I was mad! Mad at the world and mad at God and in great despair! My life was a disaster, a shipwreck! I literally yelled into the sky that if He was really up there, He needed to send me someone to teach me something good about Him. There was no thunder, no lightning, no music, no lights; yet I just knew I needed change in my life. I left my job, moved to another location, and within a month met someone who told me, “God told me to teach you something good about Him. God is love and God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.”
No other words could have impacted my heart in such a way. Those were the words that introduced me to the ministry—but more than that they brought me to the place where I could know, really know the Bible and learn about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. God is always good. Always. And God was truly working in that WOW (Word Over the World) Ambassador to help me receive my deliverance.
My first Foundational Class was a great awakening, teaching me so many truths that I could apply in my life. Important to me was learning how to separate truth from error and about the administrations in God’s Word. I learned how to read the Word for myself and to do a word study. I did not need to “just take someone else’s word”; I could read and understand God’s Word due to being taught the keys to the Word’s interpretation. Most of all, I learned that I was a born-again child of God and could manifest power from on high. These truths were vital to me, and I had a burning desire to know more.
I went WOW because I was already thirty-two and I heard that “One year of outreach service as a WOW was equal to ten years of spiritual growth.” I had much catching up to do. The Intermediate Class was part of my first Foundational Class, and when a year later I sat through the Advanced Class, it all came together like a jigsaw puzzle—every piece was in place. I had the answers that I had desired for so long, and I knew that my life was worth more than seventy years and a hole in the ground.
Thirty-nine years later, I am still fellowshipping with this ministry. I have never left the place where I could learn the Word or hear the manifestations of holy spirit. I recently participated in a new Foundational Class, and it was as exciting and packed with information as my first one. Who else teaches that Jesus Christ is not God or that the dead are not alive? Who else cares about the detail of the Word? Who else teaches that there is an adversary that wears men down and robs them blind, that endeavors to steal, to kill, and to destroy all that is valuable (John 10:10)?
In 1991, I was driving on I-40 East in Tennessee on a mountainous highway that grew icier each moment, inching along with all the other travelers—no place to pull over or exit. I had driven into these conditions while traveling on my way home in South Carolina, after a wearying week handling a family situation. In an instant, my car skidded and turned completely around, sliding toward the edge of the road, which was over a mile high from the valley below. I breathed out, “Father…,” and distinctly, I heard a voice: “Let go of the steering wheel.” I let go and the car just slowed and stopped moving. I was facing all the traffic coming at me, and there I sat, on the narrow side of the road, between the oncoming traffic on my right and the abyss on the left. I sat there for a while—breathing, crying, laughing—such a range of emotions. I had cried out to my heavenly Father, and He was right there all along. He never leaves or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5). Finally, I realized I needed to move and asked Father for an opening, as I had to make a U-turn to merge back into traffic on the highway. When I had my opening, I eased back onto the road and continued on my way until I reached my turnoff and soon left the freezing weather behind. For the next two hours I drove, singing and praying, thanking God for His love, mercy, and care.
Our heavenly Father has delivered us so many times—there are so many incidents and stories that we could probably write a book. Daily He loads us with His benefits, bears our burdens, and keeps us whole. What more can we desire?