I am truly blessed to be apart of the Sanctuary Ministries. The word that I have received here in this ministry has caused me to grow spiritually and has help me to see that God has called me to do something great. I am able to see that I am not inadequate or unqualified for the the assignment that God has given me. I know now that God has already equipped me for the work. This ministry is a unique and special place with like minded believers. Please join us at the Sanctuary Ministries. I promise you that you will not be disappointed.
The Sanctuary has brought so much prospective to my life; the teachings; the love for God, women that don't know each other that just want to learn more about God. It was like an answered prayer for me especially being a new convert. I was searching for more, I wanted to know about Jesus Christ and I thought that I would try going to my local church Bible Study, I would get into conversations with my friend who has been a Christian for a long time, but that wasn't enough. That same friend came across The Sanctuary and shared it with me... it was an answered prayer. God knew that going to my local church Bible Study would not be the right tool for me, I needed to get teaching fast and it had to real, transparent and down to earth teaching . God is so awesome, He knows just what we need to help us build relationship with him. With all this being said, this is The Sanctuary - real, transparent teaching. God knew I needed to be elevated quickly so that I can find my purpose and walk in alignment with him. The Sanctuary has brought clarity and helped me to come into myself. I now know what my purpose and I like I always say, I don't need to be a Joyce Myers or Cindy Trimm, I just need to be able to shape, mold and be a true disciple for Christ. Thank you God for aligning me with The Sanctuary for great teaching and togetherness.
#FaithWithoutWorksisDead: I've struggled with how to start this message. So I guess the best thing to do is just start..... My name is Asante Anderson. I am 37 years old. I have been married for almost 7 years. I am self employed and own Cribs 2 Crayons In-home daycare center. I have two amazing step children, and host of nieces and nephews. But I have no children. Those 5 words (But I have no children) was/ is the hardest part of it all. When I was 18 I went in to have an annual OBGYN checkup. As I was in the process of having the examination the doctor kept saying "Hmmmm, that's strange". For the duration of the exam I recall thinking what in the world is so strange that she keeps mentioning it. I was advised I had a small cluster of fibroids that needed to be removed because of the position of them. Over the years I had total of 9 operations in efforts of correcting the issues all associated with the fibroids. I experienced uncontrollable bleeding, painful menstral cycles, and dangerously low iron levels due to the increasing blood loss. I went through 4 doctors, tried multiple medications and several natural options. Several of the methods the doctors provided offered tempory relief but time after time the fibroids kept returning. I took the time to do some research on my own to find yet anotherOBGYN. After seeing her she suggested I get on a particular birth control to help with the heavy bleeding. Needless to say it didnt work. Her next suggestion was to operate again to not only remove the fibroids but to have a hysterectomy. When she and I discussed this the main thing for me was ok so that means I won't be able to have children. After much thought, prayer, and conversations with my husband and family we decided to move forward with the operation. On June 21st I had a hysterectomy. What was supposed to be a 2 hour outpatient procedure ended up being 7 hour major surgery. When doctors started the operation they discovered my lower bowels and small intestine was attached to the back wall of my uterus. My OBGYN had to call in the help of a specialist to for lack of a better term "to put me back together again". The procedure went from being outpatient to me being hospitalized. My husband, my mom, my dad, my step mom, my grand mother and my sister Natosha were there every step of the way. When I was finallyable to come home I was ecstatic. Although in the worst pain I'd ever experienced in life, I was happy I would no longer have the burdens associated with the fibroids or having periods. For weeks my husband, my family, and close friends would ask how I wasdoing. My incisions on my body were healing so I would simply reply, "I'm good, getting better every day". But not once did I share with anyone the emotional toll all this had taken on me. I was afraid to be alone. I would cry till I was literally weak anytime I was alone. I would stay up for hours at night scared and fearful to tell anyone how I felt for fear they would think I was "crazy" or overreacting. I continued to put on my mask pretending to be ok until one conversation changed it all. My younger brother called me. He resides in another state so I figured I could do the same thing with him I did with everyone else, say I was ok and he would just leave me alone. So we continued to have a lighthearted conversation until he paused. It felt like the longest pause in my life. But after the pause he simply said Asante I love you, I know you are not alright. I immediately burst into a fit of tears. I took off