Lexie teething on fence

Have you ever been baptized?

On November 25, 1997, a very special little girl was born.  This little girl was born with many handicaps and her parents Mike and Robbie Frank were told that she would not live.  Her birthday is in 14 days, and she would have been 14 years old this year.  Alexis Louise Frank was born with a condition known as Trisomy 13 and she lived a very difficult life for 3 1/2 years.  During those years, Lexie taught her family about love and about how much God loves us, even when we don’t do anything.  He loves us just because we are born.

We loved Lexie with all our hearts and she went to be with God in heaven on April 2, 2001.  She forever changed our lives and I know that because of her life, many other people have been touched by God that never knew her.  The night she went to heaven, my husband Mike and my sister Patty were baptized in our bathtub at home.  My sister Patty gave her life to Jesus that night and on what should have been the most painful night of our lives, became a beautiful supernatural moment in time.

At Lexie’s funeral, many more gave their lives to Christ and many were baptized, including our daughter-in-law Britt and my sister, Mimi.  Five years later, we carried on this tradition with a few people that asked Jesus into their hearts in our home in Santa Barbara, which followed with about 15 baptisms!

I am so grateful for her life, to have know this brave little girl, and I’m believing that because of her life, there will be a difference in the marketplace .  I’m believing that some of the beautiful fruit of having Lexie in our lives is happening this week.

This is a very special week for me and for some new friends of ours Michael and Melody Hickerson.  On July 1, 2011 Michael and Melody joined us for dinner at our home, and suddenly a giant rainbow became visible from our back patio We all ran out and took many pictures.  That night, Michael and Melody Hickerson gave their hearts to Jesus and became new creations.  We all celebrated and were thrilled for their new beginnings in Christ.  I believe they are the first fruits of what is to come in the marketplace as God shows us new miracles here that we’ve never seen before.

Now, on 11/11/11 Michael and Melody will get baptized in our swimming pool!  We couldn’t be more excited and they have given us permission to invite all of you to join them in this celebration.  So, those of you that can drive out to our home on Friday at noon, please come, and those of you that can’t be here, join us in your prayers.

I think it’s only fitting that we also open the door for anyone who has not yet been baptized.  Maybe you always meant to, but it never worked out or you just weren’t ready.  The pool is heated:), our arms are open, and now is the time for some of you.  Michael and Melody and Lexie are leading the way.

Jesus, I pray that you give our Lexie a kiss today and tell her that we love her so much and are so thankful we had her in our lives.

 

 

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Marketplace Miracles – EJ Bain Salon

After working as a makeup artist at New York fashion week and in LA on tv and film sets, it could ONLY have been God that inspired young and muti-talented entrepreneur Alexia Culton to move to the midwest and set up a salon in Kansas City. Many people looked at her with the attitude of, “Um, why would you move from LA to Kansas City?” But Alexia knew that she had an assignment from God, and she packed her bags anyway. Against many odds, EJ Bain has since become one of the most talked about salons in the city, and Alexia continues to travel and work her makeup magic in the fashion world. Check out her amazing story!

Frank Consulting marketplace miracles

Marketplace Miracles – Wow Wow Waffles

Wow!  What an encouraging new entrepreneur story of our friends that used the gifts God put in their hands to start a family business.  For those of you that think “I want to start a business, but I don’t know what to do!”, watch this video and see how they did it.  And then go to the Farmer’s market and taste for yourself.  Wow! What a marketplace miracle. Warning, you may become extremely hungry when you watch this.

Frank consulting marketplace miracles

Our Story Behind Marketplace Miracles

Many people have asked us why we do what we do. Here is Mike’s explanation of what we think it is:

My wife Robbie and I were visiting my daughter and son-in-law in Incline Village on the shores of Lake Tahoe in Nevada, one of my favorite places to vacation.  Our daughter Amber and her husband had just moved into their new condo and they had a spare bedroom that we could stay in.  I’m always very tired when I go to the mountains because of the skiing and the altitude difference.  So that night I was sleeping hard.

On the way down to Tahoe, Robbie read out loud to our son Christian and I, the story of Amy Simple McPherson and the miracles that happened in their lives.  Robbie was just finishing ministry school and I was very actively pursuing a company I had started called Vy.   We were starting to come to grips with the reality that there really are miracles today and wondered what our contribution would be to that.

When I went to sleep that night I wasn’t focused on anything other than my family and skiing and having a vacation home in Tahoe!  When I’m skiing I go to another place, where it’s physical, fresh air, and I can make choices that don’t affect anyone but me.  A lot of times God wakes me up in the night to speak to me, but this time He was using that period just before you wake up where you are semi conscious, it’s quiet, no sound or distractions, and I was wanting to sleep a little longer and not wake up. But, I knew His familiar voice, and because of the topic I knew it must be God wanting to get my attention on something.  I tried to stay focused and just relax.  I didn’t know where it was going so I didn’t get excited, I just kind of flowed with it.

There were 3 distinct things that He was impressing upon me.

