Sunday, December 11, 2011

From Jim and Ann Powell

On Friday, December 9, 2011, we had five people from the Chinese American community come to visit for the purpose of exchanging ideas about organic farming and whatever else may come to mind.
June was a doctor in China and has been in the US for a number of years developing nutritional products. Unknown to her, one of those products was started last year on our farm and is on target for improvement this spring. Her vision is to create a line of nutritional products that will fund Kingdom work in China and could help fund the work we are doing here.
Yao has a PHD in economics and has a vision for connecting the very poor with the very rich. Her understanding of social strata and econ environments will allow her to be a cultural, social and financial bridge builder.
Irene has been a missionary and is now at Bethel's school in preparation for her next assignment. She has a vision for growing quality food in China and running a restaurant from that enterprise to establish a business environment as a base for outreach in China; perhaps with a trial run here in the US.
Fuda has a degree in marketing and has ideas for the business community as a Kingdom launch pad for funding and outreach. Perhaps unknown to him, he has a redemptive gift of teacher. He has a plan in his mind about how to have 5 ideas for cultivating income on the mission field.
Helen has a dream to farm. During the course of our time together, it was very apparent that her spirit understands the land. She easily connected with the animals, and when we prayed for the Goji berries, she physically laid hands on the ground itself for its' healing and blessing. Those who have listened to Arthur Burke teach on this subject will know the value of this lady's gift.
All of these wonderful people were born in China and now live in Redding. They all go to Bethel Church and three of them attend the Bethel School. Their zeal is infectious and their love is genuine. And they want to come back to the farm here for more of whatever is here and help, too!!
sharing and prayer
As we all shared portions of our visions and stories, it was apparent that we were remarkably dovetailed together. The excitement level was pretty high.
As we went out on the property to show everybody around, we went into the pasture area on our way to the Goji berry section. The normally standoffish goats came running toward us in mass. They probably thought I had some food for them. After the initial introductions, everyone got along just fine. (By the way, me and the goats are getting along very well. Instead of avoiding me as before, they enjoy me being around. How is that for a turn-around?)
So we prayed for blessing and productivity for the berry section and the land in general. Then some scriptures started coming. Haggai 2:9, Proverbs 31, Isaiah 62:4 and Haggai 2:19.
After giving meditation to these scripture and weighing them with the presence of the Lord we were experiencing, It seems the Lord was speaking this:
He was marrying our spirit with the spirit of the land and through that marriage there would be an increase of glory on the property that would outshine previous encounters. Any previous seasons of forsakenness and desolation (bareness) would now be overshadowed with the Lords delight and rejoicing. And because of this wedding, this day will now have "first day" status, and that from this day forward would come great blessing. The glory of God up to this day will be pale in comparison to what it will be from now on. The fruit of this wedding will be as the Proverbs 31:10-31 wife giving herself fruitfully for her husband's name sake. (read it to understand its implications; awesome)
As for Ann and I, there was an impartation of becoming one with the land that day; that we had been married to Father's purpose for that property. The presence of the Lord has increased dramatically.
following day
We went to the Seventh Day Adventist church the following day and experienced what we are coming to understand as normal. We hit it off so well with these people just as we had at the community church before. This community is ready for the coming together of the organized and the organic church. Their main desire is to raise up Yeshua and transform their community collectively without regard to who does it and who goes where. The two churches do things together frequently. Both churches reach out locally and globally.
During the course of one conversation, it was mentioned by the man I was talking with, that he had been trying to engage a young man from China; who didn't know English very well; and build a relationship with him so he could share the gospel. He asked if I knew anyone who spoke Chinese. The short version of this is that we will be getting this young person involved real soon.
Well, that may not be everything; new things are happening at incredible speed since we arrived; but that is what is some of what happened this week.
Thank you for your prayers.
Blessings to you all,
Jim and Ann 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Christmas Poem

Tomorrow Is Sunday at the Troutdale House
We'll Gather All to Eat
At 4 PM the Celebration Starts
With All Our Friends We'll Meet

This Is Just a Simple Reminder
To Everyone Large and Small
We'll Eat and Celebrate Jesus the King
Tis Better Than Going' to the Mall

We've Killed the Fattened Turkeys
The Smell Is in the Air
Tomorrow We Will Eat Them
No Leftovers We Will Spare

We'll Worship the King of Kings This Day
We Welcome You to Come
Just Bring a Side Dish
And Our Holiday Wish
Is for You to Enjoy This Poem! the inspiration during my morning run...must be the cold.


A-F Starch Side Dishes
G-M Salads, Vegetables, or Relishes
N-Z Desserts

Thursday, December 08, 2011

This Sunday December 11....TURKEY!!!

We are looking forward to our gathering this Sunday afternoon at 4 PM at the Troutdale House in Troutdale Oregon.  We will enjoy a holiday meal, share about our India adventure, and worship.

If your last name begins with:

A-F Starch Side Dishes
G-M Salads, Vegetables, or Relishes
N-Z Desserts

Carlene tells me these are only guidelines.  If you have a recipe you really want to bring, ignore these suggestions!

We will provide both the turkey and ham, paper goods and drinks!

4 PM Dinner
5 PM India Report
6 PM Worship

We bless you this holiday season and look forward to seeing many of you!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

For six years, I played improvisational Christmas piano arrangements at the Portland International Airport.  This timely  assignment from the Lord taught me much about obedience and listening.  I started a few months after September 11, 2001, and this experience became a template for a fresh revelation of worship and ministry.  I recorded a Christmas album of these songs and want to offer an MP3 of this as a Christmas gift to you.


Thank you for praying for Carlene and I during our recent Ministry trip to India.  Pictures of our International team, the conference, street scenes and the Taj Mahal can be viewed here.  For those of you who enjoy video, I have posted a YouTube video of worship, our sharing, and even India traffic!

Mark your calendars for you Sunday, December 11th's  Worship at the River will be at theTroutdale House and will celebrate a Holiday Potluck beginning at 4 PM. (more details to follow)

We bless you this holiday season.  We have much to be thankful for.