Litter picking and prayers

Today we decided to bless the community by litter picking and praying for people we encountered along the way.

So we set off and came across a lady who knew the church as her daughter was involved and she knew it from a few years ago. She was very positive about the fact that we were litter picking and was very happy that we were doing something good for the community. We offered her prayer and after a little confusion she said yes so we blessed her and prayed that she would get to know Jesus. She was very happy to meet us and we all left feeling slightly more elated at the brief but smiley encounter. We carried on walking and collecting litter around the estate. We were keeping an eye out for an L & G worker we knew who was looking a little down earlier in the morning but didn’t see him so we prayed for him. We then met a lady in York gardens who was open to be prayed for. She was on her way to a graduation event so we prayed that she would have a day of celebration and know the presence of God close to her. She seemed very grateful and blessed and gave us all a big hug after. 
 

'I think we should learn Spanish!'

We headed out on this hot sunny summers day to offer prayer for people going about their day. Asking people what they would like pray for if they wanted it and for them to know Jesus.
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First of all we were walking up to the station and on Winstanley Road we met a lady from Colombia. After speaking too quickly we realised she didn’t understand English so we slowed down, threw in some Spanish words mixed with Latin as well. She then did understand mostly what we were saying and so we prayed a prayer of blessing over her. She was a believer and asked about the church so we invited her and said she is always welcome.
We then met two work men sitting under a tree, and we had a really positive encounter with them. We explained who we were and offered to pray for them and they were open to this. They looked like father and son and said everyone said this! They were working on a building locally so we prayed for the first man and asked the Holy Spirit to come. He said that he his skin tingled and he felt the Holy Spirit touch him. He said it reminded him that there were times in his life when he has felt Gods hand on his back or a hand on his back protecting him - when something has fallen on a building site and just missed him. So he said he was reminded of this during being prayed for. They really had a bed rock faith they talked about the first church in Syria that is under threat but that is still standing. As I was praying you could really see the other man was listening, we prayed for him next, his English was not so good. We prayed for the Holy Spirit to touch him inside and to reveal his love for them and to guide them that they would be able to trust him. They seemed really touched and blessed. They were warm, salt of the earth kind of skilled labourers. We also got to pray for healing in his neck from cramps that he gets.
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We started by calling the council to report a burst pipe! We met one man and offered prayer which he kindly declined. We then walked through the estate and met an L&G worker who was laughing as we approached. We then realised he was on the phone to a friend and was very friendly to us. He has met some people from St. Peter’s before out praying. He was a very joyful man and he asked for prayer for health, long life and wealth. We had a good laugh and chat and got to pray for him and his friend who was still on the phone listening. We then met a lady from our church family and got to pray for her day with a meeting happening and current things in her life. It was lovely to be able to see her at the beginning of her day and start it with prayer and thanks. We then met another L&G worker cleaning the streets who didn’t speak much English (Spanish speaker) but we managed to communicate enough. We found out he was Catholic and he said he was quite busy but next time when he is less busy we can pray. As we were walking back we prayed for the estate and the buildings, the people effected by the fire recently and for protection over everyone.
 

'That meant the world'

This morning we went out in two groups, one to the new church building site and one to the river to offer prayer for people we encountered. 
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We went to the building site this week. The first guy we met after offering prayer responded, ‘You’ve already done me twice!’ but he was still open for more prayer. We prayed for peace over him and his family, for his son who has an operation soon. We felt the Lord saying that he was a joyful and happy man, and not to withhold that. He responded saying people say he is a moaner, which was surprising and so we recognised that he was actually naturally in spirit a joyful man, so we declared that over him! We then came across two Muslim men who were giggling a bit as we prayed for them because we asked them to open their hands out and they said they’ve never done that before, we asked for Jesus to reveal himself to them in their dreams, and that was the first time anyone had prayed for them. We prayed for another man who believed in God but not of one faith so we prayed for him. 
We prayed for a carpet layer and spoke encouragements to him in prayer over his work and enthusiastic attitude and then we prayed for two men who are involved in the electronics which also ended in laughter as we said to one that was a bit awkward for you but your friend was more open! So it was a gentle prayer and we affirmed them in their good work. 
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We walked through York Gardens where there were a few people sitting on their own. We went to talk to one lady who didn’t speak much English and was a bit uncomfortable so we prayed for her as we walked away. The next lady we spoke to was Spanish who said she likes to pray more privately so we prayed for her as we continued walking. We then walked down the river and met a lady who was on her way to work and is also writing a book. We prayed for her creativity, the on goings of her book and the success of it. She was really touched and said that is was really touching that we stopped her to pray. We then spoke to a woman who was quite surprised to be stopped and who was interested in more love in the world and quite open spiritually. So we prayed blessings for her and for the world. We got a word that she was creative person but perhaps doesn’t get to express it much and affirmed that God loved her creativity and that he has placed that in her. She responded by saying that meant the world to her.
 

