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Monday
Jun162014

Australia's Gold Coast: Andrew Ministers Down Under 

The seaside skyline in Gold Coast, Australia.
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In October 2013, Andrew headed Down Under for a series of meetings that kicked off in Victor Harbor and culminated in the Gold Coast. In both Victor Harbor and Melbourne, Andrew preached to packed-out churches where people had flown in from across Australia, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, and the South Sea Islands, in expectancy of the miraculous. God did not disappoint, as many were baptized in the Holy Spirit and healed both emotionally and physically.

Andrew was encouraged as he met with Pastor Chad Mansbridge of Bayside Church International in Victor Harbor, who launched the first Charis Bible College (CBC) Co-op school in Australia in February 2014. This program will enable like-faith churches across Australia to host the first-year CBC program for local correspondence students and to open up the DVD instruction to other Christians, church members, and leaders. Pastor Andrew MaGrath of Hope City Church hosted the Melbourne meetings and will soon be incorporating various CBC correspondence courses into his church’s School of Ministry.

Andrew speaking at the Glorious Grace Conference in Victor Harbor, Australia.
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After leaving Melbourne, Andrew headed to the Gold Coast to hold the first-ever Gospel Truth Seminar (GTS) in this magnificent area of Australia. The CBC Gold Coast team, Byron and Leesa Hamilton, David Carter, and Jessica Sharp, hosted the GTS at the Dream Centre, October 31-November 2. The team was concurrently in preparations to launch Australia’s first CBC, which opened its doors in February 2014.

CBC Gold Coast became a reality when the prayers of one man, Rod Smith, met with the faithful obedience of one couple, the Hamiltons, during the summer of 2010. It was then that Smith prayed fervently for God to bring a CBC to the Gold Coast area. Simultaneously, the Hamiltons were responding to the Lord’s call to move from Springfield, Missouri, to Colorado Springs to attend CBC Colorado. Little did they Andrew ministering to a packed house at Hope City Church in Melbourne. (Click to enlarge)know that God was preparing them to be the answer to Smith’s prayer.

After graduating from CBC in 2012, the Hamiltons flew to Australia, Byron’s homeland, to visit his relatives along with Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM) partners throughout the continent. When they arrived in the Gold Coast, they met Rod and Lisa Smith. The Hamiltons informed the Smiths that they were scouting the land for a good place for “someone” to develop a CBC in Australia—never thinking that “someone” was them!

Upon arriving back in Colorado to begin their third year at CBC, Leesa shared with classmates about her trip to Australia and the wonderful people of the Gold Coast. As she did, the Holy Andrew and CBC Colorado Director, Gary Lueke, stand with AWM Australia/CBC Gold Coast team: Byron and Leesa Hamilton (center), CBC Colorado graduates, David Carter (far left) and Jessica Sharp (right). (Click to enlarge)Spirit spoke to her heart about God’s plan for her and her husband to be that “someone.” Once it was settled in the Hamiltons’ hearts that they would be returning to the Gold Coast to launch a CBC, they shared their news with the Smiths. But Rod already had some “inside” information about the new school. Two days before Rod received their phone call, God had told him to stop praying for a CBC Gold Coast because his prayer had already been answered.

GTS Makes Its Way to the Gold Coast

Andrew arrived early on opening night in order to personally thank the thirty-five prayer ministers who had generously volunteered to serve during the conference. The volunteer team consisted of local pastors, AWM partners, and ministry leaders with their Andrew greeting guests at the Gospel Truth Seminar in Gold Coast. (Click to enlarge)teams. After spending time with the volunteers, Andrew was welcomed by a line of people that had already formed in anticipation of receiving prayer and ministry. After sharing stories of how AWM had changed their lives through radio and television, CDs and DVDs, books, and other resources, the crowd thanked Andrew for coming, letting him know they had waited many years for him to make his way to their area.

To Andrew’s pleasant surprise, nearly 600 people were on hand for each of the five sessions to hear the life-changing message of the Gospel. At the end of the services, people flooded to the altar to receive salvation, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and miraculous healings. Eighty-seven people in all received the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, including ex-pastors and new Prayer ministry at the Gold Coast GTS.
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believers alike. One woman, who had been trying to pray in tongues for twenty-two years, finally received her prayer language after hearing what the Bible teaches about the baptism in the Holy Spirit. She couldn’t believe how easy it really was to receive.

