I could write a book about all I have learnt and gained since I have started my journey with Elijah House.
I started EH because I wanted to help my children "fix" the problems that they were facing- relationship problems, anger, anxiety etc.
That was 6 years ago, and today I am still in the process of healing spiritually and growing in my own relationship with God. Now I know that only God can help our children, BUT I can be an instrument in His hand.
My spiritual eyes have opened in so many ways. It is difficult to know where to start .
My whole life has changed since I became involved in EH ministries. Not that this is the only ministry that brings healing- but to me it was a lifesaver. For my own personal life, my marriage, my family, relationships with everybody around me- this ministry has given me so many tools to use and so many new insights that I never had. I loved God before, I was saved, yes, and I thought I was a "good Christian"....... but through the EH teachings I gained wisdom, and insight into my own heart which showed dark patches and chambers in my heart I did not want to see or know about.
I certainly never understood the Word of God and the message of Jesus's salvation completely before EH. Through my own performance orientation I strived to earn my own salvation and the love of God, love and recognition from my husband and my children etc......
I tried to suppress emotions in my life- seeing it as being a "sissy" when I cried or felt overwhelmed. Now I know to embrace emotions as a gift from God. Now I know not to manage it as if I am a victim of the situation, but with the help of the Holy Spirit I know I can be a victor in any situation, because Jesus has paid the price for me. I can now see other people through the eyes of Jesus. I can forgive them for the pain or harm that they have caused me. I can forgive, not because I am such a good person, but because God has shown me mercy and the Holy Spirit encourages me to show that same mercy to others. Not easy or a quick fix, but possible by the grace of God.
I have learnt the true meaning and power of forgiveness. I have learnt that I can keep myself and other people bondage if I choose to hang onto pain instead of giving it to God to sort out on my behalf. A difficult thing for me was to forgive myself. It sounds such a simple thing to do, but I thought it was a noble act to cling to my own mistakes and to keep on martyring myself for what I have done.
Only later on did I realise that by not forgiving myself, I have in a way tried to be my own saviour, instead of taking the death of Jesus Christ on the cross as good enough and the only pure payment for my mistakes.
I have learnt that I do not have to be perfect or without fault, to work for God, because I am only the instrument in His hand. The Holy Spirit is the one who can change hearts and change minds. I only have to be willing to spread the good message.
The books written by Paula and John Sandford and other authors as part of the Elijah House Ministry, has given me so much insight into my own personal life and those of others around me.
How I wish that I could experience this inner healing and spiritual growth I had since I have started with EH ministry, even before my children were born.
I am sure it would have saved them a lot of pain and trouble in life.
I have come to believe a lot of lies in my life, and I have lived according to those lies and thus given satan a legal right to interfere in my life in those areas. I have learnt in the EH teachings that I have to bring those agreements that I have made unknowingly with satan , to the cross of Jesus . I have to ask for forgiveness for this sin and ask Jesus to break the power of this agreement which I have made with satan.
I know I have not arrived yet! BUT I also know that I do not want to go back to where I was before I have started my EH journey.
I am much more at peace with myself and everybody around me- I have hope for the future and I no longer live my life out of shame.
Now I believe that my identity is not based in who I am or what I have done in my life- I believe my identity is based on what Jesus Christ has done for me when He died on the cross for my sins, and when He rose again to sit on the right hand side of God our heavenly Father.
I hope my testimony can motivate you to start your journey of spiritual healing when you are still young enough to reap the fruit for yourself and your family. I wish I had started much earlier. But I am still most grateful for the chance I was given to heal and to grow spiritually.
May God bless you and your loved ones.
Sonja from Bonnievale
Hi Mark, Kathie, Kerry, and Ina
I met with a couple in Nairobi today. The wife was a student at the EH 201 school in Kipkarren, Kenya, a month ago. When she returned home, she was spilling over with the Elijah House material and her husband said it was her turn to teach him. They went through the manual together, lesson by lesson, stopping to pray through whatever the Lord revealed. They are now gradually taking their 21 year old daughter and 16 year old son through the lessons. In addition, when they were on a mission to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania recently, they gave some of the teachings there.
They said they had ministered to many young couples, but had not previously had the help they needed for their own problems. They've been praying and pulling bad fruit off their personal tree when discovered, but still didn't know how to handle the interpersonal problems they've had between them. After going through the manual, dealing with many roots which were discovered, and finally doing reconciliation between them, a big wall came down.
