Peter, you’ve been SU02 involved in a tremendous ministry in the African nation of Mozambique. And I particularly want to talk to you about that because when I was in Africa this past year, you and I met for the first time. You began to share with me your vision for Mozambique. Now if you will recall, I shared this story with you and I want to share it with the people, that before the president of Mozambique was killed in a plane crash, I suppose a little more than a year ago, is that about right? Before he was killed in a tragic air crash, the Oral Roberts Ministry and his government had negotiated an arrangement for medical teams to come in. And then somehow after he was killed the negotiations broke down. And then I met you when I was in Africa and you began to share with me your vision for Mozambique. Can you bring us up-to-date on what your ministry has done and is doing in Mozambique?
SPKM PETER PRETORIUS Yes, certainly. You know, we got involved in Mozambique in 1983. We’d heard what was going on in the country. The famine was then three years it had been going, and it really culminated at the end of 1983, the first three months of 1984. 300,000 people died in the space of about four months. And really it was just the most catastrophic tragic type of situation. And we got into the country about three months before that time. We started going to the different distribution camps and the first thing that we did was to bring in food. I went back home. I took what money we had. I phoned other churches, and within two weeks we were back on the road with 60 tons of food. And that’s how we began. We just knew that Jesus wanted us to reach the immediate needs of these people.
But that just opened for us the most incredible doors for the gospel. I mean, you must realize this is a Marxist country. You know, the actual law of the country is you are not permitted to preach the gospel publicly.
SPRR RICHARD ROBERTS Yeah, Mozambique was a nation that was formerly under the control of the Portuguese. And then when it gained its independence years ago, it became a Marxist Communist nation and that’s where it stands right now. Very difficult to get into Mozambique to begin with.
SPKM PETER PRETORIUS It is. And, you know, they tolerate the church. They allow some measure of freedom within the church but nothing outside of the church. When we started to come in we said we would be prepared to try and help and feed the nation, but we want to feed them spiritually as well as physically. And they gave us permission to preach and to hand out material whenever we did a food distribution. That led to our first–
SPRR RICHARD ROBERTS In other words, the food was the ticket that allowed you (That’s right.) to preach. You had to have a door opener.
SPKM PETER PRETORIUS That is correct, and that’s what I want to come to just now. You know, I have something on my heart that I really want to say to you this morning. And I want the people who are watching us today to understand the situation, how Africa is so ripe for the gospel and how certain things open the way today, whether a country is Marxist or whether it’s not Marxist. So we had our first citywide crusade in Mapuda(sp) at the end of 1984. It was the most incredible crusade. We had asked them for the stadium. They said, “You know, you never get people like that, only for a political meeting.” So they wanted us to do it in a little church. We finally persuaded them to give us an old big hangar building near the airport.
BRAD: Platelets are the cells that clot the blood, preventing bleeding and bruising. The normal range for platelets is 250,000 to 400,000 per microliter. Vicki’s was only 12,000. Doctors quickly gave Vicki a platelet transfusion. But a week later she started noticing bruises.
Then one night while brushing her teeth before bed, her gums started bleeding. She didn’t think much of it and went to sleep.
VC: It just so happened that I woke up, and when I woke up, blood was oozing out of my gums. You know, the blood was clotting in my teeth. And so I called Kaiser, and they said, “Come immediately to the emergency room.”
BRAD: Doctors at Kaiser Hospital in Denver took a new blood count.
VC: And they said that my platelets had dropped to 3,000. My liver was damaged.
BRAD: The next few weeks, doctors ran several tests and told Vicki she might have lupus, an autoimmune disease. They then sent her to see a specialist.
VC: And he said, “Well, no, you don’t have lupus, but you do have lymphoma.” And I said, “Well, no, I don’t have lymphoma.” He said, “Yes, you do.” I said, “No, I don’t.”
And then he showed me my name on the paper. He said, “Isn’t that you?” And I said, “Yes.” And he said, “Well, then you have lymphoma.”
BRAD: Lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in cells of the body’s immune system. It’s a cancer that can spread to lymph nodes, tonsils, the spleen, and other organs of the body.
VC: The doctor said, “Well, come back on Tuesday and we’re going to do the bone marrow.” And that week, that’s when I called Oral Roberts Ministries and I called the healing line and I called people I knew to pray for me.
The person who answered the phone was just so kind and loving and just, “Well, let’s just take it to the Lord in prayer.” It was just what we did.
LADY: And we speak to her body to line up with the Word of God, and we call her healed. We call her restored, in Jesus’ name. Thank You, Father.
