Monday, 28 September 2009

Elbow and Shoulder healed!

The guy who opens up Dame Alice (where King's Arms meets) for us week in week out is called Mohammed. He's a very quiet and gentle chap and is incredibly helpful. He'll often start getting tables etc set up for us before we arrive at 9am.

A couple of weeks ago my friend Rory arrived at church and noticed that the table Mohammed would normally set up hadn't been done even though he was sitting on a chair waiting for us in the foyer. As Rory joked with Mohammed about why the table hadn't been done, he noticed that Mohammed was wearing a bandage on his elbow. When he asked him what he'd done, Mohammed said he'd injured his shoulder and elbow and that he was in pain (hence no table!)

Rory - buzzing from the Hit the Streets event the day before where he'd seen about 3 people healed, offered to pray for Muhammed for healing. Muhammed agreed! After about 4 times of praying and seeing the pain reduce and the movement get better there was one place of pain in his shoulder that still wouldn't shift. Rory turned to me and asked if I wouldn't mind coming over to finish off the job! (No pressure) So we prayed again and then once more, and after 2 more times of praying Muhammed was completely healed!

What was really fun was when Rory asked Muhammed to come into the hall during the evening service to show everyone what God had done. Our Muslim friend took great delight in raising his healed arm (elbow and shoulder) above his head. The smile on his face as the whole church wooped and cheered was priceless!

Monday, 21 September 2009

God breaks out in Latvia!

This past week has seen our first missions trip for some time sent out from the King's Arms to Latvia. God has been doing some incredible things both through the team and also the Latvians we've gone to serve. I love being part of such an amazing church family and am looking forward to many more missions trips in the future. Read about what God has done in the Latvia trip blog here and let your faith be stirred.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Naturally Supernatural?

The Monday after our Hit the Streets day - when I'd seen the guys knee healed who was on crutches (still blows me away when I think about it!) I was out for a run. Well, it was more of a walk/jog to be honest. I've started this programme with a friend of mine called 'couch to 5K' in an attempt to get a bit fitter. It was the start of our second week and I was running alone as my friend had gone on holiday to Center Parcs.

This weeks breakdown of jogs/walks was proving rather challenging but thankfully I was nearing the end of my 20 minutes running (!) round my local park. Then I saw him! (Our eyes didn't meet accross a crowded room - time didn't seem to stand still - it wasn't love at first sight - that's an entirely different dream!) I saw a guy walking very slowly towards me on crutches and he clearly had a very bad knee!

My thought process as I continued to run towards him:
'I saw someone healed of a bad knee on crutches just two days ago'
'This surely is a God thing - it can't just be coincidence'
'There's hardly anyone around, it would be easy to stop him and offer to pray'
'But I haven't finished my specified time of running - if I stop now I'll be out of sync'
'Plus he's wearing head phones - he won't hear me'
'But surely I can't just run right past him - he might get healed - I've just seen it happen for goodness sake!'

Then...I ran right past him to finish off my 20 minute programme!

But, as I ran and then walked to cool down I couldn't settle with my decision to do nothing. God reminded me of the stuff He'd been teaching me recently about being ok with being inconvenienced and I knew the guy wouldn't have got far, so I ran back to the park to find him.

I caught up with him, he took his head phones out and I explained what I'd seen God do on the Saturday. He clearly didn't know what to think of it all and even when I said that He had nothing to lose in letting me pray he very graciously refused and went, very slowly, on his way. One of the key reasons I do treasure hunting in teams is to get me to a place of having enough courage to offer to pray for people when I'm out on my own in my everyday life. To help me become naturally supernatural. Feels like I'm finally getting there!

Monday, 14 September 2009

No Crutches Necessary!

We ran another 'Hit the Streets' event on Saturday. This is a day dedicated to treasure hunting - asking God for clues as to who He wants us to speak to in the town and then going off in teams to try and find our treasure (the people God wants to bless)

We've seen amazing breakthroughs in the past and this time was no exception (God is always faithful right!) Nine people were healed over the course of the day and countless other incredible encounters took place as we got to communicate the love of God to the people He led us to. One encounter stands out to me - it totally felt like a step up in terms of miracles I've seen.

We were coming to the end of our first hour on the streets when I spotted a guy leaning against a wall with crutches. He clearly had a damaged knee and two of us on the team had bad knee on our maps. I also had crutches. A fews months ago I remember having a vivid picture from God of me grabbing crutches and breaking them over my knee. Since then I've had a particular passion to 'target' people on crutches to see them healed. Here was another opportunity.

So we approached the guy and explained what we were doing and we asked him if we could pray. He told us that his parents and grandparents were heavily involved in church and so he was up for it. After the first time of praying there was slight improvement but he still felt pain as he tried to bend his leg (he really couldn't move it very much at all - he told us that he'd had 3 football injuries on his knee and that he'd also been hit by a car. His knee was in a bad way!) So we prayed a second time and that's when it happend.

As he tried to move his knee this time it kept on bending and bending until his lower leg was at right angles with his thigh! When I asked him what had happened he just kept on repeating, 'that is impressive, that is impressive.' His knee had been completely healed in an instant and as he started to walk around without his crutches he told us that he felt no pain at all. He could even stand with all of his weight on his 'injured' leg! Wow! God had broken in in an incredible way and this treasure was gobsmaked! Our God really is impressive!

Monday, 7 September 2009

Knee injury healed after 14 years!

My good friend Sarah shared at church yesterday about how, last month, God healed a knee injury she'd suffered with for 14 years!

14 years ago she injured her right knee. She can't remember how she did it, but she remembers having to wear a knee brace and that she would often experience pain in her knee which stopped her being able to exercise. She'd lived with the pain from then until about a month ago.

It was during a Sunday service and I had brought a word of knowledge about someone with pain in their right knee that gets aggrivated because of their job because they have to kneel down a lot. Sarah responded because she is a full time mom (spelling for Sarah's benefit - she's American!) and she's constantly kneeling to look after her son which makes the pain worse. Sarah had also recently started running which wasn't helping.

So, we prayed and to be honest, initially, absolutely nothing happened. Then God gave Sarah a memory about how when she first injured her knee she got a sense of value and security from the fact that she was injured; from the attention she got from people around her. Her injury made her feel special. As Sarah repented for finding security in being ill and we prayed a second time, God broke in. Since that point Sarah hasn't experienced any more pain in her knee, even though she's running 3 times a week and still constantly kneeling down to look after Sam! God is so good!