One woman came through the door saying:”you prayed for me last time I was here!” I said: “I pray for lots of people; can you remind me?” It gradually dawned on me who she was. She had been running away from an abusive partner that day and knew no-one in our town. She was so grateful for what she received last time that she asked today for more prayer. We held hands and she got a friend with her to join with us. She said afterwards her new male friend was looking out for her, but he had his own problems. The other day he said to her “cuddle me”. She did, and he explained afterwards that he wanted to be held because he’d been hearing voices in his head telling him to kill her.
We gave out many food parcels to hungry clients today, enough to feed 74 people for three days. In addition to normal food, we added bags of Christmas food as a Christmas bonus. People were thrilled.
One woman was gently trembling and told us she was suffering from various injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder following a car accident. Her car had been stationary when she was hit from behind by a car travelling at 40 mph. I offered healing prayer to her, which in reality turned out to be me just holding her hands while I shared other healings I’d seen Jesus do. She was grateful. I suggested she come back again if she wanted a top-up.
What a privilege and honour God has given me to minister to people in various states of distress and suffering!
A young woman with a 7 week old baby told me she was looking forward to marrying her partner soon. They’d been sweethearts since she was 14. She needed to save up the £145 or so to get married. She really touched my heart! I asked for her address – which she gave me – as I said I’d drop her a card.
A female client arrived very upset and crying a great deal. A woman on our team came alongside her and chatted. The client had recently left a 6 year abusive relationship. She shared that she had scars all over her body where her partner had beaten her up and that she’d told no-one of this before. Previously she’d lost a child. She also shared that she had been abused as a child herself. We offered her prayer and she gladly accepted. She blamed God for her child dying, and it was difficult for her to accept God wasn’t to blame. Her partner had just paid some guy £500 to track her down and get her back. She was fearful about this, so we managed to put her in touch with a woman’s refuge nearby. Before she left she said how much better she felt, thanked us for our care, and said she wanted to come back and see us next week.
Our team leader had fallen recently and had ligament damage to her leg. She told us she’d had prayer at church and the Lord had completely healed her. We had a short time of praising Jesus for this. Then one of our team shared that she too was in pain from a ligament problem in her left leg, which she’d had for several weeks. She then asked “will you pray for me?” Two of us laid hands on her leg and after a few minutes I asked her to test it out. She got up, walked about and said the pain was gone and her leg felt warm. She said she’d report back later on the leg.