Monthly Archives: July 2012
Posted by Shofar/Liz
These testimonies were shared on Feb 27, 29, and Mar 1, 2012 with my Facebook Group, ‘Sounding the Shofar’ as part of the unpublished manuscript for ‘Sounding the Shofar- The Enemy in Our Midst’.
AN AMAZING STORY ABOUT OUR MIGHTY GOD!
In 1972, after moving into a newly-built and beautiful home with my husband and young family, something was still missing in my life. After reading a news story about a former stripper converting to the Christian faith, I decided to go to hear her testimony at a Waikiki hotel. I couldn’t remember much of what was said because I was overcome with her story. But I remember her musician husband singing a song about how they lived their lives so close to hell that they could smell the sulphur fumes! That brought me under immense conviction of getting myself right with God and seeking the Holy Spirit in my life. In the Philippines and recently in Malaysia I gave my brief testimony of how a former stripper was the one who pointed me to the Lord, me, a mother of three young children then, who never got into any real trouble in my whole life! But I was a sinner, too, who needed to be saved!
I vaguely recall driving pass ‘The Strip’ on the old airport road where there were burlesque and topless dancers who performed in shows at places like ‘Forbidden City’ where Tara was billed as a ‘stripper’. Several weeks ago I did a Goggle search on her, wondering what became of this beautiful, remarkable woman. When I got home from my mission trip last Thursday, the book I ordered about her story was waiting for me, a very ‘old’ book written 35 years ago. I found it for $.01 plus $3.99 shipping from Amazon.com! The sordid details of Jimmy and Judy Mamou’s lives told how entertainment, money, sex, and drugs drove them to their near destruction. Jimmy was the one saved first when one day he was stoned and very sick from ‘bad’ drugs. With his dying breaths he called Judy to get him the Gideon Bible they had stolen from a motel. He managed to read Acts 2:21, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” He slept for a long time and moving his lips, Judy heard him whisper, “What do you want me to do?” God was speaking to Jimmy who recovered and experienced a complete change in his life, was immediately delivered from drugs. Jimmy began to seek God in his walks on the beach and read his Bible every chance he had between his job as a musician.
GOD’S SAVING GRACE
Jimmy Mamou changed when God gave him back his life with the promise that he, Jimmy, would live for Him. He threw out all his dope, stopped using profanity, came home from work on time, and was kind and loving to Judy. Judy was both impressed and skeptical about Jimmy’s behavior. She was still turning tricks and was mean to Jimmy, until that one day in July 1971. She picked up Jimmy’s Bible and began to read where it opened to the place about the woman taken in adultery in John 8, and how Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” She realized that Jesus loved her and had already forgiven her, speaking to her from the gospel of John. Judy opened up her heart to God and asked Jesus to come in! She was born again and filled with the Holy Spirit! She was able to forgive her abusive mother and her stepfather who molested her up until her early teens when she left home for a life of prostitution, drugs, marijuana and pills, and notoriety- as a stripper and topless snake dancer.
SAVED AND CALLED TO SERVE
Besides drugs, Judy’s prostitution and strip dancing, the troubled lives of the Mamou’s included adultery, bouts with alcoholism, Judy’s abortion and finally a suicide attempt. Judy called herself,“The Other Woman” in her book that describes her life before she became born-again into the family of God, after Jimmy got saved that summer of 1971. God in His mercy delivered and saved both of them from their destructive lives when they reached the end of themselves. They both had their encounter with God and experienced the cleansing power of His love and as it says in 1Peter 1:8,
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:”
They began reading the Bible, praying and walking on the beach together. Jimmy quit his job as a rock musician and began playing music at a dinner club. He sang secular tunes with religious lyrics he composed, and he passed out Bibles to his audience! They started going to church, sharing the good news of their salvation with their friends; Judy was invited to share her testimony, the first of many times beginning in their church; Jimmy shared the gospel on KAIM radio twice a week for two years. God led them to reach out to prostitutes, pimps, drug addicts, alcoholics, the downtrodden in prisons, skid row districts, half way houses; “they also spoke in hospitals, colleges, churches and Christian meetings- wherever they were led.” God called them into full time ministry and they have been speakers in crusades and revival meetings in Hawaii, California, Korea and other parts of the world. I thank God for leading me to hear about Judy’s licentious life and profound conversion, for by July 1972 God began to do His mighty work in my and Wyman’s life (friends and relatives also shared their Christian faith with us) and both of us were saved and miraculously filled with the Holy Spirit!
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Posted by Shofar/Liz
A few years ago I had a vivid dream that I saw my mom in heaven. I tried to capture the scene in a small oil painting. She stood in a clearing in a white dress. There were trees on both sides of a path that led to a cottage at the end of it. It was so beautiful and serene that I could only attempt to convey the mood in the picture with my limited artistic skills.
My mom knew Jesus as her Savior; she knew that God was her Father and she was His child, His daughter. She lived a life that was pleasing to God. And when she died she went to heaven where I will see her again one day. When my dad passed on we had a private family graveside memorial. Dad honored God his whole life. Wyman told our family and friends to say their “Good bye,” or “I’ll be seeing you later” if they accept Jesus into their hearts. Many said a simple prayer of faith that day to assure themselves of their salvation, simply by believing Romans 10:9:
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
John 3:16 tells us:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
(Continuation of STS eBook, CHAPTER 1, GOD IS FAITHFUl. Note: I have highlighted some words and phrases.)
Having a Relationship With God
To know God and receive all of the blessings that He has for us requires a knowledge of who God is and finding out what it means to be a child of God. This is why we need to learn to apply our faith to believe and obey God’s Word, as we enter into a relationship with Him. Our relationship with God depends upon our love and obedience in following His commandments. We accept the authority of the Bible as Truth and allow the Holy Spirit to give us understanding and clarity. We accept it WHOLE and not pick it apart since God said that
“Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, and for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action). So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17 Amplified Bible).
We have to know what the requirements are to be in a relationship with God, and then we can receive the blessings and rewards of our obedience to Him. Everything we do in obedience to God’s Word in our families, our jobs and businesses, whatever we set our hands to do, will have God’s blessings in abundance, and we will be respected (paraphrased from Deuteronomy 28). But on the other hand, if we don’t follow God’s ways, curses and calamities, everything that could go wrong will happen to us because we have left the protective care and promises of God
The only way to be accepted by God and for us to have a relationship with Him, is to fully believe that God is who He says He is: He says what He means and means what He says, i.e. believe that HIS WORD IS TRUE!
Numbers 23:19 says,
“God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction (for what He has promised). Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?” (Amplified Bible)
The reality of this is that a non-acceptance of God’s Word is a rejection of God Himself. This is the issue that confronts most folks today, even in the Church. So many folks want to accept God on their terms according to what they find agreeable with them or what meets with their approval. God’s Way is the only way to eternal life. God sent Jesus to point out HIS WAY for us: Jesus said (to Thomas and to us),
“I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: no man comes to the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
Since God reveals Himself and His plan and purpose for our lives in His Word it is important to do serious Bible study, not just simply read it, but read and expect God to reveal His truth to our hearts, to make it real to our hearts and lives. We need to STUDY to have God’s approval, to understand and interpret the scriptures correctly and not be ashamed by being ignorant of basic Bible principles; we bring reproach upon ourselves and do not bring glory to God if we present ourselves as poor testimonies of our Christian faith (paraphrased from 2Timothy 2:15)
(NEXT- CHAPTER 2, PLEASING GOD- LOVE GOD, LOVE HIS WORD AND OBEY HIM)