He loves restoration!

April 21st of this year marked the first time since 2007 this day fell on a Saturday.  This date in 2007 was a day that sent our family into a season of a ton of change!  

Saturdays for us now are usually busy.  This day was no different.  We had dance for Libby and then I (Jamin) needed to go Isaiah 61 teaching (which is always awesome).  Today Stephen told his testimony and how we are told to “remember what God has done.”  So many of us can recall all the wrongs done to us.  We could hold offense against God for taking our comfortable lives away from us with a tornado 5 years ago.  This was a home He gave us!  We offered over $10000 less than the asking price and they accepted it.  It was a beautiful home that we could spend forever in!  Sarah’s almost dream home.  Most today would be upset still and bitter as well.  Most people would help us justify the wrong done to us on that Saturday.  That Saturday we had planned to go to church but did because of storms and the job I had (could have easily been called in to work- electric company).  So…..Stephens teaching has sent me on a journey to the past 5 years.

My mindset has changed drastically! (healing has come through this well)

We were in the basement (Sarah was down there for at least a good hour with Libby and Cushette-our dog).  Boom!  A train sounded like it ran over us.  Wow!  Dirt comes flying in!  Libby and Cushette still have not made a sound!  How many angels were in that basement with us ministering to us?  One day I will ask!  I, a 27 year old man, was scared!  I wanted to scream!  I was scared to go up the stairs!  I remember talking to my brother and Dado on the phone (they let me know when it was ok to step out).  We sat down there, asking, what is left?  It was a mystery.  We KNEW this was a time of change!  But how?  For what?

Libby was 5 months old!  She did not latch on well so we were bottle feeding her breast milk.  Sarah was pumping all the time.  We had a good storage for this milk.  By us staying home that day, we were able to salvage this food for Libby and get the necessities for taking care of her.  Cushette was also with us and would have been home alone (in her kennel) if we were not there.  God, in His love and mercy, kept us home in this event, and protected us!

How were we protected?  

I (Jamin) have seen thousands of tornadoes growing up.  I saw the track of this one.  It had hit Olton Texas (approximately 45 miles from us) and stayed on the ground with a path to the north of us.  I was watching this tornado and it was on the ground but on the other side of the grain elevator (opposite side of the highway from us).  I knew it would miss us.  But I wanted to watch!  Sarah yells, “Jamin, get down here!”  So I did.  BUT…..I forgot to shut the metal door!  The tornado hits us shortly after.  We had a huge Mulberry tree in our back yard.  It was gone!  But the tornado lifted.  I did not know there was more than one tornado on the ground in that storm.  There were 3!!!!  The one I saw missed us.  One did not though!

The next few years were not easy.  The next few months were not easy.  Many many hard decisions made.  Many people left without answers.  Most things just did not make sense to our (mine maybe most of all) small human minds.  All we had was a still small voice and a yes in Sarah and my heart.  “Will you trust Me?”  

Trust is something that grows in a safe place!  A place that is secret and intimate.  I still tear at the song “Beautifully Broken” by Jeremy Riddle.  I remember driving around alone with this song cranked up and singing to the top of my lungs and then just crying!  I did not understand what was happening.  I was learning to hear His voice!  I was learning about TRUST!  Like David, when he was running from the man (King Saul) who he thought was going to be his mentor.  This man who he so loved and looked up to.  But this man betrayed him and longed to murder him!  This man that was so jealous of David’s anointing.  Davids story is one that fascinates me.  No matter the cost, David would obey His voice.  He made mistakes in his weakness, but was truly a man after God’s heart.  

God is love!  When we love God, His response is more love!  I want more!  So much more!  To get more I reveal more love to Him.  

Out of a single event that is usually seen as tragic and horrible, He has restored for His glory and for ours as well.  God is so good!  

‎”The enemy wants you to use your circumstances to challenge God’s goodness. No! You should take His goodness and challenge your circumstances! It doesn’t matter whether the situation is good, bad or ugly; it cannot separate you from the goodness of God.” Graham Cooke

I can go on and on.  God has moved in our lives so many ways.  More will come later!  

 

April Newsletter

Dear Beloved Friends,

The adventure with God continues on!

