"I really believe I opened a lot of spiritual doorways and that's when the torment began,” Laura Danley said about her life after delving into the occult. “I started seeing things. There were whispers all around me all the time. It was all downhill from there.” Laura grew up with Christian parents, going to church and praying to Jesus. But the love she had for God turned into resentment after she was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition at fifteen.
“They said that my aortic root was double the size it was supposed to be,” Laura said. “All I heard was, ‘Your life just got a lot shorter and you can never run again.’ I was running track and cross country before that happened. I felt betrayed by God because I thought I'd been a good kid. I remember silently yelling, ‘I don't want you part of my life anymore. I will get through this on my own.’”
She began ditching classes and continued to run in secret. Then one evening after rehearsing for a school play, Laura was assaulted by a group of boys. She broke free and escaped, but the experience left her traumatized and filled with shame. Laura started looking for anything that would give her a sense of control over her life, so she bought a book on how to read palms. “People would just flock to me,” Laura said. “It was forbidden and I wanted power. I wanted to try everything. So, at first it seemed innocent enough.”
At seventeen she went to a cardiologist who told her she had been misdiagnosed and that she was actually healthy. The good news only emboldened Laura to continue on with her journey into the occult. She then joined the Air Force at age 20 to become a pilot. One of her fellow cadets was a Wiccan, and he encouraged her to try a Ouija board. After buying one from a local toy store, she brought it back to the base where she began speaking with a spirit claiming to be a Civil War soldier.
“And it wasn't long after that, mentally, I really started going downhill,” Laura said. “I couldn’t think straight. I started having flashbacks to the assault in high school. Emotionally I was just not stable anymore. I knew that I should not be flying, so I ended up getting out. It was devastating, it really was. I worked really hard for my wings.”
Laura put away the Ouija board, though still went on to adopt the Wiccan religion. After moving to Roswell, New Mexico, to attend aviation maintenance school, she met another Wiccan at a party who taught her how to read Tarot cards. The power of divination was enthralling for Laura – however it came with a price.
“I remember trying to get to know my Tarot deck one night and I was supposed to sleep with it underneath my pillow,” Laura said. “I woke up slammed, like I had been attacked. I was covered in these scratches, even on places on my back that I couldn't reach. It got so bad that I was afraid of the dark. I think I had given demonic entities an opportunity to mess with me and that's what they were doing.”
This went on for the next three years. Eventually Laura married and had a daughter, Hailey. Although she loved her daughter, paranoia and depression were consuming Laura’s life and she felt her family would be better off without her. So, she planned to disappear after taking Hailey to her next health checkup. But, at the pediatrician’s office, a nurse came over and put her hand on Laura. What she did next changed everything.
“She said, ‘I want to pray for you.’ I was so desperate at that point I said, ‘fine whatever.’ She stayed in that office, I believe for an hour and a half, praying over me,” Laura recalled. "I thought, ‘I don’t know what’s going on, but okay.’ All I know is that when I left that doctor’s office I was walking across the parking lot and I had my daughter, Hailey, in her infant carrier, and I looked down at her and I said, ‘You know what? I may not be the best mother, but I'm your mother and I'm not going anywhere.’ I looked at the sky and I said, ‘If You're out there then show me, I need to know.’ When I got home, I saw those stacks of books, and the Tarot cards, and the candles and everything, and I realized, ‘All this is nuts.’ I just didn't want it around me anymore.”
She then went to her mother-in-law, a Christian, for guidance. She took Laura to church where a pastor answered the questions about God and the spiritual realm she had. Returning to her vehicle, Laura paused. “I just bowed over and started praying, and crying, and telling God, ‘I have been so wrong, I tried to do all of this by myself for so long. I thought I was so strong.’ I prayed and asked Jesus to take control of my life,” Laura said. "I felt clean. I felt like there was some serious change that happened all of a sudden. Looking back, I realize that all those doors that I had opened to the spiritual realm, I believe in that moment God was like, ‘Okay, let's close those now.’”
The same passion Laura once had for learning about the occult, she then put toward reading the Bible, praying and going to church. She also went to counseling, working through the traumas of her youth. It’s been eighteen years since Laura gave her life to Christ and the nightmares that haunted her stopped.
