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Family Update October 2017

October 30, 2017

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A unified body, moving closer to God’s heart.
In John 17, Jesus is praying to the Father a very intimate prayer. This particular section in scripture is most commonly known as the High Priestly Prayer. Jesus begins to pray that as the God-head is one, so shall we be ONE with Him.

This month we have been diving deeper into this passage of the bible. It has always been our heart, passion, and vision at Iris Abilene to pray for, experience, and live out a greater measure of unity with the Body of Christ, and God. Often times when people hear the body of Christ, it is easy and common to think that we are conversing about the Baptist church, a Charismatic church, a Lutheran church, etc. But the Body of Christ is not a specific congregation in a church building, a specific nation, or ethnic group. The Body of Christ is the priesthood of all believers. It is those who are surrendered to the Lordship and Headship of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. The Body of Christ is composed of all nations, all tribes, all tongues, worshiping Jesus and doing His works on the Earth that His Kingdom would be released on Earth as it is in Heaven.

There are many types of people, with unique gifts, releasing different expressions of God’s heart. What would it look like if all the different kinds of people, with all of the unique giftings and talents, could come together under one vision to accomplish a goal? I just think of a car factory. Someone makes the wheels, the bumper, the engine, the brakes, the frame, etc. But working toward the same purpose, they all have the opportunity to create a vehicle that has the ability to move and do what it is intended to do. All the parts of the body must come together.
“When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.” John 17: 1-5
Thank you each for your prayers! We are excited and look forward to seeing what God is going to do in the near future.
Shalom.

EVENTS THIS MONTH
Kingdom 4 Power
God had given us a greater revelation of this truth in regards to His desire to bring unity among all different people. In response to this revelation, Kingdom 4 Power Conference was birthed. We brought in CEO’s of large corporations, local entrepreneurs, church leaders and pastors to come together for a weekend of unlocking the keys of success in their circles of influence. Google, & HerdX were two companies among many represented.

What would it look like if business leaders all around the world, trusted God to run their business, and used their success to further the kingdom of God on the Earth? We believe that at this time, God is awakening business leaders, bringing salvation, and sowing the seeds of Heaven into their business strategies, and lives.

United in Love
We also had a conference called United in Love with Stacey Campbell. Stacey brought a message about unity in the Body of Christ from John 17. She also shared about the Reformation 500 years ago. It is time for the Body of Christ to be unified in every way, no matter the background, talents, or denominations. That is the move that we are seeing, and the move we are praying for more of.

1 Kingdom Prayer Summit
God truly has ordained our steps. The day after Stacey spoke about Unity in the body, church leaders, business leaders, and city leaders from Abilene all met at Camp Barkeley for a 7 hour day of prayer and worship with 1 Kingdom. Together we casted vision, prayed, and dialogued about strategic ways to improve, and release the kingdom of Heaven in Abilene and the surrounding areas.
Please continue to follow us on social media and our website. Thank you so much for each person who has come along side to encourage and pray for us! We are expecting God to do amazing things these upcoming months and we are humbled at the thought that He WANTS to use us to help further His Kingdom.

UPCOMING EVENTS
12-hour day of worship including Encounter Night
Save the date for Saturday, November 11th for a Citywide Day of Worship! We will start the day at 10:00am and go until 7:00pm.

At 7:00pm we will welcome everyone to come back out for an Encounter Night from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Whole families are encouraged to come! We will have art supplies, snacks, games for kids, etc. We are encouraged when we meet with the body of Christ and worship Jesus together! He is worthy of everything we have! For more information you can visit our website at irisabilene.org / or encounternight.com WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!

Restoring the Foundations Training: October 13th- November 10th
RTF provides hope for healing, freedom from life’s deepest struggles, and renewed purpose for living through a personal experience with God’s transforming, empowering love.

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Jesus is worthy! Let's give Him the honor He is due! PLEASE JOIN US for a City wide, 9 hour day of worship on November 11th, 2017. All ages are welcome at this come & go event. 10:00am- 7:00pm.

We will have different local worship teams throughout the day coming from different churches, and organizations. Our desire is to come together in Love and Unity as the Body of Christ. At 7:00pm we will transition into an Encounter Night! For any questions please visit encounternight.com, irisabilene.org

Family Update August 2017

August 22, 2017

Happy Summer from Abilene, Texas. We have had quite the summer already. We have hosted some incredible events at Camp Barkeley whether it’s worship nights, reunions, or new friends visiting with us. This month we have been filled with the Joy of Jesus, and refreshed by His unfathomable love as we enter into His presence and practically live out the Kingdom of God personally and with our community.

Events this Month
New Hope Ignite: This month the Poormans had the honor of speaking at a local church here in Abilene called 'New Hope'. They shared their testimonies and encouraged those attending to a life full of surrender to Jesus. Many came to the altar to receive prayer, and a fresh encounter with the Holy Spirit. There is an awakening and a breakthrough being stirred up in the Big Country!! In the book of Revelation, John writes "the testimony of Jesus, is the Spirit of prophesy". No two people's stories are the same, but a fresh hope is released when we share about our encounters that we have had in our lives with Christ. Our stories are declaring, "DO IT AGAIN GOD!"

In a world that seems to be darkening day by day, we need to be reminded that God is still in control, and He is bringing strength and hope. Share your story today! You never know who will need to hear it.

Prayer Request
Please be praying for our Sierra Leone family. Weeks ago there was a landslide caused by heavy rain. We have been receiving continual updates from our friends on the ground in Africa saying the death toll has reached over 200. In response to the mudslides in Sierra Leone, an Iris Relief has been deployed to bring hope and share the love of Jesus. Please continue to pray for the individuals, churches, and pastors in the community of Freetown.

If you would like to give to help with relief efforts, please visit this website. There will be a donation tab. https://www.irisglobal.org/…/malawi-mozambique-flooding-2015
Please intercede for families, all first responders going in to help, as well as all people involved in the government. Pray for all medical supplies, doctors, and resources needed, to be available quickly.

Birthdays
This month we get to celebrate the life of Erik Presley. He is an incredible father, friend, and Son of God! He is a mighty man and has such a big heart of love for the people around Him, and the people in far away places. Thank you Erik for serving and giving your life to love.

Please continue to follow us on social media and our website. Thank you so much for each person who has come along side to encourage and pray for us! We are expecting God to do amazing things these upcoming months and we are humbled at the thought that He WANTS to use us to help further His Kingdom.

Upcoming Events
Transformation School of Supernatural Ministry
We are accepting applications now for our 2017-2018 school year! There will be an info meeting on August 22nd, 7:00pm at Studio 234.Class begins September 18th. COME & SEE!

12-hour day of worship including Encounter Night September 30th
Save the date for Saturday, September 30th for Camp Barkeley’s first 9-hour Citywide Day of Worship! We will start the day at 10:00am and go until 7:00pm.