It is an exciting season for us. Over a month has passed since the trip to Ghana and the ministry position change for Jamin. It has been an up and down month for us. Sarah is now about to step out of ministry and hair to be mom and take care of herself. Libby is loving the warm weather and is getting so smart. She is loving ballet and dancing in the GPR as well. Jamin has been working hard to help in the “nesting” season and learning about spiritual warfare, healing and deliverance. He is building a team of men to minister to sexually broken men. There are over 40 applicants to receive ministry here on the missions base. IHOPU and the internships are now attracting a more diverse group of young people and the need for healing is growing as fast.

God loves to show us his goodness! In Prisoners of Hope we have been contending to see physical healing as well as the emotional and spiritual. We have seen some breakthrough in this over the last month. One of our girls, was running and sprained her arch. She was at service and received prayer and was healed. Jesus loves to restore and heal.

Forerunner Evangelism is a department within the IHOP-KC missions base that focuses on training and equipping evangelists. They have weekly events to go minister at various locations locally. They also have specific outreaches at major events. Here in KC we have a large party for St Patricks day. This department ran a large outreach with 2 school buses and many shuttles. One of thousands of testimonies is one young lady was walking in a lesbian lifestyle after falling away from God. After a few questions she was convicted by Holy Spirit she was in sin, repented and came back to Jesus! We have a training intensive for those who want to grow in eveangelism. Our Forerunner Evangelism Intensive (FEI) is a training program designed to raise up evangelists to call the lost to Jesus Christ.

With all the new changes, finances have changed as well. The Lord has continued to show Himself faithful providing for all of our needs. God has blessed us with Sarah being able to do hair, but with Gideon coming soon, we will be losing this help for a season. She has averaged about $500 a month. Also with budget cuts at IHOP-KC we have lost another $500 monthly. We want to ask you to pray in this season for our finances as we believe the Lord wants us to minister freely without working in the marketplace as well. We thank you so much for your faithfullness in giving and in prayer.

Recap of Ghana, while in Ghana

I wanted to take some time and recap some of what God has done while it is fresh.  I will also try and recap a little later when the dust has settled and the Spirit leads me.

To start with, the plane ride was interesting.  No sleep and sitting for over a half of a day.  Then we get out and run to a taxi van and drive 3.5 hours.  I was tired and honestly unsure what God was really doing with me here.  I don’t really think I had much of a culture shock but there was a little.  It was not as I expected it for sure.  I still had that YES in my heart for whatever God had for me here.  We get to Ho and relax in the hotel, which was nice!  I finally got me a good nap, then we went to eat the meal we had the most possibly while here, chicken and fried rice.  It was good.  I then crashed only to wake up at 5 in the morning here.  God knew what He was doing.  I worshiped and prayed for 2 hours before getting ready and going to breakfast.  It was just what Jesus ordered for my spirit.  Loft Sessions by Bethel was the theme track for me while here.  Come to Me blows me away still today.  It reminds me of a song Sarah would sing!  She is such a beautiful singer with a powerful spirit and voice!  I thank God she has had many people helping her and God has given her a lot of grace as well.  Two days then we had the conference at Ho.  God showed up big time.  We made great connections and got see Gods heart for the Volta Region.  God confirmed that the prophetic/revelatory giftings needed to be biblically understood in the region!  Much hurt and manipulation were being used by the people operating in this gifting.  Then we went to the villages on Wednesday.  Beautiful places I have to admit.  Sad the way they live but they live that way and are happy with what they do have and are very grateful for even a lifesaver mint!  They beam with joy over the smallest things!

The market was fun!  I man that had some mental disorder followed me all around town.  He only wanted to talk to me.  It was very interesting and brought many laughs.  We also got to see a sewing shop and bakery that Rivers of Life International has helped get funding for training for women.  We then had along drive and traffic was crazy.  We came to Accra and the hotel was nice and the owners are from Boston.  He was a Methodist pastor for many years and came here to retire and bought this hotel.  Accra was surprising to me.  I was shocked at how people were living here.  The church we were speaking at was basically off of a road that became a dump ground.  People lived here.  It is sad.  But the Spirit of God can show up anywhere!  Especially in a place like this.  And He did just that.  Doors opened wide for things here in Ghana for Rivers of Life, Ghana pastors, and me.  I have opportunities to get messages out on radio, teach or help instruct a coarse in a Bible school and preach in places all over Africa.  Above all of this I made some really awesome friends!  Genuine people who know how to love!  I am excited to see where God is going to take this!

