On Tuesday June 23, 2014, I left my home in Alaska with great anticipation. I flew to Columbus, Ohio to rendezvous with my other team members. Nancy Haney and Sarah Tarter flew in and switched gears from book writing to answer God’s call. They had come to Ohio to minister in a Days of Destiny Conference at The Rock Church in Waterford, Ohio. Debbie Anderes also flew in for the conference and was greeted with hugs. It was a wonderful reunion.
We then embarked on a final two hour drive to Ute Looney’s home in Athens (Ohio). Once there, Ute and Russ Looney welcomed us into their home. We stayed with them Tuesday and Wednesday night. Their home is in the country and was very relaxing. We had coffee and communion in the morning, watched deer in the evening, and our nights were filled with fireflies. Needless to say, we felt rejuvenated after our stay. The beauty of God’s creation was all around us.
On Thursday morning we left for the evening service at The Rock Church in nearby Waterford. Upon arriving at the church we were graciously received by Pastor Deane and Becky Wagner. It was wonderful to see old friends and greet new ones. Nancy and Point to Hope have ministered in this church before, so it felt like coming home.
We had such a sense of the impossible being made possible. It was awe inspiring to realize we were a part of a great number of people called to intercede, pray, and minister God’s purpose for the body of believers in our gathering. In the first meeting we sang “Every stronghold will be broken!” This was our heart’s prayer in anticipation of what God would do. Several children were enthusiastically worshiping the Lord in song. It was beautiful to see.
Nancy was well received and shared her personal testimony of how God carried her through many difficult challenges in the past two years. She spoke about a near death experience, her husband’s battle with cancer, and emphasized that we are all but one choice away from our destiny. She said we are to hang onto our faith and stand by God no matter the tribulation. It was a message about getting back to the basics of praying, reading God’s word, and loving others into the Kingdom. Essentially, it was about hearing the sound of the Lord and taking action.
Sarah sang and shared a beautiful testimony of how God brought her through a life and death struggle.
On Saturday morning we focused on the gift of prophecy. Each person had a word of prophecy given to them by the Point to Hope Team. This was a confidence building exercise for our team and Nancy helped guide us. Many people were blessed, encouraged, and touched by this event. They began to see God as the solution to their troubles rather than the cause of their pain.
The conference ended on Saturday night with Nancy explaining how each of us has unique roles in God’s kingdom. Some of us plant, some water, and others sow. In working together, we advance the Kingdom of God.
I want to thank everyone for their faithful prayers. Your support helped make all of this possible. It feels wonderful to be part of something so transformational. The next PTH event will be the Ketchikan conference (9/25-27/2014). Please continue to pray for us. May you all be blessed!
PTH Assistant Director, Anchorage, Alaska