Have you ever wondered how people get involved in Dunamis or how it has impacted their life and ministry?
As a regular series on here, we’ll share “Stories of Dunamis.”
These first hand stories will help you know what Dunamis is about, the blessings of attending a local Dunamis Track, and occasionally how to get more information on attending a Dunamis near you.
Read more or watch Kay Gebbens explain how the Dunamis Project affected her.
What follows is an approximate transcript of the video conversation:
Chris Walker: Hey, this is Chris Walker. Every now and then we like to hear stories about why people come to Dunamis, and how the Dunamis Project has impacted their ministry. Kay is with me, and I’m going to ask her a couple questions about her, and Dunamis story.
Thinking back to when you first came to Dunamis, how would you describe some of what propelled you to come to Dunamis?
Kay: I was sitting in church one Sunday morning, and I simultaneously kind of had two realizations. The first one was that everything I had been taught to do as a Christian, coming to church twice every Sunday, reading Bible, praying, all those wonderful things were completely inadequate.
You know, I had found Jesus. I knew Jesus. I knew I was saved, but I was completely discontent to the point of the thinking, well, if this is it, I’m not sure that I want to do this for the rest of my life.
Kay: At the same time as I was sitting in church, I realized that if this is all there is, if the church has these programs for people to go through (whether it’s Sunday school, Alpha Program, and whatnot, if all we’re doing is running people through a program), it’s not going to spit a Christian out at the other end. And it’s simply not going to work. It’s inadequate.
There’s something missing from what we were doing.
Chris Walker: Although they’re all good things, there’s something more. There was a restlessness that there’s got to be something more.
Kay: There’s got to be something more. If this is it, this is not going to work. I simply knew that there had to be something more.
Chris Walker: Somewhere along the way an invitation to Dunamis found its way to you. How did that happen? And why did you actually accept that?
Kay: You know, I think somehow my brother got me on a mailing list, which is fine. Or the Holy Spirit, who knows?
The invitation came shortly after I had somehow been through a bit of a miracle involved in a miraculous healing of a friend that I was very perplexed by.
The invitation came for the healing conference which was coming up a couple months later in the area.
I really hoped that this healing ministry of Jesus conference would answer my questions because having seen a friend healed after spending most of my life believing that the Lord didn’t do healing anymore in these days left me in a place of being very perplexed, and confused, and a little bit uncertain about what I had been taught.
Uncertain about what I should believe, and how to proceed with my life based on what those beliefs were.
Chris Walker: You were telling me a little bit how with a restlessness that you were experiencing that you had begun praying. Lord, I want to see your hand in my life, or something along those lines.
Chris Walker: And then you started seeing how the Lord was speaking to you, and then this healing happened.
Kay: It was kind of a process. I realized that I wasn’t very good at praying, and made a commitment to pray differently and more conversationally.
When I began praying more conversationally, talking to the Lord as I might a friend, I found that the Lord actually spoke back which was a little bit of a surprise at first.
The Holy Spirit would speak back, and sometimes would nudge me to pray for someone, encourage someone, and I began receiving confirmation that what I was doing was helpful to people, and so I continue to step out.
And to the point where I knew that a friend needed healing, and I knew that the Lord wanted to heal her, and we prayed for her, and she was miraculously healed.
The tumors that were on the MRI on Friday were gone on Tuesday when they did surgery. That really left me perplexed. Excited, but perplexed.
Chris Walker: In some of your background there wasn’t a theological grid to incorporate these experiences.
Kay: Exactly. When you have new experiences, or new information that don’t mesh with the old, your brain rustles with what do I do with this? Where do I file it? How do I place it? How do I incorporate it?
I was really struggling with that. I’m a very intellectual person, very organized, very logical, and so I was really struggling with that.
Chris Walker: This invitation to Dunamis came, and you had that thirst and desire to actually set apart the time from your work and go.
Then once you were there, what did you find or hear that just rocked your world, and made you part of the Dunamis community?
Kay: Well, first of all, I walked in and I was a bit terrified. I wasn’t sure what I was going to experience there, but I could feel from the moment that I walked in that it was going to be a little different.
I could sense a difference in the atmosphere.
I think I kind of wept through the most of the first day just being in the presence of the Holy Spirit, and in the presence of so many loving people.
It was probably on the second or third day, I remember the teacher walking methodically through the scripture on how the Lord might lead someone to pray for someone who needed healing.
It was an absolutely mirror image of what had happened to me, and it was so scripturally sound, and to be able to look at the scripture in a new way because what I had been taught wasn’t exactly correct, so to be able to see it correctly, and to know that what had happened was exactly what the Lord wanted to happen … from the point He said he was going to be sending the Holy Spirit, it was so refreshing, and so incredibly relieving to know that I wasn’t crazy.
And that this was actually scriptural, and this was correct.
Chris Walker: I think that’s what a lot of people find when they go to Dunamis, and they find a biblical grid to really understand their experiences with the Lord.
One final question. If someone is thinking about coming to a local Dunamis Project who’s maybe sitting on the fence, should they come, should they not come … because coming to a Dunamis Project means you’re take four days, two days and a weekend, at least, and so that’s a pretty heavy time commitment.
So, if you were to speak to that kind of person, what would you say to help nudge them to come to Dunamis?
Kay: I would say that just from my own experience this was the thing that has rocked my world the most, and brought the most truth.
I mean, aside from all of the Christian teaching I had growing up, but it’s the piece of truth that had been missing from what I had received in the church, and it completely changed my approach.
It completely changed my thinking. Completely changed my outlook, and how I live. It’s changed all of that.
Chris Walker: You’ve been able to step in what it means to live and minister in the power of the Holy Spirit as kind of that missing dimension that helped bring you to Dunamis in the first place.
Kay: Yeah. Christianity is no longer kind of a static thing where you’re kind of biding your time until you get to Heaven. You’re actually bringing Heaven to Earth in your activity, and in your ministry.
Chris Walker: Now, somewhere around this page you’ll find the event calendar, so if you’re thinking about coming to a local Dunamis Project near you, just kind of dig around, and find it.