Healing on the Streets is a simple, but beautiful way, to reach out to the lost and hurting on the streets. We connect with our community every week, powerfully expressing God’s love in the market place. We are out there whatever the weather, simply inviting people to sit on chairs so we can pray for them. This gentle ministry works within a loving, and compassionate environment, full of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit and marked by a true sense of peace.
Our next training weekend is taking place in Truro:
Friday 14th June 6.30pm – 10pm
Saturday 15th June 9am – 11am.
We will be going live on Pydar Street outside Truro Library 11.30am – 1.30pm.
To become qualified as a Healing on the Streets (HOTS) team member you must attend all the training sessions and receive authorisation from your church leader. No experience is necessary. You will be trained, equipped and released to go!! (If you can’t make both sessions, you are welcome to come out and witness Healing on the Streets in action, and you will be able to take part in the Healing on the Streets ministry when you complete training at a later date).
Requirements for team members:
1. Have received full training and agree to abide by the model taught
2. Be an active member of their church (particularly a Home Group) for 6 months and have authorisation of their Small Group Leader or Pastor
3. Committed to pray regularly for the sick on the streets
You will also require a Training Manual, which will be available at the training weekend for £5.
Training is free but you are very welcome to make a donation towards our costs.
For further information about Healing on the Streets please visit www.cornwallhealingonthestreets.co.uk
To book your place please email email@example.com and we will send you a Sign Up form and confirm the venue towards the end of May 2013.
For most of my adult life, triggered by glandular fever when I was 12 years old, I have suffered with M.E. It is a truly bewildering and holistic illness which seems to affect people in different ways. For me, there were better times and worse times over the years. There were periods when I could do very little, but I was fortunate that for quite a lot of the time, even though it was a struggle, I could get on with life with some semblance of normality.
That was until just about 6 years ago, in the Spring of 2007. At the time I was working as a Curate (a trainee Vicar in the Church of England) alongside my husband, John. Gradually I became aware that I was teetering on the edge of an abyss with my health. Then I was struck down by viral meningitis and completely flattened. For a long time, I could do nothing at all and was stuck in bed. At last there were some signs of recovery beginning, but then everything went downhill again. As time went by, it became clear that the viral meningitis had triggered a far more severe version of M.E. and that is what I was left with.
My world shrank to the four corners of my bed for what felt like an age. However, the time came when I was able to get out of bed on most days, but I could manage very little else. I was in constant pain and had no energy. It felt like I literally had no energy in my body, no power going to the muscles. I was unable to walk anywhere and had to surrender to being pushed around in a wheelchair. Sometimes I couldn’t even lift a glass of water to my lips.
I needed to spend most of my time on my own, in one room, in one chair, in a controlled environment as I found it very difficult to cope with noise and light. My concentration was limited and there were times when the weakness slurred my speech so much that no one could understand me. I could only see people for a very short time and needed days to recover from visitors. It was a necessary isolation, but it was often lonely nevertheless. Time with my family even had to be limited.
Two of our children were teenagers and the third was in his last year at primary school. They were amazing at adapting to what was happening and getting used to looking after Mum, rather than the other way around – Pushing my wheelchair, attending to my physical needs, modulating their behaviour in my presence so as not to overwhelm me. It was humbling for me and heart-mangling.
My husband, John, had to adapt to becoming my Carer, which he did with such love and grace, but I know it was very costly for him. At the same time, I had to adapt to being so very dependent and all the implications of that.
This continued for more than 5 years and it was a dark and difficult and painful time. But the Bible talks at one point about ‘treasures in the darkness’ and, through this time of darkness, God brought me some immensely valuable treasure, the most valuable of which was a revelation of his love which is transforming my life.
I have always struggled to receive love, particularly God’s love, but, as the illness took hold and stripped me bare in so many ways, somehow I was able to let God strip away layer after layer of guilt and shame and self-deception and self-protection until, at last, I was standing naked and empty before him. I could have felt exposed and terrified, but there I found God’s total acceptance and love in a way I had never known before, and I felt safe and secure for the first time in my life. In a way, it was the deepest healing that I needed and is now an ongoing process of believing and receiving.
However, there is always more than we can possibly imagine with God and he had not finished with me yet, which brings me to last summer. Even though we were always looking and hoping for sign that my M.E. was getting better, we were having to face the fact that I was actually getting worse. We have a caravan and were planning to go away as a family to Pembrokeshire for our summer holiday. We very nearly decided to give it a miss because we thought I simply would not be able to cope.
