Amy/WV - My sister and her husband were trying to get me to come to church for awhile...but I made every excuse not to...so one day in Feburary of this year I gave in and said how bad can it really be ...well after service my sister's husband took me in the sancturay to talk to a leader name Gary...wow let me tell you it was amazing...I didn't even have to tell him what was going on with me..he knew and it was crazy...well he introduced me to the one who died for me...I accepted Jesus...Jesus forgave me...there's more... Alicia came in and put her fist on my heart prayed for me..got me praying in a language I never heard before woohoo let me tell you it was amazing...so than I got pretty filled up I was laughing...but before all that 2 days before that happened, I was addicted to drugs very badly. I mean I didn't get out of bed unless I had drugs..I wanted to commit suicide all the time...I had anxiety attacks everyday...I felt empty..well the very second I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, all of that stuff was gone...the urge to take one more pill was completely gone....woohoo God is so good... I have been faithfully going to the rock 2 months now...Pastor Dave preaches the truth ..I love learning more...like Pastor Dave says, "Let the baby grow"...thats what I'm doing....thank you so much
Shawn/WV - I just want to praise God first and say I am so thankful that He has not forgotten me or forsaken me. This is a rather lengthy testimony but needs to be out there for people that are scared of The Rock, such as myself months ago. God has been really pressing on me to get closer to Him, because I think He was tired of me playing Christian for the last 20 years and not getting any closer to Him. So here is the story: back in 2000 I moved with my husband at the time here to Parkersburg to Church plant. We were here to revive an old Church with the charge to actually start a new Wesleyan Church. We had a hard road ahead of us and we were cleaning house basically. I don't think we were spiritually ready for such a hard task. Why I say this is because I never saw my husband pray nor did I ever pray the way a pastor's wife should have prayed for the congregation that was given to us. We knew that this area was an area of Harvest but we just didn't do what God commanded us to do. I never read my bible, I just took for granted that I would never have to tell anyone anything in the bible. So things took place in our marriage that I feel Satan really took hold of and destroyed our marriage. We left the marriage and of course the ministry. I went crazy into the world. I started to do things that I had given up years prior, because I was filling a void. I knew I needed to be in Church, but there was so much guilt that how could I ever go back into the congregation. My dad died in 2004 and I said I would get back into Church. With my boyfriend soon to be husband started to go to a church. I will say nothing bad about that Church, but I did not grow. Maybe I didn't grow, because I still was not reading or praying. I had 2 teenagers at the time that I was not forcing to go to Church. I told them that I didn't even like going to Church, and just went because I was supposed to. I started to let more of the world in. I was raising my kids without God. Sure I prayed for protection over them everyday, but that was the extent of prayer for me. I started to think homosexuality was okay because all people need love in this crazy world. I got into a relationship again without a foundation of Christ. I have an amazing husband though. Just not one that he is head of the household spiritually. We never pray as a couple, never read the bible together. We were looking for a new Church in 2004 and one of my professor's said come to the The Rock with me. We came and ran out the front door in fear of what took place in service. I grew up with NO presence of the Holy Spirit, and someone spoke in tongues. Okay I was freaked out, my husband was because he grew up in a different denomination. We went for the next 8 years telling everyone that we would never step foot in the front door of that Church...they were of the devil. When I say everyone, I mean everyone even my teenagers. On Easter of 2010, our Church had an awesome service of rededicating ourselves to Christ. Very emotional time for me. I told God that I will promise him I will start reading and praying again for the 100th time. I am sure He rolled his Holy eyes. I did nothing for the next year, but get my bible out and try to read. I didnt understand it, everytime I opened it I would just sit there in total fear of not understanding it.
