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Monday
Jul292013

Andrew's Trip to Uganda - October 2012

Andrew in Kampala, Uganda with (L-R) CBC's Dean of Education, Greg Mohr and Lighthouse Television's, Gary Everett. (Click to enlarge)Andrew Wommack Ministries continues to share the almost-too-good-to-be-true-news of the gospel in Uganda as the ministry expands its presence into previously unreached areas of the country.

Many readers probably remember the post we shared two years ago about the passing of Leland Shores III, the former Director of Charis Bible College in Uganda. Because of Leland’s unexpected death, AWM was forced to close the Kampala-based campus at the end of 2011. AWM never gave up on the extension school; rather, Andrew and his staff waited for God to bring new directors to lead CBC-Uganda. As we shared in a post in September 2012, those directors have been found in Hank and Mary Lenz. The couple welcomed Hank and Mary Lenz, the new Directors of CBC-Uganda. (Click to enlarge)150 students to class when they reopened the school at the end of January 2013.

In addition to the school, AWM has been advancing the gospel in other ways in Uganda. For the past eight years, Andrew has been broadcasting the Gospel Truth twice a day on Lighthouse Television. This station, also located in Kampala, was originally erected by the Chinese Communists for Uganda's brutal dictator, Idi Amin. Once used to broadcast Amin's propaganda, this station is now used to advance the Kingdom.

A busy market in Kampala.
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AWM also established a bookstore in downtown Kampala, at the busiest intersection in the city. Nearly 10,000 people walk past the location each day. An average of 25 people per week come to the Lord, and many more receive prayer and the baptism of the Holy Spirit through ministry at the bookstore.

More recently, the Lord has opened new doors for AWM to expand into one of the most remote areas of Uganda—the Karamoja region in the northeastern part of the country. This area is home to more than one million people, living in 5,000 primitive villages.

An aerial view of villages in the Karamoja region. (Click to Enlarge)The people in these isolated villages live as their ancestors did a thousand years ago. The tiny grass huts, in which they live, are made of sticks with thatch coverings. Some of the larger huts have two levels; the lower level is only about four feet tall, and the entire hut is only eight feet in diameter. It is not uncommon for families of eight or ten people to live in the lower portion alone! With the exception of cooking pots and mats for sleeping, the families have no possessions. Some of the villagers do not wear any clothing.

Andrew visits the village of Lodoi.
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Perhaps the saddest part of the Karamoja existence is the overwhelming malnutrition and widespread water contamination. The villagers are ranchers and goat herders, but fighting among the people has wiped out the majority of the cattle. All that remain are very small, thin goats. With the villagers' focus set on trying to find enough food to survive each day; it is a seemingly hopeless situation. They are only a step away from death at any given time.

Andrew, with a military guard (left) ministering in Moroto. (Click to enlarge)Spiritual poverty is rampant in the region as well. The Karamojan people have no idea what a Bible is or who Jesus is. Instead, they adhere to the many pagan practices of their ancestors.

Here’s the good news: God is moving in Uganda—even in the remote areas of Karamoja—and His Word is beginning to go forth in powerful ways. Recently, Ugandan President, Museveni, publicly repented for all of his sins, as well as those of his nation, and he dedicated Uganda to the Lord. Uganda is in revival, and God has positioned AWM to be a big part of what He’s doing there.

Natives of the Karamoja region.
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Last October, Andrew visited Karamoja with a Ugandan pastor named, Francis. Pastor Francis is from the southwestern region of Uganda and was among the first Ugandans to be discipled through AWM. Pastor Francis has personally discipled more than 300 ministers and, with AWM's help, he teaches the Discipleship Evangelism course on five radio stations, reaching thousands of people on a daily basis.

Andrew teaching (Click to enlarge)After seeing the physical and spiritual poverty of the Karamojan people, Andrew knew he had to do something to help them long-term. As he shared his heart with Pastor Francis, Andrew learned that after pastoring for twenty-five years, Francis had heard from God that beginning in 2013 he was to turn his church over to an associate and begin traveling to teach Andrew's Discipleship Evangelism course The peolpe listening (Click to enlarge)full-time. In January 2013, Pastor Francis came to work for AWM, and through their partnership they are reaching the people of Karamoja.

Francis travels to Karamoja regularly and uses the Discipleship Evangelism program to train approximately one hundred believers. He teaches up to five lessons over a couple of days Andrew praying (Click to enlarge)and then sends the disciples out in groups to show the JESUS film in the native language of the people. This in itself is a huge deal, as most of the people in this area have never seen a movie. Just showing the film could draw every person in the entire village to come and watch.

