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Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015
http://chrisfabry.com/war-room
The Kendrick brothers have their story about how the film War Room originated. I have my own story that I brought to the writing of the novel based on the film.

Our family was living in Illinois and attending a new church. We went through the new members class and met a couple a little older than us originally from China. They told their story, smiling as they spoke of the grace of God in their lives, and asked us all to pray for their son, Christopher.

"He is in prison now," Angela said.

Christopher had informed his parents years earlier that he was gay. He had moved to Atlanta, was in the party scene there, and dealt drugs. He was arrested and incarcerated.

But God had done something miraculous in Christopher's life. He had found a Bible in a prison trash can and began to read. This was just before he discovered he was HIV+. The news hit him hard, but God's Word hit him harder.

Angela's husband, Leon, was a dentist and we began taking our kids to have their teeth cleaned at his practice, which was in an office attached to his home. Years later, I was at their house and Angela asked if I would like to see her prayer room.

I had heard much about how hard Angela prayed for Christopher. She stormed the gates of heaven on her knees. She took me to a bathroom off the second floor of the house. It looked like any other bathroom, except that the shower stall was covered with notes and verses and people's names. The tub was covered by a thin rug.



Angela was so committed to praying for her son that she set apart that bathroom exclusively for prayer. I never forgot that scene, nor what happened to Christopher. When he was released from prison, he attended Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College. Today, he teaches the Bible at Moody.

No one is saying that if you find a "War Room" and use it that your children will become Bible teachers or that your marriage will be fully restored or that any of the cause-and-effect types of answers to prayer will happen. But when you bring God into the equations of your life and you allow Him access to your heart, and you surrender yourself and your problems to Him, He will honor that commitment and that trust you put in Him.

I don't know how prayer works. But I know it does. And I believe God is drawing us to Himself in times of our desperate need of Him. And I'm grateful for those who are willing to surrender and display that with their lives.

3 comments:

Mark LaMaster said...

Chris, over our kids' Christmas break, we watched the War Room as a family. Since then, my 12 year old daughter has gone to the War Room we made every day since. It is such a blessing to have watched the movie and to know that she is connecting with God every morning before school. How powerful!!!

profipix said...

Chris,
I've sent you an email of my story, so you're familiar with what's been going on in my life. My wife and I watched War Room just in time, not long after I've fully exposed myself to her and to God. The movie was instrumental, and our favorite scenes are where Ms Clara has one on one with Liz and instructs her.
When we got married, my wife had prayed, asking God to make us a unique couple, but always in the back of her head, she thought "But don't let us go through an affair". It's amazing how God used specifically an affair that I've went through to break both of us down. We're fully surrendered to Him now and are connected to each other ONLY through Him. This movie has started a new trend in my life as well, praying for people I have never prayed for before, and just being connected to Christ on a daily basis.
I've always wondered why David was called a man after God's own heart and it never made sense, realizing the things he has done. Now I know why: David genuinely repented, was genuine in his faith, walked in joy of salvation, and constantly stayed connected to his Father.
I have now found my Father who is ever faithful, never failing, and full of mercy, love, and forgiveness. I was looking for these things in my earthly father and was constantly let down.
It was my wife's prayer that has played such a huge role in transforming me and what I've become now. Keep doing your work, Chris, and keep letting, as you always have, for God to do the transforming life through you.
Love you, brother.

Serg

Chris Solaas said...

If this concerns Christopher Yuan, God is using him in a mighty way to help the Christian community reach out to the Gay community.

He came to our church and told his story, and it is identical to the story you related in this post. I am glad to hear yet another facet of his riveting story about coming out of a hole so deep.

God is amazing, and the story He writes in our lives just shows us a glimpse.