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Heavenly encounter for real

17 Jul

Stories to Inspire

With the Kingdom Age decisively sweeping over us, it’s time we begin to identify our new spiritual frontiers and nurture new spiritual giftings which will be necessary in order to fulfill a new commission.   Ascended Life Community (ALC) is actively engaged in growing into our new M.O.

Cheryl had never had a Heavenly experience like this before.  She sincerely longed to have a genuine encounter… and didn’t want it to be an exercise of her own imagination.  After this encounter, as she told the story, her copious happy tears were more than enough evidence for her and to us, that she truly had a Heavenly experience.

Healed by my Father

“In a group ‘ascension’ experience, I asked the Lord to take me to His heart and Throne.  As I began to ‘ascend’, quite unexpectedly, I found myself ‘traveling’ back to my homeplace in northern Philippines.  I ‘came down’ on a gravel path in the middle of a large grain field.  Father God met me and led me into a large white mansion.  We walked through the mansion to a back patio where a ‘buckboard’ type 4-wheeled wagon was waiting.  It was being pulled by a carabao (water buffalo). Father God sat in the front seat holding the reigns while I sat behind Him.  As we traveled through large fields of full headed grain, it was incredibly elating to me to lean over the edge of the cart and run my hands through the heads of grain.  Occasionally, He very lovingly looked back at me and we would laugh together.  After a while, we ended up sitting side-by-side on a grassy high place overlooking all the fields.  Soon, I realized that I had started this entire experience as a little girl, but somewhere by the end, I had transitioned to my current adult age.  I felt exceptionally loved, secure, happy, full and carefree throughout the whole experience!  Then… I was back in my physical surroundings.”

“Much of my early childhood, my earthly father was absent from us, sacrificially paving a way for his family to join him in the US.  This Heavenly experience brought to my attention a ‘father void’ that I didn’t know I was living with.  My Heavenly Father healed me by showing me that He was ‘fathering’ me the whole time.” – CH

DPM Update – 2013 Nov – Happy Thanksgiving!

27 Nov

Dear Friends

Happy Thanksgiving!

     “But THANKS be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place..” – II Cor 2:14    May your hearts, your homes and your families echo the myriad reasons that we have to be thankful to our awesome Savior!


     About six weeks ago, Deb and I spent about 2 weeks up in the North country – MN, WI and IL. We ministered 12 times in 8 different venues. 

     Here are a few testimonies:  Yay God!!

* We prayed for a couple who had been trying to have a baby for a year.  The very next day they text a picture of a positive pregnancy test.  What makes it even more cool is that they had received two negative tests earlier that week.  Just last week Momma heard the baby’s heartbeat at the Dr’s office.

* A happy, tear-filled lady who had migraines for several years… shared that she came to meeting with one, but was suddenly and completely healed when prayed for.

* An older lady walked in with great difficulty using a walker and cane, suffering from fibromyalgia and neuropathy and a shoulder pain.  When we all prayed she was healed, and was so ecstatic that she didn’t want to stop testifying… and walked out without using her walker, carrying her cane over her elbow.

* Saturday evening we had a hilarious time sharing and singing prophetic song over individuals… more laughs and joy than we’ve had in a long time! So FREEeee…

* Sunday night, lots of melted hearts and tears of joy as Jesus sang and spoke over them.

* Tues eve we met in a house church in my Illinois boyhood hometown.  Two pastors (with wives) attended… my high school teacher and a school classmate… among others.  Our hosts wanted a ‘linger longer’ meeting… where we just took our time loving on Jesus.  And we did just that.  There was lots of participation and hunger for more.  We’ll doubtless be going back… which is strange because I have never had much faith for my little rural hometown.  Hmmm.  Jesus could change all that.  Yes, Lord!

