Vignettes of My Story
by Bishop Jon Aamodt
Grassroots Generational Revival and Harvest
"I came into a 'born again experience" of faith in Jesus Christ during the Jesus Movement Revival in the mid 1970s."
"The revival didn't start in a stadium or a Jesus festival. In the beginning we were meeting in youth groups and home bible studies. We eagerly brought our friends to hear the Good News of Jesus and study the scriptures. We were a generation that was moved by the love of Jesus and hungry for the Word of God".
"I believe that God wants to release another grassroots generational revival in the western world.
"What Was The Renewal Like?"
"Sometime ago, a young man in his early 20s ask me 'What was The Renewal like?' When he spoke those words, I realized it had been over 20 years since The Charismatic Renewal of the 1990s. Suddenly, a sense of grief struck me and I prayed to God silently 'Dear Lord, we have a whole generation that has never seen your Spirit move in power!'"
Amazing Manifestations of The Holy Spirit's Power!
The Charismatic Renewal of the 1990s
"I saw signs and wonders of The Holy Spirit's power simultaneously falling on whole groups of adults, young adults, teens, and children! People were falling, laughing, shaking, and crying under the power of God."
"I saw miracles: Bind eye opened, herniated discs restored, and many instantaneous healings."
"Some people wanted no part of it. A few said it was the work of the demonic. But as we traveled to different parts of the world, we kept meeting people who had been powerfully touched during The Renewal. They were passionate for Jesus. They were on mission with Christ and humbly living with the poor. Some of them were suffering from recurrent bouts of malaria. However, the love of God and signs and wonders followed them in their ministries. People groups and nations were being rocked with the power of The Holy Spirit and with the Good News of Jesus!
The Box Wasn't Big Enough!
Pursuing The Unbroken Body of Christ
"As we were rocked by the love of God and the power of The Holy Spirit, we sensed something was wrong. The box we called "Church" was too limited to contain what God was doing in (and with) us. We realized that God was speaking quietly, intensely, and deeply to us. In our own small way, Jesus was saying- as he has to many others, including gentle Saint Francis of Assisi- 'Rebuild My Church'".
"We slowly began to understand that Jesus was speaking to us about John 17 unity and that He wanted to bring all the streams of the Church back together. He wanted us to embody more of His presence and ministry, and be His unbroken Body. So, that we could become more of His lifegiving Body to a broken world."
Revival Continues with the Charismatic, Contemplative, Evangelical, Holiness, Justice, and Sacramental Church
of the beginning
of this Story
Now, it's time for another Generational Outpouring
It's been over 40 years since the Western world has seen a move of God's Spirit in generational revival and harvest. We believe that God wants to raise up a New Movement of Charismatic, Evangelical, and Sacramental Jesus People: Promoting Generational Revival and Serving in the Power and Gifts of The Holy Spirit. We aren't the only ones called to do this. But we humbly offer this apostolic religious Order to the glory of God, and we welcome you to join us on this journey.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.