|Posted by Marta Escarcega on March 28, 2018 at 11:05 AM||comments (2)|
Although it has been a year since I have posted a blog, that doesn't mean we have been quiet.
Last year was a challenging year. My mom passed and I was finishing a dissertation about the Women of Destiny program. I was very busy with the activities and our businesses. I also made a trip to Italy with my two daughters in June. The day I got home, my mother passed. She was 97 and is now with Jesus. She lived a blessed full life.
The others in the ministry remained involved in activites. Mary, the international missionary returned home in May and is now working and living in Fresno, CA.
We are looking forward to all the Lord has for us in 2018. We recently started prayer twice a month in the city and we are hoping to re launch healing prayer ministry. We are building the team now and looking for the location the Lord would have us. We like to be outside traditional church walls and in the marketplace. As the Fresno chapter of Hollywood prayer network, we continue to pray for the entertainment industry and support the faith based movies (and redcarpet events) that are held in Fresno. We remain involved in prayer conference calls, prayer walking and cooperate citywide gatherings. We enjoy partnering with other ministries and come along side them in a variety of ways.
As many know, I am a volunteer urban minister and am multi-vocational. I am blessed to do the work I do with HR ministry because of my husband support and our businesses. I own and operate few social enterprises that have helped fund some of these ministry endeavors. One of these is Escarcege Enterprise which is our hospitality and rental business *see Airbnb website.
I also startd a new business as an independent contrator called: I Inspire Destiny (www.iinspiredestiny.com). My husband and I also started another new business-A& M Ranch, where we are raising alpalcas and preparing to build on our 40 acre ranch. We are currently growing oats there and raising alpacas at our current home base.I also dream of having a big white tent for ministry events out there! Check out our new website (a work in progress), www.aandmeranch.com.
We are anticipating a lot of NEW this year and looking forward to experience the goodness of God in new ways!
Hope Reformation vision remains the same, to encourage intimacy with God for transformation in all spheres of influence. It is about transforming lives and transforming communities.
|Posted by Marta Escarcega on April 25, 2017 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
It has been a year since I've posted. WOW! Let me share with you our end of the year donor letter:
We thank you tremendously for partnering with HOPE Reformation. In 2016, Hope Reformation was prayerfully active with God opening several new doors for ministry in both Government and Family spheres of influence.
Reformational missionary, Kim Castro obediently joined two clubs. She consistently brought a prayerful presence to gatherings as well as contributed with ideas, solutions and team building. In the family mountain, she co-founded Saving the Black Family, a grassroots ministry focused on raising awareness of the startling abortion statistics within the African-American people. This ministry team was extremely active within our community, attending over 15 outreaches, hosting a community-wide forum and co-sponsoring a special dinner honoring parents.
Director Marta Escarcega continued to lead the ministry. She also was involved in several local and statewide prayer gatherings. While working on her doctorate dissertation, Marta also taught a Women of Destiny class and mentored future leaders. In our global mission ventures, Mary Escarcega continues to lead teams to Asia and the Pacific from Tauranga, New Zealand with YWAM. This last year over 150 young people were sent from New Zealand across the globe to share the love of Jesus. Through projects like building clean water filters, restoring churches, distributing bibles, and other tasks. Over a thousand people heard the gospel with hundreds responding to make Jesus their Lord and Savior.
• Polish and Pray team ministered at over 15 community events.
• HOPE team prayed at Martin Luther King Jr. community-wide breakfast, Bringing Broken Neighborhood Back to Life events.
• Other volunteers continued to minister to the homeless. We will continue to faithfully obey the Lord and take the Kingdom of God into the seven spheres of influence.
We are already into Spring 2017! In February, I walked several miles on a prayer assignment for six days covering all of Los Angeles County. It was an awesome time. I also was able to join the HIM southern Calif. womens leaders luncheon. It was great to meet and connect with other HIM leaders. I appreciate being a part of the HIM apostolic ministry. If you want to know more about what an apostolic center is, check out their website, (www.harvestim. org).
We will continue to serve in our community with Polish and Pray.
Mary will be finishing her YWAM assignment and coming home in May.We will see what the Lord has for her next.
BLESSINGS TO ALL!
|Posted by Marta Escarcega on January 12, 2016 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
Everytime I visit a House of Prayer (HOP) (the kind that is open 24/7 or all day, with two hour worship or intecessory sets), I wonder if a HOP would or could be supported in Fresno. I love coming to PIHOP (Pasadena Int't House of Prayer) when I'm in the area. I come and sit, rest, worship, sometimes write (like I am now) or read. It is just a great atmosphere of rest to be in. I think they might be popular if we called them 'Meditation Centers". There are several HOP's in the state and country. They are different, not like traditional churches which are usually only open for Sunday or Wed. night services or other weekly ministry. Anyone can walk in and just sit, pray, and worship. I realize we can do this at home, but there is something different about going to a place set apart for the very purpose of restoring the spirit of Tabnernacle of David (Amos 9:11). I also like many are not tied to 'one church' or denomination. I know some churches have their own worship nights, but what I envison is different, much like this one in Pasadena.
I've been asking this questions for about eight years. Would the Body of Christ support a HOP in Fresno? I know there are so many awesome ministries in town that area supported and doing great things. I have this sense, though, people want to see 'good works' done, serving the poor, etc, etc, which are all great, but supporting a HOP -well that is just too strange. I'm not saying it is the only or Best wineskin, but it definatley is a different one. The one I envision in Fresno, would have worship and intercessory teams from all over the city, volunteer two hour sets. The building and admin. cost would be covered by many in the city.
