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In 1986, at age fifty, Ken Uptegrove went into full time ministry, concentrating his efforts on writing a newsletter, articles for a local paper, and working on a book. Since going into ministry work he has studied church history and related subjects extensively, such as Bible manuscript history, Bible translations, and Holy Land archeology. He also is interested in such subjects as cosmology, astronomy, geophysics, paleontology, anthropology, naturopathy, and horticulture. His interest was never of the intellectual sort, quite the opposite.  His quest was more of the mystical or spiritual sort, wanting to gain a broader and deeper understanding of God and His creation. 
                 Leonard Ravenhill said in one of his letters that Ken was "educated in the Holy Ghost school of silence."

Kenneth Uptegrove, founder of ArkHaven Ministries, is a Christian writer
who desires to speak to the entire Evangelical Christian community.

 

How God Confirmed That He Moved Us To North-West Arkansas

 

My testimony as to why we moved to north-west Arkansas from Illinois in 1985 is so unusual and so miraculous that you may have a hard time believing it.  

But if you believe that God has moved you to North West Arkansas as well, our testimonies may confirm to each other that God did indeed move us here.

In 1982 the Lord began telling me to move my family to north-west Arkansas to start my end-time ministry.  He said He was opening the doors for me to become established there.

At the time I was a civilian employee at Scott Air Force base in Belleville, Illinois, serving as a computer programmer.  Our testimony of how God moved my family here from Belleville, IL is as inspiring as they get.  God put together a series of events that made the move come together in minute and miraculous detail. 

Here is our testimony.

On one of my trips to Arkansas in 1983 I felt led to stop at a real estate office.  I asked the agent if there was a small natural and organic farm for sale.  She told me all about a four acre Blueberry farm, but the information was useless to me at the time.  I felt foolish as I walked out of that office.

Then I felt led to go to Green Forest to see if a friend of mine still lived there.  He was a Chiropractor I knew back when we all went to church together in St. Louis years before.  Well, I found his clinic, and he invited me to spend the night so we could talk.  Over dinner I told him about the natural and organic Blueberry farm in Springdale that was for sale.  It turns out that he knew all about that farm.  The owners traded Blueberries for Chiropractic treatment, and they were Christians.  The next day I went to visit that farm, but this was just a far-fetched dream at the time. 

The only government job I could transfer to in my profession was at the Veteran’s Hospital in Fayetteville, so I filled out a job application there and went home.  A year later the Veterans Hospital in Fayetteville asked me to come for a job interview.  The interview went well, and before I could get home they had already called ahead and said I was accepted. 

I called the Blue Berry farm to find that the owners had moved to Georgia and left a young couple to run the farm.  So I called the owner in Georgia.  He was glad to hear from me because the young couple had also accepted a new job, but in Kansas City. And his reporting date was August the 5th.  My reporting date at the VA Hospital was—you guessed it—on August the 5th as well.  For this reason I am convinced that God did in deed move us here. 

 

BIOGRAPHY

His 40-year career as a computer professional equipped him to uses the apologetics style of writing.  Ken is well known for being academic, thorough, and gracious.  A burning desire is shut up in his bosom to see churches, cities, regions, and whole nations completely transformed by the power of God.

In 1986, at age fifty, he went into full time ministry, concentrating his efforts on writing a newsletter, articles for a local paper, and working on a book. Since going into ministry work he has studied church history and related subjects extensively, such as Bible manuscript history, Bible translations, and Holy Land archeology. He also is interested in such subjects as cosmology, astronomy, geophysics, paleontology, anthropology, naturopathy, and horticulture. His interest was never of the intellectual sort, quite the opposite.  His quest was more of the spiritual sort, wanting to gain a broader and deeper understanding of God and His creation.  Leonard Ravenhill said in one of his letters that Ken was "educated in the Holy Ghost school of silence."

Ken was an honor student and all-conference basketball center in his high school years (1952-56). Then he spent three years in the Army (1957-60), two of which were spent in Germany. In 1963 Ken married Joyce Smith. In 2005 both his 95 year old mother and his beloved wife of 43 years, Joyce, died.  They have three sons and six grandchildren.  Since then Lora Gibson, another Godly woman came into Ken's life and eventually got married.  Lora is a prophetic lady who has the same vision and giftings Ken has.

Ken's father was a football player at the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers and a Golden Gloves boxer in 1932, 33, & 34, and was a successful educator and coach for many years prior to his sudden death in 1955.

