The year 2020 will stand out in history. It has been a year of change, of rapid response to circumstances, of quiet patience in Jesus. And in the midst of so much turmoil, the Lord has seen fit to bless the work Mountain Gateway is doing and launch us farther into His destiny for us.
We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you for your prayers and your financial support.
COVID 19 dramatically impacted our ability to minister in Mexico and Nicaragua. Legal barriers and official regulations reminded us of our utter dependence upon Jesus. We work in very rural areas, often without internet access, serving impoverished communities. The pivot to “online church” was impossible. BUT GOD. In spite of all of these challenges, we have seen the Lord do great things in the hearts of believers! We will continue to send more detailed updates, but here is an overview of what Jesus has done in MG Missions:
We have an active ministry presence in 17 villages in Mexico. In those villages, 12 people gave their hearts to Jesus!! 6 Mexican families have dedicated themselves to Gospel work. The national leaders are taking more and more responsibility to see the Gospel advance in their nation. (This is the goal!) We experienced a miracle of racial reconciliation. Bathrooms were constructed on the church property. We purchased a used truck for the ministry in Mexico and assigned it to a national leader who is working in 6 villages. He’s been walking to all these villages faithfully for years. Please pray for us as we navigate gathering for worship while remaining compliant with the county’s regulations.
This summer, we went to minister with our missionaries who founded the Village Global to celebrate the graduation of 12 Village children. It brought tears to our eyes to watch children who had been tortured receive their diplomas in beautiful dresses and clean suits. We will send out a more detailed update from Nicole, but here is a quick recap:
Over 30 children were rescued this year. We helped the Village Children's Home buy a van, cover school tuition for children, buy books and uniforms, and build a 6 bedroom boys dormitory, a small bridge, an iron entrance gate, and a kindergarten classroom. We were also able to build 2 homes for families in need and build dorms for The Village Drug and Alcohol Rehab. Over 40 men and boys have received help this year from the Village Drug Rehab. We help cover the national missionary costs for house churches that continue to make disciples in a total of six states.
We have an active ministry presence in 8 villages in Nicaragua. In those villages, 62 people gave their hearts to Jesus!! 6 believers chose to proclaim their belief in Jesus through baptism. 5 new villages were opened to the Gospel in 2020. Discipleship groups are growing. A Bible School for pastors was started in the villages, equipping them to disciple in the surrounding communities. A Bible School teaching the importance of marriage (most practice common law marriage, we teach the importance of covenant under God) was started. We were able to buy a tin roof for the home of one of the believers.
2 CAT 4 hurricanes hit Nicaragua in November. We were able to help Missionary Aviation Fellowship enter the nation to help canvas the damage. We will send out a more detailed update soon, but here is a quick recap:
We have a three-fold strategy: Relief, Recovery, Relationship. Immediate relief in the form of food and shelter, recovery by supplying farming tools and seeds, and relationship building within the community to introduce them to JESUS. You have overwhelmed us with your generous response to this tragedy. We have been able to feed 100 families, buy a boat and a truck to deliver supplies, and we are now able to help over 1,000 families begin the recovery process. Drinking water is contaminated and malaria is spreading. A donor gave enough water filtrations systems to provide clean drinking water to 1,000 families. Please pray that these systems will arrive in Nicaragua quickly and will clear customs with no issue!
There are four new connections with ministries in Honduras that are opening up and we feel the stirring of the Holy Spirit. Please pray for us as we navigate the future with anticipation for what Jesus is doing.
COVID 19 dramatically changed our plans for Cohort 19. Because of the unknowns of the virus and the changing legal and social dynamics, we decided not to travel from church-to-church for our Prayer and Bible Semester. Yet even with all of the changes, we have seen incredible transformation in our students.
Here is an overview of what Jesus has done through MG Training this year:
2 families graduated from the Great Commission Academy and transitioned to the next step in their callings, one into business and the other into full time ministry.
Cohort 19 successfully completed Technical Skills Semester 2 and Prayer and Bible Semesters 1 and 2. Here are some testimonials from their time:
As Britt was praying about the changes to the Prayer and Bible Semesters, the Lord directed Mountain Gateway to pray in all 50 state capitals in 50 days, ending in Washington D.C. on election day. The 50/50 Prayer Journey was born. We traveled to all 50 states, praying a blessing on each one, calling for righteousness and wise decisions based on the Word of God. We prayed the same list of life-giving scriptures in each capitol. You can read what the Lord showed us about each state in previous blog posts.
At the beginning of the 50/50 Prayer Journey, the Lord told Britt, “Remember your old confidence in prayer.” We have known that Jesus wanted us to build a network of strategic prayer warriors since 1984. But the Lord has given us many tasks - and we have been doing our best to faithfully walk them out one-by-one. But now we know the time has come to establish Mountain Gateway Prayer. We know that the finger of God has moved to stir His people to righteousness and to prayer.
