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Unveiling the Church Behind Bars

What if the Key to Transforming a Prison Was Simply Building a Kingdom Church Behind Bars?

John was notorious for being a top prison gang leader.  Once he turned his life over to Christ, the hate and anger melted into a tender heart filled with humility and praise. He is now a leader of a different breed, ushering his fellow brothers into God’s presence through worship. God has blessed John with an exceptional musical gift that was eclipsed by a false identity.  Connecting with his true identity and purpose not only has changed John, but now impacts each person that touches his life. To talk with John today, you’d never guess his past had been so violent. The miracle of salvation unleashed a spiritual giant behind bars.

There are many gifted leaders locked behind bars, paying the price for their crime, and rightfully so. However, their identity isn’t tied to their crime anymore than our identity is tied to the sin in our past. God doesn’t disqualify them from the Body of Christ. The fact that they’re in prison doesn’t mean they can’t accomplish great things–that’s just a zip code change.  Prisoners are reminded everyday of their failures and serious mistakes, but there comes a point when they become equipped to join us in advancing God’s kingdom.

PicMonkey Collage RESPONSE

Healing Wings Ministries invites you to participate in planting The Church Behind Bars in the state of Florida. This is NOT another prison program. This is a church plant opportunity to raise up an army of end time warriors. Your financial partnership will enable prisoners like John, to be groomed in leadership as God’s champions.

Solid Rock Ministry in partnership with Healing Wings Ministries will adopt:

  • Men’s Correctional Institution: TBD
  • Lowell Correctional Institution: USA’s largest women’s prison and home of Florida’s death row.

We need to raise a total of 100 K to resource the Church Behind Bars Initiative.  

This amount will be broken into 4 fundraising phases to cover:  
Development ~ Annual Operating Budget ~ Administrative Upgrades ~ Launching ~ Evaluation

OUR GOALS:

  • Plant a prototype church inside 2 prisons to raise up incarcerated leaders to cross over into their inheritance, and occupy the territory of these church plants.
  • 144 training sessions over a 12 month period to equip leaders to be evangelists and missionaries.
  • Teach inmates to expand the Kingdom through discipleship and ministering to new believers.
  • Intensive Bible training and teaching on the roles and sacraments of the Church.
  • Equip the Church Behind Bars how to operate in community as the Body of Jesus Christ.
  • Publish the documented results in a book to motivate a paradigm shift in prison ministry methods within the U.S.
  • Distribute this book to prisons, wardens, chaplains and those in prison ministry.

Will you join us in partnering with God in prison as we plant and unveil the Church Behind Bars?

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP!

Our fundraising strategy is to launch 4 campaign phases, each broken down into segments in order to raise a total of $100 K to resource this vision.

Visit our fundraising campaign at: GIVESENDGO

Because this is a crowdfunding campaign, we not only count on your donations, we need you to share our heart and vision with others!

During our first Phase, we will concentrate on the annual operating budget necessary to enable us to focus on developing the curriculum and tools required for adequate training and equipping leadership in these 2 prisons.

PHASE 1- DEVELOPMENT PHASE (will consist of 3 segments)

  • Develop the Prototype Church Model
  • Develop Strategic Curriculum
  • Develop the External Resources we’re bringing into both prisons: Men and Women
  • Develop Assessment Tools and Measuring Methods to Gauge the Success of This Model

♦  Segment I       $12,977samp70d0a1604f2cba39

  • A portion of our annual budget 
  • Funds to hire people that can oversee components of this project  

♦  Segment II       $12,977

  • A portion of the annual budget
  • Resource materials

♦  Segment III      $12,977

  • A portion of the annual budget
  • Transportation and expenses for out of state strategy meetings

PHASE 2– ADMINISTRATIVE UPGRADES (will consist of 2 Segments)

**All Healing Wings Systems and ministry equipment must be upgraded to support this 12 month project, as well as continue to raise funds to cover the annual budget

♦  Segment I       $12,730

  • A portion of the annual budget $9000
  • Administrative Systems: 
    • Accounting and Bookkeeping services- $1730
    • Website Overhaul- $2000

♦  Segment II       $12,700

  • A portion of the annual budget $9000
  • Equipment Upgrades:   
    • RV Service (150 Point Inspection), Maintenance & Tune-Up- $2000
    • Buy the correct 5th Wheel Receiver Hitch- $1200

PHASE 3– LAUNCHING PHASE 2017

PHASE 4– EVALUATION and DISTRIBUTION 2018

 

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The Need For Endurance

Hebrews 10:36- For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.

