Davids Tent DC Blog

Christian Ministry Forced To Leave National Mall

The plug may be pulled on the longest running outdoor Christian worship event in our nation’s history due to a bureaucratic snafu! DavidsTentDC (DTDC) is a Jesus centered worship and prayer vigil that has been running 24/7 continuously on the National Mall over 500 days since the kickoff September 11, 2015. Currently it is located at Constitution Gardens Plaza, 1700 Constitution Ave NW Washington DC. With a theme of “Jesus is Worthy” over 500 worship teams from around the nation have participated in this worship and prayer vigil, signing up in two hour segments. DTDC was notified Feb 9, 2017 by the National Park Service (NPS) that their next permit application will not be granted for Constitution Gardens Plaza due to a reconstruction project. When DTDC sought the NPS permits office for help in relocating to a different place, it was confirmed Feb 15th, that due to newly (March 2016) instituted turf protection regulations, there was no place for DTDC, effectively putting DTDC on the brink of being shuttered, March 10 2017, when their current permit ends. DTDC does not think this is religiously malicious in any way, but simply the result of over regulation. The conviction of DTDC is that now is the time to stoke the fires of worship and prayer, not put them out. DTDC is based off of the Biblical King David that put a worship tent right beside his palace and hired 4288 musicians and singers to minister to God 24/7 for 33 years, until Solomon built the temple. It’s notable that those were the golden years of Israel’s History. DTDC is currently seeking...

What do you know about the Moravians?

This video of the Moravians is a “must watch.” We must know our history! I was trained as a young man in missions under the tutelage of Youth With A Mission (YWAM). From a missions perspective I was gripped at the Moravian Model of 24/7 prayer leading to the birthing of the modern day missions movement. The story of the Moravians caused me to dream of a fresh wave of prayer and missions in my generation!...

Glory in the Morning

14 months. That’s how long David’s Tent has been running and our American Sign Language (ASL) team has been serving with the tent. It is quite hard to believe how quickly time flies. It is truly amazing how something so simple like going to the tent every day to worship from our hearts can become one of the greatest and deepest lessons that we will ever learn in life. I am so grateful for the people I have encountered such as the people who were simply passing by the tent, to the regular attendees, to the people who were just visiting for a few hours, and to our faithful David’s Tent staff. Whether the conversation between a person and I was just for a minute or for an hour, I still felt each person I met made a difference. It is not David’s Tent that brought each person to the tent, but God. I am humbled and honored that the leaders for David’s Tent were open to having the American Sign Language aspect of worship in the tent. Having this opportunity to serve this team with ASL has broken many barriers and opened new doors for Deaf people like myself and for the Deaf community as whole. I personally already love worship, but with this experience, I have gained a new insight on how to worship and fell deeper in love with Jesus. It is a bittersweet feeling as the ASL team will complete our commitment with David’s Tent on November 8th even when David’s Tent will continue indefinitely. However, it does not mean that we will not take...

40 Days of Good News

Dear Friends, As David’s Tent DC (DTDC) and America continue past election day, we are rallying together a band of joyfully surrendered intercessors that will pray together (fasting suggested) for 40 days, November 10 – December 20, in addition to being doorkeepers (volunteer staff) and worship leaders at the tent. Would you prayerfully consider joining us in DC for those 40 days? The time is short to rally this team to pray the next step of America’s destiny into being. This is an “At once they left their nets” moment. (Matt 4:20) Every step of DTDC has been forged out of seasons of prayer and fasting. An accurate historical account of America wonderfully reveals the same is true of the birth and sustenance of our country. I believe one the next biggest steps towards America’s destiny is to pray the tent on the mall into perpetuity, maturity, and the fullness of what it is to be for our nation before the Lord. This tent and America must keep roaring, like a blazing fire, as a city on a hill, a light to the nations, permanently. I’ve even wondered if the tent on mall and the future of America aren’t somehow inextricably linked in the spiritual realm, like Ezekiel’s infamous side-laying was linked to his nations future. Our prayer target for those 40 days will be the Good News (Gospel) running swiftly, with power, throughout America. Jesus being enthroned on the hearts of men is where all breakthrough, even nationally, begins. The grace of the New Covenant, where God’s law is written on our hearts and minds, is activated only through faith in the Cross/Resurrection of Jesus and the confession of...