As it turns out, I am rather glad we did go for it because one day John took me for a drive in a beautiful valley. It was the need for a disabled toilet that led us to a remote car park and, as we turned into it, I noticed a sign at the bottom of a driveway – a sign that read ‘Ffald-y-Brenin’. We suddenly realised that it was vaguely familiar, although it took us a good few minutes to pin it down. It is a Christian Retreat Centre in Wales where a wonderful outpouring of God’s life and blessing I happening. We knew very little about that at the time. All we remembered was that a friend of ours had recently read the book ‘The Grace Outpouring’ all about it and had mentioned Ffald-y-Brenin to us with some excitement. We had absolutely no idea that we were anywhere near it and yet here it was and here we were. We could not write it off as a coincidence, it seemed to have the hallmark of God stamped on it far too clearly for that. We knew we needed to do something so, before the end of our holiday, we went to spend a day there.
When John phoned to check whether we could go there and to check accessibility because of my being in the wheelchair because of M.E., he was dumbfounded by the response, “Oh, we’ve had so many people healed from M.E. here!” It was not what we were expecting, or even what we had been looking for, but, as we prepared to go, I was aware of anticipation building in me, almost despite me.
This is what I wrote in my journal that morning before we set off:
Thursday 2nd August – 8am
… “Here I sit in our caravan bed with the sound of the kettle heating slowly for early morning tea, wondering what today will hold.
Will I meet the risen Jesus?
Will there be healing?
I am afraid to hope, in case of the deadening disappointment that might follow. And yet hope is rising and trembling…
Maybe it is time – God’s time – for me…
What do I really want?
I want to meet the risen Jesus,
To believe and not doubt
To be really healed from M.E.
Could it possibly be my time, my day? God’s time, God’s day for me?”
We left the children in the caravan and, as we drove to Ffald-y-Brenin, I had a growing sense that I was somehow going to meet Jesus in a particular way. It was not easy to get there in the wheelchair over very uneven ground but we made it. We had a while on our own in their prayer room and the peace of the presence of God there settled into us in a wonderful way. Then, after a while a couple came to pray with us – Roy and Daphne.
We talked a very little, then Roy looked at me directly and said, “Rachel, this is your time, this is your day!” ‘My time, my day!’ It echoed so exactly what I’d written earlier in the morning it took my breath away and faith rose up in me.
We started to pray and honestly it was like Jesus was standing there, reaching out his hand to me and saying, “Rachel, get up and walk!” One moment I was sitting in my wheelchair hardly able to move – exhausted and in pain – the next it felt like energy surged up from the soles of my feet, up through my body and lifted me out of the wheelchair. I stood. I walked a few steps. And then I started jumping and leaping around. I just couldn’t help it. I was vaguely aware of John with tears rolling down his cheeks as I cavorted around.
As we prayed some more, together we had a clear sense that all the roots of M.E. in my life going back 32 years and beyond had been completely pulled out. So comprehensive. Such freedom! One moment I was very ill. The next moment I was well – because of Jesus. That was on the 2nd August and I’m still well now – going from strength to strength!
The first thing I did was make John and me a cup of tea – so ordinary and so wonderful! As Midday Prayers at Ffald-y-Brenin approached, we folded down my redundant wheelchair and put it on the table in the middle of the Prayer Room – resting on the Bible and with the Cross on the top.
I suspect that image and all that it means will stay with me for ever – the Word of God, the Cross, pain giving way to healing and freedom and life in all its fullness because of Jesus and the truth that ‘by his wounds, we are healed.’ Alleluia! I guess it goes without saying that Midday Prayers exploded with joy and celebration!
Returning to the caravan and showing our children what had happened was the most marvellous thing. Shocked, bemused, then overjoyed pretty much sums up their reaction. That evening we went for a walk together, played Trivial Pursuit, shared a bottle of wine and fish and chips and laughed so much.
The next day we headed home and everything felt like a revelation. I never thought I would find motorway service stations a thing of wonder. But it was amazing to stop on our journey home, to jump out of the car, to walk side by side with my daughter into the ordinary ladies toilets. Mad, no doubt, but I remember sitting on the toilet saying, “Thank you, Jesus, Thank you, Jesus, Thank you, Jesus!”
Sharing the good news with family and friends and dentists and hairdressers and doctors has been fantastic. So many people have been overjoyed and filled with hope. My GP is amazed and delighted and has been so supportive. Her jaw hit the floor when I walked into her surgery for the first time. When she heard what had happened she said, “It’s like a real Bible miracle!” I’m inclined to agree!
