Knee (28 February)
From a Mariners member…
I injured my knee playing football in 2012 and have not been doing any sports for a while, but could move well and do other things that did not put much pressure on the knee. Last Thursday, it got worse and I booked to see the doctor on Friday. I was referred to the hospital for a scan of the knee, particularly the (Fibula and Tibia). On the Monday after the scan, I had an accident at home, twisting my knee and aggravating the pre-existing injury. This incident effectively negated the scan from the previous Friday, meaning I needed another scan! I was offered a Crutch to walk with in the meantime.
My wife and I started praying and also sent a message to Andy, to which I received a quick response about prayer and also an opportunity to lay hands on it at the Thursday lunch time service. I came to the Church on Thursday, walking with the aid of a Crutch, having also strapped my knee for support and protection. I was prayed for after communion and something happened. I could walk reasonably well without the crutch and made it home without much difficulty. I no longer have the bandage and I have very little pain now. I would say it is about 80% improved!
I saw my doctor this morning and she said there is just some inflammation left. The bone that was the problem last time I saw her is back to its normal place. She said I do not need to strap it any more or use the crutch. She said that the inflammation will take 6-8 weeks to go. She prescribed Ibuprofen gel 3 times a day. More prayers still needed as I believe God will do the remaining work any time he wishes, as he did this week. Thank you for the prayers and God be with you.
God as Father (23 February)
A member of Mariners, “Thanks for a really good service again this morning! During the worship, when we were singing about our relationship with God as Father, I suddenly thought of a game I played with my dad when I was very small. He would trap me in his legs and pretend to be a shark! It wasn’t frightening as I knew he would let me go – and I always came back for more because I actually liked being trapped in a secure place! I suddenly imagined God playing that game with me – though I decided a lion was better than a shark! I then thought of Aslan’s velvetted paws… It was a great image! And I saw myself coming back for more!”
Sight (23 February)
A member of Mariners, “There was a word this morning about someone’s left eye and I wasn’t sure if it was for me or not because my right eye was playing up more than my left one, so I decided to put my hands on both of my eyes and leave it to Jesus. When I got home, I felt my eyes burning and could do nothing more than take medication for a headache which might have been due to my eyes, and fell asleep. When I woke up, both eyes were much clearer – which is noticeable whilst typing this.
(several hours later) My eyes are still unblurred in the dark when they would normally be worse. Thank you Jesus!”
Diabetes (6 February)
Bill Pickard reports, “I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in November 2013, with high cholesterol (for a diabetic) and put on medication. After a recent blood test, it was found that my condition had improved enough to warrant me coming off the tablets and my cholesterol was described as “perfect” by the nurse. I believe prayer has worked in two ways: (1) in actual bodily healing (which is ongoing), and (2) in the strength I have been given to face the condition. I am so grateful for the prayers and support of the Mariners family”
Neck (6 February)
From Mariners member, “We arrived home after Furnace (worship/prayer gathering) last night with Mary complaining of pain in her neck and a crunching, cracking noise coming from her neck as she moved it. I remembered that when I got to you in the prayer tunnel, you took hold of my hands and asked the Lord to use them to heal, so I took hold of her neck with both hands linked behind her neck and commanded healing of Arthritis and Spondylosis. She was healed instantly! I asked how it was this morning and she said it was fine, but asked me to wait before letting you know. She got back this evening after being at Mariners and I asked if she was still free of pain and crunching. She said yes (Hallelujah!). Our God Reigns!”
Head, Neck & Shoulders (5 February)
Someone who was prayed for at Mariners on Sunday reports that there has been a marked improvement in her condition in that the pain in her head, neck and shoulder is markedly less. Also there is less pressure in her Sinuses. She experienced relief as soon as she was prayed for on Sunday.
Neck (5 February)
From a Mariners visitor on Sunday… “Neck felt immediately better when prayed for. It was stiff and sore…..from a hard circuits session on Fri evening. However, it did go with prayer and has not returned!”
Financial Provision (5 February)
At the Furnace prayer gathering this week, we took up an offering for a church family who (due to sickness) had lost vital income this week. It raised £223. On hearing the news, the mother said, “I am so touched and overwhelmed by the generosity but mostly the love, care and kindness the Mariners family have shown. We both want to give our heartfelt thanks to all who kindly gave last night”. The father added, “That is so humbling and generous, it’s overwhelming. May God bless you all; we are so blessed to be part of this family”.
Foot Broken Bone (1 February)
Stella reported, “A friend of mine fell down the last 3 stairs and after resting for a few days eventually decided to go to A&E where an X-ray showed she had a broken bone. They put on a cast but she was really sad cos she felt The Lord had said it would be fine after 4 weeks (and she would now be in plaster for 6 weeks.) We prayed and when she went back to have it checked the next day she was offered another X-ray (we’d prayed this would happen) and she was told it wasn’t broken after all and she was sent for physio instead!”
