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Colorado Students Travel to Russia

CBC-Colorado students arrival in Russia. (L-R: Stan Goodman, Leonora Britton, Kimberly Kral, Clint Zeller, Cristina Goodman, Deborah Peters, Joanne Lawrence, Zoe Newton, and Dino Bridges [Not pictured: JB McKoy, Mark Jones and Sharayah Stitt]). (Click to enlarge)On March 2, after more than 30 hours of continuous travel, a mission team from Charis Bible College was back at home in Colorado Springs. The 14 person team, led by CBC Night School Director, Mark Jones and CBC-intern, Sharayah Stitt, had just returned from a week's worth of ministry in Russia.

The Colorado team was hosted by seasoned missionaries, Carrie and Mike Pickett, the Directors of Andrew Wommack Ministries Russia, and the CBC extension school, Charis Bible Training Center in St. Petersburg. The Picketts provided the visiting mission team with many opportunities to share God's unconditional love and grace with the Russian people. The Colorado second-year students taught the first-year students at CBTC in a classroom setting, they visited a drug rehab where they shared with individual Clint and Garrett praying for a young mother at the church in Korelia.
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groups of men and women, and they also visited a church several hours north of St. Petersburg.

Having heard the wonderful testimonies from previous mission teams, Colorado student, Clint Zeller, went to Russia anticipating having an amazing ministry experience. What he didn't expect was the way in which the Lord would minister to him. Through his time in Russia, Clint began to understand his relationship with Jesus in a new way.

"This trip helped me realize that I can stop questioning everything that comes to me, and just rest in Him. I don't think we realize how cluttered our lives are until we have a chance to step away, even Clint speaking on grace to first-year CBTC students through his interpreter Jules. (Click to enlarge) for a short time, and completely focus on Him. So many times we allow our minds to get in the way of what God is telling us, but His voice becomes much clearer when we can put everything aside and just allow Him to move through us. No matter what He calls us to, we can rest in the fact that we are blessed no matter where we are. We don't have to worry about anything because He is with us. It took a trip to the other side of the planet for me to figure this out, but it's definitely something I won't forget," said Clint.

One of the places the team had the opportunity to minister was at a small village church in northwestern Russia, in the Republic of Karelia. The church recently started a small Bible school and Stan, Cristina, and Kimmy, praying for healing for a man at the church in Korelia. (Click to enlarge)was hungry for more teaching of the Word. The students spent a couple of nights teaching, sharing testimonies and praying for the people in the congregation.

For one CBC student, JB McKoy, the visit to the church in Karelia provided the opportunity to minister one-on-one to a former prison inmate. JB said that the man, Dema, had been in prison for the past six years. He had been on and off drugs, and he was afraid of falling back into drug dependence. JB was able to pray with him over the course of the two nights in Karelia and he was able to encourage Dema in the sufficiency of God's love to keep him on the right path.

JB also enjoyed ministering in front of a larger crowd at CBTC. "I had the wonderful opportunity to share my life-changing message on renewing the mind with over twenty Russian first-year students, plus the team and school JB McKoy (right) sharing his message with students at CBTC.
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staff," JB said.

JB put everything he had into his message and its delivery and was excited to see the students' expressions as the message began to resonate with them at what JB perceived to be a heart level. He saw the students writing down the many Scripture references he shared, and he knew the Word would have a tremendous impact. At the conclusion of JB's teaching, he gave each student a gift, a matted print he had made of a butterfly picture with a Scriptural message of hope and encouragement written in Russian.

Clint and JB's experiences are just two more examples of the wonderful way the Lord weaves his love and grace into the ministry that takes place on the mission field as CBC students go forth proclaiming the Good News.


Video Highlights from Andrew's Russia Trip 2012

Andrew spent the latter part of May and the early part of June, ministering to the people of Russia. During the visit he was constantly on the move, making stops in a number of cities including St. Petersburg, Naberezhnye Chelney and Izhevsk. Andrew ministered to CBC extension school students, participated in two graduation ceremonies, met with groups of local pastors in two cities, and held a Gospel Truth Seminar in the brief time he was there. Be sure to watch this short video detailing the highlights of Andrew's event-packed tour of Russia.



Russia Trip 2012: Final Ministry in St. Petersburg 

Andrew with Charis class of 2012, St. Petersburg, Russia. (Click to enlarge)

Final meeting, Sovietsky Hall in the Azimuth Hotel. (Click to enlarge)The final meeting in St. Petersburg included the graduation ceremony for Charis Bible College. Mike and Carrie addressed the crowd and introduced each student and graduate. Their teamwork in training these world changers, and their affection and personal connection to each student was evidence of their true calling. Carrie, after graduating from Charis Bible College-Colorado, has given more than a decade of service to Russia. Mike has proven to be not only a wonderful husband to Carrie, he is a full partner in the work of Andrew Wommack Ministries here.Mike and Carrie Pickett address the crowd in the Sovietsky Hall.
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Andrew followed the graduation with a message about the importance these students have placed on the word of God by committing two years of their lives to a concentrated program of study. They had honored God by honoring his word, Andrew said, and by doing that, God promises that He will honor them.

As we left the Azimuth Hotel, Carrie escorted a student to Andrew’s side with a word of testimony. Her name was Natasha, and on Andrew’s first day in Russia she had come to him for prayer that she would be healed of AIDS. Unbeknownst to her, her husband had been diagnosed with AIDS and had not told her about it Andrew presents a “Thank you” gift to Volodia (Vladimir Tcys) his tireless interpreter. (Click to enlarge)until he was obviously sick. He recently died of the disease and the doctors had placed a death sentence on her as well. Now, a week after prayer, she had returned from extensive testing and the doctors could not explain why they found no trace of the virus in her body! She wanted to thank Andrew for teaching the word in such a way that she could reach out and take by faith the healing God had provided by grace.

We leave St. Petersburg with a sense that Natasha’s testimony promises a much greater future for Russia than her past. With that, we turned our attention toward We leave Russia with a future so bright you need sunglasses to look at it.
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our next destination, Telford, England and the Grace & Faith Conference.

Filed June 4, 2012 by AWM Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford.