Last updated October 8, 2015.

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Read my blog post on deciding to go back… The Road Home: Embryo

What is IHOPU?

IHOPU (International House of Prayer University) is a four year non-accredited Bible school in Kansas City, MO. It’s an extension of the International House of Prayer Missions Base that’s been doing 24/7 prayer and worship since 1999.

From the website: “IHOPU’s mandate is to equip and send out believers who love Jesus and others wholeheartedly to preach the Word, heal the sick, serve the poor, plant churches, lead worship, start houses of prayer, and proclaim the return of Jesus.

IHOPU stands in an environment of 24/7 worship-based prayer and a thriving missions base. We are establishing a community built around the centrality of the Scripture, prayer, and worship in a context where the Word of God is continuously expressed through singing, praying, and expressions of ministry to others.” Read more on IHOPU’s About page.

You already did a six month internship at IHOP, so why go back?

I never intended to go back. I half-expected to fall in love and never want to leave, but I also expected to be “practical” and come back home to California to do practical grown-up things like settle into a real full-time job somewhere (no idea where, of course). I already graduated from a four-year Christian university two years ago. Why would I want to go back to school and do it all over again?

The bulk of the answer is two-fold. One, the reasons that drew me to IHOP in the first place have not changed just because I did my six months. I am still Mary of Bethany. I am still called to sit at His feet. If anything, that calling is now only stronger, because now I have so much more understanding of why. I was created for that place of prayer.

Two, IHOPU is a thoroughly unique place because it’s theological education and ministry training coupled with the place of prayer and worship. I have a required 18 hours per week in the prayer room. I don’t know of any other school in the world that places that kind of priority on prayer. As a result, the gifts of the Spirit flow freely, there’s SO much freedom, so much provoking toward holiness and deeper love, and most uniquely, there’s such a huge emphasis on Jesus’ return and our calling to partner with God for His purposes in this last (or almost last) generation.

What are you studying?

From the website: “Freshman and sophomore students at FSM [Forerunner School of Ministry, the branch I’m enrolled in] take classes in the Forerunner Program, which helps students cultivate a lifestyle of prayer and fasting and a love for the Word of God. Our desire is to see every student discipled through regular interaction with leaders and fellow students as they reach for the fullness of God’s destiny in their lives. Students are taught, equipped, and mentored in healing, prophecy, and deliverance. It is our aim that upon completion of this program, every student will have a two-year history in prayer, fasting, and the Word of God, and be further equipped to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit.” Read more about FSM.

At IHOPU, students choose their major their junior year. I’m now a senior in the House of Prayer Leadership major. I’m gaining hands-on training and mentoring in the theology, vision, and mechanics of planting, leading, serving, and growing a house of prayer.

Some of my favourite classes here have been Biblical Hermeneutics, Song of Solomon, Old and New Testament Survey, Modern Priesthood, Foundations of Biblical Eschatology, and Biblical Theology of Israel.

So are you a student or a missionary?

I’m both! Firstly, I am an intercessory missionary, set in the place of prayer as a watchman on the wall (Isaiah 52:8; 62:6). I know my voice moves heaven and earth. Also, ministry to others is a big part of that, such as the weekly kids’ outreach with KidCity7 I did my sophomore year, and the yearly ministry trips IHOPU leads to cities across the nation. Secondly, I am a student being trained in theology and ministry for the most effective life possible, specifically in the prayer movement.

What will you do after you graduate?

I am majoring in House of Prayer Leadership so that I can be better equipped to serve the prayer movement. I would like to serve full-time as an intercessory missionary at a smaller house of prayer outside of KC after I graduate, and perhaps eventually be sent out to plant and help lead a house of prayer. I have several options right now, and I’m praying about where exactly God would have me go.

Did you start with your freshman year?

Not quite. My internship counted as the first semester, so I did an 8-week intensive online program called SEEP (Summer Early Entrance Program) to catch up the second semester so I could enter in the fall as a sophomore. This also allowed me to be in the same class as all my intern friends who stayed in Kansas City and jumped straight into IHOPU!

Where are you living?

Sophomore year, I rented a basement apartment with friends from a couple within the IHOPKC community. Junior year, I rented a house with friends from a different couple within the IHOPKC community. I am currently living in Texas on an externship at The Prayer Room, and I expect to rent with friends again in KC in the spring.

Tell me about tuition.

SEEP costs $1,500 for the 8-week program. My sophomore year was $1,875 per semester, with tuition dropping by $500 per semester each successive year. For my senior year, I was able to get a sizeable scholarship that dropped my tuition by a little over half!

How are you covering tuition and expenses?

I worked and saved while I was at home the first eight months of 2013, and I also worked retail part-time in the Kansas City area during my sophomore and junior years. I now rely exclusively on partners, and I’d invite you to check out my Partner With Me page to find out more about how partnership works and to see how God may be inviting you to join the story.

How can I pray for you?

  • Focus and encounter in the prayer room
  • Financial provision and wisdom
  • Discipline with my classwork
  • Effective ministry within the community

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