For us, it has been transforming, joyful, shocking and bewildering at times. The world is huge and busy and full of people for me after living in virtual isolation for years and there is a continuing process of adjustment and reorientation. Strangely perhaps, I am finding that joy wells up almost more than anything in the ordinary, everyday things. The normal things that just haven’t been normal for me – even washing up and taking out the rubbish!
It has been like coming out into a spacious place with panoramic views and fresh, fresh air after being stuck in a tiny cave – and all the while my wheelchair is gathering dust in the shed.
I am so aware all the time that the only reason I can stand, the only reason I can take a single step, is because of Jesus. Sometimes when I am out walking our lovely golden retriever Kingsley, I cannot prevent myself from shouting ‘Thank you, Jesus’ with each step or singing ‘Praise my soul, the King of Heaven!’ at the top of my voice!!
How great is our God! Alleluia!!
24th April 2013
Thursday 16th & Friday 17th May at 7.30pm and Sunday 19th May at 10.00am.
The Way to the Father
With Peter and Heather Jackson
Draw near to the heart of the Father and enjoy being in His presence.
Peter and Heather were the founding directors of the School of Ministry at Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, now Catch The Fire Toronto. They were sent out from TACF in 1997 to spread and nurture revival with a focus on the Father heart of God. Their ministry has brought healing to people in many nations and is best expressed by Isaiah 61, “beauty for ashes, oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of despair”.
Admission free, offerings will be received for Peter and Heather.
Venue: Stirring of the Water Ministries, The Old Carpenters Shop, Islington Wharf, Church Hill, Penryn TR10 8AT
For more information on their ministry, visit www.peterjackson.org.
Andrew Pearkes will be at Stirring of the Water Ministries, Penryn on Sunday evening, 28th April, at 6.30pm.
He has seen God do many extraordinary miracles, including many having the metal in their bodies dissolve and new bones created, many internal organs recreated, cancers healed, the blind see, the deaf hear, heart disease healed, and many more sicknesses and diseases healed in the name of Jesus.Andrew moves in a strong prophetic anointing and has been used by God in many churches across the nation and Europe.
Healing in the local Church - Growing a Healing Ministry you can live with
Saturday 15th June 2013, 10.15am – 3.30pm, Belmont Chapel, Exeter. Led by Rev Dr. Russ Parker, Director of the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation. This is for anyone interested in exploring Christian healing and will include a choice of workshops.
Cost £10 pre-booking, £12 at the door, £8 for groups of 10+ (sorry no debit/credit cards accepted). Coffee included; please bring a packed lunch. Download the booking form.
Contact: Fiona Gibbon, 01237 421079, firstname.lastname@example.org or Susie Ursell, 01647 270061, email@example.com
Could your church’s past be injuring its present ministry?
In the opening chapters of the book of Revelation, Jesus addresses seven churches and in every case reminds them He knows the story of what makes church that which it is.
Lee Abbey is thrilled to welcome International Speaker and Director of the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation (www.acornchristian.org), Russ Parker. Russ is also the author of books including: The Wild Spirit, Free to Fail and Healing Wounded History.
He will explore how churches can be trapped in the legacies of unhealed history. His experience in the healing ministry tells us that history has ways of repeating itself until we find ways of listening to it, discover where it is happening and then find healing for its consequences.
Could you and members of your church experience the lasting benefit of coming along to this conference?
Learn how to help your church know their own stories; to celebrate what is good and move on from the hindrances of the past. To celebrate the love of Christ through being one body in the very true sense God wants for each of us individually and corporately.
The conference runs from Monday to Friday and costs from £260 for full board for 4 nights. To find out more and to book your place, visit the Lee Abbey website at www.leeabbey.org.uk or tel. 0800 389 1189 or 01598 752621.
Revd Mike Endicott, Director of the Order of Jacob’s Well, has developed a “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Kingdom of God” – a series of short video chats taking a fresh look at Christian healing.
Pick & choose from Mike’s 9 sight-seeing trips into the kingdom at www.simplyhealing.practiceinabox.co.uk, downloadable for 99p. There are some additional videos on the Jacob’s Well channel on YouTube, including this video looking at the Lord’s Prayer.
Saturday 16th March, 9.30am – 1pm at Truro Cathedral
A celebration of wholeness and healing, set in the context of worship and prayer, with laying on of hands, anointing and Eucharist.
Key note speaker: The Rt Revd Martin Shaw, Retired Bishop of Argyll and the Isles.
