Sid Roth - I Was Healed of Cancer As I Praised God
Sid Roth: What you're seeing is the beautiful mountain ranges in Redding, California, but that's not why we're here. We're here because there's an outbreak of miracles (over 1,000 miracles) at Bethel church. The question I have for you is, can raising hands to God, can dancing, cause an outbreak of miracles, of healing for cancer and tumors and ulcers? My guests say yes, next, on this edition of "It's Supernatural"!
Sid Roth: Hello, I'm Sid Roth, your investigative reporter. What happens when you're like Janice Mendoza, and you go to the doctor - why did you go to the doctor?
Janice Mendonca: Well, I went to the doctor because I was having some difficulty swallowing, and when I would swallow it felt like things were getting stuck and they weren't going down as they were supposed to. And I was having some - a little bit of burning, and I was having some bleeding in the colon area and so...
Sid Roth: That doesn't sound like good symptoms.
Janice Mendonca: No.
Sid Roth: Were you real worried?
Janice Mendonca: Yeah, I was. I was nervous when I went in. I wasn't expecting them, really, to find anything, and I was very nervous.
Sid Roth: So, what was the result?
Janice Mendonca: Basically what happened is I went in and they did what's called an endoscopy, where they stick a tube down the throat with a camera, and some other instruments that they can biopsies, and they went in and they looked down in there, and after it was over - they put you under through this - and when the doctor came out he said they were going to send the sample away to be tested. He said there was some redness around the esophagus area and he said there were - my ulcers were still scarred and still there, and, you know, he gave me some medication to take. So about ten days later I got a phone call from him and he said that the biopsy came back with Barrett's esophagus.
Sid Roth: What does that mean?
Janice Mendonca: That's what I said. I said I don't know what that is and, you know, he said it's - the cells in the esophagus are actually changing and it's, like, cancerous. They're showing cancerous cells, so there's nothing we can do. He said you just have to go in yearly and, you know, just keep watching this. And he said just continue to take your medicine and we'll do another exam in a year. Well, within that year I moved here to Redding.
Sid Roth: But, just out of curiosity, there's nothing they can do, so what is the end result?
Janice Mendonca: Basically the end result is not good. It's basically death. There is -
Sid Roth: So why did they even bother monitoring you if there's nothing they can do?
Janice Mendonca: Well, they kind of want to keep an eye on it, I guess to make you more comfortable, you know, as it progressed on. There's some things that, you know, they can take the esophagus and stretch it and, you know, kind of pull it up, but, you know, it's not really anything that's going to be curable or anything like that.
Sid Roth: Were you preparing to die?
Janice Mendonca: I hadn't really totally accepted it. I was putting my faith in God, and I felt that if this was his will, that this is what he wanted for my life, which I felt he didn't, then let it be. I was thinking I had just lost my dad a few months before, so it was kind of, well, am I "Up to bat next"? So those thoughts did come through my mind, but yet I still that the faith that, you know, God was going to do something.
Sid Roth: So you moved. You went to a new church, Bethel church, in Redding, California, and what happened there?
Janice Mendonca: We started attending in July of 1997, and in December, it was a Sunday morning service, and it was during the time of praise, and so I was lifting my hands up to praise God, and I felt a burning sensation in the palms of my hands. And as I continued to praise God, I knew, I felt the presence of the Lord. I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Sid Roth: Had you ever felt a burning in your hands before like that?
Janice Mendonca: No, not like that.
Sid Roth: Did you think you were being healed at the moment?
Janice Mendonca: I knew God was doing something with me. I didn't know exactly what it was, but I felt it and it continued to go down the arms and it continued slowly to go down my body, one leg, then the other leg, until it got to my feet. And it was so powerful that it's like I couldn't stand up. It's like I was rocking.
Sid Roth: You know, Janice, just as you're rehearsing what happened, I can feel the power you're talking about. I can feel it now.
Janice Mendonca: Yes, it was awesome. It was so amazing that finally I couldn't stand on my feet anymore. I just went back and sat down and I said, "Lord, do whatever you want to do with me. Use me the way you want to use me, or whatever you're doing". And so through the whole service I was just - kept feeling that burning. God was doing something within me. He was healing something: I didn't know what. That afternoon about 4 p.M. We had went out for a brunch type of thing and I told my husband, I said, "I've been healed", and he said, "Well, of what"? I said, "My esophagus". And that next day, which would have been Monday, I had an endoscopy scheduled prior -
Sid Roth: Just out of curiosity, could you - when you felt you had been healed and you went out to eat, could you tell a difference when you ate?
Janice Mendonca: Yes. Nothing hurt when it went down.
