Eastgate House Of Prayer

Meditating on the Word

July 10, 2018 • Ken Eberly

The Word of God inspires and informs our prayers by enabling us to know the heart and mind of God. Join us as Ken Eberly shares a powerful message on Meditating on the Word. The blessed man's delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither...whatever he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:1-3. Called to pastor the Hampden Mennonite Church in 1979, Ken and Betty sold their home in Lancaster County and moved to Reading, PA in 1982. Here they raised their five children while pastoring the congregation. In addition to pastoring, Ken gave oversight to a number of churches in the denomination for several years. In 2000, after credentialing their successors, Ken and Betty were commissioned out of local church leadership to serve an emerging regional network of churches that was connecting relationally across denominational lines. Ken now walks with numerous other pastors and leaders in the region who have a desire to see the Body of Messiah come together for kingdom purposes. As part of the regional vision, Ken also helped establish and direct the Reading House of Prayer (RHOP). Ken and Betty then established Behold Your God Ministries in 2008, and now preach, teach and equip throughout the region in the arenas of corporate prayer, Biblical unity, knowing God, Christian maturity, and the coming kingdom, etc. (see the “Five Priorities of BYGM”). Ken and Betty continue to serve the body of Messiah in the Reading region and beyond in numerous ways: Monthly pastors’ prayer meetings, RHOP prayer room, periodic regional kingdom initiatives, teaching and preaching as doors open, writing, etc.

Walking In Expectation

May 29, 2018 • Kara Sensenig

In this journey called life there are many bumps and detours along the way, but as we learn to actively look toward God in a spirit of expectation, we will find we're free to recognize and receive what God is delighted to give. Join us as Kara Sensenig shares her heart about breaking free from disappointment and unbelief and choosing to walk in expectation.

The Crucible of Life

May 22, 2018 • Anthony Esh

Anthony Esh will share a practical word about being forged in The Crucible of Life and how this crucible prepares us for usefulness and gives us the opportunity to become something more valuable. Join us as we press in for transformation of our lives, our churches, our communities and our region. Anthony serves with Reading House of Prayer, where he has maintained various leadership roles for more than 10 years.

Psalms 16 Teaching & Mediation

May 8, 2018 • Brian Flewelling

Learn and practice how to use Psalm 16 as a life path and a prayer pathway that entrenches you in the character of God and prepares you for every test life throws your way. Pastor Brian leads us through an experiential night of teaching and meditation.

Study of Nehemiah

April 24, 2018 • Barb Hummel

What would happen if just one person or a group of people was willing to step out in faith to partner with the Lord's purposes? Nehemiah did this and allowed his heart to be grieved for the ruined walls of Jerusalem. Through prayer, discernment, the favor of the Lord, and divine strategy he was able to accomplish much. Join us as Barb Hummel leads us through the life of Nehemiah and how he supernaturally undertook the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem in just 52 days.

Ryan Forbes and Officer Wendell Metzler Redemption Story

April 17, 2018 • Ryan Forbes and Officer Wendell Metzler

Ryan Forbes and Officer Wendell Metzler share their redemption story of overcoming addiction and walking in wholeness. These men demonstrate how reconciliation can powerfully triumph over retribution. Ryan grew up in New Holland and attended Garden Spot High School. His family life was dysfunctional, causing Ryan to turn to drugs and alcohol as a teenager and young adult to escape the chaos of home. Throughout this time, Ryan was in and out of prison, until God supernaturally reached down and drew Ryan to himself. Ryan relapsed several times, but God was faithful in His pursuit of Ryan. By the grace of God and through transparency with trusted men, Ryan has been free of drugs and alcohol for over 12 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in addictions, as well as a bachelor’s degree in religion, both from Liberty University. He has been married to his wife, Caitlyn, for almost 7 years, and together they have 2 beautiful sons. Ryan recently coauthored a book, “Unchained,” with Wendell Metzler, the police officer involved in many of Ryan’s arrests who today is a close friend. The book tells the story of Ryan and Wendell’s encounters in the criminal justice system, as well as Ryan’s obedience to God to make amends with Wendell, starting the journey to the friendship they have today. Ryan has a passion to see men and women pursuing Christ and living the lives that God designed them to live, who and free.

Ana Cozzone's Story

March 27, 2018 • Ana Cozzone

This week at EHOP Ana Cozzone will be sharing some of her personal story and also her journey working with street children in the Philippines. Despite the trauma and abuses that many of the children have experienced, there are countless stories of miracles and God's light shining in the darkest of places. Ana and Chris Cozzone came to the Philippines in June of 2015 and were both moved by the prevalence of children living and sleeping on the streets. Having spent about 10 years growing up in the Philippines, Ana was able to speak Tagalog well enough to begin sitting with the kids on the sidewalk in February 2016 and teaching them English and the Bible. In February 2017, they rented a building to try and meet more of the children's needs. Although not yet a residential facility, Nehemiah community center currently has two local staff members healing to teach the kids about healthy lifestyles and faith, preparing them with basic employ-ability skills through vocational training, and helping those who want to pursue an education.

