I was a baby Christian back in the early 80's. It was then that God gave me glimpses of the future, my future. In the visions there was a church not like any that I had ever seen. There were other buildings which were part of but separate. It was a complex vision to understand being so young in the Lord. I wrote down the vision, prayed over and for the vision. At various times I shared the vision to my senior pastors to which they scoffed that it would never work, that's too expensive, it's not a good use of commercial space and the one which was the most consistent, Do you know how much that would cost? Actually I had no idea back then and do not know the answer to that question financially, but I do understand God gave me the vision. It's been nearly forty years of walking with God and He reminds me more now than back then, Do not forget, do not let go of the vision. I understand now that a vision of this size could never have been built by a baby. It would take years for me to grow up, to mature in the things of the Lord. It's easy getting a vision. It's another thing to spend a lifetime preparing to build it. We are much closer to building this now than we were back then. * Before I continue let me put in this disclaimer: Over the last couple of years people have thought we were building our vision in Georgia, we were not. God had His plans and His purposes on why we were there. Over the last couple years while in Georgia I was able to rest, retreat and write. The lives of many people were affected because I lived there. Strong friendships and alliances have become paramount to the building of another persons vision.
If you want God to build your vision help another person build theirs first.
If we cannot be found faithful handling another persons vision God will not bless us with our own. We learn, we grow, we practice as we assist others. Our time in Georgia was not a secret. We were not hiding. We were assisting with the birth of The Lighthouse Prayer Ministry. What was born out of my time there will remain an integral part of our ministry as a whole. The backbone of any person and ministry is the result of prayer. Frankie Wiley is the lead prayer person who oversees the day to day activities. She has her own dream and her own vision for the property she is on. We have done our part in helping establish what she wants. She will continue to build as the Lord leads and we will continue to help her as the Lord leads. By ourselves we are alone. Together we are a united force in Christ. We are so grateful we have a prayer ministry we know and trust behind us as we push forward in our own vision.
Everyone and everything has a beginning. God created us this way. There is a reason and a purpose we are here upon the earth. The visions God gives us did not begin on the earth but rather they are already manifested in Heaven. Our mission is to replicate our heavenly vision and duplicate it here upon the earth. Any vision which is of God magnifies and glorifies God not man. This vision is not a man made vision. Man made visions glorify man. This vision, this complex is for the people, it's about the people. God builds things through us if we let Him. This is His vision. It is no accident and it is no coincidence you are reading this. Maybe you are even a part of this. You'll never know until you read on and pray about it.
PHASE I • MINISTRY LAND ACQUISITION - Our Home Base We are looking forward to putting a stake down on His desired property here in the USA. We have already established a network of churches on foreign soil. Our network is almost nine years old and still thriving. Over the last 36 years we have traveled literally thousands upon thousands of miles both nationally and internationally. We have traveled by auto, plane, train, or just walking around all the many sanctuaries in modern cities and in the jungles of Uganda, Malawi and other places. We have been busy talking about and demonstrating the works of Father God through our conferences, bible studies and crusades. In part we have been teaching, training and activating people where ever we go to not only listen to Him but work in harmony with Him right where they are in this life. A successful relationship with God is is not reserved for the few chosen or called ones. It is for every man, woman and child. We believe it's time to build a home base here stateside. Pray for us. Come visit the property. Dream with us, Build with us.
PHASE 2 • GATHERING ADMINISTRATION PEOPLE • CREATING THE CONFERENCE RETREAT CENTERE'
ADMINISTRATION Our administration department within the facility will house our staff, which will oversee all of the activities of the vision. Prayer & counseling, along with a myriad of other administration duties will be managed here. Volunteers, and leadership trainees will be involved in our daily activities. The making of a leader is most often not just taught from a stage, but caught in real life. We believe in leading by example. What we live in front of people is who we are privately. The greatest of all is truly the servant of all. If you cannot serve while in a leadership position, you are not a real leader. The ability to administer is not just practical and functional in nature. Love has to be the prime motivator. If you do not love those who work with you and under you then you will create nothing more than a business model type relationship. The world can offer you that without injecting Christ.
