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Monday
Aug172015

Whom Shall I Send?

While second-year Charis Bible College students were preparing for their annual missions trip to Europe, Amos Casa—a second-year Charis Colorado student from Italy—heard an instructor say, “If you don’t feel qualified, you’ll be a great leader. God wants you usable—not perfect!”

That little seed of encouragement rooted itself inside Amos’s heart and kept him through the feelings of inadequacy and fear until he boarded a plane heading for Germany and was able to say, “God, this trip is not about me; it’s about You.”

Amos’s first stop was in Cologne and Dusseldorf. There, he and other students from Charis teamed up with European Initiative to share the “new” message of God’s unconditional love with everyone they could. “It was amazing to see hearts open to the Gospel. Almost none of the people we talked to had ever heard about grace,” he said. “But my favorite moment was when we stopped in Berlin.”

In the capital city of Berlin, the team met many people from all over the world. They arrived in this tourist haven completely unaware of the part God’s hand played in the timing of their trip. “In Italy, there is a lot of religion,” Amos explained. “But it’s religion that represents God the wrong way. I spoke with several Italians in Berlin who asked me why I went to America to learn about religion. I got to share the true nature of God with them and tell them about His love and purpose for them individually. I know the Holy Spirit gave me the words to say. By the end of the trip, I’d led eight teens to the Lord, seven of whom were Italians.”

And Amos’s experience wasn’t an isolated event. Each of the students ministered to hundreds of people through dramas, music, and preaching. During their ten days of ministry, the team reached out to an estimated 12,000 people, and 98 Europeans made decisions for Christ! “The Charis team profoundly impacted the spiritual landscape of the three German cities we stopped in,” said a spokesman from EI. “We are immensely grateful to Andrew Wommack Ministries for their partnership with us.”

Matthew 5:14 says that we are the light of the world. How many people are waiting for us to turn on our light? How many do we know who are waiting to hear the true message of the Gospel? “God wants to use me and you to expand His kingdom and give hope to those that are hopeless,” Amos said. “We can play a part in rescuing them from destruction! It’s not about our skills or talents. It’s not about our experience. It’s about our willingness.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah 6:8 (New International Version)

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.