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Monday
Jun022014

Celebration in Germany

After spending several days ministering in England at the ministry's annual Grace & Faith Conference, Andrew's tour through Europe brought him to Germany. As the month of May drew to a close, Andrew held a Gospel Truth meeting in the town of Wiesbaden. He and Jamie also celebrated with the graduates of Charis Bible College in Birkenfeld.

“The Word of God is a seed. Plant it in your heart and it will bear the fruit of the Spirit.” Andrew spoke to a crowd gathered for a Gospel Truth Seminar at Christliches Zentrum Wiesbaden near Frankfurt, Germany. (Click to enlarge)

Andrew and Jamie celebrate the historic first graduating class of Charis Bible College Birkenfeld, Germany with staff and students (Joel Martin, Maire Palias, Samuel Schneider, Miriam Diesel, Ekumi Mokube). (Click to enlarge)

Joel Martin is chosen as spokesman for the first graduating class of Charis Bible College Germany… After a 30 year battle with cancer, Joel’s mother introduced her son to Andrew’s series, “God Wants You Well.” For a while she received a cancer free miracle, then grew tired of the battle and wanted to go home. Joel knew that it was her choice, and that God loved her completely, no matter what she chose. “Lord, this changes nothing in my relationship with you,” he said. “ I know that you are good. I know that you love us and want us well, and I will live in your victory.” Joel will be a welcome addition to the third year Praise & Worship School at CBC in Woodland Park, Colorado next year. (Click to enlarge)

Andrew greets CBC Germany graduate Samuel Schneider. Jamie and Patsy Milligan share the moment in the background.
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Charis Bible College Colorado 2014 graduate and Andrew Wommack Ministries Television employee Jeff Giaimo shares a celebration meal with Andrew and Jamie at the Marriott Courtyard in Wiesbaden. (Click to enlarge)

A celebration dessert worthy of a graduate. (Click to enlarge)

Filed by AWM's Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford, on the road in Germany.

Monday
May192014

Encountering Jesus in the Public Square

Students from CBC-Colorado performing a skit called, The Wall, in the busy streets of Germany. Huge crowds gathered to watch the outreach performances. How many in the crowd could identify with the emotions? (Click to enlarge)A young Scottish woman named Beth agrees to go on an adventure with five of her friends. Although she knows their trip from London to Berlin will be exciting, Beth has underlying concerns about the journey. Beth is a Christian, a student attending a school of worship in London, and she is keenly aware that her faith in Jesus is not shared by the majority of her travel companions. Beth brings her concerns regarding the uncomfortable mix of beliefs before the Lord in prayer.

God answers prayers—sometimes in unexpected ways.

Beth and her friends made their way to Germany. They happened to arrive in Potsdamer Platz, an important public square in the heart of Berlin, at the same time two-dozen students from Charis Bible College in Colorado happened to be holding a flash-mob, complete with dancing and dramatic performances openly sharing the Gospel. The paths of the two parties crossed, and several CBC students had the opportunity to minister to the young women from the United Kingdom.

Tamara Walters ministering to a group of 20-somethings on the streets of Germany. (Click to enlarge)Tamara Walters, a CBC-Colorado student, was among the team members to minister to Beth and her friends. During the interaction, Beth was quick to acknowledge that she was a believer, and Tamara easily sensed the varying degrees of receptivity among the rest of the girls.

Tamara and her team continued to minister through a somewhat difficult encounter. After the conversation came to a close, the girls walked off to continue their day. Tamara said, "Beth ran back and thanked us, through tears, for sharing with her friends. She shared that she had been praying for them. Laying her head on my shoulder, she allowed me to pray for her strength, wisdom and courage to continue to be a light among her friends." Tamara went on to share, "God hears our prayers and is able to answer in such unfathomable ways—even to bring a team from America to encourage His precious daughter—God is so big, and nothing is impossible for Him," she said.

CBC student, Britney Williams (back to camera) ministers to Judy (left) with the assistance of European Initiative translator, Anna (rght). Judy believed God was real, but until she met Britney, she didn't know God loved her personally. She received Jesus during this meeting.
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Another CBC student, Josh Melton, had several difficult, but silver-lined encounters of his own during the trip to Germany. After the team performed their dramatic outreach outside a famous cathedral in Koln, they began to mingle with and minister to the large crowd that had gathered. Josh and several other students approached an older couple and asked what they thought of the skit. Josh noticed immediate resistance in their body language, as the couple began to back up to escape any meaningful conversation. Though the couple did stay put long enough for the students to share the Gospel with them, they remained disinterested. Looking for an opportunity to demonstrate the power of God, the team asked if they could pray for them. The couple replied as they walked away... "How much are you going to charge for that?"

Disheartened by the rebuff, but not defeated, Josh moved on, confident that seed had been planted. He then noticed a young man, in his early twenties, leaning against a light pole very close to the group's previous encounter. Josh asked the man what he thought of Judy and Britney. After receiving Jesus, Judy approached the larger CBC group. She expressed that she felt a warm sensation in her chest while Britney was ministering to her. Judy also began to cry. Through her tears she shared that she was so happy to finally know that sombody liked her, because not many people do.
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the presentation. Coarsely, the man replied that he was drunk and didn't need God for anything in his life, and he said he didn't believe in God. Unfazed by the previous encounter, Josh asked the man if there was anything God could do for him, to confirm that He is real. The man said he would want God to deliver him from his addictions. Before the team could pray, the man proceeded to lash out in a blasphemous tirade against God. Josh said, "Basically it was just the enemy spewing a bunch of lies. We cut him off and just said, 'You're going to hear from God right now.' We laid hands on him and prayed that he would experience the power of God, and without a doubt, by the end of the prayer, he had experienced God's presence." Immediately the man's demeanor changed, and he said he felt something. Then he asked, "How do I get Jesus?" The team exclaimed, "You just did!" After a ten or fifteen minute conversation with the man, he had received Jesus as his Savior, expressed interest in connecting with the local church the team was promoting, and he was stone cold sober!