Fastforward a year: My son started dating a young girl whose family was Church searching and happened to find The Rock. Well my son left to go to college and came home for Christmas and started going to Church with his girlfriend and her family. I started to notice a change in his attitude. He came home and said that he was going to get baptized. I sat there in total happiness but total fear because guess where he is getting baptized... The Rock! I sat there and said, "Really God, The Rock?" So I went very happy and scared because of the tongues thing. I sat in that service with heart wide open. I loved it. Pastor Dave preached like no other Pastor I have ever heard. But still scared. My son asked me and his dad that was home for Christmas to go to Church with him for a Revival. Prophet Kevin Leal was doing the service. I sat there with my arms folded the entire time. I sat there and said out loud to my kids dad(ex-pastor) that this is wrong what they were doing. My son was lying on the floor in the Spirit. I thought this was a joke the entire time. I said, "Lord, if this is real then You are gonna have to do something to make me believe." I put my fleece out to Him and said if this is a true person of God, then have him call on us to have us recieve the Spirit. I guess when my head was down he called on us. So my fleece was answered. Disbelief and talking bad about all this in front of my daugther that has not asked God into her heart. I didn't care because this was wrong. Well God unctioned me to talk to Pastor Dave after the service. I asked him what in God's name are you doing, and why tongues? He sat there and told me he was not going to fight with me, he said here is a book I wrote on tongues. I took it home and couldnt put it down. I felt lied to my entire life on the Holy Spirit, and was mad. I then was asked to go to the healing service that Pastor Brian was doing. I prayed and fasted for 3 days. I am pregnant and high blood pressure and severe migraines and needed to have healthy pregnancy. I went and guess what? God answered and healed me, through my faith. I have been without both since early February. Praise God. But here is the thing, I have been wrecked for any other. I am totally undone. I then asked to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Erin Marte prayed for me and asked God to fill me with the Holy Spirit. I could hear her laughing and it sounded peaceful and the next thing I know I was on the floor undone and filled with the Spirit. I laid there and didn't want to get up. I finally did and felt like no other drug I ever did. Since then I can read my Bible with understanding, like the veil is completly removed. I want to tell the World about my testimony. I want everyone around me to experience what I have know. My daugther since then has been saved and filled with the Spirit. I pray in tongues daily and read and pray everyday. I wish to do so longer but that will come. I just want to tell people not to be afraid of the Holy Spirit and what is happening at the Rock. The ministry is producing fruit and the Pastor is a true preacher of God. He is not afraid to step on toes, and that is why I am where I am spiritually because he preaches what is in the Bible. Without the candy coating. My next thing is to get my mom to understand and not be afraid of the Holy Spirit because she grew up in the Baptist Church and they just didn't talk about the spiritual warfare all around you. The Spirit is cleaning house and making me someone that I never was. I praise the God above for never turning His back on me, even though I did on Him. I think it is so funny how God works in my life, because anytime I say "Never" He says "well we will see about that". I said I would never step foot into The Rock and now look at me. I am now having to retrace my steps and tell everyone that I said that to, that I go to The Rock. The Rock is not scary, its TRUTH...but then again TRUTH hurts.
Renee/OH - I want to say thank you. Your service was so AWESOME. Saturday & Sunday I came from Mass, Oh to visit my friend and to come to your church & I love it every time. But wow this time I was so overwhelmed on Sunday. I had something come over me. I cried. When I went home I had the Holy Spirit in me. It was so powerful I didn't know what to do with myself. I have never experienced anything like this before. I'm still in total wow about it. God was having to do things I would of never done before. And it was amazing... I am new to all of this and I'm loving every minute of it. I love having God & my Lord & Savior in my heart at all times. I've been so much happier now. I've been through a divorve in the last 6 months, and this has saved my life, & kept me whole & made me a better person. I believe I have found who I am suppose to be now. Thank You, Pasto Dave.
Alicia/WV - In August 2009, I packed up my family and moved to Parkersburg in hope of finding more. I didn't know where we going. I didn’t know exactly what we were looking for. But I knew that there had to be more. Before we moved here, I found The Rock online. I listened to the powerful testimonies of people who had endured so much hurt, pain and loss. But in spite of all that they endured they still gave God all of the praise. And when I heard those testimonies I said that is what I want because I had also endured hurt, pain and loss. I was broken but I knew that God was keeping me. And I knew that He was keeping my children. In spite of the hell that we were living in, I knew that He was keeping us. I had this assurance because He told us that He would never leave us or forsake us.
So we moved to Parkersburg. I didn't have a job and we moved into a tiny two bedroom apartment. I didn't have any money. I didn't even have the money to move in to the apartment. But one thing that I did have was a history of God making a way for us. I had a history of Him always coming through for us.
We started coming to The Rock. When we were still in the building on Emerson, I came to the point where I had to make a decision. I had to decide if this was the church for my family. Would The Rock become our new home? I looked and I searched and I prayed before coming here. We visited other churches but we just didn't fit in anywhere. We didn't fit the mold of what people thought a family should be. We just didn't fit in. So it was our last Wednesday night service in the building on Emerson. We were in praise and worship and the spirit of God kept saying to me over and over again “you are safe here, you are safe here". He would have me look at Pastor Dave and he assured me that we were safe with him and that we were safe at The Rock. But I wasn't fully convinced because of my past church experience. Because of the hurt and the shame and the betrayal that we experienced in the church where we were born again, I was not ready to trust again. I didn't trust anyone… especially not church people. So that night I had a dream. And in this dream, my family was homeless. It was me and my children just out there wandering around with no place to go. And there was a storm. There were all kinds of debris flying around and rain and wind. And we were just out there in it with no place to go. We were cold, dirty, tired, hungry and thirsty. We saw a man standing on the street corner. He pointed and said "go to that house down there. Those people will take care of you". So we went and I knocked on the door and Miss Kyong opened the door. When I looked inside, Pastor Dave was sitting on the couch with his daughter Jamie. Miss Kyong invited us in. She told Jamie to go and get the bath ready and to get us some clean clothes. Then Pastor Dave and Miss Kyong went into the kitchen and prepared food. They served us and fed us and they gave a place to sleep. In the next part of the dream, we lived in the house with Pastor Dave and his family. Then another family came to the door and Miss Kyong invited them in. But this time, my family and I helped get the baths ready, fed the people and made sure they got some rest. So when I woke up from that dream, I knew that God was reassuring me that we would be just safe at The Rock and that we did fit in.
