Last June (2013), our family moved from Kansas City, MO after serving as Intercessory Missionaries at the International House of Prayer since 2009. We have believed in our hearts that it was part of God’s plan to first train us and then release us to use some of the things that we learned during our sojourning at I.H.O.P.-K.C. We took a leap of faith and placed our home on the market last April. At the time there were at least eight other homes on our street and the street adjacent to ours, that had been for sale for many months with no activity. We actually met our buyer (another missionary family that had just returned from a two year stint in Israel), the day before our home officially came onto the regional MLS listing. They absolutely fell in love with our home and it sold after being on the market for only one day and at the price we really needed to see. We departed from the Midwest with a tremendous sense of peace and destiny.
We are just one of a number of missions workers that have recently relocated for the purpose of pioneering a house of prayer in the region of Massachusetts known as the Pioneer Valley. We are serving under the oversight of a ministry called Wisdom Way which helps channel resources to support various prayer initiatives in the U.S. The Pioneer Valley, though currently very liberal and intellectually oriented, has a long and rich history of vibrant spirituality. Jonathan Edward's ministry and the beginnings of the Great Awakening have their genesis in this area. Evangelist D.L. Moody also had his headquarters in this region in the late 1800’s and many of the buildings which he used to train workers for the Student Volunteer Missions Movement are still standing. We desire to help re-dig some of these old spiritual wells of revival and missions work. To better understand the biblical basis for the modern day re-emergence of houses of prayer and their importance as it relates to global harvest, you can download this article on The Spirit of the Tabernacle of David.
The house of prayer now has a name as of a few days ago . . . Mt. Zion House of Prayer. We have a regular place to gather with set times. These gatherings are offered as a service first to God and then to the regional Christian churches. It is a place to come to worship, wait on God, intercede in prayer for various needs etc. It is designed to foster church unity. A local pastor who has a big heart for prayer, worship and church unity has given us rent free space to use part of their facility as we work on further developing the Mt. Zion House of Prayer. We are currently meeting at Maple Ridge Church in Sunderland, MA, just over the town line from Amherst. There are numerous large colleges and universities within 15 minutes drive and we have a growing team of eager workers who have been reaching out by preaching the gospel, healing the sick and offering various kinds of spiritual directed encouragement to the lost. We are seeing some results and this is fostering a growing hunger for more believers to get involved with the outreaches.
The Lord has provided a huge answer to prayer by opening up local housing for our family rent free for the next three months (Jan. thru Mar). We have since September been traveling 75 min. each way to serve at the Mt. Zion House of Prayer with all of our children, three days a week. This move will put us within 10 minutes driving distance of where we are serving.
In this season, our family is believing the Lord for His provision, as we have obeyed His leading to relocate and partner with His heart in the raising up of a House of Prayer. Anyone desiring to financially partner with our family, can take a few seconds to set up a donor profile (click right here). Gifts are tax deductible through Wisdom Way and can be sent to us by simply selecting "David & Sharon Sparkowich" from the drop down menu. Those sending checks can make them out to Wisdom Way and mail them to P.O. Box 9659, North Amherst, MA 01059.
Prayer Support Points
- Consistent financial support to enable us to serve at the House of Prayer.
- Suitable housing to be made available to us by March.
- A smooth transition as we move on or around January 5.
- That the Lord would send more staff intercessors, singers and musicians to join us in serving at Mt. Zion House of Prayer.