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Thursday
Oct062011

New England GTS 2011

Andrew opening night in New England.
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As Andrew and the Gospel Truth Seminar team arrived in Massachusetts for the New England GTS, so did hurricane Irene. Although rough weather had been predicted to hit the area over the weekend, those hungry for the Word were not deterred from coming to the conference. Many people came eager to hear the Word and to receive individual ministry.

Andrew taught a brand new series based on revelation he had received over the previous several weeks as he read and meditated on Deuteronomy 2:24. While Andrew normally teaches topically, meaning he will spend a whole weekend teaching on one specific topic such as Grace or Andrew ministering to the crowd gathering at the front during the altar call.
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or Spirit, Soul & Body, he deviated a bit for the crowd in New England, and from a single verse he revealed six key elements of the Christian life.

"One verse in Deuteronomy, Chapter two just lit my fire and I have been stuck on that verse for two, maybe three weeks. I thought, I'm just going to share with everybody what God's been speaking to me," Andrew said.

Many lives were touched at this GTS, but for one prayer ministry team leader, a particular testimony stands out. A woman walked forward to the prayer line with slow and unsteady steps. It was plainly evident that she was struggling with pain Andrew laying hands as he ministers to the crowd Friday night.
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surging through her body. The prayer minister was struck by how unusually young she was to be experiencing such severe arthritis. As the woman received prayer she began to cry. Her tears were those of relief and joy as the pain left her body. She explained that it had been so long since she had been pain free that she was over whelmed! "Praise the Lord! What a privilege it is to work for Him!" said the minister.

Another woman suffering from the effects of stage four bone cancer approached the prayer line to receive healing. By her own description, her bones were brittle and she was in constant pain throughout her body. Not only did the pain leave after she received prayer, but she walked two laps around the auditorium. As she left the meeting to return home, she pushed her teenage daughter along in the wheelchair—the same wheelchair that her daughter had used to bring her into the meeting!

Watch the video segment below to catch Andrew's introduction to his message in New England: Lessons From Deuteronomy 2:24.


Click here to view the entire five-part teaching series.

Monday
Sep272010

New Charis Bible School - Plymouth, MA

CBC-Colorado graduates, Judi and George Appleton, the Co-directors of the newest CBC extension campus, Charis Bible School-Plymouth. (Click to enlarge)Charis Bible School-Plymouth, the newest Charis Bible College (CBC) extension school, recently hosted a successful Opening Rally at their new facility in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Directors, George and Judi Appleton, both originally from Weymouth, MA, have been serving the Lord in various capacities and in various locations since 1979. The opening of the school in Plymouth is an answer to their own long-standing prayer.

“I used to pray for God to send laborers to Massachusetts to share the good news of the Father’s unconditional love and grace. I just love how He has orchestrated this plan to bring Charis Bible School to Plymouth, and that He knew all along that we would be part of His plan,” Judi said.

Judi and George address the students and guests at the Opening Rally.
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While the Appletons are originally from New England, their family has also lived in Texas and Colorado. For seven years the couple owned and operated Fairplay Graphics in Edgewater, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. “We were honored to print some of Andrew’s early materials. We feel fortunate that God linked us with Andrew within a month of our salvation, and that this was the first message we ever heard. Our lives were changed,” George said.

Andrew’s material had so impacted them that they would pack up their girls and drive to every one of Andrew’s meetings within a one-hundred-mile radius of their home. Students gather at the hub for pre-registration for classes.
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“We attended Andrew’s meetings way back in the early days when everyone slept in tents at the summer camp meeting,” George said. “I can still remember when Andrew gave me a tour of the original facility in Manitou Springs. The ministry has come a long way since then!”

Regardless of their location, serving the Lord and proclaiming the Gospel have always been a primary focus for the Appletons, and Andrew’s ministry served to further fuel their heart of service. As the two have crisscrossed the nation, they have co-labored in several church plants and were heavily involved in youth ministry in both Colorado and Massachusetts. George has also helped develop worship teams, and Judi has led a women’s ministry group.

Missionaries, Jay and Charity Randolph, of Favor Communications International will serve as part of the teaching staff at CBS.
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At the Gospel Truth Seminar (GTS) in Boston in 2006, Andrew spoke with the Appletons about attending Charis Bible College in Colorado. Both were interested and decided to make plans to move to the Springs—but procrastination got the best of their good intentions. Each year, for the following two years, Andrew would ask them when they were coming. Finally, at the annual GTS the third year, the Appletons declared, “We’ll be there this Fall!” At the time, George was working as a Massachusetts Real Estate Broker, and had numerous properties he was hoping on to sell. “As we took a step of faith to go to Colorado, the Lord sold each property. Our Father provided. Kevin and Amy Bree will be teaching at CBS and launching a new church in Plymouth. (Click to enlarge)That has been the case every step of the way on this journey. He’s been faithful to provide for all of our needs,” George explained.

The Appletons remember completing their first year correspondence curriculum while driving back across the country from Massachusetts to Colorado. “We used our daughter’s portable DVD player, and listened to the classes while we drove. Then we took the tests at the hotel when we stopped for the night. We were ready to register for second year by the time we arrived in Colorado Springs,” recalled Judi.

