Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sunday December 28 - Aglow at the Prison and Update

This month, our Aglow group will share the Louie Giglio video, "How Great is Our God", which is a moving and inspiring discussion of the universe and our (very small) place in it. Here's a link for part of the video .

When we called the distributor for permission to present it at the prison, they were extremely gracious and indicated that we could show it wherever we want, whenever we want, with only the caveat that we not make copies of it (as of course we would never do). Our team members from River Center Church in Pierre will lead us in worship before and after the video.

Pierre Prison Aglow has several new members - Betty Winkler, who will be eligible to join us this month, as well as Sunny Holloway and Joel Pfeifle whose paperwork was not filed in time for this month's event.

Pierre Aglow is coming alongside a group to plan a First Nations retreat, to be held March 6-7 at New Life Assembly, 1120 N. Harrison, Pierre, SD 57501. The event will be open to all, an opportunity to value and celebrate our fellow believers who preceded us in loving this land. Information will be posted, emailed, and mailed soon. Please email if you'd like to be added to the mailing or email lists.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Sharing with Carla Reed, Tuesday, December 9, 7 pm;1917 Flag Mountain Drive, Pierre

Carla is completing her journey to and from the East Coast and has many stories to share concerning God’s grace and direction.

She will be in Pierre Tuesday evening, December 9. We’ll meet at 7 pm, at 1917 Flag Mountain Drive, Pierre, SD (DeAnn and Merlyn Hilmoe’s home).

Please plan to attend and invite anyone the Lord puts on your heart.

Here is an excerpt from her 11-11 email:

"I am lingering on the east coast to be able to spend Thanksgiving with my handsome young soldier son, Josh. He is based at Ft Bragg, NC, and it will be a joy to have several days with him before I begin my drive back to Washington. Enroute I’ll stop in Anderson, IN where my daughter and family just moved and in Sioux Falls, SD to see my oldest son and family. My mom now lives in Neligh, NE, so I’ll make a stop there as well and hope to see other family in the area. It’s one of the perks of travel to see family as most of them are not able to travel very far with young children,school obligations, and jobs. Thank you so much for your prayer cover and your kind words of encouragement and strength.

Today, I have been ‘on the road again’ for 8 weeks and am feeling the effects of much travel. I have already come 8,000 miles in 8 weeks. Were it not for my being able to spend Thanksgiving with my son, I would be heading home. It was a month ago today, October 10-11 that I stepped into the waters of the far northeast corner of America at Eastport, ME. I am still in awe of that Divine moment and the wonder of the beauty of the northeast ablaze with color. As I’ve been on the east coast, I’ve enjoyed several weeks of colorful changes and varieties of foliage. You can access some blog newsletters on my website: if you want to catch up or refer others."

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Broken Walls at the SD Women's Prison

Saturday, November 1, Pierre Aglow partnered with the Mission Wounded Knee team to bring Jonathan Maracle and Broken Walls to the South Dakota Women's Prison as part of their tour of South Dakota prisons and reservations.

The team joined us at the Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place for a powerful time of prayer and testimony on Friday evening, October 31. Karon and Ron Young joined in hosting a portion of the team while they were in Pierre. Due to a paperwork mixup, Kimberly Stover, Janie Cass and Norma Blacksmith were not allowed to join us at the prison, but continued in prayer while the rest of us were there. Merlyn and DeAnn Hilmoe were the only local people who entered the prison with Broken Walls and the team.

From Bruce Bartelli's email recap:"The team, outside of Jonathan, Kris, Bill, Donna and myself, included Cindy Austin (Rochester, NY), Wayne and Chicky Taylor (Wakefield, MA), Sound techs Paul Starling and Richard Erb (Canada), Jim Uttley, Indian Life Newspaper, (Manitoba, Canada) and joining us from Rosebud to Pierre were Elizabeth Thomson, Dave and Joyce Bell, and John and Beth Russell (Rochester, NY area). Wendy Barcaro came from Rosebud to help with the Sioux Falls beginning side of the journey, set up the Middle School assembly, helped prepare dinner for the rest of team at Sinte Gleska University in Mission, came over to Pine Ridge in the evenings and then came up for the Women's prison outreach (all while working full time during the week). Locally, "mom" Norma Blacksmith worked tirelessly on the star quilts for the Whiteclay honoring ceremony before the Broken Walls Concert and prepared a meal at the Re-creation center. Marvin and Julie VanHooten of Rushville prepared a meal for all attendees at Whiteclay and were marvelous workers and servants. "

From Jonathon Maracle: "....we're on our way home after the most successful tour ever. We played Whiteclay the other night and truly connected to the native people. A powerful time of worship was had. We did several memorials to sons, daughters and brothers who had died. It was powerful and an awesome tool to reach their hearts. Two days ago we played in the SD Maximum Security for women.

About 120 came out and were very excited to have us there. When I played "Tears"
(flute song) for the mothers and grandmothers they all stood and cheered after I was done.
We ministered very clearly about the love of Jesus and as I played "Rise Up" they all stood to their feet and raised their hands over their heads, many with tears. The supervisor was really moved by their response and is going to send us letters from the prisoners as well as her endorsement of Broken Walls. Sunday morning Bill and I did the service for New Life Assembly ... Once again it was a powerful time as the church began to dance and sing with BW. The Pastor said "You shared things that people really needed answers for in a
way they could truly embrace". We were very encouraged!

