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Don’t get sidetracked – newsletter from Sharon

img_8460We’ve just received Sharon Campbell’s latest newsletter, direct from IHOP in Kansas City…
 
Dear Friends and family,
 
So I made it back for another year and once again we are hitting the ground running, two weeks into the fall semester and this week YWAM leaders from around the globe are joining us here in Kansas City for their annual gathering while us at the International House of Prayer support them in service, attending their events and praying for them for the entire week night and day.
 
Thursday night before the event started I had a dream, there was creaking on the stairs, in my dream I woke up and the pictures on the wall were crooked and outside the road had split apart… I told a friend the next day who said that I should write it down but I just thought it was my overactive imagination. The next morning at 7:02am I woke up to the sound of creaking on the stairs, the whole house began to vibrate so I tried to get dressed thinking I was going to run to the basement. Then a few seconds later and it stopped. Oklahoma had an earthquake that was 5.6 in magnitude that was felt in surrounding states including ours.  24 hours later and we are hosting this significant gathering of people who love Jesus with all their hearts through missions and prayer.
 
Loren Cunningham the leader of YWAM is saying that he wants to give Jesus a birthday present for Christmas 2020 when the bible will have been translated into every language on the earth. Christians realize the significance of this.  We must find intimacy with God whatever it costs us! We already have it through Christ but sometimes relationships and circumstances can cloud the path into his presence. So I am sure this is not a new message but this is what I felt the Lord was saying to me this morning through the picture of Israel’s exodus.
 
‘To take you deeper into intimacy with Me is sometimes an uncomfortable journey… you have to come out of Egypt (what is familiar) and go through the wilderness (withdrawal from other comforts) before you reach the promised land (abiding and staying in communion with our heavenly Dad).’ This is the purpose of our years on earth. Abraham’s Dad, Terah, was seventy when he took Abraham and his grandson Lot and their families and left for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and it seems they felt inclined to stay there. Abraham was seventy five when he heard the Lord’s invitation to “go to a land that I will show you” so they set out on the same journey that Abraham’s Dad embarked on but didn’t complete. We have communion with our Father already through putting our trust in his son but sometimes there are things that get in the way, past disappointments or worshipping other things which are not bad in themselves but take the place of that first relationship with Him.  The message is don’t get sidetracked and take to heart Philippians 2:14 because to have Jesus is the best prize that we can know for ourselves and make available for others.
 
Love Sharon xxx

Mission update from Peter Stell

Here’s a short but exciting update from Peter Stell, who is in Uganda working with Kings Kid but also setting up an innovative microfinance project to help people set up their own businesses and earn a living!

Unbelievably, it’s been 6 months since we first opened the doors at Apex. We’ve seen incredible growth in our short existence. We’ve given out over 60 micro-loans with a 100% successful payback rate so far. We are steadily increasing our savings profile as well. We’ve made mistakes, we’ve learned A LOT, we’ve helped a lot of people, and we’re having a great time! Here’s a photo of me and my manager. I’m really excited about the next 6 months.

Peter Stell and his manager in Uganda.

Newsletter from Sharon Campbell at IHOP, USA

Sharon CampbellJesus said:

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily'” Luke 9:23.

Or to put it another way, C.S Lewis wrote

“Christ says, ‘Give me All. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work. I want You. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it….I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you Myself, my own will shall become yours.”

This quote reflects the journey I find myself on at the International House of Prayer University. Jesus is after everything! Everything of us, everything that we have, all our relationships, all that we own, all of our heart, mind, body, soul, spirit and time. The very air we breathe is his and we can call nothing ‘mine’. In dying to ourselves we find Him and it is worth it but it is a journey that takes time…maybe a lifetime.

