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

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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.”

San Francisco Update

Every mission we go on is rewarding, but each also has its own challenges. This trip has been no exception. We came in faith, not knowing exactly what we would be doing aside from daily open-air worship and prayer on Hippie Hill, releasing a sound at the birthplace of the counter culture revolution. We had to re-orient ourselves to a new city, new schedule, new home, and new people. In the midst of getting our sea legs here, we had to pray and wait to see exactly what God had in store for us.

As intercessors the most natural thing for us to do was to learn the geography and history of the city where would we would be spending the next three weeks. It is important to us to spiritually map the area so that we can understand how to pray in the ways that are most effective, particularly with regard to the counter culture revolution that flourished here. We read books and talked to the people we met. We began to visit museums and to put our feet on the streets where significant things happened. We have sought the high places, like Nob Hill, the clock tower at Berkeley, Mount Davidson, and the Twin Peaks. We went to the origins of the city, the Mission Dolores. We traversed the gate of the city and state, the Golden Gate Bridge. We prayed up and down Folsom and Haight Streets. We walked the Jack London Square in Oakland and prayed over ports. We prayed at the important sites for The Sound event: Hippie Hill, Nourse Theater, and Jerry Garcia Amphitheater. Long days, lots of miles, and lots of stops at playgrounds to appease the children, naturally in need of breaks between prayer sessions.

Why? To what end is all this prayer, this mapping, this puzzling together the pieces of a spiritual story for an area that is not even our own, three thousand miles away from our home?

In short, because Jesus is worthy, and he spoke to our hearts. If that is all, that is enough.

But if we need more convincing, something more quantitative, I can offer a few things. But first, a reference: “Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.”” -Jonah 1:1-2

We are not told exactly how Nineveh’s wickedness came up before The Lord, but I do know that one way to get God’s attention is to talk to Him. Moses can attest. And Noah. Jesus too. And we know that the harvest is great, so we must pray to The Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers. We are all called to pray. Some are called to labor in the field.

Scripture tells us – history tells us – that the stories of a land and the stories of its people change the spiritual environment. It is the principle of sowing and reaping. It is the law of sin and death; words and blood. The ripples of our actions extend as far as they are able, until some interference stops the waves.

Worship releases God’s truth and welcomes His presence in a place. Prayer dispatches angels, breaks curses, and opens the door to The Lord’s intervention. Prophetic acts bridge the gap between spiritual and natural, serving eviction notice to forces of darkness. These things are not wishful thinking or cultic rituals; they are engaging the very real spiritual realm to affect the natural.

We know also that God is a god of redemption. He is in the business of seeking that which is lost and saving it. Jesus leaves the 99 for the one lost sheep. He invites himself to sinners’ homes for dinner and offers them a drink of everlasting water. He heals the broken, body and soul. He wants that none would perish.

I have said before when discussing radical obedience that God would send you to the ends of the earth to preach the Gospel to one man on a plane halfway there because that one man is worth it. He does not calculate return on investment because The Kingdom is not measured with earthly scales. What is the worth of one soul to God?

His Son on a cross.

 

This is why when God says to go to Nineveh, we don’t jump into the San Francisco Bay ferry (so to speak).

 

So what can I tell you practically about God’s movement in the Bay Area? I can tell you that He is calling forth his troubadours and poets and storytellers and prophets to make a sound! And San Francisco, like Nashville, is a womb for that sound to grow and grow, to reach the spirits of men and women, to inspire hope. Movements begin with sound and idea. We are calling out those carriers of word and noise to rise up and reach out. Forget the record deals and publishing contracts. Find the searching broken ones whom Jesus loves and spread the hope of glory.

We must break the curse and announce the jubilee which will set the captives free. Join us in the rumble.

