Friday, January 31, 2020

Exciting News

Hi everyone,

We hope all of you are doing well and are having a great new year. We are wanting to share with you some very exciting news. In February of last year, we went to an event called The Send. During the day, they prayed for people who felt called to different ministries. We stood up for two things that day. The first was for people who felt called to missions. Last year, we had the opportunity to go on many different ministry trips and minister to so many people! We were able to minister in Europe, Texas and at a youth retreat in north Georgia. Many of you helped support us during those trips and we are so grateful to you for all the love, prayers and donations.

The second ministry we stood up for was adoption. Before we were even married, we knew at some point we wanted to adopt. We did not have any idea of when that would happen, but we both knew in our hearts that it was something we felt like the Lord wanted us to do. Neither of us knew the other was going to stand up when they called out adoption at The Send, but we both did and through tears the Lord brought back to the surface a deep desire to adopt a child. Since then, we have been praying and seeking the Lord about this.

In November, Joanna said she felt like the Lord said now was the time for us to adopt. As we started praying about it, the Lord said to Jon, "There is a little baby out there that really needs a mommy and daddy, and I am asking you two to be the parents." Needless to say, we were very undone, excited, and scared all at the same time. It feels humbling that the Lord would be trusting us to do this.

We are asking you to fervently pray for us, "Baby Gurr", and his/her birth mom. One thing that gets us very emotional is knowing that there is a mom out there who could be pregnant even now. She could be scared and not knowing what to do, but she is going to make the brave decision to carry her baby and entrust us to be her child's parents. As stated before, it is humbling, exciting and scary all at the same time so we covet your continued prayers.

Secondly, we are asking for your support. Domestic adoptions are very expensive, and we are asking you to partner with us financially to help fund this adoption. The first major expense is $10,000 to hire the adoption consultant and to pay for the required home study. There will be more expenses later, but for now, this is what is needed to begin the process. You can donate online HERE. We will be keeping you up to date through this whole exciting journey right here on the blog.

We love all of you so much and thank you so much for all of your prayer and support.



Love,


















Thursday, June 13, 2019

Missions Update - Europe 2019

First of all, we want to say "thank you" for all the prayer and support for us while we were in Europe. We had such an incredible time and had so many opportunities for the Lord to use us while we were there.

Our trip did not start off as planned as we were delayed for several hours in Boston due to a mechanical failure, but it was so exciting to see how the Lord orchestrated every detail of our trip, even the delays. We sat next to a girl who was flying for the first time and was nervous because of the mechanical issue. We knew that God had placed us next to her and we were able to encourage her.  Because of the delay, we did not have as much time in London as we were hoping for, but we made the best of it. We used Uber twice to get through London faster and ended meeting two of the most amazing drivers. Both of them were Muslim and we really connected with them and had the opportunity to show them the love of Jesus. We continue to pray for them that Jesus would reveal Himself to them in a powerful way! 

From there, we took and overnight bus to Belgium. We say next to a mom and her son. The son was in ministry school studying to be a pastor and we had the best time with them. At the end of the bus ride, Jon felt like he had a word for the son and was able to share it with him and minister to him. Needless to say, with all of the delays, God was already putting the right people at the right time in our path.

In Belgium, we had many opportunities to minister and encourage people. We prayed for ones that were broken hearted and some who just needed to hear how much God loved them. We also had several opportunities to pray for physical healing. One person in particular was almost totally blind. He could only see the color of the shirt of the man in front of him. We spent some time praying and he began to see not just the color, but the words on the shirt! He started reading and pointing out letters! The Lord started opening his eyes! He got so excited that he started clapping and smiling. By the end, he was even pointing out the small words on the logo of the shirt! It was incredible!!!

On our way to Paris, we had opportunities to minister to two individuals on our bus, and most importantly to demonstrate the outrageous love of Jesus! It was raining when we arrived and one of the ladies didn't have an umbrella. We gave her ours and she was shocked and overwhelmed by that small act of kindness. It was so much fun to bless her and share the love of Jesus with her. We have heard people say that Paris is a dark place spiritually, but we believe Paris is a city that is very much ready for harvest!

Our hearts are so connected with the people we met. We believe God is on the move in Europe and we can't wait to go back and continue what He has started there. We are hoping to return next year. In the meantime, we will be learning more French so we will be able to communicate better!!!