For the past few weeks, I have really been struggling and condemning myself. I always question if I am a good enough mother for my children. I have been told that I have raised a Godly seed and that I am a Godly woman and a Godly mother. But it my mind I think my kids deserve so much better than what I can do for them. And I don't know how to give them anything better because I never had it. I was just dysfunction that bred more dysfunction. And I want it to stop for my family. I want it to stop.
I have recently been thinking about the things that ate as taught at my former church back in Columbus. And I cringe at the thought of what they taught me as a young mother. Talk about self-sabotage. They taught me self-sabotage. They taught me how to run my kids off. They taught me how to just throw them to the world because that was what they knew to do and that was what they did to their kids. My former pastor taught me that if your kids mess up, no matter how old they are or how bad they mess up, you just put them out of your house and let them fend for themselves. On Sunday, Kevin talked about unconditional love. He talked about this agape love that my former pastor couldn't even begin to teach us about because he had no clue. He didn't believe in giving people another chance. If you messed up, you were going to hell and there wasn't anything that anyone could do about it. That's what they taught us. If people messed up, you kicked them to the curb. So that is how I lived…one broken relationship after another. Self-sabotage! I went years without having any friends and I didn't date anyone. I just stayed to myself.
It has been hard raising my kids. I haven’t been able to give them everything that they wanted. I didn't treat them right all of the time or always give them the right advice. But I knew that no matter what, I always had to get them back to God. And I know that in spite of all that we have been through God had been with us and that it is all working together for our good. And this viscous cycle, these generational curses stop now. My grandkids will not go through what I went through and what my kids went through because this curse stops now. Years ago when God began to reveal things to me about deliverance and about generational curses, I went to my former pastor for answers. He told me that he didn't believe in generational curses so he wouldn't teach on it. But I knew better because I saw the curses at work in my family and I saw it in his. So I would try to find out more about it. I would visit other churches that taught on it. And when he found out about it, he would talk about me and scorn me.
When my oldest daughter was 16, my former pastor stood her up in front of the congregation and shamed her and condemned her. He lied to her and told her how God felt about what she had done. But it wasn't how God felt. It was how he felt. After that my daughter was done. She was done with church and she was done with God. So she moved out of my house when she was 17 and her life went downhill. I would pray for her and reach out to her and try to help her. Then when we moved here, she didn't come with us so she was really all alone. She has now been here with us since this past Christmas. She walked away from everything that she knew and trusted in and chose to trust God again. She has decided up stay here in Parkersburg. And it wasn't so she could be closer to us. It was so she could come to The Rock and so she could get back to her God. What a blessing to see her crying out for God's unconditional love on Sunday....that love that we never knew about or experienced before coming here.
God is restoring my family. He has revealed to us the assignment of the enemy to tear us apart and keep us from our destiny. He has shown us that we do have purpose. God is going to use our testimonies and what He has delivered us from to deliver someone else. And I am not ashamed because we are not guilty. We are covered by the blood of Jesus.
I thank God for Pastor Dave and for The Rock. I am so grateful for the truth that is setting us free. We have experienced nothing but healing, restoration and revelation. We found out that our Daddy God loves us and He did not do those bad things to us. I am so glad that I didn't let my past church experience keep us from stepping out and trusting God.
Thank you Pastor Dave and Pastor Dennis. We love you and our new home. And we look forward to our new life in Him.
Kathryn/WV - In the beginning of 2011 my husband had a lymph node in his neck that started swelling. At first we thought he might be coming down with a virus or something. when it kept getting larger over the next 4 months I convinced him to go see our family doctor. He was not sure what was going on but took some x-rays of his neck and chest. He diagnosed him with emphysema and wanted a ct of his neck. As my husband was not sick, running a fever or anything like that we just assumed it was minor. After 4 months of trying to get approval for the ct I convinced him to go to the Veterans Clinic. They immediatley ordered a CT as well as other tests. I was not prepared for the news we recieved in July 2011. He had stage 4 lung cancer, which had spread to his neck and throat. What a blow! Being Christians we turned his health over to the Lord. We asked our church family to pray for him as well as everyone we knew. After weighing all the options he decided to on chemo treatments at the Pittsburgh Veterans Hospital. After two months of treatments they repeated his CT's/PET Scans and found the cancer in his neck and throat was shrinking considerabley. However, what was in his lung was still quite large. Again, we put my husbands cancer in Gods hands. As you can imagine, this brought us closer to the Lord. It was during this time we really opened our eyes to how the Lord was working in our lives. My husband is a disable Veteran and had been waiting for his pension for several yrs. In November 2011 he received his pension. He had always told me when it came he would purchase a new car for me so I didn't have to worry about breaking down and being stranded any where as I am also disabled. We went to the dealership and when we arrived we were introduced to Garry M. He is a great man. He talked to us like we had always been friends. During this time my husbands cancer came up and he said he would pray for him and our family. A couple of weeks after that I talked to Garry again and he told me he ask the congregation at The ROCK to pray for my husband. I was so moved by his kindness. I'm here to tell you all of the prayers have worked. We went to the doctor last week and he is in Total remission. I have always believed in the power of prayer but, I believe even more now. Thank you all for your prayers for my husbands recovery they are greatly appreciated. Your prayers and the Lord have given me more time with my wonderful husband.
