You Came through with $4,000 for Ukraine!

Dear Friends,

Last month I reported on what we could do to help Adam Balogh deal with the crisis that is happening in Ukraine. You came through with gifts totaling $4,000! That has all been sent to Adam who is using every penny towards aid for the refugees. Here are some excerpts from his recent letter:

“We have been making trips to western Ukraine to deliver aid and assess the situation. Refugees from the east are constantly pouring into western Ukraine. The towns and villages of western Ukraine are doubled in population – virtually all public buildings are full of refugees and most resident families are taking another family in their home. You can still buy food and everything else but people are running out of money. Lots of jobs are gone and generally men are away – either in war or went abroad. So home supplies are running out.

“Our last trip was a week ago on Thursday which was a long and very fruitful trip. We started at 4 am Thursday morning and got back at 4 am Friday morning. We took a vanload of aid that consisted of sustainable food, canned food, potatoes, hygiene products for ladies and children, diapers, immune boosters, vitamins, matresses, blankets and some medicine.

“In terms of humanitarian aid we want to see the items delivered actually reach the needy. Many times in the Ukraine humanitarian aid gets swallowed by the officials and never reaches the intended hands – which complicates the otherwise difficult situation. So we have been working to establish trustworthy contacts through whom we can reach the refugees.

“There are three areas we are working in right now:

1. There is a reformed pastor we have known for a few years that ministers in the towns and villages around Beregovo. We’ve been taking supplies to him to give directly to the people.

2. In Uzhgorod there are many refugees from evangelical and charismatic churches that came from the east. We made contact with a military chaplain that is one of them and works extensively among the refugees. He and his team not only bring essential supplies to the families but preach the gospel to them as well. We are working on a way to bring aid to him regularly.

3. We are working with a team from Beregovo that takes aid to places like Irpin and Bucha that have been under Russian occupation. Two members of this team are working out of Poltava. There is a church there that is evacuating people from the war zone. They have vans that drive daily to the front lines (about 5-6 hour drive) and bring in 50-70 people. The refugees stay in their church building for a night and then put on trains heading to western Ukraine. It is a dangerous and heartbreaking operation. The stories they told us are too difficult to handle. Just one instance of the many – the children that are being evacuated don’t cry… they are totally frozen – no cry, no laugh, no talk. Very sad.

We are working on ways to help this operation. A vanload of supply has already been delivered to Poltava. We are establishing a way to bring refugees from Poltava to Hungary. So this is where we are right now. Please keep on praying for us.”

It’s Finally Here – My New Book!

Riding Shotgun With God, Evans, FrontRIDING SHOTGUN WITH GOD: A JOURNEY WITH GOD ON THE ROAD OF HEALING AND MIRACLES

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

For some time now people have been encouraging me to share stories of my nearly 30-year journey in the Christian healing ministry. This book is a collection of the miraculous things I’ve seen God do. My daughter thought I should also share a bit of my life story so that you can see that I’m a normal person who was ambushed by God and did not see this journey coming.

You can order directly from our store at THIS LINK, Riding Shotgun With God

God bless,

Mike

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Adam Balogh is getting slammed in Hungary!

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

As many of you know, Adam Balogh is a missionary in Hungary we have been helping to support many years. I sent an email to him asking if the war in Ukraine or the refugees from Ukraine have affected what he is doing in Hungary. He replied with a long letter that I will summarize below.

“On the third day of the war waking up from the initial shock of what was happening we scrambled to help the refugees. We went to the border with a big bus and brought back 45 refugees (31 of them were small children) the rest were young mothers (3 of them pregnant). The following days the numbers grew quickly to 80 and then 109. Later one of the pregnant ladies gave birth so we became 110. They were initially put in university dormitories in three locations in Budapest but they could only stay there for a few days. So we had a constant pressure of finding accommodations for them in addition to taking care of their food and medical needs. Those initial days were pretty hectic as the refugees kept coming in. They’ve been having multiple immediate challenges in addition to the inconveniences of many of them living together in one room, children crying, no sleep: wifes do not know what is happening with their husbands, they left behind everything they had and sure it will be looted, etc.

