Blog Archive 7
Well, what can be said of the last 24 hours? Every sort of emotion gone through, some ripped to shreds… in a lovely church in Buenaventura – whose ‘motto’ is “The history of our church has beenwritten on it’s knees” …it was such a delight to be there… in the jungle, truly, way outside of the city, in a village called ‘La curva de diablo’ (Devil’s Curve). Prayed for everything that moved, more than once(!) except the myriad of malarial mosquitoes….. a lot of blessing and prophecy flying around! The pastors are very poor, but so amazingly generous, and so grateful for our being out in the middle of nowhere with them.
The hospital on Saturday was….. those of you who know me, will know that for many years I’ve known that God has said one day I’ll see the dead raised. Arrived yesterday to hear a distressed woman wailing, carrying a very sick looking little girl. It wasn’t the daughter that was the issue though, sick as she was with malaria: it was that her 4 year old son, Andres, had died 10 minutes earlier with cerebral malaria. Went with John, and two pastors, Diego Reyes and Walter Torres, to pray for him. I held him for about 45 minutes, praying and weeping with dad Alejandro: then quite clearly I felt God say to me, ‘It’s time to leave now.’ I have to say that I really didn’t want to go, but knew that I was compelled to leave so that as and when Andres began to breathe again, I could never say I had anything to do with it. It was perhaps the most distressing and difficult decision I’ve ever had to make: but Walter also felt the same thing. On the way home in the car (that journey is a whole other story!), it was like God hit all of us – Alan, John, Diego, walter, & me -with a holy laughter, and in the middle of it I heard the same voice that told me to leave Andres’ room gently say ‘It’s done’. I don’t know how we’ll ever find out, unless one of the Colombian guys calls the hospital, but I have to just leave that to God. I think all of us were totally convinced Andres would be resurrected….
The journey home, after eating a lovely meal outside the pastor’s very poor home accompanied by the ever present venomous mosquitoes, we headed for Cali, over narrow two lane winding mountain roads, overtaking everything at great speed, close to the edge, straight at oncoming traffic, for almost 3 hours. I thanked God many times that Walter is a great driver, but seems to have a fearlessness where oncoming vehicles are concerned! Many jaw-drop moments, silent screams, and a safe arrival back in the security and relative coolness of Cali (32C – it was 39C+ in Buenaventura yesterday!
18 July later
Well, Buenaventura (it means ‘good adventure’) is not the prettiest city in Colombia…. it is loud, hot, crowded, and, I imagine, if you’re on your own here as a ‘gringo’ (as all white people are, not just USA residents, like in Mexico), quite a ‘threatening’ place to be. We’re here with a lovely pastor and his wife, Daniel and Lily, to go into hospitals and preach in their church. The hospital is big, humid, and desperately sad. We split into 3 ‘teams’, to try and pray for more people. Guess I prayed for about 30 as I’m sure John and Alan did, too. No immediate miracles, but a few that will happen, I know, including that of a young woman named Miracle, suffering from tuberculosis.
Not sure if I’ll get online tomorrow, so thought I’d update tonight for tomorrow – a meeting at 10 am, lunch with pastors, then the emergency section of the hospital, followed by another meeting at 7pm, which, if it goes to form, will be about 3 hours or more, then a 3 hour drive back to Cali. I’m preaching at 7am Sunday morning in a large church (1,000+) called Dios este Presente (God is Present) where the miracles happened at the pastor’s meeting last Wednesday. John preaches at their 10 am service, while I dash to another church, El Abrigo el Altisimo, to preach in an advertised healing service at 10 am. So a busy few hours coming up! Value your prayers for strength and a real increased outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit.
Having been in Lakeland, where reports have been of a consistent increase each night in the demonstration of God’s presence and power (and it was John’s and my experience in Lakeland), I think the same has to be said here!
Last night was just phenomenal! It was my turn (and my privilege) to preach, and the response and the manifestations of God’s power at the end were remarkable. I’d actually preached for healing, but felt right at the end I should first make an appeal for salvation…. at first, no one responded. so I asked again, getting the congregation to stand. Well, at least 20, maybe many more, came forward to give the lives to Jesus! Then the stampede, with the healing appeal, and the magnitude of the healings was amazing.
A young lady, Angela, aged 25, had been unable to walk for 7 years. She was in incredible pain as she was carried to the front, and held up by friends. I prayed with her for a few minutes (her left leg in particular was like a matchstick), and then asked her if she was ready to walk…. Alan and I both felt her muscles grow and the bones expanding as we held her ankleshe gripped my hand, and the hand of Pilar, wife of our dear translator friend Diego, and her left foot was flat on the floor for the first time in all those years. She took a few staggering steps, and I suggested she sit, and take a breather. A few more minutes pra
yer, and she shot up to standing, and then with her hands just resting on mine and Pilar’s arms, walked the width of the church… a few more moments rest, and she walked again, and then, just supported by friends, she walked out of the church, with NO pain… she was blown away, as we were, of course!
A lovely lady named Carmen, who we discovered later was the mother of the pastor, Edier, was healed (she knew it) of breast cancer. A young woman, aged 32, crippled with scoliosis since 20, had been told by doctors then that her spine was that of at least a 50 year old, and that nothing could be done. It was another case of feeling a spine – the discs and vertebrae – move under my hand, and I told Geraldine, the 16 year old daughter of pastor Walter Torres (who organises a lot of things for us here) to put her hand there. She was stunned as she felt the spince straightening and the miracle happening!
A lady, blind in her right eye, saw – though as at last night through tunnel vision. I’d felt at the beginning of praying for her that she see totally today, so that was a great start!
There are many other stories from the meeting, and there will be many more to be heard in the next few days. I have to stop now as we are in Buenaventura, Colombia’s main port: a big city, but very poor, and we’re just about to go to the main hospital to pray for the people there….
The journey here was fun, high up over the Andes (we ‘maxxed’ at about 7000 feet (2200 mtrs), winding roads, with much traffic, at great speed!
Fantastic meetings last night – John was in a church named Adoradore, in the north of the city, Alan & I were in Iglesia Misionera Camino de Salvacion (Way of Salvation). John was rocking after the meeting, as 13 people gave their lives to Christ, in a congregation of about 200. We had maybe 250-300 where we were, with a lovely pastor and wife, Julian and Josefa: paralysed, blind, huge health issues in many of them (and a dog that was some derivative of poodle!!). It was steaming hot (no fans anywhere near the front!!), and at the end when I asked for people who needed healing, it was a stampede. There were healings, lots of ‘prophetic “you’ll wake tomorrow, or in 3 days”‘ healings and miracles. I’m looking forward to hearing the testimonies! Must have prayed for about 40 kids alone, many terribly sick, with them sitting on my lap and watching their healing wash over them…. many tears, bodies on the floor, and the power of God running riot in the church!
Quietish day again today, but Alan and John want to shop (I don’t, of course!!!), as this is Alan’s last chance before heading home 🙁 Then we have a big healing meeting tonight in Iglesia Adoradores, which threatens to be bigger than last night’s meeting there, so could be a late night! Early start tomorrow to the poor port city of Buenaventura, where we’ve been told that the mosquitoes are very friendly, and like to share their lives with you…. joy oh joy! It is also much hotter and more humid there, being at sea level (we’re 4000 feet/1300 metres up in the Andes here in Cali). BUT… it seems that it is the whale mating season, and they are close inshore to do their stuff. so this could be a new experience for all of us! And John and Alan are quite excited about seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time! Hospitals there tomorrow afternoon, and Saturday: meetings Friday night and Saturday, apparently big meetings… so late finishes: and we have to drive back to Cali after the meeting on Saturday as we have meetings Sunday morning (John’s forst one is 7am!!!), and we’re unlikely to be home beofre about 3-4 am…. Value your prayers!
15 July later
Club Noel is a sad place – so many desperate parents and children. Yet it is wonderful to see the power of God touch the lives not only of the children but also the families too. It is so, so different to Europe or America, in that the parents are so immensely grateful to you for being there, being willing to pray for their children, and them. It is such a privilege to see the peace of God, the joy of the lord, and hope come into their lives and onto their faces. I don’t know how many we prayed for today: I guess it was around 60 or so: there were some healed, and some where I know God told me to prophesy that they’d be healed within 48 hours, or by the weekend…. One mum, Martha, was desperate for her 3 year old, Dana, who was dying with Tuberculosis. I didn’t know what was wrong when I went into the room, and just sat with my hand on Dana, when a nurse came in and started to say that I should have a mask… too late, I guess for that, but truth is, I’m not in faith to catch TB but to see it eradicated…. It’ll be some days, maybe even next week when we go back to the same hospital, when we discover the stories…..
It is so hard to describe how tiring it is praying with that sort of intensity, from room to room, for 3 hours! Right now, John, Alan, and I are ‘crashed out’ in a mall food area, deafened by miming pan pipe Indians and their loud sound system! It takes quite a long time to ‘recover’ if that’s the right word from the emotion and pressure of expectant parents in fear for their kids’ lives… I feel like I have a ton weight on my back, but such expectation in my spirit, it makes it all worthwhile…
Quieter day yesterday, which was a relief after the busy-ness of the previous week. Just some meetings during the day with pastors (which produced more meetings to come!) and then the Colombian national synchronised swimming team. A much larger group thatn I imagined, about 15+, ages ranging from about 13-20. Many of them not yet Christians, it is wonderful that they are in a cell group for my great friend Hendrik’s church. A real privilege to be able to share the gospel with them, and pray for them. Many will be in the Kingdom before long: some are thinking of being at the healing service I’m preaching at in Hendrik’s church on Sunday.
In 40 minutes time, we’re due to be in the really sick children’s hospital, Club Noel, where all the terminal and chronic kids went home healed in November. So faith is rising for this exhausting afternoon: exhausting emotionally and spiritually. Please pray!
At risk of sounding like a record that has got stuck…. always the same here in Cali!! – the meetings just get better and better! John, my Pastor, has just said that each visit he makes here is better than the last: and this is no different! He was in a church in Jamundi (pronounced ‘Ham-undi’) and many peoples lives were changed, and John ended up doing some counselling, which is really his passion and forte.
I was in a church called ‘The church of Mission and Restoration’, pastored by a lady named Arjenis. a lawyer. I’ve never been there before, and for the first few minutes, I wasn’t quite sure how they were receiving me. Seemed like ‘arm’s length’! But then I made them laugh… and that was it… responsive, receptive, and at the end, Arjenis had me anoint, pray for, and prophesy over all her leaders… what a privilege! Then the ‘rush’ came – people forward for ministry, healing…. people WERE healed, and better still, saved…. after the meeting, I was so, so tired having prayed for many. I try and pray as much as I can in Spanish, though I’d not yet dare to say much in a sermon (it’s a vocabulary nightmare with the same Spanish words in different countires meaning totally different things, mostly, it seems, rude or abusive!!!).
Again, I’d value your prayers for strength: the last couple of days we’ve been hit by a… how shall I say it… increased trip to the bathroom/toilet schedule…!!! And still be grateful for your prayers concerning the kitchen and water woes back home: I still need to see God do a minor miracle in making it happen, though I’ve been so blessed to receive some gifts to help me. Bless you!
Amazing night last night! Two meetings, John was in a cell group meeting at my dear friends Hendrik & Teija Hoere’s foundation, in Agua Blanca, very poor part of Cali. 13 people gave their lives to the Lord – imagine that regularly in cell group meetings in the UK or the States!
I was in a church in another desperately poor part of the city, Ciudad Cordoba: a church called Amor y Paz (love and peace). The church doesn’t usually have a Friday meeting, and this one was only arranged Wednesday morning, so I wasn’t expecting too many there…. I was in a meeting there last November, in a small sports arena, and God graciously turned up with salvation and healing then. The Pastor, Luis Salas, is a wonderful man, and he put word out on the grapevine about last night’s meeting. Around 250 turned up! I think I prayed for at least 50% of them, and there were many healings and some people saved, others receiving a fresh anointing from God…. it was a wonderful blessing to be there, but totally exhausting!
The last 24 hours have been a battle, as I think the tiredness of the last few months came home to roost, but God certainly gave me fresh energy last night, and, thankfully, a good night’s sleep, so I’m feeling much more refreshed today! I also experienced only my second day of (how shall I say this?) – increased bathroom visits (!!) in 20 years of travelling…. fortunately, you can buy medication ‘over the counter’ here that are prescription drugs back ‘home’, and the pharmacist gave me something that certainly seems to have done the trick!
I’d really value your prayers over these next few days – heading for ‘mid-trip’ and tiredness here, because of the busyness and humidity is always there. And please pray for health protection, too: I don’t really have time for too many extra bathroom visits!
This afternoon, 5pm local time, we’re at Community of Faith church’s youth Group, and again there will be many to pray for. Fortunately, it should be over by about 8pm, as opposed to last night’s 11.15pm!
Last night, in La Calima, a poor northern suburb of Cali, we were at a church which has a real heart for restoring drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes, and those (to use the church’s words) at ‘alto riesgo’ – high risk…. a young man, Franklin, was cycling past when he heard an English voice, stopped, came in, and got saved instantly… it was a delight to lead him to Jesus. Rodrigo and Claudia told me about a young man in their drug rehab house, high in the Andes at Lacumbre: prayed for him on his second day in rehab, and the next morning his life was totally transformed and ‘clean’… God’s so, so good!
Last night, we prayed for just about everyone in the meeting, some more than once, and there were healings and transformations, and a good number of bodies on the floor! Both Alan and John have realised more than ever how tiring it is praying for healing…. we were totally exhausted last night, so exhausted in my case I couldn’t really sleep…. which I desperately need! We were told a cleaning lady was coming to ‘do’ our apartment this morning at 7am, so like good boys we were up and waiting…. at 9.30 am we left to take the laundry she was supposed to do to the ‘lavanderia’, the nice laundry lady with a shop close to us! No sign of the cleaner…. ahhhh, Latin America!!!
Just sitting here online in the mall (!) and a lovely pastor and his wife have just stopped to talk to us… Norbey & Carmen Arias. Went to pray with Carmen at home two days ago: she has been bedridden for months with a bacteria that infected her blood during surgery in hospital, unable to walk, and really deteriorating rapidly. I’ve known them for many years, and have never seen Carmen like she was. So, unable to walk for months, she stood this morning, and looks totally transformed in her body and spirit… walking today….
Better connection today I think! A lady named Fernanda had massive thyroid problems when I was here last time. Apparently her thyroid ‘reading’ should have been 0.5: hers was 297, the doctors said she should have been in a coma, and that her condition was untreatable… It was hugely swollen. Prayed for her, and she was at the doctor’s early that week, and he checked her thyroid level again, and it was….0.2! At the same time, I prayed for her baby daughter, who had been born with a genetic kidney disfunction that meant she couldn’t..er…evacuate: there were also scars on both kidneys. Her kidneys are perfect, according the x-rays!
A lovely young wife, Maria Fernanda, had some large tumours, which the doctors had said were both very dangerous and would prevent her having children. Saw her yesterday, and she no longer has the tumours, and is 6 months pregnant….
Last night, a lovely meeting at Casa de Dios, House of God, church, pastored by long time friends Norbey and Carmen Arias. Carmen is very sick, so ahead of the meeting went to their home to pray for her. The atmosphere in the room changed, and I heard myself telling her that she’d be walking by today…. I’m waiting to hear! The meeting was great, John preached, but afterwards we got to pray for the whole congregation, and people were healed, anointed, empowered, set on fire…
Alan from Bangor has taken to all this like a duck to water, and the fire and heat on him increases in ministry times, and he felt the pastors (mentioned yesterday) legs strengthen and muscles grow as he had his hands on them… he’s prophesying, hearing from God, and praying for the sick….
Quieter day today, but a meeting tonight at a lovely church where I’ve been before, so expecting the miracle and healing count to increase….
