Brother Clifford in Prayer
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"Why Me Lord"
The question I have been asking for days now. The work is hard, The hours are long. Rest is in short supply and the food is not agreeing with me.
"Why not You"
Was the reply to my heart.
The time here in Finland is every evangelist's dream and yet when it arrives without any prior warning it can certainly take anyone by surprise.
Another soul entered into salvation today as a local christian led her to Jesus. Two lives changed in a moment on the top deck of the bus. The new christian was glowing and the man who prayed with her looked like he was walking on air.
I try to make it that each salvation prayer is led by a local person. I move on after a short time and it is VITAL that new christians get follow up for the first few months at least.
I have heard people saying that Brother Clifford led them to the Lord. This is untrue because Jesus calls us unto Himself through "The Holy Spirit" and man is only a tool in "His Mighty Hands".
During the day I was priviledged to speak to four classes of 16 to 18 year old students and a pin could be heard dropping in the silence as they hung on to every word.
Tommorrow is another day on the streets of Soumusalmi followed by testimony at the local lutheran church in the evening.
Thursday 27th of August 2009 09:35:28 PM
I am now in the Soumusalmi area and poised to strike north next week.
Yesterday morning I spoke to the pupils of a small junior school.Only 28 children attend and I was really impressed with their good manners and attempts to speak English. A very charming and caring headmaster made me very welcome. In the evening I spoke at the pentecostal church in a town who's name I cannot pronounce.
Today is a hang around day and not much to do. I am still in the church car park and was delighted to get 8 hours sleep last night.
I wonder if everyone got their newsletter?
Only four people have responded and let me know. I often wonder if it is worth all the work of writing and sending it as so few respond to it. I can of course depend upon one or two old faithfulls who always reply to me when I ask.
Wednesday 26th of August 2009 08:32:00 AM
The day in Soumasalmi went well but slowly.
My new friends out there are raring to go and I will be with them late today.
I have been in discussions today with Timo and we have agreed that the time has come for the trainees to stand on their own feet so I will be leaving Kuhmo at around 10am for the long drive to Soumasalmi and a week of hard work. Schools are waiting and meetings booked and ready for my arrival.
Today was spent making up a couple of hundred bags of sweets for the children and getting the bus ready for a new venture. I also repaired the exhaust as it had developed a bad leak.
This evening I was guest of honour at a barbeque at Timo's summer house. A full crowd turned out to see me and there were many tears when I told them of my imminent departure.
I will miss these wonderful people so much, yet I must do as my master tells me and that is to move on and allow the Holy Spirit to do his work in peoples lives.
I called in the local supermarket for something and as I walked down one of the aisles I was stopped by a lady who could not speak a word of english. Using sign language she indicated that she needed prayer. It was a real Joy to me that someone whom I had never met had been able to find the courage to ask for prayer in such a public place.Of course I prayed for her and felt a beautiful peace fall over the spot as we conversed with our lovely Lord Jesus.
I was given a gift of a series of photographs taken on outreach yesterday. I chose 50 of them and have put them on the Finland Pictures Page. Also the newsletter has now been added.
Monday 24th of August 2009 12:23:06 AM
The school for the older young people has now been completed. I was asked to speak there for four days and teach for nine lessons. It was so popular that I taught an extra nine classes before my time was over.
In each lesson I chose a translator from the students and it was great to see young people gaining confidence and the respect of their teachers as the lessons progressed.
Las night it was once again street work in Kajaani with quite a good response from team members. A special prayer meeting was being held in one of the local churches and on the last minute I was asked to attend and speak.
My theme was committment to the commission of Jesus and it caused quite a few raised eyebrows until I told a little of my own story.
Today we drive over 200 kilometres to Soumasalmi for open air and will be back late tonight.
I depart for the same town on monday for a week of outreach but the work for me here is not yet clompleted.
Saturday 22nd of August 2009 07:43:29 AM
Another really busy and exciting day.
