As a child, Juan Ottenwalder grew up feeling rejected and dejected. As a young boy he was told that his father did not want him because he had desired him to be a girl instead of a boy. As a result, he started longing to be a girl and eventually started to feel like one. This paved the way for an evil spirit to enter, leading him to start having affection for men.
He recounted how the older he grew, the deeper involved in homosexuality he became – to the point where he began to even see himself as a female. The evil spirit began to push him to actively seek men out with whom to engage in sexual acts. As a local of another smaller city in the Dominican Republic, Juan came to the capital city, Santo Domingo to seek greener pastures. In need of money and unable to control the urge to sleep with men, Juan became a male prostitute. He said the urge to have sex with men was so unbearable that he could not control himself, oftentimes indulging in the act in public places.
Living a life of prostitution meant he came into contact with violent and hateful people who would maltreat and injure him. He recollects how one man intentionally set him on fire. This life led him to begin to take hard drugs, alcohol and sleeping tablets in order to go from day-to-day. In Juan’s words, “My life was hell”. Desolate. Rejected. Depressed. “Everything was terrible,” he surmised, stating how he often slept on the streets.
A few months ago, a stranger told him about a crusade due to take place in the Dominican Republic with Prophet T.B. Joshua. Initially reluctant to attend, he eventually decided to go ahead and give it a try – seeing how tragic his life was. It was during the mass prayer in the second day of the Crusade that he remembers feeling God embrace him and cleanse him from his past life of sin. During the mass prayer, he suddenly became overwhelmed by God’s power and began vomiting a white substance. Since the day of his deliverance, he said something has turned around dramatically in his life! All of a sudden he has started feeling attraction towards women, no more towards males. He now also finds it easy to relate with others because he said before he felt rejected and was unable to relate with others. Now a changed man, Juan said: “I look forward to having a wife and children of my own”. His advice, “Open your hearts to God and believe in Him”.
From a young age, Arodis Guzman was attracted to witchcraft. There seemed to be an almost eerie fascination with the spiritual realm, which soon led the young American down a dangerous path. What began with watching horror films, reading Harry Potter books and looking up horoscopes nosedived into deeper demonic entanglement as the young girl, egged on by her sister, began reading spiritual books and researching online about spells and charms. Her zeal for sinister spirituality soon took a heavy toll as depression and a feeling of overbearing emptiness increased their grip.
It reached a critical level when Arodis decided to attempt suicide, slitting her innocent wrists many times. Even then, her problems showed no signs of abating. Unhappy to see her daughter’s slow descent, her mother insisted that she travel to the Dominican Republic to attend the Crusade with Prophet T.B. Joshua. Even though Arodis didn’t know much about the prophet – she had only watched a few videos online – she decided to heed her mum’s advice and come to the Crusade. “I thought it would be painful when the prophet prayed for me,” she recalls, having witnessed people around her fall heavily to the floor after receiving prayer. “But the moment he touched me, I just found myself on the ground.” On the floor, all the feelings of heaviness, depression and suicide left. “I have enjoyed peace ever since then,” she testified. “I don’t want to have anything to do with witchcraft ever again!”
As a supervisor in the Ministry of Education in Dominican Republic, Mrs Valentina de la Cruz Pichardo had a lot of responsibility heaped on her shoulders. However, a worsening health challenge threatened to cause her premature retirement. After developing a discal hernia, duties required by her high profile job suddenly became difficult and painful.
“I couldn’t do my daily things, bend down or carry heavy things,” she said. “My job as a supervisor required me to travel long distances which caused a lot of pain and I had to use a special support for my back when travelling.” The pain medication she used was strong but respite was only temporal. “When Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for me, something went out of my body! From that moment, I don’t feel any pain!” Demonstrating her newfound freedom, Valentina began to exercise herself freely. “Have faith and wait for God’s time; He can do the miracle,” she advised.
Altagracia de la Cruz fractured her spine. It was an agonising experience that rendered the once active, exercise enthusiast almost bedridden. “It affected all areas of my life – my work, career and family,” the Dominican explained. Given an ‘advanced lumbar corset’ to aid her mobility, Altagracia woke each morning to the numbing reality that each new day meant more pain.
“I went to many hospitals without any solution,” she described. Thus, faith prompted her attendance at the Dominican Republic Crusade with Prophet T.B. Joshua. “The moment he prayed for me, I knew my problems were over,” Altagracia explained. “I can now move my body freely; I even used an exercise machine in my house,” she happily testified. Advising people, the Dominican simply concluded: “God’s time is the best for you to receive your own healing.”
Julia Bido Pinales suffered for more than five years with arthritis and a deviation of the spine that almost left her paralysed. Walking became increasingly more challenging as time progressed and the afflictions tightened their grip on her health. The doctors had actually booked her for an operation in the month of November 2017 – the very same month Prophet T.B. Joshua was set to visit the nation of the Dominican Republic!
By God’s grace, Julia was among those at the prayer line as Prophet T.B. Joshua was ministering. A knee brace was strapped to her leg to aid her limited movement but the pains were still intense. “When Prophet T.B. Joshua touched me, I felt amazing,” she explained. “From that point forward, I started walking and running with ease; I can even wear high heels for the first time in five years!” Indeed, the evidence of God’s miracles is our rising and walking!
Anatalia Contreras couldn’t do any chores or daily tasks at home. It was simply too painful. Even driving became a seemingly impossible task as she couldn’t turn her head to the left or right. “I had to use my whole body to turn,” she explained, after the doctors diagnosed her with cervical arthritis, alongside osteoporosis.
“I had to use the neck collar 24/7 or else the pain would be paralysing,” she added. At the prayer line, Prophet T.B. Joshua simply tapped Anatalia on the head. “I suddenly felt this incredible warmth in my neck,” she testified. At that moment, ten years of pain and discomfort dissolved! The Dominican has been walking in the light of her testimony ever since – and freely moving her once stiff neck. Thank You, Jesus Christ!
Cervia Ogando stood at a distance in the stands that day. From afar, she saw miracles unfold. She witnessed healing take place. She observed God’s power descend. When would it be her own turn? It was not physically possible for Prophet T.B. Joshua to touch everyone that day. Over 50,000 were inside the stadium. But Cervia knew God could touch each and every single soul there – and she put her trust in Him. As the Mass Prayer started, the Dominican poured out her heart before God. Heaven heard and responded!
“I had chronic diabetes and a tumour in my stomach,” she explained. “I couldn’t go to the toilet without drugs. However, when Prophet T.B. Joshua began offering Mass Prayer, I received my healing! After all the symptoms of diabetes disappeared, I went to a doctor who confirmed my blood sugar is now normal!” For the first time in many years, Cervia went to the toilet without any pain or discomfort. “T.B Joshua didn’t touch me yet his word reached me,” she counselled people. “Just believe!”