At 7:00pm we will welcome everyone to come back out for an Encounter Night from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Whole families are encouraged to come! We will have art supplies, snacks, games for kids, etc. We are encouraged when we meet with the body of Christ and worship Jesus together! He is worthy of everything we have! For more information you can visit our website at irisabilene.org / or encounternight.com
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!

Restoring the Foundations Training: October 13th- November 10th
It has been said that a person can live forty days without food, four days without water, four minutes without air, but only four seconds without hope. RTF provides hope for healing, freedom from life’s deepest struggles, and renewed purpose for living through a personal experience with God’s transforming, empowering love. Please join us for a 4-week training seminar at Camp Barkeley for Restoring the Foundations. For more information please visit our website at campbarkeley.com, or email us at rtf@campbarkeley.com.

Family Update July 2017

August 4, 2017

Happy Summer from Abilene, Texas. We have had quite the summer already. We have hosted some incredible events at Camp Barkeley whether it’s worship nights, reunions, or new friends visiting with us. This month we have been filled with the Joy of Jesus, and refreshed by His unfathomable love as we enter into His presence and practically live out the Kingdom of God personally and with our community!
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Events this month:
Iris Family Gathering: This month the Poormans had the honor of attending the Iris Family Gathering in Pemba, Mozambique. At this meeting, all the base leaders, and Iris leadership, met for a time of refreshing and encouragement! Like Colossians 3, God is knitting together the body of Christ with STRONG ties of love! One of the nights, the Mozambicans along with the leaders were praying that God would reveal Himself powerfully, and tangibly to America! We are seeing God move more and more here in this nation and we are believing for revival alongside many others praying. This gathering was sandwiched by crusades, and outreach to the villages in Mozambique. We continue to pray for that nation and for the people who call it their home!! Please continue praying with us.

WWII 12th Armory Reunion: In the 1940’s, Camp Barkeley was used to train and equip soldiers of all ages to fight for and free the Jewish people in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Camp Barkeley had almost 60,000 men train and graduate to the front lines. This is a huge part of Abilene’s history, and Iris Abilene’s history. We are so thankful for all the men and women who lay down their lives to fight for freedom! On July 22nd, we hosted the 75th Anniversary WWII Reunion for the Veterans and their families in the 12th Armory Division. It was honestly one of the most incredible events we have ever had at Camp Barkeley!!
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It was amazing hearing stories, and getting to know the courageous men who trained at Camp Barkeley all those years ago! It is almost difficult to put into words how special it was. At the event, we had real tanks, rifles, pistols, armored vehicles, and a plane flyover that dropped candy out for the kiddos that came. We got to serve them lunch in the original Chow Hall (we now call Mess Hall) and pray a blessing over each of them. Twelve veterans attended. Four of those twelve, were prisoners of war that were rescued!

Encounter Night: Our heart at Iris Abilene is to Restore, Equip, and Mobilize the Body of Christ. We believe that our vision will be fulfilled when we value the presence of God, trust God, and worship Him with all our lives. HE is the pearl of great price, and He is worth far more than the human mind can fathom. Here in the last months, we have felt that God is increasing the hunger in peoples’ hearts for Him and His kingdom. In the book of Revelation, Paul expresses the need for Spiritual hunger, writing;

“You are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16)

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During Encounter Night, we believe that God touched the heart of each person that attended. We had powerful times of ministry where God healed physical infirmities, healed the broken hearted, and brought deliverance. The overall theme of the night was ‘God is Holy.’ We are experiencing the beginning of a great revival and are continuing to open the doors of our hearts while God is knocking. We want our hearts to burn for Jesus.

Testimonies:
Beltway Park, a local church here in Abilene, donated 30 more chairs for the worship center so we can comfortably seat our guests during events! It was much needed for the base because of the increased attendance we have had this month.

Global Samaritan Resources provided 3 port-a- coolers for Veterans Reunion, and Encounter Night so the 104-degree weather could be a bit more bearable! Hah

Birthdays: This month we celebrated the birthday of one of our team members. Happy Birthday to you Edna!! You are dearly loved. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to serving Jesus in hope that He would receive His reward!

Edna Riley has served the Christian community for over 30 years as an elder, teacher, and ministry leader. Her sensitivity to the Holy Spirit provides a personalized, spirit-led approach that infuses her work. She is a Restoring the Foundations Healing House Network minister and trainer, a Kendall Life Languages Certified Trainer, and a speaker and seminar leader. Her leadership focuses on healing and restoration, character development, effective communication, group dynamics, personal development and the principles of a Kingdom lifestyle. Edna was an educator in the public sector for over 30 years.
Her experience includes: curriculum development, teaching, counseling, and administration. She received a PhD in Educational Psychology from Oklahoma State University and a PhD in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Colorado Theological Seminary. Her research focused on cultural sensitivity and family therapy. Edna’s educational background and her extensive ministry experience give her a unique holistic approach to service that has converged in her role at Camp Barkeley.

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Upcoming events:
Save the date for Saturday, September 30thfor Camp Barkeley’s first 9-hour Citywide Day of Worship! We will start the day at 10:00am and go until 7:00pm.

At 7:00pm we will welcome everyone to come back out for an Encounter Night from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Whole families are encouraged to come! We will have art supplies, snacks, games for kids, etc. We are encouraged when we meet with the body of Christ and worship Jesus together! He is worthy of everything we have! For more information you can visit our website at irisabilene.org / or encounternight.com
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!

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Restoring the Foundations Training: October 13th- November 10th

It has been said that a person can live forty days without food, four days without water, four minutes without air, but only four seconds without hope. RTF provides hope for healing, freedom from life’s deepest struggles, and renewed purpose for living through a personal experience with God’s transforming, empowering love.

Please join us for a 4-week training seminar at Camp Barkeley for Restoring the Foundations. The application deadline is August 15th. For more information please visit our website at campbarkeley.com, or email us at rtf@campbarkeley.com.

Please continue to follow us on social media and our website. Thank you so much for each person who has come along side to encourage and pray for us! We are expecting God to do amazing things these upcoming months and we are humbled at the thought that He WANTS to use us to help further His Kingdom.

Family Update June 2017

June 23, 2017

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you say the word missionary? Most people think of someone going to a faraway country, such as India. This is not a misconception, but sometimes we overlook the country, state, city, or block that we live in as a mission field. The mission, as Jesus stated in Matthew 28:19, is to share the gospel and make disciples of all nations. The United States is a nation so it qualifies as a place for missionaries to be sent. You may ask, we have churches virtually on every corner so why do we need missionaries in the United States?

There are many “nations” within our country. There are the homeless, the people caught up in sex trafficking, there are refugees from other countries who do not believe in Jesus, there are atheist, there are people in the business realm… The list could go on and on. These are people who probably would not go to a church. Romans 10:14 in NLT says: “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” This why we need missionaries in the United States.
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Several years ago, shortly before I came to staff for Camp Barkeley 2, the Lord spoke to me about my husband and me moving back to Abilene in order to bring preservation. My husband and I committed to God that we would move back to Abilene. Shortly after, I was asked if I would like to be a Resident Missionary with Iris Abilene. I knew God had opened a door for us to come back to Abilene. He also miraculously provided a job for my husband.

