I wish you could have been with us on our first day of classes in The Barn in Woodland Park. It was awesome! The auditorium was filled with hundreds of people who are in the process of becoming disciples. Those in attendance were representing so many of you. Some of you are just now learning that God isn't mad at you. Some of you are learning that you are who God says you are. Some of you are learning that God wants you well and that the war is over. Some of you shared a portion of what God has blessed you with to help pay for this building.
All of these things are happening because of what Christ did over 2,000 years ago. Now God has provided a new home for even more disciples to be made. The faces in the crowd were students who have come to sit under the Word of God for two or three years to grow in their relationship with the Lord and to prepare themselves for whatever He has for them to do.
My Television Department put together a week's worth of programs that will be airing in the month of February. These programs will show you the beautiful facility the Lord has given us, but more importantly, it will show you some of the lives that are being changed through this ministry. There is so much bad news today that it sometimes seems like darkness is winning, but that's not what we are seeing at Charis Bible College (CBC). God is moving mightily and you are a part of it. I encourage you to either watch these programs on television or go to our website: www.awmi.net to view them. These programs will bless you. Your gifts are making a huge difference and you need to know it. They will be airing February 10-14.
The presence of the Lord was powerful, and everyone was so excited to see what the Lord has done. Indeed, this is one of the greatest manifestations of God's blessing that I've ever seen. In a little over three years, we brought in enough extra money to pay for this facility, DEBT FREE. Thank You, Jesus!
There are a few more finishing touches to be completed over the next few months that we will pay for as the bills come due. The guard house, the cross that will be visible from the road, and the fireplace in the main auditorium are among the items to be completed. I don't think you'll notice any of that when you watch.
I am so excited for our students to be here. CBC and those of you who are partnering with this ministry have provided a place where students learn to hear the voice of God for themselves, the Word comes alive, relationship with God is given the highest place and lives are transformed forever.
Thank you, partners. This truly is the house that our faithful partners built. The cost of tuition was never increased to pay for this facility. The students could not have done it. All the glory goes to God. Jamie and I sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts for enabling us to accomplish this, but there is still a lot to be done.
CBC Around the World
Second Timothy 2:2 says,
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2
This scripture is what I'm called to do. While I've been blessed throughout this building process, my heart isn't really in the buildings. I see our building as a tool. It's not the tool that excites me but what I can do with the tool. It increases my ability to work and accomplish what God wants me to do.
Throughout the world people are being transformed by the renewing of their minds in CBC schools. This has only been made possible through your partnership.
Our building in Walsall, West Midlands that houses both our AWME offices and CBC West Midlands Campus was acquired through the generosity of our partners. That generosity has gone on to enable us to make extensive improvements to the site from the flooring to lighting, bringing the electrics up to modern safety codes and repairing the leaking roof. Now we have a facility that is capable of comfortably accommodating our growing student body. We were proud to host the annual European Ministers Conference in the newly renovated auditorium in October last year and we have a full calendar of events in store this coming year to make full use of the excellent facility we now have.
In addition to the West Midlands Campus renovation the AWME offices have been greatly improved to make room for our workforce who are responsible for the distribution of this nearly too good to be true news throughout the world in over 50 languages. There is still more to be done. We are looking forward to even more growth so our next task is to set up a new call centre for our dedicated helpline team so that they are fully equipped to handle a greater number of calls and requests. Last year alone they responded to over 13,000 calls and ministered in prayer to countless people whose lives have been touched by the gospel.
We moved in to the new Colorado campus on January 6 with 636 students. Worldwide there are now approximately 2,700 correspondence students taking the first-year classes by DVD. There are 479 online students, and we have 1,894 students in our 39 extension schools scattered over 17 countries. This is a grand total of 5,234 students who are attending CBC at the time you are reading this letter. Also, this year, nearly 20 percent of our second-year students at our campuses came from what I call our 'feeder system' of online, correspondence, and extension schools.
Only God knows the full potential of what He will do through these students, but I know it's BIG, and it's only going to get bigger.
Speaking of big things, one of our third year Business School graduates currently has eight major companies bidding on her idea. The idea, that God gave her, was developed and the business plan written in CBC. I look forward to sharing more about her idea when things are more settled. We need more successful Christian men and women in the marketplace, and CBC is providing a platform to make that happen.
This could make a huge difference around the world. We've already started micro-enterprises in our Kampala, Uganda CBC with the goal of our Business School sending those students to the Karamoja region of Uganda. They'll combine their efforts with our discipleship training that has been going on in that region for over a year now and are prepared to literally change an entire region of the world. Thousands have already come to faith in the Lord through our JESUS film presentations and our follow-up with the 48 Lesson Discipleship Evangelism course. Soon they will also start receiving clean water to drink and training in micro-enterprises.
CBC's Growth Is Tied to Television
With all the excitement about opening the new CBC campus in Woodland Park, let's not forget that Andrew Wommack Ministries is discipling people all over the world through the Gospel Truth television broadcast! Expanding this outreach is essential for future growth. In fact, nearly half of our students come to know of CBC through television.
In Russia, my staff have translated my programs into Russian and for several years, we have been broadcasting there to over 160 million homes across the former Soviet Union. They already have three extension schools and their goal is to have over 1,000 extension schools in the upcoming years.
Through God TV, TBN, Daystar, and other Christian television networks and stations, we have worldwide coverage, with 3.2 billion people able to watch my program if they so desire, but I must have multiple broadcasts on the same networks and stations to reach people at different times of the day. The majority of my broadcasts are in the morning and there are a vast number of people who don't watch television at that time. They've never been exposed to the Gospel Truth.
We could easily double the number of people whose lives are being impacted by the Gospel Truth by just having multiple broadcasts in the same market. However, I need a huge increase in finances to do this.
I know that the message the Lord has given me for the body of Christ is changing lives. It changed mine. It could change a lot more lives if the people were exposed to these truths. I must continue to expand the outreach of the Gospel Truth.
I would encourage every person receiving this letter to consider becoming a Grace Partner with us or, if you are a Grace Partner, to consider giving an additional '10 per month. This would more than cover the costs of expanding our television and other ministries. It's a piece of cake for Jesus. That's only 34 pence per day, but just 34p per day can impact the world with your help.
Not everyone can or will join with me in this, but I'm asking those of you who have been impacted by the power of God's grace through this ministry to do what you can. Some can do more, but everyone can do something. This is an obtainable goal that could impact the body of Christ worldwide.
Please join with me, and let's continue the task the Lord has assigned us of making disciples of all nations. You can give online: www.awme.net complete the enclosed form or call our Helpline: +44(0)1922 473300.
Again, Jamie and I and all our staff and students want to thank you for standing with us. We aren't just cursing the darkness; we are turning on a light. That light is getting brighter all the time. You are a big part of it. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
God bless you,
Andrew and Jamie
P.S. Thank you again for your past participation and for your continued support! We'll keep you up to date on our progress on our website: www.awme.net.
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