I had heard of the name Benny Hinn from the
Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation after Miss Kuhlman had died, but I never kept up with
him. Many years passed and one morning about 5:00AM I heard him on This is your day.
There was no way of knowing just How God would fit
our lives together and how God would use a simple housewife from Missouri to
move in the Spirit with this World famous Evangelist, Pastor and author Benny
Hinn. GOD HAS A PLAN He is never early, nor is He late, He is always just on
There is a perfect timing , GODS TIMING.
Within a few days I had 50 sick people that wanted
to go with me to Chicago to a Miracle service. We took the bus to Chicago.
Well, we waited again on the door steps for hours
to get into the building, it was a big public auditorium and there were signs
over each door separating the wheel chairs from the busses and the general
public. There was a door for ushers and the choir, and it seemed as though all
of them were moving, but ours. Finally the doors were opened and we again rushed
in to get a seat. There were thousands of people there and it was announced
7,000 outside, not able to get in. The fire marshall locked the doors for safety
reasons. The feeling was the same at the Kathryn Kuhlman services as we were
being ushered into the presence of God. I felt His sweet
Holy Spirit sweep over me and I saw Pastor Benny Hinn come out on the
platform. He was brilliant in his white suit and his well groomed hair. His eyes
sparkled and danced with the thrill of the Holy Spirit being there and he
pranced back and forth like a strong-sleek lipizzan horse, ready for battle. He
raised his hand in thanksgiving and praised God with all his heart. I saw a
gentleness from him, but not the same as Kathryn Kuhlman. He was a man, and she
was a women. There was a world of difference, but each one strong with Godís
anointing. I heard a man that could bring the word of God
to each of us in such a new way, I had never experienced before. It was
as though he was there when the cities of the bible were built and he ate and
talked to the old testament men of God. Abraham and Moses and Jacob and Noah
,etc.etc. It was like he talked with the disciples and planned strategies
of warfare and victory. I had never heard anyone ever teach the way
he did, with such conviction and surety. I could also see the very human
side of him. The struggle to grow. The hunger and almost impatience to learn
more and more about Jesus and how to serve him better.
There is 15 years difference in our age between
us, but I felt an understanding and protection toward him, like a mother, but a
willingness like a loyal friend to bring whatever I had spiritually to join with
him in what he was doing. It had nothing to do with being in a big ministry, it
had to do with respect of a man that had given all he had to see God change the
lives of millions, and a knowing I could bring a dimension of Love and Faith, I
thought would be beneficial to the ministry. I was just thinking all these
things to myself never considering my thoughts would become a reality.
As we sat in that great service I said to the lady
next to me - God is healing that lady in the wheel chair, or I see God touching
the one with the body brace. I wished I had the privilege to pray for those
people, but I did not, so I sat as quiet as possible.
Remember now I had never talked to Benny Hinn, or
written to his ministry nor did they even know I was there at that service.
There were passengers on my bus that were healed
and I was so excited. The service lasted for hours and at the closing I didnít
want it to end. As the auditorium emptied two of Pastor Benny Hinnís body
guards came to me and said ď Pastor Benny would like you to come back into his
reception room. He would like to talk with you. I said OK and the next thing I
knew, I was in behind the stage listening to what he was saying. These are the
words. ď My staff and I have been praying for two and one half years for
someone to help me. As I saw you I believe the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said
it was you. Would you be willing to help meĒ. Without hesitation, I said yes,
because I had heard that during the service, not knowing how it would ever
happen. ďHe saidĒ now I want to
ask the Holy Spirit again when Iím under that great anointing to know if I
have heard from Him correctly. Will you come to Tulsa Oklahoma. That is were our
next crusade will be held. I said yes, I would be there, and I was. And Pastor
Benny called me back to the dressing room again and said
ďyes I heard the Holy Spirit say it once againĒ He was sure and so
was I. Here I was in the middle of the auditorium thousands inside and thousands
outside and God pointed me out. He knows where you are at all times. You are
valuable to Him.
Not 25 yearís old, nor blonde hair, blue
eyes-nor 110 lbs-nor rich - nor holding a degree., but God knows our hearts, He
knows our desires, He knows just were you are, and what you are willing to do
for Him. He knows if we can be trusted with what he gives us. Oh, Iím so
grateful for Him choosing me.
To be with Kathryn Kuhlman 8 1/2 years and now
Benny Hinn for about 71/2 years, and being on my own for all the years between
and picking up more speed as I go, Itís a miracle. Well thatís how it began.
The Holy Spirit had put me in training again all
those years to minister all over the world.
I came to Benny Hinnís ministry to give what I
had, not to take from it. I felt as all the others on staff
felt we are a body of Christ
moving under that great anointing as one.
I have never had any training by Pastor Benny nor
have I read any book on what to do and how .The Holy Spirit is my teacher and
will always be.
Pastor Benny saysĒ Joan Gieson can get people
out of wheel chairs faster than anyone I know , other than Jesus.Ē We both
know I have nothing to do with it. Iím just there at the right moment when
Jesus sets them free. I have made myself willing and available.
We have been in 18 different countries and all
over the US many times. Iíve never missed a service in the states in almost 8
years. I love and respect this man and his family without measure.
Iíve watched Benny Hinn direct everything that
goes on during the entire service. He commands your attention every second he is
on the platform. He demands only perfection from , himself as well as all of us.
We all understand his great commitment and we too are that committed. We do not
serve Benny Hinn, but the God in him.
All over the world this man is known for his belief in the Holy Spirit, just as Kathryn Kuhlman was. Every place he goes, if in the US or another country, The Holy Spirit is always there. Once you go to a miracle crusade and experience what Iím telling you about. You will never be the same.
God knows just where you are, just keep your eyes on HIM and you will never be
Benny Hinn at our home
Joan,Anthony,Kim & Joanie
Getting ready for the dinner
Dyan Cannon helping Joan in kitchen with the dinner.