“Arranging lodging for the refugees has been the most challenging task but we were able to handle it so far. We would be moving them to different locations in Budapest (families offered to take them in their own house or we put them into other kinds of lodgings). In addition to feeding them and taking care of their medicine and medical needs we have been ministering to them spiritually – sharing the gospel with them, counseling them and praying for them. So it has been a very demanding time and I feel a bit weary now….

“On Tuesday this week we went to Ukraine to see the situation there and how we can help. The situation is much worse there than in Budapest. There are so many refugees in western Ukraine that the population of cities and villages doubled. So we are creating ways to bring food and other necessities across the border.

“We are partnering with a charity organization called Eastern European Missions. I’ve known them for decades and they are most trustworthy. We have also made good contacts with pastors and ministers in Ukraine. We will provide aid through them to the people. The situation is very dire in western Ukraine. Many people have lost their jobs, many men were taken to war, money is running out and they are starting to see lack in every area. They are running out of resources and on the top of that refugees keep coming from the east. So there are lots to do in terms of charity work. We visited a hospital in Beregovo and discussed with the staff what they needed. We are trying to organize huge amounts of bed sheets, a used ambulance car, and a van load of insulin to take to Kiev…. While we were talking with the hospital director the air raid sirens went off. I thought that was just a drill… but it turned out to be real so we went down to the basement with all the patients and staff of the hospital. Fortunately the rocket targeted something else…

“So as you can see our otherwise busy schedule has become almost unbearable. We are OK and hanging onto the Lord dearly. He has been with us and provided the necessary wisdom, strength, time and resources. We think the Lord is preparing something more than we can see and this war with all it brings is just the dress rehearsal.

Please keep praying for us! Sorry this report may be a bit messy but I am exhausted…”

The most beneficial way we can help is to send money to help with the cost of helping these refugees. If you have a desire to help over and above what you generously give to support Wholeness Ministries send monies to us designated UKRAINE and we will get it to Adam who will apply it where it is most needed. If you are like me it breaks your heart to see the reports of these attacks and loss and unimaginable suffering especially when see and hear that over 2 million of the refugees are children, many whom do not understand what is happening.

I have also made contact with Eduard and Ibi Rudolph whom we help support as they minister mainly to the gypsies in Romania. I have not heard back from them yet but expect to soon and will give you an update then.

It’s Finally Here – My New Book!

Riding Shotgun With God, Evans, FrontRIDING SHOTGUN WITH GOD: A JOURNEY WITH GOD ON THE ROAD OF HEALING AND MIRACLES

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

For some time now people have been encouraging me to share stories of my nearly 30-year journey in the Christian healing ministry. This book is a collection of the miraculous things I’ve seen God do. My daughter thought I should also share a bit of my life story so that you can see that I’m a normal person who was ambushed by God and did not see this journey coming.

You can order directly from our store at THIS LINK, Riding Shotgun With God

Thank you for your generous and faithful support of our worldwide ministry. God bless, Mike

God bless,

Mike

BOOK AN IN-PERSON MINISTRY SESSION
We have found these ministry sessions with people to be invaluable in healing them from wounds from their past. In some cases after two or three sessions, they experience freedom! If you need deep-level healing prayer or know someone who could benefit from this, here is how to start the process. Send an email to mevans@wholeness.org or call 661-833-2920 to schedule an appointment. On our website, simply follow the instructions under Personal Ministry.

It’s Finally Here – My New Book!

Dear Friends,

After months of writing and editing and patiently waiting (which is not my strong point), my latest book RIDING SHOTGUN WITH GOD has arrived! The first balanced and healthy introduction to the healing ministry for me was in 1984. This happened when Dr. John Lavender and I attended a week long healing conference in Anaheim CA. Through the teaching of John Wimber I was fascinated by what I was seeing and hearing. His teaching was a laid-back conversational style that was appealing. I was amazed that it was so matter of fact and simple. From 1984 until 1994 I was instrumental in establishing the healing ministry at First Baptist Church here in Bakersfield, CA.

