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Actually, I've been home for a week now. But I just wanted to let you all know that I'm home safe and sound from the 13hr drive and the trip was well worth it! The Main Story: I had a few reasons to take the trip to International House of Prayer Missions Base in KC. First of all, I just wanted to get refreshed and envisioned by spending long hours in IHOP's 24/7 prayer room. It seems odd that I would go from one prayer room to another to get refreshed. Something to be said about a pilgrimage. Second, I was able to go down with two friends/internship team members (Bryan and Arielle). It was a great team building trip, we all get along well and I am privledged to work with some special energetic people. We were able to meet with some key IHOP intern leaders on the trip which was very helpful for our planning of Consecrate Internship. Finally, I was able to spend some time and connect with some great and generous friends, Justin and Naomi Rizzo. I've known Justin for over ten years and this was the first time that we were actually able to sit down and do some songwriting. As someone that has not done a lot of co-writing, it was such an invaluable experience for to bring home and try to implement into my own routine. Not to mention that we (along with another great worship leader named Caleb Edwards) put together a solid song in the two hour writing session. I hope to get better at this and do it more often.
It was a great pleasure to spend some time connecting with his worship team as well. I love how the culture of 24/7 prayer causes the worship teams to form a family that does more than just leading worship sets on stage. Songwriting, having bible studies telling stories, going for walks and simply doing life together in a House of Prayer was really neat to see.
It produced a longing in me and made me excited for what could be possible in our own house of prayer in building a culture of prayer, community and strong worship teams that go after the heart of the Lord together.
Sitting in on a team briefing, I was given the opportunity to sing on a team. I was not too interested, but I'm glad I took the opportunity. While it didn't feel all that foreign, it was a great experience to see how the team works together on stage at IHOP, and trying out their in-ear monitoring system was a treat. Not to mention singing with a group of very talented singers and musicians. I am so thankful for my wife Corrie, who held the fort down at home with 3 and for a little bit, 4 kids in the house. Thank you for all who prayed for our trip, I'm excited for what the Lord has for our own house of prayer in this next season! Drummer or Bass Player? It's kind of a silly highlight, but as a bass player myself; I thoroughly enjoyed watching this fellow (name is Trey) playing drums and bass simultaneously. The scary thing is, he did them both really well.
Back to Planning Had some strategic meetings with some leaders on the trip. We have a lot to get to work on now for our coming Fall internship. If you know anyone that would benifit from joinging us for a season of Consecration, direct them our way!