Way Disciple—An Outlet to Serve in Love

One of the great truths I’ve learned from The Way Ministry is what God says about service. Before I learned this truth, I had a “self-service” mind-set. I didn’t see the freedom that comes from serving in love rather than out of obligation. “God first, others second, I am willing to be third” was a new way of living.

Learning about the example of Jesus Christ and his total service out of his love for God helped me grow in great ways. Although raised in a church, I wasn’t taught this concept. We were moved to serve out of obligation or guilt. The Way Ministry taught me the truths about service with God’s Word being the only source, and it changed my life dramatically from being self-centered to others centered.

Besides the ministry teaching me this truth, it has given me outlets to live it. The Way Disciple program is an example of that.

In 2008 my husband took a sabbatical from work, and our family went Way Disciple from the West Coast to the state of New York. Our three children were ages seven, five, and two when we left for our commissioning. The opportunity to make this big change in our lives with our family and serve God’s Word in a state very far and different from where we lived was truly amazing. This is something we could not have done on our own. The Way Ministry put all the Word, work, planning, and thought into the program so we could carry out the exhortation to speak God’s Word and serve in love. Going Way Disciple with our family is an experience I will never forget.

I will always be thankful for the ministry that taught me the Word regarding service and that continues to give me outlets to act on the Word I learn.

Motivated to Serve by the Example of Jesus Christ

I went to college—not because I had a great desire to, but because my parents exhorted me to. I felt that I was not ready to leave the protection and guidance of my parents’ home, but I did. While at college I realized I needed something stable to rely on while I was away from home. My parents had raised me in this ministry, so I figured I might as well see if this Bible and God thing really worked.

At some point I found myself reading through Jesus Christ Our Passover. I don’t remember why now. Reading this book gave me an enlightening and joyous understanding of God and His Word. I remember it well enough that I am now writing to share about it.

As I said, I was raised in this ministry. But there were a lot of things I missed learning along the way that I “discovered” in this ministry publication. Perhaps the greatest truth I understood from reading this book was what Jesus Christ accomplished for me and how he did it.

I learned how he had perfect blood. I learned how he was the Passover lamb for all mankind, and how he became the final sacrifice for all of mankind. I also learned of the great love he manifested in giving his life for us, his patience with Peter who would soon deny him, his healing Malchus’s ear in the Garden of Gethsemane, and his silence and patience in the face of unprovoked verbal and physical abuse.

If this is what he did for me so that I could be saved and have a relationship with God, then I owed him the world. I owed him my life. Yet, all God does is lovingly implore me to be a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).

Since reading this book, I have become a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have run to serve and have never looked back. As a result of the research that this ministry has done through this publication, I have a foundation to stand on and an avenue in which to serve.

I Never Looked Back

A year and a half ago, I resigned from a company I enjoyed working for in order to serve God. I moved across the country to serve as a Way Disciple and never looked back. When I left, I told God that when I returned I would need a career that would meet my needs that I could pursue for a lifetime. Upon returning home from Way Disciple, I was offered a job for which I hadn’t even applied. This job, my new lifetime career, is exceeding abundantly above all I could’ve imagined or asked for when I first asked for it! This has been an amazing example to me of what God will do for you when you put Him first, serve in love, and give with your whole heart!

Helping Someone Turn Their Life Around

I love God and our wonderful ministry of The Way. What a joy it has been for me to be involved for forty-five years now. I had the privilege of being raised in the Word. There are countless victories, too many to share. Which one will I choose? I ask myself. For me, it boils down to the Scriptures and speaking the Word. This ministry has taught me what I needed the most—the Word of God and knowing His will for my life. I understand and utilize the power of God. I understand and utilize that powerful name of Jesus Christ when I pray. The Scriptures talk about serving one another in love. I have done this a lot, even when I didn’t feel like it. Why? The Scriptures tell me to do so.