BRAD: Four days after praying with a prayer partner, Vicki went back to see the specialist, who tested her bone marrow, blood, and tissues. Then she waited. She waited some more and waited some more, until finally the doctor came in with a startled look on his face.
VC: He said, “There is no cancer in your body.” And I said, “Thank You, Jesus,” because I knew God had healed me because one day during that two-week period I just felt prayers. I just felt people praying for me, and I’d never felt that before. I just felt prayers going up.
And God healed me, and I thank the ministry for praying for me because the Bible says, “The prayers of a righteous man availeth much.”
BRAD: Vicki is now cancer-free and looking forward to teaching again. She also watches The Hour of Healing now more than ever.
VC: Listen to people like Lindsay and Richard, because they build up your faith, because they are such faith people and just a wonderful healing ministry to let people know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And He’s still healing people. We just have to have faith and believe in Him.
BRAD: Vicki says she wanted to share her testimony to encourage others in need of a miracle from God.
VC: c(END OF ROLL-IN)
LR: We do have to have faith and believe in God. And right now we have faith in God that heals. Anybody that is listening to this program that has cancer, in the name of Jesus, just like Vicki got her diagnosis turned around, in Jesus’ name we speak to outlaw cells. And we command those outlaw cells to wither and die and healthy cells to take over your body, for a healing and a cure, in Jesus’ name.
And I believe God for that. I believe God for healing. I am a miracle myself. And people think, “You don’t . . .” Oh, yeah, I do. I can tell you stories that—you know how they say “will make your head spin.” Well, I don’t want your head to spin, but I’ll tell you what, my father died of cancer when I was 12 years old. My mom had an evil diagnosis shortly thereafter and several that followed it.
And then it turned around at 18, I started getting diagnosis—at 18! And then by 23 and 24, and then I married Richard and then I had a tumor the size of a grapefruit. And then and then and then. I’ve had a tumor on my breast. I’ve had an ovarian tumor. I was in the hospital, in surgery for a hysterectomy, and God healed me in the middle of that surgery in front of all the surgeons.
I am living proof that God still heals today. Well, how do we know that? We know that by the word of people’s testimony. And just like Vicki gave her testimony, if you have a testimony and you want to give it and share it with us, please call the Abundant Life Prayer Group, 918-495-7777. Have our Abundant Life prayer partners pray for you, but also give us your testimony because we’d love to share it with other people.
And one thing I want to share with you—and I’ve got lots of requests for it. I’m trying to organize this. I’ve got calls on my calls on my calls. But I want to do this before I forget. I believe in sowing seed. When I couldn’t have children, the hardest thing I ever faced was not being able to have children, two miscarriages, like I said, in surgery for a hysterectomy, many other surgeries that I don’t even want to go into. And then I had a son that lived 36 hours and died.
I’m telling you, I understand what it’s like. And in the middle of all that, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Give baby showers.” And I’m like, “That’s ridiculous!” And the Lord said, “No, you need to sow in famine to reap a hundredfold, to reap in joy.”
And I thought, Okay, what’s the hardest thing I could possibly sow? That baby shower. I would call people I knew that were having babies, and I would give baby showers and baby gifts. In the meantime, I’d be having miscarriages, and in the meantime I’d be having dead babies and funeral services. And yet I believed God that if I sowed in the very field I needed to reap in, God would honor me.
Now once I did that and sowed my seed—and sometimes I can tell you the honest truth—I have an upstairs in my house. And I’d have the party downstairs and little baby flowers and everything, and I’m having miscarriages. And I would run upstairs and I would throw up all over the bathroom, wipe off my face, come back downstairs and smile and say, “Oh now, aren’t we having fun? Isn’t this exciting?”
We prayed for those little babies, and in my heart I was absolutely breaking. But God told me that I had to give out of my need. I had to give out of the very field that I wanted to reap from. And as I did that, you all know my story—Jordan, Olivia, and Chloe later—three amazing, amazing daughters later. God multiplied my seed into a harvest.
I believe I need to sow seed this week, and I want to give you this. Now they’re helping me with the telephone number because I can’t see it over there—866—that’s a toll-free number—866 means it’s a free call—866-870-6932, 866-870-6932. Or you can go to makeyourdaycount.com and go on-line.
Hi. My name is Lindsay Roberts. And I’m standing here in the midst of the Abundant Life Prayer Group where prayer has gone on in this place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, since probably the early 1960’s. So we’re talking over 40 consistent years of constant prayer, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in this atmosphere. And I tell you something, you can feel it.
