Sunday Morning Session with Graham Cooke

Graham Cooke with Tony and JaneOur Sunday session was a wonderful culmination for our conference. The worship — once again, led by Klaus and his team — was wonderful. Jane made time during our worship for us to pray for healing, and asked everyone who needed a touch from the Lord to pray specifically and with expectation that they would receive what they were asking for. A number of testimonies came in from people God touched.

Jane has said that she believes the we will see many more manifestations of healing in Aglow in the months to come. This conference is the beginning!

Graham was our speaker for our final session. He picked up where George left off the night before and shared about prayer. Here are some highlights from his message:

The way we think has to be fully aligned with the Father.

George Otis Jr opened a crack in the heavens last night and showed us a higher dimension of prayer. Our prayer life as a ministry needs to be aligned with a quickening spirit. We’re used to the slow buildup of prayer — but we need to step into a quickening spirit that says “Lord, do it now!”

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Saturday Morning Generations Session

Jessica, Kimmy, Kariah, Amanda, Ashley and Anna. Our amazing Generations team!

Jessica, Kimmy, Kariah, Amanda, Ashley and Anna. Our amazing Generations team!

Wow, I don’t even know how to begin describing this session. Several months ago, Jane had asked our Generations team at headquarters, led by the inimitable Anna Hammer, to take the Saturday morning session. She wanted them to showcase all the ministries of Aglow in a creative, interesting way. Boy did they deliver!

I laughed, I cried (several times), and was amazed at the talent and creativity of not only our Generations gals, but of everyone who participated in the session. – Rick


To pick up where Rick left off…

The days leading up to the Generation Session were shrouded in secrecy.  We knew we were in for a big surprise, but no one was talking.

After opening worship with Klaus, the Generations Team danced “flash mob” style to Our God is an Awesome God.  Yep, it was worth the wait already.  They were amazing!

After team introductions, they showed a video showcasing the 45 year history of Aglow International.  From 4 women sitting around a kitchen table to 170 nations today, one can only be struck with awe at what God has done.

Now on to the interviews showcasing the Aglow Ministries.

Male-Female Reconciliation Mandate

The first interview was with Jane.  Anna started off with questions about the male-female reconciliation mandate.  Jane shared from her heart how the mandate was received.  In the 1970s, Jane was a stay-at-home mom dealing with struggles with her family at home.  As she partnered with the Holy Spirit in prayer for the life of her family, especially for her son, she began to see things turn around.  It was then that Jane saw the importance of the role male and female must play together as intended in God’s original design.

Islam Mandate

Zabrina RobinsonWhile Diane Fink read prophecies given to Aglow concerning the Islam Mandate, Zabrina Robinson, Generations Southeast Regional Coordinator, did a captivating interpretive dance.  Diane Moder then spoke about the Islam Mandate.  The love and compassion flowing from her heart for the Muslim people was perhaps a small glimpse of the heart of God for the sons of Ishmael. She then spoke about Diwaniya – the Rest of the Story, the Aglow television series which has touched the lives of multiplied thousands of Muslim men and women around the globe.  The segment concluded with Dr. Victor Khalil speaking a blessing and praying over Aglow in Arabic.  Powerful!

Israel Mandate

Jessica Wilson interviewed Sandy Wezowicz about the Israel Mandate and the Wow Seminars.  If you’ve never attended a WOW Seminar, hop on board the next time one is in your area.  This seminar which is now being taught around the world will educate, inform, and equip you with the tools necessary to be ready “in season and out of season” concerning Israel and her role in the world. Find out more about Watchmen on the Wall Seminars.  Statements were then made from IBOD members declaring their solidarity with Israel in their corners of the world.  We were honored to have Rabbi Charles Kluge close the segment with the Aaronic blessing.

