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       Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.     Isaiah 42:9

     

       Have you ever been at a crossroads in your ministry?   It seems like you're wandering in the wilderness, and there is no rhyme or reason for anything.   It's like you're on hold and you don't understand why.

       That is where my wife, Cindy, and I were at in early 1989.   Wow, God, what's going on?   Are you there?   Have you forgotten we're even here?

       We were living at Ava, Missouri and were attending the Ava Full Gospel Church.   In late September, we were at a weekly Wednesday morning prayer meeting.   This particular morning was awesome.   The presence of the Lord was heavy, and God was ministering to almost everyone in the room.   A close friend walked up and stated she had a word from the Lord for me.   I knew when this saint said she had a word from the Lord, you better listen for she would be 'right on'.   Immediately excitement and anticipation reached a new level.

       The following is part of that message:

       "My son, I the Lord have shut doors no man can shut.   I have opened doors no man can open.   A change is coming.   A change in your life and a change in your ministry.   As this change comes to past you will see things you have never seen before.   You will hear things you have never heard before.   You will do things you have never imagined doing.   The best way to describe it is to say you will be in close hand-to-hand combat with the enemy.

       Some of these things will be so repulsive and so hideous that you will want to be sick and throw up.   But do not fear.   For I, the Lord, have prepared you for just these things.   I am your strength and your power.   Know that I will never leave you nor forsake you.   I will always be by your side."

       Let me tell you, when God said 'a change is coming',  He meant 'a change is coming'.   Little did we know or understand the full scope of that statement.

       Two weeks later found us once again at the early morning prayer meeting.   The meeting was almost over when suddenly I began to see an open vision.   What I mean by an open vision is my eyes were open, and I could see everything and everyone in the room; but at the same time, I was seeing a vision like it was on a huge screen before me.

       The following is an account of part of that vision:

       As the vision began, I seemed to be standing in the middle of a highway looking south, facing a church.   There was a huge, dark, evil-looking cloud that had settled close to the ground.   In my heart, I sensed that the cloud covered an area from eastward of where I was standing westward for many miles, and from the highway southward as far as the eye could see.

       As I stood looking up underneath the cloud I could see this huge, evil, pulsating heart.   I just knew it was pure evil.   Coming out of the heart and reaching all the way to the ground were many arteries.

       There were people gathered around where each artery touched the ground.   These people were all involved in some sort of occult or satanic activity.   They seemed to be getting strength and power from the heart through the arteries.

       Suddenly, a Prayer Warrior appeared in front of me.   He was dressed in the Full Armor of God.   Drawing his sword, he started swinging it in a wide arch above his head.   With each swing, he would cut through one of the arteries.   Every third swing, the Prayer Warrior would take one step forward and continue to swing.

       As I stood there watching this, I suddenly realized in my heart that I was the Prayer Warrior.

       Then the Lord spoke,  "Every time an artery is cut, those that are standing around it are exposed for 'who' and 'what' they are."

       At a later date I was given Ephesians 5:11 to go with the vision:  

       And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (expose) them.

       The next day, our Pastor asked if we would be willing to take the Youth group to a small church at Theodosia, Missouri so they could minister.   We said yes and took them down on the following Sunday night.

       As we turned off the highway into the church parking lot, I was in for one big shock.   The church was the same church I had seen in the vision.   I quietly told my wife that I recognized the church as being the one in the vision and said no more about it at the time.   Wow, did this revelation ever open up a whole new avenue for prayer.

       The Pastor wasn't there that night, but everyone welcomed us with open arms.   The Youth did the entire service, and the Lord blessed in an awesome way.   Not really understanding the fullness of the vision, we began to pray and intercede for the little church.

       About a week and a half later, our Pastor again approached me saying the church from Theodosia had called stating that their Pastor had run off with the worship leader and wanted to know if I would be interested in filling in on Sundays until they found a new pastor.   After praying about it I agreed to do so.

       Come Sunday morning we were off to Theodosia.   Services were great, and we really had a great time.

       Early Monday morning we received a phone call asking if we would be interested in becoming their new pastors; and if so, would we come to Theodosia that afternoon to meet with the Board of Trustees.   I agreed to meet with the Board, stating that I would have to spend some real quality time in prayer before I could say yes.   Up to this point, other than the vision, I had absolutely nothing from the Lord leading me toward becoming pastor of the little church.   But, I must say, there was such peace when entertaining the thought of pastoring the church.

