A Region 4 Update – “January Answers To Prayer”

Pastor Steve Buss, One Hope Executive Director and Pray Oregon Connector in Region 4 (Lane County) has graciously provided us with the most recent One Hope newsletter, ‘January 2018 Answers to Prayer’, giving us an exciting testimony of how God’s amazing love and power is moving through Oregon.

Downloadable PDF Newsletter from One Hope Network:
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One Church One Day       One Hope Eugene Facebook

One Hope joins together pastors, leaders, churches and ministries to love God, love each other and demonstrate His love to our community in the greater Eugene/Springfield area. This happens through three objectives:

Together Seek the Lord through worship and prayer

Together Seek

Together Serve our community through partnerships

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Together Share the Good News with our neighbors

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In other words, the Jesus-following pastors, churches, and people in our area know each other, love each other, and serve together.  We trust the outcome of our love and collaboration will be our community seeing Jesus’ love more clearly.

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“Help Me Find the Perfect Bride”

“Help Me Find The Perfect Bride”

Jim Moore – Salem, OR

Scientists say 50-70,000 thoughts a day pass through your mind every day. So how does it happen that every so often, one thought sticks out among all the rest—so much so that you are convinced that it came from God Himself? I cannot answer how that is, but millions have testified of it happening to them, and I too have had this experience. There are some words, thoughts and phrases that stick out more than others. Word’s from Heaven. For me, these words are on a scale of varying degrees.

On one end of the scale, there are words I’m not really sure came from the Lord, but I think they might have. On the other far end of the scale there are words I am so sure came from Him, that I would bet my life on them. And I have. These are the words I acted upon and they have changed the course of my life…and the life of others.

Whenever I begin to doubt what I am called to do, or the current direction in life I am to take, I gravitate back to a single phrase given to me in a forest just outside of Silver Creek Falls, near Silverton Oregon. That phrase was: “Help Me find the perfect Bride.” It came to me in such a way, with such clarity and volume in my spirit, that I could scarcely help but believe it was from the Lord. And so, with assurance that it was Divine, I could do nothing but move towards it in obedience. Not many words come to you like this. At least they don’t to me. It would be nice if God always spoke with such force and power, but then I suppose it wouldn’t take as much faith, and faith is necessary for us to grow and be refined in our love for Him.

The first thing that sticks out to me about this phrase is the word: “Help.” Because God doesn’t really need help, it tells me that He desires partnership. God can do everything pretty well without us. Yet He so values our friendship and fellowship, that we are invited to assist He who needs no assistance. It’s His work, and He wants me to work right along side of Him. Not to work for Him but to work with Him. Kind of like a junior partner in the family business.

Then there’s the idea of finding a “Perfect Bride.” This reminds me of the patriarch Abraham, whose servant went looking for a bride for his son Isaac.

“Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, “Please, put your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell; but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” (Genesis 24:1-4)

There are three characters in this portion of the story. The Father (Abraham), the Son (Isaac), and the Servant of the Father. Isaac has long been recognized by Bible scholars as a biblical type of Jesus Christ the Son of promise. God the Father has been searching for a Bride for His Beloved Son for about 2000 years now. He has been doing this through His servant—believers who are of the household of faith. He has gathered people from every walk of life—men and women, young and old, rich and poor, every tongue, tribe, and ethnicity are continuing to make up a gloriously diverse Bride with one thing in common—their love for Jesus the Bridegroom.

This Bride will be “perfect” not because she is never weak, or never wrong, or because she never makes mistakes. She is made perfect by the precious blood of the Lamb. The only perfect One and the only One whose sacrifice that can make us clean. This too we all have in common. Our work is to help this sinless One in His quest. To find a Bride who doesn’t even know she is a Bride.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:25-27)

“He who has the Bride is the Bridegroom…” (John 3:29a)

“And the Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’” (Revelation 22:17a)

There are many right now in our streets, and schools, and places of work, who are as we were not so long ago, wondering what their purpose in life is, and completely unaware of a God who loves us so much He gave everything to be with them. They are blind to the fact that their true destiny, their yet to be discovered future, is to be a Bride to the God of the universe. Something too good to be true—and yet it is. A real life Cinderella story of one thought unworthy to be loved but loved by a King. Someone called to go from the gutter to the Throne. What could be more important than that? What message rivals that one? So because we love Him, His quest must become our quest too. To search for the treasure He so deserves. To find those who don’t even know they need to be found.