Please, if you’re praying about my water woes and kitchen crisis, keep praying! Some money has come in, but I do need more, and I’ve told all the men doing the work that it will happen the day I get back from here! In a way, with all the wonderful stuff going on here, it sort of pales into insignificance: but when I get home, it will be hugely significant! And very necessary… Thanks for praying!
And please pray for extra strength for John, Alan, and me…. it is so demanding here! Alan, after one day of meetings, said to me last night ‘Praying for people REALLY tires you out, doesn’t it?’ – something it’s hard to explain until you’ve done it! Thank you FOR your prayers….
Wow, what a morning!!!!!!!! Early start for a Pastor’s breakfast, but it turned into a wonderful time of God doing some miracles! Pastor Alvarro, who a few months ago was appointed as pastor, was struck down with a disease that doctors have not been able to identify. Parlaysed, unable to walk, a losing life fast, God just touched him miraculously this morning, and he walked across the church and back, then out of the church… I know his healing will be complete in a couple of days….
The connection here is very poor again, so I’ll add more stories tomorrow all being well!
I’m sitting in a shopping mall in Cali (no, not shopping!) where they have free wireless internet, but it’s not really a ‘man’ enough connection to load the webpage! And I’m listening to the biggest thunderstorm rolling around the Andes, and the heaviest rain that I think I’ve ever heard…. but then it suddenly stops here in the tropics, and the sun comes out again!
It’s been a surprising start to the trip here, in that normally nothing is arranged until you get here, however far in advance it is known you’re coming! This time, John and I were straight into preaching, twice each in two churches, on Sunday: I prayed for a large number of people at the end of each service, and there were testimonies of healings, thank you Lord! The programme here is going to be so hectic after today: it seems dozens of people want us, and the opportunities in the hospitals, and hopefully the prisons, are there. We’re doing everything from cell groups to 1000+ churches, maybe bigger: seminars, leaders meetings, pastor’s breakfasts, and endless other doors opening, including big crusades (not on this trip!) in Panama, Honduras, and other South American countries .I’m connecting in a big way with pastors who have so many contacts, and it makes the upcoming diary/agenda organisation interesting!
It is a tiring city to be in in many ways, as it is constantly busy, and the traffic is just – unreal! Coming here makes me appreciate so much British roads and even British traffic jams! There is constant noise, but fortunately, the apartment we are renting for the trip is in a relatively quiet area, but this month sees Colombian independence day (I can;t imagine we’ll get much sleep THAT night!) and one or two other celebrations, and boy, are Colombians good at celebrating!
Value your prayers for good rest at night, as my time at home prior to coming here was so disrupted and stressful because of the water situation at my house, and even the days immediately following the trip will, God and finance willing, be hectic with a new kitchen being put in! I’m only home 4 days before heading for England and the Detling Bible week!
The conference in Sweden was a great time! On Saturday night, a lot of people were healed, including a lovely man named Raymond, who arrived at the conference using a wheeled walker/zimmer: he hadn’t been able to bend his right leg for many years (20, if my memory serves me well). By the end of the evening, not only was he bending his leg, he’d discarded both walker and walking stick/cane (sorry for all the pluralities, but different words are used on either side of the Atlantic!!), and left the meeting with a whole new vision for his future of what and where God was going to use him (I guess he was in his 60’s)…. no retirement there, then! A lady named Birgit, who arrived at the conference suffering from Parkinsons, knew it had gone, and on the last Sunday, I prayed for her that the effects of the very heavy-duty medication would leave her…
A lovely young woman, Ulrika, was wonderfully touched and blessed by the Lord, she had been suffering from MS, and knew that God had healed her…. Sunday morning, God just ‘blitzed’ her….
Sunday morning was a time of praying for the sort of anointing that is happening in Lakeland, Flordia, to touch lives in Stockholm. It did! Healings, anointing, fire, blessing… were all there. It was such a privilege to see God touch so many lives.
Thank the Lord my luggage arrived back with me from Sweden this time! And it arrived in Washington DC yesterday, undamaged, too! Maybe my faith in airlines is about to be restored!
The last few days have been incredibly demanding: 6 out of 7 conference sessions over 4 days, countless people prayed for and prophesied over, straight from the last session to the airport to fly back to London, arrived about 7pm, then back at Heathrow to fly to Washington yesterday…..
It would be even nicer to be home if I had water (still none!), and now half of my kitchen has gone (the rest to be removed to match it!) in order for the plumber to get to the pipes properly, so that the main can be replaced. That means a real walk of faith, as to have new kitchen units put in is more than I can afford! The old cupboards were pretty yukky: so in many ways it might have been a blessing in disguise and a catalyst for me to change them! I have been encouraged by a good number of people who have said there’s nothing wrong in using some ‘income’ to meet my own needs: I just find it hard to do when it comes to things like this, and tend to quantify such an outlay (about $5000, 2500 pounds) as ‘so many airfares’…. but now I have no water, and no kitchen, and I have no alternative. So, these 3 days at home are ‘interesting’!!!! Not exactly relaxing….. sort of needed a bit of relaxation time, if I’m honest, but there you go…..
John (my pastor) and I have to be at the airport at 3.30am Friday morning (US time, 8.30 am UK time) to fly to Cali, Colombia (arrive 11.30 pm Cali time, 5.30 am UK time). Cali is always wonderful, but just the nature of the city is demanding: it is hot, humid, and noisy (it seems a lot of Calenos – people of Cali – don’t sleep!). It’ll be great to have my friend Alan Gouck, from Bangor, Northern Ireland, there: I might be acting as ‘middle-man translator’ for the latino translators from alan’s Belfast accent!!! He’s belieivng for many saved, and many healed – and, you know what? When you believe for something you haven’t yet seen or received, you get it… so I’m up for that too!
Wow… such a powerful healing anointing presnt in the meeting last night! You could ‘feel’ it… a lady named Piria (I’m assuming that’s how you spell it!) was in severe pain with curvature of the spine/scoliosis: the Pastor’s wife from the ‘conference’ church has known her well for years, and she invited her to the meeting. She watched as Piria struggled with the pain throughout the meeting. Well… within a couple of minutes God had done a wonderful miracle – Piria shouted at first that her back was on fire, and she said ‘Something big is going on!!’ – both she and I felt her spine moving under my handas God straighteded it and put it back into place… I asked her to do something she’d couldn’t do before because of her back pain – (no, she didn’t run a marathon!!) – like touch her toes. She did much more than that: she touched and palmed the floor, and she couldn’t do that even BEFORE her back was bad…. I asked her to testify to the people in the conference, and she began in Swedish, and the got so ‘drunk’ with the Holy Spirit, she started speaking in Finninsh (and she couldn’t do that either!). And Finnish is certainly not a language you learn instantly or accidentally!!
Another lady with bad pain in her head and neck… I told her that by the time she walked out of the building, it would be gone. It went quicker than that: as soon as she walked away she felt it just fly out of her head and neck!
And there were more….!
Two more conference sessions today, 4pm and 7pm Sweden time (an hour ahead of Britain, and 6 ahead of the United States)… value your prayers for the anointing to increase! My final ‘slot’ is tomorrow morning, Sunday, at 11am, then it’s to Stockholm airport by 2pm, to fly at 4 back to London, a hurried repacking of luggage (assuming my luggage makes it back from Sweden with SAS airlines this time!! – I almost think I have more faith for healing than my luggage!), and then back to the States Monday morning, for 3 days at home (please, God, can I have plumbing and water that works??!! So much to do!!) before heading off for Cali, Colombia on Friday…
Been a while again…. good wireless connection where I am now until tomorrow, so making the most of it! Here in Sweden, midsummer is the BIG celebration of the year, maybe because it never gets dark! I have to say I like it like that, light evenings are wonderful, and even in more southerly parts of Sweden you can read a book outside at 11pm without too much trouble….
So, midsummer is also conference season, and I’m involved in one here in Stockholm. Two very good meetings Thursday afternoon and evening, and a number of people were healed, including a lady who had major bone and muscle problems with her jaw. She could only open her mouth less than half and inch (about 1.25 cms), so not only was talking a problem, but eating a bigger one. After a few moments, she was doing a wonderful impersonation of Nemo (a small fish for those who never saw the film!), and she was really blessed by God in her spirit, too. I want to try and get stories first hand, and I’d like hers…
Another lady struggled to walk into church, limping badly, with long term acute muscular and bone pain in her left foot and ankle… last night God healed it, and she was striding backwards and forwards, spinning around, and dancing….
Wow… Lakeland… what an amazing experience! Only two nights there, the second ‘better’ than the first (if that’s even remotely quantifiable! – and the first night was wonderful!). Tuesday night, the worship lasted over 2 hours, and for at least a quarter of that, Roy Fields, the worship leader, was laying flat on his back on the floor… while a sound that just about everyone there knew was that of angels singing (it was not a human sound, and no instruments were being played) led the 4-5000 people in a time of worship that was, to say the least, quite remarkable. Todd Bentley spoke, but only for a little while, and a great deal of ministry followed! Wedensday, the worship went for just on 4 hours, again, a wonderful time that flew past. Heather Clark, who led it, seemed to go from strength to strength…. Todd Bentley and Ryan Wyatt shared on the anointing that God wanted to pour out – that of Elisha, a double portion, so guess who was up for that….? Really didn’t want to leave, as it seems that the power and intensity of the move of god there increases daily…. but Sweden is on the horizon for me, Tuesday (leave the USA Monday to fly via England), and feel that there is something I’ve ‘inherited’ from Lakeland to take with me…
Back home, still no water…. 🙁 – the only thing now is to take the cupboards out and have the whole thing re-plumbed… it’s a bizarre experience being in the States with no water! Africa, India (in parts both places) you might expect it… but Viriginia? Not really…. still, someone had to provide a nesting place for the camel back crickets, I suppose…
For those of you who have been following the wonderful and astonishing story of Jenny Johnston, THIS IS ANNIVERSARY WEEK – the anniversary of when the enemy thought he could destroy her and her family with such a vicious and venomous tumour and limit her life to no more than three months… it was a year ago THIS WEEK when the Oncologist diagnosed Jenny’s tumour and accompanying cyst, just a few days before her third birthday. Michael & Lynne, dad and mum, were told she had no hope (and, of course, on September 7, she was given maybe 10-14 days to live). Her right hand side had ‘shut down’, she’d effectively stopped eating, and the future was chemotherapy, radiation, steroids, and death. ON THE 19th, IT IS JENNY’S 4th BIRTHDAY… and she is back dancing, playing, using her trampoline, living life to the full, and getting ready with a lot of excitement to start school…. pretty much on the anniversary of the Oncologist’s ’10-14 days left’ diagnosis….
God has done such a wonderful miracle in Jenny, and more in her family. Her birthday party is one children’s party I actually think I’d LIKE to be at!!!! And to add to the blessing, her Aunt and Uncle have just had a boy cousin for Jenny, and they’ll be in Bangor now, for the big day! Congratulations Chris and Lesley!
Looking forward to flying down to Lakeland, Florida, at the crack of dawn on Tuesday morning, to spend 2 days in the revival that has surrounded Todd Bentley’s ministry there… I want whatever God is giving away, and I’m so glad to have this oppotunity to go with John, my best friend and pastor, just ahead of going to Sweden and then on to Colombia….
Another thing I’m looking forward to is having my ‘head on fire’ friend Alan Gouck, from Bangor, in Cali, Colombia, with john and me… Alan got radically saved and totally transformed when God wonderfully healed Barbara, his wife, of osteo-arthritis, and first his back and shoulders were set ‘on fire’ followed by his head…. reminiscent of Acts 2! That was in December: when I was with them a couple of weeks ago, Alan’s head was STILL on fire, and he’d already looked at fares to Cali on the internet! He’s believing for many people to find the same sort of ‘unreligious’ transformation and faith that he’s found, and for many miracles… it’ll happen, because that’s what he’s EXPECTING!
It’s been good to be at home for these few days…. but it could have been ‘gooder’!!! I can’t remember if I’d blogged that three times, when arriving home from three trips, my mains water supply into the house had burst…. well, it happened again on Tuesday night: caught it before it did too much damage, and lived without water for 24 hours until the plumber could come…. fixed it, told me that there is a strange creature here in the USA (strange to us Brits, anyway!) which like the damp… camel back crickets, and I’d been blessed with an infestation of them… deep joy. Can’t do anything about it without ripping half the kitchen out, which is going to have to happen. THEN…. it burst again in a different place last night. I didn’t notice it for a while. When I did, the cupboard under my sink was about an inch deep in water, so… no water again today, unless I wring out the myriad towels and other things used to try and mop up into the kettle…. sadly, it’s not an insurance claimable thing, so I’m going to have to find the money to have the pipework completely re-done, and the kitchen re-fitted. I’d not be honest if I told you that I said ‘Praise the Lord!’ on both occasions…. in fact, having just spent 6 pretty busy weeks travelling, preaching, praying, and doing what I do, I was a little peeved with God for a few minutes having so looked forward to coming back to my my ‘space’… don’t worry, I’m ok with God now! I DO believe, though, that it IS one of those niggling onslaughts that the enemy wants to use to disrupt the little relaxation and rest time that I do get, so I’d value your prayers over my plumbing!
Must write a newsletter, too, this week!
A lovely testimony just added from Sweden to the testimony page….
Wonderful last few days in Northern Ireland: a visit to the home of the lovely McCausland family, William, Tracy, and their two lovely sons, Callum and Sam. Met them back in March, and prayed for the boys: Callum has dispraxia, and Sam has Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy…. there was evident improvement (certainly to an infrequent visiting outsider!), so it was great to pray them again, and look forward to seeing what God has done in the next few months.
Great to visit Robyn Ferris, too: a brain stem tumour which again seems to be improving day by day… John & Karen, her mum and dad, have become good friends, like Tracy and William.
Lots of individual home ‘visits’ – please pray that a lovely man, Paddy (good Irish name, huh?!) will see the healing I really sensed for him within a few days from motor neurone disease… lovely to re-visit Harry and Annette Sames – especially as when I first met Harry last September, he really was in a terrible way with various life-threatening diseases…. still some healing to be done, but he’s more than alive and I know he’ll be headed totally…… (er, headed??? Possibly even HEALED, Harry!!).
Wonderful meetings on Sunday in Towerview Free Methodist, and then Maghabery Prison (no connection between the two!!)… lovely spirit in both places, and a number of prisoners were in tears…. then out into the wilds of the Irish countryside to Tullylish, where I had the leasure of meeting a great CofIreland vicar, Arthur young, and praying for quite a few people at the end of their healing service.
My office in Bangor is nearly ready… as it seems right to make it my UK base, and for Europe too, looking forward to being able to unpack my bags and stop living out of bags all over the place! The ‘home’ might be available soon, and God has provided me with a car for when I’m in Ireland… God’s so good at doing this stuff!
Heading for a few days in Romania tomorrow, then back for a fast turnaround to go home to the USA on Tuesday… going down to Lakeland, Florida, for a couple of nights, with John, my best mate and pastor in the USA….
A day of catching up with people yesterday! Hendrik & Teija, Alan & Barbara (their stories are in the blog and on the testimonies page), and meeting a great pastor, Ricky Montgomery. AND… the afternoon with the Johnston family: how wonderful it is to see Jenny so ALIVE and full of beans, so much energy, and so amazingly and perfectly normal. It’s a year ago mid June when she was first diagnosed with her brain stem tumour, and nine months since it was my forst ever privilege to meet her and her family. God has done such an amazing miracle in Jenny, it would be almost unbelieveable if it wasn’t what God is best at doing!
So good to catch up with Alan and Barbara, too: God did a lovely healing for Barbara in December, and revolutionised their lives, especially Alan’s! It looks like he’s going to Colombia with me in July, so the revolution will continue!