Thank you all for your support and for following me.  As much as I loved this trip I am excited to be with my amazing wife and beautiful baby girl and strong son.  God is so good and I thank You Lord for all You are doing!  Thank you for good friends back in KC as well that are helping Sarah and especially for coming to get me with Sarah!  Rewards are going to be great for each of you that sowed into this in prayer and finances.  I hope you get a chance to come here and meet people like I did!

Much love!  In His grace, Jamin

Ghana update!

Glory to God!  He is so faithful and gave me so much grace!  Yesterday was a very full day.  We went to teach at the church and then went to a church that evening.  We drove through traffic for a good hour and a half in hot humid weather.  I was a bit sweaty upon arrival.  Debbie and I shared  a small portion of our hearts.  The church was on a 21 day fast for growth and oil.  I exhorted them to press forward that it is worth the pain and headache.  I felt led to talk to them about the Global Bridegroom Fast from Matthew 9.  I was asked some good questions after and many said they would join in with us.  How amazing would it be if it truly was a GLOBAL Bridegroom fast for hastening the return of our Bridegroom King?  I cannot imagine what would happen in the spirit realm.  We got in the hotel around midnight Ghana time.

This morning we got up and the conference began with a breakfast meeting.  We had tables that were in rectangular shape facing each other and were able to talk.  It was formal but casual all at the same time.  It was a feeling of freedom!  Richard and Debbie forgot their notes so Edam ran to get them for them.  So I went first.  I thought it was perfect (Holy Spirit always leads it perfect).  I had a handout of the prophetic notes so I went into some more examples and testimonies.  In Ho I was not able to do this and got through all that I could.  But in Accra, with them having the notes, I was able to expand certain areas that Holy Spirit led and asked them to read the rest.  They also recorded each session ad I am hoping to receive the recording.  We made many great contacts and God willing I hope to bring a team here to minister more on the prophetic and go deep into training as well.  There are some doors open so we will see what God does.  We then got to sit down, eat and chat for lunch with the leaders of the conference.  It was really good to hear their heart.  Really great people!  Then Apostle Daniel took us to a shopping mall to get Richard a phone and I was able to find Libby a cute dress.  In the market I struggled to find one her size.  The size is different here so I just told age and when they would show me the dress I knew it was too small.  Tonight we are going to relax (we are all tired) and tomorrow we go to Apostle Daniel’s church and get to experience a Ghana’n service fully receiving.  We will then pack up and prepare to get on the plane!  We leave here at 9:30 Ghana time so 3:30 CDT.  I understand snow may be headed the direction of KC.  Will be different as I am in 90 degree heat now.  I am praying the snow holds off until later on in the day Monday so it gives us no issues.  Please join me in prayer declaring the snow be pushed back.

I look forward to getting to talk to many of you and share many of the works of God that are going on here in Ghana!  Thank you all for your prayers and support through this.  Much love from Ghana!  Jamin

Ghana update #4

Yesterday was a lot of driving.  Traffic is nuts around here.  If I had road rage when I get back home, I won’t any more.  LOL.  We did not get to go to the orphanage like I hoped to.  We prepared to give all 3 messages today and then tomorrow was to be Q & A only but that has switched.  Blessed are the flexible for they won’t be bent out of shape and will learn to trust God with all the details.  This morning we found out that there were 2 messages today and 3 tomorrow, with one tonight at another church.  So I taught on holiness again and loving God wholeheartedly.  Tomorrow I will talk on the Prophetic.  Accra is a run down place.  We are in a large Muslim populated area.  You can feel the darkness but you can also tell others can see the light radiating from within me.  It is almost like they know Jesus is the better option or something.  We are in a nice hotel and the owner are from Boston.  They were Methodist ministers that have retired and are now running a hotel that is their ministry.  Great people!  I will try and get some pictures up if I get some time before we leave this hotel Sunday.  They have wireless internet access that has been a blessing.

Please pray that we have more and more grace.  We are teaching a lot and it can get draining.  It is very humid so physically we get worn down pretty quick.  90 degrees plus Houston humidity is fun!  I walk outside and want a shower.  If you didn’t know already I sweat a lot and that has not changed.  So I am drinking tons of water!  (bottles of course)  Today in my message I talked quite a bit on the bridal paradigm as well as my marriage.  It made me miss Sarah even more and did not realize that was possible.  So pray for grace on that as well.  Thank you all for all of your prayers.  Believe me when I say I have felt them.  I know I am not going in just looking into they eyes of Jesus with His escort but also with all you continuing to back me up in prayer.  It is like all the fans when you are on the road and you know they drove a long way to see you and support you.  Though you are not physically here with me you are here in Spirit.  I can feel it!  Many blessings from Accra Ghana!

