Why I Have Moved Out of the San Francisco Bay Area

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Why I Moved Out of the San Francisco Bay Area.

By Mario Murillo

Something impossible has happened to me.  My closest friends never thought it could happen.  I have moved out of the San Francisco Bay Area. There was no version of my future that included leaving the San Francisco area.  Moving me out of here is like uprooting and transplanting an ancient redwood. Here’s why:

-San Francisco is infinitely more to me than a hometown.  San Francisco is my strange holy land.  My first and my deepest encounters with Christ and the supernatural were here.

-With the exception of just two years, I have never lived anywhere else but here.

-The most amazing prophetic promise I ever received is about San Francisco:  In 1978 I Told God that I quit.  God said, “Pray one more time.” An hour passed and suddenly God promised me “I will pour out of my Spirit on the San Francisco Bay Area and the world will look and wonder.” This promise made me angry!  I screamed to God, “I cannot carry this without an infallible confirmation right now!  As the word “now” came out of my mouth the phone beside me starting ringing.

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It was the last voice in the world that I could have ever imagined to hear!  “Mario, this is Bob Dylan.”  He was calling because he was about to perform his first Christian concert at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco.  He asked me to come and pray backstage at the concert while he performed.  Just as we were about to hang up he asked me “Mario, did God tell you He was going to pour out His Spirit on the Bay Area?”  Losing my breath and about to faint I said, “Yes.”  To which he responded, “Well Mario, He is going to pour out His Spirit on San Francisco.”

-Through incomprehensible adversity, we obeyed God and stayed based in the Bay Area.  In obedience to that promise God used us to make Christian history culminating with 14,000 people in the Cow Palace Arena. 

Only one thing could ever make me move: The Holy Spirit told me and my wife to sell our home and relocate out of the Bay Area.  However He did not tell us where to move!

Our home sold in 28 days.  We had to scramble to move without knowing why or where.  It was not until just two weeks before we had to be out of our home that God made it absolutely clear where we belonged.

We made an offer on a house, raced back to the Bay Area and scrambled to find temporary housing for the 30 days it took for escrow to close.

Meanwhile the mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit was flooding Los Banos California.  We concluded that we should find an extended stay facility in Morgan Hill which was a central location to Los Banos and everything else we had to do in the Bay Area.

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We moved into our new home.  So where is our new home?  We now live in Reno, Nevada. I can hear you repeating it out loud…Reno?!  Even as the furniture went into our house we were still asking that question!   Here are the answers:

  1. God told us we must move where we could fulfill our calling because America is running out of time. I believe that at the outside we have 5 years to turn this nation back from going off a cliff. Our assignment is to bring Living Proof to millions before it is too late.

Our headquarters must reflect both our boldness and our urgency…but why Reno?  We still did not know but some very savvy people did know…people who control billions of dollars and do the very best research…people who looked at California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

Now here is something that truly boggles my mind: We moved into Reno at 3PM on Thursday, September 11, 2014.  Five hours later, after months of secret negotiations the Associated Press broke this story:  “Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law Thursday night an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors’ $5 billion battery factory to Reno, Nevada.

The “gigafactory” is expected to bring more than 20,000 jobs and $100 billion to Nevada’s economy over the next 20 years. It will be the biggest lithium battery factory in the world.”  

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BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!  Apple Computers made this announcement:  “The Company will invest $1 billion over 10 years to build a center at a new technology park near Reno, Nevada. The data center project is part of a development plan in which the company will also build a purchasing center in downtown Reno. An Apple spokesman told local officials that the company expected the new facility at the Reno Technology Park to come online later this year.”

On October 4th I stood in front thousands of Students at U.C. Berkeley for a triple defining moment for me.  It was the Jewish Day of Atonement; it was the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley; it was the 50th anniversary of my conversion to Christ.

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It was also something else; it was a time of emotional closure between me and the Bay Area.  Of course I will still contend for revival here and work with anyone who wants to win souls here.  But I was released from a Bay Area covenant.

Alone in prayer I grieved and mourned for a season that had passed.  Then God told me something tragic.  But before I tell you what He said let me remind you of something.  Over the years, we have been threatened and told to leave by the Black Panthers, the Weather Underground (who threatened to bomb us), Satanists, drug dealers, a host of cults and anti-God politicians.  We just laughed at their threats!

Then a group of ministers in their own way basically asked me to leave the Bay Area.  I never gave it a second thought because who were they compared to these past threats?  That is when I heard the strangest thing that Jesus ever said to me… “Honor their request and leave.”   That is what it took to pull out the deepest roots and allow me to relocate to Reno.  I have not a drop of anger, unforgiveness or malice.  You will never hear me name names or defend myself. I am far too excited about the future!  I am free now to build a great vision for a nation that must be saved!




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This Saturday, October 4 is the 50th anniversary of the student revolution at Berkeley that changed America forever. On that day a police car was flipped over and a young man named Mario Savio rose up and declared the dawn of a new era.

Later that same day, another Mario, a young frightened teenager in San Francisco knelt at an altar in a little church and gave his life to the service of Christ.   No one but God knew that on that day 50 years ago two revolutions were born that would ultimately collide in Berkeley.