Shoulders & Back (1 February)
Mariners member Stella Dyer, “At Healing on the Streets (HOTS), we prayed for a busker who had pain in his neck, across his shoulders and down his back. All pain in his shoulders and back went very quickly but he said ‘the pain in my neck will never go, I’ll always have that’ – The Lord gave us lots of words of encouragement for him and as he was about to leave he realised his neck pain had gone!!!”
Allergic Reaction (30 January)
I have a couple of food allergies and, while I was at the Alpha course last night, I had a reaction to some food which should have been safe for me to eat. After just two or three mouthfuls, I felt my throat go a bit funny and I tried to swallow but couldn’t. There were lots of people around and I didn’t want to cause a scene, so rushed to the toilets to see if I could make myself sick or do something. Without going into to much detail, nothing I could do helped the situation. Maggie was praying in a nearby room and experienced a peculiar sensation in her own throat, which alerted her to the noise I was making. She came to investigate and asked if I was alright. I managed to ask her to get Sue but struggled to say much more. I can’t quite remember the order of events as I was starting to panic at this point, but I do know that Sue prayed for me and almost instantly I felt my throat sort itself out and I could swallow again. I don’t know why I reacted as severely to the food as I did as that’s never happened before. But I do know that God answers prayers!
Financial Provision (14 January)
This from a Mariners member…
God has been leading me quite specifically recently – positioning me for what He is up to in these days. Since November, I’ve been immersed in the classroom of ‘faith’ in a number of areas in my life. I sense strongly that for this season I need to be fully trusting God for all my needs to be met, including financially, and that if I were to get paid work, for me, at present, that would be disobedience. (Obviously that is most peoples’ norm, and has been / will probably be mine for most of my life, but this is a season of training for me). He has given me things to pursue, do, explore, learn – some of this is within Mariners, much is wider. Therefore I am not seeking any other work, and as a non-job seeker, neither am I claiming any benefits.
My limited savings ran out mid January, and 2 weeks ago I realised I still hadn’t paid my rent. God is such a good, kind, generous God – and He’s my dad. Therefore I didn’t spend hours begging for Him to provide; as his daughter, I don’t need to beg, but I did ask. Specifically, if fairly briefly, for my rent. That very evening, at the Furnace, those with financial needs were asked to stand – and were gifted with prayer, IOU’s, money. What a blessing! That evening, God paid my rent with £5 left over!
The following morning, an unanticipated and immediate one off need for an amount that is double that of my rent came up. After a few hours of near despair, I decided instead to lift my gaze and view this as another opportunity for God to provide. Slowly, over the next few days, just enough money came in to cover that too. God is good. He is faithful. Since then someone has also generously offered to pay a portion of my rent each month. God has nearly got me through January – He can get me through as many months as He wants! I’m grateful both for His faithfulness as provider, and for the generosity of many people in my life. God is also teaching me to step out in faith more, and to become more generous myself.
Kindness of God (14 January)
“I’d been really under the cosh since just before Christmas till yesterday: despite all my “good practice” (prayer, practising God’s presence), I felt weakened, savaged and beaten down. The daily returning to an empty and cold house, coupled with a “fork in the heart” sense of real grief at missing so keenly at Christmas the loved ones I’d known, eventually sent me into a quick cascade, as if the whole pile of balanced dominoes just went. Any reality and perspective of who and where both I and God was, crumbled frighteningly quickly, and I spent the time till yesterday in all sorts of condemnation, fear, guilt, grief and rage… Nasty and unpleasant.
It was thus a considerable effort to step into Mariners yesterday, and I did so not because I was strong but in my weakness felt no other option…”how much worse can it get?” Taking the decision to stand up in order to receive prayer was a battle but I was prayed for lovingly, affirmingly and without judgment. Lo and behold…I felt no worse!
I was also “randomly blessed” by a gratuitous act of kindness. I was then approached by a lady who told me she and another had had the same (or similar) dream from God as me. I really appreciated and enjoyed the Mariners shared lunch after the celebration…and was sent on my way home with some divine carrot cake! As I drove home, I was aware that the sheer howling torture of the past weeks….er, …was no longer there”.
Financial Provision (14 January 2014)
I went to the Furnace at Mariners last Wednesday. During the meeting, those waiting for financial breakthrough were asked to stand up. I got up, and presumed I would be just prayed for. If anything, I was grumbling a bit ‘back stage’ because I have been giving to God for ages but was fed up with being poor. I …was fed up with saying no to my children all the time. They are really fantastic children in that they don’t ask for much.
People were then asked to give money or an IOU to those standing, or simply to pray for them. I was a bit embarrassed when several people gave me some money. I really didn’t expect that and said to myself initially, ‘I’m never doing that again’ because I’m sure there are people worse off than we are.
