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Monday
May012017

A Great Adventure Awaits

Saddle up your horses, we’ve got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s amazing grace
Let’s follow our Leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other…this is the great adventure

I remember listening to those words back in the 1990s. They’re from the song The Great Adventure by Steven Curtis Chapman. As a fairly new single parent at the time, I wouldn't have used the word “adventure” to describe my life. Spending too much time working and not enough time at my kids’ baseball games, the days—and years—went by in a blur.

Even so, there were things to be thankful for. My kids were awesome. I had a good church family and some really good friends, and my mom and dad were never more than a phone call away.

But in my heart, I knew there was more.

True, my church was great. We believed in the gifts of the Spirit and in the power of God. But as I sat there one day, I couldn’t help thinking, Is this really all there is to this Christian life? Where are the signs, wonders, and miracles that I read about all through the Bible? If God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, why are we not doing what those New Testament believers did?

If you had asked me at that time, I would have told you that I was a disciple of Jesus Christ. But back in Jesus’ day, it was understood that disciples were supposed to be able to do what their rabbi did. So, if I was truly a disciple, why was my life void of the obvious supernatural life of the God who lived inside me? Why was my life so...natural?

From that moment, I began a quest—which is still ongoing—prompted by a holy dissatisfaction with the status quo. To date, my quest has involved two relocations to different areas of the country, new church families, a career change, and three years at Charis Bible College. I’m following my Leader into the great unknown. I may not know where I’m going, but I know He does.

I am reminded of something one of the instructors is fond of saying: “There’s something about life that’s so daily.”

If “daily” describes your life and you’re looking for an adventure in God, break away from the familiar and head to the Summer Family Bible Conference in Woodland Park, Colorado, from July 3-7. The week will be chock-full of powerful praise and worship, teaching tailored to each member of your family, and plenty of time for you to explore The Sanctuary campus and the picturesque Woodland Park area.

The bottom line? I think Steven Curtis Chapman says it best:

So, come on, get ready for the ride of your life
Gonna leave long-faced religion in a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for

Monday
Dec122016

Casting God’s Love over Your Children

As we walked into the assembly of over 300 children and I saw the staff dressed up as characters for Book Day, I knew it was the perfect setup for our skit: “Postman Joe,” frantic to deliver his package to Miss Ginger, wouldn’t leave until she opened it, and inside was a special book.

As she opened the book, a Bible, it glowed from within and projected rays of light. The grade school children of Birmingham, England, gasped in surprise. Every eye was fastened on Ginger as she spoke of the love of God and demonstrated that love with a red heart as the object lesson. Another Charis team member followed Ginger’s teaching with an invitation for the kids to accept Christ. Although they prayed silently, we could see the majority of kids mouthing the words after her as she prayed. It was a glorious moment as God’s love was cast like a net over the entire room.

I first met Ginger and her husband, Joe, during our preparation for the England missions trip. Like so many of us who come to Charis Bible College Colorado, Joe and Ginger Pillitteri had moved from another state—in their case, Florida. Joe was a pharmaceutical representative, and Ginger was a teacher for autistic children. Based on her experience with kids, Ginger was asked to lead the children’s ministry for our team in England.

This same couple was then asked to lead the weeklong children’s program at the 2016 Summer Family Bible Conference held in Woodland Park, Colorado. Because their teaching reflects the grace taught by Andrew and other Charis instructors, Ginger and Joe’s results with the kids were phenomenal. Children were healed, saved, and filled with the Holy Ghost as they learned about their identity in Christ.

“Essentially [Ginger taught] all those things that we had to relearn when we first came [to Charis]. Most people come here with religious baggage that weighs them down,” Joe explained.

“I think you reach kids just like you reach adults, by starting with God’s love and the nature of God,” Ginger said. “Who is He? How does He see me? Why does He love me? And what does that look like?”

As she was planning for the event, Ginger said, “God told me to teach on the identity of Christ. What does God see when He sees you? He sees Jesus—God sees perfection on the inside of you.”

Ginger described one boy who hung his head and said, “I’m not righteous.” She explained, “[The kids] don’t think they are righteous; they don’t think they are worth anything. They have condemnation at such a young age.”

For the 2017 Andrew Wommack Ministries Summer Family Bible Conference, Joe and Ginger want parents to know that they aren’t just dropping off their kids for childcare. “The Holy Spirit is naturally supernatural,” Joe said. “We want kids to realize that they have [already] heard Him many times; they just didn’t know it.