Anonymous/ - I am a recovered shopaholic. Last year I didnt tithe because I needed the extra funds to pay on my credit card bills. My husband had no idea, I had such credit card debt until about a year and a half ago. I kept a little extra just in case I found something small I wanted and needed to have the money on hand since I cut up my credit cards. Sure, I gave but I didnt tithe like I should have. We gave our time so that was good enough. Well, it was not and I knew it was a lie from the pit of hell. But, at the time it sounded good to me. As the Lord spoke to me at the beginning of the year, about the tithe being holy and I needed to quit robbing Him. I told my husband about what God had said to me, and that for now on God will get the whole tithe and more. I repented for my actions and asked God to forgive me. It was time to stop robbing Him of what is rightfully His. Ever since then God has opened the flood gates of heaven. In Jan/Feb I received a small inheritance from someone who passed away over 9 years ago. I was blessed with a small bonus at work, and my personal business is taking off like wild fire. He is faithful and just to perform His Word. I am now down to 3500.00 in credit card debt from 25,0000. I thank God, He speaks correction to His children. I was robbing God and The Rock church. I ask your forgiveness. I assure you, it will not happen again.
Sonya/OH - On February 23rd Pastor Dave was preparing to take the offering he spoke about giving hilariously and I was in the service alone, my husband had to work. I made out our tithe check and brought it down to the basket. My husband was also paying our tithe online and starting up the automatic withdraw. Well when I got home after church I mentioned that I put the tithes in the basket and started to share about giving hilariously. He didn't find it to hilarious but I was still on my church high.
The next day I was prepared to take care of a bill that needed to be paid, when I spoke to the accounts payable they stated that the bill of over $500 had been paid or rather forgiven by the hospital. I had them check it twice just to make sure. This is how I know that my God has a cense of humor. We will be giving hilariously from now on.
At the women’s meeting Saturday the 21st, Kelita (Rock 31 women’s leader) spoke on the subject of being addicted to soap operas. Everything she said sounded like me. Just as she said I had watched them for years. I never thought of it as an addiction.
When I was raising a family that was my down time. It’s amazing how you get drawn into such dumb stuff. When I came back to the Lord in 2000, I still watched it. After leaving Florida in May 2002 I started coming to the Rock. After a while it became a concern to me. But I still watched it.
My mother had watched them for years. In a discussion one day she told me that God had told her to turn them off and she did.
Why couldn’t I do that? I would try to turn them off next thing I knew I was right back watching them again. I was getting so convicted. I’d beat myself up cry out to God for help, But I couldn’t seem to get away from it. How could such a stupid thing become so controlling? I was ashamed.
Then when Kevin Leal was here and I saw so many being set free, I knew this was a door for the enemy to come in, but I couldn’t turn it off. I begged God to please release me from the control it had over me.
I thank God for his mercy. I haven’t turned it on since and don’t even miss it.
Until Kelita (Rock 31 women’s leader) spoke about it, I didn’t realize that I had been delivered. It sure felt good. I share with her what I had been through and I thank her for sharing.
So I’m sharing my testimony just in case someone else needs to hear it.
I thank God for removing that Idol from my life.
I had knee surgery a month ago and I was doing really well until this Friday. I woke up and my knee was painful and when I walked it would lock and then pop and crack.
I couldn’t bend it very well again and my physical therapist spent an hour trying to figure out what was wrong and how to fix it, but she couldn’t figure it out. This morning, Gary Nangle (senior saint’s leader) prayed with me and before he prayed I wasn’t bending it and now I am with no pain or popping and cracking.
My life was changed at the women’s conference. I have battled depression and oppression for so many years. I’ve lost count I’ve been on wellbutrin, Paxil, and Prozac. I gave those up two years ago when I started at the Rock, because I knew they weren’t the answer. So I started seeking for a miracle.
I had been through so much junk. Molestation as a child, two divorces, and bankruptcy.
I had forgiven people I needed to forgive, but never had forgiven myself.
I went for prayer just about every alter call. So much so that I felt people were talking about me.
