Team Seasoned Heart, based in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, provides financial support as well as training teams to carry out missions in cooperation with Mission Team For Christ, a Christian ministry, and Hopewell Christian Fellowship, our church plant in Kilgoris, Kenya. Paster Dan Ombija is a Kenyan who is leader to both those ministries. Team Seasoned Heart’s Kenyan mission trips include training youth leaders, ministering to widows, orphans and prisoners, and providing medical care. Hannah Hunter, president of Team Seasoned Heart is now based in Kilgoris, Kenya full-time. She has established her home there. We also have started a ministry school to take back the cultural mountains – religion, family, business, government, arts and entertainment, media, health and science, and education. Most of our students are college graduates. We have successfully launched four businesses.
We are privileged to carry HIS heart to East Africa from a base in Kilgoris, Kenya. We have also been branching out into southern Africa. We invite you to, above all else, pray in agreement with the Holy Spirit for HIS purposes for this region and the people. While we see God as our Source, there is the principle of the Sower and the one sent to the Harvest field and the blessing to both. We invite you to come alongside of us and sow financially into the ongoing Harvest and reformation.
The Secret Place
Have you ever heard of The Secret Place? The first time I heard about it was in 2017 during a meeting of a church group we called The Underground. The way it was explained to me was that it was a place where you and only you could go and meet one on one with Jesus or any of the threefold Godhead. Here you and He could connect on a new level and could talk without anyone else able to overhear you. It was truly for just the two of you alone and was unique to each person.
It has only been within the past year that I have gotten to actually go there. There were a lot of obstacles that had prevented me from entering the secret place, most of them put there by religion. Once I was able to break through those barriers, I finally found it. If you will walk with me I would like to show you what my secret place looks like and tell you a bit about what has gone on there.
At the entrance is a wrought iron gate that curves up towards the center where the gate doors meet. The gate is attached to the inside of a stone arch. Green hedges run out from each side of the gate and wall it off from the outside world. When I touch the gate, it is cool to my skin. Stepping inside makes me feel like I’m in another world, cut off from anything outside, in fact all I can see from the outside are trees stretching into the sky.
In front of me is a small dirt path lined with decorative stones with more hedge walls lining it from the gate. The chirping of birds and the rustle of water can be heard even from here. The air is pleasantly cool to me with no humidity and inhaling it always bring a peace and refreshing. At the end of the path is a sunny clearing with a large stone fountain shooting water into the air, gracefully falling and running from a small top bowl into a larger bowl below. Inside the large bowl I can see small colorful fish such as goldfish darting about.
When stepping into the clearing I can see it is ringed with more hedges, trees, bushes, as well as a wide variety of colorful flowers. Gold, orange, and blue winged butterflies’ flit between the flowers. In front of the fountain is a stone bench. This is often where I find Jesus and where we spend a lot of time talking. Here I can tell him anything, even the things that I’ve done that I’m not proud of and not once have I ever felt judged or condemned for it. He can be serious when addressing these things but a smile is never far behind so you know you are still loved and how happy He is to see you. Once He had me bring a box with me filled with my cares and worries and give it to Him.
I remember asking Him about why He had built the secret place and He told me that there were several reasons. The first was He wanted a place just for Him and I to be together. He really wanted a special place just for us. There was also the practical reason of having a place where the enemy could not get to us, could not overhear us and anything spoken of was just between Him and I. Another reasons was that He loves to create and build. Since He built the universe why not build something special, make it beautiful and peaceful? One thing He told me was that He tailors each place to each individual that’s its meant for.
If we got past the fountain, we see two breaks in the hedge wall leading to two other paths. The one to the right I have not been able to go down, it is obscured by a thick fog. Jesus reassured me that I would be able to go there in time just not right now. He also told me I would love it when He took me there. The left path opens up into a wooded area, reminding me a bit of places I enjoyed exploring as a child. Below is a grassy bank and a gently flowing creek singing its rippling song. When we go there we don’t talk as much but instead just lay on the bank, listening to the water, the birds chirp, the wind through the trees and the gentle feel of soft grass on our backs.
That is my secret place so far and whenever I go there I find myself rejuvenated and more at peace that before. I encourage everyone to find their secret place and take that time with Him because it will absolutely help get you through the times, we are in. Don’t let religion get in your way either. What set me free was learning that it is ok to visualize what meeting Jesus is like and as I did so I was able to unlock the secret place as well as new depths in worship. I wish I had been taught that earlier, so I pass it on here in hopes that it helps you as it did me.
The Scepter and the Rod
We must embrace we are not local living in a bubble but in a global community. Digital age and technology has shattered our ability to ignore things happening on the “other side of the world.” Missionaries often run into the wall of blank looks and inability to relate when sharing the plight of the people and people groups not in our own borders. How interesting that these people groups are now invading our borders or flying their spy balloons over our land.
Using the word “woke” has such a negative connotation but am so glad for the mercy of GOD and HIS kindness. Events are happening many times a day that are to alert us and engage us to take our place on the wall or on the front lines. Do not fear for HIS has formed you. HE saw the time in history, the country, and the family in which you were places on the earth. The GOD who is meticulous in every detail made no error nor did you slip through the cracks. Just look at nature in a storm, at a sunrise, the stars, or the animal kingdom and you will sit in awe for hours.
The scepter has its origin in the shepherd’s rod. Kings in the east ,where many were pastural, had a scepter but was also known as the rod. He/she was a shepherd of his people. Signified protection, power, and authority and sovereignty. Affording his people freedom, independence, and liberty. Held out for comfort and for correction. We snicker in derision because sadly this is not the case with many monarchies. We have strayed so far from HIS intent.
Psalms 23, here in the USA, is used in many funerals; however, it is desperately needed in this season to stand up and walk circumspectly before the LORD. It is in the same verse with though I walk through the valley of shadow of death that rod and staff is comfort. Presently my family and I are walking my mother through Hospice. I can say HIS hand of mercy and kindness have held out this rod/scepter.
Many involved in witchcraft use lightning. They stole that from the Creator GOD. We have authority over the elements. In Revelations it talks about the throne room, altars, and angelic activity. Lightning is involved. Let us take back that element with authority.
January 1,2022 in Kilgoris, Kenya I released a word that the LORD would hold out HIS iron rod this year. It was an election year. Just this past weekend as I was praying at the midnight watch which is for leaders, altars and blood covenant I was declaring Psalms 23. I saw President Ruto, of Kenya, holding out this rod/scepter. It became like a lightning rod. Attracting the lightning. He was struggling to hold it steady- not sure if because of weight or heat.
Growing up I remember lightning rods being on top of houses and barns to attract and absorb lightning in a storm to prevent fire. Especially farmers who had their crops and livestock in barns. My dad was raised on a large farm. Even though we lived in town because he was businessman he would get up in a storm and dress because that was the habit in case, they had to rescue animals from a fire caused by lightning.
My prayer is President Ruto will wield a righteous rod and scepter for the land of Kenya. His wife is a praying woman. I remember the prophetic acts and prayers at his inauguration and I pray these back to GOD. Take courage in HIS words not what you see.