Whats Going on in the Life of the Ward's
This Blog is my quarterly update's on what's happening in our life
Click here Before I tell you about the crazy Thanksgiving I want to tell you more about my time in North Carolina. As you read in the last blog I was there in Sophia with my friend Jonathan and Melissa Helser. They have a farm there that Jonathan's Dad has had for years called A Place for the Heart. Truly I have never been anywhere like it. This is the longest I have stayed there and I loved every minuted of it. Its a "thin place" between heaven and earth. The land has a song and you can't help be caught up in its unsung melodies and have creativity released inside of you. The most precious thing to me there is my friends. I have known Jonathan and Melissa for 13 years now and we have stayed in touch but a year and a half ago we really connected again. I just love them so much that I don't have words but just being with them awakens my heart. When I am with them somehow it brings confidence in my own life and in my journey. There children Cadence and Haven are some of the most amazing children I have ever known.
While I was there my friend Andrew York met up with me for second half and it was fun having him enjoy the time with me. We also had another friend from the Boiler Room in Kansas City come out, Adam Cox and his family. So it was just such a great time of kingdom connections and ministering one to another.
The Helser's run schools and internship and I got to hang out with their internship and minister to them and that was so much fun as well. I feel like the Lord knitted my heart to that place and people so much more and I am already planning the next time to get out there. I feel like its a place I am meant to be often . I am looking at a week in March if it all works out.
I knew that being in that place would stir my heart for my future as well. I felt like the Lord spoke to me that it would be a significant part of this journey I am on. It was. There is transition in my life and my time there really confirmed that in a whole new way. I felt like for the first time on this journey I got a bit more understanding of what that it is, only to open up another chapter of questions. I wish I could share more but at this time everything is still to vague and there is a lot of activity but not clarity. Things will unfold in the timing of God.
On Monday, Andrew and I flew to Biloxi, Mississippi to meet up with the Sex & Money documentary team. I think all but one is a YWAM'er and they have made an excellent documentary on human trafficking in America. They are on a 50 state tour screening the film. They have been on the road now since I think Aug. and they have a few weeks left. Our time there was so amazing!!!! We went to do a pastoral visit to just minister to the team and be there for them. It was one of those sneak attacks of God where you think "oh this might be cool" and you leave going "that was amazing"!
First of all we where staying in a building used for housing workers for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort so think of a simple dorm style building with a kitchen and a big open area with white walls an folding white chairs and tables. I was blessed to have a nice bed. Then this team is amazing but oh so funny and crazy. Rarely a dull moment to say the least. Half of them where my former students. I was a proud momma. Then of all places we are in Biloxi, Mississippi and I have never been anywhere like it.
First night we are screening the film in a University and we decide to find some dinner. So we search on our phone and find a cajun place and think "when in Mississippi, might as well eat some cajun". We pull up to this place a bit of the beaten path that looks like a lit up carnival. Neon signs and lights everywhere. We pile out of the van to the sound of some music to which the style I could not identify but sounded southern in some way. The music was coming from a lit stage outside. We order and sit outside to take in the full ambiance. Around wooden tables and crazy lights strung outside in the Mississippi warm/sticky air. The guy playing the guitar was singing to beat the band and another person (never figure out if it was a guy or girl) was playing the Kazoo in a elf hat. Wow! It was truly an experience I won't forget.
The day before Thanksgiving our host takes us on a swam tour in Louisiana. First we go to an all you can eat joint in Mississippi serving authentic food like friend green tomatoes and gizzards. Then off to the swamp. We where in a little tour boat and we got to see some alligators in the wild. They where pretty calm this time of the year but it sure was fun and unforgettable.
That night we did a ministry night with the team. The Lord showed up in a powerful way and people's lives where changed. Its hard to he get into the details but it was very powerful and touched my deeply to see people encounter the Lord the way they did. Our time there was so strategic as we where able to help bring perspective and life. I feel like what happened with this team with have huge effects for years to come.
Thanksgiving day was chill as most of the girls cooked and some went to the beach. That night the white tables where transformed into a beautiful table adorned with candles and delicious food. Most of the guys on the team wore suits. Some of them in 3 piece suits. In all my years of thanksgiving I have never been at one where they guys wore suits. It was great! They all looked so debonair. We ate, shared what we where thankful for, talked of the goodness of the Lord, played games, laughed, prayed and enjoyed our company and this Thanksgiving emensly. It was great in every way!!!!
The next morning Andrew and I headed to Denver where his family lives and we had Thanksgiving number #2 and it was great. I am just enjoying this family that I kinda call my family. Its a relaxing place for me.
On Wed I head to Wasilla, AK where I will be for 5 days. I think I am doing ministry almost everyday. Strait from the airport to a youth group then the next night a ministry night at Northgate. If everything goes well I get to release my album that night, I am so excite about that. I head to Petersburg, Alaska on the 5th and am there 2 nights have a album release there as well. Then to Pt. Agassiz where I grew up to be with my sister and her family for the rest of the month. I am so looking forward to it!!!!!!
Its been a couple weeks since I wrote a blog, as things have been really crazy!
