The Moravian Falls House of Prayer
May 2022 – Songs of Ascent
April 2022 – Our Own “Pictograph”
March 2022 – An Angelic “Text”
February 2022 – A Little History
January 2022 – The Plumb Line
December 2021 – Glory to God, We Visit the Architect
November 2021 – Walking the Line
October 2021 – So Long, Old Friends
September 2021 – The Lord Marches On
August 2021 – Onward and Upward
July 2021 – Let the Trees Clap Their Hands
June 2021 – The Moravian Falls House of Prayer
May 2021 – A Bit of Home
April 2021 – A Tale of Two Signs
March 2021 – A Sign That Points
February 2021 – The Sign
January 2021 – The Moravian Falls House Of Prayer
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Historically, Songs of Ascent were also called: gradual Psalms, Song of Degrees, Songs of Steps, Songs of Going up to Worship and Pilgrim Songs. They were believed to be sung by worshippers as they ascended the road to Jerusalem to attend Three Pilgrim Festivals. Others believe they were sung by Levite singers as they ascended the 15 steps to minister in the Temple in Jerusalem – (since there were, actually, 15 steps that were climbed.) They were always characterized by brevity and repetition.
But the angels and the Holy Spirit have not fallen silent in our day. The following is a Song of Ascent received recently and written down by Betsy – a gifted friend of ours.
Our Own “Pictograph”
Definition: A. A pictograph is an ancient or prehistoric
drawing or painting on a rock wall.
B. A diagram representing statistical data in
When Duke Energy came to talk to us about running the electricity to an area for a well and so forth, they brought a printout of the road. We had seen it before when a dear friend who had retired from TWA, send us a printout asking, “what does this look like?” We showed the printout to my friend Bob Jones and he said, “it is the white buck.”
Why is this important?
When Bob Jones gave the original prophetic word about this land, The Lord indicated He was setting aside a certain number of acres for His work. Purportedly, the prophecy also mentioned a sign of a “white buck” on the land.
The land was found and purchased. And through other prophetic messages of Bob Jones, Bobby Connor, Gary Oates, Doug Addison, Larry Randolph, and others, the spiritual calling of Prayer Mountain was clarified.
These were: 1. Rescue the Jews.
2. Be one of the Lord’s Sanctuary locations.
3. Establish a house of prayer on the ridge
where God Almighty will meet with His
The Sign Confirmed
The sign was not immediately discerned – not until this friend sent the pictograph of “the white buck”. The pictograph was chiseled into the mountain itself, and so large that it was hidden until the Lord wished to reveal it from the air.
According to the prophets – the Lord had set aside a location on the ridge which He chose to use as a meeting location –through prayer. We called it the House of Prayer. But He confirmed it the way the ancient’s sought confirmation of many prophetic words – through the stars or by using other natural clues that could not be manipulated by mankind.
All of us have seen pictures of the giant line art drawn in the Peruvian desert or the “Long Man” in the soil of Wilmington, England.
Well, the pictograph in Moravian Falls will remain year after year to verify Bob Jones prophetic word about a house of prayer on this ridge. The eye is shown where this ministry is located, and the horn of power is shown ending where The Moravian Falls House of Prayer will be built.
We are blessed to be a part of “a sign” and “a wonder” in these days.
An Angelic “Text”
Recently I, along with one of our ministry assistants, was up on Prayer Mountain (near the platform).
Suddenly, angelic – singing could be heard. Walking up the road – clumped together like a bunch of asparagus spears –was a group of angels. They were so tightly packed that those seeing them might wonder how they had breath enough to walk and sing.
Like a Text
Their song was short – like a text or singing telegram.
The camels are coming – hurrah, hurrah
The camels are coming – hurrah, hurrah
Thrilling really – but why? Because camels mean provision. During these days, it is wonderfully reassuring to have our God send a message that He is supplying the needs of His Chapel.
Also – the Hebrew word for “camel” has many meanings. One of these meanings is “loving kindness.”
This meaning is probably the most suitable here. Greater “loving kindness” is coming to those who come to Prayer Mountain to meet with God Almighty.
An Even More Important Message
But our Lord sent an even more important message through the angels. The message came through the way the group was so tightly packed. His provision is in direct response to our loving treatment of those who come to meet with him in this place.