As a Resident Missionary, I work along with other existing ministries. Several days a week, I work at Love and Care Ministries. They minister to the homeless and the poor. I have had the privilege in working in the kitchen preparing and serving meals for lunch and street feeds in Abilene. I am currently working in the food pantry. I help prepare and hand out sack lunches. I have had many opportunities to share the gospel, encourage, and pray for people who have come to Love and Care as well to those who work or volunteer there.

Global Samaritan Resources is another ministry I work with several days a week. They provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief when it is needed around the world and locally. They also are involved with medical missions through shipping supplies to various places in the world. I have helped prepare a container for shipment as well as assisting with inventory in the warehouse, praying along with the staff for specific needs for Global, and assisting in a community outreach where students in an area school district decorated boxes of food shipped to Iraq.
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My husband and I live in a mission house called the House of Kindness. We have hosted missionaries and families who needed a time of respite and refreshing. Our heart is to serve and love on our neighbors. God has been faithful to open doors of opportunities to bless our neighbors.
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One of our favorite things to do while we are out and about in Abilene is to stop for the one and listen to their story and love on them and bless them. Hebrews 13:2 NLT says; “Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” We are all called to be “missionaries” in our sphere of influence. I encourage you to pray and ask God for opportunities to share the gospel and make disciples in your part of the world!

--Tim & Jeannette Burleigh—Resident Missionaries at Iris Abilene

On July 22nd, we will have another Encounter Night! The previous months we have had an amazing turn-out and some incredible testimonies!! We look forward to having another night of worship and prayer at the Camp Barkeley Worship Center!! We hope to see you there!

In October, we will be offering a Restoring the Foundations Training School! It will be an incredible time of community, and being trained in this incredible heart healing ministry! The deadline for this training is August 15th. You can visit our website for more information at campbarkeley.com.

Family Update May 2017

May 30, 2017

Greetings to all our friends! It is with gratitude and thanksgiving that we lift you up, our friends, daily before the Lord. Praying that the month of May was filled with much joy and blessings. The Lord is taking us deeper into the reality of the power and the importance of worship. Worship develops intimacy with the Lord and brings breakthrough in our lives. We have noticed when we look at the bigness of God, we can have hope for tomorrow and our faith is strengthened.

At Camp Barkeley, the month of May was filled with a variety of events. A local university, Abilene Christian University, conducted a seminar targeted towards church leaders and those in ministry. Twenty-five church leaders and missionaries were in attendance including the Iris Abilene Core team. The seminar focused on how to effectively resolve conflict.

Many friends and family visited Camp Barkeley for a time of respite and fellowship. Palm House Ministry of Abilene held its first annual retreat. At the end of the month Camp Barkeley will host a select group of worship leaders. They will spend time vision casting and praying about God’s purpose and heart for Abilene and the surrounding areas.

Several worship events occurred at Camp Barkeley. The first event, Encounter Night, was led by worship leaders and team members from various churches in Abilene. The second event was led by Brenton and Cara Dowdy from IHOP. At both events, many individuals’ hearts were touched by the beautiful presence of God. Here are just a couple of testimonies among many from these two events.

“Really enjoyed the freedom of worship and the powerful movement of the spirit. Shared tears, laughter, and A LOT of praise and thanks to GOD” -James

“I enjoyed going so much . Just the presence of the love of God and feeling of atmosphere of Daddy God I believe He was so pleased that I was there enjoying Him I felt a heavy load lifted off of me I did not know was there. Thank you for having the Encounter. I was so blessed can't wait to go again.” -Donna

“Yeah! That night was so powerful and much needed! I've missed just soaking in His presence profoundly in community! Ever since the worship night, I have not had any worries about anything. No anxieties about school, internship searching, life group, relationships, or anything. I felt woven into His tapestry of love and a deeper oneness than I have had in a long time! (Col. 2:2-3) I have felt the Spirit moving so much recently and I have so much courage and assurance. Ministry time with friends was so needed. One of my friends was in a low place and afterwards he was one of the ones praising out of most joy! Hahahahaha!” -Tyler

TSSM of Abilene held their graduation at Camp Barkeley. It was a time of celebration and honoring those who attended or led the school this year. Many of the students have ministered at events at Camp Barkeley.

The Lord has been bringing more people to visit Camp Barkeley and this has brought on the need for more buildings to accommodate people. The construction of Retreat Center 2 is in its last stages. The Iris Abilene team spent time praying over each room and writing scriptures on the walls. This is one of many building projects for Camp Barkeley. We will keep you updated with any new projects.

Please continue to pray for us as we seek God to continue the vision He has given us!

Camp Barkeley Update- March 2017
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Happy Spring everyone! We have had a fun month! Thank you each for your prayers and for pressing in to what God is doing! We have thoroughly enjoyed the process that we are in and we look forward to seeing fully all that is currently unfolding.

In the beginning of the month, Norm and Angel Poorman, our faithful leaders, went to Guatemala for Dental and medical missions. The linked arms with Liberty University, and Watts of love. They hit the streets with medical interns and other doctors to bring hope, healing, and life to the residents in Guatemala! Stories of physical, and emotional healings showed the goodness and the love of God that is so tangible.
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At one of our Missionary Homes, House of Kindness, we hosted a neighborhood BBQ for the community! It was a great time for families to have fun, and old friends to reconnect! Our resident missionary family that lives there, Tim & Jeannette, did such a great job planning and hosting! It was beautiful!
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Some of our Camp Barkeley family going to the streets of Abilene and serving those in need with our partner ministry "Love and Care." We load up trucks with people ready to love, and hot meals. We meet some of the most incredible people on the streets of Abilene and we see Jesus in each of them!
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What a beautiful night of worship and encountering the King of Kings with our Kaleo International family from Mexico. They were here in Abilene for an entire week for refreshing and rest. These represented here are on the front lines of the mission field, constantly serving and pouring out their lives for the sake of the gospel . They truly have hearts to do whatever it takes for the love of Jesus to cover the Earth! To every tribe and every tongue. We love our Kaleo Family!!
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We enjoyed spending time with our Iris Family and visiting about how amazing and good God is! It is incredible to think about how God connects His family, the Body of Christ, all over the world.
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-Vision and Mission of Iris Abilene:
Iris Abilene Camp Barkeley exists to restore, equip and mobilize the body of Christ through experiencing the manifest presence of God.
Iris Abilene Camp Barkeley is a global nonprofit training center dedicated to individual transformation through the gospel of Jesus Christ, the equipping and sending of sustainable leaders, and the stewardship of personal, Kingdom, historical and environmental gifts that God has given.

-Our 4 Values-

  1. Transformation & Intimacy
  2. Training & Discipleship
  3. Unity & Partnership
  4. Stewardship & Preservation

Family Movie Night

April 19, 2017

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ARE THE STORIES IN THE BIBLE REAL?

