January 1, 2017 launches Hearts Wake Ministries. The vision is to see individual people encounter God and be forever transformed around the world. Across the earth: hearts waking to the Giver of life.
I’d like to share with you a bit about where we are going this year.
There are two key elements to 2017 in terms of activities: gathering the family to make a home and answering the call around the world.
Our ministry is expanding: we’ve moved from 1-2 trips a year internationally to between 3-4 trips a year over the past two years. In 2017, we have invitations for 8-10 international trips that will focus on worship, equipping, and mission. Each of these trips is between 8 and 14 days, meaning there are a lot of logistics to make these possible. Some of these trips will be for key leaders in countries like India, Australia, Germany, and Slovakia. Other trips will focus on worship rising across the earth as God’s people together join with the song of heaven.
We need an organization to handle the logistics of over 100 days of international ministry each year.
An integral part of this is the gathering of our global family. For the past few years, I’ve worked with team members across the world to be part of the events that we do. Some in the States, others in countries around the world, have graciously been part of my team and have served with me as we do these events. That global team will continue to operate, but we really felt that 2017 was a year of gathering–I’ve began to ask some of our global team members if they would consider laying it all down to be part of this ministry in a more full-time capacity. What would it look like for us to gather as a community and from that be sent out for the events that we do?
This has been the key driver behind Hearts Wake: to bring an organizational covering to a missional team that goes out on mission around the world and invites others to do the same.
We’ve got team members around the world moving to America in this next year so that our team can live in community together, create and learn together, and go out on mission together. Hearts Wake will allow that team to have the spiritual covering to do this as well as to give our team members a sustainable way forward to be part of this team for years to come.
So what does this look like in 2017? I see a quick summary of our activities as Hearts Wake as something like this:
• Going out on mission internationally for 7-10 trips in 2017
• Gathering our international team together in Akron, OH to live in community so that we can go out together on mission
• Preparing for the founding of a physical hub where our team can prepare together, create, and host and equip other teams to go out and do the same
There are a lot of needs as we move forward in the journey: we need to secure visas and residences for international team members; travel expenses to go out on mission like this throughout the year is not cheap, each trip costing around a couple thousand dollars per person; we will be launching a campaign to fund the training center as details come together.
I would ask you to consider pledging your support on a monthly level to Hearts Wake. Your monthly gift will allow us to continue doing what we have done on our own dime for much of the past few years along with the support of those who have believed in this mission. Big or small, one time or on a regular basis, your gift will empower this ministry as we continue forward.
I would also ask you to pray for us. In Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus reminds us:
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
I believe our team is in part an answer to that prayer. Our team at Hearts Wake is witnessing a global harvest in our time, seeing worship rise and people respond to Jesus. Pray that we do not lose heart, but instead proclaim the goodness of God and his good news with boldness, joy, humility, and power. We’re seeing the Kingdom come as hearts wake to the Giver of life: Jesus.
I’m including a link below if you’d like to give. If you would pray for us, would you let us know? We’d love to keep you updated on what God is doing through Hearts Wake as we enter this next year.
Thanks for taking time to read this and for your continued support as we walk in this mission God has given us. Lots of love to you and your family, and I pray God’s blessing on you as we head in to this new year!
The very best,
Founder and President, Hearts Wake Ministries
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