Building the House of Prayer. Preparing for His Return.
“Look at the nations and watch–and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” – Habakkuk 1:5
Since 2011, Brian and Joannie have served as missionaries at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. This is where they met, married and with their young family, faithfully serve the Lord in their ministry assignment.
The world is in crisis. Multitudes have rejected the Biblical definition of marriage. Many are confused about the nature of Islam. Pornography is pervasive. Public anger floods our society. For many, fear abounds. In all this apparent disarray, what is the Lord doing?
One thing He is doing is raising-up places of prayer where He is awakening hearts to the beauty of Jesus. These places of prayer are making Him known through song, clear Biblical teaching and an environment of prayer that allows for a heart-to-heart connection with God. During the past six years we have seen pastors refreshed; the hurting, healed. Our brothers and sisters from closed countries empowered, and young leaders equipped to minister with a vibrant heart. While serving with IHOPKC, we’ve witnessed the Lord breathe life into His Church and prepare it for what lies ahead.
IHOPKC is an Evangelical mission organization committed to the Great Commission, the Sermon of the Mount lifestyle, preaching of the Word, and discipling of young people to impact nations. The heart of all these activities is the prayer room where prayer and worship has continued night and day since 1999.
As God restores a culture of prayer in the Church, He’s called our familyto shepherd and train others in these settings. These places of prayer need servant leaders who minister before Him and care for people. Since arriving at IHOPKC, we have served on the mission base in various capacities. Brian serves with Immerse, a short term training program that refreshes believers and strengthens them in a life of prayer. Both of us are faculty at the International House of Prayer University. Brian trains young people in the Forerunner School of Ministry and Joannie teaches at the Forerunner Music Academy in both the English and Chinese schools. We also travel and encourage churches in America and Asia.
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You can view the Global Prayer Room in Kansas City here.
THE GLOBAL PRAYER MOVEMENT
What is the house of prayer movement all about? God is reviving the Church with the spirit of prayer as He said He would do before His return (Isa. 56:7; Amos 9:11-15; Acts 15:15-16). Corporate prayer has sprung-up across the earth during the past two decades. Since being at IHOPKC mission base, we’ve met people from Egypt, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Netherlands, Brazil, Canada, China and many other nations whom God has stirred to build praying communities. All of them have stories of how the Holy Spirit told them to build prayer in their local church or house of prayer. Some of them had never even heard of IHOPKC until later.
Are you interested in knowing more about the prayer movement? If you are still desiring more, you can listen to the prophetic history. There are over 25 supernatural, prophetic encounters that God graciously gave to solidify the direction of this movement so we could partner with Him in faith. These stories will encourage and empower all believers as they address not just what God will do in Kansas City, but across America and the nations leading up to His return.
If you are in need of things to study regarding ideas mentioned in this blog, check out some of the topics Brian has taught which are on this website.
Also, you can find notes and audio/video teachings from IHOPKC senior leaders. All teachings are by Mike Bickle unless otherwise noted.
The Millennial Kingdom: What priorities Jesus has in his leadership and what He will do when He returns to earth.
Aug. 3rd we returned from our five week trip to Taiwan and Hong Kong. Here’s the video update of our trip. We are so thankful for the rich time with family God gave us. Also, the Lord allowed us strengthen the Church and form lasting Kingdom relationships with dear believers in several churches. Even with […]
The month of May was a special moment for our mission base. It was also a special moment for Joannie. This was the first year for the Chinese music program. Joannie has been he primary music theory and piano teacher for these precious ones who came from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. For her, […]
In the Spring, I (Brian), returned from visiting the Global Prayer House in Medicine Hat, Canada. The interns in their YWAM school were preparing to go to Central America on an outreach. Since the launch of this school, they have seen over 30,000 salvations where they’ve preached, as well as healings and encounters with the […]
We, as well as the other missionaries who serve with us, have the privilege and responsibility of building a team to carry out our assignment. We can’t fully obey the Lord in this work by ourselves. We need a team of friends who will stand with us in prayer and financial support. We invite you to help us train future leaders and strengthen the Church as we proclaim the beauty of Jesus in the context of night and day prayer.
In the first six years the Lord has allowed us to:
Train 500 young leaders and musicians
Equip 3,000 believers in short term programs
Strengthen the Church in 12 local conferences in Asia and America
Minister to the Lord 4,000 hours in prayer and worship
There are several ways you can support us financially. You can give electronically through IHOPKC’s website with a credit card or bank withdrawal. There is a 3% processing fee that will come out of your gift.
Or if you’d like to support us by writing a check. You can make it out to “IHOPKC” and mail it to the address below. My name can’t be on the memo line if you want a tax deductible gift, but you can put it on a post-it-note and stick it to the check to designate it to me. If you do not put my name on a post-it-note, the gift will not be applied to our account. Please don’t include correspondence to this address. The address is:
IHOP-KC Missionary Support 3535 East Red Bridge Rd Kansas City, MO 64137
Contributions to IHOP-KC are income tax deductible to the extent allowable under applicable law. Contributions to IHOP-KC are made with the understanding that IHOP-KC has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds.
