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Monday
Nov292010

Mike Hoesch's Mountain

Mike Hoesch on San Carlos Beach in Senora, Mexico September 1999. (Click to enlarge)Back in 2000, Mike Hoesch had an itch, and though he scratched it, the itch persisted. Because he was unable to find relief, Mike examined the itchy area on his chest, and he noticed a pimple-sized sore. He dismissed it, but the itch remained.

Months passed and the sore did not go away; it began to worsen. Although Mike believed in healing, he lacked the revelation of God's unconditional love and his authority as a believer. Instead, due to twenty years of involvement with a ministry that focused on performance-based doctrine, Mike believed his healing was available, but conditional upon his efforts. He continued to suffer.

Mike was diagnosed with skin cancer. Photo September 2001 (Click to enlarge)After a year, Mike sought counsel with his pastor and explained his situation. The pastor, who also happened to be his employer, was struggling with his own physical issues. He expressed to Mike that it wasn't healing that they needed, but herbal remedies. His pastor prayed that the Lord would lead Mike to the right remedies.

The sore continued to worsen, and it began to grow. Mike's pastor suggested that he visit a doctor for a diagnosis so that they could pray more specifically when seeking the Lord for the correct herbal remedies to help his condition. Mike made an appointment with a doctor.

As Mike waited in the examining room he was slightly apprehensive, 2002 (Click to enlarge)but not fearful. The doctor entered the room in a casual friendly manner, putting Mike at ease. But almost instantly his ease turned to fear as the doctor's face revealed grave concern when he saw Mike's chest. The doctor excused himself from the room and returned with a colleague, then continued to examine Mike. Without much conversation the doctors insisted Mike was to go see a third doctor, a surgeon, 2003 (Click to enlarge)for immediate surgery—they insisted Mike be seen right away. The sense of urgency was troubling.

On his way to work from the doctor's office Mike called his wife, Caroline and shared the news that they had diagnosed his sore as being a malignant neoplasm. The term did not mean anything to the Hoesches, so Caroline looked it up on the Internet. Caroline said, "Mike, that means it is a malignant [cancerous] 2004 (Click to enlarge)skin tumor." Fear immediately gripped Mike. "All of a sudden I went from having something that was no problem, to this dreaded thing," Mike said.

Not wanting to do anything driven by fear, Mike cancelled his appointment with the surgeon, and sought counsel with his pastor. The doctor strongly advised Mike to reconsider; stressing that what Mike had was extremely serious and could spread through his entire body.

2005 (Click to enlarge)Over the next six years Mike's once pimple-sized sore metastasized to become a very large and troublesome tumor requiring cleaning and bandaging several times a day. He became increasingly weak as the tumor slowly drained the life out of him. In his weakened condition he was forced to quit his job with the ministry.

Mike purposed in his heart that he would seek the Lord and spend time in His Word. While his intentions were good, he struggled as he began to see things in the Word contrary to what he had been taught over the previous twenty years. The tumor became so large that Mike wore a modified bra to support it. Photo 2007
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Still confused, he began confessing healing Scriptures, not out of understanding, but out of a desire to earn his healing.

In March of 2008, as Mike was wrestling with faith and his beliefs, a friend brought him Andrew's teaching series, You've Already Got It. Through Andrew's messages the Lord confirmed the things He had been showing Mike in the Word, and Mike's eyes began to open to the truth. He rejoiced as he listened to Andrew. "It just blessed me so much when I heard Andrew sharing these things. It was like, yes, yes, I've already got it!" exclaimed Mike. After Mike received revelation, he began to see his healing manifest. Photo March 2008 (Click to enlarge)"I was waiting for the Lord to intervene again on my behalf, but he had already done that in Christ. Everything that I had, every sickness, disease, or sin that I’ll ever commit or had committed—Christ bore!" Mike gained an understanding of the fullness of Jesus' atoning sacrifice and his faith was strengthened. As a result he completely let go of his tumor, switching his focus to Jesus, to receive what He had provided.

A month after his revelation, Caroline was helping Mike change the dressing when the couple realized that the tumor had decreased in size. At one time this would have surprised Mike, and sent him jumping for joy, but because of his new found steadfastness in the Word of July 2008 (Click to enlarge)God his reaction was one of calm expectancy. Through Andrew's simple expression of the truth, he had come to realize that the cancer had to leave because of what Jesus had already done for him.

Approximately five months later Mike's chest was clear. Over the course of his battle with the enemy, Mike had lost more than twenty pounds, and become very weak. As he walked out his healing his strength returned and he gradually began to regain the weight he had lost. Now, aside from a minor scar, there is no sign of his tumor.