Last fall, I wrote about settling for less than God’s best when we simply manage our pain instead of pressing on for the breakthrough. In this issue let’s take a look at our need for endurance to not only cross over, but to increase enough to occupy the promises of God. (see https://healingwings.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/wilderness-or-promised-land-the-danger-of-managing-our-stuff/)

Moses, nearing the end of his life, had commissioned Joshua to lead the Israelites into their inheritance. With the Promised Land tangibly in sight, God first tells Joshua the outcome, “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you… no man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life” (Joshua 1:3 & 5). Next God commands Joshua four times to “be strong and of good courage.” The Hebrew word for “be strong” is chazaq, which literally means to be established, fortified and firm. The term, “be of good courage” is the Hebrew word amats, and it means to be strong, alert, courageous, brave, stout, bold, solid, be determined, to persist in and to strengthen oneself.

It wasn’t enough to just know the outcome. Before the Israelites could occupy Canaan, there was an important process that required establishing those things God had promised in order to secure their inheritance. God knew this process would require courage, bravery and endurance. God was saying, now pay attention to this for it is very important. I will create the breakthrough in enemy territory; I will deliver the enemy into your hands; but you must increase enough to occupy each place where I give you victory. You must press on until it is finished. You will need faith, strength and perseverance to completely secure that which I have promised you.

As Believers, we have been given power and authority in Jesus Christ to demolish strongholds and bind up the enemy. We don’t lose a fight because we lack power and authority; it’s usually because we don’t have the endurance to stay in the battle long enough to secure the victory.

The first century disciples understood the need for endurance! To endure something doesn’t mean you just “hold on until it’s over…” It isn’t the same word as cope and it has nothing to do with resigning yourself to your circumstances. In fact there is nothing passive about enduring. It is an active word full of energetic resistance to the possibility of defeat. It is a word of substance that enables you to bear up against adversity, stand firm and persevere under stress and pressure, and wait hopefully with courage.

I was amazed to discover how many places in the NT where the word endurance is used interchangeably with the word patience. This is not the fruit of the Spirit called “longsuffering”, but the Greek word hupomene, which hopefully expects and actively resists weariness and defeat.

So how do we build endurance?

1. First realize the trials and battles we experience become the training ground to develop this kind of fortitude. Endurance can only be established when we have something to endure. The “testing” of our faith produces endurance. And endurance must finish its work in us so we’ll be complete and lack nothing (see James 1:3-4). Therefore we count it joy, not because of our problems, but because these problems are helping to build enough stamina to go the distance! Athletes know the importance of training for endurance. If you sign up to run a marathon, you can’t just show up on the day of the race. No! First you have to go into strict training so you not only run the race, but you finish the race as well! While training, every choice you make is weighed against the goal to finish strong. If we don’t have this kind of training to step into our destiny, then we probably won’t have the character to keep us there. It is perseverance and endurance that builds the muscle in order to be strong enough to occupy each new territory God brings us in to.

2. Paul exhorts us to lay aside every weight that would hold us back! Hebrews 12:1…let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily entangles us so we can run with endurance the race marked out for us. A runner may train with weight, but once they enter the race, they cast off anything that would restrain them so they run in freedom!

This means the wounds in your heart that have not been healed; this means offenses that have not been dealt with and forgiveness that needs to be extended so that there is no crimp in the “lifeline.”

I have dealt with three physical injuries in the past twelve months. These injuries have kept me from working out at the gym as aggressively as I need in order to be in shape. In the same way, injuries to our soul will keep us from moving forward, because our energy and focus winds up being spent on “nursing” our wounds.

3. We need to remember Jesus has already gone before us in this “race” and marked it out for us! And when He finished the race, He “sat down” (as a symbol of completion) at the right hand of the throne of God. He has already run this race with intentionality as well as joy. Have you ever wondered what that joy was that enabled Him to endure the cross? My friend, you were that joy. You were on His mind as He ran the race for humanity and endured the cross for your eternity!  When your circumstances seem too hard to bear, remember that the One who is able to help you finish is the same One who marked out the race in the first place. Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will not lose heart and finish strong!

4. Lastly, recognize that all training is profitable! So understand from this point on that every frustration and difficult circumstance, every obstacle in your path is a sacred opportunity to train for endurance! It may not seem like you are making progress, but it really is building substance within you. Last Christmas Eve as I sat in church, the Father and I had a good conversation. It went something like this: “Father, please forgive me for always focusing on circumstantial things instead of on the resources and power available to me in YOU. How long God before I get this down????” He responded, “Debbie, every time you choose me over your circumstances, there is a deposit made in your life that shortens the learning curve. You will get this!”

I recently read a story of a young boy whose father was remodeling their home. There was a section of concrete that needed to be broken up and hauled away, so the dad handed his son a heavy sledge hammer and told him to get busy.