'That was better than a cup of tea!'

This morning we went out with the intention of praying in the spirit and waiting on the lord to guide us who specifically to talk to, even if we spoke to less people. It was a real time of quality conversations over quantity.
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We went out walking where we felt the Spirit was leading us. I saw this guy pulling up this pipe and had this sense that it was quite stressful and maybe we should pray for it, so I went up to him and I said is there something quite stressful at the moment and he said no its all fine! So we left him, carried on praying and came across three guys who were on their break. As we were chatting they were larking about a bit about the fact they had biblical names and said can we not take them to a café for breakfast! When we mentioned a bible verse they finished the verse for us! So we prayed for them each and afterwards one said, ‘that was better than a cup of tea!’
So we felt we should go back to the playground and wait for somebody but as we got there, we saw a woman sitting on the curb side. So we went up to her and said that we’re from the church is there anything we can pray for. She said, yes please pray for me and she shared some problems in her life going on so we sat down next to her and prayed for her. And that felt really significant, just being able to encourage her that the lord loved her and various encouraging things. And it just felt very significant and really well received.
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We went up to one lady who looked stressed and she sped on by as we asked her if she was ok, and she hurried onto work which was ok.
We then met a lady by the river, and it ended up being the most amazing encounter.  We asked if she had a pain and she didn’t but when we asked if we could pray for her, she almost started crying. She had a faith in the lord and said she would love prayer. She had a lot of decisions to make currently, had just started a new job. She said if I had left home a minute later she’d have missed us, she had a short time before a meeting so thought to come out to the river for a moment and then met us. She was so thankful and we all really felt God’s timing is amazing. She was so touched and we felt we were definitely put there to talk to her, encourage and bless her. She was totally blessed and we were equally totally blessed by the encounter. We were reminded about a couple of weeks ago when we were out to pray for businesses and we walked through the area of those businesses where she now works. It was a good reminder than prayer is powerful, and far more is happening than we realise. 


 

Let yourself be redirected

StreetSeed stories from this week. A few of us headed out to offer prayer to people. 

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This morning we went out and bumped into a lady with her daughter who kindly declined prayer. Walking through the park we met a lovely man and his dog. We asked him if he wanted prayer and he said for happiness and so we prayed for him and his dog. It felt like a nice connection and right for the time. It was a great encounter and it showed us God’s sense of vulnerability as he directed one of us back towards him. 


We then met a nurse waiting at a bus stop who was open to prayer and asked for prayer for her son. We had a prayer time praying for her work, day and her son, for protection for him. She said as we left that we had made her day. 


We met another lady who was just a few minutes from needing to be at work and although she said she wasn’t a believer she let us pray for her as she went. 
 

Sowing Seeds

We went out in groups to offer prayer and to sow some seeds.

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We went on the building site; the professionals were all on site for our meeting later. We managed to pray for one man on his own, off to the side and they often start with prayer requests for the project and building but we try to push a bit deeper to more personal things. So we prayed for his future and family. We saw another man who we’ve prayed for a couple of times and we had a bit of time with him. He said he had been able to see his kids more recently which is a breakthrough as we’ve prayed for this in the past and he let us pray again for the communication with the mother and thawing in relationships with her and the kids. He was very receptive and open to pray with us as we’ve now as we’ve seen and prayed for him regularly. Upstairs we prayed for a couple of guys and it was a positive encounter. And then we managed to pray for a few other guys before heading back. Being sensitive to them we prayed for business and health and ended in a big hug!

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We had a couple of rejections declining prayer. We then had a great encounter with a lady on a bench with her headphones in, however on approaching her she was so open, and enthusiastic to chat to us. She was touched that we were offering prayer and when we asked if there was anything specific we could pray for she said things were going good right now. So after asking we prayed thanks for that and blessings. As we stood up to walk away in conversation with her she then said she was starting a new job that day and that’s why she was early so we were able to  pray more for that, for office relationships, her skills and gifts and blessings on her work and day. She was so friendly and happy to receive prayer, we felt very blessed to meet her.
 

"Don't keep God waiting, hurry up!"