Four classes were booked today but I finished up teaching six classes as the students are demanding the opportunity of a lesson in the bus. Two classes of students also turned up without a teacher and had to be turned away as I was already teaching. A teacher has approached me and requested that I do two more full days and the school will reschedule the classes to give ALL students the chance to hear my life story.
Another town two hundred miles away has now come on to me asking that I visit next week for outreach and school work. I have given them the go ahead to book me for a week.
Timo requested that I joined him in full committee today and speak to all the church priests and lay workers about a week of evangelism next year. Around 50 people turned up and approved the venture for next May. A winter of evangelism and year of outreach has now begun here in Kuhmo.
Please pray that many will come to Jesus and that our Heavenly Father is Glorified during this tremendous outreach.
Wednesday 19th of August 2009 09:56:43 PM
An early start cleaning the bus ready for a day of hard work.
This morning I arroved at the school for senior youth with three lessons on the programme. It was increased to four before the day finished. Once again I was able to get the young people to translate and it seemed to surprise the teachers as to just how much our young people can do.
17 of us then set off for an evening of praise at the small town of Hyrynsalmi which is 100 Kilometres away. When we arrived the street work was already in progress as three car loads had set out before us.
The service was a great success and around a hundred people turned up.
I was delighted to meet four friends from Jacobstad who had travelled 350 kilometres to see me again. The had brought me a cylinder of Calor Gas that they had had refilled for me.
Tomorrow I am back at school for the day. I am a little tired as it has been a non stop 17 hour day and it is now time to go to bed, When I have moved everything off it after a long drive.
Tuesday 18th of August 2009 10:47:10 PM
Sunday morning at the pentecostal church was a great success with quite a few coming forward for prayer at the end of the meeting.
In the evening I was at the Free Church for a family meeting and it was a rip-roaring laughter filled experience. A true blessing for all including the speaker. The meeting ended with everyone writing their names down on a piece of paper and placing it in a hat., then each person drew out a name and committed to praying for that person daily for a year. I hope other churches will adopt the scheme and begin a mammoth prayer session each day for a person chosen by chance on a regular basis.
This morning I spoke at the local drop in cafe to quite a good crowd of people.
During the International concert a few weeks ago I promised to attend a home meeting for one of the ladies there. She stopped having meetings a few years ago due to moving to a smaller residence. This afternoon I spoke at the first meeting she has arranged for quite a while. It was a full house and a great success. Timo the priest and translator was so tired he fell asleep during the preaching and really added to the meeting by making the people smile at his sudden departure from the proceedings. It only lasted for a few moments but made me realise the amount of work Timo and I are doing here. Please pray for our health and stamina.
Monday 17th of August 2009 04:48:42 PM
When we got home last night, I was too tired to make any entries on the web.
Once again I was booked to hold an open air at Kuhmo Market and went there expecting to meet just a few people.
Even Timo was amazed at the number of willing helpers waiting on the market square and within minutes of arriving the speakers were set up and a prayer meeting was in progress.
The reception from the locals was amazing and some sat around the market area for over three hours listening and chatting.
Timo had to leave early to conduct a funeral service and he told me when we next met that the funeral was delayed by half an hour. During that time the mourners stood around listening to the open air being conducted a full Kilometre away. The still air over the town allowed the music to travel vast distances.
At four oclock we set off for Kajaani. A town 100 Kilmetres away and once again the bus was packed to capacity with willing evangelists and children.
At Kajaani even more helpers awaited us and it was moving to see so many people from different races, cultures and languages standing around the open air stage.
A church from the Congo and many Estonian's joined us.
During the day I witnessed 2 people praying to accept Jesus into their lives and was worn out simply praying for people and taking part in the action on stage.
Timo and I arrived home after 11pm and both of us were exhausted from the intensity of the day.
Sunday 16th of August 2009 07:39:04 AM
The people of Finland are dangerous for my rest and, "I like it"
I arrived at the printers to pick up the John's gospel for school outreach and was greeted by a crowd of people who had come to see the Peculiar Englishman.