Sid Roth: And before the heat in your hand, it did hurt?
Janice Mendonca: Yes. Everything - even liquids, when liquids would go down they would - it would hurt, and, you know, it was just like a total difference. I mean, I was eating things and, you know, it was like nothing was hurting me and I'm going, wow, thank you, Lord! And I know I had been healed, and so the next morning -
Sid Roth: Had that already been scheduled?
Janice Mendonca: That had been scheduled, like, a month or two in advance with the doctor, and so I went in. I had to be in there at 8 o'clock in the morning and the doctor...
Sid Roth: Did you tip the doctor off?
Janice Mendonca: Yeah, I did.
Sid Roth: What'd you say?
Janice Mendonca: I actually did. When I was lying on the table and he had started, he had the camera set and everything, you know, he was giving me the stuff to put me under, the anesthesia, and I said, "Well, I've been healed". And he said, "Well, we would like to think that, but when you have this, it usually never goes away".
Sid Roth: Janice, hold that thought.
Sid Roth: Hello, Sid Roth here, and I'm talking to Janice Mendonca, and she went in for a test of her esophagus. You see, the day before she felt that there was heat in her hands and going through her arms, and she had been given a death sentence. She had been given a sentence of cancer with no hope of cure. So you told the doctor before this endoscopy and what did you say to the doctor?
Janice Mendonca: I told the doctor, I said I had been healed. I said I was healed during praise at church.
Sid Roth: And he sarcastically said...
Janice Mendonca: Yes. He said, "Well, we would like to think that these things go away, but they don't". And I said, "Well, I've been healed. You're not going to find anything". So he kept giving me more anesthesia so I would go to sleep and so...
Sid Roth: I had a doctor do that to me once, too!
Janice Mendonca: So I was smiling and laughing and finally I was kind of halfway in and out, and so when they took me back to the room, I saw him walk in and, you know, he was kind of shaking his head and he said, "There's no evidence of barrett's esophagus". And I smiled and I said, "I told you I was healed". He said, "Stop your medicine". I said, "Well, I have a question for you. What about my three ulcers"? He look at me and he -
Sid Roth: Excuse me. Did you have any thought that God also dealt with your ulcers along with the cancer?
Janice Mendonca: No, I didn't.
Sid Roth: So why'd you ask?
Janice Mendonca: I was just curious, because he said stop your medicine, and the medicine also was for ulcers. And I said, "What about my ulcers"? And he said, "What ulcers? There is nothing there. There is no evidence of barrett's esophagus. There is nothing. There's no ulcers. There's nothing". And I said, "Praise God"! And so he just walked out of the room. A couple of days later I got a phone call from him and he said, "I want to see this biopsy report, the very first biopsy report". I said, "Fine". So I got in touch with my prior doctor and I said, "Would you fax me the - "
Sid Roth: Which - I have that right here.
Janice Mendonca: Yes.
Sid Roth: That biopsy and no question: you've got cancer.
Janice Mendonca: Exactly. And so a few days later he said he wanted to review it, so he called me back and he said, "Well, someone must be running around with your esophagus". And I said, "No, I was healed, with your esophagus report". And I said, "No, I was healed". And he said, "It's so hard to believe because I'm reading this, but I know what I saw, and that was nothing inside your esophagus. We can do this on a - you don't really need to have another endoscopy unless you have some kind of problems. So we can just do it whenever". I mean, there was nothing...
Sid Roth: I've got the report here -
Janice Mendonca: Yes.
Sid Roth: ...That you are normal. I've got the report here that you have cancer.
Janice Mendonca: Yes.
Sid Roth: Let the skeptics come forward!
Janice Mendonca: Right.
Sid Roth: Now, I understand that you pray for people now. I guess someone that's had a miracle has faith for other people to have miracles.
Janice Mendonca: Yes, very much. That was a real hard thing for me in the beginning when I first became a Christian, as I always had a lot of faith. I have seen a lot of healings and it was always hard for me. You know, I was always so happy when people were healed, but I never - I guess I never really had the faith that I was going to be healed - and I've had numerous amounts of healings, and every time that I became healed from different things, my faith - that was a faith-builder to me - that what God was doing for me, that he loved me that much to heal me from a cancer - that I knew was going to be a very grim thing.
Sid Roth: Okay. That isn't the question that most people watching us have right now. The question is, yes, I know God can heal: yes, I know God healed her: but what about me? What is your feeling about the "Me's" that are asking that question right now? Can they be healed?
Janice Mendonca: Oh, yes! The Lord wants to heal us all.
