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A year ago I wrote this in our feedback:
Many more prayers were said on that day. We left with the assurance as Sue
(one of our team members) said ‘God wants to do far more than we can imagine – so we are encouraged to ask for more!”
A year later we can see God has done just that. Our team continues to grow with many Iranians joining us as they seek to continue their journey in the Christian faith while they are applying for asylum in England.
Last month we encouraged everyone whose English is limited to look for a short prayer in English during the month and learn it. We also gave them a card with Bible promise or blessing for them to read as they prayed for passers-by.
This is an account of one of the team members:
“A woman sat down to be prayed for. She had been suffering from depression caused by problem neighbours. Partner had taken matters in his own hands and police were involved. She was separated from her partner whilst having care for depression and she was seeing her children that day as they were normally living with their father. Just before she sat down she and the children had just witnessed violence at a bus stop and very traumatised by the event. She told us that in the past she had been resuscitated 5 times after attempted suicide. Her little boy beside her was particularly loving and caring towards his mother. She was covered in suns and moon transfers or tattoos. She seemed to be a new age sort of person. At the end of our prayers the Iranian team member read the card with a bible verse she was given. The verse was psalm 121 v6’ The sun shall not strike you by day or the moon by night.’ The lady said when he heard those words she experienced some kind of warm and love”.
Another Iranian team member also read her verse to someone she prayed for. She read it so well that I asked her to read it out as a blessing to rest of the team during the feedback after our session.
Many more prayers offered:
Here is a testimony of one of our team members wrote:
“I was prayed for last month by 3 members of the team. We don’t really know each other, so it was a great confirmation when they were able to confirm to me things the Lord had been telling me. They mentioned things from my past, which very few people know, answered questions that I had asked the Lord in my quiet time and encouraged me in my future walk with the Lord. God is good and faithful.”
I can indeed see how God is using each one of us as we seek His face to work through us to bring His kingdom on earth. We have a God who wants to show he loves us. Each person who is prayed for is loved by God. They are God’s creation and God loves them as they are. He wants to reach out to them. He wants to have a relationship with them which will give them life with a purpose.
Let us go on praying that more and more people will come to know God in this way.
Revd Elsie Blair-Chappell
Our HOTS team has multiplied in numbers such a great deal that we had to divide the team in 3 groups.
Each group takes turns to
This worked well and we hope to follow this pattern or adapt it if necessary. It seemed to be that each group felt they were taking part in all aspects of this ministry.
An Iranian team member was keen to pray while it was her group’s turn to be at the back of the chairs. Because her English was very limited we encouraged her to pray ‘God, send your Holy Spirit on this place’ as she walked up and down the area where we pray. She did just that. She walked up and down praying under her breath ‘God send your Holy Spirit on this place’
During the feedback we encouraged everyone whose English is limited to look for a short prayer in English during the month and learn it. On the next Sunday they were in their church sharing about their experience and they asked their pastor where they could find sentences of prayers on Google so they could learn and teach others prayer words in English. They had taken on board the need to pray in English.
I look forward to next time when we meet for another HOTS session and see how many prayers in English will be said. But above all I want to see what God will do as these prayers will be raised as an evening sacrifice with Christ’s aroma on their lips.
Here is an email I received from a team member
Also, as we prayed together in the church, a member of the public saw us and tearfully asked us pray for her relative and also a physical problem she had. When we’d finished praying she was calm and very thankful.
Here are some of prayers recorded in the book
All these prayer testimonies and many more lead me to think that God’s mercy and compassion combined with our suffering, illnesses, anxieties and depression will increase our faith and hope. What a good combination – God and us – as we work together for that day when God’s kingdom come and His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Revd Elsie Blair Chappell
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On April 2nd we had our first bilingual Healing on the Streets training course.
We had about 50 people attending and the majority had Farsi as their first language. We were fortunate to have some team members who speak both English and Farsi so the translation was shared amongst them.
In the afternoon we went out onto Edgbaston St to pray for passers-by. As the team was very large we divided it into three separate teams. One would give out the leaflets. The other would pray for passers-by as and when required. The third team would go into the church to pray for the teams outside. After a while the teams would rotate to give a chance for everyone to participate in all three activities.
In the feedback of last month we talked about people who keep coming back to HOTS for more prayers. Below is an account of one of those prayers.
The team pray for a lady from Worcester. She wanted prayer by proxy for her mother who has heart problem and her father who has lung cancer. Both parents live in East Timor. The lady also asked the team to pray for her daughter who was doing her SATS exams and her husband who has high blood pressure. At the end of the prayers she said: ‘I came here three years ago and asked you pray for me because I had been diagnosed with cancer. I no longer have cancer and I live in peace’.
There was someone with a slipped disc, in bad pain. She also said she felt heat as they were being prayed for. The heat continued even after the praying and the pain was gone.
P was amazed and confused about his healing. He had suffered pain in his knee and initially refused prayer. He had been to the doctors who couldn’t do anything. His wife insisted he would go for prayers. Initially there was no difference but then all the pain left. He went to his church the day after the training and testified that the Lord had healed him.
S had pain in his foot. He said the pain in his foot went when he was prayed for in the training.
Two, possibly three people came to faith, one was going to pray when she got home.
At the end of the session, as I was putting things away in the cupboard, two ladies came rushing through the church door. They said they came for prayers outside but they were late. They asked if we would still pray for them though. In fact, just one of them wanted prayer. A team member and myself prayed for her there and then. When we finished, the other lady started telling us her story about coming to HOTS before. Her story was so amazing that I invited her to join in with the team group who was doing the debriefing after the session downstairs in the Training room.