The week of Oct 31-Nov 4 I was in Honolulu teaching in a DTS. It was funny to travel back to Hawaii but just stay on Oahu and not go to Kona but it was good. My friends Kateland Hilty and Ben Peterson came over from Kona to roll with me for the week. Speaking in the DTS was a lot of fun. I really never get tired of it. I speak on Holy Spirit and I usually teach the same stuff but no matter how many times I speak on Holy Spirit it never looks the same. He is so faithful to show up and encounter people, and baptism them in His fire and love. My friend's give me a hard time sometimes because they say I get so excited and act like I have never seen it before. I love that about myself though because His mercies are new every morning and it never gets old or mundane to be apart of someone's journey in encountering the Lord in a new way. I love my job!
Another amazing thing I got to do while I was there was connect with a crew that has a community house and house of prayer. Davidson and Tiffany Brooks, Clint Brooks, Tiger and Carrie Hill and bunch of others. My heart connected with them in a deep way. I don't know all that God has for them but I know His hand is on what they are doing. I feel to invest more into in the future as the Lord allows.
The CALL Detroit
I went from there to Detroit to help with the pre-call and then get ready for the Call on 11/11/11. It was was an awesome and crazy time. A whole crew from Kona come and others that are apart of Circuit Riders and Fire and Fragrance. We got there almost a week before with no real direction but came to support the long term CALL strike team that was there 40 days before praying and fasting. The Lord blessed me with a bed but most of our crew slept on a floor at a house of prayer called IHOPE. Most of our days looked like prayers sets, evangelism on the streets, evening rallies and then prayer/worship burns into the night. It was an exhausting week but amazing.
I have never seen a city like Detroit. The history there is fascinating and baffling. When Henry Ford started the auto factory's he paid people $5 day and a huge migration of African American's came from the south to make four times what they where making before. They came with the a song of deliverance but as time went on they lost their song and materialism took over. Gangs, racism, poverty and much more took over. As things in the economy plunged this thriving city became more and more desolate. I have never seen anything like it in America. You drive down streets and there are whole neighborhoods were all the building are falling down and no one lives there. All throughout the city you see this. Even parts of downtown looks like a ghost city. Parts of Detroit is now the deadliest in the United States with gangs running so rampant that even the police won't go there.
At the same time all this is going, muslims have started to take over a part of the city called Dearborn. Now over 150,000 muslims live there with the largest population of muslims in America with mosques everywhere, and the spirit of Islam has taken over.
Lou Engell heard from God in an amazing way that this was to be place for this CALL on 11/11/11 because it would shift that nation. We all felt a great urgency and soberness in our spirits but at the same time a deep joy and love for the city. Our teams went onto Wayne State University and preached and ministered and saw some salvation and healing. One guy on our team went into the gang area and then we spent sometime down at Occupy Detroit and did a worship circle. Some guys that where Hari Christina ended up singing and playing with us. They where singing "Holy Spirit Come". We sang the gospel of truth!
Then we did "burns at night" one of them we did was in Dearborn in the heart of Muslim district. We where crying out for God to give 150,000 visitations of Jesus in their dreams. We sang, danced and released. The night after that we did another one at his very large African American church. Bryce Anderson was leading the time and I was singing with him along with a team. It may have been one of my favorite sets in years. The Lord's presence came in such a powerful way. It was amazing!!!! Then a huge highlight for me was the team after us was an all African American team. Well anyone that knows me knows the "soul" inside. So without asking I just stayed on stage and sang with them for like 30 min. I am telling you I found my "sound" it was so much fun!!!! I am white girl but somewhere inside of me I think I might be black. ha ha I was freaking out with joy after that!!!!
This CALL was the first ever 24 hour one (they are usually 12 hours). We where at Ford Field. About 30,000 or so gathered. It was epic in every way!!! Huge reconciliation between Black's and Whites. The most powerful time for me was when a man who had been a very high up muslim terrorist to America who had gotten saved in a powerful way, he stood before a Jewish Rabbi and asked forgiveness and repented and asked to grafted in. Oh my Goodness!!!!! POWERFUL!!!!!
I was asked to represent YWAM and pray on stage a couple times and to pick three from our crew to pray. One area of prayer was for the release of Nazarite's (consecrated to God) generation so I picked three guys who I knew had all done a season of that. Sammy Rodriquez, Jeremy Curry and Tim Feddes. Then we where asked to pray for the release of Harvesters. This was a huge honor for me and profound in my own life. My album is coming out called "I Will Go" and its all to the "harvesters" of this generation. From there it jus spontaneously happened but it went into a release of women. I am standing directly between Cindy Jacobs and Stacy Campbell "momma prophets" and it was just very powerful to me what was happening in my life. Such an amazing, crazy time. I believe that CALL will shift things for the coming of the Lord in some way. I can also say I can't remember ever being that tired in a long time. So worth it all!!!!
Now I am Sophia, NC with my friend's Jonathan and Melissa Helser at their farm called "A Place for the Heart". This place is so special and I am so happy to be here! Many of you know of Jonathan Helser from his music but I have known Johnny and Melissa since I was 18 as we where in MorningStar School of Ministry together. There is such a deep connect in my heart with them. There is not many people in the world I feel like this with. I love them so much and this is exactly what my heart needed. It feels so good it almost hurts and I know that sounds weird but it's true. It awakens the deep of me!
Tonight my friend Andrew York comes and will spend the rest of the time here with me till Monday and then he and I will go to Mississippi to do a pastoral visit for the Sex&Money documentary team.
I am also getting so stoked for the release of my album Dec. 1.
The Ward family adventures by Amy Ward