“I swung the heavy hammer over head and came down as hard as I could, hitting the concrete with a thud! Much to my surprise, nothing happened; there was only a small scratch that could be seen. I swung the hammer back and let it fly again, and came up with the same result – nothing! This stuff was hard, and it seemed to resist every one of my hearty attempts. I hit it again, and again, and again. Before long sweat began to run off my forehead and into my eyes which made them sting. My energy level was now just about gone and my muscles began to ache. Disheartened, I sat down and felt like giving up. It wasn’t long before my Dad came walking by, encouraging me to keep going, assuring me that eventually it would break if I would just continue to hit it!

“At this point I was feeling real sorry for myself, and I was convinced I was not up to the task. It just seemed that it was way too hard for me. I was hot, sweaty and very discouraged, but I stood up, lifted the hammer and began to go at it once more. However, after many repeated blows I grew weary, my strength was spent, and my arms were sore. With great frustration, I sat down and felt like quitting, but as chance would have it, my Dad came by and convinced me to get up and continue the task. So reluctantly, I once again began to repeat the process that I felt was so futile. Only this time as I hit it, some small hairline cracks appeared – something was finally happening that I could see. With renewed vigor and strength, I began to pound away. Then it happened – it began to shatter into small chunks that could be lifted out and placed into the wheelbarrow to be hauled away!”

History is filled with people who quit too soon or stopped just short of their breakthrough. We need to keep on until it is done! You never know, tomorrow might be your D-day!

If you missed the previous article on WILDERNESS OR PROMISED LAND the danger of “managing” our stuff” click here

Project Restoration’s Line Up of Activities

5 days to go until Project Restoration! For those of you still undecided about coming on Monday, August 3rd check out the days events!

Clement Park

7306 W Bowles Ave in Littleton, CO

Music from 1:00pm-8:30pm

SEE YOU THERE!!!


Restoration Celebration: Day's Line Up

DAY TWENTY ONE: POWER OF A CORPORATE FAST

I have been very blessed sharing this twenty one day fast with you all. It has been a great journey of denying self and calling out to Jesus for breakthrough. I am grateful to have taken this journey with so many across the country and other parts of the world. We are family!

The last thing I want to leave you with is there is power in corporate prayer and fasting! This is because there is agreement and unity as we harmonize in prayer.

“Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree [harmonize together make a symphony together] about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by my Father in heaven” Matt 18:19 AMP

God is calling His Warrior Bride to fall into ranks with Him and come together in agreement for His purposes. It is time for us to take our place among God’s end time army. The issues that we face need prayer like never before! Prayer is where everything begins and ends! Every prayer led by the Spirit will touch the heart of God!

“If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.” 2 Chron. 7:14

Let us join hands as never before praying for our country and our president! That God would hear our prayers rising up in a great symphony to forgive our sin and heal our land!

From GOD TV on the day of the Inauguration:

Father, according to Timothy 2, Paul exhorted that “supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and for all that are in authority that we may lead a quiet peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior”. In obedience to Your Word, we join together this day, January 20 2009, with our GOD TV family all across the United States of America and join in one heart and one mind in prayer and intercession for our new incoming President Barack Obama. Father we ask this day that as Barack Obama is inaugurated here in Washington DC, that You would look down from Heaven and in Your great mercies upon America look down this day upon President Barack Obama and grant him exceeding wisdom in these crucial days ahead facing him and the new administration. Oh mighty Father we pray as a united body to You, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that You may grant to Barack Obama the spirit of wisdom and revelation of the knowledge of Yourself this day. That the eyes of President Obama’s understanding be enlightened that he may know what is the hope of his calling and the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of Your power toward us who believe and to himself, according to the working of Your mighty power which you wrought in Christ, when You raised Him from the dead.

Father we pray that the overshadowing fear of the Lord would start to rest upon this new administration. We pray for Your sovereign hand to guide the President and those in his cabinet. We release YOUR purposes, we release YOUR plan, we release YOUR strategies and YOUR wisdom, and we release YOUR governance. We pray for visitation in the President’s night hours and revelation in his waking hours, that as he enters the pressures and the challenges of office in 2009 that he would be driven to trust in You as his mighty fortress, that he would find refuge and wisdom under Your wings, that he would seek Your face before he seeks man’s wisdom and Father, that You would pour out word after word in season upon him from on high.

