Monday, October 12, 2020
August 2020 What a year 2020 has been! We started the year with a “Room 24” event at our house on New Year’s Eve. We had a great time together. The 24 hours was marked by “joy” and we felt that the Lord was gifting us with “joy” for the year to come. Thinking back, we believe the “joy of the the Lord” has been our strength! We had two additional 24 hour events, first in January at Restoration Community Ministries in Phoenix and at Adina’s home in Tucson in February 2020. At RCM we focused on love using Matt 22:36-40 as our focus and at Adina’s we pressed in to worship the Father “in Spirit and Truth”. We did not know at the time how much we would rely on these scriptures in 2020. March began the “COVID” months. Our initial response was to wait, so we postponed our March event. But then, by April, we saw another pressing need at the hospitals. We rallied the troops to pray at the hospital sites in Tucson. These meetings continued weekly in April and May. Along with the rest of the world, we got familiar with Zoom and started having our Tuesday prayer meetings at home. The phone calls were blessed and provided us the connection we longed for. We were empowered and decided to use Zoom for our April 24 hour event. We did this again in May for the National Day of Prayer event. I don’t think any of us really expected that we would be living this pandemic experience for so long. June and July passed quickly, as some started vacations and other projects, but we always maintained that Tuesday night prayer. I think we were all hoping to return to “normal”, but here it is August and we really have evolved to a “new normal”. The prophetic words coming from the church have confirmed this. Whatever our immediate future, we can all count on this - the past as we know it has changed forever - and we are walking in the new thing God has for us. Well, the desire to pray together has not gone away even though many other activities have. For now, we have scheduled a smaller gathering in August that will include zoom coverage. And slowly we grow, step by step, into His plans for us. God willing, we will be gathering again for “The Return”, a global day of prayer scheduled for Sept 26th on the national mall in DC. We are still holding the format lightly and leaving plenty of room for adjustments. Jesus, we believe You are in all of this - that your will for us has not changed. Lord, open our ears, that we can hear what you are saying to the churches!
Sunday, November 24, 2019
November 15-16,02019 Sitting now, considering all the blessings you have given us. Spent 24 hours with La Gracia de Dios. It passed by so quickly, so comfortably, like spending time in Your living room, Lord. Such a sweet Presence. And as was noted on Saturday afternoon, not just your Presence but you Glory. Thank you Lord. We like to begin Friday with repentance and communion and have taken on Tabernacle Prayer as a way to walk through a preparation for prayer. Each time, we marvel at what God is showing us. We had many different faces taking parts on Friday night and managed to present mostly in Spanish with some English translation. We loved it. We are so grateful for our supporters and our translators. For the pastors who welcome us into their churches. Talking about the Brazen Altar, we saw salvations - Praise God. Carmen & Yara did a great job taking us through the commandments and the water on our hands at the Laver was very special. We spoke of the candlesticks, the table of show-bread and the altar of incense. Some of the words we received: *In reference to Psalm 23:4, “The heavens opened with fire and took the darkness away”. *Milk flowing - Exodus 3:17 *We are here to do, time is a gift! - James 4:13-17 Praise & thanksgiving rose up and we spent time in the Holy Spirit. P Ken guided us through the Tabernacle with its mercy seat and so much meaning for us today. I love these intercessors. I especially love the night. It quiets down a bit for some, but His fire lights the way, every time. We went after areas of breakthrough, the box of prayer requests, worshiping all along the way. And the morning, the resurrection time. “Oh death, were is thy sting”, I Corinthians 15:55-57. Our day included healing room and more breakthrough for individuals. We are as blessed being on the teams as receiving. The voice of the Lord is so powerful in pictures. Speaking of pictures, Adina’s painting for the Presence & Glory in the shape of the Tabernacle was awesome to witness as she painted. We had individual testimony from so many; Joe with his new heart, and all the healing received in healing room prayer. We prayed for the city, the nation, the borders. We prayed for Israel. We prayed for the ministries and pastors of La Gracia de Dios. Thank you church for your warm hospitality, many meals and incredible fellowship We leave this time humbled, warmed by His Presence, fully open to all He has for each of us. Thank You Lord!
September 30 to October 6, 2019 This past October, instead of our usual 24 hour prayer, we traveled to Bethel, Redding, CA. We took a group with us and drove ourselves first to LA and then on Highway 1 as far as we could go before turning toward Redding. The route was extraordinarily beautiful and captured the magnificence of our God! Some of us came by plane. We all gathered at the same hotel which became our new home together. We spent a week at Bethel Redding, first attending the Open Heaven’s Conference and then staying for the Saturday Healing Room and Sunday services. We did manage a little site seeing which took us to McArthur-Burney Falls for more extraordinary views. The conference was great. So many people and from 41 nations attended. It was at the Civic Center in Redding. Even standing on line to get in was an adventure. God ordained conversations were everywhere. We were all so touched by all of it; the worship, the speakers, the people. The culture at Bethel is unique in its peaceful atmosphere which stretches out way beyond the church campus to the area itself. Somehow, amongst all the movement of people and managing of their needs, nothing ever seemed out of order. The atmosphere was that of a small church, totally relaxed and welcoming. Our time together was rich. There was lots of fellowship time for our group. We even managed to have a Saturday evening service, like we do at home, in the hotel coffee room. We shared experiences and testimonies along with coffee. We each came away with a lifetime of memories and powerful spiritual encounters. We are so grateful for this trip.
