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The story of The Asylum Ministries begins with Cornerstone Music Festival in 1998.

Joe Kopnick began The Asylum at Cornerstone Festival in 1998 as a place for those who were a part of the xnet goth webring to meet in person in the physical world for the first time. It did not take long for the Rose Kurkzab and Zoe Karraker to grow the Asylum into something so much more though – A Refuge for Misfits and Oddballs of many shapes and sizes… Over the years, the Asylum has taken many forms and even now CONTINUES to change shape and form daily.

Starting in 2007 The Asylum began a ministry relationship with Loyal Thurman and his ministry, Hope for the Rejected (Now Renamed to Unified Underground). Some of you may remember Loyal coming into the Asylum that year and participating in the Goth Makeovers we were doing to raise money for the ministry. Since the very first Unified Underground Conference in 2007, Asylum has participated in the conferences ranging ranging from prayer support, promotion, consulting, and even speaking at the conference itself. For a few years, our 501(c)3 status and faith covering was even through Hope for the Rejected (now renamed as Unified Underground).

In some regards, we are currently a year round, event-based ministry focused on the Goth and related Sub-Culture(s) with passion and vision for Reaching Lost Souls. In 2008 Benjamin Rau and Elizabeth Thompson were asked to take over leadership of the Asylum’s prayer team/ministry. While at this time we were little more than a prayer by EMAIL NEWSLETTER, over time we would add Facebook, Skype, Cell Phones, and whatever other technology we could adapt to our use to establish what has become an international, multi-media prayer network. At times this has meant periodic prayer groups and at others it has meant 24/7 prayer meetings all in support of The Asylum, her ministers, and her people.

Following Cornerstone 2009, the Asylum leadership team prayerfully named The New Generation of Leaders: Bill and KJ Fanum and Benjamin and Elizabeth Rau. One of the first things we did as a team was to answer the question for ourselves: “What would you do… if all expenses were paid, and money was no object… what would you do with the Asylum?” every one of the 4 of us had the exact same answer: “Pack it up and take The Asylum on the road… become a full-time, traveling, tent ministry.” This has become the dream at the center of all we do and all we strive for as a team, a ministry, and a family. This dream has turned into a driving passion for Biblically grounded and driven Revival and Deliverance… Just imagine: Old school revival tents intertwined with carnivals and gypsy caravans… Cities of tents as far as the eyes can see!

One of the Steps we took toward this end was to team up with Nailed to the Cross’ Christopher Middendorf and Quincy Faith in Action’ Patrick Mike Quigley, who would be the greatest allies The Asylum would have over the years of scrutiny and ministerial labor. What this partnership gave the Asylum is use of QFIA’s 501(c)3 status, accountability and advice from ministers much more experienced than we were, and a spiritual/faith covering that would anoint and watch over us when we were out in the field doing ministry. From this point on, Patrick Mike Quigley and Christopher Middendorf advisers, consultants, and friends to The Asylum’s Leaders… As these first actions were made, the proverbial ball began to roll and this is where the first strides of our prayer network’s growth began.

Our first years as the Leadership of the Asylum we completely dedicated ourselves and our ministry to prayer, worship, revival, and deliverance. We have hosted Holiday Celebrations Such as a Passover Seder at First Church of the Living Dead and Worship on All Hallows Eve at Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church. In Addition to Cornerstone Music Festival and the Unified Underground Ministry Conference, the Asylum has also been part of gatherings at Ichthus Music Festival, Anvil Music Festival, and First Church of the Living Dead… and many others…

By 2012, when the LAST Cornerstone Festival came around, we were not only a recognized and important part of the Festival; but we were the first party involved in what would eventually become known as AudioFeed Music Festival (It was our idea) which is looking toward its 7th year of Festivities this year (2019 now; where does the time go?!). You see, as Goths, we looked for the beauty in this death as we do in so many other deaths and sought to be part of the new life that the LORD was going to begin.

Although, like our prayer network, our ministry network also spans the entire globe and is ever evolving and growing to adapt to where and how the LORD is leading us…

This is only the beginning of our Story… So stay tuned while we take the time to update our web pages with what The Lord has been doing over the last several years…

The Asylum’s Other Pages:
Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Asylum.Ministries/

https://www.facebook.com/TheAsylumTent/

https://www.facebook.com/AsylumIntercessors/
Blogger
https://asylumministries.blogspot.com/p/the-asylum-ministries.html

Old Main Page:
https://theasylumministries.webs.com/

As the first party involved in what would eventually become known as AudioFeed Music Festival which gave rise to the needs that inspired the creation of Kodesh Mishkan Ministry Group… as Goths, we looked for the beauty in the death of CornerStone Music Festival and sought to be part of the new life that the LORD was going to begin in and all around us… even if we are the only ones (and we aren’t!)

By 2012, when the LAST Cornerstone Festival came around, we were not only a recognized and important part of the Festival; but we were the first party involved in what would eventually become known as AudioFeed Music Festival (It was our idea) which is looking toward its 7th year of Festivities this year (2019 now; where does the time go?!). You see, as Goths, we looked for the beauty in this death as we do in so many other deaths and sought to be part of the new life that the LORD was going to begin.

