I Didn’t Think There Was Anything about Me to Love

My life was forever changed for the better when two Way believers stopped me and my friends on the streets of a city in Kansas and spoke God’s Word of deliverance to us when I was only sixteen years old. My friends didn’t care too much about what was said, but I did, and I listened with a hungry heart. And as God promises, all those that hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled. I was filled!

At sixteen years old, I lived in a group home, with no means of making money or getting around. I was totally dependent on the household of believers in that city. The circumstances were bleak. But that did not deter the believers in the fellowship and Branch!

I took the Foundational Class about six months later after faithfully attending one of the home fellowships in town. The believers were so wonderful in how they supported me and helped me get back and forth to fellowship and to other events. They also helped me to earn the money I needed to register for the class, and they got me to every session on time! I learned many significant lessons on how to pray and believe God for deliverance, no matter the circumstances. The disciples taught me to expect great things in my life and that there was nothing that I couldn’t do with God and with His power that I had within me. I remember those lessons and the great success I had, even to this day. To all of them, I will be forever grateful.

Before The Way Ministry I was alone—a forgotten castoff of the world. My life was nothing. I didn’t know what it was to be loved or how to love. I didn’t think there was anything about me to love. In my heart I had given up on ever being happy. God brought me up and out of that darkness and despair. He brought me to an amazing family, His family, when I had no family and no one who cared for me. He took my hand and brought me into the light and deliverance of His glorious Word by what I learned and by the love of the believers of The Way Ministry.

God healed my heart. He showed me how much He loves me and that He chose me to be His child, loved and cared for by Him, for always! He helped me to make my life into something that I could be proud of. I have been surrounded by love every day of my life since that significant day years ago when someone spoke God’s Word to me. Because of God’s Word, His love, and that same love manifested by the believers of The Way Ministry, I have and continue to live the greatest life I could ever have imagined.

Today I continue to do all that I can, as much as I can, for God and His people, the same way it was done for me so many years ago. One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 11:25:

The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

I Strongly Recommend the Foundational Class!

The Way Ministry has helped my family understand God and His will for our lives. We love the classes and being able to understand the Bible when we read it. I am thirteen years old and a graduate of the foundational class on The Way of Abundance and Power. My older sister and brother had already taken the class by the time I registered for it on my twelfth birthday! Even though that was only one year ago, the amount of growth that this year carries is tremendous. In the class, I learned about believing, understanding of the Word, and spiritual strength. Little did I know that this class would bring me so much knowledge and sweetness in the Word!

Through the class, I received a greater understanding of God’s heart, a better relationship with our heavenly Father, and knowledge of how to recognize our enemy (the adversary) and DEFEAT him in our day-to-day spiritual competition. I learned about the Grace Administration and our perfect prayer with God, the renewed mind, and the manifestations. These and so many more doorways to my spiritual well-being opened up to me as the class continued.

OK now, I could go on for hours about what I have learned through this experience, but what good is the knowledge if we can’t use it or share it? The boldness the Word teaches us can have a HUGE impact in our lives when we let God show us the way. We can be stronger physically, mentally, and spiritually—all from applying God’s precious Word. We can then share this with others!

My family took in a woman and her two boys to live with us while the dad was deployed overseas in the marines. My mom had met the woman at one of her fitness classes and had witnessed to her. I saw this mom transform as we taught her and her sons how to pray and trust God daily. The mom took the Foundational Class that we ran in our home and was on fire for God. She applied the Word in every category of her life; and as a result, her special-needs son had extraordinary healing and the best school scores he had ever had. Her boys were so insistent that we come downstairs EVERY night to read the Word and pray together!

I also had the privilege to take the class with my best friend from birth. We both have had some extraordinary results in our lives ever since the class. For instance, one day while I was visiting my grandfather in the hospital, I heard an announcement over the intercom: “CODE BLUE.” I did not know what to do. I looked at my mom and she whispered, “Someone has died, speak in tongues.” Well, thanks to the Foundational Class, I knew just how to speak in tongues. Since it was the only thing I could do, I did it with my all. Mom and I spoke in tongues for that patient to have life again. And guess what? HE DID! God made that possible by showing us how to take action even when we didn’t know what else to do. I’m so very thankful to have been instructed on how to manifest God’s power into the very world we live in!

