Colorado

Another Update from Boulder!

The past few days have been nothing short of exhausting for our team here in Boulder, but it’s been so worth it! Yesterday morning we spent a few hours evangelizing on Pearl Street again. I don’t recall hearing any testimonies of salvations, but the Lord gave me an opportunity to preach the Gospel to a young man named Joe who was performing on the streets. He listened as I talked to him (mainly because I threw a dollar in his guitar case… but hey, it worked!), and though he wasn’t interested in praying or receiving the gift of salvation through Jesus, I could tell he was bothered by it. That might not seem like the something to get encouraged about, but I was encouraged by it. It signified to me that he was listening to what I said, and conviction was striking his heart. Please join me as I continue to keep him lifted up in prayer, contending for his salvation.

Later that night, our team split into two teams and had times of worship and intercession at two local churches. We prayed for the city of Boulder at both locations, and the Lord was faithful to meet us as we unified in worship and prayer, exalting His name over this city. I believe that things were moving in heaven and on earth in response to our prayers.

Today, our whole team came back together and had times of worship at the same church we had one of our prayer meetings at last night. Later on in the afternoon, I was blessed with the opportunity to teach the harp and bowl model to some members of the church and the local house of prayer who either didn’t know anything about it, or didn’t know a whole lot about it. This was my first time ever teaching the model to fresh ears, and let me tell you… I LOVED IT! The Lord has placed a desire within me to teach and train others in the harp and bowl model to facilitate 24/7 prayer and exaltation to Jesus across the earth, and I’ve felt for a while that it’s part of what He has for me in the future. Teaching today confirmed to me just how much I love it, and I believe it’s gonna be a big part of my future ministry.

Not only did I get to teach the model, but I was able to coach some singers and musicians hands on as we had a worship leader from our team lead a mini set, and we rotated in singers, musicians, and prayer leaders who were new to the model. I came alive as I got to teach them and see them get excited as it all “clicked” in their minds and hearts. I am confident that the Lord is going to use each one of them mightily in the end time worship movement.

Right now, I’m writing this blog right from the CU campus here in Boulder. We’ve been given the opportunity to have a night of worship right here on campus. Tonight a team led us in worship and right now a local pastor/church planter/missionary is bringing a powerful word. After that we’ll have a ministry time and enter into another time of worship. I’m expectant to hear testimonies of the Lord doing mighty things in the hearts of the students here tonight.

Tomorrow we’re joining forces with a local church, and some musicians and singers from our team (including myself) will be joining with their worship pastor to lead the congregation in praise and worship. After both services, we’re hitting the road to head back to KC. Please be praying that the Lord will give us grace to finish strong, that hearts would be encountered tonight and tomorrow as we glorify Jesus in this city, and that our journey to Kansas City tomorrow afternoon will go smoothly without any obstacles. Thanks for your faithfulness in praying for our team this week – it’s made a huge impact on all of us, and we are grateful beyond words! :)

Pearl Street Evangelism

Today our team went out to Pearl Street in downtown Boulder to share the love of Jesus, give words of encouragement/prophecies, pray for healing for the sick, and share the gospel with anyone and everyone that the Lord put in our path. Some of us had done this type of thing before, but many of us were totally new to it and kinda nervous about it. However, the Lord was so gracious to us! He gave us boldness and courage, and everyone on our team ministered to someone in some way on the streets today. At the end of the day, our team was edified and encouraged and totally fired up to go at it again tomorrow. I’ll share a couple highlights from the day.

For me personally, I felt like the Lord gave me so much confidence in sharing His love with people. At first, I went out with some “experienced” people in our group (we divided up into teams of 2-3 people to evangelize) in order to “learn the ropes” and have someone there to initiate conversation with the ones we were approaching (the most intimidating part for me), and then I had the opportunity to share a word or pray if I had something for them. This was such a blessing! After talking with a few different people, I was so excited and encouraged. In fact, by the middle of the day the Lord gave me the boldness to approach a woman and talk with her without anyone else doing any talking. He also opened up the door for me to pray for her, and even though I didn’t get to share the Gospel with her, I walked away knowing that she experienced the love of Christ and that seeds were planted that the Lord will totally water and grow in the future! :)

Another really fun thing was when our whole team joined together and worshiped right in the center of Pearl Street together! We had a couple of guitars with us, and some of the people in our group were just messing around and playing some stuff to draw people in on a park bench during the morning. As we neared the lunch hour, our team had planned to meet back up at that park bench and then head out to have lunch together. Well, as handfuls of our group made their way to our meeting place, we all joined in worship. One of our team members initiated by opening up her Bible and singing through some of Genesis 1. This turned into singing the popular song “How He Loves” which grew bigger and louder as more of our team gathered in and joined in singing, and after that we sang “I’ve Got a River Of Life”. Finally we ended  with many people on our team singing their testimonies. There’s a chorus around IHOP-KC that goes like this, “I’ve got a testimony ’bout Jesus. He carries me through my worst storms. I only call on Jesus. I’m leaning on His everlasting arms!” A number of people in our group began to sing their testimonies, and when they were finished we would sing the chorus again, then open it up for another person to sing their testimony. It was a powerful time of LOUDLY proclaiming the transforming power of Jesus in our lives, and we definitely got the attention of a lot of passerby’s. Some of them seemed to be put off by it, but we didn’t let that shut us up. In the end, tons of people heard about Jesus, so it was pretty successful if you ask me! :D

Finally, amongst our whole team, there were countless numbers of people who were prayed for and ministered to. By the end of the day we had seen numerous healings and salvations. The Lord was faithful to us as we stepped out in faith and trusted in Him. We all left Pearl Street today with powerful testimonies and increased faith and boldness to share the Gospel. Tomorrow we’re going back for round two, so please pray that the Lord would give us divine appointments, increased boldness to reach out to the lost, and that we would see many more healed and saved!