Gene Carmack's Story

March 13, 2018 • Gene Carmack

For the month of March EHOP will be focusing a prayer target on addictions and abuse. This week Gene Carmack will be with us to tell part of his story and to shed light on the multifaceted issue of addictions and walking in wholeness. Join us as we pray for the God to break into our families, schools, churches, and communities with the light of His love and freedom! Gene is the House Manager at The Potter's House which is a home for men to help them transition back into the community. Gene is also part of the Celebrate Recovery leadership team.

Connection Between The Church & Israel

The Jewish Holiday, Purim and The Book of Esther • February 27, 2018 • Dr. Theresa Newell

Dr. Theresa Newell shares about the upcoming Jewish holiday, Purim, the Book of Esther and what it says to us today. If you find it difficult to understand the connection between the Church and Israel, know that Theresa will help to bring clarity to this while also shedding light on what's happening in the Middle East.

2018 ACTIVATE School Of Prayer

Session 6: Encountering God • February 20, 2018 • Jonathan & Crystal Martin

Have you ever noticed that when God is in first place in our lives everything else seems to find its perfect place with very little effort on our part? Join us for the final session of our ACTIVATE School of Prayer as Jonathan and Crystal Martin share their hearts on what it looks like to actively position yourself to encounter the Lord.

2018 ACTIVATE School Of Prayer

Session 5: Fellowship With God • February 13, 2018 • Barb Hummel

Since the very beginning when Adam and Eve walked with God, we have each been created with an innate longing to be in relationship with God and to know and be known by HIm. Join us for Session 5 of our ACTIVATE School of Prayer as Barb Hummel unearths what it really means to be a friend of God. Learn some practical ways we can cultivate this relationship, identify the resulting fruit, and how friendship with God affects the way in which we pray.

2018 ACTIVATE School Of Prayer

Session 4: Keys To Answered Prayers • February 6, 2018 • Kara Sensenig

God doesn't want us merely hoping and praying that our prayers will be answered, His desire is that we operate with understanding and solid faith to discern His voice and see Heaven released in the earth and in our lives. Join us for Session 4 of our ACTIVATE School of Prayer as Kara Sensenig shares some key insights on how to partner with God to see real answers to our prayers.

2018 ACTIVATE School Of Prayer

Session 3: Intercessory Worship • January 30, 2018 • Kristina Flewelling

It is in the atmosphere of worship that hearts are drawn by God’s Spirit into fervent intercession. Worship brings us into the place of communion with God where He will meet with us and speak to us. This type of worship-saturated prayer rises like a fragrance before God's throne to declare His glory and reign over all circumstances, relationships and governments. Join us for Session 3 of our ACTIVATE School of Prayer as Kristina Flewelling shares how Intercessory Worship is fanning the flames of revival through biblical worship and prayer.

2018 ACTIVATE School Of Prayer

Session 2: The Power of Praying The Word • January 24, 2018 • Kara Sensenig

God's power is released mightily in our lives and in our world when we pray in alignment with His heart and according to His Word. Jesus said, "If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you" (John 15:7). This week in Session 2 of our ACTIVATE School of Prayer, Kara Sensenig shares some nuggets of wisdom related to The power of Praying the Word. Kara Sensenig has been a follower of Jesus since she was a child, but it was hunger for answers that propelled her into a power encounter with God that radically changed her life and set her on a journey of truly knowing Him and experiencing the supernatural. Kara takes seriously the assignment to call forth the gifts of the Spirit and the unique giftings that reside in each follower of Jesus. Many of Kara’s speaking engagements include time for activation or impartation, as this is a vital part of her DNA and calling. Prior to itinerate ministry, Kara served with HarvestNET international as the Director of the Kingdom Ministry School. She also gained tremendous experience on staff as the Director of Prayer Ministry at Petra Church. Here she provided vision and oversight while training healing, prophetic, youth and altar ministry teams. In addition to equipping and teaching, she was involved in deliverance, inner healing, and spiritual warfare in crisis situations. Today, in addition to teaching and equipping throughout the region, Kara continues to provide leadership to Eastgate House of Prayer that meets in New Holland. She and her team are contending for regional transformation over Lancaster County and the surrounding regions through consistent and fervent prayer and worship. Kara received a B.S. in Agronomy and Environmental Science from Delaware Valley University and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Bloomsburg University. She worked in the education field for over 10 years, first as an Extension Agent with PSU and then as a high school science and agriculture teacher. Kara received her M.Div. with a focus on World Christianity from Evangelical Seminary. She is happily married to Pete and they have 2 young children.

2018 ACTIVATE School Of Prayer

Session 1: The Power of Prayer & Fasting • January 16, 2018 • Joe Smucker

In this first session, Joe Smucker shares a practical word on The Power of Prayer and Fasting. Growing up on a farm in Lancaster County, PA, the Lord stirred Joe’s heart to seek Him wholeheartedly, without reserve. During his high school years, the Lord began to teach him what it meant to be an intercessor. Because of a series of events and the stirring of the Lord, Joe decided to go to IHOP-KC to attend Bible school. This experience greatly enriched his knowledge of the Word and his passion for serving Him through intercession. In this season God continues to purposefully mold Joe’s heart and move him to love Him as a husband, father and man called to the marketplace. Joe is happily married to Sarah and they have 4 children.