“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”
This passage in Ecclesiastes clearly states that there is a time for seasons of life to shift. Each one of us have found ourselves in times of planting and birthing, times of sowing or times of reaping. We move through times of loss and grief and times of rejoicing and celebrating. And then there are times when things must come to an end. Streams Canada has found itself in the midst of just such a season.
Since 2015, we have been discussing necessary changes within Streams Canada after the death of John Paul. The path forward has been crystalizing over the last year and a half. With John Thomas leading Streams Ministries International (“SMI”) and it’s global ministry, we have decided that the direction forward for Streams Canada is to embrace and be part of the consolidation and restructuring of the global ministry. This process will include transitioning the courses, training and equipping resources, and online content to SMI. This will make access to resources, online content, training, and product much more efficient through one main digital information, resources and ecommerce portal.
SMI has embraced a full rebuild and has restructured the partner program and online content. The Streams Tribe has become an incredible resource of ongoing training, teaching, and equipping. The newly designed SMI website has made it easier than ever to access high quality video content designed to help your spirit grow in communion with God.
As we move into a more digital world, online classes, teaching, and material is more viable than ever. Streams will still have a presence throughout Canada that will revolve largely around Certified Streams Instructors and Teachers carrying on the mission and mandate of Streams, to restore the awe of God to the Church and help people fulfill the purpose God created them for.
In the past Streams Canada has maintained a website and ministry structure that paralleled SMI. This created duplication. Accordingly, to achieve better services and efficiencies Streams Canada will be simplifying its website and directing partners to the Streams Ministries International website to access materials, resources, online content and news. SMI’s website is www.streamsministries.com
Going forward Streams Canada will focus on hosting/teaching Streams courses and facilitating outreaches throughout Canada. Streams Canada will utilize Canadian volunteers, SMI staff/resources, and qualified Streams teachers to provide courses and out reaches in Canada. Streams Canada will also continue its commitment to missions, evangelism and outreaches.
So what’s up with Joshua Hoffert?
The following is a note from Joshua that we are pleased to share with you: With the restructuring of Streams Canada, my fulltime employment role with Streams Canada has come to an end. The last ten years with Streams Canada has seen my marriage, the birth of three children, growth into leadership and the entrance into full-time ministry. I served as an intern, a leader-in-training, the Director of Outreach, and as the Director of Ministry for Streams Canada. I came to know many of you through various courses, outreaches, events, phone calls, and emails. We have prayed for each other, prophesied over each other, and ministered one to another. You have supported my wife and I in the work of the Kingdom, and we have deeply appreciated that support. Erin and I have been blessed by the leadership of Streams Canada, John Thomas, and Streams Ministries International to launch out on our own in 2018. We have since relocated to the east coast of Canada, in Prince Edward Island, to launch Wind Ministries—a prophetic equipping/mentoring ministry. We have moved to the town Summerside, Prince Edward Island. It is the smallest city in the smallest province of Canada. Truly a time for new beginnings.
My ministry going forward will involve 3 facets:
1. I will continue to work with Streams as an independent contractor and continue to teach Streams courses (the Art of Hearing God, Understanding Dreams and Visions, and the Advanced Workshop in Dreams and Visions) as a Certified Streams Instructor.
2. I will continue to write and teach on the ancient teaching in Christian spirituality of the Desert Fathers and the Christian Mystics.
3. I will continue to support the “local church” and specifically to mentor, teach, and raise up prophetic ministry in churches across Canada.
While one season closes, another opens. Erin and I have been humbled by your support, prayers, love, and, most of all, the relationships that we have had with each and every one of you. May God bless the work of your hands and the work of Streams Canada, and may the ever-increasing, always-expanding Kingdom of God become more and more real and supernatural in your midst. If you would like to maintain contact with me, please visit my website at www.joshuahoffert.com.
With blessings and abundant love,
Thank you for your continued support.
In His love,
Streams Ministries Canada Society
John Thomas, President - SMI & Director of Streams Canada
A Letter From Diane Jackson
On Behalf of the Entire Streams family,
I want to thank each of you for the prayers and outpouring of encouragement we’ve received over the last year. After recovering miraculously from cancer surgery last summer and returning to the activities and ministry work he loved, we found out a few months ago that the pleurisy and inflammation John Paul was experiencing in his lungs could be a sign of something more serious. Despite the heartfelt prayers from those closest to him and many of you around the world, my husband, John Paul went to be with the Lord peacefully at our home this morning surrounded by family and loved ones.
John Paul Jackson was survived by his wife Diane, son Micah Jackson, son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Jennifer Jackson, and three grandchildren, Lauren, Tyler and Brett.
E-Letter: Peace and the Prophetic Gift
Written by John Paul Jackson
I meet a lot of young prophetic people in different places around the world. They are gifted men and women who can discern God’s voice, and I often hear them say similar things:
“If the church would just do this . . .”
“If the pastor would just do that . . .”
“If my father would just do this . . .”
“If my boss would just do that . . .”
They see the issues more than they see what is going well.
As prophetic people, we have a wonderful gift, but when we “tune” it to finding other people’s mistakes, we can become sin hunters who sometimes end up missing what God wants to do.
Prophecy is not meant to tear people down. It is meant to build people up. It is a constructive
element of the Kingdom, not a destructive element.
Many of us are uncommonly good at perceiving other people’s sin, and if we’re not careful, we get pulled into a cycle of negativity, where the negative is somehow more interesting to us than the positive.
The problem is that we become what we think! We become what we take in and what we see. And when our lives are focused on the negative, we lose our peace and don’t understand why we no longer receive as much revelation as we used to.
The peace of God is our phone line, if you will. Without peace, we don’t hear His voice. Without peace, it is difficult to see Him at work in people’s lives. The measure of peace we have in our lives reveals our understanding of the bigness
Revelation comes from peace. If we want to hear God more and in greater, deeper ways, we need to learn how to walk in His peace and break the cycle of prophetic drama in our lives. We are prophetic—being aware of sin comes with the territory. But what we choose to do with that revelation will either help build the Kingdom or help tear it down. It’s up to us.
A Safeguard for Your Gift
The Bible very clearly tells us how we are to think:
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
— Philippians 4:8
When he penned those words, the apostle Paul did not include any conditions. He didn’t say, “Think on good things unless
you’re a prophet. But if you’re a prophet, you can think about anything you want.” I’ve seen real revelatory gifts wasted because gifted men and women became focused on the negative, ended up losing their peace and quit.
Seeking the peace of God is not just a good idea—it will keep you from burning out. Philippians 4:8 is a safeguard for your gift.
Look for the Plans of God
The point of the prophetic gift is edification, exhortation and comfort (1 Corinthians 14:3). The prophetic gift exists to help other people find their way to God’s heart. It exists to take the weak and make them strong, to help the strong grow stronger and the great greater. That is how the Kingdom of God advances.
Therefore, when we focus on the negative in someone else’s life, we actually tear down
His Kingdom. It is not as if God is surprised by the sin we see in other people. He knows exactly what is happening within them, just as He knows what is happening within us. God has good plans, even when the people in those plans are making bad choices. He is waiting for them to repent and accept His ways. His plans still exist for them, and He longs for those plans to be fulfilled.
It is the kindness of God that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). That doesn’t mean we can’t bring correction when correction is due—but it does mean that we get to bring the love and kindness of God into each and every situation.
No matter where we find the captives—in the Church or outside of it—we are called to set them free and build them up, not tear them down. We are called to seek peace and demonstrate the heart of God on the earth.
In so doing, we avoid negative cycles in our own lives and see the Kingdom come in power and redemption.