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On the Road with Andrew: Germany II

Zaida Gates, a "Word of Faith" pastor from the Republic of Panama. (Click to enlarge)After the second day of the conference, Andrew stepped onto the elevator at the Aviva Hotel in Karlsruhe, heading for his room. Zaida Gates was there.

“I have been looking for you for ten years,” she said. “Someone gave me a teaching tape back then and after hearing it, I told myself that I would find you and have you lay your hands on me and pray for my healing from kidney disease. But now that I have heard you teach at this conference, I do not need you to pray for me. I was healed 2000 years ago. I’ve already got it.”

Andrew was very happy to hear this. So many people continue to seek his prayers even after he has taught them about their own authority.

Andrew prays after the session for those who still feel the need for his help. (Click to enlarge)Later, Zaida explained that she was “old school.” In the faith movement, she said, she was always taught to seek out the man of God and receive a gift of healing. Andrew’s Living in the Balance of Grace and Faith teaches that the believer has already received healing by grace, and only need to reach out and take it by faith. Faith does not produce healing, faith lays hold of the healing God has already provided through the suffering of His Son, Jesus. This means that anyone can do it. No one needs to seek out the “man of God” for this to happen.

She said that as a faith minister she had been working herself to death over the years. Uwe Dalke, senior pastor at the Christian Center in Karlsruhe, made concluding remarks at the end of each session. (Click to enlarge)She was the “woman of God” that many people looked up to for healing. She laid her hands on many people and saw them healed, but she was becoming sick herself. “Where can a faith pastor go when he or she becomes sick and needs help?” she asked rhetorically. She had worn out her immune system and now a disease was attacking one of her kidneys. She had come to Germany from Panama to see specialists who could help her. That is when she saw that Andrew was in a local conference and she came to have him lay hands on her.

The balance of grace and faith has given her a larger perspective; “I’ve already got it. It’s mine,” she said, with a confident smile.

Filed Monday October 24, 2011 by AWM Media Opertation Manager, Stephen Bransford.

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