Dear Faith Family,
How long does it take to move a mountain? This is a question that has probably crossed my mind far more than most people realize. And if you were truly honest, you’d say the same thing too. It’s hard for many people to be honest and transparent concerning their faith and walk with God, but honesty and transparency are truly necessary in our journey of faith, especially if you want to help others, as well as ourselves.
For many years, I’ve been surrounded by “people of faith” who have had a hard time acknowledging that as long as you live on this earth, you will face challenges and the many storms of life. I don’t know what other planet these “faith people” are living on in their minds, but it’s truly not the same planet as me and many others that I know. Life can sometimes be difficult on this planet, but that’s where our faith truly comes in on the scene.
Here’s something so very very important to understand regarding faith. Faith will never ever deny the present circumstances or difficulty that you’re currently acing. So many people of faith, especially ministers, are afraid of making a wrong “faith confession” that they fail to accurately and truly confess their faith in the midst of a storm. Faith doesn’t deny the existence of a storm, no matter how many faith confessions you seem to make that say, “I’m not sick. I don’t have cancer.” When the truth is, you are sick and you do have cancer. It’s been so ingrained in so many people’s minds that if they say, “I am sick, or I have cancer,” that they are making a negative confession of faith and “claiming” sickness and disease. But, that’s not always necessarily true or the case.
The facts may say that sickness is in your body. It’s actually transparent and honest when you begin to acknowledge such in faith. When you’re truly exercising your faith in God and His healing Word, you can then use your faith to remove that mountain of sickness. We must learn what it really means to “fight the good fight of faith” and lay hold of what belongs to us in Christ. The fact is your body is sick, but the truth of God’s Word has made provision for that sickness to be dried up at the roots and for that mountain to be cast into the midst of the sea. Real bible faith will acknowledge the trial, and then it will address it with true words or an accurate confession of faith.
I was reminded of a favorite passage of scripture that came to my heart and I’d like to share this passage with you in context with what I’m sharing today.
Mark 11:12–14 (NLT) — 12 The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit. 14 Then Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!” And the disciples heard him say it.
Notice here that Jesus had to acknowledge that this fig tree didn’t have fruit, otherwise He wouldn’t have cursed it with His words. The fact is that this tree didn’t have anything on it’s branches for Jesus to eat. That was the truth of the whole matter. However, Jesus acknowledged what He saw, and then He addressed it with His faith. You can’t properly address anything with your faith and experience change for the better unless you first learn to acknowledge the presence of the trial or storm. It’s when we begin to acknowledge the difficult or challenging circumstance, that we can truly be free and come out victoriously over that storm. Everybody experiences storms. Storms don’t mean there’s sin in your life, it just simply means your human and live on this earthly planet. Storms can mean that you doing something right and that the devil doesn’t like what you’re doing.
Look at what happened the next day when Jesus and His disciples passed by that same tree.
Mark 11:20–24 (NLT) — 20 The next morning as they passed by the fig tree he had cursed, the disciples noticed it had withered from the roots up. 21 Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree on the previous day and exclaimed, “Look, Rabbi! The fig tree you cursed has withered and died!” 22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.
Jesus used this fig tree as an example for His disciples to follow in the operation of their faith. He also went on to use another analogy in reference to faith moving a mountain. He told us that if we had faith in God, we can speak to a mountain and that mountain would obey our words that are spoken in faith. It’s important to note, however, that before we can truly speak to a mountain, you first have to acknowledge that the mountain is actually there in the first place. Don’t be like so many immature believers who think they are operating in “faith” because they say, “I’m not sick. I don’t have cancer. I don’t have a mountain!” Listen, you have to first acknowledge whatever it is that has come to challenge your faith. Learn to acknowledge the problem, and then learn to address it in faith accordingly with God’s Word. It is true that there may be a mountain standing in your way, but the truth of God’s Word will remove that mountain — eventually.
