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Monday
Apr222013

Students Let Holy Spirit Lead in UK

CBC students, Lisa and Chris Cree minister to a gentleman in the United Kingdom. (Click to enlarge)Last month a team from Charis Bible College in Colorado hopped the pond for a short-term mission trip to the United Kingdom. The 11 member team led by CBC's Intern Coordinator, Carlie Terradez and third-year intern, David Carter, ministered in England, Scotland and Ireland.

With their schedules packed as tightly as their luggage, the team began their overseas ministry experience on the evening of their arrival in England. They shared a refreshing time of worship and fellowship with the students and staff from CBC's West Midlands' campus.

For CBC-Colorado student, Drewrome (Drew) Williams, the casual setting of the first evening allowed him to get acclimated and also provided him the opportunity to share a word of knowledge with a CBC-England student. Both men were encouraged by the accuracy of Drew's word as the man confirmed that the things Drew spoke were the same things the man had been carrying in his heart.CBC-Colorado student, Drew Williams, open-air preaching in Scotland. (Click to enlarge)

Throughout the trip the Holy Spirit continued to work through Drew. In Scotland, he had the opportunity to minister from a platform in a city shopping mall. He remembered praying, before it was his turn to share, that he would have boldness and enough vocal volume to minister effectively. Drew said, "When it was my turn to speak, I sensed the power of the Holy Spirit, and my voice was unusually loud. I felt like I was watching myself speak. It was as though the Holy Spirit had taken over and I was along for the ride."

While still in Scotland, the team attended a service held at Glen Aros Church in Dumfries. There, Drew prayed with a woman for healing in her ankle. This opportunity had a particular significance for Drew because before leaving Colorado, a classmate had told him he would minister to someone with an ankle problem. After his prayer, the woman's broken CBC-Colorado students, Vern and Kathy Raney and Georgia Boudreau, pray for a student from the Walsall campus. (Click to enlarge)ankle was completely healed.

More than a year before this Colorado team had their chance to go to the UK, the Lord had awakened a love for the region in Lisa Cree's heart. She and her husband Chris, who also traveled with the team, went with optimistic and expectant hearts. The two know they are called to encourage and disciple other believers, and the Lord brought many such opportunities on this journey.

While visiting Dumfries, Lisa and Chris prayed with a married couple, Margie and Joe. Margie was battling a life-threatening Lisa and Chris Cree prayed for and encouraged this couple, Joe and Margie. (Click to enlarge)illness and the couple simply asked the Cree's to agree with them that Margie would be healed. Lisa and Chris agreed, and boldly cursed the sickness. They commanded the sickness to leave Margie's body in Jesus' name and spoke a blessing of health and healing over her. There wasn't any visible sign that the healing had manifested, but the Cree's reminded Margie and Joe that God is faithful.

Lisa said, "As we prayed with them we saw God connect our hearts. As I prayed, I thought, 'If praying with this couple is the one thing you have sent us on this trip for, it is so worth it, just for them. You love each of us so much Father.'"

Chris (at right) practices the ministry of listening as John shares his aviation stories. (Click to enlarge)Chris recalled his own impactful moments from the trip to Scotland. He shared that in addition to Joe and Margie, he met a man named John. John had come up from England to attend the outreach the team held on Friday night. As Chris and John spoke, John indicated that he worked as a commercial pilot. Because Chris had flown off aircraft carriers in the US Navy, he found he had common ground (or air) with John. Chris said, "Of all the people there, I was the one who spoke his language."

Chris was able to encourage John simply by listening to his aviation stories and truly being able to understand them. Chris said The Colorado team in Belfast with staff and students from CBC-Ireland. (Click to enlarge)of their conversations, "There wasn't anything super spiritual, perhaps, but it was valuable.

It had been John's intention to return home to England Saturday morning, but he decided to stay and go to church Sunday morning. Then he decided to stick around for the Sunday evening service. As Chris and John were talking Sunday evening, Chris could see and hear a change in John. He said, "John kept saying, 'I didn't expect this.'"

