Growing and Learning in the Household of Believers

More Than Grateful

I am more than grateful that I have the opportunity to be a part of this great ministry of The Way and have the blessing to fellowship with other faithful believers who hunger and thirst for the truth of the Word. I am thankful that I continue to stay in the Word, as it made me realize how big our God is. The more I take believing action, the more I see the excellence of God’s power in my life. Reading the Word daily, speaking in tongues, and renewing my mind continually have helped me grow spiritually and build a sense of discipline that manifests itself in other aspects of my life.

I am thankful to be part of this ministry, as I have learned to love and serve others according to the Word. I have learned to have discernment and to be more spiritually aware. It is refreshing to know that believers of the ministry function together and are a source of support for one another in time of need.

Learning and Growing in Each Stage of My Life

I have the joy and the huge blessing of telling you in these words the wonderful experience that it was for me to get to know the great and matchless Word of God.

Seven years have gone by since I graduated from the Foundational Class. During that time, I must say with great joy that I have witnessed the powerful hand of God working day by day in my life and the life of my family.

I have had the opportunity to serve God and the household in many ways. The first year after I graduated from the class, I began to faithfully attend fellowship. I had a fervent desire to learn the Word more and more. At the beginning, there were promises that I could quickly believe and manifest in my walk, like the one declared in Philippians 4:19: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” In that context, God went beyond all my expectations, and He prospered me as soon as I received my teaching degree, granting me a job with excellent working conditions and salary.

I was blessed not only in the professional and work category, but also God gave me the opportunity to grow and serve in the household, sharing of my skills in music by way of accompanying hymns and songs with the guitar in my household fellowship. As time went by, as I was building more Biblical understanding, I was able to serve in my fellowship as an assistant, supporting my household fellowship coordinator in multiple tasks, and I also had the privilege of teaching the Word of God on some occasions.

And as the Bible states in Genesis 2:18: “…It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” God gave me a great believing woman, a life partner from whom I learned a lot, with whom I could continue to grow, to the point that we could serve God as a married couple. We coordinated a household fellowship, and then with the arrival of our little daughter, we continued to serve as a believing family in one of the southernmost fellowships of our vast and beautiful country.

I thank God for enlightening and guiding my path toward what is right, for giving me security and hope, and I thank The Way Ministry for having given me the tools to deal with the spiritual competition and be more than a conqueror, and for the opportunity to continue learning and growing spiritually in each stage of my life.

God Has Done Great Things in My Life

I would like to share my testimony and experience on how God has called me and how He is with me and protects me every day.

I was raised in a Roman Catholic family, and I always attended the Catholic Church up until certain events happened in my life. After the separation from my husband, condemnation began setting in, and because of wrong teaching I began feeling that I was not “good enough” and neither just nor acceptable before God.

I had the wonderful opportunity to know about The Way Ministry through a friend at work who at times I confided in and opened my heart to. While we were speaking about a friend of mine with a health issue, the believer invited me to a home fellowship. This was not the first time that this person invited me, but I always made up excuses, saying, “I already go to a church.” This time I accepted. I needed to help myself and my friend, and I knew that I didn’t have the answers or the knowledge I needed to win in this competition.

At the fellowship I met the Branch and household fellowship coordinator; I remember this first fellowship with great emotion. It was an unforgettable experience. The believers greeted me with a simple “God bless you,” through which I had the feeling that God was speaking directly to me and greeting me into His family. Tears of joy flowed. With their greetings and warm embraces, I felt the love of God towards me, as if He were saying, “It has been awhile. I have been waiting for you.”

From that Sunday on, I haven’t missed a fellowship or the special events throughout the year that are organized in my country. Today I also coordinate a fellowship in my home.

Yes, God has done great things in my life. And regardless of my separation from my husband and some financial difficulties, I have been able to put my two daughters through college. One daughter already has her degree and has recently married. My other daughter is still studying. I thank God for His help and assistance in these important matters.

The friend who had a “health issue,” due also to her enslavement to alcohol, is being cared for by our believing with her and by her response to come with her husband to our fellowships, thereby gaining an accurate knowledge of God’s liberating Word. My sister, with whom in the past my relationship was “weakened,” has now been reinforced by my stand and by her willingness to also come to fellowship. By the way, today she is also my assistant fellowship coordinator. My mom, who is eighty-four years of age, has brilliantly overcome a health issue and actively participates in our home fellowships as we strengthen ourselves in God’s Word, praying with believing.

