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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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This past weekend a big group of us from Burlington headed to Durham, NC to attend the Onething conference that IHOP-KC puts on in different cities.

While I was sitting there, worshiping Jesus with hundreds of kids, teens, and young adults, I was thinking about two of the passages in scripture that “one thing” is mentioned.

Ps. 27:4- “One thing I have asked from the lord, that I shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple.”

Luke 10:39-42- “She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His world. But Martha was distracted with all of her preparations; and she came up to him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.’ but the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

The first passage from Psalms is King David crying out for the one thing that he wants even in the midst of his enemies. The second passage, Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet even when it wasn’t what she was supposed to be doing. Her sister made it clear, “she needs to be helping me!” But Jesus said that she had chosen the one thing necessary, and that it wouldn’t be taken away from her.

For a long time I have considered myself a Mary (although I know that I tend to be a Martha at times, busy and distracted by so many things), because I love to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to His word. It is the calling I believe that is on my life. To first minister to the Lord, and second go to the nations.

As I was sitting at the Onething conference I was thinking how both of the other intercessory missionaries here at IHOP-AC, David Gordon and David Rickman are named David. The calling on their lives are also similar to mine! They have chosen one thing for the rest of their lives, to dwell in the house of the Lord, to gaze upon His beauty and to meditate in His temple. They were named for their destinies by their mother’s even before they were born!

I felt left out as I also wished I had been named after my destiny. And then I realized: I am! My name is Amanda MARY. My parents named me MARY and for basically ever, I hated my middle name. BUT. But I am now in love with it! I am named after the calling on my life and I was named this before I was even born!

I am a Mary, I have been called to sit at His feet, listen to His word and choose the one thing necessary!

THANKS MOM AND DAD for naming me MARY! This is soooo special to me now and is a blessing to me!!!!

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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

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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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I had a terrible emotional morning.

If I’m just going to be honest. Which I am.

I don’t know whats wrong exactly.

I just kept wanting to cry during church today. It wasn’t necessarily because of anything bad, maybe I think I just felt misunderstood.

Misunderstood with what I am doing with my life. Like people hate me or look down on me. Which, by the way, they do.

The pastor kept talking about how we need to encourage the young generation to be passionate about God and know that He has a calling on their lives and we can’t take them away from what God is telling them to do.

And I can’t ever stop what I am doing or my life would be TERRIBLE. Do you understand? Maybe not. People wonder why I am doing what I do, or wonder why I’m not in college or getting a job or doing something better. It is sooo discouraging! Why would you try to distract someone from doing what the Lord has destined them to do?

I am doing what I am doing because it is the MANDATE for my life. My life has a PURPOSE and a CALLING and if I did ANYTHING ELSE I would be failing at life. I would be someone other then who I am supposed to be.

I have to waste my life on Him or I would die!

So even if EVERY person in the WORLD came against me, or tried to discourage me, let me just tell you, I won’t give up. I won’t stop loving Jesus radically. I won’t stop living a lifestyle of prayer and fasting. I won’t stop being an intercessory missionary as my occupation. No way. Not on ANYTHING.

I would gladly give up my life for Jesus.

And I’m saying yes everyday to letting Him have His way with me.

And even if I feel misunderstood forever, its ok. I’m in love with God, and God’s in love with me. This is life. This is success. I wouldn’t trade it for ANYTHING.




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Here is my next IHOP-AC interview!

My first two:

David Gordon

David Rickman

Jesse Taitt: Intercessory Missionary at IHOP-AC!

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This is Jesse Taitt. He is 22 years old. He went to Liberty University for less then 1 semester and then dropped out to join the prayer movement! He has done an internship at IHOP-KC for 6 months 2 years ago, and he did the same internship as me here at IHOP-AC.

He has been an intercessory missionary for about 2 years now. He is so passionate about the Lord and what the Lord is doing right now! He is a powerful intercessor and an amazing worship leader!

Here is his interview:

How did you get involved in the prayer room?

After high school, I went to college just like everyone else does. At the end of the first semester I went to IHOP-KC for a conference and saw people my age who genuinely loved the Lord, who prayed with passion, who wept with sorrow and who had joy too. After that conference the Lord told me to go there. (Jesse ended up going and doing the 6 month internship I mentioned above. And has been in the prayer room ever since!)

