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Southern Cities Prayer Walk: Baton Rouge and Houston

Calvin attended Bethany Church in New Orleans on Sunday, April 7. There he met the pastor and some intercessors and released the LA Shepherd’s staff. April 12 and 13 there will be a region-wide gathering called One Blood Revival, at Memorial Stadium in Baton Rouge. He found real open heaven in that city and hopes to return one day.
Monday, April 8 Calvin met with an old friend in Opelousas, LA for a time of fellowship and prayer and stayed in Lake Charles that night. Arriving in Houston on Tuesday, he came upon a ministry called Father’s House, a revival center in downtown Houston. He was well received and is invited back on Thursday, April 11 for a time of prayer, worship, and teaching.
Calvin spent 7 hours of prayer in inner-city Houston on Wednesday, April 10. It is an area of affluence, although he found an opportunity to reach out to some homeless there. President Trump spent the day in Houston on Wednesday at the Toyota Center unbeknownst to Calvin!
5 observations from his Southern City Prayer Walk to date:
God’s pleasure- I John 3:22; Jn. 8:29.
God’s favor- Luke 2:52
God’s anointing- Luke 4:18-20; Acts 10:38
God’s timing- Ecc. 3
God’s fire- Luke 3:16; Mal. 3; Heb. 12:28-29
Thank you all for following Calvin’s journey through the deep south. God is moving through his times of prayer and intercession and your support has made it possible! We would love to hear from you! Feel free to email us at

Southern Cities Prayer Walk: New Orleans

After only 9 hours of smooth driving, Calvin spent his first night at our friends, the Kendalls, in Asheville, NC. Their prayers over him were quickly answered at his next stop, Montgomery, AL. Monday, Calvin met with His Vessels Ministry, located in the heart of the city, and presented them with a shepherds staff and prayed with them over their ministry. Sunday night, April 7, they will sponsor is a city-wide gathering at a stadium which will be a night of unity, worship and declaring the Lordship of Jesus in the Montgomery, AL region.
Tuesday, Calvin met with his friend, Chuck, in Mobile where they had a confirming time of prayer together. Later that day he drove to New Orleans where he found it difficult to pray. Sin is blatant there and the Mardi Gras spirit is alive and well. Calvin met and prayer walked with David Suh, a friend from Philadelphia, and they were both encouraged as they saw answers to prayer. It rained 2 out of the 3 days but Calvin had divine connections there and even connected with a man from PA. The city has some flooding from all the rain which is even worse than the flooding he saw in Mississippi. The first full day of walking in New Orleans was the only dry day, and his time in prayer was anointed and productive. His hotel room number, #133 really spoke to him of the unity God desires (Ps. 133).
Friday, April 5, he arrived in Baton Rouge, LA. His Room in Baton Rouge, #333 spoke to him of Jeremiah. 33:3
Calvin met a fellow believer that he connected with the first hour he was in the city. He will attend this brother’s church on Sunday morning, April 7. As he walked the streets of the city he came upon a ministry- Shekinah Glory Ministries, and he blessed the owner as she opened up the ministry for the day.
He also passed a Christian radio station in the city and the man invited him in and did an on the spot interview that will air at a future date!
Stay tuned as Calvin continues his walk into Lafayette, LA and then on into Texas. Your prayers and support mean so much!

Southern City Prayer: Jackson, MS

Jackson, MS, known as the “City of Soul”, is also the capital of the State of Mississippi. This was my first time in the state but for Calvin, it was a homecoming. 42 years ago, he gave 6 months of his life serving in Brethren Volunteer Service, helping to build low-income houses in a depressed part of Indianola, which lies 2 hours north of Jackson. As the prayer walked through many deserted streets of the city, it reminded him of his time in MS many years before. There is a definite Christian presence there with no shortage of churches in the city and the surrounding suburbs. Calvin was blessed to meet and pray with several people on the streets and at their homes. The is a definite sense of poverty and oppression in the city but the Lord encouraged Calvin through James 2:1-7, 15-17; Ex. 34:6-7; and I Thess. 5:1-9.
We were given the name of a church in Brandon, MS just east of the city. We had a wonderful time of fellowship with the believers there on Sunday morning and released the Mississippi shepherd’s staff to Pastor David Hertel, senior pastor of Hope Fellowship Church. The church networks with other Apostolic and prophetic churches across the country and received the staff wholeheartedly.
Our next stop holds a special place in Calvin’s heart… Indianola, MS!

We are in Jackson, MS- city of soul!

