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At the beginning of 2015 I preached a message on “Hope” and allowing it to fully enter our lives with joyful expectation. I did not know at the time just how much I would have to live out that message in the following season.
Being single for as long as I was I had many years to dream of “someday when I am married things will be……” From the beginning of my relationship with Phillip I knew that our lives and marriage would probably look different then what I had imagined and that has proven to be very true.
After Phillip and I where married In December we where in Alaska until the end of January. I spoke a message on “Hope” at Northgate, our church in Wasilla and then I flew out alone the next day for a ministry trip to North Carolina. Before we get married we talked about what my life would like look in relation to travel and ministry. We knew for the most part Phillip would not be able to travel with me in this season of life because we have the two boys living with us full time and we did not know yet what he would do for a job. We felt to just pray about each invitation together and just see how it went. We realized right away that for us it was actually healthy for me to continue to travel and minister as the Lord spoke to do so. Let me just say though, traveling is not very fun at all without your husband especially when you newly married. Its one thing to still be traveling alone its another to miss him the entire time I am gone, but it does make coming home more exciting. :)
We had some passport problems with one of the boys and we had the blessing of Phillip having a little work making furniture for a local business in Alaska so that changed our plans a bit.
In February we took our first family trip and Phillip and the boys came and met me in California and we all flew to Kona where I taught for a week in Fire & Fragrance DTS that our daughter Mekennah was also a student in. That was a lot of fun being able to be all together in Hawaii as the start of our family. The romantic part of that wore off from the boys right away. Phillip had to fly back to Alaska to finish up some work and load up his truck and drive from Alaska to California and that left me with the boys by myself. Trying to get out of Kona was a nightmare with one canceled plane after another but we finally made it to California in some temporary housing. The boys landing in California without their dad was not ideal but we made it work. Phillip drove from Alaska and joined us in Pasadena and at the end of February and we had a couple days together and I left on my birthday for New Zealand ha!!!
We only had temporary housing and needed a miracle to find a place for a family of 4. Well in true form to our life being a crazy journey it was so in getting a rental, with a Land Lord hardening his heart toward us renting from him to our friends going to bat for us to the Land Lord changing his heart and allowing us to rent a house just a few blocks from out YWAM team’s houses in Pasadena. Whew….. We have a little 3 bedroom house, praise the LORD!
I taught in New Zealand for a week and while I was gone is when Phillip and the boys had to move into the house. You could imagine as the woman and new wife how knowing the guys are moving into the house without me might of made me feel. I come home to boxes everywhere but the walls are covered with bears, deer and moose. What’s a girl to do???? Good thing I am an Alaskan girl.
So March was spent moving in (it took the whole month ha). In the middle of March I took the family with me to Las Vegas where I was teaching at a YWAM base. Then at the beginning of April, Phillip and I went to Pennsylvania for the weekend for a friends wedding and I spoke at two church’s on Easter Sunday. Phillip got to share his heart at the church in Philly which was really cool.
I was apart of leading and speaking in our women’s gathering Brave Love in Pasadena at the end of April where ladies from around the US came. Darlene Cunningham founder of YWAM was meant to speak but 24 hours before she had to cancel due to sickness so I was up to bat…. At this point I was under some extreme stress and pain due to being a step mom to boys who are not wanting anything to do with me being that in their life. Speaking a message on Brave Love had never been quite so real and raw, the Holy Spirit showed up once again in my great weakness.
That puts us in May…. I went to Germany to speak and then home for two days and now I am in Kona and just got done speaking for a week, an I am here for a wedding on Monday and then flying back to Phillip and the boys on Tuesday.
While all of this is going on we are trying to launch Phillips custom furniture business “True North Son’s”. The Lord has aways put inner cities on Phillips heart as he was raised in the projects where is parents had a ministry with kids. We have some connections into the inner cities of LA (Compton) and we are attempting to start a caused based business mentoring young men by teaching them a trade and art. This obviously takes some time to get off the ground. While doing that Phillip has been making beautiful furniture and was doing it all out of this tiny space that you can’t even call a yard by our house. Now we are renting a friends garage to build out of. We have had no income yet (except for my limited support) so we are hoping that Phillip gets a job he is bidding on, building a deck on a house and some other things like it. He was able to sell his furniture wholesale to the same business in Alaska so that was a blessing as well.
If you are still reading this very long update you might have guessed things are pretty challenging in areas. We are newly weds who are very much in love and thankful for our marriage! We are learning how to be married and work together and all that comes with that. From the start of our marriage in California we have had the two boys who have been very uprooted from their life in Alaska. This has been very challenging for them and us. I have a lot of grace, compassion and love for them and all change the are going through but at this time we need a very massive miracle for their hearts to turn toward me and the Lord. We also need some miracles in the areas of provision. Now you know why I said I am living my message of trying to have hope. I lived an overcoming life and one of brave love but I can honestly say this is a whole new level. I love the boys so very much and its my deepest desire that they would let me in and love them. We are walking in complete faith and hope on the word of the Lord right now and needing to see the breakthrough in every area. I can say walking through these hard circumstances and having a best friend and husband to walk the journey with although its challenging in moments because we are both strong red heads ha, it is the most wonderful thing ever!
I am still full-time leading our Pasadena base as well as traveling and speaking, and being a full time wife and step-mom. Phillip is helping me lead the base as well as launching a business (we are together), being a VERY FULL TIME DAD, and working on furniture and hopefully soon getting work for a season. As I look to the coming months I have a heavy travel month in June and then our 21 project school in Pasadena in July/Aug and travel the second part of Aug. That’s as far as i know as of now.
