2018: A Year of Adventure

This year has been, arguably, the busiest and most fruitful year we have had as a family in ministry. We have spent much of the year on the go – whether cross-country in our trusty minivan or continent-hopping in the air – we have kept ourselves busy going where The Lord has led. In all, we have prayed through 18 states and five countries. We have been able to minister through preaching, teaching, prayer, prophecy, and evangelism. We have literally seen our vision of ministering “from the church seats to the city streets” come to pass this year. With the support of our prayer and financial partners, we have witnessed salvations, healings, and many divine encounters.

On Site with Insight

One of our callings as a family is to pray “on site with insight,” meaning we go to a place which God directs and pray as led by the Holy Spirit. Often, we research historic, geographic, and cultural significance of a place to guide our prayers. We also, of course, rely on Holy Spirit to speak to us as well. This year we covered much ground along the route of a 21-day journey: 6,500 miles through 18 states across the U.S. on Route 66. On this trip, we prayed at points such as Lake Michigan, the Gateway Arch, the Continental Divide, the Grand Canyon, the wagon trails of the West, the Golden Gate Bridge, Black Rock Desert, and Salt Lake City’s Mormon headquarters. We feel this type of intercession is essential to revival in an area. Prayer always precedes Presence!

In addition to our family mission across the nation, we helped helped organize and serve in worship and outreach events. One was a national event called Tent America. The other was a local outreach called LoveReach. Jason was the key point person for both of these events, serving as a COO of sorts. LoveReach is an outreach to the Bonnaroo music festival and includes a 24/7 house of prayer and onsite outreach to festival-goers. Tent America was a four-day nationwide time in which tents were set up in all 50 state capitals and many college campuses for non-stop worship. This event was a follow-up to last year’s Awaken the Dawn. We believe this type of Tabernacle of David worship brings a physical witness and spiritual shift to the area.

Jason also took two internatioal trips this year. First, he spent ten days in London, England to attend a prayer conference and connect with leaders there who have tremendous vision to see revival in the UK. We believe God is calling us to invest time in England and Ireland in the upcoming year, praying and supporting the move of God there.

Secondly, Jason spent three weeks in the Balkan nations of Albania, Macedonia, and Montenegro. He worked with our friend Erik Juengling and regional apostolic leader Pali Katona, speaking, praying, and ministering in these countries. This region has a rich spiritual history, but is in great need of missionaries and ministers to support the faithful leaders like Pali. The harvest is ripe in the Balkans!

Prayer always precedes Presence!

Jason and David Bradshaw speaking before Nashville’s Surrounded gathering
Praying at RooHOP, the Bonnaroo House of Prayer
Jason touring Wembley Stadium in England

2019 and How You Can Help

We are anticipating God’s plans for 2019, believing Him for greater challenges and a greater harvest! Our plans currently include taking our family international for this first time. We feel the Lord is highlighting Europe to us again, perhaps for an extended time to pray into particular regions. Additionally, we feel a stirring to take on another prayer strike to sites around our nation (more details to come). You can also be sure we will be involved in many local projects to continue to invest in the Kingdom in Nashville. But we need you! We need prayer! We need provision from partners who will invest in the work! Would you be a part of our team?

To partner financially:

• Give online at https://actintl.givingfuel.com/fordsonamission

• Give by mail – Make check payable to Fords on a Mission. Send to ACT Intl., P.O. Box 1649, Brentwood, TN 37024-1649

To join our Prayer Team: E-mail fordsonamission@gmail.com

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Prayer and Proclamation Project, Leg One – Route 66

The first leg of our Prayer and Proclamation Project involved traveling from our home in Nashville, Tennessee to Chicago, Illinois, then to Santa Monica, California, making strategic prayer stops along the way.

Every day, we looked for points to stop and pray or drive through and pray. Sometimes they were historic sites, like where President Lincoln gave his house divided speech. Sometimes the were governmental, like capital buildings. Sometimes they were spiritual, like on the Oral Roberts University campus. Through each state we also read through the prophetic words released by Dutch Sheets and Chuck Pierce in 2003 on their 50 State tour.

Below are some significant stories from our journey:

Our first stop was before we hit 66, in Indianapolis. We went to Indianapolis Motor Speedway to pray on the grounds. There is a possibility that the Speedway will be the site of a large Christian gathering. One of our goals is to pray in advance of events and outreaches. We know that prayer lays a groundwork for a move of God.

Next, we headed to Chicago for the start of the trail, as 66 is often called. God began giving us reminders of His presence immediately. We pulled over our van at the very start of Route 66, right beside the sign, to get our directions together (66 is not contiguous, especially through cities – you have to follow written directions). A young valet came over to ask if we needed help. Jason began to prophesy over him, encouraging him. Right before we left we asked his name. It was Angel, of all things! It was as though God was letting us know He was with us!

At one point, stopped in Joliet, IL. This city was once known as the City of Spires for its beautiful churches, but it has become known now more for its gambling houses. It had been a hard day and the kids were frazzled. A woman approached Jason as he stopped for gas. She was super high, asking for money for gas. Jason offered to pray for her, to which she agreed, but she got antsy and squirmmy as soon as he began. She was clearly affected and quickly left. The demons were nervous! As she drove away, we prayed over her and the spiritual strongholds in that city.

At Steak and Shake in Missouri, we met Sam the GM. We asked about his story. He had to drop out of law school and take care of his sick mother, who later passed away. He had traveled the world, but he was clearly an unbeliever. He would not let us pray for him, but only wished for our family to have a safe trip. We continue to pray for him. Sam reminds us that everyone has a story and wants to be known. God loves these people and wants to meet them in their stories.

Outside of Avilla, Missouri we saw several sets of scripture signs on different parts of farmland. Someone is evangelizing the roadways using their farmland.

In New Mexico, we felt led to pray through Albuquerque in particular. On the outskirts, we passed a church that also said “House of Prayer.” We felt compelled to turn around and investigate, so to speak. We met Michael, who was tending to the grounds. He told us about the ministry there, their heart for the city, and an outreach he does with biker clubs. Michael and others belong to a Christian motorcycle club which goes to biker rallies and offers boot shining to the gang members. It’s a modern-day foot washing ministry! We were able to pray with Michael and for his beloved city.

We took a side journey fifty miles north of the route to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. There, we saw some people who had climbed down into a ledge overlooking the canyon. Jason felt led to go down and talk to them. They were a group of New Age seekers looking to tap into some kind of energy since it was the summer solstice. Jason gently engaged them in conversation, led the talk to Jesus, and ended up praying with one woman in particular. She said she was going to look into Christianity and following Jesus.

Also in Arizona, we met Marlene, a Navajo woman who is a born-again Christian. To earn a living, she makes and sells jewelry to tourists. She asked that I would pray for her to get out of debt. She is a reminder to us all of the great debt we owe to the native people of this country, and the respect and honor they deserve.

In California, we have made some connections in the past, so we were happy to make some extra stops to pray and visit with friends in Palm Desert, Pasadena, and Hollywood.

Once we made it to the end of the trail, the end of the Santa Monica pier, a nearby street performer played the Dave Buckley song “Hallelujah.” It was a very appropriate to end our Route 66 leg of our journey. Even more amazing, though, was that as we walked closer to hear the music, we were approached by a mother and daughter who commented on our children. The daughter in particular seemed drawn to us, so we kept the conversation going. Before long, we let her know we were Christian missionaries on a prayer journey. She was excited, and explained her own “spiritual” nature and study of Kabbalah. Jason was able to tell her about how Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, and he encouraged her to seek after Jesus on a personal level. She agreed. She said she could see the love in our family and was drawn to us.

We spent some days in California connecting with friends in ministry and praying in different areas. We will share about those visits and our trip home, which included some interesting and strategic stops along the way, in the next post. I hope you will follow with us!

Below are some pictures. There are more on our Fords on a Mission Facebook page.

At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The old arch for the Chicago Stock Exchange. We stopped here to pray for Chicago’s financial systems.

An eerily familiar 1940’s era family on Route 66 in a museum.

Scripture graffiti in Kansas

At Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma
Mesa in Arizona

From a distance, Jason praying with a young New-Ager on a ledge in the Grand Canyon

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!

Please click the giving link below to invest in us.

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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.
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