There Is A Fountain

“In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness. “It shall be in that day,” says the LORD of hosts, “that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered. I will also cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to depart from the land…” -Zechariah 13:1-2

This past summer as I sought the Lord for vision for the upcoming year (our programming runs on the school year), He led me to these verses in Zechariah. We know the fulfillment of these verses are realized during the Day of the Lord, when Jesus returns. However, before that great and terrible day, we get little glimpses of these realities when the Holy Spirit draws near to His church. We call these times, “revivals.”

Beloved, I am convinced we are experiencing a crisis in human history that can only be solved by Jesus Himself—either by His return, or Him reviving His Church. The polarization is so intense right now, even within the Church, we desperately need God to come and settle the issues that divide us.

I believe we are on the verge of a visitation.

I believe Jesus desires to open a fountain for His Bride to cleanse her from sin and uncleanness.

I believe the presence of God is very soon going to drive the false prophets and the unclean spirits from His Church.

And I am anticipating…longing…crying out, “YES AND AMEN!” “COME LORD JESUS!”

This is the heart of Agape First Ministries. We believe when the Kingdom of God comes the Lord backs up His word with power, the sick are healed, the dead are raised and the demons flee. The sexually and relationally broken are made new and whole in the mighty name of Jesus. His justice is sure and His truth reigns. Our divisions are healed. The issues are settled.

Thus, we are praying for revival and returning—that Jesus would revive His Bride and the lost would return to the Lord. We are praying, let Your Kingdom come and Your will be done ON THE EARTH as it is in heaven.

If your heart is burning for revival and the return of the lost, we invite you to join us for our bimonthly prayer meeting: the Freedom Watch. God is meeting us in this time and our roots are being strengthened. We want to be like trees planted by streams of living water bearing fruit in every season. At the Freedom Watch we are getting glimpses of the fountain of the Lord. Yes, living water is beginning to flow. The river is rising. Aren’t you just the least bit curious?

My Great Hope for Gen Z!

Over 20 years ago, as I sat on my front porch, the Lord spoke to me: raise up a generation in My love and in My power, a Moses generation that will lead My Church out of her Egypts.

This word to my heart has been a guiding light for me over the last two decades of ministry. It has determined how I have ordered much of my life. Working with youth and young adults can be profoundly difficult at times, especially when they deal with same-sex attractions! But the fruit has made it every bit worth it.

Now I have the privilege of seeing many of the young men and women I have ministered to over the years enjoying marriage and family. The vast majority have remained stalwart and faithful to the Lord, even though culture (and sadly many churches) has given them license to fall away from the Lord’s Biblical standard for sex and sexuality. I am so proud of each one of them. Their perseverance gives me strength and zeal to continue serving the next generation.

And the Lord continues to bring young people through my door! I must tell you, despite all that is happening in and to the next generation, I HAVE GREAT HOPE. God is on the move!! I wish I could introduce you to the amazing young “Gen Zers” with whom I am currently meeting. Yes, they are struggling with some really big stuff, BUT GOD is meeting them where they are at and healing their hearts.

I have a higher vision for the next generation. I believe we are on the verge of a great move of God amongst young people. God is still God, and He knows how to perfectly Father Gen Z.

I HAVE GREAT TRUST in the leadership of Jesus in the leadership of Jesus over the next generation. Yes, God is up to something, and I can’t wait to watch it unfold. If you would like to hear more about the leadership of Jesus over Gen Z and some testimonies from some of my recent conversations with young people you can watch this video I just released.

Fostering a Biblical Identity – A Parents Guide

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This guide was co-authored by Daren Mehl and Marie Davidson

Daren Mehl is a partner-supported missionary of Agape First Ministries. Marie Davidson is a mother and author.

Live and Love More: A Born-Again Marriage: A Testimony Not Allowed To Be Heard

Daren and Rhoda Mehl, Fall 2021

17 Years ago I proposed to Rhoda at a magic show. We were married 5 months later.

Unfortunately, some marriage stories are not being told but are being erased and censored from the public square, even being made criminal. The hope we have in Christ for a transformed heart and renewed mind which proves abundant life in a loving marriage is being attacked and labeled as evil today. Jesus brought together two very unlikely people in a marriage that survived great testing and trials, attacked by popular culture and criticized as a fraud.

The Gay Lifestyle

Daren Mehl, circa 2000

Daren Mehl was living as a gay identified man, fully embracing what he believed was “gay Christianity”, a belief that his monogamous relationship with his boyfriend was acceptable to God. Rhoda Mehl was living as a queer identified woman embracing a lesbian mindset but open to any options that looked like love. Having no luck with women, as a glutton for punishment, began dating a polyamorous bisexual man. Both Daren and Rhoda believed they had found love in those relationships, but Jesus would soon lead them to true love.

A divine opportunity presented itself when the man Rhoda was dating, someone Daren also once dated, invited them both to a dinner party. A casual friendship budded between Daren and Rhoda. Daren began giving Rhoda dating advice on how to navigate the turbulent relationship she was pursing. She had a thing for unavailable men.
Through separate situations and events, Jesus brought Daren and Rhoda closer together.

Questioning

Daren was invited to a church prayer service where he asked God to reveal if he was really gay or not. He prayed that if God didn’t want him to be gay that God to break up the relationship between him and his boyfriend, because Daren knew he could never do that on his own. With the faith of a mustard seed, Daren also prayed that if he wasn’t gay, that God would work it out so that Rhoda and him would be able to get married. To his surprise, when Daren returned home from the prayer service to greet his boyfriend, his boyfriend broke up with him.

December 24, 2004

Daren continued to faithfully and with good will as a friend support Rhoda through the breakup with her boyfriend. To honor their mutual friend, Daren waited a customary two weeks and then asked him if Daren could date Rhoda. Their mutual friend was happy for the couple and blessed the opportunity.
While Daren was still a gay identified man, and Rhoda was broken herself still queer identified, Jesus would have their love grow for each other over time. With great trust in the Lord and love for each other Daren proposed to Rhoda on July 11th, 2005, then they got married on December 11th, 2005.

The Grand, Northfield, MN, December 11, 2005

Grace for Change

Jesus did a mighty work in their lives over a decade and a half, ministering to Daren and Rhoda through scripture and fellowship with other believers at their church.

Daren was healed from desires for sodomy as Jesus renewed his mind and heart toward himself and other men. Rhoda experienced healing of deep insecurities and self-worth troubles of desiring acceptance from people rather than acceptance from God in Jesus Christ. Jesus blessed Daren and Rhoda with a son in 2013, and a daughter in 2015.

Sebastian and Esther Mehl, Spring 2018

This beautiful love story that Jesus orchestrated and the born-again marriage that Daren and Rhoda live in today is being challenged by a dark force that doesn’t want to hear of the transforming power of Jesus to set the captives free of homosexuality. In opposition to Daren and Rhoda coming together in their mutual faith in Jesus Christ, the LGBTQ lobby is calling their testimony a fraud and harmful their community.

“Conversion Therapy” An Attack on Transformation and Marriage

The LGBTQ lobby supported by billions of dollars of popular culture marketing have labeled this love story as an evil narrative. They turned Daren and Rhoda’s testimony and similar testimonies into a monster called “conversion therapy” and this boogey man is used to scare the naïve individual into believing the LGBTQ need to be protected from the mythical “ex-LGBTQ” story.

“Conversion Therapy” is a religious/political catch all euphemism for anything, and we do mean anything, that implies or directly contradicts the LGBTQ community beliefs that one is born gay, there is no need for change, and trying to change is harmful because it stigmatizes LGBTQ and leads them to depression and suicide.

March 2, 2022. Daren Testifies at Minnesota Legislature against “Conversion Therapy Ban” bill which would criminalize his testimony.

Daren and Rhoda’s testimony that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, directly contradicts LGBTQ beliefs that being gay is the highest form of freedom and authenticity for oneself. With “Conversion Therapy” narratives they create the belief that someone leaving a gay identity and lifestyle is a dangerous goal, it is harmful, abusive, condemning, hateful, bigoted, old fashioned, narrow minded, and ultimately an expression of internalized homophobia. The testimony of Jesus working in Daren and Rhoda’s life, and the fruit of that, is being called evil and “Conversion Therapy”.

The LGBTQ community label Daren and Rhoda’s marriage as a “great evil”. They treat it as a threat to their community’s health. The transformed life and children birthed in their faithful commitment to Jesus proves the blessing of God to repentant and humble life of disciples of Jesus in contradiction to the self-centered, prideful and generation ending life of homosexuality.

No Weapon Formed Will Prosper

This spiritual battle with darkness is not finished. Daren and Rhoda Mehl are now ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ and preaching and teaching the knowledge of God.

The testimony of their marriage is contradicting the lies of the LGBTQ narrative that people cannot and should not seek Jesus for wholeness and restoration in mind and heart if that would result in heterosexuality.

Mehl Family, Summer 2016

The gospel message of Jesus directly confronts the lies of the “conversion therapy” narratives, a house of cards built by the LGBTQ lobby. Daren exposed this house of cards when he boldly testified to world leaders at the United Nations, United States Senate, and multiple states legislatures of the transforming power of Jesus to set people free of homosexuality.

Even though their testimony is being criminalized as “fraud” under the guise of “conversion therapy” across the world, and potentially in the United States if The Equality Act passes, Daren and Rhoda will continue to minister the gospel and testify of the power of Jesus – a prophesy of freedom to those still trapped but want out of the LGBTQ belief system.

On Mission

Their mission is to declare freedom from sin and the LGBTQ identity and lifestyle through faith in Jesus Christ. They are missionaries with Agape First Ministries and desire to make the name of Jesus famous by declaring His power to transform lives. They equip the church with the knowledge of God and insights in how to minister to people leaving the LGBTQ life. Daren and Rhoda believe that restoration of marriage and the FAMILY is part of God’s strategy.

Daren and Rhoda Mehl ministering at Minneapolis Pride, 2022

Daren and Rhoda have a heart for those touched by LGBTQ chaos and confusion. Their desire to make disciples of those coming out of the LGBTQ is solidly founded in the love of Jesus Christ. They believe there is a great harvest waiting for many prodigal sons and daughters to come home. Their desire to train and equip the church to receive them is their top priority at Agape First Ministries.

You can become a partner with Daren and Rhoda by visiting their ministry page at https://www.agapefirstministries.org/darenmehl

Corner Fringe Ministries & Agape First Ministries Episode 3

Speaking Truth in Love

Join Kraig, Nate, Luca, and Mike for the final night of our Truth in Love Conference.

Tonight we ask the question, “Can the image of God be restored?”

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