Come Join us and see for yourself... Invite a friend, a family member, someone who loves Jesus, or someone who has never heard the bible before.

We will show the Patterns of Evidence-- Exodus Story--

I spent 12 years asking the question, “Is the Bible true?” If it wasn’t then what should I put my faith in? What I found was an amazing pattern of evidence that matched many of the events recorded in the Bible. There was a real history that could be seen. For me that changed everything. I encourage you to join me in the ongoing investigation and see the Bible affirming evidence for yourself. –Timothy Mahoney (Director)

February 2017

March 1, 2017

February 2017 Newsletter
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February has been such a sweet month for us here at Camp Barkeley! We have had so much fun meeting with local friends and church family. We have been so blessed that God would provide a place for His sons and daughters to put some time aside and to seek Him. Along-side those staying at the land, we have also had group meetings, and have been involved in some awesome community events!

JOHN 17: 20-26
20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

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This year we have been reading and meditating on John 17 (above) and how God is for us, and wants to be with us. If Jesus is the very nature and expression of Father God, then God must also be God’s heart for us! Jesus in this specific part of scripture is asking God to make us one with Him as Jesus is one with the Father… “In Him we breathe and have our being.” He wants us to walk in the world, but not of the world. As we are being empowered by the Holy Spirit, the world may see Him through us and turn to Him. We are called to be His hands and feet. His tangible voice. His love demonstrated to a lost bride. What does love look like for you? How have you seen Jesus through others? What about Him captivates you?
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We get the privilege of collaborating with Global Samaritan resources which is a non-profit in Abilene dedicated to helping people. They gather resources, then disperse those resources all over the world. They facilitated an event called Food and Hope this month about an hour away in Sweetwater, TX. We gathered in a church building with a couple hundred elementary school kids around the area and shared a presentation. This presentation was all about the Refugee families in Iran and how we believe God is calling us to love. Together with the kids, we drew symbols of hope, love, and joy on 1,200 boxes filled with thousands of servings of food that will be sent to the refugee camps in Iran. Sometimes the small things, speak louder than anything. For all of us involved, it was an INCREDIBLE time of serving, and being part of the grander plan of God, and heart of God.

Angel and Norm along with some friends went to Houston Texas to attend a conference called Mobilizing Medical Missions, and then one directly after in Lubbock about all the different ways that are available for helping missionaries raise funds for the mission field. We can trust God to provide all that we need to walk in what He calls us to walk in, but we at the same time, are called to take steps of faith. Both meetings were so encouraging in every way, and really empowered us to dream big and pray big!!
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We hosted a community Encounter night at the Worship Center at the end of this month and we had close to 100 people attend. We had local artists, worship leaders and TSSM students giving prophetic ministry throughout the night. We have heard some incredible testimonies of people encountering Jesus in life- altering ways that have brought healing to bodies, hearts, and minds. We look forward to when we will all meet again and lift up the name of Jesus! We are praying for even more people to come next time!
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We have some incredible events coming up in the next couple of months so please stay tuned for more soon!

January 2017

February 6, 2017

JANUARY BLOG 2017

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HAPPY 2017 EVERYONE!!! We are so thankful for all that God has done in 2016! Thank you again to all of you that have supported us and continued to believe God on our behalf so that His Kingdom would flow through us and be advanced in the world! We hosted over 50 different events this last year and thankfulness wells up inside of us when we think about all the new friendships, kingdom connections, and of course wonderful memories with our Camp Barkeley family here in Abilene.

We have started off this year with a bang! We have already had the opportunity to host around 55 people from numerous events out at the base. One of the groups we had the privilege of hosting is the leadership team from Big Country Walk to Emmaus. Vision casting, worship, prayer, and fellowship were all tangled into one incredible weekend!! One of the desires of our hearts here at Iris Abilene, is to see the Body of Christ unified as a body with the purpose of loving Jesus, loving people, and advancing the Kingdom of Heaven. We have had so much joy watching this desire unfold already this year!

Our hearts are not just looking for unity in God’s vison only with the Body of Christ in the physical church building, but also outside of the four walls. We take great joy in having the honor to be part of such an amazing community in Abilene Texas! We received much encouragement this month when we joined The Supernatural School of Ministry (TSSM for short) for a teaching by Love and Care Ministries’, Mark Hewitt. He did a phenomenal job of sharing the Father’s heart for evangelism… Loving God and truly loving people. Not just looking at them, but SEEING people. Without the desire to love, evangelism becomes a religious duty, something we have to do. It all starts in our hearts!! Compassion and empathy were modeled perfectly by Jesus Himself. JOHN 17

A community that fights, laughs, prays, cries, and dreams together, THRIVES TOGETHER.

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This month we joined in with two city-wide events that are truly groundbreaking to our community! On Sunday January 29th, Beltway Park Baptist church facilitated a city-wide prayer gathering. Groups of pastors and believers met on the corners of schools, businesses, Abilene city hall, the police department downtown, news stations, college campuses and many more locations to intercede and bless the influence of that location. We prayed for the Kingdom of Heaven to come in a way that has never come in our city! A move of God so grand, that there would be not one person without salvation in the Big Country. Immediately following this prayer walk, a local non-profit by the name of “1-Kingdom” held a city-wide worship night to lift high the name of Jesus! Pastors and city leaders from all different backgrounds, belief systems, and denominations came together to exalt the name of Jesus and worship Him! THAT IS TRUE UNITY! When we can lay down our own agendas and for the sake of the gospel, meet in one accord the kingdom is released. (Just as the church met in Acts 2.)

LOCAL INFLUENCE- GLOBAL IMPACT
We have not just seen God’s goodness unfold in our city, but also on a global scale! At the beginning of the month, the Poormans and a small team went to Catch the Fire Leaders Conference in Toronto, Canada. It was such a refreshing time for the team!

Prior to the conference, we linked arms with one of our ministry partners, Digital Bible Society, to help facilitate distribution of 500 digital bibles on SD cards in Kenya, Africa that were recorded in the language of Swahili. Now the locals in Kenya, can listen to the word of God, throughout the day and encounter the creator, the one who made each of them! Nothing is too big for God.

We thank you for your prayers and for staying up to date with us! We believe God is doing a new thing not just in us at Camp Barkeley, and in our community, (although He is) but also in our nation. God is stirring things up here in America, and in the World. We trust Him, for He is our sustainer and our hope! May we release hope everywhere our foot treads, and faith with the words we speak.

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Psalms 119:90 “Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.”

Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.”

December 2016: Celebration

January 6, 2017

Happy 2017 everyone!! We are so thankful for all that God has done in 2016! Thank you again to all of you that have supported us and continued to believe God on our behalf so that His Kingdom would flow through us and be advanced in the world! We hosted over 50 different events this last year and thankfulness wells up inside of us when we think about all of the new friendships we were able to create!

