It’s always a real blessing and a privilege to be invited to speak at a church: it’s an even greater blessing and privilege to be asked back again – greater still when it’s twice in the same year, for even longer the second time! Many years ago I heard well-known speaker Gerald Coates say ‘In my ministry life, I’ve preached everywhere – ONCE!’ – and he also said ‘In ministry life, you preach everywhere twice – once on the way UP, second time on the way DOWN!’. I hope and pray that’s not my testimony after being back at the lovely church ‘The Way’ in lovely Hunstanton, Norfolk (if you’re posh, apparently, you call it Hunston!). I had a lovely Sunday speaking there earlier in the year, so it was a real joy to be asked back again, to speak a number of times over this past weekend, Friday to Sunday (with a lovely breakfast meeting included on Saturday!) and be with – now – good friends Gordon and Gill Tanner who lead the church, plus many others I began to get to know in February: and ‘old'(!!) friends Dennis and Cathy Acott and Chris Holland (also one of the leaders). I was so happy that I was able to have with me dear friends Jonathan and Helen, who contributed an enormous amount spiritually and in friendship to the weekend.
Gordon had asked me to speak around the theme of ‘Following Jesus/Walking with Jesus’ – here’s what the fellowship posted on their Facebook page yesterday, which was a lovely blessing in itself:
The Way Christian Fellowship Hunstanton
What a wonderful few days with Paul Bennison sharing a few of his many testimonies of what God has done through him on his obedient walk with the Lord.
Head to the website to hear them.
Thanks to Paul, Jonathan, and Helen for coming and sharing with us.
We had our share of healings too 😀
One of the ladies from the church, Lis, posted this with it: ‘It was a blessing to have Paul Jonathan & Helen this weekend. We received more of the LORD’S LOVE & GLORY. AMEN –
-a wonderful blessing to be there. I’d read a great quote from Jackie Pullinger-To recently: Wouldn’t it be awful to get to the end of our life only then to discover that we’d wasted it’, and so I launched in to ‘Following Jesus’ with that challenging quote. I’ll always be eternally grateful that – when we step out of our ‘comfort zones’ in obedience, in obedience to the call of Jesus, even if initially it is kicking and screaming but doing it anyway – he uses the weak to overcome the strong, and the foolish to overcome the wise. I know that I fit both of those categories – 1 Corinthians 1:27: But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong – though hopefully a little stronger now than when I started, and maybe a little more wise, too (and no longer kicking and screaming)!
God blessed a number of people through words of knowledge and encouragement from Helen and Jonathan: Helen shared her own astonishing testimony of the last few months, and Jonathan his and Kathryn’s of the last few years. (Kathryn was the now well-documented driver of the ‘angel’ car crash with me in 1994!). I think all the words of knowledge were responded to, and all WHO responded received healing from the Lord – which should be ‘par for the course’ with words of knowledge! Some people received instant healing, others a significant change in the condition (be it spiritual or emotional), and others setting out at the beginning of a process of healing. I haven’t asked permission of the friends there if I can mention their names, but all being well I will, and post them another time. Suffice to say that a lot of pain went, degeneration of some serious illnesses stopped and regeneration began, arthritis/osteoarthritis healed (maybe not unsurprisingly!!), long-time emotional hurts and issues went, and much more.
When I look back over the weekend, it was such a lovely time of the Lord’s Presence, so much of his blessing, and even after all these years, it’s still a thrill and blessing to me when people’s lives are changed, even more so because it was just a few miles down the road from Hunstanton where my dear friend Ian Andrews prayed for me in Swaffham, Norfolk, in 1983 (I’d already been in full-time Christian work for 4 years then) and I received the passion and anointing to see people healed – through a man of God who’s own healing ministry now stretches back over about 50 years. Seeing God heal people in Norfolk felt like coming full circle from that day in 1983, when I LONGED to see God heal but (if I’m honest) doubted that he could or would ever do it through me.
Than you Gordon, Gill, Christine and your team for having me back at your wonderful Fellowship: thank you, too, Dennis and Cathy for your love, friendship, kindness, and care as well as your incredible hospitality to us three waifs and strays! I hope I can say ‘I’ll be back!’ – or ‘We’ll be back’!! (And then I’ll know it wasn’t on the way down!!).
****FURTHER REPORT TODAY, MONDAY!****
The owners of the cafe where we had the church breakfast on Saturday (not Christians as far as we know) – wrote to Gordon today, as we prayed for his wife who has been ill for many years with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. I prayed for her with Jonathan, Jonathan knew an angel was standing next to her which he thought was ‘my’ angel from the crash 25 years ago –
Good morning Gordon!
It was our pleasure to be of help and we would be only to happy to assist and provide if you should need us in the future.
*****has asked me to relay her thanks for your prayers and to inform you that she has had the best nights sleep in years!
Thank you, Lord! She was in a lot of pain and discomfort, and sleeplessness goes with afflictions she had – and it’s terrible, as you’ll know if you’ve ever suffered it. I have, and I’m truly grateful to God for blessing her….