Ezekiel 22:30 says, “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.”
We are committed to standing in the gap, to be the ones who are found faithful when He searches for allies on the earth. If you feel the hand of God stirring your heart to join with Mountain Gateway in prayer, if you believe that your prayers are powerful and effective, we would be honored to have you as a part of our strategic prayer network.
Through a series of miraculous events, the Lord has given Mountain Gateway the ability to use business to advance the Gospel in the nations.
While Britt and Audrey were building a prayer ministry in Auburn, Alabama, the birthplace of Mountain Gateway, Jesus started speaking to Britt about the true meaning of standing in the gap and being an intercessor. He said, “Do EVERYTHING that is in you to fill in ALL the gaps that there are. You see a gap… YOU fill it. Give missionaries the raincoat off of your back. Pray. Equip. Enable.”
This led them on a journey of prayer and giving that went from full-time intercession to foreign missions to Mountain Gateway. Mountain Gateway was the original command and in that command there are many assignments. Over the years, Britt and Audrey have accumulated mountains of information on international co-ops, trade schools, sustainable energy sources, construction companies, and farms with the purpose of creating businesses that would fund the spread of the Gospel to all regions of the earth. As we dreamed of a way to economically empower national leaders who are RICH in faith, but very POOR by the standards of this world, we knew that agriculture was the key.
God did a miracle. A donor gave Mountain Gateway a 122-acre coffee farm we named Esperanza de Gloria (Hope of Glory) in Jinotega, Nicaragua. Vertical Bridge Works, LLC was born. We will send more detailed updates, but we had to give you an recap of the miracles that have occurred this year:
We launched EDG Coffee, selling ethically sourced, specialty grade coffee that is transforming communities. Our harvesters are paid 48% above the national minimum wage, provided with housing, clean water, and daily meals. Our coffee ranks in the top 3% worldwide. We built a road to the community, are transforming views on environmental care, and cultivating relationships among the workers. Our farm is completely bug-free without using pesticides. A fungus called “coffee rust” or “roya” hit our neighboring farms and we didn’t have the funding to spray organic fungicide to protect our plants; so we prayed. And Jesus supernaturally protected our farm.
Our business (launched during a pandemic!) has grown every quarter. We have 4 roast profiles and are developing blends from single origin coffee (this is unheard of!). We are launching an EDG Coffee Trailer in Austin, TX early next year. In Nicaragua we have a new wet mill, a new bridge, water filtration system, and new housing and bathrooms for our workers. We have a cow that gives fresh cream and cuajada cheese for our employees. The surrounding farms were tragically damaged by the 2 hurricanes that struck in November - miraculously, not a single coffee plant on our farm was damaged, and not a single coffee bean fell to the ground. ONLY JESUS. Our plants are thriving - we are praying that our harvest is multiplied!
The most stirring miracle is what is happening within the hearts of our employees. We held a discipleship group on the farm where workers met together at 4 am for a week of prayer and intercession. The fact that we care about them as humans, not numbers, is breaking a mentality of poverty and scarcity. They are transforming from self-protection and selfishness (which drives corruption in the industry) to generosity and peace. They were shocked that we cared more about them than our harvest during the hurricane. They overflowed with generosity as a response, volunteering their time and money to help those in need around them, instead of hoarding their resources in the midst of crisis. This is the transformation we pray for!
Georgia was named for King George of England. Martin Luther King was born here. Two kings. May the King of kings reign in the hearts of men and women in this nation. Lord, show us what it takes to catalyze true hearts. When a root gets uprooted it’s often because of poor soil quality. May roots of righteousness grow strong here. May there be exposure of what is happening.
Uproot in a natural way so that what is wicked will die when exposed. Pull darkness down by the power of God. May we fight to end human trafficking, racial injustice, abortion, murder, witchcraft, and a religious spirit. There is an uneasy anticipation for what’s to come. A fogginess in people’s thinking. Grotesque creatures that intimidate others will be uprooted. May there be clarity of thought.
Uproot the bad and plant trees that bear good fruit. They will bloom and blossom like peach and pecan trees. May believers shine and bring God glory. Matt. 5:16.
South Carolina is a state of firsts. Parris Island is where Marines train and they are known to be the first to go into battle. Ready. Decided. Standing firm. Britt saw roots that created the curved bow of an old sailing ship. The bow is the part of a boat that parts the water. It leads forward.
The wide variety of plants surrounding the capitol gives a sense of mystery, a beautifully maintained wildness. Yet there also is a false glory because what shouldn’t have been honored has been.
