Lovely day Thursday, spending time with Marco D’Angelo, and really getting to know each other: like many in ministry, he’s been in God’s ‘refining’ mill, and under attack from the enemy over recent months, and it was a privilege to be able to share God’s love and grace with each other. Almost immediately, I was picked up by Craig Ogden, Pastor of Plenty Life Church, to drive some miles to pray for his sister, who had ‘failed’ spinal surgery a few months back. No siginifciant immediate happening with her, but I’m convinced that God began something that he WILL continue with over the coming days.
Super meeting on Thursday evening here in Laurimar, at the home of Pastor Marco D’Angelo: again, not a big crowd, but extremely significant for some, as God blessed us with His power, and there were some lovely healings, and others in process, and others just beginning. A lady with a badly wrecked right shoulder, couldn’t lift her arm even to horizontal due to major neck issues and a ripped muscle just behind her collar-bone, was healed instantly, the worst pain being the torn muscle which was healed immediately as Robert prayed for her, and she raised her arm fully vertical.
A wonderful bloke, Derek, a farmer most of his life, had two severely damaged discs in his spine, causing not so much problems with backache, but down his right leg, meaning that if he stood up, even for 5 minutes, he was in excruciating pain. Other medical issues were prayed for for him, too, but the significant one was that his leg ‘burned’ as I prayed for him, and, as we prayed for others, I got him to join me, and he stood for at least 20-25 minutes with just minor discomfort. Chris was set free from all sorts of historic emotional and personal issues, and looked transformed as God came and touched his life. Lots of others prayed for, too.
Then off on Friday with Robert, Wesley (Rob & Shey’s eldest son), and Rob’s mates Mel and Drazan, to drive along the Great Ocean Road, reckoned to be one of the world’s most specatcular drives, with astonishing views of the Victoria coastline. It was a blast to have a lad’s weekend away, we got back this afternoon, having yesterday seen countless koala bears – even two having an extremely vicious and very noisy fight in a eucalyptus tree, and one from about 2 feet away, which sadly allowed that close as he appeared to be not well: but the rangers came to take him away and help him. It was amazing to see one so close though! We had a load of laughs, some good food, and it was just great to be with such good blokes.
A friend of Drazan’s. Larry, came over to Robert & Shey’s house when we got home: Larry has leukemia, prostate cancer, and – I don’t remember the name, though it was something like haemoglobinitis – it’s a liver condition that pumps too much iron into the blood stream, so the opposite of anaemia. He came with Erica, his wife, both of them ‘Christians in Waiting’ (!), had a lovely time with them, mad all the better by a phone call from Draz within about an hour of them of them leaving, to say that Erica had given her life to Jesus – the icing on the cake from a great trip! It still wasn’t over, though, as we went round to the home of Dmitiri and Elvira, and prayed for their youngest son, Edward: and discovered that eldest son David had been healed of an allergy, and a ‘mark’ on his chest, which had caused some concern to the family, had faded, and turned out to merely be a small vein close to the surface of his skin.
So… all packed – well, almost, and heading for the airport at mid-day tomorrow, go to Singapore at 3.45, then land in England at 5.55 am Wednesday. I wasn’t able to check in online as I discovered I’m still on the ‘wait list’ for upgrades to business class…. my hopes aren’t getting too high, but it is hopeful! Economy is choc-a-bloc apparently, which, when you’ve got the airlines top frequent flyer card always puts you in line to be bumped up!
Your prayers for the journey would be appreciated, and that my knees, which have done pretty well for 2 1/2 weeks, will continue to make it through until Bangor on Wednesday afternoon!