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October Blessings

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The beauty of a Hudson Valley fall is upon us! And with that, so many artful things to do that we keep hopping from one opening to another. Yesterday was Arts walk with my new Ezekiel making it’s debut on Warren Street. The link to my arts/Icon blog is here for more of my art information.

We have been praying for peace in Syria and the Ukraine, asking God to dispatch His angels to protect the innocent and bring miracles to His people.

IMG_7476In Icon class last week, we read of the Celtic Saint Connaire the Pious who, while she was praying, all the churches in Ireland appeared to her in a vision. It seemed that a tower of fire rose up to heaven from each side of those churches.  There’s more to her story, particularly about her petitioning for a women’s right to a Holy burial to St Senan.

“You are persistent said Senan.”

“Well then,Cannaire replied,”Will I get what I asked for? Will you give me a place to live on this  island and the  Holy Sacrament of Eucharist?”  HIs answer was yes! She wasn’t afraid to petition with persistence and that is what we are doing now for the middle East.  Petitioning persistently with prayer.  (The Connaire story comes from the Celtic daily Prayer Book put out bu the Northumbria Community.)IMG_7359

Michael has been visiting many churches and praying with Pastors in our area. He is seeing more and more pastors and leaders being repositioned, moving from one situation or church to start something new, often not knowing what is next but believing that God has called them out of where they had been. He has also discerned that the governance nature of Albany as Capital of New York state, has many feeder influences from other constituents which do not want there to be a spiritual change in Albany which requires a different form of intercession. We are praying into having a local prayer community in addition to the outreach we do in Albany.  We plan to launch a prayer gathering in November and another one in January . We very much appreciate your prayers for God’s wisdom and guidance.

God has been blessing us both with many new friendships and opportunities to meet people who are not churched. That is where we feel led, to use the Celtic model of Evangelization that calls for formation of relationships and friendships first.  It is wonderful and we are kept pretty busy with it all

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I was blessed to present my drawings for the eight large icons for Saint Vincent’s Church in Albany today. They are going to be a beautiful blend of old and new.  So excited to begin the painting now! Please do keep us in your prayers -we can feel them and you are in ours!

Love,

Michael and Christine

“He walks with God who speaks to God in prayer, IMG_7494

and brings to Him his daily care.”

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August and Classes for the Fall

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We are excited about the possibility of teaching people again this fall.  So we are getting the word out where ever we can about the FIRED UP course Kingdom School has planned.

This weekend Michael will be preaching a sermon at Our Savior’s Lutheran on the verse, ‘Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand’, James 5:8. The heart being that guiding centre of our personal values system. The direction we follow and what decides how and why we live our lives the way we do. The second part of the verse concerns a time element, ‘the coming of the Lord is at hand.’  Those two parts, how we live our lives and how much time we have, is why I am so sure that the Fired Up course is really significant in what God is doing in the Albany area.  Fired UP a copy

We see a repositioning of a lot of different Christians coming into the Albany area, people moving out of situations controlled by the spirit of religion into new life giving situations. There has to be a change. We have to seek renewing of our hearts, we have become cold hearted and unable to be the vessels of God’s love. The Fired Up course will be an intense awakening of people who need to get out of the security of the boat and start walking on the water for Jesus. Its time. Its time to stop playing church and to start being living vessels of the Lord Jesus Christ, on fire and in love.    photo

So please let people know about Fired Up, the information is on Kingdom Arts Ministry website. This will be a challenging life changing experience and I can not wait to see who God has chosen for it. If you are unable to make it yourself but would like to contribute towards the scholarship fund there are people who could use some help financially.

 

See Christine’s Art/Icon blog for her news this month.

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Sending you love and blessings,

Michael and Christine          www.mickhales.com      www.christinehales.com

May – GRADUATION 2013

IMG_3481Hello Friends and Family:

Such a slow, chilly spring.  I almost thought moles had eaten the daffodils I planted last fall, but yes, they are now coming up! photoI expect you are all ready for more warmth too, and we know that the day will come when it is all here.  Faith is like that too, and as we now find ourselves with Graduation for our Kingdom GSSM Satellite School we IMG_3409remember this time last year we didn’t even know that there would be a school.  IMG_3454We thought God was calling us to do a school but how?  In this past year, God has shown up in interesting ways when  we needed financial support, guidance, and God encounters with people.

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On May 11, Fifteen students will be graduating from our school and we will be celebrating with a ceremony that includes an address by Pastor Jay Francis from Rock Road Chapel and IAM ministries, and a Prophetic Presbytery.  Some of our students have been invited to give presentations at local churches, teaching on Words of Knowledge, and healing prayer.  The response we are getting is that local churches are hungry to experience what our students have been learning all year.

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Several of our students will be leading youth ministry in our area too, and it seems that our youth is eager to participate in developing a closer relationship with Jesus, too.

We are seeing the effect of our school on communities in our area. Christine wrote an article for a local paper about Community Transformation Through Prayer, which served as encouragement for a woman who feels called to bring a Revival to our town of Philmont by hosting a celebration of God in our local town park on June 1.  We were able to hold a meeting in our home for all the local pastors to get together and each will be sharing in some way with this Revival.  So exciting to see what God is going to do!photo

Now we are praying about what direction God wants to take Kingdom School for next year. We appreciate your prayers as always.

We believe that God is doing extraordinary things in these days and we see an Awakening around us. It is as though we are seeing the first flowers of the Holy Spirit spring, the crocus are starting to appear of His Kingdom. They are popping up all around and we are sure that there is going to be a powerful out pouring of the Holy Spirit. Commissioning celebration

Consider yourself invited to GRADUATION!! Either in prayer or in person. Bless you!! You are each in our prayers and we look forward to hearing from you,

In His love,

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