“How grateful I am for what He's done, words cannot define it,” Laura said. “Not only did He rescue my daughter from a completely different life, but He rescued my marriage. We have another child now. My home is so free of that spiritual oppression. I want to talk to people about this. I want them to know that if they've seen things in the occult or they've been exposed to it, and they're frightened, and they don't know who to talk to, I want to tell them that there is hope. We’ve got to give it to Jesus and let Him heal us.”
“I felt like the worst has already happened to me. I was angry at the world.” It was eight-year-old Midsi Sanchez’s birthday. She was hurrying home from school to attend her party when a stranger asked her for help. “He asked me to pick up a piece of duct tape that was on the floorboard of his car because he said he broke his hip in a bike accident and that he couldn't bend over. And my parents always taught me to be kind, to be generous, to be helpful.”
When Midsi reached for it, the stranger forced her into his car. “I tried to open the door and it was like it was jammed. I couldn't open the door from the inside. He told me that if I tried to get away, that he was going to shoot me. And I believed him.”
Midsi’s kidnapper chained her to the gear shift of the car and drove away. For the next two days he kept her there, forced her to drink alcohol and sexually abused her.
“It like crushed my little heart because I realized that nobody was coming to save me. I remember feeling so dirty and feeling so tired.”
On day three, Midsi recalled a conversation she’d had with her uncle, weeks before. “He said, ‘If you don't ask for forgiveness, you're gonna go to hell.’ I knew that I was gonna die. And that caused me to pray. I said, 'Lord, forgive me for bugging my big sister and let my family know that I love them.' And I said, ‘Amen.’”
Soon after, her kidnapper left her alone in the car with his keys. Midsi escaped and flagged down a truck driver who called the police. They returned Midsi to her family and arrested her kidnapper, who confessed to killing ten other girls. He was convicted and later died in prison.
Even though Midsi was safe, her innocence was gone forever.
“I just wanted to hide. I didn't wanna talk about what happened to me because I felt like nobody knew or understood. I felt like I was the only one in the world. I could no longer look at myself as a kid because I was introduced to these adult things, and it really broke my spirit. I was always sad, depressed, worried.”
By middle school, Midsi’s depression turned inward. She began drinking and using drugs regularly to numb the pain. By 14, she was a full-blown alcoholic.
“I never wanted to let anybody get close enough to me to hurt me again. For many years, my life revolved around alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, gang fights, being arrested and just hating the world because I really believed that there was no good in this world. I had so much rage and anger inside of me that I didn't even need a reason to fight. I just fought.”
Then, at 16, Midsi heard about another missing 8-year-old girl. Midsi felt compelled to help, so she sobered up long enough to get involved, organizing searches and even sharing her own story to raise awareness. When the girl’s body was found a few days later, the tragedy only added to Midsi’s pain. “I didn't understand why I got to come home, and why she didn't, and that's when I started to feel guilty.”
Midsi went right back to her destructive lifestyle. Even the birth of her daughter the following year didn’t change her heart. “That hate that I was holding onto was causing me to stay drunk because I still had this ugliness in my heart that I wasn't willing to let go.”
Then, her best friend’s mom invited her to church. “I didn't know what to expect, but I was drawn to go. I felt led to go up to the altar because I wanted to give my life to God. And I felt the presence of God overwhelm me. And in that moment, I knew that God's power was real.”
Midsi dedicated her life to Christ. However, something was still missing. “I was so angry and just full of stress and torment. I was doing things that I didn't wanna do. I just couldn't stop doing them.”
Midsi spent time reading her Bible and was discipled by her pastors, who stressed the importance of forgiveness. “They taught me that my healing depended on how well I forgive and ask for forgiveness. It changed my life because I was holding on to so much bitterness and unforgiveness for the people that hurt me. My whole life, I was told by multiple people that I did not have to forgive the man that kidnapped and raped me.”
