Search
Follow Us Online
Previous News Topics

Entries in Financial Testimonies (12)

Thursday
Jun212012

James and Rebekah's Debt Cancelled

James and Rebekah. (Click to enlarge)Two years ago, the message of the Gospel Truth began to spread like a Colorado wildfire through Rebekah's family. Although they were a church-going bunch, they had never heard the almost-too-good-to-be-true-news the way Andrew shares it. Rebekah's uncle had gotten a hold of Andrew's teachings and shared them with her dad; he then shared with Rebekah, and pretty soon the whole family had loaded their iPods with more than a decade's worth of teaching from Andrew's website. While the whole family has reaped the benefits of digging into the Word, this story is about Rebekah and her husband, James, and how they were able to overcome financial distress by standing on the Word.

In November of 2008, James, a naval aviator, and Rebekah a recent college graduate, began their married life together in Texas. James had just received orders to move to the Gulf coast after having been stationed in the State of Washington for the previous three years. Although the couple was starting a brand new life together, they were saddled with the financial burden of a house James had purchased two years earlier in Washington.

Because of the housing market collapse, the home James had purchased was worth significantly less than he had paid, Rebekah and James in the cockpit of a P3-Orion; the plane James piloted. (Click to enlarge)leaving the newlyweds upside down in their mortgage. Realizing they could not afford to sell, they leased the house to cover their costs. Unfortunately, the local rental market was saturated with homes. Because of the glut, James and Rebekah were unable to charge a monthly rent that covered their expenses. For the next several years, the couple had to come up with roughly $900 a month out of their own pocket to cover the mortgage in Washington.

At the time, Rebekah was studying Andrew's teaching, You've Already Got It and her mind was being renewed to what the Word of God said about their situation. She could see that God said believers shall lend to many and not borrow (Deuteronomy 28:12), but it seemed to be a physical impossibility as she looked at their mounting debt. In early 2011, as Rebekah continued to listen to the teaching, she heard Andrew say, "The victory will begin when we stop going by what we see, what we think, or what we feel in our emotions and instead, change our identity to The excited newlyweds
(Click to enlarge)
who the Word says we are." After hearing those words, Rebekah determined that as improbable as it seemed, she was not going to consider any outcome other than walking away from the house in Washington—debt free.

In March of 2011, James and Rebekah traveled to Houston for Andrew's Gospel Truth Seminar. During the weekend's teaching, How to Receive God's Best, Andrew ministered on the blessings found in Deuteronomy 28 and again verse 12 stood out to Rebekah. It was then that the Word was quickened in her spirit and she knew the Lord was about to provide a way out from underneath their burden.

When they couple returned to the coast, they learned about a government sponsored program designed to help military families that had moved in the middle of the housing crisis and were upside down in their homes. James and Rebekah were excited as the program appeared to be the answer to their prayers, and they began to research their options. They met all the criteria except one; the purchase date deadline—James had purchased the house six weeks past the allowable date of the program.

The house that James had purchased in Washington. (Click to enlarge)Exasperated and scrambling to get out from under the mounting debt, Rebekah evaluated all the angles even the prospect selling for a huge loss. But she felt that God had spoken to her. "God's best was for us to walk away debt-free, and although I thought it was impossible in the natural, I knew that $100,000 was nothing to God," said Rebekah.

James and Rebekah put their application together even though they had missed the official deadline. As they gathered the mountain of paper work, James came across an instrumental document; it was the pre-approval notice from his bank, for the loan on the house. That piece of paper was dated within the allowable deadline and James and Rebekah knew they would qualify for the government program.

The couple encountered one obstacle after another as they moved forward with faithful expectation. They ran into the frustration of dealing with an understaffed government program James and Rebekah enjoying time together. (Click to enlarge)in the busiest office of its kind in the nation. When their application was approved, they were given the opportunity to get into a long line to wait for a case processor. They were told their processor wouldn't be assigned until James and Rebekah had a signed sales agreement with a potential buyer for the house in Washington—a house that wasn't on the market—and even then, it may be six months before someone was assigned to their case.

They wasted no time listing the house, and the couple prayed for patient buyers, preferably second home owners who could endure the lengthy closing process. Two days later, James and Rebekah received an offer from people who wanted the property as an investment. With each pending obstacle and the subsequent victory, James and Rebekah's faith grew. They faced being thirty-seventh in line just to begin the 90-120 day closing process for a program rumored to be running out of money. They also watched as friends in the same position had two and three The hopeful couple standing (on the Word) in front of the house.
(Click to enlarge)
buyers withdraw because of the waiting.

