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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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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

We did it!!!!!!
Isn't God GREAT. I arrived at the town of Ivalo this morning ay 11 30 am Finland time. 09 30 uk.
The last Finland / Russian border crossing is 50 kilometres away but down bad roads so I am content that the work of praying the border is over for this year.
I believe that I will return here when the weather is more suitable to drive a double decker bus.
I spoke in the pentecostal church this evening and have been invited to stay and speak again tomorrow evening. This depends upon the financial situation when I contact the bank tomorrow as the tyres have used up most of my monthly allowance for travelling and no money is being donated into the bus collection boxes at the moment. Please Pray.
Sunday 09th of November 2008 07:46:16 PM

Town for the weather is a little better today but still vile.
Driving these icy and snow covered roads is not for the faint hearted and even the lorry drivers are keeping under the speed limit.
Dinner today was a little different to the normal, Elk and chips. I was given a small joint of moosemeat in Posio and saved it until today. I must say that it was really good and I hope I manage to get some more before I leave, to salt and save for a special occassion. I am getting a little tired of horsemeat from Iceland. I am heading for the town of Ivalo.and when I get there I will be at the end of this part of the tour and can head south for the warmer climate, ( above freezing point)
The Finland picture page is updated with new photographs from Santa Clause Village at the Arctic Circle. Enjoy!!!!!!!
Saturday 08th of November 2008 09:18:25 PM

" Bliss pure Bliss"
After I had had the tyres seen to I was allowed to stay in the tyre fitting shop overnight. No wind,snow, ice or rain was able to interrupt my peaceful slunbers. It was good to relax for a night with temperatures a few degrees above freezing point for a change.
This morning I was taken to visit the local alcoholic day centre for those who need long term follow up after quitting alcohol. The ten people who turned up listened very seiosly to my story and seemed to benefit from it.
I am hearing good news each day from my visit to Posio over last weekend. I now realise how my visit was timed perfectly for the visit.
I write this from Santa Clause Village on the Arctic Circle. I have kept my promises to the children and now ( with your help in prayer ) I will continue north towards to end of my journey following the Russian Border.
My final destination " weather permitting " is Ivalo about three hundred miles north.
Friday 07th of November 2008 07:23:12 PM

Minus 8 when I woke up this morning at 8am. I have been told that the temperarure dropped to minus 15 during the night so it was a little chilly sleeping in the bus.
I use a calor gas heater during the winter but unfortunately it did not work this morning as the gas was frozen solid and it took over an hour before I managed to get warm.
I have arrived in the town of Rovaniemi and it is a true winter wonderland.
The local Gideon leader called to see me today to make arrangements for my visit tomorrow to the alcoholic day centre. It was revealed during our conversation that he had something to do with the local tyre fitters and we went together to see about winter tyres. I leave this area over the weekend ( heading north )
It meant getting an overdraft from my bank, but I must keep my word to the people of Lapland and Finland.
By the way the weather gets colder as I travel north so!!!!! THANK GOD FOR HOT WATER BOTTLES.
Thursday 06th of November 2008 05:13:14 PM

The prayer meeting at Posio pentecostal church was a real time of fellowship and love. When I manage to get to know these wonderful people I find the people of Finland really friendly and we get along famously.I was given 4 cd's of Finnish hymns and will really enjoy myself as I continue with the tour.
I left Posio this morning and even though there was ice on the roads I managed to drive to the boundries of Rovaneimi and will complete the last 30 kilometres tomorrow.
I had only been parked up ten minutes when a visitor arrived. It appears that just about everyone reads the Lapland newspaper around here and no one has missed the half page spread about the mission.
As I was completing my evening meal a car drew up alongside the bus and the lady driver invited me to be the speaker at the local ladies prayer meeting. We had a terrific time together and I look forward to calling again next year.
I was going to call a halt to the tour here but because of the positive reaction to the newspaper article I am praying about going on to the top of Lapland.
To do so requires me fitting winter spiked tyres on at least four wheels and the estimate is 250 each and I do not have that finance available. Please pray because I only have until monday to make my decision. ( I have an idea what it will be)
Wednesday 05th of November 2008 08:43:53 PM

Still snowbound in Potio, but I hope to move tomorrow.
I am reliably informed that it is not advisable to move the bus during the day until the temperature is around minus 2 or 3. It appears that the hard packed snow on the road is not as slippery when it is frozen but extremely dangerous when there is a film of melted water on the surface. Thinking about it, it makes sense so I hope the temperature will be okay in the morning.
Yesterday I visited the centre for the handicapped and we had a great time together. Even though the singing was not up to the standard of recording companies I really enjoyed listening to their performance for me.
Tonoght is the main meeting of the week and I am really looking forward to it. I mean of course " The Prayer Meeting"
Have you visited the photo page of Finland yet?
A few pictures there for Eric and other train enthusiasts.
Nightime temperature are around minus 8 to 10.
Tuesday 04th of November 2008 03:34:00 PM

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

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