To help Him find the perfect Bride.

She awaits.

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2018 A Lineup of Events for Oregon Women

           Linda David, President for Mid-Valley Women of Christ has given us a full line up of exciting events for women in 2018!  She’s encouraging you to get out and join other Oregon women.  Let’s join in praying that each of these events will produce great eternal fruit.

Linda says, “I hope this helps you see that God is pouring it out on Oregon and loves the women of our state!”  READ MORE and link to the events on the MVWC website …CLICK HERE

 

Living Proof Live with Beth Moore ( Live)

February 9-10 2018

Overlake Christian Church

Sponsored by LifeWay – Ticketed event

 

 

 

IF: Salem

Gathering February 9-10th

Simulcast with many national speakers and authors

Church on the Hill South, Turner Oregon
Sponsored by IF: International Jennie Allen.

Ticketed Event

 

The Freedom Project Tour

Thursday February 22nd 2018

Salem Alliance Church, Salem Oregon

Sponsored by Jennie Allen.

Ticketed Event

 

Valley Wide Night of Worship & Praise with Carol Kent (live)

March 8th

Life Community Church, Corvallis, Oregon

Sponsored by Mid-Valley Women of Christ  – Free Event

 

 

Sheila Walsh (Live)

June 1-2nd

Life Community Church
Corvallis, Oregon
Sponsored by HOPE 1-7.9 FM Radio.  Ticketed Event

 

Abundance Event

November 3rd  featuring seven national speakers/authors

Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR

Sponsored by Lifeway.  Ticketed Event

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Aldersgate December 2017 Images

We celebrated with Donald Foery!
Praying over Wendell, the Legislative Friend at the Capitol in Salem.
Praying over Mark Dole from Father Bernard’s Youth Center, Mt. Angel, OR
Reed, Kathy and Jim from Central Oregon Prayer Team, teaching us to make our unique sounds.
Sounds of prayer.
Pamela clapping and declaring God’s goodness!
Making a wish, and so thankful to God for his family of God.

 

Charlotte sounding the shofar.
Reed, Kirk and Jim from Central Oregon Prayer Team teaching the Sound Workshop.
Grace & Miriam – making sounds of prayer.

Connector’s Connection!

A team gathered at the Connector’s Meeting on December 1st & 2nd and experienced a wonderful time of sound workshop training, receiving direction and casting vision.  We captured some pictures of this exciting meeting, and were extra blessed to share in the celebration of Donald Foery’s 80th birthday!  This gathering ignited sound in worship, and passion for the Pray Oregon vision in 2018.  Our own Kathy White, part of the Central Oregon Prayer Team & Region 6 Prayer Connector, penned the word given to her by the Lord after the meeting.  We know you will be as blessed as we are!  Here is a link to see more images: SEE MORE PICS

