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    Two years of ministry have flown by, and so much has happened it’s hard to figure out where to start. There has been such an amazing change in the residential facility I lead outreaches to. I remember on my first day visiting after doing a bible study we played basketball. During the basketball game a kid literally road another kid to the ground hanging on his back and biting his shoulder. It seemed to happen so fast and out of nowhere. Keep in mind that this facility is for kids in foster care who have extreme behaviors and are being treated at the facility. I can say after a little time it became easy to see when a child was being triggered and to see a situation escalating. There were several times being there where kids would get into fights and it would become so disruptive that sometimes I wondered if the message was even heard when we would tell the kids about God. However over time the kids would remember stories from the bible that we shared. And there were several amazing testimonies of individual kids having great incounters with God. Even seeing behaviors in kids completely change. However as a whole group it was an environment that seemed like it could be triggered into a chaotic mess at any moment. Kids would cuss and say rude or mean things while playing simple games like kickball and sometimes a fight might occur. Kids on the losing teams sometimes triggering in such a way that we discussed maybe not doing any kind of competitive activity for play time. But we continued to pray for God to break in. Then one day a little over a year of consistent outreach during worship a huge breakthrough happened. The kids actually began singing and engaging in a way that had never happened. The spirit of God moved in the facility and a transformation happened. Kids began wanting to sing. While we had some great stories with one on one interactions with kids now there was a group interaction happening that had never happened in this way before. Our time with the kids turned into them all wanting to hear about God. They wanted to sing worship and dance. We haven’t seen a fight among the boys for at least 9 months. They cheer for each other when playing games the environment has completely changed. Even as new kids come and other kids leave the environment stays the same. It’s because they have found comfort in the presence of God. As well as their identity in who God says they are and there value to Him.

Let’s continue to pray for healing and brake through with these kids will you join us?? How can you be involved?? Located your local group homes or residential facilities and find out how you can volunteer. This all started with a board game. (You must loose to win)

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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.

Orphan Crisis

Posted: November 25, 2014 in Missions, Testimony
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In the world there are 153 million orphans, and there are 2.2 billion Christians. In the USA there are 100,000 orphans, and 300,000 churches. In Missouri there are 1,400 orphans, and 9,000 churches. James 1:27  Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. Seeing these numbers seems like an indication for how disconnected we have become from the heart of God. If the church would rise up in its calling to be a family to those who are with out one or a father to the fatherless there would be no orphans.

I know of 6 orphanages in the Kansas City Missouri area. Spotford, Gillis, Niles, Ozanam, Hope House, and Crittenten. All of these were once established by Christian churches and funded by the church. Now they are state institutions. A small group of Orphan Justice staff and of volunteers are dedicated to going out to these orphanages on a weekly bases to share the gospel and love on these little kids who have been abandoned. I would love to see the number of laborers increase because the harvest is plenty. There is a class starting February 6, 2015 here is a link for info regarding the class http://orphanjusticecenter.com/events/ . The Orphan Justice also offers an on-ramp once a month. The next on ramp will be in January however date to be announced.

Training

Posted: November 21, 2014 in Missions, Testimony
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I meet a spouse of one of Juanita friends and we have been able to connect. In the midst of us building a friendship he was approached by DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative  and it’s a group who sends out people for training in urban ministries. So my friend declined but told them about me. Which is a great opportunity for us. Ill be going through an application and interview process for selection. If selected it will be a 15 month program, so one weekend a month ill go to a training. its 100% paid for by the DeVos Family.

Be in prayer with us. Ill keep an update on this training and if selected what i am gaining from it.

At this time I have filled out the application and I am waiting too see if i was selected for this training that will start in Jan of 2015

Homework Help

Posted: November 21, 2014 in Missions, Testimony
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Updates, updates, updates

Kids city 7 has opened a door for Homework. Last week permission slips were handed out to high school kids in the three apartment complexes that take apart of kid city 7 on Saturday mornings. So this week launched the start of help for this season. Me and my wife are excited to be apart of the team that would come and help these teens keep there grades up. They are asked to bring grades and the subjects that need the most help and attention, as well as any books ect that are needed to complete there work. I notices that iphones and mac books are on top of the list of things needed for school theses days and Grandview  high is a school that provides a mac book for the students. Today we were able to help students with story comprehension, definitions, Spanish, and chemistry.

We’re praying for more students to come for help as we know the need is there and we’re willing to fill it. We’re also praying for supplies that are not provided from school to help students complete there work. Supplies can include lap tops, tablets, books and art supplies.

 

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.

To day was the day we were able to go witness what the Lord is doing in Grandview. The ministry is called Kid City 7 and they focus on Side Walk Sunday School. From what i understand there are now three apartment complexes that teams go out and witness to the youth. They go a different time in the GREEN tuck. they bring games, a bouncy house music and the word. All ages come out.

There are four main focus that are thought to the kids

1. He loves me

2. I am a sinner

3. He died for me

4. so I can live

This week was the first week they all meet inside the Children’s Equipping Camp building. Lenny the Director of CEC at IHOPKC gave a little word on the Father and asking Him to come in your heart. The warship ended with the song of “oh how he loves me” such a powerful song for kids to know that the Father loves them given most come from single parent homes.

Having the ability to go with my Family was powerful given we were able to show the family unit as a whole, a family that loves the lord and servers him together. We are still in prayer about our involvement with this ministry but we will be going back next week and the weeks to come even if we are not there to help directly. In all this I’m looking forward to the weeks to come to see how the Lord moves in the ministry and in our hearts for the lost children, because even they have to accept Jesus.

For more information check out  http://www.ihopkc.org/cec/2013/10/09/sidewalk-sunday-school/