In September 2011, with a deadline of November on the sales agreement, Rebekah was prompted by the Lord to ask her case worker to move their file to a different program office. Although she was told that files were not generally transferred, the case worker put in the request anyway. Two days later, Rebekah received confirmation that their file was indeed being transferred over-night express from Sacramento to Fort Worth where there processing times averaged about—two days!

Within 24 hours they had a new case worker and an anticipated closing date of early November. "On November 10, 2011 our home in Washington officially closed and the HAP program brought a $100,000 check to the closing table on our behalf. This was by far the most tangible testimony we have ever experienced of God's divine favor, unconditional love and covenant blessing on our lives. The smiling faces of two people who have seen the Lord make a way...
(Click to enlarge)
We will never forget the process that we went through learning from Andrew, putting it into practice and then watching God's Word come to pass before our eyes," said Rebekah joyfully.

Thursday
Apr052012

Paul Milligan: From Poverty to Prosperity

Successful business entrepreneur and the Director of Charis Bible College's School of Business, Paul Milligan. (Click to enlarge) Paul Milligan watched his dad, DeLoyd Milligan, work hard to provide and gain financial security and stability for his family. Having been raised during the Great Depression and having served in World War II, his father was determined to give his son the foundation he would need to succeed in life. DeLoyd's motivation stemmed from living a life that was either trying to starve him to death or kill him in war.

Paul’s dad instilled the idea that financial security came from discipline and hard work, two things DeLoyd demonstrated his entire life. He taught Paul that working for a good company, giving more than was expected and retiring with enough money to live comfortably should be his goal in life. Paul became keenly aware of his dad’s need to see him succeed. In fact, by the time he was fourteen, Paul’s dad had helped him land an afterschool job at a Western Auto Store. When Paul graduated Salutatorian of his high school class, his dad was thrilled that Paul was on the right path.

Paul sharing a message in 2004, at a church in Lincoln, England.
(Click to enlarge)
True to his values and work ethic, DeLoyd retired in 1985 after working in sales for over thirty years. Needless to say, in 1988, when Paul announced that he would be quitting his stable and secure job as the Vice President of a large company to start a new business, Global Technical Service, Inc., his dad was thoroughly disappointed. It wasn’t easy for Paul to go against everything his dad had taught him, but he had begun to receive new revelation from God in the area of finances.

Paul married his wife, Patsy, in July, 1974. The couple lived paycheck to paycheck for years, until Paul heard Andrew and some other radio ministers, who began to build his faith for Paul and his wife, Patsy.
(Click to enlarge)
financial freedom. He started seeking God diligently about how He wanted him to manage money. He and Patsy were attending at Baptist church in Arlington, Texas; a church that did not embrace what Paul was learning from Andrew.

Paul remembers being impacted by Andrew’s teaching and became convicted to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. “I was very conflicted over this [baptism] at this time, but there was such an anointing on Andrew’s teaching, I knew it was God.” Knowing that his wife would not approve, Paul waited until he was home alone to attempt to receive the baptism. He got down on his knees in his living room and prayed, but nothing seemed to happen. Paul was not sure Paul and Andrew. The two first met in the late 1980's. (Click to enlarge)whether or not he had received the baptism. That night, however, things changed. “I literally sat, bolt upright in bed, at about 2 a.m., speaking in tongues—scared my poor wife to death,” Paul shared.

Paul continued to gain revelation of God’s will to prosper His people. Over the past 25 years, as he applied what the Lord showed him, he has purchased or started a total of fourteen businesses. “It was in about 1984 that we began to live the plan God had shown us for debt free stewardship and giving according to his Word. We give thanks to God for revealing to us, at a relatively young age, how to be prosperous according to His plan for our lives,” said Paul.Andrew invited Paul to be part of AWM's Board of Directors in 2002. (Click to enlarge)

The fruit of Paul’s business ventures are a clear indication to others of his revelation of the Word of God. In 1996, Andrew had known Paul for nearly eight years and was familiar with his success. He asked Paul to review the financial state of Andrew Wommack Ministries. Paul agreed and he helped restructure the ministry's accounting system. His efforts helped Andrew establish solid financial systems within the ministry. In 2002, Andrew asked Paul to join the AWM Board of Directors.

