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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 did not move the bus yesterday or today. A coach slid off the road yesterday with a full load of teenage passengers. The driver was from Finland and used to driving in these conditions, but like me he still had summer tyres on his vehicle.
I will not take any risks with this bus.
I attended last nights service and even though I could not understand the language I came away feeling truly blessed. I was asked to take part in the service and found great freedom as I spoke and sang.
This morning I once again joined "Timo" the priest and his flock and again took part in morning worship and communion.
This evening I joined a few families at the church's forest camp where we toasted sausages over an open fire and really got to know each other better.
I will be attending the handicapped centre in the morning to meet the young people and speak a few words about Jesus.
The Lord really brought me to a village of good people when I needed help.
Sunday 02nd of November 2008 08:53:00 PM

Winter is really happening here this morning. I awoke to a white world as everything is cocvered in snow.
The sides of the bus are a sheet of ice and the bus batteries are totally flat.
Thank God for the booster charger which should have me up and running soon.
Today Finland celebrates "All Saints Day" and just about everything is closed down in respect for the dead. The cemeteries will be ablaze with lit candles tonight and if it seems appropriate I will be close by with the bus open playing christian music. I will wait and see.
Saturday 01st of November 2008 09:22:13 AM

Winter has arrived here in Finland!
The snow began to fall about four hours ago and it already three inches deep around the bus. If it continues to fall it will be impossible to venture further north and I will have to call a halt at the arctic circle.
Today has been extremely busy with the scool work in the bus. I parked in the school playground and from the start until the finish the bus was totally packed out. I was able to take over the english lessons for the whole school day and really enjoyed myself telling about what God has done for me.
Three newspaper reporters called for interviews including one that covers the whole of Lappland.
This evening was the youth club and the young people made me very welcome.
Friday 31st of October 2008 08:06:48 PM

Temperature zero degrees and dropping.
The air system was really playing up today and I at last found a garage in the village of Potio. The mechanic was very friendly but unable to help me but directed me to another garage two kilometres away. As I prepared to leave I saw a single decker coach on the forecourt and was delighted that the driver spoke english. He directed me to his workplace and I decided to park up for the day. The man in charge of the coach firm explained that his mechanic was on holiday this week but allowed me to park up for the day.
This evening he returned and fixed the air problem for me and allowed me the luxury of mains electricity to charge up all my batteries.
The local priest arrived with his confirmation class to ask questions and I have agreed to stay here until monday.
Tomorrow( friday) I will be in the main school all dat. Youth meeting in the evening.
Saturday is a special saints day and everyone will be visiting the cemetery to honour their relations.
Sunday I will be attending two services and taking part.
Thursday 30th of October 2008 07:41:10 PM

I have just passed the town of "Kuumsamo" and have turned off the main road onto the 81 road. This leads me to the signpost for the Arctic Circle at the town of "Rovaniemi" This small town is reputed to be the home of Santa Clause and he lives in a wooden hut in the forest. You can only get to see him if you travel on a special Santa train, but you must believe in him as well.
I promised to leave a few addresses of children I have met and for a few euros he will write to them. All proceeds go to charity so I don't mind helping a child's dream come true.
I am aware that some may criticise me for doing this,but as a child who had nothing to look forward to. Father Christmas was very real to me and I see no reason that a child cannot dream and anticipate some pleasure in this wayward world.
Once again I am having big problems with the air system on the bus and the brakes keep coming on when I am Driving, Also the cab and bus heater are not working at the moment.
Today I met my first ice and it looks like the trip will be terminated before I reach the end of Finland. I will not put the bus into any risky situations.
Wednesday 29th of October 2008 04:46:02 PM

I write this from the town of NURMES on the 74 75 road. The weather is good but raining every day. Thank God that there are so many lakes around here because after a days journey the writing on the bus is covered with mud. I am having to do a wash down nearly every day but it is good to see the words of the Lord Jesus appear from the haze,
Most of the roads I travel are forest tracks stretching for hundreds of miles so I navigate by map and compass untill I reach the arctic circle.
The entries on the visitors page are really giving me a terrific boost. It is good that my had is stretchable
Monday 27th of October 2008 11:59:45 AM

Now in the very small town of Kittee and still heading north. The next fewdays will be a bit hair raising ( I believe )
The road I need to take is very narrow for quite a way but it is the only road that is close enough to the border for me to actually be within seeing distance of Russia.
No man's land is three kilometres wide along the border but this way I will be seperated by water and will often be within shouting(or singing)distance from the Russian people.
Please pray for no low bridges or trees in my path. I will update as I can or get someone to make an entry via phone message.
I feel like many are praying out there, but need many more.