In being thankful for God’s immense love, I have been able to abolish in my mind any sense of inferiority, fear, or insecurity which has in the past obstructed me from receiving the many blessings that God had in store for me. God doesn’t want us to accept any less than what He has promised to give us. Today I am righteous before Him, ready to claim His promises and the liberation available from whatever mental, physical, or spiritual bondage I may face.

Thankful for All of God’s Blessings

I give thanks to God for all His blessings that are so numerous that sometimes I cannot count them, but the important thing is to be grateful and to not forget the benefits that God has given us.

God has done great things in my life. I will never stop thanking Him again and again because since I confessed Jesus Christ as my lord and savior and believed that God raised him from the dead, I became a daughter of God, born again of His seed.

I have been in this ministry for over twenty-five years. After being witnessed to by a relative of the family, I took the Foundational Class in 1993, and immediately, I was won over by the simplicity and accuracy of the Word of God taught in this class. I humbly received this Word of God rightly divided, and I firmly believed this Word and the promises contained in this Word. The Foundational Class, which is a how-to class, taught me how to read God’s Word, how to believe to receive in manifestation the promises of God, and how to pray. Putting the Word into practice, along with prayer, has a great impact in a Christian’s life.

In my life, I had to face a lot of pressure, but with God as well as with His Word, we are always “more than conquerors”! I have many things to say about this, but I am only going to share with you two great events that happened in my life and from which God delivered me.

A few years ago, when I was still in Africa, I boarded a makeshift boat with my goods as part of my work. The boat was small, but the boatman loaded it beyond its capacity to make more money! Around 5:00 a.m. on the high sea (Atlantic Ocean), the boat capsized, and seventy-eight people died, drowned! Only four people survived this sinking, including me. God heard my prayer and preserved me because while the ship was breaking, I kept speaking in tongues, and I came out more than a conqueror.

The second event happened in 2015. I had a hard time because I was diagnosed with an incurable disease. The doctors told me that the healing was difficult and that I had to make a decision to follow a very heavy treatment and live, or do nothing and die. I talked about it with my family. I agreed to start the treatment, but I told the doctor that I was going to heal in the name of Jesus Christ. They started my treatment, and I stayed in the hospital for seven weeks. Then I went back home, and life went on, and today I’m healed. God healed me through Jesus Christ, who took away all our diseases.

I continue to stand firm on the Word of God taught by the ministry of The Way International, continuing to move forward to the return of Christ.

Filled with Joy and Thankfulness

Learning the Word was the delivering factor this ministry brought to my life.

I am filled with such joy and thankfulness when I reflect on that day, almost thirty-five years ago, when a believer spoke the Word to me, and I was introduced to The Way Ministry and invited to come to a home fellowship. That was my first victorious answer to prayer shortly after pouring out my heart to God to “show me the way”—the way of truth. This victorious answer to prayer has reverberated through my life with an impact. Since then, there was no looking back for me!

Standing over the years has taught me how effective prayer is in my personal life, and I learned the benefits of speaking in tongues. I was fully persuaded that what was taught was the truth of God’s Word rightly divided. That gave me great confidence—in overcoming fears and challenges in day-by-day living, knowing that I now have all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him that has called me to glory and virtue.

Knowing that I have something so meaningful to give to others has also been my joy. I have been able to teach my children as I learned and marveled at the greatness of God’s Word and His love, and I have seen them grow to stand faithfully and to teach the Word to their children. They have the truth of God’s will to sustain and nourish them for the rest of their lives. As a mother, this brings me great rest.

Being able to help others through the power of prayer and believing to see answers come to pass has been a wonderful avenue for ministering to people I meet. It brings to mind one occasion of witnessing while on vacation. I received a prayer request while casually chatting and sharing the love of God’s Word. I did pray boldly with this person, who then in her joy went and called her friends to come to meet the “prayer warrior,” as they referred to me, to pray with them also. They sure bubbled with joy.

Receiving the Word and learning it has been the highlight of my life. Knowing God is my sufficiency in all of life’s situations, I continue to learn and live His Word more and more, seeing myself the way God sees me. I stay thankful to God through our Lord Jesus Christ, for His love, care, and protection I’ve seen over the years, and for learning how to apply His Word in day-by-day living. He has truly called us to the way of abundance and power.

Profoundly Thankful for The Way Ministry

I was born in 1957 after my mother was told she would have no more children (she earlier had two miscarriages). Later, in 1968, my father and I were in an automobile and struck by a fully loaded train, causing the car to flip over several times. We were miraculously unharmed, though the car was totally destroyed. In 1977, I completed my first Way Ministry Foundational Class and have since enjoyed learning and applying Biblical keys and principles as taught in the ministry’s series of Biblical classes. What I have learned has proven to be the mainstay for my successful navigation through life.