  1. The first and probably most important was that He said, “I’m about to release some miracles in the marketplace for people that are looking for them.  And I want you to create a receptacle or a repository of all the miracle stories that are going to happen.  The mental image I had was that it was like a giant bowl, and  as God released miracles in businesses, we were supposed to capture, record and place them in this receptacle, so that there was history and evidence of how He’s currently moving in the marketplace.
  2. The second one was that there was supposed to be a book about this phenomena and the book was going to be targeted mainly about the marketplace people and it was talking about how the supernatural came, the miracles that resulted and the testimonies that were on the receiving end.  I really felt like it had to come from Bethel Church in Redding because:
    1. They’ve taken so much ground and have been the forerunners on modern day supernatural signs and wonders.
    2. God really wanted to use the megaphone that he had created at Bethel Church because of their following and their network of churches that are fellowshipping with them.
  3. The third one was that He had uniquely qualified me and raised me to help develop content that would be taught and used to engage, empower and release marketplace ministers.  It didn’t really feel like it was to start a school, it was more to take the existing people in the marketplace and help them with content.  It could be in any medium; it could be writing, dvds, cds, workbooks, conference related and live.   I didn’t argue with the Lord on this one, because I always felt like I had something to contribute there.  Out of the three this one made the most sense, but still I was super reluctant to  just say yes in my spirit because I was spending full time running Vy and I hadn’t really established any relationships with anyone at Bethel.  It almost felt like I was supposed to carry this and maybe discuss it with other guys and maybe let someone else run this whole thing and I would be a contributor.  That’s what I wanted in my mind, but God just wouldn’t let me shake it.  I tried to shake it off and I remember kind of being anxious as I was becoming more and more conscious…realizing this wasn’t a dream. I had just been given a download from God that was very real and I knew I had to take it seriously.

I remembered thinking at that point that “I don’t want to do this”  because of what it would mean.  If the miracles were captured and the book was written, there would be a speaking role, and someone (me?) was going to have to travel and talk about what happened and I didn’t want it.   I remember distinctively arguing with God at that moment saying, “Lord, I’ll help, but let it be a younger man.  Is there somebody that I can take under my wing?  Someone that has the energy and desire to do this?”   But God wasn’t letting me off the hook.  I don’t think He was saying it absolutely had to be me, but He didn’t give me permission to delegate it.

This caused me a lot of sadness or disappointment because I really didn’t have a passion for this but it was almost like God was saying, “I want this to be done.”

I thought, “Well, I’ll just get up, get some coffee and try to sort this out and see if I feel any different or better about what this is all about.”  I’d kind of made my mind up I wasn’t going to tell Robbie because she puts more weight in this stuff than I do.   I knew she would not only want me to record it but also to pursue it, and I just didn’t have the passion or the energy to really go after this.  I kind of went over in my mind …should I tell her?  Or not?  Finally I was convicted to at least tell her.

At first I cautioned her that she wasn’t supposed to read too much into this and I really wasn’t sure what it meant, as in “don’t overreact!”   I finally walked her through it and true to form, she wanted more details than I wanted to give!   I kind of remember saying to God, “If you want this then I’ll do it, but it feels outside my reach right now.”   And “why me?”  I was not plugged into Bethel at all so how could I be on the receiving end of these miracles?  And besides, I’m not seeing evidence that You’re actually releasing miracles in the marketplace right now.

I felt like Noah when God said “Hey, I’m going to do something crazy here, and you are a player in this thing and I want you to do something that’s really unnatural and almost impossible but I want you to do it.”   Noah had to withstand some of the scrutiny and probably ridicule in terms of “why are you building this boat and why are you getting these animals and what are you going to do when there’s no sign of rain?”   That’s how I felt at this moment. I knew I was going to have to face some of that scrutiny.

And that was that.  I’d kind of tucked this dream away to think about later.

Fast forward to July of 2011.   Robbie and I started Frank Consulting last fall, and have met many people from Bethel and the city of Redding.  We started Entrepreneur Bootcamps in April of 2011 and believe we are to try and help create jobs in Redding and bootcamps is one of the ways we can help.

We started to hear rumors and threads of potential miracle stories and Robbie started getting excited about interviewing entrepreneurs and finding out how they got started and what their secret to success was and one of the questions she started asking was “Where have you seen miracles?”  So Robbie was the first one to say, “You know we really should get a video recording of these things and post them on our website and when she said that it became obvious this was to be the fullfilment of our assignment that God gave me in that dream.  This summer we bought a video camera and we started interviewing, recording and posting marketplace miracle stories, check out all the ones we have completed to date here.  I think there’s plenty of evidence starting to emerge that God is doing what He said He would do; which is to release more miracles in the marketplace and we’re doing our part in capturing them on the website.

We’ve just learned over the years that when God gives us an assignment, we don’t always get to know how it’s going to happen, but we do know that when we are obedient, great things happen and He gets glorified.

So, that’s the story behind why we do what we do.

Hope you enjoy this explanation and hope you enjoy the videos.

From the Hearth

Marketplace Miracles – From the Hearth Cafe

Here’s a story about people that followed God and opened a bakery, even though they’d never even worked in a bakery before.  Check this out and find out how God did miracles in their lives and those that came alongside to make this dream a reality.  And be sure to visit their bakery “From the Hearth” and their cafe “From the Hearth Cafe”.  Delicious!