Dear Ekklesia,
Last night I woke up at 2 with the heaviest grief of the sense of darkness, because of the encroachment of the enemy, through the media and entertainment and education industries, that have stolen the hearts, minds and eyes of the people.  I see it first hand in the lives of my own sons and daughters and family members. I see it in the church. I see it in my own home and life.
I began to repent, and crying out for deliverance. For Christ. For revelation.  As all of you have. We have all had this same knowledge of darkness and grief and labor of intercession. Travail.  That is what happened Sunday at the Central Oregon Prayer Team meeting, when Jim Donahue began to share the scriptures of Christ’s burden to intercede. Ezekiel 9:4-11, Jeremiah 9:1, Jeremiah 13, and 14:17, Psalm 118:36, Revelations7:2&3.  As he began to share them he came under attack from the enemy in his chest, and his face turned a grey ashen color. We had to stop intercession and pray over him until he was free. Then deep weeping and travail began.  I believe it was a sign of the beginning of birth pains for this season. And intercession of Christs’ heart for now. For the people sitting in deep darkness.
I went back to sleep around 4. I woke again at 6. The first thing God spoke to me is what I know will confirm what The Holy Spirit has been speaking to you.
He said December 21 is the shortest Day of The Year. The darkest day. It represents the deep darkness over people in the Spirit.  Then He said to me the most beautiful thing. I could feel so much hope and peace and love and His heart as He spoke. “Today is the acceptable time. Today, while it is still today, pray. I will hear from heaven. I have heard your weeping, your fasting, your prayers. Your steadfastness.”  Even as in the natural realm as it is the shortest, darkest day of the year, Dec. 21, as light in the natural begins to break in adding more light a little longer to each day, I am breaking in, in The Spirit into all you have prayed and are praying each day revealing more of Myself each day until the longest brightest day of the year.”
“Be encouraged to pray into The Light. The breaking in of My Spirit more and more each day. Don’t relent, believe. With groaning, sounds, tambourines, dancing, worship, praise, fasting.”
He is Elohim, yoked together with His people. We are His exalted ones, His perfect partners. Song of Solomon 4 (Passion version ph. 32,34 endnotes), Psalm 102 “As God reveals Himself to Zion to restore and give her children, He responds to the prayers of the poor and broken…His re-created people.”  Through this we give Him Glory! 2 Cor. 6 and Luke 2:37.  I’ve added a web sight on travail you might like, http://nfj-intercession.weebly.com/travailing-intercession.html
I’m so blessed to be in this Ekklesia with you which, Yahweh Himself has raised up; together with Christ for such a time as this. Amen
Sincerely with love to all my brethren,
Kathy White
P.S. I can’t help but think how much more He must be showing all of you, who know much more in The Spirit than I do; being just a retired schoolteacher, who has not spent enough time yet in His Presence. So I’m hoping this opens a dialogue between all of us about His light breaking in more each day.
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Sound As Worship – Let The Heavens Declare On Earth!

Mark Zimel – Ontario Prayer Connector, Meridian, ID    Recently, while driving home, I came upon a license plate on a truck ahead of me which read….”What If”…This reignited my thoughts taken from the recent Pray Oregon Retreat I attended with a couple dozen people at Aldersgate Retreat Center in Salem December 1 – 2, 2017.

After 61 years of life, coming to Christ when I was 25, getting involved as Coordinator of Men’s Ministries at First Baptist Church in Portland when I was 42, and experiencing a divorce after 28 years of marriage at 50, “What if” has always lead to some new adventures. Some more delightful than others, some met more fearfully than others but adventures nonetheless. All of these adventures had one thing in common. I walked through them knowing God was by my side. Just for the record, I wasn’t always seeking His Word as usual, as some of the times I was “tipped over”, no, “stunned” that things turned out like they had. So this license plate’s “What if” harkened my spirit of the days I felt more in tune with my walk with my Lord.

The “What if” that touched my spirit at the conference had me asking What if…. I have experienced a Christianity that is not the current or full expression of Christianity my Lord has planned for me…I sense I may have fallen into patterns that have dulled my spirit and the direction my Lord has selected for me. Am I hearing Him? Am I seeking God’s purposes and teachings He Has set out for me? “What if”… after 35 some years of seeking Him and Him seeking me, He has thrown me, no, all of us into a new season of worship and ways to both “Follow” and “War” for Him?

