What is SOZO?

Sozo ministry is an inner healing and deliverance ministry that was developed by Dawna DeSilvia and Teresa Liebscher in the late 1990’s. Over the last twenty years teams from Redding, California have trained and equipped in a variety of church settings throughout the United States and internationally.

Currently, there are practitioners in over twenty-two countries.

SOZO at Vineyard Community Church (VCC)

In 2010, Lisa was invited to a Sozo informational meeting, hosted by Teresa Liebscher, at a church in San Clemente, California. Lisa was nearing her completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and for the last eight months she had heard the Lord speak the work “sozo” to her, without knowing why. Not knowing what the meeting would be about she accepted the invitation and to her surprise, it became clear in that meeting that the Lord was calling her into the inner healing ministry of Sozo. 

In March of 2011, Lisa and her pastors Kent and Cathy Larson hosted a team from Redding, California to do a three-day intensive Sozo training at Vineyard Community Church (VCC) so the church could begin to offer Sozo ministry. Once the training was complete, SOZO Freedom Ministries was birthed and we are now going into our tenth year, it has truly been incredible!

SOZO Freedom is part of the larger healing community at VCC, known as The Mercy Transformation Center, which includes another powerful prayer model called, Immanuel Prayer. We are passionate about helping people step into wholeness:

Spiritually, Emotionally and Relationally

sózó – A Greek word used 110 times in the New Testament meaning:
– “to be made whole”

sozo has also been translated throughout the New Testament as:
‘saved, healed, delivered”

Others definitions also include:

  1.   to save, heal, preserve, and rescue; to deliver out of danger and into safety, and 

      into God’s provision.

  1.   saved/rescued from destruction and brought into divine safety, ensured

      salvation, get well, made well, preserved, recover , restore.

According to Strong’s Greek Dictionary of the New Testament “Sozo” means, “to save, deliver, heal and preserve.” The writers of the New Testament showed the completeness of the word “Sozo”, by using it in different contexts to refer to each aspect of salvation, healing and deliverance.


“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you shall be saved (sozo).” Romans 10:9


“But Jesus turning and seeing her said ‘Daughter take courage your faith has made you well (sozo) and at once the woman was made well (sozo).” Matthew 9:22


“And those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was demon-possessed had been made well (sozo).” Luke 8:36