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We are launching a 3 week fundraising campaign to raise $50,000 by December 31st. We need this to finish out our commitments for 2010 and also help bring sustainability for the 1st 3 months of 2011.

Would you consider partnering with us in reaching our goal?? This is the first step into sustaining IHOP-AC and build towards 24/7 prayer in Alamance County, NC!!!

You can donate in 3 ways:

-Online: www.IHOP-AC.org

-Mail your check to:

IHOP-AC

P.O. Box 113

Burlington, NC 27216

-Cash donations can be made by contacting me!

Your donation to IHOP-AC is a tax deductible contribution.

Thank you all so much for your continued support and your desire to be a part of something that the Lord is doing!!!

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Here is my November Newsletter! I am finally getting back on track with my MONTHLY newsletters!!! 🙂

November NEWSLETTER!

Have a wonderful and blessed day everyone!!!

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**I first posted this on May 1, 2009. It is really speaking to me today so I thought I would repost this!

Some days I don’t feel the Lord at all. I can’t live this life based off of my feelings. Most times I’m not having the encounter of a lifetime. Its me sitting in the room trying to commune wit the Holy God. Trying to not think about food, clothes, my hair, money, life in general. Continually bringing my focus on the One who I am here for.

Some days I hear the Lord speaking to me like a whisper in my heart, sometimes through His word. Most days I am meditating on what He has already spoken.

Some days I don’t feel like I can keep praying, singing, worshiping. I feel like I’m not doing enought.

If I was here because of my feelings, I wouldn’t be here. I would be doing something that I could see results from, I would be out doing what looks good to people.

But I’m not here to see results with my eyes. I’m not here for an emotional encounter. I’m here because I love Jesus! I’m here because this is where He wants me and I delight in nothing more then doing what He wants me to do! I’m here to be near to the One whom my soul loves. To hear what is on His heart and to partner with it in prayer. Even if I can’t see the change. Even if people tell me I’m wasting my time.

To tell you the truth, sometimes it feels like I am! But what keeps me here in this place of prayer and worship is love.

Even when I don’t feel anything, I rest in the confidence that I know who my God is. He is love. He loves me. This is truth. NOT what I’m feeling at the moment.

I am confident that partnering with His heart in prayer is the ONLY thing that changes things and brings about the action of change. Even when I don’t see it.

I am confident that I am not wasting my life. Because I know without a shadow of a doubt He’s worthy of ALL my time. He deserves me giving up EVERYTHING!

And I’m here praying for the world because He is worthy of every single person giving up EVERYTHING for Him.

Yeah, its love that keeps me here. There is this burning inside of me called love that has taken root and won’t let me go.

I’m not talking about feeling love. Love is here inside of me no matter how I’m feeling. It warms my heart when it starts to get cold.

When I’m sad or discouraged this love doesn’t leave. It makes me cling to my God!

And even though I am so weak, this love is growing inside of me every day!

This is why I live, breathe, eat, sleep, pray, talk, laugh…because this love I have for my God keeps me going!

Why do I love Him? Because He loves me perfectly. His love never fails me. His love covers my sins. His love is passionate and jealous. No one has ever loved me like this nor will they ever. He has given up everything for me. He has given me everything I’ve ever had. And all those times I’ve been unfaithful, He’s been faithful!

Do you see? How can I not love Him? I have to! He is worthy of so much more but I give Him my all, no matter how small it might be! I give Him my love. And this is why I live and do what I do.

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Carol and I at a wedding in August. I just pierced my lip like an hour before this!

**Scroll down one post to read the interview with David Rickman!

2010 has been a crazy year. I stopped blogging last year (2009) after Romania. Why? I just didn’t feel like keeping up with it. It was getting too much for me. But I have decided to take the task on again! I am excited and I am loving writing again!

There is just too much information to write about to catch you all up. But I might do a few posts with pictures from some different adventures from the past year. But I am back. Back to writing as often as I can. Keeping you all updated on the daily happenings of my life, as an intercessory missionary.

What the Lord is doing in my life, what is happening at IHOP-AC, what fun things I am participating in.

