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Monday
Jan032011

Joshua Maynard: Straight as an Arrow

Joshua Maynard suffered from the effects of scoliosis for more than 20 years.
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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.

Joshua was born again, but his religious thinking hindered him from receiving from God. (Click to enlarge)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.

Boggee and Joshua dedicated their time to listening to Andrew's teachings day and night. (Click to enlarge) 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.

Joshua's back is now straight as an arrow. (Click to enlarge)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. With Jesus revealed and Joshua healed the Maynards are in the process of launching a discipleship ministry, Joshua Maynard Ministries.
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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.

Thursday
Dec302010

The Breath of Life

The Decker family, L-R: Mary, Tom and Lesley. (Click to enlarge)Tom Decker grew up in Colorado Springs. At the age of twenty-four, he and a partner started an oil service company, which became very successful. By the time he was 34, he had travelled the world. Tom met his wife, Lesley in Australia, and the two returned to settle in Colorado. Tom retired at 40, and moved his wife and daughter, Mary to Australia. They were living a quarter mile from the beach and life was perfect—until severe asthma symptoms began to threaten the lives of both Lesley and Mary.

Lesley had suffered from asthma as a child, and thought she had outgrown it, but her symptoms returned. At the same time, Tom and Lesley realized that Mary was also being attacked. Tom carrying Mary. (Click to enlarge)Lesley remembers the last big attack on Mary’s life; Mary turned blue as they waited eighteen minutes for an ambulance. Lesley heard God say, “All is well,” and she praised Him for that word. When they got into the ambulance Mary said to Lesley, “You were talking to God, and He said everything is going to be alright.” In the natural it certainly didn’t look it, but both Lesley and Mary had a peace that God would bring them through. During this event, Tom felt helpless for the first time in his life. There was nothing he could do for his family. Mary travelled to the hospital with her lungs full of fluid and the doctors treated her the only way they could, with massive doses of steroids. The heavy medication had lasting effects; Mary’s growth was stunted for three years.

Tom believed Colorado's climate would help his family. (Click to enlarge)Lesley and Tom were born again Christians, and knew that their health and healing had been paid for by Jesus, but there were things they did not understand. Lesley remembers thinking, “My daughter and I are dying of asthma and should not be. I’m born again. He healed me. I should not be sick.”

One evening while Mary was taking medication through a nebulizer Lesley said to Tom, “I’ve prayed about where to go to find out about healing, and God said, 'Colorado.' We need to go back.” So they sold their Australian dream home, and headed to Colorado.

After returning the Deckers prayed, “Well God, big state, where do we go?” The family travelled the state with a fifth-wheel camper, and finally, after finding Charis Bible College on the internet, ended up back in Colorado Springs. Lesley received revelation and the fullness of her healing in 2001.
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Upon visiting the school the couple enrolled in classes for the upcoming semester.

Tom and Lesley recall being asked on their first day of classes, “When did you first hear of Andrew?” This was an interesting question, since they had no idea who Andrew was. In fact, Lesley thought it was odd that the students seemed to be making such a fuss about this “Andrew” fellow. One student asked why they would come all the way from Australia to go to Bible College, if they didn’t even know about Andrew? “Because we needed to find out about healing,” Lesley answered. The student assured Lesley that she was in the right place.

In September of 2001, Lesley and Tom not only learned who Andrew was, but also received great revelation through his teaching on their authority as believers. Mary's growth was stunted for three years as a result of the massive doses of steroids used to control her asthma. (Click to enlarge)In October 2001 Lesley knew she had received a revelation of who she was in Christ, and she knew she no longer needed the asthma drugs. Five days later when she couldn’t breathe, she refused to pick them back up. “I didn’t care if I needed to be raised from the dead,” Lesley said.

Lesley saw in her mind, the biblical example of when Jesus mixed dirt and saliva, applied it to the blind man's eyes, and then prayed for him twice before he received his full healing. So, she went to class and spoke with Andrew, and told him she needed “more spit.” Andrew and her class prayed, and Lesley has been drug and symptom free ever since. As the Deckers rejoiced in God’s faithfulness, they also wondered about Mary, who was still relying on the medication. Lesley heard God say that Mary was working it out with Him, and not to worry, that she would come to her and let her know when she was ready.

Mary, seen here distributing Bibles in Kenya, is now studying the Word at CBC in Colorado. She hopes to minister in Mongolia in the future. (Click to enlarge)In February, 2002 Mary came to Lesley and told her that she no longer needed her “puffers.” Lesley immediately acted on faith and threw the medication in the trash. Mary has been drug and symptom free since.

The Deckers graduated from CBC and went on to spend three years in England as the directors of Charis Bible College-UK. The family has traveled throughout the UK, Europe and Kenya to support missionary work. Although they have lived in and traveled to these varying climates, full of conditions known to trigger asthma symptoms, Lesley and Mary remain symptom free.

“When God heals you, He heals you all the way,” Lesley said.

Currently, Tom and Lesley have come alongside another couple to help them start a church in Woodland Park, Colorado. Mary is now a full-time student at CBC in Colorado Springs. (Click to enlarge)The Deckers have been leading a home group this year, but expect to incorporate in 2011 and move into a rented space. They are looking forward to “making disciples” and training up fellow believers so they too can live in victory.