Friday 24th of October 2008 01:13:16 PM

I reached Vaalimaa yesterday afternoon and was astounded at the line of trucks waiting to get in to Russia. The queue was over seven miles long because of a dispute with border control and the politicians. I did attempt to gain entry but due to a new regulation it was not possible to get a visa for even a cay trip.
I will now stick to the original plan and copntinue driving the border until I reach Norway at the top. This should take around three weeks because the speed limit is only 50 miles an hour. I am really enjoying the feeling of not rushing everywhere.I have completed the first thirty miles but stopped for a couple of hours to find this computer.
Please get your church and your friends interested in this task. Let them feel they are a part of something that is being done on the front line. Results can only come from the "Prayers of the Saints"
Thursday 23rd of October 2008 11:20:37 AM

Finding local libraries is no problem, Parking is a different situation and I have had a two mile walk to make this entry.
Tampere ( Tamperay ) was a delightfull time and it was real good to speak to the christians there. When I left they gave me a love offering of the collection from the tea and coffee time, it came to 62 euros.
I bought 2 litres of milk,2 euros, Had my tyres blown up 10 euros but found a leaking valve that needed fixing.
I then found a garage willing to repair the valve and check my gear oil. The mechanic found that the nuts on the prop shaft had come loose and irrepairable damage imminent. He traced the problem to a clogged air breather on the chassis and put it right. Cost 50 euros. Thanks Tampere for your willingness because I had run out of money.
This morning a red Lada car pulled up beside the bus and a man and his son got out. The man is a bus driver in Moscow and really wanted to call in the bus. They left with a full size family bible, a childrens bible, around a hundred scripture bookmarks and a pile of photos of the bus with the way of salvation on the reverse.
Don't ask me why, but I am getting quite excited.
I should reach the border of Russia and Finland tomorrow. Please Keep Praying.
Tuesday 21st of October 2008 02:32:29 PM

Still plodding slowly towards the beginning of the prayer route along the border of Russia.
Please ask your church and your friends to join me in prayer, as the Lord lays it upon their hearts. I am in a very small village on the border of Tampere where I will spend the weekend.
I believe the pentecostal church in Tampere have an English service tomorrow so I hope to attend it.
Friday 17th of October 2008 11:41:06 AM

The weather is perfect here with plenty of sunshine during the day but hovering in the freezing temperatures at night.
I write this note from the town of Pori where I will probably stay the night, unless I hear something different from the Lord. I was looking at the map of Finland last night and the Lord directed my eyes to a very small village about three hundred miles away.
"Vaalimaa" is situated on the border of Finland and Russia and as I spoke to our dear Father I felt the urge to follow the main road north with my eyes. It seems that in the northernmost corner of Finland is a town named "Virtaniemi". The road distance following the main roads is just over a thousand miles. I start the drive next week, praying the border areas as I drive. Please will you join me in prayer that "Total FREEDOM IN JESUS" will be brought at last to the Soviet Union. We also need prayer that my diesel supply will last out for the trip. Why not download a map of Finland and follow the trip?
Wednesday 15th of October 2008 02:45:22 PM

It was a great day yesterday"Sunday" with loads of visitors to the bus after morning service.I once again met up with Larry and his brother Oliver who is a proffessor of radiation at Umea university.( If I don't watch out I will start having brains meeting all these clever people) They must be clever because they know Jesus.
I sailed this morning to Vaasa and enjoyed the relaxing time on board.
This update is being written in the library at Vaasa and because of the difficukties I am experiencing getting on the web, I will either use library facilities or internet cafes as I can. Please keep leaving messages on the visitor page, It really does give me a boost in morale when I hear from you. Language is difficult here and in Sweden, but God WILL find a way.
Monday 13th of October 2008 05:28:49 PM