I'll be honest, I've given up on this vision the last few years. I just haven't met many I know in the city who desire such a place or willing to support it. So for now, I will try to stay content with the many prayer pillars we do have around Fresno (don't get me wrong, those are great). I will put this dream on the shelf.
|Posted by Marta Escarcega on November 9, 2015 at 6:10 PM||comments (0)|
I once heard a teacher give a message on stages of church planting and growth. After hearing it, I began to understand my gifting a little more. I am a trailblazer and pioneer. I've come alongside other pioneers (church plants) and started educational programs, non profits and social enterpises.
First, there are the trailblazers. They are the ones who not only have the vision to go somewhere, but they are willing to go through the rough times of trailblazing-knocking down the thorn bushes and blazing a new trail where no one has gone before.
Right behind or alongside the trailblazers are the pioneers. They are willing to bring the working tools to help build. Although some of the pioneers will stay to settle, many of them will leave to start new works. I’ve found pastors get nervous when the pioneers leave; and may ask themselves, did something go wrong? Pioneers usually like change and often like the challenge of building. Sometimes they are judged by leaders or settlers who wonder what is wrong with them for not ‘staying’ at one place, but it is ok, they know they are called to plow and to plant.
Then there are the settlers. They will come once the buildings and vision have been established. They bring sustainability.
|Posted by Marta Escarcega on October 20, 2015 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
Learning the Language of the 7 Spheres of Influence
Several years ago, I sensed in my spirit the Lord say, I would be learning the language and culture of the seven spheres of influence. As a wife and mom, and former teacher and principal, I felt I knew a lot about FAMILY and EDUCATION. I learned more about the SPIRITUAL sphere as I led a faith-based non-profit the last several years. I’ve learned a lot about the ENTERTAINMENT arena from my daughter.
I've taken a few media and business classes the last few years. Today I just had an a-ha moment again. As I was somewhat complaining in my mind how it seems I can't get anyone to help me in the communication (marketing) area, and I’ve had to learn marketing software programs, I realized, God is showing me I’m expanding my knowledge of MEDIA/COMMUNICATIONS sphere. Silly me.
So today I gave myself a high five. This month so far I’ve learned how to use Mailchimp, inputted all the lists, wrote a campaign, and sent it out to a segment. I also learned Canva this week and made two postcards about a few FUNDRAISERS. I have much more I want to do (make and post podcasts and webinars), but for now, I say THANK you, Lord!
|Posted by Marta Escarcega on September 24, 2015 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Marta Escarcega on August 11, 2015 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
About five years ago, we started an official Christian club at CSU Fresno called Club Hope. My daughter also started a club Hope at a local public high school. What did we do? We worshipped and prayed on campus in public (in the peace garden) for a few hours every Monday. We prayed for anyone who asked for it. We also coordinated and collaborated with a few other Christian clubs (IV, CRU, ADX,) for a campus awakening night gathering. It was great to see the clubs come together, as ONE. Well, those students have since graduated, and gone on to find jobs. We are hoping to find new young blood to start again. We are also praying a facility will open up for us across campus.
Would you like to be a part of influencing the next generation of emerging leaders? If so, please consider watering (donating) the plants!
|Posted by Marta Escarcega on August 11, 2015 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
When I first started the ministry, the Lord gave me instruction first to prayer walk Fresno. For some strange reason (H.S.) I had this burden for Fresno that I could not shake. I felt God wanted to do something special in the city where I was born and raised. The summer of 2007 I began the walk. I walked over a hundred miles in a year span. I would grab my map, outline a 3-5 mile square block, put on my hat and earplugs and start walking. It was a different type of walk, though. I was not engaged in heavy spiritual warfare binding spirits, but instead I spent time worshipping and speaking blessing over the land. Each area I walked the Holy Spirit would show me how to pray. For example, one day I saw a lot of families out, so I prayed for families. Another day I saw a few people in wheelchairs, so I prayed for the sick. I took pictures while I walked and made it into a photo journal. I later presented it to the city council.
I've prayer walked many cities. I started in Jerusalem in early 1980's. My roommate and I went on different strategic prayer assignments back then. Nowadays, I enjoy taking teams out. There have been times we've jumped in a car and prayed in different cities. We've been to county borders, high places, rivers, and mountains and even tribal reservations. There are evil forces (terrorist) at work wanting to destroy our land, isn't it time we take our stand as watchmen and pray?
This is just one aspect of what it is to be an urban missionary.
|Posted by Marta Escarcega on August 10, 2015 at 10:25 PM||comments (0)|
One of our favorite summer activities, is collaborating with Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life (BBNBTL) community events in Fresno, CA. BBNBTL is a partnership between the Fresno Police Dept. and several nonprofit organizations. Almost every Saturday between April - October over a dozen booths are set up in an underserved section of Fresno. Our ministry sets a booth called Polish and Pray. We polish little girls fingernails, give them an encouraging words and pray for them as well as their parents. We have seen many girls choose to follow Christ.
Other organizations and churches have asked us to come set up a booth at their community outreaches. Although we have always relied on volunteers, we would now like to support urban missionaries to serve in this project. Would consider partnering with us as we impact lives with the Love of Christ?