A lady prayed with me and encouraged me simply to ask and I would receive, so very sheepishly asked for help with finances. Since then money has been turning up, almost every day! I mentioned while being prayed for that we had been invited to a wedding but couldn’t afford to buy outfits, but this morning I was given a sum of money which should cover these. Thank you.
Mute speaks (3 November)
Testimony from a church member…
I just thought I would share this and I promise it is completely true, I grant you completely unbelievable but true just the same.
I was working with a client on Monday afternoon and thought after reading Mahesh Chavda’s book I would give it a go and pray for a client. I knew nothing would happen but thought what the heck.
So I held out my hand towards K and prayed in the name and power of the Holy Spirit for K to say something. K is mute and has never said a word in her entire life and communicates by tapping. I never expected anything to happen (why would it), but twenty or so minutes later she jumped up walked over to me and said ‘hello’. I was amazed and did swear under my breath, not quite believing what had just happened. K just carried on in her normal way, dancing as though nothing had happened. I then looked at her and said ‘what’ and she looked at me and said ‘hello’, and again. She then just carried on, not aware of anything, happy and content in her world.
New Life (3 November)
This week at Mariners, we have had three reports of people surrendering their lives to Christ – one on Wednesday, one at the Thurs lunch time service and then one today at our morning gathering. This is new (and lasting) life – the biggest miracle of all! How amazing and exciting!
Knee (17 October)
From Rory, “My knee is healed! Praise God. Noticed when I went to bed that the pain was less and I have now just finished a one hour work out including 30 minutes on the cross trainer with no pain. Please thank Peter and Richard (and the rest of the small group) and tell them that it is true God does use anyone!”
Severe Headache (10 Sep)
A visitor reported, “I had developed an intense shooting pain in my head behind my right ear on Friday which was so severe it kept me awake all Friday night. It continued on Saturday. As we were worshipping at Mariners, I felt a powerful presence of the Holy Spirit and I felt my spirit leap and bubble in response, and felt that I was being healed. I was too afraid to touch the place where it hurt in my head, so I didn’t touch it till the next day, but the constant throbbing pain had stopped during the service itself, praise God! The shooting pains have not come back either. Thank you and bless Mariners for their worship and stewarding of God’s presence. Thank you also for the wonderful warm welcome, generosity and hospitality. Arnie and I were absolutely bowled over! God bless you.”
Hernia (6 Sep)
Sarah reports, “I have had a growth and a hernia at the top of my right leg for over two years; both have caused discomfort and pain”. Sarah went to a Christian conference at the end of August and she describes what happened, “On the first night whilst worshipping, my leg was quite painful and then burning. It wasn’t until the morning that I realised my leg was no longer hurting and even more than that, felt normal. I was unable to check my leg properly until the evening. When I did check it, there was no discomfort or pain – nothing!! All gone. No growth, no hernia!”
Back (5 Sep)
At today’s lunch time celebration, a 63 year old man received prayer for his back. He felt warmth in the affected area as he was prayed for. He tested his back by walking up and down the church and reported that the pain had gone completely.
He also reported that he got prayer for a neck injury two Sundays ago. He said this was 80% better and he had stopped taking painkillers. God is good!
Hips & Back (22 August)
At our celebration, a 74 year old lady called Ruth (first time visitor) came forward for prayer. On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is no pain and 10 is much pain, she had an 8 in her lower back and in each hip. After several mins praying with her, she said the pain had reduced to 2 in her right hip, then her left hip and finally her back (in that order)! She left celebrating God’s goodness.
Freemasonry (27 August)
A member of Mariners reports, “For the last four weeks I’ve been exploring the fact that I was a Freemason – had I done anything which would go against the fact that I’m a Christian? Although I expected the answer to be a ‘no’, after much prayer and pondering of past masonic meetings I sensed the answer was ‘yes’. Although unintentional, I realised that sin is sin and ignorance is no defence. I then started to read my Bible, seeking an answer for what I should do next. I came across 1 John 1-9 that if we confess our sins to God, He will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing. For me, that was an immense help and I prayed and asked for forgiveness and repented of my past wrongdoings.
“A couple of weeks ago, I chatted to a leader at Mariners church about it. He advised me that I needed to remove all Masonic regalia and books from my house as they could be acting as a block to my relationship with Christ. On Sunday, we agreed a time to burn all my masonic stuff. On Sunday evening, I started to get a headache which lasted until this afternoon (Tuesday) and went at exactly the same time the case containing all my regalia started to burn. I am a bit cynical about these things but, honestly, at the precise moment of the fire catching, my head cleared and I had no further pain”.
Shoulder (16 July)
Andy asked for prayer at ‘Rise’ for his right shoulder which had been painful for several weeks and which was stubbornly refusing to improve, despite not putting any weight on it. It improved as he was prayed for. The next day, it was so much better that Andy was able to do some resistance work with it (40 press ups)…and the next day, with no ill effects. It remains fine seven days later. Praise God!