All involved or interested in the ministry of healing are warmly invited to attend. Pre-booking by 4th March is desirable to help with the organisation of the facilitated groups and numbers for service sheets. Cost will be offset by donation on the day.
Download the booking form from the Diocese of Truro website at http://www.trurodiocese.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Application-2013.pdf.
Source: Diocese of Truro, www.trurodiocese.org.uk
Whenever we share about testimonies of what God has done for us we
“stir into flame the strength and boldness that entered into you when we laid our hands upon your heads and blessed you. For the Holy Spirit, God’s gift, does not want you to be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong, to love them and enjoy being with them. If you stir up this inner power, you will never be afraid to tell others about our Lord.” 2 Timothy 1:6-8
There are so many testimonies to remember and share with each other and to encourage each other. There have been many accounts of people being being healed simply by sharing testimony!
The text below from Bethel, Redding set out some guidelines for sharing testimonies, particularly those of healing.
Giving Testimony with Honour
We want to steward the testimonies of what God is doing in our midst and elsewhere. Our heart is to do so with the utmost integrity and accuracy. Everywhere people are catching the vision of the value of the testimony and working to steward their own stories.
This guide was written to ensure that, as we cultivate the habit of keeping the testimony, we do so with wisdom, honor and integrity. You can download the full pamphlet from the attachment to this email
KEEPING THE TESTIMONY
We recognize the importance of keeping the testimony: recording, repeating, declaring the great deeds of the Lord.
In the Old Testament, God’s people had various ways of keeping the testimony: the written Word of God; the Feasts of the Lord that commemorated His great deeds, such as Passover, which recalled the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt; and other means, such as stones of remembrance (I Samuel 7).
Today, we keep the testimony through our varied means of communication: word-of-mouth, TV, video, Internet and print media.
We share the miracles and acts of God in our midst primarily to partner with and stay consistently conscious of the One who invades and transforms impossible situations. Keeping the testimony also gives Him glory and helps us to maintain a heart of thankfulness. Moreover, sharing a testimony releases the power of God to reproduce a like miracle. A testimony is like a seed that bears much fruit. When we testify, we get a harvest.
Only report what happened that can be verified, such as “After receiving prayer, a woman could move her fingers freely without pain.” She can’t verify that her arthritis is completely healed but she can say she has mobility and is pain free or can do something now she couldn’t do before. Say what you know is accurate and currently verifiable.
When sharing a testimony, please include all the things that contributed to the healing. If a person is healed of cancer and also underwent chemotherapy or other treatments, please mention previous medical help in thetestimony. It does not diminish the healing power of God. We love the healing grace, compassion and excellence regularly demonstrated by the medical community.
If 700 people came forward to receive Jesus, report that. We do not know if they all were born again, rededicated their life anew or just needed prayer. We do know that they responded to an altar call, and we can say that.
Be specific with details you have without filling in “the blanks” you don’t have. Notice the difference between the following testimonies:
“Elizabeth’s back was completely healed!
“Eight years ago, following a car accident, Elizabeth Smithton had three back surgeries but still had much pain and two metal rods in her back, which, of course, restricted her movement. She could not bend at the waist. Since receiving prayer, she can now bend and touch her toes without pain. When she touches her back, she can no longer feel the rods and screws as she could before. What was impossible to do, she can now do pain free.”
The second is more accurate and supplies details. It adds no assumptions (like “the metal has disappeared”). It just gives the facts:
who: Elizabeth Smithton
what: Surgeries couldn’t stop the pain, metal rods
why: Car accident
when: Eight years ago
after prayer: Can now miraculously bend, can’t feel rods and screws, has no more pain.
Only mention the name of a person you ministered to when you have his/her permission to openly share the testimony. If you have permission, use their full name and you may want their contact info as well to follow up with them.
Please get written or filmed permission from those you film or photograph if you intend to post their photo or video on social networks or elsewhere online or to publish it in some other way.
Do not mention the name of a business (like Wal-Mart) where a testimony took place. Simply say “a store.” Do not mention the name, position or title of a person whose job could be adversely affected as a result of your ministry and testimony.
Share all testimonies in such a way that they glorify Jesus and not yourself.
Share the testimony like the person is in the room. Upon hearing his own story, he should feel respected, honored, and appreciative of how accurately you retold the testimony.
Report mission and ministry trip testimonies with honor for the place you visited without making assumptions about the place or its people. You may quote what the people there have said about themselves or their nation (like “They said, ‘Our people don’t usually do this’”) without making blanket statements about the whole country that are demeaning, such as, “It’s a very dark place.” or “They are not happy. It’s such a depressed place.” Just tell what Jesus did for them.