Hear the righteous dissatisfaction. There is a deep religious spirit that ties in with racial segregation and people groups groan as they call out for freedom from oppression. They are on the edge of a true awakening to unity. Freedom is about to happen. A sifting has occurred. We need to say yes to God.
North Carolina is a place where dreams become reality. The Wright Brothers overcame the force of gravity and flew an airplane at Kill Devil Hills. They were visionaries and their big dreams were brought into practicality. Faith produces something unseen when fueled by the Son. Immovable, dauntless, unconquerable faith. The fire of sacrifice is costly and necessary. Let the fire on the altar never go out. May we be willing to pour ourselves out to promote growth for the good of others.
The capitol building in Charlotte has beautiful old windows with wavy glass. Lord, may we have clear vision that is not distorted by the past. May the light of God shine on the locked up places in our hearts.
Britt saw an old-timey tiller break through the ground and a single crop row grew and spread out across North Carolina. Intercession happening right now is preparing hearts to receive the Word. The arduous work of one benefits many others.
Virginia has a grand and beautiful bright white capitol. Modern high rises surround the capitol complex so it is hidden from view even one block away. It was a surprise how big it is. People are praying and the enemy wants to obscure what’s happening and make it hard to see. The seen and the unseen inspire hope.
This is a state of founding fathers - 8 presidents have come from Virginia. May we, as a nation, remember the former foundations and have hearts united as we pray for liberty and freedom. Men with incredible influence formed our nation. Yes, there is bad from the past but also so much good. It takes men and women engaging to see change. Let there be peace.
History was made in this amazing capitol. It’s the oldest legislative building in continuous use in the United States. George Washington and the other founding fathers worked here. Important decisions were made in those rooms. We must remember those founding principles and purposes. We must not forget them. They are the glasses on our head that we are searching for. We must come in agreement and have unity of the ages. Let righteousness ring out. The sewer was being repaired and it smelled bad as things underground were being exposed. May those things in our nation that are broken and hidden be exposed and destroyed or repaired. Britt saw Roots pulling on chains and breaking them apart.
Small yet mighty - what Delaware has done for this nation is massive. This state fought for equal representation and got it. That’s why we have a bicameral system. The power of two. Two small states stood firm.
Ideas are the smallest particle of what will come to be. Britt saw seeds produce roots. Small became big. One became many. There can be no agreement unless there are at least two people. God says if we have two or more in agreement we can have whatever we ask. Me becomes we. My faith becomes our faith.
A small regiment from Delaware had a big impact on the Revolutionary War. They were a highly trained, unified, excellent small regiment. They served so well they became George Washington’s personal guard. As a nation we must rout out what does not belong and call up spiritual soldiers. We must respond to the call. The volunteer fire department’s siren filled the air while we were praying, calling for response. We must stand together in agreement and cry out to God for mercy. We must be brave.
What a beautiful and impressive capital complex! There are massive buildings. The capitol dome is iridescent green. The ground carpeted in golden leaves.
Pennsylvania is the Keystone State. A keystone is the center stone in an arch that takes the pressure so the arch doesn’t collapse. A cornerstone is the beginning point of construction and gives stability and helps a building be plumb and square.
Britt heard the word ‘Scribe’ and thought of our nation’s founding documents that were, penned in Philadelphia, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. William Penn was the founder of Pennsylvania. A Quaker of integrity. Penn kept his word and many say that the treaty he made with the Native Americans was never broken.
God values writing things down. The values of our nation are known because men wrote their ideas. That’s why we struggle in our nation today as men and women argue about what was meant. There is monumental importance in Pennsylvania right now and has been in our nation’s history.
Jacob saw a vision of a map of Pennsylvania. There was a clash for control. The state began to shake violently.
“God is shaking Pennsylvania and it will be filled with God’s glory. Shaking will release a spring of living water and the faulty foundations that don’t support. Man-centric thinking must come down and become God-centric. Some trust in horses but we trust in God. It is an epicenter of a shift and change. Shock waves will radiate from this state and create impact.” Lord, we ask that scales fall off and blinded eyes be opened. May justice be done.
Gabby saw someone on the edge of their seat looking in anticipation to what was about to happen in the church. No more distraction. We as the church and as a nation must be a reflection of the Son. Six-year-old Kohen said, Jesus walks in the doors and the enemies walk out.
Knowledge does not equal understanding. Thomas Edison created Menlo Park in New Jersey. It was the first industrial research park in the world. He made electric light affordable and accessible to all. People must have light to see. Open our eyes to see, LORD. Give us wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and insight! Proverbs 2:3 NIV. May the Church shine her light. Draw people to discover You and to listen to You as You reveal mysteries.