“Consider this,” Joe continued, “children always responded to Jesus.” Speaking of the time that John the Baptist leapt in his mother’s womb at Mary’s greeting (Luke 1:41-43), Joe explained, “An unborn baby was the first to recognize Him [Jesus] as another unborn baby.”

Joe wants to stress to parents, “Don’t limit your kids by believing that they are not here to have an encounter with Jesus on their level. If the Holy Spirit can talk with shepherds or wise men, He can speak to children—just as He does [with] adults.”

It is exciting to realize that families coming to the 2017 Summer Family Bible Conference can expect their children to have an encounter with God that will draw them into either a first-time relationship or a deeper one with Him. Make your plans early to come to Woodland Park, Colorado, on July 3-7, 2017. You won’t want to miss God’s perfect setup for you and your
whole family!

Monday
Jun132016

Can a Vacation Save Your Family’s Lives?

Recently Eileen Quinn, a writer for Andrew Wommack Ministries, sat down with Carlie Terradez, the AWM conference manager, to talk about the upcoming Summer Family Bible Conference, July 4-8, in Woodland
Park, Colorado.

Eileen Quinn: Themes always say a lot about the conference. What’s the theme for this year’s Summer Family Bible Conference?

Carlie Terradez: Well, the theme is “Celebrating Our Faith, Freedom, and Dependence on God.” It starts this year on the Fourth of July, so the Declaration of Dependence was on our minds.

EQ: How many years have they been doing this event?

CT: Forever? [laughs] Probably over a decade. They’ve been doing it since we [she and her husband, Ashley] came eight years ago, and it wasn’t new when we came. I don’t know…. But it’s one of Andrew’s original ones. And the thing that makes this conference unique is that it’s the only one that has children’s ministry. So, I don’t know if this is relevant, but when we were in England and we went to the conference—

EQ: Is that the Grace and Faith Conference that is held in England
[in] May?

CT: Well, it is now. It wasn’t even called that then. It was significant to us. It was the first conference we ever attended, and it was the conference that Hannah [Carlie and Ashley’s daughter] was healed at.

EQ: May I ask what year that was in?

CT: That was in 2006. But we never would have made that move if children’s ministry hadn’t been a big part of that.

We had toddlers—a three-, four-, and five-year-old—and we were traveling by ourselves. When we phoned up the Helpline over there, we asked, “What kind of provision do you have for children?” We were just desperate and hurting to get some help. They said, “Oh, we have childcare. We’ll take good care of
your boys.”

Just the fact that there was provision for childcare made us feel like we could make the journey. We felt like, This is possible. It was the start of something that we were going to be supported in. It was going to be a safe place to come, and we were going to be refreshed. We were going to be built up. It made us feel like we could do it. That’s why I’m a big believer in
children’s ministry.

People come globally for this event [in England]. It’s the only [event] that ministers to the whole family. They minister to our kids as much as to us. And in the end, because we felt like we could make the move, Hannah was healed. It was life-changing for us. If it wasn’t for the fact that children’s ministry was offered to us, we probably wouldn’t have felt like we [could] ever do it.

[Hannah] wouldn’t be here today. It was life and death for us.

When I read this title—“[Celebrating Our] Faith, Freedom, and Dependence on God”it brings back all those memories. It was the start of something new for us as a family. It was a memorable vacation in that sense, but we didn’t know then just how life-changing it would be.

EQ: Wow, I can tell that this kind of conference is close to your heart. Thank you, Carlie. I think that your testimony sort of says it all.

 

It was back in 2006 that the Terradez family vacation resulted in the amazing healing testimony of their then three-year-old daughter, Hannah. Hannah received healing from a rare autoimmune disease called eosinophilic enteropathy. This disorder caused her body to reject every type of food. A miracle for one member of a family changed every generation of their family, as well as the community where they lived.

But Hannah’s healing had even further impact on the Terradez family. As they partnered with Andrew Wommack Ministries, they heard the call to come to Charis Bible College in Colorado. Carlie and Ashley both now work at the ministry and also serve as adjunct instructors at the college. Their lives were truly changed during the vacation that saved their daughter’s life and then sent them across an ocean to be taught about how much God loved them and wanted them well.

Consider joining us at the Summer Family Bible Conference here in Colorado. For five days, you will be surrounded by more than a thousand like-minded believers. The worship will cause your hope to rise, and the teaching will strengthen you. And if you have children, they will receive the same grace-filled ministry that you do—but geared to their hearts and minds. It may just save your
family’s lives!

If you would like to have a vacation that will impact your family while you celebrate your faith and dependence on God, go here to register for this year’s Summer Family Bible Conference!