And if you’d like prayer, we want to encourage you to go to your telephone right now. Pick up your phone and dial 918-495-7777. It’s a little after two o’clock in Tulsa here at Tulsa time, which is Central Time.
And if you pick up the phone and call right now, this is the very group of Abundant Life Prayer Group prayer partners that will be answering your phone calls. And they’re going to be taking those prayer requests and giving them to me. And we’re going to believe God for a miracle, along with your faith joined with our faith, joined with their faith. And we are going to bombard heaven in your behalf.
A lady named Andrea called from Colorado, and she said, “While I was listening to Richard on The Hour of Healing,” she heard him give a word of knowledge that God was healing pain in the left leg and pain down the arm.
And she said she hurt herself when she was moving furniture. She said, “That’s for me. That is for me.” And she said, “I called in to tell you, now all the pain is gone in my right arm and my left leg.” And she said, “I’m telling you, it’s a miracle.”
If you need prayer, 918-495-7777. You can go on-line at Oral Roberts Ministry website, orm.cc, write Richard Roberts and Lindsay Roberts at Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74102, or like I said, go to the telephone, 918-495-7777.
Then Cora called in, and she said her right knee had been hurting for over a month. And while she was in constant pain mostly on the right side, she was not able to walk for a very long time at all.
Cora was watching The Hour of Healing and came into agreement with Richard for her healing. And she said, “Now I can even go shopping. I feel better right away. I can walk to the grocery store, and I have no pain.” Praise God!
And then a lady named Stephanie called in from Pennsylvania and said while she was watching The Hour of Healing, Richard gave a word of knowledge concerning pain in the hip area that was traveling down the leg.
Stephanie had been suffering from pain in her hip for many years, and she began to pray with Richard and reaching out her hands towards him in agreement. Instantly the pain left. She had also been suffering from a vitamin D deficiency. Shortly after this time, she said she had her blood test that showed she had been healed from this disorder as well.
I’ll tell you something, I believe in the power of prayer. I believe that there is a prayer of agreement, the Bible says, according to Matthew 18:18 and 19, where, “If two or three of you are gathered in my name, I am in the midst of them.”
Then He went on to say, “If you shall agree as concerning any one thing.” We’re going to agree with you concerning whatever it is you ask us to pray for. And we want to believe God for your miracle. So don’t hesitate. Pick up the telephone. Call 918-495-7777. We’re right here in the midst of the Prayer Group.
You know, if you can feel, when you walk into a room, you can feel tension, or you can feel stress or an argument. Well, I’ll tell you something, you can feel the anointing in this room. People who walk in here have said about it, “We don’t want to walk out of the room. We get in this room, and we don’t want to walk out.” I know exactly how they feel. I’ve made jokes, “Do you think I could just like sleep here all night long?” Because I’m not kidding, it is bathing in the presence of God in this room. And we absolutely love it in here.
We want to take you down to Pennsylvania for a testimony from a woman named Kathy about a back being healed. Kathy has a testimony how God miraculously touched her back while she was in Pennsylvania. And while you’re listening to this testimony, I want you to call in your prayer request. As soon as you hear this, we’re going to come into agreement for backs to be healed and a lot of other things on this program. So just watch Kathy from Pennsylvania.
LP: Kathy Pouncy, South Coatesville, Pennsylvania
For 60 years people have come to Oral Roberts Ministries to receive healing through Christ Jesus. In the early days, Oral Roberts reached the hurting and the lost through tent crusades, television, and the radio.
Place your hand upon your radio cabinet as a point of contact as I reach forth my hand here as a point of contact to pray for you, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Kathy Pouncy was just a little girl when she found out from her parents she was going blind.
The doctor told them that I would be blind between five and six years old. And my dad already had a brother that was blind by the age of five. And he really didn’t want that for me.
The very next Sunday, she and her family were listening to Oral Roberts on the radio.
The preacher said that there’s someone that’s believing for healing for their daughter that got a bad report that she would be blind by the age of five. So he said, “I want you, the parents, to take the girl’s hand and put your hand on the radio and believe God for her healing.”
And that’s what my parents did. They took my hands, and I still remember the day they hold my hand and their hand was on the radio. I remember him grabbing my hand, and he told my mom, “Get her hand, get her hand,” you know. And I still see the picture today that they—I’m in the middle and they’re holding my hand, and they laid their hands on the radio. And I received my healing.
