Every Thursday afternoon we do outreach as part of our 'Training for Supernatural Ministry' course. There are 6 teams that head out to 6 different locations in Bedford to learn how to release the Kingdom of God wherever they go! One team goes to the hospital, another offers to pray for the sick in the town centre, another looks to impact students at Bedford college, two teams are what we call 'creative' which means they ask God on the Thursday what He'd like them to do to bless people and then go and do it. The last team is our 'adopt a block' team which is looking to serve a particular street off Ampthill Road.
God is doing amazing stuff as we try to step out in obedience to Him, but I just have to share a particular highlight; something that's happened in the last couple of weeks with the adopt a block team.
A couple of weeks ago a girl on the team got a word of knowledge before heading out about meeting a lady with a side plait and wearing a hat. Towards the end of their time on the streets, they popped into a local shop to speak to the owner. While there, a lady came in pushing a pushchair wearing her hair in a side plait and a hat! Bingo!
Two of the team got into conversation with her - explained that they were Christians and that God had spoken to them about meeting her. The girl who'd had the word of knowledge then went on to prophesy over the lady, stuff God had said to her when she'd first got the word of knowledge before they'd ventured onto the streets. The lady was visibly touched by the encounter and what my friend had to say. When the team asked if there was anything they could pray for her about, she mentioned her sister in law who was currently in hospital recovering from an operation. The team offered to go to the hospital to pray for this lady's sister in law and the lady thought her sister in law would really like that, so she took their numbers.
A few days later one of the team got a text from the sister in law in hospital asking if they could go and pray for her...so they did! They spent an hour with this precious lady - chatting and praying and generally encouraging her and learning some more about her life. What they learnt was incredible...
The lady in hospital is a Christian. One of the team who went to pray recognised her from when she worked as an LSA at a school in the town. She's been saved out of a Hindu family, one of 5 siblings. All the sisters are also Christians, but the brother isn't yet and she's been praying for him and her dad for a long time (the mum is also saved!). Who's the brother married to? The lady God led the team to that Thursday afternoon with the side plait and hat! It seems that God has His hand on this entire family!
The following Thursday as we shared what God had done in this encounter another student on TSM, Joy, worked out that the lady in the hospital used to live with her when she was 16 with a young baby. Joy had been instrumental in several of the sisters giving their lives to Jesus and hadn't seen her old friend for a number of years. That afternoon, as teams ventured out onto the streets again for more outreach, Joy got to go to the hospital for an incredibly precious reunion with the sister in law! They prayed together and caught up, and later Joy got a text to say she was hoping to be out of the hospital the next day!
By all accounts the lady who God picked out in the shop is totally blown away by what has been happening, both with what God said to her through the prophetic, but also with how God is working things out with her sister in law. I'm convinced that God is going to continue to do a mighty work in this entire family. To top it all off, the lady in the shop lives in a house that backs onto our new church building!
Who knew that serving the local community could be so much fun and open up so much stuff; and all this off the back of a word of knowledge! I absolutely love watching God at work!