Redding Trip

     A couple weeks ago Debbie and I attended the bi-annual Leaders Advance at Bethel Church.  Not only was it a blast and a great boost of vision and inspiration, but we got to hang out with our kids: Luke & Sarah and Lydia… and that’s not all bad, if you know what I’m saying!!  The last couple of days, Luke and I rallied a dozen ‘He-men’ to hike a couple of miles up a mountain to do He-men type stuff like climb rocks, walk felled trees over ravines, throw things, jest, spar, tell big stories, compete, swing on ropes around cliffs and lift small cars.   I’m not really sure why men have to do that kind of stuff… maybe it’s just because it can be done. 🙂   On those same days, Debbie took Lydia on a memorable 3-day mother-daughter trip to Disneyland in LA where they got to ride crazy dizzying roller coasters and Lydia got to meet all her favorite fairy-tale princesses… and get their autographs, among other exciting things.  Their smiles and the pictures indicate that the trip was over-the-top successful. 🙂

Philippines typhoon

     We are pleased to say that none of Cheryl’s Filipino relatives were affected by the recent record setting typhoon.  They live in the northern provinces of the northern island.   The typhoon went through the mid-section of the country.

      Testimony from a personal friend, Brian Longridge from Cebu City, Philippines

     “We’re OKAY!!!!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for your prayers, words, not even tears can express our gratefulness.. The storm has turned more North, too far north to hit us, and it was like it became not what it was predicted here.  We had to flee to Marco Polo, because it said w a storm that strength, over 300 kph,.(gusts were 380) a 7 m surge wud come and our house is 5 m high , the whole building shook.  We all cried because we seriously thought we were dying…also latest news was because of the strength it wud Exit the Philippines in a Cat. 5. It was declared by CNN as the strongest typhoon ever recorded on the planet. YOUR PRAYERS DID IT, your faith… thank you, THANK YOU”– Brian

      Listen to Brian’s 6.5 mins impromptu instrumental worship if you want your heart to ‘leave the planet’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quc3YQPZBcg

Honduras Trip in February

     Daryl & Deb Billings and Debbie & I will be going to San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  We’ll be ministering at a conference (or ‘congress’ as they call it).  Then we’ll minister in village churches around the region during our 14 day trip.  Among other goals, we plan to visit several orphanages.  If you would like to contribute financially toward the poor and orphans, we’ll make sure that 100% gets directly applied to worthy needs. 

San Diego trip

     Most of the Hendrickson family will gather in San Diego next week to rally with other great friends, including Dave & Ann Clark, Mark & Tami Riley, Martin & Rebekah Neil, Walt & Julie Meyer & their family and other local friends to host ‘Christmas at Horton’ on Sat afternoon, Dec 7th.  Horton Plaza is an upscale shopping mall in downtown SD.  This is a special treat and a special ‘outside the four-walls’ expression of the Good News.  Besides sharing Christmas music, we’ll infiltrate the mall by handing out restaurant coupons for free food, we’ll pass out 5000 copies of Julie Meyer’s new Christmas CD, and we’ll be buying impromptu gifts for mall shoppers.  This is a no-strings-attached gift of God’s love… just because God loves the world!  Let us know if you’re interested in joining and spreading the love!

     In the days prior to Dec 7, we’ll join other groups around the city for nights of worship and God-encounters… stuff we love to be a part of.

Testimony from a recent house church

Paul (house church host) asked me to write a brief testimony about my healing on 11/9/13 at their home:

“The Lord brought strength and flexibility to my back. This is after 16 years of deterioration after a spinal fusion in 1997 (surgery was supposed to prevent my vertebrae slipping any more than the 2 centimeters it had already moved – due to a deformity I’ve had since birth). I had no physical therapy after the surgery due to insurance issues, so my overall health began to deteriorate. 

Since arriving here at Bethel, I’ve had several face-to-face encounters with Jesus – lifting my heart to believe that ALL the promises I’ve had over the years and all the times I’ve been prayed for were not in vain.

Saturday night, I came to our small group. (God bless them!) I wasn’t expecting anything. As the worship continued – with such a sense of unity and agreement in the room – and His Presence seemed to increase with our praise – I was taken to a NEW PLACE OF REST. I felt safe and… well, unconditional love, really.

Then the Lord gave someone a word about me which led to prayer for my healing. Pain levels had intensified for 2 days before I came. I was exhausted when the night began, in a lot of pain and very stiff.

After prayer and my verbally coming into agreement with the GOOD that was happening – all of a sudden the pain levels went down. I had more flexibility in my neck and shoulders. And then – I COULD BEND OVER AND TOUCH MY TOES. (I’ve been doing this off and on today!) There’s a strength in my back that wasn’t there before. I can walk more freely – without feeling like I’m dragging my body around with me. 

