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Monday
Jan122015

Healing Journeys - The Trover Family

Holly TroverSteve and Holly Trover waited excitedly for the results of the ultrasound exam that would reveal the gender of the child they were expecting. Steve was elated to hear the report that they were going to have a baby girl. The Trover's already had two handsome young sons, and in their eyes, the addition of a daughter would complete their family nicely.

As time progressed and their three beautiful children, Joshua, Luke and Chloe grew, Holly chose to capture the joy of motherhood by having a professional portrait taken of the children. She had the portrait framed and with deep satisfaction hung it on the wall in their family room. The Trover family was content.

Two years later, in 2008, Steve like many business owners began to see the economy slow. As a result he turned to the Lord and began to seek His wisdom for their business. As he prayed for God's direction, the Lord began to impress on Steve's heart that they were to have another child. This was not quite the guidance Steve was seeking. Steve resisted sharing the news with his wife for a couple of months until finally, one night while working at his computer, God said it was time to tell her.

Steve TroverAlthough Holly was completely surprised by Steve's news, the two conceived their fourth child almost immediately.

Several months into the pregnancy, when the time came for Holly to have her second ultrasound, the doctor delivered some devastating news. After careful measurement and calculation, the doctor said that there were several factors that clearly indicated that the baby would be born with Down syndrome. The doctor went on to show the Trover's in detail what led her to the diagnosis. Before leaving the room, the doctor went as far as to talk about possible termination of the pregnancy through abortion.

Termination of the pregnancy was not an option for Steve and Holly.

The enemy had come to steal from Steve and Holly, but they stood their ground. Drawing on the revelation they had received from Andrew's teaching in their church small group, and knowing that it was God who spoke to them about having another child, they refused to believe that this was God's plan for their baby. In the face of this negative report of a medical reality in the natural, Steve, standing on faith in God's word, took his authority and rejected the diagnosis. "I cancel this diagnosis in the name of Jesus. We don't believe these things that were spoken over our child and we don't accept it..." Steve rebuked.

Several months later, the Trover's returned to the doctor's office for another ultrasound. The couple entered the examining room determined to see different results. After a long time passed, the doctor finally spoke and said that if this had been the first time that she had seen this baby, she would have told the Trover's that their baby was perfect in every way. However, in disbelief, the doctor continued to take measurements. Finally, exasperated, the doctor threw up her hands; she couldn't offer any explanation for the transformation she saw in the Trover's baby.

Baby NathanielWhen the time came, Holly was induced and gave birth to a perfect baby boy. Perfect may sound like an exaggeration, but in the medical world, newborn babies are rated by their APGAR score. The score is calculated through a series of five tests, and scores range from zero to ten, ten being the best. The Trover's baby, Nathaniel, scored a perfect ten!

 

Watch the video below for more details on the Trover family testimony. This video is featured in the Healing Journeys Volume 2 DVD.

Originally Posted: March 4, 2010

Monday
Jan052015

Leaving a Legacy

(Click to enlarge)Not too long ago, our ministry received a small gift, something that almost seemed insignificant. It was an old wooden folding chair. Looking at it, you can see that time had left its mark. The back is engraved with a name, and that’s what makes it special. The bold letters read “Kuhlman.”

The engraved name reveals that this chair belonged to someone special and that it has a history. If the chair could talk, it would probably tell us stories of the people who were present at Kathryn Kuhlman’s meetings—people who had encountered God for the first time, people who had received salvation and the baptism in the Holy Spirit—like her own mother.

Kathryn described this, saying, “My mother didn’t know there was such a thing as speaking in an unknown tongue. She had never read it. She had no light on it. She was not seeking for it. And Mama began speaking softly and beautifully. It was glorious. [1] ” We heard stories of kids who were healed and grew up to be ministers of the Gospel. In the midst of great miracles, Kathryn exhorted people, saying, “Having your sins forgiven is the greatest miracle of all.”

This chair is a small memorial, reminding me that God has called servants throughout the ages to preach His Word to a dying world. And even after their deaths, the anointing on their lives continues to touch the lives of future generations.

(Click to enlarge)You know, one time some Israelites threw the body of a dead man in Elisha’s tomb, and when the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood on his feet (2 Kings 13:21). It was like a residual anointing continued to release the life of God, even after Elisha’s death!

Also in Acts, you can find how handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched Paul’s body healed the sick—even though Paul was not physically present (Acts 19:11-12).

