"He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul;" Psalm 23:2-3
Carol's “Healing Waters Weekend" testimony:
As I was verbally going through and forgiving every person that had abused me physically, sexually and emotionally, (since my early childhood) there was a video playing in my mind, of how with each situation that occurred, the enemy was heaping more shame, guilt and bondage on me, making me feel more helpless and hopeless each time. The scales were lifted from my eyes and I could see how the enemy had a plan, from the beginning, to destroy my purpose, my destiny. As the chains were broken off and bondage's broken I could feel hope, renewed strength, I felt the Lord restoring to me all that the enemy had stolen from me, most of all I experienced God’s love in a way I never had before. Since then I have had many opportunities where I have seen restoration in areas of my life, I give God all the glory and thank Him for birthing “He Cares for Me” ministry and I look forward to all those that will be set free through His love.
Louisa’s “Healing Waters Weekend" testimony:
The first teaching session was concluded with a foot washing. The presence of God was so real to me as my feet were washed with the fragrant essential oil water I started to weep uncontrollably. I felt so safe and cared for as I melted in Gods peace. I knew He was preparing my heart to open and to recieve all He had for me that weekend. Within days after receiving ministry I had an opportunity to exercise my new freedom in Christ only to find…it was real…really real!!!! I was walking in a new level of authority to rule over my own soul and the emotionally toxic person I was dealing with didn’t have the usual effect on me. I found myself not reacting with panic and fear but I was now responding in wisdom and peace which disarmed the situation. My experience with Healing Waters weekend was life changing.
Elizabeth's “Healing Waters Weekend" testimony: One of the biggest problems I had before going into Healing Waters Weekend was dealing with rejection. As a child I was rejected by my parents for not doing things correctly (cleaning, etc...) As an adult I lived a performance life. I performed so I could get praised. Everything I did, I did with excellence even before Christ. I had to be the best friend, the one who was down for all. Then, as a christian I had to always have the good grades, and pray the most, be involved in all or any ministry opportunities.
When I went through the healing waters weekend the Holy Spirit brought all this to light and began to piece it all together and pinpoint the root. I then chose to forgive my mom and take back what the enemy had stolen from me. What freedom I have experienced since then. Actually, 2 days ago a top boss at my workplace came in where I was working and corrected me. Immediately, I felt the feelings of rejection and the old pattern of beating myself up tried to come back but, this time it was different. I was able to speak the word of God with authority, plead the blood of Jesus over myself and that familiar spirit left. Since Healing Waters weekend I now walk in His authority to identify and nullify the works of the enemy. The wicked one comes but now finds no place in me. I love God and I'm thankful for Jesus' love and freedom in my life. And that's what God does through Healing Waters Weekend.
Priscilla's “Healing Waters Weekend" testimony: Raised by a principled woman, a woman who knew how to give, love and forgive but when it came to forgiveness, I did not understand why she forgave my father and I was angry at my father for dying. When my mother had to work hard to make ends meet, I blamed my father. When I couldn’t get what I wanted either for school trips and not having a person to call father, again I blamed my father for dying, there were so many things I wanted to ask him, I was just 3 years old when he passed away, How he lived his life was not something to write home about even though he was a great provider and educator (In a worldly point of view)
For every unfortunate thing I experienced as a child, I blamed my father. My mother used to talk me out of it and even using biblical scriptures to redirect my heart and mind but I was not willing to let go of my anger towards my father. I would go to church, get involved in church activities and all but that anger was a personal issue between me and my father and I did not want God to deal with it. My anger towards my father was not something I kept to myself, I talked about it and even warned those that were discipling me to never ever touch that department. Whoever tried to talk or disciple me out of my anger, I would get angrier at the people and I had declared that if my anger towards my father was the road to hell, then so be it. I will meet him there and deal with him, I was willing to sacrifice my salvation. Then came the Healing Waters Weekend, something I had never ever experienced before, the word was preached, hearts were touched and God was doing His thing.
On that Saturday night, my heart was being worked on but my head was fighting a do or die battle. I drew a battle line, I said to myself, God do your thing but do not try to change my heart and feelings towards my father because I will not change, I wrestled with this feeling over and over and the more I sat in the class the more I felt like my heart was being changed and at some point I wanted to walk out and I heard His voice saying “ the Cross, Jesus on the cross, he died for you so you may live, did He die in vain, surrender so you may be healed” I do not know how I got up but I found myself standing in front of the care minister, crying saying I am willing to forgive once and for all and never looking back. That was a day of victory for me. The anger that I kept in for so many years, on that day the walls came down. Free at last, free indeed. I feel it, walk it and am not afraid to declare it because I walk in His authority with no fear because I am FREE !!
