To even attempt to fill you all in on everything since my last post would just turn into a novel and half way through, you all will tune out so; here’s a quick recap with some current events.
We moved locations and are now in the Kendall area which is heavenly for me being that I now live 5 minutes from the prayer room but my heart goes out to so many we connected from further north past Doral, who find our new location too far south for regular visits.
There’s something so intimate and quaint about this new location. I think it speaks so much in the sense of where each of us as staff are; mentally, spiritually. Yes, it’s very RED but it’s also very soothing, and intimate and just has this feel to it.
Since the change, in the mean time while waiting for things to have settled again, the Lord made it clear for me to work in the marketplace again. Specifically my Mom’s company; help her out. The Lord used an old mentor whose on the IHOP-KC leadership. He wisely suggested (though I wasnt technically happy about it at the moment-I was already a Full Time Intercessory Missionary for the past 4 years) that since we dont momentarily have enough ministry work to keep me from becoming idle, then I should work while still helping out the House of Prayer. He was speaking specifically into my life since I was under his leadership for a time. It’s what he felt from the Lord and what he also gathered and knew about as person.
Carlos and Emily Sarmiento
I eventually gave in cause not coincidentally enough, my Mother needed the help and felt from the Lord that I should for a season work with her. Hm! A season! I thought a short 3 months one. We’re on month 7 and a half.
Anyway, this weekend as you see from picture above was our (IHOP Miami) 3rd ENCOUNTER GOD WEEKEND! The Director of Orlando House of Prayer, his wife and a team of about 12 others came with them. I was overwhelmed with joy.
The Orlando House of Prayer has 27 full time Intercessory Missionaries. What is that, you say?
What is an intercessory missionary? We refer to our full-time staff at the Orlando House of Prayer as “intercessory missionaries.” They raise their own support to work as full-time missionaries who reach out to others from a lifestyle of prayer and worship. Today, we have about 27 who serve full-time, investing forty hours per week, as they go from the prayer room and then to ministry outreaches and works of service. Also, as those who are committed to the forerunner message, we are preparing ourselves to prepare others for the unique dynamics of the generation in which the Lord returns.
They are such an encouragement. I dont get it, it can truly only be the Spirit of God, but they have such a love for little ol’ IHOP Miami which is currently 3 staff members who’ve been through A LOT in the past year and a half. They have taken us under their wing like IHOP-KC has taken them. This weekend, something shifted and I feel as though hearts clicked and truly awoke to what God is doing. He is building a culture of prayer with in the body through raising Houses of Prayer and prayer rooms throughout the world in order to unify the body and bring her back to her identity. (2 of many reasons)
Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
Will be accepted on My altar;
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”
O! How I miss FALL!
My heart is aching. My heart feels the beckoning from my spirit, wanting to be full time in the House of the Lord again. Marketplace work was never my cup of tea. Yes everyone would prefer to do something else, but to explain, I’ve always been creative. Theater, Dance, Music, loved it all. Went to school for it a short while and went through admissions for Film School and other schools as well. Straight out of High School, I went into administrative work for over 5 years and dreaded. It wasnt in my DNA. Business is in my Mother’s but definitely not mine. Thankfully even when I attempted to pursue and saturate myself in the Artistic world, the Lord had different plans which I am grateful for because those plans changed my entire life.
I led worship, I was a “deacon”, “youth leader” for years in ministry before and though I genuinely wanted to love the Lord even though I had no idea how to do that rightly or even how to rightly pursue that with the correct paradigms of GOD , but I really wanted to love him but there was lack of confidence. Lack of confidence in knowing really and truly who I was, who He said I was, what He thought about me. The emotions of His heart, the desires of His heart, and confidence of where this is all heading, the end of the story and the what with the why’s were all non-existent to me.
After being in KC for 3 years and doing the internship, being on Staff everything
IHOP KC Prayer Room
changed. I knew that maybe not fully but deep inside I believed He was real, this was real and it was so much more than I ever knew. There was so much more to this Christianity and no one told me cause they couldnt offer what they didnt themselves have.
During my internship, I was truly reading the Word for the first time ever and realized all I was missing. I really liked Him and He really likes me. My quirks and all my specialness that rarely anyone but those closest to me see. This was treasure that no one could ever take away from me and I was now confident to stand on it and pray for grace to be immovable.
All this from being immersed in a culture of Prayer. God told me this! God showed me and confirmed His word, not man. Yes, man was used to speak a message about God but it was all those hours in the prayer room, just Him and I, wrestling with truths that offended me cause I’d never heard them before. Feeling those encounters that mere words could never do justice. He did it all cause I sat, and waited, and was still, waiting to KNOW He is GOD!
So for an update, here is all my random ramblings. ::grin:: I will keep this updated more frequently with all things IHOPMIAMI and my own current events as an Intercessory Missionary!
Bless you all! I pray for a deep encounter with the Majesty of Heaven that shakes off all things that hinder love for the sake of Love in your life. May you be ruined for anything else but Him and may the cry of David rise in our generation:
1 LORD, remember David
And all his afflictions;
2 How he swore to the LORD,
And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3 “Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house,
Or go up to the comfort of my bed;
4 I will not give sleep to my eyes
Or slumber to my eyelids,
5 Until I find a place for the LORD,
A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob