The Tithe Works

I grew up being a part of this ministry and learned the meaning of and how to operate the principles of tithing and abundantly sharing at an early age. It started when I put a coin into the horn of plenty at Children’s Fellowship. It continued as I earned money shoveling snow, mowing lawns, catching chickens, and receiving an allowance.

I remember a time when my mother and I were taking the Advanced Class. It was the night the abundant sharing was made available. As we were driving to class, Mom told me to look in her purse and see what was available to give. She only had a five-dollar bill. We looked at each other, and Mom said that I should put it in the horn of plenty that night. “But Mom,” I said, “that is all you have!” “That’s okay, God will provide.” I took the five-dollar bill, put it in my pocket, and later that evening I put it in the horn of plenty. When we got to the car, Mom reached into her purse to get the car keys, and laying on the keys was a twenty-dollar bill! God provided.

Years later I was teaching fellowship on the tithe and abundant sharing when the phone rang. Usually we just let it ring, but that night I told my wife to answer the phone. It was her father telling her that he was sending her $500 as part of an inheritance. I had just told the fellowship that rent was due and that God would provide our need. When she returned, I asked about the phone call. She said, “It was my dad. He is sending us $500 and we should get it tomorrow.” The fellowship went silent. It was enough to meet our need for rent. God provided and was not late!

While we were in the in-residence Way Corps training, we lost several of our sponsors. Tuition was due, and it was slow coming in. We got a check from one of our larger contributors and were very thankful. Later that night I got a call from the same individual. He asked how tuition was going. I told him we needed more and we knew God would provide. I did not tell him how much we needed. A couple of days later we received a holiday card from this same individual. I opened the card and a piece of paper fell out. It was a check equal to the amount we needed for tuition. Once again, God provided and was not late.

After completing our in-residence training, we had a field assignment. We moved to our new area and rented a home. I began looking for full-time work but picked up odd jobs to begin bringing in money. It came time for our next rent payment, but we did not have the money for rent. I was out working and my wife was at home. There was a knock on the door. It was the landlord. My wife thought maybe she was coming to pick up the rent. Instead, the landlord wanted to talk. A contractor had begun a job, collected his money, and then left the job half done. The landlord was frantic because she had already committed the rental property to another individual and they were moving in, in just a few days. My wife asked her about the work to be done and said that I could do that work. The landlord lit up and asked if I would stop by the location later that day. When I got home, my wife told me about the work and I went to see it. Yes, I could do the work, and I could start the next day. The landlord then asked if I could do her a favor and consider the work as payment for our next month’s rent. I said yes. Once again, God provided and was not late.

I can go on and on with incidents of how our loving heavenly Father provided our need as we faithfully practiced the truths taught by our wonderful ministry. Here is one such truth from Christians Should Be Prosperous: “…the tithe is a minimum external manifestation of an internal spiritual recognition that God is our basic source of supply and prosperity.”

My wife and I have faithfully tithed for over fifty years, and our need has always been met. I am so very thankful for having learned this truth from this ministry as a youth.

I Noticed a Wonderful Change in My Life

Before I came to The Way Ministry, I wanted to know more about the payment of the tithe because I considered this practice as a means for pastors to make money. Using the teachings from the booklet entitled Christians Should Be Prosperous, the believer who witnessed to me convinced me that the payment of the tithe is a principle established by God for the prosperity of His people.

After I attended the Foundational Class in The Way Ministry in 1994, I made a freewill decision to discipline myself in the application of the principle of the payment of the tithe. I started doing it faithfully. And soon, I noticed a wonderful change in my life. I was no longer frequently sick as I used to be. Since then I have lived a healthy life that still amazes my relatives and friends.

Isaiah 40:31:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

This spectacular blessing caused my wife to join me in The Way Ministry in 1995. Since then we have faithfully worshipped and served together in The Way. Moreover, the yearly medical evaluation performed by our office insurance company revealed that my family was the only one that turned in fewer health insurance assistance requests from 2009 to 2017. That was concrete proof for me that the tithe always provides.