December was a full month for our team here in Abilene! We started off our month with some Christmas celebrations. Each of our team members painted on a canvas one thing that they thought about Christmas. After wards we gathered together and shared what God had put on our hearts to paint! We were in awe and wonder of the reality that God let go of His deity and put on humanity in meekness, so that we could be brought back to our first love in Him. That is what Christmas is all about after all… God using an imperfect woman, who in the sight of man, is worth nothing. God chose the worthless and made them valuable. God chose through the unlikely, to manifest His awesome glory and goodness, in hopes that we with unveiled faces will see Him in all of His glory and splendor. He came to us, for us, for Himself.

REDEMPTION. RESTORATION. LOVE.

One of the beautiful things about Jesus coming to us, is that when we say yes to His will invading our lives, and we truly surrender everything we have to Him, by His Holy Spirit we have the ability to become salt and light to this world. We believe here at Iris Abilene that faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26). God has called us to be a living tangible expression of His love and His heart to the world around us, through word and deed. Faith and works operating simultaneously, hand and hand. We had the opportunity to live this scripture out this month in our team, with each other, our local community, and also in the nations.

EACH OTHER: This month we had the joy of exchanging gifts amongst our team during a white elephant gift exchange. Some people got thoughtful gifts, some received gifts that would bring extreme joy and laughter!!

LOCAL COMMUNITY: Jeannette, Raelle, and Lauren went out every Friday morning and spent time in the neighborhood around one of our missionary houses. They baked muffins, put on smiles, and went door to door to visit the families surrounding House of Hope. They were so thankful for the opportunity to meet with sweet friends and pray for their holidays!!! Thanks to Global Samaritan Resources (local nonprofit dedicated to helping people help people), we received bags upon bags of candy that we also got to handout! THANK YOU!!

As many of you know we are now in partnership with the Transformation School of Supernatural Ministry here in Abilene. They are a branch of TSSM at Bethel Church in Redding California. They will often invite guest speakers and worship leaders to come pour into their students. Angel and Lauren were invited to speak and lead worship at a class this month! Many encountered God’s love as they talked about BRAVERY and COURAGE in the Holy Spirit. The summary for the evening is, vulnerability to the trinity is the greatest form of bravery and courage. We often do not know what God will do with our weak, broken, little lives. We know for certain that He is faithful and worthy of our trust. So we trust, and we open up our lives to Him for Him to establish His will, in His way.

AMERICA: Angel and Edna spent a weekend at We Will Go Ministries in Jackson Mississippi to minister to missionaries and to the leadership team. It was a sweet time of reflection, and redemption. God desires to reveal how He uniquely created us individually and how He wants to use us to bring Him Glory in our everyday lives.

NATIONS: Angel, Norm, Chris, and Dot had the life-altering opportunity to visit and meet up with our ministry partners in Mexico. John Arnott with Catch the Fire Toronto, and Dan Slade with Partners in Harvest also joined the team. Two days were spent in Mexico City, and three days in Jojulta. During their time there they hosted a pastor’s leadership conference and a Noche de Fuego ‘’Night of Fire’’. Thousands attended altogether and each person encountered the love of the Father in salvations, healings, through powerful messages, worship, prayer, and acts of love! This was our second time going and we look forward to partnering with them again to see the fame of Jesus reach each person in Mexico! We are so blessed by the way the Father loves His people and we get to be part of it! The Holy Spirit is an amazing gift and we are so thankful for His indwelling presence in each of us!

So many AMAZING things are happening here in the Big Country and in the Body of Christ!! Our prayer is that we would live for the audience of One. That when we finally see our bridegroom king face to face, that he will say “Well done, you learned to love!” We want to give Him all that we have, all that we are, and all that we aspire to be. We daily lay down our lives to Him, as He eagerly gave His life away for us for the joy set apart for Him by the Father.
Thank you for praying, supporting, and strengthening us along the journey!! WE ARE EXCITED FOR WHAT IS TO COME IN THE NEAR FUT

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Psalm 145
1 I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works— and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.
14 The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.
18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.
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I wanted to begin this newsletter with this chapter in the book of Psalms for multiple reasons. Last month we talked about releasing the heart of worship towards God, and how God is worthy of our entire life. All of our affection and devotion belongs to Him. In this specific chapter, David is singing of the abundant goodness that flows out of God’s heart. God’s loving kindness has yet to fail us! HE IS GOOD! Psalm 145 really sums up our month for us. The Lord is righteous in all of His ways and He is faithful in all that he does! He is showing us how He is unraveling all of the things we have dreamed about happening at Camp Barkeley! We are eternally grateful for His goodness on the Cross, and His goodness on His throne! His love is simply more than we can imagine!!
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This month we graduated our students enrolled in the Restoring the Foundations Training Intensive that we hosted. We had been praying for months about this training and that those attending would leave excited, fervent, and expectant. God truly redeemed, restored, and equipped all who attended. The majority of the students are now seeking and inquiring about the option of moving forward to being trained in Module 3 at the Restoring the Foundations headquarters in North Carolina. Throughout the training, marriages were healed, hearts were strengthened, and dreams were established in the hearts of many. Towards the middle of the month we had the honor of spending time with Lee and Cindi Whitman for a vision casting night. The Whitmans are the Executive Directors of Restoring the Foundations and they collectively are passionate about people encountering Jesus in such a way that is life altering and transformational. They shared with us their journey and what they believe God wants to do in the days to come at RTF. We were encouraged and spurred on to dream bigger dreams alongside them as they imparted the faith that God gifted to them!!

Soon after the vision casting night, we received an email from the Chief of Police here in Abilene saying he was interested in bringing all of the city directors and leaders out to Camp Barkeley for a time of prayer and worship. IT WAS INCREDIBLE!! We are so fortunate to be underneath city authority that believes, and trusts God to bring His kingdom for the sake of our city and those in it! That same day, we had Sherrie Saltzgaber and the Freedom/ Ministry team from Beltway Park Baptist Church enjoy a dinner in which they were served and appreciated for all that they pour out. It was a beautiful time of soaking, eating, and worship. We pray many were refreshed, and the fire in their hearts were rekindled.
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We are excited for what God is doing here in Abilene and in the world. Our hearts are filled with joy when we get together with the Body of Christ. We have had some amazing reports from our brothers and sisters about what God is doing in other places and we look forward to seeing God's will unfold. He is moving and He is releasing more and more every month.

Please continue to stay up to date via our Facebook page or our website. We are confident, and we are praying. We are expecting a harvest greater than what we have ever seen before.
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Releasing A Heart of Worship

November 2, 2016

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Greetings from beautiful Abilene TX!! We have had quite a full, fun month this September.
In the words of A.W. Tozer "If you are bored with god, perhaps you are not following GOD."
We have had so much fun watching God unfold His mysterious plan which is in Christ Jesus Himself. We have NOT been bored!