This lady had been prayed for 2 months before. She was really excited to tell us how God had answered our prayers. She had been falsely accused of a serious offense at work and was being taken to court. We had prayed for justice and God’s intervention. She was desperate and didn’t know what to do and then one day out of the blue without much explanation, the police turned up at her door saying they had made a terrible mistake and the case was dropped!
Because of her experience with prayer at HOTS this lady bought her friend for prayer too. She came back to tell of God’s marvelous deeds. She believed that what God did for her, He could do it for her friend too. Testifying God’s deeds is asking him to do them again. Let’s then never stop testifying what God has done.
Revd Elsie Blair-Chappell
In March as we gathered together to pray before we went out on Edgbaston St, we read Psalm 23.I managed to download a copy of it in Farsi! So our Iranian brothers and sisters were able to follow it more precisely and meaningfully. I suggested that they learn this Psalm by heart if they didn’t know it already. Knowing this Psalm by heart is our inheritance for the future and assurance for the present.
This Psalm had such an impact on one of the team members on that day that he gave a testimony in his church on the following day. He showed the copy of the psalm to the congregation and explained how true it was that we needed to hold onto the promises of scripture and memorise it. He gave a very moving account of his afternoon at HOTS.
One of the team members was prayed for by proxy for her mother how has severe knee problem and is in constant pain. After that, quite a few passers-by came for prayer who were having problems with their knees! It was amazing seeing this team member praying for them. Hers were not only prayers of faith but of great compassion. Every time this team member prayed for someone they left the chair experiencing God’s touch and love; their hope renewed and some even experienced reduction of pain.
A young man sat down on the chair and asked us to pray for his mother who has a brain tumour. He hadn’t seen her for a while. We suggested that he would visit his mother. He said he would try. He said his mother did not know he was asking others to pray for her. The team encouraged him to tell his mother he was praying for her.
A lady who had been to HOTS twice before came back to be prayed for again. She experienced improvement in her condition.
Talking about people who come back to HOTS to be prayed for, read the following account from someone who comes along every first Saturday:
I came to HOTS about 4 years ago. I had been diagnosed with a condition though not fatal would have robbed me of my independence and way of life. I was at the end of my tether. HOTS gave me hope and a place of refuge. It is a meeting place for people of faith who are capable of the most incredible kindness and through faith were able to reach out to other people in need and to carry the message that the Son of God desired.
HOTS is a place of gathering for people of faith. I consider it part of my church. HOTS has played a strong role in my journey of faith. In some ways my illness has regressed and though there was a further acute incident I have faith in a God of Mercy who will hear my prayers.
Reading this account makes me think of HOTS as a church without walls. People come and go but never fail to receive peace, comfort, guidance and healing from the Great Shepherd, our Lord and God as described in the 23rd Psalm. Make sure you learn this Psalm by heart. It is your inheritance of the future and assurance for the present.
Revd Elsie Blair-Chappell
ST MARTIN’S ANNUAL PAROCHIAL
Tuesday 26th April 2016
Wet wet wet. It rained all day including between 2-4pm when we normally go out on Edgbaston St to pray for passers-by. On a rainy day, usually the pattern is that the rain stops between 2-4pm when we are out praying – not on Feb 6th!
Despite of the wet, wind and cold we went out with plan A – We would put the chairs under cover and all would be well. No, it didn’t work.
Plan B – half of the team would be out on the streets inviting folks to go inside the church for prayers. The other half of the team would be there to pray for them. It didn’t work either.
Plan C – All 42 of us from the team took shelter in the church and we prayed for one another. It worked perfectly and we realised then how much we all benefited from such an encouragement from one another. This encouragement was passed on to the congregation on Sunday morning at the church where some of the team members attend. This is the email I received from the church pastors.
We got the group who came in the wet to Healing on the streets on Saturday to stand up in church so people could see their commitment and also that others would know to go to them for prayer – a mother and daughter came out to the group I was in with a photo on her phone of the mother’s brother in hospital in Iran looking very ill. So we laid hands on the photo on the phone! Yet another way of delivering healing grace…!
This is another testimony from two members of the team.
We prayed for 2 guys from Iran. The one was quite a young Christian. He wanted prayer for a home as he was in need of accommodation at the moment. We also felt that God would be opening doors for him and that God wanted him to share his faith amongst his people.
The other wanted prayer, but his friend interpreted for him. He said he was not sleeping well and had been to the doctors with heart palpitations. The dream was about a closed door and he could not open it. We started to pray and we felt led to ask him to repent. He did repent in his own language. We then felt led to ask him if there was unforgiveness in his life. He said yes. He said he had discussed this with his pastor at his Church. He asked whether we wanted him to tell us too. We said no it’s ok. We asked whether he wanted to forgive. He said no. We asked whether he wanted to forgive someday. He said yes. We prayed to for God to work in his heart to help him to be able to forgive someday. He was happy with this. After a while he said that after the prayer we prayed, he felt he could forgive now. He spent some time forgiving. He was speaking in his language. When he finished, his face was radiant and he had a huge smile.
More testimonies from a team member:
There are three people that I remember praying for:
We thank God and praise Him that in His economy He does not waste anything- even if the weather is not favourable for a group of Christian people to stay out in the rain to do what He commands us to do:
Then Jesus came to his disciples and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt 28:18-20)
What did Jesus commands his disciples to do?
As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, and cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
Revd Elsie Blair-Chappell
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