"Sure, we saw miracle healings and salvations while on our trip to the UK. I think all CBC mission trips do. They are awesome, no doubt. But the biggest thing I learned on this trip is how important encouragement is to the body of believers," said Chris.

Monday
Apr022012

Allan Bruce: Tailored for Ministry

Director of CBC-Belfast, Allan Bruce, with Andrew at The Sanctuary in Woodland Park, Colorado.
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Allan Bruce enjoyed working in the retail business for many years, first as a shoe salesman, then as a men's suit salesman and finally as a Grooms Hire, tailoring suits and customizing the look for weddings. Allan was introduced to Andrew’s ministry when a student from Charis Bible College-Belfast gave him Andrew's teaching, Positive Ministry of the Holy Spirit. The revelation he received through the message began to redirect Allan’s steps and today he is the Director of CBC-Belfast.

Allan can recall the moment that he realized that the Holy Spirit was indeed a positive influence in his life. “I took a drive in my Allan and the CBC-Belfast mission team, including former CBC-Belfast Co-director Yvonne O'Brien (left), that ministered in Mexico in 2010.
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car and from this moment my life changed, I suddenly realized that the Holy Spirit was positive and not negative as I had thought Him to be,” said Allan.

Since CBC-Belfast was quite close to Allan’s workplace, he would talk with the students and hear about the teachings that were setting people free. He began to get excited about the Word as he heard more and more about the true nature of God. Allan began to purchase teachings from CBC and he devoured each one, which just fueled his hunger for more. “I was switched on to God's love and grace,” Allan explained.

Allan in his CBC cap and gown. (Click to enlarge)A year later, after spending a week on holiday, with a suit case full of teaching from Andrew, God spoke to Allan about attending CBC. “I went to an open week in Belfast, (an open house similar to "Campus Days" in Colorado)and I heard a man say, God is calling you to come to Bible college. It was settled in my heart that very day. I made plans and went to night school for two years; I would never be the same,” said Allan.

Once Allan had completed night school, God softened his heart to attend full-time school, which caused an amazing transition to happen in his life. “It really helped all that I learned to come out of me,” Allan said. As he recognized the changes happening within, Allan began to see himself differently. As a result, he began to treat others differently. He recalls his night school apprentice telling him, “See others as perfectly as Christ sees you.” This statement revolutionized Allan’s life and he began to feel Allan leading worship at CBC-Belfast. (Click to enlarge)empowered to teach others the nearly-too-good-to-be-true-news. This empowerment was just the beginning.

When Grady and Yvonne O'Brien, the former Directors of CBC-Belfast were ready to return to America, Allan stepped into the position for which God had been preparing him. Allan was ready to take what he had learned and bless others with the same revelation that had been shared with him (2 Timothy 2:2). His heart is to share the message of the Gospel with as many people as possible. “I hope that many others get to hear the message of the Gospel like I did, not only through the college, but also through another person who was discipled or preached to by someone who had a revelation of the good news,” said Allan.

Allan infront of a crowd during CBC-Belfast's Open Week.
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Today, CBC Belfast continues to grow. The school currently offers day and night school classes with a present enrollment of 16 students. Allan has high hopes and an expectancy of increase in the years ahead. He has a vision of reaching the people of Belfast one step at a time, through the students and by reaching out to the community and working with the local churches. Allan plans to offer discipleship training each week, through which he wants to reach young and old Christians, train them up, equip them and watch the multiplication of God’s church take place before his eyes. CBC-Belfast provides a safe place for people to come and learn, and Allan is growing a strong team of leaders and helpers in the ministry in Belfast.

Visit the CBC-Belfast website for more information about Allan and the school.

Thursday
Mar312011

Sharing God's Love in the UK

Charis Bible College instructor, Dr. Delron Shirley (left) and the eight member CBC Colorado mission team visiting the United Kingdom. They ministered in Ireland, Scotland and England. (Click to enlarge)A missionary team from Charis Bible College-Colorado (CBC-CO) recently returned from a bustling adventure to the United Kingdom, which included stops in Ireland, Scotland and England. The team was made up of eight second-year students and was led by Dr. Delron Shirley.