Father, grant President Barack Obama the courage to rule with justice and the wisdom to rule under God. And Father, as the body of Christ that we commit to You to lift him up faithfully and fervently. That we may consistently petition Heaven on Barack Obama’s behalf and petition President Barack Obama on YOUR behalf. Father, we also ask that You minister to him in the night hours regarding the issue of abortion that he may know Your heart and Your mind on these issues so important to Heaven. And finally we ask divine protection and blessing over his family and upon his physical life. Preserve his life from being cut off prematurely, Father preserve him from sinister schemes and the schemes of wicked men. Thank you that as President of the United States he will run the course that is laid out for him in this time and this season.

DAY TWENTY: FASTING ENABLES BREAKTHROUGH IN THE BATTLE

Sometimes the things we seek through prayer and fasting are quickly manifested and other times there is a delay that requires battling opposing forces. Daniel is a good example of this. We see in Daniel 9 that Daniel turned to the Lord in prayer and fasting. While still in prayer, the angel Gabriel said to him, “as soon as you began to pray, an answer was given…” This is a picture of a quick manifestation. However, in the next chapter we find Daniel again fasting and praying for 3 weeks. But this time, the angel says that even though his words were heard on the first day, the answer was held up by the Prince of Persia. Michael, the Archangel, was sent to help Gabriel breakthrough enemy lines because Daniel persisted in prayer and fasting until the revelation was released.

Fasting creates power that breaks through enemy lines! I’m sure that at some point in your life you have experienced an obstacle that was difficult to break through. Whether it was a habit, reoccurring sin, unforgiveness or a character flaw, you have tried and tried to change, but it seemed immovable. Or, maybe you have prayed and prayed for an answer to a problem you were facing only to come away from your prayer time with out any solution. According to Mahesh Chavda in his book, “The Hidden Power of Prayer and Fasting,” when you combine fasting with prayer it becomes like a “nuclear weapon in your spiritual arsenal!” He goes on to state, “Imagine that you’ve been using the hand grenades of prayer to move a massive mountain of unbelief, hindrances or demonic obstructions in your life and ministry. When you combine your prayers with fasting, you suddenly drop a hydrogen bomb on the mountain that is blocking your call and divine assignment. I’m not talking a slight difference. Fasting boosts the intensity and effectiveness of your prayer at least a tenfold and often a hundredfold!”

As we continue to fast these last few days, picture a “wrecking ball” demolishing that obstacle. Watch yourself pass through the other side in victory as an overcomer!

1 John 5:4- For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world- your faith.” (NKJV)

DAY NINETEEN: WALNUT AVOCADO FETTUCCINE

We are getting close to the end of these 21 days of fasting together.  I don’t know about you, but I certainly will be making some of these recipes again in the future! Who says eating healthy can’t be fun and tasty too?

Here is yet another recipe that I’m getting ready to try:

WALNUT AVOCADO FETTUCCINI

1- 12 oz. box of whole wheat penne, cooked per box instructions

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons chopped garlic, jar ok

1/4 cup lemon juice

10 whole sundried tomatoes in olive oil

1 cup green pepper, chopped

1 cup walnuts, chopped

2 whole avocadoes diced, save 1/2 avocado for garnish

1/2 cup green onion, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

• Start the water boiling for the fettuccine.

• In the meantime, in a large bowl place olive oil, garlic and lemon juice and whisk together.

• Then add remaining ingredients reserving 1/4 cup walnuts and 1/2 avocado for garnish.

• Stir with a spoon until everything is combined well…set aside and continue with cooking the fettuccine.

• After draining the noodles, add them to the olive oil mixture and toss well

• Serve on a platter, garnish with avocado slices and walnuts…

This dish may be served warm or at room temperature

Serves: 6

 

DAY EIGHTEEN: THE FIRE OF GOD’S PRESENCE

God is at work in our lives to enlarge the capacity of our soul to inhabit more of Him; burning, cleansing, purifying us with the fire of his presence. I love what John of the Cross says about this process: “He must create this holy place within us little by little. For in our poor and weakened condition we cannot stand to be enlarged by the coming of His presence all at once. If He were to come upon us in His fullness, the soul could not stand the explosive might of His great glory.”

 

We must allow the fire of God’s presence access to the inner chambers of our heart- the sweet flames of His love to consume us and possess us!

 

When King Solomon dedicated the Temple, the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed the sacrifice placed on the altar. Then the Lord “possessed” the Temple by filling it with His glory. (See 2 Chron. 7:1-3)

 

We are the temple of the living God. We are to host His presence! Take note of every issue in your heart that rises to the surface during your fast. With courage and boldness place it as a sacrifice upon the altar to be consumed by the fire of God’s presence. And then experience His glory filling you to the place where, like the Israelites, you can only fall on your face in worship and give thanks saying, “He is good; His love endures forever!”