Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
Capt. John Dale Mosgrove, C.
"At the age of seventeen-and-a-half years, I
enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). At that age my heroes were not sports
figures, but the young men who were busy shooting down enemy aircraft that were bombing
British kids out of their homes and causing them to sleep in air raid shelters. In those days
our schools taught patriotism. The Military had no problem recruiting young men for any of
our three Services. I chose the Air Force because I wanted to fly. I had been working at an
Elementary Flying School which operated under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. So
I had been close enough to military flying that nothing else would be acceptable. With a note
from my mother, the Air Force accepted me at that age.
"After a year of training I graduated as a
wireless-operator-air-gunner. All through training, I expected to graduate as a Sergeant, and
expected nothing else. On the morning after graduation as a brand-new Sergeant, the
Commanding Officer of the base called some of us in and informed us we had received the
King's Commission as Pilot Officers (Second Lieutenants). Nobody could have been more
surprised than I , as I was only eighteen. God was being good to me and I didn't even know
"After two weeks leave, I was aboard ship heading
for England. (8000 of us on one ship). I spent about a year and a half in England and was
discharged from the Air Force in February 1946. Then, along came the 'cold war' period, and
the RCAF was looking for former Aircrew Officers to be employed in the Air Defense of North
America. I was offered an arrangement that I could not refuse. I could stay for five years,
and the Air Force could release me in five years with a good gratuity. Whether they kept me
or not would depend on my performance. I was offered a permanent commission so remained in
the Service for another nineteen years. [The CD after John's name is a military decoration:
Canadian Forces Decoration] When I was released [buddies knew him as 'Jack'] from the Air
Force in 1946, I married the girl [Florence Shirley Lambert] who has now been my wife for
nearly sixty years.
"We met just after I left boot-camp in l943. Once
again God was at work, and I didn't know it. We had two children: our daughter was born about
three years after we were married, and our son was born about four years later. As all
children do, they grew up into teenagers. Now God was really having an opportunity to get
through to me.
"I had started a furniture repair business; and,
would you believe that an Evangelist's advertisement was joined to my advertisement in an
Ottawa, Canada newspaper on 20 January 1973? His ad said, 'Miracle Service, come believing in
God.' Mine said, 'Furniture Repairs in the home.' As I look back, I don't suppose he needed
any furniture repairs; but I sure needed the miracle service. I had said to my wife, 'There
has to be something better than life like this.' That was before I saw his ad. We went on a
Thursday night, and again next Thursday, and again next Thursday, and on and on it went. We
just had to be there. I am not sure when I was born again, which is the biggest miracle in a
life; but I do know when I was Baptized by the Holy Spirit: 9 December
"Things have never been the same since. We found a
church, a full-gospel church with a Godly man as Pastor. We were fortunate enough to have him
as our Pastor for four years and four months. Yes, Jesus Christ must be our Lord; but it
helps if you have a Pastor who sets an example. I just KNEW how he lived, it was so very
obvious. We joined the visitation program that met every Tuesday night; and before long we
were making calls on people for the Pastor, and little-by-little we learned here-a-little,
there-a-little. As I look back, all those calls we made were in place of Bible College. I say
'we' because my wife [Shirley] and I always went together and have always worked together.
She has always been by my side. Shirley and I are both the youngest of four children, and the
only ones that got the CALL, the precious CALL.
"We changed churches a couple of times. I believe
the value of that was not to learn WHAT to do, but in some cases to learn what NOT to
"Then one day exactly 25 years and one day ago, a
whole new chapter of our lives opened up. As we prayed with a person, the person was taken
over by a witchcraft spirit. We were in a church, just my wife and the other person and I. I
was the Sunday School Superintendent, so had a key and was free to use the church to pray
with people we worked with. SO--we had to get down to some serious work. We had our first
case of DELIVERANCE on our hands. We worked at delivering the person, not only on that
occasion, but on subsequent occasions as well.
"God, in His mercy was giving us an opportunity to
learn, and He was giving the person the opportunity to be free. Our Pastor did not disagree
with our ministering, but I could not get him interested in forming a deliverance team.
He sat in on one session with us. By this time the years were moving along, as they have a
way of doing. I said to my wife, 'If we are ever going to do something for the Lord we have
got to get moving.' We knew the opposition that we would experience, not just from the usual
source; but our phone stopped ringing, i. e., calls from people we had previously prayed
with, etc. But as the Apostle Paul said, and I paraphrase it, 'Who are we going to serve, man
or God?' That decision was easy to make.
"We had to keep digging in the Word of God and
learning from all directions. We traveled to the United States to see how other ministries
were operating. We went to Indiana and Long Island, NY; and, on three occasions, have
attended summer camps at Lake Hamilton Bible Camp. We never stop learning.
"One thing that is important is to know the Word
of God. I pastored a Home Church for about 20 years, and I made sure that my people were FED
the Word of God. It must not be the shallow WORD; it must be the meat of the Word. Further,
all the Word must be taught. Those who oppose this type of ministry are quick to say it is
UNBALANCED; so we must make sure that we teach the Old Testament and the New Testament
thoroughly. The world needs to know the whole of the Gospel, including Mark
"In summary, I must say this: 'There is no
substitute for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. His presence and anointing are what make
things happen.' Has it been worth attempting to serve God in the ministry to which we believe
He has called us? The answer is an unqualified YES. Jesus Christ is Lord, and He will be
returning to this earth. Are we all ready? Please think about this: EVERY SOUL MUST SPEND
ETERNITY SOME PLACE. I want to spend eternity with Jesus Christ, where He is the Light. I
submit this testimony with the love of Jesus and in the Name of Jesus and pray that it will
touch the heart of each person who reads it."
John & Shirley Mosgrove had a deliverance
ministry in Ottawa, Light of the Son. He recently pointed a contact to Hegewisch Baptist Church in Highland, Indiana. Having recently reached the
"end of the season" of deliverance ministry, he retired just before Christmas
The internet search words to search for
testimonies in this area are: demonic possession, demons, satanic, Satanism, exorcism,
deliverance ministries. Other names are Maxwell Whyte, Dr. Rebecca Brown, Derek Prince, Don Basham, &
Frank and Ida Mae Hammond. [and see
this about demons]
Pleasant Valley Church (Pastor
Henry W. Wright) in Georgia operates a widely known deliverance ministry which has cured many
persons from demonically controlled illnesses...I know because my close friend, Diane, has been involved there, beginning as
an intern in 2004.
If there is any possibility that your life is
being messed up by demonic influences, rest assured that there is help
I solicited this testimony from JDM following some
e-mail discussion with him; received it 14 October 2005 and a few additions over
the next few days...shortly before John's 80th birthday.
***give me your comments about this
(posted 15 October 2005; latest update 7 September 2015)
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now