       Long story short, a week and a half later we found ourselves as pastors of the Living Word Outreach Church in Theodosia.   What a change, but that was only the beginning.

       The first month went by rather fast but smooth as we settled in.   Yet we were always mindful of the 'Word' and the 'Vision' we had received from the Lord while in Ava.

       Then it started.   On a Tuesday afternoon around 3:00 p. m. a young man walked into the church wanting to talk.   We were about ten minutes into the conversation when suddenly he literally went bananas, his body shaking uncontrollably, his voice changed, becoming gruff and deep.   He began cursing, using the foulest of language and calling me every foul name conceivable.

       I didn't have to be a 'rocket scientist' to know that he was manifesting demonic.   Now, let me explain where I was at.   I knew a 'little bit' about what the Word had to say about the demonic.

       I had read Mark 16:17-18:

       And these signs shall follow them that believe;   In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;  they shall lay hands on the sick,  and they shall recover. 

       I had heard stories and read books about people having ministries of deliverance.   But as for myself, I had never been involved in casting out demons.   I knew it was real, because God's Word said it was, but had absolutely no concept as to how to go about it.

       My heart was pounding ninety per, the hair on the back of my neck was standing straight up, and there were 'goose bumps' on my on my arms as big as baseballs.

       Let me tell you, that demon must have known where I was at and exactly what I was experiencing because he wasn't pulling any punches and was really letting me have it.

       And all the time I was thinking, Whoa, wait a minute.   Help!!   God, this is your thing, I don't have the slightest idea how to handle this.   God, your going to have to take care of this one and now, not later.

       Ahh, the Grace and Mercy of our Lord.   The anointing came upon me and the Holy Spirit began speaking to my heart and He led me through everything, showing and teaching me one step at a time.

       I am not sure how many demons we cast out; but some two and a half hours later things settled down and the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said "that is all for now."   Then the Lord spoke to me and said, "This is the ministry I have called you to.   I have prepared you just for such a thing.   I am your teacher and will show you all you need to know.   Just trust me and be obedient to my voice."

       Wow, what a change in the young man.   He was jumping, shouting, praising, and worshiping God.   We later found out that this young man was 'conceived' by his parents for the sole purpose of being a 'satanic sacrifice.'   By the Grace of God, he had survived and escaped out of the occult and was 'born-again'.   Over the next four years, we took him through four or five deliverances; and God has completely set him free.   Today he is an awesome witness for Christ, giving glory to God.

       Things have never been the same since that day.   Everything has changed.   For the next three and a half years we never knew what would happen next.   We literally were 'O J T' ('on job training').   We never knew when someone would manifest a demon during a service or a prayer meeting.

       I remember one Sunday morning in particular.   Worship was awesome!   The worship and praise leader had just turned the service over to me.   I had just walked up to the podium and opened my Bible when I heard what had become known as the 'dreaded sound'.

       Let me explain.   The church building was an old country western theater and there was no carpet, just plain concrete floors that were unlevel.   We had wooden pews; and if anyone moved around much, they would make a 'thumping' sound.   Everytime someone would manifest demonic, they would shake and move around wildly on the pew, thus causing a loud, rapid 'thump, thump, thumping' sound.   It had become so common that it became known as that 'dreaded sound'.   (Don't tell me God doesn't have a sense of humor).

       Well there I was, Sunday morning, awesome worship, church full of visitors, ready to preach and there's the 'dreaded sound'.   No, no way, not now.   God, not now, not this morning!   'Thump, thump, thump!   Thump, thump, thump!   Slowly, I began to look around the sanctuary to see where it was coming from.   Then I saw her.   Sitting on the front pew, right in the center, where all could see, was a young girl about 15 or 16 years old.   About the time I found her, she began to slide out of the pew and slither across the floor like a snake.   "O.K. Lord, this one is all yours!"   She slithered across the floor, up the stairs, around the podium and around my feet.   I promise you there were a lot of bugged eyes and deep gasps going on in the sanctuary about then.

