by Jennifer A. Miskov, PhD, former Founding Director of Destiny House
I began to write my first book Silver to Gold nearly two decades ago. That book took me over seven years to write. As time went on and there were other things in my life I wanted to do, I realized that even though I didn’t feel the book was perfect, it was complete and I need to finish it. I felt that God was inviting me into a new season that I needed to make space for. Not long after I released Silver to Gold, next came Spirit Flood, then Life on Wings, then Defining Moments, Writing in the Glory, Ignite Azusa, Walking on Water and more.
In a similar way of finishing one book to begin a new one, after seven years, today I announce that this marks the completion of the story of Destiny House in Redding as an official ministry (February 18, 2012-May 6, 2019). This is sad in one way because it was such a precious season that has forever marked my life. In another way (only since I’ve had a whole year to grieve, process, and accept the transition), it is also exciting because whenever God asks us to let go of something, it’s an invitation to experience more of His glory in new season.
I do not believe that ending Destiny House after its seventh year is not a death in anyway. Rather, it’s a completion of a season. It’s a finishing well of an assignment from Heaven. It is an ending of one chapter and an invitation to a whole new chapter. It is the end of one structure, and the beginning of a new one. It is letting go of the old wine skin and embracing the new one so that we can we drink the new wine together. From covenant friendships to ministries to healing to creativity to freedom to art to dance to voices being restored to Reformation fire to finding family, Destiny House Redding has completed its good work during its time in Redding.
Just like how the Welsh Revival is still releasing encounters over 100 years later, we believe that what was cultivated in Destiny House will do the same as we continue to steward the testimonies and carry the DNA of what we experienced together. While the functioning structure of what Destiny House looked like with Friday morning worship times at the house on Placer Street will no longer exist in its previous form, the 100 year vision for worship to be released in the context of family and the multiplication of worshipping communities around the world is still very much alive, it will just take a different shape.
Throughout this journey with Destiny House, one of the most important things we have learned is that it’s all about Jesus and family. In our journey together, we discovered that we are the Living Stones; it’s not about a place but it’s about a People. While structures are important, at the end of the day God is building each one of us up and fitting us together, connecting our lives together to build a habitation for Him to come and dwell. We ourselves are the temples of the living God. It’s not confined to one space or location. Wherever we go, we are the houses that releases destiny.
Though we are completing one season, the legacy of Destiny House will live on. The testimonies of what God has released in this tribe are timeless and the lives that have been transformed are many. We are grateful for such a sweet season together in Redding and are now looking forward with anticipation to being launched into a greater measure of our destiny, taking what we learned in Destiny House to the nations and to all environments to see Jesus be the center of it all.
We are greatly indebted to each one who has lived with or run with the Destiny House tribe for a season and helped cultivate the well of intimacy with Jesus with us. We are grateful to each one who has sown their talents, presence, resources into helping us become the people God has created us to be and helping us release revival through family around the world. We believe there will be eternal rewards and that a great blessing will rest upon each one who has joined us for any part of our journey. As we transition into His greater glory and are launched into a greater measure of our destiny, we believe and pray the same will happen to you. Thanks for believing in us and stewarding a heart for pure worship and adoration to Jesus. We love you and will see you in the nations.
To learn more off how this transition unfolded, see:
Living Stones: Open Letter about Changes in Destiny House June 17, 2018 written from Mozambique, Africa
My Crazy Life: Destiny House and Personal Update July 17, 2018 written just before moving out of both Destiny House and my house in Redding to Maui for a short sabbatical that got extended.
Destiny House Passing the Torch to YWAM
On April 30, 2019, some of the Destiny House family went to the house on Placer that is now being stewarded by YWAM to share testimonies, bless them with a prophetic painting done by a Destiny House alumni who used to be in YWAM, pass the torch, and worship together with our brothers and sisters in the Lord who are now currently stewarding the house on Placer Street. It was definitely a special night to unite tribes together.
Destiny House Legacy Celebration
On May 4, 2019, we gathered at Annette and Mike Biggers home to complete our 7 year season as running together in the context of Destiny House Redding. We ended where we began, in family gathering around God’s presence. What a special way to complete an epic season, in family from all different generations represented.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this special season. We would love to hear how you’ve been impacted by what God has done within our community. Please send testimonies to us at email@example.com to be used for an upcoming project we’re working on to release this legacy around the world.
As for me personally, I am feeling drawn to partner with God to see revival in the nations, especially Europe with Destiny House alumni. More on that as the story unfolds. To learn more of how God shifted my life from Destiny House and Redding into the nations and what He’s been showing me personally during this time, see a recent message I gave in Texas about Hebrews 12:1-2 or listen to the podcast.