Amy and I took a trip to the beach in Oregon for some much needed rest and relaxation. There is something so peaceful and "enormous" about the ocean. We love to walk and pray for long periods of time listening to the bigness of our God. When we arrived, Amy and I began walking down the beach talking with the Lord together and then she turned and walked one way and I the other. As I (John) was walking and praying in The Spirit for approx. 10 minutes or so, I began to hear another language come out of my mouth that I had never heard before. In fact, it was so different that it surprised me. I immediately asked the Lord what language it was. He then clearly responded "It's Polynesian. I'm sending you to the Polynesian people soon". Now, I had no idea where "Polynesia" was! (That's how clueless I was about geography at the time). I responded to the Lord and asked Him where it was. He said "Go look on a map and I'll show you what I'm talking about". So after I walked the shore a little more, Amy & I went back to our hotel room and looked it all up. Sure enough, Hawaii was at the tip of the Polynesian Triangle where God was highlighting the Polynesian people groups to us. Little did we know that it would be a few more years before we would actually be able to go and see this wonderful place so many have spoken of.
2005 - The first move
A lot had taken place over the last 4 years in our lives. But to make a long story short, we were given permission by the Lord to pack our bags to spy out the land the Lord was giving us. We sold just about everything, packed 4 BIG suitcases full of our things and headed over to Kona, Hawaii. Papa allowed us to experience the people and the land to get a taste of what was yet to come. We remained for less than a year and then headed back to Oregon to regroup, process a little more (well, a whole lot more) and embrace the future and the coming of the year 2009.
2009 - Living and working on Maui
We had been thinking about Hawaii constantly through the years and praying about the timing of our return. 2009 proved to be the year where we were able to experience what another island was like. This time it was Maui. Oh how we connected with Maui! There was something special about this island and we just knew that God had something for us there. We didn't know it at the time, but God was giving us a sneak peek into his heart for a long term plan.
We lived and worked on Maui for a season learning the ways of the people and the lay out of the land. We were able to taste what business was like and we learned many lessons on this trip. God began to speak to us about establishing gatherings and training centers in the islands that would take people to new heights in him and they wouldn't look like anything else we had ever seen. When it came time to leave the island we knew in our hearts that something long term would be established on Maui and beyond.
2011 - Administrators on Maui
This was an interesting time to say the least. God had opened a door with the company we were employed with to move over to Maui once more and work as Administrators for a retirement living company. We were traveling regional administrators, so this afforded us to work and live on Maui for another season. This proved to be a time where we learned more about the culture, land and what island warfare was like at a whole new level. Not only did we get to experience Hawaii principalities, but also island mindsets. The work proved to be very difficult and we found out quickly that the enemy was bound to try and keep us off the islands for good.
One night while staying in temporary housing we experienced something that was unlike anything we had experienced before. In the middle of the night we immediately awoke and felt a horribly dark presence fill the room. Amy & I both shot straight up out of bed and began to tell whatever it was to leave. (Little did we know, the house we were staying in was built in the middle of an ancient path to The Volcano called Haleakala.)
The next morning we awoke looking at one another saying, "What happened last night??" We figured out pretty quickly that we were not wanted on the island. It didn't stop us though, that morning we began to pray and ask God what it all meant. It wasn't long and he began to speak to us. He said, "I'm giving you Maui and the islands". He then showed us a picture of a blood washed Maui and a blood washed Hawaii.
We remained working for a time after this incident and then had to return to Oregon due to the company needing our help with another community that was in dire need at the time. Although we were a little disappointed in having to leave again, we knew we would eventually be back to settle.
in between trips to Hawaii
It's important to note that Amy & I had made a couple of others trips with family members to Maui and Kauai in between these years for fun and relaxation. The Lord has interesting ways of having others glance into the future of what He will be doing in the lives of those he chooses for his purposes.
2013 - Princeville, Kauai
Wow! what a beautiful and peaceful place! Kauai is no doubt one of those places that is unforgettable in beauty and peace. The North Shore of Kauai is absolutely breathtaking and Amy & I loved it!!! Once again God was letting us see more of the islands. On this trip we thought we would remain more permanently, but God had different plans.
The night before my birthday Amy & I experienced an unusual amount of spiritual warfare. We had always been aware of the darkness surrounding the islands, but this time it was as if everything went up to level 10 in the spirit realm. (Each and every one of us will go through our own adversity and warfare concerning our calling and the territory assigned to us. Sometimes the journey gets long and our emotions get tired, but we know deep within that we cannot back down from what we've been shown. Gods ways are not our own soulish ways and He knows that it's a process in the trust category. Trusting that His way is always best and this particular trip to Kauai proved to be one of those times.) Long story short, Amy and I had somewhat of an emotional melt down and began crying out to God for answers. The answer didn't come that night, but it did come the next morning and it just happened to be on my birthday.
Amy and I woke the next morning and were still pondering what direction we should take. Should we stay and make a go of it this time and never look back? Or did God have a different plan? The message from a long time acquaintance would provide a little more insight as to what we were going through. Although our Facebook friend would provide some of those answers, we knew in our gut we needed to return to Bend, Oregon a short time after that phone call for more of Papa's plan.
2014 - It's time to leave it behind and get on the "boat"
October 31st.....my birthday. It's birthday time again and Amy and I knew God would speak once again. God usually speaks on my birthday and this time we were ready. We wanted to hear all that He had to say to us, because we had been getting download after download about Hawaii and the confirmations to return. God began to speak to us on the evening of my birthday through some friends and then powerfully through the night by way of a special song replaying in our spirits over and over again. The next morning Amy began to share with me how she had been hearing the song "Somewhere over the rainbow" by IZ, the late Hawaiian singer, in her spirit all night. With a somewhat surprised reaction I said, "No way! me too!".
Now, to give you a little background on this particular song. Approximately 6 months prior someone came up to us at a meeting and sang that very song not realizing that it was specifically for Hawaii and the land the Lord was calling us to.
In the middle of the night while Amy was getting this song in her spirit, she also heard the Lord say, "If you are willing to go to Hawaii this time I will back you all the way".
Friends for a lifetime
Little did we know that Papa had brought us back to Bend and Oregon in general, to connect us with key relationships that would last for life. God has connected us with some really amazing friends. You know, the kind aren't there for any other reason than to love you...the real you. It's been a truly wonderful time in many regards and to be straight forward, difficult in other ways. Regardless, we have been so grateful for the relationships Father has given us and the plans we are seeing in our hearts more clearly than ever.
Landed on Kauai again for another recon-mission of the land. Stayed for three months and returned to Bend.
Received a download from the Lord through prayer for more of the blueprint of our inheritance in Hawaii. We began revamping everything in light of what we were shown and are relaunching our site with gatherings in Hawaii to follow. Our dream is own a house in Hawaii and one in Bend, Oregon to travel back and forth between the two.
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