Prayer has been a part of my (Marta) life since I was a child growing up in the Catholic faith. My mother was a prayer warrior and often encouraged me to have this ongoing dialog with God. Years later (1980-82), as a young adult, while living on and off in Jerusalem, Israel, I began to learn about prophetic intercession and connected with other intercessors from all over the world. I called this my 'boot camp' training. My roommate and I were often called to strategic prayer throughout the country, and I didn't live far from the Western Wall where I often went to pray. In 1981, I received my BA from FPU in Biblical/Religious studies. I met Arnold in Israel and we returned to CA to get married in 1983.
For many years, I became involved in prayer groups and different ministries. I led women's studies, worked with inner healing ministries and served on new church plant councils. I received my MA in Education, with an emphasis in language development in 1991 from FPU. I wanted to teach ESL overseas, but the Lord had other plans. My husband and I had four children, and I taught 12 years at Fresno Adult School.
In 2000, God called me to a new assignment/ministry. I served as an administrator/principal for a K-8 elementary school and K-12 charter school until 2006. I went back to school and got my Administrative Credential in 2002. In 2004, I was ordained and started attending Wagner Leadership Institute where I graduated in 2007 with a Doctor of Ministry. In 2005, I went back to Israel, on a prayer journey with Eagles Wings Ministry and was commissioned as a "Watchman on the Wall. In 2006, another dream came true, and I visited Intl House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City. I went for a retreat with Joseph Company (needing much rest/renewal from my job as a principal), but upon returning found that God had planted a new seed in my heart to see Prayer 24/7 in our city.
In July 2007, I resigned my school position and the Lord put it on my heart to prayer walk our city. I walked over 100 miles and made a photo journal 'Glory Walk' and later presented it to our city council. During that time, I met with other pastors and ministry leaders in our city sharing the vision of H.O.P.E. Although it was never my dream to start a ministry I felt led to start 7M Worship Intercession Network (7MWIN). We became an official church in 2007 (501c3 status as well). It was the 'ecclesia' in a different wineskin. Intimacy (with God) and Intercession was to be the foundation or hub of 7MWIN. Since 2007, we've mobilized 12 hour citywide prayer, started healing prayer at a medical office, started prayer/worship clubs on university campus, networked with many other statewide/national/int'l ministries for prayer and outreach, and sent out missionaries (local and international).
In 2014, we were led to change our name to HOPE REFORMATION. We are to bring HOPE wherever the Father sends us. Sometimes this will manifest through prayer, teaching, counseling or mentoring. We started polish and pray outreach in 2013. Now in 2015, we have the opportunity to start children's church/ministry in a local apartment complex. We trust God for the new partners he brings as we serve in our community and world. We are all missionaries and raise our own support.
We continue to look to Jesus as our leader; our heart is to bring HIS kingdom to earth as it is in heaven and to BE the ekklesia (church).
To HIM be the GLORY!