Hello, friends and family of Fords on a Mission! We are overjoyed to be in 2021 and embarking on the spring season, full of exciting opportunities for Kingdom exploits. We are ready for the new life and new hope of this season, but first, we want to catch you up on all that has happened in the first quarter of the year.
While continuing other ministry opportunities during the months of January and February, Jason serves in the marketplace by day where he gets to pray over 330 acres and walk every building at Vanderbilt University, which provides him with one of his favorite mission fields! He spends his time walking the grounds of Vanderbilt Hospital and Vanderbilt University right here in Nashville, so he is able to spend time praying for the staff and students while working. He often has the opportunity to interact with and be the Gospel to many individuals while there. Especially this year with COVID research, vaccines, and patient treatment (Vanderbilt leads much of it!), prayer and encouragement are needed.
The wheels of ministry are always in motion, though. In January, Amy and the children walked around and prayed at each side of the Tennessee State Capitol Building prior to the Inauguration in Washington, DC. As a family, we led prayer in Murfreesboro at the Gap House of Prayer and Jason will be teaching on prayer there in April. Also, Jason ministered in the prophetic over a team of intercessors who are a part of a ministry called Prayer Platoon led by Aretha and Micheal Craft. Jason also leads prayer for God Encounters Ministries, headed by James Goll, where he is director of prayer.
In February, Jason spoke at the Filipino American Bible Church in Antioch, Tennessee. He shared our vision and mission as well as some testimonies from our travels. Also in February, Jason accepted a Regional Director volunteer position with Awaken the Dawn. He will coordinate with leaders in five states in the southeast to continue the vision and ministry of Awaken the Dawn. Some of you may remember that Jason served as executive assistant to David Bradshaw, ATD leader, in 2017. We feel strongly that this ministry has the heart of Jesus at its core, and we are happy to help further its work to lift up praise and worship across the nation.
In March, Jason interviewed James Goll on his new book The Feeler. He also spoke with our friend Jason Armstrong on his Remnant Voice podcast, which is listened to internationally. Additionally, Jason preached at our church community here in Nashville, Harvest Sound and is helping Roger Pope along with others build 7 small prayer cabins at Eagles’ Landing, part of Harvest Sound. Roger Pope has been the main builder of the cabins, but Jason recently worked with him and will be doing more of that in April. At the end of the month, we will travel to Flint, Michigan for the School of Prophets conference hosted by Benjamin Deitrick. This conference, we feel, will include some timely wisdom for the role of the prophetic in the church and the nation.
One thing we have enjoyed helping with each year is the Children’s Bible Club at Truth for Children Home in Kakinada, India. This year we helped finance the materials for 50 Sunday School teachers and 1500 students for the club, which is similar to a vacation Bible school. Pastor Wilson Babu is the leader of this outreach and many others in India.
As we head into April, we hope to join with many others in Fredericksburg, Virginia for Awaken the Dawn’s first tent gathering of the year. As we work with ATD this year, there will be more gatherings across the nation for the purpose of hosting the Presence of the Lord and unifying people in the name of Jesus. We will most likely be joining a big tent gathering in Tampa the month of May and Dallas in June. North Carolina and maybe Tennessee will host a 3000 seat tent meeting in July/August.
While the events of 2020 into the beginning of 2021 have left many in the Body of Christ confused, wounded, and fractured, we truly believe God is on the move and that His voice of truth and His heart for the lost will be clear and strong in the coming seasons. We look forward to a year of resurgence with a focus on the power of the Gospel and the hope that is only found in Jesus Christ. The Lord has been speaking to us about “staking our claim,” praying in particular places across the United States later in the year. We know that He is coming back for a refined, unshakable Bride! We want to spread the message to others to fill their lamps with oil and be prepared for the arrival of the Bridegroom!