September 2010!Mike and Caroline were so impacted by God's faithfulness to His Word, and by the clarity with which Andrew teaches the Word, that they relocated to Colorado Springs and enrolled in Charis Bible College, where they are presently first year students. "I want to be able to minister to people, that they might receive the love of God that I’ve received, and know that it’s unconditional. That is so important for us to understand," said Mike.

Watch the video below as Mike and Caroline share their Healing Journey. For a more reccent update, please check out their Healing Journeys Reunion post.

Thursday
Nov252010

From Wisconsin to Zambia

Lemuel Siame and Dave Keating, Missionary to Zambia. (Click to enlarge)Years ago, Dave Keating was given a prophetic word that there would be resurrection power in his hands and that he would see people raised from the dead. After he ended a successful corporate career in 1999, Dave and his wife wanted to go to Bible school.

He says that, instead, “the Lord brought the Bible school directly to us in Wisconsin” via CBC’s correspondence program. “Ever since then, we’ve appreciated the message of relationship with God, grace and mercy, and the practical application of the Word. It was a desire of our hearts to go to the missions field and apply that Word in a practical way.”

In 2005, the Keatings moved to Zambia as missionaries, and early one morning in 2008, they got their chance. Charity Siame, the mother of a three-and-a-half-year-old boy who lived on their property, was screaming in the backyard. Her son, Lemuel, lay facedown in the swimming pool, entangled in some ropes. They pulled the child from the water, but it looked grim. “There was no pulse, no heartbeat. His eyes had already rolled back in his head, and we think he was in the water at least five minutes,” says Dave.

The Siame family (L-R) Joy, Charity, Prince and Lemuel with Dave.
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Instead of panicking, Dave turned to the Word. “The scripture that came to my mind immediately was Luke 5:17,” he says. “At the end of the verse, there’s a part that says the power of the Lord is present to heal. It just came to me very strongly that this child was going to be okay.”

The little boy’s father, Prince Siame, was also a born-again, Spirit-filled believer, so he and Dave began to declare that Lemuel was going to live. “We weren’t praying, ‘God, please heal him,’” explains Dave; “We just declared that the Word of God was so.”

After twenty-four minutes of praying over the child, “his body leaped off the concrete,” says Dave. “It only came up an inch or so, but his whole body responded. We had a heartbeat and a pulse.” They drove him to the local clinic, but the nurses insisted that they hire an ambulance and go to the hospital in Lusaka. “The nurses at the clinic kept saying, ‘He’s too far gone. There’s nothing we can do,’” recalls Dave. “But I told the dad, ‘This child will be okay, and don’t let them tell you anything different. They are just doing their job, but we need to do our job.’”

At the main hospital, the doctors said the boy’s body temperature was low, and they couldn’t do anything besides wrap him in a warm blanket and wait. But Dave and Prince “continued to pray and minister to his spirit, declaring that he was going to be okay,” Dave says.

They waited all day. That evening, about twelve hours after the accident, Lemuel awoke for the first time, but his speech was garbled and made
no sense.

Faith partners Dave and Prince pose with Lemuel more than one year later.
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Dave spent the next day at the hospital, waiting and praying with the boy’s parents. He was there the third day as well, when they saw a marked change. “He sat up in bed about eight o’clock that evening, and he said clearly, ‘Dad, there’s a toy that I’d really like to have. Would you go and get it for me?’ And so Prince rushed out, got the toy, and brought it back to the hospital,” says Dave. When he returned, he also brought his laptop computer, which had on it a racing game that the little boy loved to play.

The following morning when Dave arrived, he saw a group of doctors gathered around the boy’s bed. They were excited, but he didn’t know why. “I walked up to them, and this three-and-a-half-year-old is explaining to the doctors what keys on the laptop to hit to select a race car,” says Dave, “and how to move the keys so the car would turn the corners. The doctors were just astounded, and they declared, ‘This is a miracle! We can’t believe it.’”

The doctors kept the little boy one extra day for observation and then released him. “The whole hospital was on fire, talking about the miracle that had happened,” shares Dave. “And when we took the child home, the whole city was talking about the miracle.”

Father and son more than a year after the accident and miraculous recovery.More than a year later, Lemuel is a happy, healthy five-year-old. He just finished preschool, having passed every test. “He’s a perfectly normal, ambitious, highly energetic child,” says Dave. “I believe that God has a great plan for his life. My life has certainly
been changed.”