My first and foremost professional concern is to do my best, no matter what the circumstances are. By God’s grace and with the help of the teachings I received in The Way Ministry, I was always appreciated by my supervisors, and I moved from promotion to promotion until I retired in June 2017, despite the different forms of adversity, jealousy, and envy I faced at work.

As a good volleyball player, I played for the national team before joining a local one as a trainer and a player. It was common practice among team leaders to seek mystical assistance for victory, but I convinced my team members to rely on prayers to God for victory. I taught them how to pray, and I personally spoke abundantly in tongues before, during, and after the games.

At the time of a major volleyball tournament, the leaders of our major opponent team, fearing my outstanding performance, came to beg me to find an excuse not to play that game, in order to allow them to win. They confessed to me that they went to consult a fetishist and asked him to use his mystical power to prevent me from playing well. The fetishist failed to do so because, for some reason they could not explain, my image was the only one that did not appear in the water the man was using to “tie up,” as they said, the players of my team. This was a tremendous blessing for me as I once again experienced the reality of the power of God as taught to me in I John 4:4: “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

When God’s accurate Word is learned and applied with belief, it produces powerful results.

The Best Class I Have Ever Taken

One day sitting around a barbecue at the local park, my wife was witnessed to, but it was not my thing. My wife started attending fellowships, and I attended fun days with the fellowship like game nights and sports events. I always found myself very happy attending these events, but I never told anyone.

One evening my wife came home and said to me, “I’d like to take the Foundational Class.” I immediately said, “How much?” and “Where do you think this money is going to come from?” Her reply was, “Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need….” At this point a few words went through my mind. “Yeah, we’ll see, dream on.” She was totally convinced, but I wasn’t.

The very next night, knock-knock-knock at the front door—our next-door neighbor was standing there with enough money in his hand for my wife to take the class, and extra. It was money he had owed us for many years. I had given up on him because I’d been waiting so long. That experience got my attention! But of course I wasn’t going to tell anyone. I rated myself in those early days as very negative to spiritual matters. I am a changed man now.

The other thing that got my attention in those early days was my four-year-old son singing in the back of the car all the time, the B-I-B-L-E song and many more Children’s Fellowship songs, while I was driving my wife to the class. He was so happy all the time, and my wife had a great Foundational Class.

I always felt the love of God via all the wonderful believers in the ministry. Another evening my wife asked me, “Would you like to come to a public explanation on the Foundational Class?” You know the saying, “happy wife, happy life”? Yes, I went, and I was the first one to sign up. Why? Because I was told I could ask any questions. If I wrote a question down on paper, they would get an answer for me. To me, this was an open door to stump the Class coordinator with my tricky questions. I asked, “Who wrote the Bible?” Well, the Foundational Class answered all my tricky questions and much more.

The Foundational Class to me is the best class I have ever taken in my sixty-three years of life because it was my introduction to God over twenty-five years ago. It was my stepping stone to getting to know some of God’s knowledge about all of life. It has taught me who I am and what I have as a son of God. It has given me a better understanding of how to read God’s Word accurately. It’s shown me how to get born again and given me proof that I am born again. It has opened the door to the more abundant life God wants for me and my family. All the ministry classes have built an inner confidence and boldness I once lacked. God has taught me what life is all about and how to overcome any challenge. God has saved my life physically, mentally, and spiritually!

When my son was four years old, I put him in his car seat and accidently closed the door on his finger. He screamed in pain. There was a deep indentation on his fingernail. All we knew at that time in life was, let’s pray. Within minutes of praying, he went from screaming to singing Bible songs again. He received total healing. There was no indentation on his fingernail. It showed me that God works with our believing, even if it’s as small as a mustard seed, because that’s where I was spiritually back then. I have the attitude today, “But my God shall supply all your need.”