Migraine (14 July)
Testimonies were shared at Mariners about migraines being healed and people were invited to come forward for prayer re migraines. Laura responded and received prayer. Eight days later, she reported that she had not had a single migraine, despite the very hot and humid weather. She was delighted!
Back (11 July)
Judith asked for prayer for her sore back – she had quite restricted movement. As she received prayer, her back got better and better. At work that afternoon she said in front of her unchurched colleagues “I’m healed. I’ve got a new back. Isn’t it great?!’ The next day she reported that she sat in the car and noticed the seat pressing in on her back where previously there had just been a gap. Her left knee was a bit clicky going upstairs, but there was no pain. Her back and hips were achy as if they had had a big work out, but all the pain and pressure on her discs had gone, praise God!
Migraine (4 July)
Three testimonies were shared at this week’s midweek celebration (on Thurs) of people being healed of migraines at Mariners in the past few months. We invited those suffering from migraines to come forward for prayer at the end.
Our speaker Andrew came forward for prayer. His migraine had come on the night before and he had nearly contacted Andy to say ‘Have something prepared for tomorrow; I’m not sure I’m going to make it!’ He was anointed with oil and prayed for. As the prayer ended, he said ‘That feels much better already’. He said that as he was anointed with oil, it felt like curtains in his head being drawn back (so he could see clearly again) and, as a hand was laid on his head during prayer, the heaviness of the headache lifted.
Healing (13 June)
One member reported, “I’ve always felt ‘inadequate’ when it came to praying for healing, and thought it was something that much more ‘professional’ Christians do. It has been humbling and so exciting to realise that it is something we can all do, and that ‘little’ things do get noticed by God. I also love the times when God uses a word about an injury, for example, to nudge someone into coming back to talk to him”.
Broken Heart (9 June)
Jan says, “I can’t remember which of the girls had the word of knowledge about a broken heart… Whoever it was felt it sounded ‘cheesy’ or something and I think was doubting it. Well – it led to THE most poignant prayer session with a lady that moved me to tears … it was a privilege to pray with her; and for her to ‘hear’ that God knows she’s hurting must have been huge. That was beautiful today”.
Right Knee (9 June)
A word of knowledge was given by one of the girls for an injured right knee. Peter responded as his right knee had been locking up regularly over several weeks. He received prayer, felt heat in it as he did so and then tested it. It was fine! He was busy flexing it later at the bring and share lunch!
God Speaking (9 June)
One member said, “The sermon and the whole Mariners experience last Sunday (2nd June) was amazing. After the talk, I knew I’d have to respond to the call for prayer – before the first verse of the final hymn was over I had eyes full of tears and a deep stirring within; I knew this was of the Holy Spirit. I think the ‘trigger’ areas for which I asked for prayer were despair and depression – there were others but by this stage I was aware that I am over 6 feet tall with my back to the congregation and blubbing. So something happened…”
Back (5 June)
Helen reports, “I have suffered with a bad back for many years. On Sunday morning (2 June), I went up for prayer at the end of the service. I was invited to sit down with my feet out in front. In front of our eyes, my left leg gained 1.5 – 2 inches and came level to my right leg. We also prayed that everything would be realigned and go back to its proper place. It was amazing!! Praise the Lord. Now I feel so much better. Awesome!!”
God Speaking (3 June)
Someone visiting Mariners on Sunday reported, “…the whole service was for me, from Dan’s word at the start about hope to Andy’s excellent and very clear talk, to the final word of knowledge. And then I came up for prayer, and all the hurt and pain of the last 2 years just flooded out of me. God IS good all the time, even when we don’t understand why he is asking us to do certain things…”
God is There for Me (3 June)
Someone reported this after Sunday’s celebration, “I was a bit taken aback when Dan started the service with Psalm 73, because in recent weeks I have felt my faith slipping away a bit (‘But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well near slipped’). It got my attention immediately.
It’s been a very tough few months, I’ve not really talked about it (I’m very good at hiding my pain), but I have been feeling very lonely and distanced from Church, and in my personal life in general. I come along on a Sunday, but I feel like I’m watching something amazing, but through a window. I see everyone chatting and forming friendships, but I find mixing like this a challenge. I feel very much on the periphery of the family side of Mariners. (I know this is a ‘me’ thing, and it’s not a criticism, just a statement of where I’m at). I’m lonely at home too, I have highs and lows, it’s pretty tough knowing that I’m the architect of my own misery. I do get comfort that God has a plan for me, and that He wants me to prosper, I’d just like that to be sooner rather than later.
Such is the state of my head at the moment, I can’t remember the details about the talk at all … but I do remember the raw emotion that I felt. I felt as though God was telling me that it’s never too late and that I can never be too far from him that he can’t find me. No matter how far away I feel, he’s still there.
