Gosh, I can’t believe it’s been over eight months since my last blog! Life has been super crazy, and unfortunately I have neglected this poor little guy. But…. I’M BACK! And I’m here to stay! For now, I’m just gonna give a quick overview of what the last few months have looked like for me, and what the next few months hold in store. My goal is to start blogging on more of a regular basis. As of right now, I’m shooting for one blog a month, but I may update it more frequently if I’ve got things to share and time to share them! But for now, you can expect to see a blog from me at the end of each month for sure! I’d like to encourage you to subscribe to my blog by entering your email adress in the box near the bottom of toolbar on the right hand side of this page (–>), and then clicking the “Sign me up!” button. Then, every time I post something, you’ll get an email with a nifty little link in it that’ll bring you right to my new blog post!
So, here we go! Last January-May I was in the second semester of my freshman year at the Forerunner Music Academy (FMA), a division of the International House of Prayer University in Kansas City, Missouri. I could write pages and pages about all that the Lord did in me through that semester, but since I don’t have time to write all that out (and you probably wouldn’t have time to read it), I’ll just highlight a few “big” things that happened. For starters, the semester began with me being placed on an FMA worship team as an acoustic guitar player and/or singer. It was an amazing experience for me because I had never played with a full team (piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, drums, multiple singers) before, and it also gave me hands on training as I learned the Harp and Bowl Model, which is the backbone of every two-hour set we do in the Global Prayer Room (GPR) at IHOP-KC. I grew so much musically, as well as learning the dynamics of leading a room in worship as a team, submitting to my authority in a worship team context, learning how to press in and cultivate a heart of worship even in the midst of a busy, redundant school schedule, and much more. It created a firm foundation in me that is going to be extremely necessary and helpful for me for the rest of my life!
Secondly, I got approved to be a singer in the GPR at IHOP-KC and joined my first GPR worship team! It was a team comprised of other FMA students, and we played one intercession set every week for most of the semester. It was really fun getting to know other FMA students and running with them for that time. We had some powerful times during those sets, and I definitely got a deeper revelation into the heart Jesus as our Great Intercesor (Heb. 7:25), ever living to intercede on behalf of His beloved ones.
At the end of the semester, I packed up, left Kansas City and headed home to New Jersey where I worked full-time and got connected with the International House of Prayer: Eastern Gate (IHOP:EG) in Cranford, NJ for the summer. It was a ridiculously busy few months, but so worth it! I was able to invest in a new guitar, AppleCare for my MacBook Pro, and still managed to save more money than I had planned on. Jesus is so good! And as I said before, I also got connected with IHOP:EG which was a HUGE blessing! They welcomed me in as family, and I quickly fell in love with all of them so much. I had the opportunity to play guitar and/or sing on a couple sets a week for the whole summer, and even led a few sets there. I cannot describe how much I love them all and how grateful I am for all that they did for me this summer. They probably don’t think they did much of anything, but getting to know them all caused me to grow so much. They are wonderful! If you live anywhere in the tri-state area, I STRONGLY encourage you check them out and see how you can get involved (more info at ihopeg.org).
Well, that brings me to here – where I am right now. I’m back in Kansas City for another round! My sophomore year at IHOPU began last week and I am trying to, once again, adjust to the craziness of life as an FMA student! I am in a few theology classes, a few music classes, and Harp and Bowl Lab. Harp and Bowl Lab is a class that every FMA student is required to take where we are placed on a worship team and learn the Harp and Bowl Model in a safe, hands-on environment, and gain the tools needed to be prophetic singers, musicians, and worship leaders in a house of prayer context (or any other worship context, for that matter) for the rest of our lives, wherever the Lord may call us. This semester I have been honored with the task of being the primary worship leader of my team, which means that I will lead two of the three sets that we do as a team every week, as well as making all the executive team decisions. I am SO excited to get to serve my team this semester and learn in a super safe environment how to be a strong, godly, and humble worship leader. I know that the Lord has called me to be a worship leader in the house of prayer, and I can’t think of a more perfect place to learn how than right here, at IHOP-KC, with coaches who have had years of experience. Time teaches a lot of things, as well as trial and error, and I’m so glad to be getting trained by others who have been doing this for years and know way more than I do! I’m so excited to see all that the Lord has in store for me this semester!
Well, I believe that’s all for now, folks! I hope you enjoyed reading this update and will read future posts. Tak to you again in a few weeks!