Unity as the Body of Christ

We love it when worship teams from around America come and join the 10,000 hour love song at David’s Tent! The staff is always refreshed during the time when these teams come. We have wonderful stories of worshippers from all over the United States. There was the team that drove from Nebraska, led two hours, and drove right back. We have had people fly in and back from California or Florida with no other agenda than to stay for three days leading worship and praying for our country. In addition, we have had intercession teams that came, encouraged us, and prayed for America alongside us here in Washington DC. Every team or person who comes to serve is such a blessing!  This month is a complete year, 365 days, that God has received continual worship in DC! In light of this, I’m going to share one of my favorite testimonies that happened within the year. During the spring, when we were still at the Washington Monument, we had a team of not just adults, but families, from San Diego, California that was in for a week to lead worship two hours every day. Their team alone was so large that they filled the tent! Since they had a full band, many people were drawn to the tent during their worship sets. We were delighted to be able to get to know this team well because they were scheduled to lead worship during our morning watch. On Saturday of that week, David’s Tent also had a youth group from North Carolina that was scheduled to lead worship right after the CA...

God, who?

August 28, 2016 God. God, who? God. Father. King. All-powerful. Omniscient. Omnipotent. Omnipresent. Great. Provider. Righteous. Faithful. Holy. Almighty. Gracious. Merciful. Forgiving. Mighty. Savior. Deliverer. Healer. Perfect. Protector. Just. Light. Love. Eternal. These are very familiar and comforting words for me to describe God and who He is. I use them in the songs I write. I write them down in my journal. I sign them all the time. I see these kinds of words used often in churches. The list goes on. It was not until recently that I felt challenged to expand the vocabulary to describe God. I recognized that I was limiting myself to using the same words because it is what I already know. Since I was limiting myself, I ended up limiting who God can be. I put Him in a box. I am talking about the Creator of the universe. The God I serve is not limited. My God made the stars with the dust of His eyelashes. My God created the planets with His own hands. My God lit up the sun with a kiss. My God made the moon with a gentle touch of His heart. My God formed the trees with a simple command. My God hand-made me and gave me life with just one breath. Why was I limiting my vocabulary to describe Him? I should be filling my mind with plenty descriptions. I should be making words beyond measure to define Him. He is much more than just words – even life itself.   My time at David’s Tent has given me the opportunity to challenge myself to expand my vocabulary on describing God because guess what– He is also a...

Can I get a volunteer?

Have you ever been in charge of an event or activity that required volunteers to pull it off?  I’m sure we all have in some way, shape or form.  I’m sure we’ve all had those times where it was a breeze, people raising their hands left and right, jobs being delegated like hot cakes.  There’s joy and comraderie, and before you know it, everything’s complete.  You know those times?  Those times are great, aren’t they?  I’m sure we’ve each experienced the opposite too, where it felt like pulling teeth to get hands to raise, let alone actually follow through.  You know, where you have to stop asking and start telling instead?  Uggh.  Those times are never fun.  Never. In Isaiah 6:8, God is looking for a volunteer.  He asks two questions.  Just two.  No lengthy explanation of who, what, where, when, why and how.  Just two simple questions.  “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?” You know what He heard?  First of all, let’s talk about what He didn’t hear.  He didn’t hear silence.  He didn’t hear excuses.  He didn’t hear a long list of questions – you know, the ones that fall into those who, what, where, when, why and how categories just mentioned. Ya, those.  No, He didn’t hear any of these things.  What He did hear, much like His two simple questions, were two simple responses.  “Here am I. Send me.” That volunteer…his name was Isaiah.  You know why Isaiah was able to so quickly, so passionately, and so trustingly respond in such a way, without knowing any details?  Details like where he’d...