We leave today for our next trip. We are heading to Texas. We will be leading worship and ministering at the On Earth Music Festival. Please pray that everyone who comes will encounter the love of Jesus in a way that would change their lives forever!

Again, we cannot thank you enough for your continued prayer and support. We are in awe and humbled that you would partner with us! If you would like to give to help cover the traveling expenses for all our trips this year, you can go to iwellspring.org/give.



Blessings, 










We did not have much time in London, but we could not have asked for a more beautiful day! (notice the tired looks from not sleeping on the plane the night before 😂😴)



Brugge was absolutely amazing! And more importantly, the chocolate was delicious!!!


We had a very eventful day in Paris with someone trying to climb the Eiffel Tower and protests going on, but none of that took away from the beauty of the city!


We had so much fun time in the Belgian countryside! But more beautiful than the countryside was the wonderful people we met! We can't wait to go back!

To see more pictures from our trip go HERE



Saturday, April 13, 2019

Missions

For several years, we have felt called to minister to the nations. This has been a deep desire of our hearts and something we have prayed about for a long time. In February we had the opportunity to attend The Send in Orlando, FL. It was an amazing time of worship, prayer and activation to go into the mission field. We felt like the Lord was speaking to us that it was time for us to begin to take action in going to the nations. Since then we have been approached about multiple ministry trips this year. A friend of ours had a dream that led to him inviting us with him on a ministry trip to Europe. After a few weeks of praying, Jon also had a very clear dream that we were to go. We will be going this May and are very excited about this opportunity, believing the Lord will do many signs, wonders, miracles and salvations while we are there. 

Also, this year, we have been invited to minister in Texas and Costa Rica. We cannot express how excited we are about what the Lord is doing!

First and foremost, we ask for prayer. Pray that the Lord gives us wisdom and revelation concerning these trips, and that as we go, people would have genuine life changing encounters with Jesus. We want to see Matthew 10:7-8 fulfilled: "And as you go, preach this message: Heaven's kingdom realm is accessible, close enough to touch. You must continually bring healing to lepers and to those who are sick, and make it your habit to break off the demonic presence from people and raise the dead back to life. Freely you have received the power of the kingdom. So freely release it to others."

Secondly, we are asking for your support. We need $5000 to help cover the costs of these ministry trips. If you would like to sow into these opportunities, we would be honored for you to partner with us. You can donate online at www.iwellspring.org/give and reference Jon and Joanna Gurr. And you can keep up with our travels right here on the blog! 

We love each and every one of you. Thank you for your prayers and support!


Blessings, 

























Pictures from The Send


Friday, October 13, 2017

Check Out What We're Up To!!!

It has been a while since we have posted. It has been quite a year!!! We will share more on that soon, but we have started an exciting new project to serve our community! Check out this video:



















For more information or to DONATE or VOLUNTEER visit iwellspring.org/downtown.





Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Thankful for Family

I can't believe it is already November! It was a very busy, but fun-filled October! It was full of travel and family. We started the month flying to Boston and then driving to Maine with family. This was our 7th year in a row traveling with our besties and we had so much fun! Next it was off to Florida for a memorial celebration for my aunt and uncle. It was sad to say goodbye, but it was so good to catch up with family who we haven't seen in a while. We went to Rock Ranch this month with some of our church family. (I really don't like to use the term "church family". The people you do life with should just be family, right?) We ended the month with a night time flashlight corn maze with family, and then of course our church Candy Carnival!

Being with family last month got me thinking about how thankful I am for my family and friends and how important it is to have people in our lives. We were never created to live life by ourselves. We were created to need one another. Community and family are one of the most vital parts of our spiritual well-being, and there is not a day that goes by that I am not grateful for having amazing family and friends that I get to do life with and share amazing memories. Take time today to thank the Lord for your family and friends. Let them know how much they mean to you. And, if you haven't found your family or community yet, don't give up. They are out there. God is always faithful to provide! And if you have been hurt in the past, don't let that keep you from pursuing community. We all are part of a body and we need each other to work properly. (1 Corinthians 12:12-27) You need people, but guess what? The people around you need YOU just as much!!! You are a gift and have something that others need. We were designed to live in community, to encourage one another daily, to fellowship with one another and to take care of each other. (1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 3:13, 10:25) Today, think of someone you can encourage and let's learn to how to live life together.

