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Malachi 4: 5-6

Behold I send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord to turn the hearts of fathers to the children and children to the father’s lest I come and strike the land with a curse.

Prayer or having an intimate relationship with the Lord where you’re sharing your heart with God and seeking to know his heart is such an important part of ministry. It’s from that place that our ministry was birthed and it’s from that place that our ministry continues. How do we engage our children so that they want to pray and have this relationship with God? I can say for me I’ve taken my children with me to my prayer meetings since they were infants. As well as praying with them before bed and sometimes during the day. There have been times at some meetings where others have seemed distracted or displeased that my child was there. Some meetings  they would melt down  and I would have to leave the meeting early.  Other meetings  they would sit at my feet  coloring. But the fruit of allowing my children to experience my relationship with God has been worth any uncomfortable moment where they were the only infant or toddler at a prayer meeting.

I remember when my oldest was 4 and she came to me telling me that she had a prayer meeting upstairs with her sister. She told me that they were praying for Israel and that they were praying for the fatherless children in Israel. She also told me that she was praying for bad people who want to hurt children that they would know God is real. She had combined two prayer meetings that I took her to. One where we pray for Israel, one where we pray for the fatherless, and it was fun to her. I can say out of all the prayer meetings I take her to the one that I am especially thankful for is the Malachi prayer meeting. It’s a prayer meeting where we have worship and Families come together with their children. Some of the families are families that have adopted or are fostering. The prayer Focus is praying for the fatherless. It’s a prayer meeting that makes praying fun for kids and gets them involved in fun interactive ways. There’s musical instruments for them to pick up and play with as well as items for them to dance with. There’s even a microphone for kids or adults to pray on and Lead everyone in prayer. What I really enjoy about it is that they get to play and be kids as they engage in worship. And when it’s time to pray they want to pray. It’s a prayer meeting I can bring all of my children to without having any expectations of them being still or quiet. 

So I want to encourage you allow your kids to experience your relationship that you have with God. In your personal time and in group settings. The things God has put in my kids hearts from allowing them to occasionally join me has been so powerful and encouraging.

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Boy does time fly. I was sitting here thinking it’s been a while since I updated this blog. I though I would get on and check things out. Could be Holy Spirit telling me it’s time to get serious about it so let’s see if I can update you all and keep up with monthly updates in the future. My last post was February 2015 it’s almost Jan 2017. Here’s a quick wrap of 2015

2015 our first year in ministry full-time. Then as a family of 5 with 3 children I’ll start there. Our kids have grown so much not only physically but spiritually. From the times they would join us in prayer room or the times they would join me in my class room they sought the Lord. Our littlest at the time Elijah would be strapped to me as I tought my classes and I could see him receiving everything I would be saying . It’s just amazing how the Lord uses these little ones to keep us connected to him. Even as I’m sitting here typing this they are upstairs singing praise songs. Our kids made it though year one like champs. As a mom I did worry about burning them out given my schedule and Travis’s schedule each week. We  wanted them to enjoy our work and still be able to do things they wanted as well. This was doable by taking the time each week to ask them what the wanted to do and doing it. We send a lot of time at the pool. With that let’s recap my fist year teaching. It was a learning experience to say the least. I had so much down poured on me from the Lord as far as lessons to teach, songs to sing and activities to do. It was a challenge to get it all out and in a way a little heart could understand. I remember teaching a class on fruit of spirit and a little one telling me she loved the class but it was a bit heavy for her heart. I smiled and told her I’ll try a different approach next class. I went home and prayed about how to reach them with out blowing their minds. Our next lesson was better. So 2015 I mostly tought the lessons and helped in the class rooms. I also helped with One Thing this year as a helper and teacher. One Thing is a big young adult conference the House of Prayer does each year. The children equipping center offers sessions for ages 5-12. It was my first year teaching. As far as the year before I would only help in class room. This was a way to reach little hearts outside of our community. There are so many families from all over who come to this conference. As for Travis this year he spent time doing outreach to the local residential facilities, mentoring and time in prayer room I’ll have him type out an update of his 2 years in ministry and I’ll post it next.

Year 2 was much like year one but deeper. Our kids got older our family grew. My lessons got deeper. 2016 was an amazing year for me I worked on two lesson plans more on fruit of the spirit, and I did a lesson plan on Matthew 5 Jesus sermon on the mountain. I really enjoyed the time spent with the lord putting these lessons together. I also help direct our first Littles Summer Camp. This involved lesson plans, games, activities, and pure fun for three days. We put on two camps this year. After summer camps ended I stared to teach my third two-week class for a program called Tender Shoots. It’s a two-week course the Children equipping center does to offer weekday classes. This time around was special to me, I tought with Kelly (another teacher I work with) about Jesus in the feast. (I’m planning in doing a follow-up post about my teachings).