How long will it take to move a mountain? It will take as long as it takes. That’s the best answer I can give you on the matter. There’s truly no time limit. It’s so hard and frustrating to get so caught up in time and how long something may be taking, but that doesn’t help speed up the process at all. It’s in the meantime that between speaking to a mountain and before you actually see it thrown into the sea that you have to maintain your faith in God and His unchanging Word. That mountain will eventually be removed — it could be in the morning, or it could be next week, or it could be next month, and sometimes it takes even years. It really doesn’t matter how long it takes, what matters is that the mountain gets out of your way. Just stick with it and refuse to quit.
I want to thank our family and friends for standing with Robyn and I on our journey of faith. Some friends have seemingly abandoned us in this difficult season of our lives, probably because of immaturity and maybe even pride or self-importance, or maybe it’s because they don’t understand how faith really works and operates. As most everybody knows, Robyn and I had to relocate to the mainland (Huntington Beach, CA) on September 26th (my 49th birthday) of this past year. We have been in Southern California now for 11 months now.
Here are the natural facts. We had to turn our pastorate over to our dear friends and associate pastors, Herman and Carol Haupu, because we had to acknowledge the presence of a fig tree or mountain that had come to challenge our faith in God and HIs Word. We couldn’t find a proper medical diagnosis for Robyn and real help for her on Maui, even after multiple attempts to do so. Hence we had to relocate to the west coast to find her more accurate answers, solutions, and care. Since being on the mainland theese past 11 months, we have had a couple of medical diagnosis’s that have given us some answers as to “why” Robyn has felt and even acted certain ways at times.
The first diagnosis was that Robyn had a severe hormonal deficiency. This caused her to not be herself on so many different levels both physically and mentally. When your body is deficient of various hormones, it can cause you to feel and even act out in a manner that truly isn’t you at all. She has had and will continue to have many tests to keep these hormones in check and operating as they should. She has been prescribed a hormonal treatment plan and we are mixing our faith with medicine to see this mountain completely removed from our lives. This diagnosis was an answer for us, not a negative report. We have acknowledged this physical problem, and are addressing this both spiritually and naturally.
The second diagnosis that Robyn received was from Kaiser Permanente of California. Their doctors have said that she has had Bipolar II for many years and she was never properly diagnosed on Maui as such. This is a physical problem within her brain that has caused her to feel and act differently from her true self. She has struggled mentally and emotionally for many years, which has been unknown to many close to us. As we have begin to acknowledge this problem, we’re also beginning to understand why Robyn has felt and reacted negatively to so many different things during our 25 years of marriage and our 22 years of ministry on Maui. This Bipolar II disease became worse for her when a Maui doctor prescribed Robyn an anti-depressant, which he shouldn’t have ever done since her correct diagnosis was Bipolar II. This anti-depressant literally turned Robyn into another person — a person that I didn’t know or understand. It was almost as if Robyn had been kidnapped by aliens and somebody else was living in her body. Robyn’s family couldn’t see this, but I saw it clearly because I know her and her heart better than anybody else does on this planet. And for those of you that truly know her, I know that you felt the same way that I did in October 2016. Robyn stopped coming to church, and she even stopped coming home to be with me, her husband. During this period of time she said and did things with others that were totally out of character for her. This left me, as well as many in our church family, very confused and hurt. Thank God for answers and thank God for His mercy and help.
Mental disease is something that many don’t quite know how to respond to or face. You can’t always see it on the outside, unless you are close enough to the person to understand them more. I’ve started to share a bit more of what we have and are continuing to face with Robyn’s health in a public manner because you don’t hear very many people talk about mental disease. Someone even said regarding Robyn, “Just get over it and snap out of it.” Someone also said, thinking they were truly being a help, “We have the mind of Christ!” There is a truth in both of these statements, but at the same time those words can be very insensitive and cause harm, especially to someone like Robyn who has been sick and facing a challenging time. Some think they are the spiritual authority and operating in faith when they say, “She has the mind of Christ,” but they are saying it not from a true position of faith. Don’t forget, as pastors, we have read and taught the scriptures probably way more than these so called “people of faith.” Yes, we all have the mind of Christ — the same anointing that was on Jesus’ mind is now available to your mind and mine. Many of you have heard me teach and preach on this subject a multitude of times over the course of my ministry. I stand by what I have taught because it’s God’s Word, but you have to learn how to apply things correctly. It’s because of the mind of Christ that Robyn and I are receiving concrete answers and solutions to this sickness that we are now resisting with our faith.