God and His Word have given me a life with a purpose and abundance. I don’t feel like a nobody, and my life is not tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. I have peace in my heart, and I know I have something that can help others. I feel like the richest man on earth. God and His Word and this wonderful ministry have helped me change into a man that now enjoys life as it should be lived. I realize now that even the little things we do for others can have a huge impact. I am so thankful for people like you who are reading this. I have learned that together we can make a difference in this world.

What a Word! What a Ministry!

As a young teen, my weekly responsibility was to type my father’s sermon. I became very familiar with many records in the Bible about God’s tender love, goodness, and care for His people. I always believed that God was good always, and I desired to have a personal relationship with Him. So after graduation from high school and moving away from home to attend college, I began fellowshipping at the university’s Interfaith Center. To my disappointment, they did not agree upon the interpretation of the Scriptures on the most basic subjects. I became very discouraged, but I knew in my heart surely someone had answers.

After sitting through The Way Ministry’s Foundational Class, my thirst was quenched. I finally got to see from God’s Word Who He is, His desire for His children, and all that He has given us by way of His wonderful Son, Jesus Christ. I could not wait to go witnessing, knowing there were other people out there longing to know God as a Father as I did. What a Word! What a ministry!

Months after completing the class, I was given the opportunity to participate in a ministry outreach program, along with three other wonderful believers. We moved to our designated city and secured housing and jobs. God blessed me with an awesome job working in the city hospital as a pharmacy technician. The daily conversation was regarding a rich man who was in a coma. It so happened that I was responsible for filling the medicine carts on his floor. Every day I spent my lunch break reading to him from our ministry’s publication about Job’s deliverance.

One day as I was reading, he opened his eyes for the first time and said, “Did God really do that for Job?” I replied with a resounding, “Yes, He sure did!” Wow! He was listening to the Word all along. Yes, because of the Word taught by The Way Ministry, my life has truly been an exciting and joyful journey, and I’m so thankful to God for all that He continues to do to show me the way.

I’d Never Been Healed Quite Like That

The clarity of God’s Word that The Way International teaches concerning raising children has blessed many parents, including my husband and me. Our two children, who are adults now, are aware of the profit of their upbringing. They have, at one time or another, in a card to us or in a paper they wrote, quoted Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” On a certain day when our children were somewhere between the ages of five and seven, I benefited greatly from what we had taught them about our wonderful God.

On that day, I became quite ill. I grew nauseous, and then became increasingly dizzy. I went to our bathroom and was on the floor ready to throw up and was very concerned that I would pass out. I was especially concerned for our children, as there was no adult with me, and the kids were outside playing. What would they do if I passed out? I remember thinking that one of the children would need to come in and pray for me. It seemed like I was about to pass out and throw up at the same time when I noticed that one of the kids had come inside and was standing outside the bathroom door looking at me. I said, “I’m about to throw up. Pray for me.” I was thinking that he would somehow pray that I would survive the experience, for I was surely going to vomit. I could already feel it bubbling up from my stomach. He prayed, “Thank you, God, that Mom doesn’t throw up.” He then turned right around and went back outside to play. I had never been healed quite like that before. As soon as he finished the prayer, the stuff inside of me immediately reversed course and settled back to my stomach. Then, one at a time, every negative symptom peeled off me in such a distinct manner, and I was better, as if it had never happened.

I don’t think our son was standing there for more than fifteen seconds, and I never talked with him about the incident. More than twenty years later, I was recounting the incident with a few people, including our son. He looked at me after I was done, and to my surprise said, “I remember that.”

When I Could Not See a Way, God Made a Way

I have learned the power of prayer and believing during my time in the ministry, and on various occasions seen the impact that they can have. One such occasion involved an event at my job.

After serving as a career officer in my country’s defense force for a number of years and reaching a senior level in the organization, I was approaching the age of retirement at that rank. I was looking forward to starting a new career as a civilian in the maritime sector, but I would have really liked to continue in the career that I had so much enjoyed over the years. My continuing, however, could occur only if I was elevated in rank; but this was not possible since there were no vacant positions in the organizational structure.