Sid Roth: Did you hear that? The Lord wants to heal us all. That means if you're sick right now, I'm going to have Janice pray for you, and I'm going to tell you something: that presence of God that came right on the set as she shared the miracle in her life is going to go right through your television and touch you right now. Would you look at that camera and would you pray for everyone watching right now to be healed?
Janice Mendonca: Yes. Father, I just come before you right now, father, for all the people that are out there watching, Lord, that have any kind of illnesses, Lord, that they're dealing with, whether it be cancer or any situation, father, in their life. Whether it be physically or emotionally, I pray, father, that you touch each and every person, Lord, that the spirits of affliction, that they have to leave. They cannot stay. And I pray, father, that you touch each and every heart of each individual, father, and I just do this in your name, Lord, the name of Jesus. Thank you, father.
Sid Roth: And in the name of Jesus, I believe that many people that will now act by faith, that they have been healed. What do I mean? I mean try to do something you couldn't do before. As you do that, I believe you'll find that that pain is gone, that heart problem is gone, that blood pressure is lowered, that cancer is gone, that back is healed, that neck is healed, that hip is healed, arthritis is gone from your hands. And we're going to see a woman in just a moment when we come back that literally danced her way into a healing. That's right. She danced her way into a healing.
Sid Roth: Hello, I'm Sid Roth, and I'm on the beautiful grounds of Bethel church in Redding, California. And I mean, the mountains and this snow on the top, but more important than any of that is, there is a presence of the anointing, the very manifest presence of God I'm sensing. And I have Jane Schleppenbach here. Jane, can you feel the presence of God out here?
Jane Schleppenbach: Yes, I can.
Sid Roth: Besides being a little cool...
Jane Schleppenbach: Yeah, I can feel God's presence here.
Sid Roth: I don't know whether you felt God's presence or not when you went to the doctor, I guess for a routine visit, and what did he find in your throat?
Jane Schleppenbach: Well, he found a thyroid nodule on my thyroid and he wanted me to come back and have it checked in six months. At first I didn't because it wasn't causing me any problems, but then a couple of years ago it started to cause me problems, and I was having some trouble swallowing and choking a little bit.
Sid Roth: That's kind of dangerous stuff! You know, I've read that that type of thing becomes cancerous and sneaks up on you and then it's too late.
Jane Schleppenbach: Yeah, it could have been cancer. I'm not real sure, but when I was having the symptoms, I went to the doctor to have them check it again, and he had me have an ultrasound, and the ultrasound showed that it was still there and that was last - not last year, but the year before at the end of the year, and so he wanted me - well, first I thought that there was no result. There was good results, because they didn't call me back for six months.
Sid Roth: So you mean just because they hadn't notified you, you thought that everything was fine.
Jane Schleppenbach: Right. I thought, well, maybe it's nothing.
Sid Roth: Let's walk just a little bit.
Jane Schleppenbach: Okay.
Sid Roth: And so?
Jane Schleppenbach: Okay, so I went ahead and - well, when I got the bill, you know, a little bit later I wondered, "Well, I should really see what the results were", so I went...
Sid Roth: Good idea.
Jane Schleppenbach: So I called them and they - when I went into the doctor he told me that I was supposed to have had it followed up to make sure it wasn't cancer. So he scheduled for me to have an X-RAY, so when I came back to church right after that I had some people pray for me and I didn't really feel anything right then. But when we had a service soon after that and we were - pastor bill told us that he felt God's presence for healing anointing, so we were just all worshipping, and he called people up to the altar that needed a healing, but I was on the stage and I was dancing. And Jackie, his sister, got this spontaneous song about healing, and while she was singing this song the Lord was just giving me these movements and I was just...
Sid Roth: Was this like a prophetic thing when you do it? What does that really mean?
Jane Schleppenbach: Yeah, I wasn't really thinking about it, but I was just worshipping God and...
Sid Roth: But the anointing is increasing as you're doing it. That was curious what you're doing.
Jane Schleppenbach: Yeah, and I was just remembering it, and then while I was doing that I felt God's presence just come on me really strong, and then I went down under the power of God, and then after that I felt like God really touched me, and I thought, I must have received some kind of healing, but I wasn't thinking of what it was and then...
Sid Roth: You weren't even asking for healing at the time. What were you really - in your heart, what were you trying to accomplish when you were dancing?
Jane Schleppenbach: I was trying to get close to God and drawing near to God because - I was just worshipping God.
Sid Roth: Something about pure child-like love and worship that touches God, is what I believe happens.