Ken believes that anyone who has studied church history extensively will have grown beyond the boundaries of the fellowship of believers they believe God would have them worship with.  We can only be in one church at a time, but our paradigm can be much larger than the doctrine of that one church.  That is why Ken feels that he can speak to the entire Evangelical Christian community (and Ken considers Charismatics and Pentecostals -- all who evangelize -- to be Evangelical).  This uniquely qualifies Ken to be able to edit the work of fellow writers from many different doctrinal groups.

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Ken has been using the ministry name, ArkHaven, and the Noah’s Ark logo since 1986.  ArkHaven's reference to  Noah's Ark (and the Ark of the Covenant) has to do with the protection, the provision, and the promise of God associated with these Arks.  Which gets to our next point...

 

What ArkHaven Is Not

 

ArkHaven will not be a paramilitary armed camp of survivalists or a bunch of secluded, hiding pacifists.  Our protection will be divine or none at all.  We will be hidden in plain sight.  Our prayer warriors will keep up a prayer hedge about us at all times.  The camp that is armed is depending on their own numbers, training, and equipment...the arm of the flesh.  But there is always some group out there that can outgun you.  It is God's way to offer a vision of long term provision and peace to a militant band of potential raiders as opposed to a bloody shoot out at OK Corral. 

ArkHaven is not Amish or Mennonite in its theology, even though their self sufficiency and community concepts will be very evident on the ArkHaven campus.  I like to point out that if you had asked an Amish farmer how he was faring the depression back in the 20's he would have asked, "What depression."  Someone within the community makes or grows everything needed within the community.  They are survivors, not survivalists. 

Survivalists (as a general rule) horde food and supplies and arm themselves to protect their stuff.  Survivors are able to peacefully bring themselves and others through good and bad times by growing and making everything they need on their own property.  They know how to be totally self sufficient while at the same time be totally dependant on God to lead and protect them.

ArkHaven will train our people to minister  so that we can better reach out into the surrounding community to serve.  I would like for the community to assemble at least 5 mornings a week for prayer and praise … and to schedule our day … but I also think it will be healthy for us to be in local churches on Saturdays or Sundays.  That keeps down the gossip that we are a weird cult group, and in fact keeps us from becoming one.  I learned this from the YWAM’ers years ago (my wife was YWAM trained in Hawaii).

           Kenneth Uptegrove    

 

 

My Heart's Passion

 

Although I have a passion to see the Great Commission fulfilled, my major focus and calling is to play my part in preparing a glorious Bride for the coming Bride Groom. 

The theme running through my articles is preparation:  The Holy Spirit is preparing a Bride who has a passion for the soon coming Bride Groom.  How is this preparation to be accomplished?   What still remains to be done to prepare the bride?

God is calling the church to exceed the purity and power of the first century church. And even more importantly, God is preparing a glorious Bride who has focused on nothing else but preparing herself for the Bride Groom, the Lion of Judah, the everlasting King! My mission is to teach and exhort all who will listen, to be ready for that day.

 

Testimony of Ken's Miracle Birth

There were three morbid reasons why Ken should not have been born alive.  And at the very best he should have had a severe case of Cerebral palsy.  But two praying grandmothers had their churches praying for me.  One of them prayed the Hanna prayer.  "Oh Lord, save his life and call him from the womb to ministry."  That prayer was answered.

Those three reasons were; he was breach, he was too big for his mothers pelvic (9 ½ lb), and the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck three times.  The only option available to save his life was caesarian section, but in 1936 the caesarean section procedure was not as safe as it is today.  Of her four sons, only this one time did she have these difficulties.  Ken was her second and largest son (she had 4 sons and no daughters.

His Mothers doctors told his Dad (Ed) that they could save one life but not both. A caesarean section would save Ken's life, but she (Helen) would die.  But if they dismembered Ken, then they could save her life. That is not an option anyone wants to choose between, but Ken's Dad made the decision Ken would have made.  He decided to save his wife and hope for another child.  He literally signed Ken's death warrant by signing a release form giving the doctors permission to dismember him.

When the three Gynecologists had scrubbed they entered the delivery room to dismember him, but upon entering they found Helen in labor and the nurse trying her best to get Ken out of there.  These compassionate Doctors were moved by the nurses heroics and Helen's hopes and threw in with them, and the impossible happened.  He had turned and was headed the right way.  It was then discovered that the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck three times.  His Mother says his nose was pushed up between his eyes and took three days to come into the right place.  You can imagine the pain she went through for a few days. 

But that was not the end of the miracle.

Ken was hospitalized for the first time in his life at age 68  (in March 2005) with Streptococci Bacteria in his blood stream, so this was not an illness or injury, but an infection.  No surgery was performed.  Ken was in ICU for 3 days, and in a VA hospital for 8 days in all.  His doctor told him that he came within an hour of dying when the medical team was able to treat him with enough antibiotics to keep his organs from closing down.