How is your life different now then before you were in the prayer room?

I’m still the same person with the same struggles as everyone else. But before graduating high school, I lived in the religious routine with no excitement or anticipation for the presence of the Lord. After graduation I began to desire to grow in deeper intimacy. Now, there is a desire for holiness which is growing each day. A desire for intimacy experientially. I have began to live a lifestyle of prayer and fasting. Anyone who knew me before wouldn’t say I was a person who prayed or fasted because I am a people person and prayer is so contemplative and meditative. And I really like food. 🙂

What would you say to someone who wanted to join the prayer movement as an intercessory missionary?

I would say that’s awesome, it’s going to be so exciting. Each person’s experience in the prayer room will be different, so there isn’t much I would say.

What is the best thing about the prayer room?

The best thing about it for me is that I get to meet with God. Be in the presence of the Lord. It doesn’t always look like a mountaintop experience but the valley’s bring your heart to surrender and tenderize your spirit.

What is the hardest thing about the prayer room?

The hardest thing is people that you are seeing 8 hours a day, every day for seemingly the rest of your life. You see their weaknesses, they see yours and you see each other trying to pursue the Lord. So you have to look past your own weaknesses, look beyond their weaknesses, through the eyes of grace and understand positionally we have all been granted the free girft of righteousness. Forgive, forgive, forgive. Ask for forgiveness, ask for forgiveness, ask for forgiveness.

What are your roles at IHOP-AC?

I pretty much have four things but one will be in the future. 1) lover of God 2) intercessory 3) worship leader and the fourth future one is preacher, but not a normal preacher, more like John the Baptist.

What is your favorite verse?

I have two, Joel 2:28 and 1 Cor. 15:51-53. Because they show the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the bride to walk victoriously in power through the greatest trouble the world has ever known and ever will know unto the return of the Lord, the resurrection of the saints and our dwelling in eternal communion with Jesus.

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Thank you Jesse for sharing with us!


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This is John and Gracey Guetterman.

They are intercessory missionaries at IHOP-AC with me. John is full-time in the prayer room. Gracey and John had also been working a full time job from their home. That was their main income to provide for them. Recently they lost their job. Which was totally from the Lord.

They are now going to be raising support to be able to continue in the house of prayer full-time.

They have no idea that I am asking this. But I want to challenge every person who is reading this post right now. I want to challenge you to give somehow, someway to John and Gracey. I don’t usually ask for money, especially not for myself, but I really felt the Lord leading me to do this.

You can check out their story and all about them at their blog.

You can give not only a one time gift, but you can support them monthly as well to help out with bills and monthly needs. You can e-mail them at johnguetterman@ihop-ac.org to talk to them personally.

Pray and seek the Lord, if He is speaking to you in any way to fund the prayer movement through these two then do it! The Lord LOVES those who give, especially to those in need. They are amazing and they LOVE the Lord!

DONATE ONLINE HERE!!!

You can also make checks out to

“IHOP-AC” with a sticky note with their names and send it to:

P.O. Box 3113

Burlington, NC 27217

Thank you so much for funding the prayer movement!

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4 nights ago I was overwhelmed with excitement to come back to IHOP-AC! I can’t wait to be back and see all my friends and be with my fellow intercessors building the house of prayer in Alamance County! I feel the Lord’s zeal for this house and I am so thankful that I am a part of it! God is doing something in central North Carolina and He is desiring a dwelling place, so that He can shift things over that region! He desires friends who are going to partner with His heart and seek for His kingdom to come and His will to be done in North Carolina!

I am so proud of my friends who are faithfully giving their lives to this house. The Lord is so delighted with you! Don’t give up, keep going! He is so worth it! Things are happening that we don’t even know about, and we are setting ourselves up for ENCOUNTER WITH THE UNCREATED ONE! We are setting it up for ENCOUNTER for our REGION! Even in the smallness of what you guys are doing, it is HUGE! God is pouring out His grace and His strength!

I love you all! I can’t wait to be back and pursue this thing together! Its beautiful and so hard but so amazing and worth it! I LOVE WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

He is validating you in this worthy calling!

You are all missed and so loved!

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