Both commented on the large change in their lives over the last month.
They are ministry leaders with influence throughout East Africa. (The husband leaves to minister in Rwanda Monday.)
When the school finished, the Lord showed me a river had gone out. I saw it flow over the people at the school, then turn down and go deep. The Lord said it penetrated deeper than we know.
This is part of where the river is going.
I grew up in comparison to other people's childhood, in an idealistic wonderful house. My parents adore my sisters and I and although we didn't have it very well off in the money department, we had enough and had everything we needed and sometimes for the more luxuries of life.
My dad was and is a very hard worker and although he didn't say it, you knew he loved us. My mother was always there for us and whenever my dad didn't work, he would attend school activities.
Both my sisters moved to the UK after school, because they couldn't get work here in SA. In 2005 my sister's first child was born. Due to the nature of her work and because my bother-in-law was not a very involved dad, they asked my mother if she was willing to look after Shaun. After my mother and father talked it over, they decided that it would be in Shaun's best interest if my mother where to look after him. It meant that my mother and Shaun would be 3 months in the UK and 3 months in SA.
Due to my financial situation and in order to help out, I still lived at home. In 2007 I started to notice that my dad's behaviour was suspicious and after a while, I knew my dad was having an affair.
Upon my mother's return, it was confirmed. Needless to say, it was devastating as we were always a close knit family. The first two years after finding out, I had to be strong and support my mother as best as I could, although looking back now, my advice and attitude was not the best or positive.
And then it was time for me to deal with my feelings and the whole trauma of the affair, as my mother was now strong enough and had dealt with the pain and trauma. But because I had to suppress my feelings and pain and hurt for so long, when it was time, I couldn't deal with the pain and hurt. I went into a very deep dark depression, where my heart and brain was telling me that my dad was dead, but every day when I got home from work, he was walking around in the house. During this stage I starting to google "hit men", thinking if I can get a hit man and take out the other lady, I would get my dad back and things can get back to normal. But by the grace of God, I was never able to get hold of a hit man.
In 2013 I started to attend Elijah House after a friend told me about it. I attended it at first with the attitude of I got nothing to lose by attending and I know that there isn't anything that would be able to help me and nothing will make the pain and hurt go away.
Every meeting changed a little bit in me and gave me the necessary tools and equipment to deal with my pain and hurt. My facilitator at each meeting told me I needed to forgive my father and I told her every time that I would do it when I'm ready. Thinking at the back of my mind, that there is no way in hell I would be able to forgive my father.
But the Lord is good and resilient and at the July meeting I was able to forgive my dad and I took communion for the first time in four years. By forgiving my dad, I was set free and I could start living again.
This year, I was able to forgive my mother for not leaving my dad when I told her to leave him and putting us through the daily pain and hurt that I felt was unnecessary. Today my mother is a role model for me, because of her faith in God and her love for my dad.
I was also able to forgive the other lady for her part in the affair and ask the Lord to forgive me for all the nasty things that I wish upon her and said about her. I still have no desire to speak to her or have anything to do with her. But I believe the Lord knows my heart and that I forgive her and that is enough.
Elijah House gave me the necessary tools and equipment to get the necessary healing. My relationship with my dad is better than before and we are closer. Everyday my sisters and I get a message from my dad saying that he loves us and to have a good day. I praise the Lord every day for giving my family back to me and the necessary equipment to be able to deal with whatever comes my way.
Let's start at the beginning - the reason why I decided to do Elijah House in 2013 is because my sister asked me to do it with her. Foundational lies, need for acceptance and performance oriented led me to say yes to her.
My heart and my head was not ready for Elijah House though and if I attended 2 classes last year that was a lot – having said that at both the 2 classes I attended I was hung over from partying the previous night with work colleagues.
During 2013 I hit rock bottom in my personal and work life, depression and self-hatred crept in and soon the doctor put me on anti-depressants (*which I no longer need to take now). I came to the realisation that I had to do something to my life and that I couldn't carry on like I did, I was on a road to self-destruction. End of 2013 I decided that I had to try Elijah House again – and this time complete it - not to impress my sister or parents but to do it for myself.
