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Monday
Jan192015

Connie Weiskopf

Connie Weiskopf with her husband David at a Life Choices event in 2009. (Click to enlarge)Some people profess to believe in God, but they don't know Him, His nature, His love or His power. This was true of Connie Weiskopf for a long time. Connie grew up in a large family with whom she attended a denominational church. It was through her church experience that the blindness of religion covered her eyes. It was there that God, the Father, was misrepresented as a wrathful, angry God, ready to strike her with sickness or to punish her because of her sin.

One particular event during Connie's formative adolescent years caused her to look at life through a filter; at the age of sixteen she was raped. Because of her religious foundation, and misperception of who God is, Connie was unable to turn to Him for comfort. Rather she hid from God; struggling with the shame and guilt she carried by herself. Connie came to blame God for the bad things that happened in her life.

Connie painting shortly after graduating from college. (Click to enlarge)After college Connie established herself as a graphic designer and renowned watercolor artist. As life progressed, she became involved in an abusive relationship, one in which she was raped again. This time, Connie found herself with an unwanted pregnancy. Connie had her first abortion, and her shame and guilt deepened.

Still unable to turn to God, Connie looked to the world for love, and in her wounded state she became involved with David—another unhealthy relationship. Connie had a second abortion. "David and I aborted our first child together and my heart truly died. I no longer felt. I only existed. No one ever told me I had choices, only that abortion would solve my 'problem'," said Connie.

Connie's paintings were shown in galleries from San Francisco to SOHO, New York.
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Sometime later, a friend invited Connie to church, and for the first time she felt the love of God. At last, Connie had found a comfortable place in God's presence. She was also pregnant again. Worried that if anyone knew she was pregnant she wouldn't be welcome to continue to meet with the God she had just met, she terminated her third child.

Continuing to attend her new church, Connie gave her life to Christ and fell passionately in love with Him. "He became everything I had been searching for. He became my best friend and my husband," Connie said.

After two years apart, David and Connie were reunited and married.
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As Connie's passions and focus shifted to Jesus, she and David separated. She attended a local Bible college hosted at her church, and as she sought to know Him, Connie learned to recognize His voice. Two years after their separation, the Lord led her back to David and the two were married.

After several relocations, including one back to her home State of Colorado, and a career change in which the Lord led her away from the arts to a position with Life Choices Pregnancy Center, Connie was diagnosed with breast cancer. Prior to her diagnosis, the Lord had been teaching Connie about His healing power, so she sought healing through His Word and prayer from like-minded people in her church.

A friend had given her one of Andrew's tapes several years earlier and she knew that when Andrew prayed, people received healing. Connie contacted AWM and asked if Andrew would come pray for her. Connie is able to minister in a life-giving and life-saving way through her position at the pregnancy center. (Click to enlarge)The ministry replied that he was unable to accommodate her request, but instead invited her to where Andrew would be ministering at a local church in Colorado Springs. Connie went to the meeting and was able to meet with Andrew before the service. After asking if she was ready to receive her healing, Andrew prayed a simple prayer. She remembers Andrew's message about the balance of grace and faith being exactly what she needed to hear to receive her healing.

Although she had been prayed for, Connie underwent surgery a short time later. Following the procedure, during which a surgeon removed a portion of her left breast, the doctor called and said, "We don't know what happened, there was no cancer left." Connie said, "I know what happened. God healed me!" David and Connie praised God and rejoiced in Him!

Connie finds joy in her work and ministry.
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Now, Connie continues her work as a Center Director with Life Choices Pregnancy Center. Through her position she is able to share the truth with the women who visit the facility. "I get to share the truth so that women know they can make a choice for life. I share that there is a loving, gracious God, who took care of all of our sins at the cross. I also get to share about the power of Jesus Christ that is available to those who believe," said Connie. While Connie has seen many healed, she said she receives her greatest joy when salvations occur and she can see others getting it; getting to know about this incredible love of a good God. 

Watch the video below as Connie and her husband, David share their Healing Journey.

Originally Posted: November 11, 2010

Monday
Jan122015

Healing Journeys - The Trover Family

Holly TroverSteve and Holly Trover waited excitedly for the results of the ultrasound exam that would reveal the gender of the child they were expecting. Steve was elated to hear the report that they were going to have a baby girl. The Trover's already had two handsome young sons, and in their eyes, the addition of a daughter would complete their family nicely.

As time progressed and their three beautiful children, Joshua, Luke and Chloe grew, Holly chose to capture the joy of motherhood by having a professional portrait taken of the children. She had the portrait framed and with deep satisfaction hung it on the wall in their family room. The Trover family was content.

Two years later, in 2008, Steve like many business owners began to see the economy slow. As a result he turned to the Lord and began to seek His wisdom for their business. As he prayed for God's direction, the Lord began to impress on Steve's heart that they were to have another child. This was not quite the guidance Steve was seeking. Steve resisted sharing the news with his wife for a couple of months until finally, one night while working at his computer, God said it was time to tell her.

Steve TroverAlthough Holly was completely surprised by Steve's news, the two conceived their fourth child almost immediately.

Several months into the pregnancy, when the time came for Holly to have her second ultrasound, the doctor delivered some devastating news. After careful measurement and calculation, the doctor said that there were several factors that clearly indicated that the baby would be born with Down syndrome. The doctor went on to show the Trover's in detail what led her to the diagnosis. Before leaving the room, the doctor went as far as to talk about possible termination of the pregnancy through abortion.

Termination of the pregnancy was not an option for Steve and Holly.