I do remember that at the end of the talk some words of knowledge were read out, one of which was ‘Someone feels they are slipping’ – I think that described me. I went up for prayer and was prayed for simply and effectively. I felt stronger after that. It didn’t stop me from ‘running away’, but it did make me think and pray. I want a kingdom life, I know that this is warfare and the enemy will not win.
I do feel better after Sunday, and I do feel that my place is here at Mariners (sorry, not getting shot of me yet!). There’s nowhere I’d rather be. I think the key thing is that after the weekend I do feel that God is still there for me, he still loves me and that’s a huge relief and comfort to me. The Word of Knowledge and Psalm 73 were both spot on and that I feel stronger for hearing that”.
Migraine (1 June)
Last Thursday I attended the Connecting @ Mariners evening at the cottage. As I arrived, I was experiencing a visual disturbance that signalled a migraine was on the way. Usually this is followed by a “heavy head” and a headache over the next day to two that can’t be shaken.
I received prayer and the visual disturbance cleared with no after effect. A few days later, I remembered that the expected headache had not materialised!
Alive But Not Living (1 June)
A while ago, I responded to a word brought on a Sunday morning about someone who was ‘alive but not living’. I received prayer that morning and I felt touched by God. Over the past couple of weeks I have felt an increasing return of joy to life. I particular I have had an amazing and busy week! I have had…the opportunity to connect and share with some girls who are not Christians, and I have had a renewed sense of focus and passion at work too!
Every time I think that God had brought me through the storm to a better place, he seems to be showing me that it will be even better again.
Headache/Dehydration (29 May)
I felt god speaking to me the other week about ministering to my family. So I’ve been thinking of ways to do that. This is not easy because my family do not yet share my Christian convictions.
However, last weekend whilst on our maiden camping trip, we decided to have the day out in Symonds Yat and went for a very long walk. My son started to feel very poorly with combined headache, probably dehydrated due to length of walk and heat of sun. So I persuaded him to pray and ask Jesus to make him feel better and explained the principle of healing. With no other choice he listened and prayed that his headache would go and he wouldn’t feel poorly. Instantly he began to feel better, so I reminded him to say ‘thank you’ to Jesus and told him about the story in the bible of the ten lepars who were healed and the one who said ‘thank you’ was completely healed. Moments later, he felt completely restored. My son was surprised too!
Knee (21 May)
Helen from Mariners said, “At the end of last year (2012), I hurt my right knee. I was signed off from work for several weeks and, from the X-rays that were taken, the doctors said I had a ‘Medical Meniscal Tear’. Basically, I had torn a muscle on my knee and needed an operation. It was painful to walk and it hurt to even rest my other leg against it. Kneeling was impossible.
On the 28 April 2013, I came to Mariners with some friends. I sensed God wanting me to kneel down during the worship. I did so and within a couple of minutes, I had absolutely no pain at all. That is still the case 3 weeks later, so I have also advised the hospital that I no longer require the operation as I’m no longer in any pain! He is a most awesome God.
Swelling & Pain (14 May)
A member of the church shared this story following last Sunday morning’s celebration, “I developed a swelling which caused acute pain on Thursday. It came suddenly and for no reason. It got progressively worse in the next couple of days and by Sunday morning, it hurt to walk or sit. By the time I went for prayer at the end of the service at Mariners, it seemed to have got 50% better, just during worship. By Monday morning, it was 80% better and by the evening the swelling and the pain disappeared completely. Praise God!!”
Right Knee (28 Apr)
During another great morning together one lady, visiting us for the first time, experienced the power of God. She has had right knee trouble for 18 months, causing her pain and discomfort. She reported after the service that, the moment she walked into the church, the pain left her – and she was busy flexing her knee joint to prove it! God is so good!
Whiplash (28 Apr)
A week or so ago, I was driving a car in the US. I was stationary at a junction when I was hit from behind with some force by another vehicle. I estimate that she was travelling at about 40mph. The driver was very apologetic and admitted that she had not been looking where she was going. Both vehicles were quite badly damaged. The police lady pulled up alongside us on one side and the smashed up vehicles on the other side. She asked “so where are the vehicles?”! I pointed and said “what you mean those two smashed up vehicles right next to you”!
We went through all the procedures following a car crash and organised tow trucks, etc. By the time we had finished I realised my neck was aching and so, that night before I went to bed, I asked my friend to pray for my neck – that any aching would disappear and that I would not get a whiplash injury. I woke up the next morning pain free, and I have remained that way since. I am pretty sure it was a miracle because, from what others have told me, I should have had some whiplash injury from an impact of that force! I am very grateful.
Coma Recovery (28 Apr)
(Continued from the story below, reported in March 2013)
Jan from Mariners received a text (28 April) from N (Olly’s mum) saying : “Jan, Olly just took his first steps and we will be transferred back to Wrexham hospital this week for a few days and then home – completely DISCHARGED!!! I can’t believe it XXX” – with a line of happy smileys!