Generations Project

Tawny BondBeginning in 2006, the Generations Project now has 55 groups in 20 nations. Anna Hammer interviewed Raymond Bond, the onfire leader of the Generations group in the DC area.  Raymond and his wife Tawny reach out through expressions of the creative arts.  Following the interview Tawny, did an anointed expressive dance.  Wow! Closing this portion, Nashon, from the Bahamas Generation Group, stirred everyone’s hearts with her poem entitled, “What’s My Occupation?”.

Transformation

Since 2007, Janet Mangum, Transformation Director, has been leading teams to communities, villages, and cities all over the globe touching lives and bringing true transformation to hearts.  From evangelistic outreaches to teaching people business skills, a community will never be the same after a visit from the Transformations Team.

AIM

Diane Fink, Director of the Aglow Institute for Ministry was introduced by Kariah Kussman.  With a QA session complete with Jeopardy music, we learned about AIM.  To date, students from 17 nations and 4 continents have participated in AIM courses.  With online training available 24-7-365, what are you waiting for?  Find out more about AIM.

Men of Issachar

Jessica Wilson interviewed Rick Allen, IBOD Member, Director of Aglow Creative Services (and so much more), about the Men of Issachar ministry.  This ministry connects men globally in prayer through email, bringing them together to pray for issues on the world stage or men’s issues specifically.  As the ending punctuation for this segment, 5 Aglow men did a rousing Barbershop style song complete with handlebar moustaches and straw hats.  Of course, Tony’s mustache fell off at the gitgo making everyone roar.  We can only hope they hold on to their day jobs, lol.

Capital Prayer

Ingred, Netherlands National Prayer CoordinatorWith the knowledge that the seat of government is the most strategic place in the nation, the Capital Prayer ministry was born.  Nancy McDaniel, Aglow Prayer Director expounded that Capital Prayer is not a program of prayer, it’s all about positioning.  Nancy related that recently in Ghana, 8,100 people gathered in their capital city to pray for the nation. Ingred, Netherlands National Prayer Coordinator, told about how her team prays in The Hague at three specific locations the Lord showed them, praying with the theme, “Return to your Creator”.  During their first prayer walk they passed the Prime Minister of the Netherlands on the street and exchanged greetings.  The team blessed him in the Name of the Lord.

Anti-Human Trafficking

Jessica Wilson, Anti-Human Trafficking Specialist did a dramatic interpretation of a poem from the perspective of a woman caught in the trap of human trafficking.  It brought a glimpse of the reality of what it must be like to live in such a nightmare.  Jessica also told the story of a group of young women who were caught as sex slaves.  Every night for one year the girls prayed to Allah that they would be set free.  One night, one of the girls remembered that her grandmother prayed to Jesus, so  they decided to do that.  Shortly thereafter, the girls were rescued.

The Generations Session concluded with Ollie, from the Faroe Islands, leading in worship in English and in his native tongue.  What a gift!

Great job, Generations Team!  Yep, it was worth the wait.

Martha

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Saturday Evening Session with George Otis Jr

David Stanfield

David Stanfield and his group of banner-wielding Australians added a powerful element to our worship sessions.

On Saturday evening, the worship went on and on and on and on! It went from loud celebration to intimate communion and then back to celebration again. I especially enjoyed seeing the men (about 20 of them) worshiping with banners, led by David Stanfield from Australia. Seeing the flags waving in unison around the large meeting hall was so inspiring. I loved it!

When George Otis Jr got up to speak, he said “I’ve come to a conclusion about Aglow International — you’re all worship addicts.” So true — and the Lord is dancing with us — or maybe over us as it says in Zephaniah.

George spoke about prayer this evening. Here are some highlights of what he shared with us:

I once spent 72 hours straight in prayer — without sleep — and felt exhilarated when it was over. It was during a revival in another country and I had come there to document what was happening.

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Friday Evening Session with George Otis Jr

On Friday evening the people began gathering early in anticipation of the worship and the message, both of which were amazing. Klaus led us into the throne room as we reveled God’s goodness with songs of joyful celebration. From up on the stage, I have an unobstructed view of the free worship that we appreciate so much at Aglow conferences. I love to watch the dancing, banner waving and shofar blowing. People from over 100 nations celebrating together. This truly is a taste of Heaven!

