My apologies for the lack of ‘posts’ here over the weekend, two reasons! Exceptionally busy, and back to our mobile home so tired and so late it just couldn’t happen: and also the internet has been ‘interesting’! It’s been great sharing the mobile with four great guys – Leon Coetzee, Chris Elmer, Jason Enticknap, and Brian Louden: the snoring volume was at times sometimes quite considerable: don’t tell Brian I wrote this, but Jason (in the next room) was able to give a very good rendition of his contribultion!
The conference was terrific: great worship led by the lovely, and excellent Hélèn Goussebayle, and Bruno Lafitte. The Presence of God was very powerful in all the meetings, and lives were being changed from the start, in the worship. Brian, Jason, and I arrived early afternoon Friday, which gave me a few hours to prepare for speaking at the Friday evening main meeting.
Spoke at a second main meeting last night, a practical workshop on healing yesterday afternoon, and then a question and answer time with the three other main session speakers this afternoon.
LOADS of people healed, some miracles – a lovely lady pretty much totally deaf without quite powerful hearing aid, heard. A lovely, precious young lady, Debbie, daughter of the lovely David and Margaret Champion, virtually deaf in her right ear, heard perfectly. Debbie’s a delight, as she loves to worship, sing, love people, is a 28
year old Downs syndrome young lady. David, her dad, a cockney like me ( 🙂 ), had very aggressive prostate cancer 5-6 years ago. Many sessions of radiotherapy had left horrible residual issues in both areas of his waste system(!) – and much-disturbed nights with constant visits to the loo, slept through the night, had no incontinence, and better still, no bleeding after prayer last night. Margaret had many muscular issues in her arms, shoulders, and back: she could put her arms even slightly behind her back…. she can now. Here;’s David, with Debbie and Margaret, talking about what God did for them Saturday evening:
Regine also had shoulder, neck, and upper arm issues: she couldn’t lift her left arm at all, until Friday night…
Stephanie, a lovely mum in (probably) her late 30’s, had so much baggage from the past from a lot of hurt, suffered loss of motor function down her right hand side, a buzzing in her head, humongous anxiety, and because of history, could only ‘live’ in the past, which was having a major effect on her children. To be honest, because of the pain and tension in her face, she looked older than she was…. the transformation Friday night was almost unbelievable: more prayer yesterday, and this morning, and she was a totally ‘new’ woman, with a beautiful smile, eyes alive, and clearly living in the blessing of God living in her, free for the first time in most of her life….
A man with tinnitus – to those who don’t have it, it probably doesn’t sound too much, ‘ringing in the ears’ – but it’s constant, and disturbs every aspect of life, especially sleep. He was healed.
Of course, a great deal of arthritis was healed!! A good number of pairs of knees, and a few single knees: for Bill & Jan Gordon, a lot of release of pain. Bill has had had chronic arthritis AND arthrosis for 45 years, Jan for more than 5. Bill also had ankellosing spondylitis. Jan was in much pain in her neck and shoulders. Both received a huge release from SOME of the pain, not all: Jan especially felt that God said to her it was going to go in stages over the next few days. Loads of new friends, especially the lovely Leon Coetzee, and of course, such blessing to build on the freindships forged two years ago.
I totally lost count of the number of people I prayed for, so did Brian, but it was considerable! And most were healed, or ‘work in progress’. Brian posted this on his Facebook page this evening:
- Loads of people healed here in Brem-sur-mer this weekend. Some didn’t need prayer! God’s presence was thick and tangible!
Discovered this evening, over a lovely ‘end of conference’ meal, that the Vendee, the ‘department’ of France that Brem-sur-Mer is in, is the ‘birthplace’ – if that’s an appropriate word – of genocide. It began during the revolution: Stalin and Lenin came here to ‘learn the art’ of genocide, and subsequent horrific genocides were rooted here…. so no wonder it has been a tough area to break into with the gospel: it is also known for having historically had some of the most ‘brutal’ priests in history.
And yet it is the department where, 1000 years ago, prayer for revival was birthed, in an historic church. Louange Côte Ouest is really the first genuine Christian ministry to unite believers here, and we’ve shared this weekend with some wonderful charismatic Catholics, especially the delightful Frére Jean-Marie de la Croix, (wonderful name! – Brother Jean-Marie of the Cross), who has, among other wonderful ministries, the French coastal equivalent of prayer-walking: ‘Mer et Priere’ – it works beautiful in French words, not so in English! – sea and prayer. He takes boats the length of the Vendee coast filled with pray-ers changing the past – and the present – of this beautiful region.
So, a day here tomorrow, to be with Colin, Sue, and Jason, then the journey home via Le Havre for 5pm Tuesday….A wonderful weekend in the presence of God. Can’t say the weather blessed us terribly well! Cool, bordering on cold, and pretty chilly nights in the mobile home! Colin & Sue are doing a marvellous job here: for many years it’s been quite a lonely road, but their tireless efforts st bringing people together, and gaining credibility in the region, is paying dividends. 2 years ago, the local press rejected doing an article on LCO ‘out of hand’: this year, they phoned and ASKED if they could do one, and sent a photographer to record it…. and the bond between the people coming together is close, delightful, and powerful for the Kingdom….