George and Judi graduated in 2009, and finished their apprenticeship in 2010. Following the Summer Family Bible Conference in July, they packed a moving truck and headed back East to launch CBS-Plymouth. The morning opened with a time of worship. (Click to enlarge)In just a month and a half, the couple accomplished the renovation of their new facility, purchased all the equipment and furniture, and coordinated the many administrative details necessary to be ready for the start of the 2010-2011 academic year.

The Opening Rally was filled with the smiling faces of both old friends and new students, excited to begin classes. George and Judi took time during the rally to introduce four other CBS team members; Jay and Charity Randolph of Favor Communications International, and Kevin and Amy Bree, who will be launching a new church in Plymouth this Fall called New Horizons.

The Opening Rally ended with a time of fellowship merging old friends and new.
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“This is so exciting, and so much fun,” Judi said. “George and I anticipate great things here in New England as we proclaim the love and grace of God. I believe the Father's hand directed the Mayflower to Plymouth, and I believe he wanted to use the Pilgrims quest for religious freedom to establish a nation with a firm foundation on the Word of God. It’s time to re-establish that foundation. We’re taking this ground back for the Kingdom.” Amen.

For more information about this CBC extension campus visit Charis Bible School-Plymouth.

Monday
Aug302010

Attendance Increases at Boston GTS

Andrew addresses the crowd at the 2010 Boston GTS as people step forward to receive Jesus as their Savior and the baptism in the Holy Spirit. (Click to enlarge)Praise God Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM) is experiencing exponential growth around the world. Those familiar with AWM know that the reason for the growth is not because of Andrew's charismatic flash or pizzazz, and they know it's not due to any heavy promotion or advertising. Rather the growth stems from an increased hunger for the truth, and people's recognition of that truth in Andrew's teaching of the Word. As he continues to share the message of God's unconditional love, with an emphasis on the balance between grace and faith, lives are being changed and people are being set free.

Andrew taught before his largest Boston crowds ever, with more than 800 in attendance for the majority of the five meetings. (Click to enlarge)The recent Gospel Truth Seminar (GTS) held in the Greater Boston area, was no exception to this observable trend in growth, as AWM staff witnessed an increase in attendance from last year's Boston meetings. Andrew shared his teaching You've Already Got It, and focused the weekend's series on the first few chapters of the book of Ephesians. He emphasized that Ephesians is written from a completely opposite perspective than most of the church is teaching today. Andrew said that today's average More than 100 people answered the altar call Thursday night. (Click to enlarge)Christian thinks that God can do anything, but has done nothing, and that we have to petition God and do certain things to make Him move on our behalf. Ephesians is written from the opposing point of view, one from which God has already accomplished everything for us, through Jesus (Ephesians 1:3).

Andrew's teaching of the Word empowered and freed many in attendance to receive from the Lord, and set the tone for an amazing weekend of fruitful ministry. Andrew was able to greet some of the people in the lobby before each session.
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The scope of ministry that took place during the GTS was broader than the five scheduled sessions would indicate. While it is true that Andrew's teaching time was the backbone of the GTS conference, there were other ministry opportunities as well. Some of those who attended the meetings had a chance to interact with Andrew; all who chose to do so were able to receive prayer before and after his times of teaching through a team of prayer ministers; Andrew's books, resources and teaching materials were available both before and after he ministered the Word, Some people, like this woman from New York, came by to see if Andrew was as down to earth in person as he seems on TV. He is. (Click to enlarge)and there was plenty of time to fellowship and interact with like-minded believers.

Each GTS offers a special meeting for those considering attending Charis Bible College (CBC). Andrew took a few minutes during each session to announce the opening of the new CBC campus in Plymouth, MA and to promote the existing campus located in Gardner, MA. Andrew introduced CBC-Colorado graduates, George and Judi Appleton, natives of Massachusetts, who are directing Charis Bible School of Plymouth, and Bob and Deb Farley who have been operating Charis Bible School of Gardner for several years.

Andrew concluded each session with a pair of invitations. The first was two-fold in nature, Andrew's teaching resources were available before and after each session. (Click to enlarge)in that he called those with a desire to receive Jesus as Savior and/or the baptism of the Holy Spirit to come forward. The second invitation was for those who needed healing to come forward for prayer. Over the course of the weekend more than a dozen people came forward to receive salvation, two hundred were baptized in the Holy Spirit, and many were healed.

While the prayer ministry team witnessed the Lord's power through on the spot healings of scoliosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, deafness, and other oppressions, the ministers also received praise reports from attendees who had been healed at previous seminars in Boston. Over the course of the weekend many came forward to receive prayer and healing.
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One such account was that of a woman who had given birth to a baby who had a hole in his heart. After having the baby prayed for at the 2009 Boston GTS, the woman returned to the physician's office where the doctor could not find any sign of the hole. Praise God!

The next time there is a GTS in your area, be sure to attend—ministry opportunities abound and God's Word is true.

Watch the video clip below as Andrew introduces the topic of his teaching for the weekend: You've Already Got It!

Click here to view the entire five-part teaching series.