Through my own tangible experience with the Holy Spirit, the concept for Azusa Street, The Musical was birthed. It is true when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
Although I loved the Lord, I was a doubting thomas when it came down to the laying on of hands and souls falling-out and such. To me, it was show business.. a means to raise tithes and money,
However, one beautiful, but typical Sunday morning, I made my routine homage to church service. Little did I know that it was not going to be a typical Sunday morning, Huh huh! I was not prepared for the Lord to speak to me in such a profound way, God let me know through the Pastor, that He was familiar with the condition of my soul.
I had no idea that He would speak to me through the pastor and turn my world upside down. Not only were the words that were spoken to me like water to my soul, but it was that Sunday morning that I personally witnessed the laying on of hands, on people I knew. I knew that they were not acting or faking, they were for real. My world was turned upside down, I knew something in me had changed. I immediately shared my experience with everyone that would listen. I know some of you have had this experience and know exactly what I am talking about!!! Amen! BUT, more importantly, I reached out to my son that has suffered for decades with a prostate problem. I told him of my experience and said that he had to go to church with me the following Sunday. Son, I said without hesitation, you got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
So the following Sunday, we were at church together. I was disappointed to see that another preacher all together was preaching. Oh my God, I thought to myself!!!! BUT, the Lord was gracious, and the pastor was wonderful. He ministered to everyone and also laid hands on at least 10 to 15 people. They were all speaking in tongues, crying, passing out all over the church. As the preacher started back to the pulpit, he stopped, turned around and looked straight at my son. He walked over to him, pointed his finger at my son and in a forceful voice and said…”You have a prostate problem and the Lord told me to tell you that you will be delivered. AMEN!! As the preacher spoke, the pain left my son’s body. As the tears ran down both my son’s face and mine, all I could do was thank God! This miracle helped seal the deal for me. I wanted everyone I know to have the same experience with God.
Within days, I met Les Hamasaki, a Board of Director of the Azusa Street Foundation. As I learned about the history of the miraculous Pentecostal movement, it became evident that God was leading me to use the gifts and talents that he gave me to help create a platform that could speak to the masses; ministering hope and restoration and provoking repentance.
The rest will be history…According to the Will of God!