Friday, August 26, 2016

Brenda Montoya (Born on July 8, 1984) was a youth leader and a prophetic intercessor. She graduated from Christ for the Nations in 2009 from the School of Youth Ministry. She later then pursued her Bachelor’s Degree at Southwestern Assemblies of God University and graduated with high honors in 2012. Her ministry was primarily characterized with a strong anointing from the Holy Spirit whenever she prayed and preached sermons. She accredits Parkland Hospital for their values such as integrity, stewardship, and leadership where she learned to be a better minister. Montoya worked there for 7 years.
Brenda Montoya was born on July 8, 1984 to Ana and Jose Montoya in Dallas, TX. Montoya is of Mexican descent. She grew up in Texas with her four brothers and sister Alicia Montoya. She was a very bright child and excelled in many areas in school including Mathematics and Literacy. At the age of 6, she learned how to read and write Spanish and English leading her to have a strong desire to be a teacher at a very young age. However, she soon realized she had an even greater desire to help the needy. Montoya described her life changing experience at the age of 7 when she saw an infomercial about an African child who was in poverty and she found herself sobbing, feeling the need to adopt him. It was then that she realized she had a love for people.
Montoya was raised a Catholic and was a very devout child. However through the years, she became very lenient in attending church. As a teenager she was peer pressured by her friends to do things she would normally not do. She began to have a rebellious attitude towards her teachers and parents at home. But upon seeing how much peer pressure could potentially harm her, she quickly decided to stay away from her friends. High school became a better learning environment for her where she was able to improve her grades and be a better student. Upon graduation, Montoya left to North Lake College to complete her basic studies. There, struggling to find her career she was left with a sense of emptiness. Coincidentally, she met a young Christian girl at her college that changed her perspective in life. Her curiosity for God began to grow and her sense to find her calling became even greater. She was motivated to not give up in life. At the age of 20 she had a set back in her relationship with her boyfriend who did not correspond to her love. Montoya was left depressed and empty. She learned that her relationship was going no where and through a dream saw that she would be miserable with him. Soon after she broke up her relationship and believed that she had a greater purpose to fulfill in life. In search of a career and a fulfilling life, she attended a Christian service where she gave her life to Jesus. Her conversion took place in March of 2006 and then later on that year while in Bible School she got baptized.
While a student at Christ for the Nations, Montoya prayed every morning for her loved ones and for her school. She continued to pray and intercede when the Gordon Lindsey House of Prayer was opened at her school. As an overseer of the house of prayer, she experienced healing and revival in her life. Many times she felt the anointing to liberate students from bondages and to bring healing to their bodies. She also believed God for a great awakening that would come to Dallas.
At the age of 22 she became a youth leader at Resurreccion y Vida where she began to preach and teach Sunday School to teens and young adults. She would also preach to the congregation occasionally. Brenda Montoya was known for her fervent prayers and prophetic intercession in her local church and everywhere she prayed. She had a great desire to see young people have a relationship with Jesus and be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
At the age of 25, she began her leadership position at Mundo de Fe with a lot of enthusiasm and love for her students. She was a youth leader of a small group of 6th grade girls where she ministered, and she also taught Sunday School to 4th and 5th graders. While at Mundo de Fe, Montoya went to IHOP Atlanta where she completed a three month internship under Hazen Stephens’ leadership. He helped her learn and practice the different gifts of the Holy Spirit. While the young intercessors would pray in the night hours of midnight to 6 AM, they would experience the supernatural. Montoya was known for her prophetic prayers that were anointed by the Holy Spirit. During their Summer Teen Camp, she prayed and believed God for the outpouring of his spirit. Montoya prophesied to the teens and healed many. She also anointed them with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and many testified of the miraculous. Montoya used this experience in her ministry to her students at Mundo de Fe. She later went to IHOP in Kansas City to be equipped to intercede in the local church and to move people to pray in their local churches. When she returned from Kansas City on August 2012, Montoya experienced healing in her 5th grade class. She instructed the children to lay hands on a child who was injured, and he got healed. Unfortunately, when reported to her youth pastor, he did not encourage the healing testimony to be known and thus leaving Montoya very discouraged of her healing ministry. Revival did not come through her like foretold in Dallas. The pastors of her church later then found out about Montoya’s prophetic gift, and used Montoya during their youth services to pray and prophecy. Montoya once prophesized to the congregation of 1,000 people. In the year 2013, she went on a long fast that tragically affected her health.
Montoya currently assists Iglesia Cristiana Emanuel. She also enjoys volunteering outside the church. She periodically volunteers at Ashford Hall Nursing Facility where she ministers and sings to the elderly with special needs. She is often deeply moved by their healing testimonies. She also helps feed the poor and needy at Salvation Army. Salvation Army has a very special place in her heart since they helped her and her family every Christmas when she was very young. Montoya described her experience at Salvation Army as one of the most fulfilling ministries she ever had. Another of her favorite places is Children’s Medical Center where she has volunteered in the past. She would play with the children who were ill and needed encouragement. Her love for children also encourages her to give to the mission field and to be a missionary to Mexico.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cotton Candy

