101 ~ Kansas
May 5-10, 2016
Jennifer Lynn Joy © 2016
1:4-5, NASB, “In HIM was
life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and
the darkness did not comprehend it.”
05.05.2016 – Thursday - Due to the Redmond, Oregon airport being
closed for the month of May 2016, I arose at 2:00 AM, then drove 3 hours to
Portland, Oregon to catch the flight. As all the airport parking services that
I was familiar with were full, I tried out a new company for long term parking
that promised free shuttle to the airport when I made the reservation. However,
arrival proved to be quite different and I was required to take a taxi from the
long-term parking to the airport to make the flight on time. As I am taking two
checked bags due to supplies for the Glory Ring Workshop, and have a carry-on
as well with the laptop, to say the least my hands are full. TSA-Precheck was
up and running at PDX, for this I give thanks.
After a brief
layover in DFW airport, I arrived in ICT – Wichita, Kansas, the largest city in
Kansas, in Sedgwick County at 8:00 PM, where Pastors Dave and Elaine met at the
airport. It is good to be here. It is good to be in the company of friends. It
is good to return to a place of the FATHER’s tangible grace, mercy, healing,
and love. For this I give thanks.
newspaper headlines: “Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow” … followed by
“Pioneer Day” and “Ready to Launch”…sounded like GOD to me.
They checked me in at
a local hotel in Great Bend located in Barton County and I slept well. The
kindness of GOD.
John 1:51, NASB, “And HE said to him, “Truly, truly, I say
to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and
descending on the Son of Man.”
05.06.2016 – Friday – Today is the day we have designated to pray
over the territory. Pastor Dave prepared Rosewood Wine – Raspberry Dragonfruit
White Shiraz, Kosher Salt, Sunflower Oil because we are in Kansas and the Wild
Sunflower is the State Flower also known as the Kansas Rose, and “HIS Liberty”
Holy Anointing Oil. Pastors Dave, and Elaine, their son Brandon, and myself begin
Our first stop is at the
muddy Arkansas River where I find seashells which humors me as I am in the middle
of America, not on the Pacific Coast. Then over to the Heizer Park, and a bit
out of town we stop along the railroad tracks where Pastor Dave collected 8
railroad ties (Jael Spikes) for me to ship home, and then to Ellinwood located
in the Southeast Corner of Barton County – “Where Eagles Soar” above “Streets
of Golden Wheat,” and on to the Kansas Historical Marker – Fort Zarah, an
abandoned US Army post (1869). These places are familiar to me, with the
exception of Ellinwood, which is a few miles southeast of Great Bend. The LORD
is clearly extending the parameters of the sphere of influence of the River of
Life Church where Pastors Dave and Elaine lovingly shepherd their flock.
We returned to
Great Bend in time to set up for the Beginning Glory Ring Workshop tomorrow.
Setting up for a Workshop is comfortable and familiar territory for me. What
took a day 19 years ago can now easily be completed in an hour. Sometimes
experience teaches us efficiency. It is also my only Glory Ring Workshop this
year, PAPA G knew I would need this comfort.
After setting up
for the workshop, we prayed over downtown Great Bend preparing the atmosphere
for tomorrow’s celebration of Worship.
Pastor Dave and
Elaine are very attentive regarding meals, any needs that I might have, and
making me as comfortable and welcome as humanly possible. This is a gift. This
is a rare gift.
In the evening,
friends gather and it is a sweet fellowship at the LeRoy’s.
John 2:11, NASB, “This beginning of HIS signs Jesus did in
Cana of Galilee, and manifested HIS glory, and HIS disciples believed in HIM.”
05.07.2016 – Saturday – Pastor Dave opted to combine the Children’s
Workshop originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon and the Beginning Glory Ring
Workshop today, which meant a bit of adjustment and rearranging, but nothing
that could not be easily accommodated.
One of the walls
in the church has Glory Rings hanging, prepared for worship. Additionally,
there are Worship Banners adorning other walls. It is like coming home.
11 (a Hebrews 11
Day) gathered for the day of making Glory Rings. The LORD’s presence, peace and
graciousness hovered over us all day. As a group, we made the City of Great
Bend, Kansas Glory Ring.
workshop, we set up for the Experiential Communion Service tomorrow during the
Morning Church Service.
Then we drove out
to pray and pour out ‘Anointing Oil’ at the
Living Joy Church, the First Street Church of God and the city of Hoisington,
Kansas in Barton County, north of Great Bend.
John 3:5-6, NASB, ‘Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to
you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is
born of the Spirit is spirit.”’