After viewing the movie about Jesus, villagers have a frame of reference as to who Jesus is and what He did for them. Immediately after The Elder of Lodoi giving Andrew his staff and stool. Pastor Francis holding the staff. (Click to enlarge)watching the film, Pastor Francis’ team gives an invitation to receive the Lord. Over the weeks that follow each outreach, the new converts are discipled by those who have already received the Discipleship Evangelism training.

In addition to these efforts, CBC-Uganda will take their future mission trips to the Karamoja region, bringing hundreds more laborers into this harvest field. With these avenues in place, Andrew and Pastor Francis plan to reach all the villagers in the region with the gospel within three years.

For more on the Karamoja project, be sure to check out our Inside Story post In the Backcountry of Uganda. In that post we share an interview with Andrew as well as pictures and video from his trip.

Adapted from the article Uganda–October 2012, originally printed in the Spring/Summer 2013 edition of Andrew Wommack Ministries Gospel Truth magazine.

Monday
Sep172012

Meet the New Directors of CBC-Uganda

CBC-Colorado graduates, Mary and Hank Lenz, the new directors of CBC-Uganda. (Click to enlarge)Leland Shores III, a 2004 graduate of Charis Bible College in Colorado, launched CBC-Uganda in February 2010. He had been on the mission field in Africa since the latter part of 2005, and experienced tremendous success as he answered the Lord's call to make disciples in that region. Sadly, for those who knew him, Leland went home to be with the Lord in June of 2011, at the age of 49. At the time of his passing, CBC-Uganda had approximately 130 students enrolled. CBC graduate, Dean Crooks and his wife Linda stepped in as the school's interim directors. The couple led the students through the completion of the school year and held CBC-Uganda's first graduation ceremony. After graduation, Andrew and AWM's World Outreach Director, Wendell Parr, were forced to put CBC-Uganda's classes on hold until they found a full-time director.

Now, 14 months later, plans are in motion to re-open the Ugandan campus for the coming school year. The Lord has raised up a husband and wife team from Colorado to lead the charge; Henry A classroom at CBC-Uganda in Kampala, ready and waiting.
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(Hank) and Mary Lenz, have been named the new directors of CBC-Uganda.

Hank and Mary were fellow classmates and friends of Leland's. The couple graduated from CBC-Colorado in 2003, and Hank apprenticed in 2004. They first came across Andrew as a result of a friend inviting Hank to Andrew's annual Men's Advance. Hank remembers enjoying the message of grace that he heard Andrew teach, but he was sure there had to be a catch—he never found one.

The Lenzes managed a camp just outside Woodland Park, CO when they sensed God leading them to attend Bible school. One Sunday while visiting a church in Colorado Springs, the couple picked up materials from CBC which included information about the Expand Your Vision conference (now called Campus Days). It wasn't until they were on campus and classes had begun that they realized that Hank and Mary sit for a moment on the tailgate in Colorado. (Click to enlarge)CBC was an extension of Andrew's ministry.

Both Mary and Hank enjoyed their time at CBC and they had the eyes of their understanding opened. Many teachings made an impact on Mary, but she said that The True Nature of God helped her overcome many of her own religious misunderstandings. One class that really caught Hank's attention was Andrew's series on Righteousness. "When Andrew taught on Righteousness, I knew there was something there that I needed to understand at a heart level," Hank shared.

The Lenzes gained more than head knowledge of God's goodness while at CBC; they experienced it first-hand. When Mary was 11, she rode her bicycle to the local store, something her parents had not given her permission to do. On her ride, she had an accident with a car. Because of the guilt she felt, she tried to hide her injuries from her parents. Several days passed before she told them, and they took After graduating from CBC in 2003, the Lenzes owned and operated a sandwich shop, and at one time they employed Leland Shores III (left).
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her to see a doctor. Mary had broken her hip.

At the recommendation of an orthopedic specialist Mary had surgery to address the damage. Mary's problem turned to tragedy when the surgeon damaged blood vessels as he placed a pin in her hip. As a result, growth in her hip and leg stopped, and disease also set in causing her hip to deteriorate further. As doctors sought ways to address her issues, Mary's other leg continued to grow. Doctors came up with a way to halt the growth of Mary's good leg, but not before it had grown an inch and a half longer than her injured leg. The length discrepancy caused curvature of the spine and a host of other problems.