In faith, the Asylum as a team and as a family dedicated ourselves in the Spring of 2012 to make something happen in July 2013 over 4th of July Weekend, even if it meant we would be the only ones present in the middle of a corn field… The first person to give us support and encouragement for this idea was “Mamma” Linda Olson who agreed to let the “Goths” take over her farm house for the week. Mamma Linda’s farmhouse, built in the 1800s, was going to be transformed into a Goth Mansion: we were going to hang fabric, light candles, and drink an obscene amount of caffeinated beverages while enjoying fellowship, family, and good discussion over our 4th of July Family Reunion.  By the time Cornerstone Festival 2012 actually happened Mamma Linda had it on her heart to commit to another year of her annual Pig Roast and one by one bands and individuals and stages came to us, wanting to be part of whatever was going to happen at Mama Linda’s farmhouse over 4th of July in 2013…  Groups like:
https://www.facebook.com/OccupyCornerstone/
https://www.facebook.com/events/366316683425390/
https://www.facebook.com/blacksheepcafe217/
And this is only the beginning of our Story; already, other events are in the works and The Lord is opening doors all around us – the well is anything but dry here in this land and opportunity favors the bold and creative who endeavor with persistence and perseverance…  So stay tuned while we take the time to update our web pages with what The Lord has been doing over the last several years and what He is preparing us to begin anew on in the comings days… 
Find Us Also::

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Asylum.Ministries/

https://www.facebook.com/TheAsylumTent/

https://www.facebook.com/AsylumIntercessors/

Blogger
https://asylumministries.blogspot.com/p/the-asylum-ministries.html

Old Main Page:
https://theasylumministries.webs.com/

How do I become a volunteer?

See our Volunteers page or contact Ben for more information.

Can I sell my stuff in the Asylum at festivals and events?

Yes, with a few exceptions. For more information, contact Ben

 I have a prayer request, but don’t want to share publicly. Is there a more private way to ask for prayer?

Yes, by contacting Ben. You can ask for prayer and request that it only be shared with the official Asylum prayer team.

I want to donate something to the Asylum, but I’m not sure how.

Monetary Donations: You can now donate through our website. Check out our new Support The Asylum page. Our PayPal is up and running once again, but if you feel more comfortable with mailing a check or money order, please contact Ben for mailing information.   

Item Donations: To donate items please contact Ben. He will let you know more about how to ensure that The Asylum receives your items. 

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The Asylum is and has always been Non-Denominational, in the true sense of the word, some might even say: Pre-Denominational, Ante-Nicene, or Proto-Orthodox.  We are not American Protestant, Anglican, Eastern/Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Messianic Jewish, Roman Catholic, or Oriental Orthodox: we are Simply “Christian” – Many of our members and patrons belong to said denominations, but we are first and foremost “Christian” as we were first called such in Antioch – we find it fitting that both Goth and Christian were originally derogatory terms used by the status quo to oppress and control the masses; and as Christian Goths, The Asylum is all about breaking the boundaries and mechanisms of that same status quo in order that individuals might discover true freedom and true liberty.  While we have a great respect and even reverence for old and forgotten things, we do not all adhere to the SAME old and forgotten things (beliefs, traditions, etc). As followers of The One True God, we are a family; we are not enemies!

 

In the 1st Century CE, when the fires of Christianity 1st began, they spread rapidly; because for the 1st time in history, Christianity as a Sub-Sect of Essene-Judaism (the Hospital Faith faith model that KMMG was established on) created unity with peoples in Emmanuel who/which transcended ethnic and religious borders – This is what was promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jaacob (Israel) – This is what Israel as a nation of Chosen People was supposed to accomplish if they lived in accordance with The Lord’s Law (Torah) rather than in submission to the ways of the world around them (Man’s Law) – This is what Emmanuel commanded of His disciples and all those who would follow Him that as it was in those days, we too like them so long ago can be of the same true faith as our King and Lord.  May it be so too with we (Christian Goths – The Asylum) who are as different as different can be – not just to the world, but to each other – and yet: We are all Christians!

 

The Asylum is not a soap box for any particular denomination; so please check your denomination and extra-Biblical dogma at the door! We are a place and a people were the only thing that matters is being bought and paid for by nothing but the blood of the pure and perfect Paschal Lamb (Emmanuel, the Salvific Messiah)… And though we are all different in our origins and stories, different in our beliefs and philosophies; we are the same in and through redemption (Humility, Confession, and Repentance)…

 

Look at the 12… how different they were… how different their stories, their families, even their labors before Emmanuel invited them into the fold… “…There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free… … …” this must be our reality as a Ministry and Family representing the Most High here on the Earth until He declares it time to return to us…. The differences between us must dissolve away if we turn the focus to the things that are similar and the same about us…

 

Starting with the same question Elijah asked of the Israelites on Mount Carmel before his duel with the prophets of Ba’al… “…Who is your Power?…” If we all here have the same answer to this question, then there should be no reason we cannot be polite and courteous to each other. If we all believe that the LORD is “God” and that Emmanuel is the Messiah of the Covenant, then there is no reason for us to raise anger or resentment against one another… or fear and distrust as these are the tools of the devils whose aims are to keep us divided that they may conquer us… This is as much an issue of family love and friendship as it is an issue of emotional pain and spiritual warfare… for as Isaac Newton believed and wrote, all realms affect each other and parallel each other; that is both the physical and the non-physical are one with each other…

 

The Asylum is a place where our differences are cause for greater unity rather than greater division, for it is our differences that lend greater flavor and ability to the Body… for where would the body be if we were all exactly the same … “… if we were all an eye…” …?

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