Four generations prior, a Circuit Rider preacher by the name of “Otis Casto” saddled a horse and preached the gospel in the Methodist movement.
When Mark connected his personal ancestry with that personal prophecy he knew the Lord was up to something. After studying the previous Circuit Rider movement of the 1700-1800’s he knew the Lord was raising up a new breed of Circuit Riders in the earth. The Lord connected a small band of brothers together in 2013 and we started traveling and stirring regions to believe for revival.
During those formative years the Lord also put it into our hearts to host an annual youth camp that we now call “Camp Ascend.” Each year students travel from all over the nation to experience five days in the Presence of Jesus and to learn how to live a lifestyle of devotion. If you would like to find out more information about our camp please visit, www.frontporchpod.com/ascend
After three years of traveling as a team, the Lord moved Mark and his family to South Carolina in 2015 for three and a half years to learn how to live a life of devotion to Jesus, enjoying the fellowship of Kingdom family, and being joined to their Spiritual Father & Apostle, Damon Thompson. In that time the Lord asked Mark to cancel his itinerary and learn how to be seated as a son and surrendered to a father within a house.
While being established in South Carolina the Lord put it on our hearts in 2016 to begin a podcast called, “The Front Porch” where we talked weekly about what the Lord was doing in our hearts by way of this new found life in devotion. Little did we know, that in the process of Yahweh reforming our entire world, the Lord would send Mark and Destani to establish and Apostolic Revival Culture in Covington, GA.
Here we are, in 2019 establishing a Kingdom family in Covington, GA that we call, “The Shepherd’s Tent.” www.theshepherdstent.com
In light of Yahweh’s call for us to shepherd and father a family in GA, we have not forgotten the prophetic significance of this ministry, however we are now praying and dreaming about what His plans are concerning the future of Circuit Riders Rising. We believe that Yahweh is reforming the church and giving us a fresh set of blueprints for a new wave of evangelism.
While in the 1700’s, Circuit Riders traveled to new frontiers, preaching the gospel to every town, and establishing new churches everywhere they went, we believe a great expression of this new breed of Circuit Riders could be much more than traveling. What could happen if those fathers stayed in those cities and established a home and family for generations to come? Then we would begin to see the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our God and His Christ.
Until we feel the peace of God leading us into the next step for this ministry, we will continue to do what we know He has called us to do. For now, that is host Camp Ascend ensuring the legacy of a life of devotion is imparted to the next generation. Thank you partners who have stood with us the past several years. Your generous support and faithful prayers are ensuring we are able to do all that Yahweh puts into our hearts.
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