It was a chilly, yet beautiful night in Winston Salem, NC, as we kicked off the Living Proof Crusade and the people showed up in force. As usual the people were there and ready long before the scheduled time and so we started early.
After an amazing time of worship, Mario took the stage and didn’t waste a moment. He began by sharing that many experts say there are three things you should never do to an audience: 1. Don’t ask them to raise their hands. 2. Don’t ask them to stand up. 3. Don’t ask them to come forward – because it makes them nervous. Then he said, “I am warning you in advance, because I plan to do all three.”
Mario said there is no movement like ours. There is no gathering like ours. Because Jesus said, “Wherever two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I.” Then Mario added, “We are the only movement where the Founder attends every meeting. And if Jesus is here, then ALL things are possible!”
Mario then shared that at one time he had been invited to a lecture at Stanford University in an upper division anthropology class. He was asked to answer a statement made by Margaret Mead about what she called ‘collective effervescence.’ It was her way of saying that Christianity was something that was generated when many people got together and, at its roots, Christianity is not multicultural because it found its base in only one culture.
Mario was asked to answer that charge and God directed him to Acts 2, in order to refute it.
Acts 2:7-11, “Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans, and Arabs – we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”
There were representatives from every area in the known world. Every culture and language, all gathered together on the birthday of the Church, the day the Holy Spirit fell, and God wanted it to be a global, international, multicultural, and interracial affair.
It was a sermon solely from the Holy Spirit without human interference. That being the case, what would the Holy Spirit say? “How is it that we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God?”
Mario then said that we live in an hour where we sure could use some good news! The answer to all the ills of the human heart can be found at the Cross of Jesus Christ.
Telling the wonderful works of God will erase division, wipe out fear and doubt, and will fill a church!
He said, the wonderful work of God is this: “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world!”
Mario told of a time when a liberal publication told him he should be ashamed of all the young minds he was brain washing. And Mario responded, “I am NOT ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes!”
He asked why Paul’s vision of the man from Macedonia in Acts 16 described the Gospel as “help.”
The cures of modern America do not help. They told you to have an open marriage, but it increased the divorce rate. They said opening our borders would help us to have a more open society. In the name of racial equality we are more angry than we’ve ever been. American philosophy doesn’t help. Methadone doesn’t take heroin addiction away. Our cures are worse than our disease.
But the man from Macedonia, in Acts 16, knew that the Gospel will help you. It will reduce the crime rate, save your marriage, take that devil of suicide off you, it will give you joy and peace.
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them…and there was great joy in that city (Acts 8:5,8).
Mario next asked, “What would you think of a medical doctor who had found the cure for cancer, but was waiting for the right offer? That is how I feel when a pastor does not preach the Gospel.”
Jesus said that you don’t put a lamp under a bushel, you put it on a table, so that it gives light to all the house. And in American churches, that is not only being done but it is also the current philosophy and value system.
Mario said what informs you to the reality of what Jesus taught are the miracles He did. So when the miracles are absent, the verification is gone.
Mario stated that the only true atheist is a false preacher. Using God to deceive people for their own gain. They have no fear of God or His punishment.
The false preacher knows that God is real but does not fear Him. An atheist wonders in his mind if there is a God, but the false preacher knows in his heart God is real but still chooses to not fear Him.
We can’t blame America for all our problems. Many of them began in the American pulpit.
He next talked about the prophet Jonah, when God told him to go one way and he said, No! and went his own way. When the men on the ship discovered him and learned of his rebellion, they asked, “How could you do this to us?” Mario said, “America is asking the same question of the Church.”
He then shared some of the amazing things that God had done at other times under the Tent. Bodies healed and lives changed.
When it came time, Mario asked those who wanted to be set free to raise their hands, and I saw hands shoot up as fast as the words came out of his mouth. There was no hesitation, and hands went up all over the Tent.
He next had them stand up and come forward. And as they had in previous crusades, they came by the hundreds and filled the front of the Tent. It is always such a beautiful sight to see, as all those souls are set free.
Mario prayed with them and then had them go outside the Tent where they were ministered to, one on one.