I needed to replant my garden as it was full of thorns and weeds. My expectations of the course was to establish and diminish my bad roots, which caused fear, anxiety, addiction and an ungodly lifestyle. It was time to become whole as the devil stole so much from me in my personal, love, work, emotional and physical life – it was payback time and time for me to pursue my destiny and Godly calling.
As we went through each lesson / chapter, I could give a "text-book" example from my life. From birth to adulthood inner vows, foundational lies, bitter root judgements and expectations, shame, unmet needs and performance orientation were all instruments used by Satan to attack and steal my identity. This course has really helped with the road to restoration and realising who I really am in Christ – a daughter of the most High God, who can do all things through Christ.
The Lord has freed me from addiction of smoking, fear and anxiety which are all fruits of rejection that originated in the womb through generational bloodline curses and through a traumatic birth and near death experience.
The most important thing I learned through the course is that my identity is the most important thing God gave me and that Satan will try anything in his power to distort and steal it. The seeds we sow through our thoughts, words and actions also play a major role in our lives and it has the power of either life or death.
Now each morning before work I proclaim who I am in Christ in my car and I speak life into my day, words, thoughts, actions and deals I work on. I have started to replant my garden and can already see it flourish in all aspects of my life - just by following the laws God gave us in his Word. (Sowing and reaping; honouring parents, don't judge, law of increase).
A special thank you to Elijah House for all the love I have received – especially Tannie Elize and Chereen. Thanks so much for your support, kindness, love and wisdom these last few months. And just to end - apart from all the spiritual food that was really good, the Tannie Slaai food was exceptionally good!
Toe ek die eerste keer gehoor het ek het die geleentheid om Elijah skool by te woon het ek die verwagting gehad om net weer leering te hoor wat ek al van tevore gehoor het maar net meer in “detail”. Dit was in teen deel die beste ding wat nog ooit met my kon gebeur . Die Here het soveel dinge deur die verskillende lesings aan my geopenbaar. Die lesings was werklik in die tydstip van my lewe so van toepassing. Elijah school het my gehelp om my huidige situasie en dinge uit die verlede te hanteer. Ek het vry gekom van die wip waar in die duiwel my gevange wou hou deur my weg te hou van die waarheid.
Deur met die “bitter roots” en judgements te kon deel het my totaal vry gemaak om myself in Christus te kon vind en in sy wee te wandel. Ek het verstaan hoe die duiwel ons gevange hou deur sy grootste wip en dit is deur “offence”. In my daaglikse lewe is dit my keuse of ek wil aanstoot neem met als wat met my gebeur. Dat dit ook my keuse is of ek wil deel met dinge wat met my gebeur en dissipline moet he om die lewens patroon en strukture te verander. Ek het ook met die hele Elijah skool geleer om dinge in mense te identifiseer en dan ook hul optrede beter te verstaan. Met dit in gedagte is dit nou baie makliker om met mense te werk en nie aanstoot te neem deur hul optrede nie. Ek is in elke area van my lewe van meer waarde vir die mense in my lewe omdat ek beter verstaan om dinge te hanteer.
Ek sal Elijah skool vir almal aanbeveel. Dit was en is steeds van onskatbare waarde vir my en my gesin.
Dit is verstommend om te dink dat hoe jy groot geword het; emotioneel, fisies, seels geestelik jou hele geestes toestand bepaal as jy mens is (in jou later jare). Dankie Issie vir die kursus geleentheid. Daar is nog baie waarmee ek deel- noudat ek weet – Moeg geskoffel. As 'n mens gedink het geestelik groei is net "Gees" maak jy 'n fout- dit behels jou hele mens wees. Mind, body and soul and spirit. Die is die begin van geestelike groei.
Ek was op 'n verlate plek van wanhoop en smart. Die seer in my, was net so groot en ondraaglik. "Waar is God dan?!!!!" het ek telkemale in my binneste geskree.......
In 'n tydperk van 6 maande het ek 'n tweeling op sewe weke verloor, toe my werk, 'n mislukte invitro poging en my geliefde kat, is doodgebyt! Ek het hulp gesoek.
