Prayer Mountain where our team met before meetings
Coming back down from Prayer Mountain
I came back from Portland and was home for 3 days recuperating from jet lag and then on the road again with the family this time. Erika, baby Joel and our friend Edwin and I all drove up to South Carolina together to minister in Greenville and attend The Call conference in Fort Mill.
Erika & Joel at The Call Conference
We had an amazing time seeing some old friends and encountering God in the two Houses of Prayer that are there. We stayed with the Rummage family who were our old home group leaders. It was a joy to be in their midst again. ZHOP and JHOP, both of which we were a part of while we lived there, are continuing to grow. ZHOP is running with their vision to incorporate the arts and now have 3 art tables and quite a few artist as well as paintings hanging all over the place.
Artwork displayed at ZHOP
Matt's old group leader, Ryan, leading a set at ZHOP
It’s good to see a community that’s keeping the fire on the altar burning day and night. We were also there when JHOP launched the 40 day fast for the Call in July and witnessed their transition to full time day and night prayer. Previously they had only had enough interns to fill 6 am until Midnight, but word is getting out and they are being swarmed with internship applicants. On Memorial Day the base threw a huge Bar-B-Q and provided spray cans for car painting in preparation of The Summer of Love Tour taking place this summer right after 7-7-07.
While we were at The Cause base, we felt strongly about having Lou and Therese Engle pray over Joel. We found out we were pregnant at a Cause Rumble last summer and God told us his name would be Joel, a major motivation scripture behind The Call, it just seemed right to have him blessed by Lou, the founder of The Call. The Engles have been a huge source of inspiration to both of us and we love them dearly for their heart and passion towards the youth of this generation. Lou gave us some scriptures to study in the books of Joel and Hosea, about his name, Joel Ammi. Joel is growing so fast, it seems that he grows everyday. He did so well on this trip to SC, sleeping almost the entire car ride up and back. Everyone fell in love with him and he was the center of most of the conversations we had there. When we were there last time, 11 people were pregnant in ZHOP and most of them have had their children since we last saw them so it was quite a joy to see all the little blessings in the arms of their parents.