Looking back, Dave says, “I thought I would come a little bit unglued, but I was able to stay calm. Even though everything around us showed the vital signs of death, we stood on His Word by faith. This is what God wants to do through His people, if we’re willing to apply His Word in a demonstration of authority.”

 

Reprinted from the article It's the Fruit that Counts, found in the Spring & Summer 2010 edition of Andrew's Gospel Truth magazine.

Monday
Nov222010

Harnessed Emotions

Sandra Duarte harnessed her emotions, stood on God's Word and received her healing.
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In 2009, at the age of thirty-eight, Sandra Duarte was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Fortunately, Sandra and her newlywed husband, Marcelo were equipped to overcome this adversity. As a result, the couple has seen the miraculous power of God first hand. Their testimony is one of purposeful standing—standing on God's Word and standing against the attack of the enemy.

Shortly after getting married, and approximately six months before Sandra received the diagnosis, she and Marcelo had begun attending leadership training courses at their church in Orlando, Florida. As they began the program, the instructor of the class mentioned listening to Andrew's teachings online, and recommended that the students listen to the teachings if they had the opportunity. The Duartes had never heard of Andrew and were reluctant to check out his ministry.

Sandra and Marcelo seven months before she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. (Click to enlarge)One day as the couple roamed the aisles of their local Barnes and Nobel in search of a book by another well known minister, a different book caught Sandra's attention. The title A Better Way to Pray drew her interest, and Sandra picked it up to skim a few pages. She liked what she read and showed the book to Marcelo. Both were intrigued by the simplicity and bluntness of what they read. The pair purchased the book—never acknowledging the author's name.

Sandra would often read to her husband as they drove places in the car. On one such occasion she brought along A Better Way to Pray, and this time she noticed Andrew's name on the cover and looked at his picture. Andrew's name seemed familiar to her and she wondered if he was the minister her teacher had recommended.

Sandra celebrated her birthday one week before her final follow-up test. (Click to enlarge)After finishing A Better Way to Pray, the couple went to Andrew's website and began to listen to his teachings, one right after another, each one planting seeds of faith in their hearts. At the same time the teachers in their leadership school were sharing lessons from Andrew's series Christian Survival Kit. Through these lessons the Duartes put in place the foundation they would need to combat the challenges that lay ahead.

Looking back, there were four primary things that stuck with Sandra from the teaching series. She recalled that in the face of adversity believers should: Grab hold of their emotions, put things in perspective, go to the Word, and draw on the power of the Holy Spirit. Through these and other messages Sandra learned to harness her emotions.

Sandra had also been studying and meditating on the Word, and what the Lord said about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and praying in tongues. "I learned through reading the Word that we should pray in the spirit to edify ourselves. Paul said he prayed in tongues a lot, so I thought I would do the same. I would spend time in the Word and the Lord would teach me." Through this practice Sandra became well acquainted with the Lord's voice.

After receiving word that she was cancer free, without treatment or surgery, Sandra visited Israel.
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In June of 2009, Sandra received a phone call from her doctor's office requesting a follow up visit to a previous appointment. She made the requested appointment, which was to include a biopsy, but immediately after hanging up the phone, began rejecting the doctor's report in Jesus name. "I felt fear coming upon me so I immediately started praying in my spirit language. As I prayed with my mouth, I was praying with my mind, that by His stripes I was healed and that I received His healing." She also recalled Scripture as the Spirit led her, and the steps she had been taught in class. As Sandra harnessed her emotions she began to feel peace in her spirit. After work Sandra shared the news with Marcelo, and the two stood in agreement with Scripture that she was healed (1 Peter 2:24) and would be fine.

Sandra and Marcelo moved from Florida to Colorado to attend Charis Bible College. (Click to enlarge)On the day of the biopsy Sandra purposefully declared to the doctors that she was healed in the name of Jesus. After the test Sandra was at home, alone in prayer. She was praying healing Scriptures and she asked the Lord for a personal word of encouragement. As she prayed in the spirit, Sandra heard the Lord say that the results of her biopsy would indicate she tested positive for cervical cancer, but that in four months time the doctors would not find anything. She received His word and praised God.

Just as the Lord had spoken to her, Sandra's test came back positive, and a follow up test was scheduled for four months later. When she went for the secondary test she told the doctor that she wasn't going to find anything because she was already healed in the name of Jesus. Her doctor simply responded, "I hope so."

Two weeks later, Sandra received a letter in the mail, the letter stated that she had been given a clean bill of health and she was cancer free—Praise the Lord!