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Monday
May212012

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.

Thursday
Apr262012

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.

Monday
Oct172011

Levi Crawford: Light Shines Through

Pastor Levi Crawford, His wife, Brandy and daughter Carys. Levi is the founder of Fountain of Faith Church in Florida. (Click to enlarge)Levi Crawford once professed to be an atheist and he wasn't passive about his denial of God's existence. Instead, Levi purposely persecuted Christians—he hated them. He remembers taking religion classes in high school for the sole purpose of learning how to undermine what the Christians around him believed. He loved to provoke believers to the point of questioning their own faith. However, in his late teens, Levi encountered the God he didn't believe existed and his life was radically changed.

Levi (left) playing bass guitar with his band before receiving Jesus as his Savior. (Click to enlarge)Growing up, Levi couldn't wait to be old enough to move out of his family's home; he looked forward to being on his own, free from family entanglements. Levi's family didn't get along, in fact, they couldn't stand each other, and his home life was ravaged by the effects of alcoholism. When Levi was nineteen, however, light began to break through his darkness; first the Lord got a hold of Levi's mom, and then his sister, and then his dad. "After seeing the change in their lives, and hearing God's Word preached for the first time in my life, I got saved as well. It's a miracle what the Lord did in my family to restore what seemed impossible to fix," said Levi.

Levi began serving the ministry through which he was saved and grew in the Word. After graduation, Levi went on to college where he hosted Bible studies in his apartment. While holding one of his studies, he felt a strong desire to start a church rise up in his heart. Levi turned his musical skills toward worshiping the Lord. Here Levi (blue shirt) ministers with his father and mother, and Associate pastor, Tim Maryon on drums. (Click to enlarge)Unsure whether it was a prompt from the Lord or his own thought, he put the idea aside.

The ministry Levi had faithfully served throughout his years in college ran into problems just as he was graduating, leaving he and his family without a church to call home. As they struggled to find another congregation, which taught on the goodness of God and the authority of the believer, Levi realized his time had come. He shared with his family the idea the Lord had placed in his heart years earlier and the family helped Levi launch Fountain of Faith Church.

As the church was getting off the ground, the Lord was revealing to Levi, the balance between grace and faith. Levi began to see that God had provided everything for the believer, but that the believer needed faith to access the provision. As he got a hold of this truth, he did a search on the Internet to see if anyone else had ever taught on the topic. Associate pastor, Tim and Levi display a gift they were given for Pastor Appreciation Day at Fountain of Faith. (Click to enlarge)That is when Levi came across Andrew's website and his teaching Living in the Balance of Grace & Faith. What Levi heard exploded in his heart and he understood more fully his position in Christ. He had heard about faith growing up, but had never heard about grace. Levi devoured Andrew's materials deepening his revelation.

With each teaching series that Levi listened to, the fruit of his own ministry grew. Listening to God Wants You Well broadened his understanding of God's willingness and eagerness to heal and the fullness of salvation. Where he once saw inconsistency, he now ministers more successfully.

After listening to Andrew's financial series, Levi changed the way Fountain of Faith handled their money. "We gave, and the members in our church tithed, but there was no understanding behind our actions, or purpose to our giving. As a ministry, we started sowing into Andrew's Bible College. We did this because we too are a teaching ministry, and we wanted to partner with the anointing Andrew has on his ministry. He was expanding his school, and we wanted to expand. It wasn't even a week after we started that Levi's congregation is growing and so is his family—here he is with his wife, Brandy, 2-yr-old daughter, Carys and newborn daughter, Macy.
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God blessed us with a building that was bigger, in a better location, with divine favor from the landlord!"

Through Andrew's teaching Levi has grown to know God more intimately and has effortlessly begun to flourish in his role as a pastor in Jesus' church. Once a self-declared enemy of God, Levi has now embraced the fullness of Jesus Christ one revelation at a time.

"I cannot speak enough about how thankful I am for Andrew Wommack Ministries. They have changed my heart and in turn, changed the hearts of my congregation. It's amazing for me to think of the influence and the lives changed by AWM. Down here, in South West Florida, there is a church that has been impacted beyond words," Levi shared.