I’m sure that the last few weeks have been both challenging and a little unsettling for many of us. For Kim and I we have had the added pressure of spending our time split between Liverpool and Bordon in preparation for our move north while seeking to continue to minister in various places and at the same time decluttering and packing.
It is amazing just how much ‘stuff’ you can accumulate over thirty-five years of living in one home. We have a sense that it is time to be travelling light both physically and spiritually. We all need to be ready to let go of things from the past to enable us to take hold of all that Father has for us in the future.
During this time I spent a week in Bulgaria ministering in churches in the Plovdiv area. It was great to see how the congregations are moving on with the Lord. It has been quite a difficult few years for both Bulgarian and Gypsy churches with a large number of people leaving the country to seek their fortune in Western Europe. Just as the situation seemed to be stabilising and a number of the churches appear to be growing again they are now facing the challenges of the coronavirus and a country wide lock down. Yet there are things to celebrate; it was very exciting to see a couple of church building projects we have supported coming to the stage where they can now start to be effectively used to impact their communities.
While ministering in one church two healings took place spontaneously! I was sharing and encouraging the people that God has given us authority over sickness and disease and exampled this by acting out two accounts of what happened as I stood at a bus stop in London. Firstly, God had used me to minister to someone who had damaged their knee and was in great pain. I knelt before the pastor and laid my hand on his knee and said, “In Jesus’ Name, you are healed!” just as I had done with the person at the bus stop. Unbeknown to me the pastor had also been having trouble with his knee and as I commanded healing so he felt the power of God go through the joint and he leapt to his feet and danced around the hall declaring that he was healed to much excitement from the congregation. Praise God!
Once calm had been restored, I continued to minister and shared how the next person in the bus queue had asked me if God ‘does’ migraines. I related how I had placed my hand on her head and that the lady was instantly healed of her pain. I simply acted this out and laid my hands on the pastor’s head who immediately declared that his pain was also gone. Again, unbeknown to me but not to God, he had been suffering with a nasty headache which had been causing him some distress over a number of days. As I laid my hands on his head Father God set him free as well! God is wanting to move in power so much more than we can ever imagine. Let me encourage you to be open to Him working through you wherever you might find yourself. Don’t just limit Him to working in church services or amongst Christians. He loves the people of this world and wants to demonstrate that love through all of us.
Finally, last weekend the removal trucks arrived and all our goods and chattels were loaded and we travelled up the country to our new home in Kirkby, a suburb of the great city of Liverpool. Our time living in Bordon in Hampshire had come to an end. What a wonderful place that has been for us! We have been privileged to see God move in so many amazing ways during our time there. A community once looked down on and down at heel is and continues to be transformed. People have been saved, healed and delivered from the power of Satan. It has been a real joy to be a part of what God is doing there. Now the new adventure begins and we have great expectations!
Please continue to pray for us as over the next few months. In addition to settling into our new home we are hoping to find where God is adding us church wise in Merseyside.
Kim and I were scheduled to minister in Norway, to minister to churches in Bulgaria, to be speaking in churches around the UK, supporting the Franklin Graham event in Liverpool, speaking at a conference in London and leading a team from the UK and Switzerland to host a tent festival in Bulgaria. All in the next couple of months! Most of these plans have had to be postponed due to travel restrictions brought about by the coronavirus. Truly interesting times, yet our confidence is in our Lord and we know He has a plan for us, to prosper us and not to harm us and to give us a future full of hope. So in the mean time we will seek to be a blessing to those around us and a place of peace and stability to those whose world is being shaken to the core.
We will seek to keep you up to date with all the exciting developments as they happen. May God richly bless you!
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