After loading just over 14,000 gospels in the bus it was time for a prayer meeting, Then they all went away for lunch.
After lunch some of my new friends wanted a ride in the bus so we all finished up doing a street witness. I stood back and watched the joy on their faces as they each talked to strangers about "Jesus"
I am now parked up for the night and will arrive in Kuhmo tomorrow.
Thursday 13th of August 2009 08:08:02 PM
The mission to Vaasa has finished with a day of witness at the beach. It was slow but steady and five people turned up during the day to speak to the people.
I have really enjoyed being here but doubt returning unless the Lord instructs me.
I was invited to attend by the priest in charge who I met at Pieksimaki. He has joined up with us as he could but is on his annual holidays so his time has been restricted.
Of the five days I have been here my evening meal has only been supplied once.
I leave here tomorrow morning and up to now the church that invited me to come has not given anything towards diesel or the vast amount of literature used.
On the three occassions I have been invited by the Swedish church in Finland to participate in anything I have been left out of pocket. I have to remember that I must be a good steward of the Lord's rescources and even though I do not ask for or preach finance I still depend upon donations to keep the work going in this very expensive country "to quote from the priest Jari on the Visitors Atrium."
Tuesday 11th of August 2009 10:17:48 PM
I arrived back in Vaasa this afternoon with another 8,000 copies of my life story in Swedish.
The rest of the day has been spent cleaning my living quarters and now I can manage to find fresh clothing again. The work has been so intense that my own comfort has had to take second place for the last few weeks.
Much prayer is required for the financial aspect of the work. Tracts, Gospels and life story are going out to eager people but they will need replacing soon and the donations are only just breaking even in keeping the bus running.
Please pray that the churches I am asked to work for will realise that I work in faith and need financial help.
Until the Lord tells me I will continue giving away freely.
Monday 10th of August 2009 08:23:09 PM
A full day of travelling from Finland to Sweden. I parked at the port of Vaasa last night and did not get a lot of rest as the port workers seemed to be trying to outdo each other in the noise stakes. We sailed at 08 00 and after a really boring crossing of four hours the ship arrived at Umea and I set off on the drive to meet Bengt and his lovely wife who travelled from Sandviken with the life story books. He had really put his foot down and driven over 400 kilometres which meant I only had 100 kilometres to drive.
I hope the 8,000 books he brought will last me for a while, but I doubt it.
I am now awaiting the morning sailing back to Vaasa after taking time to sleep and catch up on mundane things like eating and emails.
Sunday 09th of August 2009 10:23:18 PM
Last night I spoke at the youth gathering in Esse and quite a good crowd turned out to hear my life story.
Today was another amazing day in the market square in Vaasa, a team of christians from four or five different churches and denominations turned out to help me and they never got a minute to rest as so many people were waiting to talk to them. This area of Finland is Swedish speaking and over the last three days all the Swedish life story I brought with me have been given away. I brought enough to last for three months but just cannot cope with the demand from individuals interested in reading about me.
The Hunger for the Gospel is incredible in this beautifull country and we must supply the demand whils't God is moving in peoples hearts.
I am at the port awaiting a boat to Umea in Sweden to go and replenish my devastated stocks. My friend Bengt is hiring a car to bring some boxes from Sandviken and I will meet him part of the way to Umea.
I hope to be back in circulation on monday.
Please pray for the financial part of the work. The money being donated over here just cannot cover the vast amount needed if I am to continue giving away life stories and gospels at this rate.
Saturday 08th of August 2009 10:47:57 PM
The pictures of our friend in the wheelchair are now on Pictures Page ( Finland )
Friday 07th of August 2009 10:04:11 AM
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here we go again.
Thr prayer meeting on wednesday night was very positive, but no one turned up for the youth night. It is difficult here because the priest in charge of the Lutheran church is on his annual holidays this week. He has a young family who need his attention and it would be unfair of me to demand His presence for every event.