Spring Update

Hey friends! Exciting highlights from our Fords on a Mission spring adventures, and a peek into our upcoming plans.
March was a busy time for us! Jason spent the first day of the month with our good friend Joey Coriano, who led a “Cardboard Church” outreach on the sidewalk on the square in Murfreesboro. We love Joey because he has a heart for evangelism and the lost just like us. The group offered prayer and ministry to anyone on the streets. People were healed and lives were changed.

We took a trip to D.C. at the beginning of March as well. We linked up with A Called Generation, which served at David’s Tent that week. We also connected at Justice House of Prayer, prayed in and around the Supreme Court, and toured the American Center for Prayer and Revival lead by our good friends Wayne and Genesse Garland.
Jason also spent time with Dick Simmons, who is a prayer mentor to many national prayer leaders. The prayer stories shared were amazing.

During this week, Jason also helped host and facilitate prayer calls with many people around the nation as they fasted together to see an Esther generation of women rise up. Jesus is glorified when women are honored and lead in their unique strengths and gifting!

April brought Nashville House of Prayer into an exciting new phase! For over a year, The Cookery has been a gracious host for our meetings, and we are so thankful to them! April 4th was our first night at our new location at One Stone Church in East Nashville. Being north/east side natives ourselves, it is a joy to see a house of prayer on this side of the river! We are grateful to Pastor Mark Lancaster for opening his facility to the Nashville House of Prayer.

April also took Jason to Montana to dream and learn with Nashville-area ministers. This “Go Team” sat under teaching from Bill Johnson and several members of his leadership team from Bethel in Redding, California. There were many wonderful take-aways, and the team was able to bond together and share vision for Nashville. We are excited and grateful to be a part of this dynamic group of ministers who share a passion for the city.

Amy spoke at a women’s conference in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. She, along with three other women, shared powerful messages and prayed with attendees.

Jason participated in the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. This awesome event brings together ministers across denominations under the common goal of praying for our state. What an incredible thing to live under a government which honors prayer,

In the midst of prayer meetings and gatherings, one we especially enjoyed was at Christian Life, with its intercessory prayer team, led by Jodi Kelsey. Jason has a heart for night watch prayer so a 10 pm-12 am prayer set is always wonderful, made more so by friends anointed for worship, passionate young people, and dedicated intercessors!

In May, Jason helped host the Awaken the Dawn leadership team as they traveled to Nashville to share the vision of ATD and film promotional materials. The team met with James Goll, Ricky Skaggs, and Michael W. Smith to share about the heart behind ATD and the important role Nashville plays in the spiritual direction of the nation.

At the end of May, we felt an urgency to travel to Fredericksburg, Virgina, prompted by Lou Engle sharing the vision for ATD there. We also wanted to visit David’s Tent and pray at The White House. We feel an important part of Fords on a Mission is to be “spiritual fords”, making a path for others to get to what God is doing. Therefore, we need the materials, the vision, to build the ford, so to speak. We went to Virginia with this goal in mind, however, we were surprised by the direction God took us.

As soon as we arrived, Jason felt our first stop should be a Washington monument we had never visited – the Mary Washington Memorial. At this monument is a rock where Mary prayed for her son George regularly during the Revolutionary War. We wanted to go and pray, but we “happened” to arrive as a prayer group was meeting. The Mothers on the Rock has gathered there weekly since 2010 to pray for our nation in the spirit of Mary Washington. This prayer group, we discovered, is the impetus of Awaken the Dawn’s call to women and mothers in particular. We were honored to meet them, pray with them, and to get invited to meet up with them again the next morning as Lou Engle came to the rock to shoot video for upcoming ATD event.

We are continually amazed at the journey God has us on. Thanks to each of you who pray and also financially support us. Because of you we get to do what God is called us to.

Upcoming Missions:
We are making preparations now for several upcoming missions. First, the Bonnaroo outreach is coming in June . Jason, along with his good buddy Dylan Tarpley, will facilitate night watch worship and prayer for the third year in a row. This year, we are also teaming up with our church community from The Foundry for a Love Bonnaroo outreach. There will be a tent set up on the ground of the festival hosting worship, prayer, and evangelism.