Jan says, “Thank you so much for the times you’ve prayed, and for what your support has meant to N. From Olly being knocked down by a car and being, in her words, so broken – and from the “There’s nothing we can do” messages from the doctors to this … WOW!! Thank you God – you are just indescribably amazing!! Oh – a little P.S. – Olly hasn’t spoken but he did giggle loudly when N his mum tripped over her bag and landed on his bed
Coming Alive (21 Apr)
J said, “I believe God is working in my life right now. I responded to a word at Mariners on Sunday about someone who felt alive but not living. I have felt like that for a very long time now, as if everyone else is getting on with their lives, but I didn’t really feel part of it.
I believe my healing started recently when I felt able to cry – something I had not been able to do for quite a long time. Now, it’s happened quite a lot recently. It’s been a real release. I really sensed God comforting me, which is something I’m not used to. I am beginning to feel much freer and I feel more mellow inside, which is positively affecting my response towards other people. I don’t really understand it all, but I genuinely feel very different.
I genuinely believe I’m not alone any more. It’s as if I know God will help me with whatever I need to do. God just keeps comforting me and just very gently saying that He’ll help me, so I don’t feel I have to do everything on my own any more. I feel that, because God is with me and I’m genuinely loved unconditionally by Him, I’m starting to reconnect with the world around me again. Consequently, I feel as though I’m coming back to life. I’m loving every minute of God working in my life. I feel as though He is putting me back together again. I used to be depressed and suicidal, but God has removed all that already and given me a reason for tomorrow”.
Neck, Jaw & Shoulders (21 Apr)
Carol King, “I was diagnosed with arthritis as a child; it is in my family. I have had x-rays showing the damage to the bones, which become rough over time. I have damage in my neck, jaw and shoulders. I have particular problems with my jaw, which crunches when I chew or yawn.
I responded for the second time to the word on Sunday for a stiff neck. This Sunday, I felt heat and then as if my shoulders were being re-arranged. A good deal of stiffness in my shoulders has gone, and stayed gone. I’d say they are 50% better than before. My jaw is still crunchy with arthritis, but I can open it more normally. By Monday, I estimated the improvement to be 85%. It has continued to improve and I would put the improvement now (Tuesday) at 95%.
My neck is still stiff but rotation is improved – I can see more when I look behind. It is clearly a work in progress.
I’m also aware that God is dealing with my tendency to be anxious and worry, which of course is the opposite of faith. Praise God! I’m so thankful… and I eagerly expect more. God is SO good, and so is Mariners. Thank you for these services”.
Back (21 Apr)
Nam said “On Thursday night, pain in my back suddenly came on – a deep muscular sort of pain at one point in my back, and I couldn’t sleep much on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night. It hurt a lot if I twisted either way. Then on Sunday at Mariners, a word of knowledge was given for back pain, so I went forward and received prayer. At the end of the prayer, the pain had reduced and it only hurt if I twisted to the left, so it was a 50% improvement. By the evening, I would say it was 80% better and I had a really good night’s sleep, praise God!”
God in Southern Asia (Apr)
Dan Browne took a team to Southern Asia recently. He reports:
One day we had to make a trip through the mountains, which we knew was potentially dangerous. In fact, one of the expats had said that morning that since 10 foreigners were brutally gunned down in the mountains 2 years ago, just the thought of going to the mountains with us that morning made her hyperventilate! That was an encouraging word before our trip! Another one said it filled her with terror. These were seasoned expatriate workers! So, having prayed and weighed up the dangers, we decided the trip was worth it.
We set off in two mini buses and drove about an hour out of the city towards the mountains. As we came to the mountain pass, I could feel a sense of foreboding rising up in me and I pulled my headscarf tighter over my head. There were 14 of us, including one native driver. I was driving the other vehicle.
We headed for the pass and then suddenly, to my utter horror, the vehicles engine stopped and wouldn’t start – literally 50 yards from the pass! We couldn’t get it to start – and so we sat in the middle of the road, being eyed suspiciously by a bunch of locals. We’d been warned earlier about the main threat being terrorists on motorbikes who were likely to come and do a sudden raid – to kidnap or rob or worse. As I looked, there were several people around on motorbikes. I’m thinking “Oh no … this is not a relaxing day out”!
We managed to get everyone off the road by using the other mini bus to ferry them to an out of the way spot and the driver worked on the engine. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, came a couple of truckloads of security personnel in some kind of uniform and armed to the teeth! They drove straight past our vehicle and through the pass – closely followed by a silver land cruiser with tinted windows. Then they were gone through the pass.
It was a short while after that that our vehicle suddenly started again! We heard from the driver that the trucks with soldiers were escorting a VIP through the mountains and that the soldiers went through first to make sure that there were no bandits waiting to attack the VIP or anyone else. Not only did they do that, but they also cleared the way for us! Got sent a VIP escort for us! We were able to go through and come back with no incident. Who knows what might have happened but for what God did! It’s often been like that over the years.
