The Birth of Bound4LIFE Oakland

In May, as I was getting ready to move to the East Bay, a burden for starting a chapter of Bound4LIFE in Oakland began in my heart.  With TheCall Sac and other duties at IHOP East Bay, I had all but forgotten about this new burden (it was God’s provision – allowing for a smooth transition into a new season).  When Jehu’s ride  came through IHOP East Bay, Jason, a IHOP intercessory missionary,  passionately interceded on the prayer mic for Oakland.  My heart began to awaken, although I still did not remember the burden had God laid on my heart for  Bound4LIFE Oakland. 

At TheCall Sac, many African-American leaders spoke on the plight of the decrease in the African-American population due to the rate of abortion vs. live births.  God had been gripping my heart with His burden for the African-American community for a few years now and I am willing to do something about it.  Last Friday during our intercession set for the church of the region, I had a burden to pray for Oakland – for the ‘oaks of righteousness’ ro rise up with their roots grounded in the love of God and their branches reaching up to praise the one true God. Also, Psalm 34:17-18…..

  ” The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;  he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”

After praying this prayer, I went into the back corner and went into travail as another intercessor picked up the mic and interceded for revival in Oakland, praying  “There is a key to the revival in the churches of Oakland.”  As she prayed this, I saw the words “Bound4LIFE Oakland” and wept even harder.  The burden of the Lord came flooding back.  I knew what I was to do.  there are probably a few keys to open up Oakland, interceding for MERCY over the shedding of innocent blood im my part.  God’s heart is breaking for Oakland!  But God!  He has a plan for abortion….He has a plan to cultivate a culture of LIFE in Oakland – intercession and adoption.  His plan is always redemptive and breeds a culture of LIFE! 

A video from TheCall Sac (a little  shaky for first minute)-

A video about the adoption movement in Texas (from one church) –

On Saturday night,  Jason,  Hina  (IHOP East Bay intercessory missionary) and I took a 25 mile trip to Oakland to scout out the land. We wanted to check out the Planned Parenthood clinic we will be sieging and pray LIFE over the city.   A vista in the Oakland hills was a perfect place for speaking blessings over Oakland. The Nazarites will arise in Oakland and be the intercession for the shedding of innocent blood in their community!

Earlier in the week, I had a dream that an African-American man serving food in Oakland handed me a metal fork, spoon and knife wrapped in a napkin and said,  “Stick this in His temple!” So,  I read Judges 5, the song Deborah sings after victory over King Jabin who had oppressed the Israelites fo too long. 

“On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song: Israel’s leaders took charge, and the people gladly followed. Praise the Lord! “Listen, you kings! Pay attention, you mighty rulers! For I will sing to the Lord. I will make music to the Lord, the God of Israel. “Lord, when you set out from Seir and marched across the fields of Edom, the earth trembled, and the cloudy skies poured down rain. The mountains quaked in the presence of the Lord, the God of Mount Sinai— in the presence of the Lord, the God of Israel. “In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, and in the days of Jael, people avoided the main roads, and travelers stayed on winding pathways. There were few people left in the villages of Israel — until Deborah arose as a mother for Israel. When Israel chose new gods,  war erupted at the city gates. Yet not a shield or spear could be seen among forty thousand warriors in Israel! My heart is with the commanders of Israel, with those who volunteered for war. Praise the Lord! “Consider this, you who ride on fine donkeys, you who sit on fancy saddle blankets, and you who walk along the road.  Listen to the village musicians  gathered at the watering holes.  They recount the righteous victories of the Lord and the victories of his villagers in Israel.  Then the people of the Lord marched down to the city gates. “Wake up, Deborah, wake up! Wake up, wake up, and sing a song! Arise, Barak!  Lead your captives away, son of Abinoam! “Down from Tabor marched the few against the nobles.  The people of the Lord marched down against mighty warriors.  They came down from Ephraim— a land that once belonged to the Amalekites; they followed you, Benjamin, with your troops.  From Makir the commanders marched down; from Zebulun came those who carry a commander’s staff. The princes of Issachar were with Deborah and Barak. They followed Barak, rushing into the valley. But in the tribe of Reuben there was great indecision. Why did you sit at home among the sheepfolds— to hear the shepherds whistle for their flocks? Yes, in the tribe of Reuben there was great indecision. Gilead remained east of the Jordan. And why did Dan stay home? Asher sat unmoved at the seashore, remaining in his harbors. But Zebulun risked his life, as did Naphtali, on the heights of the battlefield. “The kings of Canaan came and fought, at Taanach near Megiddo’s springs, but they carried off no silver treasures.  The stars fought from heaven. The stars in their orbits fought against Sisera.  The Kishon River swept them away— that ancient torrent, the Kishon. March on with courage, my soul! Then the horses’ hooves hammered the ground, the galloping, galloping of Sisera’s mighty steeds. ‘Let the people of Meroz be cursed,’ said the angel of the Lord. ‘Let them be utterly cursed, because they did not come to help the Lord— to help the Lord against the mighty warriors.’  “Most blessed among women is Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite. May she be blessed above all women who live in tents. Sisera asked for water, and she gave him milk. In a bowl fit for nobles, she brought him yogurt. Then with her left hand she reached for a tent peg, and with her right hand for the workman’s hammer. She struck Sisera with the hammer, crushing his head. With a shattering blow, she pierced his temples. He sank, he fell, he lay still at her feet. And where he sank, there he died. “From the window Sisera’s mother looked out. Through the window she watched for his return, saying, ‘Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why don’t we hear the sound of chariot wheels?’ “Her wise women answer, and she repeats these words to herself: ‘They must be dividing the captured plunder— with a woman or two for every man. There will be colorful robes for Sisera, and colorful, embroidered robes for me. Yes, the plunder will include colorful robes embroidered on both sides.’  “Lord, may all your enemies die like Sisera! But may those who love you rise like the sun in all its power!  Then there was peace in the land for forty years.”

 

While we were praying a group of young adults pulled up ” to party” right behind us as we started to pray.  While were walking away from the vista, I heard one of the girls say, “I was just too young, my baby would be five years old now.”   I stopped walking not able to move.   After inquiring of the Lord on what He wanted me to do, I felt He answered, “tell her I forgive her.”  So, we walked back to the group and introduced ourselves.  The three girls and young man  asked if we  had been praying. After we answered yes,  we were praying over Oakland, they thanked us, because people are ‘getting killed for no reason out there.’   The young man, Te, stated that they had been talking about this all day, about how bad it is and how something needs to be done.  Jason prayed for Te as Hina and I spoke with Linda, Jaslyn and Kathy.  We asked  Jaslyn, the girl who spoke of her abortion (also the most intoxicated),  if she wanted prayer for what she was talking about before.  She let us know that ‘she was just too young when she had her abortion and that she did not regret it at all.’  In our conversation with her, God graciously gave us the words to let her know that He loves her and she could never do anything that would separate her from Him.  Linda and Kathy wanted prayer, so Hina and I prayed for them as Jaslyn would say….”oh and pray for Linda’s dad, Ly…..oh and pray for Kathy’s dad too, he has a bad liver, like me”.   Before, we left we prayed for Jaslyn as well.  Wow…God’s faithfulness is amazing!  He gave us fruit of Oakland as we stood in the gap for Oakland!  We are expectant!

In Christ’ s love,

 deborah

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