05.08.2016 – Sunday – Mother’s Day – It is a sweet gift to gather with the
family of GOD, especially in Great Bend, Kansas. We offered an Experiential
Communion Celebration this morning, followed by the Ordination of Brandon
LeRoy, and then we gathered at a local’s favorite for a Mother’s Day Lunch.
and Shirley Tomlin came to the service this morning with two of the Glory Rings
from 1996, Kansas (my first State Glory Ring) and “Riding with My King” (one of
the very first tinsel Glory Rings). It is amazing that they have kept the
Worship Instruments in such sacred care. It was a joy to see Mark and Shirley
stopped by the cemetery so that Pastor Dave could place roses on his mother’s
grave. A moment of honor. A moment of love. A moment of memory. A moment of prayer.
A moment of thanksgiving.
LORD gave us an extravagant rainbow to seal HIS Covenant Blessings over us.
Dave and Elaine gave me the gift of Ancestry.com for Mother’s Day…truly
something I have thought about but did not do for myself. However, I can say
that I just loved it. The results are: 44% English 30% Scandinavian (Swedish),
20% Irish, 1% European East, 1% European Jewish, 1% Italy/Greece, 1% European
West, 1% Iberian Peninsula, 1% Africa North. Truly a blessing to have this
4:13-14, NASB, ‘Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this
water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him
shall never thirst; but the water that I give him will become in him a well of
water springing up to eternal life.”’
05.09.2016 – Monday – We stopped by Rosewood, a local gift store
that funds disabled services in Great Bend to purchase a “horse hair vase.” As
there were none on display, we asked, and they happened to have one left, in
the back room. It is an extraordinary piece of art.
As the LORD is
extending the tent pegs and enlarging the sphere of influence, we drove out to Larned State Hospital, Department for Aging
and Disability Services in Larned, Kansas, Pawnee County to pray. I am grateful
for this opportunity and have experientially earned the authority to pray in
this place. "LORD JESUS COME! SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!"
Then we continued
our prayer journey to Pawnee Rock, a farming community. We prayed over the community
and poured oil near a silo where grain is stored. “LORD, increase the harvest”. The
silos are huge. Truly huge. Then on to Albert, Kansas which is northwest of
Great Bend followed by a stop at the Great Bend Coop to pray on our way back to
In the late
afternoon, we stopped by friends to pray with them and over their dwelling
place. It was a sweet prophetic interlude. God is amazingly faithful! Amazingly
Then through a series
of amazing miracles Pastor Dave purchased a van for the church at a ridiculous
price…easily worth much, much more than he paid for it. Only GOD!
We drove through
St. John in Stafford county, on the way to Wichita, Kansas where we shared
family dinner in the van as it is a torrential downpour outside and it is
easier to gather in the van than to gather in the restaurant. Then Pastor Dave,
Elaine and Daniel give their farewell hugs, love, prayers and blessings and I
check in to a hotel close to the airport for the 5:00 AM departure.
John 5:19, NASB, ‘Therefore Jesus answered and was saying
to them, “Truly, truly I say to you the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless
it is something HE sees the FATHER doing; for whatever the FATHER does, these
things the Son also does in like manner.”
05.10.2016 – Tuesday – The alarm awakened me at 2:00 AM, to
prepare for the Shuttle at 3:00 AM, to prepare for the 5:00 AM Flight. Following a 10-hour layover, when I arrived
at PDX (Portland, Oregon) at 6:30 PM the shuttle for the long-term parking was
not available again so it was a $30 taxi ride for 2 miles to the Super 8 Hotel
where my vehicle is parked. Then I drove home to Bend, Oregon arriving at 10:30
PM. It was a 22-plus hour day…what else is there to say: GLORY TO GOD!
05.11.2016 – Wednesday
5/11/2016 10:33 AM, Jenn Gmail wrote:
Pastors David and Elaine,
I noticed the acronym for the cities we prayed over spells “HEALS”
(Hoisington, Ellinwood, Albert, Larned, St John) I believe River of Life is
changing from a “hospital” to a “Healing Center”…I believe the Gospel
of John will be strategic in the next seasons.
All in GOD’S REMARKABLE HANDS!
Much Love, Many Blessings
From Pastor Dave…
Love, love, love it. Shared at church tonight. Also, another domino fell. We
have been on hold for our roof to be fixed on the church through insurance.
Local roofing company not getting the job done. They started work Tuesday and
it should be done tomorrow.
NASB, “For the FATHER loves the SON, and shows HIM all things that HE HIMSELF
is doing; and the FATHER will show HIM greater works than these, so that you
will marvel. For just as the FATHER raises the dead gives them life, even so
the SON also gives live to whom HE wishes.”
Yours for YESHUA, THE KING OF GLORY!
Jennifer Lynn Joy
©JENNIFER LYNN EASTON JOY