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Discharged from hospital. No more visits to the cancer clinic. no more disrupted schedules. and *Praise The Lord* no more Cancer.
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I am parked in a different lay-bye and feeling pleased that this part of the tour is nearly over.
Today was a little lonely as only two cars stopped here and no one came over to speak. The drivers just went to the toilet then drove away. Lunch was fried eggs on toast and my day has been spent cleaning and reading a nearly good book.
As I look back on today I realise just how fortunate I am. Only 13 years ago I would have given everything I had to be able to even remember christmas day and by this time in the evening I would have been drunk and probably in tears as I remembered the good times.
Today I did not eat very much. Today was spent doing the menial jobs I have kept putting off.Today I felt sorry for myself. Today I remembered why I was sitting in a cold bus in the middle of a foriegn country, and as I remembered why I was here. I felt content that I was walking the path the Lord Jesus gave me.
It was not my birthday I celebrated today, It was the birthday of my Lord Jesus and he did not want worldly celebrations, He wanted to share it with me.
I AM CONTENT. God Bless.
Friday 26th of December 2008 12:26:09 AM

I managed to catch the ferry from Gothenburg this morning and arrived in Denmark at lunchtime.
Sorry to say that all the foodshops I found had closed early so there is nothing special for christmas dinner.
I think it will be tinned reindeer or moose with chips. Eric did say on the visitor page that he hoped someone would bring venison for me. ( I'll kill him when I next see him)
I am parked in a picnic area in the middle of now where for the yuletide season and will probably spend christmas day cleaning the bus. It takes for ever to get rid of the dirt from the wet snow of Sweden.
May I wish all my friends out there a "Blessed Christ--mas" and a turkey filled New Year.
Wednesday 24th of December 2008 10:44:29 PM

I have arrived in Gothenberg after a really tiring drive. ( Over 400 miles today.)
There is only one ferry from here tomorrow to Denmark. If I cannot get on it I have an extra 600 kilometres to drive to get to my next ferry on saturday from Esjberg. I don't really fancy driving the route through Copenhagen during the christmas period.
I am ever so pleased that a few people are at last leaving me messages on the visitors page. It makes me feel that someone is actually standing beside me as I read them and I have a human being to communicate with.
I know the Lord is Always with me, BUT, how I miss the hug of a fellow christian on christmas day-
Wednesday 24th of December 2008 12:46:58 AM

It is now decided that I shall leave here today before the new fall of snow makes driving more dangerous on the roads. My gas heater packed up on friday and the elecric fan heaters are not really strong enough to combat the temperatures here in the bus, they only make draught which chills rather than warms.
I have been requested to return here when the winter is less severe and will do so at the begginning of April, then back to Lappland and keep my promises.
Christmas will be very lonely this year, but good sense must prevail.
Monday 22nd of December 2008 09:08:08 AM

Very little to do today. The schools have now finished for the Christmas break and this should give me time to relax before I begin the 2,000 Kilometre drive through Sweden and Denmark to catch the boat to Britain.
I am looking forward to a very quiet Christmas and because I am parked in the middle of a cemetery with only grave stones for company I don't think I shall be disturbed very often.
Friday 19th of December 2008 06:23:55 PM

Only five lessons to do today and I enjoyed speaking at most of them. The young adults of this town are really splendid to work with and most of them listen really well. Of course some get a little embarrassed when I begin singing to them, but that is only normal.
It is now agreed that I leave here on December 26th and return at the beginning of April.
The time here has been really enjoyable, but I am very tired after a non stop tour of nearly ten months. I am afraid the old body just cannot keep up the pace for ever. I look forward to Heaven when I don't need to sleep and I can talk about jesus without stopping. Some would agree that I would "never shut up"
Thursday 18th of December 2008 09:13:50 PM