I’m in my fifties now, and I’m not blind. I never will be. Praise God.
Kathy has lived in Pennsylvania’s Dutch country all of her life. Forty years after her eyes were miraculously healed, Kathy was stricken with a muscle disorder.
They called it limb-girdle muscle disorder.
What followed, years of severe back pain and crippling back spasms.
I had them, at least seven or eight years I had back problems. I would have spasms, and they were worse than the pain, than regular back pain.
Doctors prescribed all sorts of pain pills and muscle relaxers, and Kathy went through physical therapy to strengthen her back. But she says the painful spasms would always return.
I couldn’t get out of the bed, you know. I mean, I’d be praying and it would get a little better. But then it would come back.
After living with these painful back spasms for eight years, Kathy could finally get The Hour of Healing on her TV set. Remembering her childhood miracles, she started watching every night. She hadn’t been watching long when one night she heard Richard give a word of knowledge about lower backs being healed.
Anyone who’s suffering in your back, let’s just have prayer right now. In the authority of Jesus’ name—you may want to just come over and put your hands up against my hands right now as a point of contact.
He mentioned that there’s someone out there, more than one though, he said, that had lower back pain, you know. And I said, “That’s me, that’s me.” So he said, “Just lay your hands on your back.” And he said, “Put your hands on the television if you can.”
Every pain, be healed. At least three of you right now, another three of you have pain in your lower back, and also one of you in your tailbone. And God is healing you right now.
After Richard got finished, the pain went away. I got out of the bed after my back got stretched out, and I bent over and it didn’t hurt. And I walked to the door, it didn’t hurt. Went in the kitchen. I just started praising God. So I said, “I’m claiming it, and I’m going to keep it.” And ever since then, I have not had no spasms.
Not one spasms?
Not one spasm since then.
After eight long years of painful back spasms, Kathy is finally and happily pain-free.
It’s been over a year now, I guess about a year since that happened. And I don’t have no spasms and don’t have no lower back pain once. And I was believing that it would never come back again. And it hasn’t. And it will not.
Every day I thank the Lord for my healing. Every day I thank Him that I’m able to move and have my being, you know, every day. I really appreciate it. The Lord has delivered me from so many things in my life. He’s a good God.
RR: That’s a good word. (Applause) Dave, I know that you understand that young people, high school students, college students, look up to professional athletes. They hold you in such high regard, in some cases they hold you too high. They want to be like you. They, if you’re a football player they want to run with the ball like you run or carry the ball, throw it or kick it or pass it. Or if it’s basketball, they want to shoot like you shoot. Or if it’s golf, they want to hit the ball like you do, or they want to stride down the fairway like a Jack Nicholas or something like that. And young people hold professional athletes in high regard. And what I want to talk to you about and ask you to speak to is, well, concerning the matter that happened recently with the young man from University of Maryland, drafted by the Boston Celtics, who wound up in this cocaine situation apparently for the first time in his life. I don’t know that anyone will ever know all of the circumstances because in those kind of things we don’t always know exactly what happened. They know what perhaps it appears that happened. But I know of your determination against drugs and against that in professional sports, but what would you say to a young person, high school, junior high, college, that has athletic ability but somehow they have either somehow got with drugs or the devil is playing tricks with their minds, what would you say to them? Take a moment and talk out of your heart.
DB: I would say three things to them. The most important thing for a child or someone who is living at home with his parents is, number one, children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right to honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise that it may go well with you and you may enjoy a long life in the land the Lord your God has given you. Number one, to obey your parents. Number two, the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be deceived, for bad company corrupts good morals.” So number one, to obey your parents and watch who you associate to, with. And number three, oftentimes in life that every generation feels that our parents or another generation is obsolete and we have to experience everything for ourselves. One of the ways we learn is from other people’s experiences. Drugs, the use of alcohol, the abuse of alcohol, those are all dead-end streets. How many people have to die before you wise up? And for me, I don’t have to use drugs or abuse alcohol. I don’t drink for that matter as it is because of all the people that look up to me, and it’s just really a dead-end road. And it’s not glorifying to your body, for the body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
Obedience is the key. Obedience is the key. I bring you greetings, first of all, from Paul and Jan and all the TBN family. Boy, it’s so good to be with you. And congratulations on your baby. That’s so sweet. It’s so sweet. I know it. We’re thrilled. I brought you a gift too.
I want you to know, you know, we love you as well as I know many others. It’s so great to be part of the family of God, the body of Christ. when you, when you began to share about proving God, so many things came to my mind. But the first thing that came to my mind was the morning that I lay in the bus, I was traveling with a quartet.