I think the Lord restored all the muscles in my back and torso. I know there is more healing to come, but what I received Saturday was a miracle. It used to be quite an ordeal to get up from a seated position. Now I just pop right up out of the chair!

People at the group didn’t know that I’d been crying out to God “Don’t pass me by! Don’t pass me by!” Saturday night, the Lord was very specific in answering that prayer – I heard someone say: “He has not passed you by. He has not passed you by.” I LOVE when He does that. Then you know – again – He does hear you.

My heart, my expectation has increased. A new level of Hope has taken hold. A new level of Wonder has me captivated. His face – which hasn’t changed – is still before me, but I’m seeing Him with new eyes. …in between touching my toes!”

A couple days later:

“My back still feels different.  There’s a strength there I haven’t felt since…. I don’t know when.  When I walk up the stairs to my apartment or walk around the complex I don’t feel like I’m dragging my body around anymore.

A metal plate and 2 screws are still in on the left side of my spine – I don’t know what kind of metal it is.  But because last Saturday nite was SO unexpected – whatever He did to strengthen my back gives me hope to keep believing for a full healing.

Thanks again.  It was wonderful worshipping with you.  I’ve never experienced that level of agreement/unity in a group before – anywhere.  It was glorious.”

Healthcare options

     You have healthcare options. Christian Medi-Share is exempted from Obamacare requirements. Our family has been a member of Medi-Share for over 15 years.  Its technically not insurance but a medical sharing program with other Believers.  Each time we’ve needed medical assistance, Medi-Share completely fulfilled its commitment.  Even though we comply where insurance is legally required (e.g., auto ins), I’m not fond of the idea of insuring myself by the world’s systems.  But with Medi-Share, each month members are made aware of several names that their sharing amount goes to… which feels more like the Early Church culture of helping one another.  Members are encouraged to write to and pray for these specific people.

     In the interest of full disclosure to you, for every person who joins Medi-Share, the referrer receives a small referral fee if their name is mentioned at sign up.  http://mychristiancare.org/exemption.aspx

Miracle Healing video

     Short Youtube video of blind eye can now see.  You’ll love the young girl’s expressions as she is surprised and overwhelmed when she can now see with both eyes.  (about 3 ½ mins long)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaSd9Me6ZO8

‘Fresh Air’ for your soul video

      Would you like to feel the chains of condemnation and sin break off of you?  Try this.  Whatever you think of Joseph Prince, take every statement he says and realize they are exactly what Apostle Paul states over and over in Scripture.   Begin to feel the fresh air of freedom. (about 6 mins long)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JQoC0JwHlg

We love you!

Mark and Debbie

Dwelling Place Ministries
11011 Olive St
KC, MO 64131
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DPM Update – 2012 December

12 Dec

Dear Friends

Exciting Newsflash!
Another momentous milestone in the Hendrickson family… Luke and Sarah Church are engaged to be married.  We all agree, Sarah is a great young lady who is quite easy to fall in love with… just ask Luke.  They’re planning an April wedding in Redding, CA. (See pic)

Philippine ‘Love Box’          
Many of Cheryl’s relatives live in an extremely poor part of the Philippines and exist very meagerly on about $2 a day. On occasion we’ve sent money for special purposes; e.g. repairing a leaking metal roof, replacing a dirt floor with concrete and building a cook area and chimney so the concrete block house isn’t filled with smoke.  When the work was completed, we were very surprised to receive detailed receipts and a letter of heartfelt thanks.  On another occasion we sent a ‘Love box’ crammed full of helpful items; flip flops, hundreds of personal toiletries, writing tablets, coloring books, crayons, puzzles, toys, clothes, hats, coffee & creamer, canned meat, etc… We also added fun size Snickers bars, because when Cheryl was a little girl in the Philippines her family received a box from America.  In the midst of all the necessity gifts there were Snickers candy bars which were sliced into little slivers so everyone got a bite. Cheryl talks about the box smelling like ‘America’ and how special it was. We’ve heard of others receiving International gift boxes and experiencing the same thing. It’s been a huge blessing to us when we hear how impacting our gifts have been to them.

We are shipping two huge boxes in the next few days. If something stirs in your heart to help financially or you’d like to enclose something in this shipment, please let us know ASAP. We also like to enclose a picture of each family who participated which they proudly hang on a wall in their Spartan home.