As you will see by the time of this message, the day starts early here.
Yesterday I was booked to take a class of ten year olds at a fifferent junior school. I finished up doing two schools and six classes. The evening was spent speaking at a distant pentecostal church which was really well recieved.
Today I am speaking at another school with a full morning and afternoon of teaching. Feeling very tired at the moment, but I will soon be on form.
Thursday 18th of December 2008 06:12:16 AM

The second message for today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please check the "Prayer Forum Page" and look at Naomi and also Old workmate. Please treat these requests as URGENT.
Tuesday 16th of December 2008 10:15:37 PM

The messages from the Visitors Page have been a true inspiration for me this weekend. I had nearly three days off and used it to rest and do a few other things I needed to catch up on.
Today has only been two meetings and at the moment I am parked outside the Junior school I am teaching at tomorrow. The children here are so wonderful and I expect to be inundated with screaming children at just after 07 30.
For health reasons I have decided to leave Sandviken just after christmas and take a few weeks break in the UK. If I continue working at this pace I will burn out or even worse so it agreed that I will return on the first week of April.
Finances are now critical and I need to return home to try and get enough to do the printing for next years work.
I brought five years supply of my book on tour in March and I am down to the last 4 boxes out of 500.
Tuesday 16th of December 2008 08:01:36 PM

A weekend of cleaning and catching up with computer work. Also I had to write a one page tract for translation into Swedish and Suomi as my book is nearly out of stock. Another 25,000 are being printed in Ulster this week so much finance needs to be prayed in to pay for them and then to transport them to Sweden.
My first appointment is this evening and up to now, three schools have asked me to visit this week. It looks like another heavy week of work for me.
Jesus must really love me to allow me to do these things for Him.
Please keep on prayind and if you find the time, Please leave an entry on the Visitor page.
Monday 15th of December 2008 10:17:54 AM

Resting today and tomorrow to be ready for another hectic time next week. For those who are interested, I have posted some new photographs on the Sweden pictures page. Some of the pictures will show you the bus parked today and the conditions I am living in. I hope it brings more prayer.
Much work coming in but nearly all of the engagements bring in no finance. It is not yet desperate but things are getting very tight here. I hope I can continue until the Lord releases me with the finance available.( This is not an appeal for finance yet, but that the churches here will begin to help me continue. Please PRAY.)
Saturday 13th of December 2008 03:29:14 PM

Still working hard out here. How I wish it would stop snowing here, I am going to finish up with a two storey igloo if it carries on. It is now too dangerous to drive the bus anywhere so I depend upon the good will of the local clergy to get me around the many venues I am speaking at. Yesterday I spoke 5 times, including another session at the the Bessemer school. The youth club I attended had to be visited by the police last night because trouble was starting to erupt. After the police had gone I spoke there for the second time in one night, My first translator was 14 year old Daniel who did a tremendous job for me. My second talk was translated by a young man who really did not want to attempt the task but made a valient attempt after much persuading. He really did a good job.
Tonight after a meal with the priest Michael and his wife I speak at a full church of Addicts followed by an ouside ice hockey by the youth where I will meet around 1,500 young people.
Who says " Prayer doesn't work "
Friday 12th of December 2008 04:45:49 PM

Bookings are still coming in and I am finishing each day tired yet satisfied. Today I was taken to the Bessemer school restaurant for a traditional Swedish Christmas meal. It was amazing how well the students had done in the preparation and was really enjoyable. I did not realise how much I had missed brussel sprouts and rice pudding until I started eating them. It was two meetings today including the Santa Lucia service performed by the junior school children. They were really good and sang like angels. I was not the only person weeping as they sang.The second service was a talk to the young people who were confirmed in May and was a reunion meal and speech. They listened really well and there was much laughter as I spoke.
Wednesday 10th of December 2008 06:56:18 PM

