Testimonies

Pastor Jeff Hanson

My name is Jeff Hanson and I’m blessed to be one of the pastors with my lovely wife Carmen, mybest friend Mike Batinich and his wife Dee at Janesville Apostolic Ministries. My journey is a very long one and probably the hardest part is to keep it relatively short for you readers. I was raised in a home that believed in God and we were taken to church regularly until my teenage years. I believe I actually received the call of God into ministry sitting in a large Lutheran church while listening to one of the pastors preaching while I was going through my confirmation. But unfortunately as my family began to no longer attend I began to develop my own ideas of God and they were not good ones. Somehow I came up with the idea that we were really just puppets in which God controlled every facet of our lives. With this though I began to blame God for everything that went wrong and gave Him very little credit when things went right. I became very bitter with God and began a spiral downwards into drinking and partying.

I married at the young age of nineteen not really knowing what was love was. But God was calling, shortly after we had moved to a small town called Rib Lake, WI and traveled back to the Milwaukee area often to visit family. On one of these trips as it was snowing we had a terrible auto accident in which another driver coming the opposite way lost control and ended up sideways as we collided, two of the people in the other car were killed and two children injured. I was saved pretty much with just a cut on my chin, a banged up nose and chest, my wife broke both bones in her lower leg and received a nasty gash to her chin. The thing that left the greatest impression on me was that I heard later that the two ladies in the other car were heading home just after having their “Wills made out”. But unfortunately I wasn’t ready to hear about God as I continued my drinking, partying and carousing.

After my third child was born God was going to change my world upside down. After a routine checkup we were told to take her to Childrens Hospital because he didn’t think something was right. I sat outside as doctor after doctor went into the room in wonder what was going on and eventually they brought us into a room and told us the horrible news, “Your daughter has cancer”. As they placed my daughter into my arms my heart broke as I felt tremendous guilt and actually felt that his child was suffering for my sins much like Jesus had suffered for our sins two thousand years ago. Well they had surgery the following day and removed a tumor about the size of orange but the cancer had spread to her liver and she would have to undergo chemotherapy and were cautioned about having too much hope (heard later that the Mayo clinic had several of this type of cancer with very poor results).

But I went home that night and cried out to God telling Him that He should take my life not hers, Praise God He heard my cry, because from that moment on my life changed. I was eventually baptized in Jesus Name, filled with the Holy Ghost speaking in tongues and answered the call to the ministry. By the way my daughter received a healing and is now a mother of three beautiful children.

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KIM OLSON

My name is Kim Olson and I feel like the most divinely protected man alive.
For nearly 30 years I was held in bondage by Chronic Alcoholism and many
other destructive addictions. I spent nearly three years institutionalized
in treatment centers, halfway houses, and jails. I had many brushes with death
in hospitals and on the streets. I’ve been beaten beyond recognition,
stabbed, left for dead and shot at. In the early 1970’s I was a Radio-Teletype
Operator in a Viet Nam Support Unit. I don’t remember a day when I wasn’t
using alcohol, drugs, or both.

Kim OlsonThrough everything I had a strong feeling someone was watching over me. I was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 20 years and had some periods of sobriety. I had a huge void in me and I knew I needed much more because my addiction was more powerful than I was. One day I woke up in jail very sick and very depressed. I remember getting on my knees and praying for deliverance out of my Hell. I prayed for something I never had…a normal life. I had already ruined my marriage and ruined my relationship with my son. My life was a series of missed opportunities, blackouts, brusher with the law, and failed relationships.

I finally put my life in God’s hands where it belonged all along. Things began to happen. I married a Spirit filled woman and was blessed with a Spirit filled daughter. Deliverance from my addictions occurred with no withdrawal. I began to live with a new sense of strength and confidence. I found a job that I’ve held for many years. This is significant because I was diagnosed as hopeless and told I’d never be able to work and would be on Social Security the rest of my life. That was a lie from the depths of hell.

Today I’m a Spirit filled member of God’s Kingdom. I’ve got a clear mind and good health and I realize everything I have came from God. He gave me back everything Satan stole from me and much, much more. Praise God!