Over the past several years, we’ve ministered in New Jersey, New York, Indiana, Iowa and several Chinese-speaking cities in East Asia. In some of the events we’ve had multiple churches participate across various denominational backgrounds. Our passion is to empower believers to walk in their gifts, know their identity in Christ and understand God’s purposes in the earth so they can partner with Him. We’d love to come to your location. We look forward to discussing with you how we can partner together. Areas of ministry we offer are:
The Beauty of Jesus
Prophetic Ministry and Training
Prophetic Evangelism (Treasure Hunts)
Small Group Encounter Prayer
God’s plan with the nation of Israel
The Sermon on the Mount (Christian Lifestyle)
House of Prayer and Tabernacle of David
End Times (God’s priorities and plan leading up to His return or the Millennial Kingdom)
Piano Training / Music Theory (to support prayer services)
Brian has always hung out with youth. He hopes it never changes. He has spent time as a youth pastor at a Vineyard church and an English teacher in the public schools. Also, he has spent three years in East Asia where he taught ESL and discipled students outside the classroom. Since 2011, he move to IHOPKC to serve as an intercessory missionary, growing as a lover of Jesus and a messenger. IHOPKC is a mission organization that ministers to the Lord in unceasing prayer and worship unto the great harvest of souls and the Lord’s return. For the past ten years, he has trained on the prophetic gift. In 2006, He and a friend began intentionally cultivating a prophetic community by launching bi-monthly trainings at their local church.
Some of Brian’s other interests include basketball, but he’s not as quick as he used to be; hiking, he has been up in the Rockies a few times, ran into a moose and got stuck in a lightning storm at 13,000 feet; Scrabble and learning languages, he once told an elderly Taiwanese lady on a long distance train to “stop kissing his behind”—by accident of course; eating food from various cultures but not duck’s blood or beetles in a bowl—although that may have happened once; and playing piano and guitar.
Brief Testimony – Brian
Several times in my childhood the Lord met me and it profoundly marked me. As I look back on those times, I am so grateful.
My father was a cardiologist and church-planter. His life of faith and friendship had a big impact on me. We have other family members that serve the Lord in full-time ministry: My grandfather was a medical missionary in Kenya in the 1950’s and my great-grandfather was an itinerate preacher. But in all this, there were broken things in the family.
In 2008, I entered youth ministry. Immediately, I hit a “dead end” with several generational issues rising-up that threatened my productivity and even–my life. Every day became very hard to live. Through a series of events, the Lord delivered me from depression and other deep spiritual bondages. I began meeting regularly with friends where we sat with the Holy Spirit in prayer. The Lord would bring healing, identity and understanding through impressions and pictures in these encounter prayer sessions as I continued to embrace Him.
As God met me powerfully, He began to demonstrate the power of His love to our youth group. Within a few weeks, our team was doing about ten hours of encounter prayer and deliverance for the students as all sorts of things happened that I had only read about in books or Christian biographies. This was a very exciting time as we were learning new things in the Kingdom every week. I began reading books on inner healing and deliverance to gain language for what was happening. This season went on intensely for about a year. As I got to know Jesus’ heart in a new way, I looked for more places to feed my hunger. I began devouring IHOPKC’s teachings online. I was hungry for teachings about Jesus, what was important to Him and His end-time plan. We began training the youth to fast and pray, do the Sermon on the Mount and continued on in exercising the prophetic and other spiritual gifts. Around that time the Lord had us lead a trip to the Onething Conference in Kansas City in 2009 and 2010. Several of the youth had dramatic encounters with the Lord then. This came as we spent long hours in worship as we adored Jesus and heard His Word and He met our hungry hearts.
In 2011, the Lord called me into the prayer movement. He was faithful and kind to give me several encouragements along the way to stay steady during this transition. I still rehearse these things to encourage myself in the Lord. In 2011, I moved out to Kansas City to do an internship on prayer. The first week I was there I met Joannie. We hit it off and began dating. I was surprised at how many Chinese speakers there were in Kansas City at IHOPKC.
Then in 2012, the Lord revealed to me through a series of events that I was an SRA/DID survivor from abuse that happened early-on in my childhood. I thought He brought me to IHOPKC to serve as a missionary. He did. But He also brought me here to slow down parts of my life to bring healing. A lot of experiences in my past began to make sense. I had always felt that something was not right and was seeking help, but for what exactly, I wasn’t sure. This discovery was the key. The Lord brought several key friendships and healing ministries to help me encounter Jesus and grow in wholeness (Restoration in Christ Ministries and Seek First Ministries). During this time, He strengthened me to get married, have children and start a new life, a life with more parts of me working together as God intended.
In this recent season, the Lord has brought good fruit in my life as a lover of Jesus, husband and father. He has shown me that I am His inheritance and that He will go to no expense to rescue and restore any lost part of me. That He is more interested than who I am before Him than the work I do for Him–He’s had me take significant amounts of time to sit with Him and allow Him to heal me which has required me to be still. That I am not whole until all of me is put back together–and this is happening. That God takes great delight in me at whatever stage of maturity I find myself. That God uses the thing we thought would kill us to give us a great inheritance if we do not quit.
Oh the glory we have in Christ! He is ours and we are His–forever!
∗The opinions contained in this blog are personal and do represent those of IHOPKC.