A return visit today to a town, Dromore, Northern Ireland, to pray for a lovely little girl, Kirsten…. saw her first in March, when her prognosis was very poor indeed. Mum Lisa told me that she had a large tumour on her brain stem that was inoperable, and another large tumour on her spine, also inoperable. She had had surgery for the brain tumour but it couldn’t be removed. Well…. what a wonderful update today! The tumour in Kirsten’s spine has gone, the brain tumour has shrunk (and, if it is going to be needed, which I pray it won’t! is now operable).She is wonderfully alert and alive, eating well, and occasionally bad tempered, so it seems she’s well on the road to total recovery! It was so good to be able to pray with her and mum again today, that the tumour will totally disappear in her brain, and that the shunt in her head will supernaturally be removed, as the doctors have said it can’t be….
It is great to be here in Ireland, too, with my dear friends Hendrik & Teija Hoere, from Cali, Colombia: they are en route to Holland, Hendrik’s home, and it is good to be able to talk about what me and my little team in Cali in July are going to do, as well as catch up with them both, for the first time ever outside of Colombia!
A lovely day last Sunday with long-time friend Gill Tovar, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Twydall…. three services, prayed with people in all of them (surprise, surprise!!)…
a lovely lady Betty, whom I had the privilege of praying with at the church in July last year, came to say ‘thank you’ as she had had a serious blood condition that was not responding to treatment, and God healed her! Elizabeth, maybe the shortest person I’ve ever prayed for, maybe in her late 70’s (rude to ask, huh??!) was helped painstakingly to the front for prayer, using walking sticks (canes for my American friends!), and strong arms of a friend, as she had dislocated knees. As I prayed for her left knee, she began to shout that they were tingling, and then almost shouted ‘They are healed!’ and proceeded to walk rapidly out of the church having cried on my shoulder first…. can’t tell you what a privilege this is! I’m so grateful to God. Believing that a lovely young lady who came for prayer with her mum – Chelsea, 16 – with some serious incurable heart disorders, will be healed by the time she sees the specialist at the Brompton Hospital Thursday. Lots of testimonies going to come from here….
One lovely long-term healing I heard about last week – Sylvia Taylor, at St Mary’s, West Horsley, England, was prayed for 4, maybe nearly 5 years ago: knee problems, lots of pain…. still (literally!) walking in her healing. God is good!
Arrived today in Bangor, Northern Ireland…. it’s nice to be ‘home’! It really is feeling like my UK home more and more, I only hope I can pick up the accent! Seems like the next week is going to be pretty busy, with a myriad ‘home’ visits to tumour victims, and serious sickness of all sorts…. but can’t wait to see my favourite young lady, Jenny Johnston (and her lovely mum, dad, and gran), whom I hear is doing wonderfully well 8 months after she should have died…. the family’s general doctor has now decalred her a miracle, and on Tuesday there is a ‘consultation’ with the oncologist, who I am praying will also utter the ‘m’ word having previously said that God is clearly working overtime on Jenny’s behalf!
On a practical level, I’d value your prayers as I try to ‘jigsaw’ my diary/agenda together: as you can see, the next few months are filling up rapidly, and I’m feeling I need some ‘good’ time at home, and really could do with a bit of a vacation/ holiday (depending on which side of the Atlantic you live….). As you might have noticed, there’s a possibilty of going to Jordan very early in the new year, a possibilty I’d grasp with both hands! The past 3 months have been pretty busy, in fact the year has been: I’m so grateful that people want me, so I’m not complaining, and there’s so much I’d love to fit in, but recognise I need to be wise in putting in ‘rest and relaxation’ time.
Also, I’m praying that I might, just might be able to ‘re-vamp’ my kitchen back home: it is the only part of my house that is… well, a little ‘grim’, and is one of the reasons I don’t really eat when I’m home, as the cooker/range is at best yukky, and the cupboards and counter tops/worktops are in the same category! A good friend at church is a kitchen builder, a good one, and he’s given me a rock bottom price free of labour costs, and free work surfaces…. $4600 (2300 pounds) which will add considerably more than that to the value of the house, and make it really home for me…. and it will add 31 feet of cupboard space in a kitchen about 8×6 feet (2.7×2 metres)!!!!! I struggle with spending money on ‘stuff’ as that is a few airfares in my mind, but I do need ‘home’ to be ‘home’, if you know what I mean. So I’ve taken advice and feel it is a valid prayer request to the Lord for the cash! Guess I’ll find out soon enough!
13 days now…. McDonald’s free wi-fi isn’t really powerful enough to get the web page editing software online! That’s mostly what I’ve been relying on since being in England… so thank you McDonalds for free access! Some great things happened over the past couple of weeks… a lovely meeting at Kings Church, Addlestone, on the 11th: not a big attendance, but so good to be back with a church where my involvement goes back more than 18 years… prayed with a few folk, and the lovely ongoing story of Gabriella, the 2 year old daughter of Pastors Richard and Louise, who really shouldn’t be alive, but of whom the doctors keep saying ‘She’s a miracle….’
In the evening on the 11th, it was wonderful to be with a radical bunch of young people in Haslemere, Surrey: a joint youth work from St Stephen’s Church and Three Counties Church… so many on fire youngsters, it was a privilege to speak to them, and pray for a few. Seems that some want to go on a trip with me one day soon!
During the week, went to the Christian Resources Exhibition a couple of times, and kept bumping into people I haven’t seen for years. Two of them I was at Bible School with, one I hadn’t seen since then (24 years! – and what was worse, he didn’t look any different!! Grrrr… wish I could say the same!). A number of preaching invitations have come as a result, which is a blessing and a privilege, but just what IS God up to with all this involvement in the UK and Europe??!!?? Seems, really, that I had to go and live in the USA in order to come back…. Right now, I’m due to back in the UK or Europe in June, July, August…well, actually, every month this year! Really need to see God’s provision if I’m to fulfil it all!!!
Last weekend I drove down to Cornwall to see my mum, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew… mum’s doing ok, but (when I’m there, anyway!) non-communicative. I love to see her, pray with her, talk to her, but it is tough when there’s nothing coming back. Prayed again with Vivien, Derek, and Stewart… so much healing needed there, please pray for them if you have the time.
After Cornwall, had a great time Sunday with City Church, Plymouth, and there were some healings – Angie, who had a bad pain in her side, that went: her daughter, Lydia, who was being sick and felt very unwell, was healed too. Longing for the total healing of Jules, the pastor, from MS: it’s coming, but the enemy doesn’t want to give up! It’s a great church, and they have 8 people who have just been trained to be street pastors, which is a wonderful ministry to the myriad damaged young people on the streets of the city on weekend nights.
A great time, too, with Maranatha Church, Exeter…. a young man called Matt, going deaf – heard. Thank you Jesus! So many people prayed for, such a tangible presence of God, there were other healings, and God touched many lives. Just waiting to hear reports back…..
This week, I was away with the ‘Rhinos’ – always a special time, and it was fantastic just to be prayed for, ministered to, and prophesied over by a bunch of men whom I love dearly, and who mean so much to me and the ministry God has entrusted to me.
John Pressdee, one of the Rhinos, and pastor of Green Street Green Baptist Church, Orpington, told me about a lady, Edna, in his church (where I preached on 13 April), was blind in her left eye, had been for years…. the Lord touched her eye, she saw, and the next day saw her doctor, who immediately announced ‘It’s a miracle…!!!’
Doing a car boot sale Saturday to bring me back to earth, as I need the cash!… then heading for Twydall, Gillingham, Kent, where I’m preaching 3 times Sunday, and where God has been moving recently… so the vicar at Holy Trinity, Gill, is expecting great things this weekend! I’m praying and believing for that too….
And then on Tuesday, I head back to Bangor, Northern Ireland, for 8 days: so looking forward to being back there, seeing Jenny Johnston… and praying for more and more people.
Wow, nine days and hardly online… nowhere near good enough internet to connect to the web page either! Been a hugely busy time since arriving back from the USA, but at least my luggage arrived with me from the USA! I wonder every time now… My luggage from Sweden finally arrived, too, with the suitcase virtually destroyed! It was one that Samsonite advertise in the USA as virtually indestructible, with a gorilla jumping up and down on it, and throwing it around by the handles…. well, the reason it didn’t arrive was because SASairlines’ baggage handlers had succeeded in doing what the gorilla couldn’t… a point I made with great delight to the airline that their handlers were clearly more destructive than your average gorilla….
A good time with many Romanian friends and some churches, including a number of students with whom I spend a lot of time, a good number of whom are not yet saved, or Christians in waiting…. Over the apst few weeks I’ve heard of more healings, and a good number of people getting saved: I’m trying to get the people concerned to tell me their stories… harder than you’d think!
Back in England now, and starting a busy few weekends of preaching in different parts of the country: tomorrow, I’m with King’s Church, Addlestone, Surrey, a church I love to be involved with and with whom I’ve been linked since the mid 80’s…20 years, scary! Later on, I’m speaking at the Youth Group of St Stephen’s Church, Haslemere, Surrey: not been here before, but their Youth Pastor is a guy I met a few years back, Lee Nancarrow, a dynamic, powerful, crazy guy… so I’m looking forward to that!
Lots of catching up during the week with friends, and plan to get to the Christian Resources Exhibition at Sandown Park to see if there’s anything there I can use in my travels! Later in the week, I will go and see my mum in Cornwall, and spend some time with my sister ahead of going to Plymouth to speak in the City Church, another church with 20 years of friendship and involvement (gulp! – my grandparents used to say things like that!!!!) in the morning, and then at Maranatha Church, Exeter, in the evening, pastored by long-time friend and traveller and crazy guy Andrew Pearkes…. hopefully I’ll be online before then!
Fly back to England today, with a hectic few weeks coming up – in fact the beginning of a hectic 6 months I think! It is wonderful to have so many invitations coming in, and a real blessing. This trip embraces Romania, England, Ireland – where it looks as though I’ll be making a UK base… desperately need one as I’m in the UK and Europe such a lot, and Bangor has become such a ‘home’ to me over the past few months. It looks, through the kindness of god’s people, that I might well have a room in someone’s home, an office, and more… just praying now for a car there, as it is too expensive to keep taking mine across on the ferry (I’m told 250 pounds a round trip, and that with the probability of an 800 round trip to Stranraer, adding another 150 pounds in petrol! Please pray about this for me, if you can? I’d so appreciate it….
Very remiss of me not to update for 10 days… great confernece at my home church in Newport News, Virginia, even if the attendance was a little less than we’d hoped for… Dave & Clare did a lot of music and preaching between them, and I preached a bit too (can’t help it sometimes!). Lots of prayer and ministry with the folk there, lots of prophetic words flowing, and the feeling that I’ve met a ‘key’ couple as a result of the conference: Ian & Bev Roberts, from Williamsburg, spent a lot of time chatting and praying with them post-meetings….
Fantastic time yesterday in a meeting at Grace Fellowship, Williamsburg: the presence of God was there in such a wonderful way, it was so ‘easy’ to preach (though I’m still always so, so nervous before I start: wonder why I put myself through the trauma so often!). A big response from the 150 or so people there, guess I must have prayed with 40-50, and my friends Dave & Clare prayed for loads of people too, as did John (my Pastor) and Frank & Phoebe Shaia, mentioned below. The Pastors of the church, Jack Joyner & Brian Fleming, are wonderful guys (Brian even loves ‘proper’ football! – as opposed to the American type with your hands!), and a strong link has been forged here. I love good relationships! Looking forward to hearing the testimonies out of yesterday’s meeting.
Jack came up with a wonderful testimonial after the meeting, which I’ve put on the ‘Who is Paul?’ page, under ‘What other people say….’
So much to catch up with when I returned home, it’s been hard to relax! A good few days, nonetheless, and a wonderful meeting last night in the Fellowship ‘The Watering Hole’ led by my dear friends, Frank & Phoebe Shia. It’s been a few months since I had the joy of being with them, and God touched and blessed a lot of people, including me! A lovely lady, Jean, was healed (her story is on the testimony page), and I believe a miracle set in progress for a guy named Sean, 34, with something that related to MS, called arachnoiditis. It is inflammation of one of the 3 linings that surround the brain and the spine, and is excruciatingly painful, debilitating, immobilising, and incurable. Sean has had this for 2 years, and had a sense (though I don’t want to say it was prophetic) that he’d be healed within 2 months…and so put my money where my mouth was!!! Looking forward to hearing how God does this!
Jenny Johnston in Bangor, Northern Ireland, is doing great! She’s back on her trampoline, dancing, and just building up lost strength from those awful dark months in the autumn… the Oncologist said recently – ‘It’s obvious God is working overtime on Jenny’s case!’ Wonderful!!!! Looking forward to seeing Jenny in May or early June… still working on some dates!
It’s been an odd few days in many ways, catching up with friends in England (which is nice, not odd!!) but after the busy-ness of the past 5 weeks, it’s been a strange adaptation! I’m actually more tired than I was when I was in full flood! Still, preaching on Sunday in Orpington, at the church of my very-long-time friends John & Yvonne Pressdee; John is a fellow Rhino, and they are both such great people that I’m sure their church reflects who they are, so I’m looking forward to it.
Then Monday, head back for the States, and home…. haven’t seen my house since before the end of February, so I’m looking forward to that, too, and to have a few nights in my own bed!
Well, it really does seem like SAS airlines have managed to completely lose my main suitcase on a non-stop flight from Stockholm to London… really value your prayers, if you’re a pray-er, as the bag contains all my best shirts, trousers/pants, polo shirts, phone chargers, washing kit, loads of vitamins and standby medication…and more. My frustration is compounded by the fact that the airline seem to have an excuse/reason not to have any liability, and had the audacity to suggest that due to their negligence I should claim on my insurance…. I really do need this bag back, and it has to be somewhere in the world, with my luggage tags on it. It’ll take a long time to claim from insurance anyway, and I just don’t have the means to finance (even temporarily) the replacement of everything essential lost, nor do I have the time to do it…. so please pray! Thank you….
Some lovely stories coming from Sweden… I’ve included one on the testimonies page about a lady named Ulrika, with Multiple Scelrosis… an ongoing story, but one ‘in process’ and worthy of current inclusion, especially as she doesn’t yet know the Lord….! It was a strange few days, realised how tired I was after Sweden, and, in slowing down a little, just got more and more tired as my body relaxed! Love Sweden, want to go back again as soon as possible…
More healing for the mum mentioned below… she’s able to walk bending her feet now, which she hasn’t been able to do in years… up to the knees next, Anne!! … until finally right out through the top of your head, healing all the way up! And David is delightedly telling his friends that God has healed him… oh that we adults would tell the ‘testimony of Jesus, which is the spirit of prophecy’ (Rev 19:10) more and more, and louder and louder…
And Maria, a lady from Novi Sad, Serbia, whose story is in the blog mid January, healed overnight from chronic scoliosis (curvature of the spine for us Brits!) back then, is telling her story everywhere…
On a ‘down’ note… after my trying ‘luggage experience’ with Delta Airlines in December, when 3 out 3 bags were lost, my luggage didn’t turn up from Stockholm yesterday either 🙁 – my big suitcase with all my clothes, washing stuff, phone adaptors, my 20 year old ‘bought in China’ back scratcher, spectacles… Scandinavian Airlines seems as inept and incompetent as Delta. I keep getting the usual stock answer ‘we’ll send a fax to Stockholm’ – 20 years ago I might have accepted that that might take time, but with communication so fast today, it’s not acceptable! So, now I have to try and remember (again!) what was in my luggage, and then go through the time-wasting fight of getting money back from an airline… If I’d flown through Terminal 5 at Heathrow, I might have expected it, but a 2 hour direct flight from Stockholm to Terminal 3…?
If you’re the praying sort, and reading this, please pray for luggage protection for me. It really is more than a frustration: it causes immense inconvenience, and even to get the airline to refund emergency items (like a razor and shower gel) in Delta’s case has taken 3 months…
Back in England now, and reflecting on what has been a wonderful trip… a young man, David, aged about 10, who’d had an undiagnoseable problem with his right leg (a great deal of pain, couldn’t do sports, and more…) was healed last night. His mum was also experiencing healing from her toes upwards… literally! A great timje yesterday at Stojan and Soila Gajicki’s church, in Kungsangan, Stockholm…. a lot of freedom, and a lot of blessing… healings, too, I know.