The enemy had come to steal from Steve and Holly, but they stood their ground. Drawing on the revelation they had received from Andrew's teaching in their church small group, and knowing that it was God who spoke to them about having another child, they refused to believe that this was God's plan for their baby. In the face of this negative report of a medical reality in the natural, Steve, standing on faith in God's word, took his authority and rejected the diagnosis. "I cancel this diagnosis in the name of Jesus. We don't believe these things that were spoken over our child and we don't accept it..." Steve rebuked.

Several months later, the Trover's returned to the doctor's office for another ultrasound. The couple entered the examining room determined to see different results. After a long time passed, the doctor finally spoke and said that if this had been the first time that she had seen this baby, she would have told the Trover's that their baby was perfect in every way. However, in disbelief, the doctor continued to take measurements. Finally, exasperated, the doctor threw up her hands; she couldn't offer any explanation for the transformation she saw in the Trover's baby.

Baby NathanielWhen the time came, Holly was induced and gave birth to a perfect baby boy. Perfect may sound like an exaggeration, but in the medical world, newborn babies are rated by their APGAR score. The score is calculated through a series of five tests, and scores range from zero to ten, ten being the best. The Trover's baby, Nathaniel, scored a perfect ten!

 

Watch the video below for more details on the Trover family testimony. This video is featured in the Healing Journeys Volume 2 DVD.

Originally Posted: March 4, 2010

Monday
Aug112014

Unraveling the Bonds of Fear

Amanda Bassett was healed from epilepsy and set free from the grip fear had on her life. (Click to enlarge)“Fear in general, fear of being alone, fear of losing control…any horrible thing I could imagine, I was terrified it was going to happen to me or I was going to do it.” Amanda Bassett accepted Jesus as a child, but for more than two decades, fear dominated her life and, eventually, manifested into something much worse.

“I started noticing symptoms of the seizures when I was about nine years old. I had panic attacks where my mom would hold me down on my bed and I would be shaking. I couldn’t stop because I was so terrified—terrified that I would kill someone, kill myself, or any other horrible thing I could imagine. I was terrified it was going to happen to me.”

The fear of a seizure was always in the back of her mind. (Click to enlarge)By age fifteen, the small seizures became a way of life and the relentless cycle drove Amanda into seclusion. The fear of a seizure was always in the back of her mind. She had trouble thinking clearly and even completing sentences. It may have appeared as though she only had 5 little seizures in a day, but in reality, it was more like 100 or 200.

In high school, Amanda began to isolate herself even more than before, spending most of her teen years in a pitch-black room, fast asleep. Being around other people became awkward and troublesome, and planning for college became a luxury she physically could not afford. “I didn’t think I had a hope or a future. I thought, I’m going to sleep my life away and just hope it ends—get it over with.”

In a state of total misery, Amanda turned to God for answers, knowing that something had to be missing in her relationship with Christ. Her mom started watching Andrew Wommack in 2010. At first, Amanda didn’t really care what he had to say—he was just another televangelist. But then, she started to feel God drawing her into something more. He began to reveal that something was there that she wasn’t getting.

As Amanda turned to God, she felt him drawing her into something more. (Click to enlarge)Amanda began listening to Andrew for herself on the Gospel Truth program online and was shocked by what she was hearing. Her mom began encouraging her to pray for her healing from epilepsy, and one day, on the floor of her living room, Amanda’s life changed forever. “The 700 Club was on, and I saw people getting healed. I began to imagine how I could be one of those people.” Amanda knelt down by the television and completely put her faith in God. “I prayed something to the effect of, ‘God, please heal me of epilepsy now,’ and before I’d finished my sentence, the host said, ‘There’s someone with epilepsy who’s being healed right now. Put your hand on your head and be healed in Jesus’ name.’

“From listening to Andrew, I knew that healing doesn’t happen just because you feel something. When I put my hand on my head, honestly, I didn’t feel anything, but I knew better than to go merely by what I feel. I said to myself, ‘I’m healed!’

Amanda began to understand that healing is in God’s Word , and it’s by relying on His Word, and not on our feelings, that we see His promises manifest in our lives. “By the seventh day, all my headaches were gone, I felt so much clarity, and I could even have a conversation without doing anything weird. I didn’t feel fear—fear was gone.”

Amanda began to understand that healing is in God’s Word.
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Grateful for her healing and growing relationship with God, Amanda decided to take it one step further and go to Charis Bible College (CBC) because it was Andrew’s school. She knew the teaching, but she wanted to be around other people who were believing God for themselves. She had a desire to absorb that atmosphere.

Growing up, Amanda always thought that God only had a plan and a will for a select few people, not everyone. “So, when Andrew taught that God has a purpose for every single person on this planet, I got so excited. At that point, the only thing I cared about was what God had for me. Now that I’m not bound, I can do whatever He wants me to!

Amanda soon discovered that CBC offered more than just teaching on God’s Word. She entered the Third Year Media School and discovered her passion in life: “I really discovered a love for video making. I want to make videos that touch people’s lives and inspire them.”

Amanda and Jeff Nakkula, Co-Director of CBC's Media School reviewing Amanda's work as a third-year student.
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Now Amanda has that hope and future she thought she’d never have:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11, New International Version, emphasis added

“Jesus is my Savior, but He is also my Comforter. So, anywhere I go, I know He’s with me, doors will open, and He has a plan for me. He has somewhere He wants me to be,” Amanda declares. She goes on to say, “CBC has made me feel more established in my identity, more confident with opportunities in life, and more emotionally stable within myself. Now I feel like it’s an automatic reflex to turn to God when fear or discouragement comes up. I feel equipped for life.”

The partners and friends of Andrew Wommack Ministries have provided a place where people like Amanda can become deeply established in God’s Word. With a story in her heart and a camera in her hand, Amanda is free to tell not only her own story but also the stories of thousands more to come. There’s no limit to what God can do with a life fully surrendered to Him!