Jane Schleppenbach: Yeah, God loves that. He told us, "Draw near to me and I will draw near to you", and that's what - I was trying to draw near to God, and then he drew near to me and - it's like a kiss. It's just like God's giving you a big kiss, and it was just wonderful. And then when I went back to the doctor - well, when I went to have the X-RAY done, the radiologist called me right immediately after the X-RAY, and they don't usually do that, and so he said, "Well, do you feel anything"? I said, "Why? Is there nothing showing on the X-RAY"? And he said, "No, nothing shows on the X-RAY". So I said, "Well, God must have healed me".
Sid Roth: What did he say?
Jane Schleppenbach: He said - he just kind of was astonished and he said, "Yeah! I guess God healed you"!
Sid Roth: And doctors usually don't like to say that. That's pretty good!
Jane Schleppenbach: Yeah, that's true, and I don't know if he was a Christian or what, and then when I went to my regular doctor he said, he even signed on the paper that I was healed, that God healed - he didn't put "God healed me", but he put that he couldn't feel it anymore and the X-RAY showed that it was gone.
Sid Roth: You know, Jane, one day a doctor is going to have enough courage to say, "God healed them", and one day I believe that we're going to be going into hospitals and emptying out the whole hospital. Can you picture that? Now, I understand that you do prophetic painting. What is a prophetic painting?
Jane Schleppenbach: It's basically just a painting that God gives you. God gives you the idea when you're...
Sid Roth: Now, you have them in your truck. I would kind of like to - let's go over to your truck.
Jane Schleppenbach: Yeah, okay.
Sid Roth: And I would really like to see some of them. Now, God gives you the idea and then you paint it. Now, I saw two of them earlier and I like them! You know why I like them? I want to see the butterfly one first. Can we see that?
Jane Schleppenbach: Okay, yeah.
Sid Roth: Oh, that is nice! Now, I want you to tell me - I'll hold it and you explain this to me.
Jane Schleppenbach: Okay, well, God gave me this idea when I was fasting, when pastor bill had called a 21-day fast in church, and God gave me the idea to - that I should do this painting with butterflies and use the colors from the Yeshua timber list ribbon color sets, and those are some - timber list is from Australia - and this one...
Sid Roth: Now, Jane, I picked - you said which one do you like the best, because each one represents an evangelist, a teacher, a leader, and it isn't finished yet - but I said I like this one the best and what did you say?
Jane Schleppenbach: These colors represent evangelisms.
Sid Roth: And then I said, well, tell me - and that's interesting, although I didn't say it, what do you think about this? And what is this?
Jane Schleppenbach: And these colors represent leadership, and what I've been finding is that people are drawn to the things that they usually do, or to their giftings, and some of them are - like this one represents worshipers, people who like to worship a lot. They are drawn to that one first, and I don't have them all on here yet. This one represents intercessors, and intercessors have been drawn to that one.
Sid Roth: Let me take a look at the other ones. This is television! We're running out of time! And I know you want me to be careful with this, so I'm trying, but this one is - actually, the butterfly is my favorite, but there's something special about this one, too. Tell me about this picture here. It's kind of an interesting one.
Jane Schleppenbach: Well, this picture represents our intercession, partly about intercession, and this is a gate, and would-be gatekeepers, and there's a door and doorkeepers, and then there's two hearts here. There's a small one in there that represents our heart, and this represents God's heart.
Sid Roth: What does it say?
Jane Schleppenbach: It says, "Hear my voice: open the door". So, but our heart is supposed to be one with God's heart, so that we can feel what God feels, and so that we can pray the things that are on God's heart.
Sid Roth: Do you do that? Do you feel what God feels in your heart?
Jane Schleppenbach: Yes, I feel that a lot of times I do feel like God feels and I feel his heart for people.
Sid Roth: What is God's heart for people?
Jane Schleppenbach: God's heart is love and God's heart is that he wants everyone saved and he wants everyone to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Sid Roth: And what is this all around here?
Jane Schleppenbach: And these are the angels. Angels are...
Sid Roth: You know - go ahead.
Jane Schleppenbach: There's angels here right now.
Sid Roth: Can you see them?
Jane Schleppenbach: No, but I can feel it.
Sid Roth: You know what? I really believe that there are angels here right now. I really believe that. But the most important thing is to open up your heart to God. You see, you are loved so very much by God. You're so special that God sent his son to die... To die for you, to pay the price for your sins, if you will only repent, turn from them, and believe that Jesus has washed away your sins, and then say, "God, I don't like the way my heart is! I want you to change it! Change me, God! I'm not satisfied the way I am"! And every one that asks, he answers. He answers, and you're an "Everyone". He is going to answer you, and your life is really going to change.