Clifford is unable to contact the net. At present he is in Sweden in the town of Umea and he is speaking in the church tomorrow. He is sailing to Finlad on Monday
Saturday 11th of October 2008 09:07:56 PM

I am sure that some of the readers of this page have not contacted me by email yet. Please do not get the wrong impression from other sites that you may have visited in the past. I do not divulge any information and only contact you to update with Newsletters or miracle letters.You can be assured of total anonyminity as I cannot possibly trace you through an email address unless you give me the information. Please drop me a line and be kept up to date.
I met my first roadworks yesterday and I was amazed to see how clean the roads were even though the men were resurfacing around 5 miles af the carraigeway I was using.
I am in a nature reserve for the day just ouside of Gavle.
Wednesday 08th of October 2008 02:24:01 PM

The highways here are totally incredible. I have now driven over 600 kilometres in Sweden and have not yet seen a sign for roadworks ahead. The roads are great to drive and the facilities both here and in Denmark are out of this world. It is a great place for a caravan holiday with large picnic areas with all facilities situated evey twenty or thirty miles, also there is no charge for parking.
Once again the bus is giving me problems with the exhaust coming loose. I wish I could find someone to re-design this one as it is always giving problems. I will try to repair it tomorrow but have difficulty using my right arm at the moment due to operational scars after the cancer in 2001.
I will get my tablets later this week in Gavle thanks to Doctor Rob bringing them over.
Monday 06th of October 2008 08:03:29 PM

Thanks The Web Master for setting up the new Sweden page for photographs. You certainly do a great job for us all.
Sunday 05th of October 2008 09:38:17 PM

The rain is still pouring and the whole country seems to be getting the storm the Norrona tried to avoid. It appears that the day afyer I left the Faroe Islands they experienced the first snow of the winter. A real miracle that the Lord got me out of the mountains before the roads became too dangerous.
I am parked up in the town of Karlsberg in Sweden, famous for Carlsberg Lager I believe.
Opposite me is a building with the sign EBibliotek" over the door. I cannot wotk out if it is a church,a college or a library I will hang around and find out.
Sunday 05th of October 2008 11:20:57 AM

Arrived in Denmark this morning and travelled to Frederickshaven to catch the boat to Gothenberg in Sweden. Please pray as I explore new territory that our Father shall be Glorified.
Parked up for the night just outside Gothenberg and will head for Uppsala tomorrow. Should be there early next week. I am not rushing.

Saturday 04th of October 2008 12:47:23 AM

Norrona sailed a day early to outrun the bad weather approaching us from the arctic areas. We were supposed to spend a full day in Bergen(Norway) but it was cut down to a couple of hours to keep ahead of the weather situation. It was good to meet up with Per Magne and his charming wife for a cup of coffee.
Should arrive in Hantsholm at noon tomorrow and will depart for Sweden in the evening.
The trouble with my email is now sorted out and it is back to business for "Jesus"
Thursday 02nd of October 2008 06:27:44 PM

News has just reached me that "Norrona" is leaving the Faroe Islands today. A day early.
This means a 24 hour stopover in Bergen. Praise the Lord that at last the work is on the move again.
The last six days in Faroe have been incredible, and the year has been a true blessing.
Wednesday 01st of October 2008 11:50:38 AM

I spoke at the church in Vagar last night and really felt totally at home.
It was the first time in that small and really friendly place and I promise to return.
When I came to drive away this morning I lokked in the wing mirror and instead of seeing the mirroe I found a black bag of groceries hanging there. This is what I call practical Christianity at work. Thank you Benjamin for inviting me to such a lovely place.
Tuesday 30th of September 2008 06:24:41 PM

Since missing Norrona on thursday I do not seem to have had a spare minute to myself.
Friday evening speaking to the youth club. Daturday with roadsida ministry. Saturday evening with the youth from Skala and today will be just as busy. Thank God for changed schedules.
Sunday 28th of September 2008 02:10:13 PM

