It has been quite a while since I (Yvonne) have written a blog post for our team. I have been pressing in for months now for the grace but now is the time! Since January, I have been reflecting on what has happened (and is happening). The Lord has had me focus surprisingly on a deeper understanding of times and seasons as well as the power, purpose and function of alignment.
As I wrote in a previous blog post, at the beginning of 2018, I had an open vision of angels with blue-colored sashes blowing trumpets in our city. I had a sense that I had stepped back into Revolutionary War times and that I was standing in a General’s tent where strategies were being forged on how to take the city. Fast-forward to the end of 2018, I was prompted by the Lord to write a book about these key prophetic encounters that have been transpiring over the last 30 years as they have been tied to Awakening, Harvest and City Transformation. The reason—He was about to do it again!
Passover to Pentecost 2019
What you would not have known is that I actually finished the book and sent it off to the publishing company during Passover 2019 (5779). A few days thereafter, I heard the Lord “summon me to Pentecost.” It took me a few more days to realize that the celebration He wanted me to attend was actually being held in Jerusalem.
I (Yvonne) had an open vision at the beginning of January 2018 of angels with blue sashes blowing trumpets over and in Uptown Charlotte. At the end of that vision, I heard “Ride the Wind!” (More about the vision.)
After our two weekend outings to Dare and Onslow Counties, we literally rode the wind to Fairfax County, VA on March 2nd to honor one of our team members plus our founding fathers – George Washington and George Mason. We departed Charlotte on the day of Billy Graham’s funeral and there was a strong Nor’easter that blew through Charlotte and up through the Eastern states. We stopped half way on our journey to rest and then ventured forward to worship and pray over this historic area in a Jewish Community Center.
Later that month, we also were blessed to return to The Upper Room Coffeehouse in Statesville (Iredell County) on St. Patrick’s day. (We are returning again on Saturday, February 16th – if you are in the area, please join us!)
We then traveled onto His Gates International (John & Camrin Harris) in Western North Carolina to celebrate Passover and to join forces to prophetically and prayerfully walk the land.
Then in May, we were able to honor our military once again.
Responding to the Vision
But, in addition to our normal Strategic Prayer Outings and E4M Equipping Services, we purposed to specifically and directly respond to the angelic visitation over our city.
Two major outreach clusters were planned and executed.
Kids Praise in the Park and Relationship Building Activities – see page 2
Releasing Joy in Our City – Outdoor Worship & Prayer Watch, Romare Bearden Park (and the various Equipping activities) – see page 3
Also, on p. 4, check out a brief update of some signposts the Lord planted in 2018 for what lies ahead!
Psalm 145:4 (CJB): Each generation will praise your works to the next and proclaim your mighty acts.
A Decade of Prophecies
For the past 10 years or so, there have been increasing numbers of prophecies about the revival /awakening that would hit the college campuses. Here is the link to one given in September 2017 in Charlotte by Dutch Sheets and Chuck Pierce.
We know that this revival / awakening will be multi-generational. God named Himself the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And He gives commands and makes promises that are generational.
Several on our team have been positively impacted by either campus ministries or other ministries and churches that embraced the next generation. I (Yvonne) know for me personally, my college years brought both a pit and a palace – the prodigal unleashed and then guilt and shame with the Lord wooing me back all the while. The Lord is faithful and He is a Redeemer.
Many of our natural and spiritual sons and daughters are also shaken during these college years and some ”lose” their faith when bombarded with the humanistic and philosophical teaching of their college professors. It is interesting to note that several of these great battlegrounds fueling hatred for Christianity today were founded as schools to train up ministers of the gospel.
Rise Up Spiritual Fathers & Mothers
So the Lord has impressed upon us and released us to arise and be His voice as spiritual fathers and mothers to the next generations. As Hannah Sheets (Dutch Sheets’ daughter) recently taught us, the Millennials need our voice of wisdom – they need to be taught how to “sit with the Lord under the tree of covenant”. She also noted that these generations also need to not be mocked – or else we indeed will have what we say. The Lord has placed within these generations a passion for social justice – “they were born to be an answer to the chaos!” So let us embrace them, honor them and be taught by Holy Spirit about how to run TOGETHER with them.
Prayer-Walking the land!
So here are some pictures of our team prayer-walking the campuses in our territory – pulling down strongholds, crying out to comfort and protect, digging up prophetic promises, releasing the wind that will draw us together to advance His kingdom and releasing the sound that will establish them in the land.
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC)
Queens University of Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)
Two special things about UNCG: 1) one of our team had a vision of revival breaking forth there, and 2) it is the school of one of our members. She blessed us in 2017 to teach at one of our Ephesians4Movement (E4M) Equipping Sessions.
University of South Carolina
Johnson C. Smith University
Clemson University at RHM’s Releasing Joy Outreach
We were blessed that a group of Clemson students “just so happened” to explore Charlotte on the day of our Releasing Joy Outreach. Click their picture below to watch a short video clip of their worshiping our King with us! Very awesome!!!
As we are at this crossroad between 2017 and 2018, we acknowledge our God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit’s) covenantal love towards us and our great daily need for His Presence, His revelation, His voice, His grace, His shalom, and His strength. We also extend our gratitude to Chuck Pierce, Global Spheres and Glory of Zionfor their apostolic-prophetic-intercessory covering.
We submit afresh to our call to “Worship~Prayer~Outreach” not only to the nations but to our city, our territory and our own nation. We decree and declare that we will obey His Word and Holy Spirit, will walk through the gates and open double door of His promises, and with His help and that of His angel armies, we will do our part to defeat the devil and change the world!
Releasing the Lord’s Presence, Peace, Power & Authority
During Martin Luther King weekend, our team did a combined Worship Gathering/Strategic Prayer Outing in Wake & Durham counties.
In the preceding months there had been a good amount of contention over the Governor’s race which had centered on these two counties. Wake County is home to NC’s State Capitol and Durham County had some alleged voting mishaps. A lot of the battle for the Governor’s race centered on the transgender debates sparked by the City of Charlotte’s bathroom ordinance. There was response from even outside of NC, both nationally and internationally. So we wanted to place the Lord’s Crowned Sword in these counties and decree that Jesus is Lord over our Cities, Counties and State; and that it is His Truth, His Love, His Governance that will ultimately prevail. Not by might, not by power but by His Spirit (Zech. 4:6-7).Continue reading January 2017 – Releasing Fresh Dew from Past Glory – Wake & Durham Counties→
During a visit with friends John & Camrin Harris of His Gates, I (Yvonne) had a great time of fellowship with several of their leaders. As a result of their prayers and prophecies, “This Is That: Makin’ It Plain”a social media outreach of E4M was birthed and my face was set towards Fayetteville based on this word from John:
“I see three shovels in the ground digging out a well at the place in the earth where there is like an old river bed and the ground is stony – those wielding the shovels are taking the dirt out to re-dig the well. It looks like the Eastern part of the state. And they were bringing up big shovelfuls and they were bringing it up in perfect unison. I have built houses all over the state, every part of the state has a different color dirt – it looks like Fayetteville and East …“
We asked a friend living in the area for a recommended place to pray in Rock Hill which is the largest city in York County and is nicknamed as The Gateway to South Carolina; she suggested Winthrop University. After seeking the Lord, that bore witness to my spirit, so we proceeded.