Brother Clifford in Prayer
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The drive to Soumosalmi seemed to go on for ever, but was less than a hundred miles.
The team from Kuhmo and a few local people did a great job of witnessing in song and then a few shared short testimonies. I was able to speak and sing a couple of times. Much literature was handed out until rain stopped play.
In the evening a service was held in the local school and once again I was guest speaker.
There was much excitement in the team at the end of the service when two ladies offered to be couriers of the gospel into Russia.
They took three large boxes home with them and will smugglem the into the country in the next few weeks. The town is only twenty miles from the Russian border.
We celebrated with roast chicken on the way home.
I like to cook for the team when they are with me. A late night picnic seems to go down a treat and binds the team together.
A workman is worthy of His or Her hire.
I decided to sleep in this morning but it was still raining hard outside. Guess what ?
It decided to rain inside the bus as well and I was awakened at my normal time with a cold shower. !!!! The roof still leaks !!!!!!
Sunday 13th of June 2010 09:58:36 AM
I have just spent two days at the confirmation camp with a group of 29 fourteen year old and the helpers.
It was a really uplifting experience but very challenging. It is rather difficult to keep their attention at times as being christian is " Not really Cool"
Bags of sweets soon got everyone on the correct wavelength though and we all enjoyed the lesson on " Who recognised Jesus as the Son of God "
This afternoon it was outreach in the market place in Kuhmo and tomorrow we return to Soumosalmi. The town where three youngsters did so much damage to the bus last year.
Friday 11th of June 2010 05:11:57 PM
The bus is unrecognisable this evening.
Six ladies from the evangelist team have spent hours cleaning inside and outside.The bus even smells clean. I had to keep moving or they would have cleaned me as well.
Tomorrow it is the beginning of a two day camp for the Lutheran youth who will soon be confirmed.
I expect the bus will not be shining as much when I leave on friday morning.
Tuesday 08th of June 2010 09:33:19 PM
A quiet morning and evening printing children's tracts for the local Russian children.
This afternoon I met up with the local pastors in Kuhmo, Lutheran, Pentecostal and Free Church.I went into the meeting with a concern about the next lot of Russian literature. 5 pallets seemed such a lot at 2pm.
By 4pm all the literature was spoken for in the Northern towns of Lappland. The literature is not even here yet and it is ALL heading for Russia.
It will be a major task delivering the gospels and diesel will be required for around 5,000 Kilometres.
Please pray that the funds will arrive in time for the delivery.
I trust God will move hearts and wallets in the next week.
Tuesday 08th of June 2010 12:18:46 AM
Yesterday a party of 12 people joined me for the fifty mile trip to the Russian border crossing at Vartius.
The youngest was four years old and the oldest was ninety.
We had coffee at the restuarant before returning to the town of Kuhmo for an evening prayer meeting.
Not much is happening at the moment as I await the five pallets of literature from Belfast.
Pictures of the group at the Russian border are now on Pictures Page ( Finland.)
The 2 youngest boys and the little girl are my adopted grandchildren ( they adopted me )Emma. Jesse and Kaapo.
Monday 07th of June 2010 12:08:37 PM
Another busy day in Kuhmo.
This morning the team joined me on a soup run to a small housing estate. The houses are the residence of ethnic minorities and people with social problems.
It was a really succesfull time there. Upstairs in the bus a group of children were given coulouring books and pencils I brought from Britain. Downstairs and outside was full scale witness with singing,soup and plenty of chatting to the residents.
I was able to give away a dozen Russian bibles to adults and children.
This evening I once again spoke at the Free Church and this was followed by a trip to the local lake to meet up with the young people who were having a party to celebrate leaving school.
Drink was much in evidence but no trouble was being caused.
So many of the young people knew me and I felt very privelidged to be able to talk to them.
No drink was allowed in the bus and it was crowded with partygoers for over three hours.
Saturday 05th of June 2010 11:38:47 PM
Yesterday was a day of rest and sleep until the evening.
I was able to address the organisers of the Kuhmo outreach week scheduled for early October. I believe they have an excellent programme of events scheduled. If the weather is kind I believe I may be able to join them.
Today it has never stopped raining and it is quite cold.