And for me, the immense delight of having Ulf Christiansson, who is mentioned in previous blogs, going to Colombia with me in June, if his diary works out ok… Lots of invitations back, which is always nice (It’s never a nice feeling when you’re invited to speak somewhere – once!!), so most of this trip was second and third visits, and to be invited back again is very reassuring!
29 March later!
Nice after a flight and a hard but good two weeks to arrive in Stockholm and find that my friend Stojan Gajicki has arranged a sauna…!! Man, it was hot, but it certainly soaked away some of the tiredness…!
Spent the morning praying with a lovely couple in Boras, Pierre & Marita Enbert… they are a delight to be with, Marita has suffered from stomach and lung cancer for a couple of years or so now. Had the joy of praying with her last June, when she was not in good state health-wise: could hardly get out of bed, couldn’t walk, coudln’t even read the newspaper. 15 mniutes after being prayed for, she was cleaning the windows of her house… the cancer, according to the doctors, is still there, but she is living pretty much a normal life, and even the effects of chemotherapy are totally non-existent in her body!
Was driven down to Gothenburg to meet up with good friend Rory Kaye, who’d organised what turned into a lovely, crazy meeting in his home with quite a good number of people: Lars, one of those there, had bad back problems, and he was healed, a not yet Christian older lady was saved, along with a young lady, others hugely and mightily touched by God with healing, anointing, blessing, laughter….
I love it when God messes a meeting up!
This afternoon, fly on to Stockholm, where I meet up with my dear friend, Stefan Gajicki, who is such a wonderful, spiritual crazy man…. two services in his church tomorrow, which I’m anticipating will be a great blessing!
Two very busy internet-less days… in Aneby, a small town near Huskvarna (chain saws!) and Jonkopping (matches!) – good days, based out in the forest at a Bible school base. Dave & Clare went with me from Gothenburg, leaving me there as they had to fly back to England Wednesday… really good evening meeting, with a lot of faith from many people who are really praying powerfully into revival for Sweden. Seemed to pray for just about everything that moved, and prophesied over many. Dave was prophesying like there was no tomorrow over some people, and there were some testimonies of healings, and some ‘feeling better’ – I want more than that!! At the end of the meeting (11pm), Christer Brandt, a lovely staff guy from the Bible school, asked me if I knew the plans for Wednesday…I thought I had an evening meeting, but it turned out I had 5.5 hours of seminars on ‘A delivered people, a prophetic nation’ – sooooo, not a lot of sleep that night! Wonderfully, God turned up, along with about 50 people, and there was some terrific ministry, setting people firstly free from fear (especially the fear of men/other people)…. then from shyness, and then seeing a number released into prophetic words….
In the evening, again seemed to pray for the world and his wife, with some testimonies of healings from the night before, and some others there and then… so, a tiring but fruitful day. Must have done ok, as they are conisdering asking me back as a main speaker at the midsummer conference in June 2009 (Sweden’s conference season as it is the big holiday, the USA equivalent of Thanksgiving, except they have the week off!). I’m told that between 2-5000 come to the conference, so it could be fun. (Thinks: maybe I need a team!!)
Drove from Aneby to Boras today, to meet up with ‘old’ friends Bjorn & Maria Isaksson. Visits to the home of some lovely Iranians to pray for one very sick, and another not so sick lady… then to hospital to man suffering residual blindness from brain damage caused by a stroke. The very sick lady. Farnus, (broken the base of her spine, major back and leg problems obviously) felt intense heat… always a good sign! … and said the pain had subsided… the other lady felt like a heavy weight on her as I prayed, so hope to hear tomorrow that they were healed… the man in hospital I had a real sense that he would go home this weekend discharged… please Lord, please!!!
In Boras tonight, smallish meeting, but lovely atmosphere, and a guy called Carl experience freedom from a 5-month long stomach disorder that made him constantly feel her needed to be sick… another lady, with chronic next pain, had the pain go, praise the Lord… there were others, but the remarkable story here is GOING to be a wonderful lady, Marita Enbert (stomach cancer) and her lovely husband Pierre. Marita has had cancer a long time, is going through Chemotherapy but with absolutely NO SIDE EFFECTS at all, and I’ve prayed/propheised that her tumours will be gone by Monday… I’m really believing more and more that some date to ‘habg your hat on’ is in line with God’s plan, as Jesus never said ‘at some vague nebulous date in the future you might be healed’ or ‘shame you weren’t here yesterday, you blind person, as I had a REAL anointing for that then, but not now….’ So, Lord, please.. you’ve done it an increasing number of times, please give me the confidence to keep doing it: If it worked for Elisha and the Shunamite Woman (‘this time next year you’ll be holding your own child’) it’s good enough for me to run with…. Lots of people blessed, including a lovely married couple, and then home late again…
Tomorrow, going to really lay hold of Marita’s healing in her home with Pierre, and Maria Isaksson… the Enberts are such a wonderful couple, and will trumpet the story far and wide when it is complete… so, by Monday, please God!
Then on to Gothenburg, for a meeting in the evening organised by my American friend Rory Kaye… it’ll be a blast with Rory, a man who moves powerfully in prophesy, and healing, so we should have fun!
Heard this week of more testimonies from LAST year’s trips here, and the continued healing of many who were healed then… want to hear more, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WRITE TO ME IF YOU ARE HEALED!!!!! I’D MUCH RATHER PUT YOUR stories on the testimony page than have me telling your stories!
I’m desperately tired, it’s been a great but demanding trip, it’s 1.30 am as I write, so I’d value your prayers for strength over the l;ast few days of a fantastic tri pto Sweden. Saturday I fly to Stockholm from Gothenburg, for a relaxing evening with my lovely buddy Stojan Gajicki and his great wife Soila… and his lovely family, before 2 services in his church Sunday and no doubt mucho praying!! Please pray that as I stand up to speak, the tiredness will drop away… thank you and bless you!
One of the great passions of my life is to see other people move into a new dimension of ministry and power… if I can help facilitate that in any way, then I have a great sense of fulfillment and blessing. The church I mentioned yesterday, ‘The House’, is a church built on a foundation of prayer and fasting – the first couple of years or so of their 4 year existence was purely prayer and fasting. You can imagine, then, that this foundation has provided an astonishing platform on which the it is based. The people who make up that church – principally young people, but fathered and mothered wonderfully by Ulf and Else-Maria Christiansson – move powerfully and with great anointing in evangelism, intercession, and prophecy. So it was wonderful yesterday to see them ignited with healings and miracles… a quite astonishing afternoon and evening (it began about 2pm and ended at 830 pm!), to see them commanding healing & miracles in the name of Jesus, with a passion and fire that will see many, many lives transformed and the dead raised…. It is such a privilege to be able to encourage people, guide them a little, and the wind them up and let them go… great to stand back and watch God anoint them with a new dimension of his power. Rebecca Christiansson felt such an intensity of the fire of God in her injured back she was yelling with the heat (which I felt in my fingers, too)… she’s a young woman with an astonishing destiny (she’s been prophesied over twice that she has a ‘Kathryn Kuhlman’ anointing)….wow!!!
There’s a lot of talk about ’emerging’ churches; I’m not really sure what that title means (apart from some emerging churches closing down as ‘we don’t need to meet anymore, only have meals together’)… there is a need for churches that embrace the raw power of the Holy Spirit, and I feel that ‘The House’ will be a church that many will look to in order to ‘model’ an Acts 2 church in the 21st century. More power to you Ulf, and stay right off the end of the branch, my friend!
During the course of the last few days, I’ve preached so much, prayed so much, and encouraged others, that my voice is almost totally gone! So with meetings every day, some days 2 meetings, between now and leaving Sweden, I need God to do a restoration work on my larynx by this evening’s meeting in Aneby!!! And whilst the snow LOOKS lovely, it would be a blessing if no more fell so that we can get to Aneby by road, and Dave & Clare can get back to Gothenburg tonight, leaving me there for tomorrow’s meeting….
Writing here just seems to get wilder and wilder….! Been in ‘The House’ today… wow…! An more passionate collection of primarily young people you’d be hard pushed to find anywhere. As a church, they meet in the home of Ulf Christiansson, many of them recent converts from drug/alcohol excess backgrounds. The church was established about 4 years ago, on the foundation of purely prayer and fasting for 2 and a half years. Because so many are recent converts, they carry no religious ‘baggage’ and have simply been, through the ongoing prayer and fasting, totally ignited by the fire of God. It was a privilege, blessing, and pleasure to be with them. With the ‘Core’ today, their leadership group, and I want them to pray for me….
Got to pray with and prophesy over a good number of their guys last night: Dave and Clare have been fantastic to have around, as they are both prophetic and powerful prayers. Hoping that I can twist their arms to go to Aneby with me tomorrow afternoon, before they leave for England on Wednesday morning.
It’s almost a total ‘whiteout’ here in western Sweden, with snow falling heavily all day yesterday, and the temperatures to match (yesterday I guess about -6C). It looks beautiful, but of course it’s not quite so beautiful to walk or drive in! But seeing as I haven’t seen such snow in a long time, I’m thoroughly enjoying it!
Wow! What a wonderful meeting last night at Korskyrkan (Church of the Cross) here in Alingsas….!!! The worship took off, the most amazing passionate piano player you’ll ever see, Svenne Jansson (he looks like Larry Norman only with a piano!)… from what I recall, Svenne never had a lesson, can’t read a note of music, yet plays just amazingly, improvising and producing amazing music…prayed for him, and he was so impacted by the Holy Spirit he was under the piano, reaching up and playing awesomely with one hand whilst rolling on the floor laughing!
Met for the first time, and was translated by, a wonderful guy, Daniel Viklund: Daniel carries an amazing anointing, and I felt so in awe that a man recognised as one of the best preachers in Scandinavia would translate for me. It was so easy to preach with him even though we’d never met until 30 minutes before the service. Such a wonderful, humble young man. Per Sotorp, a Norwegian singer, whom I met last year, has become such a good friend over the past few days, along with his lovely wife Ester. The church pastors, Hans & Eva Marklund, are just wonderfully unreligious, totally free in God, and a joy to be alongside. Hans wants to open up Finland to me, the third person to do so, so it seems that Finland will be featuring in my future… back 4 weeks ago, Bill Beni, a lovely prophetic pastor from my home state, Virginia, prophesied over me that I would have a significant impact and ministry in Finland, so who am I to dispute what God is saying from so many men of God??? I know that Sweden will also increasingly be on my agenda, especially with the depth of friendship developing with wonderfully Godly people like Vello & Ingalill Vaim, Hans & Eva, Stojan & Soila Gajicki, Per & Ester Sotorp, Morgan Carlsson, Daniel Viklund, Ulf Christiansson, Christer Brandt, Pauli & Soila Kemi, and many more…
I’m just a bit breathless, if I’m honest, at the pace that all this is gathering! Norway is likely to soon feature on my agenda, too.
Last night, it was so fantastic to have God speak prophetically to so many people, and by the end of the evening, Hans, the pastor, was totally drunk in the Holy Spirit, and there were many other people prayed for, and some significant healings in the pipeline….
It’s 2.20 am as I write, adrenaline still racing, but with some wonderful meetings over the next couple of days in Gothenburg with The House, a church led by Ulf Christiansson, where I’m believing for signs that make you wonder…
So many people from here seem to want to travel with me, and I’m already saying to God that a team with Vello & Ingalill, Hans & Eva, Per & Ester, Daniel, Morgan, Dave & Clare (my lovely Brit friends, who are just cutting loose here with prophesy, words of encouragement, and praying for the sick), Stojan Gajicki, plus John from my home church, and me, of course(!!) ought to go to Colombia together sooner rather than later…
Wonderful news today!!! Lovely Jenny Johnston in Bangor, Northern Ireland started walking totally normally last night! She’d been walking for about a month, but needed, after 9 months of non-use, to build up muscle strength. She’d waslk holding hands, or just one or two steps on her own, but last night, she announced, ‘I’m going to walk now!’. Lynne, her mum, got up to hold her hand, and she said, ‘No, on my own!!!!’ PRAISE THE LORD!!!!! Easter weekend, and the TOTAL COMPLETION of one of the most remarkable miracles I’ve lived through and see. When Jesus died, he said ‘IT IS FINISHED!!!!’ and not ‘I am finished’…. Thank you Jesus, you are SO not finished, just beginning in many of our lives to realise the awesome power that raised you from the dead is alive and well and living in US!!!!!
Wonderful meeting in Church of the Cross (Korskyrkhan), Alingsas, here in Sweden. The presence of God was so, so tangible, and the power of God was there to heal and set free. Another meeting there tonight, which I believe is going to be even better!
Tomorrow, Good Friday in most of the world (not Eastern Europe/Orthodox faiths). I pray that the power of God’s amazing gift of Jesus, to a dying and desperate world, will be yours, and that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, and who IS alive in you, will compel to do what Jesus did, and greater things than he did…
Two great evening prophetic schools at City Church, Orebro with my friends Vello & Ingalill Vaim, and Dave & Clare Cleave. I have to admit I felt extremely nervous and out of my depth, as I would never put myself myself in the ‘prophet’ category, just someone who prophesies… but God was gracious, and my butterflies somehow seemed to fly in formation rather than out of control, and God blessed a lot of people…. as well as praying for the gift of prophecy for people, healing, miracles… God broke the fear of man over a good number of lives. I’m so grateful that God still seems to enjoy ‘stretching’ me, and grateful that he changed my willingness to be stretched many years ago!
A wonderful miracle is in progress here: the son in law of people in a local church works in drug rehabilitation. Last weekend he found a young lady in the rehab home who had taken such a huge overdose that the doctors said she would not come out of the coma, and only be a vegetable. Prayed with the mother in law, by proxy for this young lady, and today she opened her eyes….
Travelling away from Orebro tomorrow, to Alingsas, for two evenings at the Easter Conference of the Church of the Cross, pastored by a wonderful man named Hans Marklund. Looking to God for him to heal, bless, set free, and perform his wonders (as great American preacher Bill Johnson says, ‘Signs that make you wonder!’).
Sunday & Monday, along with Dave & Clare, I’m in a church simply known as ‘The House’ in Gothenburg… it is led by Ulf Christenson, whose albums I remember buying donkeys ago as he led a great Christian rock band ‘Jerusalem’… so looking forward to some rocking worship, as he’s just reforming the band (in his sixties… hope for me yet!!).
Great to be back in Sweden, to catch up with so many of the friends made last year. Two meetings Saturday afternoon and evening at Agape Church, Sundbyberg, just south of Stockholm: the place was pretty packed for both, and it was lovely to see God touch some lives quite profoundly… there were some healings, not just physical, but emotional too, and a wonderful outbreak of the laughter and joy of the Lord in the second meeting. It’s great, too, to see how God over-rules some of the decisions or perceptions I make! There were two women in the meeting who for most of it sat with faces like stone (I know my jokes and storeis are bad, but most people are kind enough to at least smile!!), one in particular ‘looking daggers’ at me… when you speak, you quickly learn to try not to look too often at the ‘negative’ people, but there were others near her I wanted to look at! Well, they stayed right until the end, still looking the same, then came to speak to me…. I sort of dreaded it, but asked names and what can I pray for? as I always do. The sharpest dagger just said ‘life is hell’… often, at times like that, it is best not to get someone to go through an interminable list of why it is hell… so I asked a few pertinent questions, then prayed for her. For some minutes it seemed not to be being received, but then suddenly God broke through her internal storm with his peace, his grace, and his mercy… it is such a privilege to see God transform someone, and suddenly she began to laugh and cry, ending uprolling on the floor laughing, then staggering out of the church like she was drunk….