This mornings StreetSeed we decided to go to local businesses and offer prayer to them.
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We went to a nearby cafe and we asked if we could pray for the business and he said they didn’t have a prayer space here but you can sit on the table over there! So we asked if there was any way we would pray for him, not sure he quite understood us so we spoke blessings over him, sat at the table and prayed for the cafe. We continued on, and bumped into a man who declined an offer of prayer. We then walked down plantation wharf. Decided to go into one of the businesses and the guy was talking on the phone, whilst we were waiting in the doorway, the guy on the phone got up and opened the door for us to go! So we sort of felt like we had been kicked out! So we said a prayer and continued walking. We went into another business, and we said we wanted to pray for good vibes for this place. He offered us a tour and showed us round the whole place! So we were able to pray for that place and the people that work there and use the spaces.
(Later a couple of staff went for lunch at the café. The man behind the counter was the same from the morning and he said your friends are welcome to come back and pray any time it’s been so busy! – Praise God!) 
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We went into a local shop and chatted to the man working there, he received us really well, talking about different faiths and believing in God. We were able to pray for him, with a hand on his heart and ask that Jesus reveal himself to him. He didn’t seemed the bit concerned that a customer walked in whilst we were praying! 
We went into another place where we spoke to the owner who said that business was going great so didn’t need prayer. We offered to pray just a blessing which he said yes to and so we said a prayer for thanks that things were going well and prayed that God would exceed expectations with business. Him and his employee seemed slightly surprised and were thankful. 
We then went to the next shop and it was empty but the guy was on the phone so we lingered around the Quinoa crisps. As we were almost on our way out he paused his conversation and asked if he could help us. When we explained we were from the church and were offering prayer he hung up on his phone conversation! We had a good conversation about the church and past connections between us and prayed for favour, protection and blessing on them. It was kind of conversational blessings but he was touched – this all happened whilst a customer was also buying a kinder bueno! 
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We went on the building site and we prayed for the guys doing the windows. Then when we went inside, found more glazers and started praying for them, one was coming all the way down from his perch on the scaffolding. As he came down from the scaffolding his friend shouted, ‘Don’t keep God waiting, hurry up!’ We then met some more guys working and talked to them about the meaning of their names and prayed for them, another couple of brothers, and we ended up standing in a circle underneath the scaffolding praying for the men. We met another man who was dealing with stress and difficulties and were able to pray for healing for him and for restoration for grief that he has taken. We were able to bless and thank another worker with his work and he seemed very touched. We then ran into another man on our way out who believes in Jesus and were able to pray for him too. One guy we were able to talk to and he was up for a chat but we could feel his resistance and didn’t want to receive prayer. Overall we managed to pray for many of the guys working on the site, many of whom believe in Jesus and a few quite emotional with the prayers. It was very touching and such a blessings to pray for and bless these guys. 
 

Prayer for a wife!

This morning we went out for Street Seed in two small groups. We went to bless people in the area and offer prayer to those who want it. 
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We went to York gardens and met a woman we’ve seen before and after offering to pray she asked for prayer for her husband, so we prayed a blessing over him and prayed for her day. Later we met a nice lady who was quite busy with children as her husband was away but she asked if we could pray for her as she was going about her day so we did that after she left. We then met an older lady who was on her way to her church for their mid week communion service. She has bad arthritis in her leg so we prayed for that and a general blessing over her. She was very touched that we stopped and prayed for her and it was a lovely gentle morning.
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We went to the new church building site. We prayed for a man who we had also prayed for the week before and prayed for his family back in the Ukraine and for a wife, he was quite touched and amused! We then met two brothers, who are carpenters and doing all our wood work in the church. We managed to thank them for all their work and explained who we were and that it was our church they were working on. They hoped we like it as they said they have tried their best and they were very touched that we had come to say thank you and offer prayers. They have a faith from their Catholic upbringings and so we prayed for them each in turn, for them to experience the Holy Spirit and for their wives and sons back home which they received gratefully. Finally we prayed for two more men, who didn’t speak much English. There was a wonderful moment where they lowered themselves down to the platform we were on, from their lift, and there was a translating congress as phones, google translate came out and we called over the previous man to translate the meaning of their names. We prayed over them and again managed to say thank you for all their hard work. 
On our way back to the church we ran into a couple who have come to the church previously and their friend. They are going through a trickier time, so we managed to pray for them, for God to touch them and their work and family. They talked baptisms of their children and exciting coming church events. It was great to see them again and get to talk to them.
 

"it was really good that you prayed for me"

A good group of us went out to pray in the local community once again, expectant of what God might have in store. Here's some of the stories:

We headed to the river and we approached lots of people who were very friendly. But we had some great chats. There were some ladies who didn't speak much English, so they thought we were asking them where the church was! But when she understood did ask to pray.  The second lady who was Spanish asked for prayer for her son.

