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Monday
Mar032014

CBC Mission Team Becomes The Word

CBC-Colorado student missionary, Lori Caldwell, spends a little time playing with a young girl prior to an outdoor meeting the team held in a small village. (Click to enlarge)Earlier this year, a 10 person mission team from Charis Bible College in Colorado traveled to India to minister to, and alongside, the staff and students at the CBC extension school in Chennai. The American team led by CBC-Colorado's Mission Coordinator, Michelle Patterson, and CBC Intern, John Bullock, arrived on January 10 and began their power-packed adventure sharing the gospel with the Indian people.

Bethany Sather ministering to a woman at Little Drops. (Click to enlarge)The team moved around the region ministering in village churches, local orphanages and elderly homes where there were endless opportunities for prayer, healings and salvations. For Colorado team member, Bethany Sather, the experience overseas brought her to a new place in her relationship with the Lord. Before going to India, Bethany had never led anyone to Christ and she was timid when it came to laying hands on anyone. Her time in India changed her life. She knew the trip would put her in uncomfortable situations, but she determined in her heart before leaving to trust God and to try to flow with whatever she sensed the Lord wanted her to do. As a result of making that determination, Bethany had the privilege of leading a 94-year-old woman named, Pashmina, to the Lord. She CBC-Colorado student, Kati Herr, hanging out with her new friends at an orphanage called, "The Shelter." The facility is a home for orphaned children with AIDS.
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rejoices knowing that she will spend eternity with Pashmina. Bethany said, "I saw several people healed and baptized in the Holy Spirit. It was awesome to step outside my comfort zone and watch God work!"

For Kati Herr the trip was a fulfillment of the desire of her heart. She had longed to go to India since early in her first year at CBC. Because the Lord had placed India on her heart, and the desire to minister was already there, the cultural differences did not hinder her in any way. Kati said she was fascinated simply riding down the street, enjoying sights and sounds, the scenes being so different from America. The hospitality and kindness of the Indian people made a significant impact on her as well. "Meeting our brothers and sisters at CBC-Chennai CBC-Colorado third-year intern, John Bullock, ministering to an elderly man in the Little Drops home for the indigent. Like Jesus, John was sure to incorporate the power of touch in his ministry. (Click to enlarge)was a highlight for me. We connected instantly and had so much fun ministering together on our outreaches. It was so fulfilling to minister at the orphanages and old age homes. I really felt the love of Jesus flowing through me as I touched and prayed with the people there," she said.

Each of the Colorado team members had their own personal experiences, including the team's intern, John. While the team was ministering in a small village church, a man walked in and asked for prayer for healing. John prayed for him and the man's pain left. What impacted John more than the instantaneous healing, was that the man looked up at him afterwards and said, “You are like God! I have never met people like you.” As he The gentle eyes of one of the Little Drops residents. (Click to enlarge)reflected on the trip John said, "That is what we wanted to be. We wanted people to see Jesus, not us, wherever we went."

John also shared a story about when they visited a home for the indigent elderly, a place called, “Little Drops.” Before the team went in to minister to the people, they met the founder of the home, a man named Paul. He told the team how important just visiting and talking and touching was to the people. Paul told the CBC team that he was tired of church people who came to have a religious service or read the Bible but never really touched the needy. Paul's challenge to John and the team was, “Don’t focus on converting them. Focus on them personally. Don’t just read the Word—BE the Word!”

"That was our team and that was our ministry, as we trusted God for the ability, the compassion and the results," John said.

Herbert, a CBC-Colorado student, chats with a resident of Little Drops. (Click to enlarge) Hands-on ministry with John Bullock and several other CBC students. (Click to enlarge)

Clay Caldwell praying for a Little Drops resident. (Click to enlarge) The team praying with a man after a village church service. (Click to enlarge)

The CBC-Colorado team with the staff and students from CBC-India. As CBC-Colorado student, Clay Caldwell (circled in red) ovserved, "Charis Bible College is so much bigger than just Woodland Park, CO. We are part of something that is changing the world!" (Click to enlarge)

Thursday
Jul252013

Charis Bible College Continues to Expand in India

Lance and Gerri Weldgen, Directors of Andrew Wommack Ministries India, Charis Bible College India and founders of Son Ministries International.
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"And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" (2 Timothy 2:2).