One way I have utilized the Scriptures is by believing God to reach hungry hearts. Here’s an example. I had gone door-to-door with a believer and we had lots of “no’s” that particular day. Well, I knew we were not done, and I said, “Let’s go to one more house.” We did and the person who opened the door didn’t look happy with us two ladies. He made it clear to us that he was an atheist and didn’t want anything to do with what we had to share. I brought up how God doesn’t want us to have any fear in life and that got his attention. We exchanged information, and it wasn’t long after that he began coming to fellowship. Then after months of attending, he decided to sign up for the Foundational Class. When he sat through the class, he was pretty distant until he learned that it was “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” This hard-core “atheist” began to have tears rolling down his cheeks, and of course I did too because I knew he got born again and the Word was healing his heart. This man went on to become a fellowship coordinator, and he has helped many people since then. I was thankful to have the Scriptures deep in my heart to push through the circumstances to be able to win him to the Word.

What a victory to know the Scriptures and be able to help someone turn their life around and live for God.

Experiencing Spiritual Growth

I have the joy and privilege of being in a family that has been a part of our incredible ministry since I was born. I have enjoyed going to fellowship my whole life—since I was a baby! Since that time, I have loved and grown to appreciate what a great honor it is to be a part of The Way International. Thanks to the faithfulness of the many men and women that have come before me, I have reaped the benefits of bountiful resources that our ministry has to offer. The focus on the Word, the Word, and nothing but the Word has so evidently been the driving force of the success of our ministry and the individuals that are a functioning part of it.

Throughout my entire life, I have witnessed how an accurate understanding of the Word can uplift, maintain, and advance the spiritual growth of God’s dedicated children. The time in which I have most clearly seen this growth experienced was during my tenure as a Way Disciple. I know that this growth occurred because I experienced it myself!

The ministry’s yearly theme during my Way Disciple tenure was Living God’s Love. I believe that this theme had a direct correlation and impact on the success that our team found in the six months that followed. During that time, I was able to make the Word my own like never before.

In our very first week, our team went to the local mall to go witnessing. Up to this point, witnessing had not been a strength for me. I mostly smiled and supported my teammates by praying for them and for the people that we met. Finally, toward the end of our time at this mall, one of my coordinators realized that I hadn’t spoken to anyone! She lovingly encouraged me to share one scripture with the very next person that I saw.

I was inside of a store and found myself right in front of a cashier. She was by herself, appearing to be busy and not looking like she wanted to be bothered. As I began to doubt, that same team coordinator popped right up and said, “Excuse me, ma’am, but my friend here has something to share with you.”

Now was the time (whether it felt like it or not), so I loudly recited the first verse that came to my mind. “III John 2 states, ‘Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.’”

There was a slight pause, and the cashier looked down to think about what I said. “Wow, I hadn’t heard that verse before. Thanks for sharing it with me!”

I was immediately relieved and encouraged that this woman was so receptive and hungry for the Word, even though I had originally assumed that I would just be a bother to her.

Over the next five months, the woman came to fellowships, study nights, and many more activities! She was lovingly undershepherded by the whole team. Later on, she signed up for our Foundational Class. When she completed the class, she shared at the final session. She poured her heart out and told us that she had prayed to God that someone would help her see God’s will for her life. She commented on how much we loved each other and how we interacted with one another like a family. She said that she had felt very lonely for years and all that she wanted was friends to grow with. Because of the Word she learned and the fellowship of the household, she felt accepted and a part of God’s family.

The Word of God that I have learned has made a profound and incredible impact on my life, one that continues to impact my walk to this day. One section of scripture that impacted me the most was Ephesians 4:1-3:

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
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.

I witnessed firsthand that by answering God’s call to serve with meekness and by allowing His agapē love to be the driving force, I could successfully seek to keep and maintain the unity of our team and the hearts we won to God’s matchless Word, just like that cashier.

To this very day, I have seen great victories as a result of God’s people “endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” I look forward to continuing as a part of this wonderful and unified ministry for the rest of my life, helping others experience the same growth that I did, for another seventy-five years and onward!

We Can’t Imagine Living without Giving

I obtained financial blessings because of what God has done for me through the Word of God I have learned in The Way Ministry.