After retiring from business, Paul stepped into full-time ministry. Here he ministers to a group of pastors in Viet Nam. (Click to enlarge)In 2004, after 35 years, Paul retired from the business world, and he moved right into full-time ministry. Paul established Lifewalk International in 2003, the mission of which is to deliver teaching about godly stewardship and financial prosperity and to encourage the Body of Christ to produce wealth to establish the Covenant of God on earth. Paul has ministered in 15 countries, and spent extensive time in Kenya establishing a business school. Paul’s work in Kenya has been so successful that the church, with which he works, built a two-story engineered building that will seat 6500 people, a new bible college and several other facilities that bless the community.

Paul's ministry, LifeWalk International, helped build Word of Faith Church in Kiambu, Kenya. (Click to enlarge)In 2011, Paul accepted a position as the Director of Charis Bible College's School of Business in Colorado Springs. “We are blessed with some incredibly talented and committed students and I genuinely love every one that God has sent,” Paul said. He went on to share his vision for the business students, “My vision for the school is a big one. I believe that God has called an army of business people to create wealth to establish his covenant in the earth through giving to ministries like AWM. I see the day that we have many students of the business school operating by God’s principles in the marketplace, producing wealth and returning seed to AWM to continue the incredible work of this ministry. My desire is that Andrew’s teaching LifeWalk also helped Word of Faith build a Bible college next to the church. It can be seen here during the construction phase. The project is now complete. (Click to enlarge)wash over the earth and that multitudes are brought into the Kingdom of God, saved, healed, delivered, restored and prosperous. This vision requires money and producing wealth is what God has called me to do.”

Paul recalled a conversation he had with his dad before he died in 2002: “My dad asked me if I remembered his objection to me quitting my job to start Global. I said, ‘Sure Dad, I remember; you were very disappointed in me at the time.’ He then said he wanted me to know that he was wrong and that what I had accomplished by starting my own company had changed our family forever,” said Paul.

Paul and his wife Patsy (center), and their family—forever changed by the Word of God. (Click to enlarge)Through his son, DeLoyd Milligan learned that God wanted him and his family to be financially free, not just financially secure. Paul once had to make a tough decision to go against what his dad had taught him, and trust God. Today he has committed his life to making sure others learn the same principles he learned. From beginnings rooted in poverty, Paul and his dad lived to experience prosperity beyond their wildest expectation.

Through building businesses, through ministry and through his own personal life, Paul has seen the faithfulness of God’s provision. His testimony and teaching continue to inspire and give hope to a generation that Paul hopes will one day change how the world views financial prosperity and stewardship.

Thursday
Mar292012

God is a Good God (Dios es un Dios Bueno)

Through Andrew's teaching, Leonardo and Iselsa Jimenez came to understand that God is a good God, and they have prospered because of their knowledge. (Click to enlarge)Entrepreneurs, Leonardo and Iselsa Jimenez, owners of Alpha Dental in Katy, Texas, have made a long journey into their identities as a couple, as business owners and as part of the body Christ. Both immigrated to the United States in the 1980s, Leonardo from Colombia and Iselsa from the Dominican Republic, and their journey has led them from religion to a true understanding that God is a good God.

Though the immigrants had come to America from different countries, they wound up attending the same church in the Houston area. Iselsa and Leonardo met shortly after Iselsa had shared with the Lord her desire for a husband. "I asked God for a husband, not a Iselsa asked God for a husband, and she specified that he must love the Lord and he must be tall—God answers prayers. (Click to enlarge)friend or boyfriend," said Iselsa. She also prayed specifically for a tall man who loved the Lord. At church a short time later, Leonardo approached Iselsa and the two hit it off. Iselsa, conscious of what she had prayed, asked Leonardo during their first date, what he wanted to do with his life. He answered that he felt like he wanted to teach God's Word. The two were married in 1997.

During the early days of their relationship, Leonardo worked in a small hospital. One morning at work, he was listening to a local radio station when he heard Andrew's Gospel Truth program for the first time. Andrew was teaching, God is a Good God, and what Leonardo heard so impressed him that he called the ministry's Leonardo holds a tape of the first teaching he ever received from AWM. He was so grateful that Andrew's teaching was and continues to be offered for free. (Click to enlarge)help line to ask for a copy of the teaching. Leonardo was grateful that the tape was free because finances were tight. Actually, he refers to those days as the "poverty days."

