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Monday
Dec092013

Chip & Margaret: Retired and Bored No More

Charis Bible College-Colorado graduates, Margaret and Chip Morrow, Directors of CBC-Washington, D.C.
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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 The Morrow's mountain cabin.
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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.

On Campus at CBC. (Click to enlarge)"We went to the GTS and Charlotte camp meeting in 2009," said Chip, "We heard about Charis and thought, Why would retired people go to 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."

Margaret and Chip during their third year at CBC. (Click to enlarge)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 Chip and Margaret in Colorado, wearing I (heart) D.C. t-shirts.
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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 CBC-Washington, D.C. classroom
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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.

Monday
May142012

Andrew Ministers in Washington DC

Andrew sharing the introduction to his series Thursday night. (Click to enlarge)In late March, Andrew held a well-attended Gospel Truth Seminar near the nation's capital in Washington, DC. Andrew taught a series of messages entitled, A New Covenant with a New Commandment. Holding nothing back as he began to share his message, Andrew declared, "Most Christians do not understand the New Covenant." He said that for many people, the only difference they recognize between the Old and New Covenants is the single blank page in the Bible that separates the two. According to Andrew, this lack of understanding leads to a schizophrenic impression of God and of His true nature, and ultimately leads to the wrong doctrine so evident in the church today.

On Friday night Andrew opened the meeting by re-reading Hebrews 8:13, a verse he had read several times throughout the previous sessions. Drawing on this verse he taught that believers Andrew speaking Friday night. (Click to enlarge)today are not supposed to relate to God the same way as people did under the Old Covenant. "In our religious system today people will basically embrace the things that Moses said, the things David said, the way they prayed, the way they begged God not to leave them, the way they pleaded for cleansing and things. It is totally different under the New Covenant, and yet the average person does not make a distinction."

As Andrew continued to minister the Good News and freedom of the New Covenant, people began to catch a glimpse of the revelation of how awesome God is, and hearts and lives were transformed and prepared to receive from the Lord. With crowd attendance averaging close to 1000 each session, prayer ministers were in high demand. "We were glad to have 30 partners ready to serve," said one prayer team leader.

Andrew praying over the crowd Saturday morning. (Click to enlarge)After one session, a family with three little girls approached the ministry team. Each of the three suffered with physical issues, most prominently scoliosis. Their lives were changed as they received prayer and Jesus healed each one of them. One of the girl's legs visibly grew out, and each girl's twisted spine straightened and came into alignment with the Word of God. At the following session the three girls returned to the minister who had prayed for them and excitedly shared how happy they were now that they did not need to wear their back braces anymore!

During another session, a woman made her way to the front for prayer and her frail appearance caught the attention of several of the prayer ministers. The woman said she came forward because felt like she was dying. She explained that she had been in a car accident five years ago and had been suffering with excruciating pain ever since due to spine and neck injuries. As the ministers prayed the woman fell to the floor under the power of the Holy Spirit. A few moments later, the woman stood to her feet completely healed and pain free.

Be sure to watch the video below as Andrew introduces the weekend's series, A New Covenant with a New Commandment.

Monday
May162011

Andrew Shared the Truth in Washington D.C. 

Andrew teaching at the Thursday evening service in Washingto D.C. (Click to enlarge)Andrew spent the third weekend of April ministering to large crowds in the nation's capital. He shared a series called, The True Gospel. He opened Thursday evening's meeting acknowledging that many in attendance would feel let down at the announcement of the topic, but Andrew pressed on and boldly insisted that most people, including the average Christian, do not understand the true Gospel. He jumped right into the word, where he read from the book of Romans:

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth..." (Romans 1:16).

Getting ready in DC...Here Andrew's crew builds the platform.
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Andrew used this verse to make the point that most Christians do not understand the fullness of the word salvation, and that churches have limited it to mean only the forgiveness of sins. Andrew said, "It is true that sins have already been forgiven and you can reach out and just take it, but salvation isn't limited to the forgiveness of sins." He went on to explain that the Greek word translated salvation in this verse was used over three hundred times in the New Testament, and that it applies to more than the forgiveness of sins, but also to healing and deliverance.

As Andrew continued to share the power of God unto salvation, lives were touched and forever changed. Close to three-hundred people came forward throughout the weekend to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and more than a dozen received Christ for the first time. Andrew's GTS crew prepares the auditorium. (Click to enlarge)During each session Andrew revealed more of the true Gospel and the prayer team saw consistent manifestations of God's power flow as they ministered to those who came forward for prayer.

A woman suffering from macular degeneration in both eyes came forward and shared that the symptoms of her affliction made it impossible for her to read. After prayer, she thought she could see clearer. Later, she returned to the prayer minister crying. Her tears were those of joy, and her mouth was full of praise, as she held up a piece of paper—that she could now read.

Andrew ministered to large crowds each session while in the nation's capital. (Click to enlarge)A man in his early twenties approached a prayer minister and explained that he had been forced to leave college because he was suffering from the torment of his thoughts. He boldly stated that he had come to the conference to be delivered. Knowing her own authority, the minister put her hands on him and said emphatically, "Be Free!" As the young man received the power of God flowing through the minister to him, his whole countenance changed, and he was set free.

These are just two of the many manifestations of God's power that followed Andrew's ministry of The True Gospel in the nation's capital.

Watch the clip below as Andrew introduces the topic of his teaching for the 2011 Gospel Truth Seminar in Washington D.C.: The True Gospel.

 

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