At age 41, Annette Gambill began to experience a severe burning sensation in various parts of her body including her mouth, tongue, feet and mid-section. Out of desperation, Annette visited multiple medical institutions including Duke University Hospital, Mayo Clinic Florida, and University of North Carolina's School of Medicine. She tried, in vain, all sorts of treatment such as holistic doctors, chiropractic care, acupuncture, applied kinesiology, dermatology and physical therapy, to find the root cause and a cure for her symptoms.
Annette finally resorted to ice packs to relieve her symptoms. She carried these remedies around in plastic bags in a cooler. She would press the ice packs against the burning areas of her body day and night. Annette became so incapacitated that she could no longer fulfill her work duties for the business she and her husband co-own. “I remember being at home looking out a bedroom window and seeing a little boy riding his bike down the road. He looked so happy and I couldn't believe my life had turned out this way. I mourned my life. I felt I wasn't a mother to my two boys or a wife to my husband,” Annette said.
Eleven months after Annette’s pain began she got down on her face in her bedroom and laid there from eight in the morning until Noon. She cried out to God and told Him that she truly wanted to know Him. A short time later a woman crossed her path and brought her several teaching tapes, one of which was, Andrew's, What About Paul's Thorn in the Flesh. “I remember how that tape gave me so much peace. I called Andrew's ministry and began to order more tapes,” explained Annette, “I was on a roll.”
Although she was saved as a young girl, Annette realized that she had a very shallow relationship with God. She began to spend hours memorizing healing scriptures and reading and listening about God’s will to heal. Later, at a healing meeting in Tennessee, Annette was prayed for and a short time later she received her healing. The tangible love of God that Annette experienced filled her with so much excitement that she began to share her revelation with anyone who would listen.
Strangely, a little while after Annette received her healing, she began wrestling with contradictory thoughts. “I was hanging up clothes in my closet when I had a thought that God was not real. I couldn't believe I had this thought. I repented and felt so guilty,” she said. Despite her efforts, the thoughts persisted and Annette began to believe that she had blasphemed God and that He had turned against her. The enemy was having a field day. “My heart felt so much condemnation that I was paralyzed with fear. I would try to read my Bible, but I had so much fear that I would actually have sweat from my forehead drip on the pages of the Bible,” explained Annette. For months, she went to many pastors and many people trying to make sense of what was happening. She couldn't smile and never laughed. She grew very quiet as the stronghold of condemnation ruled her heart. Eventually she turned to taking medication to cope with her depression.
Annette still attended church services, and almost every Sunday, she would respond to the altar call and beg God to save her. A man at her church noticed that she was going forth every Sunday, and he pulled her aside to explain that he thought she was under the attack of the enemy. With her eyes now open, Annette began to call the AWM prayer line. In addition to praying for her, AWM sent more of Andrew's teachings to her. One of the tapes that benefitted her was, Eternal Life. She began to realize that her religious background had taught Law and not Grace—a God of wrath instead of love. “Every other sentence Andrew says has scripture in it and the word of God was bringing truth and light to the lies the enemy had sold me. I listened to Andrew's tape series: Redemption; Harnessing Your Emotions; Spirit, Soul and Body; The True Nature of God; You've Already Got It; A Sure Foundation and The Believer's Authority,” Annette recalled. As she listened, Annette began to desire to speak in tongues. One day as she was listening to Andrew's Holy Spirit teaching while driving, she received her prayer language. She was thrilled, “If the Holy Spirit could have been worn out, I would have made him tired. I prayed in tongues every chance I could. I love the Holy Spirit!” exclaimed Annette.
Through Andrew’s teaching Annette learned to take every thought captive and that God’s love for her is great, and as a result, she now has her life back. “Today I am truly free. I take no prescription medicines. I haven't taken anti-depressants in over three years. During my last visit to the doctor he stated he had never seen anything like this before. I love and enjoy a close relationship with Jesus that words cannot explain!” Annette said.
Teaching God's word and seeing others come alive in Jesus is one of Annette’s favorite pastimes today. “When I see someone in bondage I love to tell them my story and see their eyes start shining with hope,” Annette explained. She currently hosts Bible studies every Tuesday evening and Friday morning. Annette and her husband both enjoy an intimate relationship with their Savior and are inexpressibly thankful for His love, mercy and grace.