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Monday
Mar012010

Healing Journeys - Carol Odenwald

Carol Odenwald, a bright-eyed little girl.
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Is there a depth of darkness from which even Jesus’ arms can’t rescue someone?

What if a child, age 13, gives away her virginity and becomes pregnant at the same time? What if at the same age she begins using intravenous drugs, becomes a junkie, an alcoholic, and an addict? Can Jesus’ arms still reach? What if as she grows up she runs the roads, sings and entertains in bars? What if she sleeps with more men than she can remember, or sleeps with women, or sleeps with multiple people at once? What if, as a result of her lifestyle she becomes, at least in the eyes of Christians, a murderer, using multiple abortions as birth control; can God still reach her?

Meet Carol Odenwald, the woman who lived that nightmare. At the age of five, Carol suffered a traumatic wound when her father, a Southern Baptist preacher, committed suicide. The event left Carol scarred.

Carol stated, “I closed off my heart toward God.”

Carol played guitar at her high school graduation; she would later sell the guitar for drugs. (Click to enlarge)Carol describes the image behind which she hid, during her adolescence and early adulthood, as being a self-created facade. Struggling with feelings of rejection, Carol began to build her party-girl image, doing anything to be accepted.

Carol says of her thin disguise, “I learned to smoke, drink and do all of those kinds of things. And the kicker is, I did them all as a Christian.”

Carol remembers accepting the Lord at the age
of eight.

“I know I would have gone to heaven had I died in my sin, but I didn't know there was relationship to be had. I had no idea about intimacy. I had no idea you could have anything more than turn or burn,” she said.

In January of 1997 Carol experienced a life-changing moment of clarity. As she stared at herself in the mirror, she came face-to-face with the devil. In that moment she saw clearly what she had become, and that her lifestyle was killing her.

Carol chose to stop running from God, and rededicated her life to Him. She returned to church and turned her musical talents toward worshiping the Lord. She joined the band at her new church, and within a year became the worship leader. She continued to find favor within the church and was ordained as a minister. It was also during this time that Carol met the man she would later marry.

In 2003 Carol and her husband came across Andrew’s Gospel Truth program on television. His teaching on The True Nature of God caught their attention and they began to tune in regularly. After six months of watching, Carol heard the Lord say, “I want you to go to Bible College.” Carol responded to God’s outstretched hand, and in 2004 she and her husband enrolled in Charis Bible College, Colorado (CBC).

Carol today, free from the enemy's oppression—a new creation.
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Carol enjoyed her experience, and after completion of the three-year program she became part of the CBC staff and Andrew’s ministry. Her new life in the Lord was moving forward. However, in August 2007, the walls of Carol’s world came crashing down again when she received unsavory news about her husband: He had been involved in child abuse.

Carol’s marriage soon ended in divorce. Once again the enemy had come to steal from Carol, only this time a supernatural work was birthed in Carol’s broken heart. Instead of running from God, she ran to Him. Carol sat at Jesus' feet and examined the ruins of her life. Through a process of prayer and evaluation, she realized she had still been sitting behind a wall of religion. Finally at the end of herself, she fully surrendered her heart, and God began to minister His love to her in amazing ways. The promises of Jesus became a reality to her, and true healing and freedom began to manifest in her life.

Through Carol’s personal "face time" with Jesus, she established the kind of relationship that she hadn’t known was possible just a short time ago. The freedom she found in Christ burns inside her and shines brightly today as she ministers through speaking, teaching and worshipful music.

Carol’s story is one of encouragement for anyone who thinks they have sunk to a place beyond rescue—No one is beyond Jesus’ reach.

 

Watch the video below for more details of Carol's testimony. This video will be featured on the upcoming DVD release, Healing Journeys Volume 2.

Thursday
Feb252010

Healing Journeys - Ken & Virginia Wood

Virginia Wood (Click to enlarge)One day, while passing time waiting for her husband to finish working, Virginia Wood came across Andrew's radio program. It didn’t take long for Virginia to realize that her spirit was bearing witness to the truth of Andrew’s message about God's goodness. Although she didn’t know at the time, it was Andrew’s teaching of God’s unconditional love and grace that would help her through a devastating season...

Ken Wood (Click to enlarge)Worn from working consecutive weeks of overtime, Ken Wood, Virginia's husband, was noticeably tired as he headed to his job to work an all-night shift. That night, in addition to the late hours, his responsibilities required him to commute 70 miles further than normal. As he headed out the door with the keys to the family’s small car in hand, his daughter Amber caught a glimpse of how tired he looked. Feeling like it was a safer option for her father, she insisted he take his truck instead. The family would soon realize that Amber's suggestion was indeed divine.

