The Colorado team in Belfast with staff and students from CBC-Ireland. (Click to enlarge)of their conversations, "There wasn't anything super spiritual, perhaps, but it was valuable.

It had been John's intention to return home to England Saturday morning, but he decided to stay and go to church Sunday morning. Then he decided to stick around for the Sunday evening service. As Chris and John were talking Sunday evening, Chris could see and hear a change in John. He said, "John kept saying, 'I didn't expect this.'"

"Sure, we saw miracle healings and salvations while on our trip to the UK. I think all CBC mission trips do. They are awesome, no doubt. But the biggest thing I learned on this trip is how important encouragement is to the body of believers," said Chris.

Friday
Jun032011

Europe Trip 2011: Andrew In The Youth Zone

In a zone not his own...Andrew jumps into the craziness of the Youth Zone. (Click to enlarge)The minute Andrew walked in the room he knew he was in trouble. The place was too dark, and decorated with a hodge-podge of party lunacy. The music was pounding with too much bass for his seasoned ears. And a young man with spiky hair came rushing up to him with a clipboard and a plan for him to be on the receiving end of some good natured teasing. They call it the Youth Zone.

It was all in good fun—but you could tell that Andrew was going to be taken places he had never been before. This would be a way for the teenagers at the Grace & Faith Family Camp to feel like they had brought Andrew onto their turf.

Andrew was forced to lead praise and worship singing, Oh, Happy Day. (Click to enlarge)The idea here was to make Andrew paint the spiky-haired guy’s face while blindfolded. (Click to enlarge)Andrew proved that football in America is nothing like football in Europe. And his ever-present cowboy boots did nothing to help his aim. (Click)Here, Andrew was forced to ride piggyback on the spiky-haired guy, whose face he had just painted. (Click to enlarge)David Hardesty triumphs over Andrew in a contest to see who could quote the most scripture with the most marshmallows in his mouth. (Click to enlarge)David beat Andrew in a contest to see who could make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich using only a plastic knife held in the mouth. (Click to enlarge)

Standing up under persecution: In this part of the program, it seems that Andrew had the teens in the Youth Zone on his turf. (Click to enlarge)After the fun, things turned more serious. The teens asked Andrew how they could stand up to the persecution they were suffering from their peers. Andrew shared several stories from his life, including his time in military boot camp in the 1960s, where he was made a laughing stock by the drill sergeant. In spite of it, he gave a witness for Christ to every member in his barracks. Later a race riot broke out among the soldiers within the barracks, resulting in the death of two servicemen and the hospitalization of many others—when the mob turned its attention to Andrew, the leader inexplicably protected him. Andrew was the only white man left unharmed. It seems that being a witness for Christ can have unexpected benefits even in the face of persistent persecution.

As the Grace & Faith Family Camp came to an end it was noted that 1500 had attended. Another peak crowd of more than 4,000 had followed on the live stream. Once again, lives were changed and stories of God’s transforming power were begun in the lives of many who attended. Next year the event moves to the Telford Convention Centre. Surely this location will evoke a proper solemnity to the Family Camp, and there will not be a repeat of the Youth Zone insanity. (But don’t count on it.)

For now, we’re on to CBC Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Gospel Truth Seminar.

Filed Thursday, June 2, 2011 from England by AWM Media Manager, Stephen Bransford.

Thursday
Jun022011

Europe Trip 2011: A Special New Friend

The introduction. (Click to enlarge)If this is Sunday, then this is the day Andrew makes his annual visit to “Messy Church.” This is a special area where the small children of the Grace & Faith Family Camp are entertained and ministered to by a dedicated group of Charis Bible College students.

This series of pictures capture an encounter between Andrew and a special child. The photos were provided by Charis Bible A prayer observed. (Click to enlarge)College graduate, Joseph Djima, whose keen eye and sensitive spirit are a gift to us all.

If a picture is worth a thousand words then these three are worth thirty thousand. Enough said.

Filed Sunday, May 29, 2011 from England by AWM Media Manager, Stephen Bransford.A new friend. (Click to enlarge)