We also saw many people healed. We were meeting with locals – someone heard we were there and so they brought a crippled boy to us to be prayed for. He didn’t get healed that day but his whole countenance changed and he began smiling and laughing as we prayed.
Another young man’s tumour dissolved as we prayed – it got smaller and smaller then suddenly disappeared. He couldn’t believe it! He kept feeling and searching for it – at first refusing to believe it had gone!
As we prayed, a lady’s leg grew longer right before our eyes. She had been suffering with hip pain for years because of having one leg longer than the other. She stood and exclaimed in wonder and disbelief “Oh my God”! Indeed!
Many other healings happened including one other boys leg which grew 3 cm longer as we prayed and worshipped. Others had healing from knee pain, foot pain, toothache and back ache!
Asphyxiation (18 Apr)
On Monday 15 April, a colleague took a call from her son in law informing her that her 5yr old granddaughter Phoebe had had an accident playing on the garden swing. She had spun on the seat and choked herself as she got tangled in the rope. She had stopped breathing. The paramedics got her breathing and had taken her in the ambulance. We were all quite shocked. I instinctively prayed for her recovery.
The following day we were called to say that the little girl was in a drug-induced coma and they would have to wait and see how she was. Today our colleague was with us and she said that the little girl was talking and all of her Limbs were functioning. She was moved from ICU to the high dependency ward. The medics have said that in most cases of asphyxiation in children they don’t survive, and her progress is remarkable!
I was aware that God had prompted me that he had answered my prayer. This felt like a real breakthrough for me, after some seemingly unanswered prayers over the past couple of years. Phoebe was discharged from hospital on Friday 19 April (5 days after the accident).
God’s Faithfulness (14 Apr)
Someone who has been a member of Mariners for only a few months could not have been further away from God in his previous life. He joined us, very tentatively at first, always standing at the back. From poor choices made previously, he had a number of debts. In his time with us, we have seen a marked change – he could not be more helpful and is so willing to pitch in where he can. He asked for the following moving prayer he wrote to be made public: “Thank you, Lord Jesus, for providing me with such wonderful, caring, loving people in this marvellous church, Mariners. I thank you for bringing me closer to being debt free, through the works of your people here at Mariners [the church paid off one of his debts]. I thank you for life and not death, which once looked like the only option left for me. You are the Lord, King, Provider, Carer, Lover, Friend and the Light that now leads my path through this journey of life. Lord Jesus, thank you”
Prostate (6 Apr)
(Peter) In June 2012, a church member in his seventies said that due to prostate problems, he had to go to the loo between six and seven times each night. As a result, his sleep was disturbed, he got tired and his energy levels were low. We prayed for healing of his prostate. A week or so later, he said that he had only had to get up three times and that ‘it makes a lot of difference’. He was so thankful to God for the dramatic improvement. Having asked him recently, he said that the improvement had been sustained and is so much better than last year! We are continuing to pray for complete healing, so that he does not have to get up in the night at all.
Financial Provision (7 Apr)
Glory says “I wasn’t going to come to Church on Easter Sunday. But something (I think, God!) told me that I would regret not going. My problem wasn’t physical, but financial. I often felt my problems were less important than those that were physically hurting. I kept telling myself that I could somehow figure it all out on my own (even though I had done all that I could and still wasn’t impressed with my handiwork!)
As people from the congregation got up to share what God had revealed to them about people’s needs, I was ready for the usual physical ailments. But Andy had said something profound during his service – God’s good news looks different to different people at different times. If you are enslaved by debt or addiction, getting free of it is Good News! I was daring God in my heart to come through for me.
That one last bill needed paying, and I didn’t know how I was going to make it work. A call was made for anyone who had come to church wondering how on earth they were going to meet a debt, to come and receive an envelope with money in it. I sat there in awe! He had shown up just as He had promised. I stood and received prayer – received His freedom. I didn’t walk away empty handed either – the money in the envelope will go a long way to help me meet that last bill! God’s good news for me today (Easter Sunday) is His goodness and favour. God really hears our cry when we call. Thank you Jesus!
Then things just got even better! For some time now, my mother living in London has been struggling with some mental health issues. In her confused state, she had somehow concluded that I was taking money from her. She had really distanced herself from me – this has been painful as we used to be really close. Recently, I had been to visit her, to help her complete various forms so she could continue claiming welfare benefits. This week, she rang me to say she had heard from the benefits office. I feared the worst! However, in their letter they had apologised profusely, saying that they had underpaid benefits to my mother since 2004 and the amount owing to her amounted to £28,000!!
I could hardly believe it. For a start, my mother rang me to tell me the news. She hardly ever rings me these days. There was no talk this time of me taking her money – the usual theme of our conversations! She seems to be at peace again. God’s breakthrough in my family this week in the realm of finances has been totally amazing!