1 Peter 1:22 – “Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart.” (NASV)
Luke 6:38 – “Give and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure – pressed down” (like when you are packing a cup) “shaken together”, (like when you wish to pack it completely. You shake the container to fill in the air pockets) “and running over. For by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you in return.” (NASB)
A Little History
When we arrived in Moravian Falls twenty-five years ago, there were few of us that had settled here. We few huddled together once a week to sing praises to our God and to pray as well as to have some fellowship. We were a bit like a clowder of wet cats that had been pulled from the water – shivering and hanging onto one another for warmth. With no one else here, we ate Thanksgiving together, as well as celebrating many other holidays together. The Lord’s love was tangible between us all
Later, other Christians moved into the area. The group expanded to include a meal together once a month at the Morningstar Lodge. There was great camaraderie and great cooperation. Each person knew his or her calling and each supported others in their calling. Tremendous help and love came from all quarters. We all loved the Lord and we all knew that we were here for Him – not ourselves. That gave everyone here a sense of servanthood and humility. At this time mistakes were made in building – (such as several who mistakenly built on others’ land. Instead of requiring money or restitution, the land was simply given to the one who built incorrectly). “And why not” – was the reasoning. All of us were here for Him – not ourselves.
We all knew one thing beyond our own personal callings: the Lord, had called for a House of Prayer on Prayer Mountain. The location was dedicated by those fathers in age and seniority of years in godly service, and we all sought to help so that the Lord might have His heart’s desire.
From all over the world, people came – both day and night. (Night, because that is when the angels could be photographed by the hundreds in their shining orbs.) Those of us who were privileged to live here did all that we could to make people welcomed and help them meet with God Almighty.
It has been a long time coming, but His criterion is still the same: Are we here for ourselves or to serve Him and His people?
It is a privilege to live here but it is also a blessed sacrifice. People are here from all over the world, and we are here to open our hearts and our help to them.
I hope that those of us who were here first and those who have come later will display the love, cooperation, and fellowship that the first wave of Christians who answered the call to Moravian Falls lived every day.
Prayer Mountain and the coming Moravian Falls House of Prayer are dedicated to the Lord. Both Prayer Mountain and the coming chapel will be open to His people because He asked for it. Those of us who live here on the mount are not overlords, but servants to our King. As it was said in Matthew 20:25-28 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the gentiles domineer over them, and those in high position exercise authority over them. 26 It is not this way among you, but whoever wants to become prominent among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever desires to be first among you shall be your slave; 28 . just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” NAS
As we move forward, I pray it is with that love of our Lord and love of His children that lights our path. May we here now cooperate in love and deferring to one another as those who came here originally: those who were so willing to help one another and even lose land if it would benefit a Christian brother or sister.
We cannot just preach love of the brethren; we must live it. All of this takes love, love, love. We pray that He shines forth through us with every step we take toward His chapel.
The Plumb Line
Due to the rampant COVID infections in our area of North Carolina, I have spent much of my last two years seeing few people (other than my two administrative assistants.) We have kept the fire burning on the altar of the prayer however, and we are expanding the website with motion and music. Also, we are recording the books. In other words we are busy, busy, busy – but inside.
But one day I was outside watering the flower boxes and was approached by a lady and her husband who were visiting Prayer Mountain for the first time. She knew nothing of its history – but was instructed by the Lord to travel to Prayer Mountain in Moravian Falls. It seems as though she was visiting locations pointed out to her by the Lord.
She carried with her five plumb lines and was taking each to a location designated by the Lord. She had never heard of The Moravian Falls House of Prayer, but realized – when she did hear – that the structure to be built as a chapel on Prayer Mountain was to receive the last of the five plumb lines.
Below is the plumb line brought to The Moravian Falls House of Prayer.
Why is this important? Well – anytime the Lord sends you a gift it is significant. But this gift is a tool for building – and building accurately – and we want that. Of course we are expecting the physical structure to be correctly built – but we are especially concerned that we build spiritually on the Rock of Christ: Jesus being the chief cornerstone.
As it is said in Isaiah 28:16-17b. “Therefore, thus says the Lord God, ‘behold, I am the One who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a Stone, a tested Stone, a precious Cornerstone, of a sure foundation. Whoever believes will not be in haste – 17. And I will make justice the line and righteousness the plumb line…’”
It is our hearts’ desire to see God Almighty build His chapel –unmixed with our flesh, that He will direct and make all decisions in accordance with His deep desires and that we will wait on Him and follow His commands. We want Him, Him and only Him.