Some other exciting news for 2016. I got pregnant with out fourth child and we gave birth to him in the 10th of November 2016. Now as a family of six were completing our second year in ministry. Trusting the Lord in all things we do and he is there with us every step of the way. He is there in highs and lows. He is our shoulder to cry on and our hand to hold. He provided for us every month. Showed us miracle in healing (testimony to come) and increased our faith. Our life is not ideal for many but it’s perfect for us. During the end of this year I’m taking a ministry brake to be with little Benjamin. And Travis will continue the work the Lord as given us in children ministry. While on brake I will keep this blog updated on what Travis is doing and how our family is adjusting to four little.

I hope this quick update helps catch you up with our ministry. Things to look for, Travis update on his first two years, my lesson plans teaching at the Children equipping center, how we trust the lord with our finances, how God showed us he is a healer and what’s to come for 2017 with the Miles family.

In November I left my job to follow the Lord as He called us to ministry. I no longer had an income and in December God told me I would see a shift in my season and that His provision would come in February. I knew the Lord was going to establish the relationships and bring the people to sow into our ministry. In the waiting and contending for Gods provision I remained faithful in my calling. When Feb 1st came it was make it or break it. We had to have peoples hearts move and give to what God is doing through our ministry. I sat down on my steps and said Lord You called me to this ministry. To go to the orphan to the widow and to call fathers to turn there hearts to the children and children to their fathers. Don’t make me now a man who cant provide for his family and don’t show yourself to be a father who doesn’t provide for His children. Give me a testimony to your name not shame. Coming into feb we were almost $3,000 behind on our bills. On Tuesday night feb 3rd I had a dream and a man was going before me in a crowed of people telling them about my ministry and as they came toward me they would say your the one doing this ministry? Here and they would hand me money to sow into my ministry. When I woke up on Wednesday I knew Gods provision would come and He was going before me. I came home at 2 from serving with the Lord and I came through the door and said to my wife I am contending and God will give us $3,000 by Thursday. Her reply was that’s great I’ve had the kids all day and I’m tired. I’m going to take a nap. I was going to take that time to rest as well but immediately my phone buzzed. A person was asking if I could drive them to pick up their car. I said ok on my way and as I went to get my jacket the Lord said I will give you your need. I pick them up and they say hey I feel like God wants me to give to your ministry, and what your doing is a really big deal. They then hand me a check for $2,000. The next day Thursday I’m at a meeting a woman is there who I had never seen before. She introduces her self shes from Canada visiting for a week. I introduce myself and my family. She then says I feel like God wants me to give this to you and gives me $300. I tell her about my ministry then and she invites us to lunch and wants to pay for our meal. Someone else picks up the tab and she gives us the money she was going to use and gives us $100 more. And after I tell what God is doing another person gives $6. When I go out to do outreach that night to the orphans a check comes to my wife for $150 and also a $50 check had came. We receive $2606 exactly what we need to get completely caught up plus 6 cents. There were key points when God would stir me in faith between December and February. He said to me once as I reading I have called you the same way I called my disciples to fallow me. It’s not easy it is hard but I am with you. Anything you ask in faith I will give you. I was determined to give God till the last minute before I would seek help anywhere but from Him. I said I will Give you till the last minute of the last minute to give me a testimony of your glory and provision. I pray that this testimony increases your faith as you read it and to trust God for His provision. Lets be faithful stewards and allow God to bless us in our going out.

Its been a busy 2 weeks. After some time in prayer and seeking the Lord I am excited to say that I will be joining the Orphan Justice Center staff. It’s great seeing how God has been putting these things in my heart and how it is falling right in line with what He has also been speaking to the OJC. The vision they have and what God is doing with them is so amazing. The revelation they have about God’s heart for the orphans and widows gives me so much to glean from. Also my wife Juanita is going to be joining the Children’s Equipping Center staff. The next couple of weeks she will have off and then she will be having a meeting about where the best place is for her in the CEC. Everything is continuing to fall into place. Over the next few weeks I will be doing a lot of reading and classes. Two of the books I’ll be reading first are The Connected Child and The Ghost in the Nursery. Out reaches to the residential facilities for the children will continue through the holiday season. Also something I will be starting to work on is building a team to take out to one of the facilities starting in the new year.

As the end of the year comes, lots of time with family and friends approaches. I took a little time to reflect on where the lord is sending us this next year and where we came from in past years. There was a time when Juanita and I struggled to pray together now it comes natural. We find ourselves praying for each other with out hesitation. Our family is growing and we can see the fruit of our prayers. Lauren is praying and both girls are excited to read their bible stories before bed time. Rachael will not let you leave her room with out it, she cries out BIBLE. Elijah is here and his name says it all. He is bring about the spirit of Elijah in our home and as we walk in the work the Lord is calling us to do.  The Lord is so good, we really are in a good place in this season with me going back to ministry with my family by my side. We were blessed by a dear friend of my wife, with family pictures. She did an amazing job capturing our natural moments.