More lies from the devil. Friday night at the women’s conference I went for prayer again! I got drunk with laughter and went home. Woke up at 4:30 Saturday morning listening to the lies again.
“You’re not changed!” “Nothing happened!"
I came to the conference Saturday morning in tears. I told Kelita (Rock 31 women’s leader) what was going on. Told her I couldn’t go for prayer anymore!! But I went once again! Thank God because if I hadn’t persisted and went that last time. I would of missed it! Don’t give up! When you think you can’t go one more time. Can’t ask one more time. I finally gave it all to him! My heart felt so light, like it literally had a load taken off when I went up again.
I have never experienced such “peace.” Don’t let Satan steal your praise!
Sandra/WV - Note: Most of the below testimony is from the actual medical records.
Chief Complaint: Possible Stroke.
Her husband says they went to church and got home about 11 o’clock. She was on the computer doing some work. She told him she felt a little tired and was going to bed. He says he went to bed later, was lying in bed, just falling asleep when he noticed that she was shaking very hard. He turned to ask her what was wrong. She told him she was cold. He noted that she had slurred speech. He says that she was confused and did not know who he was. He says that she had very weak extremities. He tried to get her up, but he says he did not notice any focal weakness, but that she could not even bear weight on her legs; they were both just collapsed, so he called EMS. They arrived. The EMS call went out at 1:26. They found her normotensive with right facial droop, slurred speech and extreme right sided hemiparesis. They placed her on oxygen and brought her in for evaluation. I obtained and reviewed old records, and she has a history of hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Bell’s palsy on the left side of her face. She has had renal artery stenosis with renal artery bypass, and apparently goes to Columbus once a month and has chelation therapy to keep her renal arteries open. She has had a cholecystectomy, hysterectomy, and the aforementioned renal bypass. Her husband says that she was on a lot of hypertension medicine in the past, actually got orthostatic hypotension and was taken off of all of her blood pressure medicine by a cardiologist who saw her when she was in the hospital. She is on Phenergan, Nitrostat, Premarin, doxycycline, hydrocortisone, and takes potassium at night for leg cramps. He says that for the last several days, she has had a lot of diarrhea but has not been vomiting. Yesterday, she had a fever up to 103, with a diarrhea illness, but today seemed better, ate a dinner. They went to church tonight, and he says she looked fine when she went to bed, but he is not sure what time her symptoms started. I asked him if he thought she was having a seizure. He says that she was able to answer him but was very confused, but that she was just shaking all over.
Physical examination: At time of arrival here, her blood pressure is 139/98, pulse 118, respirations 18, temperature is 98.5, and pulse oximetry 96%. Fingerstick blood sugar was 110. When I saw her, the nurses were trying to put a Foley catheter in. She had stiff arms and legs, was yelling loudly about having the catheter put in. As soon as they were finished, she calmed down. Does not appear to be truly posturing. I do not see any ophthalmoplegias. She can answer simple yes and no questions, and follows commands, but has definite facial droop on the right, with slurred speech and right arm weakness. The right leg is also weak but not as bad as the arm.
Emergency Department Course: We got her to CAT scan and soon as possible. This was read by Palmaris as negative. A 12 lead EKG done on arrival shows sinus tachycardia at 121, with P-R interval 127, QRS duration 80 P, R, and T axes of 76, 79, and -59 respectively. There is no evidence of acute ischemia or infarction or any arterial fibrillation or tachyarrhythmias or ectopy. She was still very confused, with weakness. There is some question of whether she had a seizure at the scene. I spoke with the patient’s husband about tPA for stroke, indicating to him that there are serious side effects related to bleeding and that she may not qualify for tPA if it is thought that she had had a seizure at home. I spoke with the neurologist. His concern too is that she could have had seizure activity, but unless we definitely think she had seizure activity, he thinks she otherwise does not really have any contraindications to t-PA.
However, when I went through the list of complications with her husband; specifically, bleeding risk and the risk versus benefit of giving her the t-PA,(it was at this time that Pastor Dennis and my husband prayed for me and I had a complete turn around) he says that he thinks her symptoms are improving now compared with what they were at the house, and he does not want her to have tPA. He seems to think that she is much more alert now. We went back into the room and I re-examined her after the CAT scan. She is able to follow commands. She can speak in complete sentences. She recognizes her husband, and while still weak on the right, more so in the arm than on the leg, and still having the slurred speech and facial palsy, he thinks her symptoms are improving, so we are not going to give her t-PA in the emergency room. Her laboratories have been reviewed. She has a normal white count of 8, hemoglobin and hematocrit is 12 and 36, with 247,000 platelets, normal cardiac enzymes, and normal electrolytes, despite the fact that she has had diarrhea for several days. The hospitalist, agrees with admission to the hospitalist service on the CVA pathway. Dr. was asked that the patient get an MRI of the brain in the morning, and he will see her in the morning. At this point, Dr. does not want me to administer any kind of seizure prophylaxis medications or anything like that. She has not had any further shaking or seizure-like activity during her stay here. She is going to be admitted to the critical care unit.