So just to give you a backdrop of what studying at IHOPU entails, my week looks something like a four hour worship set three times a week which mixes singing the bible for two hours, called worship with the word, and a two hour intercession set where prayers are brought and we sing them. This is with a corresponding sister team so that we support each other. I also have three music theory classes, three vocal classes a week and two theology classes, this term we are looking at the book of Psalms, which I am treasuring and the next quarter is on Daniel. Then on Friday evenings we have a class, Knowing the Signs of the Times, which anyone can attend, this is with Mike Bickle who heads up IHOP. There is homework for all the above, 5 hours of vocal practice a week and 3 hours of music theory although We are also required to do 8 hours in the prayer room. I find myself constantly stretched as a mature student amongst very gifted younger ones, but slowly my confidence is increasing, I have found new brothers and sisters in Christ for whom I am so grateful, and for the lessons I am learning about how to walk out relationships in a healthy way. They set a standard in their pursuit of Christ, which provokes me to be intentional about seeking to have an unoffended heart, watching what I say, weighing whether my words are edifying, and trying not to complain when I am weary and challenged. Like Paul says, I have not already attained but am pressing in and have determined to set my will in this direction with God’s help.

A couple of weeks ago I was seeing myself like a timer held upside down and I wondered when I would ever feel the right way up again but then realized that the Lord was showing me that time is running out and that we have to live often in a way that doesn’t make sense to anyone and goes against the tide. Jesus really is going to come back and the end of history as we know it is really not that far away. If that comes as a bit of a surprise to you, it did to me but being here has brought this truth right into focus when that reality had somehow disappeared to the back of my mind, Jesus constantly tells us to watch for his return and to live as though it is imminent.

Lou Engle from the Call has felt commissioned by the Lord to cry out for revival, this will take place in Los Angeles on 9th April 2016, inspired that it will be 110 years since the Azusa revival of 1906. You can read more about this on the web link below. It will be a very significant event which is why I include a comment about this here to encourage you to go and check out the website: http://www.thecall.com/azusa

Also in April we have ministry trips and the students are being sent out into five cities, New York, Pasadena, Houston, Atlanta and Kansas City. I feel the Lord inviting me to go to Pasadena, California, which will entail a 2-3 day road trip each way, and once there we will serve in a prayer room in the morning, do evangelism in the afternoon and minister to youth in the evening. I would love you to partner with me in prayer to see God move…to heal, to save, to prophesy all with the intention of moving people into a place of intimacy and encounter with the Lord.

Please pray for my heart that it will stay strong in love whatever the environment or situation. I realize that this too will be stretching but I pray that it will bring me into a new level of trust with the One who is totally trustworthy. Hopefully I can share more with you again soon. If you would consider partnering with me in this work please contact Sidley Baptist Church or Rob Thomas for direction about how you can do this. If you are in the US and would like to post a check, please make this out to IHOPKC without my name anywhere on it and post to the address below or visit the accounting office at Red Bridge by the prayer room to have a payment credited directly to my account. My ministry trip cost is $600 and it would be a wonderful way that you could join me in doing the Lord’s work if you would like to contribute to this trip. If I can raise another $400 then I would also be able to attend the Azusa Call as well and it seems that there may also be the possibility for me to go to Bethel in between which would be a fantastic opportunity to spend time with the Lord before being poured out in love on those in Pasadena who need Jesus. Thank you so much for all your love and prayers I appreciate you all very much.

Love Sharon x

Address: 3618 Bridge Manor Drive, Kansas City MO, 64137

Annie heading to Costa Rica

Here’s our latest update from Annie Watkins, sent a few days before she departed for Costa Rica…

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I now only have three days left in LA. A lot has been happening here with lots of people heading off home and to outreach. One school left for Israel a few weeks back – the School of Prayer and Missions. Another – the School of Ministry Development – had their graduation on Friday and will be leaving over the next few days. The two teams from Calling All Skaters (CAS) DTS have left for outreach; one team headed to Chile on Friday and team China are leaving today. That leaves the Transformations DTS who are doing outreach in Hollywood for a few weeks before heading to St Vincent in the Grenadines. And then there’s my school. Team Thailand and Cambodia head out on Thursday morning and my team leave Thursday evening. It’s incredible to think of all the people that will be heading out to different countries and back to their homes to show God’s love to the people they meet.