And I had rebelled so against God. I knew I’d failed God. I didn’t need anybody to tell me that. I knew I was sinning. I knew I was blowing it. But I couldn’t, I couldn’t grasp the truth that He would really forgive me. And I know there are people watching today and I promise you if you will prove God, God loved us so much.
The devil is constantly trying to convince us that God don’t love us. (It’s right) And he’s trying to show us that he likes us and he wants us. I was witnessing to a man yesterday–was it yesterday, I think–and he was telling me how the devil began to show him that he wanted him and he didn’t know anything about the Lord.
SM: I truly feel that we believed we were proving God because He said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you.” And we had a need and I just, Richard really built my faith in that area. And I just felt that god would come through.
LM: People that aren’t using this Seed-Faith in their lives, I really do feel that they are being robbed of a blessing. I know I am. And like I said, I had never used it before and now that I’ve been acquainted with it through the program, there’s just noother way to go.
SM: And so I just thank the Lord that He answered and encouraged us. And so we support Richard Roberts and not just because it’s
Richard Roberts. I really feel that they’re doing something for the Lord, the whole ministry. I love Lindsay. I feel like they touch lives and they really care. You know, Oral, all of them really care. It’s not just organization or something. I really feel–when we receive his letters, it’s the need that we havethat month when he writes the letters, just like he knows what we need. Of course I know it’s the Lord speaking to him.
RR: Here’s a song that just suits that testimony. (Singing “I Started Living When I Started Giving to God”) (Applause) Praise the Lord. Stay tuned for Wayman Tisdale. COF SPOT (Applause)
RR: Well, I’ve been waiting for today. I’ve been waiting to introduce a very tall young man, a product of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who was all-American at the University of Oklahoma in basketball and now playing in the NBA. In fact, he just came back from mini-camp, getting ready for the fall season for the Indiana Pacers. I want you to join me in welcoming Wayman Tisdale. Wayman, God bless you. Welcome. (Applause) Wayman, now I know you were born in Texas. Then your father moved up here. Your whole family moved up here because your father was called to be a pastor. He pastors right here in Tulsa. But I understand that when you were very young you had no desire to play basketball at all. Is that true?
WT: Very true. I started, my brothers, my older brothers were playing and I’d always be the kid that would play with my friends over in the sandbox, play on the swings. I’d stay away from the basketball court because I couldn’t dribble the ball. And with my brothers being a little bit older than me, they were already introduced to basketball and they were already pretty much established on teams and everything.
Recently talking to a friend who’d just had a conversation with a Jewish rabbi from Israel. The rabbi had shed some new light on the phrase talitha cumi. He said that the word talitha can be translated as “little lamb.” Now, that was interesting to me, because Christian means “little Christ,” and one of the names for Jesus is the Lamb. So that means Jesus was speaking to the little girl as the body of Christ—which includes you and me as believers!
According to the rabbi, the word cumi carries the meaning “Come up to a higher place, and I will meet you there.” So I believe God is saying to us—as the body of Christ—“Rise up to a new level of faith and I’ll meet you there with a miracle.”
God’s the God of a second chance, friend, and He can turn that captivity, whatever it is, fear, discouraged, depression, whatever it is, sickness and disease, God can turn that situation around in your life. And I just feel like praying again. In the name of Jesus Christ, whatever that thing is that has you in captivity, I come against it. I pray in the name of Jesus. Friend, God’s the God of a second chance. He can give you a new life. I want you to pray this prayer out loud with me, everybody.
Everybody here pray it with me. O Lord, I need a second chance. There’s something in my life that’s wrong. I repent of it. I need help. So in the name of Jesus, I confess every sin. I confess my mistakes and I receive Jesus as my Savior. Come into my heart, Jesus. Save my soul. Fill me with your Spirit. I speak Your name with my mouth. I believe God raised You from the dead. I receive You as my Savior. Oh, friend, if you’re praying this prayer, Jesus is entering your heart right now. You’ll never be the same again. Healing miracles are beginning all across this nation. Financial miracles are beginning. People are coming closer to God than they’ve ever been. People are being healed in emotions.
Fear is being driven out. I received a letter the other day from a woman who hadn’t been out of her home for five years because of fear. And she called the Abundant Life Prayer Group and said, “After you prayed, the fear left, and for the first time I went to the grocery store, in five years.” God can turn things around in your life. Receive the miracle today. Receive the miracle in your life. If you’re coming to Jesus for the first time in your life or you’re rededicating your life to Christ, callthe Abundant Life Prayer Group. Let me know. Let me share with the people your testimony.