Hoover Photography is her Facebook, Rebekah thank you.

it come natural

it comes natural

This is the first of many revelations the lord has given me. This one is very important to my calling and its nice to see it birth in our family right now

When I got saved I had a desire to be married but not to have children. After having my first daughter Lauren I was faced with the coldness of my heart. I loved my daughter but I noticed my heart was cold toward her at times and I felt like I should have more love in my heart for my child. I begin to take this lack to the Lord. I said things like If I am a Christian God why don’t I have more love for children. God you desire children so I should desire children. I asked God why do you want children when it seems like all your children hate you. I went to God for about a year and a half asking him for more and for him to change my heart in this area.

It was around august of 2011 when I had a dream. There was a small child about the age of my daughter 15months old in front of me in this dream. His face was old and wrinkled he was carrying a cigar. His voice was raspy he walked back and forth cursing and blaspheming the name of the Lord. I instantly knew everything about his life how his parents raised him up till this age. I knew that they loved the way he acted and they had sought ways to profit off of how old he acted at his young age. I knew that everyone around him supported his actions and thought it was cute such a small baby talking so grown up and cussing. I began to become angry not at the child but because of the things he had been exposed to and I knew he would go to hell if he wasn’t told about Jesus. So I grabbed him by the shoulders and turned him toward me so he was looking at my face. I said to him don’t you know there is a God who loves you and died for your sins so that you can have eternal life. As soon as I said this the old man broke off his face and looked like an infant again. He had never heard about God before. I picked him up and he had baby talk again. Holding him in my arms I told him now you need to repent and tell Jesus you’re sorry. I woke up after that and the Holy Spirit spoke to me even the youth of this generation are mature in sin, Because of the things they are exposed to.

I went to go to prayer and to read the bible. As I read the book of Mathew I got to the part where Herod gave the decree to kill the children after Jesus had been born. When I read this my mind went to the days of Moses and how the Pharaoh gave the same order when Moses was born. I made the connection that when a deliverer is born the Devil strikes to kill the children and stop the deliverer from coming. The Holy Spirit then spoke to me and said again the devil is raging trying to stop a generation from being born that will hasten my return. It was clear in my mind children being aborted killed in the womb. The Spirit of God rested on me and I began weeping I could see how big and loving his heart was for his children and I saw my small cold heart next to it. The Holy Spirit began bringing specific times when I was cold toward my child I began repenting. In that moment my heart was being changed. After I repented He lifted off of me and I could lift my head up and I was able to stop crying. I felt like I was supposed to read some more so I looked down and the next verse I saw was Matt 2:18 “A voice heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachael weeping for her children refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” As soon as I finished reading it The Holy Spirit rested on me again I began weeping and He spoke to me how long will she cry out alone when will the fathers lift their voices, When will the children cry out. Fathers turn your hearts to your children, children to your fathers. When God lifted His Spirit off of me I knew my heart had been changed and he had called me to be a father and that he was pouring out the spirit of Elijah to make strait the way before the Lord.

It was three days after that when I was driving I saw a vision of the youth of this generation. I saw the mouth of hell open and the children walking to fall into it. I saw the things in their lives causing them to fall. I began weeping again under the presents of God for this generation to know Jesus and was thinking to myself really God doing this when I’m driving seems like the worst timing. Needless to say after these events I knew God was calling me to youth ministry. That there is a fatherless generation that needs fathers.

God did answer my question about why he desires children. He took my mind to David and how his heart’s desire was to prepare a place for God to dwell. God told him he wouldn’t but his son Solomon would and that David needed to prepare and gather everything Solomon would need. David gave Solomon all the riches of the kingdom to build a temple for God to dwell in. After He revealed this He said to me in the same way I sent my Son Jesus with all the riches of the kingdom to prepare a place for me to dwell. I desire children because they fulfill the desire of My heart.

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Posted: October 18, 2014 in About Us, Testimony
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As you can see were back up. There was a lot of updating to do but now that Juanita and I are on the same path we will keep this going. We will post often about what is going on and send out a news letter each month until our support team is set up then we will move to quarterly news letters. Please feel free to interact with us we want to hear back form you.

If you feel led to join our team either monetary or in prayer please let us know any funds received are tax deducible and we will be happy to get you the information need to be a apart of that.

We also want to pray for you and with you please feel free to send any prayer request to travismiles@ihopkc.org or travismiles1119@yahoo.com.