Ek het die Elijah House Skool in Vanderbijlpark bygewoon in desperaatheid om antwoorde te kry. Hier het ek God weer ontmoet, innerlike genesing en vrede gekry. Die vlammetjie in my het weer begin brand, en al klaar kan ek getuig:God het waarlik nuwe deure vir my oopgemaak! Dit, waarmee Elijah House my toegerus het, het baie vir my geestelike lewe beteken. Mag ek dit ook aan my kosbare seuntjie oordra om te weet, dat hy 'n Koningskind is.
I was at a place of absolute despair and intense pain. I often called out, and asked where God is.....!!!
In a period of just six months, I suffered the following losses:
Twins in my first trimester of pregnancy; My work; A failed in vitro procedure; My beloved cat killed.
I was in desperate need of help.
Doing an Elijah House School in Vanderbijlpark, I could reconcile with God, found inner healing and piece.
I could hope again and God started opening new doors for me.
Through this training and prayer ministry I received, I was equipped to live a new life in Christ. May I be able to equipp my precious son with the same skills and the knowledge that he is a Heir of God.
We adopted a little 2 month old baby girl almost 7 years ago. She was a gorgeous little princess that took our lives into another dimension. At the time of adoption, my husband asked God to give him a prophetic vision about her future, because the circumstances around us finding her was a clear sign that God had an amazing plan for her future. My husband saw in his spirit, Talita standing on a stage, dressed very professionally, addressing a huge crowd with a Bible open in her hands.
As the years went by we realized that Talita is very clever and her mind as sharp as anything. We were so blessed having her in our lives. This year, 2013, we enrolled her into a private Christian school. However as the weeks went by, we were starting to have some concerns about her reading abilities. She knew all her different individual sounds, but had great difficulty in putting them together to form words. She would continually try to start her words with the last sound eg instead of reading 'grass' she would try to say 'sarg'. The head of the junior department then called me for a meeting explaining to me that Talita has a problem, that she even wrote her name in a way that if you placed a mirror next to it, you could read her name in the mirror. She suggested a lot of effort into different types of exercises to try and help Talita.
We were shaken about this news, for we knew that the 'name' for this problem was dyslexia. I then spoke to a friend who's son has dyslexia and she confirmed all the symptoms Talita had. She gave me the phone number of an reading institute who have benefited her son greatly. We as a family however refused this dyslexia and were adamant that this is just an attack from satan. We reminded the Father about the vision He gave us almost 7 years ago, and that if Talita was to stand before a crowd to teach His Word, she needs to be able to read!
A few weeks into the term, I got around to speak to a friend whose youngest is also in gr 1. I spoke about my concern about Talita and her symptoms of dyslexia.
My friend then told me about a course she did - called 'Elijah House' and that in one of the chapters they taught that dyslexia can be caused by a traumatic birth, or pre birth and the baby's spririt wants to flee from life and turns backward. That causes their minds to 'turn' .
We don't really know anything about Talita's biological parents, but there was apparently a history of violence. We also didn't have any information on the 2 months after her birth, if something so traumatic happened to her that could've caused her spirit to turn around.
As a family we come together on a Friday evening to celebrate God's goodness in our lives, during these events Cobus my husband would bless each one of our four children individually. We decided that during this evening we would, as a family, pray for Talita. As Cobus prayed for her, he addressed her spirit, telling her spirit how much we love her and wanted her in our lives. He then also told her spirit to 'turn back around' reassuring her that everything is fine. Talita didn't respond 'outwardly' to his prayer, frankly I don't think that she had any idea of what her daddy was talking about, but in faith we considered the matter done.
On the following Tuesday, Talita had 5 words to read, but as she tried to read she would spell 'talk' and then pronounced 'ball'!! She did not even remotely use same sounds to 'read' the word. It was absurd. Somehow I had so much peace about what happened that I said to Cobus that I feel that it is as if Talita's brain 'saw' the words for the first time ever!
The following Thursday Talita brought her reading homework: a whole A4 size paper with 3 columns of words. This would have been a mountain impossible to climb! I sat down with her and without making a issue, started at the top.
Without any hesitation Talita correctly sounded and read the first word, then the second, then the third....... At first I thought that she had memorised the first column, as this is what she would do to try to be able to 'read' (which is a proof of her brilliant mind) but as we moved onto the 2nd and 3rd columns and I even asked her to read the words randomly, I realized that I was witnessing a healing miracle from dyslexia! At that stage some of my other kids were 'high fiving' her and dancing around the kitchen table after every word perfectly read.
