Whats Going on in the Life of the Ward's
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I love Wales!!! This is a place I have always longed to go. I can't think of many places on the earth with the revival history that Wales has. If you don't know what I am talking about you got read up on it.
So I got here two nights ago in Blackwood and I was so happy to be staying in a home. My friend Sean Feucht gave me a contact of a church here and they where willing to host me. So I am staying with a lovely young couple named Kris and Meg and their dog Moses. He is Welsh and she is South African and the dog is collie :) It feels so good to be around Christians as it was kinda a rough place I was staying in London.
woke up to go to church. I think this may be one of the charismatic churches in Wales. It was great and I was surprised that the pastor is a woman. I also found out the other known charismatic church a ways away is also pastor'd by a Woman. I love it! Well it was a wild morning and the just so happened to have a guest speaker from Argentina. I thought it was amazing that I was in the land of revival history with someone from Argentina (where Revival is known) speaking. The people where very passionate!!!! I also realized right away I love the Welsh people. They are such great folk! After church I had dinner with another young couple and it was great! There are a lot of young couples around here. Tomorrow night a bunch are coming over to hang out with me, I am looking forward to it!
Today I made about an hour trek in the car to Loughor to find Moriah Chapel the church where Even Roberts preached and revival started in Wales. Well I am doing a lot better driving, but there was all this road construction and I got a bit lost but I finally found it. The gate was locked but I could see on the schedule that Monday's was there weekly prayer meeting and it was in a hour. So I went to a little pub and got a coffee and journal'd and waited. An hour later I walked down and went into the back of church where the graveyard was. There was Even Roberts grave where he is buried with his family. The church secretary told me a little about it and invited me in for their prayer meeting. There was about a dozen elderly Welsh people. I was given a hymnal and for the next hour we sang hymns and they prayed the most beautiful prayers. Some might think it religious, but I did not find it that way at all. I enjoyed it and the sincerity of there love and devotion to the Lord. It was a great experience. From there I made my way to Rees Howell's Bible College. I heard you can't really go on the old grounds anymore but I found an open gate and there was no people around at all, so I went in and walked the grounds. As I did these things today I prayed and asked the Lord to honor these men and many others in this generation, crying out "do it again God".
Its been a great couple days and to be in Wales is truly amazing!!! I love this little country. I could spend some real time here. The people are great and the land beautiful. I had this thought all day today, "why did the Lord choose to birth revival out of this little nation that has swept the globe?" He loves this country!!!!
Yesterday was a glorious day. I went on my second car outing. It was a pretty strait shot but I am still trying to get used to this driving thing. Stink’n roundabout’s. Well I went to a place called “Leeds Castle”. Apparently its one the best castles in England. It cost like $30 to get into the grounds. I was reluctant to pay that much but I went for it and I am glad I did. It was so beautiful. I spent most of the day there, walking the grounds taking it all in. I think I could have just camped myself there for weeks, heck I would have just like to move into the castle for good. It was magnificent to me. It was not so much the inside of the castle, that was great, but it was more the view of the castle and the grounds around it. There was not to many people there and it felt like I stepped out of the present and back into time and I was walking alone with the Lord. I loved every minute and it was exactly what I needed!
While there I walked through a maze. I thought to myself I would do this maze with Holy Spirit leading me. Good practice time, it usually takes people about 20 min but Holy Spirit and I did in half that I befriended and older gentleman who is now a photographer from the area. I spent about an hour and a half with him and had great conversation. I figure he found this American quite amusing!
Then last night my friends who used to be with us in Kona, Joe and Nancy Biggs came and picked me up and took me to dinner at the largest mall in London. It was good do have conversation with friends.
