Friday, November 20, 2009
A lot has been going on lately.
Best explained on www.ihop.org about a move of the Holy Spirit at my school IHOPU.
I have been going to the prayer meetings/awakening services every night from 6pm-12am, and have been really touched. But we are not just getting touched for us, but to touch others. We get delivered and then are able to be a deliverer of others.
I pray that God's river would touch you! Tell me your testimony.
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-10 (MSG)
1-2 Now he brought me back to the entrance to the Temple. I saw water pouring out from under the Temple porch to the east (the Temple faced east). The water poured from the south side of the Temple, south of the altar (my words-out of the place of intercession). He then took me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the gate complex on the east. The water was gushing from under the south front of the Temple.
8-10 He told me, "This water flows east, descends to the Arabah and then into the sea, the sea of stagnant waters. When it empties into those waters, the sea will become fresh. Wherever the river flows, life will flourish—great schools of fish—because the river is turning the salt sea into fresh water. Where the river flows, life abounds. Fishermen will stand shoulder to shoulder along the shore from En-gedi all the way north to En-eglaim, casting their nets. The sea will teem with fish of all kinds, like the fish of the Great Mediterranean.
Wherever the river flows there is life...God is making us fishers of men. That is what this river is about.
Grace and Peace Abound to you,
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
4"For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!' "
6And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"
I greatly hope you read the entire passage above. If you didn't please scroll back up and meditatively read Luke 18:1-7. (Thanks) Most of us have heard the acronym "p.u.s.h"-pray until something happens. God Himself knows that our natural inclination is to grow weary in prayer. That is why He shared with them this parable saying, "men ought to always pray and not lose heart" Luke 18:1(NKJV). It is our natural tendency to lose heart/give up. We are prone to wander, prone to discouragement, doubt, dullness, and quitting.
Thus I am writing this blog to you. It's time for us to sign up or (re)sign up for the place of prayer. Everyone is called to prayer. You have heard the tragedy of the 16 year old that was just beaten to death in Chicago while walking home from the bus stop. We have heard countless stories of injustices happening in our city. We intimately know the injustices in our own souls. It's time to press in and not quit. We are all tempted to quit, but I am telling you..continue to press for the breakthrough. Our God is a righteous judge. Refuse to believe all other lies.
It's time to push the plate away, turn off our cell phones, the Internet, TVs, and those things that so easily distract us (I'm talking to myself here too!), and go deep after God's heart. You heard the words of the unjust judge above. How much more will God avenge you, if you cry out and don't stop! Don't relent in your cry for breakthrough in your personal life, your family, your neighborhood. Pray until something happens, push. If you don't quit, you win! -Lauren
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The boys lined up ready to try to beat the girls in a race to see who could get the most water in a bucket using a t-shirt....Sorry boys, the girls won!
Water ballon fight!
Definitely one of the kids favorite events.
It's going to get bigger...better...and wetter every Wednesday.
Somebody get me a poncho!
All righty...time for worship together. I was letting all the kids strum the guitar, and get a feel for the strings.
Putting the songs to motion and getting some volunteers....(thanks Kimmy and Leland!)
Thanks for partnering with me, financially and through prayer to touch lives!
Please pray for the outreach this Saturday, August 15th in the inner city. Ministering to the needs of the people and sharing the love of Christ. Read some testimonies at http://www.hopecitykc.org/Groups/1000006198/Hope_City_Kansas/What_We_Do/Testimonies/Testimonies.aspx
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
You can read the article and watch a video at: http://www.kansascity.com/703/story/1346002.html?storylink=omni_popular
Key Events (Prayer requests) for August:
1. Vacation Bible School every Wednesday of this month from 5pm-7pm for kids in the neighborhood.
2. Ministry School is about to start for me! August 10th is my deadline for tuition. Thank you to those who have sent support and those who have commited to!
3. Tent Meeting in Inner City Kansas City, August 15th. Please pray for God to encounter the hearts of all those that will be gathered.
I think of you often, and you are in my prayers. Please let me know how I can be praying for you. Send me an email or call me.
Bless you! Lauren
Special thanks to Gail Rase, Lauren Elizabeth, Julian, Sis Tabatha & Bro Dennit, Sis Margie & Bro Jeff, Christine, and Sen. Harrington & Bro Ken!