Neck/Headaches (26 Mar)
(Bill) I had been suffering with bad headaches, so much so that I was often left feeling giddy. I was feeling very stressed at the time and wondered if this was the cause or was it due to eyesight problems (I am short sighted and my long-sight is also deteriorating). I was taking pain killers daily even though I am very reticent when it comes to taking medication.
However at a recent prayer gathering, I was being prayed for on an unrelated matter when I felt a real warmth on the back of my neck and I felt all tension leave me. I have not had a problem since then. I now know that it was a stress related problem and I am very grateful to the Lord for his touch.
Right Knee (24 Mar)
(Rory) For the past few years, I suffered from pain to my right knee. The pain for some strange reason tended to be worse upon waking and some mornings I really struggled to walk without limping. I have put this down to wear and tear – or as my children will say, old age! The pain felt as if there was something loose in my knee and the bones grated on each other. Recently, I have started running again and have been very concerned about the impact this would have on my knees.
On Sunday, I went to Mariners and Andy preached a sermon about healing. At the end of the sermon, words of knowledge were given. Two different people mentioned the right knee specifically. I had a sense that God wanted me to receive this healing. I probably would not have gone forward to receive prayer for my knee, but on this occasion Andy asked everyone to stand up if they had something that had been mentioned they wanted healing for. So I stood up and the people around me proceeded to pray for my healing. The prayers were simple but authoritative, as we had been instructed: “Knee, I command you in the name of Jesus to be healed!”
I did not feel heat, nor did I shake or fall to the floor, but what I did experience was a sense of peace washing through me and I felt my whole body strengthening. We were asked to test the areas that had been prayed for, so I proceeded to squat down onto my haunches and where, just moments before, there had been sharp piercing pain in my right knee, there was none! Two days have now passed and there continues to be no pain in my right knee.
Migraine & Lower Back Pain (24 Mar)
(Mike) Sunday was fantastic! I was starting to get a migraine during the service; I can recognise the early signs, and in a way I can almost taste them coming. Anyway, I was starting to get one, so when two people gave words of knowledge for migraines, I thought I would stand up for healing. Additionally, I have been suffering with a niggling back pain for a week or so now, lower right hand side near the kidneys; a word of knowledge was stated the right hand kidney. Double whammy!
I received prayer. After the first round of prayer, my migraine had all but gone and my back was less troublesome. However, after the second prayer, both were clear. My back was no longer aching and my head was crystal clear, and remained so all day. I often suffer with a migraine the next day if I have managed to stave one off, but today has been fine too. My back is probably 80% better today too – just a slight ache, but nothing that bothers me!
Right Knee (24 Mar)
(Rod) I received prayer for my right knee today. I wasn’t going to ask for prayer as…’I was a bit too proud to ask’ but I also thought I shouldn’t ask for something that was a bit trivial. What changed my mind was when someone…was specific about the pain, saying ‘behind the knee-cap, rubbing on the bone’, or something like that. After having recently had my pain diagnosed by my Doctor as ‘being caused by the back of the knee-cap rubbing on the bone behind it’, it was obvious that I should stand to receive prayer. …I am halfway through my shift at work and despite having climbed three flights of stairs several times, I have had no pain whatsoever. Coincidence? Not a chance! For months now, I have not been able to do this without at least feeling some pain. God speaks to us in different ways and we should take everything to Him, no matter how trivial we think it is. He is not only there for the big issues! He has reminded me of this today.
Excema (24 Mar)
(Jan) I prayed for Sandy (with a couple of others). His ear was troubling him; after we prayed, he said that it felt warm. Then we prayed again – he didn’t feel any difference straightaway but then over coffee he told me it was like excema and his ear had been really itchy, but now it was fine and was not bothering him at all.
Arthritis (20 Mar)
Peter got prayer for arthritis in June 2012. We recorded then “Peter had been suffering with painful arthritis in his hands for four months. He received prayer and felt warmth and tingling in both his hands. On moving his hands immediately after prayer, he was amazed to feel an enormous improvement. He said his right hand was 100% better and his left hand was 50% better. A couple of weeks later, Peter’s right hand was still fine. His left hand maintained its improvement, but still had some swelling and pain. He received more prayer and again felt warmth in his hands; on checking out his left hand, there was further improvement”.
Today, I asked him how it was. He texted me, “Arthritis in my two hands completely healed. Marvellous. Thank you”.
Knee (24 Jan)
Sue Dove, “Thought you would like an update on my knee, which had been so painful and weak – after one day of being back at work (after nearly 3 months off) I was struggling. It was crunching and feeling vulnerable. However, the good news bit – when Sue and Sarah prayed, my back straightened and it immediately felt strengthened and relieved. It had been out of alignment due to my knee. My knee also seemed stronger.
Over the last few days, my knee has stabilised – meaning that it doesn’t cause the pain and vulnerability that I had experienced since the op! Praise God, indeed – I have shared with some folk about the power of prayer – what a witness, eh!”