‘What are Daniel and Marlies doing?’ you may be asking yourself. Or not. But if you are, we think that is a great question. And we’re glad you asked. ;)
We are volunteer missionaries who have dedicated our lives to prayer and missions. And here is what is on our hearts and what we do:
There is great injustice on the earth. The days are evil (Eph. 5:16). We can all see that. But Jesus told us to do more than observe that. He asked us to watch AND pray.
There was a time that Jesus walked in the Middle East and saw multitudes of people lost and weary, like sheep without a shepherd. His heart was deeply moved and in response He commanded His disciples to pray:
Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (Matt. 9:38)
Andrew Murray commented on this verse and said:
‘The man who mobilizes the church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.’
We live in Kansas City and are planted here at the IHOPKC missions base where we are a part of the leadership team. At the heart of our missions base is night-and-day prayer with worship for justice in the nations. (www.ihopkc.org)
We love the place of prayer. It is where our hearts come alive. It is where our theology is turned into experience. What a privilege and joy to engage a Father who responds to our voice. We believe prayer is the primary means through which God accomplishes His will on the earth. We labor in prayer for justice in the nations of the earth and for revival in the church.
‘The only person who dares wake up a king at 3am for a glass of water is a child. We have that access.’ – Tim Keller
These are exciting days to be alive. They really are. Yes, bad stuff is happening. And on a larger scale than ever. But this is when Gods light shines the brightest. I believe that the church’s greatest hour is right in front of us. There is a time of great harvest and revival coming. I can see it coming.
The global prayer-movement is growing exponentially. It is fuelling the missions movement. And as God is fully conquering the hearts of people with His love, He is preparing His church for the challenges and great opportunities ahead.
Jesus will return for a glorious church. A bride prepared. An inheritance from every people group on the earth.
We want to fully give ourselves to the story God is writing and do our part. And so, in our everyday life we are equipping young people to embrace a culture of prayer and a lifestyle of mission. For 20 years now we have been calling young people to wholehearted devotion to Jesus, prayer for revival and compassion for the lost and the least.
When we moved from Kitale (Kenya) to Kansas City God told us that we would serve Africa better from this place. We love the nations and especially Africa. It is a part of our lives. And from this place, through our prayers, our traveling and the equipping and sending of missionaries we are seeking to be faithful to that which God has called us. To live lives of prayer, proclamation and acts of justice.
For His glory,
Daniel & Marlies