It says in His Word that He will build His church (both physical and spiritual) and we want to give Him the time and space that allows Him to fulfill His word. We don’t want to push anything in or through our flesh.
We are grateful for the plumb line.
Glory to God, We Visit the Architect
There was overwhelming Christian love and camaraderie as we visited the architect to initiate plans for the Moravian Falls House of Prayer.
Our architect is not only an elder statesman in the county of Wilkes, but also is a godly man. We are fortunate to have such a skilled designer in this area.
You cannot imagine the excitement bursting within each of us as we began applying ourselves to this blessed offering of love to our Lord. Other areas throughout the world have been set aside for chapels open to the public for prayer – but we are “pinching ourselves” that we here on this small mountain have been allowed to join that number.
The plans include outdoor patios and a water fountain to add to the tranquility of the area.
To God be The Glory
Our Lord has called for this chapel, and therefore, it is our great desire That He have His heart’s desire – as well as be pleased.
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Walking the Line
Here is Pete from Duke Energy. He is marking the location for an electric line to be run underground to the proposed well.
We must provide for the water and electricity before we can move forward with building the Moravian Falls House of Prayer.
So Long, Old Friends
Here is the last of the rotten board removal. We’re making room for the new.
These structures were like old friends. But even old friends need to make way for the Lord’s new purposes. (Especially if they are rotted.)
Light on the Door
Here is the back of the ministry, with all the materials out of the way. Notice the sunlight streaming a beam on the back door. That, dear friends, is very encouraging.
The Lord Marches On
These pictures are of the beginning of the deconstruction – before the Lord begins to build the NEW.
Here is the greenhouse as it was. It is difficult to see, but this greenhouse is about 25 feet off the ground. It now sits on the property of a blessed Christian family who will use it well.
The greenhouse is still intact, but the wood holding it up is crumbling. [There is no logical reason for this rapid decay. Treated wood was used. It was also stained and given every protection.]
It just looks like the Lord is ready for something new.
The greenhouse was still “holding up well.”
A little further along.
Ready for the concrete removal.
Thank you for your years of service, old friend.
Onward and Upward
Often Bob Jones had said that the area around the chapel on Prayer Mountain should look like the garden of Eden – there should be benches, and quiet walkways for meditation, contemplation, and, where possible, flowers.
We are beginning. But before we can engage in any planting plan, there must be water to ensure the survival of the plants. On July 19, 2021, a well company designated the location of the first well.
Looking for a location for the first well.
The well location with surrounding vegetation.
Let the Trees Clap Their Hands
We wanted to offer prayer and praise to our Lord up on the Ridge of Prayer Mountain.
He is worthy and, I am sure the angels have missed joining with His children to exalt Him!
We are trying something new in order to include you in this offering of praise to our King.
THE MORAVIAN FALLS HOUSE OF PRAYER
We thought you would like to see an artist’s rendition of the Chapel.
These come from three oil paintings that hang in the Prayer Room in the Moravian Falls House of Prayer’s temporary location on Prayer Mountain. We need to pray before we pray, don’t we?
Only those who have visited have seen this depiction, but we feel it helps a good deal to be able to see a likeness of “what” you are praying for.
This first rendition of the Chapel shows a feather on the outside. Bob Jones said that the feather represented life, so that in this rendition, “life” is on the outside of the Chapel.
In the second rendition, the feather has moved to the inside of the Moravian Falls House of Prayer. You can see it glowing in the upper right side (as you look at the picture). Now Life fills the Chapel and is bringing great light to others.
The third rendition of the Chapel shows the fulfilling of the many prophecies concerning the Moravian Falls House of Prayer. God Almighty comes down to be within that structure, and to meet with His children – to speak to them, to heal them, to bless them and to anoint them.
This, of course, would not be the first visit by our Heavenly Father: He came in person to reveal His glory to Moses; at another time He ate with the elders of the Jewish people (when the children of Israel journeyed out of Egypt.)
Mankind has seen Jesus and experienced the Holy Spirit. But now it is our Father’s desire to allow His children to see Him and talk to Him. He does not wish to hide Himself from His family any longer.
The Dark Cloud*
“What is the dark cloud about which my Father spoke?” I asked the angel Elijah.