September 13-14, 2019 It was great to be back in Nogales, Sonora for 24 hour prayer with Pastor Alfredo & Eunice and the church members. They are in their new location now. So much space to enjoy, but still that feeling of home. Pastor Alfredo had a number of young leaders with him who led in different areas of Tabernacle Prayer. It was wonderful to enjoy so many new hearts coming together. The church is home to us. Since we tried to keep as much of the prayer as possible in Spanish, we had friends sitting with us translating the whole time. We were a few aisles of kumbaya, enjoying the Lord together! :). We love these pastors and their heart for prayer. Somewhere in the middle of the night, Pastor Alfredo acknowledged - here we are - in the Presence of God - this is the time to fellowship with Him, His Presence is so great. And it was! One of my favorite things about Room 24 and these prayer times everywhere, is that we can recognize when His Presence falls. It is so thick at times. And Pastor is right, so noticeable in the middle of the night. Healing room was great. We spent hours at it. After a night of prayer, the words for individuals comes so easy! Pastor Ochoa shared a word with us in the afternoon and joined us for lunch. The time we spend in Mexico is often highlighted by these pastors who join us in prayer. We so appreciate their fellowship. Of course, you know we had wonderful meals together. When we began Room 24 we used to snack on coffee and fruit and vegetable trays. We learned to eat at our occasions in Mexico. We so love this fellowship, the food yes; but also the chatting and praying and the children and families we visit. Thank you church for your warm hospitality, always!
August 23-24, 2019 Wow! End of summer and our desire was to host prayer in a vacation setting. What a blessing! We were up in the mountains in August when its hot and hotter in Tucson, but cool with breezes at Mount Lemon. We rented a cabin there. The ride up was beautiful. Our first challenge was pulling into the driveway which was an uphill climb with a bit of a curve! Oh my. Just beginning to realize that hanging off mountain tops is not my favorite thing. But once landed, wow, what a beautiful location and more special as a gathering for prayer. The cabin was spacious with a full porch that circled 3/4’s of the house. The rooms inviting. There was a main living room for prayer, a large dining room table and a kitchen that was equipped for every meal. We had everything we needed, and some fresh mountain air. As we began our prayer the Presence of God was immediate and sustained. We all thought we were individually having a unique encounter with God, but later in sharing, we realized His Presence was everywhere and with each of us. One step unto the porch and we saw that we were literally praying in the clouds. It was so refreshing to pull back and refill our spirits. Our time together was precious. Thank you Lord for giving us so much!
July 26-27, 2019 We are just returning from an awesome weekend with Restoration Community Ministries in Phoenix AZ. Pastors Reggie & Annie invited us again for 24 hour prayer at the Chapel of the American Indian Bible College. God is at work. We have been joining in prayer with this congregation since 2011. The last few years have been regular visits in January and July. To say the least we are now old friends and also family. We look forward to these. God has grown in us all and we are so grateful to have built this altar together. This weekend we had new friends and old friends. We cover quite a bit of territory when we consider where each of us live and minister. We represented ministries and churches throughout Arizona and into Mexico. We are blessed with the opportunity to network in God’s Kingdom. It is so wonderful to hear of all God is doing in each of us. We started the prayer with a time of fellowship and food. Got updated with each of us and went to work building an altar through Tabernacle Prayer. God always does something new. Friday night, we had opportunity to pray over the territory that we all cover. We did foot washing and prayer over the places our feet will carry us in the next season. We tipped into the night hours easily. The hours passed so quickly. We prayed through the obstacles that we typically struggle with and went into a time of declaration of God’s promises. In the early morning we spent time with the priestly blessing. Morning is always a special time, to watch the sun come up together and prepare for a new day. P Ken led us in prayers for revival. We had breakfast together, ministered the Father’s Love and held Healing Room for a couple of hours. Worship was wonderful with the RCM team, both Friday night and Saturday. They were energetic and up lifting. At our lunch we had additional time to fellowship together. Many of us stayed for the 24 hours. But we also had visitors throughout the night and day. Areas of prayer in the afternoon included family, marriages, missions and nations. We prayed for RCM and Room 24. We ended in a joyful celebration of Unity! God we are so grateful for the opportunity you have given us in Room 24. It is a privilege to dedicate this time to You. You always come. Your Presence is rich and our hearts long for the next time!
Saturday, August 31, 2019
We traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa in June to join with Pastor Aman and Amel of the Arabic congregation. Right now they are serving as itinerary pastors and prayer warriors as they settle in again in Council Bluffs, Iowa. They are in contact with American and Sudanese churches. We first met these pastors when they were leading an Arabic church in Tucson. Pastor Aman has made several trips with us on our Room 24 journeys. He asked us to join him in Iowa. We specifically prayed about this at the “Room 24” at our house in March. We received a resounding “yes” from the Lord. In remembering this weekend the Glory of God in the scenery is most memorable. A group of 7 of us traveled by car from Arizona to Iowa. Another came by plane. The car trip took us through miles of open space and rolling hills of farmland. I believe God healed us in those hours of road time. His gentle Presence in creation was all about us. We drove through Nebraska to Council Bluffs, Iowa. It is a border city. We had some tourist time walking the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge that literally straddles the two states. It was very fun to experience this area, new to many of us. The prayer was held at Heartland House of Prayer in Council Bluffs. We spoke to the couple that hosts this prayer. They have led prayer teams for 20+ years in this area. Their current location is a building, open for worship and prayer 24/7. Throughout the week, different prayer events are held. Pastors Aman and Amel routinely gather with Sudanese intercessors in this location. There ministry also reaches out to other groups in the area. We enjoyed the time tremendously. It was a time to visit with each other again, but also blessed and anointed by the prayer. We worshiped and prayed together. We believe God’s prayers accomplished here will bear much fruit in the months ahead. We left on a note of joy, expecting that we will return and expand our journey together.