If you’re receiving a miracle in your body through the prayers today that’s going up, let me know. If you need to come to the City of Faith, come on. Call and make an appoint and come on to the City of Faith. Let us provide the best in medicine and the best in prayer. Ken and Lynette, we’ve run out of time. I wish we had more time. God bless you and your minister in Denver. Take these words with you all day long till we see you tomorrow, no matter what it looks like, God can turn it around for you.
Cheryl has become a regular member of our television family. Here is a testimony, Lindsay, from Texas. Today…. this came from the program yesterday. “Today Richard had a word of knowledge about someone being healed in a right leg.” She said, “He was talking about me.” Also she said, “I gave God all my problems and prayed with Richard on the program and after 23 years of deafness, my right ear is healed and I can hear.” Now that just happened, Lindsay, yesterday.
That’s terrific. I have a letter I’d like to share with everybody. This lady is as cute as can be. She said, “I was delivered as I was watching your TV show, Richard. I’d like to share this testimony with you. I’m 19 years old and I’m married and I just had a little baby boy. I’ve been a Christian for just a short time now. I was what you would call a luke-warm Christian, really.
When I had my baby boy my mother came to stay with me. Well, she was born again and Spirit-filled and she kept saying the Lord was going to deal with me. Well, I know he wanted me to be more on fire for him again but I needed to be delivered first. I needed to be delivered from drugs, drinking, and cigarettes.” She said, “I also needed to have the boldness of the Holy Spirit.”
Yes, we did. That’s right. And she said… she wanted it though. You know, you have to have the desire to give up the way you are if you don’t think it’s pleasing to God and she had the desire. And she said, “Praise God, I was searching for something on the television one morning and I found your show. I began watching it and I began to weep and pray in the spirit.
The Lord began to open me up on the inside.” She said, “I could actually feel the Lord working as he was doing a job on me inside. That’s when I received my full deliverance.” She said, “You began to pray and then you finished it off and told how a person could have authority over satan. You said that I should tell satan to get behind me, that he no longer ruled me because I’m a child of God, and praise the Lord, I received the boldness to tell satan to get behind me.”
Listen to this. She said, “What a package deal. That’s the best bargain I’ve ever had. I’m so grateful for your ministry. May God bless you.” This was from a lady in Florida. Bless her heart.
Winner of the Latin American International Star Search competition as a college student, with a successful latin american recording contract that followed, Adrian soon found himself living a life of rapid-fire success. But the “good life” was anything but good for this talented young man in his early 20s. What began with a promise never to compromise quickly deteriorated due to constant pressure of the many worldly trappings that surrounded him. Proud of her son’s success, but very concerned about where his life was headed, it was Adrian’s mom, Lety Compton, who threw out a lifeline to her son. Even when their own relationship became strained, she continually reminded him that God had something better for his life.
Finals school competition, Adrian began doing humanitarian and missions work in many Central and South America countries while still in middle school. Assisting a beloved teacher and mentor, he became a quick learner as he traveled, singing and ministering to those less fortunate, as their team worked in conditions of extreme poverty.
But the dream in Adrian’s heart was to make it in the music business. With the Star Search championship, that dream became reality…until it almost consumed his life.During that time, Adrian continued his missions work saying, “I would take time off and try to leave my worldly living behind me so I could travel and minister.” But that became more difficult over time. Waking up one day and realizing that if he continued the path he was on, he would meet an early grave, Adrian “came to himself”—in the way the Bible described what happened to the prodigal son in Luke 15—and he gave his life back to the Lord. He realized his mother was right and that God did have something more for his life.
Today, Adrian—a recent masters of divinity graduate—finds himself living a different kind of “good life.” This time around, it has nothing to do with the trappings of fame, but is defined by catching a plane before dawn to travel to poverty-stricken areas of the world where he can preach the Gospel, sing about God’s goodness, and help provide everyday necessities of food and medicines to people in need through the efforts of Oral Roberts Ministries and Hunger Needs A Voice®’s medical and feeding outreaches.
Says Adrian, “I’m grateful I’ve had the opportunity to help open up some of the Latin American countries to Richard’s ministry. Besides helping to set up the contacts we need to get in, I’ve also had the privilege of going into people’s homes who are too sick to come to our crusades and praying with them right there. The needs are so great. And our being there really speaks to the people.”