Andrew recently completed a fruitful, three-city, tour through Toronto, Detroit and Chicago, holding well attended Gospel Truth Rallies in each location. Anticipation was high and Andrew's ministry of the Word was well-received at each venue.
According to Christy Driediger, the Administrator for Andrew Wommack Ministries Canada, more than half of the nearly 2000 guests at the Toronto gathering were attending a GTR for the first time. "We were pleasantly surprised to see so much new response," Christy said. "People traveled from all over Canada to come see Andrew for just a few hours. There were also some Americans that attended, particularly from border cities in New York, such as Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Lockport."
Prior to his visit to Canada, Andrew's teaching series, God Wants You Well, had been running on television. In the weeks leading up to the meeting, Christy and her staff were inundated with questions and requests that Andrew be available to pray. On the night of the event, one could sense the need and willingness to receive the Good News among those attending the meeting.
Many in the crowd were in need of healing; the handicapped seating sections were full to capacity, and there were many people in wheelchairs. When Andrew arrived in the auditorium, people hopeful to receive prayer, formed a line that stretched into the foyer of the facility.
While he did pray for quite a few people, and they saw many great things, there were a number of people that Andrew was unable to minister to personally. Instead, he ministered to the entire group by sharing a message based on his teaching, You've Already Got It. He opened the teaching by acknowledging the need in the crowd, and the reality of the gifts of healing and of miracles. But he went onto say that while those are fully functional gifts within the Body of Christ, and that many times people are healed through personal contact with those possessing the gifts, he does not believe that is the dominant way God's wants to meet our needs. Speaking to the born again believers, Andrew said, "God wants you to receive directly from His Word...You have the Holy Spirit on the inside of you...You have the power of God on the inside of you, and you don't need somebody else to do things for you...The power of God that's on the inside of you is already sufficient to produce whatever miracle it is that you need." He went on to acknowledge that what he had just shared was a powerful truth.
The crowd was truly blessed by Andrew's message and personal ministry. The evening also generated a lot of interest in the Charis Bible College extension school in Toronto. Several people submitted applications for enrollment, while many others filed interest cards requesting more information about the school.
After the Toronto event, Andrew continued his tour, returning to the United States and stopping in Michigan and Illinois. Once he was Stateside, Andrew’s normal GTR team, including Daniel Amstutz and the Charis Bible College Worship Team, as well as his group of prayer ministers, joined him. Over the course of the two evenings, many received Salvation and nearly 500 were baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Attendance in both cities had increased from previous visits, and similar to the Canadian crowd, the physical needs were great. At both rallies, the prayer ministry team was joined by several CBC Alumni, and with their help, they were able to address the crowd's needs efficiently.
Among the testimonies shared by those who received healing through the prayer team was an eight-year-old boy. The boy had lost his eyesight as a result of his battle with leukemia. After prayer, the boy had regained his sight.
A lady, who was suffering with a condition that left her skin so painful and sensitive that she could not bear to be touched, also requested prayer. She shared that before turning to Jesus, her doctors had tried numerous remedies to address her severe discomfort—all their attempts had failed. After receiving prayer, she felt all of her pain leave. Proof that she was healed came when she flung her arms around the prayer minister and cried tears of relief.
A woman, whose faith had been stirred by Andrew's message, was helped through the line by her daughters. A neurological problem had left her unable to balance or walk without help. After ministry, the woman walked away unassisted, and her balance was completely normal.
Another family of three also came forward to receive from the Lord. The mother and father brought their comatose, eight-month-old baby to the meeting, desperate for a miracle. The couple shared that their baby boy had suffered a brain injury and was in a vegetative state. Doctors had given the family a poor prognosis; the negative report was no match God's prognosis. "Immediately after I prayed with him, the baby's eyes opened, and he looked right at his Mom. They were so excited because he was conscious and had never been able to do that before. They knew he was healed," said GTR Prayer Ministry Coordinator, Carlie Terradez.