This morning I travelled 40 kilometres to speak to around a hundred children from three junior schools. They joined together to have an end of term service before they break for the summer holidays tomorrow.
This evening I was the speaker at the Kuhmo Lutheran church. The service lasted under two hours but Timo and I were still praying for people two hours later.
Friday 04th of June 2010 10:10:18 PM
A full day of work today, the morning and afternoon have been spent on the market square in Kuhmo.
This evening I spoke at the War Veterans Home and then was rushed by car to preach at the Free Church.
Thanks to The Web Master a new page has been added in the Pictures category. If you would like a tour of the new bus just click on Pictures and then on the Bus.
You even get a view of my overcrowded living area.
Thursday 03rd of June 2010 12:47:35 AM
A fairly easy day today.
Timo and I went to a ladies 80th birthday party today. She was a real lady who radiates the love of Jesus as she sits in her wheelchair. She was born with no hands or feet and needs care for everything.
She is a real prayer warrior and told me through a translator that she had prayed that the evangelist from England would visit her sometime as she upheld him regularly in prayer. She was delighted when the bus appeared at the roadside opposite her house and was a picture of joy as I witnessed and sang for her guests.
Tonight I was invited to a concert by a Russian ladies choir. All the ladies live locally and even though I did not take part I just could not resist singing in the hall when the concert had ended.
I was digging worms at 11pm as I have a full day off tomorrow and intend doing some fishing in one of the local lakes.
80,000 gospels of John will be on their way to Finland this week along with children's tracts and sunday school lessons. They are all for thr Russian speaking people.
Monday 31st of May 2010 10:52:04 PM
One school has now been completed and much is still needed to be done.
On friday a bus full off people came with me to Kaajani to sing and apread the good news. So many people turned up at the venue and I was really encouraged.
Saturday was summer fair at the school and we had quite a few visitors.
Today (sunday) I sang and spoke at the retirement service for a very dear brother who has given his working life serving the church in Finland and Russia. May God bless Ekko as he devotes his retirement to His Saviour and his Family.
I have not been well for over a week and thought the Pneumonia was returning, It appears that once again the exhaust is blowing and I am living in a carbon monoxide environment. I will attempt to fix it today or tomorrow as the work cannot afford a mechanic at the moment.
Sunday 30th of May 2010 02:28:58 PM
The meeting at the free church was very well attended and was made up mostly of friends who desireded to support me with their presence.
Today I have spoken to five more classes from the school.
One class brought me to tears, they decided to sing a local song for me and the voices were so good that I could not contain my emotion. I have asked for a CD and hope they make one for me.
All the young people understood my words through translators in their own classes and now the teachers are talking about how good their pupils are at English Language.
Thursday 27th of May 2010 01:49:09 PM
Iwas booked to speak for one lesson at two schools this morning. The first lesson went very well with quite a crowded bus of 16 to 18 year old college students.
The second lesson fot 11 to 12 year olds was fantastic as each student attempted and managed to translate for me. It brought a rapid response from the school and I finished up doing five classes. Tomorrow from 9 until 3 the agenda is fully booked with no lunch break. Tonoght I join with friends at the Free Church.
Much prayer is being answered here.
Wednesday 26th of May 2010 04:15:29 PM
All is going well here but I am suffering from a very painfull back problem.
I was sweating too much and my clothes dried on me when driving. With the window open I must have been sitting in a draught and it has caused the problem.
Yesterday a party from India came around the bus and took the booklet and DVD back with them.
I learned from one of the visitors that India has a three percent population of christians, but 20 percent of the social work is run by christian organisations.
The work begins in Kuhmo tomorrow with school visits and evening meetings.
Tomorrow it is the professional school for 16 to 18 year olds followed by an evening meeting at the free church.
It was good to hear from Mona and Kaaja but how I wish that more people from Sweden and Finland would make commentson the visitor page.
Tuesday 25th of May 2010 09:37:52 AM
Good to be back at work again.
This afternoon it was a full bus upstairs as we went out to picnic in the forest. The majority of the team from last year turned up and it was a time of celebration as we prepared our hearts to get back on to the streets of the local towns.
Tonight a good crowd turned out to welcome me as I spoke for the first time in Kuhmo. The christians here are very excited about the Russian gospels and will surely pray.