George Otis Jr was our speaker for this evening’s session. I have always loved the Transformations documentaries that George’s ministry produces, so I listened with great interest as he shared. Here are some of the highlights from his message:

George started off by quoting from Psalm 145:
I will extol You, my God, O King; and will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.

In order for us to tell the next generation about God’s mighty acts, we need to experience them for ourselves. We need to encounter God as He is so that we can pass it on. The only way for us to that is to get outside our churches, into society, and let God’s power be manifest in our lives. Continue reading

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Flag Parade

Friday Morning Flag Parade/Jane’s Keynote Message

We love the Africans!

We love the Africans!

Wow, wow, wow! The Flag Parade is always one of the highlights of our global conference, and this year was no exception. As each nation made their way through the crowd, prayers, applause and cheers went up. We have 104 nations represented at this conference and around 3000 in attendance. The atmosphere was electric as we prayed for the nations and worshiped. Jane quoted from Psalm 2:8 “Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.” What an experience!

Jane shared her keynote message after the Flag Parade. We’ll be posting a more complete report of her message soon, but for now, here are the highlights:

I recently spoke at Chuck Pierce’s Head of the Year conference. After my message, Chuck gave a prophetic word that the “bees are amassing again” and that this would be the “Year of the bee.” Chuck saw a “miracle box” with honeycomb. As women began to stand in the midst of the honeycomb, women’s structures were appearing. As they worshiped, honey began to appear throughout the earth. Nations were shifted. It was so powerful, it was as though the words had never been heard before. Women will play a crucial role in this, and men will stand with them.

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Thursday Worship Concert

Terry MacAlmon blessed us with an amazing time of worship on Thursday evening.

Terry MacAlmon blessed us with an amazing time of worship on Thursday evening.

Terry carries an anointing in his music that has blessed millions of people over the years.

Terry carries an anointing in his music that has blessed millions of people over the years.

On Thursday evening, we enjoyed an amazing time of worship led by a long-time friend of Aglow, Terry MacAlmon. Terry carries an anointing in his music that has blessed millions of people over the years. I personally was unfamiliar with the name when Jane mentioned earlier this year that she’d like to ask him to do a worship concert at conference. But after hearing some of his music I realized it was just the name that I wasn’t familiar with. I certainly had heard his music.

Terry took us into the throne room with familiar songs like “The Glory of His Presence” and “You Deserve the Glory” as well as some of his new songs. It really was a glorious evening and I felt totally refreshed when it was over. Before the service I spoke with Terry briefly and found him to be warm and easy to talk to. He expressed how excited he was to be connected to Aglow again and how much he appreciates his friendship with Jane.

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Thursday Morning Global Leaders’ Summit Part II

Graham shared again for the second part of our Thursday morning Global Leaders’ Summit. His topics included the power of proclamation and confession and how to be a consistent overcomer. I loved it! Graham started off by quoting 2 Peter 1:2-4

God has  granted to us his precious and magnificent promises so that by them we may become partakers of the Divine nature.  Having escaped the corruption in the world through lust.

What you perceive that God is to you must and will drive every thought, word and action in your life.

Grace is not just undeserved favor.  If it’s only undeserved favor, then Jesus didn’t have any.  He grew in grace and favor with God and man.  Grace has to be more than undeserved favor.

Grace is the empowering presence of God enabling you to  become the person that He sees when He looks at you.  When God looks at your He doesn’t see anything wrong with you because he put it on Christ on the cross and buried it, so please rest in peace.  Then he calls you to be resurrected and born again into a new life.  When God looks at you, he looks at you in the context of a new life.  Whenever there are gaps in that new life, there is no condemnation for us.