That and nothing less consumed me while at the conference for Pray Oregon. The first “What if” came as we were introduced to Jim, Kurt, Reid, Kathy, & Miriam from the Central Oregon Prayer Team in Redmond, Oregon. “What if” our usual form of worship…, praying…, the singing of hymns, singing of prayers from the scriptures, and a myriad of other songs to prepare our hearts for worship have missed a scriptural element of “His worship and His warship”? They added to their intercessory prayer sessions the use of musical instruments, rhythm, and the vibrations they created to send out into the atmosphere their praise and prayers to God as a way of breaking the darkness in our lands.

They introduced that the Native American Indian used drums, as well as flutes, and string instruments (which were all once generally considered evil because the Indians were using them) to talk with God “the Creator” (They knew God, just not His Son)!   They opened with the scriptural background of Joshua 6 where God directed Joshua and his army to be faithfully obedient to His directions to walk around the city of Jericho for 7 days and thereafter using many trumpets (shofar) and their shouting voices, to receive a promise from God and bring Jericho down.

The Song of Solomon says…break forth with your sounds so others may feast on His bride. In Psalms it says to make joyful noises/praises to our King with rhythm from our drums. They recalled that David used a harp to remove Saul’s’ evil spirits also that David would play instruments to search his heart. How do you keep the devil away?By combining intercession and worship to destroy the darkness.

What an eye/spirit opening reminder of things mentioned in scriptures that we may have gone past while formatting our contemporary services…assemblies…church!

In another session, Pastor Greg Simas from the Convergence House of Prayer in Fremont, CA , introduced that we have raised up churches that are pastoral where one speaks & teaches from the word of God to many who listen. These pastoral churches measure their success through attendance and the number of attendees. He goes on to say that when one looks at Jesus and His Apostles, one sees an Apostolic Model, where one will measure their success through “influence”. He introduced the idea that our churches are creating “consumers instead of conquerors”.

Pastor Greg reminded us that Jesus took the disciples to the gates of Hades to bring a new kingdom to populate heaven. Jesus says He will build His “Ekklesia”, His legislative Assembly. Greg went on to say that Jesus’ perfect example of “Ekklesia” on Earth (mentioned in Isaiah 9:6) was to bring a government wherever you go…”Jesus carried a government on His shoulders”. One that was loyal to God through His Son.

Prayer and Worship and Apostolic becomes the new breath or spirit. These are some observations to consider as we all move toward influencing others for Christ and His government!

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Unto Us a Child is Born

 “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the
government will be upon His shoulder.” (Isaiah 9:6a)
God is the great giver a gifts. During this season we give gifts to one another as an expression of our love. Love gives. We are told that God so loved the world that He gave. It is a God-like characteristic to give. I’m a father of four children, and 11 grandchildren. I have had many opportunities to observe this reality of love in action. Children are absolutely internally wired to give out of a pure expression of love. And it doesn’t matter what they give to you. A color crayon picture. A bright yellow flower picked from the front yard, that only you know is a dandelion. Or if there’s nothing material to hand you, they will simply throw their tiny arms around your neck and squeeze saying those three words that we all along to hear “I love you.”
We are told in Isaiah 9:6 that the great gift God has given to us is a child. And then more descriptively—a Son. And not just any child, but His very own son. The next thing that we are told is that this Child leads to a government. We don’t typically associate a child with government. But that’s the kind of gift God has given us. Jesus said if anyone comes into the kingdom you must become a child.
“But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” (Mark 10:14-15)
There is something about the simplicity of love, and allowing it to govern our hearts, thoughts, words, and actions that is at very epicenter of what the government of God is all about.
This year let us ponder the greatest gift of all God has given to us, and seek to express the greatness of that gift to others. Let us remember that it is not how grandiose the gift is that really matters, but that we simply give the pure childlike gift of our love to one another. The giving of your time. A kind word spoken, a simple acknowledgement of the value of that person to you. A note telling them how much you really do love them. Or maybe even a just color crayon drawing.
Let us take the time to go beyond the external things that we might exchange, and give something that comes from the heart. For that is the thing that will be remembered and valued the most. And that is the thing that truly matter to them in the end.
Merry Christmas!
Jim Moore
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Intercessors Moving Into 2018 with a Bold & Steadfast Belief in God’s Court