After working all night, Ken called Virginia and told her that he thought he was too tired to make the drive home. However, after he stopped for breakfast, he called again and said he thought he could make it. A short time later she received a third call, this one to inform her that Ken had been in
an accident.

Ken's one-ton pick-up truck after the devastating head-on collision. (Click to enlarge)Ken had fallen asleep and been in a head-on collision. After two jaws-of-life were used to free him from the wreckage, he was taken to a small local hospital. Upon examining the extensive injuries to his chest and legs, preparations were made for him to be transported via helicopter to a major hospital in Texas where Ken was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

Ken's condition was evaluated on an hourly basis in the ICU. The hour-by-hour life that Virginia found herself living was almost too much to bear. When she thought for sure she couldn’t take another minute she cried out to Jesus and He answered her by saying, “I have delivered you from the lion, I have delivered you from the bear, what is this Goliath to you?” Virginia explained.

Just as Virginia found the strength she needed to carry on, Ken stopped progressing. The doctors grew concerned that he was no longer improving. Virginia did not give up. Instead, she continued talking to Ken and encouraging him. One day his eyes popped open, and he was totally alert. Virginia took the opportunity to tell Ken that Jesus wanted him to be well. She asked him to agree with her that he would indeed live. Just before Ken dozed off again, he nodded in agreement.

“I chose to live, and that is when things started changing,” Ken remarked.

Amber, Ken's daughter and Virginia visit bedside in the hospital. (Click to enlarge)Shortly after making the choice to live, Ken began the process of rehabilitation, spending time in multiple hospitals. The first was where his mental faculties would be evaluated and he would be weaned from the harsh medications in his system. The second was a physical strength facility. Doctors in each hospital anticipated the process would take between six months and two years for him to talk, walk and relearn
other functions.

After miraculous release from several rehab hospitals, Ken progressed from a wheelchair to a walker to a cane.
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Ken however, full of faith in God's healing power, left each rehab facility just three weeks after being admitted. With continued rehab at home he progressed from relying on a wheel chair, to using a walker, to a cane. While doctors deliberated about whether or not he needed additional rehab, Ken and Virginia decided to visit Colorado Springs for Andrew's Summer Family Bible Conference. During the visit, they both enrolled in Charis Bible College, so that they could study the Word that had already changed their lives so dramatically.

Over the course of Ken's days at CBC he continued to regain mobility, relying only on a cane. As time drew near for Ken’s second year mission trip, he was still using the cane. However, he made the decision to leave it behind when he left for his trip, and he hasn't used it since!

Ken at work ministering to callers in the AWM Phone Center. (Click to enlarge)Now a graduate of CBC, Ken spends his days praying for others as a prayer minister working in the AWM
Phone Center.

“I am healed, I am whole, I am walking, I am alive,” Ken said with a smile.

Watch the video below to see Ken and Virginia share the miraculous testimony of this Healing Journey in their own words. This video is also featured on the upcoming DVD, Healing Journeys Volume 2. 

 

Allow the Lord to minister to you through the Wood's video testimony. For more stories of healing, check out these other testimonies.

