Our Mission
Shirley and Steve Rees

The Bible has been relegated to dry and dusty irrelevancy and/or become a fluid document shifting to meet the current cultural norms.

The collapse of Biblical moral values, the disintegration of the family unit, and the loss of integrity are all products of a society in which the Word of God has ceased being a standard for life.

Harp and Story — The Peregrinnatti, our mission is to bring Scripture to life and relevancy. Music is what feelings sound like. The harp expresses the emotion of the story planting life truths deep in the spirit.

Our prayer is that the truths we express in music and story telling grow and produce much good fruit to the Glory of the Kingdom of YHVH.

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America’s 7000 Tour 2020 of 48 US Capitals Segment 3

Segment 3 — Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota

9. Idaho, July 23

Prevailing Undercurrent — Hidden

We left California Wednesday, the 22nd, around noon headed for Idaho, without our 5th wheel trailer. It will be in the shop for 2 to 3 weeks waiting for parts and repairs to the grounding system. We strongly felt we needed to continue the tour so we left with the truck only and will return to pick up the trailer when it is ready. For most of our 15 years of full-time traveling ministry, we have enjoyed the hospitality and friendship of many and so once again we are enjoying table fellowship and hospitality of both new and long-time friends as we travel throughout the western states. Rainy and Bruce were our hosts in Boise and we so enjoyed getting to know and love them along with others from their fellowship group! 
As we were coming into Idaho, I kept hearing in my spirit the word “hidden”. Idaho calls itself the “Gem State” and gems are certainly hidden, but there was something more to that word that YHVH wanted me to understand. As we were sitting around Rainy and Bruce’s dinner table enjoying some delicious chili, the conversation turned to “hidden” things. Idaho is a rural state where people come to enjoy the beauty and simplicity of a quieter life. This, at times, makes it easy for things to pass through undetected. For this reason, it’s a hub for human trafficking, both labor and sex trafficking. Idaho, we learned, is known as a “corridor” state; an area or stretch of land identified by a specific common characteristic or purpose. Treasure Valley and Boise is a known corridor for drug and human trafficking.
I spent some time doing a bit of research and found the top 15 states for trafficking in 2019, and Idaho was not on that list. Who would suspect quiet, rural Idaho? But YHVH knows and Yeshua said to us in Mat 10:26-27, “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” 
It was only the two of us at the park in front of the capitol on Thursday, but what blessed fellowship we had with other visitors to the park that day! The lady with her dog watching out for the parking meter guy for us since the parking meter card reader wouldn’t work and he was her friend. She said she would run interference for us! The woman and her baby girl that made sure to tell us how much they enjoyed hearing the harp music throughout their picnic in the park, and Matthew, a new arrival to Boise. As we worshipped and prayed and declared from the Psalms a gentle breeze began to waft through the park. What refreshment on a hot day! Periodically the breeze would become gusty and Steve would turn his harp into the wind and let the wind play the harp for a while. Psalm 137 talks about the captives hanging their harps in the willows so the wind would sing for them.
The apostle Paul tells us in Rom 8:26-27, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

10. Oregon, July 26

Prevailing Undercurrent — Conformity

Salem, the capital of Oregon means shalom or peace, while Portland, Oregon’s most populous city, 45 miles to the north of the capital is known as “The Weird City”. We had an interesting day at the capitol! Eight of us gathered to pray, worship, and declare scripture Sunday afternoon.
The first person to interact with us seemed just like someone interested in what we were doing and wanted to know more. He turned out, though, to be a local warlock, and used Isaiah 44:6, 8b, to declare to us that he is “god”. The next interaction was with a homeless woman. One of our group called out to her as she was passing by and she answered our question about her welfare with, “I’ve been raped, beaten, had dirt thrown all over me, chased, and had all my money stolen. I have nowhere to go and I just want to get away from them.” We had some wipes and gave those to her which she used to work at cleaning herself up. As we talked and prayed with her, she began to soften. We found some local resources for her and gave her some money; she still resisted coming into our camp, but she stood a little distance from us for some time listening to and soaking in Steve’s harp music. Our third encounter was when we were packing up. A man, quite distraught and violent came into the area where we were, cursing and throwing things; the police eventually came and hunted him down. 
These three encounters were like living parables of the condition of the state of Oregon. Like the first man, Oregon may seem “normal” on the surface, but it’s only an illusion. Luke 12:2-3, “Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.”
The woman represents the disenfranchised of Oregon. Those who thought they could rely on their state to help and protect them, only to be abused and beaten and stolen from by the very ones that swore to serve, protect and uphold the laws of their state’s constitution. The good side of this parable is that there are “good Samaritans” helping the poor and disenfranchised. And the third man represents the robbing, killing and destroying that is going on in the state of Oregon; which we can see on full display in the city of Portland. 
As in every capitol, we pray for righteous leadership in government. We pray that the deeds done in the darkness would be exposed and people would know the truth for it is the truth that sets us free. We pray that fear and hatred would be cast down and trampled underfoot. And for Oregon, that her citizens would not succumb to the pressure to conform to the state’s unconstitutional mandates, but would be bold in their witness of Yeshua’s love, grace, and mercy. 2Cor 3:18, “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
We enjoyed the fellowship of good, beautiful, devout followers of Yeshua on Shabbat. And for three days we enjoyed the hospitality of one of these beautiful, faithful followers of Yeshua! Thank you, Donna!