What an eventful and watchful year 2017 has been. It began with the swearing in of our 45th president, and a regime change which has caused a shift of unprecedented proportions.  We’ve witnessed an ongoing worldwide refugee crisis, the total solar eclipse, devastating wildfires, earthquakes, volcano’s, floods, hurricanes, snipers, crowd massacre’s, attacks, wars and rumors of wars, and the list goes on.  I don’t know about you, but this brings great anticipation of what the next several months will reveal to those with eyes to see and ears to hear. We are truly living in apocalyptic times. It seems that the book of Revelation is unfolding before our very eyes! Yet at the same time, we also see that His great hope is on the rise. God’s Ekklesia – His people – are rising up with passionate worship, prayer and unity in in His Spirit.

 

 

In 2017 we’ve tasted and seen that the LORD is good and that He is reigning supreme. If this doesn’t spark hope in you, maybe a “hope” reset is in order.

Lets review.  Have these types of events happened in history before?

Rabbi and historian Ken Spiro explain, “Why yes, there are many similar recorded events, including key times in history. In the OT, the Bible records that one of the 10 plagues over Egypt before the exodus of the Israelite’s was three days of darkness (Exodus 10:21-29). The Jewish sources describe it not just as darkness, but a darkness that was so thick it’s like, people couldn’t move in it or the Egyptians couldn’t move in it. So that’s an example of God suspending the laws of nature.”

“The Bible also tells us three hours of darkness fell at Jesus’ crucifixion (Matthew 27:45)”, Spiro continues, “Whatever the darkness was it wasn’t an eclipse and we have no explanation of what it was or even what it meant, but it certainly would have invoked in the people who were there a profound sense of something monumental happening, which indeed it was.”

God definitely made points with signs in the sky throughout the Bible. But the number of events that have been singularly spread over centuries, are coming at breakneck speed, often times weekly we are hearing of a devastating event in the world.  Both Michael Mott, who serves as assistant pastor with Jerusalem’s King of Kings congregation in Israel, and Rabbi Spiro say that “yes” these events are increasing and God is using them!

“He uses nature all the time in different ways to communicate with us.” says, Mott. “In Romans chapter one, we are shown that God has ordered the world in such a way that the hearts of man can know that God exists just by the way nature works all the time. So does He use nature to talk to His people? He does.”

Spiro said, “It’s a fundamental belief in Judaism that everything that happens in the world is for a meaning and there’s a message hidden in there somewhere, even in astronomical phenomenon. So interpreting the message is, of course, a little more problematic.”

Spiro believes God already gave mankind His greatest sign.

“I think that some of that depends on our own personality – and I’m not downplaying that – but the biggest way God speaks is through His Son. So the writer to the Hebrews draws that out: ‘In former times God spoke in many and various ways through the prophets, but in the last days he’s spoken through His Son.’ And so for us that Jesus is the revelation, Jesus is the Word made flesh; Jesus is the ultimate sign and His death and resurrection, the ultimate sign of that. So we should be looking to Him.”

Spiro says Judaism is looking at actual events today as signs of the End of Days – not so much signs in the sky. He continues, “The rabbis always talk about the coming of the Messiah as a woman giving birth – birth pangs – the basic idea is just as a woman giving birth goes into contractions and as they get closer and closer together, they get more and more intense as you approach the birth.” He continues, “So too, events on the planet earth will get more and more intense and happen much more rapidly, as the end draws near. Certainly I would say we see that things are speeding up very dramatically in the world, the changes that are taking place, the political upheaval, the technological advances, etc. As to whether that is linked to astronomical events which may be coming, we’ll only know when and if that time comes.”  The Book of Joel includes an often-quoted end-time prophecy about the sky.