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Happy New Year!!!
I have sat down many times to write a update letter in the last six months, but there was just so much going on I did not even know where to start.
The last update I sent out was in May and at the time I was traveling and ministering a lot and gearing up for our big 3 week 21 Project school that we did in July/Aug in Pasadena. Things and ministry where moving at a very fast pace and I had no idea that a month and a half later life as I had known it would change forever.
In June I went to Southeast Alaska to see my family and then headed up North to Wasilla, Alaska to speak and help run a prayer and worship event called the Alaska Burn. During this time I connected with my long time friend of 14 years Phillip Ward. We usually touch base with each other every six months to a year to. This time we did the same, and the last night I was in town we grabbed dinner and he took me to the airport. That evening changed everything and in a moment something shifted in our hearts although we did not communicate it then. Over the next week we talked on the phone a lot as I was on the road again with ministry. He left for remote Alaska for two weeks and there was no communication, but right before he left we made it known that our friendship was heading into something more and we needed to hear the Lord on what was right. The next two weeks where a lot of praying and freaking out on my part as to what all of this was. It caught me by surprise more then anything has. I never saw this coming. Two weeks later we talked again and then a week after that on July 18, Phillip asked to pursue my heart for the rest of my life. He came to Pasadena for the second part of our 21 Project School and got to be around all my crew and passed all the tests of my bro’s and pappa’s. I went to Alaska to see him mid August and he asked me to marry him August 23rd. I still had committed ministry trips to go on after that, so I traveled through the fall and he was in Alaska working. Right before Thanksgiving he came down to Pasadena to prepare for the wedding and we where married December 6th in Pasadena!!! We went on a honeymoon to Mexico and Central Coast of California and now we are in Wasilla, Alaska for the holiday’s and most of the month of January. Talk about the wildest most amazing, longing fulfilled whirlwind of my life. The last update I was the most single woman around and now I am married! Suddenly’s really do happen.
I am sure most of you have been tracking with me on social media and the update of being engaged I sent out. With that you would have seen our story. So not only am I married but I am also a step mother to Phillip’s 3 teenage children, Mekennah 18, Elijah 17 and Bob 16. I have known the kids most of their lives and even had all 3 of them for 2 weeks last summer for a camp in California. It is a real journey navigating through all that comes with their father getting married and me becoming a mom but the Lord has given us grace and continues to do so and I love them so very much. You can read our story on our wedding website www.phillipandamy.weddingwindow.com
As you might imagine life has really changed for me. I was going full speed ahead with leading our YWAM plant in Pasadena, apart of bringing leadership to Circuit Riders, One Love, Brave: Love, Fire & Fragrance and other things while traveling a lot and speaking. I will still be doing a lot of that but things will be changing as I am a wife and mother, I am just not sure yet how all of that will look.
Right now we are in Wasilla, Alaska for 5 weeks. Phillip has had his own business in the area of general contracting, so he is trying to find work to do while we are here to get some finances for the move. I will be helping run a short leadership intensive school over two weekends here in Wasilla, while getting caught up on a lot of other work I have gotten behind on with everything going on. I will be helping with his boys as well in keeping them on track with homeschool and getting them ready for the move. If everything goes as planned the end of January Phillip and the boys will make the big move and drive down to California (I will probably fly). At this time we do not know where we will live. We need to find housing for a family. The Lord at this time has not made it clear if we will live in Pasadena or in Huntington Beach where we have our two teams. A lot depends on what the Lord opens up for us. Housing is very expensive. We will go right away to Kona where I will be teaching for a week and Phillip and the boys will get to be around our Kona community and welcomed into the YWAM family. Our daughter Mekennah will be doing a Fire & Fragrance DTS in Kona at the same time, so the family will all be together.
Phillip will be looking for work as we really need some financial miracles. I will be being wife and mom, and helping keep the boy’s stay on track with homeschool. I will also still be brining leadership to all I have previously been and I will still be doing some traveling, speaking and ministering as the Lord allows me to and it works with the family’s schedule. My heart would be that in time Phillip would be able to do full time ministry with me as well.
We are so thankful and amazed by the Lord’s faithfulness to us and our hearts. I have waited for such a long time for this season to come and now the longing of my heart has been fulfilled and I am married to the most incredible man who loves me well. I am so excited about the journey ahead.
As we start this new chapter we are in some real need for financial provision! We have some debt from past medical bills, and other things that need taken care of as well as the current things facing us. If you would like to give a year end tax deductible donation you can here. As you plan your giving for this next year would you please pray about becoming a monthly supporter. We are really in need of increasing our monthly support as we establish our family in Southern California and all the ministry the Lord has called us to do there.
Praying blessing’s on you this Holiday season and as you all head into 2015. Updates coming soon on all the happenings of the Ward family and all we are apart of.