CONFERENCE RETREAT CENTERE' The training centere' will be multi-functional and very diversified... We have always believed ministry should be practical and functional. If we did not believe this... ministry in of itself would not be very useful or valuable. A relationship with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit are the most vital relationships you'll ever have. We want people to call this place their home and for others their home away from home. Come explore and experience our multi-dimensional, multi-faceted facility today.
WHAT YOU COULD LEARN WHILE HERE? *That's based on whose teaching.
TEACHING AND DEMONSTRATING THE WORD Our place is for anyone and everyone. The word of God taught through capable hands will transform the hearer. Our in-house leadership is capable of pulling the whole team, but it is the body of Christ working together that will accomplish the work of the Lord. Not one man or woman can or should do what we are attempting by themselves. That's why we see ourselves as a co-op as in cooperation. Working in harmony and agreement with God, through Christ empowered by Holy Spirit. We believe in miracles and healing. We believe in deliverance. We believe in prophecy. We believe the Word of God is the most powerful weapon we have. We believe in testimonies and the blood of Christ. We believe that music can lift us into heavenly realms and be used in synchrony with dancing, cloths, flags and various other artistic expressions created by God given to individuals. God is not limited nor is He intimidated by us and our extensions of worship. To God be all the glory, not man.
ON GOING RETREATS & WORKSHOPS Authors known and unknown, inspiring authors and illustrators will converge to sit in an intimate setting to talk about their works, their hopes their dreams, their fears. Many have expressed interest mainly because they know God has called them to write and publish something for Him. All writers need a group of supporters. When you come to one of these events and you will be inspired to take that next step with God.
And last but not least - Artistic Worship / Prophetic Worship We are not going to only train you, but will place a demand upon you to demonstrate the gospel to its fullest. This will not be a church as usual setting. In these God given moments there will be a demonstration of unity between God and His people. As He has done in the past He will continue to do it in the future. Many different denominations, many people groups will be touched by God's prevailing love. In this environment there are no professional singers, dancers just people who need God. We don't need to be more gifted, more talented or saturated with more paper degrees in order to accomplish the works of God. God endows those He trusts. He loves and admires honesty and integrity. The Lord blesses those who keep their word and do not despise their covenants. In other words the most gifted and talented people cannot be trained to perform the works of God through any artistic means. He blesses relationships. This is where the real power of God lies. The truly successful ones are in love.
• SHOPPING DISTRICT Our ministry guests and visitors of any conference or intensive, students, and visitors alike will enjoy the benefits of the shopping district. This unique area will consist of multiple storefront shops, nestled into a rustic, yet peaceful setting. Quaint boardwalks will take you into such places as:
* THE BOOK MUSIC & GIFT SHOP Here you will find a vast variety worship items, which can mean a lot of different things to many people. There will be many noted authors featured, as well as those of highly respected with whom we are connected. Books and music should be part of everyone's life, in and out of Christianity. Relationships flourish where knowledge abounds and romance can be defined by our musical tastes. I am not talking strictly our personal taste in music. In every relationship you have diversity of taste and styles but we must be mature enough to understand what enriches the relationship as a whole not just our personal desires. We do not play music we like for God. We play music He likes for us. The only thing besides books and music which the Book Nook does not have is chocolate. For that you'll have to go to...
THE GENERAL STORE This is where many of your needs will be met, from toiletries and personal hygiene items, to candy and snacks. Refreshments will be available, along with assorted beverages. Because there will be an influx of people from various places around the world for whom we would like to accommodate, We recommend you take your time looking around. We guarantee you will find some interesting things. *When the store is not open you will be able to find vending machines in designated areas.
Each and every store that is opened will be unique,personally operated and run by those who are connected to the ministry. Do you have an idea for a store or do you think you'd be a good fit with us?
