About Elijah House
Elijah House Ministries
Elijah House was founded with the mandate to restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers (Malachi 4:5-6). This is being accomplished by equipping the saints with biblical tools founded upon universal laws in the Word of God, to enable discernment of root issues and allow true healing.
These scriptural and universal laws are as follows:
- Honor your father and mother...that your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with you (Deuteronomy 5:16)
- Do not judge, lest you be judged (Matthew 7:1-2)
- Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap (Galatians 6:7-8)
- For in that you judge another, you condemn yourself (Romans 2:1)
These Universal Laws are as sure as the law of gravity, and we are all subject to them whether or not we believe in them. When we break these laws, we set in motion forces that (without God's intervention) must be reaped by simple, impersonal law—law that is absolute and eternal. In our sinful responses to wounding, we begin early on to develop patterns of behavior that cause us to reap in adulthood the very things we have worked so hard to avoid.
Add to these laws the principle of increase: what we sow (both good and evil) will come back upon us multiplied, "For they sow the wind, and they reap the whirlwind" (Hosea 8:7a NAS). The laws of God are both natural and spiritual. An example in the natural, in physics: "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." In the spiritual: "Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap" (Galatians 6:7b NAS).
Why do we need to be healed? Although Christ has fully accomplished our death on the cross, our flesh refuses to accept death—it springs back to life: "See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled" (Hebrews 12:15 NAS).
Many Christians have rightly celebrated salvation as a free gift, but have not understood that they are to grow up into it. They have celebrated with Paul that "by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are [being] sanctified" (Hebrews 10:14), not noticing that the second part of that verse is ongoing. They have not understood that sanctification is a process and have not acknowledged with Paul, "Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12).
As Christians, we tend to press on in terms of managing behavior rather than renewing our mind and receiving a new heart, which naturally changes behavior. Many have tried to forget "what lies behind" (Philippians 3:13) by ignoring the past rather than by letting the Holy Spirit search the innermost parts of the heart in order to allow Jesus to put deeply ingrained attitudes behind us through His cross. They have attempted to put aside the old self with its practices of anger, wrath, malice and slander, as if these were only external expressions, whereas Jesus called the Pharisees (and us) to "clean the INSIDE of the cup" (Matthew 23:36).
In ministry conducted at Elijah House and imparted through our training, there are several ingredients to facilitate the process of sanctification. All ingredients are grounded in Scripture. At their center are these three, which call us to wholeness:
- Confession: bringing to the light what has been held in secret.
- Repentance: exercising godly grief based in love for God and for those who have been wounded, resulting in real change.
- Forgiveness: releasing to God those who have hurt us, as well as asking Him to forgive us for our own sin.
It is by these three acts that we are reconciled to God and to one another. Christ's work is complete, but God is still at work in our lives. True freedom requires recognizing that many of today's problems have their roots in our sinful responses to yesterday's wounds. These problems cannot easily be erased by fleshly efforts at good behavior. For more in-depth information about sanctification and transformation, read John and Paula Sandford's classic book, Transforming the Inner Man.
Writing Ministry: Declaring Transformation & Restoration
Books, CD's and DVD's are the most far-reaching messengers available. John and Paula Sandford have authored or co-authored 15 books as well as several booklets, many of them known all over the world. Theses include Transforming the Inner Man, Letting Go of Your Past, God's Power to Change, Growing Pains, Restoring the Christian Family, Why Good People Mess Up, Healing For a Woman's Emotions, Healing Victims of Sexual Abuse, Awakening The Slumbering Spirit and Choosing Forgiveness. John and Paula's first book, The Elijah Task, published in 1977, still receives high acclaim as a pioneering work in the prophetic movement. In fact, so interested were Christians to read more on the prophetic office and its function that John was commissioned by Baker Book House to write its sequel; Elijah Among Us, which has since been published with endorsements from Dutch Sheets and Jim Goll. Prophets, Healers and the Emerging Church is also available from Baker. John also co-wrote the book, Renewal of the Mind, with his son, Loren, and he co-wrote the book, Inner Healing and Deliverance, with his son Mark.
Teaching Ministry: Equipping the Church
Elijah House imparts principles of transformation and restoration through conferences, seminars, training events, schools and internships, locally and around the world. We offer Basic 1 and Basic 11 live and video schools to equip the Church for effective prayer ministry. Facilitated Video Schools are currently our most prolific form of ministry training, offering the greatest flexibility and financial value. Elijah House also offers an internship program for further training in Elijah House's model for prayer ministry.
Prayer Ministry: Repentance & Restoration Applied
Elijah House prayer ministry was founded through the pioneering work of John and Paula Sandford. It is primarily pastoral in nature, based on scriptural principles and led by the Holy Spirit. Prayer ministry at Elijah House will always include looking for the root causes that lie beneath the surface of most problems. "Bitter roots," as we call them, feed patterns in us that lead to broken relationships, habitual sin, and many other kinds of "bad fruit." Once roots are discovered, the prayer minister leads the person in prayer at the foot of the Cross, to forgive those who wounded him/her, as well as to receive forgiveness for judgments and other strongholds his heart has formed. Each year, many individuals and families come from around the world to receive prayer ministry.
Elijah House Founders - John & Paula Sandford
John and Paula Sandford are co-founders of Elijah House, Inc., an international ministry established in 1975 in response to the Lord's calling in Malachi 4:5-6 and Matthew 17:11
They have traveled extensively, teaching the biblical principles of repentance and forgiveness, highlighting the transforming power of Jesus' death and resurrection. They are considered pioneers in the prophetic and inner healing movements. Their vision has been to reveal that which keeps believers bound in repetitive sin; by, as John says, "evangelizing the unbelieving areas of the believer's heart." John and Paula have sown a deeper understanding of the Word into the Body of Christ, especially regarding the four spiritual laws, illuminating the biblical truth that these laws are just as certain as the law of gravity in how they affect our lives. Their work in the Kingdom has brought transformation of individuals and reconciliation of relationships to countless thousands, from individuals and families to denominations and people groups,and most ultimately, reconciliation with The Father.
John graduated from seminary with an M. Div. in Religion and Personality. He pastored churches in Illinois, Kansas, and Idaho for 21 years before founding Elijah House. Paula was active in these churches in music and Christian education, and also taught English and Spanish in public high school for several years. She joined her husband in the team ministry of Elijah House from its beginning and was ordained in 1995.
John and Paula experienced the infilling of the Holy Spirit in 1958, which has enriched their ministry ever since. They have been married since 1951, have 6 children, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Paula went to be with the Lord in May of 2012. John is retired, but continues to be an active voice in Elijah House.