I apologize in advance for the amount of pictures posted :)


Maine was beautiful with all of the amazing fall colors!
We loved Acadia National Park!



This was the view from the back yard of our cabin!

How lucky are we that we get to vacay with these two cuties?????

We got the full Maine experience!

We love our fall trips with our besties! Can't wait for next year!

The memorial in Florida was beautiful! They released five doves representing my Aunt Mary Ann, Uncle Rob, and the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It was amazing! And it was so good to be with family!

Spending the day at Rock Ranch is one of our very favorite fall traditions! 

This month we also got to go to Bethel Music's worship night in Atlanta with one of our favorite people!!!! It was such a powerful night!

We LOVE corn mazes in the fall and this was our first time doing one at night with a flashlight! It was so much fun being lost in the maze! We can't wait until next year!!!

We ended the month at our church's Candy Carnival. It is one of our favorite events that we do each year. We love getting to meet new people in our city and having fun with all the kids and families!!!


It was a fun October and now we are looking forward to November and December! We love the holidays!!!






Friday, September 9, 2016

From Understanding to Action

I woke up the other morning and in my quiet time I asked the Lord what he was up to. I immediately heard Isaiah 42. I read verses 6-9 and it got me thinking. He does not give us things (promises, commands, our callings, or identity)  just for our understanding (head knowledge), but His expectation is that we move from understanding into action. You see, understanding without action creates religion. It creates a doctrine with no power. The implication is that we don't just understand what He is calling us to, but that we actually do something with that calling. Let me explain: verse 7 says that we are to release from prison those that are captive and to release from the dungeon those who are in darkness. In other words, there are people who are totally bound and tormented and need to be set free. He says that we are called to do that. We can have understanding that we are supposed to do that, but it doesn't happen until we find people who are held captive in darkness and set them free. Let's look at it a different way. If a parent tells their child to clean their room and all the child says is "Mom, Dad, I understand you, that feels right. I know I have been called to clean my room. Thank you for pointing that out", but the room never gets clean, nothing has happened and nothing has changed. Obedience is not defined by understanding it is defined by action.

We are alive for a reason. If we weren't, then we would have been taken to heaven the minute we got saved, but we are here to introduce the world to an amazing God who outrageously loves them. He gave us the amazing responsibility to SHOW the world who He is. It is not enough for us to just know our responsibility, but we must really do it. If we want to release people out of darkness, then we have to find people that are "in the dark" and show them the light. If we want to save the lost, then we have to find lost people to save. If we want to see the sick healed, then we have to find people that are sick and pray for them. It all happens when our understanding partners with action. That's when we start to see transformation.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

You are Stronger than You Think

I have never considered myself a runner. When I was a kid, I enjoyed sprints and was pretty fast, but anything long-distance I never was able to finish. Trying to run a mile was very difficult for me. The funny thing, though, is I have always loved running. There is something so freeing about it, like Julie Andrews in the opening scene of The Sound of Music. I have tried many times over the years to run a 5k. It's something I've always wanted to do, but I have hit against so many walls. I have trouble with sports/humidity induced asthma, weak ankles and restless leg among other things, so after a few weeks of training my legs and feet would be in such horrible pain that I would end up quitting. I just accepted that I was not made to do any kind of long-distance running.

A few months ago, while I was working out, I dislocated my shoulder and found myself in almost 2 months of physical therapy. During that time, I couldn't continue my normal workouts. It meant no push-ups, weights, burpees, etc. The only other workout option I could think of during that time was walking or running. At first, even running was painful for my shoulder, so I would run for only 30 seconds to a minute at a time until my shoulder was stronger. Since it wasn't long-distance running and I was enjoying it so much (I was still in The Sound of Music stage), I convinced myself that maybe I really was a runner. I had the bright idea for Jon and I to sign up for a 5k. So we did it! We signed up and started training. It was springtime, cool in the mornings and we were doing a mix of walking and running. It was great! But, we had not thought through the fact that the 5k was at the end of July and we would have to train in the middle of the summer, or the fact that eventually I would have to run the entire 5k! But, now we were committed. We had to see it through. So, I grabbed my inhaler and my music and we began to really train hard for the race. Each day got more and more humid, each run got longer and longer and all of a sudden there was the familiar pain in my legs. Normally, I would have quit at this point, but we were committed. I kept pushing through the pain and I had an amazing husband who rubbed my feet at night just so I could fall asleep. There were some days when our run was a great success and then there were days that were horrible failures where I just quit and walked home in tears. It was a battle! And surprisingly, the biggest battle for me was not physical. It was mental. It was thoughts that said, "You're not going to finish", "You're not strong enough", "What are you doing? You're not a runner". It was not an easy battle, but I kept fighting. I kept my headphones in with worship music playing and began to focus my thoughts and attention on the One where my strength comes from. I began to actually pour myself out on Him in worship and thankfulness as I was running and reminding myself that "I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me." And finally the day came that I was able to run the full distance without stopping. It was a day of celebration and we still had about 6 weeks before the race to start working on our time. Those last weeks were extremely difficult because of the heat and humidity. There were days that I just couldn't finish the run.  But, still,  I was running. I was doing what I never thought I could do! I was actually overcoming all the obstacles. I realized my body was capable of anything. It all had to do with my belief system.

