Today between 12.00 and 3.00pm we handed out loads of food in carrier bags – 53 people got enough for 3 days each.
We also gave out more chocolate filled Advent Calendars. As we still had a few left over after wards, we stripped out the chocolates from these and handed them round to clients to have with their tea and coffee.
We have also been handing out presents for the kids. Most Mums were really touched, since many don’t have enough money for presents. We also blessed Mums with little bags we were given by Avon Cosmetics: each bag had some jewellery, perfume and some make-up. While we were dispensing food parcels from one door, donors were still coming in the other door with boxes of goodies. God is good!
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.
At the weekend a team member was suffering problems with her left arm movement and numbness. I spoke to the problem and the Lord touched her. Afterwards she said: “it feels much freer”. I knew the Lord had done something as I had a witness in the Spirit. This is happening more and more these days. As I minister healing in my humanity, the Lord often seems to step in and pour out His healing power upon the person and I know without doubt in my spirit that God is at work. This lady also had a vision while she was receiving healing and told me about it. It seemed to tie in amazingly with a prophetic word I was given a couple of years ago by a clergyman from an Anglican church.
Today a woman in a mobility scooter came for food. I went out to meet her, then chatted to her while the team dealt with her food parcel. She seemed in quite a state, at times putting her head in her hands, so I tried to help. She told me she had been an unwanted child and that her mother had once tied her to a cross in a field in Ireland when she was 8 years old! She said God was giving her a hard time at the moment. I tried to talk about it, making the point that we all have free will to do good or inflict evil on others, but she was having a hard time communicating, so sadly we didn’t really get any further.
Later a couple of black women came in and one of them said she didn’t go to church much anymore. At the church she used to go to regularly people used to make comments and talk about her, so she stopped going. I tried to encourage her not to give up on Jesus, even if she found church hard.