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“May the grace of God, the pure love of Jesus, the power of God would give you the Holy Ghost, may the spirit be with you today, forever and the rest of your lives.” –Amish Blessing told me to by a Amish man
The end of March I had one of the most amazing honors of going to Lancaster, PA and doing 3 days of teaching and ministry with hungry group of Amish. The Lord is moving in so many places including among the Amish. I don’t know when it all started for me but I have always had a interest to understand their culture and maybe it has some to do with the way I grew up in Alaska. It’s a bit of a story of how all of this started but it first began from having a YWAM student in Kona who was Amish and there where a few of them that came to Kona. As I spent time with them a real love grew in my heart as I realized how the younger generation was growing in hunger for the Lord. Over the last couple years I kept up relationship with them when I would go through Pennsylvania, and this last year a group of them came to a Circuit Rider’s gathering we did in Lancaster. The Lord opened more doors of relationship to minister to them and I saw the Holy Spirit do some pretty powerful things in their lives, encountering them with the love and power of Holy Spirit. Sitting in a home with a small group of them they asked me if I would come and teach and minister to the hungry ones. I said yes. We met for 3 nights in a building called “The Chicken Shed”. The first night there was about 30-40 and by the third night it grew to about 75 or so, primarily young people. I would say there where 3 different types of the Amish in the room. First where those who where completely Amish and in the Amish church, second where those under 30 who where still living in their Amish homes but had not yet made the decision to join the church, and the third where those who grew up Amish and had decided to not join the Amish church but many of them still apart of their families. I brought my friend Bryan Terrill from Knoxville with me. He led worship with an acoustic guitar and invested in the guys and we just went for it. It definitely was not like anywhere I have ever ministered but I loved it!!! I can’t do it justice in this letter to tell you all that happened. I spoke and taught each night on intimacy and friendship with Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. The final night we did ministry and when I gave the alter call for the baptism of love and the Holy Spirit most of the room came forward. It was such a sweet and powerful time, I was just amazed (as where they) at what the Lord did. Tears flowed and hearts where encountered. My love from them went even deeper. I met some of the most precious, genuine, God fearing and loving people. I believe God is working in the hearts of the Amish of that region. This will be something that I will continue to invest in. Here I am a single woman from outside their culture, I am amazed how the Lord uses me life. On Sunday wile I was there I got to speak at two church’s of my dear friends Jamie and Emily Galloway. On the first service some of my Amish friends came and gave testimony of what was happening!
Brave: Love Women
I went right back to Pasadena for our Women’s Brave: Love gathering. About 500 women came. There was a strong justice/compassion focus and a catalytic activation of Love. Since then women have already been doing some amazing things from taking in foster children, adoption, gathering college women, going to the nations, going after the ending of human trafficking and pornography, just wild acts of brave: love, the reports keep coming in.
Last week I got back from my second trip to New Zealand this year. We took a team to Auckland to run a Circuit Rider school. It was awesome! The guys we run with there are becoming family more and more so it even makes it all the sweeter. First day out on the streets they saw amazing salvations. One woman in her broken English led 7 people to the Lord is just a few hours! The first night was kicked off my Loren Cunningham, who was in the nation doing a tour to activate New Zealand again. New Zealand has such a powerful history in the Lord and so much ahead. You will hear my talk about this more and more as it’s fast becoming one of the main nations the Lord is calling me to give myself to in this season. I will be going back in September. My love continues to grow for New Zealand!
University Campus Tour & Gatherings
I came back just in time for our big May Day event in LA. So while I am doing all these wild things, my team here in Pasadena and Orange County where on a 22 University campus tour called “March to May Day”. From the end of March they went to 22 University campus’s doing gathering each night at a different University uniting the campus clubs and preaching the message of “Love”. They started up in Northern California at Berkley and saw 1200 gathered and 40 saved! Throughout the tour they gathered over 5000 students! This was huge! It culminated in a 3 day gathering at the historic Glory Church in LA. We brought in Banning Liebscher from Jesus Culture and Francis Chan. Along with Dave Gibbions, Michael Ketter from United Pursuit as well as our own crew. It was POWERFUL! It was one of my favorite gathering’s we have done because the messages and training that where brought where life changing an foundation laying. The unity and family that continues to form is amazing. Francis Chan is one of my new hero’s! We are really seeing the Lord breakthrough in Southern California with a unity and love revolution. Praise Him! Its worth it all! I am so proud of our team, these guys/girls laid their lives in such a radical way to see all of this happen. Radical servants of love, I tell ya!
I am home in Pasadena until end of next week and then off to Los Osos, CA to speak at Women’s gathering and then to Denver for a DTS, and the end of the month back to Lancaster for a Circuit Rider gathering. Then two weeks home in Alaska in June which I am so excited about!
The big thing we have coming up this summer is the 21 Project check it out!
Thanks for reading the all my wild adventures!
He Is Writing My Story….
He Is Writing My Story….
He is writing my story, He is singing my song, I can hear heaven singing along…… Worshiping alone with the Lord last week I kept singing that phrase. It’s the essence of what I have been praying, thinking and consumed with these last few months.
Personally my “New Years” is always my birthday. I had one the end of February. A year ago I entered the year with more faith and hope for my life then I think I have ever had before. The faith that “this is my year of breakthrough and promise”. I always believe in the faithfulness of God, but for me personally, I am not one to usually get super specific on timing and outcome’s. I had been waiting for that specific year to come in my life for a long time and I just had real hope. As the year went by I was getting a little nervous… but I thought, He is a God who likes to wait until what I think is the last minute. I never gave up. In the natural things seemed to be going backward in some area’s. All the while I saw more and more fruit coming from my life and an increase of authority in my life, which is Jesus receiving the Glory in my weakness. As I got into the winter months I asked myself this question “how will you respond if you do not see the promise’s fulfilled?”…… I instantly knew the answer…….. I will keep on hoping and walking in faith. It will hurt but I have come to far to let go now, and living in doubt and fear is way more miserable then disappointment!
The night before my birthday I grieved the pain of disappointment. As I woke up on my birthday, I was surrounded by my loving team but my physical health that morning…. was screaming to me the opposite of what I had believed. By His grace I will never let go of the faithfulness of God, because when I don’t understand I hang on to the faith that He is writing a story with my life that will always tell of the faithfulness, love and glory of God. Its what I said “yes” to! As I head into the next year of my life I have more hope and faith then ever before but Jesus is my outcome! I still believe for personal promises and I will never let got but really Jesus is my outcome and in that I can be sure! The longer the suspense and tension before the breakthrough, the greater the Glory when it comes! He is writing my story and it speaks of His goodness, faithfulness and love!