The big news is we plan to spend almost a month in San Francisco to join with The Sound, a release of worship-focused prayer and evangelism targeted at that city and calling forth a new generation of Jesus people. Follow our Facebook page for updates.

Finally, we are already preparing for Awaken the Dawn, a three-day gathering on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. There will be tents of worship representing each state, standing in the gap in our nation’s capital. This is a massive effort, and we are believing God for a shift in the spiritual atmosphere across the country.

E-mail us at fordsonamission@gmail.com if you want more information or to get involved with any of these things.

We love you guys! Thank you for your continual support.

 

 

January/February Update

 

Hello friends and partners in the ministry! We are so excited about 2017 and all that God has put in motion for Middle Tennessee and beyond. We are grateful for your love and support, and we are honored to pray with you in your walk with God.

As we began 2017, Jason and I (Amy) spent time fine tuning our vision. We feel that Fords on a Mission is a ministry of kingdom cooperation.

At the core, we are a prayer ministry. We are a family called to live a intercessory missionary lifestyle. Our fuel is prayer, but we are more than a prayer ministry.

Our desire is to serve the Body by connecting  and uniting with Kingdom-minded people using our God given gifts of encouragement and intercessory prayer, with the goal of ushering in sustained personal and corporate revival.

On a family note, I have found myself often asking, “God, what is my purpose, what is the children’s purpose, in whatever meeting or journey we are in at the moment?” (You can check out my personal blog at amycford.wordpress.com for an article on this topic.) Sitting in a children’s room at a church recently, talking to a children’s leader, I felt the urge to pray for her. After she left, I began interceding, laying hands on each of the tiny children’s chairs, the baby swing, the changing table. I realized that we often feel like we are on the world’s sidelines, but we are always on God’s front lines.

On the public ministry side of things, we have had a busy couple of months and would like to share some of the highlights with you all.

In January, Nashville House of Prayer resumed weekly meetings every Thursday at The Cookery. NHOP is thankful to partner with such an impactful ministry. We also resumed Forerunner Community Nights, the fellowship side of NHOP, on Tuesday nights at our residence. These gatherings are wonderful times to connect with passionate prayer people and teach from the Word.

Jason assisted James Goll at Harvest International Ministry’s annual gathering at Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, California. He was honored to be with Mr. Goll for these meetings and to establish greater rapport with ministers in California.

In February, we all loaded up the car and headed to Atlanta to Citygate Church for a special leadership meeting with Dutch Sheets. This meeting was a great chance to link arms with some like-minded leaders in Atlanta, uniting under our constant “Appeal to Heaven” banner.

Jason and I also spent a day connecting with some Nashville-area senior pastors and prayer leaders, praying and dreaming together about city-wide revival. These leaders, dubbed the “Go Team,” represent the heart of long-term commitment to reaching Nashville for Christ. Jason, along with our dear friend Bob Perry, represent the prayer movement in the city. We are looking forward to furthering our relationship with members of this team to bring this city to Jesus.

Finally, this past week, Jason hosted a special night at NHOP for the Collegiate Day of Prayer. Many colleges and universities from the area were represented and covered in prayer. This focus is dear to our hearts, and we long to see Heaven invade these campuses,  and the lost, broken, and outcast revived by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Judah has been spending more time practicing listening to Holy Spirit and asking The Lord to show him things. Even in a recent Forerunner meeting, he participated in genuine theological discussion about God as Father. While we love his seven year-old spirit, it is thrilling to watch him seek and engage with God.
This coming week, we will hit the road again to prayer strike Washington, DC, our favorite home away from home! We will connect with some amazing prayer and worship initiatives such as David’s Tent and the Justice House of Prayer, as well as run alongside friends with A Called Generation. We are sure to pursue some prayer assignments at strategic locations around the city, so be sure to follow our Facebook page for updates.

 

“In God, whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” – Psalm 56:4

Grace and peace,
The Fords