Exciting, serving the Lord isn't it?
I could not get on board Norrona today and will have to wait a week before I can leave. I wonder what plans the Lord has in store for me.
God NEVER makes mistakes and HE must have a very good reason for the delay.
I admit to being upset about not meetind Doctor Rob in Sweden, but we have ALL eternity to catch up with the news. Please keep on praying.
Thursday 25th of September 2008 07:00:52 PM

Ready to roll if there is space on board "Norrona" this afternoon.
Thanks to my prayer partners worldwide. The diesel tanks are full to capacity and hopefully I shall have enough to get to Finland. I shall keep you all updated as time goes by. Much practical help has been given to the work this year by Gordon and his Father, also many thanks to JB Electrics and Simonsen Garage for work done and practical help. Please remember these people in your prayers.
Thursday 25th of September 2008 11:18:09 AM

Up to my neck in last minute jobs before thursday.'
Prayer is required for my thursday sailing. I have been told that the ship is full and I will have to wait here another week before there is room for the bus. I have made arrangements in Sweden at the town of Gavle and would find it difficult to alter, I would also miss meeting my doctor who is bringing me medicine from Britain that is unavailable in Scandinavia. I ran out some weeks ago and the tablets here are not strong enough and they taste vile.
I write this from Klaxvik sitting in my bedroom overlooking the harbour. Break tests tomorrow. .I hope you all got the updated newsletter
Tuesday 23rd of September 2008 10:23:53 PM

I am on the island of Suderoy for the weekend and hope to meet up with a few friends as well as preaching and an open air.
I anticipated driving through Sweden and heading for Finland. "God" had other ideas, I will now spend time in Sweden meeting and and speaking to the churches there. I hope to meet a pastor friend in Uppsala and then move on the meet my doctor a week on tuesday and spend a few days around Gavle and speak in one of the churches before heading for Finland. I don't really know what is ahead. But it should be very intertesting.
Saturday 20th of September 2008 12:22:45 AM

Do YOU really believe in miracles.
As I pressed Submit to put in the last message I recieved a phone call summoning me to meet a good friend of the mission. He has just filled the new tank and it's two partners with a total of 500 litres of diesel.
Check the time of this message and the last one to see the time difference. By the way" He had not read the previous entry"
" Praise the LORD for His Provision ""
Friday 19th of September 2008 12:20:39 AM

Tank fitted and I am now a very happy bunny. This gives me a total fuel capacity of over 1000 litres (225 Gallons) and if filled before I leave the Faroes it should get me well into Finland and save around 400 before more is required.
It was not an easy job fitting the tank bit my friend Bjorg did his usual good job for me.
It was good to hear from Huw Thomas again after a very long break.
I pray he is very happy in wedded bliss. I often wonder where he is living. Huw and his brother joined me for a weekend two years ago in Faroe.
Thursday 18th of September 2008 10:51:05 PM

I spoke too soon and the first of the early witer storms are battering the bus with high winds and very heavy rain.
I am getting ready for the trip into Lapland today. My friend Gordon has lent me his washing machine and I am having a real good time doing a load of washing and cleaning my room in the bus. I won't sleep tonight for the all pervading smell of cleanliness. I wish I could get the opportunity more often.
Tomorrow the diesel tank will be fitted to give me an extra 200 litres of capacity. The fuel here is cheaper than on the mainland so I must take advantage of the savings.
In Greenland the price is fixed for two more years at 40p or 3 Kroner.
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 09:56:54 PM

The weather has improved and the rain gone for a while.
Yesterday in Fugliafjorder was really busy all day. Morning service, children all afternoon and a great open air in the evening. We used my equipment for the open air and I am sure that no one in the village missed hearing it.
Today I was in Klaxvik having the bus measured for a spare diesel tank for installation this week.
Thanks to all who have left me a message. You have really cheered me up to know that I have good friends out there. It can get very hard mentally if I do not hear from anyone for more than two days. Satan uses it to make me feel even more isolated. The ferry is booked from Frederikshaven to Gothenberg in two weeks time. The Lapland trip is really going ahead at last.
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:53:24 PM

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