Rama Cay, Nicaragua
Back in June a small team of Kingdom people set journey to Nicaragua. It was quite the journey with the main purpose to serve leaders at a summit in Matagalpa. I had heard of a small island of indigenous people off of the Caribbean coast so I tagged a visit to to the end of the trip to see what God was doing there. A boat ride through the water and suddenly we found ourself walking up the stairs to meet the pastor of the island . If you know me, you know how much I love God's presence and how blessed I have been to know that Presence intimately and directly. So it was very odd to find myself in the midst of this island beauty yet I couldn't feel God at all. We stand amidst the tribe and church people in an old Moravian founded church building. One of the team members was preaching the Good News only the concept of the goodness of God was too profound or too good so the translator interpreted the opposite... judgement. It was a strange moment watching words seeming fall to the ground and feel an atmosphere of oppression like I had never known before. Things made a little more sense when a leader came to me and began to expose the sins of the congregation and tell me not to associate with then...my heart broke...We kept pressing in and when ministry time began we labored with little fruit.. I decided to grab these 6 youth and go for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.. I led then to invite Him in and although I still couldn't feel the Presence the guys said they began to feel funny! It was Him they began to feel Him! The schedule tight as it was, we loaded the boat after only 2 hours on the Island. I went to the back of the boat, put my head phones in and Jason Upton's song, "The World is Wide Open" became alive and deep within my Spirit and I heard God say, "this Island is the whole reason I brought you on this trip".
Jump ahead March and I am on my way back to the island with a radical team of lovers! Back to RamaCay... what will happen, will we break through...? What is God doing?
The things that happened next melted my heart and I have a deeper understanding than ever before about what transformation in the nations can look like. The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation were key on this journey as we had a nightly bible study on the rocks overlooking the ocean. It wasn't for the masses, only 2 came, both sons of the pastor, but I believe these are the men of peace. Simple concepts shared on the goodness of God and being in a dispensation of Grace where the kindness of God leads to repentance. I could see the lights turn on and by the end of the first night the two sons couldn't stop saying, "He's so good!" The third day into the trip one of the sons stops me on the docks and told me God had visited him in dreams and that he has a new vision for his life, he then tells me I'm his new boss, teach me! Amazing how we make our plans but at the end of the day it's Holy Spirit at work.. teaching, guiding, revealing, loving, always loving!
7 “Before she goes into labor,
she gives birth;
before the pains come upon her,
she delivers a son.
8 Who has ever heard of such things?
Who has ever seen things like this?
Can a country be born in a day
or a nation be brought forth in a moment?
9 Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the Lord.
There is so much more to share but at the end of the trip I realize it's really only the beginning... I'm reminded of an encounter I had when we were worshipping in my garage a few weeks before the trip singing, "I give it all to you Jesus" and how hard it hit me that I couldn't give it all to Him. He gave it all to ME! All His glory, all His Spirit.. in the encounter I saw the woman of the red light district holding back tears because they weren't allowed to cry because they are slaves, I've seen injustices first hand and I was suddenly gripped with the revelation that I can't give it all to Jesus, I must have ownership, I must feel with Him and I must GO! A life verse for me Isaiah 66:12- You shall nurse the nations at your right side.. leaving the Island I believe I understand this verse like never before... what does it look like to give birth to a nation, it looks like intimate love that doesn't give up, it looks like nursing it as a child and committing to it's future. His love cost Him everything..and now I feel as King David did, 2 Samuel 24:24 “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God that cost me nothing.”
So let the journey begin... Rama on my heart.
Red Light District- Tijuana, MX
We've been taking teams to Tijuana, MX for the past 6 years activating groups and individuals in the supernatural as well as pouring into the locals on the ground. A few years ago we started going into the Red Light District reaching out to trafficked woman. In 2013 we were loving on a guy who pulls men into the clubs to sleep with the woman. The Spirit fell on him and he began to cry, in his tenderness he asked, "what if there was something 24/7 for God here like there is for sex?" That question hit my Spirit and in the weeks to follow I began to dream about starting a 24/7 House of Worship right in the midst of the Red Light district. In my own experience I have come to believe that only an encounter with Love can change a life... so the thought is to flood the Red Light district with Love's atmosphere where the Spirit can change mindsets and set captives free.
June 2014 we are piloting our first week long "Incense 24/7" in Tijuana's Red Light District simultaneously working on a documentary that will expose the realities in TJ and be a voice for the voiceless.
We've been taking teams to Tijuana, MX for the past 7 years activating groups and individuals in the supernatural as well as pouring into the locals on the ground. A few years ago we started going into the Red Light District reaching out to trafficked woman. In 2013 we were loving on a guy who pulls men into the clubs to sleep with the woman. The Spirit fell on him and he began to cry, in his tenderness he asked, "what if there was something 24/7 for God here like there is for sex?" That question hit my Spirit and in the weeks to follow I began to dream about starting a 24/7 House of Worship right in the midst of the Red Light District. In my own experience I have come to believe that only an encounter with Love can change a life... so the thought is to flood the Red Light district with day and night incense, Love's atmosphere where the Spirit can change mindsets and set captives free.
Last month in June on my birthday morning we started our first week long "Incense 24/7" in Tijuana's Red Light District during our summer missions trip. Sixty radical lovers of God from all over the world cycled through the worship room located right in the heart of the district. His manifest Presence touched all who entered and we experienced His love like incense spill forth from the windows into the streets. Everywhere we went His fragrance followed leading grown men to cry, young men to repentance and ladies from clubs to His holy wedding table.
God likes to do fun things with me like give me nations for my birthday... so it was beautiful on my birthday morning to see the way He connected me with a radical lover overseeing worship in multiple churches in Tijuana. When we both shared of our visions, He fell, and we realized we were sharing the same dream.
The wind of the Spirit is blowing and we are following... we are taking the next steps to to rent an apartment and establish a dwelling place for God in the Red Light District of Tijuana! What will He do? Stay connected here to find out more! If you would like to sow into this vision please go to our give page:) Thanks!
Highways and byways
New Life on the Beach
When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land!
He wanted to start over, he wanted to be born again not the Christian way but a new way. How does the Source of life bring restoration to the mind, body and spirit which are covered in life's trauma?
We met Jose' on the beach. He was worn by the lifestyle that comes with being a hopeless wanderer. He walked over to Julie and Joshua drawn to the spirit of unconditional love and restoration that floated in the air around them. He wanted to get baptized. As he walked to the water an all too familiar anxiety stirred. Then he had a thought that was not his own, "what else would God look like?" Held by their hands, he went under the waves.
He walked over and sat down next to us as family. He began to reveal the areas in his life where anger and shame were put on him and he held on to them as though they were his. The battle is first fought in our mind. He saw the lies believed and he began to let go of them. Soon the sand was peppered with tears. He forgave his father, then he forgave himself. A new identity began to form in him as he realized who he was and the intimacy of a loving creator. Righteousness fell on him. He no longer was bound to thoughts that did not lead to hope, he had authority to send them back. He was made new.