11. Washington, July 27

Prevailing Undercurrent — Weeds, Cover-up

One of the first things we noticed about the state of Washington were the weeds. By now the mowers would have been deployed to cut down the weeds along the highways to help prevent fires, but, it appears since COVID lockdowns began the mowers have been told to “work from home!” The weed theme continued at the Washington state capitol in Olympia. As we were worshipping and praying for the state of Washington the parable of the sower came strongly to mind.
Mat 13:3-9, “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.” 
Yeshua went on to explain this parable saying in Mat 13:19-23, “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the worries of the world and the seduction of wealth choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.”
Also of interest is that Washington is #12 in the top 15 states for human trafficking. Interstate 5 from San Francisco to Portland to Seattle is a major corridor for trafficking. I find it interesting that those three cities are strongholds of progressive liberalism.
Washington’s Supreme Court is called the Temple of Justice. Something we noticed in 2008 as we toured the lower 48 states was that a majority of states had some kind of monument to Law and Order. As we think about this it seems that as we take a look at some of the law and order decisions have been made in opposition to God’s supreme laws. For example, the United States Supreme Court ruled that taking the life of an unborn baby is lawful. God’s supreme law says “Do not kill.” So, the replacement for YHVH, GOD Almighty is a little “g” god of law and order made according to the whims and wishes of people. The replacement “god” is never able to permanently establish and keep law and order. Look at what is happening around our country; Seattle being a prime example. 
Man’s justice is faulty because it favors some over others. YHVH’s Law is applied equally to all of His creation.
Man’s law and order are attempting to cover-up YHVH’s Supreme Law. Let us bring to mind John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I, Yeshua, came that you might have life and have it abundantly.”
Joshua 24:15, Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

12. Montana, July 29

Prevailing Undercurrent — Quiet Desperation

As we came into the “Big Sky Country” of Montana on Interstate 90 we were refreshed and invigorated by the breath-taking beauty of this state. We stayed with good friends of ours and we were refreshed again by their love, care, and thoughtfulness extended to us. Our friends have deep roots in Montana soil; they are hard-working men and women of integrity and strength of character developed over decades of perseverance and commitment to do what it takes to stand and fight for truth and righteousness. 
Montana, though, seems to be suffering from a split personality disorder as another class of folks has taken root in Montana. These are supporting and promoting a liberal, progressive philosophy that is alien to old-time Montanans. In our 60+ years of life on this earth, we have become painfully aware that the “education” system of our country takes our young people and “turns” them from the narrow path of Truth and Righteousness that leads to LIFE to the wide road of Discontent and Anarchy that leads to destruction. Don’t be fooled Montana by one hand reaching across the aisle while the other hand hides a knife behind the back. Remember that the double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:8) Liberal, progressive education makes liberal, progressive leaders no matter how “good” they might come across. Choose wisely, Montana. The future of your state and your children depends on it!
John 15:5-8, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this, my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”

13. North Dakota, July 30

Prevailing Undercurrent — Secretive, Forgotten

The capitol building of North Dakota is symbolic of the people who live in this state; no-nonsense, hard-working, straight forward, down to earth folks, these North Dakotans — Well, most of them anyway, a capitol employee told us! By the way, the landscapers were busy pulling weeds from around the capitol grounds and there was business being transacted at the capitol — North Dakota was OPEN! 
One thing that we noticed as we were driving across the state to Bismarck, the capital, was all the agriculture. North Dakotans have farmed this land for centuries, driving their roots deep into the prairie soil of this state. Recent history has seen an influx of oil companies drilling wells deep into the earth to extract the precious black fluid that runs most of our modern society. These companies came, established oil wells, made lots of money, and moved on. I’m sure some North Dakotans are or were prospering from this brief venture into fame and fortune!
Other things we picked up on were that North Dakota seems to be “forgotten” and a “secretive” state. In discerning these underlying currents, it helps us to see how the Amalek dark spirits of “fear” and “hatred” work to enslave to its agenda. Yeshua said about “secretive” things in John 3:20, 21, “For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” 
Scripture says this about feeling “forgotten” or neglected: 
Mat 6:31-34, “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
So, we leave North Dakota with these words from scripture:
Eph 5:11-16, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore, it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil.”

14. South Dakota, July 31

Prevailing Undercurrent — Discounted

Pierre, the capital of South Dakota is a city of slightly less than 14,000 people. The state ranks 46th in overall population and 16th in landmass. There are many natural attractions in this state including the Badlands, the Black Hills, Wind Cave National Park, the National Grasslands, the Missouri River just to name a few as well as famous landmarks like Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial and the famous Wall Drug. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally also draws thousands to South Dakota every year. But life in South Dakota is not for the faint of heart! Usta holds the record for the highest ever recorded temperature of 120 degrees F on July 6, 2006, in South Dakota, while McIntosh in the north recorded the coldest temperature of -54 degrees F on February 17, 1936. Average winter temperatures range from 12 degrees F to 24 degrees F.
14 million people came to this state in 2019 and enjoyed what it has to offer while the state has less than 900,000 permanent residents. The tourism industry benefits the state, but South Dakotans, as noted on a plaque in the capitol gardens; “struggle to overcome adversity, desire for achievement and courage to believe in the future.”
South Dakota has one of the more sane and reasonable governors, Kristi Noem, but she is criticized and called irresponsible for what I would call wise and science-based factual judgments and orders, especially during this COVID “crisis”. As a side note, masks are not mandated and schools will open in the fall without a mask mandate. We stopped at Wall Drug and walked around for a bit and most of the tourists were enjoying the refreshing South Dakota air without the constricts of a mask. Good for you, South Dakota! 
The capitol grounds were well taken care of with numerous statues honoring South Dakotans. It appeared evident to us that South Dakotans take care of South Dakotans because, I have a feeling, they know no one else will. 
Heb 13:5-6, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So, we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
Psalm 118:5-7, “Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.”

 

 

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