Last night He arranged a night of witness outside the main church in Vaasa and even I was amazed at the turnout of people. Jari also came to help us.
Once again a team of people turned up to help me witness, Many of them had never done this type of work before and they really did a splendid job.
I had bought a few hundred Gospels of John and it seemed that hundreds of people were carrying one before the night was over. ( 20,000 are being printed for me in Finland for pick up next week)
After the children had done a display of dancing I was allowed a few minutes to speak to a vast number of people. This was a " Night of Art and Culture " in Vaasa with carnival and bands and a great number of people from all over the area.
I met many people from last weeks event in Pieksamaki and some Young Adults came to speak to me because they heard I was coming.
Tonight I will be speaking at a youth gathering and barbeque in Esse, a small town 40 Kilometres away.
Saturday it is back in Vaasa for the day and it looks like I will be here for a few days.
I met a young man in wheelchairlast night who is a living legend. He needs full care as he cannot use his limbs properly. He cannot speak. He Loves Jesus. At every opportunity he goes out with one of his young friends to witness to the Love of Jesus. His method is a written alphabet and pictures which he holds on his lap and points out pictures and tells in his way of the love of Jesus.
His helpers speak other languages and tell the message that our dear brother is pointing out. I must say that I have never seen such courage from christians as this team of witnesses.
Keep Praying !!!!!!!!!!!!! IT WORKS.
Friday 07th of August 2009 09:57:17 AM
Bo the mechanic has finished renewing all my rubber air hoses and I can feel the difference in the bus performance. He also did quite a few other small jobs that needed attention. A tireless worker who really loves "Jesus"
Last night I travelled a few Kilometres to the home of Harry and his wife ( who's name I cannot spell or pronounce ) t rest for the night.
29 people turned up for a home meeting that went on for three hours. It was really great.
This afternoon I move on to Mustasaari ( Korholm ) for a prayer meeting this evening, this is followed by a youth meeting in the church hall.
Tomorrow I will be out in Vaasa somewhere with the bus as arranged by the priest Jari whom I met with great pleasure at Pieksamaki last week.
I don't know what is happening so I have delayed my return to Kuhmo for a few days.
Please pray as I once again enter new territory for the ministry.
Wednesday 05th of August 2009 07:31:10 AM
The Lord is my Light and my Salvation, Why then should I be afraid.
As we stand on the brink of eternity in this troubled world, each one of us should remember these words and stop being afraid of what others may think of us.
Let us,each one, grasp the hand of Jesus and walk into the unknown world of witness and testimony.
It was great to read the entries from the two young men on the visitors page and I ask you to pray for them and their friends from Pieksimani in Finland.
I do hope they keep us all updated of the way things are going for them now they have returned home.
I picked up the tracts and gospels last night and ordered many more John,s Gospels for distribution. They are printing twenty thousand for me this week in Finnish and I hope I shall have enough to last out the summer season.
The major repairs to the bus have been done and I go back tomorrow for the job to be completed.
Monday 03rd of August 2009 10:24:08 PM
Another mission is nearly over and once again the road beckons me onward towards our Heavenly Home which is the final destination.
Many people have been spoken to and hundreds of copies of my life story have been given away along with tracts and gospels.
The camera has brought many children and young adults to the bus and over 500 pictures were taken and over 700 printed. Only 2 pictures were not taken away so I was really satisfied with the results. It was rather unfortunate that I was invited to speak to the adult congregation a second time as I know that the Lord had given me a message for them.
The programme was so full that not even five minutes could be found and I was terribly disappointed not to finish my message.
I would have to pray long and hard before accepting another holiday camp invitation.
I leave in three hours to pick up tacts and gospels in Finnish tomorrow and then on to Jacobstown for repairs before returning to Kuhmo for a few days mission and then the Russian bordef and Lappland.