Riding Shotgun With God, Evans, FrontIn 1994 a new chapter began in my life and ministry. The Lord directed me to take Wholeness Ministries far beyond the local church. So began the journey that has taken me over the world into churches of varying denominations in both the Catholic and Protestant traditions. I also taught and held healing services at numerous independent non-denominational churches.

In Quoting from the book…
“Beginning in 1994 I wrote a newsletter each month in which I detailed what I had experienced in this journey God has had me on for over 26 years. In 2020 I felt God prompting me to compile these stories so others can read about what God is still doing today. That is the genesis of this book. I have dated these stories as they happened so you can see the progression of how God shows His love to us and the variety of ways in which He heals. I trust that they will be encouraging and exciting to see that God is still moving powerfully in our world today. I’m just a normal guy riding along with God. Come join me as we ride along with God on this journey.”

Riding Shotgun With God, Evans, BackI’M RIDING SHOTGUN WITH GOD – THIS IS MY STORY
Also as a part of this book my daughter Jenny urged me to tell you a little of history about my journey and myself. What follows is a bit of my story.

“I was born May 25, 1942 in Bakersfield, CA. I was raised in a Christian home and knew from an early age that I was loved. It seems to me that we were regularly at church for one reason or another. From the time I was a toddler until my teen years, church attendance and church activities were just what we did. I didn’t know any different. My parents were good people and I had what I would consider to be a pretty normal childhood…”

Riding Shotgun With God is available at THIS LINK.

Thank you for your continued and faithful support.

God bless,

Mike

BOOK AN IN-PERSON MINISTRY SESSION
We have found these ministry sessions with people to be invaluable in healing them from wounds from their past. In some cases after two or three sessions, they experience freedom! If you need deep-level healing prayer or know someone who could benefit from this, here is how to start the process. Send an email to mevans@wholeness.org or call 661-833-2920 to schedule an appointment. On our website, simply follow the instructions under Personal Ministry.

When We Experience Awe!

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

There is a song I remember from when I was a child titled; “I Stand In Awe of You.” I did not understand what this meant until my later years when I had a couple of experiences where I was overwhelmed with being in the presence of God.

In 1968 when I was about 26 years old I emotionally hit bottom. I was living on a sailboat in Sausalito, CA. At one point I remember saying; “God, I don’t get it. Is this all there is to life? What’s the point to even go on? If you are real do something, anything! If not I am ready to sail off into the sunset. I felt that if this was all that life was about it was pretty pointless. I had reached the point that though I knew God existed I didn’t feel He was that intimately involved in my life and wasn’t sure He even cared.

Soon after this conversation with God I remember coming home one weekend and telling Bob Hartley, a close friend, that I was having difficulty even believing that God exists much less cares about us or what we are doing. Bob listened to me patiently and then wisely said, “Mike, why don’t we just pray.” I was somewhat skeptical but decided, why not? How could it hurt? We bowed our heads and I simply said, “God if you’re real I need to know it.” Suddenly I physically felt this warm wind rush from the top of my head that spread down over my whole body. I remember looking up at Bob and saying, “Wow, did you feel that? What was that?” He smiled and said that it was God answering my prayer. That was such a significant moment in my life that it changed forever my walk with God.

In 1984 I was at a healing conference at the Vineyard in Anaheim, CA sitting under the teaching of John Wimber. At one point, John asked all the pastors to come down front so he could pray over us. As I was standing there he began to pray and I felt such love from God that soon I was on my knees sobbing without understanding why I was sobbing. After a period of time I was back standing up with my eyes closed, my arms lifted in praise and I said, “God, how much do you love me?” Immediately I saw these two open hands coming down out of the clouds and I heard him say, “This much!” At that same moment I felt a finger touch me in the palm of my open hands and knew immediately that He was indicating the spikes that had been driven through His hands when He was crucified for me. I totally lost it and started sobbing again. After some time I gathered myself back under control emotionally. This is another experience that radically affected my life, and one I will never forget. These were just two examples from my life when I got a glimpse of how awesome our God is!

