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Monday
Dec202010

2010 Fort Worth GTS

Andrew opening Thursday night's meeting in Ft. Worth, TX. (Click to enlarge) During the second week of November, Andrew and Jamie closed out the 2010 Gospel Truth Seminar calendar in Texas, ministering to friends and partners at the Fort Worth GTS. The conference was held at Calvary Cathedral International in Fort Worth, a church founded and pastored by Andrew's longtime friends, Bob and Joy Nichols. Andrew shared a message he called the Christian First Aid Kit, a condensed and potent version of his sixteen part series called the Christian Survival Kit. Those in attendance were blessed as they received the truth and revelation from this powerful teaching rooted in the Gospel of John.

Andrew taught a condensed version of Christian Survival Kit. (Click to enlarge)The invitation for the Baptism in the Holy Spirit was well received throughout the weekend with approximately 150 people coming forward to receive the gift of His power in their lives. As words of wisdom and knowledge flowed freely during each session many people were set free in the name of Jesus.

After Andrew concluded each session, he invited those desiring prayer to come forward for ministry, and many whose faith had been stirred by the teaching of the Word responded. By the power of the Holy Spirit the prayer ministry team witnessed the healing of many conditions including the following oppressions; rheumatoid arthritis, pinched nerves, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, involuntary shaking of both hands, blindness, deafness and a variety of severe pain symptoms.

Joshua Maynard had suffered with scoliosis for 22 years. (Click to enlarge)One woman approached a prayer minister during the conference and shared a testimony of a healing she had received at a previous GTS. The woman shared that she had suffered a stroke which had affected the left side of her body; as a result she was unable to raise her arm. She had also been told that she had two aneurysms. The woman had received prayer at the Orlando GTS in February and regained the use of her left side. Then at a follow-up doctor visit, she had an MRI scan of her brain and doctors were unable to detect any trace of aneurysms—she was totally healed.

Through Andrew's teaching Joshua received a revelation of Jesus. Now his spine is healed! (Click to enlarge)As reported in a recent post, an AWM interview team travels with Andrew to the conferences to document ministry related testimonies. While in Fort Worth the team had the opportunity to meet a young man named Joshua Maynard. Joshua shared his story of suffering with scoliosis for twenty-two years until he was miraculously healed as a result of Andrew’s teaching. Joshua even had pictures documenting his healing with him at the time of the interview. Look for more on Joshua's Healing Testimony in an upcoming post.

Watch the video clip below as Andrew introduces the topic of his teaching at the Fort Worth GTS: the Christian First Aid Kit.

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

Monday
Sep062010

Simplicity of the Truth Changes Lives

CBC graduate, J.D. Link and his wife Krista lead Abundant Grace Fellowship Church in Blanco, Texas. (Click to enlarge)J.D. Link received Jesus Christ as his Savior in November, 1998. Shortly after being born again, he was baptized in the Holy Spirit, after which he sensed God's call to preach. His calling was confirmed by three different people within a six month period in 1999. Although he didn’t know all of the details, J.D. determined in his heart to follow God’s will, and that decision kicked off his God-sized adventure.

One day while scanning for Kenneth Hagin's program on the radio in Austin, Texas, J.D. “accidentally” came across Andrew's Gospel Truth program. He was hungry for God’s word and Andrew’s straight-forward teaching of the scriptures caught J.D.'s ear right away. He began to listen to Andrew regularly. During one broadcast Andrew mentioned Charis Bible College (CBC), and J.D. heard God say, “That’s where you’re going.”

Pastor J.D. Link sharing a message.
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In 2001, J.D. obediently filled out the application to attend CBC-Colorado and made preparations to move. He sold his house in Blanco, Texas, where he and his wife, Krista had settled in 1998, after J.D. finished serving in the Coast Guard. J.D. and Krista headed for Colorado Springs full of faith and excitement.

His obedience and step of faith was richly rewarded over the next two years. Regarding his time spent at CBC, J.D. said, “Going to CBC was one of the most important steps I ever took in my life. The things I learned, both in and out of the classroom, and the relationships that developed are still blessing me to this day. My time there really helped me to become the man I am today. As a result, it has helped those that I minister to, to understand and walk in God’s love, grace, truth, and righteousness.”

Krista and son, Hayden operate the onscreen display during worship. (Click to enlarge)During his second year, while visiting with family over Thanksgiving break, God spoke to J.D. about returning to Blanco to plant a church. J.D.’s pastor and CBC instructor, Lawson Perdue, confirmed this plan for him when he returned to CBC. J.D. wasn’t against returning to Texas, but he was surprised. “I liked Blanco, but I was ready and willing to go anywhere for God. I didn’t think the Lord would bring me right back,” he explained.

Today, J.D. and Krista, along with their five children, Haley, Hayden, Holly, Hannalea & Hudson, enjoy their ministry at Abundant Grace Fellowship Church in Blanco. J.D. is grateful for Andrew’s teaching. It helped him understand the finished work of Christ, and the importance of having a righteousness conscience. “If there is one place you should be able to go and hear God’s simple truth, it is the church.”

