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When They Told Me ... It is Cancer

Dear friends,

Three weeks ago, after a colonoscopy, I was informed of a malignant tumor in my colon.

They have scheduled different procedures to see where the operation needs to be and if the malignancy has gone to other places. The operation is planned for this coming Friday.

I am am very thankful to all of you who have known and have been very supportive through these times. My heart is forever grateful to you.


Years ago, when my husband and I traveled on airplanes and when we were not of the same mind in matters of faith, we experienced much turbulence in one of our trips. It got pretty scary. My husband turned to me and said, “You’re not going to stand and yell for people to call on Jesus, are you?”


In 1979, I had an encounter with evil beings after practicing occult practices. The voices were vicious, the visions, the touch of these beings to my body. I was at the edge of a planned suicide. But God came to help me and I discovered the power in a person. I never went to see a psychiatrist. I never took medications. It was Jesus Christ who I called upon. He lifted the oppression from me and taught me to fight the demonic.


Afterwards, I was asked to share my story in many places. People began to come to me. People with demonic oppression. Ex-Satanists, occult dabblers, religious cult members, church people, believers and nonbelievers. I studied hard to learn how to better help them. Through many years I saw into the eyes of the suffering, controlled by demons. I experienced them being delivered when I called on the Lord Jesus to come save them. I have seen this in the thirty years I spent ministering to the oppressed.


Years ago I shared my story with university students at the University of South Florida. My last words to them were: “Please, look at your feet. Where are you standing? In the spirit realm your spiritual feet are either standing in Jesus, with God, or on the other side, with His enemies. There is no middle ground though you may not know this. Don’t wait until it is too late. Do your research. Seek and search after God. Search on your own. Eternity is a long time. Test what I have said to you today. Jesus said that whoever comes to Him, He will not cast out.”


I don’t think I have much of John the Baptist in me. I believe my friends who know me well will agree with that. This kind of reaching out is hard for me. Why am I telling you this then?

I’m in an airplane today. There is much turbulence. I told my husband that day on the plane, “Yes, I will tell people.” I prayed at that moment and told God to show me the exact time I was to unhook my seatbelt and stand up and scream for people to call on Jesus to save them, to ask Him to become their God and Savior. I knew how it had worked for me and for the thief on the cross.


I want to live and not go to heaven yet. The tears have been shed and more will be shed when I think of saying goodbye to the man I love and to my family and friends. I want very much to stay with my family, extended family and friends. But most of all I want to do what pleases the One who came to die on the cross to pay for my sins so that I can be in heaven with Him for all eternity.


The idea I once had that my life would be measured to see how good I had been in order to know if I would get into heaven, that idea is now gone. I know what Jesus says, what He has confirmed in my heart. There is no such scale. I believe He died for me, for my sins and because I accepted that and have given my life to Him I shall enter the gates of heaven.


Dear one, I speak from the heart to you that do not know Him. Research, seek, do everything in your power now to know where you are going after this life. The Four Spiritual Laws tract by Campus Crusade for Christ brought me to Christ. His message is very clear. He is very near. This can happen anywhere. It happened for me in a car.


I love you. This is a hard thing to write but I’m in the plane and now there is much turbulence. Thank you for reading this. Very grateful to you, my friends, Amarilys Gacio Rassler (Marggie).



“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other Name (Jesus Christ) under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” NIV



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