Those of us from our local Aglow prison ministry were gratified as the ladies lifted their hands in worship, joined us in a welcome dance, and responded to the concert. One inmate was moved to worship exuberantly in her native dance, even using the Wendy's shawl when it was offered (with the approval of the prison staff). This was an enormous effort by the Mission Wounded Knee team and volunteers and we extend our thanks to all who assisted. God was honored.

Please add any reflections or comments you have.

Church of Hope at the Women's Prison

Merlyn Hilmoe had the opportunity to preach at the Women's Prison for their weekly Saturday evening church service twice in October, and once at the H Unit, and Janie Cass led worship. At the H Unit, we viewed the Louie Giglio video, "How Great is Our God", which is a moving and inspiring discussion of the universe and our (very small) place in it. Here's a link for part of the video

When we called the distributor for permission to present it at the prison, they were extremely gracious and indicated that we could show it wherever we want, whenever we want, with only the caveat that we not make copies of it (as of course we would never do).

We plan to use the DVD at our December 28 Aglow service at the main prison, with live worship before and after the video.

Recap: October 13 The Prayer Experience (Jehovah Rapha)

Life got so exciting there was no time to blog! If you can imagine.

To recap: The Prayer Journey, provided by Barbara Roos from Carthage, was a joint meeting of the Jehovah Rapha prayer meeting held each month at New Life Assembly of God, and the Pierre Aglow group.

The Prayer Journey was awesome! We began with some worship in the main room, then one by one, the attendees moved to the starting point, where we washed our hands in preparation for the journey. Tables throughout the room focused our attention on many of the different ways the Lord has revealed Himself to us.

We loaded backpacks with blocks of wood representing the problems we have such a hard time laying down, and then noticed the difference after they had been discarded.

We received Communion; we knelt before the cross; we wrote our names on God's hand; we tried on bridal veils.

And we wrote, drew or colored our prayers of thanksgiving to the One who gave His life for us.

As I said, it was an awesome time and I'm so thankful for all who took part, especially those to whom this was not a familiar or easy task. Thank you, Barbara for working so hard to present it.

Please add your comments if you attended.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Update - Monday, October 13, 6:30 pm: The Prayer Journey/Jehovah Rapha

Monday, October 13, 6:30 pm, New Life Assembly of God, 1120 N. Harrison, Pierre, SD 57501

Pierre Aglow presents Barbara Roos with "The Prayer Journey," at New Life Assembly of God, 1120 N. Harrison, Pierre, SD (This meeting is in conjunction with New Life's Jehovah Rapha monthly Healing Emphasis meeting). All men and women are welcome. Childcare will be provided.

The Prayer Journey is a journey to a personal relationship with Christ. According to Barb, "It is almost impossible to capture in words what it really is. It is one of those 'you have to be there type of experiences.' This prayer journey is an individual prayer journey with a different experience at each area during the walk.

It is a personal walk through a Holy Place with Jesus to find out more about who He is and who you are in Him. It is one of those times that you get out of it as much as you want to put into it. However, if we are willing to receive from the Lord, he can give us much more than we ever thought or imagined.

It is a time of relationship, a time of repentance, a time of forgiving, a time of crying, a time of joy, a time of rejoicing, a time of praise, a time of worship, a time of revelation, a time of wisdom, and everything in between and more. "

Join us on Monday, October 13. An offering will be received to assist Barbara with her expenses, and to partner with the Mission Wounded Knee/Broken Walls prison and reservation tour at the end of October - beginning of November.

If you need more information, click 'Comments' and leave your email address and inquiry, or call (605) 224-2027 with your question.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

October 13 - The Prayer Journey (Jehovah Rapha)

Monday, October 13, 6:30 pm, New Life Assembly of God, Pierre, SD 57501 - Pierre Community Aglow:

Barbara Roos presents "The Prayer Journey" at New Life Assembly of God, 1120 N. Harrison, Pierre, SD (In conjunction with Jehovah Rapha monthly Healing Emphasis meeting). All are welcome. Childcare will be provided.

The Prayer Journey is a journey to a personal relationship with Christ, and will take place at the Jehovah Rapha (The Lord My Healer) monthly healing emphasis meeting at New Life Assembly of God in Pierre, SD.

For more information, click 'Comments' and leave your email address and inquiry.

Oct 25, 2008 -- Nov 01, 2008 Mission Wounded Knee/Jonathan Maracle and Broken Walls Ministry Tour

Pierre Aglow is partnering with Mission Wounded Knee in Frontenac, KS, to bring Jonathan and Maracle and Broken Walls and a team of volunteers to South Dakota for a concert and ministry tour to prisons and reservations.

Broken Walls is a unique music group that incorporates sounds from theirFirst Nation heritage within a contemporary setting. Their recordings are diverse in sound, but common in theme.You will hear First Nations flute, Native drums, and also the sound of a full 3 or 4 piece band. You will also hear a message of hope and restoration as they sing their songs for the Father of Life. For more information, their website is .