City Hall that was used for a hospital during the Civil War

Jackson City Hall

Calvin standing in front of the State Capitol Building

Graffiti art on a wall in the depressed section of Jackson- let’s agree together with this proclamation!

Mississippi Freedom Trail marker

The 10 Commandments displayed along State Street

One of the more than 25 churches in and around the city of Jackson

Hope Fellowship Church – we attended this church on Sunday morning

Presenting the Mississippi Shepherds staff to Hope Fellowship Church and Pastor David

We were blessed and refreshed as we worshipped with our brothers and sisters in Brandon, MS

Southern City Prayer Walk: Mobile, AL

We arrived in Mobile, the wettest city in America (they average 66” of rain a year!), mid-afternoon on March 6. We were so blessed to have Chuck, a friend of Calvin’s, reserve our hotel for 2 days as well as take us out to eat at a wonderful seafood restaurant on the bay, where we watched the sun set over the bay. We had a wonderful time of fellowship with Chuck, his friend Doug, and Pastors John and Bonnie sharing about our Southern Cities Prayer Walk and about a possible opportunity of connecting with some believers in Montgomery.
Mobile is the site of the last slave ship, the Clotilda, to have “delivered” slaves to the United States from Africa in 1860. The ship eventually sank in Mobile Bay and the search for the wreck continues to this day. Mobile is also home of the first Mardi Gras, which is celebrated on “Fat Tuesday” every year and would you believe that we missed it by a day! Mardi Gras began in the Catholic Church but is now a non-religious celebration heralded around the world. Calvin and Chuck walked the streets of downtown Mobile and Calvin said remnants of the big celebration where evident everywhere. They stopped and prayed at several downtown parks, in front of the FBI building and along many of the busy streets. Some of the scriptures they prayed are I Cor. 15:10, Mt. 9:34-37, Acts 1:8, Acts 10:38, Heb. 1:1-14, 1 Jn. 3:8, Phil. 2:1-11, Mt. 4:19 and Ps. 68:1-2.
We spent part of the afternoon at Perdido Bay along the Gulf Coast, even though this stubborn cold spell hasn’t broken yet. Even though our stay in this port city was short, we felt some strategic connections were made and we are trusting God for an outpouring on this vital, growing area of the country.

Calvin and Doug praying over the Nashville staff

Calvin and Chuck praying over the Alabama staff

This poster says tells you everything you need to know about Alabama

Prayer walking downtown Mobile

Mobile skyline

a cold stroll on Perdido Key Beach- where is the warm southern weather??

he sunset over Mobile Bay

Southern City Prayer Walk: Montgomery, AL

Today dawned bright and abnormally cold for this time of year. The sun is a welcome sight after several days of rain and overcast days. Sunday was a tumultuous day of severe storms and devastating tornadoes that took over 20 lives just SE of where we were staying in Birmingham. Our hearts go out to the many people whose homes were entirely destroyed and who lost loved ones in the violent storms.
Yesterday we arrived in Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, and took some time to acclimate ourselves to this city of over 200,000 people. Calvin stood before the Capitol building where tens of thousands of demonstrators stood after walking from Selma to Montgomery in March 1965. This is also the city where a courageous young woman, Rosa Parks, refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in 1955 thus sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1956 which lasted a full year. The Freedom Rider activists also arrived in this town and were beaten and arrested in 1961. Several museums depict the important role that Montgomery played in the battle for desegregation in the 1960s.
We were excited to connect with a vibrant ministry of prayer and discipleship, His Vessel Ministries, whose headquarters is located in the center of the downtown area. They regularly prayer walk the city proclaiming God’s rule and reign over the area. Calvin felt honored to agree with the prayers of these faithful brothers and sisters in the Lord. As he walked the city, he took time to visit Dexter Baptist where MLK launched his ministry and we both visited the Freedom Riders Museum where our hearts connected with these courageous young people. Calvin felt a new understanding and appreciation for liberty and our free will. There is a definite church presence in Montgomery and Calvin felt a strong connection to the city itself and the work that God is doing here after 8 hours of prayer walking. He was able to share and pray with two men after lunch and felt God wanted to release destiny not only in their lives but in the capital region.
Please take a minute and pray for the Body of Christ in Alabama… it is alive and well and God’s Kingdom is being built! Next stop — Mobile, proclaimed the wettest city in the nation! May the Lord pour out His Spirit without measure here…

Montgomery State Capitol Building

Downtown Montgomery

The Freedom Riders opened the eyes of our nation to the real picture of segregation in the Deep South

Spring has arrived in Alabama although we are in the midst of a “cold” spell here- 25-30 degrees below normal