A New 9 11 is Rising

Save the date… 9/11/16 – Be with us at David’s Tent DC on that day! A number of national prayer ministries are coming together to have a special time of prayer with us at the tent on Sept. 11th.  We believe  a new 9 11  is rising… a new 9 11 that is full of restoration, not destruction.   Is it time for Amos 9:11 in our nation? “In that day “I will restore David’s fallen shelter— I will repair its broken walls and restore its ruins— and will rebuild it as it used to be, Amos 9:11  NIV Hope, Faith, and Peace in Jesus will overcome fear in America.   The Lord will repair our nation’s broken walls and restore it’s ruins.  Join in on site or via webcast for a special day at David’s Tent on Sept 11th this year.    It’s an honor for David’s Tent DC to host this special prayer gathering on our anniversary no less.  What a privilege to give God the Glory for the first year in our nation’s history that 24/7 worship and prayer has taken place continuously in our capital city of Washington DC.  Hundreds of worship teams, prayer ministries and churches and thousands of individuals have kept the fire on the altar day and night for a full year as of 9/11/16. “IfMyPeople2016” is the name of this very special event happening at David’sTent on 9  11. It’s based on a verse most know well from 2 Chron. 7:14.  But the focus is on the “IF”.  Let’s press in for fresh faith in the reality of His Word, still true in 2016… “He will...

Partnering with God

God is a God that loves to partner with His children! He loves to invites us along as He touches hearts here on earth.  “Going to work” with Dad, is one of my favorite things!  I love how He gently nudges my heart toward a person or a group and softly whispers “Carole, I want to touch his heart today, will you join me?”  At David’s Tent, I have the honor of going to work with Dad. One Saturday, we had a team in from a Texas house of prayer.  As they entered the tent, I knew that God wanted to touch hearts and he was inviting me to join Him.  At David’s tent, we believe that as the worship team is completely focusing upward towards Jesus and ministering to His heart, God will be faithful and minister to the people in the tent and around the area.  I knew that this worship team would vertically worship God and through their worship God would pour out Himself to His people today.  On that day, as I was greeting people who came into the tent, a woman walked in, and she shared that she had passed this tent so many times but for various reasons never stopped in. Today, however, she just wanted to let our staff know how encouraged she was by the tent even though she wasn’t able to come in until now. She continued telling me that, like herself, there was many others that knew about David’s Tent in DC who didn’t always have the time to come in and worship. Still they were very encouraged and...

“Til Death Do Us Part”

How is David’s Tent like a wedding? Going to weddings is one of my favorite things to do in life. I absolutely love the exciting part when the groom finally kisses the bride. However I do have another favorite part- the exchanging of vows. It is not just about the words being spoken unto each other, but about their action of being committed to each other under no matter what the circumstances are. It’s a demonstration of faithfulness and love. No, I am not married, but I have gone to plenty of weddings for me to become very familiar with how important wedding vows are. I love it when couples look deeply into each other’s eyes and recite the vows. I see the couple just fall in love with each other again. It is said that your wedding day is supposed to be one of the most memorable times of your life because it is a day when a promise turns into an action that you will always love this person until death do you part. The wedding day is just one part of a lifetime of marriage. As we all should know that every marriage goes through waves of joys and trials. When you think back to your wedding day and the vow you made, you realize how it rings true: I__ take you __ to be my wedded wife/husband. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish till death do us part. And hereto I pledge you my...

Together2016 Was a Huge Win for the Home Team

There are people who know how to mathematically come up with a generally accurate number as to crowd sizes at large events.  I am not one of them.  However I do suppose that several hundred thousand people gathered in DC in the name of Jesus for Together 2016. It was a HUGE win for the Home Team! Though it was super sad to see it end early due to an excruciatingly high heat index, it was at that very moment that I heard what I believe the Lord Jesus wanted to tell the Whole Church of America.  The single greatest message of the day.  It was the sermon on the Mount.  Jesus speaking to His people through Nick Hall, straight out of Matthew7:24. Nick basically concluded that they didn’t gather people there to just stay there, but to send them out.  And with that, Nick challenged everyone there to go out and actually spend time doing all that they were just charged to do. If we the church would only actually do all that Jesus has instructed us!  It’s in plain language written down clearly in a book for all to read!  A house build on a rock, hears the Word and put’s it into practice!  Pastor Dave Owens at Embassy Church in NW Washington DC (One of my home churches) reflected with me on Sunday that as he walked away he was watching people minister to one another and to the lost on the streets all around the mall! At David’s Tent we saw a ground swell at about 4:30 as people were exiting Together.  People packed into...