Two services yesterday in the lovely City Church, Orebro (pronounced Er-e-brew!) with many, many people responding for ministry, some immediate and obvious testimonies, and many more to come, I firmly believe that! I’m speaking there again tomorrow and Wednesday, doing some things on prophecy and healing, along with a wonderful couple from Orebro – my hosts here for a few days – Vello and Ingalill Vaim. Also arriving tomorrow are long-time Brit friends Dave & Clare Cleave, who will be around for the next week, sharing in the praying and in many others ways. Dave is a great worship leader, Clare a straight-talking speaker, and both prophetic… so it will be fun!
The last days in Ireland – Thursday & Friday last week, were great: both incredibly busy, Thursday going to many people’s homes to pray, and the Royal Hospital, in Belfast: in the evening the drive south to Clontibret, in Eire: warm response, a good number to pray for, and a blessing to be there again.
On Thursday, it was great to speand a little time with Jenny Johnston, and spend some time with the family….. her story has been the inspiration for many people’s healing already, and that is going to not only continue, but accelerate….
Great to go to a town, Dromore, to pray for a lovely 22 month old baby with a brain tumour, her mum, and then two lovely ladies, Rosalyn and Betty… a lovely change in the atmosphere in both homes, and a real sense of God’s healing touching all the lives…
Heard a lovely testimony, too, from a young lady named Laura, from Towerview Free Methodist Church, who had ligament damage in foot healed on Sunday (her story is on the testimony page), and to have the privilege of sharing with a ‘packed house’ of people during yesterday evening. Prayed for many, including a young lady named Jemma, not yet in the kingdom, but facing serious surgery for pulmonary hypertension and other breathing disorders… please pray for her, would you? It was great to have Andrew Barr and his associate, Geoff, from the Healing Rooms, there: to say God has bonded our hearts in 36 hours would be an understatement.
This evening, a whole mass of people from a few different churches gathered in the home of a fantastic couple, Don & Helen Ritchie: almost reminiscent of a Chinese house church!! A joy to have the honour of sharing with them, and, again, praying with many of them for healing. Some clear evidences of God’s healing power tonight!!!
Busy day tomorrow, ahead of leaving Friday morning to return briefly to England, en route to Sweden. Thursday is filled with visits to sick people in their homes, along with the joy of seeing Jenny Johnston for a little while… then at midday off with wonderful retired (not likely – he’s so busy!) pastor Jim Hagan to pray for more sick people before crossing over the border into the south for a meeting in Clontibret.
Value your prayers for strength and refreshing, as it is a busy day, and Sweden kicks off with four meetings in the first 20 hours of my being there….
Saw Andy (see entry for 7th!) at the men’s meeting (see photo and story on testimonies page)… looking great, the doctors ‘can’t find’ the motor neurone disease or the parkinson’s disease on any of his scans and tests 🙂 and the diabetes is ….stabilised!!!!
What a lovely weekend away with the Men’s Fellowship group from West Church, Bangor. The location was absolutely stunning, overlooking some of the most beautiful coastline you’ll see anywhere in the world. It was a joy yesterday to have the privilege of speaking to the group, having listened to, and been blessed by a lovely pastor on Saturday, Kelvyn Adams. The opportunity was there to pray with all the men yesterday, and prophesy over many of them, and there was both laughter and tears. I was taken to the Giant’s Causeway Saturday, which is pretty speactacular, but also perishing cold! – and plenty of time to get to know some lovely men whom I’ve not really known until now.
In the evening Sunday, there was a lovely meeting at Towerview Free Methodist Church, pastored and led so well by Jeremy and Suzanne Forsyth… I think I prayed with just about everyone at the end of the meeting! It was fantastic to see Alan and Barbra Gouck, whom God touched so wonderfully in December: Barbara healed from very disabling arthtritis – she could barely walk then – and who looks a different person now – and Alan, who brought his wife to the meeting as a self-confessed ‘very backslidden Christian’… he hadn’t had any relationship with God for 20 years or more, and as I prayed for Barbara God set his shoulders and back ‘on fire’! The following Tuesday, he came to another meeting, to tell me of Barbara’s healing, and God set his head on fire then… at which point he re-committed his life to the Lord! He’s even more on fire now, and he, too, looks totally different!
Met two great men this morning – Andrew Barr, who heads up the Welss of Revival ministry in Northern Ireland, and is responsible for all the Healing Rooms in Ireland. There was an instant bonding of hearts as God brought us together, and it is for a purpose way beyond coffee in the International Airport, Belfast, where we met! Andrew has asked me to be a speaker at the Healing Rooms Irealnd conference in October….
Then met Billy McClay: an amazing man, 71 years young, totally and overwhelmingly on fire for God, and so full of passion and fire for the Kingdom. Billy is contagious… I love any man who says things like ‘I got invited to speak in such-and-such a church, and I TRIED to behave…’!!!
Some quality time spent with Callum and Sam McCausland, and dad and mum Will and Tracey… Tracey said there had been a measure of improvement in both of them sionce last week, which is great, loved the chance of praying with them again, and believing God for an astonishing miracle in both of them…
Busy day tomorrow visiting some seriously sick people in their homes… always a privilege, but very demanding and draining… another meeting in the evening at towerview Free Methodist, so hope to hear some testimonies from last night, especially as Alan invited almost all his family last night, and I think I prayed with them all!
You know, it is SUCH a privilege to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords… and a wonderful privilege, too, to see him at work. Yesterday, it was so much more than a delight (I can’t think of words to say greater than that) to go and visit the home of Michael & Lynne Johnston, parents of Jenny, and share in their joy of seeing their gorgeous little daughter being a normal 3 year old again after the trials, traumas, and despair of the last 6 months of 2007…. Jenny looks wonderful, she has not ‘lost’ any of her words, humour, intellect, or life despite the crushing nature of the tumour that filled her head during the middle to the end of last year. God has done such an amazing miracle in Jenny’s life, in the family, amongst friends and neighbours, and in the medical community. A lady who works in Marks and Spencers, who remembered her before her tumour, saw her during it, and despaired, like many who don’t know Jesus, cried yesterday when she saw the radical and total transformation of a little girl (and her family) who walked through the valley of the shadow of death, and emerged triumphant with Jesus out the other end into abundant life….
My job might not earn me much in worldly terms, or give me any ‘human’ security, but who can ask for more than being even a little involved in such an awesome act of God…?
It was a joy, too, the meet the McCausland family in Hillsborough, Northern Ireland, and have the privilege of praying for Callum, 5, (dispraxia – apraxia if you’re from the USA! – a measure of autism and a traumatic start to his life) and Sam, 18 months (severe Becker muscular dystrophy or duchenne syndrome, the doctors aren’t sure, only that both are fatal in teenage years)… all being well, I’m going to pray for them again on Monday, please, please add them to your list of prayer needs.
Later on this morning, I’m speaking at the West Church, Bangor, Men’s Fellowship group, where I’m hoping and praying that a man named Andy Putz will be there: last October, I had the privilege of praying with Andy, who was dying with motor neurone disease, class 1 diabetes, and parkinsons. He was tested a few days later at his regular hospital check up, and had none of them…. I would love to get him to write his testimony and video him too….
Wow! Where does time go? A week since last updating here, seems like 3 days, and as usual haven’t been able to get online anywhere, except for a few minutes in the car sitting outside a ‘MacDonalds’ where they now have free wireless internet access, bless ’em! Almost worth patronising them and eating a big mac for their kindness!
Some great sessions with Voice of Comfort church in London – Africans are so much less backward in coming forward to tell you they have been healed, touched, blessed… there were a number of healings, and I hope before long to hear of more!
Great, too, as I was in the vicinity, to meet up with my long-time friends John & Yvonne Pressdee (and in john’s case, a fellow Rhino!). When I landed back in England last Tuesday, I called John at the very moment he was leaving a hospital having visited one of his congregation, very very ill with cancer. He told me that he’d been sitting with this lady, Anne, thinking ‘I wish Paul Bennison was here!’…then I rang! Went with him on Thursday to visit her, she had been diagnosed with bowel cancer, and it had spread to many other parts, and there were (as often with bowel cancer) liver complications. Having seen at least two people healed of the same thing at the back end of last year, it was a joy to pray with real faith for her healing.
A long weekend in Romania was great too, immediately followed this morning by a 3.45am alarm (joy oh joy!) to be at Heathrow airport for 4.45 to fly to Belfast at 6.40! Looking forward immensely to my time here in Ireland, but just have this sneaky feeling it’s going to be busy….! The joy of seeing Jenny Johnston will make it all miraculously worthwhile!
Last week, Michael & Lynne, Jenny’s parents, had to take her for another visit to the oncologist (who first pronounced her imminent death in September, then in October announced that everything that had shut down in her body was irreversible, then in December that he ‘couldn’t explain it’ as to why not only was she alive, but that the irreversible was reversing…) – well, last week, his comment was that ‘someone up there must be working very hard on her behalf’!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t imagine we’ll get much nearer to having a non-Christian consultant say that a miracle has taken place! This is why God has done it slowly, of that I am more and more convinced, to show THE WORLD that Jesus is Lord and heals when it is totally IMPOSSIBLE!!!
Time to start this busy ball rolling…! For the next two days, I’m speaking at a conference in south east London for a church – Voice of Comfort International – an African church, which I love. I’d value prayer for an increase in all that I rambled about two days ago in the blog… anointing, power, new level of ministry… I SO long to see God do more and more here in Britain, and I’m asking for great signs and wonders to visit these meetings with my African brothers and sisters, whose own expectation levels are often so much greater than us average Brits!
A few days with Romania follows, back Tuesday: then back to Heathrow for 4.45 am to fly to Bangor, Northern Ireland, where I’m so, so longing to see Jenny Johnston, as the 3 months since I saw her have brought such a massive advance in her ongoing miracle (remember that specialists said she had two weeks to live on September 7th last year…)… also to see another lovely young lady, Robyn, aged 6, who has the same problem as Jenny had, and two little boys who are both very unwell – Callum and Sam McCausland. Please pray for these children… there will be lots of meetings, I’m sure, and many homes to visit with very sick people… I NEED that fresh anointing!
Arrived back in England today to begin a hectic few weeks! At least no baggage damage on the flight last night! (see 19th’s entry!).
The conference at Virginia Beach last week was such a necessary time for me: it was a place where I just sat, and got ‘fed’ and very fired up… all the conference speakers were great, but I especially enjoyed Bill Johnson, a great prophetic Bible teacher from California: received an impartation of fresh fire and increased anointing from the Lord through Bill… literally rubbed shoulders with him and John to receive more of the anointing God has given them! God gave a prophetic word for me to a man I knew a little, but who knew nothing about where God was taking me…. as I arrived at the conference, he came over to me, and said “God is telling me that you are going to have a major ministry and impact in Finland. Have you ever been there?” No, I haven’t… BUT, I know of wonderful Finninsh Pastors in Stockholm, Sweden, who have invited me to their country, and Stojan, my dear Serbian friend from Stockholm, is married to a Finn and does a lot of preaching there… looks like I might go with him in September.
SO… now with Sweden and Finland on the agenda, and a return to Serbia scheduled for later this year, it looks like Scandinavia – so clse all the years I lived in England, and now so far living in the USA! – are truly on my ‘radar’…
Sunday, in my home church, we had a wonderful prophetic lady, Jean Allen, come to speak. I’d never met Jean, but she prophesied over a number people during the meeting, and the word she had for me was astonishingly accurate, and massively encouraging! …about increased anointing, for the nations: that there will be a new level in ministry, a time of stepping up to a new level of power and anointing, that God was going to give me teams of people who would regularly travel with me (that’s been my prayer for years!), and she prophesied much, much more…
Really value your prayers for my ‘property’ – not the house, but ‘stuff’… there has been a continuous ‘chipping away’ onslaught on things at home and things I travel with, that drains the limited resources I have. I guess it all began with the two burglaries in May/June 2006, when I discovered that ‘new for old’ replacement contents insurance (even with one of the biggest companies – no names, just a red phone!) meant absolutely nothing when a large amount of stuff is stolen and the finance/commission-driven rogue loss adjusters get their teeth into you. I lost at least 50% of what was stolen, and even now I’m remembering things that were stolen, but too late…
More recently, it has been small, but consistent, things. On the trip back to the USA yesterday, both my bags, one a virtually new Samsonite hard-sided case, the other, a very good quality canvas wheeled bag, were damaged. The suitcase has a locking retractable handle, essential in its use as there is no other way of wheeling it: when it came up on the carousel, the handle was up – and bent, so it won’t retract anymore, making it unusable. I always buy good luggage as mine is used so much, and the airlines do treat the bags very badly. I went to claim for the suitcase, but – of course – they have a ‘disclaimer’ saying handles aren’t covered…. the canvas bag has had one end almost ripped off and it, too, is now unusable. It might not sound much, but to replace them both is about $400 (200 pounds) – that’s an airfare to quite a few places, and this sort of thing is happening constantly….
Just before I flew to England 3 weeks ago, the mains water pipe into my house burst. I’d been out, but forgot my glasses (thank God for bad eyesight, sometimes!!), and I had to come home to get them. Heard a strange noise, went to the kitchen to see what it was, and was standing in water! I lost a lot of the ‘stuff’ that’s stored in cupboards under the sink – unclaimable, of course! I’m grateful to God that it waited until to 2 am this morning to burst in another place – I’d got home at 11.30 pm. It was about 10 minutes before I heard the noise, by which time the replacement ‘stuff’ under the sink was wrecked again… and of course, there’s the repair costs!
Another area where there is a ‘drain’ is in airline tickets. Often, I find a great price, but don’t have the money: when I have the money, the price has doubled! When I’m in countries like Romania, Colombia, or Serbia, it is impossible to book online anyway, as western banks block all online card activity as fraud is so high in some places. Just an example – I found a ticket to Sweden for about 70 pounds 4 weeks back: a good price, but no money. When I went to book it last week, it was 119 pounds 🙁 – when you’re looking at a 4-500 pound fare, that can rise to 6-700 pounds just because of a delay.
Soooo…. if you would ,please pray, as I’d much prefer to spend that sort of money on a fare, or give it away to someone or a project, in the third world!
Please pray, too, if you would, concerning bookings. So many options, so many invitations (for which I’m very grateful to God!), but so little time in comparison. I’d love to do all of them, but of course, it is impossible. I just need more and more wisdom.
What a lovely morning at Frensham Baptist Fellowship yesterday! It was great to be with Russ & Roz (Roz is one of the two elders): I think I prayed for just about everyone in the church at the end of speaking, and I’m looking forward to hearing the stories that come from there and from Maidstone last week. It was a delight to be with them, and I’m already looking forward to going back there…
The biggest news of the week though, is about lovely Jenny Johnston, from Bangor…. Jenny has now got back much more use in her right arm, and HAS BEGUN EATING AGAIN!! The chemotherapy and other treatment back in the summer/autumn last year, had left a terrible taste in her mouth, and nothing tasted right. She was keeping going on milk, until last week, when everything returned to normal! Lynne, her mum, is letting her choose whatever she wants (who wouldn’t when she hasn’t eaten since last June?????!!!). Very soon, I want to put the WHOLE story here, with pictures of how Jenny looked last year, and how she looks now….
On my way back home to the USA for a few days, including going to get well fed and blessed at a conference at Virginia Beach, with John Arnott from Toronto, and Bill Johnson. Just frustrated by yet another flight delay here in Newark!
Wow! What a wonderful day at St Lukes on Sunday…. prayed for a lot of people in the two morning services, thankfully with the help of their great ministry team, so I wasn’t still there at 3pm! It’s so good when a lot of people are there to pray, and truth is, I haven’t got anything folk like them haven’t got, so it doesn’t need me to do the praying… I DO understand why sometimes, when someone maybe wants some ‘impartation’ of gifting, you want a specific person to pray for you: I do that, and probably will next week when I go to hear Bill Johnson and John Arnott speak in Virginia Beach! St Luke’s is a great church, and Eric Delve is such a great leader that people are given freedom to grow and flourish. The morning services went so well that Eric asked me to stay on for the evening, too, which was the sort of confidence-booster I needed to get over my nerves… It was a great day.
