Are you bored? If you have nothing better to do, Google the phrase, find will of God. In less than half a second the search engine will provide a staggering number of results, 25,270,000,000 to be exact. Listed in the top five results is an article written by Andrew titled, How to Find God's Will, and reading it may change your life. That's what Chip Morrow did, and now he is the Director of Charis Bible College in Washington D.C.
In 2009, nearly a decade into retirement, Chip and his wife, Margaret, found they were bored. Chip had retired from a career in chemical engineering and Margaret had left her days as a science teacher behind. After filling their first seven years of retirement with extensive travel to all 50 states and several foreign nations, building a cozy cabin in the mountains of Tennessee, and taking a 46-day cruise around South America, Chip and Margaret felt they were missing something. They wanted to find God's purpose for their retirement years.
As the Morrows sought the Lord for purpose, Chip Googled, "find will of God," and through the results found Andrew's website. The proverbial snowball began to roll. The couple dove into the libraries of free materials found on the site; they watched Andrew's videos and downloaded audio files of his teachings. They also found out that Andrew was going to be hosting a Gospel Truth Seminar in Raleigh, North Carolina. Chip and Margaret attended the GTS and a camp meeting Andrew was part of in Charlotte. At the conferences, the Morrows were introduced to Charis Bible College.
Once past the initial dismissal of going back to school, Margaret said, "If we don't go, we will always wonder what would have happened if we had gone to Charis."
Their curiosity got the best of them, and they watched videos of CBC classes, making note of all the gray heads they saw in attendance. Still they weren't sure they could sit still for four hours a day, five days per week. Chip said, "We decided to conduct a dry run. During the winter of 2009-2010, we attended a pretend Bible college at our dining table from 9-12 each day listening to Andrew's MP3 files and taking notes with our Bibles. We were hooked on the grace word."
The Morrows proceeded cautiously. In 2010, they closed up their cabin in the woods, and signed a three-month lease in Colorado Springs, leaving themselves an escape, if all did not go well in Colorado. By December of 2010, they knew without a doubt that they would be returning for their second year. They were enjoying their adventure so much that they began to wonder what could be better than being at Bible college all the time. Looking ahead, they began to see that as CBC directors they could always be in the CBC environment and enjoy the things they had come to love about the school; good teaching, growing in the knowledge of the Lord and always making new friends.
Midway though their second year, Chip and Margaret began meeting with Wendell Parr and Andrew's World Outreach team to discuss the Morrow's interest in becoming directors. In January of 2013, during their third year, it was determined that the Morrows would begin preparing to pioneer a new campus in the Washington, D.C. area.
The Lord brought the necessary logistics together very quickly for Chip and Margaret as they began to prepare for their new role as directors. Andrew was scheduled to host a Gospel Truth Rally in the D.C. area in April, and the Morrows wanted to have the school's location solidified for an announcement by the time Andrew held his conference. Chip said, "We began to look via the internet for a location to lease for the school. Two buildings looked promising and we went to D.C. in March to see the buildings. God prepared one so outstandingly that we also contacted a realtor to look for a condo for us within walking distance to the school. When we went again to D.C. for the April GTR, we were overcome by the response from the people. Eight people paid us the application fee in advance of any paperwork. CBC-Washington, D.C. was off and running. The next day, we made an offer on a condo about 1 mile from the new school location. In faith, we closed on our condo 10 days later, long before the building lease was approved and signed."
The Morrows finished their third-year studies in Colorado and moved to Washington, D.C. in June of 2013. Almost immediately, the couple began receiving student inquiries and applications at their new home—even before they had furnishings. Preparations at the school building, which is located just south of the Beltway, were completed in August, and the Morrows opened the doors to their first crop of students this past September.
Needless to say, the Morrows no longer suffer from boredom. They are enjoying good teaching, and growing in the knowledge of the Lord with their 21 new friends in the charter class of CBC-DC. What does the Lord have for you? You can go to Google and do your own search or check out Andrew's teaching How To Find, Follow and Fulfill God's Will.
Visit the CBC-Washington, D.C. website for more information about the school and the Morrow's journey into ministry.