Soon after, Midsi met with her pastors over a Zoom call for a time of deliverance and prayer. “They called things out of me by name. And when they called out the anger, the abuse, the trauma, I felt a demon come out of my body. I felt the fire of God come over my body, and it was like a refreshing fire that started at my feet and came up my body. I repented and asked God to forgive me for all of the wicked things that I did out of my anger and bitterness. I forgave the man that kidnapped me for what he did to me, and when I said, ‘I forgive Curtis Dean Anderson,’ the bitterness and the unforgiveness left me. I was literally standing taller, and I had instant joy and peace and all of a sudden, just didn't wanna drink anymore. It shifted my life. I've never been the same.”
Midsi says now she is free to confidently fulfill God’s purpose in her life. She started a non-profit, The Midsi Sanchez Foundation, to help missing and exploited children.
“My identity before was the kidnapped girl. My identity now is in Christ. It was only through Jesus Christ that I was able to get all of that ugliness removed out of my body, and my mind, and my heart. I gave God all of my anger and He gave me peace. He gave me freedom.”
To learn more about Midsi's foundation, please visit www.MidsiSanchez.org.
For years, Raquel ran a food business to help her husband provide for their 3 children, explaining, “I have been selling corn, esquites and fried plantains for about ten years now. Everyone here knows me.”
Then, in the middle of the night, a Category 5 hurricane struck the city where they live in Mexico. According to 7-year-old Edwin, they were all terrified, recalling, “I heard the roof fly away and that scared me. There was water all around us.” Raquel adds, “They were crying when all this happened, they said ‘mom, is this the end of the world?’ I said ‘no’, we are going to make it through this.”
When dawn broke, they discovered the true magnitude of the disaster. Raquel described the aftermath, “Everything for my business was gone. The oven where I cook, my pot. The water took everything.”
Today, a hand truck that survived has a new purpose. Raquel explains, “Food is our most urgent now, beans, rice. When I heard different people were giving food away, I ran to get some.”
That’s where she met the team from Operation Blessing. We gave Raquel food and clean water for her family. She invited us to see what was left of their house and business, sharing, “Right now I have no business, we have nothing. But I will keep the fighting for my children to be better.”
That’s when supporters of Operation Blessing helped again. We provided Raquel everything needed—a new pot, utensils, and raw materials to get her business up and running again. Raquel declares, “Tomorrow I'm going to start selling corn, God willing! I will get up early, boil the corn and prepare the food to sell, because my former clients were already asking when are you going to sell again? “I thank you all for what you have done.” Raquel’s son Edwin, shares, “Thank you for helping us. Now mom is able to work again!”
“That’s why I say, I used to lock people up, now I’m trying to set people free.”
From buying cocaine as an undercover mob boss to preaching about Jesus, Dale Sutherland worked as both a pastor and an undercover narcotics officer in Washington D.C. for 22 years. In his words, “I'd be in the office counseling, working, and then in the evening I'd go to the police department and buy drugs and arrest bad guys.” As part of his undercover persona, he was presented as several different roles to entice perpetrators to sell and buy drugs from them; one of those roles was as a pimp. He would often have prostitutes surrounding him, while also preaching on holiness at church as a pastor, so he found his unexpected job duo often challenging.
In his early 20s, Dale felt the call to minister to urban youth. However, growing in a Christian home within a safe and secure neighborhood, Dale didn’t have much experience with life on the streets, so after a few years in Bible college, he enrolled in the Washington D.C. police academy. Shortly after graduating, he was introduced to the undercover department, fell in love with the work, and most importantly God revealed to him a new way to minister to the urban communities he felt called too.
Following a close call dodging his own murder by 45 minutes, Dale’s desire to evangelize on the force significantly increased. He began sharing the gospel more and more on the force, and many former drug dealers, including his friend Javier, who he initially arrested, credit him for leading them to Christ and getting them off the streets.
After 22 years on the force, 12 of those years balancing both jobs, Dale retired from the police force. Today, he is an associate pastor at his local church in Washington D.C., where he become known as the Undercover Pastor. He’s also the founder of Code 3, a non-profit organization that provides training and programs to police and citizens so they can work together to build safer, more connected communities. His goal of sharing the gospel remains the same.
In his words, “The only thing that matters is that I can reach more people for Christ, for eternity. That’s why I say, 'I used to lock people up, now I’m trying to set people free.'"
Connect with Dale’s nonprofit community organization, Code 3 at www.code3.org.
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