Sunday 02nd of August 2009 10:55:38 AM
Every time something goes wrong!!!!!!
Everything is going right!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today I decided to stay here as the food problem has now been solved and a meal is provided for me each evening. Photos have been the main mission here and way over 300 have now been taken and given away.
This has created great interest in the bus and a constant flow of people have been visiting all day.
This afternoon prayers were answered when a DVD Video camera arrived for an interview. This will be in English with sub titles in Finnish and Swedish and when edited will be a tremendous help in the ministry.
More friends from the Vaasa region arrived today and a group photo has been put on the Finland Photos page of my friends from that area.
So much is happening here that the people are up and about all day and are all enjoying the worship and teaching.
A message arrived today from Kuhmo telling me that prayer and excitement in Jesus is still going on and the people of different churches are getting together on an almost daily basis. This trip to Finland is certainly answering prayer in a tremendous way and it is only the tip of a gigantic mountain that only God can move.
Friday 31st of July 2009 10:04:36 PM
Yesterday I spoke at the evening meeting and unfortunately I had to finish speaking before I had delivered the full message the Lord gave me.
How I wish that organisers would realise that a message with a translator takes nearly twice as long to deliver and I only spoke for 20 minutes.
Today it was picture taking with the children and nearly 200 had a photograph taken.
This evening I spoke to the young adults and was amazed with the reception given to me. Translators were queueing up to do the job but I chose a young man from the young people and he did an incredible job for me.
The day finished on a disasterous note for me as the kitchen staff threw away my evening meal which means that I got nothing to eat today.
I will really need my reserves of strength if I am going to stay here and Need your prayers as to the wisdom of my continuing here or leaving.
I believe I have so much to offer here but must also look after my own wellbeing.
Thursday 30th of July 2009 10:45:04 PM
Tuesday was a rather busy day sorting out the roof. The roof has leaked since I bought it but recently it has been getting worse and has been a constant struggle to keep things dry.
Each attempt has failed to rectify the problem as the major inside leak has been at the rear of the vehicle and now the fibre glass is getting very thick back there as layer upon layer has been added.
I suggested looking at the front of the vehicle and the men at the Alcoholic unit listened to me. It was found that the sealing on the joints had rotted and the lads rubbed it down and refibreglassed the front section.
In the evening I visited another alcoholic unit and took ten visitors with me. The service was outside and the church area beside a tranquill lake was very special. I did not take part as I just wanted to spend time in worship and be filled instead of being at the front, I was part of the worship and received a tremendous blessing.
On the way back the brake pipe burst open again and wednesday morning was spent repairing it. I have made arrangements to take the bus to Vaassa on monday and tuesday for a complete air system overhaul. It is false economy to do one brake pipe at a time as the bus just keeps on breaking down.
Yesterday I arrived at Pieksimaki for the Swedish speaking Finnish church and I believe that 800 people are booked in for the event. I spoke last night and I am told I will be used on numerous occassions here.
More photos have been uploaded onto the Pictures Page ( Finland)
Thursday 30th of July 2009 05:22:06 AM
After a wonderful time in Kuhmo it was time to move on to fresh pastures.
The drive to Nilsia was good but far too much rain to make the drive pleasant. I arrived at Nilsia and got lost on the forest roads. Eventually I managed to contact someone who spoke English at the alcoholic unit I was speaking at in the evening.
I was told I would be speaking to eight or nine residents but God had other ideas.
A full coach turned up from another unit and local residents came to hear me give testimony.
Over a hundred people came and as with all Finnish meetings a running buffet was provided before the meeting and everyone sat down to listen to the strange Englishman.
Timo and Marcus arrived, they drove over a hundred miles from Kuhmo to help me and it was great to see them.
The meeting was a great success and we finished up with some of the men trying to find my roof leak. We believe it has been traced and when the forest mist clears we hope ro repair it today.
Tuesday 28th of July 2009 07:21:29 AM
I really do believe in miracles.
