Positive Influence

May 26, 2015 by

Positive Influence



What kind of influence do you have in the lives of others?

I have a friend in Jackson, Michigan, who has helped me to find my voice for ministry.

On Nov. 24, 2002, Jan Vasaris attended Sunday Praise Gathering ministry (that we hosted at Jim Stafford’s Theater in Branson for ten-years). At that time, Jan had been on medication for MS (Multiple Sclerosis) for several years and was suffering severely. God healed her that morning, and then on Dec. 18, 2002, her mind was healed (memory restored) and she has overcome the horrible symptoms of that disease.

Because of what God had done in her, she wrote to the email address on the information that we gave her that Sunday, and I responded. So, Jan and I  have corresponded by email for all these years. Her questions have challenged and stretched me, helping me find vocabulary for the things God has been teaching me and doing in me for many years.

Several years ago I was privileged to be invited to speak for a Women’s Conference in Detroit, hosted by the church she attends (Wesleyan) in Jackson. I visited in her home and met her husband, Al, and her three children. Because Al’s hobby is welding, I am always excited to see what Jan and Al have made for me at Christmas every year. They have become like family to me.

We are total opposites, but our relationship has been strengthened by the differences. Because of Jan, I’ve learned how to express my experiences with grace and patience. And, her hunger and eagerness for the truth of the Word often pulls out of me things I wouldn’t have understood without her queries and determination.

So, today, I read a note that she had written and I was so blessed. If I had been asked what my intention in writing the articles found on this website, I realize that Jan nailed it in this message!

In a world so conscious of darkness and confusion, I always want to share the Light of Christ, I want to bring the Hope of Glory! I want to be a positive influence where there is such negativity.

Thank you, Jan, for once again helping me find words to express my heart. Thank you for the positive influence you have been to me!


Hi Shelia,

I am thanking God so much this morning that He sent you into my life with such a powerful positive influence.

This morning I began reading an article that 3 people sent to me.  I didn’t even get through the first paragraph.  As I began reading it I felt myself tense up,  The last words I read were something like–God’s judgement is coming on America and it is going to be bad.

At that point I remembered you sending out articles about these doomsday people.  Thanks for taking time to send out those articles.  They helped me today to keep from allowing myself to get all caught up in fear.

It was just really strange–as I thought about the articles you sent me this very real presence of fear just left.  Hard to put into words but it was really neat!!!  Thanks for your faithfulness in sharing truths with me.

Praying for you as you minister abroad.
Love you much,  Jan

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