I strongly recommend the Foundational Class for anyone looking to know God, claim His power, and experience overall better living. You can have all this when you rightly divide the Word of God and act on it!

I Wasn’t Afraid because I Remembered the Word

Even though I am only twelve and registered for the foundational class on The Way of Abundance and Power, I wanted to share this victory that I recently experienced. We were at a believer’s home up in the mountains, about one and a half hours from home. We were there for Sunday fellowship with a picnic and pool party. During fellowship I began to have really bad side pains. After fellowship my parents decided to take me to the emergency room, and there I was diagnosed with appendicitis. It was recommended that my appendix be removed. I was starting to get nervous and a little scared, but then I remembered II Timothy 1:7, that God has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. I recalled the words to one of my favorite songs from a long time ago with the lyrics, “Do the best you can; God will do the rest.” I had to travel from that small hospital in the mountains to a children’s hospital by ambulance. I wasn’t afraid because I remembered the Word I was taught. My surgery went very well, and I recovered so quickly that I was back home in my own bed by midnight. It was less than twelve hours from the time I left for the first hospital to the time I was home resting peacefully. I think that is a great victory.

Trust in God and His Word

I worked in the automotive industry before going Way Disciple. The company I worked for supplied automotive seats to automobile companies. I worked in the main test lab, testing automotive seats to federal standards.

After deciding to go out as a Way Disciple and being accepted, I informed my immediate supervisor of what I was planning to do. He suggested that I ask for a six-month leave of absence because I really wanted to come back and work for the same company. I met with the human resources director and explained what I would be doing during the six-month leave of absence. I filled out the necessary paperwork and waited about a week for an answer. I was denied a leave of absence.

I was a little disappointed, but I knew that if God wanted me to work for this company again then He would open some doors for me. I was not going to let this stop me from going out Way Disciple because I had made a commitment to God and His Word. At that time, I kept a couple of verses in front of me:

Ecclesiastes 5:4:
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

Proverbs 3:5,6:
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Two weeks before I was leaving my job, the test lab supervisor called me into his office and offered me a promotion if I would stay. I thanked him for the offer and politely declined.

One week before I was leaving my job, the head of another department that did specialized testing heard what I was doing. I had done some work for this person when she was over a seat program, and she liked the work that I had done for her. She came and talked to me. She said that her department had an opening, but she could not hire anybody until the end of April or beginning of May the following year. I accepted her offer.

After a successful Way Disciple tenure, I went back to work for the same company and enjoyed every minute that I worked there. Overcoming this challenge in my life strengthened my trust in God and His Word.

Trusting in God for Sweet Victories

I have been a part of this ministry for over four decades and have learned the greatness of the Word through many classes, advances, Sunday Teaching Services, Way Magazines, leadership training programs, and household fellowships. There have been numerous individuals in this ministry who have impacted my growth and development as a Christian believer over the years, all of whom have helped me to be able to read and understand the Bible for myself and live it in my own life. Therefore, I have been able to help others to do the same.

God has done innumerable things for me over the years. But if I had to pick one specific key, it would be trust. I have learned to trust God in my marriage, in raising our children, in keeping our home a haven, in coordinating a fellowship, in our workplace, in our community, etc. One example of trusting God in my marriage occurred when two of our adult children had come to visit us for the holidays. We had taken them to the airport, and it began to snow as we headed home. My husband and I were sharing about how we enjoyed being with our children. We went to get in the passing lane, and our car began to spin out of control and headed off the road. I took my husband’s hand, and he began to pray out loud. As his prayer ended, our car stopped right next to the guardrail that overlooked a significant drop-off. We smiled at each other and got back on the road without a scratch to the car or us.