The response to my plea for written support has taken years off my life. I now begin to feel that I am not just a loose cannon trying to fight a battle, but that out there people are with me on God's Highway.
Please continue to write to me via the Visitors Atrium. I recieve many emails but treat them as confidential, yet I feel many of them should be shared with the wider christian community as an encouragement to pray for God's continued Blessing on the work.
Yesterday we spent the morning on the market square in Kuhmo and last night another concert for Jesus.
"Summer Praise" was fantastic and the message God gave me was really strong and to the point. Testimony was given by Heidi, A young mother who the Lord healed during the last concert a week ago. At the end of the meeting Timo and I spent over an hour praying for people. This is very unusual at this kind of meeting in Finland.
It is my birthday on Monday and last night the team of evangelists working with me gave me a massive birthday cake which we began to consume but it was too big for us. It will be finished off after the youth meeting tomorrow evening.
Today it was a morning meeting out in the woods at an invald summer church. This evening was spent at the beach giving out literature and keeping an eye on the four children who came with us.
Bye the way. I am now a grandad.Not by blood but by adoption. It is great how the youngsters have taken to me and have asked if I will be their Grandpapa as they do not have one.
Saturday 25th of July 2009 09:43:29 PM
Tuesday, Rain stopped work as the downpour was so heavy it was not really worth taking the bus out. Also the roof was leaking badly.
Yesterday was an early start for a drive of over a hundred kilometres to Sodkamo and Kajaani.
Eleven adults and a six year old boy turned up to make the trip of witness and the reception in both towns was phenomenal. We have a great advantage in witness as guitar players and singers join us and really help bring in the crowds to listen. I am worried about the tract situation as the people here are hungry for the written word and stand reading it as we witness to them.
The Finnish life story translation should arrive today and that will help alleviate the problem but I prefer to also give out the word of God in simple terms to each recipient.
A fuel pipe burst ten minutes after I dropped off the budding evangelists back home in Kuhmo. The timing was just perfect and caused no hardship to my wonderful helpers. I am sat in the garage having it fixed as I write.
A complaint was made last night that I only do distant outreach during the day and prevent the workers from joining me. Tonight I will be taking a bus load of workers to a local lake for a mission if the sun shines.
It is distressing to me that when I return home tired and empty after a days witness that so few people take the trouble to leave me a message on the visitors Atrium. I tell the people that many are praying for them yet the evidence is not there to support my words.
I notice that an astounding number of people are visiting the Cliffords page so why not click on Visitors as well each time you log on.
Please pray about the tract situation and the finance required to replenish my stocks.
Thursday 23rd of July 2009 08:49:55 AM
A full morning of open air yesterday.
A team of five people joined me and Timo the priest came also to translate each of my two messages.
Tracts and life story are going out in abundance and soon we will have nothing left to offer. I think it is truly incredible what the Lord is doing in this town. A problem has occurred with the printing of my life story in Northern Ireland. I was told last tuesday that it would be sent on friday and space was booked by the delivery firm. Yesterday I found out that they did not keep their word and it can only reach me in time if it comes by air. This escalates the price to nearly five thousand pounds and to get the desperately needed supplies means going into a large overdraft.
I know the value of a soul!!!!!!!!!!
Please pray that the overdraft is cleared very quickly and this does not occur again.
Yesterday afternoon a team of christians emptied the public areas of the bus and really gave it a clean. It is great to be able to really look out of the windows and not see a dirt haze everywhere.
Last night Timo and I were invited to the library to meet dignataried of the town and the participants of the Culture Event.
It appears our morning witness was directly outside the council chamber and every leader of the town heard the message. Keep Praying that more will hear.
Yesterday afternoon the Bishop of the area visited the bus with his charming wife. It was really good to be able to talk to him about "Jesus" and find out that He really knew Him.
Tuesday 21st of July 2009 09:17:09 AM
Each day here in Kuhmo is a true blessing with so much to do.