Jeffery

I was running late. If I just don’t make eye contact with anyone, I can make it to Subway, quickly get in and out with some food, and make it to class on time.  And then it came. “Hello, can you spare some change?” Hurriedly, I decided to keep my head down and walk past without acknowledging the plea. I was late, I reasoned to myself, and had a very good excuse to pass him by.  Then, after walking about 100 yards from this homeless man on the street, God gripped my heart with compassion.  I felt like He literally poured His heart for this man into mine; I could not keep walking. I turned around and said, “I don’t have any change but I am going to Subway.  May I buy you a sandwich?”  He replied, “Well, I have cataracts, and I really need a pair of sunglasses.” “Okay. You go in the dollar store and choose your sunglasses. I will get the sandwiches, then come back to buy the glasses for you.” After waiting in a long line at Subway, I got the sandwiches and came back.  The man, whose name I later learned is Jeffery, had a surprised look on his face like he had the thought, “She came back!”  I asked him if he had chosen a pair of glasses to which he responded, “ Yes, ma’am.” We walked back in the dollar store, and in the first counter, I saw a pair of discarded sunglasses that did not belong. Jeffrey was used to disappointment. I turned to him, and made eye contact. Smiling, I...

Everyday Life at David’sTentDC

With every passing day, and every passing year our lives become busy with more and more things. We have more to do or be responsible for, more people to keep up with, and our task lists become longer and longer. I know I feel the pressure to keep up, and with every item I scratch off my to do list [yes I am a list maker] 5 more things seem to be added. The overwhelming feeling of never having enough time in a day does tend to get a little old after a while, and today has been no exception. Currently it is 5am and my daughter has just gone back to bed and my mind races over the lists and tasks that need to be accomplished, the people I need to meet with, the time I need to set aside for my family, and so on and so on. But then I heard Him. That still small voice in the midst of the chaos “Be still and know I AM GOD”. In that moment the blur of busyness melts away and all I can think about is that very phrase. “Be still and know I AM GOD”. What does that mean to be still and KNOW that He is God? I am struck by this truth and how much it rings true for me as an individual as well as for our hurting nation. What would happen if in the midst of pain, frustration, worry, injustice, busyness, and even joy, we grasped this truth and allowed ourselves to KNOW He is God? He tells us over and over...

Why here? Part 2: The Place of Public Witness

It was a warm Saturday afternoon, and the black gospel band on stage at David’s Tent was pumping praises to Jesus with exuberant energy and joy.  I found myself irresistibly drawn to clap and sing along, and as I looked around I noticed dozens of people gathering to do the same.  There was a group of Chinese tourists, a couple of DC locals on a bike ride, a Muslim family from somewhere in the middle-east, and many others.  It was clear that most of the people at the tent were passers-by and not people who came to the National Mall with the intention of attending David’s Tent.  But the sound of worship at the tent attracted them irresistibly and they stopped to listen, filled with curiosity and with smiles on their faces.  Our staff warmly welcomed those who stopped by, and many stayed for long conversations about Jesus or received prayer.  The good news of the gospel was shared over and over that afternoon, and I know that wouldn’t have happened without the draw of the worship.  That afternoon sticks out in my mind as a perfect example of the power of public worship to present Jesus to the world. In my last blog, (Why here? Part 1) I shared how we worship in Washington DC because it is the place of highest honor in our nation.  I talked about the identity of a capital city as a center for worship, and how Jesus is worthy of a national offering of praise.  Our desire above all things is to make Jesus central and bless His heart!  Today, I’ll continue...

ONLY JESUS!

