Greetings in the name of the Lord!
Wow, what a journey it has been these last “40” years!! I am just so very thankful and humbled that the Father has allowed me to be on this journey of the “Apostolic Call and Career!” As Paul told Timothy, “My son, I charge you by the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you “wage the good warfare!” (Fight the Good Fight) (Warfare- Strateia- apostolic career, military campaign, our english word- “strategy” ( I. Tim. 1:`18)
A little over a fourth of those years, almost 11 years, Pam and I have lived in Houston, the longest we’ve lived in one place! It has been an honor and joy to have established so many great relationships and been involved in some great things since being here. We want to thank all of you who have been a part of our lives, some even before we moved to Houston. Several even go back to the late 90’s when we began coming into the region. And then, those we have gotten to know in the last few months and year. We are excited about what has been happening in this great year 2014 and in this “40” year juncture in my life. The number “forty” means “coming out of the wilderness, end of testing and trials, and a “generational shift!” We are certainly seeing that, praise God!
I have seen so much fulfillment of these forty years taking place this year and seen the hand of the Lord working in so many ways. I was given a word some seven, eight years ago from Psalms 138:8,9- Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. The LORD will perfect (fulfill, complete, bring to an end) that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. The Father has been faithful to His word and to us, for which we are grateful!
Now as all these things have happened for our good and for the furtherance of the gospel (Phil.1:12), we come to the beginning of another New Apostolic Campaign! This is our fifteenth since being “set apart” into our apostolic ministry and this “Grace and Apostleship!” Romans 1:5,6- “Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations, for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ:” I believe these years have prepared us for this very time, not just a new season, but a New ERA! When you are set apart, it brings a shift, the shift brings a shaking, and the shaking happens to “set in order” the things that are lacking. (Titus 1:5)
And that has brought us to our (New) Apostolic Campaign 2014/2015! When the Lord gave us this term in 1998 it was to represent what He had done in our lives and to begin in July of one year and end in June of the next. But now after 40 years, this one represents more than we can even imagine because of the mature seasoning of Fatherhood and bringing in of many sons and daughters to His glory. We are so thankful for the “divine connections” and “divine relationships” that He has brought into our lives and value and treasure each one of you. We have great fellowship with pastors and churches that have so graciously received us an apostle, or an apostolic father! We value and honor all the relationships, whether wide or deep, that we are a part of. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, all that you have sown into us, love, prayers and finances, to carry out the “stewardship of our apostleship.” (I. Co. 9:17)
For the last several years, we have not had a special meeting concerning the beginning of an apostolic campaign. For many years, even before our setting apart into the apostolic, we had meetings during the first week of July, always coinciding with the Fourth of July! We founded a prophetic/apostolic training center in the 90’s in DeRidder, La. called “The Eagles Nest” and from 1993 to 1999 had the “Gathering of the Eagles”/Spirit of Freedom Meetings. When we moved to Houston in 2003/04 and began FATHERS HEART HOUSTON, we simply used a theme the Father gave us for that new year. This last year many things have been coming back around concerning eagles, and one of sons, Paul Edquist, sent me a great picture of a “convocation of eagles” at Dam 13 along the upper Mississippi River (between Illinois and Iowa). Many of you on FB I’m sure saw it.
After posting that picture on our “Apostolic Teaching Fathers ” group page, a couple wrote me concerning a message Dutch Sheets preached some time back on the “War Eagles.” Then, Bro. Gene Mansfield, a ministry relationship from Tulsa, sent me a link to the message and it was powerful. Actually, Bro. Gene and I had been talking about them coming and visiting us here in Houston and finally centered on the long Fourth of July Weekend. What began as Gene and his wife Glenda coming down to visit for a few days and look around the region, turned into talking about gathering a few pastors and sons for maybe a night or so. Then, I met with Bro. Tim Edwards, who along with his family and three families from Kentucky, moved to Houston about three months ago. Bro. Tim is originally from South Africa and carries in His heart a great burden for five-fold ministry training as well as apostolic missions!
So what began about two weeks ago as a visit, has turned into, not only a “celebration” of forty years and our apostolic campaign, but an “Apostolic Assembling of W.A.R. Eagles, celebrating a “WorldWide Apostolic Reformation!” This celebration will be a “Three-Day Assembling” to launch our Apostolic Campaign 2014/2015 and the coming together of “Fathers and Sons” in the FAITH! Bro. Gene just last weekend designed the beautiful flyer attached to this email, Eagles of WAR Rising! Joining us to celebrate this time of apostolic/prophetic ministry, is Gene Mansfield, apostle of “Gate of Destiny” Worship Center in Tulsa, Ok. and Tim Edwards, apostle of iHope Houston, a training center of mission and ministry here in Houston! Tim, his wife Julie and son Josh, moved to Houston just a little over three months ago and we have made a divine connection.
We want to invite you to this assembling beginning, Thursday night, July 3,@ 7:00pm and continuing Friday night, July 4th and Sat. July 5! We will begin laying out the vision and foundation for the apostolic campaign on Thursday night and the next two nights continue with what the Father is saying to us about this new era of 2014/2015! The enclosed flyer has the details, as the meeting has been changed from the Quality Inn and Suites to the “Best Western Plus” North Houston Inn and Suites off Airtex and 45 behind the Cracker Barrel. We realized this week that we need a little bigger meeting room than at the Quality Suites!
We pray that you can take at least a part of your July4th weekend to be with us, and we look forward to seeing you there!
In His Blessings,
Jim & Pam Becton,
FATHERS HEART HOUSTON