Kathryn saw many miracles in her meetings. There are stories of people who were healed in line, waiting for the meeting to start. Her ministry influenced men and women of God who are now leaders in the body of Christ.

I remember serving as an usher in her meetings. I saw some of the most astounding miracles I’ve ever witnessed in my life. Her message encouraged me to see beyond my limitations and to pursue the call of God on my life.

God has given all of us gifts and opportunities. We need to look at them with a greater awareness and see that what we have in our hands today has the potential to influence the future. The anointing that God placed in each one of us—like the anointing in Elisha’s body—can continue to release life even after we die. We shouldn’t allow the cares of today to steal the potential of tomorrow.

Ask God to help you invest what He has given you in such a way that future generations will be able to profit from it. Remember, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27).

(Click to enlarge)Today our ministry is moving forward with the construction of the second phase of our new Charis Bible College campus. As a ministry, we are making a great investment, but it motivates me to see that this investment is not just for today, that it is also for the future. This brings to my mind Psalm 78:6:

So the next generation would know [the Word of God], and all generations to come [will] know the truth and tell the stories so their children can trust in God.

Psalm 78:6, The Message, brackets mine

You know what? The chairs in our auditorium are not going to look like the chair from Kathryn’s ministry, but chairs are chairs. The important thing is the message.

As I meditate on this, my prayer is that our new campus will be a platform to take the anointing and the message of God’s unconditional love and grace to the next generation and that many will be able to receive the training they need to pursue the call God has on their lives. It’s really exciting to think about this, and like I have said before, “The best is yet to come!”



[1] Benny Hinn, Kathryn Kuhlman- Her Spiritual Legacy and Its Impact on My Life. (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1998).

Monday
Dec292014

Holy Ghost Treasure Hunt

Leader Mark Jones giving instruction from the Word (Click to enlarge)“Lord, help us minister Your love tonight,” a small group of men prayed one Saturday night. They had gathered with the express purpose of having what they called a “Holy Ghost Treasure Hunt.”

After watching a documentary in their monthly Bible study about believers following the Spirit’s leading in street evangelism, these men were inspired to do the same. Mark Jones, Charis Bible College graduate and Night School director, leads up this team. “It’s really exciting,” Mark said in a recent interview. “Our group just keeps growing and growing. The last time we went out, two people were saved and many others were ministered to! People [out there] are hungry to see the power of God—to know He really exists and cares about their needs.”

Treasure Hunters taking down clues as they listen to the Holy Spirit (Click to enlarge)The first time Mark’s team went “hunting,” the Holy Spirit gave them three clues. “We heard the words bird, broken wing, and Country Buffet. Then one of the guys got a picture of a circle with dots flashing at the 1 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock positions. We had no idea what it all meant, but we decided to drive over to the Country Buffet and find out.”

As they drove, they began to speculate about what the Lord would do that night. Excitement bubbled up in Mark’s heart while hearty laughter trickled out the car windows. “It was so much fun,” Mark confesses. “I vividly remember that night.” When the men arrived at Country Buffet, they immediately noticed a man standing out front with his family. The kids were carrying balloons, and the dad wore a sling on his right arm.

Preparing their hearts to hear (Click to enlarge)“Trying to strike up a conversation with someone you’ve never met before is intimidating. But we did,” Mark says. They discovered this man was hurt in an accident at work. A huge drill press came down on his arm and crushed it. As they ministered to him, the power of God became very tangible. “Watching a big 6-foot guy break down in tears is a humbling experience. But when we prayed for him, all the pain left his arm and God gave him a word of encouragement.”

As the sun went down, the men returned to their car in a state of semi-shock. “Did that really just happen?” they asked one another. While they relived the experience, the parking lot lights came on, and they could see a blue circle of light with dots of light escaping its boundaries at the 1 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock positions. “God always confirms His Word!” Mark exclaimed. As it turns out, the man’s wife was a believer, but he only tolerated the idea of Christianity. That night, his perception changed along with that of the entire men’s group!

Treasure Hunters fellowshipping before a hunt (Click to enlarge)“It’s so cool to experience the power of God like that. Everyone who participates in these treasure hunts walks away with a greater dimension of relationship and a greater level of faith. Hearing from God is not concrete, but when you know you’ve heard from Him and you see the confirmation of His Word, it does something to you. It’s such an exciting way to live!”