Take a peek at a few of the testimonials we have received and enjoy some of the pictures…..
I had a feeling that I should attend the Fall Retreat organized by Hearts Ablaze Ministry. Since I was feeling so discouraged and out-of-sorts, I decided to stay home. I was going through a very rough time and didn’t want to be part of anything. In fact, I didn’t feel like socializing or going out at all. But, because of the prayers and encouragement of others, I changed my mind and decided to go after all.
At the retreat, there was a lot of discussion and interaction about inner healing and liberation. After hearing people opening up about the deep-rooted issues and struggles in their lives, I knew I had to do the same. They were being set free as they went to the altar and I wanted that experience, too. I hesitantly moved forward and quietly offered a prayer of personal confession, repentance, and renunciation of my sins.
You see, there were some ugly things in my life that I didn’t want to admit to. In fact, I had spent decades masking and ignoring them. I had harbored these issues—namely, unforgiveness, resentment, bitterness, and anger—deep within me. And, that evening, as more information was provided by the Refuge Deliverance Team and as I listened to others making their public confessions, memories began to flood my mind and I could see the source of my struggles in my past. As I continued praying at the altar, I could sense the weights around my heart lifting. What seemed like a lifetime of heaviness was gone in an instant. Suddenly, I was free.
This was the beginning of my liberation from the strongholds of the enemy. Now I’m able to read the Bible and pray without the crippling struggles that had hindered me in the past. This experience was both eye-opening and life transforming for me. It showed me how I had allowed incidents and habits from the past to rob me from enjoying the life and liberty God intended for me and how the fire that should burn in my heart can be put out!
As I stepped forward for prayer the first night of the Prayer Retreat in June 2008, I experienced such a sense of joy that it made me giddy. I was left filled with this joy and laughter for almost three weeks afterwards. Even now, from time to time, I giggle at the memory of that moment.When a member of the Hearts Ablaze Team invited all those grappling with life-controlling issues to the altar, I watched as a few brave women headed to the front. When one of them stated that fear was her main struggle, I felt empowered to leave my seat and move to the front, as fear was dominating my life, too. As I proceeded to the altar, fear tried to hold me back. I felt that, as a leader, I was really putting my issues “out there” for others to see. I worried what people would think. Thankfully, I was able to push past these concerns, recognizing that only God could handle my needs and understanding that He was graciously giving me a divine opportunity to deal with this issue head on.
I desperately wanted God to birth a “new me” and I didn’t care how long or how difficult the process would be. My loving sisters from the Refuge Deliverance Team were like midwives, assisting me during my time of labor. They were dutiful in helping me achieve my breakthrough. And when the work was done and peace came over me, it was like I was a new born baby—clean and pure. The enemy’s attacks on my mind were over. The lifelong chipping away of my self-esteem had suddenly come to an end. I was free and I felt free! The Scripture in John 8:36 that reads: “…if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed,” came to life for me that night.
I emerged from that session as a different woman. My desire for greater intimacy with God was stronger than it had ever been. And since that life-changing night of liberation, happiness and joy are now my constant companions. Guilt and condemnation are no longer in my shadow.
I now love who I am and I’m looking forward to experiencing all the good things God has in store for me. I am thankful for the women who worked with me in the healing and liberation processes. The love of Christ was reflected in their service to me that night and they have been a constant source of strength to me since that weekend. They are precious, precious people.
I continue to use the hand-out materials I received during the retreat even after the 40 day follow-up period. I use them along with my Bible study and devotional materials. I can’t thank God enough for the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, and for my deliverance through His love. My life has truly been transformed!
Before attending the Women’s Prayer Retreat, my self-esteem was at an all time low. I didn’t feel like going to work some days. And I found myself withdrawing from people after church on Sundays. What I didn’t know was that the enemy was using issues in my past to hold me captive and preventing me from moving forward. But God heard my cry and delivered me at that retreat.During my deliverance I let go of anger, bitterness, resentment and frustration that I had built up after an abusive marriage. And, as part of my deliverance, I was set free from deception, pain, rejection, unforgiveness, and the constant feeling that I was allowing others to take advantage of me. I praise God because now I am free to live out my life’s purpose. God’s love is amazing and I praise Him for all that I am today.
This whole thing with rejection / autoimmune (auto-rejection) / wounds in the womb – in the spirit realm – has revealed much to me. Think He might be setting me up for another spiritual surgery.
Last thing, and this was weird… as the worship leader was singing today, while people were being prayed for, she started just singing softly “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy.” I actually had a vision of me sitting on God’s lap (think I was a child though) and He was just holding me. Not sure I ever realized how much I wanted a parent’s love when I was a child. Have to admit it was kinda real nice…