“The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the Lord.” (Joel 2:31)

The Moon glows orange as it is seen above the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

“We get this picture from God’s Word that He will use those kinds of signs in the skies and natural events [not to mention the numerous man-made catastrophic events on the earth] to speak to His people, to speak to the earth,” Rabbi Spiro said. “And how do we know which event is which, because sometimes we want to attach God to every single natural event that takes place, butI think that most of the time God just wants to show that He is moving in nature – not that He’s communicating something specific, to ‘watch out something is getting ready to happen.’”

“Now, that could be interpreted as eclipses by the way,” he added. “You know, the moon turning to blood is called the blood moon actually, which is what happens in a lunar eclipse and, when you have a solar eclipse, the sun disappears and turns to blackness. So there in the prophets it’s talking about signs we see at the end of days. Whether that is what it’s meant to be interpreted as remains a big question. We just don’t know for sure, but there are points that make a strong case.”

“According to Jewish teaching, the Messiah will come before the year 6,000 on the Hebrew calendar. We’re currently at 5778. If each day is like a thousand years”, Spiro says “we’re about at late Friday afternoon, meaning we’re getting very close.”

“We could be hitting that end of days’ scenario,” he said. “Certainly time is definitely running out, and as we see by looking at what’s going on in the world, in a positive and a negative way – I mean the rebirth of the State of Israel, the reunification of Jerusalem. We just celebrated the 50th anniversary of that. I mean that’s unbelievable, that’s prophecy coming true before our eyes: the nations of the world lining up against Israel, largely what you see going on in UNESCO, the United Nations, is clearly a sign.”

As you likely have already heard, President Trump is announcing USA recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel this week.  By the time you read this, he may have already done so.   The move is, at the very least, highly strategic if not techtonic in its impact, and prophetically important.  So, other than looking through protective glasses, how do these leaders recommend we view the eclipse?

“We’re only a few headlines away from direct convergence of that biblical end of days scenario with the headlines in the news today and that to me – and I think to most Jews – is far more impactful and serious in terms of waking people up in their expectations of like the redemption than celestial signs happening up above in the heavens,” the rabbi said.

“We need to prepare our hearts and continue to ask God to show us, is this You?” Mott challenges us to ask God, “Is this You who is speaking to Your people? Are you speaking to the earth? And I believe that He’ll tell more than just one person that, “Yes, it is I. I AM speaking to the whole earth.”

This year Yom Kippur fell on Friday, September 29, and to elaborate on the significance of Trump being in office at this unique time in history, it is also interesting to note some dates and numbers on the calendar.”

  • Israel was 77 days old exactly 777 days after Trump was born
  • Israel’s 70th birthday will come exactly 700 days after Trump’s 70th birthday
  • Trump won the election on Netanyahu’s 7th year, 7th month and 7th day in office
  • Donald Trump was born exactly 700 days before Israel became a nation (Israels birthday; May 14, 1948 and Donald Trumps birthday; June 14, 1946)
  • Donald Trump took the oath of office on the day he is 70 years, 7 months and 7 days old
  • This happened in the Hebrew Calendar Year 5777
  • This happened after the 70th Jubilee Year finished

Speaking of signs, even stranger, over the past decade there have been cows born with the number 7 on their foreheads and Red Heifers have been found without blemish. They are being discovered worldwide!

We just need to be cautious, circumspect and fix our eyes on Jesus, hold firmly to scripture and keep proclaiming the mystery and the profound victory of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. Jesus is The Transformer of the human heart and any life that has been touched by Him!

You can read a story on the Red Heifer: https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/83434/red-heifer-found-west-virginia/#/


You can watch video of Jonathan Cahn’s thoughts on the #7 cows here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv3bpaca8sQ

While His plan is in full swing we can know with certainty that His timing is absolutely perfect.  He is stirring in the hearts of His intercessors and His Holy Spirit is being poured out across our world. His true spiritual authority in us will be strengthened to the degree that we choose to believe Him, step out in faith and strengthen ourselves in the Lord.

