David Prather – Titusville, Pennsylvania, USA
David Prather resides in rural Titusville, PA, birthplace of the oil industry. He is a writer, teacher, film-maker, lecturer, and minister of the good news of the Kingdom. Along with his blessed wife Yvonne, they operate the Esme Noel King Wildlife Sanctuary, are restoring the ecological preserve: The Falls at Surprise Canyon, and preparing to train and develop teams of young and older Christians to create True Wildlife Sanctuaries around the world. More info below and at http://www.creationscry.com.
I was born in Birkenhead, Liverpool England: the son of a miracle and a maiden who had wings from the Royal Air Force. Mother said I was related to Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo. Since she, Esme Noel King and Dad (Wayne Clay Prather) courted on Cleve Hill, where Shakespeare often wrote, mom named me David Cleve Wellesley Prather. But it doesn’t matter if we are aristocracy, “All have erred and come short of the glory of God.”
Christ ascended on high and gave gifts to men. I got a couple that I’m sure I can identify: one was creativity and the second was an unquenchable desire for answers. Dad was a rugged Pennsylvania oil man who expected this poet to follow in his footsteps. My creative side didn’t sit well with Dad and I must have driven Mother crazy with my endless streams of questions.
It is not what we are given that decides our destiny, but what we do with what we are given. The Apostle Paul was given a prison cell and house arrest and he wrote the better part of the New Testament and opened the door of invitation for Gentiles like me and other odd creatures like jacksnipe, armadillos, and Fast Vinnie, my cat. My eye doctor, one of the nation’s best, told me I am walking in Paul’s footsteps. That was a confirmation, not a revelation.
Growing up in poverty, I saw no assets to escape into a life where I could be a blessing to others except my two little invisible gifts. Unconsciously I used my two non-physical gifts non-stop to the max. My mother sometimes wept in front of me after I reached puberty, saying often, “Your father and I had such great hopes for you when you were a child!” I had no hope for me. I was lost but I continued to seek answers, not knowing that God had promised, “If you keep on seeking, you will certainly find!”
In my twenties I painted a large acrylic of myself and burned it after God interrupted my trek down The Highway to Hell by revealing Christ in me. The painting portrayed a naked cosmic man peering out of a star-studded sky at the world and trying to understand it. I didn’t even know what it meant at the time, but I got baptized in the Holy Spirit and suddenly found that I was able to pray in a heavenly language and get answers whenever they were needed, so I didn’t start learning from men but from God. Galatians 1: 15-16 also tells my story. “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.” Instead, I fellowshipped with God, the Holy Spirit and discovered what John tells us in 1John 2:27, “But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, you shall abide in him.”
Much more recently, after many years of successful activism, with Christ’s help and guidance in the areas of peace, animal rights and environmentalism I became a professional writer, lecturer and educator. My ministry has taken me from the redwoods on the Pacific coast to the mountaintops of Haiti.
Some one not too long ago asked me to tell the story of my life…in eight words or less! My wife laughed knowing that only my mentor, the apostle Paul, writes a paragraph of one sentence larger than mine! To my own amazement, I was able to write that eight word sentence, here it is: “Discover meaning: and spontaneously discover joy-love-peace!”
Before receiving Christ, I had a mountain of low self-esteem overshadowing my every effort and a nagging backlog of sin, but Christ delivered me from all those things. All of our errors went under Christ’s blood and into God’s sea of forgetfulness.
I am someone just like you. I never thought Christ would manifest Himself to me or choose me or draw me or fill me with His Holy Spirit or assure me of His great love but He did! As soon as I was born again into His gathering of called out ones my whole world changed. I have a keen interest in science and many other subjects. Suddenly all of my questions began to get answered in conjunction with the written word of God. Questions that had plagued me for many years suddenly got answered in ways that astounded my peers.
To this very hour His Holy Spirit fulfills God’s promise, “Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and marvelous things which you do not know.” Now I am made whole by His Grace through faith in the operation of God! His Gentleness has made me great and what God has done for me He can do for you. When I am dead, and continuing this Blessed Life and Adventure, my voice will still speak for I, like Martin Luther King and Gandhi have been to the mountain.
I have seen the future and the marvelous view just around the bend. I was born for this very hour and God has lifted me out of the dung hill and made me great, as others have prophesied. Yes, I know who I am and my destiny path, but this is not about me. It is precisely about you, and the living creatures and a planet needing saviors in old tennis shoes or Armani suits doing the works of Christ, saving every species, holding forth the words of life to every creature, abiding in the Heavenly Kingdom and proclaiming truth to obsolete powers
My greatest blessing by far has been to be born again into God’s Kingdom and to be filled with the Holy Spirit which will lead you into all truth and spiritual understanding. I am in ministry to empower and equip you to great achievement and significance for the benefit of Heaven’s Kingdom on the earth. After you have suffered and struggled for awhile to enter that Kingdom, God will assuredly establish, strengthen and make you perfect. Remember, “Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world.” Through Christ in you, how could you not be great? We are here to help you discover the greatness that God has hidden right inside you and help you develop your gifts to be aligned with the Heavenly vision of restoring us and restoring the earth.
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In Jesus’ name,