Talita is completely healed from dyslexia and proves to be a brilliant little first grader, loving school and reading.
I am so grateful to God, and for Jesus having placed every name - even dyslexia - under His feet. What caused our breakthrough I realised, was Godly council from my friend that did the EH training into pinpointing the root of her problem. After removing the root in faith we received a great awesome miracle healing, not only for healing from dyslexia but I believe also for every other hurt that our beautiful little girl could have suffered from the trauma she experienced from the womb or the first two months after her birth. It is only this week that I realised that the occasional bed-wetting of Talita also ceased.
I praise God, Talita will be standing with the Word of God in front of a crowd as a living testimony of Gods redemptive power!
Through the course I was able to give a name to the 'issues' I was battling with.
It enabled me to identify a problem, assisting me to work with it and provided a solution.
The information blessed me with insight and a support system to better relationships.
It gave me an "improved tolerance" towards - and greater love for other people.
It enabled me to receive inner healing and equipped me to handle relational problems better.
My circumstances did not change, but Elijah House enabled me to be different amidst the circumstances.
I can recommend Elijah House course with the biggest confidence to any person searching for solutions to relational problems.
This valuable time with Elijah House of Ministry helped me to put a name to things that had an influence on who I am. It helped me understand why I am the way I am.
The school equipped me to deal with satan's attacks, identifying his arrows piercing my heart and banishing these lies effectively. I learnt to understand the nature of My husband better, making us closer and healing the ways that I have dominated and hurt him. I broke some strong foundational lies about myself. As a performance driven person, it made me realize that it is ok to slow down a little and stop pleasing everybody around me. You don't need to be perfect for God, He love you just as you are.This taught me how to be less stressed.
Lastly it taught me how to talk to God about my problems instead of being distant from Him with things that are close to my heart. It healed the connection between the Lord and me that was broken for a few years. Now I love chatting to the Lord throughout the day.
Being almost the only male student, you will perhaps think it was quite uncomfortable, but in fact with Wiehan and Chereen as principles and excellent facilitator like Elize – all experienced with good life examples, I immediately felt part of a family.
There is no specific chapter that stood out for me, as everything was new to me.
I started the course to find out about my issues, to understand them, to share them, and in the process to receive inner healing. This was dealt with in depth and was finally layed down at the feet of the cross.
I also wanted to have a good starting platform to seek/work towards a stronger relationship with Father God.
To be obedient to the Holy Spirit was a total new ball game to me-coming from a Reformed Church – What an eye-opener it was!
Lastly, I want to pray more, better and deeper. I still battle with this, but with all the right tools I received, I now know how, and with the help of the Holy Spirit I can succeed.
By now, you know what all the teachings are all about- To open our hearts/mind to the truth to receive healing and to be transformed so that we can assist others along our path.
Be an ' Angus Buchan' today- I want to urge/challenge all males to stand up as the Priesthood of their family and to do the course so that we can take up our rightful position in the family and to lead by example.
I thank God for this opportunity. I thank my group for listening, understanding and supporting me.
Ek het baie geleer. Voor ek deel was van "Elijah", het ek my man nie altyd mooi behandel nie....veral die laaste 7 jaar van ons lewe, want ons het Zambië toe getrek en ek was alleen. Deur die hulp van die boek het ek besef wat my "bitter roots" is en my pa se gedrag was een van hulle. My "bitter fruits" was dat ek my man behandel soos my ma my pa behandel het. Ek moes my pa vergewe vir als wat hy gedoen het en nie gedoen het nie. Ek moes my "inner vows" renounce. In my lewe het ek 'n paar al gemaak en besef nie almal is goed nie. Soos ek ouer geword het, het ek leuens begin glo wat ook nie waar is nie so het ek uitgevind met "Foundational Lies". Dieselfde met "Unmet Needs" en "Shame".
Ek kan met 'n gelukkige hart sê dat ek my man beter behandel. Ek het my pa tenvolle vergewe. Vanaf ek met my "shame", " unmet needs" en "foundational lies" werk, het ek myself ook begin vergewe en hammer ek nie meer so op dinge wat fout gegaan het in my lewe nie.
Ek is baie dankbaar dat ek die lessies kon doen en uit my foute leer. My toekoms lyk helder want foute in die verlede sal ek nie weer doen nie.
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