We made it to race day! It was time to run and we were feeling great! I just knew we would finish with our best time ever. The race began and I could tell we were off to a great start. And then it happened. We hadn't even made it to the 1 mile marker yet and I stepped on an uneven crack. My ankle went one way and I went the other. My first thought was that it was broken. I was devastated. Jon helped me up and we began walking (hopping) forward trying to find a first aid tent. I was so disappointed thinking there was no way I would be able to finish the race. We couldn't see the tent and as I hopped around for a few minutes I realized I couldn't really feel my ankle or foot anymore.  I knew that probably wasn't a good sign, but it also meant I wasn't feeling any pain. I looked at Jon and said, "I am finishing this race!" (Disclaimer: do not try this at home. To all those in the medical field out there, I know this was probably not the best decision. But, what can I say? I was determined! 😉) I began to walk, then jog and by the time we were at the 1 mile marker it had been almost 16 minutes, but I was running. I ran the last 2 miles and there it was. The finish line! We made it. I finished the race! We finished a little over 34 minutes which was definitely not our fastest time, but I was so proud of myself for finishing after the fall. I took my shoe off after we finished and my foot began to blow up like a balloon. It was a very severe sprain. I am currently in the middle of what the doctor thinks will be a 12 week process. I'm back at physical therapy, wearing a brace, and still have another 4-5 weeks before the doctor will let me try lightly jogging. But, I am working hard to get my ankle strong again and we are already thinking about the next race we can sign up for.

I have learned a lot and am still learning so much through this process. I am learning patience and endurance. I am learning what I am capable of and to be proud of myself. It has been hard work. I had to make a decision not to give up and that I was going to finish the race no matter what. I had to learn to be ok with the days that were failures and not let that stop me. I had to learn to give myself grace. After a bad run, I had to let it go and get back up the next day and give it my all. I had to start believing I could do it. I had to uncover the lies I was believing about myself and speak (I literally talked to myself as I ran) truth about myself. Truth really does set us free! I am still learning patience in the healing process. This part has been almost as hard for me as the training. It is hard being told you can't do something. I'm not going to lie, I literally burst into tears after leaving the doctors office when he told me how long it would be before I could run again. It is hard having such a big setback and dealing with the disappointment of almost having to start over. And I am definitely getting a little stir crazy with having to rest my ankle so much, but I have to keep telling myself I WILL run again. And I am extremely thankful that this is only temporary when I think of so many who are unable to run. I AM strong and I will be training for my next race in no time.

Maybe you are walking through a difficult situation, have a difficult fitness goal or have a dream in your heart, but it seems impossible. Whatever it is, I am saying to you, "you CAN do it!" Tell all those thoughts and lies that say it's not possible to be quiet! It may not be easy. It may take time. You may have to push through some pain, but the reward of finishing the race is so worth it! You may fall down, but that's ok! FORGIVE YOURSELF, get back up and keep going. (I really did have to forgive myself for falling on race day.) Don't let fear of failing hold you back. Push past disappointment.  Don't give up. Don't quit! Don't be afraid to go after your dream! Put people around you that will cheer you on. And remember that you have a Heavenly Father who is always cheering you on!

Most of the time, the only thing holding us back is our mind. Change your mind to believe that ALL things are possible. Uncover the lies and start believing truth. Start running your race and you will see that you really are STRONGER than you think!