If you have seen my travel itenary, or kept up with me this last year, I am sure you have thought “is she ever home?” Already in 2014 I was in Pennsylvania, Seattle, Mexico twice, Texas, Kona, South Carolina, Las Vegas, and New Zealand! I have been traveling so much and the Lord has done some of the most amazing and incredible things through it all. Every one of those trips something epic happened. People ask me all the time if I love it…. Well I don’t love the process of travel but I love the people and places. I would much rather sleep in my own bed, but I love what happens when I go. I will always GO its part of the call on my life. I love being home to so that’s the tension.
As I came out of recovery mode the beginning of the year from all my surgeries, it started to become apparent that there are still some real health issues in my life. I have overcome death and I believe I will never be in the place I once was and my quality of life is so much better!! The reason behind the things I am dealing with now are still unknown but I am on a journey to figure it out and be healthy. I still have a lot to do yet in my life and I need to set myself up for long term health. In seeking the wisdom and prayers of key people in my life it was pretty unanimous that I need to slow down a bit. My version of slowing down is probably not quite the same as some people, but I am trying. I want to be in Pasadena more with my team and seeing greater breakthrough in Southern California. I am apart of so many amazing things here right now and we are preparing for some incredible things. I will still probably travel a full week out of the month, but I have guidelines now I have to follow before I say “yes” to stuff. I am excited for this year! I feel the invitation of the Lord to step into greater places with Him. The Lord is doing unprecedented things right now, I can hardly believe what I get to be apart of!
In just the first few months of 2014 so many amazing things have already happened, its been wild.
On Wednesday I head to Lancaster, PA for a few days to minister/teach to the Amish (I am sure I will have a story soon), I am so excited about it, the Lord opened a pretty amazing door there. For those of you who don’t know I have such a heart for the Amish people! I know, kinda crazy, but when you think of how I grew up in Alaska its not to crazy ha!
A few things I am stoked about happening here in Southern California is first
Brave: Love – Our woman’s gathering April 4-6 www.oneloveus.org If you’re a lady reading this, you gotta pray about coming. I am so excited that one of my dear friends Jennifer Toledo, along with others is going to be brining a Justice piece with real practical outcomes!
Right now my crew is doing the 20+ University tour called “March to May Day” with a large culminating gathering calling University students to be trained and equipped May 1-3. We have different people apart of the training, but excited to have Banning Liebscher and Francis Chan coming. Going to be wild. www.oneloveus.org
The big thing we will be gearing up for and some of you need to pray about coming to is the 21 Project www.21project.com July 13-Aug 2 in Pasadena (kinda in my back yard) Its a collaborative training experience for 21 days with different tracks in the areas of social entrepreneurs, campus activist with College and high school, artisans (visual storytellers , Musicians, and Leadership. You just gotta go to the website and check it out.
For this sake of making this any longer I will wrap it up.
One of my greatest needs right now is a breakthrough in my health and finances to figure it out. I have basic health insurance now but it does not cover much at all, and I still have debt for past medical emergencies. What I need is to be able to go to doctors that are specialist’s in the area of the endocrine and metabolic system’s. To keep pursuing things until I get breakthrough’s. That takes some real finances as my health insurance does not cover anything like that. So please be praying for me in this area.
Well….. if you made to the end of this, thanks for reading and letting me be vulnerable. I hope that no matter where you find yourself as you read this that you are encouraged to know that the Lord is writing your story and its filled with the faithfulness and love of Jesus, keep saying “yes” to Him! Heb 12:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Wrapping up the Year with Amy
Happy New Year!!!
Just wanted to send a quick update as we wrap up 2013 and head into 2014.
What an amazing year it has been and as I look back, I see so many amazing breakthrough’s both from the blessings of God and the endurance and grace to keep saying “yes” to Jesus and choosing to overcome. I leave this year and head into 2014 I do so a changed woman.
One of the greatest joys for me this year is seeing the launch of our Women’s Gatherings, Brave: Love. We held our second gathering in November with a couple hundred women coming to Pasadena for 3 days of pure wildness. The Lord showed up in a powerful way as women stepped into great authority as women of revival with so much beauty and grace. I was blown away by the stories of overcoming and the capacity within them to live out Brave Love! It is looking like as we head into 2014, Brave: Love is taking off with gatherings at different times and places. I will keep you posted on the when and where as it unfolds.
From the Brave: Love gathering I went strait into more leadership gathering’s here in the area. The musicians gathering for what we call the “Tool Shed” the university, circuit riding young evangelists gathering for what we call the “Plowman”, and then some legendary young YWAM leaders from a few places around the world to talk about training the millions ha! All at one time these gathering where happening, so lets just say we made “hay”! So much going on that is bearing fruit, so much momentum and excitement for this coming year! A couple days later I was at a gathering called the “Love Coalition” a group of revivalist leaders from around the world in their 20’s and 30’s just for long term relationship and friendship. A beautiful time with closer relationships that I am so thankful for!
