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The Eagle Has Landed!

Recently Christine and I were swimming in our communal pool, close to sunset, and we had a visitation from a bald eagle. It swept into a tree close by, then decided to come and perch directly above our pool, on a low oak bow. We watched it and it watched us. We prayed and sang in tongues. It watched us. We treaded water and swam, it kept watching us. Half an hour later we finished swimming and the eagle was still there.

Mick Hales
c. Mick Hales

Biblically, eagles are associated with Old testament prophets. They are also symbolic of spiritual victory. They are one of four faces of the cherub, along with humans, lions and eagles. They are often described in flight because that is where their beauty, speed and power is really evident. They are also very caring and nurturing for their young.


In June 20th 1782 the bald eagle was adopted as the American national emblem and appears on many forms of coinage, bills and national insignia. The eagle represented leadership and freedom. At this moment America is poised at possibly the most significant political election of our lifetime. Which direction the eagle flies will determine the kind of world we live in.

Mick Hales
Mick Hales plant

America, for many, was known, as a ‘great melting pot’, where people of all kinds, color or social standing could join in, with grit and desire, to form an extraordinary blending of multiple talents. This blending was unique in its vision of and for freedom. Unfortunately, that vision has fallen into multiple layers of divisive misinformation. The real truth about America is hard to identify, but that has become our work of the future. The ‘truth and reconciliation’ programs which have led many nations and communities out of extreme division and destruction, could be explored here. However, that route functions not through a spirit of politics, of domination and contrition. It has to come through the Holy Spirit, of truth and forgiveness.

Flower.Mick Hales
Flower.Mick Hales

The church, in its collective nature, needs to focus not on the realm of politics, but on the Holy Spirit and Kingdom of God.  

John 8:31-32  “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

The church has handed it’s work over to politicians and politicians have run with that power for their own gain. We need to really find the truth behind the deep roots of division and disparity of race, employment, incarceration and health within America.  The church is the only body capable of doing that. 

Plants.Mick Hales
Plants.Mick Hales

So, I am praying, for righteous leaders to start searching for truth and reconciliation, from within the church. To come forth to lead a unified church, not from the fallen platform of politics, but through the living body of Christ. It has worked in the past and with prayer it can happen again here, ‘in the land of the free.’

I hope that is a prayer you could join with me in.

Sending Love and prayers,

Michael and Christine Hales

Mick’s photography Christine’s Icons

Happy New Year!

Dear Friends and Family:

Happy New Year!  And of course we wish you a really Blessed 2020 with many new doors opening by the Lord.

Happy New Year photo by Mick Hales
Happy New Year photo by Mick Hales

December seemed to happen very quickly this year, perhaps because things just kept popping up that needed to be done.

Our News

Michael had a surprise phone call asking him at 9:30 on Boxing day morning to undertake a marriage at 1:00 that day at the hospital he volunteers at. Christine has developed a lot of new women friends in Christ and was invited to several Christmas parties by them. We managed to receive a day of generational healing prayer, at Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, which was a powerful Blessing. Michael had one memorial service and five other services at Freedom Village to lead and preach. On top of all that we made it to Art Basel Miami to see what was cooking in the art world.

Michael leading a wedding ceremony at the hospital
Michael leading a wedding ceremony at the hospital

Christine completed a commission of St Francis and the Wolf  of Lubbio which came out beautifully. She has been diligently focused on drawing skills and it is really bearing beautiful fruit in her icons. This month she will have a one evening show of her icons at a prestigious carpet gallery in downtown Sarasota called ‘Art to Walk On’ on January 24th and has been preparing a variety of icons for that. It is going to be stunning.

Politics and the love of Christ

Of course we have to bring up what happened this December with the impeachment of the President of the United States. It is almost like the ‘Emperor has no clothes on’ within Christian circles because it is hard to talk about.  As so much division has happened within the body of Christ, much of which seemingly slipped into following a political spirit rather than holding to the Holy Spirit; the evangelical right regarded Donald Trump as a savior, regardless of his overtly unchristian persona.  ‘Christianity Today’, had the fortitude to really question whether the President should be given carte blanche by Christians.  We continue to pray that God will provide good leadership for this country, today and in the years to come.