The Bible (God’s Word) clearly teaches that we have an adversary whose mission is simply to steal and to kill and to destroy; in absolute contrast, the Word further instructs that we can live a life that is more than abundant through Jesus Christ (John 10:10). Despite the fiery darts from our adversary, we can overcome and collectively dismantle the works of the adversary through the power of the holy spirit within. Having the ability to clearly discern God’s goodness from the evilness of the adversary causes me to be profoundly thankful for The Way Ministry, which has the heart to research and teach spiritual truths with unparalleled boldness and accuracy.

In this context, it would be wonderful to live a life absent any attacks after being born again, but as the saying goes, we are not promised a rose garden! I know this all too well as I was confronted with a dire health situation in 2014. With the inexhaustible prayers and help from my fellow Way believers, I can say, “The Word works!” And I’m LIVING proof.

I reflect on my life since birth and can clearly see God’s unbounded divine mercy and grace. The Way Ministry’s teachings, Biblical resources, and programs have given meaning to my life and have offered me a clear pathway to best demonstrate my thankfulness through serving the one true God as enabled by the wonderful works of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

If not for The Way International’s Board of Directors, their energized ministries, and their faithfulness to God and His household, my life would be adrift, absent a chart and compass to God’s heart and will for my life. For The Way International’s ministers, Staff, and faithful believers I offer my deepest prayers of thankfulness to God.

In closing, my wife and I are wholly committed to the Word, and we strive to serve God, as recorded in Ephesians 4:2-4:

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling.

Accomplishing Great Things with God

In 1983 I had lived twenty-three years of my life. After being discharged honorably from the United States Air Force, I had fear as to what would become of my life. I met some wonderful people known then as Word Over the World Ambassadors, who were witnesses for Christ. They invited me to a fellowship and I attended. The first teaching that I ever heard was on believing rightly according to the rightly divided Word of God. My mind was set free from the prisons that had been holding me back and down throughout my young years. Life had new meaning for me, and I started loving and living for the one true God. My outlook on what could be accomplished was limitless.

Since then I have worked on believing for the best, not settling for just good enough. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13) led me into the United States Marine Corps. I am always learning and growing in God’s household, falling down and being shown how to overcome through my walk in right believing, striving to stay focused and just “stand.”

I have fellowshipped in this ministry for the past thirty-five years. Many individual accomplishments have come to pass over the years. Some of the greatest ones are receiving my bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences and sustainability cum laude (with honors); building a log cabin on a lake from my own design and then selling it for $178,000. This was enough to pay off $88,000 in debt and purchase the land where my wonderful wife and I now reside and where we just finished this year building a second cabin. My wife and I also started a new barbeque sauce business and opened a hair and nails salon. We have plans to attend flight school to receive our private pilot licenses, and I have my own business as a licensed Maine guide.

The most enjoyable accomplishment in my life of walking in right believing is operating as a Bible study group coordinator, reaching out and teaching others how to believe rightly and walk with God as I have learned to do over these past thirty-five years. Matthew 6:33 has been my spiritual compass, keeping me on the right path, and I Thessalonians 2:13 says it best, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”

I Now Have a Life Worth Living

Boy, do I have a story to tell! When I was twenty-two years old I was strung out on drugs, on the doorstep of being homeless, and without a reason to live. I began praying to God for help and quit the drugs cold turkey. God provided me with strength, and within two weeks I was witnessed to by a WOW (Word Over the World) Ambassador.

With great gratitude and appreciation for the Word delivering me, I decided at the age of twenty-three to go out WOW. That year as a WOW Ambassador helped establish godly principles in my life which I have held onto for over thirty-five years—such as reading the Word and praying daily, not to mention the boldness it helped me establish in witnessing. If only I had the vocabulary and the time to express how totally grateful I am for those initial years.

With the abundance of the Word and the deliverance that I saw, I decided to go out WOW a second year. During that year, I witnessed to my wife, who has been by my side for over thirty years. We’ve been living debt-free for over twenty years. We have two children, and they are both serving as household fellowship coordinators.

We live on the Pacific Coast and just went down to visit our daughter, her husband, and our granddaughter in Tennessee. A high point of each day on our vacation was when my five-year-old granddaughter and I would get into the Word and pray in the mornings. If I was not awake, she would tap me on the shoulder, wanting me to get up to read and pray with her! Though the miles keep us apart at this time, the Word continues to cause our hearts to be knit together in love. I am truly thankful for the Word I have learned in The Way Ministry. I now have a life worth living.