I went to Greenville, SC over thanksgiving with my friend Chase Cofer to spend time with our good friends Jed and Melody Aho and the Fascinate Community. Its just one of those places I feel like I am home in. From there I went to Florida to meet Chase’s family before I taught on the Jacksonville YWAM base for the first time. The Lord showed up in powerful ways, like He is so faithful to do. Then I had the honor of being the last speaker of the Fire & Fragrance DTS in Harrisburg, PA and be apart of commissioning them all out on outreach. I love connecting with our wider Fire & Fragrance family! Jeremy and Natalie Brardwell are hero’s out in Harrisburg with all they are giving their lives for on the East Coast! So amazing to see how far we have com with Fire & Fragrance in just 5 years, praise Jesus! Another fun thing is some doors are opening up for me in Lancaster, PA to work with young people from Amish community, more on that coming soon.
I finally made it back to Pasadena mid December for another leaders gathering and finally a REST!!!! Yes, I finally had like two weeks to just rest. All my crew took off in different directions for the Holiday’s and I just stayed back (exhausted from travel) to just get some time to slow down and regroup for all of what is coming 2014. I spent a quite Christmas with getting a lot of cooking in for friends and then the joy of cooking dinner for the Brennt family on Christmas. It was hard not being around family but sometimes you just gotta rest and I sure needed it.
There is so much exciting things to tell you that we have gearing up for 2014 but I will just let you know what I am up to in the next couple months and announce the big stuff as it continues to unfold.
Here we go…….
End of the year Giving: As the ear ends if anyone would like to do some end of the year giving with a tax deductible gift you still have a few days to do that. It would be such a huge blessing for me as I still have about $4500 in unpaid medical bills as well as some things coming up. You can do that HERE NOW
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I Will Be In….
Lancaster, PA Jan 2-6
Circuit Riders Unprecedented
Seattle, WA Jan 9-12
Brave: LOVE Women's Gathering
Tijuana, Mexico Jan 14-16
YWAM Base Leaders Gathering
Austin, TX Jan 29-30
Heart of David W/ Rick Pino
Kona, HI Jan 31- Feb 7
Fire & Fragrance DTS
Greenville, NC Feb 13-16
Las Vegas, NV Feb 18-21
Tauranga, New Zealand March 10-14
Lancaster, PA March 27-29
Stepping Into Destiny
I love the journey of walking with Jesus! He really is more committed to our highest calling then we could ever be! This last month I have been undone by the journey of the Lord and the way He fulfills His words over our lives and how we can suddenly find ourselves standing in the release of destiny.
The call and the story of my life is about being the “Friend of God” and living a life of radical love. Inside of that call He has given me to many passions. One of them is the nation’s but especially I have felt a call to see Revival in America and Europe. I have always known that Europe was a part of it and I have been to a few different nations but this last month the Lord marked me for Scandinavia, and the Nordic nation’s but specifically Norway. I have always wondered what would happen to my heart when it was time for me go there as He has spoken to me about it in the past, but its been a timing piece. This last month I went to Norway to help lead a Circuit Rider school. In going I had expectation for what the Lord was going to, but I always have that. During that week the Lord encountered me in a significant way and spoke to me about His heart for Norway and the revival that would come from it again. I saw the revival fire’s burning and going from out from the nation.
One of the other major things the Lord is doing in my life right now is in the area of seeing a women’s movement of fiery-eyed revivalist and radical lovers of Jesus being released. For those of you that have known me for a long time, you know that this is wild because I never thought I would be apart of a women’s movement. I would say this is one of the main assignments on my life, is it raise up women, and there has been so much warfare over this area for me, but the breakthrough has come! Earlier this year I was apart of leading a very significant women’s gathering where I had a life changing encounter, and around that same time I received a invitation to be one of the main speakers at the largest Nordic women’s gathering in Norway. I knew the Lord was saying emphasizing this in my life.
The message that has been inside of me for so long but really coming out with more authority has been one of radical, overcoming brave Love! So here I was in Norway running a CR school and I have an encounter one night about Norway and about a women’s movement. The Lord moved in that school in a significant way commissioning Circuit Riders in Norway. The following week I went to Denmark to be apart of a school there and again the Lord moved powerfully! I went back to Norway for the women’s conference. I knew that there was going to be 2500 – 3000 women attending but I don’t think I really realized what that looked like. One of my best friends Lindy Conant was with me and Heidi Baker was the other main speaker and it was so much fun being with them. In those few days I found myself speaking to thousands of women in the room on “Brave Love” and “Revival” as it was also televised on a Christian national television station to over 50,000 viewers. I spoke to hundreds of the young women attending the conference one afternoon on identity and beauty. I shared from the vulnerability of my own life and I saw the Lord do something amazing in them. I was asked to do a interview on television and speak the nation prophesying what I believed the Lord was saying.
I cannot express in words the overwhelming awareness of the faithfulness of God and how “simple obedience changes history”. In these last few weeks I think about the journey I have been on with once being the little girl from Alaska, overcoming death, the simple “yes” I have said everyday in the midst of screaming circumstances. How even in the last few months there have been things have been so challenging and heart breaking for me. I stood on a stage in Norway, speaking to thousands of women calling them into Brave and radical Love. I shared from my own weakness and the Lord receiving the Glory. The last full day I was in Norway I got word that my little 15 month old niece Skyelar was being life flighted out of Alaska to Portland with a life threatening and unknown bowl obstruction. Those next 48 hours where a emotional roller coaster as I was changing my ticket and waiting for the reports of their safe arrival in the midst of storm conditions to Portland, and of her surgery and what was actually wrong. Two days later as I sat in the ICU in Portland holding my little niece hooked to wires and tubes I was undone by LOVE!!! Skyelar is now making a full recovery from appendicitis and the obstructions that came from it.