The Link family (Click to enlarge)Looking back, J.D. realizes how lost he once was due to the religious tradition and formality with which he grew up. The revelation he has received drives him to teach his own church how to find freedom in Christ. “Not that all tradition is bad, but solid, practical Bible teaching has to be the focal point. Church absolutely has to be about the Word. It’s got to be real, even if it hurts,” J.D. said.

J.D. noted that there are many Christians who appreciate and receive solid biblical teaching without the mixture of religion, and there are some who do not. He has learned over the years to preach his heart out to the full seats, and not to worry about the empty ones. “I love pastoring, and I love serving God. It is very fulfilling to know you are doing exactly what God has called you to do—and to love doing it. I don’t know if I’ll be a pastor forever, but I will definitely be preaching the Word 'till the day I die,” J.D. shared.

In addition to preaching at his own church in Blanco, J.D. has ministered in Mexico, Russia, Ireland, and in England with his friend, Cecil Paxton. He also makes an annual visit to CBC-Atlanta to minister with his friends, Tom and Cindy Boyd.

Following God’s path may not always be simple, but for J.D. and his family, it has always been very rewarding.

Thursday
Aug192010

Kitty's Place Called There

Andrew and Jamie Wommack stand along side Kitty Pott, Director of Charis Bible School in Dallas, Texas. (Click to enlarge)Kitty Potts had determined in her heart, and declared to the Lord that she was going to sit and twiddle her thumbs until she heard from Him about what she was to do next with her life. For a decade she had owned and operated Wellness Centers in Dallas, Texas, but had felt the Lord leading her away from her occupation towards something new. Kitty was ready and longed to find out just what the Lord had in mind.

After only a few days of waiting to hear God’s direction for her life, Kitty received a phone call from friends of hers. Yvonne O’Brien and her husband Grady called to invite Kitty to Colorado for a visit. At the time, the O’Brien’s, who now direct CBC-Belfast in Ireland, were attending Charis Bible College (CBC) in Colorado Springs. It happened to be “Expand Your Vision” weekend at CBC, and Grady encouraged Kitty to attend classes with him. Kitty resisted the invitation, but eventually decided to sit in on the classes with Grady.

During Kitty’s visit to CBC she heard God say, “This is where I want you.” Although she was a bit shocked, her spirit welcomed the Lord's direction. Just prior to her visit to CBC Kitty had listened to Andrew’s teaching called, A Place Called There. Kitty looks back now, and realizes that the Lord used the teaching to stir her heart and prepare her to hear His voice regarding His plan for her to attend CBC.

Charis Bible School, Dallas student Walk-A-Thon (Click to enlarge)Kitty left Colorado Springs determined to follow God’s plan for her life. She returned to Dallas, turned her business over to her staff, and was back in the Springs in just forty days. Kitty was ready and excited to take on her new adventure.

In 2004, two years after arriving in Colorado and nearing graduation, Kitty held a supervisory position in the AWM phone center—a job she loved. In February she heard the Holy Spirit tell her to hold her position with the ministry loosely. Though she wondered what the Lord meant, she felt a sense of peace about his direction. The following month Kitty's pastor spoke over her in prayer, and said that she should not get too comfortable where she was because the Lord was moving her to a different part of the Body of Christ.

Kitty graduated in May and by June she knew the Lord was calling her back to Texas. She returned to a town about an hour southeast of Dallas where she had family, and began teaching a small discipleship class. Two weeks later, Kitty's group had grown to twenty-two people.

Charis Bible School, Dallas student mission trip to Mexico. (Click to enlarge)Within a few months Kitty received a call from a staff member at AWM with a request for her to lead a discipleship class in Dallas. Kitty agreed and began making a weekly trip to Dallas where she taught a group of eight people. In October of 2004 the Lord put the desire in her heart to lead a Bible school in Dallas. Kitty had the opportunity to share her vision with Andrew in November, and he agreed with her idea. She completed a required apprenticeship as part of the leadership team that went from Colorado to plant the school in Texas. After her time as an apprentice was completed, Kitty served as the school's administrator for one year, and then in 2008 she became the Director of Charis Bible School of Dallas (CBS-Dallas).

Trusting God to completely change her direction in life has allowed Kitty to deepen her relationship with her Savior, and given her the confidence to encourage her students to trust Him with their lives as well. She enjoys observing her students as they are transformed, delivered, and healed by the Word of God while they sit under the anointed teaching at CBS-Dallas.

Charis Bible School, Dallas student Walk-A-Thon (Click to enlarge)Reflecting on her journey over the past six years Kitty said, “There is nothing that can compare with serving God in the place where He has called you. I feel as though my life is just beginning. God is awesome.”

CBS-Dallas will have approximately twenty-five first year students beginning this summer and fall. Twenty–two students will return for a second year, and one hundred percent of the graduates returned to do their 3rd year apprenticeship last year. CBS-Dallas offers year round, open enrollment; this flexible enrollment helps students work around employment schedules, and other obligations. “All the students love coming to class, and they are not only growing in their relationship with God, but also with each other,” Kitty reports.

To find out more about open enrollment visit, Charis Bible School-Dallas.

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