Mary, now eighteen, is a full-time student at CBC-Colorado, and Tom has returned to the oil business as a Consultant. He enjoys taking the gospel of grace and faith to the men in the field. Lesley works as a Facilitator for CBC Online. “This is the best job in the whole world, I just love working with the students,” said Lesley.

For the Deckers, there is only one way to live: to believe in the Word of God as the only truth, to serve God with your entire life, and to “Go make disciples.”

Watch the video below as Tom and Lesley Decker share their Healing Journey.

 

Monday
Dec272010

Nancy Kelly's Revelation

Kendall and Nancy Kelly at the 2010 Orlando Gospel Truth Seminar. (Click to enlarge)Nancy Kelly was raised in the Mormon faith. Though she currently calls Florida home, she spent a good portion of her youth in the State of Utah, where, according to internet resources, up to sixty percent of the population claims to be Mormon, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Utah is where Nancy met and married her husband, Kendall Kelly, to whom she has been married for twenty-nine years.

Kendall's family lineage links him to some of the original Mormon pioneers of Utah, and Kendall served a two year mission for the LDS in Cali, Colombia before he and Nancy were married. It is only natural that the couple raised their three children devoted to the family faith.

On the surface, life for Nancy was moving along nicely. She presented herself as a good, moral and religious person, following the Mormon doctrine, but under the surface Nancy sensed that there was something more, and she longed for the truth. "I felt very isolated because I was taught I could not question the teaching of the church, and if I did, I was on a slippery slope to apostasy," said Nancy.

Since receiving her healing Nancy has been very active. Here she works remodeling a bathroom in her home. (Click to enlarge)During the Christmas season of 1999, Nancy watched a program on television put on by a local Baptist church. Of course the story was about the birth of Jesus, a story which she believed. After the program the preacher explained who Jesus was and why he was born. He taught that having faith in Jesus Christ alone is the only way for salvation. That night, Nancy prayed along with the pastor on TV, to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior. "That moment changed my life. I didn't receive the answers to my many questions, but I knew that I would find them in Jesus," Nancy said.

The first Sunday after viewing the program, Nancy attended a service at the First Baptist Church, and she knew she would never return to her previous congregation. Her decision to leave the Mormon faith brought great pain to her husband and three grown children, who very active in the family's church. One of her children was serving as a Mormon missionary when Nancy was saved. Nancy who is aware that her choice could have ended her marriage said, "I made a firm commitment to Jesus Christ, in faith, and I never looked back." Although her family struggled with her decision, Nancy's whole family eventually became believers, and Nancy's grandchildren are being raised in a Christian home.

Though Nancy had received Jesus, she was in poor physical health, and suffered over the next nine years with various ailments. In that span of time, she was diagnosed with deteriorating disc disease, fibromyalgia, asthma and heart arrhythmia. As a result of these conditions she was on multiple medications. But, in the summer of 2008, God began changing the direction of Nancy's life again; He was speaking profoundly to her through His Word and through dreams. "Things were happening to me that are not taught in the Baptist church," Nancy said.

On vacation in September 2010, Nancy and Kendal went horseback riding—something that would have been impossible several years earlier. (Click to enlarge)On November 28, 2008, Nancy had an incredible, life changing encounter with God. During the experience she had a beautiful vision, and felt the love of God as though it was poured through her body. Nancy didn't understand her experience at the time, and didn't know what to do. She tentatively shared her vision with Kendall, and to her surprise and joy, he believed her.

Within a week of her experience Nancy realized that she was pain free, and she stopped taking her medications. "I took muscle relaxants, heart medication, inhalants and prescription doses of anti-inflammatory medication. All those areas were healed. I haven't had any [medications] since December 2008—not even a Tylenol," said Nancy.

Within that same week, Nancy also happened to come across Andrew's television program. It was the opening of the Gospel Truth that caught her attention. In her vision, a week earlier, she had seen a mountain stream, just like the one at the opening of the program. Nancy is confident that the Lord led her to Andrew's ministry as an answer to her prayer for understanding.

Andrew's teachings, particularly Believer's Authority, addressed many of Nancy's questions, and she realized that during her encounter with the Lord she had been completely healed. Andrew's ministry revolutionized her Christian walk. "I am a completely different believer than I was before. Andrew has taught me the truth about what God has already done for me. I believe I live in the Kingdom of God here and now. I take the authority Jesus gave me and speak it into my life. I believe God's Word," Nancy said.

Kendall and Nancy enjoying time together in Santiago, Chile, 2009. (Click to enlarge)Nancy is thankful for Andrew's teaching and the freedom she's found to live in God's unconditional love and grace. She shares the truths she has learned with anyone who will listen. Even her own mother, who is a devout Mormon, now recognizes that Nancy's healing is a miracle.

For Nancy, Andrew's teachings have been a key to receiving understanding to the questions and issues that kept her in a state of confusion for so many years. The truth of Jesus Christ, as Nancy now testifies, has set her free, indeed.