“It was my money, and I wasn’t going to share or give it to anyone.” This was the basic attitude I had prior to the teachings I learned through The Way Ministry. When any type of expense was encountered while I was with a group, I insisted that all receipts were kept, and the cost be split up evenly to the penny or that each individual pay on his own with separate checks. When it came to the tithe or giving anything beyond the tithe, I refused to do it. I didn’t trust any organization and especially any church with my money. Even when it came to registering for the ministry’s Foundational Class I refused to give any more to the ministry than the $100 I paid for the class materials. I didn’t classify myself as greedy in that I wasn’t concerned about becoming very rich. In general, my financial needs were being met as I went through college, working part-time and without debt. However, I mistrusted all churches and all worldly good causes.

Although I’d heard teachings on the benefits of giving through The Way Ministry, I didn’t start doing it till I got married. Up until that time I’d believed the other principles taught from the Bible by The Way Ministry on keys to financial prosperity, which included living within my means and working heartily. I kept records of my income and expenses faithfully to the penny, balancing my accounts and budgeting. I enjoyed working my secular job and while on the job worked heartily. When I got married, my wife exhorted me to give of our abundance and said that we’d be richer for it. She encouraged me to renew my mind to giving as I’d renewed my mind to many other categories in the Bible.

We started giving 10 percent from the first day of our marriage. Since then we’ve never given any less and now give far more financially and in other ways. We’ve seen numerous blessings from God in the financial realm. This has included getting several jobs in miraculous ways, and seeing our money somehow get stretched so that all bills and expenses were covered when by our reasoning it didn’t seem possible. We got amazed when God helped us get out of a $56,000 mortgage debt in a few months, and since then we’ve been debt-free. We’ve helped five children through college without debt. We remembered when we first heard the teaching by the ministry on keys to financial liberty, laughing, thinking that we’d never be able to get there on my income, but here we are about fifteen years later able to retire any time we’d like. Our health has been amazingly good. We’ve owned several homes over the years and without debt. In addition, we’ve been able to take care of both our elderly mothers.

We’ve seen so many blessings as a result of our giving and trust in God that now we give far beyond the tithe. We can’t imagine living without giving. We are so thankful for what we’ve been taught from the Bible by The Way Ministry.

Our Almighty God Sees and Provides

My family was introduced to The Way Ministry when I was six years old while we were living in the Philippines. Even though we were thousands of miles away from the ministry’s Headquarters, we received timely teachings in our household fellowship as well as through Biblical research classes, Sunday Teaching Service tapes, The Way Magazine, and the Word in music by the Way Productions songs. Growing up in the Word in The Way Ministry, I have learned and proved the simplicity and accuracy of God’s Word in every aspect of my life. With the abundance of God’s Word through our ministry resources, life in the midst of challenges and hardships can be lived with peace, joy, and victory. For that I am very grateful.

One of the many Biblical principles that my parents taught us from a young age was to put God first by tithing and abundantly sharing. Through different life situations, I have believed and received positive results claiming God’s promise in Malachi 3:10 and 11:

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.

During my freshman year in college, I had an unexpected and urgent surgery on the final-examination week of the semester. At first, I was concerned that I might have to repeat the entire semester all over again because of this surgery. I asked my doctor if this surgery could be rescheduled after my final exams. He chuckled and informed me that my request was not possible as this situation was critical. My mom and I prayed and believed together about the situation. Remembering and believing this specific promise in Malachi throughout the situation also kept me peaceful and fearless. After the surgery, with some precautions, I was able to go back to school and took the necessary requirements to complete the semester. The financial obligations for the surgery were taken care of, and I successfully completed that semester. I was also able to finish my degree and graduate in a timely manner.

As believing believers, we can keep a peaceful, joyful, and victorious life in any situation as we put God first and magnify His Word in our hearts above the challenges. Our Almighty God sees and provides for our every need, and He will rebuke the devourer for our sakes.

Let’s See This Work!

When I first came to the ministry, I was not living an abundant life financially. I had just moved to a new area, and I desperately needed a job. I had been attending fellowship for a couple of weeks, and the believers expressed to me the importance of tithing and how God would supply my need in the physical category of life. Up until then I had never known that when an offering was made, there would be any benefit to me; only to the religious organization I was giving to.

