A Summer of Calling

 

Hey guys!

We want to give a quick update of our summer projects. Our family is so excited about all that God has been leading us to do. This summer, we are really getting to walk out our Mission Statement.

Our family mission:
We are Intercessory missionaries joining presence-based ministry to prayer activation; we are called to release strategic prayer and evangelism from the church seats to the city streets; from Nashville to our nation and to the nations.

This summer is shaping up to be a very exciting one that fits our calling so well! We have five different big projects starting in June. We need your prayers and financial support to walk out these out. Invest in us here

Here are some of our upcoming projects:

LoveReach
June 6th- June 10th
This an annual outreach to Bonnaroo. I have had the privilege of serving as the director of this outreach this year. We expect hundreds to be touched by the love of God.

Route 66 Prayer and Proclamation Project June 16-July 6th
We are literally praying across the entire country! This is a three-week family assignment that we believe is an important and timely trip. We will be traveling in our van the entirety of Route 66, America’s Mother Road. Over 5000 miles with three kids! Pray for us!

London Trip
August 8th-17th
I will be joining a strategic prayer gathering in London that will also include the pubic release of a stadium gathering that some leaders in Europe will be having. I was invited to join this important time. I will be interacting with high-level leaders as well as praying throughout the area at strategic places. We believe prayer is the forerunner for what God does in the earth!

Tent America
September 27-29th
We will be serving Tent America as we, along with a team from Tennessee, host 48 hours of worship and prayer in Nashville. This will happen simultaneously in every other state in our nation. Our entire nation will be covered in praise!

Macedonia Trip
October 1st-21st
This is a huge trip back to Europe! I will be going with my missionary friend Erik to join long-time missionary Pal Katona. We land in Albania and travel to Macedonia. I am so excited to see what God has for this trip. Erik has warned me to be ready to preach everyday and that we may be hosting a prayer conference. This is an ancient land with many who don’t know Jesus. I’m believing that the gospel will spread rapidly!

NOTE: All these ventures cost money. Our summer ministry budget is $9,500.

If you would like to sow a special gift into these summer projects, we would really appreciate it. We believe God can provide!

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Spring Forward, Part 2

We have shared the “why” we do what we do, we want to update you on some of the “how.” How do we promote the devotion of believers in the places God leads? How do we testify of the Gospel? How do we live out discipleship?

Through our local church, Harvest Sound, we get the opportunity to be a big brother and sister to some younger friends. Jason has helped lead in small group and recently delivered the Sunday morning message. We love this local body of believers and their vision for creativity and outreach. Their DNA is much like ours. Our mission statement as Fords on A Mission is:

“We are Intercessory missionaries joining presence-based ministry to prayer activation; we are called to release strategic prayer and evangelism from the church seats to the city streets; from Nashville to our nation and to the nations.”

It is a joy serving with a local church community with similar DNA.

Another consistent means of stirring devotion is our participation in city prayer meetings and pray conference calls. There are prayer pockets all across our region. Many of these loyal and sincere believers have been praying for our city many years. We love these groups and their dedication to filling the bowls of prayer.

As a family, we were able to travel to a Southeastern Regional Gathering at Lee University hosted by the Spiritual Air Force Academy, based in Colorado. This gathering at Lee University was the kickoff of their campus tour. We love to gather young people for opportunities like this conference – to see them learn and grow in their faith.

Now, on to what we have in the works for the upcoming spring and summer months.

Jason spoke recently at a house church in Clarksville. This house church has been meeting at least once a week for over 25 years. It is always a pleasure for Jason to speak there.

We are working with a team of friends to launch a Burn 24/7 in Nashville. A “Burn” is an extended time of worship geared at stirring the hearts of believers and shifting the spiritual climate of the region.

We are in full swing planning for our fourth year of outreach at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. LoveReach is the name for the outreach which includes an on-the-grounds tent for worship and creative ministry, a practical helps ministry for festival attendees, and a satellite 24-hour house of prayer (RooHOP) for the duration of the festival. There are so many ways to get involved in LoveReach! Check out LoveReach.net or contact us at fordsonamission@gmail.com if you are interested!

Finally, we are happy to announce our major family mission expedition for the year, which we have named the Route 66 Prayer and Proclamation Project. We are hitting the road – the Mother Road, to be exact – beginning in Chicago and traveling Route 66 to its end in Santa Monica, CA. Route 66 is called “America’s Main Street.” What better place to map, research, pray, and share the gospel?! We have already begun mapping out our stops and looking at history, and we are thrilled about what God is showing us. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for updates as we travel.