A Thankful Combat Veteran's “Healing Waters Weekend" testimony: I just wanted to give God glory by sharing this testimony of healing and deliverance. Growing up I went through a lot of abuse and my parents divorced. I moved to a bad neighborhood where I began to use crack cocaine and get into trouble. These life styles led me into a juvenile boot camp where I later joined the Marines and later joining the US Army I saw my fellow troops blown up and some died. One night on a mission I was hit by an explosion where my spirit left my body and went into darkness where I asked God if this was all I got to do with my life. I woke up with my leg was almost blown off and later in surgery I lost a kidney, my gallbladder, some intestines, and had a traumatic brain injury. Hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for a year I became addicted to pain pills and after I retired, I became addicted to street drugs.
After 4 years of this like 22 other veterans, I made the choice to take my own life. After surviving this event I was put into a veteran’s hospital where a flood of emotions came to the surface. I got on my knees and began to pray for forgiveness for all that I had done. I witnessed a physical manifestation of Jesus Christ that day and gave my life to Him.
After this I still had much to be healed from. When I was asked by Pastor Marlene Yeo to come to Healing Waters at Christian Community Fellowship. While I was there they started off by washing my feet and I could feel the presents of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Yeo guided me step by step when the Holy Spirit would bring to remembrance events I needed healing for. Abuse, sexual sins, traumatic events on and off the battlefield and a life of substance abuse.
At one point the Holy Spirit brought an event to my mind and pastor Yeo led me through the process of renouncing the traumatic events from combat. This event had upset me for a long time and I was deeply mentally wounded by it. I was crying and Pastor Yeo was praying for me, she rubbed anointing oil on my forehead and then on the back of my neck. When the anointing oil touched my neck my tears turned into hysterical laughter, I could not stop laughing. She told me “Your going through a deep inner healing” I have not laughed like that since I was a child and I could feel a heaviness being lifted off of me. I felt free, I felt joy, and I felt amazing! I renounced and took back authority from everything that the Holy Spirit brought to my mind. Things that I had not thought about for many many years. I left the church that day in victory and free for the first time in my life. I was taught to take back the authority from the enemy and started walking in the victory God has given us.
I went back to my dorm room where later on that night I felt a warm tingling feeling going through my injured shoulder and my tar filled lungs. God was still doing a healing in me even when I was home. Healing waters was answered prayers from the last 4 years since I became saved; I had been walking around even after I gave my life to Jesus with deep wounds with just band aids on them. After healing waters those wounds are now healed scars, stronger than they were before. I have now been trained on how to lead someone through this Biblical process of healing and l look forward to seeing others walk in Gods Victory.
Eternity's “Healing Waters Weekend" testimony: My name is Eternity this past weekend I attended healing waters and my life was completely changed. I got wrecked by the father’s love for me. This weekend the Holy Spirit revealed things to me that I have gone through even as a change and just kind of "Got over them, or tried to forget about them". Never realizing that they were a root to a lot of questions I had in my life. One in particular was when I was 8 years old my little sister died in her daycare and she was only 2 months. I couldn't understand , so I just "dealt" with it.
As the years went on my mom was very abrasive emotionally and physically. She was completely detached from our lives as kids. I didn't understand why my mom was not present mentally. Going through healing waters the Lord showed me the root was my mom not understanding and part of her grieving was to detach. And 18 years later sadly she is still grieving. I have never been able to tell my mom I Love her without the emptiness of the words fell into my heart as the words left my lips. I was coached in healing waters to forgive my mom, and take authority over the time I lost with my mom through this. After healing waters I spoke to my mom and at the end of our conversation I genuinely said "I love you" and felt so Whole. As a result of my mom’s detachment I lack confidence, and carried guilt in my heart all these years...but God showed me it was never my fault. I am so free today and I am excited to be trained to be one of those who would lead others into their freedom! Thank you somebody Cares, for taking the time to care for me :)
Vickie Gaskins' "Healing Waters Weekend" testimony: Often as we serve the Lord in ministry, we feel that our personal needs must be put on hold as others receive. Through He Cares For Me and Healing Waters Weekends that has not been the case.
I recently participated in my second weekend experience of HCFM- Healing Waters Weekend and not only did I experience my own personal breakthrough in an area of struggle, I watched repeatedly as others experienced their own breakthrough. I think it worthy of note that because of the training received previously, through He Cares For Me, my personal breakthrough came during one of the sessions quickly and easily, without interfering with my ability to participate in ministry with others as they came forward. The Lord showed me, I agreed with Him about the root cause, repented and then moved forward!
Pastor Marlene and the team are coaching others to minister in this same way. They are graciously sharing through their experiences to further the Kingdom. Being allowed to participate in partnership with Holy Spirit as He brings truth to heal those who are hurting has been very encouraging to me.
I can honestly say that in the past some of the most difficult times I have had as an altar ministry intercessor is to watch individuals come forward week after week requesting prayer and see them return for the same issue several weeks or months later. It has caused them to feel defeated and in turn caused many of them to give up hope and simply live in that defeat. Knowing to ask Holy Spirit to expose the root of their wound, and then to see Him heal their emotional or physical issue has been tremendous to watch and I have hope now as I pray for others.
I am also excited for the prospect of continued training and development of this type of ministry so that I might effectively share it with those in my community.
Vickie Gaskins Rise To The Times Founder and Director Denison, Texas