It’s a little delayed, but here’s a brief report on the couple of weeks that I spent in England, and also last Sunday’s meeting in the lovely Killylea Presbyterian Church, near Armagh, here in Northern Ireland. It’s awlays so lovely to be involved in the United Kingdom: it’s not something that’s not happened over-much inthe past, and I’m blessed that there’s an increase this year. I’ve already been in Turners Hill, Herstmonceux, Killylea (Armagh): I’m in Carrickfergus this Sunday, then Addlestone, Dunmurry (Belfast), Worcester, Welshpool, Porthcawl, Penarth, and Plymouth in the coming weeks. I never ‘tout’ for preaching opportunities – I feel very blessed that my diary has always been well ‘stocked’, but I’d always love to do more in our wonderful nations, so, if I can do anything to serve you, get in touch, and see if we can get a date sorted out!
The time in England was fantastic: a great time with the lovely Turners Hill Free Church, in West Sussex, was a tremendous blessing: and as usual some knees were healed amongst other things! I have this ‘conviction’ – hope? – that the more knees that get healed, the more likelihood there is of God healing mine! A lovely miracle began with a delightful man – Steve, I think – who is wheelchair bound, paralysed from ust below his arms down. He got a tingling sensation in his right leg, and was able to move his left foot for the first time in a long time. It was delighful to be Geoff Chapman, and his family, too, for a long lunch, with my great, great friends, Nick and Sarah Harding, and afew others from the church.
Quite a few visits to friends, and friends who wonderfully support me, often to pray for them or people in their families, interspersed with some home meetings, and a great evening with a group of guys who meet for accountability, called ‘The Sons of Thunder’. I am so grateful to the people who bless with me support, monthly, annually, or one-off: it’s such a privilege to have people who believe in what I do, that they support me, or pray for me.
The trip culminated with a wonderful weekend in the lovely village of Herstmonceux, in East Sussex, just 3 miles from the office I used to work from, in Hailsham, when I worked for Youth for Christ….39 years ago…. Saturday was all day of seminars on healing/questions/practical prayer for healing, Sunday was a lovely ‘breakfast service’ – both meetings were very well supported, and it was lovely to see God do some lovely things for people, including the customary healing of osteoarthritis, along with a number of other things. A lot of pain left the room (no , I didn’t go!!) – there were many visible changes in people, transformation in walking – many of the ‘usual suspect’ diseases and infirmities went, or began the process of easing. It’s wonderful to see God healing in the UK….
Last Sunday, I was asked to speak at Killylea Presbyterian Church, near Armagh, very close to the border with the Republic Of Ireland. The pastors, Ivan & Joan Thompson, are a really lovely couple, with a passion to see the Holy Spirit move in their area. Thanney Pyper and Stephen Lennie went, too: Thanney to speak about his vision for the street kids in Cali in the year(s?) ahead, Stephen to operate the powerpoint, and, bless him, he drove us (about 1½ hours each way). Thanney also talked about how God’s taken him, in next to no time, from 3½ years in the ‘wilderness’ to having not only a vision for the future, a purpose in mission, but also the miracles he’s seen in Colombia, and how God’s using him to pray for people back home here in Northern Ireland.
Immediately I’d finished speaking, I was asked to pray for a newborn boy, Cillian, the grandson of a lovely Catholic lady, Anne. He was born last Tuesday, with massive problems with his lungs, which didn’t work, and had extensive bleeding. Only one place in the world is equipped to do the sort of surgery Cillian needed, in Sweden, so he was taken by air ambulance there as quickly as possible from Dublin. Realistically, according to Anne, his gran, he wasn’t expected to live. Anne has sent me some text messages this week, the first on Monday: ‘The surgeons couldn’t do anything for him, but through God, you did’…. on Wednesday (he was expected to be dead by then) – ‘Paul, pleae pray many thanksgiving prayers, God has granted us a miracle’…. and yesterday, I phoned her, as Cillian was being flown back to Dublin, a major miracle now very well underway….. God’s so, so amazing!! Prayer by proxy, and from a distance, works….
Other lovely healings – a dear man, Harry, with long-time breathing issues and respiratory issues, was healed: a lady named Kathleen, with a lot of pain in her hips (assumed arthrotis), had all the pain go: two sisters, in the 80s, Doreen and Aileen, both with osteoarthritis, had pain go – Doreen had chronic pain in her right knee, Aileen in both. God’s doing this in the UK!!! Wonderful, isn’t it….??? There were others, too, and believing that there’ll be more in the days ahead.
Tomorrow, 26th, I’m speaking at ‘Hope and Healing’ – a meeting at 7 p.m. in Carrickfergus. It was a lovely time when I was there about 2 years ago, and looking forward to seeing what God is going to do there…..Thanney will do his bit again, Stephen too: and Thanney’s takne to praying for people, with a lot of faith, like a duck to water!