the mask and finally moved beyond the lie of "I'm ok" and told him how I really felt and what I was dealing with. After speaking with him I must admit I did feel somewhat better. He suggested I talk to my husband. And let him know what I was dealing with and how I really felt. I also needed to tell my mother, my grandmother, and my father. I told him I didn't know if I had the courage or the strength to be able to tell the story again. He told me he knew I was strong enough to do it he suggested I did it later that day. So I reached out to my mom, my grandma, and my stepmother. I asked them to come to my home so I could speak with them. My husband was also there holding my hand as always. They all came over and I was able to tell them how I felt and what I was dealing with emotionally. Much to my surprise they did the total opposite of what I thought they would do. They embraced me. They told me they knew I wasn't alright they knew how much I wanted a child and how emotionally this was taking a toll on me. All along they were waiting for me. That conversation was very therapeutic for me. That Friday night I logged on to Instagram and saw the live icon around the sanctuaries service. I clicked on the icon and listened. I didn't say anything I'd simply listened. The Sunday following I did the same thing. Clicked on the icon when it was time and simply listened. I sent Pastor Yolanda a direct message and asked her to give me a call when she had time because I needed to speak with her. Not knowing it was the anniversary of her father's passing and she had a great deal on her own plate but still made time to pray for me and connect withme. She told me she was emailing me a workbook along with some other tools she wanted me to utilize until we had time to talk. A few days passed and over that time I did exactly what she told me to do.I went back and listen to all the messages, I took notes, I prayed, I fasted. I kept noticing all the messages connected with two common themes, having faith and waiting for your breakthrough. I finally thought I was making strides in the right direction. Friday night of that week I did the same as I've done previousFridays I clicked on the icon and listen to Pastor Yolanda's message but this time I participated. On Sunday around 2:00 pm pastor Yolanda called me. I answered the phone but I could not hear her. I asked her to hold on as I attempted to find a space wherethe connection was better. Once I was able to hear her clearly we talked for all of maybe one minute I immediately started to feel nauseous and told her I needed to call her back. That afternoon I was not able to keep anything on my stomach and was extremely sick. I felt worse than I had ever felt during the course of my healing after my operation. I now know that was the devil not wanting me to move forward with my breakthrough. That Sunday night, although I felt bad I still clicked on the icon and listen to pastors Yolanda's message. Although I did not feel well I continue to listen to the entire message and again I participated . The following day Pastor Yolanda sent me a message. The message only said two words you're covered . I did not understand that verymoment, in reading those two words things would shift. It changed my entire outlook on what I was being faced with . For the first time in that moment I realized that God does not always intend for people to do the things that they think they are on this Earth to do . I thought to make me whole as a woman and as a person I needed to physically give birth to a child . I now understood that was not the calling on my life . See I cater to a demographic of parents who don't want their children in a traditional daycare setting . I care for each of these children as if they are my own . I have children of all different ethnicities, backgrounds, and beliefs. Yet all of them are equally loved and treated the same . My parents tell me all the time they can't do this thing called life and raising there children without me . I didn't realize that THAT was my calling. That was what God intended me to do . I Now understand it takes more than birthing a child in the physical to be a mother (thank you Tosha). So on that day I claimed my breakthrough!!! I feel differently, I look at things differently . I am thankful for my process and now I walk and move with purpose and a different understanding of the calling on my life . I titled this faith without works is dead because I thought I had faith before. I thought I knew that God would cover me and take control of the situation. But until I did the work, until I showed I had faith nothing changed. I kept hearing pastor Yolanda say faith is a verb it requires action. I can now say I am truly operating in faith not fear. My breakthrough came through action!! I was blessed to have a loving and supportive husband. Through every step, everyday, he held my hand. He prayed for me. He held me when I wanted to push him away. And dried every tear I shed. He showed me a level of love I never even knew he had for me. I have fallen in love with him all over again with a totally different understanding of the blessing he really is. I tell the kids at the daycare all the time, "Good job, you did great by yourself but let me help you". I have taken my own advice I've done great by myself, but in order to achieve true greatness I have to allow God to help me.