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This month we have hosted many friends, and events, one of which is our Restoring the Foundations Training Intensive. Earlier this month we had the honor of graduating a handful of students in Module 1: Issue Focused ministry. They were taught the foundational truths of God's heart and they learned how to minister to other students. It was amazing to see how they had changed in a matter of two weeks. If God could change the entire world, for all eternity, in a matter of three days, then imagine what He could do with open hearts for two weeks. We are learning here that just one moment in the presence of God, could change someone forever. One word, or one touch from God, by the Holy Spirit, can make all things new. He can infuse hope, life, and purpose in exchange for a whole life of depression, devastation, and hurt. We are now in Module 2 which is training specifically for Thorough Format ministry. This training will end in mid- November, so please continue to cover in prayer all receiving ministry, those ministering, as well as the trainers.
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We also hosted different churches from Abilene for retreats and vision casting!! One of those churches being our home church, Beltway Park Baptist Church. They planned a retreat for the worship and AV teams from both Beltway campuses to rest, receive, and get refreshed. They brought in some dear friends from the International house of Prayer in Kansas City to help teach and pour into the worshipers from Beltway.

There is a rhythm we feel God is teaching us. Rest, run, release. We must know when to rest. We must slow down and take time for the ONE, Jesus. Without resting in Him, we have no vision, no strength to continue forward. In Hebrews 4:9-11 it says “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience -as those who hardened their hearts." Out of resting, we are equipped with the tools and strength needed to run the race that God has mapped out for us. If God has called us to be co-laborers with Him to accomplish the will of God on the earth as it is in Heaven, then He has provided all that we need for us to accomplish that very thing. But we must go to Him and abide.

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Following Beltway, we hosted One Kingdom which is a group of Big Country pastors and leaders who are coming together to advance the Kingdom of God and to see Abilene and the Big Country transformed through unified prayer, authentic relationships, and intentional mission.
Birthed out of a conviction that God has an amazing plan for His church in this region, pastors have been gathering for prayer for nearly two decades. We believe that what God has in store is bigger than any one church of denomination. Therefore, we are coming together around our common faith in Jesus Christ asking for God's commanded blessing, convinced that we can accomplish more united than we can divided. This was a city- wide event for pastors, and city leaders to come be part of a day full of prayer, worship, and intercession on behalf of our city, and those in it. We prayed for our leaders, businesses, families, churches, schools, you name it. The Holy Spirit moved in power. Unity was created and passion was stirred for the great commission each person that attended. Total attendance was approximately 60-70 people total. It was a powerful day and we were/ are so thankful for the opportunity to have our facilities used for that purpose.
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We are excited for what God is doing here in Abilene and in the world. We have had some amazing reports from our brothers and sisters about what God is doing in other places and we look forward to seeing God's will unfold. He is moving and He is releasing more and more every month.

Please continue to stay up to date via our Facebook page or our website. We are confident, and we are praying. We are expecting a harvest greater than what we have ever seen before.

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We had fun this month at Camp Barkeley!!! In our last blog. We wrote about Kingdom connections and how God uses the body of Christ. We are all just thread being woven together to create a beautiful tapestry. That tapestry being the will of God. His sovereignty in the will and destiny He has planned for us, far outweighs our ability to plan and push for things to happen. Like a potter making a clay pot, we are in the hands of the Almighty, yielding, allowing Him to shape and mold us how He desires. We are, if I may say, ‘Along for the ride’.
 
We have enjoyed seeing how God is moving here in Abilene! We are going deeper into relationship with Jesus, as well as receiving a greater revelation of His immense love for us as we yield, submit, and surrender to Him. This newsletter is more than us sharing with you about cool things that are happening here. It is about taking time to reflect, and communicate the goodness of God in hope that you would be spurred on to greater depths of intimacy and relationship with Him.
 
This month we had the honor of hosting three retreats at Camp Barkeley. The first one was with Gracepoint Church. Gracepoint is an incredible church filled with sold out lovers of God, and mothers and fathers in the faith. It was really sweet to see how God orchestrated this because Norm and Angel Poorman, our trustworthy leaders, had forged an incredible relationship with those at this church and have sat under their leadership in years past. During the retreat, they got to connect, and share testimonies about what all God has been up too!!! It was really encouraging and life-giving for those that were able to participate!
 
The second retreat we hosted was Beltway Park 6th Grade Basic Training retreat. With students and leaders combined there was about 50 participating in this retreat. The vision of this weekend was ‘’Basic Training”. The leadership went over the fundamentals of identity, the power of the cross, and How Jesus can advance His Kingdom in and through our laid down lives. Many were spurred on and equipped with life altering truths, and encounters with the Holy spirit. We are excited for what God is doing in this generation and we eagerly wait expectantly to see what will become of those that whole heartedly folly the Holy Spirit and learn to abide in Him through the spirit of adoption.   
                                                                                                                                                   
The third retreat we hosted was with Transformation School of Supernatural Ministry or TSSM for short. TSSM has now come under the covering of IRIS Abilene and a partnership has been formed for greater unity and transformation throughout the city and the nations. We are thankful for the family that God has given us in TSSM and we look forward to all of the amazing moments we will get to share with them.
 
Well that’s all for now! We have many exciting events coming and we will be sharing them as they unfold. Stay tuned!! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook. We will be sharing more on there throughout the week!
 
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Starting in October we will be partnering with Restoring the Foundations and launching our first eight-week training intensive.  During these eight weeks, students will be trained in Issue- focused Format, which is a format that deals with one specific issue, in a three hour time period. We will also be training students in Thorough Format ministry, which is a fifteen hour ministry that deals with issues throughout the span of life up to present time. Through this training, students will have the opportunity to learn, and to receive. They will receive fresh eyes, new insights, and most importantly, they will connect with God in such a way that will bring healing to lifes’s struggles and hope for a renewed future. Please consider joining us in prayer as we approach this training!!
 
We are thankful for all that God is doing here and all that He will do in the days to come! Visit our website for updates on pictures, newsletters, events, and more!! If you would like to come visit us, please go to our website, campbarkeley.com, or, Irisabilene.org to book your reservation now!! We would love to connect with you!
 
Love and Unity,

Iris Abilene: Camp Barkeley Family

August Newsletter 2016
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God is doing BIG things in the BIG COUNTRY. He has been showing us collectively as a team the scripture Isaiah 6. “In the year that King Ussiah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.”

His holiness, His presence, is the very thing we seek after. It is want we want. We desire to live our lives in such a way that welcomes the presence of God and His holiness. As we are in preparation for the next couple of months, our hearts are focused and intentional about keeping the Main thing, the Main thing; His glorious, holy, tangible presence. We desire to be a dwelling, a resting place for God Himself. The writer of 2 Corinthians chapter five explains it in a different way, “For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling… He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the spirit as a guarantee.”

God has prepared us! Because of Jesus, we are now clothed in His righteousness, in His holiness. We have become a tabernacle. We are a temple for the presence of God to rest in, and upon. From a place of abiding in Him, we can walk in our identity as sons and daughters in Christ and we can truly live out, and fulfill the great commission! Loving God, and loving our neighbors as we love our self. But what does it truly look like to love our self?