    <p>One day, while passing time waiting for her husband to finish working, Virginia Wood came across Andrew's radio program. It didn&#8217;t take long for Virginia to realize that her spirit was bearing witness to the truth of Andrew&#8217;s message about God's goodness. Although she didn&#8217;t know at the time, it was Andrew&#8217;s teaching of God&#8217;s unconditional love and grace that would help her through a devastating season...</p>
    <p>Worn from working consecutive weeks of overtime, Ken Wood, Virginia's husband, was noticeably tired as he headed to his job to work an all-night shift. That night, in addition to the late hours, his responsibilities required him to commute 70 miles further than normal. As he headed out the door with the keys to the family&#8217;s small car in hand, his daughter Amber caught a glimpse of how tired he looked. Feeling like it was a safer option for her father, she insisted he take his truck instead. The family would soon realize that Amber's suggestion was indeed divine. </p>
    <p>After working all night, Ken called Virginia and told her that he thought he was too tired to make the drive home. However, after he stopped for breakfast, he called again and said he thought he could make it. A short time later she received a third call, this one to inform her that Ken had been in an accident.</p>
    <p>Ken had fallen asleep and been in a head-on collision. After two jaws-of-life were used to free him from the wreckage, he was taken to a small local hospital. Upon examining the extensive injuries to his chest and legs, preparations were made for him to be transported via helicopter to a major hospital in Texas where Ken was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. </p>
    <p>Ken's condition was evaluated on an hourly basis in the ICU. The hour-by-hour life that Virginia found herself living was almost too much to bear. When she thought for sure she couldn&#8217;t take another minute she cried out to Jesus and He answered her by saying, &#8220;I have delivered you from the lion, I have delivered you from the bear, what is this Goliath to you?&#8221; Virginia explained.</p>
    <p>Just as Virginia found the strength she needed to carry on, Ken stopped progressing. The doctors grew concerned that he was no longer improving. Virginia did not give up. Instead, she continued talking to Ken and encouraging him. One day his eyes popped open, and he was totally alert. Virginia took the opportunity to tell Ken that <a href="http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/wants_well">Jesus wanted him to be well</a>. She asked him to agree with her that he would indeed live. Just before Ken dozed off again, he nodded in agreement. </p>
    <p>&#8220;I chose to live, and that is when things started changing,&#8221; Ken remarked.</p>
    <p>Shortly after making the choice to live, Ken began the process of rehabilitation, spending time in multiple hospitals. The first was where his mental faculties would be evaluated and he would be weaned from the harsh medications in his system. The second was a physical strength facility. Doctors in each hospital anticipated the process would take between six months and two years for him to talk, walk and relearn other functions.</p>
    <p>Ken however, full of faith in God's healing power, left each rehab facility just three weeks after being admitted. With continued rehab at home he progressed from relying on a wheel chair, to using a walker, to a cane. While doctors deliberated about whether or not he needed additional rehab, Ken and Virginia decided to visit Colorado Springs for Andrew's Summer Family Bible Conference. During the visit, they both enrolled in Charis Bible College, so that they could study the Word that had already changed their lives so dramatically. </p>
    <p>Over the course of Ken's days at CBC he continued to regain mobility, relying only on a cane. As time drew near for Ken&#8217;s second year mission trip, he was still using the cane. However, he made the decision to leave it behind when he left for his trip, and he hasn't used it since! </p>
    <p>Now a graduate of CBC, Ken spends his days praying for others as a prayer minister working in the AWM Phone Center.</p>
    <p> &#8220;I am healed, I am whole, I am walking, I am alive,&#8221; Ken said with a smile. </p>
Monday
Feb222010

2010 Gospel Truth Seminar, Orlando

Andrew ministers from the platform after the opening night meeting in Orlando. (Click here to enlarge)Andrew and Jamie spent the first weekend of February 2010 ministering at the Gospel Truth Seminar in Orlando, Florida. While there, the Lord led Andrew to begin a new multi-part series called, How to Find, Follow and Fulfill God's Will for Your Life. The series will progressively span the next several conferences on the GTS schedule. Andrew began the new series in Orlando with the teaching of How to Find God's Will for Your Life.

Andrew invites those ready to receive from the Lord to come forward for prayer.Andrew's powerful teaching of God's Word softened hearts and lifted spirits throughout each meeting. Many received Salvation and still more, close to 200 in all, received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Over the course of the three-day conference many were blessed and set free from the oppression of the enemy. The predominant issue brought before Andrew's team of prayer ministers after each service was physical pain. Andrew prays for the people who came responded to the invitation. People were healed and delivered from symptoms ranging from generalized joint, back and shoulder pain, to the crippling effects associated with arthritis, Scoliosis, Crohn's disease and cancer.

One woman in particular came forward with a noticeable limp in her walk. She had been suffering with long-term hip pain. One of the prayer minister's laid her hands on the woman's hip and took authority over the pain, speaking Andrew shakes hands with a man who had come forward after the service.to the hip. The woman reported feeling much better, but when asked if the pain was completely gone, the woman replied that there was still a little left. As the prayer minister continued to pray over the woman, her hip began to move and rotate into its proper alignment, and the woman's pain and her limp left completely! Praise God.

For many, like the woman mentioned above, the effects of the enemy's attacks and their healings were visible, but there were also people suffering from the effects of condemnation and emotional pain. As prayer ministers shared words of wisdom, knowledge and the truth of God’s personal love for the individuals, those hurting emotionally were healed and released as well. Ministers operated in the gifts of the Spirit as compassion flowed through them to set the captives free. A touch or an embrace, coupled with the truth spoken in love, broke the chains of bondage off their lives forever.

Watch the clip below as Andrew introduces a brand new series, and the topic of his teaching for the 2010 Gospel Truth Seminar in Orlando, Florida: How to Find God's Will for Your Life.


Click here to view the entire five-part teaching series.