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Thursday
Apr212016

Translating Grace

The persecution of Christians in Asia is severe, but the message of God’s unconditional love and grace is reaching into those hard places and transforming lives. However, it wasn’t always that way. During a three-day conference hosted by Charis Bible College World Outreach, a prominent church pastor there spoke at a private meeting about the problems caused in the church by a lack of understanding of God’s grace. Andrew’s teachings have really helped many Asian Christians receive the grace of God. This pastor’s humility and openness, especially as one of the main ministry leaders, was a sign of just how deeply the Lord had touched him:

"We didn’t want grace. I mean, we did want grace, but we wanted to add it to suffering. We wanted to add suffering by carrying the cross. So, our teachings misled the next generations. We didn’t see the cross as grace. We saw the cross as a mark of our religion. We suffered for the Lord, and as we suffered for the Lord, our self-righteousness and our pride would come out. We used the cross as an excuse to treat ourselves badly and to consider that valuable. That was the Asian church—to consider suffering as spiritual. The generation above me, those preachers and workers in the church, are all tired and worn out. Toward the end of their ministries, they are not only in bad health, but their hearts are filled with bitterness, disappointment, and complaints. So, when I heard about this message, I realized we really [needed] to repent. So, on behalf of my [generation], I say sorry to the next generations."

This pastor then took a deep bow to those listening, and in response, they applauded him. He continued,

"When a father starts a family, he tries to make an inheritance for his children. Right? Jesus Christ has done everything on the cross and brought us the great grace. But we have taught people to suffer. We have not only taught them to suffer in their hearts but also taught people that they have to have a hard life to be more spiritual. That is our misunderstanding—our misconception of ministry. We couldn’t, at that time, enjoy life. So, our clothes would get old, and if we bought new clothes, there was a constant condemnation that would fall on us. We didn’t understand or comprehend the grace of God. We lived under fear because we feared people’s judgment and we feared people’s criticism. We thought that if we did more, God would be pleased. We didn’t understand how to come back to the rest of God. But through this study, we understand what grace is. Grace is the power of God released inside of us, and He is going to set us free in mind, body, and soul."

Christians in Asia are being set free with the good news of grace because of the translation efforts of Charis World Outreach. A portion of the donations to Charis World Outreach goes toward translation projects that enable people to receive the Gospel in their native languages. In every part of the globe, people are being equipped to teach the Word and are being mobilized to launch and establish new Charis locations. If you aren’t already involved, join the movement! People all over the world are waiting to be set free.

Monday
Aug042014

Watching God's Best Unfold

Clint and Laura Zeller have taken over as the new director and administrator of Charis Bible College in Houston, Texas.
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Clint Zeller, who graduated from the third-year School of Ministry at Charis Bible College (CBC), served as a combat medic in the Army for seven years before being medically discharged for a heart condition.

He was told that his ailment was caused by stress, and he was also diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. To manage his symptoms, Clint attended anger management and PTSD support groups. After listening to Andrew’s teaching about his true identity in Christ, however, Clint was immediately healed of the heart condition, and the anxiety and PTSD symptoms disappeared as well. Today Clint and his wife, Laura, have taken over as the new director and administrator of CBC Houston.

The Zellers met at Fort Riley, Kansas, while they we were both serving in the Army. Laura was a medic for four years and served fifteen months in Baghdad, Iraq. Despite the fact that Laura swore she would never marry a soldier, the couple fell in love and exchanged wedding vows.

Both Clint and Laura had a spiritual wake-up call when they were expecting their first child. “I was born again when I was a teenager but never started living for God until I was in my mid-twenties. Laura and I were expecting our daughter, Grace, and knew we wanted our kids to go to church. Good people go to church, and our kids were going to be good people! We started going to Rocky Mountain Family Church in Pueblo, Colorado, and quickly found out that there was more to church than just being a good person. That’s when our lives really began to change,” Clint recalled.

Laura was born again as a child and grew up in what she describes as a very loving, big, happy family. They attended a great church in Independence, Missouri, three times a week without fail. “My dad taught me to follow God,” Laura recalls, “but he knew that I had lost my passion in my late teens and early twenties. He never made me feel bad or pushed me away. When Clint and I got married, we were totally different people than we are now. My dad just laughs at how awesome God is in turning our lives around.”

The Zeller family. (Click to enlarge)After being discharged from the Army, Clint began pursuing a degree in Health Administration. It wasn’t long, however, before Clint began feeling unsettled in his heart. He decided that he should quit pursuing his degree and instead go into full-time ministry. Clint shared the idea with Laura, and the two thought it best to discuss the idea with their pastor. After hearing the Zellers’ hearts, their pastor recommended that the couple attend CBC, to help prepare them for their calling.

Coincidentally, when Clint and Laura went online to look up Andrew Wommack and CBC, they learned that Campus Days was just a couple of weeks away. Clint immediately made plans to attend the three-day conference, where he was able to sit in on actual classes and mingle with the faculty and staff. Clint knew as soon as he walked through the door that he was supposed to attend CBC. Laura, who watched the live stream, was also impressed by what she heard. “Clint got to go to Campus Days, and I watched live, online from home. I remember just staring at the computer in total awe at what was happening. From that moment on, Clint and I both knew that CBC was our next step,” says Laura.

Finding Andrew and CBC has been instrumental for the Zellers, not only in helping them turn their lives around, but also in finding their destinies. Clint remembers being radically changed by Andrew’s teaching, You’ve Already Got It!, but it was Spirit, Soul & Body that has affected him the most.