We are all grieved at the continuing deadly violence in our country.  A nation is crying out! The other morning this Headline showed up on CNN, and very much grabbed my heart. ONLY JESUS can heal America! It won’t be the next President or even the hot evangelist. Nor the amazing mega church or innovative new inventions. Nor will it be the most popular worship band or strategy to reach our city. Though God does use and work through people,  it will only be Jesus. Jesus is the only One. America, please please please turn to Him and be saved.   “If my people will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways and seek my face, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14. There must be more prayer meetings than protests. If we as a nation are going to cry out, may we cry out to the One who is Mighty to save.  He alone can save us. Heal us...

Why did God make America? (Or any nation?)

We just celebrated July 4th, America’s birthday. 240 years!  I’m grateful for this county and the liberty that we have to worship Jesus, even publicly, without persecution.  Acts 17:26-27 tells us why God puts certain people in certain boundaries for particular times. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.   Acts 17:26-27 NIV Verse 27 tells us why God made America and put us in it.  “That (we) should seek God.” Hey! Did you catch that? “That we should seek God!” “And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us.” My Hershey family forefathers braved the seas to come to the “New World ” 299 years ago, in 1717. Their stated reason for the journey?  They were fleeing persecution in Switzerland somewhat as religious refugees. It’s been passed down through the generations that they came to America so they could worship freely and express their love for Jesus as they desired. It’s my goal to keep that purpose of being here central in my generation. The first Hershey’s came to the New World...

Community Requires Intentionality

For each of us at David’sTentDC, community requires intentionality.   When you operate as a 24/7 community and live in several different locations around a very busy city, the opportunity to be all together at one time is not a simple thing to schedule & it doesn’t just ‘happen.’ It’s actually something you have to fight for, carve out of your schedule, and for most it means sacrificing something valuable, whether it be sleep, a meal or even the only portion of ‘personal time’ they have in their day. This is what happens when all of Davids Tent staff gather together to sing praises to Jesus! We are all here because we know that Jesus is worthy of our praise! There is so much joy and thankfulness pouring out!!!! #blessed #iamdavidstentdc #songthatneverends A video posted by David’s Tent DC (@davidstentdc) on Jun 27, 2016 at 4:40pm PDT Last night, at David’s Tent, we had one of those ‘fought for’ moments as all of our staff gathered for a corporate time of worship and I’m pretty certain everyone agrees that it was worth it. For those of our staff who cover night watch, they rarely get to interact with, let alone worship with, those that cover the day watches and vise versa. Because of this reality, last night was a gift. Yes, it was hot. Yes, it was a bit muggy and slightly drizzly. Yes, there were sirens and motorcades blaring by intermittently. Yes, there was only one acoustic guitar and a few hand drums to lead us (because yes, we are still worshipping unamplified 20 hours out of each...

Jesus, our Network Provider!  

Divine Appointments are the best!  Hello, my name is Carole McClelland and my husband, Daniel, and I lead the  American Sign Language (ASL) house for David’s Tent. Even though neither of us  are Deaf, God placed a passion in our hearts and a calling on our life to make Him  known within the Deaf population. Our staff, a mixture of hearing and Deaf who  share this vision, all live in one house in NE Washington DC. The unique thing about  our house, and our watch when we are at the tent, is that our common language in  conversation and worship is ASL. Every day we serve at the tent for 3.5 hours,  worshipping in ASL, and if there is a guest praise team scheduled during our watch,  we always have an interpreter signing along with that team. When we are not at the tent, our focus is knowing God and making God known in the  Deaf community here in DC. Since our staff house is near Gallaudet University, the  only all Deaf university in the world, our team has many opportunities to make God  known in the Deaf community. We can be found having lunch with a college student  from Gallaudet University, attending Deaf social activities, building relationships  one-on- one, encouraging the youth at a young adult Bible study in MD, or sharing at  a Deaf church in VA. No matter what the activity, our heart is to see the Deaf grow in  their personal relationship with Jesus. What a joy it is when we have the  opportunity to partner with God in this way through a David’s Tent...