We’ll be doing awareness and prevention work in Costa Rica, as well as working directly with girls on the streets and in after-care. In Panama at the YWAM base they are wanting to pioneer a Justice ministry so we get the amazing privilege to help pioneer Justice 180 there which is an insane opportunity. God works in such crazy ways. Although our visas didn’t work out for Brazil we prayed a lot for that country and are still believing that sometime in the future YWAM LA will be able to send a team there. But God had favour on our team and has opened up so many exciting things for us in Panama. We might also get the chance to train government officials in Human Trafficking prevention – we’re not sure quite what this will look like yet but I’ll try and keep you posted whilst we’re out there.

Robert, our school leader, spoke on Missions last week for our final topic of Lecture Phase. It was a really impactful week and has really got me excited for going on outreach, it felt unreal for the longest of times that we were actually leaving, but since that week my mindset has been changed and I’m ready for whatever God has for us in central America. I’m ready to do God’s work, whatever that may look like.

Annie

Christmas in Uganda

Christmas is still a special time of year in Uganda, though people celebrate mostly on the day itself. All the build up to it we have back in the UK doesn’t really exist here – most people are too busy trying to make ends meet. What a lot of people do is cook a special meal for their families, perhaps slaughter a chicken and cook it on Christmas day! Some go to church for fellowship too.

Lifehouse always has a Christmas day service. I’m hoping the King’s Kid Choir (the children’s choir of the ministry) will be putting on a special production for Christmas day – though that is to be confirmed.

Next week we’re having a conference for all the pastors and leaders of all the various Lifehouse Community Church branches in the region! I’m not sure how many people are expected, but I think it’s a lot! There will be teaching, preaching, praise and worship, prayer and eating for all the attendees. Visitors who come from afar will sleep in the classrooms at the school – it’s a good job we’re on school holidays now! I’m going to see how best I can serve the people during this time.

The King’s Kid Choir Creative Dance ministry, which I’m leading, is going on well. I’m teaching dance to the kids, asking the Lord to inspire me with movements and more music we can use. It’s something I never expected to be doing!

King's Kid Choir Creative Dance Ministry

King’s Kid Choir Creative Dance Ministry

Recently, a local friend and I started a Co-op Savings and Credit Society in Mityana. Our aim is to boost small businesses and operate a savings facility for people who wish to save with us. Exploitation by vicious money lenders and a fear of using big commercial banks has left many small business people without a savings facility or access to micro-credit. So that’s how we started and we are now just 2 months in. So far, we’ve achieved 100% pay back rate on the loans we’ve given out and are mobilising savings. Business can be transformative to people’s lives, I’ve seen that, and if we can do it in such a way, with integrity, honesty, transparency and responsibility, in a Godly way, honouring God at all times, we can’t fail to succeed! I’m confident that with the calculated risks we take we are going to help people realise growth in their small businesses, which will help them achieve a better standard of living for themselves and their families.

We’ve also been busy at the King’s Kid Medical Clinic, installing a rainwater harvesting system. A big tank has been installed and all the guttering around the clinic is going on at the moment. Once it’s all connected, we shall be collecting all the rainwater which falls on the roof and not wasting it any more! The water is going to supply the clinic and the vegetable garden we planted nearby. I expect it will all be finished before Christmas.

Rainwater harvesting at King's Kid Medical Clinic

Rainwater harvesting at King’s Kid Medical Clinic

That’s all for now, greetings to all at Sidley!

Thanksgiving – YWAM California

I’m so thankful for the time I’ve been given to specifically focus on developing my relationship with God and learn more about his Kingdom and my part in that. I’ve been blessed with so much; incredible friends and leaders, opportunities to do things I would never have dreamed of doing and visions of more amazing things to come. For my first thanksgiving in America I had the privilege of cooking and preparing food for everyone on base who didn’t go home for the holidays.12297886_10156299222205578_97844989_o

It was such an amazing time of fellowship and really showed me what true community should look like. That’s one of the things I love about living at YWAM, the community. Everyone is supportive of each other and there’s always people who show the love of God to you. These pictures offer a taste of the evening and show my wonderful small group. We meet every week to talk about what we’ve been struggling with and what God’s been teaching us, I love them all!
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Annie