Petty’s Run was a natural stream that flowed through Trenton. It was harnessed to power industry. One of the first steel mills in the US was here. Various factories were established. Indians cleaned their fish here. It was full of life and power. Then people polluted the stream and it became useless. They polluted their source. The God-provision was corrupted and then it was buried and hidden. Their blessing was contaminated. Our nation has contaminated the source of our blessing. We need purification.
The Capitol is a fallout shelter. There is toxicity because of lack of love. May they not value business over people. People are on edge. They threaten and are threatened.
There are more millionaires in New Jersey than any other state yet the state is not known for being happy or kind. There is no joy in their prosperity. They have blessing with trouble. Wealth is not an unscalable wall. God wants them to be wealthy if they will adopt his principles and not man’s.
From the kids:
6 year old: Water. Jesus can walk on the water and the devil can’t. He sinks.
4 year old: Lava - [He can walk on stones of fire.]
2 year old: Ice cream. [Jesus is sweet and refreshing.]
This capitol building is amazing! Grandeur and workmanship. A place of greatness, influence, and power. The intricacies of the building’s stonework shows attention to detail. Britt heard the word ‘Blessing’ which is defined as ‘any means of happiness, a gift, that which promotes temporal prosperity and welfare, a gift given as the means of increasing happiness, divine favor.’
NYC is the most powerful economic city on earth. Business is a blessing. New York has a great ability to influence the world. The people of New York are confident and don’t look to others for guidance. NYC was the first national capitol of the United States. New York is a foundation of our nation; there’s power to shift direction and do great things here, but the influence of the world is STRONG.
May the desire of our nation never be to be great apart from God. May we never disregard humanity and step on others to gain position. May our nation change course for righteousness and be an influence for good.
One of our students had a vision and saw the floor of a sewer. It was black and mucky with a huge black snake sliding through. Then he saw a breeding ball of vipers in shallow water. LORD, we ask that you expose the muck and wash it away with the power of your WORD and living water.
Britt saw roots holding an oval blue-green precious stone. Smooth. No facets. Emitting light. It was at ground level though originally it was like a beacon, many miles up in the air. A lampstand that was losing its position. The lampstand of our nation is blessing. If the people of our land will rise up then the light of blessing will rise up.
Ethan Allen and The Green Mountain Boys were critical to victory at the Battle of Ticonderoga. Ethan Allen was rough and undervalued because he was unconventional. He broke the norm. A small canon took the fort and shifted the tide for America in the Revolutionary War.
May our national independence and unconventional nature be pointed to righteousness and what the Lord wants in this nation. May we have unconventional hope and be a band of people who will rise up and live in righteousness.
Vermont is ranked lowest in political integrity and accountability. May we, as a nation, stand up for righteousness and not buy into the norms around us. May we be people of strong character. This was the first state to write equal rights in their constitution. Thank you, LORD, that our Constitution defends the rights of all.
Justice doesn’t exist without truth. She wears a blindfold to apply righteousness without and weighs each side evenly. May we never champion justice in a twisted manner. God determined that mercy should be stronger than justice.
Maine is a corner of our nation. May the forgotten cornerstone be found and put in its right place in righteousness and justice. There was a tree in front of the capitol that was mostly hollow yet still had leaves. Though our hearts may be hollowed out God will make sure we maintain life until we are restored. May God remove barrenness and restore fruitfulness. Another tree had gnarly and twisted branches. May God make the crooked paths straight.
Maine’s capitol building was under construction and men were working on the windows. God said, “I’m not only restoring the building but restoring vision.” May we not have small vision for this state or our nation. We can be the best and brightest for God. May our nation be a lighthouse shining His glory as a beacon of truth and righteousness. We must fight darkness and choose life. We must bless and not curse.
After the Revolutionary War, Maine was the largest lumber producer in the world. That lumber was especially used for building ships. The key to growth was shipping and naval expansion. It had to do with going. The US has made loads of mistakes but has also produced many God-ideas that we have sent to the world. Expansion of the fruit of the spirit needs to rise. We must go to this and other nations with the Truth.
Britt saw roots in a circle, facing toward each other. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace. Eph 4:3
New Hampshire has the largest democratic elected legislative body in the English-speaking world. There are 400 representatives! With that many people there is a need for high competency in unity in order to make decisions.
New Hampshire was the 9th state to ratify the US Constitution. To ratify requires agreement. May we ratify your values. May the people of New Hampshire open their arms to those who come to their state just as a kind father welcomes home a child. May a crack be mended before it becomes a big canyon. May we be men and women of courage. May our nation be in agreement about the truth.
Native Americans called this place Shawmut which means “Land with Living Fountains.” May our nation drink from the living water that Jesus offers us.