Sunday 23rd of May 2010 09:38:48 PM
At last I have made it to Kuhmo and received a real warm welcome.
I was asked to divert to Tornio but did not feel led to do so. Thank God I was listening and did what I was told.
Parked up last night and getting ready to go to bed when I heard two trucks pull up beside the bus. When I went outside I realised that both vehicles came from Russia. The drivers were really pleased to receive a bible each in their own language and even though the language barrier was a problem I found out that they came from the Black Sea area. It was great that the first people I witnessed to were Russian and the first bibles were handed out directly to ordinary Russian people.
Saturday 22nd of May 2010 07:17:41 PM
Parked up for the night at last.
It is midnight and still daylight outside the bus. The daytime temperature inside the bus is now exceeding 100 degrees and it is not much cooler outside. I smiled when I heard about the mosquitoe's in Lapland but do not laugh any more. They are as large as a british wasp and the Hares are as big as greyhounds. It is certainly a land full of "Big Critturs".
A school class in Rovaniemi and a meeting a hundred miles away was yesterdays schedule. Today I spoke at the ladies prayer meeting and really enjoyed the fellowship.
I have now moved on and will be heading south. I will update as I can.
Thursday 20th of May 2010 11:08:05 PM
It is far too hot in the bus at the moment. Not a breath of wind and sunshine for 18 hours a day. It is now daylight for almost the whole 24 hours of the day.
Anna Maria has excelled herself this week and I am really enjoying myself.
Last night I spoke to a small group of people who work with the people of the street and it was really a great opportunity for me. This morning it was a class at the High School and tonight I speak at the local pentecostal church at a specially arranged meeting.
I was visited by an old friend from this area this morning. Pekka ( Peter) has been a regular visitor for around three years.
He told me that he is going to visit the pentecostal church in Murmansk soon. It is a new church up there in the north of Russia. I was able to supply Gospels, Childrens sunday school lessons and John's gospels to him for the work. Please keep on praying that the right people will call to see me in the coming days. I also need to find storage facilities here on the Arctic Circle for stockpiling literature.
Tuesday 18th of May 2010 04:39:39 PM
After a trip of around a thousand miles I am now well and truly in Finland.
The trip took five days and I could not get internet connection. I stopped for a couple of days to meet up with friends a a conference but left before it ended.
As I crossed the border yesterday I received a message that I was wanted at a church nearly a hundred and fifty miles north, in Sodankyla.
It was a great time and most of the seven people who attended were recovered or recovering alcoholics. How I praise the Lord that He allows me the Joy of meeting small groups as well as full churches.
I now have to travel back to Rovaniemi on the Arctic circle for a full schedule of meetings. Many thanks to Anna Maria who has once again organiseed ny schedule in this area.
The first box of Russian gospels has now been delivered and more will be placed during the week.
At last the financial side is improving and I will fill up with diesel this week at a cost of around £600.
Sunday 16th of May 2010 09:33:35 PM
Back in Finnish Lapland. Will update later.
Saturday 15th of May 2010 06:14:11 PM
[This mailing added by Eric Curnow as Clifford is not able to get on the net himself.] He phoned yesterday (Tuesday) evening, very excited at the possibilities along the Russian Border of Finland. He’s made good contacts and is dreaming big dreams (so what’s new?) Please pray that the contacts will be reliable, the resources come together for the proposed work, and that God blesses the people of this area.
Wednesday 12th of May 2010 01:16:55 PM
All is going really well here but time is now running out as I prepare to head north.
The people of Sandviken have really took me to their hearts and I love being with them. It is unfortunate that the leaders of the church here do not share the same view and only two churches heve asked me to speak.
If I do not speak in the churches and the adults in the town, there is very little financial support. The church has told me they have no money available to help the work.
I will leave the area on Sunday after speaking at Jarbo Pentecostal church at 11 am.
I have now had the silencer replaced on the bus and can already feel the difference.
Friday 07th of May 2010 12:41:55 PM
Still going strong in Sandviken.
There is so much to do and so few hours in the day. I am still at the same scholl and by this evening I will have sopen to fourteen different classes about my life, Addiction and the work I do.
It is unfortunate that I cannot remain here for very long but the church tells me they cannot help financially and of course I do not get anything when I work in the schools. In the last week the donations here are around thirty five pounds so it is a great struggle to live as food prices are double the cost as in Britain.