Soon the Holy Spirit began to move in the Tent and He began to heal the sick.
Mario asked the question, “How is it that God heals under this Tent?” He answered that he was unable to heal anyone, that he does not have healing power – and it is only Jesus Christ who can heal the body.
Mario had the people put their hands over their hearts and told them that the secret to unlocking our bills being paid, our bodies being healed, and our nation being saved, begins with this statement, “I am a weapon in the hand of God.”
Mario then revealed that while he had been talking, God had already been touching and healing bodies.
He called out a man who had experienced multiple heart attacks, had severe back pain, and neuropathy in his feet. He had the man’s wife lay her hand on him and encouraged him to obey the Holy Spirit and receive his miracle.
Next, Mario pointed out a woman who has been unable to sleep due to pain in her spine. Then a man whose lower back, knees, and feet were in agony.
He then called out a woman with stomach, esophageal, and breathing problems. He came down off the platform and went to the woman, had her stand, as well as her daughter. They confirmed what he had said. He also revealed she had scoliosis, one leg shorter than the other, and difficulty walking because she was in incredible pain. As he was talking to her you could see a peaceful look come over her face and she stood straight, as the pain left her body.
He had her move her arms and legs, then told her to walk, and she walked across the front of the Tent with no difficulty and no pain.
Then Mario had the woman who was healed turn and pray for the other woman. Her spine had been injured in a terrible accident but was now being healed.
Mario went back to the platform and revealed that a large number of people were about to be healed.
He called out a man who had had multiple heart attacks, and told him that his legs and back were also being healed.
Next he had a woman stand and then revealed that a couple days earlier God told her He was going to heal her, that she had felt heat in her body several minutes earlier, and that her body was already healed. Mario then told of attacks that had been happening to her family. He revealed that her nervous system and the pain in her body were the result of the crisis and trauma which had occurred in her family and that her body was being healed and that God was moving in the lives of the children who were under attack.
Mario then explained that God now wanted the spotlight to be off of him and, instead, the focus put on the healing ministry of each person under the Tent.
He pointed to one section and said that there were ten people battling both heart disease and diabetes. They stood up all over that section. Among them, one was highlighted because God had given him a vision to do something in the future, but his health was breaking down and preventing him. He was healed in his pancreas, his heart, his eyes, and his feet.
Mario then challenged the people around each of these ten to lay hands on them and pray for them.
He next went to another section and said that God had shown him eight people there who had diabetic conditions, five with serious spine and leg conditions, and several with the symptoms of Long-Covid.
Again Mario had them stand and then had the people around them lay hands on them and pray for them.
Then he called a lady out in the back of the Tent, revealing that cancer was being healed in her body. Mario again called for the people around her to lay hands on her.
Then he pointed out a man whose heart was being healed.
Mario came down from the stage and moved toward the back and revealed that there were five people with migraine headaches. He had them raise their hands and once more had those around them lay hands on them.
He had a couple stand and had the man put his hand on her spine. He told her that God was restoring to her something she had to give up due to her pain, and now she was healed and restored.
Then Mario had the woman next to her stand up, and he told her there were five things being healed in her body: severe joint pain, neck, shoulder, hips, legs, and feet. He expanded on those five issues: a pinched nerve in neck; her hands, fingers, and wrists; her heart and lungs.
In another section of the Tent, a food allergy was healed.
There were so many being healed that in many cases Mario just pointed them out and had the others around them lay hands on them and pray for them.
Finally Mario had the people raise their hands and begin to pray in tongues. Then he asked for everyone that needed healing to stand, and then for everyone beside them to stand and lay hands on them.
I love when Mario does this – turning up the faith in those in the Tent and helping them realize they have the same authority to pray and believe for the healing of others and that they too can make a difference in the lives of those around them.
This was a tremendous start to what is going to be a powerful week in Winston-Salem, NC. I’m looking forward to the next few nights, and I know we are going to see God move.
If you are able to, I would encourage you to make arrangements to be in the Tent these next few nights: Oct 23rd through Oct 25th, starting at 6:30 PM at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds
You definitely don’t want to miss what God is doing!