We are excited about some happenings.
Wednesday I had the opportunity to encourage a young lady at Frisch‘s Restaurant. I noticed her when we were paying the bill. I knew she was a person of mega influence.
How did I know? I had an inner impression that I’ve come to know through practice, as a Holy Spirit prompt. She reminded me of another person I recently noticed as an Influencer.
I pulled my car around. I pulled up to the window and asked, “I sometimes receive encouraging words for people… Would you like an encouraging word?”
She was so open. I shared what I felt she needed to hear about being an influencer etc. I mentioned, “I’m a follower of Jesus and He wanted to encourage you today.”
She had a huge smile and I could tell what I said resonated within her. She asked my name and thanked me. She then turned around and began telling the other team members what had just happened.
I’ve discovered people are very open and in need of encouragement. The Holy Spirit loves to drop thoughts of encouragement into our hearts. We just need to be open to hear His nudges and respond.
Adam Vaughn and family were given three promo videos that E.J. Wiltemire put together. The videos have helped The Backwards Missionaries raise their profile and allow people to view their ministry connection in Costa Rica. I’m extremely grateful for the people who gave to us to pull off this idea. Jesus is so much smarter than I am. He has great ideas.
See video here https://youtu.be/HJInTmUCEGo
Overtoun House Fun Stories.
Bob and Melissa have received the 3D rendering of their Castle / Home. It’s been fun to see Bob send the rendering to the teams who have worked over fifteen years to bring the home to completion.
When the home was being constructed in the 1800’s, over one thousand workers camped out on the grounds. They used the ash from their fires to insulate the floor spaces. When the teams renovated the floors the dust went everywhere.
To top it all off, when the workers made the plaster they mixed horse hair as the binder. When the teams removed the plaster the hair went everywhere. Unknown to Bob and the team, fleas lived in the horse hair. Guess how they found out? You guessed it, a summer Flea invasion!
Bob told me that the largest team was ninety nine people. Can you imagine having all those people in your home? Melissa is a hero.
They have received their multi occupancy permit and are now in the process of creating and implementing care procedures for women at risk. Their goal is to create an environment of love and acceptance to help the women heal, develop job skills and re-enter into the community successfully. If you are a professional counselor and would like to live in a castle contact Overtoun House.
Pattie and I are grateful that my sister who lives with us will be moving into an apartment of her own. I know she is excited. She will be receiving the care she needs and will be taken care of.
We are launching our new web site soon. We continue to press into the vision of encouraging leaders, missionaries and churches. Pattie is working as a literacy teacher in a kindergarten in the Kettering schools system. She will travel with me when she can.
I’ll be sending the link to the new web site soon.
Thanks again for partnering with us in our adventure.
I’ll be heading to Virginia at the end of the month.
I’m also helping a few churches in the Dayton area. Encouraging, and advising concerning outward-focused missionalness. This has been fun and refreshing for me.
If you’d like to partner with us please use Donor Box.
While in England preparing before a meeting I wrote, page, writer, stuck.
In the meeting I asked if anyone was in the room named Paige, not a common English name. The Paige person didn’t show a hand. I told everyone that I was practicing and sometimes I get things mixed up, or I am just wrong.
I had a word for a girl and I asked her to stand. The word was about dreaming a new dream and she was in process of moving into the dream. I later found out she was moving into developing some strategy for their group. I received the word for her because I saw a girl that day who looked like her and had “dare to dream” tattooed on her neck.
When she stood, there was suddenly an amazing flow of Jesus love for her. Seems she uses Mac to write her poetry, songs, on… pages. She felt stuck. Some who knew her were laughing and crying as I spoke over her. She was crying and laughing. it turned into an impartation and a very encouraging word to her for what was ahead.
There was a sudden shift in the atmosphere and I knew I had tapped into Jesus’s heart for the people in the meeting. A few other encouraging words flowed.
Later, the dream girl came up to me and told me her middle name was Paige. So, Paige, dream girl, was sitting next to the writer who was stuck. How good is that? Bye the way, they had traveled the longest to get to the meeting.
I also, found out the writer had written and presented some pretty amazing poetry in the church. Which, when presented was powerful, not just in the writing, but how she presented her poetry.
Scotland, prophetic was also flowing again.
I found myself moving down a intuitive prophetic path as I was speaking and suddenly knew, “Oh know( it was an… oh know) I knew spoke too fast and too far.” If you’ve been doing this for awhile you will know that feeling of how do I correct myself in this situation. I had to back up, apologize and reminded the person of the first part which was the main Father’s love connection.
Yesterday, I emailed the person and asked for forgiveness.
Shawn Boltz book Translating God is so helpful. I’ve read it twice so far.
The book has a section about being accountable for our words, attitudes, actions. He encourages the reader, when we give direction, times, or dates to track what we have said and see if what we have said comes into being. If not, then we may have some cleaning up to do. He encourages people to have self-awarness, to be emotionally intelligent and to ask for honest feedback. John Paul Jackson was the forerunner of this concept and made moves to establish this in the prophetic movement.
So glad I asked the leaders for feedback. I knew in my knower I was heading in the wrong direction. Self correction, is so important.
Joel Menken Imagine Media Facebook did an amazing job videoing and 3D photo of Overtounhouse.com.
Use Crome and this link https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=LKm2aTYeep3
a 3D rendering of a castle we shot.
I think churches will begin to use this as a virtual window for websites. Cutting edge technology. If you are in the Dayton Area grab Joel. He’d be glad to give you a price for your business, church etc.
Here is a short video of my time in the UK.
During an outreach one of our guys helped a lady with her groceries and walked her to her location. When they arrived he simply asked, “How can I pray for you today?”
She replied, “I had a dream. My father was a pastor, he passed away years ago. In my dream my dad visited me. He stood still silently looking at me. In the dream I asked, “What do you want. He didn’t speak. He just kept looking at me. I woke up.”
She asked, “What do you think the dream meant?” He replied, “What do you think your dad was wanting to say to you?” She replied, “I think he was asking me to get right with Jesus. Can you help me?”
What a dream, and what a question!
She wanted to be forgiven and to follow Jesus. My friend encouraged her, prayed with her and introduced her to Jesus. He later told me it was the shortest discipleship course he had ever explained.
I find it interesting. God was at work long before we arrived.
Her dream reveals God’s passion and love for people. It also reveals how God never forgets our prayers for our family and our friends. Years had passed; the father had died, now the Holy Spirit was beckoning this daughter to Himself. He used a dream that opened her heart to the good news.
Dreams speak to the heart. Dreams give direction, encouragement, warning, and insight. There are many biblical examples. Daniel, Joseph had amazing dreams that saved nations and changed the hearts of men.