Four years ago the Forgoston family, David and his wife, Judith and Russ, David's dad, all Charis Bible College graduates, began a missionary work in Chennai, India. Over the years the trio has launched Charis Bible College-India, an AWM office and several other ministry programs to share God's unconditional love and grace with the people of India.
As the Forgostons look back over their work in Chennai, they are in awe of all the Lord has accomplished in a relatively short time. In addition to the school's growing number of graduates and on-campus students, CBC-India has more than one-hundred correspondence students. The Forgostons have also helped establish an AWM office in India, through which Andrew's materials are being translated and orders for books, DVDs and CDs are processed. The Forgostons are grateful for the fruit they have seen in Chennai; this fruit will serve as encouragement to them as their ministry moves in a new direction—Switzerland.
While Russ and his wife, Debbie will remain in Chennai, where Russ continues to serve as CBC-India's Dean of Students, David, Judith and their two young daughters have relocated to Switzerland, where they will pioneer a new CBC extension school. “I knew the first time that I was in Switzerland (Judith’s home country) that I would return one day and preach the Gospel to these people,” David said.
Throughout the four years the Forgostons served in India, they visited Switzerland at least once a year. During each trip, the two had the opportunity to preach in local churches where the message of God's grace was well received. Over the years David and Judith have made valuable connections in Switzerland; one with the owner of a bookstore who sells Andrew’s books, and another with the pastor of a large church who listens to Andrew regularly. Between the two connections, excitement is already building for the new school.
The couple looks with anticipation at their new season in life. They envision making CBC-Switzerland an international bible college, one that will attract people from many nations. Because of its central European location, Switzerland is perfectly positioned for such a plan. The school will be located in a city called Brugg, which has a train station providing easy access, to and from, all the major cities in Switzerland and Southern Germany.
Both Judith and David will teach at the new school, although David will have to rely on his wife to serve as his translator. German, French and Italian are the three major languages spoken in Switzerland. Judith is fluent in German, so the couple will begin by offering classes in German. As they disciple and raise leaders, they plan to begin to offer a multi-lingual curriculum. “Our hope is to reach as many Europeans as possible,” David said.
The Forgostons plan to take much of what they learned in India and implement the same techniques and strategies in the new Swiss school. Leadership training and delegation will be of utmost importance to them as they begin the process of discipleship training. “We believe we can do it!” David and Judith affirmed.
David will still oversee CBC-India's leadership from afar, and will continue to help manage the AWM office as there are numerous translation projects in progress. He plans to visit Chennai quarterly to manage the missionary work the family launched not so long ago.
The CBC-Switzerland website has been launched, and seminars have been slated to begin in the fall of 2011. The seminars will continue through the spring and summer of 2012 in order to continue to generate interest and excitement. The official launch of the extension school will take place in August 2012. The Forgoston's seminars will cover some basic teachings and provide introductions to some of the courses that will be offered at CBC-Switzerland. “God intended life to be an adventure, and that is what we're living!” David said enthusiastically.