Boston. The cradle of liberty. The birthplace of ideas that formed a nation and inspired the world. Harvard, one of the top universities in the world, is here. God released wisdom and knowledge and governing principles for civil government that changed the world. John Adams was brilliant. He created a separate but equal judicial system. We are governed by law and not by the whims of men. The constitution governs and not the majority. LORD, may our nation have the framers’ wisdom and may their original ideas not go away. May we, as the church, stop following culture and allowing the spirit of secular humanism to erode God’s immovable truth.
Roger Williams founded Rhode Island and first named it Providence Plantation. Providence means the protective care of God. It was established as a place of religious freedom and persecuted people moved there from Massachusetts. Lord, may our nation remain a place of shelter and a place of religious freedom. We arrived to pray in a light snow storm. A kind guard offered to let us inside to warm up even though the capitol wasn’t open to visitors. Shelter.
The two small states of Rhode Island and Delaware stood together to demand equal representation in our government and thus our bicameral system was established. Small but with a mighty impact just as a seed produces the extraordinary.
Rhode Island had formerly been a center for slave trade, but it moved away from slavery with the advent of the development of textile mills in the Industrial Revolution. Many people went to England to learn about machines and returned to develop their own ideas here. An explosion of productivity and innovation occurred. May our nation be a place of productivity, discovery, and innovation. May we have God-inspired ideas that bring answers to problems. May we bring hope and true love. May people choose God.
One of our students saw a vision of white lilies on the building. Lilies represent purity and passion and rebirth. So fitting on a snowy day.
We feel completion and connection. Hartford has a magnificent capitol building - beautiful and full of meaning. The state tree is the gnarly oak and there is quite a story of intrigue surrounding it. Connecticut means “along the long tidal river.” Psalm 1. Lord, may our nation and church be as a tree planted by streams of water. May we produce fruit in season, have leaves that don’t wither, and whatever we do prosper.
Jonathan Edwards and his wife were from Connecticut and were instrumental in the Great Awakening. May our nation not have a religious spirit but have a true relationship with Jesus. Jesus is the Captain of the Host of Heaven. The weapons we have are not carnal but mighty to pull down strongholds. Some of the greatest weapons we have are right ideas. We need strength and security to see that righteousness and holiness are defended and upheld.
Our nation’s capital. The completion of our journey and symbolically the last paving stone under God’s feet. Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.” Isaiah 66:1a
Washington DC is a system of beautiful buildings with Scripture and inspiring quotes adorning the walls. Men of vision and resolve fought to create a nation that would stand for righteousness. Other men fought that it wouldn’t be destroyed. There is conflict here, yet is there hope. When we heard sirens we prayed, for the America we love is under attack. As we walked around the Washington Monument we felt the strong wind of change and had to lean into it to walk forward. One of our students saw an earthquake and that our nation was about to experience a lot of shifting. There’s going to be a lot of rebuilding. Changes are coming and are here. May trees with rotten roots fall. It is time to reset.
It is decided. May we have an awakened and victorious church. May we walk in the power and anointing of the LORD. May we do well as we teach our children and our children’s children the fear of the Lord.
At first the capitol didn’t seem impressive but we soon realized it is the tallest capitol building in the United States and has the names of the 13 colonies carved into the front steps. The citizens of Louisiana are resolute and deeply principled people who refuse to rebel against their values. Like a war horse they will run into danger and are fierce in battle. Their greatest strength is also their greatest weakness - and is why they were willing to fight for the wrong values. For a long time Louisiana had more slaves than free men.
The state has old, deep roots - the good, the bad, and ugly. Witchcraft and voodoo, poverty and confusion. It’s time for new growth. Roots of righteousness are harnessing the horse. The strength of the horse can then be directed. We saw fresh water flooding the streets of New Orleans. It washed away the swampy sludge of sin, idolatry, immorality, and witchcraft as a fresh wave of the Holy Spirit cleansed people and brought them to Jesus, the “Desire of all Nations”.
Florida is the Sunshine State, yet also has severe weather: lightning, tornados, hurricanes, and fog. It is a place of biodiversity with many species of wildlife and plants. The capitol lawn was covered with small acorns, another reminder to be oaks of righteousness.
The capitol was under construction and people were rushing around, constantly busy, and there was a cacophony of construction noise. While one of our students walked and prayed, he could spiritually hear giant roots creaking, rising, constricting, and breaking windows.
Florida was a haven for slaves escaping from Spain and continues to be a place of freedom, refuge, and rest for many. Britt saw roots dancing like a pod of porpoises, intelligent, playful, and swift. May we be free as Christ has set us free. May we also be unified and stable and pass that on to future generations.