The CBC teams that travel the world on short-term missions are making a huge impact in peoples' lives—one person at a time. Some teams share the love of God with the soft impressionable hearts of children, and some stand toe-to-toe with stony hearts of hardened adults. The results are the same; individuals all over the world are introduced to the God that loves them—one personal encounter at a time.

For a quick recap of the trip to Germany, be sure to watch the video below. The CBC team, consisting of 21 second-year students, two third-year intern leaders, and the CBC Missions Coordinator, Michelle Patterson, visited Cologne, Dusseldorf and Berlin. The team spent nearly two weeks with gracious hosts, Jeff and Barb Serio and their Berlin-based ministry, European Initiative. The video was produced by Alex Zehrer of EI.

Monday
May132013

CBC Students Visit Berlin & Cologne

CBC-Colorado staff and students in front of the Berlin Cathedral, Oberpfarr- und Domkirche (Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church). (Click to enlarge)Germany has become a ministry hotspot for Charis Bible College students from Colorado. While every CBC mission trip offers its participants ample opportunity to pour out the love of God in the surroundings of a foreign land, the teams that have visited Berlin over the past few years seem to have had decidedly different experiences than that of the other teams. Perhaps it is because street ministry in Germany more closely resembles ministry in a metropolitan American setting than that of a third-world nation; the people, with whom the ministry is shared, are just as needy in spirit, but they are not trapped by economic shortage. Whatever the case, to see those whose bondage stems more from having society's advantages, than from poverty and lack, receive Christ, provides a different sense of joy.

Students performing a drama in the center of Berlin, Alexanderplatz, with the International World Clock in the background. (Click to enlarge)In mid-April, 23 students and three leaders from Colorado Springs, including, CBC Mission Coordinator, Michelle Patterson, visited Cologne and Berlin. For nearly two weeks, the Colorado team was hosted by Jeff and Barb Serio and their Berlin-based ministry, European Initiative, and they spent most of their time ministering on the streets and in the open spaces of both cities.

Some aspects of the street ministry were a stretch for one CBC student, Justin McCormick. "I was way outside of my element," Justin said, "Dancing and skits just aren't my thing. However, I was committed to doing the Lord's work."

Although Justin soon realized that the trip was not about what he was comfortable with, but about blessing the people of Germany, he found that he was having limited success ministering to After watching one of the street performances, the two young ladies (left of center) had just received Jesus.
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the people after each performance. Justin asked God to show him what the problem was, and God quickly responded. Justin said, "I asked God, 'What's the deal?' He said, 'Quit leaning unto your own understanding. Trust me, and I will fill your mouth.'"

Instantly, Justin thought of Proverbs 3:5-6 and Revelation 12:11, and with newfound boldness, he approached two girls from the crowd and began to tell them about the skit they had just watched. As he spoke, he asked if they had ever heard of Jesus, to which they both replied, "No." As he shared Christ, he stopped mid-sentence and looked at the girl to his left and said, "You have heard of Jesus. In fact, you have heard a lot about Him, and have been considering asking Him into your heart." The girl began to cry, and the Holy Spirit prompted Justin to share more with her. Moments later, she accepted Marcus Gresham (second from right) stands with some young men who received Jesus as their Savior.
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Jesus as her Savior.

"On this trip I learned to trust God and let Him do the work. I stepped out in faith, and He did the rest," said Justin.

CBC student, Marcus Gresham, also found that as he spoke to the people of Germany, the Lord filled his mouth with His words. Marcus said, "Sometimes I spoke to groups as large as ten people. No matter the size, the Holy Spirit downloaded everything to me that I was to say to them. It was just like the instructors of CBC have taught—God will give you the right words to speak in that moment of time. The results were astounding! I personally was able to see 33 people make the decision to follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior."

The CBC team working with another ministry, Christliches Jugendzentrum Orenienburg, to help remodel a home to be used for child foster care.
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Another CBC student, Tim Spadino, came across a group of Muslim students visiting from nearby Belgium. Tim found that one student was suffering with pain from a broken knee, and he offered to pray for him. "I offered to pray and he accepted, so Jeff [Serio] and I put our hands on his knee and commanded the pain to leave. Then I asked him to move it around, and he got super excited and started running around and saying, 'It's a miracle!' His teachers came over and asked what was going on. With a big smile, I told them to ask the boy about his knee. Then I got to tell them that Jesus was the One that healed him. They had to leave before anybody could accept Jesus, but I'm confident that this will change their view about Jesus—a little bit."

Letting Jesus' light shine in Germany—Hard to miss enthusiasm like this! (Click to enlarge)With each mission trip to Germany, more and more seeds are planted in the hearts of the German people, and the harvest for each team continues to grow. “This is my third time to lead a team to Germany, and I can see God moving, opening doors and transforming lives. The first team we took in 2011, only saw two people receive Christ. In 2012, we saw 44 salvations, and now this year, we had 121 people to accept Christ during our street ministry...The people are hungry, searching and opening up to receive," said Michelle.