Recent travels
            St Louis weekend
Last month Deb and I joined a St Peters house church one Friday evening and helped facilitate their desire to have “encounter” meetings.  This group is transitioning from a ‘seeker sensitive’ church to a more Spirit led experience.  It was a blast to create freedom and on-ramps for them to engage in giftings and body ministry beyond what they normally experience.  This dynamic is probably the most fulfilling thing we do at this time in our lives… unlocking people’s hearts to exercise their latent giftings.. and then watch them come ‘alive’ with delight in the discovery process.

That Sunday we revisited a church of great friends in Warrenton.  There was much grace to enlist many in the congregation to ‘active duty’… young and old, veterans and newbies. We even ‘drafted’ the worship team to sing and play prophetic songs over others in the auditorium.  Tears and laughter, fun and freedom were the order of the day.  In the course of one of the ministry times, 7 or 8 year old Kristin prophesied a Scripture over a first-time visitor… so touching and impacting to all of us.  We could do that every day… so liberating and satisfying to see God’s people functioning together.  It is I Cor 14:26 in action.
            Springfield, MO
Each month we try to join regional leaders who gather for purely relational purposes.  A great meal is provided by the host church and a very meaningful time of sharing and body ministry almost always follows.  I’ve probably said this before, but this group has the most organic and ‘unofficial’ rallying of leaders… most of them not related by denomination or network… just relationship.  Steve and Sally Wilson are the rally-ers of this gathering.  They pastor Dayspring Church, which in our opinion is one of the freshest things happening in the southern MO region.  In the last year or so, they’ve hosted three or four Bethel leaders and Randy Clark, with Todd White and Heidi Baker coming in the future.  All that to say, we’re very pleased to be associated with what God is doing there.

We’ve had several outstanding house churches in our home recently.  And of course, body life and body ministry is the order of the day when we gather.  I can’t think of anything too much better than watching Jesus’ people discover the gifts He’s put in them.  The delight and life they experience is obvious… what kind of joy do you think Jesus is experiencing?!  If you’d like to attend, let us know and we will email you when we have our irregularly scheduled meetings… all welcome.

This year, we’re excited about having a full house of all our immediate family here in our home on Christmas Day.  The Hendrickson family hit a growth spurt this year with our two grandbabies, Aslan and Avalee, and Luke’s fiancé Sarah.  Yay!!!  Other extended family members will join us the day after Christmas.

One Thing Conf
As usual, downtown at the Bartle Hall, a major rally of around 20K hungry people will gather again from Dec 28-31 for IHOP’s annual One Thing Conference.  Free online registration here.   See you there.

Cool miracle
We committed to buy 5000 Supernatural Provision books from the Destiny Image Pub… in 1000 book allotments.  The strange thing is that each time we’ve needed to order another 1K books at about $5K per order, timely finances for that order show up from very unpredictable sources.

Cool story: About two months ago we received a $5100 direct deposit into our bank account from a royalties distribution company.  Now, we receive some royalties, but just a pittance each year.  This amount was over-the-top.  So I researched the matter and found that the royalties were for two songs… and we’d never heard of either one.  We tried for a month or so to inform the company of the mistake.  Last week, we received an email from the manager of the royalty department acknowledging the mispayment… and their correction of the computer error.  But here’s the good news… He informed us, “We have no policy for receiving erroneously paid monies so there’s no further response necessary on your part.  In addition, we have passed the time for 4th quarter distribution of royalty payments and so you will receive another payment for $611 later this month.  There is no response necessary for this matter, either.”

As you can imagine we were elated with this much needed but unexpected windfall, so Debbie responded with an email saying, “We are surprised and delighted with how you have resolved the matter.  Thank you!”   To which the manager responded, “I had a feeling you’d be happy about that ha-ha. Glad I could be the bearer of good news!”  Is that crazy cool or what!!!  How often does that happen?  Doesn’t that just sound like God?!  His creativity is so amazing!

So as long as our Good God keeps mysteriously providing for us to purchase the books, we’re having a blast giving them away for free (or when mailed – $5).   Ya just gotta love His ‘No Sweat Zone’ which is available for each of us!  He is for sure, the better-than-we-expected Jehovah Jireh!

God bless each of you with His over-the-top goodness this year end!!

Lotsa love

Mark and Debbie

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Dwelling Place Ministries
11011 Olive St
KC, MO 64131

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