Do not give a public testimony about ministering to a famous person or government official. Be reluctant even in private as every phone is now a video camera and that testimony may end up on the web.
We must keep the confidences of influential people God is entrusting us to minister to by not using their name and position to promote ourselves or even the Lord! Don’t even ask permission. We do not want to undermine what God is doing in and through them by disclosing things they prefer to be kept discreet. Use wisdom and be trustworthy. Even vague testimonies can be researched if you provide details.
Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit about when to share a testimony and with whom. Sometimes Jesus told people to tell others what God had done for them:
“Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him. — Luke 8:39
But sometimes, for His own reasons, He asked them not to broadcast, but to do something else. In Mark 1:41-44, He asks the man not to mention what happened but to go to the priest and make the required offering as proof to them. A modern application might be to show proof by obtaining medical records, or in the case of really sensational healings, waiting until medical tests confirm them before publicly announcing them.
ACCURACY & SPECIFICS
1. Only say what you know is accurate and currently verifiable.
2. Mention previous medical help in the testimony.
3. Be specific with details you have without filling in “the blanks” you don’t have.
4. Only mention the name of a person you ministered to when you have his/her permission to openly share thetestimony.
5. Please get written or filmed permission from those you film or photograph if you intend to post their photo or video on social networks or elsewhere online or to publish it in some other way.
6. Do not mention the name of a business where a testimony took place.
7. Do not mention the name, position or title of a person whose job could be adversely affected as a result of your ministry and testimony.
HONOUR & WISDOM
8. Share all testimonies in such a way that they glorify Jesus and not yourself.
9. Share the testimony as if the person were in the room.
10. Report mission and ministry trip testimonies with honor for the place you visited without making assumptions about the place or its people.
11. Do not give a public testimony about ministering to a famous person or government official. Be reluctant even in private. Don’t even ask their permission to share it.
12. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit about when to share a testimony and with whom.
Reproduced with permission from Bethel Church, Redding: www.ibethel.org.
Harnhill Centre of Christian Healing provides training courses for churches and prayer ministry for those in need of healing. In addition to the courses listed below, the Centre offers regular Healing Weeks and Weekends with personal prayer ministry and practical teaching. For more information about any of these courses, please visit http://www.harnhillcentre.org.uk/.
26 January: Day Course ‘Moving in the Power of God’s Holy Spirit’ with the Harnhill Team
The Holy Spirit is given to us for life, not for religion. He is the dynamic of all that Jesus did and said in His earthly life and is the same Spirit given to us for all that we do in our lives also. So how do we listen, how do we respond and what do we expect of the Spirit of God that lives in us?
28 January – 1 February: Oasis Week for Church Leaders
An opportunity for time away from the pressures of your ministry, relaxing and allowing God to minister His refreshing love to you. Devotional times, personal prayer ministry, spouses welcome.
15 – 17 February: Marriage Enrichment Weekend led by Time for Marriage.
An opportunity to nurture, strengthen and give time to your marriage. £285 per couple (Bursaries available)
18 – 22 February: Learning Healing Prayer Week
A popular course designed to help Christians in their ministry to the wider church body, and also their ministry to non-Christians. The aim of the course is to help you experience and understand more of Father God’s healing love and His desire to bring wholeness to His people, and therefore to His world.
23 February: Day Course ‘Shalom: The Meaning and Music of Healing’
A day of learning and reflection on what it means to serve a God who heals (Exodus 15:26), with teaching, meditation and ministry, interspersed with music and space for quiet reflection. Revd Dr Alison Morgan and Martin Cavender of ReSource.
28 February: Lenten Quiet Day ‘With God Nothing is Wasted’ Led by Revd David Cook Vicar of Chipping Campden.
A day reflecting on how God can use our disappointments, suffering and even tragedies to refine, to teach and bring blessing.
21 March: Day Course ‘Introduction to Wholeness’
A course for those interested in the healing ministry, and for those who would like to explore further.
13 April, 7.30pm: Arthur Dodds Lecture given by Revd Anne Hibbert from The Well Centre, Leamington
‘Jesus the Healer of Broken Hearts’. Tickets available from the office.
20 April: Men’s Day ‘God’s Men of Purpose’ with Randall Staley of Transformation for Christ
For more information about any of these courses, including cost and timing, and to book your place, please contact Harnhill Centre: tel. 01285 850283, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.harnhillcentre.org.uk
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Source: Harnhill Centre of Christian Healing, www.harnhillcentre.org.uk