I’ve just left my two-day stint away with the Rhinos, my accountability group. What can I say about these men.. we’ve had a wonderful 2 days, perhaps the best Rhinos I’ve ever been at, and the power of the prayer, prophecy, affirmation, and commitment of my dear friends has set me up in a new way… I’m so grateful to God for them.
Now, it’s down to Cornwall to see my mum, and pray for my brother in law, Derek, who has just been diagnosed with prostate cancer… with all he has to do for my nephew, Stewart, Derek just does NOT need this, so I’d really value your prayers as I pray for him and my sister Vivien.
Next Sunday, 17th, I’m preaching at another Rhino’s church, my great mate Russ Parker, whose own healing and teaching ministry has been inspirational to me. Russ is also a Reverend Doctor, so doubtless by Saturday the butterflies will be out in force again… just need to get them to fly in formation. Russ is such a great guy, but I’m no theologian, so I’d best stick to stories, I’m sure!
Back online again, after what was supposed to be a trip to Romania that took me with Romanians to do some evangelism in Mallorca, Spain! It was a last minute change, and it was a great time. Stretched my Spanish (which, at best is mediocre!!) as everything I’ve learned of Spanish has been from Latin America, and it is so, so different from that in Spain… I’d never been to Mallorca (only been to Spain twice, and that probably 10-12 years ago): I guess as always with evangelism the acid test of how fruitful it is won’t really be known for some time, to see who is still ‘standing’, but there were a good number of souls saved.
Tomorrow, I’m speaking at St Luke’s Church, Maidstone, England, the church pastored and led by my long time friend Eric Delve. Eric is one of my preaching ‘heroes’, a wonderful illustrative and ‘multi-voiced’ speakers, so passionate, so it is daunting in many ways to speak at his church… but the subject IS healing, which helps me a little more. Not only that, they had Michelle Guinness there last week, a truly hard ‘act’ to follow… value your prayers!
I’m in England this week, as Tuesday and Wednesday I’m away with the Rhinos! Always look forward to being with these men, men I love and trust, and who love and trust me too… it will be a time of honesty, openness, prayer, ministry, and prophecy… I look forward to it immensely.
It was a delight today to have lunch with a couple in Williamsburg, a city close to mine here in Virginia. Frank & Phoebe Shaia have become very dear friends quickly, and they asked two other great local pastors to lunch, too – I only know them as Wade and Jack! We had a very special time together, prayed for each other, and Wade suddenly got on his knees and held my feet… praying and prophesying over them (and me, of course!) that God would give me ‘new feet, stronger ligaments, bones, muscle, more power, and that there would be times when my feet will have wings, and that they will often be like the feet of the deer’… what he didn’t know was about 1) my broken toe, 2) that I have spasmodic arguments with gout (no, not excess brandy, don’t worry!), 3) that I have occasional numbness in my toes… and 4) often have pain in both of them… so it was a real blessing to receive his prayer, and I’m receiving his prophetic word, especially the ‘wings’ and ‘deer’ bits.. I think the deer part might have to mean supernatural weight loss, too, as I’ve never seen a deer my weight!
It is lovely to see howGod is bringing me in touch with pastors who have the same kingdom view that I do, and whose gifting and calling is in areas where mine isn’t… God’s so good at this sort of stuff!
Busy packing, and heading back to Washington DC in the morning… then praying for an upgrade on the night flight back to London (I got one when I travelled via Frankfurt a few weeks ago! thank you United Airlines! … when you’ve been ‘up front’ you never want to go sardine/cattle class again!).
An update on lovely Irish Jenny Johnston, who HAD a brain stem tumour… she’s doing great, enjoying being a little girl again (she’s 3 and a half years old) and being ‘mummy’ to her baby sister, Sarah. She is still experiencing the physical ‘after taste’ of the chemotherapy, and because of that is still not fond of food. She also needs to regain strength in the right side of her body, but God has provided a lovely therapist who is helping Jenny at home… these two areas still need prayer, if you’re able to add her to your list! Astonishingly, though Jenny’s condition was so rare, Michael & Lynne, her mum and dad, have put me in touch with another Bangor, Northern Ireland family, whose daughter, Robyn, 6 years old, has just been diagnosed with the same condition. I’ve talked to her parents on the phone, and look forward to going to Bangor in about 5 weeks to be able to pray with Robyn and her family. Yet another Bangor family have been in touch, too, with two sons, 5 and 1, who are both in desperate need of prayer… Callum and Sam: Callum has many of the symptoms of autism, Sam has just been provisionally diagnosed with severe muscular dystrophy. Please join me in praying for them? I so want to go there and pray for them: it’s just not possible before early March, and I’m praying that miracles will happen for Jenny, Robyn, Callum, and Sam before then.
Tuesday 29th I’m back on a plane again, travelling back to England: details are on the agenda/diary page. I’d value your prayers, as the next few months are pretty packed and busy: I’m just grateful that God still seems to want to use me, and grateful that people seem to want me, so I’m not complaining!
A lovely story from Plymouth: a young man who I had the privilege of praying for last May, who had suffered from severe migraines for years (I’m grateful to have never had to experience a migraine, but those who have will know his plight)… well, Praise the Lord, he has not had one attack since then!
Whew! Online at last! No chance of getting my laptop online in Serbia: dial up connections seemed popular still, and needed special configuration for another machine, and there was never time for that!
It was a wonderful trip: Serbia is a lovely country, wonderful people, but sad in many ways. I was told that in Belgrade, a city of 3 million+ people, there are only around 500 evangelical Christians. Staggering. Novi Sad, a city of about 400,000, had more, but not that many more. A lot of lovely relationships were built, and opportunities to return again this year are many!
There were some lovely healings – in one church, Novi Sad Christian Fellowship, pastored by a lovely couple, Danny & Vera Kuranji, I had the privilege of preaching on a Sunday night, and such was the response for prayer and ministry that a further unscheduled meeting was arranged for Tuesday evening. Before I spoke, I asked Danny to get testimonies from people who had been healed on Sunday night, and without any delay at least a dozen, maybe more, testified to instant healings. It was a wonderful platform from which to preach, and that evening, a lady named Maria, with curvature of the spine (scoliosis), that pushed her forward and from left to right, with a large lump on her back (hunchback), came forward. As I prayed for her, I felt I should tell her that the next morning she would wake up and look in the mirror, and that her back would be healed…. Praise God, it was!!! She phoned many people, and a few of those who knew her gave their lives to the Lord as a result of her miracle. That makes it even better as far as I am concerned!!
I’d love to get from the folk there more ‘actual’ testimonies, but those who did testify, spoke of healing from rheumatic pain, arthritis, depression, psychosis, heart problems, blood problems… many more.
A great church, the first I spoke in in Novi Sad, saw a tremendous response. Many former drug addicts, in a programme of rehabilitation, came for prayer, dozens with hepatitis C: I know many were healed. Prayed for so many people that morning!
The last stage of the visit was in Subotica (pronounced Su-bot-eet-sa): a great church, Hungarian (it was strange for me in the first part of the service as it was in Hungarian translated into Serbian! Hungarian is an…er…unusual language to outsiders, and Serbian – which is also cyrillic – has c’s and v’s and h’s and b’s together, so it was impossible to recognise anything on the overhead screen in the worship, too!) , again saw a lovely response, many prayed for, and I know that there will be testimonies from there. Stayed with a wonderful couple, Mirko and Svetlana: Mirko owns a restaurant, so much for my thinking I’d only be eating soured cabbage and would lose weight! They fed me endlessly, and it was so good to be in their home.
I’m back in the USA now, at home for a few days, before heading off for Romania, via England for a day, then preaching on the 10th and 17th in England, with the much looked-forward-to time away with the Rhinos, the group of men I meet with for accountability, prayer, ministry, and motivation…
A few more days without being able to get my computer online… and now it’s brief, as I’m in Zurich airport waiting for my onward flight to Belgrade, Serbia. Would appreciate your prayers as I so believe that this trip is going to be good! It’ll be good to work alongside my friend Stojan Gajicki, during my first visit to his country. Hopefully I’ll be able to get online there and relay some stories!
8 January 2008
Well, the end of a much-needed few days where I have been able to catch up with laundry, cleaning the house, and spending time with friends from my home church… the roller-coaster ride begins again!
Had a wonderful evening with a lovely houme church in Williamsburg on Sunday night: it was a time of tremendous blessing, and the folk there prayed for, and prophesied stuff over me that was hugely more than encouraging – in fact, some of it mind-blowing! So I’m looking forward to what 2008 has in store for me….
Today I fly to England from Washington DC, via Frankfurt (like you do!!), arriving tomorrow (joy oh joy, a night on a plane!). I’m meeting up with my great friends Nick & Erica Lugg – they’ve been friends for many years now, and have a fantastic ministry in Zambia. Right now, they are visiting England, but return to Zambia on the 14th when I;m in Serbia, so it will be wonderful just to grab a few minutes with them Wednesday afternoon.
No doubt Thursday will be filled with people and catching up, ahead of leaving at the crack of dawn Friday for Belgrade, Serbia. I know for a fact that there is a meeting Friday evening in Belgrade, so it’s straight into the action! I prefer it that way!
I don’t know how much – if at all – I’ll be able to get on to the internet while I’m there: I need to do it on a machine with the right software for updating the site here, but I’ll do my best to keep the stories coming!
Please pray for protection on my luggage on all the flights of the next 14 days: I’m still fighting to get compensation for the lost luggage en route to Houston last week, but it’s looking pretty hopeless….
2 January 2008
Happy New Year, a day late! I hope and pray that 2008 is a good year for you, a year where the blessing and the power of God are evident in every part of your lives. My ‘technological onslaught’ continues! After recent ‘laptop woes’, the hard drive decided to die this time… what a blessing! So, another week without a machine…
Just spent three wonderful days with my daughter, Katy, son in law Joshua, and terrific extremely active grandsons Ethan (6) and Seth (3)… it was wonderful, but I’m exhausted! The airline that I flew with, Delta, didn’t help, losing both my bags on the way to Houston, so no clothes and gifts for the family, then they lost the bag filled with replacement clothes etc., on the way back. Hmm. Needless to say, if people ever ask me good airlines to fly with, Delta won’t feature in my conversation!
Home again for a few days now, but preparing to go to Serbia on January 11 for a week: never been before, so I’m looking forward to it, and a little daunted at the same time. I’m going with a wonderful Serbian pastor, Stojan Gajicki, whom I met in Sweden: Stojan is a delightful man, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with him. It’ll be the100th country I’ve had the privilege of going to, so I guess it makes it even more special!
I pray that this Christmas will be a time of blessing, peace, and refreshing to all my friends and family worldwide, and that the God of grace and power will bless your lives, heal your bodies, and fill you with hope for 2008. Thank you for all your love and support to me during the past year, and all the years past: I appreciate you and love you.
May 2008 be the best year you’ve known in ways that you would never have asked, dreamed, or imagined.
Home now after two seemingly endless days of travel, made longer by my slowness with my broken toe! Nice to be home, though realising now I’ve slowed down just how tired I am…
Great news about Jenny – from ‘a large, aggressive tumour’ in September to ‘a shrinking non aggressive tumour’ now… Lynne asked the Consultant Oncologist how often this happens with the sort of tumour Jenny had: guess it was too much to hope for him to say the ‘m'(miracle) word…but he said it has never happened in his experience…. have a sense that even with Thursday’s prognosis, there’s a (right, and to be expected) covering of his back, but he doesn’t want to see Jenny until March when she’ll have another scan (pretty good seeing as how on September 7th, she had two weeks to live…). Please keep praying for her: she still needs some strength back in her right hand side in order to have full motor functions again, but she’s doing great… Thank you, Jesus!
Busy weekend now trying to do Christmas shopping… looking forward to spending some days in Houston from 27th with Joshua, Katy, Ethan, and Seth, my son-in-law, daughter, and grandsons!
Please pray, too, about next year’s invitations…I need wisdom! Also, I’d appreciate it if you’d pray concerning airfares… they can be a real frustration – incredibly time consuming looking for the best deal on the right date at the best time: but just this week, had (yet again) the frustration of finding a reasonable fare to Houston, but I couldn’t book it as I was in Romania at the time and most western banks block transactions from there in case it’s fraudulent or the card is stolen. By the time I got home and could get online, the ticket price had almost doubled…. Happens so, so often, and I need the best prices I can get for obvious reasons!
I hope and pray that you have a good ‘pre-Christmas’ weekend….
For those keeping up with Jenny’s blog (!!), yesterday went remarkably well, with Jenny showing no fear of the scan, and asking ahead of it if she and the family could go shopping afterwards… her teeth, which a few weeks back were a possible cause for future concern (only if you REALLY take diagnoses on board!), and there is now nothing to be concerned about. Thank you, God! What’s more, Michael heard that the oncologist wants to see her Thursday (20th) – the quickest appointment ever. Please pray that this will be the all clear from him, and that Christmas for the Johnston family will be the best, happiest, and most triumphant celebration of Jesus ever…
Stopped snowing here in Romania: some good meetings hampered a little by my limp, which is getting better every day. Thank goodness it’s not so treacherous to walk now!
Back to England tomorrow for a fleeting overnight stop, en route to Washington DC on Thursday afternoon and home…
Please pray today for Jenny, Michael, & Lynne Johnston as they go for Jenny’s brain scan in a Belfast hospital. and for Ann, Ian, Chris, & Lesley, the immediate family… so want today to be the day Jesus’ Name is raised high and glorified among medics and sceptics (maybe even a few cynics) and for today to be the day when corporate prayer and many hours of individual prayer are medically answered once and for all with a miracle…. and a day when some Christians REALLY realise that God is the God of miracles…
Here in Romania, it is snowing hard – very pretty until the morning rush hour when it becomes black and wet! Last night (Saturday) was spent in a slightly different way to what I’d expected… Thursday, after my surprise birthday dinner, I fell flat on my face (literally! – I do it spiritually all of the time!!) in the street, feeling a bit of a ‘plonker’ in the process… grazed knees (ahh..) and hands, a hurting toe, and bigger hurting pride… well, the toe got worse, and I ended up in a Bucharest hospital at 1 am! Seems the toe isn’t broken, but it did expose a potential circulation issue in my foot that I’m not in faith to keep… value your prayers! Supposed to keep my leg up, but that’s a little impossible as these days are pretty busy, and I’m flying a lot of Wednesday and Thursday back to England then on to home in the USA.
Much more importantly, the video of Dr Dunia Quiroga is now up on the website on the testimonies page: I can’t tell you what a thrill it is to have a neurosurgeon testifying to God’s miraculous healing! Have a look at it when you can…
Well, another few ‘internet-less’ days! – but some wonderful things happened in the busy-ness of the time in Northern Ireland. Little Jenny is doing wonderfully well, jigsaws, shopping, eating, even sleeping a little now! The doctors implied weeks back that there was really no point in doing another brain scan (around the time everything was ‘irreversible’!), but the family doctor is ‘amazed’ (the nearest he might come to acknowledging a miracle paerhaps?), the hospital called to ask if they could have back their emergency ‘Jenny’s much worse and needs morphine’ kit, and on Monday 17th, she is first up for a scan at the hospital… I’m believing, praying… that there will be no sign of any tumour, cyst, or anything… and that she’ll walk into the hospital and say hello to the doctors…
Lots of lovely healings… a lady named Barbara healed of chronic arthritis in the knees, sufficient to make her immobile: Lila, who had terrible leg pains and now has only an occasional twinge (prayed for that to go too!): a lady from Clontibret who I told would have to take her hearing aids out with 3 days as they would prevent her hearing (they did, and she did!): a lovely man, Brian, who had had a heart attack in September, and is now looking 20 years younger, perfect blood pressure, and doing great: Helen, whose future was in doubt because of thyroid cancer looking fit and well and given the all clear: Colin, who had had severe ulcerative colitis and a lot of other complications, given the all clear by the hospital… I could go on…
Thank you for your prayers!!!