Starting in October we will be partnering with Restoring the Foundations and launching our first eight-week training intensive. During these eight weeks, students will be trained in Issue- focused Format, which is a format that deals with one specific issue, in a three hour time period. We will also be training students in Thorough Format ministry, which is a fifteen hour ministry that deals with issues throughout the span of life up to present time. Through this training, students will have the opportunity to learn, and to receive. They will receive fresh eyes, new insights, and most importantly, they will connect with God in such a way that will bring healing to lifes’s struggles and hope for a renewed future. Please consider joining us in prayer as we approach this training!!

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We hosted some fun retreats this past month and had the opportunity to connect with some sweet friends and family!! We are thankful for all that God is doing here and all that He will do in the days to come! Visit our website for updates on pictures, newsletters, events, and more!! If you would like to come visit us, please go to our website, campbarkeley.com, or, Irisabilene.org to book your reservation now!! We would love to connect with you!

Love and Unity,

Iris Abilene: Camp Barkeley Family

July 2016- Strong Connections

Colossians 2:2-3 “I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

This month has been so much about us connecting with God, and Him connecting us with the Body of Christ through strong ties of love. We receive great joy as we join in with our brothers and sisters in Christ all around the world. Different members of our team got the opportunity to go on some incredible trips this month where we have witnessed the goodness of God and the advancement of the Kingdom of God through acts of love. Here are a couple of stories that sum up the month for us here at IRIS Abilene: Camp Barkeley.
Our long-term team member Edna had the honor of traveling around the states for some time to help train other believers in a ministry called Restoring the Foundations. She taught seminars with other RTF trainers and helped equip a group of believers to go out under the covering of their local church and RTF, to release freedom and truth into the lives of people around them. It was a trip filled with joy, friendship, and deeper revelation of the Father’s unconditional, unfailing love. Definitely something we look forward to being a part of more often in the future!!

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Angel and her dear friend from Canada, Nancy S., had the amazing opportunity to go to Pemba, Mozambique and South Africa for two weeks. They partnered with Nancy Economou with Watts of Love, and Iris Global to reach the lost and needy in remote villages. Angel, Nancy S. and Nancy E. got to travel to different villages with some of the Harvest School students. While on outreach, Watts of Love solar lights were given out to mamas, and leaders of the villages. Each light brought hope, and life to each person that received it. If you have not heard of Watts of Love, please visit their website wattsoflove.org and see how Jesus is changing the world, one Watt at a time. Angel, Nancy S., and Nancy E. got to truly experience the incredible, fierce love of the Father, in so many tangible ways and it has changed their lives forever! We are thankful for the ways we get to partner with God all around the world as we live out the greatest commandment. “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of you soul, with all of your mind, and with all of your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.” We are excited for what this next year has in store for us as we lean in, yield, and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading.

This month Lauren also got to travel and connect with a church in Martin, Tennessee. She had the honor of getting to visit with some dear friends of hers and lead worship at their church. While she was there, God came in His rich love and hearts were captivated as people got to experience the healing hand of God in their physical bodies as well as in their hearts!! We are excited about all that God has deposited in this church through His presence as they are a brand new church with big dreams and visions. We are expecting the wells of revival to be released in that community.

These are just some testimonies, but really everyone in our team has had such an incredible month!!
We also had an upgrade at Camp Barkeley this month when our friends from Canada, Nancy S. and her family, used their month long vacation to serve and take care of tree trimming, mowing, and landscaping. We are learning more about the goodness of God and about His love that He wants to lavish upon those who cry out to Him!!

We have some amazing months coming up ahead of us and are expecting God to reveal His heart and plans for us in a greater measure. Thank you for all of those that serve and love well!!
STAY TUNED FOR MORE ON OUR BLOG FOR AUGUST!!

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God is on the move in some miraculous ways! He is all about wanting to transform us through His love and show us the way that leads to life. This last month was quite exhilarating as we watched and stood in awe of the kindness of God, not only in our lives, but in the lives of those around us! We have seen that as we step out, God meets us... As we walk in courage, He brings His power and provision.

At one of our missionary houses, House of Hope, which is located In the nucleus of the city, we are starting to notice the rich love that God is wanting to pour out on His people. Two of our team members have dedicated their Friday mornings to walking the neighborhood, interceding, worshipping and asking God for creative ways to love the people that live there. After all, the Great Commission starts with the neighbors, right? This is their story...

"We have met some incredible people by the leading of the Holy Spirit. One day after we had visited some of our neighbors, we felt to go to a red brick building just down the street that seemed to be abandoned. We were praying and dreaming of the possibilities that we could use the building for later on in the future. As we pull up, we have an unexpected prayer request. We prayed that God would let us inside the building. As we were praying, a man, in a motorized wheel chair opens the door... It was as if it was God Himself saying, "I hear you." So we approach this man and ask Him his name and just get to know him a little.. He received us into his home and we got the opportunity to hear his story. Turns out, he has been in this wheel chair for quite some time due to falling off of a roof while he was at a job site years ago. He just got out of the hospital the day before due to a urinary infection... We shared the good news of Jesus and asked Him if we could pray.

He needed hope, he needed a renewed purpose for life.

After his caretaker had arrived (who so happened to be a spirit filled believer in Jesus), we prayed and released healing into his body. He experienced the love of his Heavenly Father and although his body has not been healed yet, the need to be loved was fulfilled. We were able to encourage him by sharing what God says about him and how important he is. We have since continued to visit him and have noticed more joy in his life.. We look forward to seeing how God is going to use him to advance the Kingdom!

That same day we went and visited another woman down the street that lives with her sister. Esther, and Mary. We were also welcomed into her home and just heard her story. We had received some words of knowledge to encourage her with and it just so happens that on this day in particular, she was "feeling heavy, and not like her normal self." As we prayed for her, the Holy Spirit filled her home and she felt the touch of God... We prayed for her back, her eyes, and other parts of her body for full restoration and healing. She is a good friend and is always invited us into home to spend quality time with her.

This month we also linked arms with some locals and first responders at a city- wide event called Stop The Violence... It was a Saturday morning dedicated to bringing awareness to those in the city about the violence, and hate that has increased. We were charged to go out and love one another as Christ has loved us.

This month we had some encouraging strategic meetings, that filled us with hope for what God wants to do in the months, and years to come.

As many of you know we are in partnership with Global Samaritan Resources here in Abilene. It is a non-profit that is dedicated to Helping people, help people. They receive and provide resources to those in need.. They have generously given us some resources that will benefit us short term and long term.

  • 420 bottles of water

  • 208 bags of chocolate covered almonds

  • 85 bottles of apple juice

  • 27 bottles of cranberry juice

  • Book for our Iris base

We will be able to use these items as we minister those on the streets and bless our neighbors.. We are thankful for the generosity and the seeds of kindness sown through Global Samaritan. We know that God will continue to give to them in abundantly greater ways than ever before.