Yesterday I spent most of the day at an alcoholic recovery programme and was well recieved. The day culminated with a service of song and I gave some of my testimony. The whole talk was a treat for me as I canged translators three times. The boys of the home manager really did a good job and I was surprised how well the two youngest, 12 and 14 year olds managed to interpret without mistakes.
This morning was an early start with a meeting of the church workers and social workers at 08 30. Two meetings this evening went down very well. The throat is improving but I still cannot shake off this flue and stomach bug.
Tuesday 09th of December 2008 09:50:27 PM

The two services I took part in today were a real joy to me. The service at the pentecostal church just outside of Sandviken was really well recieved and I pray it was a blessing to those who came to hear me speak.
This afternoon at the carol service was a packed house with a very receptive congregation. The meeting finished with coffee and even more singing.
Prayer is required for the flu bug I am suffering from. I am finding it very difficult talking when I am not working. In the services I am having very few problems as the Lord is dealing with the voice each time and allowing me to work normally. I now seem to have a stomach problem due to my constant changes of diet.
Please pray that I will be able to keep up with the rather hectic schedule. No rest is possible at the moment because of the christmas schedule. It is do it now or never do it.
Sunday 07th of December 2008 09:40:34 PM

Another cold night but not too disturbing for me.
I am preparing to speak at morning service in one of the smaller churches and this afternoon is a real treat for me.
The methodist church is having a carol service and all the carols are to be sung in english. Guess who the soloist will be?
My time yesterday at the Finland Soldiers Remembrance Day service was ver good. It was not a bit like the English service, more like a miniature concert of remembrance.
When the war began between Russia and Finland, the government of Britain was preparing to fight Germany. The Soumi government asked for British arms and help but were ignored by the government of the day as Britain did not want to fight agains't Russia.
The people of Finland were victorious but lost a lot of the border land to the Soviet Union.
I was able to speak yesterday and ask for forgiveness that we were not able to help in a time of need.
The Old Soldiers were truly gracious and accepted me as the only Englishman to have EVER addressed their gathering and made me feel really welcome amongs't them.
Sunday 07th of December 2008 09:06:37 AM

After much trouble getting a phone signal I have at last managed to log on to update you all.
I have managed to catch a Swedish flue germ and it is a struggle to talk in the mornings but the Lord is being gracious and giving me full ability when it is required.
The work here in Sandvegan is really beginning to grow and show results.On wednesday I felt just like the Pied Piper of Hamelin as I walked across a junior school playground with over a hundred children trying to speak to me at the same time. I spoke to all the classes during the morning. The highlight was a class of six year olds as I told them about my visit to Santa Land. Their eyes looked like saucers by the time I had finished.
Every day there are more meetings coming in from groups of small numbers to a rally for 1,500 youth at a sports event next week.
Saturday I have been requested to give the address at the remembreance day service for the people of Finland who live in this area.
The Russian border that I have just completed travelling in prayer is the place we shall be remembering as that is where the Finnish war was fought and won.
Next week I address a service of serenity when recovered and recovering alcoholics come together for a celebration of prayer and song. Many believe in a " Higher Power " but I will tell them about "JESUS"
I have lost count of the meetings I have spoken at but I have now given permission to book me up untill Christmas day.

Friday 05th of December 2008 11:19:17 AM

The newspaoer article has attracted much attention and many people are coming to meet me.
Yesterday (Sunday)was extremely hectic and I was at work for over 12 hours with only one ten minute break all day. The first meeting was the main church of the town where I spoke and sang at the Advent service. The meeting was disrupted when a man suffered either a heart attack or extremely high blood pressure. The service was halted whilst the ambulance came and took him to hospital.
The afternoon was a combined churches joining me on the streets and was very successful.
The evening at the combined churches meeting held at the pentecostal church was a packed house and was very moving as The Word of testimony penetrated the hearts of the people.
The stay in Sweden could be long and busy.
Monday 01st of December 2008 07:50:13 AM