Cerebrovascular accident: Cerebrovascular accident is a very serious condition in which the brain is not receiving enough oxygen to function properly. A cerebrovascular accident is also called CVA, brain attack, cerebral infarction or stroke.
Thank you, Father, for the healing you provided.
Yours in Christ,
Christina/WV - On December 7th, 2010 I went in for my annual and they discovered a lump in my right breast, I knew it was there but I was just kind of monitoring it on my own and confessing healing over myself. The doctor didn't think that was very wise and she immediately sent me for a mammogram and an ultrasound.
Then next day I got a call from the doctors office asking me to go for a biopsy and surgical consult, I tried to talk my way out of it but they were persistent and said this is too large of a lump to over look and so reluctantly I agreed for them to make an appointment.
As soon as that phone conversation ended the devil started attacking my mind with "Oh no what am I going to do if...." and the "IF" was every extreme negative result you can imagine would be possible. I began to weep non-stop, I tried to stay busy to keep my mind off of these thoughts but that didn't work...I struggled with wanting to call different ones and ask for prayer and of course consolation, but I also felt drawn not to do that as well, reason being, I wasn't sure who to call that would really stand with me in faith and prayer and not be against me...you know someone in doubt and unbelief.
So rather than calling anyone, I stopped everything I was doing and sat down and dug into the Word and I was soon returned to peace. But from that day I had several occasions over the almost two week wait where the devil began to send bad thoughts, and I would have to get back in the Word to regain that peace. I went thru this cycle many times and one day while battling these thoughts, I said God, "Why? Why am I having to continue to fight the battle of these thoughts?" Very clearly He spoke to me and said, "Because there is a spirit of fear on you over this matter."
Pastor Dave had just talked about casting out spirits during the last church service I was in and so in the name of Jesus I commanded it to go! And it left, just like that and from then on I had peace about the situation. I did continue to confess healing scripture over myself, but I was now confessing them from a place of authority and ownership and not out of a spirit of fear.
So when I went for the biopsy and surgical consult, on my way through their office and from nurse to nurse I said to each one, I don't know why I'm having to do this, I know they are not going to find anything. When I was taken in the room, there were three nurses with me, one was an ultrasound tech and she began an ultrasound on me. She looked at the film that had previously been done, looked at the id on my arm band, and asked me my date of birth then confirmed with me that it had been the right breast where this was found.
The doctor came in and he also look at previous film, watched the ultrasound screen for a few moments and decided to do an exam. One breast, then the other, back to the previous film and back to the right breast....he covered me up, looked me in the face and said "I can not find anything on you that I see in the previous film. I'm going to have to kick you out in the parking lot." I said, "Well Praise God! Let me go."
Beverly/WV - In January of 2008 when I was living in TN I injured a disc in my low back. At the time, I was working for a chiropractor who treated me for free. I was scheduled to leave for a year of international mission work in October, but was unsure if I would be able to with my back injury. At that time God brought me to a place of healing to where I could go on my trip, and continued to give me grace in the year that I was away.
After I got home to the states in September of 2009 it wasn't until around November that I found The ROCK. Things were going well and I thought God had completely healed my back of my previous injury. A week before Christmas of 2009 I was at work, and lifted a large rack of silverware and once again injured my back. Only this time it was much worse than the first time...I had completely herniated one of my Lumbar discs and another was severely protruding. I was in so much pain it was all I could do to get up off the couch and go to the bathroom. After about the third day of pain, I was so desperate for healing that I came to the church crying looking for someone to pray for me. Several times after this incident various people prayed for me, and my back began to get better. It was just recently that I realized that my back doesn't really hurt anymore, in fact, I am training to one day run in a half-marathon, something the doctors told me I would never be able to do. I know it's God!
Then, here a few months ago, I was in church, and Pastor Dave called up anyone that was hurting physically, and asked Jorge to begin praying for them. I went forward, because my head was hurting. Jorge laid hands on my neck, and proclaimed that I was healed. When I went back to my seat that night I felt great, absolutely no pain. Then, after the service was over, I was speaking with someone about some people I work with and how I feel God is stirring their hearts. While I was talking, my neck began to throb, right in the spot where Jorge had laid hands on me. The pain got so intense so fast I couldn't focus on anything except the pain. I went forward and had Becky pray for me. She prayed for a while and the pain went away. Later that night I was at Applebee's with Erin Marte, once again I began sharing about a situation at work, and the pain returned. By Thursday morning (the next day) I woke up not being able to move my neck at all. I was in SO much pain and I couldn't figure out what had happened to me! Just the night before I was healed of neck pain and now it was worse than I had ever experienced before! I couldn't figure out what was going on! That next day, after I got off work, my mom told me I needed to go to the chiropractor, but instead I came to The ROCK once again in a state of complete desperation for someone....anyone to lay hands on me and pray for me. I came to the church that day and Pastor Dennis was there, and I can remember I just sat down in his office and began to weep! He dropped what he was doing and laid hands on me and prayed for healing that day. Again the pain went away, but the minute my foot stepped off of church property the pain would return. I really struggled with this, wondering why this was happening to me. This went on for about 2 weeks. Everyday I cried out to Jesus, asking HIM for complete healing. Everytime I came onto church property, the pain would go away, but the minute I left it would return. I just kept claiming and speaking healing over my neck in the Name of JESUS.
