I took my laptop to Voice of the Prophets last week thinking I would have time to write while I was there. I should have known better, lol. VOP was off the charts this year. Kevin and I stayed at the Marriott (which is definitely the way to go). It started with the Network Meeting on Wednesday. Global Awakening is doing some amazing things through its network members. Larry Randolph spoke at that meeting and then again in the evening. After the evening session five of the twelve ladies who had been in Moravian Falls got together in the hotel restaurant. We had a great time catching up.
On Thursday Kevin and I worked cameras in the morning so the students could do the prophetic presbytery. I remember serving on that as a student and can speak personally into how much effect it’s had on my life (it was a prophetic word at VOP in 2011 that launched me on this journey). Anyway, doing cameras made for a long morning of standing, but Jamie Galloway spoke and it was great. After lunch we headed down for our prophetic words. We went as a couple, and I made a beeline for the first-year student who prophesied over me at the Pursuit conference in January. I wanted Kevin to get some of that, lol. He blessed our marriage and then went into individual words. He saw the Lord taking me under His wings at this time, nestled right under His wings like Psalm 91, teaching me about abiding under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91 has been highlighted a lot to me lately. In fact, I painted a picture with it in mind on Saturday (more on that later).
I don’t have the schedule in front of me so I’m probably mixing it up, but I believe it was Thursday afternoon we heard Kayle Mumby speak. I didn’t know he’d been one of Randy’s interns a long time ago. The Lord kept him hidden for about ten years, teaching him many things and growing him in the prophetic. He’s a great speaker with a powerful anointing. He spoke again on Saturday and shared about the angel with the pillar of fire and an encounter in his trailer out in the middle of nowhere in Canada. Crazy stuff. And God is using him in big ways. I loved his stories and his heart.
I’d never heard Shawn Bolz speak before either, though I’d seen some YouTube clips of him doing crazy prophetic words at conferences and meetings. It was amazing to watch, and his accuracy was incredible. Needless to say, we bought his book, “Translating God”, and I’m looking forward to reading and gleaning what I can from it. James Goll reminds me a lot of a neighbor of ours, and at one of he sessions he started off with Steve Swanson sitting at the keyboards. The whole session turned into worship, and it was so good! A friend who is a seer said she saw things starting to open up over the stage. It definitely felt as if something was happening, though I didn’t see a thing.
Friday night was the commissioning service and I received my license! What a journey it’s been! I feel as if I’ve come full circle. I’m so grateful for Randy and his ministry and am honored to be a part of it. It was very special to have Tom Jones pray for me as the apostolic overseer. He also prayed over my hands for an increase in healing in them and an increase in discernment and words of knowledge to know exactly what is wrong with people. Mike Hutchings reminded me that I have the authority :) Jamie Galloway prayed Psalm 91 over me (there it was again) and said there have been things come against me and “pulled arrows from my back.” He said God is taking me higher and that He is my rear guard. Shawn Bolz prayed a prayer of impartation. He said more but unfortunately I don’t remember! (Ugh!) Kayle put his hands on the sides of my head and kept praying for an increase in His presence. When James Goll came by he stood in front of me. I’d had my eyes closed and he told me to open them. Then he touched the edges of each eye with his two fingers and said, “Grace. Grace. Grace. Grace for Patti.” He got pretty emotional when he said it. Made me wonder what he was seeing.
That evening Randy spoke. One of the things I love about him (and there is a lot to love) is that he leads by example. Inspired by Shawn Bolz, he asked the Lord for those types of words so he could step out. He heard pretty well, too! At one point he called out a phone number (or I suppose it could have been a Social Security number), and no one stood. I dialed the number and it went to a recording so I left a message which they will probably think was crazy. I thought perhaps I’d hear back from someone but I didn’t. But maybe they kept the number and will use it in the future when they need prayer for something. Randy then did something unusual. He called out two first-year students to give words. They both did a great job, but the second one (the one I made a beeline for the day before), well it was like watching Shawn Bolz at work! Everyone was blown away, and he looked quite relieved when people stood up for them. Did he get them all right? No, but the ones he did get were on a level most of us dream about. There is a huge call on his life, and Randy is taking both of these young men under his wing, which I think is awesome.
After the service ended there was ministry time. I got prayer from David Leach, who prayed that I would hear His voice better than ever (amen to that!). Our friends from the “Happy Church” in Baltimore had come and were getting really touched. We eventually made our way over to the place where Kayle was praying for people and got there just as he was praying for another friend. That turned into quite the memorable ministry time! We eventually got to bed after midnight.
Saturday morning Shawn met with the GSSM students (including alumni) and we had a good time of teaching. We got back to the auditorium about halfway through worship, and then Shawn spoke again. It was during that time that I painted a picture of an angel wing. At lunchtime I met another painter, and we ended up talking to a Muslim man who shared that he had a friend who was having trouble sleeping. Later that day I decided to give the painting to him to give to his friend. I hope it helps her sleep :)
Larry spoke in the afternoon. As he’s walking out to take the mic he says, “I have a word for Kevin.” That was unexpected! I quick opened up my phone to record it. Kevin was very encouraged (as was I). We met up with our Amish friends for dinner. I gave a word to a lady at Subway (just a little one, and of course afterward I think of things I should have said). Then Jamie spoke. I noticed that Kevin started to do the twitchy thing (from electricity) and had fun with that because sometimes he’d do it when I put my foot against his leg, lol. Then Jamie started to prophesy over people. He did a few and then called out a number which I instantly recognized and I jumped on it! It was the number that was assigned to us when we joined ANGA (and I remember thanking the Lord that it was an easy one to remember, lol). So I stood up and made Kevin stand to his feet, and we got an interesting word. Let’s just say Cuba is now on our radar. Oh, and having our youth renewed is a happy thought too :)
Sunday morning I drove to York to hear Ravi Kandal. It was interesting that the passage he preached from was the devotional Kevin and I listened to on our way home from VOP Saturday evening. And I saw an alumni from the school there and God gave me a picture for her which encouraged her. I love the gift of prophecy. It is so encouraging and uplifting, not just to the person receiving it but to me too because I’m like, yeah, I do hear from God! I need to step out more.
Kevin leaves early tomorrow morning for a few days and I’m sure I’ll find plenty to do. Yesterday I push mowed the yard and it took five hours. I’m still tired. I did manage to plant some vegetables in the garden and do some weeding today. I hope we get some rain soon because it’s starting to really dry out. I’m still pretty “soaked” from the conference :)