History of the Ministry
My Story – Marla Truitt
In 2008, a culmination of personal, physical, and spiritual stress resulted in the onslaught of years of excruciating and worsening pain that a score of doctors couldn’t diagnose or treat. The pain was debilitating and stopped my life in its tracks.
I sought help and relief through one traditional or alternative medical treatment after another. I tried whatever seemed remotely reasonable. I prayed for suffering to end. I was isolated by my pain from friends and family, lonely, frustrated, anxious, and (increasingly) hopeless. Those around me tried, but couldn’t help. Darkness covered me in every way, for years on end.
In desperation, I met with a woman who invited me to partner in healing prayer. I had been praying, of course, but never like this. In the first session, God began dealing with my past and present in a clear, targeted way, exposing habits of thought that defeated me and showing me how patterns of mind, body, and spirit were interrelated.
I have since learned that healing prayer brings God directly to the problem and the problem completely to God. It requires waiting on God to reveal unresolved wounds, inviting Him to make whole whatever is broken, and depending on His strength to respond and receive. I pushed through the pain and continued to partner in healing prayer.
This was my first step in a journey to seek God as my only, all-in-all answer for every need.
I began to hear God more clearly and pray in a different way than I had before. I sought Him in the silence, met Him on long walks I took when the pain was unbearable, in the darkness of sleepless nights. I had moments or hours of relief, but His guidance led me more and more to walk in and through my pain. I was not promised absolute relief, but I was guaranteed His faithfulness. In my weakness, He became strong.
In 2013, the pain continued, but something in me was changed. God was working a new thing in my heart, my mind, and my body. He was also leading me to a desire to share what He was doing in my life with other women who suffered. One day, on a spring walk, God showed me a vision of a ministry serving women, a physical site centered on God and His plan for our lives – mind, body, and spirit.
Today, I still deal with pain that leaches my energy and restricts me at times from activity. The vision of ministry has persisted, growing more specific and complete. God continues to lead me toward it, opening doors and challenging me to trust and follow. My family and friends join me in that vision, rallying in prayer and support.
I want, above all, to honor Him. He is calling me to share my story, to reach out to those in pain, and to point them to the Only One who can bring us to true and complete healing.
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“For we live by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)