In the late nineteen seventies, Daryl and Cindy Vander Haar were raising their family in Arizona. The two had grown up in denominational churches, and shortly after their first son was born, they settled into a local Lutheran congregation. The Vander Haars also began attending an evening Bible study, and as a result of the study, they were soon baptized in the Holy Spirit. After sharing the news of their baptism with their pastor, he proceeded to preach a misguided message the following Sunday, about how tongues are from the devil. Thankfully, it was during this time that the couple first heard of Andrew's ministry.
Shortly after hearing of Andrew's ministry, Daryl and Cindy learned that Andrew was holding a meeting in Phoenix and made arrangements to attend. Although they did not have a chance to meet Andrew personally at the meeting, they did find out that they could request free teaching tapes from the ministry. Through these teachings the Vander Haars were able to learn the truth about the Spirit-filled life. "We started ordering his tapes and were so grateful as we were so ignorant. Every Monday, I’d fill out a post card to send to the ministry for three free tapes," said Cindy.
In 1980, Andrew held his first big meeting in Phoenix, and it was there that Daryl and Cindy met Andrew for the first time. "Daryl and Cindy came to my first big meeting in Phoenix in 1980 at the Adam's Mark Hotel downtown. That's where I met them. I saw them at my meetings every time I went to Phoenix after that," recalled Andrew.
Inspired by Andrew's simple Biblical teaching, the Vander Haars left the Lutheran church in search of a church that believed in the modern day power of the Holy Spirit. They quickly connected with a pastor in West Phoenix who was considering starting a Spirit-filled church in Mesa, Arizona where the Vander Haars lived. The couple jumped in and was involved with the new church from its beginning. Over the years the Vander Haars have faithfully served their church in various capacities; from children's church and youth ministry, to serving on the worship team and varying board positions.
At the time the Vander Haars were becoming more familiar with Andrew and his ministry, they were owners of a large commercial printing company. Wanting to share what she had learned from Andrew's teaching materials, Cindy put together a booklet of some of Andrew's footnotes from his Life for Today Commentary. She called the booklet Insights into Faith, and she contacted Andrew with an offer to publish the book.
"Cindy contacted me about her booklet, and asked if she could publish it. We didn't have any money to do it, but we gave her permission to do it. Daryl published it at his own expense and gave us copies," said Andrew.
Eventually the Vander Haars sold the printing company and became involved in other entrepreneurial endeavors, but not before the years in the noisy press room had stolen much of Daryl's hearing. The Vander Haars prayed for Daryl's hearing to be restored, but turned to the use of two hearing aids while they waited for his healing to manifest. "We continued to confess that he was healed, took communion often declaring and thanking God that it was finished, and just kept pressing on. Then one day, Daryl came home and could not find his hearing aids—he had lost them. So he was back to square one. Andrew was coming to town in that week, and we thought we might get him to pray for Daryl," said Cindy.
The Vander Haars went to Andrew's 2009 conference at the Biltmore in Phoenix. At the end of the last meeting, Daryl and Cindy still had not been able to meet with Andrew. As the crowd began to shuffle out, and those in need of prayer stayed, something caught Cindy's attention. Although she had been distracted, she was aware that Andrew had a word of knowledge from the Lord that ears were being healed. When she turned to look at Daryl, he had his eyes shut and his arms out-stretched. Cindy knew her husband was receiving his healing. When Andrew finished praying the couple left the meeting.
Early the next morning, the couple went for their routine walk. Suddenly, Daryl exclaimed, "I can hear the crickets!" This was the first recognition that he had received his healing. He could hear everything—his hearing had been totally restored.
Over the past thirty years the Vander Haars never stopped receiving Andrew's tapes and CDs, and they relish the fact that they can watch him on television each night. "I feel like we have grown right along with Andrew through the years, gleaning his insights, learning so much about faith, grace, authority, power, humility—you name it. I think we’ve had every series he’s done over the years. And we’ve certainly given away a lot of his stuff. He has impacted our belief system at the core. God is so good," Cindy said.