THE INHERITANCE & CALLING
TO CRAFT CALLED TO FLAG WORSHIP FLAGS
In 2012, Claire was prophesied over that God was going to revive her rich spiritual inheritance, which came through her blood line. At that time, Claire was the first and only believer in her family. She asked, "God, how can I, with such a weak family history, have any inheritance to do with kingdom inheritance?" A few months later, she attended a PIH (Partners In Harvest) West Coast Women's Retreat. There were over 100 women in the conference, and she had donated a set of flags for a draw. Before the number was drawn out, the Holy Spirit spoke to her and said that she was going to win her donated flags back. She said to the Holy Spirit, "NO! That will be embarrassing!" As the host announced the winning person... Claire won her own flags back!
Soon a prayer group in Claire's town heard about her donating and then winning back her own set of flags. A leader in this group told David, her husband, there is a deeper meaning in this about Claire winning her own flags back, but the leader could not explain what it was.
A few weeks later, the Holy Spirit spoke to her and asked Claire to go and research her family name. At that time, she only knew that her family name meant "give." She felt an urgency, though, to do what she had been asked to do. Soon, the first message popped up about her family name. "Shih施" in ancient Chinese character was a graphic of "the tribe of the flag." They were a tribe known as "flag warriors."
As she researched more, she found that 3600 years ago there was a Xia dynasty. When Xia perished, the royalty had to hide, escape and change their family name. That was the beginning of the family "Shih 施". Again, in one of China's first history books, there was a first mention about the family "施 ", and it translated "this family "施" are royal flag makers."
Soon she found out that in the Xia dynasty, the royalty only worshiped One God. She realized that was the same God that she worships now. God spoke to her about how he honored and still remembered the faithfulness of her ancestors and blood line to Him. He asked her if she wanted to take her flags back. In that moment, she felt overwhelmed by God's love for her and her family. For the ten years before, she had felt little and small compared to David her husband who was a fourth generational believer. But that was gone! All the puzzle pieces fit together: why she had been attracted to and picked up flags with ease; why she loved the colors of the flags; why she prayed and flagged the way she did; what the prophecy had been talking about with her spiritual inheritance, and Claire finally winning her flags back with the draw. This was her royal family and spiritual inheritance!
We, as humans, forget. We don't even know what exactly our grandparents did, BUT GOD remembers the faithfulness of our ancestors from 3600 years ago and He is faithful.
If you ask Claire what it means to "take your flags back," she wouldn't know the full meaning of that but she knows it's her honor to worship the King.
Now, Claire is one of the most prominent leaders of flagging culture. Leading generations to worship Papa God in abandon. Her flags can be seen in over 65+ countries around the world.
David & Claire Shieh have been married since 2004. David was a real estate agent & Claire was his assistant. Since 2015 they have been working together full time in Called to Flag Ltd. They have two beautiful daughters and serve on the leadership team at their church.
Papa God wooed Claire into flagging in 2009 when her eldest daughter turned one. She felt led to make her first set of flags for her daughter for her 1st birthday. She used the extra fabric to make herself a flag, so she can flag with her daughter. Deep inside, Claire felt that worship flagging was going to become something really important for her. She used to be shy and very quiet but when she picks up a flag, she knows it's time to worship God freely. Banner flagging helps express what is inside of her heart to God. It helps her break herself free and to worship God with flags. Now she enjoys praising God with flags. Her favorite saying is, “Some people can pray very loud and have lots to say but I have something so deep inside of me that words cannot express. So, I have to use my physical strength to let it out. And this is my offering to God and my way of prayer.”