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It Came Upon a Midnight CLEAR

40 years I have walked with Jesus. I have seen Him do marvelous things, but I was stuck in a serious struggle. I needed more, more of Him and I needed my beautiful 26 year old daughter to be healed. She was in college, dating and working a retail job until she began to consider a religious vocation.

And then, bam! Seizures hit her. She became bed ridden for 3 years and no religious order will take a sick candidate. This was an attack to thwart her plans. I needed help praying; it was to much for me on my own. This girl loves Jesus, is filled with the Holy Spirit, deeply committed to Hm. She kept telling me “God’s got this, mom.” But she was failing, physically and mentally in every way. To the point I feared she may die. l needed to learn how to pray for physical healing, more than I had already learned in all those years in the renewal. I needed formation in this area and I was needing community.

I was not neglecting my relationship with God before healing school, but it became very clear I had so much more to learn. It was midnight in my life; my child was very seriously ill. I had the faith and knew God wanted to heal her, but I was scared. I could not see beyond her suffering right before my eyes daily, seizure after seizure. The medical community gave no hope, had no idea why she was sick and had not found a effective treatment plan. I needed Jesus to be her physician, He was the only one who could do it. I needed the body of Christ and an extraordinary touch from God. And I got it and it’s continuing. She is better and her brain has been healed as a result of prayer she received at the Encounter Conference. Now 4 years out from the onset, she has multiple problems and one by one Jesus is healing her, and we continue to fight for her and pray for her. She is out of bed now.

Encounter School has helped me learn who I am and how to be bold in the Lord. He is big and mighty and able. He wants to heal us and I have grown in knowledge of the Lord’s ways and grown in holiness and compassion for others. It takes spiritual maturity to undertake healing school; a desire and openness to all of the spiritual gifts and perseverance in prayer and in homework. Its not for the faint of heart, because you have to decide to pursue Jesus at all cost. It takes time and determination, to make your self available 24/7 to the Lord. But isn’t that the great commission?

So at Fr. Mathias’ invitation one day, I came. It’s still a challenge to stretch my self, but ultimately having Jesus closer, dynamically reaching out to other people through me. It is a little bit of heaven on earth.

– Julie Whitlock
Main Campus (Brighton)

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