The first stop was in Belfast, Ireland, where the team ministered at Charis Bible College-Belfast, which is directed by CBC-CO graduates Grady and Yvonne O’Brien. The team members were given opportunities to share their testimonies, teachings and prayer ministry with the Belfast students. The Colorado team also participated in an in-home fellowship just outside the city, and in a campus ministry in the heart of Belfast.

CBC-Colorado student missionary, Lydia Schneider, teaching at CBC-England.
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When their time in Belfast came to an end, the Colorado team crossed the Irish Sea by ferry to Scotland where they were met by John and Susan Donnelly, pastors of Glen Aros Church in the town of Dumfries. The team members stayed in the homes of various host families while ministering in Scotland.

The student’s adventure with the Donnellys began with a traditional ceilidh (pronounced kay-lay), which is a social gathering complete with bagpipes, kilts, and Scottish dancing. The highlight of their evening was the meal, which was complete with haggis, a Scottish delicacy of sheep heart, liver, and lungs mixed with onions, oatmeal, and spices cooked inside the sheep’s stomach. Yum.

The first day of ministry in Dumfries took place in an open-air meeting on a downtown public street. The students were invited to stand on the park bench and share their testimonies and whatever message was on their hearts. When anyone showed interest, they were offered free literature and a prayer. The following day, the students ministered at a church during both the Sunday morning and evening services. Colorado student, Doug Bishop teaching. (Click to enlarge)Students took turns sharing a testimony or short message in the church service, and then spent time ministering individually to the people as they fellowshipped after the service. A number of individuals received healings and a woman received a dramatic deliverance from a spirit that had been tormenting her severely. One man who had been suffering from serious knee problems was totally healed and began running up and down the stairs proclaiming his healing.

At the Sunday evening church service, Colorado team member, Caroline Walton had the opportunity to minister to the large Scottish family with whom she was staying. During the conclusion of the service, as Delron invited people forward for prayer, Many witnessed the love and miraculous power of God flowing through CBC-Colorado student, Caroline Walton (right) as she ministered. (Click to enlarge) the eldest daughter of Caroline's host family indicated that her friend needed prayer but was too shy to go forward. As Caroline approached him, she remembered being told that he had not previously received Jesus. Caroline asked him if he needed to be healed, and he explained that he had chronic pain in his lower back. Caroline then asked if she could pray for him and he agreed. She proceeded to evaluate his legs and saw that one leg was shorter than the other by approximately an inch. Standing on God's word, Caroline commanded his leg to grow in the name of Jesus Christ—and it did. After prayer for his back, hips and spine, all the pain left his body.

As Caroline made her way back to her seat, she heard the Lord say, "He is ready." Caroline knew this young man was ready to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior. She looked over and saw him sitting with his face in his hands. Caroline knelt down beside him and asked if he would like to make Jesus his Lord and Savior. The young man looked up with tears streaming down his face and answered, yes. "I placed my hand on his shoulder and introduced him to the God who had just healed him, and then led him in a prayer of salvation. What a wonderful way to meet the Lord, knowing what a mighty God He is,” said Caroline.

The CBC-Colorado team included Doug Bishop, Tennie Goen, Jim Schneider, Lydia Schneider, Jay & Karen Smith, Trish Sinclair, Caroline Walton and team leader Delron Shirley. (Click to enlarge)For the final leg of the journey, the students were guests of Charis Bible College-England, directed by Paul and Sue Fong Flanagan. Just as they had in Ireland, the Colorado team shared their testimonies and taught in the classes and in small groups. A highlight of the ministry in England was a communion service in which the Colorado team served the local students and then prayed with them. Many students from both campuses testified to receiving physical and emotional healings that day.

As time in the UK drew to a close, the Colorado team gathered for fellowship with a number of the local college students and staff, as well as members of the community for a home fellowship at the farm of Carol and Barrie Dupree. In that closing meeting, students offered prayer and ministry one last time. “It was beautiful to see how so many kept coming to various members of the team for prayer before we finally loaded the bus and headed back to the hotel in preparation for our departure,” said Delron.