This morning was an early start with the bus doors open at 8am. Once again four people arrived to help with the witness.
I had to leave the bus with my friends for most of the afternoon as I was speaking at a forest church in IIVANTIIRAN and it was a great time. Two services and lunch in three hours,
The first service was taken by Timo as it was Holy Communion and I preached in the second service for half an hour.
Tomorrow and tuesday I will be in the market square of Kuhmo and will remain here for the week.
A pleasant surprise to recieve greetings from Julia Ann on the Visitors Atrium and I hope she will keep a prayerful eye on the roaming evangelist through Cliffords Page. I no longer have my dog but she is living a life of luxury and pleasure with my friend Gerald in Ireland. It would not be fair to take an animal to the multitude of countries I need to visit annually.
Sunday 19th of July 2009 07:09:32 PM
Another hectic day is over nearly.
I thought it was busy yesterday when I collapsed into bed at 1 am but I was proved wrong today. It was non stop for us all today with so many visitors to the bus. The situation got worse when the tv camera arrived for an interview and I had no translator. I don't know what was said in the interview by the spokesperson who spoke for me but everyone seemed to be content with the results.
Standing on the back of an old lorry and being interviewed and also singing took up another hour.The travelling caterer offered a salmon meal to all of us but we were just too busy to stop and avail ourselves of the offer.
The childrens photos are a great success and I may continue to use this idea in other towns when I am staying for a few days.
Tomorrow is another day of witness but I may have to be driven to speak st a church in the afternoon. I feel it would be a criminal offence to move the bus from such a powerful witness site.
Saturday 18th of July 2009 09:14:04 PM
Without the two teams of people helping I could not have got through the day.
For over six hours it has been non stop working and meeting people. I decided to offer free photos of children sitting behind the steering wheel and it has been a great success. I have had to print the pictures every hour, parents and children have hung around the bus chatting to the team members or sitting upstairs when space became available. It has been full house all day and a bus twice the size would not have been big enough.
Photos will be on the Finland page later.
Friday 17th of July 2009 05:25:09 PM
At last things are getting how I like them (busy)
Yesterday Timo and I visited two groups of the elderly in hospital. I was able to talk and sing with freedom and noticed that the nurses came to listen as well.
Then it was a drive out of town to speak to a group of the Finnish war veterans in a residence similar to the one for the Chelsea Pensioners. There were many tears as I spoke of the love of Jesus and thanked the old soldiers for their unstinting loyalty to their beautiful country.
The final meeting was in the graveyard and was a service of devotion to those who had lost loved ones recently. I spoke of the memories each one of us still living leaves behind us each day.
At the end of the service a mother and daughter came to me for prayer. The daughter has been on sleeping tablets for years and wanted release. She emailed me this morning to tell me that she slept like a log last night (without tablets)
Today I had a lady interpreter as I spoke to the residents of a handicapped centre.
This evening I am parked amongst old lorries and tractors for the next two days. Last year three thousand people visited and more are expected for this weekend.
The book of my life story will be finished and packed tomorrow and will be sent from Northern Ireland in the afternoon. It is vital it gets here quickly and the money for the printing arrives in the next five days.
Thursday 16th of July 2009 10:01:54 PM
Sitting in the grounds of the church and meeting many people was a wonderful way of spending my time yesterday. I met people of many nations and was constantly filling up the stand with tracts outside the bus.
The evening festival was scheduled to last for two hours last night. It was over four hours before the last person left and many came for prayer at the end. So many christians spoke to me after the meeting and I could literally feel the Fire kindled in their hearts as the spoke of their desire to recommitt and serve.
The concert was a great success and each person who contributed was really a part of the whole plan.
I have received invitation for a week in Germany later this year and also enquiries from Finland and Sweden. Much prayer for discernment is needed or I will just be a travelling preacher and singer.
I was called to be an evangelist and I must NOT move away from the will of my Father.
Wednesday 15th of July 2009 09:25:31 AM
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