Testimony of JoAnne Christou
May 27, 2007
Good Morning! This is the day the Lord has made and I’m going to leave not
like I came. And today, I just want to please the Lord with this
It’s all about living in fantasy as a shy child and the
fantasy became a built-in self defense mechanism to make me feel safe and
make me feel good toward myself because of heavy family rejection; with
heavy trauma all of my life until I became a Christian.
Because of living in fantasies, I became a very good story
builder as my life unfolded. The story building was revealed to me about
five years ago by the Holy Spirit. It was difficult to recognize at first
and then I got the hang of it and overcame Satan. Since then, the Lord has
been revealing one myth after the other in my life and always cleansing,
To please the Lord, I’m going to confess to the
congregation, and I’ve already repented of these myths, but they are
devilish and demonic stories put into my mind by Satan. It was easy for
him as I was already a fantasy story builder. I’ve said all this so far to
please the Lord.
I’ve been a Christian for about 15 years now, so about 13½
years ago, in that big church over on Highway 50, when I was only 1½ years
old in God’s kingdom, I didn’t know how to test spirits, didn’t know
anything about testing spirits. The devil sent into the women’s
intercession group a young woman who sang fake prophecies over four of us.
She sang five prophecies over me, one of which was: “The Lord would name
me ‘Mother of all Nations.’” I bought into that one big time. It fit the
satanic spirits of self-importance and pride that were already there
because of fantasy and story building.
I can remember playing under our old homestead house at the
age of three and the imagination taking over in me. I loved babies even
then, so the “Mother of all Nations” fit right in later on in life.
With this false prophesy, the devil was beginning to build
his story to feed what was there from childhood, and about 2½ years
later, I met Sotiris, not knowing we would marry in the future. He was in
the food distribution business, and about this time, thinking it was
Jesus, Satan told me I would be given a food product to feed babies and
children worldwide. He just worked everything out so beautifully by
having me think it was God telling me this. This product was to be high in
protein, have a long shelf life and be low cost. In my mind, this fit
right in with the “Mother of all Nations” lie. The devil knows how much we
both love babies and little children.
I was then shown who the importer for the product would be.
I was given the name of a man by Ron Svenhard’s secretary, and some time
later, we went to this man’s church. On that day, he announced that he had
just become an importer, and I went wild. That was confirmation from God
or so I thought! Satan used Christians and real circumstances in making
his lie believable. This man later gave up importing to write books for
Jesus. I questioned this and scripture was used by the enemy to tell me
that God would not violate a man’s free will and another importer would be
chosen later. Because scripture had been given, I again bought into the
satanic lie which kept me contaminated and totally deceived!
The next sequence to this testimony was George and
Katherine Mwangi coming into our church. They are from Kenya, Africa and
came to the United States to escape being burned to death by the rubber
necklaces. This is where Christians were murdered by putting a rubber tire
around their bodies and throwing gasoline or kerosene on them and setting
them on fire. Just after they came into our church, Satan showed me that
the product to be given to me was locusts. Again, the wrong voice said,
“Ask the African sister about locusts.” The following Sunday, I asked
Katherine about locusts, and she said that as a child, they barbecued them
and that they tasted like chicken. Third world countries and orphanages
came to my mind, to feed the babies and children. She also said one large
locust is enough for one meal. So the story was becoming more believable
all the time.
Many years passed with Sotiris and I going through the rock
tumbler which brought us much closer to the Lord. Only God knows why His
particular timing is chosen to reveal the untruths in our hearts and His
timing is so perfect for our lives. I just thank you Jesus for all of
The ways of Satan are subtle and beguiling. Approximately
four years ago, a woman from Guatemala, who had an evangelistic and
prophetic ministry, singled out Sotiris and I after a church meeting in
another church and spoke exactly the same prophecy over me of being
“Mother of all Nations.” I went bananas! That was God! That had to be God!
BUT IT WAS NOT GOD!
She spoke over my husband and me as being spiritual giants
and said other words to feed our flesh with pride and self-importance.
Before this happened, my husband was already fighting pride and self
-importance from his life in Greece and I unknowingly had them already
built into me.
This evangelist and prophetess from Guatemala will be told
of this and will be taught testing of the spirits. I don’t think she tests
spirits as in 1 John 4:1-3. She is just learning English and always
welcomes new biblical information. I know the Holy Spirit will show her
the truth so she will never again speak while being deceived but recognize
the enemy. I’m praying the Holy Spirit will give that to her strongly.
The fantasy lie continued on and in 2006 I was shown who
the new importer was to be or so I thought. Katherine Mwangi had been an
importer in Kenya before coming to America, and according to the enemy,
she was to be the new importer. Here went old hornhead again, using
factual information to cause me to buy into the lie even further.
The Mwangi’s were going to Kenya on June 5th of
this year where they have just finished building a new home. I was told by
the enemy that if I went to Kenya with them, I would meet an older
Christian gentleman in their church who would be the one to grow the
Meanwhile, not too long ago, the Lord had spoken a prophecy
through Pastor John that our church has been set free from bondages
holding us back. Unknowingly, I was one of those bondages. How many more
of us are in bondage? Ask God to show you and help break you free just as
Pastor John has been preaching. I just praise God that He’s broken me
free. It is truly wonderful and changes are happening; little things are
happening all the time as I’m casting the demons out!