This verse sparked Andrew's vision for the expansion of Charis Bible College. This applies to the expansion of the main campus in Colorado, as well as to the growing network of extension campuses crisscrossing the globe. While many of the extensions make their home in the United States, there are an increasing number of offerings abroad too. An example of this growth can be seen in India, which is now home to three CBC-campuses.

Lance and Gerri present CBC-Chennai graduate, Lawrence with his diploma. CBC-Chennai Administrator, Aubrey Bastian (right). (Click to enlarge)Lance Weldgen, the Director of both Andrew Wommack Ministries of India and CBC-India, indicated that there is a recognizable hunger for truth and a pursuit of God prevalent among the nation of India, but that the religious people of the region are predominantly caught up in Hindu and Muslim practices. It is the Indian people's hunger that has made room for CBC's growth in the region.

Since Lance and his wife, Gerri, took the helm of CBC-India in Chennai, in 2012, the school has blossomed to include two new campuses, one in Mumbai, Maharashtra and another in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. In a perfect example of 2 Timothy 2:2 in motion, Lance said that Map highlighting CBC-India's three campus locations.
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in each case of expansion, the visionaries (CBC-India graduates called to these specific locations) led the way.

"Gerri and I came to India to share the unconditional love and grace of Jesus Christ with the Indian people. We came with what we had learned from CBC-Colorado, plus my healing testimony, plus the call of God and not much else. We quickly learned that the people here have a major Truth shortage that they really do want resolved. And the Word of God is their solution. As soon as we share about healing and God’s love, we have a captive audience," said Lance.

Before the Weldgen's arrival in India, they made connections with CBC-India graduates, Ashish Shinde and Victor Ashish Shinde and his wife, Sarah (top row, center) lead the campus in Mumbai. (Click to enlarge)Gnanaraj. Lance and Gerri shared their hopes and vision for the spread of the Gospel Truth throughout India. Both men responded with passion and a desire to be a part of spreading the good news, Ashish in Mumbai and Victor in Hyderabad. Once on the ground in India, Lance discerned Ashish and Victor's hearts for God and ministry, and he knew CBC’s were to be planted in each location. Both of these satellite schools are doing very well.

CBC-Mumbai operates as a part-time satellite school and will do so for one more year before transitioning into a full-time, two year college. Classes meet once per week on Saturdays for six and a half hours. The curriculum consists of all the college's required first-year teachings by Andrew Wommack, Wendell Parr, Greg Victor Gnanaraj and his wife Varsh (center) lead the school in Hyderabad. (Click to enlarge)Mohr, Barry Bennett, Lawson Purdue, Delron Shirley and Arthur Meintjes. Approximately one third of the classes feature live teaching. The campus in Hyderabad has run along the same lines and has moved into full-time extension school status.

These new schools are the result of more than just the plans stirred in the hearts of men; they are the answers to many prayers. Aside from Andrew's prayers, and those of his World Outreach team and Lance and Gerri's own prayers, the Indian people were also praying. Lance said, "After hearing the testimonies of all the Lance teaching in Hyderabad.
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students at each school, we learned that it was not just our prayers that prayed these schools into existence; it was the prayers of the students." Over and over, the Weldgens have heard testimonies of people who had watched the Gospel Truth program on TV and dreamed of going to CBC, in the US or in Chennai, but they were unable to leave their families or jobs to leave Mumbai and Hyderabad. So, they prayed for God to make a way. They spoke to the Lord about a CBC coming to their cities, long before the ministry ever announced expansion plans. The prayers of the faithful were answered.

The fruit of the answered prayers goes beyond the opening of each campus. While it is outstanding that each new school Gerri ministering to the students in Mumbai. (Click to enlarge)in India opened with more than 25 students, what's more impressive is the students' eagerness to receive the fullness of what the Lord has provided. They have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit with gladness, and that has opened them up to see miracles and demonstrations of God's great love.

