Sat 12 September
Yesterday we had a quiet afternoon reading, emailing and updating the blog which Joel fixed after I messed it up! We went to Andy's favorite burger place Carl Juniors for tea . In case any of you are worried about our diet we have a fridge full of fruit which does for lunch!
After that we went to Bethel church for their Fri eve renewal service. Little did we know they are finishing a youth pastor's conference and Cindy Jacobs was there (she has a prophetic ministry). So it was queued round the corridors to get a seat. Fortunately we were early and got in fine. We chatted to a 73 yr old retired plastic surgeon Carl who was in his 2nd year at their ministry school with his wife. We saw him the next day and he ended up praying for Andy in the healing rooms, anyway I'm getting ahead. A lot of people we met move to Bethel for a few years to be part of the church.
As we entered the meeting room the welcomers were lined up praying blessing over us. One even prayed for God to turn my water into wine! However I needed water rather than wine at that point.
The meeting began with everyone praying for their neighbour "God here's a target on their heart, hit them right there" Then we reached for God for ourselves and launched into praise and worship. What can I say? A very loud but gifted team of musicians and a strong sense of God and great willingness to enter God's presence.
There were amazing testimonies and words of knowledge with many healed of neck pain, scoliosis, one girl healed of dyslexia and a woman regained her sense of smell lost after a car crash.
Cindy Jacobs spoke on holiness. By then it was getting late by my body clock and not easy to follow. She did make good points about holiness being motivated by love for God and not legalism.
We slept much better. I woke at 5.30 and thought that would be it but fell asleep again 6.00 til 7.45. We didn't have a huge breakfast but ate in the hotel - cereal, toast, fruit and coffee.
So we went to the healing rooms just before 10. I am so impressed. They ask you to fill in a request form and sign a disclaimer! You then go to the encounter room. This is laid out as a lounge with low lighting where chairs are drapped in covers. There is no start or finish and people wander or sit while the band plays and sings. I sat eyes closed and felt very close to God, occasionally a hand was laid on my shoulder but mostly I was left alone. People went to the front with words of knowledge and there were opportunities to respond and give testimony if you wanted. I can't easily explain how I felt except that God was touching me deeply. At times it felt sad like a loss or longing for more, I was strongly aware of needing God for many areas of life.
You are then called through to the prayer room in groups. Once here someone picks up your form for the first time and calls you forward to pray. Nathan prayed for me. He had many words and quickly started saying I was a mighty man and God was/ would use my hands to heal. He prayed for more fire and anointing. He mentioned several things which he just fired out. One was an engineer, not sure about that, others were a pacemaker - 'did I have patients with pacemakers?’ 'Yes, but..' I felt and then he said that God would set the pace of my heart sometimes faster then slower in time with His. He also said I was a generous man and he had this sense of an investment gone bad, but I had done work 'pro bono' (their term for free/no fee work) and that God would bless my finances. He prayed for peace particularly at night and then ended up saying he was scratching round for stuff and felt that I could quite easily be the praying for others. You can imagine I felt very encouraged.
Carl from last night was the one who just happened to pick up Andy’s form and he along with a woman originally from Glasgow prayed for Andy - mighty prayers for him, Hope church and Scotland. We talked to Carl afterwards in the book shop. He is 73 and we asked how he managed in such a noisy, lively environment. He loved the sense of God there. He was very inspiring and felt a strong value in Bethel is honourng one another. He felt loved by all in the church. They have a saying ‘we honour because we are honourable’ I think God is going to speak more about this and I'll come back to it later.
We had a swim this afternoon and looking forward to church tomorrow.