The reason for the transformation I have went through in my life!!!!! Pastor Yolanda is blessed with discernment and wisdom. I appreciate her sacrificing her time and energy to help me and others like me.
Wow, wow is all I can say. It was worth the drive. The Sanctuary, a place to retreat, refresh and renewal. Where God meets you right where you are, holds your hand or picks you up to carry you to next level. He doesn't let go or put you down until you are ready to fly.
The teachings I have experienced in the Sanctuary have been life changing. I pray that you get to experience it for yourself. What I know is that my family and I have been blessed by the living breathing Sanctuary. There is something about being able to be in your own home, in your own space and just be free to worship and praise and receive the unadulterated word of God. I would encourage anyone; you have never experienced what you will experience in the Sanctuary. I just want to thank Pastor Yolanda for her vision, transparency and authenticity, Brother Monte, all of the intercessors that are on the calls, all the families represented. You can only be blessed. If you are obedient and come open with expectation. God shall show up. Know that God loves you and that He has more stored up for you in this season. Believe it and receive it, in Jesus' mighty name!
I am a member of one of the most amazing ministry, it is a place of comfort, joy, love and peace. Pastor Yolanda I can truly say since day one you have loved me unconditionally. Never judged me, because you saw what I could be not what I was at the time. You helped me through my healing process and it was a process. You helped me realize some of my own faults and that it was ok to be afraid, but I knew I could not stay in that place of fear. I must say my faith has grown and my giving has grown. I just want to say I am GRATEFUL for The Sanctuary!
I have been following The Sanctuary for the past 3 weeks with just little FAITH, as I began to pray and I sent in my prayer request along with my seed and GOD BEGAN TO MOVE. I went down to Charleston JULY 29 2017 and got Baptized in the Atlantic ocean , WHAT AN AMZING FEELING, I got back to Charlotte and Pastor Yolanda gave us instructions about the EZRA FAST, and I participated. I got into this FAST and sat in silence and HUMBLED myself. MY PRAYER REQUEST TO PASTOR YOLANDA was for healing, strength and greater FAITH to fast as of Friday Aug. 4th I HAVE BEEN FREE OF CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL. I have not had a desire for cigarette since the start of the fast and also my boss at my new job called me in the office (that I have been a temp. Employee) and said we want to offer you a PERMANENT POSTION, THANK YOU HOLY SPIRIT AND PASTOR YOLANDA FOR THE FAST AND ME BEING OBEDIENT TO GOD'S WORD AND HAVE FAITH OF A MUSTARD SEED, #IEXPECTTHEEPIC .#REBOOT
It's just what you need, where you can get a REAL word, NO sugar coating, The Sanctuary allows you to be your true authentic self without any judgement. Awesome teaching!!!!
On Friday in the sanctuary you mention that an old friend will come back into your life again. Well on today I was out at dinner with my aunt and we were walking to our table to go eat and I heard my name called out. I turned around and it was a friend of mine that I lost connection with for about 3 years but we were friends for over 12 years. We grew apart because of a man and our relationship was not on the same page in God. On today she hug me and squeeze me tight and whispered in my ear I was thinking about you on Saturday so much and I didn't have your number to call you. She said I miss you and I want you back in my life.Also on Friday I had been battling with chest pains and muscle spasms in my body but at the end of the broadcast I laid down and had the best sleep. For two weeks I've been having trouble sleeping but I believe God and I'm ready for this fast. I'm going to sow in to this ministry. Thank you!