Joshua Maynard, a Senior Computer Specialist with a corporation in Texas, spent more than two decades suffering from scoliosis and several other physical issues. Because of the scoliosis, he frequently struggled with muscle spasms, some of which would last for days. Joshua also had weakness in his lower back, and was unable to sleep on his left side without intense pain. When he rolled over in bed, Joshua’s spine would make a disturbing popping sound.
“Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine; this curvature causes the bones in the spine to knock together, which produces pain. Nerves are also inevitably pinched and cause various spasms and pains throughout the body. Muscle spasms in the back are common, and can literally take your breath away,” Joshua explained.
In addition to scoliosis, Joshua also suffered from a heart condition called, mitral valve prolapse, and acid reflux disease, which had plagued him since childhood. Although he and his wife, Boggee were born again believers and believed that God could heal Joshua, they had been taught that it was up to God; that He selectively, sovereignly, heals only certain people. Because of this, Joshua relied on medication to manage the discomfort associated with his physical issues.
In March of 2009, Joshua found Andrew on television. "Andrew taught the Word of God in a way that I had never heard it preached before,” Joshua said. Intrigued he continued to watch the Gospel Truth program. Joshua introduced Boggee to Andrew's ministry, and the couple began to listen to the teachings available on the AWMI website. They listened to these messages over and over again, for hours at a time. As they listened, they were set free from things that had been holding them back in their relationship with God (Romans 10:17). The Maynards knew they were receiving life and hope from the Word, through Andrew's teachings.
While The True Nature of God was perhaps the most influential message Joshua listened to, he pointed out that through other teachings he was able to realize that God wanted him well, and that God had already provided his healing and the authority by which to expect its manifestation. Andrew's teachings prepared him to receive the spiritual revelations needed to both be healed, and release healing to others. "[These] teachings brought to me the truth of how much God has given us as believers, and the power that we have at our disposal," Joshua said.
When Joshua received the revelation that he was already healed, he knew that he no longer needed medicine for his acid reflux. He discontinued using the medication and went a few weeks symptom-free, but the symptoms returned. Then, while attending a minister's conference in the summer of 2010, at which Andrew was a guest speaker, Andrew prayed for Joshua, and addressed the roots of fear, anxiety and scoliosis. Following this meeting, Joshua’s wife checked the curvature of his spine and saw improvement. As time went on, Joshua also realized the acid reflux symptoms were gone for good.
Four months after the conference where Andrew had prayed, Joshua and Boggee, even stronger in the Word, were attending a service at a local church. When the minister called for those who wanted healing to stand, Joshua stood with the expectation of receiving the full manifestation of the straightening of his spine. A couple sitting behind them laid hands on the Maynards, as healing was spoken over them by the minister. As they each began to pray in tongues, Joshua noticed that the prayer language of the man laying hands on him began to change to sound like his own. When the prayer time concluded, Joshua felt as if a weight had been lifted from his shoulders. He twisted his torso at the waist realized that he felt no pain. Later that evening, Joshua shared with his wife how it seemed that the man’s prayer language had changed. Boggee told Joshua that she noticed that the wife's prayer language also mirrored her own while she was praying. The Maynards believe that this experience was a manifestation of spiritual agreement at its best. When his wife checked Joshua’s spine that evening after the service, it was straight as an arrow from top to bottom!
Joshua now sleeps on either side without back pain or discomfort, and is no longer fearful to lift heavy things. He is free of the back pains and spasms from which he suffered for so many years.
“I was born-again before I found Andrew. However, I was living religiously, and not according to the truth of the Word of God. I was non-denominational, and believed in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but I was not operating in them. I believed a mixture of judgment and grace, blessing and cursing. Andrew's teachings led me into a deeper relationship with God that I had never experienced before.”
As a result of the couple's revelation and Joshua's healing, the Maynards have made preparations to launch Joshua Maynard Ministries (JMM). JMM is a discipleship ministry Joshua feels the Lord has led him to start. Although the official launch will not occur until early 2011, Joshua has been spending his free time ministering on a one-on-one basis, and through the use of his facebook page. "In learning from Andrew the true nature of God towards revealing His plan for our lives, I began to seek God diligently, and through the Holy Spirit, the Word of God came alive to me. I am so grateful for Andrew and the opportunities that his teachings have opened up in my life.