Today I saw a man walking in the middle of the street carrying a stick with pink and blue cotton candy wrapped around clear bags. They looked like a handful of balloons. I wanted to greet the man, and not necessarily buy the candy. I wanted to genuinely meet the man and get to know him. I yelled in Spanish, “Senor, a cuanto estan!” which means, “Hey! How much are they?” He came to the sidewalk of my house. I rushingly greeted Him. We talked about the early morning earthquakes that shook our neighborhood. We both felt the trembling, and the unsettledness in our hearts. Today, for the first time in my thirty years of life, I felt the ground shake twice. And this man understood me.
Today Jesus disguises Himself as this man. He casually walks in your neighborhood. Will you notice Him as He carries His stick with pink and blue cotton candy? When you call Him, He will come to you. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Jesus loves you today. "For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting"(Psalm 100:5). He understands what you are going through. He knows your pain and your fears. No matter how old you are and where you are in life, God knows you. And He wants to deliver you. His word says, "I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears" (Psalm 34:4).
Lord Jesus, I love you. Forgive me for not coming to you and trying to handle things on my own. I am hurting and I need you. Deliver me from my fears and anxieties today. Amen.

Friday, September 5, 2014


Lately I've been meditating about life. Life is a blessing where we get to enjoy our relationships with family, friends, and other people. Here are a few quotes the Lord gave me about life in general.
"Life is happiness."
"Love is being happy."
"Life is where love and fun meet."
"You live when you enjoy the moment you're in."
"Love is being faithful."
"Life is enjoying what you have."
"Love is respect."
"Life is doing what you like the most."
"Keep smiling, it's a blessing."
"Surround yourself with those who believe in you."
"Never undervalue any person."
"Believe you can accomplish your goals."
"Cherish the people who love and support you."
"Always say "Thank you."
"Let your life be an example to others."
"Do small things with your heart and you'll accomplish great things."
"Give without wanting anything in return."
"Spend quality time with a child."
"Dance with your loved one."
"Make a baby smile."
"Take long walks."
"Give, give, give."
"Listen closely to the elderly."
"Play with children."
"Don't miss a party."
"Sing to someone."
"Take a day to pamper yourself."
"Put God first, then yourself."
"Dream big."
"Laugh like no one is watching."
"Watch the sun rise."
"You're the best YOU that could ever exist."
The song by Louis Armstrong reminds me of the wonderful things made for you and I. I hope you meditate on the words and see the value of life.
"What A Wonderful World"
I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue, And clouds of white. The bright blessed day, The dark sacred night. And I think to myself, What a wonderful world. The colors of the rainbow, So pretty in the sky. Are also on the faces, Of people going by, I see friends shaking hands. Saying, "How do you do?" They're really saying, "I love you". I hear babies cry, I watch them grow, They'll learn much more, Than I'll ever know. And I think to myself, What a wonderful world. Yes, I think to myself, What a wonderful world. Oh yeah

Thursday, September 15, 2011

During the Summer, I went to IHOP Atlanta to do a 3-Month Internship. When I first signed up for this internship, I expected to sit at the feet at Jesus and just love on Him! But God had more for me!!!

My first foundation's class was about the Father Heart of God. As I sat in this class, I realized that I had been living with an orphan mentality. I thought I knew God as Father, but I was not living like His child.I had built walls that were separating me from experiencing His love for me. One of those walls was self-hatred. Yes, self-hatred. If you looked at me you would never think that I was living with self-hatred because in the outside everything looked good. As I spent time in prayer and resting in His presence, God began to work in different areas of my life.

My Past. A couple of years ago, I was in a relationship I hurt him and my loved one's, and I had a difficult time forgiving myself for being disobedient to the Lord. I confessed my unforgiveness, and the Lord freed me from condemning myself. You might say "I don't have unforgiveness towards anyone." But what about not being able to forgive yourself? No matter what sins you have committed in the past, God will forgive you. The blood of Jesus cleanses you and purifies you. 1 John 1:9 says that if you confess your sins to God, He is faithful and just to forgive you.

My Looks. In the past, men have said mean things to me like "you're fat, you have a big gut." Oh, but the worst one was when he compared me to his ex-girlfriend who was a model. I did not realize that all those comments and words people had spoken over me where stored up in heart. I would compare myself to others and did not feel good about how I looked. I have to admit that going down memory lane was painful. I began to renounce words that others, and I had spoken over myself...I declared: "I am created in God's image. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. God says I am beautiful. He knows me by name. He delights in me. He loves me."

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them! Psalm 139: 13-17

My Personality. Many of you would probably describe me as a quiet person. Many times it's not done intentionally, I just don't have much to say. Well this quietness would drive me crazy because I was constantly thinking about what should I say so people can like me. But no, nothing would come to mind. I would get sad and think "I wish I was more bubbly like so and so, you know the girl who can light up a room with her charisma" or I wish had things to say "like that girl who is so interesting and can keep conversations going." But God created me differently. I am a good listener :) and will laugh at your jokes even if they're not that funny. I love that God created us so different. Why would you want to be like anyone else when YOU are the best YOU that could ever exist. You are special and have a lot to offer to those who surround you. You matter.

