God Can Turn the Ship Around

It was in the spring of 1985, and the next start date for our area’s Intermediate Class had been set. My fellowship coordinator asked if I planned to be in the class. I affirmed that I would be fully registered that same evening. However, there was a small opportunity. At the time, I was serving in the United States Navy, and my ship, the USS John F. Kennedy, was scheduled to be out at sea during the class dates. I knew from a recent Foundational Class that James 5:16 promises “…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” I let my fellowship coordinator know the need, and we agreed that our God is big—bigger than even a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier—and that I should attend the class.

On the day of the class, the ship put to sea as scheduled for a two-week deployment, but I kept confessing that I would be at the class on time. As the day wore on, the ship continued on its appointed course. Having recently graduated from the Foundational Class, I was reading records in the Old Testament that were written for our learning, especially as they related to believing God. One record that got my attention was Joshua 10:12, where it was recorded that Joshua said, “…Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.” The next verse records the results: “And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies….” I figured since God did that for Joshua in that battle and I was in a spiritual battle, He would do the same for me. After all, we had been taught in the Foundational Class from Acts 10 that “God is no respecter of persons.” I kept the mind picture that I would be at the class and continued to speak in tongues as I had been taught, believing that God would come through.

A few hours later after lunch, an announcement came over the public-address system: “Good afternoon, Kennedy men, this is the captain speaking. We have experienced a small issue and will need to make an unexpected return to port this afternoon. The remainder of the cruise has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. We expect to be back at the dock by 5:00 p.m.”

I never did find out exactly what happened, but I departed the ship as soon as we returned and was in my seat on time for the first session of the class!

There is a verse from the Military Outreach Retemories set that I have enjoyed over the years that I claimed that day and continue to hold close.

II Chronicles 20:15:
…Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

We serve a loving, powerful God Who never changes. What He did before, He can and will do again. We just have to believe Him and claim the promises we have been taught in His wonderful, matchless Word. I am so thankful for this ministry and how we have been taught to practically apply the Word and expect to see the results!

I Know God Is Always Near

I have been in this ministry for over thirty years. Do you want to know why? Well, the ministry of The Way International has turned my life upside down, in a positive way of course!

After taking the Foundational Class, I had the blessing and the privilege to benefit from the teachings of the Word, which allowed me to understand many things with a new light because with the Foundational Class:

  • I learned how to read the Bible by myself.
  • I have come to know God and how He works and what He wants for each of us.
  • I learned how to build my believing in God.
  • I learned how to renew my mind and how to believe His Word in order to receive concrete answers to my prayers.

Since then I walk in peace. I do not worry about anything, since I know that He is always near me and that He always answers my prayers as it says in Matthew 6:33 and 34 and Philippians 4:9.

Matthew 6:33,34:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Philippians 4:9:
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

This great ministry of The Way International has shown me that God, the Creator of all things and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is real, and His Word is living and energetic for all who believe it and put it into practice. We can trust God because He is faithful and just to take care of us in all situations.

That is why, for decades, I have continued to stand steadfastly in this ministry, continuing to grow through all the avenues that the ministry makes available for our personal growth, such as household fellowships, The Way Magazine, Sunday Teaching Services, etc.

With all these things, how can I not love the Word of God? How can I not fellowship with The Way International?

Freedom from Mental Bondage

One of the biggest things that I have learned by way of the Word of God taught in this ministry is that I am a son of God NOW and that I can walk without any sense of sin, guilt, or condemnation.

I grew up in a denominational church where I was taught that God was both a loving God and a wrathful God, Who judged you by your works. You had to maintain good works—­both to earn your way to heaven, and to stand righteous before Him every day. That’s what my church taught, that’s what my parents had taught me, so that must be the way to worship and stand approved before God. If you didn’t maintain these good works, not only would you not go to heaven, but in the here and now God would either punish you by allowing bad things to happen in your life, or simply withhold His goodness and not answer your prayers.