2 major things that I did this year were cut my hair off and pierce my bottom lip! I am loving the new look. It has been fun and refreshing to not have all that long hair.

I did take another missions trip to Romania which you can read about in my October newsletter.

And I will post more pictures here! Have a wonderful day and look forward to much, much more blogging to come!

**Scroll down one post to read the interview of David Rickman!!

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This interview is from a couple of years ago…enjoy getting to know David Rickman!!! 🙂 I’m posting this again for those who are checking here from my newsletter!

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This is my next interview of the IHOP-AC staff members. I did my first one about a month ago on our Director, David Gordon. You can click here to see that one.

David Rickman: Intercessory Missionary at IHOP-AC

david-rickman

This is David Rickman. He is 23 years old. He has an associates degree from Liberty University.

He is a full-time intercessory missionary! He has given his life to standing before the Lord in intercession and ministering to the Lord in intimacy!

I was able to sit down with him and ask him a few questions about his life as an intercessory missionary.

How did you get involved in the prayer room?

I started really pursuing things in the Lord in a new way in 2003, this was a real season of hunger. (At the age of 16…I wanted to add that because he really knows Jesus and its because he started at a young age.) In 2005 David Gordon took me to IHOP-KC for a conference. I knew I wanted to give my life to this, though I didn’t really understand it. The 2006-2007 school year I moved back to Burlington, NC (where he is from) and I joined David Gordon in prayer meetings in the mornings, from about 8-12. I also did online classes until my schooling was finished. Then I began to pursue the prayer room full-time. I have been living this lifestyle since August 2006.

What impact has being an intercessory missionary had on your life?

Spiritually it has had the impact of me daily growing in the knowledge of God and growing in the word and prayer. Encounter transforms every area of your life. This lifestyle requires lots of sacrifice in other realms of your life as well. Such as relationships, money etc. Because when you put yourself before God you see His worth in a new lifht and you begin to come into agreement with Him in a greater level and your love for Him grows and by seeing who He is your whole life shifts. Your identity is formed in this place. The way you see other people is shaped by how God sees them because you are coming into agreement with God.

What are your “roles” at IHOP-AC?

My identity and function is intercessor first and foremost. In intercession I partner with God’s heart in releasing His purposes in the earth. I also minister to the Lord and from that place of intimacy I exercise His authority that He has given me, through prayer. I am also involved as a worship leader. I minister to the Lord before the people in the prayer room. And lead them in worship during intercession sets and during devotional sets as well. I’m involved in teaching at The Way School of Ministry on occasion. I also have other administration responsibilities. (Side note: he did not want to list them all, but basically he does almost everything from printing all the notes for all the classes and EGS to designing logos and making videos. We don’t know what we’d do without him!)

What would you say to someone who was considering living this lifestyle?

There is nothing more noble to give yourself to. In doing so you are giving yourself to something that affects change on the earth. The primary reason night and day prayer exists is because Jesus is worthy of it. That has to be the vision that sustains you in this lifestyle. Because when we stop seeing Him as worthy then living this lifestyle becomes irrelevant.

What aspect of being in the prayer room is your favorite?

I would say I love encountering the Lord in the place of intimacy, meditating on the word and singing it, and letting that word become alive within me. And from that place speaking those words back to Him in intercession and partnering with Him.

What is the hardest?

Barrenness, when you feel like God is not in the room and you are plowing ground in the Spirit. Thats hard. Also, when you see your darkness brought forth in His light.

What is one of your favorite verses?

John 17:24-26. It is the mission statement of Jesus. His prayer is going to be answered and I am just positioning myself to be a part of seeing that come into fruition. To be with Him where He is- to partner and agree with His heart. To see His glory- to encounter Him in all of His beauty and by doing so loving Him with the love that the Father loves Him.

What do you see yourself doing in the future?

Psalm 132. “Until I find a dwelling place.” I will be faithful until….

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Thank you David Rickman for sharing with us!

We praise the Lord for David Rickman and all that he does for the Lord at IHOP-AC. He is a man of the word and he has so much revelation of it that you know he spends hours in the presence of Jesus. It just amazes me!