At last I have found the time to update the web page. Please forgive me if I do not find the time to write my report on a daily basis but here in the town of Sandviken the work is flooding in. I arrived here on tuesday afternoon and it has been non stop speaking engagements.
I have worked at the senior high school for 2 days now giving lectures to the young people ( 16 - 19 year old ) and the response has been incredible. The town of 25,000 people is very beautifull and has many churches.
Yesterday I spoke to three classes and in one of them a reporter and cameraman from the local newspaper joined us. It was such a thrill for the young people to be photographed for the local press.
Tomorrow I have street ministry and two services to speak at. The evening service is combined churches and I fear that the church will not be large enough.
I originally came here for one week, but already two weeks of engagements have piled up. I have decided to stay here as long as I feel the need to remain. Much prayer is needed for the strength to last the course as there are very few times during each day to manage to stop and think and rest. ( I am thriving on it ) but I wonder what the Lord has in store for Sweden if this small town is anything to go by.
Saturday 29th of November 2008 10:42:56 AM

The bus is still acting the fool but no one is laughing at the way the air system is playing up. The promised mechanic cannot turn up until monday so another one must be found very quickly. It appears that the air system needs a shot of Methanol but I cannot get any from anywhere.
I am parked outside a beautiful church in Sandvekan, a suburb of Gavle. The snow is still here, in fact yesterday when I woke up I found a glorious snowdrift had formed whils't I was asleep. ( on the bottom of my bed it looked like a brides dress with train ) It found a gap in the roof window.
This afternoon I spoke at an old folks meeting and was extremely well recieved. I felt at home among my own age group.
Tomorrow it is the 16 to 18 year old youth at the higher school and I pray it will be a good time there.
Tuesday 25th of November 2008 11:18:37 PM

More trouble with the air system today.I will be pleased to get away from thes sub zero temperatures but it will be at least another two weeks.
I should be in Gavle tomorrow and then on to Sandvick to prepare for the outreach there.
I am hearing that there is excitement about my visit amongs't the schools next week and I prat that everything comes up to their expectations. Much Prayer is now Required.
Saturday 22nd of November 2008 08:10:58 PM

After a good ferry crossing I am back in Sweden and taking my time heading for Gavle and my friend Rev Larry of Sandvick parish.
He informs me that I will be quite busy there and that the schools are showing an interest in my arrival.
My time in Finland and Lappland was incredible and if you do not recieve my newsletter it is now on the site.
Please pray for a young lad in Helsinki hospital undergoing brain surgery. His name is Jani and is 13 years old.He was operated on today and needs further surgery next tuesday. I will keep you informed as I hear any news.
Thursday 20th of November 2008 08:54:44 PM

I am now on the coast road heading for Vaassa ( N8 ) and basking in the warmth of minus 2. It has really taken a heavy toll of my strength to finish the course the Lord set me, but I know that His Purposes are Sure.
It has been very disheartening to see so few entries on the visitor page in the last few weeks. I must admit that at times I just felt I could not be bothered to leave a message on my page because I was so tired. I did though and hoped that I would get a response, but nothing happenned.
Please remember that it can get very lonely out here and one new contact on the visitor page can make all the difference. Please let me know you are out there and praying.
Tuesday 18th of November 2008 12:39:51 PM

I have decided that staying beyond the Arctic Circle is foolish and serving no purpose other than freezing to death each day.
Many contacts and new friends have been added to the work and I should return at the same time the snow melts next year.
I left Posio this morning and will be in Oumo tomorrow as I head for the ship to Sweden and my appointment in Gavle next week.
I will now admit that the trials of cold have been nearly unbearable over the last three or four weeks but promises to our Heavenly Father must be kept whatever the trial.
If Jesus could take the shame and pain of calvary for each one of us, Can we not endure a little discomfort for the sake of those who do not yet know him.
Monday 17th of November 2008 05:06:32 PM