He replied, “the dark cloud that surrounds God is actually the dense oil of the Spirit, a great good, a visible sign of the magnitude of the anointing, incomprehensible to mankind and therefore seemingly dark. To the majority of mankind, He is hidden in darkness. Light that they cannot see emanates from Him. To many of His children He seems hidden, but the fire of His love is burning through the density of that oil now and will allow His children to see His love, His mercy, and His fatherly compassion, as well as the startling reality of His Holiness
If you wish to learn more about the angel Elijah, please go to
* Heaven Awaits the Bride (Charisma Media/Charisma House Book
Group 2007) 122-123 (Part 1).
Deuteronomy 4:11-12 The Darkness
11 You came near and stood at the base of the mountain, a mountain blazing with fire to the heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. 12 And the LORD spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of the words but saw no form; there was only a voice.
Exodus 30:22-33 The Anointing Oil
22 Then the LORD said to Moses, 23 “Take the finest spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half that amount (250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant cane, 24 500 shekels of cassia—all according to the sanctuary shekel—and a hin of olive oil. 25 Prepare from these a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer; it will be a sacred anointing oil. 26 Use this oil to anoint the Tent of Meeting, the ark of the Testimony, 27 the table and all its utensils, the lampstand and its utensils, the altar of incense, 28 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand. 29 You are to consecrate them so that they will be most holy. Whatever touches them shall be holy. 30 Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them to serve Me as priests. 31 And you are to tell the Israelites, ‘This will be My sacred anointing oil for the generations to come. 32 It must not be used to anoint an ordinary man, and you must not make anything like it with the same formula. It is holy, and it must be holy to you. 33 Anyone who mixes perfume like it or puts it on an outsider shall be cut off from his people.’ ”
All these things (the oil, the tabernacle, the golden utensils) are a type or pattern from heaven. So as all these items and people are anointed with the oil, it is a representation to us of our Father who is surrounded by the dense anointing.
A BIT OF “HOME”
For those wishing to “sit a while” as you seek the Lord on Prayer Mountain, we have purchased four wide, sturdy, outdoor rockers. After all, for some, there’s nothing like rocking and praying – and our Daddy wants you all to feel “at home” here on His land.
The rockers come from The Vermont Country Store¬ – whose name already gives us mental pictures of autumn leaves, and delicious jams and jellies.
These sturdy rockers are now in place, ready for your use. We hope these are a blessing to you. I can’t tell you what a blessing it is for us to be able to make them available to you.
A TALE OF TWO SIGNS
This account is of two new signs. It is a chronicle of a seldom described part of the history of Prayer Mountain. One sign is actually a repainted, abandoned sign and the other is a brand spanking new one.
This sign was made by a dear friend of mine. Before moving to Texas with her husband she worked for Disney animation. They decided to leave California to start a cabin building business in Texas. After building their own log cabin, they decided to rethink their career path and went into the making of signs.
She was designing and making signs when my husband retired from the pastoral part of the ministry. My friend and I decided to create a historical coloring book for this small, but amazingly significant town where the River boats turned around on the bayou and headed back to New Orleans. We thought that it would help the visiting adults to have the history of the houses, churches, hotels, etc. and settle the children in the back seat by giving them something to color. We used my very young nephews and niece as the children ringing a church bell or climbing a tree, or fishing in the bayou, etc.
After we finished the coloring book, Albert and I moved from Texas to Kansas City. Years later, when we moved to Moravian Falls, we needed a few signs to guide the visitors.
Recently, when the land on the top of Prayer Mountain was sold, the only sign to survive the sale is the one pictured. It had been brown, but the previous owner used the back to create a new message and painted the sign purple. Therefore, instead of sandblasting it, we kept the basic sign purple (since that is part of its history), repainted the lettering, etc. on the front, and returned the sign to its original location.
We felt that it was a survivor that made its way back to its former “post”. Like an old soldier that limped home after many years of service, we joyously salute this battered and abandoned warrior. Long may it stand in the service of our God.
A: This is one of three such signs we have purchased to put up because we are blessed by having children who accompany their parents to Prayer Mountain – as well as several who live here. We want to show these children the Lord’s love by driving slowly so that their parents can call them out of harm’s way.
B: Also, some visitors come with their friendly, small dogs. Both children and dogs will get out of the way, if you drive slowly enough.
These are the two new signs (well, one is an old faithful).