       Very calmly (sure, if you say so) I turned back to our worship leader and said, "take them back into worship and don't stop until we return".   Then I turned back to the congregation and said, "please go back into worship".   I then called out four or five key people and my wife, and we picked up the young lady and carried her into an adjoining room.

       About 45 minutes later, we walked out of that room with the young lady completely set free.   Praise God!   It was a very tough deliverance, and I learned a lot about 'casting out demons' that morning.   The interesting thing was when we entered the sanctuary they were still worshiping God and not one person had left.   As we entered the room and the congregation saw the young lady walking out with us the whole place erupted with loud shouting and praising of God.   God is so good!!

       Thus became our pattern.   Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, we would receive calls from people calling out for help, a family member was manifesting demonic.   It was an awesome experience, but there were many a time when I would cry out "Lord are you sure you haven't gone too far this time, I am not sure I can handle this one".   But, true to His Word, He always was there, teaching, strengthening, encouraging, anointing, and giving wisdom and understanding.   What an awesome God!

       In 1995, under God's leading, we resigned from the church and moved to Springfield, Missouri.   It was in Springfield, that the next segment of our ministry began.   Through a series of events we found ourselves ministering to 'satanic ritual survivors' that were also 'multiple personalities'.

       In 2001, under the direction of the Lord, we moved to Marshfield, Missouri, where the Lord began to show us many things concerning the enemy and our nation.

       The ministry has never slowed down.  We have never 'advertised' our ministry, but we are constantly getting phone calls crying out for help or the door bell will ring and someone will be standing there saying, "I've heard you could help me."   God keeps bringing them in.

       But, in 2005 / 2006 it began to be 'another time of dryness', 'another period of frustration and urgency', 'another time of restlessness'.

       In late 2006, as I was praying I began to pull an Elijah; whining, murmuring, complaining.   "Why doesn't anyone care.   Am I the only one?   Why can't people see and understand what's going on?   What do we have to do to get people involved in the real 'Battle'?"

       I don't think I was prepared for the answer I got.   I heard that small still voice say, "I am calling you to wage war against the enemy in this nation like never before.   As a beginning you are to spend seven days in the capital of each state as I direct you.   You are to spend those seven days in prayer.   You must take authority and bind every Strongman, Territorial spirit, and the Gates of Brass over the land and the people.   You must pull down every Stronghold, every Altar, every High Place the enemy has established in the land and in the hearts of the people.   You must raise 'My Banner' over this nation.

       If you do this, you will find I have prepared 'Prayer Warriors' all over this country.   They are just waiting for 'My Banner' to be raised high above this nation.   Are you willing to help raise "My Banner' for all to see?

       WOW!   We had received our 'Marching Orders'.   Eighteen months and twenty states later, all we can say is "WOW, Thank You Heavenly Father!"   What an education!   We thought, we really understood something about the ways, strengths, and means of the enemy.   We have come to the conclusion, we didn't have the slightest.   God has opened doors and revealed things that have blown us away.   We are really excited and are looking forward to what God has in store.

       By Faith, we know 'Strongholds are Coming Down'.   Things are changing in the Spiritual Realm, thus, things are changing in the Physical Realm.   As we traveled to each state, we began to see a 'pattern develop' that is going to make the 'Church's' warfare more effective.   Praise God!   We are on the winning side!

       When we first left on the trip, we thought we would be going to all forty-eight continental states.   By early June of 2008, it became clear that we had been to all the states we were suppose to cover at this time.   Interestingly enough, all the states we visited are in the central part of our Nation.   We had covered twenty states, including Arizona, but now understand Arizona was just God's blessing to us as a great place for spending the winter (we spent the winter in Yuma).   Why just the nineteen?   Don't know.   Will we cover the rest?   Maybe.   God may have someone else covering them.   Maybe He will send us at a later date.   Sure hope so.   But, until He does, we have a battle to fight.   We have an enemy to place 'under the feet of Christ'.

       When we came back off the trip, we again settled in Marshfield but recently (October, 2010), again under the leading of the Lord, we moved to Ava, Missouri.   Yes, the phone is still ringing with someone crying out for help, and the door bell is still ringing, with someone standing there saying, " I heard you could help me".   And the answer is still, "Yes, we know someone who can, and His Name is Jesus!!"

     

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