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Thursday Morning Global Leaders’ Summit Part I

Graham CookeGraham taught about Reframing Our Thinking during part I of our Thursday morning Global Leaders’ Summit. I appreciated this teaching so much. It reminded me of how important it is to evaluate each of my thoughts, and to replace the negative thoughts with positive ones. Once again, thanks to Janet Mangum for the great notes! Here’s what Graham shared with us:

Repentance is an invitation to think differently and have your mind renewed.

Keeping an upgrade depends on:

  1. Receiving God’s perspective on who we are in him.
  2. Adjusting our thinking in line with his thoughts over us, which enables us to keep every upgrade he gives us.  We win the  battle to get free, but then we need to win the battle to stay free. Every breakthrough has to have a follow through.
  3. Establishing a new mindset. If you don’t, you will default back to where you were before.  There’s one battle to take ground, another to hold ground.  Holding that ground depends on how we think and see ourselves and the language we use from that point on.
  4. Using language that expands our personal territory in the Spirit.  There is a territory with your name on it. We are a stakeholder in the Kingdom.

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Wednesday Afternoon Global Leaders’ Summit

Graham Cooke

Graham Cooke speaking at our Global Leaders’ Summit

For our Wednesday afternoon Global Leaders’ Summit, Graham shared about “Adjusting Your Spiritual Lens.” As always, Graham’s teaching was insightful and challenging. Here’s what he shared (thank you to Janet Mangum for taking such great notes!):

A lens either bends or light or blocks light.  A lens is something you see through.  It determines what we do or don’t see.  It can bend our viewpoint or block it completely.  A lens can be formed by assumptions or beliefs.  Various traditions tell people what lens they can use.  Some appeal to reason, which creates a glass ceiling we can’t break through.

Its difficult to move when all your parameters for life is taken out of logic.  God is much too bright to be an intellectual.  Wisdom is the ability to understand how God sees, why he says what he says, and how God likes to do things.  Wisdom is the party animal of heaven.

Some churches preach that we are sinners, others that we are saints.  Some teach grace as a lifestyle and others judgment and shame.  Everyone of those is a lens.  How you see something or someone.  We form opions of people that can’t become grace-filled, beause of our lens.  We speak judgment to that people group.

Some people say the church and the Kingdom are the same.  Its not – its preaching gospel of the kingdom  Not a worldly construct of what they have up there.  He came to ring what they have up there and bring it down here.  We are not trying to fit the kingdom into the church.

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Wednesday Morning Global Council

Jane Hansen HoytAglow leaders from 104 nations gathered on Wednesday morning for our Global Council meeting. Jane reminded us all that the leaders present represented 170 nations, and that over the history of Aglow, there are 192 nations that we have touched at one time or another.

Jane shared with our national leaders that they are a critical part of the ministry. She said that we need to stay focused on the message of who we are in Christ, keeping the enemy at our backs and keeping Jesus before us.

As Jane often does, she reminded us all about the word in 2008 where the Lord told us that He wasn’t giving us a vision for the functionality of ministry, but that He was giving us Himself. She said that our greatest mission as Aglow leaders is to be conformed to His image and to carry His presence wherever we go; the real game changer is about His presence.

Jane said that preoccupation with ourselves must give way to a greater revelation of the Great I Am. Jesus said I am with you always — not I will be with you — He said I AM with you. It’s about His presence.

Jane also referenced a word that was spoken over Aglow at Church Pierce’s recent Head of the Year conference:

I saw the Lord, first of all washing your feet with butter and honey. I heard the Lord say, wherever you enter, whatever the soles of your feet will step upon, I will sweeten that ground because of you and bring healing to a whole generation. I saw nations rising up, nations  of people, with their hands lifted up and because of that which has been transferred from you, life and breath came into them.

Jane and Kathy Sanders shared about the new GameChangers initiative and how that will be rolled out to the nations. Jane said that GameChangers will be shifting the game to a new level. When our intentionality begins to rise to meet His intentionality, we begin to see prophetic words fulfilled.

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