Here’s where people miss it, many fail to acknowledge the presence of a problem and to be moved with biblical compassion toward whoever it is who is facing a problem (or mental condition). Compassion always acknowledges the storm or the health issue that is challenging another, but not from a position of spiritual pride or superiority. That’s truly not the love of God and can be very insensitive. Could you imaging walking up to someone who has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and say, “You just need to get over it and suck it up and deal with it!” Well, that’s basically the same thing as saying this to someone who has been dealing with a mental illness — that’s very insensitive and doesn’t help. Just as someone can have a sick liver, they can also have a sick brain. The sickness that affects the brain is no less of a sickness than any other sickness in another part of the body.
The good news is, there’s an answer for all sickness and disease. The answer is Jesus. He bore all sickness and disease in His body when He died on the cross. That’s our redemptive rights. Also, just because someone may receive healing in an instant manner, that doesn’t mean others who are standing in faith for healing are any lesser or are doing something wrong because healing hasn’t manifest as of yet. No, it just means you’re human and you live on planet earth. This earth is contaminated with disease, and as long as we are here, we will have to face disease in one way or another. if not personally, then we will face it with someone we love dearly.
Our faith has acknowledged this physical and mental sickness of a storm that we are presently facing. Our faith hasn’t denied that it doesn’t exist, because it really does exist. Robyn has been sick, and I am doing my best to minister the love and Word of God to her in this recovery process. Some healings are a process and not instant. That’s okay, because healing always comes because healing belongs to us in Christ.
Much of my personal time has been focused on ministering to my wife these past 11 months, and rightly so. My family is the first church that I pastor before anything or anyone else. And I will continue to remain focused on Robyn’s full recovery — as long as it takes. Faith will do whatever it takes to get the job done, and we’re doing whatever it takes. The truth is we always win.
Please continue to pray for Robyn and I as we navigate this season of healing in Robyn’s life. The medical and financial needs have been extremely great, but the Lord is faithful. I have been shooting professional photography to help with these needs. Thank you for remaining in faith with us, and not turning a blind eye because you don’t completely understand the problem or agree with the answer. Just trust God with us for the end result, and that’s Robyn’s full recovery.
I am beginning now to branch out a bit more as doors of opportunity are made available for me to minister. Next week, I will be traveling to Mexico City to be with my longtime family and friends, Terry and Renee Mize. We will be going there for a gathering of ministers for a special birthday party for Wayne Meyers (who is turning 96). Wayne Meyers has hundreds and even thousands of others that are connected to him and his longtime ministry in Mexico. I am quite honored to be able to join them and be a part of this. I know that many doors will be open in the process of me being in attendance there for these few days.
On October 21st, I will be flying to Malawi, Africa to conduct a “Total-Life Prosperity Conference” for my dear friend, Bishop Mark Kambalazaza. This will be a very large conference with many thousands of people in attendance for these meetings. Many of these people will be pastors and ministry leaders from all over Africa. Please stand in faith with me for the will of God to be accomplished in these meetings. Also, please stand with me financially for the budget of $3000 for this missionary outreach to be meet. I realize that not everybody can go and do some of the things that the Lord is positioning me to do, but you can “go” by helping me go by providing airfare, food, and lodging. If you’d like to get involved in helping meet the needs of this missionary journey, you can give through out website at www.waynehancock.org. You can even text your missionary seed to 808.427.1660. Or, you can give the old fashioned way by mailing a check to PO Box 1051, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Regardless of how you choose to give, your money will be used to bless thousands of people with God’s Word and Spirit in Africa. I am also believing for many miracles of healing to take place on this missionary journey.
Please know that Robyn and I love our dear family and friends, both on Maui and around the world. Thank you for sticking with us and remaining such a vital part of our lives. We need each other’s unconditional love and support always.
In HIs unconditional love,
P.S. Robyn and I are planning on making a video next month regarding some of these matters that I discussed in this letter.
Wayne Hancock Ministries International
17106 Ambiance Way
Franklin, TN 37067
17106 Ambiance Way
Franklin, TN 37067