Contact us for further details. You will be surprised to see what God will offer you.
Okay is that it?
NO...THERE'S MORE… Our vision wouldn't complete if there wasn't more. More than we can think, more than we can do in and of ourselves. The vision is big enough to included many people and even accompany God. In the storefront district there will be many other places of interest, including seats, benches, rocking chairs and swings scattered upon the peaceful environment. You will be looking at gazebos, a water fountain, wildlife and some resident livestock. That depends where you sit. There will be a coffee/pastry shop to get you going in the morning or help you unwind at night. We plan on someone having a restaurant diner type place. Where you can learn to cook, practice your waiting serving skills, cater events and make lots of friends. There will also be a music visual arts area for teaching and training inside as well as outdoors. There will be a small movie theater for public use when classes are not in session. Yes, you will be able to learn about audio visual things as well as computers when classes are open. There will be spaces for plays, theater practice, mime workshops, dance rehearsals and so much more.
The worship centere' and storefront district is only one piece of the plan.
*** YOU HAVE READ WHAT THE VISION IS. LET ME SHARE WHAT IT'S NOT.
THIS IS NOT A REVIVAL CENTERE'
Our worship facility in of itself will be utilized for our four day events. Three days off and four days on. People need to come in and go out. We need to use what we learn, we need to practice what we do. We need to spend ourselves on others then come back to be filled. Teaching, training activating people over the course of four days will be sufficient. Believe me when I say if you stay for four full days you won't be able to take any more. You'll appreciate three days off. The Lord said, people should come and go back and forth as natural as the waves of the sea. People who come, stay, sit and never leave will become stagnant in their faith. People must come and people must go in order for everyone to grow. Over all these years I have seen many revivals come and I have seen them go. We want to build something permanent. We want it to continue long after we are gone. We want it to remain until the Lord comes. Schedules and guidelines will be penned out soon. In the meantime the rest of the property will be used throughout the weeks, the holidays and more. So you can visit eat and take advantage of the quietness when other folks aren't there.
There will be ample parking and a section for rental cabins chalet style for our four day events. Each chalet will be first come first serve as well as auditorium seating. These chalets will be at a reasonable cost which will include a breakfast buffet, camp style for the full time you are there. All other meals are on your own.
We will not have overflow buildings during our events. Rental cabins and conference centere' seating will be limited to a first come first serve basis. "Approximately seating 1,500 people max". So when you want to come to an event plan early, book early to reserve your space. *We will have local hotel information for those who miss their opportunity to stay with us. We will not have sleeping accomadations for 1,500 people. This number is for seating only.
There will be no children's church.
Families who come together worship together and get touched by God together. This is a family ministry. If you are widowed, orphaned or otherwise alone please consider us your family. All are welcome.
Your time with us is meant to change your life, and it will. So, to insure that you have the best, undisturbed encounters with the Lord, we will make every effort to see that your time with us is quiet, and restful. With lots of solitude, you will be better prepared for an intense learning experience and exposure to what God will do with, to, for you and through you. Coming to visit us will not just be another class or conference. It will be an unforgettable, life changing experience!
That's what happens when you visit family.
* If you see yourself involved or want to get involved in this conference retreat centere' please feel free to contact us. We'd love to have you be a part of this great big adventure.
I would like to end by saying this: As time progresses and things change, this vision in it's original form will remain. We will not become a cyber vision. It is not possible for this in entirety or even in part. Just because the world around us changes, our bodies get older and we may even get tired physically this does not allow us to change the vision the content or the original construct to suit ourselves. What God has given is what He has entrusted to us.. We are not owners of the vision. We are the caretakers. We cannot and will not deviate from His original plans and intentions. This vision would be a massive undertaking for any man or woman to do, but with God all things are possible to them that believe. After almost forty years of walking with God I am at the place saying, God give me my mountain. God let's build this vision. What about you? What do you think? Pray about it and let us know.