During dinner we talked about revival in the UK. There are a few reason that I have come here, but one of the main reasons I am here is because I feel like part of my calling is to this area of the world. I don’t know how it will happen but in coming here I am on a journey of faith asking God those questions. As I got talk to my friends about the “Circuit Riders” and then the faith for Revival in the UK it got my spirit stirred! So last night all night I dreamed about it. It was awesome. It has been awhile since I dreamed like that. I am still processing it today but I dreamt about the global prayer movement and about leading people to Jesus in this region! I was so excited!
So I am sitting in a very busy coffee shop right now near where I have been staying. Saturday it would seem everyone brings their family to coffee, little British children running around everywhere. I am about to get in the car and drive three and half hours to Wales. I will be in Wales for the next five days. I am so excited about this part of the UK and I feel like the Lord has something’s in store for me there. I feel like this may be one of the most important places I go. As I go I think of the Welsh Revival and my spirit cries out “do it again God” !!!!!
I am in London!
I told everyone this is a "Faith Journey" the reason I say that is because most of this month is not planned out and apart from the countries I am going to I don't know much else. Another aspect is the financial part.
Now that I am here part of me is thinking "what the heck am I doing". I arrived to London having not slept in a long time. I made it through customs with no problems and then off to get a rental car. I had a pretty good deal booked before but he talked me into something more expensive because its a Diesel and I am driving all over the place and he said it would cost me less in the long run. I am hope that's right b/c it was quite a bit more and I was really tried.
Oh my goodness was I ever nervous about getting into a rental car and driving a manuel on the other side of the car with the shifter on my left side and driving on the opposite side of the road with all new looking road signs. I was just kept telling myself "you got this Amy, you got this!" ahhhhhhhh I got in and I made myself be calm and there I went...... Ok first of all I am not a fan of roundabouts but the roundabouts in the UK are even crazier, I got pretty lost and then..... what the heck is up with narrow streets and the cars parked eveywhere. There is no way two cars going in opposite directions can fit let alone when cars are parked. I hope my credit card covers the scratches from the bushes I found. ahhhmmm I made it to my little hotel inn thing. Lets just say the pictures did not accurately describe the condition of the place. I was so thankful just to be there. I do have my own room though so that's nice. I was a little scared but I was so tired I did not care.
So today when I realized how crazy it would be to try and drive in London and all the costs and fees in doing I opted to leave the car at the Inn and take the train. Good call on my part. I don't think I could have done that. So I found my way into the heart of London and walked to the Buckingham Palace, its seemed like a pretty good palace to start. People where crowded everywhere and I soon realized it was because of the "Changing of the Guard". There was so many people I really could not see. I thought about yelling "princess Kate is going out the back way" but thought it best not to. I then observed these 3 young adult girls going around pick pocketing people. I was standing right next to them and I realized something seemed odd and sure enough they where pressing up against people in the crowds and opening purses and backpacks. I was looking for a police officer but they where to busy with crowds. They seen me watching them and kinda took off. I was like "no way I have only been here like and hour". I then walked all over the area taking in the sights and culture. I did not get to go into anything like Westminster Abby b/c it all costs money. But I went as far as I could and then my feet started screaming at me that they where done. So I found my way back through train stations and subways to the place I am staying. I am now sitting in a coffee shop near my place that is about to close.
Not sure yet what tomorrow holds but I think I am going to drive somewhere a little out of London and then I having dinner with my friends Joe and Nancy Biggs. On Saturday I head to Wales.
I am excited for this time, but I am not at ease yet as everything is all new and I am alone, but today as I walked to streets of London I prayed, sang and new my best friend was with me.
Well my time in Albany, OR came to a close. After listing through everything now I have decide what is going to be on the album. So soon I will be given about 2 hours worth of material and I will have to cut it down to about an hour. The good news the material is there, the other news is it probably won't be till the first week of December before the album is released. There is still so much to be done and Stephen who is mixing and mastering has other projects as well as he is getting married next month. So the journey continues on that.
I had a great time in Albany and Corvallis those last couple days. There is an amazing crew of people who have a house of prayer in Corvallis who have become great friends and its always amazing connecting with them when I am in the area.