This denomination didn’t teach the Bible, and I was always very unclear on the standards of behavior I was supposed to adhere to, besides going to church every Sunday and doing my best to keep the ten commandments. I was encased in the fear that I was not good enough for heaven and probably never would be. I also felt that as “good” as I endeavored to be, I would never be quite good enough to please God. But, I didn’t know what else to do since I didn’t know of any other way to love or worship God.

What an eye- and heart-opening time it was in my first fellowship. I heard of a God Who is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all. I heard of a standard for truth, the Bible, that doesn’t have just commandments, but over nine hundred promises! I learned that God wants me to prosper, to be in health, to be more than a conqueror. Truth versus tradition—­what a contrast I saw! I had never heard the things of God taught so clearly, so logically, so powerfully before.

I received great mental deliverance when I took the Foundational Class. I learned that because I had confessed the savior from sin, Jesus Christ, that I am a son of God now (I John 3:1,2). I learned that I could know that I know that I know that I have eternal life because I can speak in tongues. I learned that I don’t have to walk in fear, guilt, or condemnation, because I am redeemed, justified, sanctified, and made righteous NOW.

I am ever grateful for the freedom from mental bondage I received by way of the Word of Truth taught by this ministry. Now I can walk as a son of God with power, coming boldly before His throne of grace, manifesting the love of God in the renewed mind in manifestation, and sharing His Word and His love with others.

Delight Thyself in the Lord!

I heard that “the Word of God is the will of God” for the first time in my life in The Way Ministry, and that simple but powerful statement became the foundation of my growth in the Word of God. The Word of God taught in The Way Ministry drastically changed my whole life.

Two of my favorite verses in the Bible are Psalms 37:4 and 5: “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” I never understood those verses before I came to The Way Ministry, but through the rightly divided Word, they became clear to me. I’m very thankful to God for the blessings I continue to reap from applying them each day of my life.

Delighting myself in the Lord put into concretion the desire of my heart, which was to have a brilliant life. At the end of my studies, I wasn’t sure that there would be a job for me even though my parents had done their best by sending me to the best schools in my country at the time. To be able to get a good job, you must come from a well-known family or be acquainted with higher-ranked executives. Thank God, through the teachings I was receiving weekly at home fellowship meetings, I actively started studying the Word, praying with great joy, doing the Word by renewing my mind in any situation, and seeking ways to serve God and His people. Then, I saw God’s mighty hand work in my life! I got a wonderful job that was exceeding abundantly above all that I asked or even thought! It was a job beyond all of my expectations—secretary at the U.S. embassy.

With that tremendous victory in my life because of the rightly divided Word of God, my heart started burning with the desire to give my very best to God even more. And what I experienced is that the more I gave to God in service, in abundantly sharing and tithing, the more I received from Him in any aspect of my life and the lives of my beloved ones. I was very blessed!

I can remember once while enjoying the performance of The Way of Togo dance troupe, I thought in my mind that I would be very happy to work with that wonderful group. It was just a thought, and God brought it into reality! Some years later, the Country coordinator appointed my husband and me to supervise that wonderful group. God always does exceeding abundantly above all that we think.

The Word of God is true and always works effectually in our lives as we decide to believe it wholeheartedly. I experienced and continue to experience many victories, many blessings, and tremendous joy. I overcame and continue to overcome situations with the Word of God I have learned in The Way Ministry, and I’m thankful to God for making it available to us.

At Peace, Blessed, and Filled with Thankfulness

I am very blessed to have been raised in this ministry. I was taught at a young age to love God and believe His Word. That was just life for me, and I didn’t know any different. In my early twenties, however, I let distractions into my life, and I got too wrapped up in the world. I got to the point where I lacked confidence and drive, and I was not satisfied with the results in my life. I was internally conflicted because I knew what I was taught, but I wasn’t doing those things.