Like most moves of God, there is a dream, a promise that He gives to help give us direction, after all, "He is the light to our path." God is not done with IRIS Abilene: Camp Barkeley and we are moving forward. We look forward to what God will do in 2016 as we trust Him and run the race with perseverance, "Pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God, which is Christ Jesus Himself."

May 2016
This month started out with the National Day of Prayer on May 5th. Hosted in the Love & Care Ministries prayer room, local pastors, worship leaders, and many others, joined together to pray for specific topics for America. We believe that God is not done with America yet!!! We interceded for government leadership, the American Church, revival, business owners, finances and many more things. We have been asking God to intervene and have His way in our great nation, that we would be a nation shining bright on a hill for the world to see. The light inside of us, being Jesus Christ himself, shining out of us through love and honor!!
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We have noticed that as we step out, and simply love the people around us, we will see transformed lives!! We have seen this more and more here in Abilene!! This last month we had the honor of hosting a dear family that attended our first school (CB1), where God breathed more passion and desire to go back into the nations to reveal the Kingdom of God through their laid- down lives!! This family has their own non-profit and is constantly pouring out their lives to the people in Thailand!! We love them as family and were so filled with joy as we communed and celebrated their lives, and had pure, simple fun!!

This last month, we have had some incredible testimonies as we serve with Love & Care Ministries and Global Samaritan Resources!! A member of our team, Jeannette, has developed such an incredible relationship with some of the locals who live on the streets. She says "I love to serve them food, but I think it means more to them when I just go to their tables, sit, and visit with them... They have stories, and they just want someone to listen." We are learning about different ways that we can love people!! That's really the goal right?? To love as Jesus loves?
We have also had physical healings, emotional healings, and great conversations with people about how God loves them!!

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We had the honor of hosting Transformation School of Supernatural Ministry (TSSM) and their graduation for this last school year. It was encouraging, fun, and refreshing to hear stories about how God restores, and strenghtens the ones he loves. It was a beautiful night full of worship, food and fun!!

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Half way through the month of May, Angel and Norm had the beautiful oportunity to go and celebrate Stacey and Wesley Campbell's 30 year ministry anniversary in Kelowna, Canada. We are so thankful for the faithfulness of Stacey and Wesley and for how they have trusted God and have done community well!!! We are incredibly blessed by their hearts to breathe passion and life into others!!

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We enjoyed some time getting to visit and catch up with our dear friends from Mozambique, Jimmy and Linda Read!! We are thankful for all God is doing through them to advance the Kingdom of God and manifest His goodness!!

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That same weekend We had the joy of hosting a beautiful wedding for one of our dear friends and family in the Lord. It was filled with miracles, signs, wonders and the beauty of the Lord. We have had an incredible season of abundant rain in the area and on this particular day we were supposed to be hailed on and rain was forecasted to pour down... Instead, God gave us a bubble of protection around our mountain, a double rainbow, and beautiful clouds. Meanwhile, a mile down the road, there was water standing on the road, streams through trees, and quarter size hail. We were not touched. He made sure that the day was absolutely everything the bride and groom desired!! We were all in awe of his goodness not only in covenant, but how he covers the covenant with his love. It pointed all those who were present to the way that God desires the Bride of Christ which is the Church!!

Like most moves of God, there is a dream, a promise that He gives to help give us direction, after all, "He is the light to our path." God is not done with IRIS Abilene: Camp Barkeley and we are moving forward. We look forward to what God will do in 2016 as we trust Him and run the race with perseverance, "Pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God, which is Christ Jesus Himself."

SPRING IS EARLY

February 16, 2016

Things are happening at Camp Barkeley

It feels like spring has come early. Winter weather is mild and the budding of new seasons is being felt both in the natural and spiritual sense. January has come and gone, and if you are like us, you are probably wondering how that happened! We do praise the Lord though for a good start to the year. Relationships are growing stronger both locally and abroad, and we rejoice in all the Lord is doing. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain (Psalm 127:1 ESV).

Expectation and excitement build as our relationship with Kaleo International deepens. This past month our leaders, Angel and Norm Poorman, had the privilege of visiting our affiliate ministry in Mexico. They joined with the Kaleo International team and Dan and Gwen Slade, International Coordinators for the Partners In Harvest Network, as guest speakers at the Catch The Fire International Leaders School of Ministry (ILSOM). It was a truly inspiring time as the windows of heaven were opened over the conference that held over 250 local pastors from the surrounding areas. Momentum during each meeting grew and culminated with a great outpouring during two open evening fire meetings. Healings, deliverances, salvations, and manifestations of His Spirit were flowing freely for all to partake. Angel and Norm have come back with renewed vision and passion for the year ahead.

January has been a busy month for us out at Camp Barkeley. We have welcomed many different church and ministry groups for retreats, times of refreshment and vision casting. It is a joy to see the land and facilities being used for Kingdom purposes and to link arms with our brothers and sisters in Christ to build connection and bless our local community. It is incredible to see how skillfully the Lord weaves us together!

The start of our Residential Missionary Initiative has begun! We have officially welcomed our first missionary who will be taking part in this program, and we are already preparing for our next missionary to join us later this month. This program is designed to provide a supportive environment for further missionary training, while growing practical skills in serving our local community physically and spiritually. Missionaries who come through this program will help with events hosted at Camp Barkeley, serve some of our local ministries here in Abilene, and minister directly to people in our local neighborhoods. In summary, they will be an extension of the Lords hands and feet, ushering in His presence and loving the ones the Lord brings across our paths.

Please pray with us as we prepare for our upcoming schools, that we will walk with diligence in stewarding all that the Lord has planned for this year. Our hearts desire is to be fully submitted to the Holy Spirit, and to walk out our lives as Jesus did, fully surrendered to the Father’s will. We pray this will be your desire too. So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise (John 5:19 ESV).

Streams are Converging in Mexico

Two days! That’s all the time that is left until Norm and I fly to Mexico for Catch the Fire and Kaleo International’s International Leaders School. This School of Fire will be a time of training, worship and healing for pastors serving the surrounding communities of Jojulta. During this five-day conference we will have the opportunity to learn from other leaders and to share ourselves. In addition to speaking, we will be teaching through the Kendall Life Language Profile with some of the staff member. The KLLP provides an incredible opportunity for leaders to better understand their communication styles and improve their relationships with their families, friends and those they serve.

We are overjoyed God is bringing our dreams into reality. He is converging the streams of several amazing ministries to bring His good news and healing to the nations.

This trip will be an amazing opportunity, but it will also be a glimpse into the future. This summer during our third Iris Global School, CB3, we will be taking students to Mexico for four weeks to partner with Kaleo International. We are overjoyed God has established this partnership between us and ask for your prayers during this time. Pray God sends us the right students for this school, that they would be filled up with His Spirit to be mobilized to the nations.

We know the Lord is working and cannot wait to see how He unfolds this new year.

Blessings,
Angel & Norm Poorman