Several weeks later, I was in my room one day with ice on my neck, once again crying out to God for healing and relief. And then, in the solitude of my room, I heard Him speak to me. He said, "I hear you. Bev, I hear you." Then the Lord prompted me to just lay still. As I was laying there, my neck began to get warm (remember I was lying on ice) and then it got hot. I had my ceiling fan going, and the rest of me was cold, but it was as if someone was blowing hot air onto my neck. I laid there for quite some time, and when I got up, I felt my neck and it was SO hot, but my pillow case was cold. The next day my neck pain was completely gone.
I am confident that God hears us when we pray. We are His children and He does not desire that we suffer. Sometimes healing comes in the blink of an eye, but other times, the Lord allows us to suffer for a time, and I honestly think it is so we will cry out to HIM. I think about what would have been different if I hadn't been put in a place where I was so desperate for the healing touch of Jesus, would I have spent day and night crying out to Him for mercy? Probably not. It's in those moments of realization that I am so thankful for the times when God allows us to suffer, because it causes us to draw near to Him, and that is something I will never trade for anything this world can offer.
Isabella/Alabama - First I would like to give God all the Glory, Honor and Praise. I serve a mighty God. A God that is not limited to Wednesday night and Sundays and the perspective state of where a person attends church. I have been born again for 10 years, I have been growing, and I have also been longing for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I have prayed "Father, you know my heart, you know the desires within my heart". When I was a young believer I went to a church that tried to scare the Baptism of the Holy Spirit into people, "Come on open your mouth and speak,” holding my face too hard and when I opened my mouth nothing came forth. I knew then and there that the Holy Spirit could not be forced and my stay at that church was short lived. I continued to pray knowing God's timing is perfect, and I knew I needed to trust and pray.
One evening a brother of mine in Christ was sharing a taped message from The Rock on how to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I know pastor David is anointed as this was not my first time listening to a message of his. This message was different. It was like God prepared this message just for me. I was listening not with my ears but with my heart. A heart that loved Jesus but had a spot that longed to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. At the end of the Pastor's message, he received people to the altar, those like me that longed to receive. Pastor expressed that it may sound funny to our own ears but it's a beautiful language between us and God. Pastor began to pray with those in front of him and I began to pray as well here in my dining room. Pastor touched each person before him one by one and as they began to speak in tongues I felt a stirring within me like any moment it would overflow. And when Pastor got to the woman standing with her husband, I was struck. My hands shot up and my mouth opened and the Holy Spirit fell all over me and around me. Glorious it was for a short moment but nonetheless all mine. I immediately felt a rush of heat on my face almost like a sunburn but without the sting. The stirring had overflowed within me and I have never been the same. This void had been filled and my walk with the Lord has become much closer and more passionate. God can indeed work through anything even a computer. Don't limit an unlimited God.
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Eric/ For about a year, I had difficulty walking correctly. I'd been to several doctors, and I was in the hospital for about 14 days last February. I took what ended up being about a five hour ride in a van to your church this past weekend. On Saturday evening, we came to a service at your church. I knew something great was about to happen as soon as I walked into the church. I knew because I could feel a super strong presence of the Holy Spirit.
The altar counselor laid hands on me and first asked me to forgive anyone who I had not yet forgiven. He said I needed to let go of the past regarding an arguement I'd had with my parents. We had never met before, but the Holy Spirit gave him a word of knowledge. I thought I had let go of the past, but I discovered I was still courting some ill will toward my parents, and that it was hiding way deep down. I also forgave everyone else I could think of who I've ever been angry with, and I asked God to forgive and bless those people. I also asked Him to forgive me, and I asked for forgiveness from people who had offended me.
After that, the altar counselor prayed for me in the Name of Jesus Christ, and I was healed. While I am grateful that the altar counselor laid hands on me and prayed for me, I know that I was not healed by any human, but by my LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. GLORY TO GOD!
You are welcome to use my testimony anytime, anywhere, and with anyone. God healed me and I want everyone to know it. God bless each and every one of you.
Dennis/ Nearly 20 years ago, I severely damaged my knees through the wear & tear of downhill skiing for many years. Over the past 5 years the pain had increased to the point of experiencing daily pain from the most basic activities of climbing stairs or walking at a fast pace.
