“Rise up and shine, for your light has come. The shining-greatness of the Lord has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1
32 years ago this month, I went to sleep with a colostomy bag on me, which the “specialists” said I would wear for the rest of my life. The next day it was gone and I was healed! Hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, my life would become a whirlwind of usefulness and, without embellishment, historic achievements globally – especially in Russia. I would preside over a multi- million dollar humanitarian Christian outreach that l, along with thousands of American volunteers, would end up touching millions.
Then nightmares came calling. The death of my firstborn child, Beth Anne. The divorce after a 38 year marriage. A financially crippling disability with a diagnoses of Hepatitis C. Death, Divorce and Disability. Any one of them could slay 10 men. All three left me wondering if I would even live to tell of it, much less if God could ever use me again.
Well, fast forward a few years later. Susan and I have returned from the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, where we had the privilege to attend the 2019 AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors) World Conference called RISE UP with seven thousand counselors! Upon arrival, I was put on a panel with the Executive Director of the Health and Human Services answering questions from mental health professionals and faith leaders from across the country who are trying to save those who suffer with addiction issues.
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, spoke on “Christian” leadership. A genuinely humble man – he moved us all to action to touch our worlds. He said, “ While others ran from the battle, David ran towards it when he killed Goliath!”
After that, on the final day, Dr. Tim Clinton, my precious friend and the founder of the AACC, announced my new position as Ambassador for Mental Health and Addiction. I spoke very briefly and engaged the thousands there to actually pray with me as we proceed on in battle to see God’s dream for our country come true!
Then we were surprised by legendary Country Music Star Connie Smith. She picked my wife up and took us for lunch! Her encouraging message was, “God will use every single painful thing you have been through for His glory and your good.”
Oh yes. I almost forgot. Three weeks ago, after a few days of intensely praying for a person I heard wanted to be a preacher – suddenly (out of nowhere almost literally) I got a call to come be with him. Kanye West flew us to Chicago sent a limo to get us and treated us like royalty. We labored almost 28 hours straight in a whirlwind of bible study, prayer and some of the sweetest gospel music I’ve ever heard this side of heaven!
I suppose I will live after all. Maybe God isn’t finished with me yet. I know I have a divine fire burning in my bones. And a clear call to synthesize science and faith.
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The dream lives on.
– Rick Amato, October 2019
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