Dear Friends,


We have been watching, hearing, praying and reading.  Brenda and I have spent several days staying home and being quiet before the Lord together.  We have watched the ONE THING conference in Kansas City and have read many Elijah List and other prophetic articles for 2007, along with His wonderful Word.  God is confirming and reconfirming that 2007 will be an explosive year in the Kingdom. 

We trust that you are starting your New Year with Jesus and with faith for great progress in your own journey with Jesus.  You can finish 2007 a totally new creature, transformed and empowered by the Holy Spirit and His Word living in you.  You can be free of weights and bondages of the past that have held you back, and you can be running the race with a high level of spiritual energy and strength.  May you start the year off with a special time of intimacy with Jesus, as He fills you afresh and anew with His awesome Holy Spirit.


In a few days we will be gathering in Peru, Illinois, with many others for our first leadership retreat.   Vance Murphy from Atlanta will be our evening speaker.   He is a passionate young man with a miracle ministry and has experienced many amazing signs and wonders.  It will be a great time of refreshing.  The daytime sessions will feature many leaders sharing Kingdom vision.  It will be a wonderful time of refocusing on Jesus and His Kingdom.

A special invitation is given to all who can arrive early on Thursday.  We will be providing pizza and a guided tour of the property and facility in Peru for those who can come around 4:30 or 5:00 pm.  The retreat will officially begin at 7 pm on Thursday night January 4, 2007.  Anyone wishing to attend may show up at any or all of the sessions.  Meetings on Friday and Saturday will be at 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. 

No registration is required and the conference is free.  Judging by motel reservations, we have a lot of people already coming.  For more information go to our website:  Click on Conferences and then click on download brochure.  PLEASE BE PATIENT - IT'S A SLOW DOWNLOAD.


Anyone who feels called to intercession for Open Heart Ministries and the Chicago Sending Center is invited to email Haydee at   We are anticipating a whole network of prayer warriors taking letters and calls from people around the world and praying for them.

Our schedule is filing up for 2007 and we will try to update our calendar soon on our website.

That's all for now. 

God be with you all and have a wonderful start to a very exciting year!!!

Ben, Brenda, family and team