The fall is already shaping up to be a busy one with city-wide gatherings and possibly an international trip or two. Please pray with us for direction, finances, and family protection and strength as we chase God.

The only reason we can do these things is because of our partners. You are our constant allies in the battle, and we are eternally grateful to you.

We believe when people gather together in devotion to God, mountains must move!

Won’t you gather with us?

Spring Forward, Part 1

I drove down an old familiar pike, the one I travel every day, which leads northward like a spoke from the hub of downtown Nashville. The whole of my childhood, the better part of this pike was associated with poverty, drugs, and prostitution.

Today, modern townhouses are rising around the run-down buildings and overgrown lots. The juxtaposition of urban decay and modern architecture is indicative of Nashville’s boom-town status.

What happens when a city grows the way Nashville is growing now? The infrastructure must expand to support it. The very bones of the city must expand to meet it.

What about the spiritual climate of a booming city? Such an influx of people and cultures, of pasts and futures – How do we expand the spiritual infrastructure to match?

The building ground for spiritual climate is devotion. Our devotion to God through worship and prayer creates the basis for any move of God in an area. Church growth and discipleship, service to the poor and sharing of the Gospel – all of these are built on the back of devotion.

For this reason we live to stir up the devotion of the believers in our region.

We are taking up the charge to organize, lead, and promote opportunities for encounter with the presence of God. His presence shifts atmospheres and changes the trajectory of communities.

We have seen it. We believe it.

Fords on a Mission is dedicated to the cause of devotion in our region and in the places God calls us. We have much to share about 2018 for Nashville and beyond. In the next blog post, we will detail some of the exciting opportunities we have coming soon to express our devotion and advance the Kingdom. Stay tuned.

Fords on the Move: A Season in Review

Hi friends!

Fords on a Mission has had a busy, exciting, and fruitful year! It is such a joy walking out our calling as missionaries of prayer to America. We get to GO when God says go because our partners. Thank you!

I was recently with some people who travel with the evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. One of His famous sayings is, “Africa shall be saved,” but now they are proclaiming “America shall be saved.” I share that because it’s exactly what Amy and I are seeing.

As we have traveled the nation, from Mississippi to Montana, from the streets of San Francisco to the bayous of Louisiana, from our nation’s capital, and back to the rolling hills of Tennessee, we are seeing people saved. A conservative number of salvations we have seen through the various missions we have been a direct part of this year is 1000 people with many others who received at least some type of ministry.

 

 

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A few testimonies:

At Bonnaroo this year we partnered with several other ministries to host 100 hours of worship and prayer , a outreach tent on the grounds as well as evangelism teams that went directly into the festival to share the gospel. We saw 750 salvations occurring through the various outreaches during the music festival. It was one of the most fruitful outreaches I’ve ever been apart of! We are excited to announce we will be a part of this out reach again next year.

We spent 21 days In San Francisco conducting daily prayer, worship, and evangelism at the birth place of the counter culture revolution culminating with a two day, three night outdoor gathering led by Chris Burns called The Sound. Because of the obedience of Chris, Roger Joyner, and others who were part of The Sound, we saw about 200 salvations and the name of Jesus publicly worshipped in the darkest parts of the city. One thing we realized while there is that the one common denominator missing from the broken, addicted, confused, and those on the fringes of society is Jesus. It was such a joy praying and sharing with them.

While in Montana among the Amish, we saw the spirit of conviction fall upon about 150 people resulting in about 30 unplanned water baptisms in the river! It was a powerful moment.

We also spent two months in Washington, DC serving on the core leadership team that planned a three-day outdoor gathering on the National Mall called Awaken the Dawn. We had nightly crowds of over 20,000, as well as a tent set up for each state conducting non-stop worship and prayer for the three days. While serving on the ATD leadership team in Fredericksburg, we put in many long days in the weeks leading up to the gathering. As David Bradshaw’s assistant, I spent countless hours praying and in meetings helping to tie together all the ends of the many parts of such a gathering. My day often began early in the morning, sometimes catching flights at 5am, and often continued until nearly midnight. If anything, we have learned an appreciation for the vast quantity of needs an event like ATD requires, from production to port-a-potties; from park turf regulations to security; from tent tethers to electrical cords. At the center of it all, this community functioned as true worshipers, dedicated to the vision of extravagant worship and passionate about the worth of the Lord Jesus. Ministry leaders across the nation are saying it was one of the most powerful events they have ever attended. We will never know the scope of how many people were impacted. I’m confident thousands encountered God!

Lastly, we have continued serving Middle Tennessee via our local church, Fortress Fellowship, we love our community there. We also have continued to serve a leadership role with Nashville House of Prayer, as well as lead at various prayer meetings across the region. Additionally, I am part of a group of ministers called the Go Team. We meet monthly to foster our relationships and pray how we can combine our efforts to serve the region, one example being the Bonnaroo outreach.

Now after an amazing 5 months of traveling the nation that started last June, we are officially back to “Home Home” for a little while. That’s what our children call our home in Nashville. As missionaries of prayer we now have found homes all across the nation, so after a prayer mission, when we tell the kids we are going home, they always ask “Home, Home?” It’s not always easy traveling, and many times Amy and I get worn down, especially with kids in tow. This reality gives us the opportunity to rely on the grace and strength that only God can give. One thing I’m sure of after 100+ days of traveling the nation so far this year is that everywhere we go, we are seeing people hungry for the Lord!

I’m continually amazed at all God is doing and how he is using our family. We are now beginning to turn our prayers towards 2018 and are excited to see where and what God will have us do. A common saying around the Ford family, and something that we’ve become convinced of is, “We were made for this!!!”

We thank you for believing in and investing in us!! It’s our prayer that God bless each of our friends and ministry partners with His presence, and that your love for God will increase day by day.

We love you!!!

Surrendered,

Fords on a Mission

Awaken the Dawn Assignment: Update One

IMG_7466Hello to you all from the historic town of Fredericksburg, Virginia! We have been here a couple of weeks now, getting our paces with Jason’s assignment, our living situation, home school, a church community, and the general adjustments of a different place.

For years, Fredericksburg Prayer Furnace and its congregation, Awakening Community Church have hosted an annual gathering under this name. This year, however, the vision shifted to a call for nationwide worshippers to fill the National Mall, with a tent for every state hosting 24-hour worship and prayer for the three-day event, with the fourth day being a call to the praying women. That last day is called Rise Up; it is being led by The Call ministry.
This initial vision has grown into a movement that we believe could spill over into tent gatherings all across the nation!

Jason is working as a personal assistant to David Bradshaw. He is putting in long hours with meetings and learning new systems for communication. It is a great opportunity to gain experience with the leadership of such a large project.

We have learned to anticipate the disorientation of the first few days of any longer assignment, but I would say that this trip has been our smoothest transition to date. Perhaps that is due to experience, and all the people praying for us, but I would also attribute it to the hospitable and friendly community in which we have landed. We have been so welcomed by the people here.

As we prepared for this journey, we wondered, why Fredericksburg? Why is this movement developing in this relatively small town fifty miles south of Washington? And why did God place us here, serving in this capacity? Historically, we have gone as prayer missionaries to the grounds of a move of God to fast and pray, to spiritually map, and to evangelize. So, why would God put us in this position, in this place, this time?

Fredericksburg is a town rich with spiritual history. Mary Washington, mother of George, lived here during the Revolution and prayed daily for her son from a place now called “Prayer Rock.” Almost a hundred years later, three Civil War battles took place here, and more Civil War soldiers died here than anywhere else in the country. God is using this community to nurture a revolution of His Spirit that will affect the nation. We are privileged to be a part of the team to both pray and prepare.

I believe our nation is at a boiling point, between race, politics, media, protests, corruption, opinion wars, and on and on and on. We are not in need of more opinions. We are not in need of someone to be “right.”

We are in need of a Healer.

Someone who can put His hands on our freshly-opened wounds and make them like new.

We do not need another rumor of war.

We are in need of a man called Prince of Peace, who rules and reigns with justice and mercy in His hands.

We do not need mobs of screaming marchers.

We need a united Body of Christ to stand with weapons of praise which drive out the darkness.

Pray and prepare with us, will you? Come to the National Mall October 6-9. Bring your weapons of praise. Lift your banner of Love. Stand with us.
http://www.awakenthedawn.org

Pray and Prepare: Our next adventure awaits

I have recently pointed out that we are a family of true Tennesseeans. Tennessee is The Volunteer State, known for sending volunteers to aid from others from wars to natural disasters. We are the state of Davy Crockett and the 101st Airborne. This spirit is the same which undergirds our heart for ministry – our home is Nashville, but we go when called up and when needed. We go “for seasons and for reasons” as we have often said.

This summer we have deemed our Summer of Love because our missions assignments have focused on reaching those in the counter culture in the fiftieth anniversary of the original Summer of Love in 1967.

Our next assignment is an opportunity to help on the grounds with the leadership team of a movement we have felt joined to since its inception – Awaken the Dawn.

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ATD is a call for believers from across the nation to gather in our capital city in a pilgrimage of praise. The vision is to have 50 tents for 50 states on the National Mall holding 24-hour worship. This will culminate in a day of procession focused on empowering women to Rise Up in their callings in the spirit of Deborah and Esther; to uplift women as anointed members and integral parts of the Body of Christ. To find out more about this gathering, check out these links:

http://www.awakenthedawn.org

We are excited for the opportunity to work closely with visionary David Bradshaw and the leadership team to see this incredible gathering come to fulfillment. We will be living in Fredericksburg, Virginia for two months leading up to the four-day event on the National Mall. With our experience with David’s Tent and our many friends in the D.C. area, we feel right at home in this working with this project.

And so, we close our Summer of Love in the state that is “For Lovers.”

Pray for us as we prepare to move through this intense season. Follow us for updates and news. Most importantly, join us in pilgrimage to D.C. in October, lifting up songs of praise and hands of prayer as one nation under God.

 

Summer of Love Update

“And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another. This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.”
II John 1:5-6 NKJV
The Summer of Love. But what does that even mean, love? What did the culture of the world mean when it labeled that particular season with “Love”?

Free love? Preaching peace? Promoting freedom and liberation?

To what did that equate?

Free sex. Preaching pacifism. Promoting bondage to drugs and empty ideologies.

The apostle John, the Apostle of Love as he is called, defined love differently. We are commanded to love one another, and to love is to walk according to God’s commands. These we have known from the beginning. We know them from the most ancient of holy scriptures, and we know them in our very souls.
Every one of the Ten Commandments revolves around two essential principles: love God and love others. We love God by honoring Him with our focus and reverence. We love others by respecting them and treating them with dignity and honoring their value as creations of God.

Our family Summer of Love involved ministering in prayer and evangelism at Bonnaroo and in San Francisco at the counter culture’s most iconic places. We met opportunities to extend true love on street corners, park benches, water stations, and even outhouses. We looked into the eyes of so many broken and lost souls, many overlooked by the crowds. People on the fringes of society. People starving for family and hope.

At Bonnaroo, young people lined up for encouraging messages of hope. So many were so hungry to hear something that would uplift them. Roohop plowed ground in prayer, Thunder Tent ministered to the souls, the Jesus Tent met their physical needs, and the Rooreach teams administered the gospel message. Over 750 received Jesus over the four day festival, and over a thousand received ministry of some kind.

In San Francisco, there was a fifteen year old wandering the park, drawn to the sound of joy on Hippie Hill. He gave his life to Jesus and was filled with the Holy Spirit that very night.

There was James, a homeless alcoholic in constant pain. Jason prayed, and he received immediate relief. The next week, The Foundry team encountered him on Haight Street (not knowing Jason had prayed with him). They sang prophetically over him, and his very countenance changed in a moment. God certainly has His eye on James.

There was Josh, another down-and-out Haight Street dweller, the son of a minister, running away from the faith of his father. He too let us pray for healing for pain in his ankle and reported relief and more mobility. Moreover, he was reminded that God loves him still, despite his past tragedies.

At Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, at an all-day worship festival, the gospel message was delivered. Over fifty people, many of whom came off the park trails to hear the music, gave their lives to Jesus.

One of the most profound moments we experienced was about a homeless man who sat in the drum circle on Hippie Hill the day of the worship and evangelism outreach. This circle happens frequently, and is mostly homeless and transient folks jamming together. The man mentioned suddenly rose from the circle, picked up his things almost angrily, and joined one of the worship circles on the field. He sat down next to Jason and said, “I’m just so tired.” From there, he lay for hours weeping under the praises of God, allowing love and peace to wash over him. Later that evening, he prayed for salvation.

 

 

 

We love Him because He first loved us. Love compels us to reach out with hope to those in need around us. And it is this same love that draws people to His presence.

The message of the gospel is simple, but it is not always easy and not always safe. Sometimes it requires faith to walk through tough places or look into the heart of a broken person. The good news is that it only takes one skill to do it: love.

“All you need is love. Love is all you need.”