Looking forward – with great faith – to His Word revealed to us in an even greater degree.  What He has begun, He will finish with perfection!  Look! There is a new day dawning.

Have a prayerful and blessed season of joy and confidence as you celebrate Jesus,

 

Grace
Editor, Pray Oregon
[email protected]

[my comments within a quote are in italics]

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Pray Oregon Staking the Land!

This year we embarked on a journey to plant Scripture stakes in each of the 36 counties, in the 9 federally recognized Native American tribal lands, and other significant places throughout our state. The purpose for this is to see an increase in the number of people following Christ, to see greater healing for the land, and to foster greater unity and prayer in Oregon.

The Scripture stakes are made of old growth cedar and have 63 passages with over 160 veres reduced to tiny font printed on one page rolled up inside the 4×4 stakes. As we plant God’s word in our soil, we pray it will also be planted in our hearts and activate us to be about the Lord’s work.

The first stake we planted in August was actually in Herrnhut, Germany on the land of the Moravians to partner with their incredible fruitfulness in spreading the Kingdom of God to the nations fueled by a continuous night and day prayer meeting lasting over 100 years. The second stake was planted in October at our nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C during Awaken the Dawn. The first stake we planted in Oregon was with the Klamath, Modoc, Yahooskin Confederated Tribes.

First Nations family (great grandparents Don and Mary, grandfather, Aaron, and granddaughter) help plant the first Scripture stake in Oregon.

 

During our Fall Tour in October we planted stakes in Klamath and Jefferson Counties, as well as delivering stakes to multiple other County Connectors and the Siletz Tribe near Newport.

The main text for this is Isaiah 54:2-3:

“Enlarge the place of your tent,
and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
and strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left,
and your offspring will possess the nations
and will people the desolate cities.” (ESV)

Our communities are desolate without Jesus Christ being at the center. We need to see the children of God multiply and the Kingdom of God come more in our state, just as so many of us often pray in the Lord’s Prayer.

Left: The Pray Oregon team went to the geographic center of Oregon at Post to plant one of the Scripture stakes.
Right: Just as we were getting ready to plant our stake at Post, a large utility truck for digging power pole holes pulled in. We believe that the Lord is going to do a powerful work in our state!

Ralph (kneeling) and Pam (standing beyond his head) came from Beaverton to be part of the team planting the Scripture stake in Madras for Jefferson County.

Since the Fall Tour completed, Jackson and Benton Counties have each planted their Scripture stake. Betty Denny led the team for Jackson County planting their stake at Table Rock Mountain. Below: 24 people from 4 churches representing 4 generations planted the Benton County stake on top of Mary’s Peak, the highest point in the Oregon Coast range.

As of November 11th we have planted 7 stakes in Oregon at various strategic locations. We have also had requests to share stakes with two more countries and three other states. More staking to come!

Near the end of the Pray Oregon Fall Tour a group of 11 people, including locals from Deschutes and Jefferson Counties, caravanned to the Young Life Washington Family Ranch, WFR, camp where thousands of Jr. High and High School youth attend week-long summer camps each year. A new partnership of Pray Oregon coming alongside these dedicated Young Life staff emerged. We encourage intercessors to find your local YL club, get to know the staff and pray for them. Each of our stakes is numbered 1 – 100, and we left a stake #41 with them as partners in sharing the Gospel in our state. Afterwards, Andrew told us that Young Life was established in 1941!

 

Left: Donald at the WFR with mining camp theme at the sluice box full of thousands of tiles that Jr. High campers dated with their commitment to follow the Lord.

Over at the High School camp there is a pile of thousands of rocks with names and dates for HS campers who have made similar commitments.

 

There is one church in Medford that regularly goes out in not only in their community, but visiting other cities near I-5 to share the Good News. They have tracked over 1,000 commitments to the Lord this year! We pray that this kind of focus and fruitfulness will abound throughout the Church in Oregon.

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