A workplace example of trusting God began during a time period when my husband and I taught in the same school. One teacher’s husband had a bad heart and needed a heart transplant. Many names were ahead of his on the list to receive a transplant, but a clinic was treating him in the meantime. He and his wife had been to our home for meals and fellowship activities. My husband would pray with his wife daily because they taught in the same classroom. We shared several ministry publications with them. After my husband and I retired and moved, we kept in touch with this couple. One day we got an excited call from the wife saying that her husband had the heart surgery and was recovering well. She knew it was because of how we trusted God and knew He would provide. Of course, these are only two of so many blessing and benefit stories.

My life has been changed for the BEST since I took my first Foundational Class over four decades ago. I have encountered many challenges and opprtunities to trust God and the greatness of His rightly divided Word. Every time I have trusted God and applied the Word, I have been victorious. With every year in this ministry, my trust has grown and my victories are sweeter.

Peace Abounds

When I consider what God has done for me because of the Word of God I have learned in The Way Ministry, I think of the song lyrics, “There’s a peace in my heart that the world never gave, A peace it cannot take away….” God and His Word have been part of my life since birth, and it has been my choice to actively apply and live it daily. As a wife and mother of three young children, I cannot imagine life without God. And being peaceful is a daily, moment-by-moment necessity.

A few years ago, my husband and I arrived to work on a Monday morning excited because that was the day we were going to announce that I was pregnant with our first child. I had made cute announcements, and we put them in the mail and on our coworkers’ desks for when they arrived. But before we could even rejoice with our friends, I had a serious medical situation come up. I immediately got my husband and he prayed. We then went to see my department coordinator and he prayed with us. His wise counsel was not to allow one negative thought to enter our minds.

As my husband and I walked to the car to go to the doctor’s office, we talked about God’s promises and how He promises health and had already healed my body. We thanked God for the best in the situation. My husband and I dug our heels in, so to speak, and were determined not to back down on the promises of God.

While we drove to the hospital, my husband had me read out loud from the Bible. We didn’t talk; we didn’t discuss all the “what ifs.” We simply listened to the Word of God. All that we heard and the only thoughts that we had were God’s Word.

After the doctor saw me, he reported that I was OK, that the fetus was OK, and that everything was OK. I was advised to rest for a few days, and then I could resume life as normal. And that I did. I continued to have a peaceful pregnancy and now have a healthy daughter.

What could have been a stressful situation, a frightening situation, a devasting situation, wasn’t.

Isaiah 26:3:
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Challenges arise, and circumstances can be less than ideal; but when I keep my thoughts on things above, when I keep my mind focused on God and His promises, peace abounds.

I Longed for Peace and Harmony

When I first heard the rightly divided Word of God taught in a Way Ministry fellowship, many of my lifetime questions finally started to get answered. The eyes of my understanding began to be enlightened, and my life and everything around me became brighter and full of vivid color, even to this very day!

For years I longed for peace in my life. In The Way Ministry I learned about the peace that God gave me in His Word and through His Son, Jesus Christ. That peace now rules in my heart every day. I also longed for harmony. In The Way Ministry I found the harmony and unity I was looking for. I now enjoy fellowship with like-minded believers that have the same spiritual outlook on life that I have from God’s Word!

Psalms 133:1:
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Now I have a true spiritual connection with my heavenly Father. I literally believe what His Word says, and I see the godly outcome each time I believe. Yes, God is always there for us—closer than we realize—when we seek Him first in our lives. He will help us get the answers we need in life and bring to pass our hearts’ desires!

My Before and After

Before I began attending fellowship, I was always worried and sometimes stressed about little things that I could not control. I didn’t even own a Bible. I would watch the news and let the world and the things in it scare me. The foundational class on The Way of Abundance and Power opened my eyes and showed me how to be fearless, to be powerful, to not let the worldly things distract from what was really in front of me, to always look to God’s Word. After I learned the Word, I realized that was what I lacked. I prayed, but I did not get results like I do now. I went to church, but I did not get the answers I’d been looking for. I’m not saying what I did before was incorrect or wrong. What I’m saying is I did not get the knowledge and teaching I have now. From the Word taught, I learned about having Christ in me and that I am now truly a child of God. I am victorious, I have so much more confidence in myself because of God and His fellowship, and I hold myself to a higher standard than what I used to.