Ghana update #3

Tuesday night went awesome!  So awesome that instead of speaking on the latter part of Rev. 12:11 I will now speak solely on the Prophetic in Accra.  I can tie it in somehow I am sure!

Wednesday was all about the villages and checking out the Ho Volta Region.  Beautiful and sad all at the same time.  It was awesome to see their culture and mingle with them.  The first village (see pic) was all about the kids.  There are many fatherless children.  The little boys just loved me.  They were tickling and playing with me.  Then we went to the village that Rivers of Life ministries are getting a well for them to have water.  We came back and went to the market some.  I had a homeless man that followed me all over.  He did not mess with anybody else but me.  Gave all a good laugh.

We travel to Accra today!  Please pray for safe travel and then tomorrow that they will receive the word of God on the prophetic gift tomorrow.  There was some warfare on it and I was worn plum out after Tuesday night.  Also pray for my ear.  They love loud music and my right ear is very sensitive now.  Uncomfortable!

Thank you all for your prayers!

Ghana update #2

Day 2 of the conference started well.  We are even going to extend the conference to a night meeting tonight.  We had many questions on the gift of prophecy.  I have been asked to share tonight on the proper use and the common misuse of this gift.  Many leaders here call themselves prophet, referring to the office of prophet.  Clarity is needed for sure!

This morning Holy Spirit touched me in a unique way.  I have not been touched like that before.  We were worshipping in the hotel room before the conference to loft sessions (highly recommend this album) by Bethel and He just hit me hard.  I was in almost a groaning state for a few hours.  I got a word for the people of Ho Ghana out of Isaiah 55.  The first word of this passage in NKJV is…”Ho,….”  It was perfect and summed up the meeting.  Richard and Debbie made some really good connections as well.  They are hitting the market place ministry hard in their messages!  The people are hungry!

I also received Ghana law on Human Trafficking.  They have some good laws in effect but are not enforced from what I am told.  The children are sold here because of poverty.  If that is an excuse.  It really is not to me.  There is no way I would EVER allow my wife or child to sale themselves sexually (or any other way) to better my situation!  But this is how it is in many places.  My heart is connected to this man who gave this to me, Fred.  He is awesome and has a heart for the kids.  He is educating them in schools about this law so they can get help if they are sold.  I am going to see if I can connect him with people to get more help.  He wanted to take me to show me what goes on (doesn’t sound like it is violent here) but I will be in Accra when he wanted to take me out on the town.

Tomorrow we go to the small villages and see the fatherless!  Excited about that.  Then Thursday we head to Accra and the conference there begins.  The time is starting to fly by.  Thanks for reading and for praying.  If you see this before noon CDT please pray for me.  I am feeling attacked so the word must be from God!  Love to all!

Ghana Update 1

Hello all.  I made it safe with only 2 20 minute naps on the plane here.  It was then a long drive to Ho.  It took us 3 hours.  The hotel is nice.  Edem, the young man that is helping put this whole thing on has worked so hard and is an awesome guy.

The Lord has given so much grace for me concerning strength and not being so tired I feel like a walking dead man.  The food has been pretty bland to this point. Chicken and rice basically.  I am happy to get it though.

I was on schedule to speak the third part for the pastors conference but I ended up going first this morning.  It was all Holy Spirit leading!  These pastors are hungry.  I also made a huge connection and may be able to get in on some pretty awesome things for children and slavery.

I will post some pictures up soon!  I was able to get internet tonight.  If I don’t again I will post when I get home.

God is so amazing!  Blessings from Africa!  Jamin

Ghana Schedule

Sunday 5th February arrive in Accra 2:30pm and leave to Ho.
Monday 6th Conference Starting from 9:30am to 1:30 (Jamin speaks last)
Tuesday 7th Conference Starting from 9:30am to 1:30
Wednesday 8th Other meetings/visit small villages
Thursday 9th visit small villages/leave to Accra
Friday 10th Conference Starting from 9:30am to 1:30 (Jamin speaks last)
Saturday 11th Conference 9:30am to 1:30
Sunday 12th Church at 9:30 to 12pm and later on leave to the airport in the Afternoon.

All times are Ghana so it is 5 hours ahead of CDT