Seabirds by Mick Hales
Seabirds by Mick Hales

Each month Michael writes an article for the Freedom Village Newsletter, ‘The Crier’ and last month it was about ‘Holding Hands.’

He is adding it below, because it could be extrapolated to the situation our country finds itself in. It is a piece on small steps of faith that can lead to larger changes through unity. Jesus said a house divided cannot stand. How do we bridge the gap of extreme division within this country before it is led to tyranny?

How to return to relying on the Holy Spirit’s guidance and not a spirit of politics within Christian living.

As 2020 opens there needs to be some deep searching for truth in our prayers as to who we are following, Jesus Christ or partisan politics. I pray that each side of this deep divide can reach out to touch the other and heal.

Advent Wreath on Christmas Eve by Mick Hales
Advent Wreath on Christmas Eve by Mick Hales

Holding Hands

We all know what it means to hold hands with someone we love, someone special to us. A spouse or one of our own children. Holding hands is a way in personal relationships we can express trust, comfort, fondness, togetherness and love.

But what about when we hold hands with someone we do not know so well, maybe someone we are visiting and want to show a sign of support for what they are going through, perhaps they are ill or experienced a loss recently. That can take a step of faith to put your hands out for someone who may not know you. The actual activity of sharing another person’s hands results scientifically in the release of oxytocin in our bodies giving us a feeling of safety and warmth.

I remember as a child walking through the streets of Enugu, a town in Nigeria where I spent several years, people would just touch you as you walked past. It was culturally normal that touch would happen between people, even strangers on the streets. To us in a ‘Western mindset’ this seems very intrusive, we prefer to keep an invisible barrier around us that other people stay out of.  We would hate being touched by people as they walked past  us on the streets, by hands held to out to the sides so there was a connection as one passed. This very simple gesture was a way of connecting, a way of placing oneself in the present and acknowledging all life around us as we travel through it.

Saint Francis and the Wolf of Lubbio, Icon by Christine Hales
Saint Francis and the Wolf of Lubbio, Icon by Christine Hales

We find in the scriptures that Jesus throughout his ministry would touch people as he was healing them. We also know that people would try to touch him in the crowd or even just his garment; Mark 3:10, is a good example.

‘for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him.’

When Jesus was touching people there was a transference of power by the Holy Spirit to heal. That is why I believe when people come together to support or even pray for others, holding hands is a wonderful way to bring us all closer together, as we present ourselves and our concerns to God.

Let us continue to gather as lovers of Christ and hold hands as we pray for our country, our world, and each other in the year ahead.

Celebrating Michael's Birthday and Boxing Day!
Celebrating Michael’s Birthday and Boxing Day!

Sending love, prayers, and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Christine and Michael

Mick’s Photography      Christine’s Icons      Christine’s Art Work


Healing Prayer Teaching in Cambridge, NY

Dear Friends and Family:grad

Just a quick note to invite all who live in the New York area to come to St. Luke’s Church in Cambridge, New York on Saturday, March 15, 9:30-4PM where we will be hosted by Fr. Jim French and teaching  more about how God desires to move in our midst and how we can co-labor with him to bring more of Heaven to New York!

There is no cost for the conference, however a free will offering will be taken. Please bring a bag lunch. Drinks and refreshments will be provided. The conference will include time for worship, teaching on Words of Knowledge, a Five Step Healing Prayer Model and Deliverance as well as opportunities for ministry.

There will be an opportunity to receive healing prayer in the afternoon after the teaching sessions so bring those you know who would be blessed by this opportunity.

Also a quick mention that Bill Johnson’s Church in Redding, CA is hosting a conference starting tomorrow  on “Developing Prophetic Communities” .  For a small fee you can watch on line – increase your knowledge while still here in the frozen North!

Love to you all,

Michael and Christine