In one moment I was on a stage addressing thousands and the next holding a sick baby. I wept, I praised, I laughed, I was undone by the power of Jesus Love and His unfailing faithfulness. It was tangible and real. In the midst of the challenging circumstances and the simple yes I found myself smack dab in the will of God and in the center of His heart!
I am currently teaching in Maui and Kona this week
This next weekend I am helping lead Brave: LOVE and Women's gathering in Pasadena, CA Nov 8-10 www.oneloveus.org
North Carolina Nov 27-30 for Thanksgiving
Jacksonville, FL Dec 2-6 a DTS
Harrisburg, PA Dec 8-12 Fire & Fragrance DTS
Also coming Jan 11- May 3rd CIRCUIT RIDER FIELD TRAINING in Southern California
Tijuana, Mexico Jan 14-16 for a YWAM Base Leaders Gathering
Austin, TX Jan 29-10 w/ Rick Pino
Kona, HI Feb 3-7 Fire & Fragrance DTS
Las Vegas, NV Feb 24-27 a DTS
Its a Love Revolution
Circuit Rider Summer of Love
I head back to Pasadena tomorrow after an amazing summer! For the last three summers we have run our Circuit Rider schools and each year I stand amazed and in awe of all the Lord has done!
Last time I checked in with you all I was coming back from Fiji Circuit Rider’s and Samoa. I went strait from there into back to back Circuit Rider schools in LA, Lancaster, PA and Kansas City.
As the summer ended we realized for every minute the Circuit Rider School's spent on outreach we averaged A SOUL SAVED A MINIUTE! Hundred’s healed, and over 1500 students trained!!!
One night during the LA school we where in Hollywood at the Radiance House of prayer. During that time I believe something revolutionary happened as Brian Brennt spoke from a extreme place of vulnerability and authority on Love. Something supernatural happened as a LOVE REVOLUTION was birthed in our hearts and lives and in the heart of Hollywood. That night, I believe forever changed my life. During this week we saw a movement of unity and love! As I live in Southern California this week was especially close to my heart.
Nothing could have prepared us for what happened in Lancaster, PA! Close to 400 students signed up for the school but the evening’s where open to the public. Each night swelled in numbers until we where around 2000. Two nights into it as Andy Byrd was speaking and the people where reading the headlines out of the bible, the headline “Jesus rises from the dead” was read and repeated and at that moment something earth shattering happened with what we now refer to as the “Lancaster Roar” where the room spontaneously erupted into a deafening roar of over a 100 decimals and would not end, as people rushed the front of the room as we responded in worship. From that moment on the momentum built and in my entire life have never seen anything like this. Unity, Love and fully abandoned worship! I believe I will look back on that week as a game changer! Undone by it all!
Always amazing to be with our IHOP family in KC. Greater unity and love continued to flow, greater faith for America.
From KC back to LA, where we prepared to put up our first tent in the parking lot of USC campus. I was a very proud big sister as Nick Brennt was at the helm of this with the help of our communities. The tent was made for 1000 people and we did all we could do to gather for the birth of One Love: The Beginning. It took an entire day to put the tent up and we had no idea how many would come. We stood amazed on Aug 21st as the tent was filled! Brian Brennt and Heidi Baker dropped the love message with amazing bands and our amazing radical servant teams! One Love: The Beginning was born! All about loving the one!
A couple days later I flew out to Ireland to meet up with our mobile Fire & Fragrance Ireland team. I have been in Sligo, Ireland this last week teaching, sleeping in a hostel with every corner filled with people. Always great to be with our wider family and in a nation I love.
Tonight is my last night here in Shannon, Ireland ready to fly back to LA tomorrow!
This next three weeks I will home in Pasadena. I am so excited to have three weeks home (even though its over 100 degrees). I will be spending time with our So Cal family as there is changes happening and so much to do! I am exhausted, but so full of love and faith! I really feel like this Sept the Lord is releasing great blueprints for His heart for America and how to move forward from here. There really is a movement of the real Love of Jesus happening! I am continually motivated by simple obedience and the changes in history it makes!
In Oct I will be headed to Tennessee, Norway and Denmark!
Through doing all of this I have taken quite the financial hit as well as I have had some large unexpected expenses and bills (some from past medical emergency’s). I am really in need of some financial breakthrough right now. Please pray for the breakthrough as well if you would like to give you can do so tax deductible here or on Pay Pal.
Fiji & Samoa
Circuit Riders Fiji (click to watch video)
I have just returned from a two week trip to Fiji and Samoa.
I was in Fiji to help lead a Circuit Rider school. For those of you that remember I did part of my DTS outreach in Fiji in 2008. This was my first time to go back. I was actually in the same city I lived in before. It was so amazing to see familiar Fijian YWAM faces and see how everyone was doing. They did not recognize me at first and that was fun to!
This was my first time doing a CR school in a non-western culture. There was so much work that went into it before we ever got there by an amazing couple, Jeff and Jonni Cheek from Kona. As we sat there on the first morning of the training in the most well known Methodist Church in Latoka, I realized it was 3 years to the exact day I had the original Circuit Rider encounter. My faith soared. It was amazing as Fijian’s got saved, revived and trained in the simple gospel. Each day we had training and then outreach into the city with a big evangelistic meeting each night in the middle of a field in the city. We saw well over 200 saved, and many healed. Cancer, deafness, blindness, and a lot of inner healing! I have never been anywhere that was so easy to evangelize. One of my highlights was preaching in the field on the Holy Spirit and seeing many filled and encountered. Another one that really touched me was a woman who by word of knowledge I knew she was abused and had been her whole life. She said it was true and I saw one of the most beautiful freedoms and healings right in front of my eyes. Singing over the nations is always fun as well! There was something really special for me there as I had sown into this city 5 years ago. It was my first Circuit Rider school of the summer and I sat there listening to leaders of the city thanking Circuit Rider’s I was humbled again to see where this has gone in just a couple years.