I love the journey of God and how he connects you and makes fun things happen. So our last night in Albany we heard Krik Bennet from IHOP and 7Thunders was going to be speaking in Corvallis so Tim, Michael and I went. Well I know Krik so we had a great connect and I got to minister with him a little and it was just so fun. The Lord really showed up and it was such a cap on my time in Albany.
Friday Tim (Tim Feddes is my friend who came to be apart of the recording) and I drove to Bend, Oregon to connect with a church over here called Celebration. When we got in on Friday we ministered to there Supernatural School of Ministry Students and their worship team. Had a great time.
Saturday we had a day of rest and go to see some of the beauty of Bend. The highlight of the night was sitting my this fire in the Old Mill District and prophesying over this young man. He was a christian who had walked away from the Lord and the Lord gave me all these great words to bring him back and encourage him. The smile of the father!!!
Today is Sunday and I just got done preaching and ministering at the church here and we had a great morning as people's hearts where stirred for what God is doing in the earth and how they are apart of it. I love the journey of God, so much fun and such great people!
Tomorrow I head to Portland for one night and the Tuesday I fly away to London to start my crazy journey through Europe. I am still needing some financial breakthrough for that. If you want to be apart of it then you can give on pay pal
There was some mixed feelings and a bit of fear going into the studio to listen to what recorded played back. People a lot of times don't like hearing themselves. I was worried I might be cringing a lot. There was also a mix of curiosity and hope over wondering we caught.
When we went into the studio we listened to the recording from Friday night and Sunday morning at the church. I was surprised!!! I felt a lot of warfare about Friday and to my delight and surprise there was some good stuff that came out of it. Also I did not mind at all hearing my voice play back. I mean there was some rough spots and off key stuff but that's pretty normal for me ha ha and in a living recording. As I listened my heart was encouraged as I head the faithfulness of the Lord to me in it.
So what we are doing is listening to over 8 hours of material to find what we want on the recording. As Stephen says, we are looking for the "juicy spots". The places where I am singing and the life of the Spirit is on it. I think the most work is to come. My work is done but now Michael and Stephen have to mix and master and all the technical stuff. But I still have to decided what I want on it.
Today we are going to listen to Sat and Wed recoding. Sat night was my breakthrough night so I am excited to hear it. I feel like a lot of what will go on the album will be from the night, but we will see............
Also yesterday I went to a photo shoot with a new friend Malissa Pellegrino in Salem. I have never done anything like that before. It was fun. Her and her friend brought a couple props and without me telling her anything about the album really it all kinda fit. So we will see what comes out of that but it could be fun for the album cover even. We shall see.
Ok back into the studio.....
The Lord is so faithful!!!!!!
So if you read the last blog you could hear in that I had hit some warfare and frustration in this whole album project. I don't know why I it never occurred to me that there might be some real spiritual warfare involved in this. There sure was. Everyday of recording was still great but I knew yesterday that I had not released the sound that was in me or the songs I knew God wanted released.
In the afternoon I met with the Pinkston's and told them exactly what was going on. We prayed and they with my friend Tim prayed for me. We felt like something shifted. The realization that maybe there was more to this whole project then we presently understood. Making a way for people to record and release the sound they carry when they don't fit into thing we have presently known. I also texted some close friends and got people praying. Faith came into my heart and I knew that "tonight was the night". I had faith that it would come!!!!
I wrote a song but I never knew if I could actually do it. Angela helped me turn it into something great and I led a song I wrote. I did something I did not know if I could do and when I did the breakthrough came for me. Last night was crazy amazing for me. I released the sound I had in me, I had so much fun!!!! I felt crazy breakthrough. I was undone by the faithfulness of the Lord to me. There are so many components that played a part in it, but it happened and my heart was free!!!!
After I left the church and got in the car with my friend I just started to weep and laugh at the same time and right then and there freedom hit my heart in a way I have not felt in so long. I realized in that moment I felt like a daughter and the love of my father. I was just undone!!!
I don't even have the full words to describe it but something shifted in my life last night. I have no idea what was captured and in the next few days we will listen through it but regardless something happened in me. I felt free to be me!!!!!
Thank you for all who where praying!!!! It was felt and so appreciated!
So today I sang again at church and there may have been some stuff captured from there as well. Over the next couple days we will go through about 8 hours of material and see what we feel like we want to put on the album. So here we go into Phase 2......
It feels like everything someone would normally do in preparing to record an album is different for me. This whole project is absolutely amazing and such a learning experience. I have always known that what I carry is so different then most singers and musicians but I don't think I have ever been more aware then I am now.
John 15:5 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
I don't feel like I am falsely humble and I know I have a powerful voice, but at the same time unless the Lord comes and gives me something I can not do it on my own. Even most prophetic singers can sing anything that its in them but with who I am unless the Spirit comes and breaths on it, its just won't work. I have three nights of recording and we are hoping and praying that will happen. If it does not happen there is nothing I can do in and of myself to make it happen. So we are in the divine experiment to find a way to have that happen in the context of recording. You see, where I am at and who I am ministering to has so much to do with what comes out of me. I feel like I have never been more challenged in this area as I am right now. I love what I am doing and there is no one I trust more then the people I am doing it with. I am trying not to stress out and just lean into the Lord. I am experiencing more warfare then expected but the Lord fights for me and this album. I believe its His dream that He put in me so He will show himself faithful!!!
I feel all this stuff in me but I would say it has not broken through yet. I am praying and contending for the fullness of what God has for this time to emerge.
Last night was our second night or recording and we did it at the church. It had more of a house of prayer feel to it. Some good stuff came out. There was a "call to prayer" which I loved. One of the main things I feel like I have to release is songs for the "harvesters" so I am praying that will come out soon.
2 Cor 12:9 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
The Pinkston's living and dining room was transformed into a studio. Recording microphones everywhere with instruments set up in different places, and few chairs lining the walls. Around 6:15 we did a sound check and a few people started arriving. The Pinkston's invited about 20 people who could sing and enter into His presence to come and be apart. Some I knew better then other's but we all squeezed in and soon realized that the temperature in the room was close to unbearable, but there was nothing we could do about it. All doors and windows had to be shut, all fans had to be off, but everyone stayed and pressed in. Around 7:15 pm we prayed and began to worship. I thought to myself "no matter what happens tonight, the Lord will be Glorified" and He was. I can not think of a better way to start but in a living room with band made up of some of our best friends.
The first round we sang about his Holiness and I got used to the room and the flow. With the heat escalating we took a break before round 2. It was becoming obvious that there needed to be a change in direction so Michael and Angela who know me so well realized we needed to worship with a song and then flow from there. We did that with the a violin and Cello starting us out, and that alone was amazing. (I had only had the strings for last night, I wish I had it for the rest of recording but it was fun while I had it).
One more break and one more round. When the whole room entered into to singing chorus's it was amazing. We are not sure if we got anything that we will keep, but it was a great experiment and a lot of fun. Heaven was here for sure and Jesus was glorified.
With one night down and two more to go there is some nervousness of "will we get enough for an album", but I am continuing to lean into the grace of the Lord and engage faith. The Lord would have not made a way for this to happen if He did not have something to give me!!!
So right now we are breaking down the living room and heading over to the church and set it up for the next two sessions of the recording. Tonight we practice and tomorrow evening we record again.
For all of you who are reading this please be praying for me!!!! We are attempting to do this recording in a way that is not usually done with me being a spontanious/prophetic singer. I don't have anything to sing unless the Lord gives it to me in the moment and there are so many components that have to come together. Come on God!!!!!!