My Talents. What are my talents? was the question I would always ask myself. I later learned that I do have many talents. One of my talents is being a creationist. I love to create things such as designs for birthday parties, games, sermon illustrations, and kid stories. Needless to say, I learned that my talents did not earn my Father's love. The book "Just The Way You Are" is about a girl who had no talents to give to the King, but all that God wanted was her heart. ( You need to read this book) It does not matter what you are good at or not, what matter is that God accepts you just the way you are. You don't have to perform to earn God's love. You don't have to strive. You don't have to do anything for Him. He loves you JUST THE WAY YOU ARE.

You are God's beloved and the same love that the Father has for His son Jesus is the same love the Father has for you, His daughter. Do you believe it? It's true. You can ask God to make this real to you in your heart.

Father of Glory, I ask that you would bring revelation and knowledge of who you are as my Father. Lord I want to experience your love. Align my thoughts, my heart, and my actions with your Word.

Monday, May 3, 2010

A Glimpse of Heaven

Part I: Day Of The Feast
Friday, my family and I took a road trip to Hays, Kansas. Hays is a city close to Wichita. We arrived early in the morning, but I could tell this place was a lot different than Dallas. I saw a gas station named Love's and a bank called Sunflower. I had a good vibe going on about this place. When I got out of my sister's Ford Explorer, my long locks looked like a lion's frizzy puffy hair, and I had a hunch back after sitting down for 9 hours. I had to re-think there for a minute, "now why was I hear again? Oh that's right, I was invited to witness a celebration... my aunt's wedding!" I suddenly began to feel butterflies in my stomach and this feeling of nausea. I caught myself and suddenly took composure. It happens to me every time someone I know is going to get married. I was delighted to be a part of this ceremony!
I believe there is something in the human heart that God has placed whenever a wedding is announced. People get excited and start preparing for the great day. They glance at the "Save the Date" frequently to see if the day is near. Some even start exercising too look good in their outfit. Maybe the Lord placed that feeling in us as a foreshadow of the Day of the Feast when we (the Bride) meet Him (the Groom). We must prepare everyday through our daily actions to meet Him. Sometimes the journey can get overwhelming and tiring, but there is a time that is coming when we will meet our Lord. Oh and What a wonderful day that will be!

Part II: Unanimous
We arrived at the reception and there was a gentleman with a white long sleeve shirt who waved at us to sit at the main table. The servers quickly brought out plates and drinks before us. I saw a woman with a pink dress gesturing to the gentleman to make sure we were all taken care of. The server kindly asked me, "Would you like another plate?" I was as stuffed as a turkey after eating the rice and rich mole. I said, "No mas, gracias." All of my aunt's and her husband's friends were the cooks, the servers, the coordinators, and the janitors. I was amazed at how orderly and smooth the whole reception went. People in Hays help each other in all things. They cooperate whenever someone is in need. The people of Hays remind me of the people in the Book of Acts. "All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had" (Acts 4:32). I would like to see that happening more often in Dallas. People say that only happens in small communities, but I believe it can happen in my church, my community, and in my city. Before Jesus died, he gave a command to love one another and by this all men would know that we are his disciples. (paraphrase from John 13:34) The church needs to be the example to the world. If we are united as the body of Christ, we can accomplish more for the Kingdom of God, and we won't hover our gifts. But we will give freely and people will believe that Christ is in us. Hays gave me a little glimpse of Heaven. I'm sure we'll find Love in every corner and valleys with a beautiful array of sunflowers.

Father, I pray that I won't lose the longing in my heart to meet you one day. I pray that while I prepare for the feast, I'd seek you with all my heart. And Lord, help me to be one who brings unity and promotes love. Amen.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Love In Orange

Today, at 5:30 AM my alarm clock went off. My alarm sound is not the annoying one that sounds like a high pitch ring, but it is a jubilant music tone. But when you’re tired and you’re whole body aches, even the pleasant things seem to not take any effect. When I was walking out the door, my eyes glanced to the kitchen seeking something that would fill my hunger. I saw a big bright orange, and I grabbed it without even thinking about it. All my mind could register in that moment was fruit=healthy. I probably have eaten hundreds of oranges in my life, but this time the orange was different. I grabbed the orange, pressed my nail into the outer covering and began to peel the orange. The orange is surrounded by thick rigid skin, but the texture inside is delicate, soft, and round. Wow! I thought. God is a perfect genius! He took the time to create this fruit in a way that would be convenient for us to eat. He cut the orange in slices and neatly packed them in a circular shape. As I was taking the slices apart, I thought about when I was a little girl, and my mom would cut my food into little pieces. She did it so I could eat the food an easier way, but she ultimately did it because she loves me. Father God expresses His love towards us in so many ways. Matthew 5:45 says, “[F]or He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”Everyday we experience His goodness. I am so glad His love is available to us all, and we can all partake of His affection! The love in orange is only one small token of His Love, but there is much more!

Oh God that you would open my eyes to see more of your goodness! Thank you for your expressing your love through your wondrous works. May I never take for granted all that you've created for me to enjoy.