Yesterday Brother R.W. Schambach went home to be with Jesus! I wanted to take a moment and write about what this man of God meant to my life personally and what I have seen as a part of his impact to be on the church as a whole!
I had the honor of spending time with R.W. several times throughout my life. Being raised a PK, you grow up around great men and women of God. My grandfather, H.R. Bagwell and R.W. had a good relationship and did several ministry events together. My father had R.W. Schambach into our church, Word of Life, in Denver and we saw the power of God move in a mighty way. But Brother Schambach had an extremely important part in my life as he did with so many thousands.
The year was 2007 and I was at a point in my ministry when I wanted MORE! Have you ever been there? To a place where what you have been doing for God wasn’t enough? This was where I was at and I was in constant prayer asking God to use me for His glory and use me to see great supernatural miracles!
Brother Schambach was in the Navy and I remember him telling me the story of his first sermons were on the gun platforms on the large destroyer ships. He fought in WWII and from these gun platforms he would preach the saving message of Jesus to the many navy soldiers that would listen. Later in his life he traveled with the great A.A. Allen and became brother Allen’s right hand man. I have many videos of brother Allen praying for the sick and R.W. praying with him and standing right next to him as people with cancer were healed instantly, blind people saw immediately, the deaf began to hear, and the lame would get up and walk. Of course this was the launching pad for R.W. and he launched out to touch a hurting world with the healing power of Jesus!
All of these stories, videos and testimonies put a fire in my spirit to do the same for my generation, and in 2007 something miraculous happened! One of my mentors, Pastor Peter Doseck, had been talking with me about my dreams for ministry when he invited me to one of his great international crusades. I had never been overseas with the exception of one trip to Rome and Pastor Doseck asked if I wanted to join him and Brother R.W. Schambach as they reached the nation of Kenya! I was thrilled and as I prayed and my wife and I talked, we decided that this was from God and I went! It was on this trip that God would change my life forever!
I remember going and wanting brother Schambach to lay his hands on me and every day of the trip I never had the opportunity. It was the final day before we were to travel home and I saw R.W. sitting in the lobby of this hotel. My heart was pumping as I felt the Holy Spirit say, “Now is your chance, go ask him to pray for you!” There were so many people around but I swallowed my pride and went up to him and said, “Brother Schambach, I came on this trip for one reason, I want you to pray over me and bless me!” Immediately I dropped to my knees in front of everyone and submitted myself to him for prayer. I’ll never forget him looking at me and saying, “What are you trying to do? Start a prayer line?” I said, “No sir, I just want a blessing.” He smiled and said, “As you desire, so be it!” and he laid those big hands on my head and I felt the fire of God stirred in my spirit! When I got up I said, “Thank you!” and turned around to see a line of about 20 people in the newly formed prayer line:)
It was on that trip that God spoke to me about going to the nations. It was on that trip that God put the dream in my heart for building a church. It was on that trip that a new boldness came over me and I began to step out in faith to pray for the sick and travel across the earth. In only a short period of time I have seen God use me and the teams I take witness countless healings/miracles, see over 25,000 people saved and I have now traveled to more than 20 countries!
God CAN use YOU! God WANTS to use YOU! All we need is to believe it!
Since that trip I had a few more encounters with R.W. and had the honor of pouring into his staff and spending personal time with him at his home in 2010. He lived a life of honor, integrity and faith! WOW!
Thank you R.W. Schambach for your faith and example of life that finished the race! I will be forever grateful until I see you in Heaven someday!
If Brother Schambach had an impact on your life, share it here! Let all who read be blessed by this awesome Man of God’s legacy!
Pastor Aaron Bagwell