Up until that point, Iselsa had been Leonardo's Bible study teacher as she had had some previous religious training, but with each message Leonardo heard he gained new revelation, and he began to share Andrew's teachings with her. As much as Iselsa was learning from Leonardo, she still struggled with accepting the teaching because it countered much of what she had been taught. She would listen and say to Leonardo, "Show me in the Bible where it says this." In frustration she would take things before God and ask, "Is this really true? Are you really Leonardo began to share Andrew's teaching with Iselsa. (Click to enlarge)showing these things to Leonardo?"

Iselsa remembers Leonardo saying, "It's so simple, God is a good God, and the devil is a bad devil. See life from there. Whatever is good is from God, and whatever is bad is from the devil." Once Iselsa settled in her heart that what Andrew was teaching was true, the couple began to see change in their lives—change that lined up with the Word of God.

Leonardo's well worn Bible.
(Click to enlarge)
In those early days, the Jimenez struggled financially, to the point that their lack of money was in the way of their advancement. While Leonardo worked for the hospital, Iselsa worked as a dental assistant, but she wanted more. "The Lord says delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. I had a desire to do greater things. I didn't feel comfortable where we were. We had enough for us to live day-by-day, but we didn't have enough to give, we didn't have enough to enjoy—we didn't have enough."

After several years of struggling to advance in life, the couple put their faith in God's Word and watched as the Word began to produce fruit and Iselsa received her doctorate in America.
(Click to enlarge)
Iselsa had been educated in the Dominican Republic and was certified as a dentist there; however, the United States would not recognize her credentials. The legal system prevented her advancement, but as she yielded to the need for further schooling in America, she couldn't get into any of the American dental schools. She scraped her savings together and spent the money on application fees and postage to apply to schools across the country only to be rejected by each one.

As she watched her dream to be a dentist slip away, Iselsa became depressed. Even the people at church, whom she felt should be encouraging her, were saying things that made her doubt herself; things to the effect of, "Maybe your The Jimenez opened their own dental practice in Katy, Texas called, Alpha Dental. (Click to enlarge)dreams are not from God." She grew frustrated as she watched new doctors coming out of American dental schools, as they were hired with little knowledge and even less experience, knowing she had both.

The Jimenez struggled to afford their one-bedroom apartment and to make repairs to their car when needed. "America is supposed to be the land of your dreams, and I wasn't living that dream," remembered Iselsa.

Leonardo serves as the office manager for their dental practice.
(Click to enlarge)
"We had always been taught that God was the one in control, using sickness to teach you and poverty to keep you in line," said Leonardo. When they realized, through Andrew's teaching, their true identity as the head and not the tail, they began to see a change in their lives.

The Jimenez came against the previous rejection from the schools and Iselsa chose to reapply. The couple prayed over her applications and would bless her outgoing letters, speaking the promises of God over each one. Eventually, Iselsa was accepted at University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry. She started school last in her class and graduated as the class salutatorian. Better still, Dr. Iselsa Mota-Jimenez—look at that smile! (Click to enlarge)she is now a dentist—twice.

Leonardo and Iselsa operate their own dental practice. The office, managed by Leonardo, is in a beautiful 2,500 sq. ft. space, and they now live in a 3000 sq. ft. home in a nice neighborhood. "We have more than enough. I'm not lacking anything, and money is not a problem—sincerely," said Leonardo.

They credit their success to standing on the Word of God and Andrew's teachings that helped them see that God is When Leonardo first met Andrew at a GTS, he shook his hand and thanked him for his ministry. Andrew pulled him closer and told him that he had the same gift of teaching that Andrew does, and he gave him a word from the Lord. Since that time, doors have opened for Leonardo to minister the grace and love of God.
(Click to enlarge)
good. "It was an eye-opener for us. Finding that God was not the problem for [Iselsa] to get into school or for me to be able to get ahead in life, but rather, we have an enemy. Basically, the devil was taking advantage of our ignorance of the Word of God. Once we started to get the knowledge, the word says, 'You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free,' and once we began to get the knowledge of the Word of God, we were able to possess the promises that God has already made," Leonardo shared.

"When Leonardo told me about Andrew Wommack, and he told me what he learned, I started founding my life and living my life through the Word of God, my life changed. It was not because I was in America. It was not because I was a dentist. When I made the decision to believe God and His Word, that's when I saw my life change," said Iselsa.

For more details about Leonardo and Iselsa's journey to victory, be sure to check out the video below.