One of the reported miracles came from a Hyderabad student, Daniel Jaya Kumar, who had been getting filled with the Word through Andrew’s teachings. Daniel shared that his daughter, who had been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for many years, had died. The good news however, is that she was raised from the dead! And, the rheumatoid arthritis was completely gone! Daniel's Lance and Gerri ministering to the students in Mumbai. (Click to enlarge)daughter lives a normal life today.

"The passion for teaching others the great truths that Andrew has passed on to us, including the Administrators of each CBC, makes the mission an unstoppable one! There is nothing that will impede the expansion of God’s Kingdom throughout India," Lance declared with the authority of heaven.

Visit the CBC-India website for more information about the three campuses. To find out more about the Weldgens and how you can help support their work in India, please visit: Son Ministries International.

Thursday
Apr042013

Kelsey's Dream Becomes Reality

Some of the CBC-Colorado mission team, including Kelsey Hamilton (far right) pause for a picture on the busy streets of Chennai, India. (Click to enlarge)In January, a team of staff and students from Charis Bible College in Colorado arrived in India to share the love of God with the Indian people. After a series of lengthy travel delays (22 hours worth) the second-year students, led by CBC Instructor, Dr. Delron Shirley, dove into ministry at the CBC extension school in Chennai. While the Colorado students were on foreign soil, they were welcomed by familiar faces; the directors of CBC-India, Lance and Gerri Weldgen, and ministry team member, Jessica Klecker, are each recent CBC-Colorado graduates.

Over the course of the nine days they spent in India, the Colorado team had the opportunity to teach at the school, participate in a local community outreach, minister in churches and during The team stands in front of a promotional banner for a youth celebration. (Click to enlarge)open-air crusades, and they traveled to a gypsy village. They also visited a home for destitute women and an orphanage for HIV-positive children. At each of the two latter places, the student's close interaction with the residents gave the women and the children a taste of love, laughter, life, and in a way, the very nearness of God and His unconditional love.

For one student, Kelsey Hamilton, the journey to India was a dream come true. Before ever hearing about Andrew or CBC, Kelsey had a vivid dream in which she saw herself in the busy streets of India. She knew in her spirit that the dream was of God, and it was her call to the mission field.

CBC staff and students, including CBC-India Director, Lance Weldgen (left) and CBC-Colorado team leader, Dr. Delron Shirley (right).
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After learning about CBC, and moving to Colorado to attend, Kelsey found that one of the graduation requirements is the completion of a foreign mission trip. Although at the time, her trip was more than a year away, she immediately asked God where He wanted her to go. As she reviewed the destination options, she remembered the dream she had about India. She scanned the available trips with excitement, but her enthusiasm was dampened as she realized that there were no trips scheduled for India. Kelsey then heard the Lord tell her to call forth a trip to India. She spent the rest of her first year speaking forth her opportunity to minister in India. During her second year, when the time came for students to submit their choices for their preferred mission trip destinations, India had been added to the roster!

Kelsey Hamilton and Divia. Since the trip, Delron has had the opportunity to arrange for Kelsey to return to India this summer to teach English in the Northeastern part of the country!
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Throughout her times of prayer, calling forth India as her destination and praying for the people of India, Kelsey continued to have visions of things to come (John 16:13). One such vision included the image of a little Indian girl; when Kelsey saw the girl in her mind's eye, she wept.

During the team's actual visit to the gypsy village, Kelsey came face-to-face with the little girl she had seen in her vision. "Right when I saw her, I knew she was the one I had wept over. She was so dirty and her hair was matted, but she was so beautiful. When she saw me, she clung to me, so I held her the whole time. The one time I did have to put her down, I gave her to her mom, and she was crying and reaching for me; talk about breaking my heart. Her mom handed her back to me and asked, 'You take her to America with you?' I wanted to more than anybody knows. I asked what her name was and was told, 'Divia.' I looked it up and it means, 'Heavenly.' Meeting Divia changed my life," said Kelsey.

Kelsey knew before she went to India that God called her to go there, and now that she has visited, she continues to think about and pray for India and its beautiful people. "I long for the day that I can go back. On this trip I grew closer in my relationship with my heavenly Father and feel so privileged that He chose me and called me to India," said Kelsey.