Friday, July 24, 2009
These words rang in my heart yesterday- I'm not self-sufficient; I am totally dependent. "Dependence" is taboo in our culture. It's kindof like the word "dirty." It's something that is highly discouraged, frowned upon, laughed about, and even despised. To be dependent is to be weak. It is to be vulnerable. We fight with all our might to be independent, to not need anybody (or at least let them think that we need them). You've heard the songs: "I'm every woman, it's all in me," or "All the woman who are independent, throw your hands up at me." We pride ourselves in not needing anybody. We live like orphans. God has called us to something more liberating.
Matt 18:3-4 (MSG)"I'm telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you're not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God's kingdom."
Dependence=Kingdom living. God's ways are higher than ours. He never called you to be independent (self-governing). I cannot make it on my own. I need God and I need people. I am not the complete package, and neither are you. Isn't that relieving? So, take a breath today, cease your fretting, and remember: You are not self-sufficient; You are totally dependent. Why don't you let go and let God have His way.
You are in my prayers (Eph 1:17-19). Please do the same for me.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
First let me thank everyone for your generous contributions in helping me to return to the International House of Prayer as a missionary and student in their ministry school.
After concluding the "Fire in the Night Internship," I headed home to Washington, DC for three whole months. However, now it's back to missions field work in Kansas City, Mo.!!
Goal date to have obtained all quarterly financial living needs donations and contributions.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Due date for FSM Tuition and Books.
***Please keep me in prayer regarding receiving these funds timely by the above due dates in order to stay in school, pay my rent, and eat....
Special thanks to my Uncle Al for driving me from the East Coast to the Midwest; to my parents & family for all of their support; to Maya for helping me make all that spaghetti for my fundraiser; Gail & Christine Rase; Frenika Mudd; Jessica Larsen; my Rhema family: Senator Harrington & Bro Ken, Bro Bill & Sis Tanya, Sis Deloris, Min Greg & Sis Chanda, Min. James Brown & Sis. Dorothy, Bro Nat & Sis V, Sis Blanche, Sis Margie & Bro Jeff; and others who have helped me to this point.
For you I am praying..........
What is the International House of Prayer (IHOP)?
The International House of Prayer is a non-profit missions organization located in Kansas City, MO. On September 19, 1999, a prayer meeting began which continues to this day, and has not stopped, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The prayer room is the heartbeat—the essence and the origin—of all that goes on at the IHOP–KC Missions Base.
What will I be studying in IHOP’s ministry school?
I will be doing a four-year diploma program called the "Justice Program," which was created to equip the prayer movement with an apostolic paradigm to serve the poor and oppressed. With this program I will be studying both at IHOP and abroad toward the goal of forming a theology of Justice with a Christocentric lens.
Why IHOP and the Justice Program?
I have a heart for reaching the invisible—the poor, the oppressed, often including women, children, and minority groups. While at IHOP I will have my mission and vision sharpened, so that I can be most effective in ministry. I want to be best equipped through giving my life in prayer, studying, going, and serving others.
What we are partnering together to do:
· While at IHOP I will be working in inner-city Kansas City, partnering with different churches to reach those in need and on the streets.
· I will also be working with Cristianos en Trabajo, which ministers to the Latino community, particularly children.
· I will be working with Exodus Cry which seeks to end sex slavery through fasting and prayer, raising widespread awareness, and outreach.
· Kansas City has high refugee population, which I hope to work with in some capacity (ie-teaching English, building relationships, etc).
What I will do following the program?
After the Justice Program I may stay with IHOP as a missionary on their base, or work domestically or abroad with a house of prayer or justice/ministry organization. I am interested in helping people, and giving myself to a lifestyle of prayer like the Prophetess Anna (Luke 2).
How can you be a part of this work?
The most practical way is through prayer and giving. Financial support can be given monthly, quarterly, annually, when lead, or as a one time special gift.
Checks can be made payable to me. Or, if you are interested in giving a tax deductible donation, make check/money order payable to "IHOP." For tax deduction purposes, the IRS stipulates my name not be written on the check. Please email me if you have any questions.
*Thank you so much for your prayers and may you be blessed.
**Donations can also be made via http://www.paypal.com/ For: "Lauren Mason Missionary"
IMPORTANT MINISTRY LINKS BELOW:
International House of Prayer:
The Prayer Room Streaming:
Exodus Cry (prayer movement to end sex slavery)
Nefarious Documentary (uncovering human trafficking trailer)
Teen Mania Ministries:
Kansas City Inner City Prayer Meeting:
The Call (International Fasting and Prayer Vigils)