Alabama’s state capitol has flags flying from all 50 states, with a native stone from each state set at the base of each flagpole. It is a beautiful site. A celebration of the individuality that together makes us whole. It is a state of diversity - diversity of people and topography. Diversity can lead to division or unity.
There is a stubbornness in Alabamians that can be good or bad - depending on what they hang onto. Fighting for racial rights is stubbornness in the right direction. The march from Selma to Montgomery affected the entire country; the civil rights movement shifted the nation. Alabama needs to be unmuted and voice their godly desires. What comes from here affects the nation. Let the children of God cry out and loose righteousness. It’s time to hit unmute. They are about to do something good.
May Alabama and all of the United States stubbornly hold onto what is good. The old is gone and the new has come. May there be a birthing of the promises. This is fertile ground. It is named the Black Belt of the South because of the rich nutrients in the soil. May it be a fertile band for righteousness.
The Long Leaf Pine grows in stages in order to protect its growth center. It sends down deep roots and looks like it isn’t growing for three years. But then it can grow 15 feet in a year. There is explosive growth. We must tap into the spiritual strength of endurance. The root of this state is good so they must honor others and live honorably. They have a righteous root made to affect the nation and reflect the son of God. Injustice is going to fall.
There is a golden eagle on the capitol. Gold doesn’t tarnish and is malleable. Isaiah 40:31. May Mississippi soar. May they walk in the prophetic. Mississippi is in a time of change. Though it has the lowest economy and education in the US, it is first in charitable giving. It is time for light, life, and freedom. Some of the darkest times during the civil rights movement took place here. It was the birthplace of the KKK. Civil rights was a fight for what is right. This year the citizens of Mississippi voted to have a new state flag that removed the Confederate flag and replaced it with Magnolia blossoms. Fierceness is positive when pointed in the right direction.
The trees were being pruned on the capitol grounds. Just like Alabama, Mississippi has a fertile Black Belt as well as the Mississippi River Delta. May abundance come and be pointed in the right direction. This is a new season of progress and stability. Be resolute to stand for what is right. May we as a nation look intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continue in it - not forgetting what we have heard, but doing it - and we will be blessed in what we do. James 1:25
Arkansas is the Gem State. There are diamonds here. Ten-year-old Eden said “God is spreading his light like little diamonds.” Britt saw uncut precious stones under the capitol. There was an open stone chest with a taproot. It was full of different colored natural gems. The light from each one blended together to make the color of the glory of God. Different colors together made one; without diversity there is no opportunity for unity. May there be unity in the church - may we rise up in the spirit of Elijah and in repentance.
The Liberty Bell was stuck and couldn’t ring. May Arkansas fulfill its purpose and let its voice of freedom and liberty be heard. There is strength, balance, order, and intentionality here. The courage of the Little Rock Nine transformed a high school, a region, a state, and a nation. May we move forward and do what is right in the midst of opposition.
Missouri is the Show Me State. May they experience the power of God and show Him to others. It is a water gateway on the edge of the old frontier. Flowing water brings life. The Mississippi River is a very important waterway in our nation and the Missouri River brought explorers and pioneers to the West. People were outfitted for the frontier in St. Louis, pulled by hope. Faith pulls us into the unknown. Britt saw roots pulling on that idea of faith. Lifeblood flows like branching streams and roots and veins. Our country needs a resurgence of faith and hope. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Amos 5:24
Kansa means “People of the Wind.” The people of Kansas live out their faith with a pioneer spirit. People come to this state and have spiritual encounters. There is fertile soil and silt that allows roots to go deep. An abundant harvest is coming.
Kansas is an anvil and the hammer is a root. Hear the ring of the hammer hitting the steel of the anvil. The more you pound it, the more resilient and resistant the steel becomes. Kansas can take a pounding. They survived the Dust Bowl. They are resilient to withstand turbulent weather - tornados, cold, and wind. May our nation come out stronger and be transformed after the pounding.
A statue of an indigenous man with a bow and an arrow on his string is on the capitol. The word ‘sin’ is an archery term that means to miss the mark. When we take on the righteousness of Christ we hit the mark. The moon was out when we prayed and it looked like the statue could “shoot the moon” and win every hand.
Nebraska sits on the Ogallala Aquifer - the largest freshwater source on earth. It is a deep reservoir and water changes everything. May we all tap into the reservoir that waters deep roots of righteousness.
Nebraska has a unicameral state government - they do not care about political parties but about policies. Political society exists for the sake of noble living. Noble: having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles or ideals.