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October Newsletter

**scroll down two posts for the interview of David Rickman!**

Here is my October Newsletter. I haven’t done one since February! Crazy! Life has been busy and therefore I have neglected this part of my ministry! Forgive me!

October Newsletter Part 1!

October Newsletter Part 2

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This interview is from a couple of years ago…enjoy getting to know David Rickman!!! 🙂

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This is my next interview of the IHOP-AC staff members. I did my first one about a month ago on our Director, David Gordon. You can click here to see that one.

David Rickman: Intercessory Missionary at IHOP-AC

david-rickman

This is David Rickman. He is 23 years old. He has an associates degree from Liberty University.

He is a full-time intercessory missionary! He has given his life to standing before the Lord in intercession and ministering to the Lord in intimacy!

I was able to sit down with him and ask him a few questions about his life as an intercessory missionary.

How did you get involved in the prayer room?

I started really pursuing things in the Lord in a new way in 2003, this was a real season of hunger. (At the age of 16…I wanted to add that because he really knows Jesus and its because he started at a young age.) In 2005 David Gordon took me to IHOP-KC for a conference. I knew I wanted to give my life to this, though I didn’t really understand it. The 2006-2007 school year I moved back to Burlington, NC (where he is from) and I joined David Gordon in prayer meetings in the mornings, from about 8-12. I also did online classes until my schooling was finished. Then I began to pursue the prayer room full-time. I have been living this lifestyle since August 2006.

What impact has being an intercessory missionary had on your life?

Spiritually it has had the impact of me daily growing in the knowledge of God and growing in the word and prayer. Encounter transforms every area of your life. This lifestyle requires lots of sacrifice in other realms of your life as well. Such as relationships, money etc. Because when you put yourself before God you see His worth in a new lifht and you begin to come into agreement with Him in a greater level and your love for Him grows and by seeing who He is your whole life shifts. Your identity is formed in this place. The way you see other people is shaped by how God sees them because you are coming into agreement with God.

What are your “roles” at IHOP-AC?

My identity and function is intercessor first and foremost. In intercession I partner with God’s heart in releasing His purposes in the earth. I also minister to the Lord and from that place of intimacy I exercise His authority that He has given me, through prayer. I am also involved as a worship leader. I minister to the Lord before the people in the prayer room. And lead them in worship during intercession sets and during devotional sets as well. I’m involved in teaching at The Way School of Ministry on occasion. I also have other administration responsibilities. (Side note: he did not want to list them all, but basically he does almost everything from printing all the notes for all the classes and EGS to designing logos and making videos. We don’t know what we’d do without him!)

What would you say to someone who was considering living this lifestyle?

There is nothing more noble to give yourself to. In doing so you are giving yourself to something that affects change on the earth. The primary reason night and day prayer exists is because Jesus is worthy of it. That has to be the vision that sustains you in this lifestyle. Because when we stop seeing Him as worthy then living this lifestyle becomes irrelevant.

What aspect of being in the prayer room is your favorite?

I would say I love encountering the Lord in the place of intimacy, meditating on the word and singing it, and letting that word become alive within me. And from that place speaking those words back to Him in intercession and partnering with Him.

What is the hardest?

Barrenness, when you feel like God is not in the room and you are plowing ground in the Spirit. Thats hard. Also, when you see your darkness brought forth in His light.

What is one of your favorite verses?

John 17:24-26. It is the mission statement of Jesus. His prayer is going to be answered and I am just positioning myself to be a part of seeing that come into fruition. To be with Him where He is- to partner and agree with His heart. To see His glory- to encounter Him in all of His beauty and by doing so loving Him with the love that the Father loves Him.

What do you see yourself doing in the future?

Psalm 132. “Until I find a dwelling place.” I will be faithful until….

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Thank you David Rickman for sharing with us!

We praise the Lord for David Rickman and all that he does for the Lord at IHOP-AC. He is a man of the word and he has so much revelation of it that you know he spends hours in the presence of Jesus. It just amazes me!

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