Soon after I learned this principle of giving and receiving, I came to fellowship ready to give and see this principle work for me. I had eleven dollars and planned to give a dollar of it when the basket was passed at fellowship. When the time came to make available the abundant sharing, I quickly went to my coat that was in the closet to get my dollar. I got it and when the basket came to me, I excitedly tossed my dollar into the basket. But, it wasn’t the dollar, it was the ten-dollar bill!

I wasn’t about to ask for them to bring the basket back so that I could take out the ten-dollar bill and put in the one-dollar bill. Instead, I quietly said to myself, “Well God, You said that You will supply my need, let’s see this work!”

The next morning I received a call from a restaurant that needed a fast-order cook. Even though I had never done this job, they said they would train me! Soon after that, I received another job offer in a field that I desired to work in. Soon after that, I was offered another job that I had applied for when I first moved to the area. God not only supplied one job, but three, and each one better than the other.

I certainly learned the principle of giving and receiving, and I faithfully apply this principle today. God has been, and continues to be, faithful to supply my need beyond my expectations.

God Will Take Care of His Kids

A few years ago, my brother lost his job. He is a very successful businessman, and this was a real blow to him. The economy was not doing well, and his company was downsizing. They made the decision to eliminate a whole section of management to save money—the section where my beloved brother worked.

After about a month and a half of looking for a job, my brother texted me and told me what had happened. He asked for prayers from my husband and me. I went to my husband, and we talked about this situation. Not only would we pray for my brother to find a new and better job, but we wanted to show him how to protect himself from this ever happening again. We talked about teaching him how to tithe. We knew he and his wife and family faithfully attended church and that they would probably be familiar with the tithe.

I called my brother and asked him, “Do you tithe?” He replied, “No. Tell me what I need to do.” This opened the door for me to teach him about the tithe and also about abundantly sharing. He then asked me very specific questions such as, “Who do I give the tithe to?” and, “Should I tithe from all my money in our savings account or just what we are taking in right now?” These questions were good ones, and we could see that he was serious. After this conversation, we sent him a copy of the booklet Christians Should Be Prosperous. Then for the days following, we prayed and believed with him. We texted encouraging verses to him and kept in touch.

Within a week and a half we heard from my brother, and he had great cheerfulness in his voice. He told us that he was offered a job! A good job in the same type of business he had before. He would be doing the same type of work, which he is very qualified to do. Not only that, but God’s abundance really was great because he told us that he would be receiving 20 percent more pay and there would be significantly less travel involved with this new job. He and his wife were absolutely thrilled and so were we. Something interesting also happened the same day that my brother was offered this new and improved job. The state he lived in declared bankruptcy! Now this is certainly not a good situation for the state, but it did prove to my brother that God will take care of His kids when they do the Word no matter what is going on around them.

God is great and He takes care of us! The Word of God is the will of God! I believe it with my whole heart. I am thankful for how our ministry teaches God’s Word so clearly so that we can live it and win in life, and so that we can show others the way also.

Abundantly Share—the Return Is Exponential

I have been so blessed to learn about tithing and abundantly sharing. Many churches I have gone to asked for a tithe but never really explained the significance. They never taught me why, how, or what the blessing would be to me and my family. Several years ago, my father began regularly teaching about tithing, and more importantly, abundantly sharing. My wife and I have struggled with finances, and at the time, we were trying to pay off college debts. I always thought, “How can I tithe if I can’t pay my bills? Can’t this money be of better use going toward my loans or putting food in my mouth?” How blessed I was to learn the truth.

Malachi 3:10 reads, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” This is a challenge from God! He says to “prove me now herewith,” so I took Him up on the challenge. I abundantly shared, that is, I gave more than 10 percent of every single penny that came into my possession. If I got a $100 blessing, $11 went into the horn of plenty.

As I got paid each week, I would set aside my abundant sharing, then I paid my bills. And how those loans began to disappear! Doctors I hadn’t seen in a year sent me checks for $50, $100, even one for $350 because their “Internal audit” determined I had been overcharged. Financially I was being blessed abundantly, but Malachi 3:10 doesn’t just refer to finances. Physically, mentally, and spiritually I began to prosper in ways I never imagined.

To this day my wife and I ALWAYS abundantly share, and we have never regretted it. We do it with excitement and glee because we know the return is exponential. We just don’t have room enough to receive it! So, we get to give more!