Although I had the desire to continue in my career, I could only see this occurring if a position became vacant at a higher level within the organization. This certainly was not my desire since the people occupying those positions were not yet at the point of their retirement and were not interested in leaving the organization. I had no intention of continuing at someone’s expense. In fact, I had a very close relationship with the people who occupied those positions, so this was certainly out of the question.

After some consideration, my wife and I decided to take believing action by daily going to God in prayer and asking that He make a way for me to continue. Within weeks of our taking this action, I was called to the office of the head of the defense force and informed of a decision that our government had made to establish a new aviation organization for the defense force. This organization would have the same status as the other three organizations that comprised the defense force at that time. I was also informed that even though I had no aviation experience, I had been chosen to plan, develop, establish, and head this new organization because of other skills that were identified as essential to the success of this project. Furthermore, being selected for this position meant that I would be promoted to a higher rank, giving me the opportunity to continue in my career.

I was surprised by this development. God answered my prayer in a way that I never even envisioned. When I could not see a way, God made a way. Today the organization is well established and is the preferred choice of many who wish to serve our country. God answers prayer in ways that we often cannot begin to contemplate when we go to Him with believing.

I Believed and I Received

I was so blessed with the clarity and simplicity of the teachings that were given through the Power for Abundant Living foundational class and other programs and publications in The Way Ministry. After taking the class, I was deployed with the Special Land Forces Commandos (BIR) on the eastern border and then in the northern region of Cameroon: two very remote areas where my isolation from the household was complete. I had only two elements with which to stand, God in Christ in me, manifested by speaking in tongues abundantly, and the Bible. I had learned in the Bible that the Word of God is the will of God.

Thanks to the Word of God that had been taught to me, I knew how to receive anything from God. I had learned to believe rightly and had built up great experience in this field. Everything I asked God for in my personal life, I received.

Romans 10:10:
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

My need to be assigned to a place where I could have access to the resources of the ministry and to the fellowship of the saints was now clear. In July 2008, I began to be clear and concerned in my prayers. At the end of 2008, God answered my prayers with a promotion to the BIR command post in Yaoundé, the capital.

In 2009, I got married, and my wife and I fellowshipped with the household of believers. With great interest, I took the whole series on The Way of Abundance and Power. It allowed me to understand how God so wonderfully equipped us with His Word and His spirit so that we lack nothing.

I continue to build spiritual maturity by keeping God first in my life, by reading and studying His Word daily, and by manifesting His gift. The heart and commitment of my family is to serve God and His people, not because necessity is imposed upon us, but out of love, in recognition of what He has manifested to us in Christ, making us His children.

I Thessalonians 2:8:
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

My appetite for the Word of God remains big. The more I know this Word, the easier I can give it to those who hunger and thirst for the truth.

May God continue to abundantly bless the ministry of The Way International which teaches us God’s rightly divided Word.

Work Hard and Believe Big

Does God care about your grades in school? If you do, then He does. As a student, time is crucial; but as a young, spiritually developing believer, time for God, His Word, and His people adds a whole new dimension to scheduling.

Many incidents come to mind of how God blessed me in making good grades, but one stands out from my first year in college. We had a large ministry meeting over the weekend. I had a big test the following Monday. After much studying and memorizing for a math test, there were a few formulas that were challenging to remember. I did my best to prepare. I remember having a thought to write down on my test paper as soon as I got it in my hands all the challenging formulas while they were fresh in my mind. That way I wouldn’t have to think about them anymore through the test.

Everything I wrote down on the test paper was needed to answer the questions! God worked in me for complete success. We aced it! That set a precedent for me to work hard and believe big. God always came through.

He Brought Me Deliverance

I learned in this ministry that God is my sufficiency. He knows all things and is everywhere present. No matter where I am, He is there to back me up. My responsibility in my relationship with God is to love Him and to believe that He will accomplish what He has promised. God promises that I am more than a conqueror with His sufficiency in every circumstance and in every situation, no matter what may come up in life. To God be the glory; He has been my help. He brought me deliverance when I found myself in distress on March 10, 2018, at exactly 2:00 p.m.

That day, I remembered that I did not park my car well the previous night when I got back home. So I walked out to my car to park it correctly. I went then to the mailbox. From there I saw in the distance a believer from my home fellowship with her daughter, and at the same time, I saw my spouse leaving, as she had to catch the bus for work.

Suddenly a blackout, total loss of memory. I found myself at my apartment building entrance. What happened between the mailbox and the building entrance? I have no clue. The only thing I remember is that I could not open the entrance door with my badge. I actually mistook the badge for the key of my apartment. As it did not work I became more and more frustrated. I walked around, whispering incomprehensible words. Nobody understood what I was saying. This situation lasted about ten minutes and happened in front of the believer and her daughter, who were shocked. She understood that something was wrong and notified my children, my wife, who was still at the bus stop, and our Region coordinator of what just happened.

I then got some of my memory back, and we went up into the apartment. I asked my older daughter to pray for me. As I noticed the heavy atmosphere, I tried to speak, and I gave a short exhortation to everyone. I asked them to stand strong together in the Word and not to give the advantage to the adversary. After that, I agreed to go to the hospital. When we arrived there, I totally lost my language skills. I couldn’t talk clearly anymore.

I went through MRI scans, and two hours later I received a diagnosis: I had a superficial stroke without aftereffect, needing speech and language therapy. The cause of this incident was unknown. The doctors told me that I was “lucky” that the blood clot did not obstruct my blood vessels. That is why I regained my language skills and my memory after five hours. This is the wonderful work of God.

We are never alone. God is always present, wherever we are. I now know the reason why that believer and her daughter were in that very place at that very moment. God took care of the situation through her presence.

God is my rock and my hiding place, my refuge in time of distress. I continuously give thanks to God for His love and His goodness that He manifests toward me and toward the whole household in our Region.

The Healing Power of Communion: Mental Liberation

A few months ago, I was sitting in my living room chair attending our communion fellowship. I was listening to my fellowship coordinator read from various sections of Jesus Christ Our Passover. He read:

“…[Jesus Christ,] in the face of all this physical torture, was accused and interrogated in a manner totally illegal, unfounded, and relentless….”
“…This was a man who had done nothing but love people, heal people, and declare God’s truth….”
“…his life was unjustly maligned, called into question, and slandered….he was the epitome of love, innocence, and courage.”

As I listened, the intensity of these words began to sink in. Viewed from the outside, Jesus Christ had all the reason in the world to back away from God’s calling. He was unjustly accused and wrongly imprisoned, scorned and mocked, tortured and crucified. But he never wavered in his commitment. He fulfilled his spiritual calling in the midst of the greatest unbelief and opposition.

Before communion, I had been weighed down by certain remarks from people around me. Words have great meaning for me, and I was feeling mentally heavy with some of the comments made by those I cared about. Even though I knew they were fiery darts sent from the adversary, I still felt the sting of what was said. But as I sat and heard these words about Jesus Christ during communion, I was suddenly released from my own mental bondage. Those harsh comments no longer held such great significance.

I felt like someone had picked me up and shaken me by the shoulders, saying, “Christ has already paid the full price for you! You are as righteous as God!” Even though I consider myself a joyful person, in those moments I felt a lightness that I hadn’t experienced for a while. No longer was I weighed down under any mental heaviness. I started to tear up with the realization that I could stand as a daughter of God—with no doubt or pain or hurt from the words of others—all because of what Christ accomplished for me. I realized I belonged to God, and Jesus Christ had long ago carried the weight of all injustice and accusation so I didn’t have to bear the burden for myself.

Jesus Christ was so convinced of who he was and who God had called him to be that he never wavered in his purpose. He never weakened his focus or second-guessed his decision to fulfill his Father’s will for his life. I am so thankful to recognize and claim this truth in my own life because of the research and teachings from The Way International. My mind and heart are strengthened daily with this knowledge, and I feel more confident and equipped to fulfill my own spiritual calling for God!