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Apr012013

Francesca's Road to Freedom

Anxiety disorders with names such as: Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Emetophobia, which is the debilitating fear of vomiting, can be crippling, and all sound extremely unpleasant. To be diagnosed with any one of these disorders would indicate the severity of some form of trauma in one's life. But to be diagnosed with all of them, as Francesca was, would indicate that life had gone terribly wrong. Francesca had been struggling with these conditions for 27 years. Numerous medications, therapists, and every other kind of treatment available, all failed to help her overcome her vicious and obscenely abusive childhood. In fact, as Francesca Francesca spent her childhood unaware of true affection, and sustained constant physical and psychological abuse at the hands of those with whom she should have been safest. neared age 50, the trauma of her youth was compounded by the severe mistakes of her adult years, and she was getting progressively worse.

Recently Francesca stumbled upon Andrew's Gospel Truth program. At first she thought he was the most boring preacher on television, and she would change the channel when he would come on. "He wasn't the flashy, screaming, slapping-people-on-the-foreheads, selling-prayer-cloths-and-healing-water kind of guy. He just sat there and talked—like he was having a conversation with a friend in his living room," Francesca shared. Andrew's calm demeanor was too boring to keep her anxious mind interested for very long. Then, one morning, after a horrible night of not sleeping, struggling with panic attacks, flashbacks, and every other symptom that comes with PTSD, Francesca turned the TV on and there was Andrew teaching about hope. Hope—something Francesca had lost a As a child, Francesca misunderstood inappropriate contact as affection.long time ago. She had prayed to God for years to be healed, delivered, rescued and restored from the trauma she had suffered at the hands of those with whom she should have been safest. She begged, pleaded desperately and tried to make deals with God, all to no avail.

Something was different about that morning as she listened to Andrew. Suddenly, Francesca was filled with hope and she craved, in her own words, "literally, physically craved more of his teachings." She visited Andrew's website in search of more materials and was shocked and pleased to find all of his teachings downloadable and free. "I started downloading and listening day and night until I got so tired, I'd fall asleep listening," said Francesca.

After soaking in the revelation of Jesus found throughout Andrew's messages, Francesca decided to rededicate her life to Jesus. She called Andrew's Help Line and a prayer The trauma sustained during childhood, negatively affected Francesca's judgment as an adult. minister helped her receive Salvation. Since that day, Francesca has been devouring Andrew's teachings. "I have given up watching TV. I'm just not interested anymore and yet, before that, TV was my constant companion, the one thing that served as a distraction from my situation. Now, all I want to listen to is Andrew's teachings, and I have set my alarm for 7:20 a.m. every morning, so I can start my day by watching him on TV every weekday at 7:30 a.m., which is when The Gospel Truth airs here in Toronto," said Francesca enthusiastically.

What modern medicine and psychiatry couldn't do in 27 years, Andrew's Christ-centered teachings accomplished in a few short days. Francesca is now completely free of all PTSD-related symptoms and she says she has a peace that surpasses all understanding. "I was so mad at God for not answering my prayers, so much so that I had become suicidal. I didn't care if I went to hell because I was already living in hell here The crushing weight of her youth coupled with multiple abortions and two failed marriages left Francesca suicidal. on earth. I was also at a point where I was seriously considering turning to the devil for help because I saw "bad" people living wonderful, healthy, free lives, and I was a prisoner in my own body and God wasn't helping me. I wanted the pain to stop so badly that if it meant turning to the devil for help, I was going to do it," said Francesca.

Finally, after being tortured for 27 painful years, Francesca has been delivered from the spirit of debilitating fear, and all her other debilitating, physical and psychological, symptoms are gone as well. Francesca is excited about life now. She feels good, and she has hope. Francesca said, "It wasn't God who wasn't doing anything, it was me who was doing all the wrong things. Now that I have finally been healed, I have to rebuild a life from scratch because everything I had and worked hard After hearing Andrew teach about the Hope found in Jesus, Francesca found true freedom! The revelation of Jesus set her free from a lifetime of torture.for, this debilitating fear took away: My career, my finances, my house, my marriage, my peace, my joy...and almost my faith in God."

While Francesca rebuilds her life free from the torment of anxiety, she has new-found desires in her heart. Besides having the desire to acquire and complete CBC's correspondence program, Francesca has hope-filled dreams of one day becoming a counselor. She also wants to be able to give back to Andrew's ministry. While her current financial situation prevents her from giving as generously as she would like, she has found another way to be a blessing; she has offered her time as a volunteer at the ministry's offices in Toronto.