Today is my birthday, and last night I was treated to a wonderful surprise party at a fabulous Chinese restaurant by my lovely friends Keith and Margaret Bland, and lots of other friends came too… I was so, so blessed.
I’m celebrating today by travelling to Romania, and writing this in Munich airport with my connection time to board the plance to Bucharest getting closer and my hours of paid for time on the net running out..
Hopefully online again later in the weekend!
A few days since I could last get on to the internet, but now I’m back here in Bangor, Northern Ireland, and delighted to be with my great friends at West Church. It’s been a busy few days, visiting lots of people who are sick, visiting others who are in the process of seeing God’s healing continue, and a wonderful joy to see Jenny….
Jenny is doing well, talking, so alert and aware, enjoying more coffees out with mum and dad Christmas shopping… I’m praying that her restoration to TOTAL health and mobility will come before Christmas (if I’m honest, I’d love it to come before I leave Ireland on the 13th!): mum and dad have bought her a dance mat for Christmas amongst other things, so that is THEIR statement of faith, and I’m praying and believing that God will honour it.
A terrific meeting in Clontibret on Thursday evening, a town in the Irish Republic, a lovely church with a wonderful pastor, Jim Hagan. I thinkI prayed for everything that moved that night! Some good things happened, and I’m looking forward to hearing testimonies in the days to come!
A busy day tomorrow, in Towerview Free Methodist Church in the morning, in Maghabery Prison (the terrorist jail, I’m told) in the afternoon, and then West Church in the evening, so I guess I’ll be preached out and prayed out by tomorrow night….
Don’t forget the newsletter link….! Lots more stories there….
Just in case you don’t get my newsletter by email or snail mail (they’ll be mailed out in the next few days), it is posted now on the newsletter page on the site!
Well, yet another assault on my ability to be able to update my blog and add testimonies to the site! Contribute, the programme I need to do that, suffered (in the words of the window that opened when I launched the programme 9 days ago) ‘a catastrophic error’! Uninstalling it proved almost impossible, but it went in the end: then the website I was downloading another copy from crashed! Finally got it today…
A wonderful testimony agged to the ‘testimonies’ page – from the Colombian Doctor, Dunia Quiroga. Have a look at it…
Jenny, in Ireland, is making great strides, and I had a text message today from Lynne, her mum, to say ‘Having coffee in Marks & Spencers with bioth my girls. It’s wonderful’… Jenny is gaining strength day by day, her neck muscles working well now, and with movement coming back to her right leg…God is so, so good.
I’m back in England since I last wrote here, having had a couple of great meetings in the States at my home church, and with the lovely Fellowship in Williamsburg with whom the relationship is growing and growing. It is a good few degrees colder here in England! Preaching tomorrow, at the King’s Church, Addlestone: then visiting mum in Cornwall from the afternoon into Monday.
Thanksgiving! As an outsider, guess I’m not quite sure why it is such a big celebration!
A lovely testimony posted today on the testimony page, again from Northern Ireland. God is clearly doing something there, and I’m so glad I’m going back there in a couple of weeks.
Jenny from Northern Ireland is communicating more and more each day, and eating pretty normally now… not bad for a little girl of whom the consultant oncologist said everything is irreversible! Just to listen to mum and dad on the phone is such a blessing, as they see God’s hand reversing everything that was gone just a few months ago. I’m praying that Jenny will be totally and irrefutably miraculously healed by dad’s birthday, December 7th. And I’m going to be in Bangor on the 5th… 🙂 …
One of the great contacts made on this trip to Cali (over now, writing this from Houston Airport!) is with one of the leading neurosurgeons in Colombia, Dr Dunia Quiroga. She is the top paediatric neurosurgeon, too, a very specialist area of brain surgery. It was Dunia who got us into many more hospitals, and she came with us on most of the visits from bed to bed. She has a rare and incredible mix of amazing skill in her work, and yet the wonderful openness of wanting to see God heal ahead of surgery. When I can work out how to do it, there is a lovely 2-3 minute video testimony from Dunia about the many healings she saw during our visit, confirmation of many of the stories below! I hope I’ll get it posted on the testimony page in a day or so, but in the USA, it is Thanksgiving on Thursday, which of course is a HUUUGE celebration here!
Visiting Bario los Naranjos (a bario is a district, and this one is ‘of the Oranges’ – sounds picturesque, but it is FAR from that!!) is always a great experience, and preaching in the Nazarene Church is always a blessing. Hundreds responded for ministry, in probably the most dangerous section of Cali. There were salvations, healings (a large hernia went down under Tim’s hand as he prayed), cataracts going, blood disorders healed, arthritis healed, and so much more… it was a great way to end the trip on Sunday night!
Monday was, in theory, free, but ended up with three appointments, two requiring prayer and ministry, when what we had PLANNED to do was shop for coffee and pack! (We did get some coffee – how can you go to Colombia without buying some of the best in the world?). The last meeting was great, though, with one of our organising pastors, his family, and a great pastor from Peru, whom I’d met a little earlier in the visit. Gustavo has a huge ministry across Latin America, and getting to know him has opened huge opportunities in Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala in the coming year…. just need wisdom and more time (and more money!!).
I’d value your prayers as I look from afar for a new apartment (flat for the brits!) in Cali: had one until January which was the base for all that I (and others) have done in Cali, but it went ‘sour’ when someone we allowed to live there decided that the rent was better in their pocket than with the landlord! There is a possibility of co-renting a place with the church that I am closest to in Cali, for them to use it Sundays for kids work, and one evening for a small bible school. There’s an apartment so close to the church that is current being redecorated and rewired, that would be ideal, and it would be great for others visiting the city to use, who could pay me a little towards the cost.
Now…more about Irish Jenny! Every day there is more improvement in the area the doctors said there would be none… laughter, speech (sentences now, if a little indistinct as yet), eating, and day by day God is restoring what the enemy wanted to steal. Have a real sense that Jenny will be fully restored in a very short time now, and as Michael has a birthday early in December, have asked God to give him a wonderful birthday present, that of his daughter ‘back’ fully restored and with a huge future and testimony ahead of her…
Lots of healings this morning at a church named “Passion for the King”… the pastor’s dad healed of arthritis, a lady healed of a life long blood virus, a partially sighted lady saw clearly, and many other illnesses healed! One more meeting to go…
Great day yesterday, preaching between in three different meetings. I was in Jamundi (pronounded Hamundi) at a meeting in a garden under a mango tree… a lady named Wency, who had been diagnosed with cancer some weeks earlier, and who I’d had the joy of praying with at a night vigil 2 weeks ago, had all her hospital papers and test results with her… no cancer! A man with paralysed arms began to move them: a man with glaucome felt layers starting to lift in his eyes… and many more!
In the late afternoon, preached at a church El Plantillo del Senor (The Planting of the Lord)…. more healings, a great deal of personal ministry, and a lot of praying… it’s amazing how much praying for people exhausts you, and we didn’t finish the day until 11pm…. and now ready for 3 more meetings today, including one in the toughest part of the city.
Value your prayers…
Wow! A great night last night in a church called Hepzibah, in one of the most dangerous districts of Agua Blanca: to give an illustration, the Pastor, Fernando Zamora, who is wheelchair-bound (22 years), has very recently led 8 ‘siccarios’ (motorbike hitmen who earn maybe $10 to do a ‘ride by’ killing) to the Lord – some were in church! About 200 people attended a meeting in an area where you could feel you were driving into spiritual darknress… and at the end some 35-40 at least testified to instant healings and miracles…. had a real sense, too, that Fernando would be out of his wheelchair within 7 days… these days, I’m beginning to feel that God is actually looking for me to put my faith on the line and set some deadlines, rather than just pray into some ‘nebulous’ unknown future date. Prophesied over Fernando that his testimony to come will change the community, and that he will go to the nations…. PLEASE GOD!!!
More about Jenny! It has been wonderful to develop the friendship with the family, and day by day over recent weeks (and there HAVE been ‘down’ days where it seems that the healing process had stopped!) more and more of Jenny’s ‘irreversible’ functions have begun to…well, reverse!!! Within a few days of meeting her, Jenny was taking liquidised vegetables, and that progressed to more food… the swelling in her head began to visibly reduce, and, now, it’s pretty normal… Praise the Lord!
Steroid reduction has continued, Michael and Lynne can even see the difference in her, and when you’re so close to someone you often can’t…
Faith has risen, and belief that impossible can occur has grown day by day….
More tomorrow if I can get online!
Well, last night’s meeting had to be postponed as we couldn’t find a translator.. 🙁 so ended up with an early night, which was actually very welcome!
Great time with a class of business people today who wanted English conversation with a Brit! They asked loads of questions about what job I do, so it was an opportunity to share about Jesus with them! It was a stimulating couple of hours.
Now…Jenny from Bangor! I’ll tell the story in stages as it is unfolding that way…. 5 months+ ago, Jenny was diagnosed with a large brain tumour with a cyst on the tumour. She was subjected to chemotherapy and radiation, which at 3 years old was incredibly traumatic on her body, then filled with steroids. Early in September, mum and dad (Michael & Lynne Johnston) were told by the consultant ‘there’s no tumour, and see a surgeon who will operate to drain the cyst’. 3 days later, seeing the surgeon, he told them ‘the tumour is big, and it’s too risky to operate’ and informed Michael and Lynne that Jenny had maybe two weeks left to live.
That’s when I had the joy of meeting them (and it was – and still is – very much a joy), one day after his diagnosis. I felt from the outset that God would heal Jenny, but that it would a progressive miracle, as he had a bigger picture to unfold using Jenny’s healing/miracle. As I was in Bangor for 9 days, I asked if I could go to see them every day. Jenny’s head was swollen because of the tumour, cyst, and steroids. Virtually all of her motor functions had shut down, she hadn’t eaten for some weeks, and could only take drops of water through a syringe as her jaw was locked together because of the pressures in her head.
Had an incredible peace from the moment I met the family… and during those first few days we began to see small signs of improvement, despite the consultant saying ‘everything that has shut down in her body is irreversible…’ …. More tomorrow!!!
Fantastic afternoon at the accident hospital yesterday, with God visibly touching the lives of many damaged people. Totally confident we’ll hear of miracles coming from the prayer time there, as we saw faces and personas change as God touched people, including a young man suffering acute lacerations following a crash on his motorbike with a car, following which he was dragged about 100 yards. To say his body was a mess would be an understatement, and though semi comatose, was ashamed of his appearance. That shame went… and peace came to him.
Last night, an open air meeting in Agua Blanca at a church Iglesia Vida Internacional (Life Church International)… an incredibly exhuberant crowd, probably in excess of 400, great worship: fantastic time preaching, with at least 30 saved, and some ‘on the spot’ miracles and healings, and no doubt more to be heard of.
Tonight there’s a meeting in La Rivera, a lovely church I’ve been to many times. Full of expectation for that one!
Tomorrow, I think I’ll start telling of a lovely story that has been ‘running’ for 9 weeks now about a little girl in Bangor, Northern Ireland, called Jenny, her parents Michael and Lynne, her gran Anne, and the amazing things God has been doing!
Couldn’t get online yesterday, but so many good things to report since Monday! Monday night was another night vigil, in Agua Blanca, a very poor community. It was held in the middle of one of the busiest districts, in a gazebo (old-style bandstand for Brits!), and it was packed. Extremely (like deafeningly!!) loud, but good praise and worship. John spoke in the first session, but the ‘atomosphere’ was ruinned by a break (at 11pm! – for empanadas, stuffed potatoes, and coffee..). Tim brought back in the presence of the Lord with a couple of great songs after the break, and I felt such liberty preaching for healing afterwards. Hundreds responded and there were healings and prophecies rolling for a long time. Finally left (what is a dangerous area for white people at night) at 2.30 am. Home exhausted, needless to say.
But the tiredness dissipated when at 10.30 am we were back at the children’s hospital, Club Noel, where we’d visited last week. Last visit, we’d been in the chronically and terminally sick wards of the kids: only one child remained there (and going home yesterday!) as the rest had all gone home healed! The same story carried on to Santillana Hospital, where we’d prayed for numrous children and adults, and many of the kids there had gone home, too. One child’s granny told us that her grand-daughter, Gabriella Garcia, had had surgery, and incurred oxygen deprivation to the brain, shutting down most of her motor functions, and that she was healed… Praise the Lord!!!!!
Another hospital today, Clinica Rosario at 1.30 pm; it is the hospital to where all the road crash victims go, so this should be a little different….
More has been added to the diary/agenda, so if you want to keep praying, we’d appreciate it and thank you for it!
Preached last night in the Iglesia Cuadrangular (Four Square Church – for those who don’t know it, you might know of Jack Hayford, who is probably their best known leader). The church here is pastored by long time firends Jhon (yes, it IS Jhon!) and Adriana Bermudez, and it has grown and grown since my last visit – probably from 100+ to around 300 there last night. Prayed for most of them for healing, with some great ‘instant’ testimonies of healing – chronic back pain gone, arthritic pain gone, layer of cataracts gone of one man’s eyes… God is doing so much here!
Another night vigil tonight – 8pm-midnight, so stamina is required! Would value your prayers as I have bad pain in my gum where my August-implanted crown is playing up: gave me only 10 minutes sleep last night despite a lot of prayer and painkillers! And as I said yesterday, praying constantly and trying to understand their problems in spanish is very tiring. My Spanish is mostly doing ok, but please God, supernaturally help me with perishing verbs!!!!!!!!!!! A conversation with a relatively good vocabulary but no verbs is very interesting!
Wonderful meetings this morning! All 4 of them! John preached in 2, and I did the same, back to back, starting at 7.30 am. Testimony from people in Friday’s meeting of healings, and the same this morning. The smallest congregation today was 300, the largest well over 1000… started at 7.30am, finished at 2.30 pm: another meeting starts at 6m, and as I’ve preached in this church many times, I know we won’t be finished praying for people before 10pm! I reckon I’ve prayed one-to-one for around 600 people since Friday… only when you’ve done it, do you know how tiring it is, especially after preaching a few times in the heat and humidity here!
More tomorrow all being well!
Great meeting last night – reckon there were over 400 there for a midweeker – oh for that in the United Kingdom! Between John, Tim, and myself, we prayed for at least 250-300, so it was a tiring but wonderfully blessed night.
It was my privilege to pray with a lady and her daughter who had driven for 24 hours for the daughter to receive urgent medical treatment. She had severe curvature of the spine, her head turned permanently at 45 degrees to her body, legs deformed, serious internal problems. The lady was in Cali for one day, and just HAPPENED to walk past the church (which we had only been booked to speak at 24 hours earlier) and saw the notices advertising a healing meeting… the mum said she knew then that she had come here for another reason than the hospital! I sat with the little girl on my lap and began to pray for her, and her whole persona changed, as the miracles began in her body. I felt God say that mum’s faith would make her whole, and that it would be within 5 days… Please, Lord!!!
Miracles at the Social Security hospital yesterday, as serious neurological patients were blessed and touched by God. A paralysed arm was healed: major pain trauma went in one lovely man, Jorge Alberto, and people close to comatose condition revived.
Today, a meeting at 3pm with dozens of terminal cancer sufferers, blind, and dying from other disorders, is happening in Jamundi, just south of Cali… and at 5pm I’m speaking at the Youth Service of Communidad de Fe, where in the past I’ve prayed for upwards of 200 young people! So a busy afternoon and evening in store!
Yesterday’s meeting with the director of the Pastors Association, Arley Guaza, was terrific. A real bond was built with him, and extended immediately to a few more preaching opporrtunities on this trip, and more when I plan to return in March. I believe the whole basis of the revival God is in the process of pouring out is built on relationships, not meetings or organisations, and it’s such a delight to have so many strong links around this city, the country, and around the world.
Many miracles over the past few days, including seeing a hugely swollen cancer-filled thyroid just disappear; a girl in San Juan de Dios hospital, in tremendous pain with her back and neck, and gall stones (there seems to be an epidemic of them here!) instantly healed… by the time we had prayed for 4 more people she was dressed and going home! Another young lady, with similar symptoms, as yet undiagnosed and with the fear that goes with such an unknown, was totally healed ahead of having surgery today… many others too!
