December 14, 2018
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”
February 18, 2018
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
August 22, 2014
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.
Medical Update from John Paul
July 10, 2014
Here is an update from the Streams US office:
The "Miracle Man's" Recovery Ahead of Schedule (Aug. 12 update)
John Paul is now several weeks into the rehabilitation phase of his recovery from cancer surgery and we’ve wanted to make sure there weren’t any setbacks before giving you an update. By all accounts, John Paul’s recovery to this point has been nothing short of astounding. Even as he was being released two weeks early from the hospital, nurses and doctors were already calling him the “miracle man.”
His recovery has exceeded the expectations of his surgeons, the assisting nurses and the physical therapists. Yes, John Paul is walking slowly and with a limp, but praise God he is walking! In fact, he’s now able to walk a mile outside every day, in addition to his rigorous physical therapy schedule.
There is other praiseworthy news. The pathology report came back from the tumor that was removed and it was discovered that 85 percent of the tumor was already dead. The other 15 percent was cyst-like tissue around the biopsy site. The doctors could also say with a high degree of confidence that the tumor did not spread because it was still completely “encapsulated” when they received it for examination. This is such an awesome answer to prayer. We asked you to pray that the tumor would die and that’s exactly what happened to 85 percent of it. Praise God!
Medical Update from John Paul
Here is an update from the Streams US office:
May 31, 2014
Surgery Successful (July 9 Update)
We're happy to report that John Paul's surgery went extremely well. Doctors removed a "nerf football sized" tumor from the back of his leg and were able to do so without damaging the sciatic nerve. What was most encouraging was that the tumor itself was encapsulated in a specific area and hadn't spread into adjacent muscle fibers. This gave the surgeons a very confident feeling that they were able to remove all of the cancerous tissue. The surgery took 4 1/2 hours but due to the minimal amount of fluid buildup a second surgery will not be needed. This means John Paul should be home in 5-7 days instead of up to 10 days with the original 2-stage surgical plan. Praise God!
There has been so many answers to prayer throughout this process and one of them has been the world-class quality of John Paul's surgery team. Both surgical specialists who worked on John Paul are the top experts in their field. To have them both available was a incredible blessing.
Please continue to pray for John Paul's recovery. Although John Paul will walk again, it's not a given that he will ever be able to run again. However, we believe that prayer can change that, so continue to lift him up and we'll keep you posted on his recovery and rehabilitation.
If you would like to send flowers or a card, please send it to our main offices and we'll make sure he and Diane receive it.
Attn: John Paul
1420 Lakeside Pkwy Ste 100
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Prayer to Change Your Life
Written by John Paul Jackson
The Bible is filled with examples of godly men and women whose lives were infused with prayer. As a result, entire nations were changed, and the earth saw God displayed in power.
Prayer is the most mentioned doctrine and practice in Scripture. The command to pray is found 250 times in the Bible, and praying specific prayers is mentioned another 280 times.
I know that prayer
can be an intimidating word for some of us. In the middle of busy lives, the thought of prayer can make us feel overwhelmed. So in this month’s article, I want to share with you an easy way to pray—a practice that has radically shaped my walk with God, and I know it will impact yours as well. It’s called Lectio Divina
, which is a fancy phrase that essentially means praying Scripture back to God.
A Closer Look
Something mysterious happens as we read through Scripture and use it as prayer. Lectio Divina
is slowly and deliberately praying the Word of God, allowing Him to speak to us through it. In the process, His Spirit connects with our spirits. The eternal truths contained in Scripture enter our hearts, and with that entrance, we are more than changed—we are transformed. This has happened to me over and over again as I pray in this manner.Lectio Divina
is not a new, “modern” way to pray. Moses used it as he taught God’s people. He built them up in the Lord by repeating and reiterating the things they already knew. Through Moses, the Lord commanded the people to meditate on what they had learned and teach it to their children:
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
— Deuteronomy 6:6–7
Even in the Bible, people prayed God’s Word and meditated on it. As we unhurriedly savor Scripture—thinking about it, praying about it, taking it in, asking God what it means—we remind ourselves of God’s promises to us. We rest in His presence. Our minds are renewed, and we become more like Him.
Here are four simple steps to praying the Word of God:
1. Find a short passage of Scripture that speaks to you. Try to let go of any preconceived ideas you have about the passage—listen with your heart and your head. Begin with meditation or silent prayer on that passage; then read the passage aloud.
2. Read the passage again, this time listening for one word or phrase that reaches out to you. When your second reading is finished, say that word or phrase aloud, and think about it. Ask God what it means for you personally. What is He saying to you about it? Why is He highlighting it to you right now?
3. Read the passage again, and be open for a possible moment of grace when the Holy Spirit says, “This is what I’m saying to you.” Then write down in a brief and prayerful fashion what you feel God is communicating through the passage. What did the passage teach you about God, yourself or the spiritual search you have been on?
4. Read the passage a fourth time. You might notice the reading sounds a bit different to you than it did before, or that the passage means more now than when you started. This is when you and the Scripture actually become one—and it is also when transformation begins. The Art of Praying the Scriptures book, CD-Set and Study Card are all valuable tools that will help prepare you to pray God’s Word back to him. The book contains 175 pages of practical instruction on the process of meditating on and praying God’s word and it includes some of John Paul’s favorite Scripture verses. The 2-CD Set goes deeper into this teaching with John Paul sharing several stories and anecdotes. To see the Art of Praying the Scriptures teaching series click the image below.
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