Ken at age 73All his life he has had nothing of any consequence wrong with him, and today his health and physical conditioning is excellent (see picture of Ken at age 73 in November 2009).  Looking for an explanation, he attributes this miracle to the covering prayed over him at birth by his grandmother Uptegrove.  That covering has remained over him to this day.  Ken is very much into health, nutrition, and bodily fitness.

Is this covering part of the calling Ken has to form the ArkHaven ministry described above? 

Two weeks before Ken was hospitalized, his mother died at age 95, and in December of the same year his wife died.  As with Job, God brought good out of all this into Ken's life to bring a change in his mind-set so that He can bless Ken further.  This horrendous year of Job's crucible taught Ken that life is fragile and death is sure, so we must learn how to lay our lives down and be a dead man before Christ.  Then we can become truly committed to our calling.

Very recently the Lord brought a new wife into Ken's life.  They are very suited for each other.  They both have the same vision and Spiritual giftings.  Her maiden name was Lora Lee Gibson, but now she is Mrs. Lora Uptegrove, Ken's beloved wife.

But on October 7, 2013 at age 76 Ken had a heart valve replacement, his first surgery ever.  He had a heart murmur caused by Rheumatic fever when he was 9 years old.  And even though he was able to play basketball for all those years and serve in the Army, old age finally bright that valve to a state that it had to be replaced.  The good news is, this new valve will be in great shape for the rest of his life. 

 

    
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The Story Behind Our Ministry Name: ArkHaven

 

ArkHaven is a reference to the Ark of the Covenant and to Noah's Ark.  Both of these Arks were places of God's promise, protection, and provision.  The ultimate and future goal of ArkHaven Ministries is to form a Christian community—a haven for end-time ministry purposes.  We will be featuring articles and link pages on this subject soon. 

The original name was Ark-ten, but God allowed me to change it to a more understandable name—ArkHaven.  When the Lord first told me the name I mistakenly assumed that "ark" was an abbreviation for Arkansas, and that "ten" was a  colloquialisms for "town," or Arkansas Town.

But the Holy Spirit quickly corrected me.  He said that this community is an "Ark" as in Noah's Ark and the Ark of the covenant, and that "ten" is the number 10.  I had to look up the number 10 in Bible symbolism to see what it means.  Ten implies completeness of order, nothing lacking and nothing over. It signifies that the cycle is complete and that everything is in its proper order. Thus ten represents the perfection of divine order.

When we combine the two words (ark + 10) we get this definition: God's place of provision protection and promise, nothing lacking, until completeness of order is seen.

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Ken Uptegrove
is a visionary

Although not accomplished yet, the ultimate and future goal of ArkHaven Ministries is to form a totally self  sufficient Christian community  of intentional neighbors for end-time ministry purposes.  

As Christians in China and many other countries have found out, the church can suffer terrible tribulation today.  In fact there is more martyrdom and persecution in the world today than in any time in history.  And to think it can not happen in America is not realistic.  Should we not be ready for such an eventuality?

 It is no coincidence that this Acts model lifestyle is also the best preparation a Christian can make to sustain life and continue in ministry even in the hardest of times.  Are hard times coming?  Are hard times already here? 

Many prominent economists and theologians (i.e., David Wilkerson & Larry Burkett) tell us a depression is coming to America.  The author describes how God is calling Christians to prepare for this depression physically, mentally, and spiritually.  But if we are not spiritually prepared, no amount of physical and mental preparation is going to amount to much.

This envisioned self sufficient community will be a village of "intentional neighbors" where everyone owns their own home and controls their own affairs.  The common purse concept will be absent but mutual service will be our way of life. 

Our purpose will be to go into the highways and byways to minister Jesus Christ to all we find.  Our service will be to meet all the needs within our community by serving each other.  Ideally there will be a diversity of ministries, professions, skills and crafts present. 

We anticipate that we will need our own utilities, food source, housing, and everything else needed to sustain a healthy life style.  Why?  Because we anticipate that the economy will collapse to such a degree that only those who are ready for such a time with a totally self sufficient community (reminiscent of the Amish life style) will be able to not only survive, but be able to take care of the needs of refugees and meet their physical and spiritual needs as well. 

We each will give of our services without charge.  All of us  will obligate ourselves to do our part to serve as unto Christ (Mat. 25:31-46).  That means that the farmers grow the food for all, the mechanics keep all the machinery operational, the doctors treat all the community, etc.  Money to finance every aspect of the community will come from people within and outside of the community who will operate business throughout the world.

This is the vision behind the ministry name of ArkHaven.