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CBC-Florida: Three Campuses and Growing

Danon and Amanda Winter with Andrew at The Sactuary in 2010. (Click to enlarge)In May 2010 we shared the faith journey of CBC-Colorado graduates, Danon and Amanda Winter, who officially launched CBC-Florida in Jacksonville in September of 2006. The school opened with 35 students and has continued to expand over the past six years. The Winters enjoy seeing lives transformed on a regular basis and the impact that their students are having in their spheres of influence, reaching fellow employees in the workplace and beyond, with the good news of Jesus Christ. Today, Danon and Amanda are continuing to follow God’s lead for expansion, which includes multiple CBC extension schools in Florida and abroad.

Students from the Orlando campus at their annual mission trip fundraiser. (Click to enlarge) Just a few years ago Danon felt like God was directing him to start up four additional schools in different highly populated regions of Florida. He and Amanda began to explore the idea of planting schools in Orlando, Tampa, southeastern Florida between West Palm Beach and Miami, and one on the Panhandle. Once they received the go-ahead from World Outreach Director, Wendell Parr, they began to put their plans into motion.

The couple opened their second school in Orlando three years ago, and at the beginning of September, the Winters opened a school in the Tampa Bay area. “So now we have two more locations to reach to complete God’s instructions for Florida. We need to hit southeast Florida and the Panhandle,” Danon explained.CBC-Florida's Tampa campus building. (Click to enlarge)

“All of this has to happen in God's timing and with the right leaders in place. So far all of our campuses [including an in-church school in Clermont] have been started alongside people that we have worked with side-by-side for a minimum of two years. Relationship is a key,” said Danon.

CBC-Colorado graduates, Kim and Ronda Nyght facilitate the Orlando campus. The Nyghts and Winters were students in Colorado at the same time and then worked together for two years at the Jacksonville campus. CBC-Florida graduates, Ed and Judy Vomacka and Kurt Barreto facilitate the Tampa Bay school. CBC'Florida's Orlando campus facilitators, Kim and Ronda Nyght
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“Judy drove every week from Tampa to our Jacksonville campus for 3 years to do school and the apprenticeship program and Kurt graduated from Jacksonville two years ago,” Danon explained. Even with the additional campuses, he and Amanda regularly travel to each school to oversee operations and teach classes.

As promised, the Lord is blessing the work of the Florida team’s hands. Mission trips are particularly fruitful. On one trip to the Dominican Republic, a group of students testified that every prisoner in a juvenile detention center gave their life to Jesus. At the same time, another group of students returned from a CBC-Florida's Tampa campus facilitators, Judy and Ed Vomacka (Click to enlarge)local hospital and testified that every person they prayed for received healing and many of the patients and their family members gave their lives to Jesus. “I was overhearing this while I was training eight pastors, who oversee more than 50 churches, to use the Discipleship Evangelism (DE) material. It was a pretty awesome day,” Danon recalled.

CBC-Florida also partners with another local ministry with a heart to transform northeastern Florida. One way the ministry touches the region is by going into the public school system. During one of their in-school outreaches they gave an altar call, and CBC students were able to pray with hundreds of public CBC-Florida's Tampa campus facilitator, Kurt Buretto and his wife, Leisa. (Click to enlarge)school students to receive the Lord. “This was in a public school, praise the Lord!” said Danon.

With the fulfillment of the five Florida schools in sight, Danon shared that there are more plans in the works that will reach beyond the borders of Florida—beyond the United States. “Recently God challenged me to start five schools in five different countries,” Danon said. Wasting no time, the Winters currently have plans in the works to start new schools in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, and contacts have been made in the Bahamas. It won’t be long before these schools are up and running.

An outreach during a CBC-Florida mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
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“We have gone through three sessions of DE in the Dominican Republic, and the fourth one is going now. Those who have been discipled are now discipling. It is awesome to plant seeds in different locations, do a little watering, provide some leadership, and then watch it grow. Training others to go out and produce fruit is so exciting because you can really maximize your efforts and in time see way more fruit than if you were doing everything yourself,” Danon said. “It’s the multiplication factor. Our disciples are reaching others and making other disciples.”

To learn more about this expanding ministry, visit the CBC-Florida website, and find their campus pages on Facebook.


Andrew Visits Florida for GTS 

In Orlando attendance was high as Andrew shared a message about changing the way believers think.
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Andrew and the Gospel Truth Seminar team traveled to Orlando, Florida in April. While visiting the Sunshine state, Andrew ministered a series of teachings called Changing the Way We Think. As he introduced the series, which began in Ephesians 4, he said enthusiastically, "I'm probably going to give you everything I know this weekend."

Andrew opened with the gifts of the five-fold ministry found in Ephesians 4:11, pointing out that ministers are given the gifts for the purpose of perfecting or equipping the body of Christ to do the works of the ministry (Ephesians 4:12). He also pointed out that the body has delegated its duties to the full-time ministers. "It is not efficient for all of the shepherds [ministers] to produce all of the sheep. Shepherds should tend sheep and sheep should beget sheep," said Andrew. He went on to say that every church member ought to be producing sheep and be able to cast out devils and operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These opening comments laid the ground work for the rest of the Andrew at the Saturday morning session in Florida.
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weekend by charging the body with the responsibility the Word assigns to each believer to minister.

Operating in the five-fold office of teacher, Andrew ministered the Word and prepared the people's hearts to receive from the prayer ministry team. Andrew's staff was joined by 30 prayer ministers; 20 were AWM partners and the rest were students from Charis Bible College's Jacksonville and Orlando campuses. The team ministered with boldness and expectancy and the majority of those who came forward for prayer received instantaneous manifestations of healing.

Included among those released from the oppression of the enemy was a man suffering from the effects of a stroke he had a decade earlier. According to a prayer minister, his symptoms included numbness and an inability to move the left side of his body. After receiving prayer, all feeling returned to his body and he was able to smile fully and rotate his left arm—things he hadn't been able to do prior to the meeting.Andrew prays with those who answered the altar call Friday night. 244 people received the batism of the Holy Spirit during the conference. (Click to enlarge)

The prayer team reported that several people suffering from the ravaging symptoms associated with Multiple Sclerosis also received healing. One woman with MS had approached the prayer team in a wheelchair; after prayer her pain left and strength returned to her body. She got up out of her wheelchair and walked unaided, all around the auditorium and refused to sit back down—she left the meeting pushing her wheelchair!

In addition to ministering from the platform at the GTS, Andrew also had the opportunity to be interviewed by a local television program called The Good Life. Andrew's two-part interview is available in our April 26 post.

Be sure to watch the video clip below to see Andrew introduce the series for the 2012 Orlando GTS or check out the entire teaching series, Changing the Way We Think.


The Good Life: Andrew's TV Interview in Florida

In mid-April Andrew travelled to Florida to host a Gospel Truth Seminar in Orlando. While he was visiting the Sunshine State, he was invited to be a guest on the television program, The Good Life hosted by WTGL in Orlando. You can watch the two-part interview with Andrew below.