From there I went to Apia, Samoa, which is in Western Samoa. This is my first time in this nation. I was speaking in a DTS there of about 30 students with 1/3 Samoan and the rest Westerners. I arrived exhausted but knowing the Lord had something powerful planned. And powerful He did! This trip was a real sacrifice for me but I knew I was to go, and when that happens I know they are usually the best. This YWAM base is a real missions base. All the students and staff sleep in Fale’s which is covered but no walls, just sheets and mosquito nets. They pack like 20 people into one. There is no hot water, and the main food is bread fruit. All the men wear lava, lava’s and the women long skirt’s. Washing clothes by hand and everything is done outside. They may not have much but they are a culture of massive honor and whatever they have they give their best. Everything had to be translated but through it all Holy Spirit showed up in such a powerful way as they where all baptized in the Holy Spirit and fire. I did a ministry night for the whole base on Wednesday evening. This was probably my favorite time as Holy Spirit showed up in such a deep and powerful way. Lets just say the rugby team that was there ended up on the floor in a pile of tears. I met with many students and staff and I saw the Lord do a deep work in many. Even a young man visiting the base who was in the occult gave his life to Jesus! I made some new friends and went deeper with some that I knew before and some I will now know forever. I have never taught in a school anywhere like Samoa, I was honored and humbled again by all the Lord did!
I got back to Pasadena last night. Can’t remember the last time I was so thankful for a hot shower and Starbucks. Even as I put my clothes in the dryer I thanked the Lord for the little things! It was great to connect with my Pasadena team as I am so proud of them for all they do while I am away. Tomorrow I jump back into Circuit Rider schools. I don’t have a day off till end of August and I am fighting a pretty bad cold right now, so prayer’s for my physical body are still very needed in this season.
Also with a lot of what I am doing right now it takes quite a bit of finances so I need continued breakthrough in that.
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Set up of God- Update
The Set Up Of God
The Lord is more committed to our highest calling then we will ever be. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Is 55:9 In our greatest attempt to figure out how it will all look and what we are to do to fulfill what God has for us it never ends up being what we thought it was. In moving to Pasadena and pioneering a new work there has been so many days of insecurity and wondering what I am doing. In many way’s I still don’t know but I can say is that I have never been more convinced that I am doing exactly what I am meant to do. Over the years of following the Lord on this journey I am continually amazed how He is doing far more then I can presently see and how He is setting me up for the greatest victory’s that lead’s to walking in greater authority. I know He is doing it now!!
From March 1 to April 9 we where in the 40 day Ekballo fast here led by Lou Engel in Mott Auditorium. YWAM, The Call, and US Center for World Missions joining with 6 nights a week of open meetings and daily prayer and worship sets with amazing bible study 6 days a week. On the 40th night I was amazed by all the Lord did in our hearts and true unity that formed a 3 strand chord all wanting to see Jesus receive His reward. I deeply love the people God has called usto partner with here. I believe history will tell of the fruit that came from praying that the Lord of the Harvest would Ekballo (send) labors in to the harvest field. Matt 9:38
Out and About
In March I also went and taught in Greenville, NC in the Fascinate school. I saw the Lord move in some of the most powerful freedom I have seen. I just love the community there. I also taught in Las Vegas to the entire YWAM base and was apart of seeing the Lord really shift things into a new season for YWAM Las Vegas. In April I was Tokyo, Japan teaching in Fire & Fragrance and then I had the honor of attending the North/South/Central America YWAM base leaders gathering in Panama. This was a historical event as we gathered and worshiped, prayed, strategized, and fellowshipped together. I was sohumbled and honored as I was commissioned by the YWAM leaders of my region in North America. Friendship’s deepened with YWAM leaders and new one’s where made. There was some YWAM legend’s there speaking and I was reminded and humbled by the foundations I am standing on. I am honored to be one of the next generation YWAM leaders and carrying on what other’s have given their lives for in the kingdom. I also realized its pretty rare to be a single woman base leader especially under the age of 40. Like I have said before I am the 5th generation of pioneering woman in my family, I guess its in my DNA.
I am continually amazing by the team I have. We have have been really learning to live out the culture or revival and its revolutionized our lives. I am so proud of them. Every time I travel and come back and see there continued breakthrough and fruit I feel like a proud mamma. They are amazing world changer's. We have had some changes on the team with one of our guys Aaron Engle felt like God was calling him back home to serve with his parents. Though its never easy to see
people go its always good for people to be where they find life. God provided another amazing guy, and a few weeks ago Zach Nash joined our team. We are excited to have him. In a few days we are also saying goodbye to Kateland Hilty as she heads to Sophia, NC to join Jonathan & Melissa Helser's community in doing a school and to be with her boyfriend. We will miss her greatly, but its all apart of the journey. We have also had the Fire & Fragrance DTS outreach team with us and that has been great. Our crew is doing amazing!
Kona & Surgery
I was just in Kona where I was speaking in the Awaken DTS there and then I headed to Honolulu again for a 3rd surgery, and then back to Kona for a few more days of recovery. My time in Kona was amazing as I feel like I received so much more clarity of where I am at and where I am going. The unique thing about the Pasadena base is that it is an extension of Kona and is Fire & Fragrance Pasadena. We where dreaming and praying about what God wants to do here, and I am so excited for what’s to come. I will keep you posted.