The air system is still playing up, but I now have been shown how to fix it and enable me to thaw out the frozen air tanks myself. The heating in the bus when I am driving is still not working and the temperature in the drivers section was minus eight this afternoon. Than God I only had 100 kilometres to drive to Posio.
This morning I was at Kemijarvi Pentecostal Church and had a wonderful time there. The people seemed so excited to see me and really listened as I spoke about the true Love in my life. " Jesus "
It has been suggested that my life story should be translated into Soumi ( Finnish) and Tomi the priest has offered to do it. I am aware that it is being well accepted here amongst the youth and I am praying about the funding for it. I would expect to spend most of next summer in Lapland but really need much prayer before I commit myself. The people are really urging me to return as soon as I can.
Sunday 16th of November 2008 08:04:28 PM

I have had a good response in Kemijarvi with many visitors to the bus. This morning I was visited by two men from the local pentecostal church who took me to the supermarket for groceries. It is such a pity that it is impossible to store too much perishable food on the bus but even milk does not keep very long because of the fluctuating temperatures on board.
After shopping we went to visit two men who have been serious stroke victims for over twenty years.
When we visited the first one he was laid on the bed and not able to move. After the nurse helped him to sit up I went to talk with him through a translator.
I left that small room "Knowing" that the Holy Spirit had been there. The young man just radiated "Jesus" and I knew I was on Holy Ground.
He is totally paralysed down his left side. Cannot walk or talk very well and is dependant upon the nurses for everything, Yet was content and at peace with the world.
The bus has had brake problems today due to the air system freezing as I drove away from the town.
The two men came out to help me even though I was fifty kilometres away and thawed out the offending parts. I have returned to the town for the weekend. I think I made an error leaving and the Lord found the only way to get me to return. How I wish that I did not make such stupid mistakes and listened more closely. I know He will forgive but it is better not to need forgiveness.
Friday 14th of November 2008 11:21:23 PM

To the readers in the United Kingdom. I write this at just after 8pm and the temperature in the unheated section of the bus is minus 12 and still falling.
This morning I was asked to do a school assembly and take an english class in Pelkosseniemi. It was a great time and not only Anna Maria ( my interpreter in this area ) but the young people joined in with interpreting from English to Soumi.The bus was open most of the day and much time was spent clearing snow from the inside of the bus. I am parked tonight at Kemijarvi and will head back towards Potio to meet up with the priest there before I head out of Finland next week.
Please pray that the Lord will give me wisdom during the next days as I endeavour to serve him.
Thursday 13th of November 2008 09:17:42 PM

The young peoples meeting was a time to treasure with 5 young ladies turning up and 4 leaders. The topic I spoke on tonight was the great value we must place on young people as we meet them. Christ said " Let the little children come to me" and we often think " Children should be seen and NEVER heard "
After the meeting in the church the young people came for a visit and a short ride in the bus. You should have heard the squeals of excitement when the children realised the bus was moving.
Happiness sounds the same in ANY language.
I have left Ivalo heading south again.The roads are not good and the promised snow is falling as I climb into the mountains.
A picture of the children is now on the Finland Pictues page.
Tuesday 11th of November 2008 08:26:48 PM

The road to the Russian border lived up to expectations and was not an easy drive. The rain was falling and the whole route was a skating rink. Thank God that I had listened to the locals and fitted snow tyres on four of the wheels.
I was able to chat to a couple of the border guards and leave my life story with them. The bus caused a load of interest amongs't the soldiers at the border.
When I left the border at the south I registered my milage on the tachograph and the distance travelled was just over 1,800 kilometres.
I joined the local church for a prayer meeting this evening and spoke for a short time.
Tomorrow evening it is the 9 to 14 year old children and then I must find out the Lord's desire.
The border pictures are now on the Finland photo page.
Monday 10th of November 2008 07:48:47 PM

When they said the road to Russia was bad I believed them but my concience would not let me rest last night.
I arrived there at 8am Finnish Time. 6am GMT.
Will write more and update pictures later.
Monday 10th of November 2008 11:45:42 AM

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