|God blesses us in spite of our imperfections. He wants us to know and experience his unlimited kindness. Nicky Gumble|
This Week’s Highlights
*Security Encourages Prayer For Intoxicated Man – see pix below
*Another Street Ministry Team Partners With Us – see pix below
*All Pain Leaves Man In Wheelchair – see Ron & Donna
*Dog Leads to Divine Appointment – see Linda
*Alcoholic Rededicates Life – see Trevor
Twenty-five Gospel Guardians came out to minister last night, and went to Main Street, Health Sciences, Quest Inn, Central Park, and Portage Place. Another street ministry group of 6 partnered with members of our teams in praying for people. Building the Kingdom in unity is such a blessing.
My highlight was being part of a combined team that prayed sobriety over a man and led him to the Lord with security guards blessing – see details and picture in Diana B’s report below.
Ron & Donna’s Report:
John, Donna and I were handing out water, energy bars and summer scarves. We prayed with Nina for her mother who is struggling with addictions. After prayer Nina hung around for awhile asking questions about us. One could tell that Holy Spirit touched her but as we began talking more about Jesus she suddenly left.
We then met several people from another group who also do street ministry. Apparently they have used Central Park as their base on Thursdays as well. We spent time partnering with them in praying for others. Had an encouraging conversation with Caleb who was interested in the prophetic ministry. Next Ron prayed with Kalib, a Muslim just recently married. He appreciated the prayer in Jesus’ name and thanked me again for the water. Donna partnered with Andy and Chantal for a bit and prayed for a number of people. Then Donna and Chantal prayed with a grandmother whose grand-daughter had gone missing.
Ron, Margit, Billy, and Kira prayed for Gerald who is suffering from a variety of ailments including prostate cancer and a hole in his chest. After 4 prayers Gerald remarked that his pain had all gone. He did not come out of his wheelchair but he was ecstatic! As Billy and Kira were leaving they spoke of praying with 2 other people on Ellice Ave who both had chest issues and both had been healed.
It was an honour to partner with God in His marvellous work this evening.
The Continued Kingdom Adventures of Linda and the Pug
I am still dog sitting so it was Joey the pug and me again this week. We took a walk down William Avenue near the HSC, bringing a ripple of smiles and bemused looks. I had the opportunity to pray a second time for someone I recognized and had met on a previous night and 2 others. One lady, G, told me she was just out for a walk. She said pugs were her most favorite of dogs and so enjoyed the opportunity to spend a bit of time with Joey. In conversation with her, she wanted prayer for her eyes, so I prayed and although she did not report any great change, the conversation continued and I learned of her constant battle with fear. She said she was a believer so I encouraged her in ways of handling the fear and calling upon the Lord as she needed.
As I continued on, Joey did his thing by planting himself next to an elderly man, who had just left HSC following treatment, which was my clue to approach him for prayer. He wanted prayer for more peace in his life. In the course of prayer, he agreed to receive the Prince of Peace in his heart. Hallelujah!
Joey’s night ended at Central Park where he was a big hit with the children, bringing them much joy.
I was in Kevin’s group on Main Street. Ken was asking me to join him to talk to a guy who wanted to rededicate his life to Jesus. He had a bandage on his right arm and leg, we prayed for him and all the pain he was experiencing left him. He told us that he has been baptized 3 times in his lifetime. He also told Ken and I about his alcohol addiction. After we prayed about his addiction, Ken asked him, “What are you going to do if you get tempted to drink again?” He said he didn’t know and then Ken said to him, “If your friends want you to drink, then you can say ‘NO’ to drinking.” We then prayed for him that Jesus would strengthen him to say ‘NO’ to drinking, I had a word for him and it was a leadership calling on his life. I know that was not for right now, but for when he has been free of his addiction for awhile.