One of our team members saw a sower with seeds pouring out from the front and back of his sack. God said “I will pour out my Word on all the land to all who will hear.” This is a stronghold, a bastion of hope and freedom. It is a new season. The old is passing away and the new is coming. Proverbs 19:21. New life will become more prominent in all the churches as they become free from religion.
Iowa is a place of shelter, a transition point of east and west. It is politically important and stands in the gap. Britt saw explosive growth. He saw roots tilling the land, breaking up the big farm conglomerates that formed in the Great Depression when small farms were forced to sell out. it is the same in the church today - small community churches have given way to massive churches and it is easy for people to hide the ‘me’ in ‘we.’ Each individual needs to take personal responsibility, be a pioneer who stands for righteousness.
The people of Iowa have received many accolades for their accomplishments, such as Nobel Peace prizes. God has set up a storehouse of higher ideas in this place. Practical dreamers - visionaries with practical steps to accomplish their goals. Importance and influence can come from this state.
There is a magnificent radiance. May this state magnify God so that He, as well as the small things, can be seen. A gold standard hidden in humility. May we all shine the glory of the Lord.
2 Timothy 2:15. In the early days of this state, grain mills were the foundation of the economy and produced 14.1% of the nation’s flour. Making flour is a process. Harvest the wheat, get rid of the chaff, grind it. The finer the flour the higher the quality of the bread. Jesus is the Bread of Life. He is to be valued more than all others. His Word is like a wheat kernel and the church needs to learn the right handling of the Truth. We must let Truth be the standard and not allow the wheat to be adulterated.
May their homes be filled with love and laughter as parents teach and train their children. May marriages be strong and be what others want to follow. May the church have discernment and be unified in love.
Wisconsin is the Dairy state and the chief cheese producer in the US. Dairy farmers are different from cattlemen because they care for their cows for what they can daily produce, not for meat. That is pastoral care. They provide protection for growth and production. As the church we must care for people and provide a place for them to produce and not to be killed spiritually.
The capitol building is situated right in the middle of a town. The capitol was historic and majestic yet seemed common in the midst of the businesses across the street. The statue looked gold from one direction and bronze from every other direction. Are the people bewildered and confused? It felt to some on our team that there was a battlefield of heavy oppression at times. People have forgotten history and abandoned what they learned in the past. There are two sides to the coin, may beauty and tranquility not hide corruption. The beautiful fall leaves highlight a season of change.
The capitol is built on bedrock. The original cornerstone was removed and replaced when it cracked and it is now on display. Lord, when we build our life on you, our chief cornerstone, we can be assured that you will never fail us. The building is gilded and magnificent and looks regal and extravagant, like a palace. The external is easy to see and appreciate. May the anointing of God be visible upon us that we might make an impact on the world. The capitol dome is covered in zinc, a protective coating so the steel won’t corrode. Steadfast. Sturdy. Incorruptible. Immovable. The state motto is State Sovereignty National Union. Lord, may you always be our Sovereign, our King. May that be upon which we as a nation unify.
We arrived at night. Only one side of the capitol was lit - after we prayed the lights on all sides came on. This is a dim time, but the lamp of God has not yet gone out. 1 Samuel 3:3 God spoke to a little boy and he will speak to each of us. We need to sleep in His presence.
We found the biggest acorns we have ever seen. Massive seeds. May we be oaks of righteousness. There is huge potential God has put in the ground here. God provides living water - like a spring in a field. DL Moody was here, there was an outpouring of God, and there are still a lot of Bible-believing people in the state.
May the Root of David be the desire of the people. There is a heavy Catholic population especially with the Catholic universities. May a great spiritual rebirth come from the college campuses that they would forsake idol worship and false doctrines and hold fast to the root of David. They have legacy and give honor to their forefathers but there is a beauty that is forgotten even by the people who live here.
The state is progressive. They are on hold, paused. There are things that should have happened but didn’t.
Michigan’s lovely capitol building and dome became the inspiration for other capitol buildings and established the domed capitol as a powerful symbol of American democracy. It is fireproof and built to accommodate growth.
Christman Construction company is doing major renovation at the capitol complex as they replace old systems. It will be the largest state capitol geothermal system in the United States. They are tapping into the underground. May corrupt roots be exposed and cut out and replaced with good fruit. Repentance is coming back. There is progress as they dig deep. They are ready to push out the darkness, change the poverty mindset, and uplift the people. They have resolve like steel. May it be prophetic that our nation’s moral infrastructure will be rebuilt.
May Christman Construction speak prophetically to Christ building a new man. Just as the capitol looks good from the front, many Christians “put up a good front”. Likewise, the capitol was under construction in the back. We are all in process and need fortification in our inner man.
