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Entries in Europe Trip 2010 (5)

Wednesday
Jun022010

Mission to England/Uganda: The Longest Day

Boarding Emirates Air (Click to enlarge)Normally we take an overnight nonstop flight to Uganda from London. It provides 6 to 8 hours of reasonably comfortable sleep. However, our schedule was disrupted by the British Airways strike. We rebooked flights with Emirates Air. That meant making a stopover in Dubai and a brief stop in Addis Ababa. None of us had ever flown Emirates Air and we wondered what to expect. We were in for a pleasant surprise!

Too many hours without sleep
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As we boarded, we heard a stewardess exclaim, “Andrew Wommack! I watch you every day on TV in Dubai!” She was so excited she actually jumped on her toes like a schoolgirl. Once it was known that we were Christians, other crew members identified themselves as “born again believers.” We were welcomed again and again as we made our way down the long aisle of the spanking new Boeing 777-300. This reception was totally unexpected. We received word that at one Mosque in Dubai a local cleric actually teaches Andrew’s material. It seems inconceivable how such a thing could be possible, but we rejoice in the way the Gospel Truth is crossing impossible barriersNew Life Church Group (Click to enlarge). (The airplane was clean, new, American made, and more comfortable than British Air. You strike, you lose. We will never again hesitate to fly Emirates.)

The flight was not long enough to provide a good opportunity to sleep. At 2am we arrived in Dubai and had several hours in lounge seats until boarding our final plane. No deep sleep. Maybe 20-30 minutes of catnapping.

Uganda, at last! (Click to enlarge)Boarding the next aircraft we had another delightful surprise. 14 youth from New Life Church in Colorado Springs were also on our flight to Uganda. What an unexpected party! Again, we found little time for sleep before landing in Addis Ababa. Unable to deplane, we were like zombies as the Entebbe airstrip on the shore of Lake Victoria finally appeared on our TV screens.

Teaching before sleep (Click to enlarge)An hour in a bus to Kampala and then sleep—right? Wrong! Andrew made one last trip to the downtown Charis Bible College to teach for an hour before finally falling into bed. It was a day of about 37 total hours without sleep. We’ve seen better, we’ve seen worse. Praise God, it was the beginning of our great experience of ministry in Uganda 2010.

Stay tuned.

Filed Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 11pm, Uganda time, AWMI Media Manager, Stephen Bransford

Sunday
May302010

Mission to England: An English Barbeque

The Family Camp in Stoneleigh continued with a full schedule of meetings morning and night. In the afternoon, however, everyone took a break for a barbeque on the lawn. Dave Hinton sat in the gazebo and plucked his cowboy guitar accompanied by blues harmonica from CBC’s own John Elshaw. It was  time of fellowship for which pictures are worth more than a thousand words:

Picnic ministry time (Click to enlarge) Andrew at Messy Church (Click to enlarge)
Dave & John (Click to enlarge) Ready... (Click to enlarge)
 ...Aim... (Click to enlarge)  ...Fire! (Click to enlarge)
 Kids at picnic (Click to enlarge)  Too much fun (Click to enlarge)
 Big kids (Click to enlarge)  Zolt and family, from AWME Hungary
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 Enjoying the sun (Click to enlarge)  Messy Church for kids (Click to enlarge)

Filed Sunday, May 30, 2010, 6pm, Stoneleigh Park time, AWMI Media Manager, Stephen Bransford´╗┐

Saturday
May292010

Mission to England: Charis Bible College Graduation

Andrew congratulated each student during the ceremony. (Click to enlarge)“In just two weeks, I’ve attended CBC graduations in Colorado Springs, Chicago and England,” Andrew said, as he greeted the evening crowd of nearly 1500 at the Stoneleigh Park Family Camp. “In each city the students are completely different but I hear similar testimonies. Each class has become a family. The students have been transformed by the Word and they love and care for each other as never before. Do you know what that tells me? It’s not the school, it’s not the teachers, it’s not the students—it’s the message that is producing this good fruit. Praise God!”

Student celebrating with family
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In all, 37 students graduated in a special mid-afternoon celebration in the Family Camp meeting hall. Hundreds of members of the student’s families came to share in
their joy.

Paul Flanagan, director of the England school agrees that this group has become a special family. “This particular class has more actual family members than any I have known since I graduated  years ago. Husbands and wives, fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters. Those family members added a special dimension to the feeling of togetherness at our graduation today.”

Student celebrating with family
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Perhaps it is the “Hannah effect.” Four years ago Hannah Terradez’s healing at the Walsall CBC conference changed the lives of her parents and both sets of grandparents (see Hannah's Healing Testimony). They all left house and home to attend CBC and graduated as a result. Today Hannah’s mother and father, Carlie and Ashley Terradez, work at Charis Bible College in Colorado Springs. Barry and Carol Dupree, Carlie’s parents  are remaining in ministry with the school in Walsall, as are Daniel and Linda Terradez, Ashley’s parents. For whatever reason, more family members are involved in the Walsall school these days, and like Hannah’s extended family, their bonds are special.

A special family bond (Click to enlarge)The theme verse for the graduating class was, Psalm 127:1, “Except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it…” This class is built on a solid foundation of relationship with God. That ties each of them into the greater family of God. Nothing can shake such a foundation.

We expect to hear great things from the graduating class of 2010.

Filed Saturday, May 29, 2010, 9:00pm, Stoneleigh Park time, AWMI Media Manager, Stephen Bransford