“Come to Boulder and Find Your…”

“…DESTINY.” This phrase is Boulder, Colorado’s unofficial motto. Before I came here, I had no idea that the city of Boulder is known for it’s entrepreneurial atmosphere. It is a city known as a hub for creativity, innovation, and a place to find your destiny.

This morning, our team had the opportunity to hear some business people from local churches speak about various kingdom principles in relation to business and entrepreneurialism. I was so intrigued by everything we were learning, but really had no idea of how it related to me on a personal level. After the few speakers finished, they formed a “fire tunnel”. For those of you who don’t know what a fire tunnel is, it’s simply when a few people line up across from each other with a few feet in between them, and a line of others walks through and receives prayer and impartation from them. Our whole team lined up for prayer and impartation and the Lord released so much into everyone’s hearts.

I know that destinies were revealed, released, and confirmed by the Lord during that time in many on our team. I personally encountered the Lord in a way that I was not expecting to! He showed me how different things He’s placed in my heart will come together in the future in my ministry with a business aspect to it. I’m so excited for what the Lord has in store for me!

Right now we’re on our way to a park where we’re gonna have a picnic lunch, enjoy the beautiful Colorado mountains, and most likely do some open air worship and evangelism. Please pray for boldness to come on our team today and throughout the rest of the week, that we would see the Lord’s kingdom be manifest in this city unto the salvation of many souls.

Boulder Update 1.0

Well, it’s been a while since I wrote a blog! Sorry folks. Life’s been kinda crazy the past month or so. :)

Anyway, remember my post a while back about the ministry trip to Boulder, Colorado I was going on with my school? Well, my friends, currently I’m writing this blog from a little town right outside of Boulder. A group of about 50 IHOPU students drove out here yesterday, and though we faced some car trouble (which is bound to happen when you have a 10+ car caravan traveling over nine hours), we managed to all make it safely to Boulder yesterday evening. When we arrived, we “briefed” as a team, reiterating our vision for the week and getting to know one another more.

We started out the day today by meeting with a couple local pastors and hearing about their heart for the city of Boulder and their ministries here. It was really powerful for me personally to hear what the Lord is doing in this city, and it helped fire me up for what’s in store for us this week! After the meeting we had lunch and then headed to the prayer room where we planned to do a few harp and bowl sets. When we arrived, we discovered that the prayer room here is nothing more than a small room with one keyboard, a set of conga drums, and one microphone. It was a shock to some of us, and to others it was almost expected. Since we didn’t have the equipment necessary to have full teams lead us in worship, we just did a couple devotional worship sets. Since one of the primary worship leaders who was going to lead today has a sinus infection and couldn’t sing, I was assigned to lead the first devo. What an honor! It was a powerful time of leading the packed out little room in worship to Jesus, proclaiming our longing and need for Him, meditating on His love for us, and responding by pouring out our love back to Him (here’s a picture a friend of mine posted http://instagram.com/p/XnjUMEE02N/).

After the one hour set, I sat in the room while another team member led a devo also. As I was sitting there “indian style” in the middle of the floor, I looked around the room and was deeply moved. I felt the Lord stirring in my heart. There was such a sweet presence of worship filling the room, and the heart of the Lord was moved. Here was a group of 50 or so young people, averaging between the ages of 18-25 sitting in the basement of a church, packed in a little room, just loving on Jesus. There wasn’t any exciting music or fancy decorations – just hearts longing for Jesus.

The Lord began to talk to me about how I tend to get so caught up in the business of the Global Prayer Room at IHOP-KC that I lose focus on Him. I’m listening to the electic guitar riff, the sweet loop the keyboard player is pumping out, the awesome chorus the singers just started singing, or I’m doing homework and checking my emails, and I lose the focus of why I’m there in the first place. In the business of the well established, fully finctioning prayer room, I begin to focus on everything that is going on around me, and out of the few hours I’m there, I’m probably only giving my full attention to the Lord for maybe 1/5 of that time (on a good day). As soon as the music comes down or the chorus stops, I immediately become bored and do something to fill the awkward space.

As I was sitting there in that tiny prayer room today with no Wifi, no desk to sit at and do homework, no isles to pace in, and no sweet music to get caught up in, Jesus asked me to once again be fascinated by Him. He began to call me to a place of focused meditation and devotion that will lead to revelation and fascination. You see, when we’re pursuing Him and constantly looking to Him and giving all of our time and energy into knowing Him, pushing away the things that so easily distract us, we become fascinated by Him, and nothing else matters. You’re never bored with life because He’s always revealing new things about Himself to you.

I feel like the Lord has done so much on day one, and I can’t imagine what else He has in store for me the rest of the week! I’m going to try to stay on top of blogging throughout the week to keep you updated on how things are going, but in the mean time, you can keep track of what’s going on via Twitter and Instagram by following the #IHOPUboulderdash hashtag.

Talk to you soon (hopefully)!!!