IRC North America Update ~April-May 2013
“Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.” Psalms 24:7
We’re witnessing the most significant acceleration of world events that I can remember in my 70 years. Things that have long been forecast or prophesied are taking place with amazing speed and accuracy right before our eyes. At the same time we’re seeing the Church, the Body of Christ, come together for worship, prayer and witness to a degree we haven’t seen in decades and the Kingdom of God is advancing in wonderfully tangible ways. Though there is much that could make us fearful, I am very happy to be alive and working in God’s Vineyard at this moment in history.
With that said, I find I’m running to keep up with the Lord and playing catch-up with communication. It is such a privilege to be part of some of the wonderful works God is doing in Simi Valley, Ventura County, California, the USA and around the world. Here’s a brief update on recent ministry.
Simi Valley: We continue to pray from 7-10 AM each Wednesday at Church of the Living Christ and are seeing incremental answers from the Lord. Origin (@CLC) is continuing to reach and disciple the next generation and COMPEL is an initiative to mobilize worship, prayer and evangelism between and through other Youth Ministries in our community. Chazon, our Messianic Congregation church plant, continues to grow and advance. Rabbi Shawn will defend his Doctoral thesis this Saturday at King’s Seminary and graduate on Sunday. He’s also just completed translating the Book of Ezekiel for an English Messianic Bible, a very daunting task. The “Deep End” bible study continues to grow bigger and deeper as we study through books of the bible—currently Genesis. People from several other churches attend, contributing to unity in The Church of Simi Valley.
There is growing unity, intimacy & vision in the Simi Valley Praying Pastors. We continue to support and encourage each pastor & church as well as pray for revival & awakening. New opportunities to collaborate with the Mayor, City Council & Police Department to deal particularly with an epidemic of drug addiction and kids OD’ing on prescription & illegal drugs are an answer to prayer. Simi Valley Community Church will be launching “The Landing,” a support and recovery group for young people battling drugs & alcohol addiction, later this month. PTL! We just began our second year of the monthly SV Prayer AWAKENING which I’ve been spearheading on behalf of the Pastors, Churches & Ministries in Simi Valley. We’ve been hosted by 8 different churches/ministries to date. We still have a ways to go but are encouraged by what God doing.
Ventura County: Just before heading to Kansas City in late March we had a gathering of a growing Prayer Coalition with quite a few young leaders from across the county who have a vision for Worship, Intercession and to see a 24-7 House of Prayer raised up in Ventura County. In April we met with 11 young people from Ojai at the Eagle’s Nest HOP. We listened to their hearts as they shared their desire to see Nights of Worship & Prayer raised up in each of our 10 cities and see their generation reached with the gospel. Since the beginning of the year there have been several expressions of these nights of Worship & Prayer in Ventura, Ojai, Simi Valley and Camarillo with many more to come. We’re believing for a “Prayed for County” where God is welcome, there’s an Open Heaven and where it’s difficult for people to go to hell!!
California: In late April we traveled to Oakland where we met with several Houses of Prayer from the Bay Area, Beulah HOP in Alamo, IHOP in Pleasanton, and the NAOS House of Prayer on the UC Berkeley Campus, one of the most liberal universities in America. (Coincidentally, one of the presenters at the TW 2020/IHOP KC Prayer Summit was the head of the underground church in China. He came to the Lord while a student at UC Berkeley several years ago. Isn’t God amazing!) On Friday night we celebrated the Passover of the Second Month from the time of Hezekiah. On Saturday I had the privilege of praying for the Students from UC Berkeley, really radical young followers of Jesus who are having an incredible impact on their campus and region.
North America: The Transform World 2020 / IHOP KC 70 Hour Prayer Summit was beyond great. People, Churches, Movements and Missions coming together in Common Cause is to be celebrated. My takeaways: Unity, Emphasis on Prayer & Evangelism; Empowering the Next Generation; Raising up Houses of Prayer throughout our world. Scores of International Church & Mission Leaders came to KC on their own dime to promote prayer, unity and Transform World’s focus on the 7 Global Challenges, 7 Speres of Influence, 3 Generations of Participation and 10 Regions of the Word. God is breaking down historical, denominational and traditional barriers to Usher in His Kingdom!
Global: I’ve once again been asked to be part of a major Prayer Outreach to the Seven Churches in Asia Minor (Turkey-Revelation 2-3) & then to the 2013 Feast of Tabernacles in Israel, September 6-26th ($5,225). Our friend Rania Sayegh, whom I met in Kansas City, is an Arab Palestinian Christian from Nazareth on the West Bank. She is working with both Jews and Palestinian Arabs and will be doing a Reconciliation Gathering on The Brow where the leaders of the Synagogue in Nazareth attempted to throw Jesus to his death. She’s an amazing woman and I’m hoping to be able to join her and the others for these events. I’m in hopes of flying from Israel to Belgium for the 30th Anniversary of YWAM Belgium ($1500). I would be there for approximately 3 weeks renewing bonds with YWAM Belgium and Pastors, Churches and Ministries we worked with for many years. I need God to provide +/- $10,000 in the next few weeks to make this all possible. Please pray God makes this possible. God is more than ABLE!
- June 22, 23—One in Messiah @ Church of the Living Christ, Simi Valley
- July 19th—Ron celebrates 44 years in ministry. God is SO Faithful!!
- September 6-15—Prayer Journey to the Seven Churches of Revelation in Turkey
- September 16-28—Prayer Journey to Feast of Tabernacles in Israel / Day of Prayer & Reconciliation between Jews & Arab Palestinians in Nazareth
- October 12—YWAM Belgium Celebrating 30 years in October. We moved to Brussels on July 1, 1983 to found YWAM Belgium. Time flies! This is an IMPORTANT priority. More about this in my next letter!
I’m so deeply grateful for your continued partnership, prayer and financial support. I couldn’t do what I do without you. In the natural, the upcoming events, especially the travel and ministry to Turkey, Israel and Belgium are absolutely impossible. BUT, we know that, with God, nothing is impossible and, with God, ALL things are possible. I would so value your prayers as I seek to follow God and in some small way impact Simi Valley, Ventura County, California and the World with the Gospel of Jesus. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am for your friendship, prayers and support!
Opening Gates for the King of Glory,Ron Archer North American Coordinator International Reconciliation Coalition To Contribute to this Ministry – Send a Check or Online Bank Payment to: IRC North America P.O. Box 941749 Simi Valley, CA 93094-1749 Memo: North America