Yesterday I arrived in Albany, OR with my friend Tim Feddes. As soon as we got to the Pinkstons house we where aware of the presence of the Lord. My heart was nervous and excited at the same time. My body was tired as I had traveled all night without sleep. I was excited because this dream of recording is becoming a reality. Nervous because I have no idea what I am doing.
When people record albums its with songs that have been written. I sing the songs that come to me as they come. Its spontaneous, prophetic, songs of the Lords, psalms, oracles, I sing what I hear. This thought came to me on the plane "what if I don't hear anything this time". But then I realized that was the voice of "fear" talking and I focused on truth.
So as I sit down with Pinkstons and Stephen and talk Michael says "the worst thing that could happen is we spend 3 days worshiping together having fun and we don't get anything recordable" well if that's the worst thing then we are good to go. But we all know we will get something.
You see what we are attempting I don't thing fully has been done but this crew. How do we capture the authority that comes from me and changes peoples lives through the sound. Can it be recorded? Is it something that can only happen in the moment when your present or can they authority of heaven on my life be transferred into a recording. Well we are going to find out.
We got the band together to pray/sing last night to hear what was on the heart of God. Heaven showed up!
The story is told by my mother that I sang before I talked. This sound in me has always been there. I have always sang, but it in 2000 I joined up with the a "Tribe" of people in Wasilla, Alaska and that is really when the sound started coming alive in me. With the Pinkston's and others we grew in this together. We journeyed, loved, grew, where broken together. So last night I looked over at my friend Tim and I said "these are my people". There are lots of people that love me and the sound in my but no one understands it better then Michael and Angela. I could never imagine recording my first album without them. I trust them fully with what I carry. They don't try to make me fit in a box, they break every box I have and call forth what is inside. Last night I repented in front of the band for the agreement of lies I have been bought into about what I carry. The shame of I had at times of not being able to be a normal "worship leader". I heard a phrase inside me last night "let the psalmist and the seer dance again". I don't know what is about to happen but I am excited to find out. I know this is much bigger then I understand and I am leaning into his grace and love today!
Tonight we are gathering about 20 people in the Pinkston's living room. Its being turned into a studio and tonight I record for the first time............
On July 7th of last year as I waited on the Lord, He spoke to me in a powerful way about a new breed of people arising with the fire of revival in there eyes. He spoke about a time in America when men and woman called Circuit Riders rode across America and saw Revival. He spoke to me that it was happening again. A few months later he spoke again and said that huge focus for these Circuit Riders was the Los Angeles, CA area.
I could not have known then but one year to the date of when He spoke to me that a Gideon’s army of 300 would arrive in Kona for a 5 week school called the School of the Circuit Riders. This school that I was apart of running was like nothing we have ever done before. It was an intensive training for these wild eyes revivalist to be equipped to minister the simple gospel with power. The transformation and equipping that took place in these five weeks was paradigm shifting for me and everyone involved. Here is a link to the CR website that has further links to the podcasts of each days teachings, some blogs that give more details and all kinds of other media and information pieces:
After the 5 weeks of training most of the riders went on a two week outreach to Orange County, CA, Washington, DC, Alaska and Ireland. The majority of the rides went to Orange County where 40 years ago the Jesus Movement started on Huntington Beach. Our riders along with YWAM Denver base came to Huntington Beach saying “do it again God”. We hit the streets, beaches, malls, University’s in the day with radical evangelism. Salvations, healing’s, freedom, encounters with God happening all day long every day. In the evenings we had a big white wedding tent that we filled and preached the gospel in with people giving there lives to Jesus each night with healing’s and freedom taking place! At the end we had a massive baptism on Huntington Beach the declared “the harvest is ready NOW”. I personally had the honor of preaching in the tent one night and being apart of seeing revival come to a family on the street. Such a joy, such a honor! Everyone was amazed and the fire in the eyes of the riders only grew brighter. A crew of about 45 riders stayed behind to live this out in a greater way.
We had a reporter with us check out this article that was written about it
The Ward family adventures by Amy Ward