I grew up in a Christian family and lived in a small village south of Winkler until 2002. I ended up hanging out with the wrong group of friends. I started smoking cigarettes, using fowl language, and disobeying my parents.
When we moved to Winkler in 2002, I got into a worse group of friends who were all into drugs. It only took a matter of time until I started to do drugs. Along with that I started stealing stuff to support my habits. In 2005 I got arrested and spent 5 months in prison, which didn’t really change anything.
In May of 2015 I lost an uncle. While I was at the funeral, I heard the Lord tell me that my life needed to change. I then started attending this church, which has been nothing but a blessing. I was baptized with the Holy Spirit shortly after, which was a life changing experience for me.
In August I was baptized with water. My life has never been better. I continue to live for the Lord, and see what he has planned for me in the future.
In early December of 2013, I was attacked with a virus that caused dizziness, headaches, nausea & imbalance. My initial response was “Get away from me Satan. I am healed!” I went to the walk-in clinic. They said I had bppv, (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). This is a disorder in the inner ear caused by a viral infection. The doctor did an exercise which helped me feel better. I was told to do the exercise three times a day.
In January of 2014, I asked God what he wanted me to do. He told me to go to a chiropractor, so I did. It helped me feel better. But after going for three months the symptoms seemed to get worse. I still could not walk well and felt dizzy and nauseous. In March, I quit going to the chiropractor.
Then in April, I tried going for a massage, but that didn’t work. I was discouraged and felt like giving up. We heard about the book from Jerry Savelle called, “Prayer of Petition”. We bought the book. On April 9th, I wrote out a prayer of petition for my healing. Whenever Satan would attack me I remind him about my prayer and he left. My faith was growing.
Going to church was difficult. I had headaches, neck pain and dizziness because of the bright lights & the noise from the worship music . I knew this was not from God. He had directed me to sing in the worship team, but because of my symptoms I took a break. I spoke against my symptoms consistently. I was determined to be totally healed! I was not giving up. I would sing again.
I prayed and ask God if I should go to a different chiropractor. He confirmed that I should. The chiropractor said my neck was not straight. So he did soft tissue adjustments to help me with my balance, neck pain & headaches.
On May 14, I went to church even though I had trouble walking and felt pressure in my head and neck. I went up for prayer. Pastor Karen & Tina Friesen laid their hands on me and prayed for my healing. Tina prayed specifically for my neck to be straight. I felt a warmth on my neck during the service. At the end of the service I could walk better. Praise God!
In June, my chiropractor said my neck was straight. I could walk without feeling imbalanced. This was a confirmation to me that God was bringing full recovery to my body. Praise God! I was so excited because I could sit through church services.
Two months later, God told me to stop going to the chiropractor, because I felt worse after adjustments. God told me to put my full trust in Him to completely restore my health.
My neck & back continued to bother me. I knew God would provide victory over this pain. In fall we decided to go to the Favor of God Bible study through church. During this time, God manifested himself to me and healed me of my neck pain.
Satan did not give up, he kept attacking me. I quoted scriptures like; 1 Peter 2:24, “He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.” Psalm 103:3-4 encouraged me which says, “He forgives all my sons and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.”
I often wake up in the morning with a stiff or sore neck. In December of 2014, I believed God told me to buy a different pillow. My husband told me to try his pillow first, (which was not as thick as mine). Since I changed pillows my neck doesn’t hurt when I wake up.
I experienced God’s favor during this sickness. I had the victory! I praise God for His healing. Satan still attacks me, but I know I am healed and I resist and stand on the Word of God.
One day this summer, our sewer pump stopped working. We called a repair man and he said the pump needed to be replaced and that it would cost $450.
After the repair man left, I said to Andrew, “That pump should have lasted a lot longer than it did. This feels like the work of the devourer. I’m going to claim this money back from him!”
So I told Satan exactly what Malachi 3:10-11 says – that if we are tithers, the devourer is rebuked for our sake! I told him he had no right taking our money and I claimed it back in Jesus name! Then I praised God for restoring to us what was ours!
A few days later we got a call saying that our tax return had just gone up $500 from what it was originally expected to be! Praise God! He is faithful and will do what He has promised to do!
One word from God can change a life forever. Our pastors have placed this into our ears many times, and one day that word will be heard by every person in this body. As it did for me so it will for all in this body. When Pastor Joe McCroskey visited us, he made a statement (A WORD) that rang home within me. He asked us a question, “Who is the most powerful being on earth?” His answer – a disciple. What is a disciple? A student. And what is a student? A learning man or woman of God. Then the Lord fired this one at me – study to show thyself an approved workman of God, 2 Tim 2:15. “Alright Lord”, I said, “count me in”.
Bible School had already begun and they were starting the second course, but they accepted me, thanks be to God! I am now two courses into Biblical Studies and it has been revelation knowledge to me from faith to faith, and from glory to glory! Praise be to God!
You see the Bible says that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Heb 11:6). My heart’s desire for you Church, is that you come on board with me to become learned men and women of God – a disciple – a powerful force in Jesus Christ.
Five years ago I started serving at VICIC. Before this time I’d been content with just attending the service and not getting involved, but God’s plan doesn’t include being on the sidelines. Since then there has been one thing that has always impressed and amazed me, and that is how God always comes through. Whether it’s in prophetic ministry, youth ministry or just doing as God instructs on an average day, He always shows up and there’s something for me to give…a word, message, finances etc. I’ve grown to the place where I expect God to give me the seed, and my job is to sow it. Being involved at VICIC is just one way I can sow, bear fruit and receive more seed. 2 Corinthians 9:10 says that He supplies seed to the sower. What came first, the seed or the sower?
I have been serving in Superkid Academy for the last five and a half years. Every year the kids move on to the next class as they grow older, and every year it’s hard to see them leave my class. Each boy and girl is so unique and they all have a special place in my heart. I have been so blessed by every child that makes their way through my class. There is also a tremendous sense of joy when a child gets inspired by the Word of God, or when they ask questions, hungry to know and understand the Bible. There is always time to get a little crazy and wild, often fueled by timbits, bubbles, and loud praise and worship, with as many actions as possible. I love that we have such a great team of volunteers who love and appreciate our kids at VICIC just as much as I do, and have a heart to serve in love! Glory to God for this wonderful growing body!
I am happy to serve as a sound person on the worship team. When I first came to this church and I heard the worship, my heart began jumping inside of me and I felt God’s presence. I’m thankful for the opportunity that I have to serve others as I do sound at the services.