Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Adoption Update

Hi everyone! It has been a while since we have given an update on our lives, but we wanted to share the latest news! Last year we shared how the Lord called us to adopt. Because of your generosity, we were able to raise the money needed for phase one of the adoption! Last March, just before we submitted our paperwork, we went on a ministry trip to New Orleans. Joanna was invited to be a part of a worship tent at a music festival.

Unfortunately, we both contracted Covid-19 in New Orleans. Jon recovered after a few days, but Joanna became very sick. Joanna’s symptoms continued to persist, and we ended up going to the Mayo Clinic to meet with specialists to help in her recovery. It has been a long year of being in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals, but we are amazed and in awe of His constant faithfulness. There is so much the Lord did for us during this season, and we plan to be writing more of this story later. 

Because of all this, we had to put the adoption on hold. We have been learning A LOT about trusting God and His timing! We are happy to report that we are moving ahead with the adoption! Even though Joanna is still dealing with some effects of the virus, she is feeling well enough for us to continue forward. We are currently working on completing our home study and getting information needed for our agency to match us with a birth mom.  We are also beginning to raise money for the next phase of the adoption.

We have been working this year with our church and non-profit coffee shop. Leading a church in this season has not been without its challenges, but again, the faithfulness of the Lord has left us in awe of Him. 

Last year, due to restrictions, we began having church in our parking lot. The Lord began to speak to us from Matthew 9:36-38, “When he saw the vast crowds of people, Jesus’ heart was deeply moved with compassion, because they seemed weary and helpless, like wandering sheep without a shepherd. He turned to his disciples and said, ‘The harvest is huge and ripe! But there are not enough harvesters to bring it all in.  As you go, plead with the Owner of the Harvest to thrust out many more reapers to harvest his grain!’” 

The harvest was ripe outside the walls of the church! People began to come to our parking lot to receive ministry. People came to be healed and some came saying they just needed a hug. We have seen countless people healed and set free this year! Our church is located across the street from our government buildings. We have been praying, praising and declaring the name of Jesus over our city as the sound of our praises echoes on the buildings!

We are excited to be doing ministry trips again! We are going to Texas soon to minister at a worship event and are planning some other ministry trips later this year! 

First, we are asking you to pray. Pray that the Lord will guide us through the adoption process. Pray also for baby Gurr and his/her birth mom that the peace of the Lord would be over her during this time. 

Secondly, we are asking for your support. We are incredibly grateful for your generosity. It is truly humbling and we can not thank you enough.  We are raising $15,000 for our next phase of the adoption. You can donate at paypal.me/babygurr.  We are raising $5,000 for upcoming ministry trips. If you would like to donate to our ministry, you can go to iwellspring.org/give and choose “Missions - Jon and Joanna” from the list. 

Now that we are moving forward with our adoption journey we will be updating a lot more. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Again, thank you for your continued prayer, love and support!


A road trip to the beach after being quarantined for 7 weeks

Parking lot ministry

Monday, March 16, 2020

Quarantined & New Orleans Recap

We are home for the next 14 days. We were both feeling a little under the weather this week and because of our trip to New Orleans, the doctor has quarantined us. We are doing everything we can not to go stir crazy in our house and it's only day 2! Please send us any suggestions of things we can do while stuck in our home for the next 2 weeks!

Here is a video of our New Orleans trip made by our awesome friends from Boha Tribe. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

New Orleans

This past weekend we had the amazing opportunity to minister in New Orleans with our friends Bobby and Hannah who have a ministry called Boha Tribe (check them out here).  Joanna played keyboard and sang with them at Ahava music festival in downtown New Orleans and also at a church just outside of New Orleans.  We had so much fun just getting to love on the people around us. It was awesome to see people at the festival stop and listen to music about the outrageous love of Jesus. One man said that as he listened to the music, the emotional pain in his heart started melting away. God is moving in New Orleans and it was such an honor to partner with what He is doing there.

We are almost to our first goal of raising the $10,000 needed to hire the agency and pay for the home study! We only need about $2,500 more to begin the process! Jon had a job change in the middle of this process which has caused a little bit of delay. One of the hardest things to do sometimes in our walk with the Lord is to trust His timing. He has the perfect timing for this adoption process and we get the opportunity to partner with Him and trust Him through it. We know that He is working all of it for good!

We have felt so incredibly grateful to everyone who has given. It is not something we take lightly, and we are truly humbled by the outrageous generosity of our friends and family! Thank you!!!

We continue to pray for "baby Gurr" and his/her birth mom, and of course ask you all to continue to pray with us!

If you would like to donate to our adoption fund you can donate here.

Thank you again for all the love, prayers and support!

Worship at AHAVA Festival!

We had so much fun being a part of worship at The Hub Northshore!

And of course we couldn't leave New Orleans without eating some good food! We had beignets and coffee at Cafe du Monde, muffulettas from Central Grocery and Jon tried crawfish for the first time!

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.


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.


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


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!


Pictures from The Send

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. 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, and then of course our church Candy Carnival!

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 people around me 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 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!!!