Please pray that I may have wisdom as I continue the work.
Tuesday 04th of May 2010 11:49:46 AM
Still finding it tough going but I will persevere.
Bookings are flooding in for different places around the area and today I spoke to four classes at one of the local high schools. They have also booked me for monday, tuesday and wednesday of next week for the rest of the classes in the school.
Tomorrow I speak to the youth at a venue in Gavle and sunday I visit the lutheran church in Jarbo to meet a representative from the cathedral of st Clara in Stockholm in regards to ministry from there onto the streets.
Yesterday was the class of communicants who are confirmed in two weeks. Please Keep Praying.
Friday 30th of April 2010 06:01:19 PM
After a thousand kilometre drive I am at last in Sandviken.
Already I am being stopped in the street by people who I met last year and I am feeling very welcome at this moment. Thanks to the diesel that was given to me by Gordon in the Faroe Islands the only pressure at the moment is finding the cash for meals.
I really feel a time of great blessing is just round the corner so the only way is to Keep hold of Jesus and persevere.
Tuesday 27th of April 2010 02:11:40 PM
Just arrived in Demark after a great sail from Faroe.
Bad news however, I went to the mens room just before the ship docked and my wallet fell out of my pocket without my noticing. I found the loss when I first stopped the bus and promptly returned to the ship.
The wallet had been handed in but all the money had been removed. Around 10,000 kroner or 1,400 pounds. This was my travelling money to pay for the next ship which I should have caught this evening.
Please pray for the THIEF that God will speak to his heart and bring him to Jesus.
The loss was reported to the Norrona staff but they were not really interested.
Saturday 24th of April 2010 11:35:48 AM
A great night at the Siloa church in Fuglafjiord with many friends in the congregation. Well done Paetur on your first entry on the Visitors Atrium. It is really great to have input from our young people (Enjoy your chips Peatur) the young man is 13 years old and the family are good friends.
The roads are clear but the snow has once again started and is getting very heavy. Will update next week.
Thursday 22nd of April 2010 02:02:21 PM
After a warmer night and rain the snow has now gone from the roads.
The old bus has been removed to the scrapyard and even though I found the event very distressing as the bus shall dissappeared from view I am now relieved to be able to get on with the work without being forced to spend time on the removal of spare parts.
I am so gratefull to Gordon Martin for all the time and effort that he and his employees have given to me stripping and crushing the old vehicle.
Most of the repairs are now finished on this bus and it is driving like a dream after the visit to Simonsen's Garage in Klaxvik.
I sail tomorrow for Denmark so may not be able to update until next week.
Wednesday 21st of April 2010 04:09:54 PM
I am having difficulty getting onto the web. I am snowed in in KLAXVIK. All roads were impassible last night, but they are starting to be opened. We have had a lot of snow here, it is just like winter. I am hoping to get the boat on Thursday, but I have 2 or 3 mountains to cross.
Tuesday 20th of April 2010 10:49:15 PM
Please, Please. pray for Kaaja ( Katy ) as she once again prepares to go to Russia. ( Check her entry on the Visitors Atrium ) Kaaja goes over the border every couple of months and keeps me informed of her work over there, she is also one of the team members who join me on the streets of the towns and villages in Finland. I will be in Finland in time to supply all the literature she needs.
As I expected, the climate in Russia is getting very cold towards the gospel and it is imperative that the gospel is got inside the country urgently before the government once again ban Christian Outreach.
I woke up to white mountains this morning and it has been hailstoning all morning. My cough is getting worse and needs much prayer to control it.
Saturday 17th of April 2010 11:29:26 AM
All windows now removed and many parts in stock for future repairs.
I hope the old bus will be transported to the scrapyard on monday or tuesday. A few phone messages have started to alert friends of my intention to arrive in Sweden by the first of May for approx three weeks.
The ash from the erupting volcano in Iceland is causing problems to my breathing. Dust particles are making it a little difficult to breathe at times and reports of cars being covered in a film of ash in the Salla district.
Many thanks to Gordon Martin for sending two of his men to strip out the windows of the old bus. I could not have done the job myself.
Saturday 17th of April 2010 12:04:31 AM
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