Andrew's teaching, Spirit, Soul & Body is available on CD, DVD, paperback book and study guide. (Click to enlarge)Spirit, Soul & Body significantly impacted Laura as well. “This foundational truth is important in understanding so much about who you are, who God is, and what He truly thinks about you. When this revelation went from just head knowledge to really knowing, I couldn’t stop talking about it,” she says.

Both Clint and Laura were drawn to Andrew because of his down-to-earth nature. “He didn’t use big flashy words, turn red, and spit on people in the front row when he was teaching. He speaks from his heart. Andrew’s knowledge of the Word comes out in such a way that anyone and everyone can understand. Listening to him speak in school, you could sense that his passion for God was really palpable. Change your life, change the world. That’s Andrew’s vision, and it’s our vision for Houston, Texas, as well,” Laura states.

Since attending CBC, Laura says their lives have been anything but boring. “As we have renewed our minds to the true nature of God, we have seen His good, acceptable, and perfect will unfold right before our eyes,” she explains. “Our passion is to see the same things happen to each student attending CBC Houston.”

Thank you, CBC World Outreach Partners, for joining with us to help people realize God’s perfect will for their lives. The Zellers are confident that CBC Houston will continue to grow under their leadership, and the city of Houston will be further saturated with the Good News of God’s love.

Are you curious about others who have graduated from CBC and gone on to change the world? Click the CBC Grads in Ministry link to the right, and find testimony after testimony of transformed lives. CBC graduates who have a passion to direct extension schools are taking the hope of Jesus Christ to every corner of the earth.

Partnership with CBC World Outreach is making a difference all over the world. If you have never taken the opportunity to partner with us, please consider doing so today.

Thursday
Jul172014

Continuing to Bear Fruit: 30, 60, 100-fold

And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.

(Mark 16:20)

Charis Bible College (CBC) graduates are celebrating on nearly every continent. Six hundred students recently received diplomas as recognition of their completion of CBC’s training. Each of these newly licensed ministers, from forty worldwide campuses, are prepared to go forth, preach the Good News of Jesus Christ, and change the world.

Class of 2014 - CBC West Midlands (Click to enlarge)

Class of 2014 - CBC Uganda (Click to enlarge)Class of 2014 - CBC Heidelberg, SA (Click to enlarge)We are so grateful for our World Outreach Partners, who make it possible for our students in nineteen countries, to experience the Word coming alive for them. Their cups are literally overflowing with God’s love as a result of sitting under the anointed teaching of our CBC instructors. They can’t help but express how this nearly-too-good-to-be-true news has transformed their lives.

CBC San Jose graduate, Carol Moore (right). (Click to enlarge)Carol Moore, a CBC San Jose graduate, shared the following testimony regarding her two years at CBC:

Since attending CBC San Jose, my life has been changed forever. I am not the same person I was two years ago. My initial transformation began after salvation thirteen-and-a-half years ago as I began to study and meditate on God’s Word. During my time at CBC, this transformation process has ramped up so significantly that I want to continue this process of a deeper relationship with the Father forever. When you have tasted something so sweet, nothing else can compare. As Paul stated in Philippians 3:12-14,

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. [13] Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, [14] I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

I am pressing on because I have life and I have a purpose greater than myself.

The teaching has revealed new truths and a deeper understanding regarding healing, grace, faith, and what Jesus has provided for me through His death, burial, and resurrection. I also know more about the true nature of God and my authority as a believer. My transformation has taken time through study, meditation, and the application of God’s Word. It’s so great to be in the “sweet spot,” knowing I’m doing what God has called me to do. The best is yet to come!

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, [21] Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

Each graduate has a testimony similar to Carol’s. Their lives have been transformed by attending CBC. But it’s not just a single life that is being changed; these students are taking the revelation that they are receiving and impacting their communities.

Andrea, from CBC Mexico, was recently in a government-run hospital, helping a fellow student care for his father. While Andrea was there, she couldn’t help noticing a man in the bed next to her friend’s father. He was very ill and lying in a coma-like state. Andrea asked the woman who was sitting next to his bedside what had happened to him. The woman explained that the man was her brother, Martin, and she had been told that he was very close to death. Andrea asked for permission and then prayed for Martin. She exchanged cell phone numbers with his sister before leaving the hospital.

From left: Javier, Martin's parents, Martin and Andrea (Click to enlarge)About two weeks later, Andrea was in a hurry and got on the wrong bus. She looked around having realized her mistake, and to her surprise, there was Martin’s sister! Andrea asked about Martin and was told that he had remained in that coma-like state for about nine days, and then he just woke up! He had since been discharged from the hospital.

Andrea and her husband, Javier, made arrangements to visit Martin and his family. When they arrived at Martin’s house, they found nine family members gathered. Andrea and Javier talked to the group about how much the Lord loved them. All nine people received Jesus as their Savior.

Sharing the love of God is natural for CBC students. Testimonies like these are endless. We celebrate their accomplishments as graduates and as disciples. The multiplication process that is taking place throughout the world is extraordinary. Some of our graduates will choose to attend our third-year internship program, in order to further train for the calling God has placed on their lives. Others will begin new journeys by starting churches or launching new businesses. Many will visit their home cities, towns, and countries to share the same revelation of God’s unconditional love and grace that they have received and experienced at CBC.

Please join us in congratulating the 2014 CBC graduates and know that your partnership helped transform their lives, in addition to the many lives that will be touched as they go forth and preach the Good News. These students are changing the world.

If you have never partnered with World Outreach, we invite you to do so today. Your donations really do make a difference in the lives of innumerable individuals. With your help, we will continue to fulfill the Great Commission and make disciples of all nations.