Receiving the message of grace and faith was a huge step for the Australian people, many of whom come from denominational and legalistic backgrounds. It was a fresh wind to many in attendance who had never heard God’s Word taught the way Andrew teaches it. One man admitted, “My wife didn’t want to come to the conference; she only came to spend time with me. After listening to the nearly-too-good-to-be-true news of grace, she was so excited that she went to the bookstore and bought books, CDs, and workbooks. She could hardly wait to get home to start studying. It was already changing her life.”

Even before the meetings ended, reports began streaming in from the prayer team of all sorts of healings, including an elderly woman’s hearing that was restored and a person incapacitated by fear who was delivered and set free. Many others were set free from depression and religious bondages as they heard the Good News for the very first time. And now, well after the meetings have concluded, Byron and Leesa Hamilton continue to receive reports from those who discovered they were healed of chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, allergies, and more.

Charis Bible College Gold Coast.
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The hunger for God’s Word at the Gold Coast GTS didn’t end with the meetings. Over 200 people attended an informational session regarding CBC Gold Coast, resulting in preregistrations and interest cards being completed for possible attendance at the new Bible college.

As this article is being written, plans are already being made by the CBC Gold Coast team for another GTS Down Under. If the anticipation for a move of God is as great as it was at this GTS, it should be an exciting time!

This post has been adapted and reprinted from the article "On the Road with Andrew... Gold Coast Australia October 2013" written by Byron Hamilton, and originally printed in the Spring/Summer 2014 edition of Andrew Wommack Ministries' Gospel Truth magazine.

Monday
Sep302013

Chicago GTS: Christ, The Hope of Glory

Andrew ministers to a woman in a wheelchair at the 2013 Chicago GTS. (Click to enlarge)In August, Andrew journeyed to Chicago, Illinois where he held his last state-side Gospel Truth Seminar for the year. According AWM staff traveling with Andrew, each of the sessions was well attended and those in the crowds were eager to receive from the Lord through Andrew and the prayer ministry team.

Andrew spent the weekend teaching a series titled, Christ In You, The Hope of Glory, which he taught entirely from the book of Colossians, something he had never done before. He opened the series by explaining that it can be inferred, based on Scripture, that Paul had never actually met the people to whom he was writing in Colosse. Andrew believes Paul was writing out of concern for the Colossians, that they were being taught the pure Gospel, and to make sure they had the basics down. From his opening statements, Andrew set out to do the same thing for the people in Chicago.

Andrew giving away a book during one of the sessions in Chicago.
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"This is really what my heart is, and what I believe God has spoken to me; I believe that today, the Gospel has been changed from when it was originally delivered...Brothers and sisters what most people know of the Gospel today is not the same as what the Apostle Paul shared. It's not what the Word of God teaches. We have so many traditions, and doctrines of men, that make the Word of God of no effect" (Mark 7:13).

As Andrew ministered the Gospel truth, the word was well accepted by those in attendance, both in the hearing and in the receiving of miracles. One of the seasoned prayer ministers commented that it has been her experience at any given GTS that the response from those desiring to receive prayer increases over the course of a weekend. She noted Andrew with Wendell Parr, Andrew's Director of World Outreach,Gail Coleman, Director of CBC-Indiana and Cindy Quarles, Director of CBC-Chicago. (Click to enlarge)that this was not the case in the Windy City. "From the very first evening in Chicago, the response for ministry was huge," she said.

There were several unique experiences among the many manifestations of God's ever present power to heal. Several people received healing from ringing in their ears; one of those healed was the minister praying. Both the minister and the man to whom she was ministering had the same condition, and both received healing as the power of God flowed. Another prayer minister was suffering from a brain tumor, and she found that a woman she was praying for also had a tumor. Both women had tumors in the same area of their brains and they shared the same symptoms; their hearing and vision on one side of their body had been damaged. As the women prayed together, both received healing and all of their symptoms left.

