How did SOZO come to Switzerland and Austria?
In March 2011 the first SOZO Basic Seminar and in July 2011 the first SOZO Advanced Seminar took place in Langenthal. The speakers were Dawna DeSilva and Teresa Liebscher, the founders of SOZO who head Bethel Church’s Transformation Center in Redding, CA. The Swiss Team held Austria’s first Basic seminar in 2015, in Innsbruck, followed a few months later by a second SOZO Basic, this time in Vienna.
This powerful ministry has helped people in many different Christian churches to experience healing and deliverance which were not previously visible in the same way. We know from experience that this type of liberating pastoral ministry very swiftly gets to the roots of deep-seated personal issues. Our passion is that many churches in Switzerland and in Austria should become acqainted with this effectual tool – and start to use it for themselves. Our heart burns for the spreading of this wonderful ministry throughout Europe.
The people behind SOZO
Dawna De Silva
is the founder and co-leader of the International SOZO Healing and Deliverance Ministry birthed at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Dawna is on the management team of Bethel Church’s Transformation Center.
Whether training pastors and leaders in SOZO, teaching on churches’ and believers’ destinies or ministering prophetically, she releases people, churches and cities into new vision and freedom.
No matter how deep the wounds, Dawna ministers with authority and gentleness, imparting hope and healing.
Teresa Liebscher, Regional Facilitator Switzerland and Austria
is the co-leader of the SOZO Ministry and also the founder and leader of Bethel Church’s Shabar Ministry, which has been in existence since 2002. She has developed a training programme for Shabar that she offers in tandem with her SOZO training. She has been involved in SOZO since 1997, and since 1998 has travelled extensively giving SOZO courses. Like Dawna, she is on the management team of Bethel Church’s Transformation Center in Redding, CA.
She has a growing passion to help people in the Body of Christ build a new and healthy relational connection with the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
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Switzerland/Austria Network team
was born in Germany and lives with her husband Norman in the Italian-speaking Ticino region of southern Switzerland.
She received her first personal SOZO during a visit to Bethel Church in Redding, USA, in 2010. Ever since, she has been firmly convinced of the efficacy of the SOZO Ministry, and of the blessing it brings.
Her experience is that God uses SOZO to swiftly and effectively address people’s problems at the roots, to reveal to His children their identity and destiny, and to make possible a deeper relationship with God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Christiane’s vision is to train and mentor leaders and teams in SOZO ministry so that His people may experience the healing and real presence of God.
My name is Marilyn Duvoisin, I have 5 marvellous children and I live in Orbe, in the Canton of Vaud. I love nature, painting, and playing my ‘cello. And above all I love seeing God at work in people’s lives – this is why I’m so passionate about SOZO. I believe that SOZO is an answer given by God for transforming the Church and the world.
I’m happily married to Esther and we have two wonderful grown-up children.
SOZO amazes me because in it, I myself experienced how Papa God washed off shame and upheld me as His beloved son.
And when I lead SOZOs, the Holy Spirit surprises me every time with the way He supernaturally works on the SOZOees. Without Him, SOZO would make no sense.
And it is so easy for them to stay in dialogue with God themselves afterwards and continue moving towards wholeness.
Certified SOZO Trainers
SOZO Basic and Intensive Training
Adam & Linda Barnard
Solothurn district (Switzerland)
South Africans by birth, Adam & Linda moved to Switzerland with their family in 2001. Both Linda and Adam received several dreams and prophecies in which God confirmed their call to the healing ministry. The couple got involved in this ministry right from the outset, when Bethel SOZO was first introduced to Switzerland in 2011. At the end of 2017 they received Bethel Church certified approval to teach SOZO Basic courses. Since early 2018, they have both been involved in building a SOZO ministry in the recently planted ‘Zoe Dienst’ church. Their hearts’ desire is for SOZO to become a lifestyle for every Christian in Switzerland.
SOZO Basic and Intensive Training
Daniel & RoseMarie Wunderli
Bern district (Switzerland)
We have been interested in inner healing and deliverance ever since 1986. In 2012, Gero Herrendorff told us about the Bethel SOZO Ministry. That same year, we attended the SOZO Basic seminar in Aarau, and then did a 10-week SOZO internship at Bethel Church in California in 2013. As a couple, we have since enjoyed being increasingly involved, heart and soul, in the SOZO Ministry both in Switzerland and abroad.
It thrills us to see
- people experiencing all-encompassing healing through God’s goodness and revelations
- God using SOZO to replace lies with His truths and set people free
- our own connection to God Father, Son and Holy Spirit strengthening thanks to SOZO
- the SOZO Ministry helping people to find their calling and grow in it
- healthy churches resulting from Christians being freed and healed
- people coming to know God face-to-face through SOZO
Our prayer and our goal is for
- the triune God to be glorified through the SOZO Ministry
- SOZO to be multiplied throughout the world so that many more thousands are saved, healed and delivered in God’s unique way
SOZO Intensive Training
Karin & Martin Staple
Linz – Wien – Graz District
The two of us – Karin and Martin Staple – are SOZO Pastors at our church “Freikirche Treffpunkt Leben” in 4113 St. Martin (25 km from Linz in Upper Austria’s Mühlviertel region), where we head up the church’s SOZO Ministry.
We had been involved in pastoral counselling work at church, but when God drew our attention to SOZO we instantly saw what huge potential this ministry had to offer. After doing our SOZO Basic course in Innsbruck in Oct. 2015 we spent 10 weeks at Bethel Church’s Transformation Centre in Redding, CA, interning with SOZO co-founder Teresa Liebscher and her team.
Since returning from California we have built a SOZO ministry team at church, and have begun training up people from other churches to ready them for accreditation by our RF Kurt Haefeli. We taught our first SOZO Basic course in October 2019.
For ourselves, we love leading SOZOs as we never tire of seeing Jesus at work in them! His wonderful handwriting is always penning messages of only love and healing on people’s hearts. How amazing it is to see how people can be freed and better experience God, or to be there when, for the first time in their life, someone meets Jesus Christ in a SOZO!