We thought you would enjoy a bit of the history of the signs, because – let’s face it – we rarely give them much thought. But they, too, have a fascinating story to tell.
A SIGN THAT POINTS
As we told you last month, the sign that marks the location of The House of Prayer is slightly to the side so that those wishing to pray on the exact top will have access. This white stone on the ground points to the eventual chapel location.
The chapel will sit toward the front of the ridge with a clear view of the two closest mountains: Pore’s Knob and Moore’s Mountain. It will overlook the valley below – a beautiful prospect.
(I hope I mean this in more ways than one.)
Here is the sign at the location for the building of THE MORAVIAN FALLS HOUSE OF PRAYER.
Many who come to Prayer Mountain wish to know the chapel’s exact location so that they may pray on the spot. (FOR WHICH WE ARE GRATEFUL.)
We have put the sign slightly to the side, so it does not impede your access to the location for prayer. But we are going to add a white stone with an arrow on it that will point to the exact top.
The chapel will be built toward the front of the property. It will catch the first rays of the eastern sun.
At night it will be as a “light on a hill” – easily seen from the road.
It will be a beautiful token of our love for a Mighty God and an answer to His expressed desire to meet with us in a special way. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.
THE MORAVIAN FALLS HOUSE OF PRAYER
Sometimes it takes a long interval before dreams or prophecies become realities -especially in Moravian Falls. One such dream, held here for 24 years, is just coming into being.
It was on the hearts of many to establish a House of Prayer on Prayer Mountain. Also, it was prophesied by many (Kim Clement and Bob Jones being among them). But much land on that ridge was needed – not only for the chapel – but to keep the Mountain in a lush and natural state. Many wished to re-plant the native Mountain Laurel and the native Dogwoods that filled the woods 25 years ago. There were to be quiet trails dotted with sturdy benches in order to provide pleasant locations for our Father’s children to reflect and pray – as well as a chapel.
There are three lodges available in walking distance of the chapel location – thereby allowing retreatants a quiet and serene time in the beauty of the country with everything at hand without needing to use their cars to get to each location.
The early pioneers of this “hope” felt the chapel should be called “The Moravian Falls House of Prayer.”
Therefore, the early arrivals partitioned the government to acquire an official trademark. However, at that early stage, we had nothing that was required by the government to qualify us to receive that legal designation. There were several steps necessary before we could apply. One of the requirements was to have open prayer meetings on a regular basis over a lengthy period of time.
When we first began, we had only hopes and dreams. Therefore, in those early years, such an official designation was not possible.
But now, we have had open prayer meetings on Prayer Mountain for fifteen years. So, we are ready to announce that the name of “THE MORAVIAN FALLS HOUSE OF PRAYER” will be officially attached to the open prayer meetings on the top of Prayer Mountain.
A THREEFOLD CORD
Three ministries have been praying together for several years and have linked arms to see The Moravian Falls House of Prayer move into its next phase.
The original plot of land has been purchased, and discussions of a planting program to restore the native laurel and dogwood have begun.
This three-fold cord is a realization of our Father’s great desire to have “cooperation” as one of the original building blocks for His chapel. The three ministries decided to trademark the name in order to be a witness to that cooperation between brethren.
A DREAM BECOMING REALITY
For those of us who have been standing in prayer for the whole 25 years, this step forward is a great joy. We always expect progress to be slow here (it is after all the Moravian Falls way: we stop to take off for deer season or turkey season or holidays, for too much snow or too much rain, to care for the ill or dying, for children’s programs and visiting family members, etc. – in other words, for good old fashioned country living. Some of our local shops in the nearby more populated areas of Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro still shut down half a day on Wednesday because it is Wednesday-go-to-meeting-night.)
I grew up with all the stores closing at noon on Wednesdays. But it has been a long time since my hometown, or many other hometowns have given honor to a night when people are expected to attend church.
Such is the area the Lord has chosen for The Moravian Falls House of Prayer. If moving forward takes a little longer here, we can bear with one another and with the Lord so that He may bring about His results with love and gentleness.
We are on His timetable here in Moravian Falls. We have found that “His time” makes for a much sweeter life for everyone.
May The Moravian Falls House of Prayer be permeated with His love for the brethren and with His desire for cooperation between His children – but mainly with a steadfast, unending love for our Heavenly Father – our great King.