Mary's physical problems lingered as she aged. Hank and Mary were married when they were 21, and the couple had their daughter, Amanda, when Mary was 26. By age 31, Mary could barely walk, and by 34 she was visiting the top hip replacement surgeons in the country seeking much needed help. After more complications, further problems ensued. Eventually, Mary was left deformed and dependent upon a pair of Canadian crutches, a scooter, a wheelchair and medication. Long-held, childhood dreams of becoming a missionary seemed lost, and the simple act of getting on the floor to play with Hank and Mary were married at the age of 21. At the time, Mary was Catholic and Hank was Presbyterian.
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her daughter became nearly impossible.

Two and a half years after the failed surgery, Mary had one more procedure. This time the hip replacement was deemed a success; her leg was attached, and her hip was aligned correctly. Although one leg was still shorter than the other, she still had scoliosis, and her muscles were so weak that Mary couldn't pick her leg up if she was lying on her back, she was optimistic.

Hank and Mary moved to Colorado Springs a year and a half after Mary's last surgery in 1996. When they started classes at CBC in 2001, Mary could still only walk short distances and she was unable to sit comfortably through the four hour class schedule. "One day when she left school early and went out to the car, and Andrew asked me to go out and bring her back in. He prayed for her, and she was able to sit for longer durations," said Hank.

Since that time, Mary has been able to take two mile walks, her stomach has been healed from damage caused by Mary and daughter Amanda on a family outing prior to being healed.
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medication, she can lift her leg off the ground while lying on her back, and she can get on and off the floor by herself. She no longer relies on walking aides—Mary seldom even uses a cane. Mary is healed and gets stronger every day.

It is through CBC that Hank and Mary came to understand and receive all the blessings that are provided through Jesus' finished work. They enjoy seeking God and his grace, and having the Holy Spirit continually remind them of their righteousness. "God is good, all the time," said Hank. "Mary is going to be a missionary by God's grace," he declared.

At the writing of this post, Hank and Mary are on the ground in Kampala, Uganda getting things organized and promoting the re-opening of the school. Andrew will be holding meetings in Kampala in late October, and classes are set to begin the last week of January 2013. With plenty of time to get the ball rolling, and plans to include a new third year leadership training program, the Lenzes anticipate a full house. They have contacted more than 100 students that were sidelined without a school in 2011, and they have received an eager and excited response.

For more information about the Hank and Mary, and their ministry, visit their website . To keep up with their progress in Kampala, follow them on twitter: @LenzMinistries.

Thursday
Nov172011

Andrew Keeping "Boots on the Ground" in Uganda

Andrew with CBC Uganda Interim Directors, Dean and Linda Crooks, in the main CBC classroom.
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Wrapping up the trip to Uganda involved two final meetings: The first with Charis Bible College staff and students at their facility. We realized that these students were the face of the future in Uganda for the message of God’s love and grace.

At CBC Andrew brought an encouraging message about how to keep the spiritual relationship the students had cultivated through their studies at school. He told them of plans for CBC to continue in the Students gather to hear Andrew at CBC.
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future. He also let them ask questions for an hour. Most of the questions were about challenging passages of Scripture. Andrew sensed a very positive response from the students as he spoke. The impression received was that these students will do very well in the days to come. They have established their hope in the word, and in the Lord, and have not been knocked off course by the unexpected loss of Leland Shores.

Andrew receives a gift from CBC Kampala students. (Click to enlarge)David Hardesty and Gary Everett prepare for the pastors meeting with longtime ministry friend, John Katto. (Click to enlarge)

Andrew and David listen as Pastor Herbert speaks of Discipleship Evangelism. (Click to enlarge)The final meeting was an intimate meeting with pastors. They discussed the history of Andrew Wommack Ministries in Uganda. Andrew first went on Lighthouse Television in 2005. It soon became obvious that he would need to establish “boots on the ground” to make the most of the television impact there. Later, when Leland Shores went to Uganda, he met Pastor Herbert Kiwanuka who led him to gather pastors to receive the Discipleship Evangelism course. Most of these meetings were organized in outlying villages. This approach multiplied the impact throughout much of Uganda.

Meeting with pastors. (Click to enlarge)Over the years, Leland brought the DE course to pastors in Kampala, which sparked a demand for a Charis Bible College in this densely populated area. The Andrew Wommack bookstore was also established as a ministry contact point for locals. It has proven to be a very effective outreach. As we boarded our flight in Entebbe and began the long flight home, we had a deeper appreciation for the effect of these combined outreaches in Uganda. They will continue to yield very high eternal returns. In spite of the attempts of the enemy to kill, steal and destroy, none of our efforts have been wasted, and nothing has been lost to the Lord of the Harvest.

Filed November 11, 2011 by AWM Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford.