We are prayer 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.
As the year began, we spent some time seeking The Lord as to His direction for us for 2019. We know that there are some big missions for us as a family this year. However, what we keep coming back to is prayer and evangelism, bottom line. These are the foundation of all we do.
January has been an exciting month partnering
in prayer with special events that have happened and are happening in our city, as well as being a voice of encouragement to those people God places in our path. The churches of our city are coming together around prayer. We have been so blessed to be right in the middle of so much that is happening. It is been amazing to watch!
We kicked off the month of January with Lou Engle, a real prayer general, coming to Nashville for a Pre-Send prayer rally. If you did not hear about The Send, look it up! It was a large stadium gathering in which many missionaries were commissioned to the harvest field. The prayer gathering with Lou was powerful. I (Jason) watched many came up front to fully surrender their lives to Jesus in full repentance of sin. It was as though a spirit of repentance came upon the church where we met. I felt a fresh fire for Jesus after that night!
It was also a real blessing to be a part of the behind the scenes meetings with other pastors and prayer leaders. I literally get to pray and have relationship with many of my heroes in the faith!
Another neat thing was I was invited to join Lou Engle at a special round table meeting with only 24 hand-picked leaders. My pastor, Scott Macleod, hosted this meeting at The Foundry building near downtown Nashville. It was a great opportunity to sit with major leaders, some who shepherd thousands. I stand amazed at the opportunities God has allowed me!
We also attended one night of a gathering called Contend, led by our friends David and Audrey Kim. The Contend ministry is a global family of fasting and prayer, contending for revival and missions in our day. It is led by 20-somethings who are doing a great work! As I watched and prayed from the back of the room where they met, I had a new sense of hope rise up in me for this next generation. It was also so encouraging to see answers to my own prayers I’ve prayed for 15 years concerning a great awakening in our youth.
We joined with thousands of believers across the city to pray over every citizen of Nashville for 21 days in a mission called Awaken Nashville. The launch of this event was held at Ryman Auditorium, and we joined a team of intercessors in a special room on the top floor. Our goal was to pray over the entire event, the believers involved, and the leaders. We believe Awaken Nashville marked our city and turned many hearts to Jesus.
I traveled to California the first weekend of March to attend Paul Cain’s memorial service. Paul Cain was in ministry for 70 years! As I landed, I jumped on a prayer call with Intercessors for America. To my surprise they just happened to have a focus of praying for Hollywood and the mountain of media! Talk about timely!
The memorial service was powerful, and the time I spent in the presence of some long-faithful leaders in the prayer and prophetic movement was transformational. I was able to listen and learn from some leaders with so much wisdom and experience.
While in California, I was also able to spend time doing what we love most – praying on site in strategic places. I walked through Hollywood and Santa Monica to pray, as well as outside the LA LGTB Headquarters. We believe prayer changes hearts and shifts the spiritual atmosphere of places. In a time of such division in our nation, it is a privilege to pray for healing and hope in these places.
Recently I was honored to share the message on a Sunday morning at our local church, Harvest Sound, as well as for a group of governmental intercessors at the Alabaster House of Prayer in Manchester. Both were powerful times! It’s a joy to minister to Gods people and those who may not know him yet.
I have also recently come on as Director of Prayer for God Encounters Ministry, headed by James Goll. This position is an opportunity to function in both my passion for prayer and administrative gifting. It’s a great experience that allows me to fulfill one of the goals on our ministry which is to encourage and activate others in the realm of prayer. This position is part time so he doesn’t interfere with other aspects of Fords on a mission.
God has opened up a new door to us as well this year: I have been invited to join two boards of directors for ministries near and dear to us – God Encounters Ministry and Gap House of Prayer. We feel these are a new level of both opportunity and responsibility.
Finally, as winter and the school year have progressed, Amy has been managing the home and the kids’ schooling. We are thankful to be able to homeschool with Judah. Anna’s time in public school has been a blessing for her needs, and we feel that she is now ready to join her brother to homeschool for first grade. Seraphina is learning and growing at a rapid pace as well. Amy has also been writing poetry and essays as led. We would love for you to check out her personal blog!
This summer, we are taking the the road again to pray strategically at every major port in our nation. This venture will involve three trips: east coast, west coast, and gulf. We want to organize prayer times with local ministries and intercessors at each port.
In the fall, the whole family is hopping “the pond” to England and Ireland. We will spend forty days in residence as intercessors, and we hope to have the chance to share at various churches and ministries. Our hearts burn to see the U.K. a truly United Kingdom under the true King!
It takes a lot of time, energy and effort to see what God has called us to do come to pass, but because of our supporters we have the availability to do fulfill our mission.
BIG thanks to each of you who pray for us and financially sow into our God-given calling. It’s because of you that we get to do all we do.
Sincerely The Ford Family