Britt saw roots under the ground busting up the fallow, tight ground, and it produced an explosion of fruitful plants. Ideas out of Michigan have changed the world as innovation was released to the earth. FORD developed the assembly line and was a vertically integrated business. There is a warehouse of God ideas that we as the church need to tap into.
The air has gone out of our nation and our productivity has gone down. Hope is low and frustration is high. We don’t want the church to reflect society but to inspire society. May the breath of the Holy Spirit aerate the soil of our lives. We must not merely sit and observe after the turbulence of the breaking of the soil but actually do something in order to produce life. Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. Michigan is known for their beautiful apple and cherry blossoms; may they symbolize the spiritual fruit to come.
The Ohio motto: With God All Things Are Possible. Ohio has contributed to our nation in substantial ways. It produces leaders - eight presidents and many generals came from Ohio. They honor their past. They have fought for human rights. They are innovators and frontiersmen with fierce courage and strong leadership. What Ohio does is important and affects the rest of the nation. May they have a strong stand for righteousness. Something is shifting. May this state have strong resolve to do right. Courageous to lead the way!
We arrived at night. Huge oak trees surround the capitol buildings built along the Kanawha River. More acorns covered the ground than we have ever seen in our lives. White plastic temporarily covered the golden dome and scaffolding surrounded it as it was being renewed. The founders built a big capitol building because they saw potential. Strong, common, essential materials were used to create the infrastructure of the dome. There was a gold leaf overlay.
West Virginia’s mountaineer people are tough as nails and not afraid to work hard. Valuable salt was mined from the mountains and brought flavor and preservation to our nation. Coal has provided energy for many years and supplied the electricity we depend upon for daily life and technological advancement. Coal has massive amounts of energy and is easy to ignite. May the church arise and allow a steadfast character to be our essential framework and gifts from God to be our beauty. God has put strong character in the ground and He wants to put that in the people of America if we are willing.
God is ready to light this nation on fire for Him. As a nation we have hidden treasure that is being renewed and restored and will be revealed. Remember that time and tremendous pressure on coal produces diamonds. You are not forgotten.
We drove through a small neighborhood in Frankfort, turned the corner, and - surprise! There was the beautiful capitol. Hidden beauty. A pair of cardinals was both bright and muted flying from tree to tree. Different colors. Fluttering life. May people of all colors fly and celebrate life together. May God reveal Himself through down-to-earth people who have powerhouse potential. May we resolve to settle issues.
Britt saw a vision of a powerful horse with a bridle and harness made of roots. We must open our mouths and allow God’s bit to guide us in voluntary willingness. Without submission the strength of the horse is useless. We need our nation to submit to God. May blinders be removed so we, the people, will see clearly.
A wedding party was getting pictures at the capitol. There is hope for the future.
Tennessee is a pioneering state of influence. The Cumberland River weaves around and won’t be stopped by obstacles. May we have confidence and courage that God’s will shall prevail in our land no matter the obstacles. Stay steady. The TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) has produced massive amounts of power. In its beginning it provided jobs that brought people out of poverty. May we as a nation lead people out of poverty to walk in power. May families be strong. May revival in our nation begin in the individual first.
Nashville is the Athens, Greece of the south and even has a replica of the Parthenon. May we learn to not be led by our minds but by our hearts and spirits. The sound that comes out of Nashville will be the sound of reformation and cause a ripple effect of unity that touches nations.
State motto: The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. Hawaii is a beautiful state of natural resources and people who value their land. May righteousness, freedom, and belief in Christ come from heaven, for the righteous will live by faith. May a time of rejoicing and a strong sense of community be rebuilt. May the people of Hawaii believe the way Jesus sees them so they can know their true identity.
When we were praying, someone saw trees tenderly uprooted. It was with a loving touch that brought healing to deep-rooted pain. That pain had to be uprooted so that it could be revealed and healed. Demonic hopelessness will be replaced by Christ, the hope of glory. Britt was thinking about Banyan trees. Its branches send down roots and the tree becomes a massive structure. The roots are clearly seen. Most of the structure is among the roots.
Hawaii is a place to rest - a place to sabbath. In Exodus, God gave the commandment about having a sabbath to the Hebrews. They had been slaves for 400 years. Their value was in their production. God gave a day of rest to former slaves! He was telling them that their value wasn’t in their production but in their person - who they were as His people. That can’t be earned, just like the love a parent has for their newborn.
There’s a fresh outpouring coming from heaven that addresses the brokenness that is in Hawaii. A physical heaviness had been on the island since we arrived. The air was humid and the normal cool trade wind was still. Father, may spiritual heaviness be lifted by you. Your heart breaks for those who are brokenhearted. As soon as we finished praying at the capitol, a fresh wind began to blow. Holy Spirit, breathe fresh upon your people. An outpouring of hope is coming.
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