Early start today with a visit to the wonderful Christian dentist who seems to have taken my oral care on board! Great time in the Social Security hospital this afternoon, with some tangible manifestations of healings, in the neurological section of the hospital.
Tonight sees the first meeting at the church of the President of the Pastor’s association, the rock of Salvation Church, in tough area Agua Blanca.
Busy day today – at mid-day Colombian time (5pm England, noon USA eastern) we are meeting with the chairman of the association of Pastors for the city, which could open doors to churches in all parts of the city, and the region around here.
Straight after this, we had the joy of meeting a guy named Pastor Wilmer, who oversees a number of churches in the city. He’s based on John’s and my ‘doorstep’ in Manassas, Virginia, and is currently church planting in Holland. He wants me (and John) to be involved in many meetings and crusades in the future in Cali, the USA, and probably even in Europe, so it was a great time with him.
At 4pm, we are in one of the poorest hospitals in the region, San Juan de Dios, to pray for many of the most under-privileged and hopeless cases. Please pray for us if you read this before we go!
It was great a yesterday to find that, after praying for people to be healed in hospitals and churches, those with me saw gold dust on my face, which is a real sign that the presence of the Lord was there. And when God is there, he is there to heal and save, which was my experience on that occasion. It is also exciting, as it means I know it is so, so right to be here, and I’m so full of expectation for salvation and the miraculous intervention of God during the last 12 days of our time here…
A really good but tiring couple of days – yesterday we spent some hours at Club Noel, a big children’s hospital: it was a wonderful time, and there were some lovely healings, including a girl with a serious uriniary infection. Prayed with a 14 day old baby with chronic pneumonia, and felt overwhelmingly that I should pray for the mum: asked her what I could pray for, and she said ‘I have aids’… she knew/felt that she was healed, called the Pastor we were with to tell, and was going to the hospital today to try and get tested to confirm it… A further few hours were spent in a the children’s neuro-surgery unit of another big hospital, some had cancer, many with pneumonia/asthma as well as brain issues… I know that some were healed, just waiting for the confirmation!
It was great today to go back to La Cumbre, a town about 7000 feet in the Andes (2300 mtrs), and to have opportunity to speak to, then minister to, a good number of recovering drug addicts. It is a fascinating road to be driven on, to this town, as there are few fences or walls, it is narrow, there are some VERY long drops(!) andf many trucks and buses use the road! Tonight, a great meeting in Casa de Dios (House of God) church, pastored by my long-time friend Norbey Arias. Many prayed for, some healed, a young man was saved, and it was a real blessing. Straight from church to the only place where we can get online – the food area of a shopping mall! Busy day tomorrow, and it seems every day from now on!
Some great meetings over the weekend here in Cali! Yesterday morning, I was preaching in a unique (bizarre??) combination of a wedding and a healing service…it worked well, it seems, as I got to pray for a good number of people, including the bride and groom (and prophesy over them) and some of the not-yet-Christian relatives. The presence of God was really there. John & Tim were in another church, and God’s Spirit cut loose there, too, with prophetic words for people.
In the evening – or rather, night! – there was a night vigil service, starting at 10.30 pm, and we left about 3am… not my best time to be preaching, but I really felt God lay on my heart that as believers, we have to translate so many of God’s promises from our heads to our hearts. When Jesus said to the disciples, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth is given to me’, and ‘As the Father sends me, so I send you’, then we need to believe that we go with ALL the authority of heaven. Praise God, even in the middle of the night, God turned up in power, and there were some wonderful healings, including the Pastor’s father, who was deaf, and isn’t any more, and a young man with a broken arm who felt it mend…I know that there will be many more good stories coming from that meeting.
Tomorrow, there is a meeting with the wonderfully named Pastor, Juan de Dios (John of God) Villegas, and his wife Ana Lucia: wonderful time in their church last year, and praying that we’ll have more meetings with them in the next couple of weeks. Last year, both John & I had some extensive dental work done in Ana Lucia’s fantastic dental surgery (including teeth whitening for the old men!), and as a result, one of the dentists had a wonderful experience from God, being healing and tangibly touched by the Holy Spirit. Tomorrow, too, we begin our merry-go-round of numerous hospital visits, and we’re believing God for the same measure – at least- of miracles as last year, when 90% of the patients of two wards went home healed… and then a cell group (home group) meeting for the church ‘The Shadow of the Almighty’… as always in Latin America, things start slowly, then it really ‘kicks in’ and your feet don’t touch the ground! That began yesterday…
And now another 6 weeks and no blog.. 🙁 – well, as my old laptop died with the software on it I need to update it, I started using another machine with the new operating system Vista, and the old software disc wouldn’t run on it… so there really seems to have been an attempt to prevent me telling stories.. so, right now I’m in Cali, Colombia, online sitting in the food area of a shopping mall where there is free wireless internet access (I don’t have any internet where I’m staying here). I’ll aim to get online at least every other day and start to update stories from Sweden twice, Northern Ireland, England, United States, and – I have no doubt – from here in Cali, where I’m really up and running from tomorrow with my friends John (Pastor from Virginia) and Tim (Worship leader from England). I’ve updated the diary page with all that is planned here so far, so I’d really value your prayers over these coming 18 days!
BY THE WAY, THERE ARE NOW SOME PEOPLE’S TESTIMONIES UP ON THE TESTIMONY PAGE! Miracles still happen!
Two months, and no blog update…my apologies to those who have regularly looked, but there are a couple of reasons, one practical, one more spiritual! I will update the stories (and there are lots) in the next couple of days.
The practical reason is that my web designer (and what a great job he’s done of it!) changed service providers, and that effectively locked the site and prevented me out of updating anything! It is now ‘re-hosted’ (I like to SOUND as though I know what I’m talking about even if I don’t where computers are concerned!) so hopefully, all’s well from now on! Also, in all my recent travels, it hasn’t been easy to get on the internet for long, if at all: and, about 10 days ago, my laptop almost ‘died’ – the hard drive keeps failing, and though I’m using it now, it gives that wonderful ‘blue screen’ saying I’ve experienced a fatal error….sounds so final, doesn’t it! Think I need to be praying for the money for a new laptop.
The spiritual ‘reason’ was that the enemy took my legs out from under me where documenting stories is concerned through a brother who adamantly felt that stories should not be told ‘just in case the people don’t keep their healing’… This friend had seen miracles occur, but was worried that, if people whom he had seen, for example, get out of wheelchairs, at some date in the future got back in them. One man, in a wheelchair for 2 years with a stroke and paralysed, was at a meeting standing, praising and worshipping the Lord, 3 weeks after he’d got out of his own chair and testified to walking in the woods with his wife and kids… I was stunned at the brother’s comments, but even more shocked by how much it affected me being able to write the stories.
Then I began to realise that, if it was wrong to report healings and miracles, then we need to disregard a lot of the gospels and Acts, as everyone Jesus, Peter, John, Paul, and the others, saw healed, or even raised from the dead, died at some stage not too many years after being healed or resurrected…
So, I’m back on track, having learned more and more that Revelation 19:10 is more vital than ever, even to overcoming scepticism and fear within the church: ‘The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy’ – meaning that the more we tell of what Jesus IS doing, the more prophetic it becomes for a sick and dying world. The enemy’s attempt to stifle and conceal what God is doing is going to backfire on him…
To see our church full to bursting at the seams was a wonderful blessing! Lots of ‘locals’ there, but it seems people came from quite a wide radius to hear Heidi and me! A great worship leader came in, too, Mike Soloway, a man with a tremendous prophetic improvisational anointing on his music. It set a great ‘platform’ from which to speak. So many people responded for prayer at the end of each meeting: Friday and Saturday nights were well past midnight when they finished, and Sunday’s 10.30am service finally ended around 3.30pm! There were ‘immediate’ testimonies of healings, and there will be many more – Heidi had some great prophetic words for the church, and for John and Mary, the pastors, and a good number of other people
Time to go home – to Virginia, in the USA! Not quite a ‘rest’ though – a 3 day conference 13-15 July in my home church, and some other meetings during the following week. Heidi is going too, and it’ll be great to have her in Restoration Christian Centre!
A return visit – after 6 years! – to one of the quaintest named towns in England, Twydall. It’s a great place, with a lovely church led by long-time friend Gill Tovar, but not quite as quaint as it’s name suggests! Gill is the Vicar of Holy Trinity church, and it was a great privilege to preach there in the two morning services, and then to spend lunchtime with 7-8 of the men from the church… prayed for lots of people at the end of the meetings, and look forward to hearing the stories of what has happened to them in the course of the coming days!
29 June – July 1
A great weekend with Rhema Word Church, in Tottenham, North London: beginning with a night of prayer on Friday (11pm to 5am), and by God’s grace, after the busyness of Sweden, I stayed awake! It was wonderful to be able to share with the folk in this church, and prayed for many over the course of the weekend.
Arrived in Stockholm to go straight from the airport to pray for a great young man, Markus, who had suffered from fibro myalgia for 7 years. He was effectively crippled by the illness, and hadn’t slept properly for more than a couple of hours at a time for the same period of time. Received a text message from him 48 hours later to say that he’d slept for over 6 hours..and then more hours the next nights… need to find out what’s happened to him since! A great start to a busy trip, covering almost 1600 miles (2300 kms) and 8 very different, but excellent meetings. In Vasteras, it was great to meet a man who had left his wheelchair on the previous visit, and who told us that he’d been walking in the woods with his family since – oh, and got saved, too! Still a measure of healing to see happen, but so much happened, praise the Lord, to change his life.
Many great stories to tell, but a fuller report from Sweden will appear later, and in a newsletter which hopefully will go out in the next couple of weeks!
Today begins a few weeks of travelling that will be quite demanding, taking in Sweden, England, USA, and Colombia. Really value your prayers for strength, wisdom, anointing, blessing, miracles, healings, and salvation! Also value your prayers for the funds to cover each trip – this is the ‘silly’ season for air fares, and a good yardstick for the cost of a whole trip to multiply the fare by 2-3 times…tickets to Cali, Colombia are coming out at around 800 British pounds – about US$1600, so with other ‘big’ trips coming up later in the year, some miracles are needed! And, of course, the later you leave it to buy a ticket, the dearer it becomes…
SWEDEN VISIT GATHERS PACE….
When God starts to breathe into something, it is such a privilege to be on the ‘action’ end of his move! On 20 May, American-based South African prophet Kim Clement prophesied this:
- A dawning of a new age of unusual miracles. It shall be said of this church, this has never ever happened before in this history of mankind. They will begin to say it, churches across America, England, Africa, and Europe. I’m sending the Word out. God says I’m sending it out. Sweden, Sweden great shall be the miraculous intervention of God. For the religious power that has held you by your throat and strangled you has been cursed and broken. Watch as I raise up unusual miracles as you have never seen before ( http://www.kimclement.com/words/2007/07-0520.html)
That was the day before Heidi and I arrived, though we did not know of the prophecy until we returned back to the UK on 31 May… we saw God begin to do what Kim prophesied. Believe we are just a very small part of this beginning, and as Sweden is a gateway to northern and eastern Europe, it is significant that God is working there big time!
Lunch today with Russ Bravo, Editor of Inspire Magazine, and Martin Collins, of CPO, Worthing, for a possible follow up article for the magazine (on what happened in Sweden 2 weeks ago) to the article that appeared on the internet in January , which you can read here;
but is still yet to be published in the printed magazine. The previous article was about the amazing things God did in Cali, Colombia; the internet version has sparked tremendous interest worldwide as the story was picked up by other Christian news-gathering agencies around the world, and has resulted in a good number of invitations, including the ones to Sweden….
Spent the evening with long-time friends Nick & Erica Lugg, who have recently returned – for 6 months – to England, after a 2.5 year stint as missionaries in Zambia…. they experience things that as a travelling missionary I only encounter for a few weeks at a time maximum – everything from church politics to cockroaches and rats (maybe those things are connected!!). They are an amazing couple, along with their two great young sons, Aiden and Jake, and I sometimes wonder how I can even call myself a missionary when I hear about the way they (and countless others, of course) live…
By the way…did you know that the ‘collective’ name for a group of Rhinos – the name of the group of men I meet with for accountability – is a ‘crash’?? Love that! And the same for a group of buzzards is a ‘committee’? Might say someting about some committees you know!!!
BACK TO SWEDEN!
The visit to Sweden went so well that we’re back there from the 18th – a bigger team – with Heidi, Stuart, a worship leader Tim, Marc from Holland, and me – prayed 2 weeks ago with our hands on the doors of Parliament for 2 or 3 minutes, asking God to give us access to political leaders… seems it might happen! What an incredible opportunity! Please pray for us! And pray for Per Danielsson (who organizes much of the itinerary there) and Joel Sjoberg, who translates a lot for us…
The next trip is looking busier and more exciting than the last!
Many invitations coming in these past weeks, to places I’ve never been as well as return visits… Rwanda, Uganda, two separate invitations to Kenya, three separate invitations to Pakistan, Cameroon, India (been there before, but never to Hyderabad, where this invitation is from), Tanzania, Malawi, Alaska, the mid-west of the USA (Milwaukee/Chicago/ Wisconsin), Poland, Serbia/Montenegro, Czech Republic, Iceland, Honduras….Colombia, Romania… please God, can we have more weeks in a year??!!
RUNNING IN A NEW DIMENSION…..
June 13 (a catch up day for the past few weeks as this is the first day of the blog!!)
In the past few weeks, I’ve begun to work alongside a terrific prophetic young lady and her husband – Heidi & Stuart Plympton…I believe very much that God is in an era of genuine divine appointments LIKE WE’VE NEVER KNOWN, and I’m seeing the fruit of this almost daily! Met Heidi and Stuart in Exeter less than 5 weeks ago, and God has not only enabled us to work together, but has bonded our hearts in a great friendship that would – humanly at least! – take years to develop.
Heidi was in Sweden in May, and we saw God break out in wonderful waves of the supernatural – miracles, healing, prophecy…. Two people suffering from long-term strokes got out of their wheelchairs and walked out of the churches; a not-yet-Christian young woman (Linda), suffering from chronic neck and upper back pain felt ‘water running down my back’ as I prayed for her, and as Heidi prophesied, every time we said the name ‘Jesus’ she felt electric shocks pass through her. She drove home 100 miles (150 kms) with no pain, and called her Christian friend in Orebro to say she didn’t think she could ever say again the words ‘I’m not a Christian’….; as I prayed for a young woman in Stockholm, with scoliosis (curvature of the spine) both she and I felt her spine moving as God healed her…
A lovely man in the village of Vinninge had a stroke many years ago. The stroke had caused his eyelids on his right eye to shrink back up into the socket, so he was unable to blink. It was a delight to pray with him, and even greater delight when I felt God told me to say to him (on a Wednesday evening) ‘you’ll blink by the weekend’ – and even greater joy when we heard that he WAS blinking by the weekend! A lovely, gentle creative miracle from the Lord.
In Uppsala, a lady suffering from last-stage cancer of the liver, stomach, lungs, and pancreas, had had a dream the night before the meeting in Word of Life Church, in which I’d prayed for her and God healed her… needless to say, He did!
A lovely 3 year old boy, Johan, came to a meeting in Orebro with his mum and dad, Jens and Sirpa: Johan had some brain abnormalities found when undergoing an MRI scan for a benign neck tumour, epilepsy, a strange side-to-side eye movement, and mum & dad, both doctors, sus[ected he was ADHD. Johan received a great measure of healing that day, and so did mum, from constant 24/7 headaches, psoriasis, and stress… in the evening meeting, Sirpa looked as though a thousand tons had been lifted from her shoulders.
So many cancers healed, sicknesses and diseases of every type – physical and mental – were healed, and God spoke so powerfully prophetically through Heidi into individual lives, churches, and into the nation… government decisions overturned, too! So many stories… could fill pages here with them!