Sunday, 16 September 2012

Amazing Healing

I had been feeling somewhat discouraged over recent weeks, mainly because I haven't seen many specific answers to prayer nor any obvious supernatural healings, but Friday evening Town Centre outreach changed that.

We had an amazing evening on Friday in the town centre. We spoke to lots of people and prayed for several.  Towards the end of the evening two young men came up to the table to find out what we were doing.

I explained what Outside Light was and that we were there to share God's love with people.  We had a general chat and I shared the Gospel with them.  They said that they didn't believe but that they were open to other people's ideas.

One of the two young men, Sean, then very abruptly said: "Sorry, we've got to go." and started walking off.  As he walked away he slowed down and then leant over by a raised flowerbed, looking unwell.  I went over to where he was and asked him what was wrong.  He explained that he had just suddenly started feeling very unwell with severe stomach pain and sickness.  He said that he thought he might need to call an ambulance.

I offered to pray for Sean and he accepted so I asked God to bring His Kingdom to us and commanded the sickness out of Sean's body in Jesus' name.  Sean said that he did feel a bit better, which I took as an encouragement.

I asked Sean if I could pray for him again and he agreed.  I verbally broke the power of the enemy over Sean's life and commanded all pain and sickness out if his body.  At this point Sean stood up with a huge smile on his face.

I asked him if he felt better and he said; "I don't just feel better, I feel great!  What did you do?"

Sean and his friend then came back to the table and I was able to explain the power of God for them both.  Sean acknowledged that God had touched him and said that he woud definitely look more into the Christian faith.  They both took a Mark's Gospel with them.

We had a great sense of God being with us. Well done to the team for coming out and thank you to those who have been praying for us!

A great evening all round and certainly helped me to dismiss some of those doubts in God's love and power that had crept in.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

God is amazing!

What an amazing night we had last night!  We spoke to lots of people, quite a lot of light banter, but also some who had some more questions.  The highlight of the evening was when a young lady (We'll call her G for the sake of confidentiality), who we had seen and prayed for before, came up to the table with a friend of her's.  G's friend was a new believer having been to a pentecostal church in Bradford where she had been living until recently and had experienced the power of God for herself.  G asked me if God could forgive her for anything she had done and confessed some past sins which she still felt were hanging over her.  I told her that God had already forgiven her no matter what she had done.  We prayed for G and she asked Jesus to come into her life for the first time!

As we prayed for G, both her friend and I had an enormous sense of the presence and kingdom of God with us right there.  G was clearly quite moved and felt thrilled that she had been able to pray herself.  G and her friend have agreed to come to church with me tomorrow morning so please pray for her as she is still an extremely young believer.

It is such a privelage to be part of what God is doing in Woking.  We've really seen an increase in His presence and power with us on Friday evenings - exciting times!

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Saturday Morning Outreach

We had a great team at the recent outreach with 9 people coming along and a real sense that God wants us to be doing this outreach.

The prayer  time was awesome!
(Just a few main points)
a) Re outreach
1. realised the need to be out there, be a presence, and see the Holy Spirit's leading in 1 to 1 conversations.
2. Praying for more younger people to join with this outreach.

b) Prayed a lot for Woking and the churches:
1. For the leaders to be released to take bold steps for God.
2. For the congregations to be released into their  areas of gifting.
3. We prayed for renewed vision for the leaders.
4. For unity
Anyway, so much....just pleading with God in His mercy to move mightily amongst us once again.

Thanks John, and Tim!

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Friday night update

This is just a general post to let you know about some of the exciting things that have been happening with the Friday night outreach in Woking Town Centre.

We had something of a relaunch back in February, not just because we got new firemen style jackets, but because we got a new vision from God.  The vision for Friday nights is that not only will we share the Gospel of the Kingdom of God with many and see the power of God released through a supernatural ministry to those in need of healing and freedom, but that within the team, God would work to develop, particularly new Christians, into effective evangelists through training and the work of His Holy Spirit.

No sooner had we decided on this vision than new members started coming to the team, and we have been really blessed to work with at least three new team members over the last few months.  Not only have we seen the team grow, we have seen some great things on the streets themselves.  We have prayed for people for healing and release from dark spriritual opression, we have seen individuals respond to The Gospel and even start coming to Church.

My only prayer is that we would see more of God at work in this ministry, more of God's power, more of his great love and grace for the lost and broken hearted, and more people come to know Him for themselves.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

A new start

Hello all and welcome to the first post of 2012.  We went out on the streets last night for our first Friday night town centre outreach.  We had a team of six, including one brand new member, which was great.  We also had some new Outside Light coats:
Do you know why some peope thought we were fireman?

We had a very interesting night.  It was freezing cold (actually the nightime low was -5 degrees!) and it seemed that most of Woking had spent January's money over Christmas!  In short, the town was pretty quiet, but we did meet several people, many of whom received a hot drink and a smile, some of whom we talked to about what we believe and others who we gave gospel literature to and one person received prayer.

Overall we were received really well by all who spoke to us and finished the evening with a great sense of satisfaction.  I think that our break over Christmas had perhaps done us some good!  I am often reminded that we simply don't know what God is going to do with what we offer him, and the feeding of the five thousand, turning a packed lunch into a massive feast, is a good example of that.

I am convinced that God will bless all those whom we spoke to and prayed for.

Finally, I saw this post by Pastor Mark Driscol in Seattle, USA and thought I would take the opportunity to share it with you:

God bless

Andrew (Friday night team)

Friday, 25 November 2011

Faith the size of mustard seed

We had a strange night last Friday. We met and prayed together after considering the redemption Jesus offered the “sinful woman” by allowing her to anoint Him with expensive perfume (quite possibly an essential tool of her trade!) and wash his feet with her hair in response to his love and acceptance of her (Luke 7:36-50). I am sure that many of the people we have got to know through Outside Light on Fridays would have been viewed in a similar way to this woman.

Anyway, we went out and set up as usual at 10:00pm but for some reason it was pretty quiet until fairly late on in our time at the table. We did speak to some people and gave some literature away but there simply weren’t that many people around.

Then, about 11:45pm we were approached by two young men who just seem so interested and open to The Gospel and had so many genuine questions. I found myself talking to one of them until about 12:20am, with the table and all the kit having been packed down and taken away. At the end of our conversation I was able to really naturally share John 3:16 & 17 with him, give him a John’s Gospel and bless him before heading off to join the team back at the Y-Pod.

I always worry a bit if we will attract people to the table but whenever I have a conversation like that, it reminds me that, even if we only share the Gospel with one person, the whole evening is worth it because we simply don’t know what God can do through one person. Somebody shared the Gospel with Billy Graham and look what happened there!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Just when you think nothing is going to happen...

Hi all

I want to share what happened last Friday evening with Outside Light in Woking Town Centre.  We had a very small team of three and wondered at one point if we could really have a lot of impact.  The evening had generally gone quite well but the town centre was fairly quiet compared to usual.

Towards the end of the evening a couple approached us and started to talk.  While he was really interested in debating the arguements for and against biblical truth and church practice, his girlfriend struck up a conversation about healing at which point she made an emotional plea for us to pray for her grandmother who was unwell.

We prayed for the couple and the young lady's grandmonther and it was quite an emotinal experience for all of us.

It reminded me that its just when you think nothing of any real significance is going to happen and that you may be wasting your time, you're probably just on the brink of seeing God do something wonderful.

Many people have given up just before the miracle happens, but as it says in 1 Corinthians 13:7 & 8a:

"It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails."

Let's keep going till we see the miracle.