This Saturday is a double Jubilee.  Mario Murillo returns to the spot where he began preaching to stand and preach to thousands of students on the very anniversary of his conversion to Christ!   Read more from Lou Engle about this amazing event now.   -MMM Staff


The Flash Point of Revolution

Tiananmen Square, Boston Tea Party, Woodstock, the fall of the Berlin wall, storming the Bastille. Every revolution has one defining moment that is remembered long after the names of politicians and kings have turned to dust. Massive shifts in human history—whether good or bad; whether political, cultural or religious—have one commonality: the flash point. In 1964, the free speech movement at Cal Berkeley became such a moment, flint and steel for the decadent revolution of the 1960’s.

For years I have been captivated by the ferment and fire of those student protests. Sociologists speak of the zeitgeist of the 60’s—the fullness of times, magnetic times, times that heralding the beginning of a new age, it was like that in Berkeley, 1964. There was a spirit there; a spirit  that injected a generation with the ideologies that spawned the sexual revolution, proliferated the drug culture, and many ways caused the departure of the nation from a culture of honor, family cohesiveness, and a biblical world view.  It was in the sixties that the term ‘Generation gap’ was coined. The hearts of the fathers were separated from their children, and the wound has not healded. Even my favorite lifetime movie, Field of Dreams, points to Berkeley as the place where Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) broke relationship with his father. The whole movie is about easing that pain and restoring relationship back to his father.

Often I have sensed that the raw revolutionary spirit embodied by the students of Berkeley in those days was actually a quasi-distorted reverse image, of the latent power of true Kingdom revolution that could be ignited by a new generation of raw, fiery evangelistic passion.

In fact, this mirror image did take place at Berkeley. Following the 1964 student revolution, Billy Graham and Bill Bright mobilized the Berkeley Blitz to evangelize the campus in 1967. Then in the 70’s, a man named Mario Murillo under the groaning’s of intercession and the intense burden of the Lord for souls, went out to preach at Berkeley. In two years, he saw two thousand students converted to Christ. Amazingly, it is there on Sproul Hall on the very place where the free speech movement occurred, I stood some eight years ago and declared before hundred of students as they were changing classes, “In this place there was a student revolution that shook the nation and spawned an era of rebellion and protest, but I declare to you that in this place there is coming a greater revolution, a Jesus revolution that will be stroner than the rebellion, and thousands from this place will come to know the Man Christ Jesus.


Something Stronger

In 2000, eight months before TheCall DC, I received a heavenly dream. In this dream I was overwhelmed with the impossibility of seeing America turn back to God, but then a scroll rolled down before my eyes and on it I read the words that spoke of the Nazirite John the Baptist’s destiny, “He will go on before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah and he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the rebellious back to the wisdom of the righteous” (Luke 1:17) I awoke under the immediate presence of the Lord as if he were saying, “What I am pouring out in America is stronger than the rebellion.”

Since then, I have often pondered this dream and recently been renewed in simple faith: this word still lives on. If Luke 1:17 was truly the job description of TheCall, then could it have been a forerunner heralding the coming of something stronger, Someone far more worthy, by which all our collective rebellions—social, moral and political—can be subsumed into the great river of the kindness of God’s purposes for America? I believe The Call has been a precursor, with many others, to a mighty Jesus Movement coming to America. John prepared the way for Jesus, i.e. the Nazarite went before the Nazarene. And so John proclaimed the mightiest revolution in history, love striding the earth in sandals, “Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sins of the world.”

A Jubilee Moment: 50 Days for 50 Years

The Call has been invited to the campus of Berkeley on the 50th anniversary of these historic protests, October 4th, 2014. Frankly, I’m stunned. For years, Luke 1:17 has fueled my imagination, always with the sense that the very culmination of my efforts might actually be a gathering at Berkeley—not to “protest the protest”—but to petition the God of grace and mercy for a breaking of the curse which rebellion inevitably invites. From that place, in the watershed of our unity, I believe a new sound will be released; a new culture will be birthed; a new ‘Jesus Movement’ that could sweep in a massive harvest of souls.

Therefore, with this letter, I am announcing that The Call has set its face to Berkeley. The 60s were a turning point in our nations history. My generation was the student body of that day. Now we are fathers, and we must rise up for children with fierce love. I believe this event is designed by God to be a multi-generational appeal for that reason. Please note, it may not look like TheCalls of the past. We are sensing that we are to hold an immersive 50-day prayer push, well beyond our normal 12-hour event. Why? In hopes that a great united prayer convergence can serve to catalyze the student evangelization of California and the nation. It’s time for a Jubilee, “Let My people go”.

Please consider, even now, the invitation to stand with us in prayer and giving? TheCall needs $200,000 over the next few months to bring closure to our various relocation and transition costs, and also provide sufficient operating capital to thrust us forth with power and provision into the God assignments of 2014 and beyond. Please give generously for such a time as this: “to turn the hearts of the rebellious to the wisdom of the righteous.”

Thank you for your faith.

Consumed by the call,

Lou Engle