Jorge Alba, a native of Bogotá, Colombia, was living his life for the Lord. He left his secular job; choosing instead to volunteer his architectural skills for a two-year expansion project at the church he and his family attended. At the same time, he was serving the 30,000 member church as an usher, attending various Bible groups, and studying to be a counselor within the church body. Jorge was committed to his church and close to those in leadership—people widely regarded as specially anointed. Then Jorge became sick. His illness came progressively; his symptoms began with pain and discomfort in his throat. He was still able to work, but the symptoms worsened, and eventually Jorge visited a doctor, the director of the Medical Otolaryngology Society in Colombia. Although initial testing revealed that he had a mass or a cyst in one of his teeth, it was determined that this was unrelated to his throat issue. More testing was needed, and Jorge was scared; he went to see his pastor for prayer.
After returning to the doctor for secondary testing, the doctor reported that she could not find anything wrong. This was good news, except that Jorge was still uncomfortable. "The pain increased, even when I was working in my church, side-by-side with the 'anointed ones' I was getting worse," said Jorge.
Jorge asked church staff for prayer repeatedly. Church leadership suggested that his sickness might be related to sin in his life, cursed objects in his home, and a variety of other performance-based religious stumbling blocks. Though errant, these were acceptable answers to Jorge; he knew very well his church's doctrine on healing, and he honored the pastor's words.
After discarding many possessions he found his health was at its worst. Jorge was barely able to swallow, and at times he could not breathe. His deteriorating health, coupled with church financial issues curbing further development, caused Jorge to be released from his design position. Further testing finally yielded a diagnosis of hyoids chondritis, which is inflammation in the bones and ligaments of the larynx in the throat. The swelling was cutting off Jorge's air way and causing the pain.
With a diagnosis in hand, Jorge's doctor prescribed a remedy, the use of a soft orthopedic neck brace, medication, a reduced work schedule, and the use of a special chair when he did work. After one month Jorge had not made any progress, so his doctor prescribed one month of bed rest with a rigid neck brace.
Jorge spent nearly twenty hours a day in bed. As a result he lost the new contracts he had secured for freelance architecture work, and he lost his ability to attend church. Jorge continued to seek prayer for healing from many ministries in Bogotá. "I even made 'pledges'. That's when some 'anointed man of God' says, 'God's anointing is so strong now and if you plant a seed you will receive your healing miracle! So call now, and put your request on this altar!' or junk like that," said Jorge.
Jorge's sister, Magda visited him regularly. During one visit she mentioned that her friend, Jeff Devine had become a pastor in Thailand, and she gave Jorge a link to Jeff's website so he could be encouraged by the testimonies of the miracles happening through Jeff's ministry. Jorge visited the website and was blessed by what he read, but he took particular interest in the links on the site. Among Jeff's resources, Jorge found links to Andrew's teachings and website. This was an answer to Jorge's prayers from earlier that day. As Jorge struggled with condemnation that morning, he prayed for a word from God about his healing. As he prayed, he came across a supermarket receipt from six months earlier. He and his friend Marcus had shared brunch, and during their meal Marcus had written Andrew's name and website on the receipt. When Jorge saw the link to Andrew's teaching, God Wants You Well, on Jeff's site, he knew it was God leading him to find the answers he needed.
Jorge had been so blinded by faulty doctrine that he had been reluctant to visit Andrew's site when Marcus first recommended it. Jorge said, "I was so blind, the doctrines in my church made me see other ministries as junk. They say they are the 'center of the revival for the planet earth,' the outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurs only there, and the leaders from all the earth shall come [there] to be anointed. That´s what I believed."
While Andrew's teaching, God Wants You Well set Jorge free from his hyper-religious doctrine, and allowed him to see that it was not God inflicting sickness upon him, it was not the teaching that released him from his disease. Jorge spent time everyday on Andrew's site and as he watched The Believer's Authority he gained a revelation of his own. When he realized the enemy's only tool is deception, the pain in his throat instantly disappeared! "I was in pain for months and nothing, not prayers, being anointed with oil, spiritual warfare, pills, nothing made my pain cease. The Truth set me free. Andrew never prayed for me; He didn't know I existed, but the truth is powerful."
Jorge's revelation also released him from his struggle with condemnation and an underlying anxiety. As he continued to renew his mind, the shackles of religion were replaced with the freedom of grace. As a result of Andrew's teaching of the Gospel Truth Jorge was able to step away from fractional salvation into the fullness of Jesus' atonement.
Today, Jorge shares Andrew's teachings with anyone who will listen, and he has given away many of Andrew's books to friends and former church family. He has a strong desire to attend Charis Bible College in Colorado, and to return to Colombia to teach the Gospel Truth to those suffering as he did, under the deception of man's religion.