Francesca is grateful for Andrew's ministry and his teaching of the Gospel Truth. She said, "You may very well have saved my life because while I did not want to kill myself (I'm a mom and therefore don't have the luxury of suicide) it certainly was something that entered my mind on a daily basis. I would say to myself, 'If this gets to a point where I really can't handle any more, I can always kill myself to make the pain and the fear stop.' Well, the pain and fear have stopped—thanks to God and to Andrew."

Reader Comments (10)

Reading this made me cry. I have been in her EXACT situation - and am still trying to get out of it. I've felt the same things, thought the same things, and even today have felt so overwhelmed by it all and frustrated that non-Christians live a peaceful, happy life and I'm tormented (is that even a strong enough word??) by fear. It's encouraging to hear about someone who has overcome what I'm striving for. At 25, I should be living out my dreams, not stuck in a nightmare. I cannot wait to be free...

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

In the 90,s i took a wide turn towards the city of destruction. Never had a father growing nor and desire to be somebody or do anything with my life. i find it interesting she wants to be a counselor. In 2000, I started suffering from constant panic and paranoia from a long decade of using hallucinogenics, meth etc. I had a friend that really like Andrew. He had a box full of cassette tapes and struggled to with agoraphobia. I didn't suffer from agoraphobia but my panic was crippling. I believed there was no hope. I haven't taken medication since 2005 thanks to Jesus and Andrews teaching. I too want to be a counselor!

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynnB76

I too have this issue of anxiety and agoraphobia. I missed out of so many things that were taking place out of town when my boys were little. Now I have grandchildren and I don't want to miss out on things with them, which I already have! I have been saved since 92 praying against this for many yrs. I started watching Andrew in 2000, love his teachings, they gave me hope. I am 55 yrs old, still have the issues, and don't go to the dentist, take elevators, go out of town, etc. I get mad at it!! I confess God's word over myself, and think ok what am I doing wrong cuz I am not out of this bondage yet? Self condemnation is a nasty root. I know I had anxiety in 1st grade, went to a Catholic school, which didn't help at all, I believe it was a contributor to this. I AM A CHILD OF GOD, ITS NOT WHAT I DO ITS WHAT JESUS DID AT THE CROSS FOR ME. HE HAS DELIVERED ME.....now someone please tell me AM I stopping this promised blessing of freedom? JoAnne Heck Cote is my Facebook name....from Freeport, Il

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoAnne

Dear Andrew,

Thank God you were there for her! I shudder to think how she would have ended up in life is this ministry had not been there in her darkest hour. It was a "God" Incidence that she just 'happened' to tune in to your program.

Awesome!

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEleanor Lock

I once read a book by Tony Evans, and in this book he spoke of a person hanging from a cliff crying for someone to help him. God responded and said 'let go and I'll catch you.' The man replied God I can't talk now 'I'm trying to get off this cliff.' God responded once more 'let go and I'll catch you.' This parable spoke volumes into my spirit. As I read those three words (let it go) with my scrambled fragile mind barely able to comprehend the simplist of words an inner peace from The Lord filled my being and my spirit felt fresh and complete. It was almost an over night experience.
The feelings I know I had was that I was losing my mind. Never to return to normal life. Demonic thoughts surrounded me and felt damnation and oppression was to be my life on earth. Now when I recognize my spirit confirming me today these trials were there for strengthening not to cripple. It was a gift and not a curse. If not for anybody else but for myself as a living testimony for me to move on from the fear that had gripped. Though some maybe later in years this life is not all there is. Gods children are just that Gods children. Choose to abide in him and ponder his love goodness and patients. Long suffering is just that. Jesus suffered a long time, while some people in this earth have even greater trials with persecution, poverty, disease, God is returning soon and he is coming just for you his bride.

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynnB76

It really helps to know that salvation is yours instantly through Jesus. My fear was that I was going to hell. With that out of the way we can do all things through Christ. Riding in elevators, eating in public, walking on cracks, counting cars. We can do it all things without fear or condemnation to those who've place there trust in Him. Once a person grows up and is on there own it is the greatest decision we can make yet I still find hard. When I taste and see he is good I get back in line for the water.

