As we close out the year 2023 it’s a great time to reflect on the last 365 days. As with every year, there’s always the challenges and heart aches but the joy, peace, light and hope filled days
always overpowers the difficulties and darkness.
As a church family we accomplished quite a few things. We supported the orphans in Peru and Kenya, and we helped local families with food and Christmas gifts. We gave to several ministries that are ministering the same message to others around the world. We saw many people healed in every way. Ministered to those in grief and widows. “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” James 1:27 For me, the greatest joy of this year in ministry was our church family bonding together. There were a few families that moved away and our Body was not huge. We gained a few wonderful people into our family this year though. They are all quality people and have added so much to the Body. With Ed’s vision of a “new” church and an awakening already happening, I feel the Lord has brought the right people, at the right time, with the right giftings and humble hearts to create a foundation that will not crumble as the new is built on it.
This year has been such a blessing to us. The fellowship, friendships, togetherness, and unity that this Body has is like nothing we have experienced before. We have extra classes and two-thirds are involved in at least 1 and some all of the extra teachings. The hunger for the truth, wisdom, and clarity is so strong. The passion you each have to learn and apply what you are learning is amazing and so inspiring. This is part of what keeps us united and strong. Learning together, learning from one another, finding new truths and sharing with one another is so powerful. My dream was to have a Bible School here and although it doesn’t look like the normal Bible school, the dream is being fulfilled. People come out to classes 2-3 times a week. This is nothing I could have organized or envisioned on my own. Only God😊
I’m going to head a different direction now and step out of my comfort zone to share something that the Lord has shown me. It might be hard to write on paper so I’m trusting the Holy Spirt to show you in the spirit what He showed me. This week as I was praying, I saw our church in a different light. It’s been prophesied that we are a lighthouse church and we agree. We are making a new sign and logo that will a rebranding for the “new” church. I also saw something different for our church. It was an archway across 285 right before our church as you are headed up the mountain. The kind of rock archways they used to build across the roads that emphasized entering something different. I saw an archway but heard the word gateway. We are one of the first buildings right on the highway as you come out of the canyon. You can see the church for a ways sitting on the hill. I saw in this vision that what we have at Mtn High Chapel will change the atmosphere of the mountains. As you come up the mountain you see the light shining from our building and then pass through this gate into what I saw as a “promise land”. From the church to Fairplay, where we have a church plant, and on down 285 to Monte Vista, where another church is being planted, what is happening at Mountain High Chapel will affect it all. The 285 corridors, from Mountain High to Monte Vista will be a highway of blessing. Then He gave me this verse:
“Go out through the gates! Prepare the highway for my people to return! Smooth out the road; pull out the boulders; raise a flag for all the nations to see.” Isaiah 62:10 NLT
“Go through, Go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; Build up, Build up the highway! Take out the stones, Lift up a banner for the peoples!” Isaiah 62:10 NKJV
This is so exciting to me! What a great vision and opportunity!
Right now, our church family is about 30 families strong. Hallelujah! That is a praise the Lord for sure! There are about 10 more families that come off and on and another 10-12 strong families at Bar Church. I do not always know who watches online but there are many faithful viewers each week. Right now, there are about 20 families that are involved in other teachings, classes, gatherings at Mountain High on a regular basis. That’s amazing! This is our foundation. This is our unity. The greatest part is that His love, joy and peace flows through every area.
Mountain High Chapel will be 70 years old in January. We have been a part of Mountain High, either as a teen, young adult or married couple, for about 50 years. We have been here as a married couple 46 years. Years ago, the pastor of this church buried my first husband and married Ed and I. There’s so much depth, so many roots that run deep in the ministry of this church. We have ministered here as full-time pastors for almost 30 years. As far as we can tell we are the longest serving pastors of one church in the area. The love, steadfastness, integrity, truth and ministry that has come from within these walls the last 70 years is absolutely amazing. Sometimes we wonder what difference we have made in the last 30 years in the community. It is one of those things we may never know but I see so much of it stored up for this season and the new vision. I looked up the meaning of the number 70 and one reference says 70 symbolizes perfect Spiritual order carried out with all power!! We are ready! Let’s prepare the way, build up the highway and raise a flag for the nations to see.
I’ve said a lot and now we need to go forward. Can’t be just words but there must be action. The only direction I know right now is to continue to grow strong together, learning, applying what we learn and ministering to those He brings to us, going out into the highways and byways and sharing His love. We will get a new sign and a light that shines from our rooftop. We will continue classes, go out to minister in the community, continue to minister to orphans, widows and those struggling right now. One of the greatest directions we need to establish right away is a strong prayer ministry, not prayer chain. We have a strong prayer chain. This will be so vital in the days to come. We will train and raise up leaders so that we can all do our part, with our giftings. We will encourage one another, help one another, laugh and cry together, break bread together, pray together and continue to grow in our unity. “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47
We will continue to stand for America and not give up or let down our guard during this election year. We will learn more in those areas. We will do a study on relationships so as we add others to our family, we will know what godly relationships are all about. There will be marriage classes, Foundation classes, Men’s fellowship groups, Ladies get together’s and conferences. We will study the Book of Acts and understand what a Spirit filled Body of Believers can do as we trust and believe our Father, listen to His directions and flow in the power of the Holy Spirit. We will not neglect to train up the children and have a powerful strong Children’s ministry. We continue to pray for our youth and young adults and believe there will be an awakening and shaking in that generation and our leaders can teach them to be strong and mighty in the Lord. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Ephesians 6:10
A couple months back the Lord told me that 2024 will be the year of the open doors. There will be many doors open for us to go through and we will have to be ready. He’s also teaching me to not procrastinate. It’s amazing the difference that makes. We must not put off for tomorrow what He says to do today. This will only hinder us when we aren’t ready for the door He has opened or we don’t see it. This is vitally important. Then He will close the doors of evil that are around us and in our country. Doors and gateways – His opening things up! I’m excited for 2024. This is the first time in a few years that He has given us so much vision and possibility. We’ve been faithful to prepare, grow and build. Now the time has come to step through the doors, the gateways. “Go through, Go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; Build up, Build up the highway! Take out the stones, Lift up a banner for the peoples!