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Before I say anything else—thank you for listening and for caring enough to support the life-transforming ministry of Elijah House.
I’d like to share several things we’ve seen God do in this ministry in the past year, as well as give you a glimpse into what we feel He’s saying about 2020!
At the beginning of 2019, God challenged our team to follow Him in a way we never had before. He asked us to trust the journey with Him and to move only as He revealed the path.
For a person who loves planning and following designated steps, this wait was challenging!
But gently, the team and I discovered He really was leading us and that His ways were a light to our feet, His footsteps sure and steady. One day, when walking the land, Marjorie picked up an old key out of the dirt. We discovered – even though it was years later – it still fit the door to the ministry condos on the hill! Through this, He made it clear to us that He was going to open doors no one could shut and close doors no one could open.
The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. (Rev. 3:7–8 ESV)
Life has its rhythms, not unlike the movements of the ocean, and last year we realized all over again the Lord was and is in the ebb and flow of this ministry.
New Growth Is Coming
In the spring, I dreamed that the Elijah House ministry was a large white house, and the front gate was about to open. In the backyard stood the beanstalk from the “Jack and the Beanstalk” story, and the plants on the land were in full bloom—larger than any plants I’d ever seen. The dream reminded me of the bible story of the spies who brought back the spoils of giants. “We’re like grasshoppers to them—but with our God, we can take them!”
As the year progressed, God seemed to remind us every day that He was in the small things. Families walked through our doors to receive healing. Dads and sons, moms and daughters, husbands and wives, and young children—each one leaving a testimony of what God does when we follow Him on the pathway He’d lit before us.
Then the old “new land” came into view.
Have You Heard? Elijah House Is Dreaming of Going Home!
The first day we walked on the old Elijah House property, Michael found an arrow. He drove it into the ground, and as he did so, we seemed to feel the earth respond to us like Romans 8:19 talks about: “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.” We felt like the land was rejoicing and celebrating our return!
What Does it All Mean?
Taking all of this into consideration, we feel that God is saying this about Elijah House: “Your story is like Daniel’s. It’s time to tell My people, ‘Freedom is here.’ Enough is enough, enough of them being held in captivity. My people are being called out and into the things I have for them. It’s time to walk in all they are meant to be. Time to go home.”
Daniel speaks of the perfect timing of God. Elisha and Joash speak of the obedience that comes when we follow Creator:
Then Elisha said, “Shoot,” and he shot. And he said, “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Syria! For you shall fight the Syrians in Aphek until you have made an end of them.” And he said, “Take the arrows,” and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground with them.” (2 Kings 13:17–18)
People are filled with passion for what God is doing with Elijah House, and these ones have dropped to their knees to strike the ground with arrows as Elisha commanded in Scripture. Everything in their heart is shouting, “If this is Your plan, I am all in!”
Do You Want to Walk With Us?
Gideon’s story comes very strongly to me as I write this. His impossibly small army was tasked with taking back God’s land from the enemy. Personally, I don’t think the way Gideon prayed indicated that he lacked faith. In fact, his story reminds us that God quiets our fears and doubts when we offer up our lives to His plan. Gideon’s story is a sign that Creator God is always with us—and that He always has a plan.
We are beginning to see this: God wants the land back! But…He does not want us to be in debt over this property! Creator is telling us very clearly that the size of our dream must exceed anything we can ask or imagine. This is something that we cannot achieve on our own. He has said that if we are able to figure out how to do this on our own, we are not dreaming BIG enough. That said, to repurchase the original Elijah House land and develop it, we need help—YOUR HELP—to realize God’s vision for this property and Elijah House. Nothing is impossible for Him—what He orders He pays for!
When in prayer the other day, I felt the Lord say that it would be “the 3000 that would give $3,000.” This was overwhelming! But because, we have been purposely stepping into where God has been telling us to move, we are going to move on this revelation. That being said, would you consider partnering with us in His vision? If you know in your spirit that you’re called to be part of the 3000, consider donating $3,000 toward this project. If 3000 people donate that amount, we will have everything we need to “take back” the land, build the various buildings, and develop the land into a thriving community campus. We’re also looking for partners who will commit long term to this project by donating $30–$333 a month. To participate in either of these options, go to https://elijahhouse.org/pages/donate.
We cannot be who we are without you.
Elijah House Executive Director