I had many conversations with my parents, and they, being strong believers and Way Corps ministers, had sound advice that pointed back to the Word each time. I had a close friend at the time who had just returned from going Way Disciple. I’d known her my entire life, and after just those six months, she was completely transformed into a strong and confident woman of God. It definitely caught my attention.

Soon after, I was informed that there was going to be a Region meeting put on by our ministry that would last the whole weekend. I hadn’t been particularly social with the household, but it was heavy on my heart to go. I am so thankful I did. It seemed like each teaching that was taught was just for me. I learned about putting God first and eliminating distractions. I learned about who I am as a child of God and that I am more than a conqueror. I learned that the things that I’ve done don’t determine what I can do for God. I heard more and more about Way Disciple and how it’s changed lives for the better. It was during that Region meeting that my focus shifted from wanting to serve and please myself, to wanting to serve and please God. I started serving in fellowship more, I started doing outreach, and I got my head in the Word.

A couple months later, I signed up to go Way Disciple. It was a truly life-changing experience. I grew in so many ways, and it was after serving God to such a high degree that I knew that’s what I wanted to do my entire life. I decided that I needed to go into The Way Corps. I preferred to go into The Way Corps program married, but at the time I had no one in mind. I had no idea when I’d get married—it could be years down the road—so I started moving ahead with my application to apply for The Way Corps. I had no doubt that God would not only meet my needs but the desires of my heart. I just kept putting Him first, trusting that all things would work together for good.

Well, God honors believing, and He honors those who are faithfully committed to Him and His Word. Not long after applying for The Way Corps, my Way Disciple brother expressed interest in me. We were best friends, and we loved moving the Word together. However, I was not willing to halt my service to God just to get married. We kept dating, knowing that I was going to be going into The Way Corps, and not knowing what the future may hold.

Not too long after all of this, my Way Disciple brother called me on the phone. He told me that before we got together, he’d decided to go into The Way Corps; he just didn’t know when would be the right time to apply. He asked me if I’d be willing to go the following year with him as a married couple. I knew that this was the absolute right thing because I went to God. I prayed and trusted that He would work in me to make the right decision. I felt completely peaceful about the situation and I told him yes—I would go into The Way Corps program with him as a married couple.

Now, almost two years later, I am completely at peace, blessed, and filled with thankfulness as my husband and I are on our way to completing our two years of in-residence Way Corps training. This ministry has taught me the accuracy of God’s Word. It’s taught me how to believe, pray, and understand and enjoy God’s Word. There is nothing else I’d rather do for the rest of my life than to serve God, my heavenly Father, Who has withheld no good thing from me; and I’m so thankful for The Way International, which has provided me a great avenue to serve Him.

Incomparable Satisfaction in Serving God

I came to this ministry at a very difficult time in my life; I was very worried about the present and the future. I was a public-sector employee, recently divorced at that time, with two children living in a relative’s house. My youngest son was with me, while my eldest daughter was living with my mother because my salary did not cover the expenses of my broken family. I questioned what little I knew of the Word of God. I repeated in my mind that if God with His power created man in His image, why did I not have that power, and why was I living such a limited life?

One morning a fellow believer came to me carrying an orange book and told me about this ministry. The title of that book was Power for Abundant Living. I heard about “power,” “life,” and “abundance,” and I wondered how I could obtain that power to manifest it in my life. I needed abundance.

I participated in ministry meetings and decided to take my first Foundational Class in 1992 and to continue to attend the home fellowship. Then I learned principles of health and prosperity, just what I wanted for myself and my family.

I learned that in order to receive anything from God we should believe, and that believing comes from hearing the Word. I learned that the Word is true. I learned countless ways of service, from organizing an event, making cards and banners, even coordinating and teaching in a home fellowship.

Making myself available in service has given me an incomparable satisfaction in serving God. Now I have been faithful for twenty-six years in this ministry, and I have been a household fellowship coordinator for over twenty years; and I can tell you, without challenge, there is no taste of victory. We are more than winners.

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.