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynnB76

I have thought lately as our finances seem to get worse and worse that if I died, James wouldn't have so much to worry about and he'd get the insurance money to pay everything off. Then he could go on and finish what God started in him. You see, he spends a lot of time taking care of me and my messes. But God! I know Whom I have believed, that He is able to keep that which I've committed unto Him against that day! I just keep going, keep putting one foot in front of the other. Sometimes I wish I could just stop and breathe. My favorite song, "the more I seek You, the more I find You, The more I find You, the more I love You, I want to sit at Your feet, drink from the cup in Your hand, lay back against You and breathe, feel Your heartbeat, this love is too deep, it's more than I can stand, I dwell in Your peace, it's overwhelming!"

April 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDanica Baker

I'm the Francesca this story is about. I have more good news to share!

Until yesterday, my daughter had a fear of flying. Unlike me, she loves to travel but had a lot of anxiety, days and even weeks leading up to the day of departure. The flight there and back meant hours of psychological and physical suffering because that kind of irrational fear attacks both body and mind.

I thought I was being a good mom and helping my daughter when I purchased a Fear of Flying Hypnotherapy mp3 download for her. "Listen to this every day, fall asleep listening to it so it REALLY gets into your subconscious," I told her. She did. It relaxed her and put her to sleep but she would wake up still scared of flying.

Now that I know the real "cure" for the kind of fear that is not of God, I was able to teach my daughter what to do to be set free from the spirit of fear that was attacking her, and I prayed for her.

The opportunity came up for her to go to a country she's always wanted to visit, so she booked her flight and waited for the familiar fear to begin stirring in the pit of her stomach. This time it didn't. I told her God had already healed her (or is 'delivered' the correct term?). She wasn't so sure, and said it would probably hit her closer to the day of departure. As that day approached, I asked how she was feeling. She said, "Surprisingly calm... well... a little twinge of anxiety but nothing like it used to be." Again I said, "That's because God healed you." She replied, "Yeah, maybe."

Yesterday she got on that plane and five hours later I receive the expected phone call telling me she arrived at her destination safe and sound. "How was the flight?" I asked. "Oh mom the flight was GREAT!" She exclaimed. "Best flight I've ever had!"

"No fear?" I asked, already knowing. "Nope. None! And for the first time no turbulence either!" (Turbulence always made her fear worse) I could hear her smiling ear to ear. "See? I told you God healed you!" I said. "I told you He would if you asked, believed, and received." She paused for a few seconds and said, "Yeah.... He did. My fear is gone." And then we both thanked God for this mini-miracle.

God has NEVER let me down, I am the one who always let's Him down! I have learned, the hard way unfortunately, that when I get out of His way and stop fighting Him and start cooperating with HIm, His blessings flow easily into my life. It's too bad I didn't have this knowledge when I was my daughter's age because I could have avoided A LOT of pain and suffering. But, thanks to Ändrew, I have it now, and I can pass it on to my daughter so she can use it and avoid making the same mistakes I did and, when she has children she can pass it on to them..... and our family's 'generational curse' of fear will have stopped with me. Thank you, God!

April 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesca

wow, the comment regarding letting go from a cliff hanging and letting God catch you really spoke to me, thank you Francesca for your testimony that has unleashed many others to share their testimonies...Catch me God!

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjacqui

Thanks for sharing your healing testimony! Reading this just feeds my hope. I also have anxiety issues that I have had for as long as I can remember. I am 27 yrs old now and me too, I have had to stop enjoying life due to the fear. I have problems driving....being alone or away from people I know in fear that something will happen to me and that no one will know who I am. I basically stay home 95% of the time unless I go out with my husband. I totally know that God wants me to walk in COMPLETE peace if mind. I know it deep down that it is possible. I have 2 young kids that demand a lot of my time and I find it hard to sit and focus on renewing my mind. I struggle with that. Cause I know as I spend time in the word, it's health and healing. I don't know if it's something I am doing wrong or what. I have had a great life. Grew up surrounded by loving family. I don't know that I can say it's rooted from something that happened in my life. But maybe it is??? I remember growing up and always needing to by where my parents were, and having anxiety if I was not. I also remember being so afraid of puking. I neeeed to be set free. I know it's Gods will and I just am not sure how to get released from this bondage soon. If you have any words for me Franseca, I would love to hear from you :) I will keep seeking God and claiming his promises and focus on his love, cause perfect love casts out fear! I am so hopeful.

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJolene

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