Now, instead of worrying I pray and speak in tongues to my Father and trust in Him. I don’t watch the news like I used to every day, and I deactivated my social media accounts. It feels so empowering. God leads me in the right direction, and He always has. I was just blind back then, but I now see results; and it’s just so amazing what God and the Word has done for me and my beautiful family. I now own a Bible that I cherish, and I love looking up Bible verses and writing them. God has been so patient with me. He always had a path for me that I did not see. I was just going in the wrong direction and had negative results.

I thank The Way Ministry for making these fellowship groups available. I especially thank my fellowship coordinator for blessing me and making the foundational class on The Way of Abundance and Power available to me. Because of God’s love and His Word, I have learned so much (and am still learning), and my life has been so positive since.

Turning a Weakness into a Strength

I am very thankful for the truths and principles that I have learned from The Way Ministry over the years that have given me boldness and brought strength to my life.

In my early years I was very shy. Many times people commented on how quiet I was, which made me even more self-conscious. In college I dropped a public speaking class after the first night because I was so nervous and shaken. Later, after attending a few fellowships and classes in our ministry, I was invited to teach God’s Word. I was relaxed and enjoyed the experience because I was confident in what I was speaking about. I was taught not to focus on myself but on giving to the people present. The more I taught and joined in fellowship witnessing, the more I grew in making this weak area a strength. To this day, teaching and speaking God’s Word are among my favorite things in life, and I rarely pass up an opportunity to do both. I have successfully applied these principles as a Way Disciple, employee, performer, and in helping to run fellowships and classes. This victory has extended into many areas of my life and has freed me up to serve God even greater!

The Right Place to Find the Truth

The phone rang and I didn’t need to answer it to know who was calling. It was the couple I had met a few weeks before who had invited me to their Bible fellowship. They were with The Way Ministry. I told them I was interested, so they had faithfully called me before each fellowship to see if I wanted to attend. Each time, I had a reason why I couldn’t be at fellowship that night. But the real reason I hadn’t attended yet was because I was afraid. I was afraid that I wouldn’t find what I was searching for, the truth. On my college campus, I had been exposed to so many groups that claimed to teach the truth, and I didn’t know which one to believe. So I made the decision to avoid all of them. But for some reason, I had told this couple that I would come to one of their fellowships.

Before the phone rang that night, I decided to pray, and I poured my heart out to God. I told Him I was going to try out this Way Ministry fellowship, and I asked Him to help me see very clearly if this was where I would find the truth. I attended fellowship that night. It was the first time I heard someone teach verse after verse right from the Bible. The teaching was simple, logical, and powerful. It answered specific questions I had that I had never shared with anyone. Only God could have known I had those questions, and they were answered in the very first fellowship I attended! I knew in my heart that God was confirming for me that I had found the way to the truth of His Word.

Through the Word of God I have learned in The Way Ministry, I found the truth I was searching for. I have learned that God’s Word has integrity, it can be trusted, it is powerful, and it brings solutions backed by God’s power when it is applied. I no longer struggle with doubt and confusion about where to find the truth. These have been replaced with trust and confidence in God and in His wonderful Word. This is because in The Way Ministry, I was taught how to read and study the Bible in order to understand and apply it. The Word of God I have learned in this ministry has given me certainty that God’s Word rightly divided is truth.

The night I attended my first Way Ministry fellowship, all I asked of God was that He make it clear that I was in the right place to find the truth. God has given me so much more than I ever asked for! I enjoy sweet fellowship with Him daily, a life full of blessings beyond measure, and the unspeakable joy of continuing to grow in my knowledge and understanding of the truth—all because of the Word of God I continue to learn and live in this wonderful ministry.