Crowds listened attentively as Andrew taught from the book of Colossians. (Click to enlarge)Other miracles included people being released from paralysis. One man, who came to the conference confined to a wheelchair, was paralyzed from the waist down. As a minister prayed for the man, he received strength and feeling back into his legs, and he was able to stand up by himself for the first time. Another person, a woman suffering with paralysis in one leg as the result of a broken hip, came forward for prayer. Like the man mentioned above, she regained feeling and the use of her leg. Before prayer she had no feeling or movement in her hip and leg—now she is completely healed!

When the truth of the Gospel is preached with simplicity and received with equal simplicity, there is no stopping the power of God and His limitless flow.

Be sure to watch the video below as Andrew shares the introduction to the teaching series for the 2013 Chicago Gospel Truth Seminar.

Thursday
Jun272013

God's True Nature Revealed in Atlanta

Andrew during Thursday night's opening meeting for the 2013 Atlanta GTS. (Click to enlarge)"God loves us more than any of us realize." Those were Andrew's opening words on the first night of the Gospel Truth Seminar held in Atlanta last month. Andrew spent all five sessions explaining the magnitude of his opening statement as shared a message called, The True Nature of God.

Beginning with the book of Genesis, Andrew unfolded God's graciousness, pointing out that God didn't even burden Adam and Eve with knowledge of the full weight of their error and how it would affect all of humanity. Andrew made the point that the shame Adam and Eve felt, simply by realizing they were naked, was enough for them to feel severely condemned by their wrongdoing.

Andrew makes reference to his own perspective. (Click to enlarge)Andrew spent the weekend testifying to the fact that God is always good, that He loves us, and that His true nature is love (1 John 4:8). Saturday morning, as he was giving a brief recap of what he had shared in the previous sessions, Andrew voiced a particular pet peeve; he made the point that what he was teaching, about God's loving nature, was counter to a doctrine prevalent in the Church today—that God sovereignly controls everything. Before getting back to the focus of his teaching for the weekend, Andrew said, "That is the worst doctrine in the body of Christ... it gives people the wrong impression about God."

Andrew's Prayer Ministry Team, on this trip, consisted of nearly 30 volunteers from CBC campuses in Atlanta and Colorado, along with numerous ministry partners. In addition to the volunteers, Andrew during Friday morning's meeting. (Click to enlarge)the team was assisted by four graduates from CBC-Colorado, who are heading out to launch CBC's first campus in Australia. The purpose of their involvement in Atlanta was to shadow Andrew's team, observing their various responsibilities, to gain experience and readiness for the GTS to be held in Australia in the fall.

The prayer ministers saw significant results, even before Andrew had started teaching, Thursday night. Before the first meeting, two ladies approached prayer ministers. One lady with eye problems said that she struggled with floaters and that they were affecting her vision. After prayer, her eyesight was completely restored. The second lady was healed from sciatica and all her pain left immediately, as the minister prayed for her. "This powerful start [to the GTS] Saturday night's meeting. By the end of the conference, 18 people had chosen to receive Jesus, and 180 more were baptized in the Holy Ghost.
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encouraged others, and we began to see all kinds of conditions healed," said Prayer Minister Coordinator, Carlie Terradez.

A man named, George, sought prayer for relief of chronic severe pain that had nagged him for years. His pain radiated throughout his shoulders and arms and he said the pain was a constant 10 on a scale of 1-10. After prayer, George's pain was a zero—completely gone. George's life was changed.

Multitudes of people with back and neck issues saw instant healings. One lady, who had been wheelchair-dependent following a car accident two years ago, rolled forward for prayer. She told the minister that she had broken her back in the accident, and she had to wear leg braces. After prayer, she removed the braces and began walking for the first time since the accident. She had not been able Andrew prays with a man who answered the Saturday night altar call.
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to stand or bear weight before receiving prayer.

As the weekend came to a close, many had come to the conclusion that Andrew's opening statement was true, God loves us more than any of us realize—it is His true Nature.

Be sure to watch the video below as Andrew shares the introduction to the teaching series for the 2013 Atlanta Gospel Truth Seminar.