A seminarian studying to become an eastern catholic priest encounters the Lord and receives healing.
Joel Tenney grew up in a family of 17 who attends an eastern catholic church. During her younger years, he serves as an altar boy in a Latin church in Iowa. Because of his speech impediment, he has always been bullied regularly by the kids in his school. When he was 13, he cried out to God in desperation after getting beaten up in a park near his house.
“God, I cannot do this anymore,” Joel said to God. “I need you, please if you heal me of this speech impediment, I will dedicate my life to you and dedicate my mouth to declaring Your truth.”
It was then that Joel encountered the Holy Spirit in a very powerful way. Right after saying that prayer, His presence fell upon Him.
“God came through, the only way I could describe it was like a wave of His presence came over me. I could feel a movement taking place in my mouth. So, I opened my mouth and began to say this prayer, a prayer that was all too familiar to my family, it’s one often spoken in the eastern catholic churches, it’s called the Jesus prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.”
Encounter with God
It was at that moment that God physically touched him and healed him of his speech impediment. Joel knew that the Lord has a plan for his life. As his response to God, he became a seminarian to become an eastern catholic priest. A few years into his study, he felt a conviction from the Lord saying that his calling was not into the priesthood.
“That day, I committed myself to Jesus Christ. There was no evangelist, there was no altar call, it was simply the word of God which is sharper than a double-edged sword, sharp enough to cut through bone and marrow, it cut straight to my heart… The Holy Spirit convicted me of my sin and convicted me that I needed the Lord over my life and that Lord is Jesus.”
Today, he is now a father of four, a Bible teacher, an evangelist, and serves many nations as a missionary. Joel left his past life and became a follower of Jesus Christ.
Reference: YouTube | Alpha Pneuma Ministries
Header Image: Alpha Pneuma Ministries [@alphapneumaministries9561]. Joel Tenney. YouTube, January 31, 2022, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOvSHlD04FU