The sermons were really on fire to me after the prophecy
was given to the congregation by Pastor John. He preached about C.T. Studd
and how his family told him that he could no longer go to other countries
to minister for the Lord. Studd knew God was calling him to go out again,
so he left his family and went out and preached another 20 years. Like the
word says, when husband and wife separate, don’t divorce, come back
together again. I believe Pastor John said his family went to him after
At the altar call, I ran down to the front and was
anointed. I said, “Yes, Lord, I’m going to Kenya.” My thoughts were, “My
Pastor just preached, ‘you can break loose and when God tells you to do
something for Him, DO IT!’” So, after the altar call, I ran to Pastor John
and sister Aina at the door and very excitedly said, “Was that message for
men and women?” As he shook my hand and looked me right in the eye, he
said, “Yes, JoAnne.” That was it! I was on my way to Africa, regardless of
what my husband thought… and that was not Jesus! My saving grace was that
the Holy Spirit moved on me to ask intercessors to pray for confirmation
concerning going to Kenya in June. Now it was finally time for concrete
action from God. And it wasn’t God. Praise God, I was obedient in this.
In my heart, after 73 years of this story building or
perhaps I should say, 13½ years, I was willing to hear an “aye’ or a “nay”
from the Father. Anyway, the first three intercessors I asked to pray
didn’t hear a word, not one word from the Lord, not an “aye” or “nay.” The
fourth one fasted and prayed and was given Acts 13:1-4. I was then told by
the Holy Spirit to ask Pastor John and Sister Aina to fast and pray with
me over this issue. They did and both reported to me later that this whole
thing was not of God, because if God is building up our business, He
wouldn’t send us out until it is built up enough. And secondly, when we
were sent to Greece, Pastor John felt a peace about sending us out, as in
Acts 13:1-4. He knew it was the Holy Spirit. It was beautiful when we
went to Greece, and it was of God. He didn’t feel peace about us being
sent to Africa and gave me 1 Kings 22:5, where Ahab, the king of Israel
heard what he wanted to hear from the prophets, just as I had in the
fantasy and story building.
I was devastated for about five minutes. Then the enemy put
sadness, shame, embarrassment, defeat, guilt and a number of other satanic
spirits on me emotionally, and all of a sudden with the Holy Spirit moving
quickly upon me, I came up out of that slime pit by doing heavy duty
warfare against the emotional turmoil. The other intercessors joined in
and I was delivered of all those years of lies and fantasies, self-defense
Sister Aina and another intercessor received from the Lord
one word, “Temptation,” meaning the devil was tempting me. Going to Kenya
was the enemy’s plan to devastate my life in Jesus, and push doubt,
unbelief, and wavering into my heart after spending all of that time and
money, only to find out there was no gentleman and no locusts.
After leaving intercession that night, I began to question
the Lord about the two prophesies that had been spoken over me from the
past and He showed me that they were false. I asked Him to show me other
things from my past and He has. Praise God! I’m thankful. My God raised up
His standard against the enemy and saved me from the devastation, the
lies, the story building, and the defeat of 13½ years; about 73 years, all
told. Anyway, God has allowed me to use many gifts named in His Word. He’s
blessed me many times. He blessed me with Sotiris. He’s melted and molded
me, but I did not have His fullness, and now I can have His Fullness in
all things. I’m thankful. No more contamination and no more deceit. The
satanic spell has been broken! It’s gone now and I’m free in Jesus! I’m
now a new woman in Christ. He’s renewing me all of the time.
I was prepared to receive an “aye” or “nay” from the Lord
when they prayed, and when it was “nay,” I gave it up in five minutes
after confessing and repenting to Jesus Christ. I’ve been forgiven because
of the blood of Jesus. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.” I thank the Lord for all of the scripture He has given
me. Pastor John just preached on this recently.
I’ve been restored just like King David. I feel so free and
my husband sees the changes happening. He loves coming home from a day’s
work now more than he did before. In the past, he could feel something was
not quite right, but couldn’t put his finger on it. I was guilty! I’m
moving on. Thank God I’m forgiven in Jesus’ name!
This testimony is not given so anyone can gossip, criticize
or judge these circumstances but so that my corner of the church of Jesus
Christ will be cleansed from Satanic evil. I don’t call it sin but evil. I
know this testimony pleases my Father in Heaven. He gave me these
“He hath not dealt
with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For
as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them
that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed
our transgressions from us.” (Psalms 103:10-12)
“And be not
conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect,
will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
“…and reprove one
that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.”
for that Lord.
entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.”
“My son, despise
not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For
whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he
delighteth.” (Proverbs 3:11-12)
“Now no chastening
for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward
it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are
exercised thereby.” (Hebrews 12:11)
I am getting exercised! I love it! I’m thankful. I’m
thankful because I never knew, and it wasted so much time thinking: “Why
isn’t this happening? When are you going to do this God? When are you
going to do that?” Well, it wasn’t God.
Pastor John preached about King David making a decision not
to live in the past but accepting God’s will and moving on to the here and
“Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which
thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all
mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right
spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy
holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold
me with thy free spirit.” (Psalms 51:8-12)
The Lord has already renewed a right spirit within me and
given me a true joy. My husband sees this and hasn’t spoken a derogatory
statement. He likes me better now. He liked me back then but now he likes
me better and I do too. I just praise the Lord for His perfect timing in
my life and thank Him for His love and the truth that has been shown to
me. I thank you Lord! I love you Lord! I just can’t stop thanking you and
praising you for doing this!
I thought I would be embarrassed to death but I’m not. I’m
glad. Thank you Jesus. Hallelujah! You are an awesome God!
JoAnne Christou is on the music
worship team at Resurrection Life of Jesus Church and her husband,
Sotiris, is an Elder. They came to RLJC in 1991 and are an integral
part of this ministry, visiting the sick and witnessing Jesus
wherever the Lord leads them.