I have a couple of question for you. What brings you to your knees? When have you experienced awe in the presence of God? For me, when I take some time and dwell on the incredible privilege we have as children of God, it brings me to my knees. When I read about His works in the Old Testament and His works through His Son Jesus, in the New Testament, it brings me to my knees. When I am reminded that I can crawl up into His lap, lay my head on His chest and let Him put His arms around me, it brings me to my knees. Why, because I know that I am experiencing God and His awesome love for me. Remember this, “Our God Is An Awesome God!”

Consider this:
The God who created the universe,
who heals the sick,
who knows you need food and shelter to survive,
against whom all military might is but a puff of dust, and beside whose power a swirling, raging river is but a trickle in the sand.
This is the God who wants to spend time with you!!

Michael Dean Evans

Thank you for your faithful support of Wholeness Ministries. May God’s abundant blessings be on you in the coming year.

God bless,

Mike

BOOK AN IN-PERSON MINISTRY SESSION
We have found these ministry sessions with people to be invaluable in healing them from wounds from their past. In some cases after two or three sessions, they experience freedom! If you need deep-level healing prayer or know someone who could benefit from this, here is how to start the process. Send an email to mevans@wholeness.org or call 661-833-2920 to schedule an appointment. On our website, simply follow the instructions under Personal Ministry.

All Is Grace!

Dear Friends,

One of my heroes, Brennan Manning, titled his autobiography, All Is Grace. His book tells us that Brennan has lived it, experienced it, and grasps the extraordinary power of God’s great gift. At the beginning of my journey with God, I did not understand this gift as well as I do now. I also have found that many of the people I have dealt with in this journey do not understand and fully appreciate living under God’s grace. Part of the danger of not being able to grasp what an extraordinary gift we have available to us is that we believe the lies that our enemy has successfully spread among us.

Two of these lies are: First, God does not love you as you are. Second, God’s grace is based on your works. These two lies continue to have a profound impact on how we live in our walk with God. I want to speak to these lies. First, God loves you as you are, not as you should be. And God’s grace is vast, unmeasured, boundless, and free.

I was in conversation with a friend recently and in the course of our sharing with each other I said, “I am so incredibly blessed I can hardly grasp it.” When I said this I thought about the journey God has had me on this 40 plus years. The miracles I’ve seen, the places I’ve been, and the people I’ve met were all possible because of God’s grace. In addition, I have lived under His protection, provision, guidance, and teaching.

But I can safely say that for much of this journey I did not fully understand the extraordinary power of God’s grace. Fortunately, I believe that is no longer true. Yes, there is still much to learn and understand about His grace, but now I am aware of and appreciate His grace as never before.

What about you? When you think about your journey with God are you able to grasp the extraordinary power of His grace? It is so easy for us to live under these lies I wrote about earlier. We are a people who put a lot of emphasis on work and can easily judge others by what they do, what they produce. For example, when we first meet someone, after we ask for their name, we then ask, “What do you do?” We want to know where they are in the pecking order, which may determine how we treat them, or even whether or not we want to be their friend. Where is the grace of God in this? Our love without God’s grace is not boundless, and free.

Part of the reason I am writing about this topic is that I had to step back and think about my journey with God and try to grasp how His extraordinary grace has empowered and protected me. My challenge to you is this: stop for a moment and think about your journey and appreciate how God’s grace has been instrumental in your life up to this point. He has been there through the good times and the rough times for He says in His Word, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5, Hebrews 13:5).

It is both reassuring and exciting to look to the future in our own personal journey and know that God’s grace is always there.

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This has been both a blessed and challenging year for us at Wholeness Ministries. Thank you for your continued gifts and prayers over this last year and in the year to come. We are indeed a blessed people.

God bless,

Mike

BOOK AN IN-PERSON MINISTRY SESSION
We have found these ministry sessions with people to be invaluable in healing them from wounds from their past. In some cases after two or three sessions, they experience freedom! If you need deep-level healing prayer or know someone who could benefit from this, here is how to start the process. Send an email to mevans@wholeness.org or call 661-833-2920 to schedule an appointment. On our website, simply follow the instructions under Personal Ministry.