To quote Bruce Bartelli in the Mission Wounded Knee February 2008 newsletter, "Though I do not carry the anointing in Christ centered music, I do know who is a literal musical instrument in God's hands; Jonathan, Kris and Bill. For this MWK journey we are sensing 'The Lord looking down from his sanctuary and releasing the prisoners' through Broken Walls music."

"In the United States prison system the national ratio of hte total prison population who are Native American is just under 2.0%. In South Dakota, however, the Native ratio of prisoners is 27% for men and 39% for women. These are fathers and mothers who are desperately seeking to be right for their children. Jonathan and Broken Walls have a prophetic mandate to restore the heart of the father to Native sons and daughters. Now you can help send them to those 'hid in prison houses'. To give the prisoners hope for a freedom they may have never known before in their lies. By financially helping Jonathan, Kris and Bill to do their concerts in prisons you are declaring to the heavens, 'Restore!' and proclaiming, 'Deliver!' "

The tour will require funds in excess of $10,000 (in mid-August about $7000 had been raised). Please send your donations to: Mission Wounded Knee, 408 Ridgewood, Frontenac, KS 66763.

Oct 25, 2008 -- Nov 01, 2008
South Dakota Prison Ministry/Rosebud & Pine Ridge Rez Tour -->sponsored by Mission Wounded Knee
Contact: Bruce Bartelli (620) 875-6200

Saturday, October 25th
Mike Durfee Men's Prison, Spingfield, SD
Concert 1:30-3:30pm

Sunday, October 26th
South Dakota Men's State Peniteniary, Sioux Falls, SD
Concert 1:00-3:00pm

Monday, October 27th
Travel to Rosebud Reservation...Prayer Gathering
6:30 pm, The Carpenters Shop, Mission, SD

Tuesday, October 28th
Broken Walls School Assembly (10:30 am), Rosebud Reservation Concert at Sinte Gleska University, Mission, SD
Concert Time: 6:30pm

Wednesday, October 29th
Pine Ridge Rez Evening Concert, at Re-Creation Center-Pastor Eric Sutton, Oglala, SD
Concert Time: 6:30pm

Thursday, October 30th
Evening Concert, at 555 Ministry Complex downtown Whiteclay, Nebraska
Concert Time: 6:30pm

Friday, October 31stTravel to Pierre, SD
Praise and Intercession, Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place (, Highway 1806, Ft. Pierre, SD 57532
Time: 6:30 pm

Saturday, November 1st
South Dakota Women's Prison, Pierre, SD
Concert Time: 1:30-3:30pm

Monday, September 1, 2008

September 18 - Pierre Aglow Home Meeting

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 6:30 pm ) - 6:30 pm, 1917 Flag Mountain Drive, Pierre, SD 57501. (605-224-2027 for more information.) An intimate home setting with Carla Reed, minister and musician. Carla Reed is the founder and director of Selah Ministries and travels as a speaker and musician across America. She is a licensed, ordained minister, holding credentials with Gospel Crusade Ministerial Fellowship based in Bradenton, FL, and founded by Dr. Gerald Derstine. She is also a ministry associate of Calvary Pentecostal Campground in Ashland, VA, having been mentored and ordained by the late Ruth Ward Heflin. She is a member of the International Healing Rooms Association, based in Spokane, WA and has a great desire to see people healed and delivered in every area of their lives.

There is sometimes a question about whether men are welcome at Aglow. With Pierre Aglow, our policy is that women and men are all welcome unless it is specifically stated otherwise. Childcare will be available.

Carla will be coming through Pierre on her journey to Eastport, Maine.

To quote Carla: "Last month, I shared with you that I felt the Lord was speaking to me about going to Eastport, Maine. This is the far northern and easternmost city of our nation and the fourth corner of the country for me to stand and pray on the shores and pour out the waters." This trip seems to be a culmination of "intercession over America that started in 2000 when I [Carla] began collecting and praying over the waters of our country. Not really sure why I was doing it, except that it gave us a prophetic picture of the unity of streams coming together in one mighty flow."

Please come to bless Carla and to be blessed as part of what the Lord is doing in our time!

View Carla's website at; her CD's are available for purchase there, and she will have them with her as well.

Welcome to PierreAglow!

Welcome to Pierre Aglow in Pierre, SD! We are affiliated with Aglow International ( and are part of the U. S. Great Plains Rocky Mountain Region of Aglow under U. S. Director Sande Lofberg (; and the West River Area Board (Ruth Dotson).

Our local group sponsors ministry at the South Dakota Women's Prison each month. We lead praise and worship, bring in a special speaker or ministry team, and have personal prayer with our Aglow friends in the SDWP. We also come alongside the prison Chaplain, Pastor Michele Bradley and the Church of Hope congregation there.

In the past two years we've arranged several local meetings in the community to meet these goals:

  • Witness to what the Lord is doing on the earth

  • Minister to spiritual needs in our community

  • Model unity among Christians

  • Support this prison ministry and those who travel long distances to minister there

Please post your comments, prayer requests, and praise reports and drop by this blog often!