As I looked back on the last five years and to the next ten I was hit with how thankful I am for the community I am in and my relationship with Andy & Holly Byrd and the others in our family. I would never want to do this without them!
My 3rd surgery went well. I was only under about 3 hours this time and so far recovery is going well. My friend Kat Hobin came with me and took good care of me. My doctor’s and nurses still say they have never had a patient like me in their entire career. I have broken all their records in not a good way, but I have made it through. Still praying NO infection as that has always been the issue. I think a lot you know I ended up with another infection from the last surgery in March and had to emergency care. Its only been a week so I am still pretty sore and bruised and having some emotional effects but it will pass. Appreciate all your prayer's. As of now I am not planning on anymore surgeries. There is one more that could be needed but I am going to hold off. Just trying to accept things now for what they are, and move on with my life. Things did not turn out like I had hoped but it’s still better then it was. I am thankful.
I Need Your Support
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Fire & Fragrance Pasadena
In November I moved from Kona to Pasadena, CA to plant a YWAM community at the US Center for World Missions. Seven of us embarked on this journey really not knowing what it would look like or but confident that the Lord was sending us. It has been real pioneering as we rented two unfurnished houses from the US Center. We have had to pray and trust the Lord for literally everything. Over the last couple months we watched God provide beds, couches, tables, food, appliances, and even fresh flowers. We had a few words of the Lord and we wrote them out and even painted them on our wall's to remind us everyday what the Lord has spoken. Our house became our prayer room, offices, community center, ministry hub and everything else. Day after day we where challenged to lay down everything, every entitlement we had to simply say “yes” to Jesus and walk in faith for what He was asking us to do. There where tears and wrestling, but as we sat around our dinner table and eating the food that God provided there was so much laughter and joy and we came together in this place of brokenness and dependence on Jesus we became a family of faith. The Lord has been faithful and good to us.
Over the last few months some things have become clearer and other things are yet to be revealed. The first thing the Lord told us to do was build relationship with the US Center for World Missions. Our first way of doing this is we have weekly lunches with the elders and this has been a highlight as we sit around eating and fellowshipping with these missionary legends. We started going to the richest/deepest bible study with the community on Wed mornings. We love it! Relationship and trust is being built and a convergence is happening. These things take time and we are excited for what will come of it all.
The other area that has been huge is in December along with a group from the CALL that is with Lou Engle started worshiping and praying in the historical Mott Auditorium 4 days a week. We where this small little group in this huge building praying and believing for a House of Prayer to be raised up from that place unto the revival in America and harvesters being sent into the hardest and darkest nations of the earth. God was moving and March 1&2 we saw a fulfillment as the place was filled with young people for the Wilder Conference. We saw hundreds of people flood the altars giving their lives to Jesus to GO to the nations not matter the cost!
Our community is also coming along side another extension of our Circuit Rider family in Orange County as they are going after revival on the University’s in Southern California.
We are starting to partner with Expression58 a church my good friends Shawn & Cheri Bolz, and Jennifer & Jonatan Toledo are pastors. Its becoming more of our community’s church. We also partner with other churches and ministries as the Lord opens the doors of relationship.
On top of all of that we have seen some amazing things happen and doors open. From seeing someone get out of a wheelchair, people getting saved, God moving in church’s, amazing divine appointments, Jesus doing what He does through our “yes”. It has not been easy, but it has been good! It has been transforming, and life changing!
WHATS COMING NOWTomorrow starts the Ekballo 40 Day Fast with day and night worship/prayer in Mott Auditorium. We believe this is going to be a historical shifting time! Lou Engle moved back to Pasadena yesterday and we will be partnering and running with him. I am very excited about this, as the Lord has spoken to me personally about this relationship with Lou and Therese.
We are running along side what the Circuit Rider’s are doing right now on University campus’s called the STRIKE TOUR.
Continuing to build relationship and partner with the US Center for World Missions.
At the end of the month we are hosting an outreach team from the Fire & Fragrance DTS in Kona.
We are a looking toward this summer with the LA Circuit Rider School in July along with some other exciting things. I believe our community will be growing quite a bit in number as we move into summer.
ON A PERSONAL LEVELAs most of you know when I left Kona I had just had major surgery with a lot of complications. I dealt with those complications this entire time. On March 3rd I flew back to Kona and taught in the largest Fire & Fragrance DTS for a week and then flew over to Honolulu and had another major 10 our surgery. It went so much better and there has been no compilation’s this time, Praise the LORD! Tomorrow I head back to Pasadena. Being here in Kona is great, but I realized in being here that Pasadena is now my home and I have missed my community there so much!
In Dec I got to go home for Christmas and see family and meet my new niece. It’s always good to go back to Alaska.
These last few months have been some of the hardest, but through it all the Lord has been so faithful to me! Yesterday I turned 33 and I am believing this year marks a new chapter in my journey.
I do come back to Kona in May to teach and have another surgery but this time its should be pretty minor compared to the last two. Only 4 hours or so this time ha ha.
Prayer and Provision
I am always in need of continued monthly support. With moving to California my monthly living expenses has increased quite a bit.
Recovery from surgery. I still have about a month left of recovery from this one. Especially over my emotion and heart, it’s been pretty rough.
Then health for future surgery.
Provision for our community in Pasadena.
Prayer for all we are doing right now!
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okyo, Japan F&F DTS
April 28- May 3
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Circuit Rider Dates
March 15-16 Wilder Irvine, CA
July 7-13- Fiji
July 14-19- Circuit Rider Field Worship leader training in LA
July 21- August 2- CR LA
August 4-10- CR Lancaster, PA
August 11-17- CR Kansas City, MO
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