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Thursday
Jun052014

Andrew Ministers in Nice, France

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The final day of Andrew’s ministry trip to Europe found him in Nice, France hosting a Gospel Truth Seminar with his longtime friend, Marie-Helene Moulin. France is considered to be a gospel hardened culture but Andrew ministered with great freedom, as he does everywhere, knowing that the word of God transcends culture. He taught on seeing with spiritual, rather than physical eyes.

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You are a completely brand new person when you are born again, but that change didn’t take place in your body. It didn’t take place in your brain, or emotions. It took place in your spirit. You are completely brand new. Sadly, most people do not know who they are in the spirit.”

After teaching, Andrew prayed powerfully to break small thinking from the minds of those who were honest enough to admit they needed prayer. Many were set free.

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New freedom resulted in many French people turning obediently to pray for one another. Discipleship became wonderfully contagious in Nice. Encouraged by the warm response, Andrew began to make plans to work with Marie-Helene to increase the reach of gospel media throughout France. See Andrew’s full interview with Marie-Helen and her sister Elizabeth here.

In a land dominated by centuries old Christian religion, the word of God continues to set people free, overflowing in joy, peace, health and a vital relationship with God.
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Andrew contemplates the modern electronic candles people plug in at a shrine (in exchange for a gift of any amount) in an ornate Cathedral. Even in “gospel hardened” France, we see that the word of God continues to ignite those whose hearts seek a living reality, rather than dead works. (Click to enlarge)

Filed from Norway, by AWM's Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford.

Monday
Jun132011

Europe Trip 2011: A Visit to St. Paul

Marie Helén and her sister Bülle prepare to take us to the Medieval village of St. Paul. (Click to enlarge)Thunder showers continued off and on as Andrew completed his interview with Marie Helén. Afterward, she suggested that we go to the nearby village of St. Paul. We liked the sound of that, inasmuch as the village name refers to the Apostle to the Gentiles who wrote most of the revelation of God’s grace for us to discover and enjoy in Scripture. St. Paul, the village, was filled with reflections of God’s grace, to be sure.

First, St. Paul de Vence was a castle built in the 9th century. Only the dungeon remains. Then in the 9th Century it was rebuilt as a fortified medieval village with narrow winding streets and tall houses, alleys and passageways connecting at unpredictable angles. This charming 1200 year old lifestyle makes the village attractive for shops, restaurants, cafés, artists, and tourists.

Andrew snapped this picture of the village of St. Paul as we approached. (Click to enlarge)The village was full of intimate landscapes like this one. (Click to enlarge)

Jamie snapped this view of a passageway.
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David Hardesty captured this route.
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Bouganvillea proliferated overhead.
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A view of the valley below.
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Good location for a dress shop?
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Yours truly, hard at work. Yes, there will be a video report when we return. (Click to enlarge)

Andrew and Jamie in St. Paul. (Click to enlarge)Finally, it must be said about St. Paul de Vence, that no photograph can do it justice. Many times on our route we stopped to savor scenes with colors, shapes, grand vistas and intimate landscapes that defied the ability of any camera to fully capture. So it was up to us to simply drink it in and give praise to God. In the distance to the north our eyes could see the snow covered French Alps. Turning 180 degrees south, we could see the palm tree outlined Mediterranean Sea, where indeed, Paul the Apostle had sailed, and shipwrecked. At one point Andrew commented on the miracle of the human eye, and we quietly praised our Creator for allowing us to see such beauty.

Filed Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from Nice by AWM Media Manager, Stephen Bransford.

Friday
Jun102011

Europe Trip 2011: A Stop in the French Riviera

Nice on the French Riviera, halfway between Cannes and Monaco. Part of the view from the balcony in David Hardesty’s hotel room. (Click to enlarge)Our itinerary indicated that we were flying from Paris to Nice, on the French Côte d’Azur (Aquamarine Coast) named for the stunning color of the Mediterranean waters in that region. English speaking people call this area the French Riviera. It is perhaps the number one playground in the world for the extremely rich and famous. So why was this place on our list of destinations? Incredibly, because the partners of Andrew Wommack Ministries support an outreach in this land of spiritual need. I’ll explain.

Another view from David’s balcony. (Click to enlarge)We arrived in Nice just before a thunder storm. In fact, we had flown from Paris over the roughest air turbulence of our trip. Our passenger jet dodged billowing thunderheads on all sides. Lightning stabbed the darkened earth below us. Our TV ground crew from Holland, and our book table crew from UK, had no choice but to drive right through the storm, dodging downed trees and power lines in the highway, and bursts of icy hail. But everyone arrived safely and the air in Nice was filled with that fresh after-storm perfume that makes you want to open all the windows, Marie Helene at home with her sister Bülle (b-you-ell) and dogs. (Click to enlarge)and take a long walk along the rocky Mediterranean shore.

What had brought us to Nice? Relationship. A long relationship between Marie Helén, and Andrew and Jamie Wommack. We joked that Marie is a modern day circuit riding preacher on the French Riviera because she shepherds four widely scattered congregations, visiting them weekly one by one, teaching the gospel of unconditional love and grace. “She’s like a circuit rider,” Andrew agrees, “but she’s also a bit like Annie Oakley.” He went on to tell the story of Marie visiting his home in the Rocky Mountains and begging to shoot his .357 magnum pistol. “Don’t underestimate her,” Andrew warned, “she really is a shooter.” “Yes,” she replied proudly, in her lilting French accent, “Remember? I kill two cans with one ‘pow’.” Stephen prepares an interview between Andrew and Helén to be shown on a future Gospel Truth program.
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Andrew remembered. Her sister Bülle now wants to come to Colorado and give the .357 a try. This part of France was visited often by Buffalo Bill Cody before he died. The locals have never forgotten him. Cowboy lore remains big in their imaginations and Andrew’s boots and Texas twang add to his appeal here.

Marie began her ministry in Monaco, which is a tiny country that does not extend true religious freedom. Under the monarchy, this government remains staunchly Catholic. Much persecution was constantly leveled at Marie for renting Hotel ballrooms for her Charismatic meetings. One time, her car was even firebombed. After some tough years, and a good measure of success, Marie Helén translates Andrew into French at the evening meeting.
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she felt that she could reach more people outside of Monaco and now enjoys complete freedom in ministry.

The Gospel Truth Seminar Marie Helén arranged for Andrew took place in a ballroom at the Boscolo Hotel Park on Avenue de Suede, Nice. There were two meetings, one in the evening and the final meeting at 10 a.m. the next day. That night as Andrew prayed for those who came forward, an elderly Jewish woman pulled up her sleeve to reveal the tattoo she had received from the Nazis in one of the death camps. She had not only survived the Holocaust, Teun, our Dutch TV crew leader adjusts the close up camera on Andrew and Marie Helén in the ballroom of the Boscolo Hotel. (Click to enlarge)but now was reaching out for eternal life, and the freedom that only comes from knowing God through Jesus Christ. Thank you partners of Andrew Wommack Ministries for keeping a light shining on the Côte d’Azur.

 

Filed Tuesday, June 7, 2011 from Nice by AWM Media Manager, Stephen Bransford.