On Saturday evening, Pastor Brian Adams prayed for my knees and I felt the power of God flow through my joints. The best way I can describe the experience is that it felt like warm gel poured over my legs. Within minutes I no longer felt any pain! I jumped and kneeled and I felt like I was 20 years old again. Praise God... I am healed.
Sandra/ Parkersburg, WV/ In 1995 when my husband came home from work, I was laying on the couch having a hard time breathing, so he rushed me to the emergency room. The emergency room doctors told me that I was in heart failure. After they ran several tests on me, the doctors diagnosed me with COPD, emphysema, asthma, and acute bronchitis.
Soon after this in 1995, my health started going downhill very rapidly. I was put on 20 different medications per day. I was also put on oxygen, as needed. As time went by, I was put on oxygen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I was also on 4 different inhalers, nebulizer treatments 4 times a day, and I had two concentrators in my house (one upstairs and one downstairs). At this time I was not living for the Lord.
In October 2004 I was in the hospital again, and was diagnosed with stenosis of the arteries to my kidneys. Upon my doctor’s recommendation, I had kidney bypass surgery. Later on I was told I had blockages in my carotid arteries and my heart. Once again, my doctor wanted me to have surgery. However, after going through the kidney bypass surgery, I decided I did not want to be cut on anymore.
In March of 2005, I began attending The ROCK Full Gospel Church in Parkersburg, WV. I was going to church pulling an oxygen tank behind me, and my brothers and sisters in Christ were praying for me.
In April of 2005, I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and my Savior. (Remember that I was in and out of the hospital 2-3 times a month over a 10-year period.) After I accepted Jesus as my personal savior, my life began to change. My husband talked with my pastor, David Chisholm, and our praise and worship leader, Larry Cook. They were both taking chelation at that time and explained that chelation was an alternative to surgery. After discussing this with my husband and family, I decided to try it.
In November of 2005, I began chelation IV treatments. On this particular day, on my way to chelation, I was having a really hard time breathing. I was wheezing with shortness of breath, so I used my inhaler and car nebulizer. Nothing helped.
When my husband and I arrived for the chelation treatment, the recliner I went to sit down on was broken, so I moved to another one. There was a gentleman in a recliner getting an IV treatment and reading his Bible. After he completed his treatment, he got up, walked over and began talking to my husband. After a few minutes of them talking, he turned back to me and asked, “What are you reading?” I answered, “the Book of John.”
This man, who (remember) I did not know at the time, reached down and put his hand on mine, and said, “Be healed, in the name of Jesus” and turned and walked away. I knew immediately something happened to me. My wheezing was gone. I told my husband, “I believe God healed me.” I finished my treatment and on the ride home I kept telling my husband, “I believe God healed me.” Eventually, he said, “If you believe God healed you, then take the oxygen off!” So I did. And I have not had it on since!
I am no longer on oxygen!
I am no longer using a concentrator!
I am no longer on inhalers!
I am no longer on nebulizers!
I am no longer on 20 medications!
GOD HAS HEALED ME!!!
After months of my brothers and sisters at The ROCK praying for me, I know God sent this man to lay hands on me so that I would be healed.
He is my Savior.
He is my Healer.
He is my Redeemer.
And He is my Father.
Yours in Christ,
Sandra, Parkersburg, WV
Dave/ West Virginia/ My testimony is one that I hold on to and thank Jesus for. He has set me free from an addiction of pornography, it was something that was tearing me apart. Let me tell you a bit about myself. I first came to know the Lord at an age of 15 when some neighbors in California told me about Jesus, that was when I first came to know Him as my Lord and Savior. Since then I always knew there was a Creator, but to be honest I never really truly surrendered my life to Him until November of 2007. I also lived in deception. That I could do the things I was doing and not have to be accountable that it was all right for me to live the way I was living.
I had a very addictive chemistry or maybe you should call it an addictive character. I have done many drugs in my life, was addicted to Meth Amphetamine (speed in California). When I came back to West Virginia, I was still living a life of parties and trying to drown the deep depression, was smoking marijuana and going to a local church. I left that church for two years and was not assembling anywhere.
I have found release and joy from pornography. Jesus has set me free from that, and now I know if I don't abide in Him I am sure to return to that. Many people have testimonies of Jesus healing them of physical infirmities and I have had a few, but I can say that Jesus is more real to me and without Him I am nothing. I have really found a great place to call my spiritual home and have grown more now than in my 27 years of being born again.
Pastor Dave Chisholm is truly a man who has a certain grace that has drawn me to the ROCK. Before I became a member and was a back slider, I knew God was calling me to make the ROCK my home, a place where like minded believers join together and lift each other up and have one common goal, living in Kingdom principles.
In closing, no matter what you are going through Jesus will be there if you just call on His name. He is more than able to set you free. If He can do it for me, He can do it for you. I would be more than happy to share my testimony in person, there is much more to it.
Praise the Lord for He is worthy!
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