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First of all we met a lady who was a believer and wanted us to pray a prayer of thanks for a new job she had - she was very joyful.  We spoke to a man doing some work on the estate who didn't want prayer and then headed towards the Kambala estate, which was very quiet. But we then met another lady who was a believer, but was struggling with immigration issues for the last 15 years, so she was very anxious. So it was amazing to be able to pray for her and was hoping to come to one of our women's groups. We then talked to a guy who wanted prayer to win the lottery! We manage to engage him in a deeper conversation after that which was good. 

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First of all we prayed for a man who was a believer and he wanted prayer for his son who was in hospital and for his own health. He was encouraged as he'd not been able to get to church recently because of work. We then approached a couple of cabbies and one of them wanted prayer for an Aunt who'd recently died and they were very grateful. We then met a lady at the station with little english who wanted prayer for her son and her bad back. She said she would know it was later at work when she was lifting things. We then offered prayer for a lady who straight away said she was feeling anxious but didn't know why. We prayed for her, told her about the peace and love of Jesus and she said she was really blessed and happy to be prayed for.

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A couple of us went to the building site again, and we had some amazing encounters! Our first connection was with a few of the Polish and Romanian guys who all gathered round us with one of them translating! We prayed for them and led a prayed for all of them to join.  It was like they were at church, which in a way they were! Then we met a man who was installing some doors and he said he didn't have faith but wanted prayer and we asked Jesus to reveal himself to him. And finally we had a really significant encounter with one of the guys we'd prayed for last week. He really opened up to us and said 'it was really good that you prayed for me last week, cause something's happened'. He shared some personal struggles he was facing and we empathised with him and we prayed for the situation.  Then afterwards he asked about faith and what it was - so we were able to share about Jesus and how we rely on Him and when we pray Jesus is with us by His spirit. We asked if he sensed it and he said he did. Quite a powerful encounter. 

Must be talking to an angel

Another week heading out to bring hope to our local community in prayer:


We had a really great encounter this morning. We went near York Gardens and did a 'light jog' to catch up with her. It turns out the lady had been along to St Peter's a very long time ago. She wanted prayer and then shared about some night terrors she'd had the night before, which she'd not suffered for a very long time. She said she had actually prayed in the night and saying sorry she had been far away from God, so she found it amazing we'd approached her. 'You're like angels' she said. So we prayed for her dreams and she was so thankful. We then stopped a man with a big dog and he asked us to pray for his dog to be smaller!

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Another group of us went to the building site to pray for the builders. We were able to pray for the site foreman who wanted prayer for his family.  Then we prayed for a young electrician who said he made his own way in life but believed that the world wasn't created by an accident. We had a little chat with him and he was very open to prayer, so we blessed him and prayed he would have a revelation of Jesus.  We spoke to one guy who we prayed for on site and he said he'd been ill since so didn't seem super keen to be prayed for again! We then prayed for one of the carpenters who had lots of kids. We prayed for his family and shared a prophetic picture with him to encourage him. He had a lovely way about him and received us well. 

 

Here comes the Son

It was a beautiful sunny day with lots of people around, so we headed out onto the streets to find people to pray for.

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We met a lady who thought we were looking for the local church, so a bit of a language barrier there! Then we chased down a lady who turned out to be a believer and wanted prayer for her son, which was a lovely moment. Then we bumped into someone from St Peter's and went to Penethorne house to pray for that block. 

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We prayed for a lady who was working for the police and said there was a lot of stress in her work. She said she was Catholic and open to prayer. After praying she said it was really lovely, it was like of being back at school! And she seemed a lot lighter. We then went into York Gardens and spoke to an Italian lady who couldn't understand a word we were saying! Then we spoke to some of the folks hanging out on one of the benches in the sun. We had a good conversation with them and she said she knew some of the people at St Peter's. They said life is really hard. We prayed for one of them as he said he was looking for a companion. 

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We went onto the building site of the new church building. We asked our foreman if we could pray and he asked if he could gather the guys round, but we said it was fine we go round and introduce ourselves individually!  He said we could preach to them another day! We came across one of the joiners who was from Poland, who spoke very little English, but was happy to be prayed for.  We then came across some of the professional team working on site so we told them we were going round offering and prayer and what could we pray for them. They were totally open. Initially, they wanted prayer for the building project but then after asking what they wanted for themselves and they shared some personal things about family. So it was a real privilege to pray for them and a powerful moment.  We then approached some of the guys who had been watching and we had a good laugh with them but they were open to pray. We prayed blessing on them and their family. And we even got a great view of his family because they'd been tattooed on his back!

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We met a lady that one of us had actually prayed for last week, so it was great to see her again and she said she was hoping to come to St Peter's next week. Then we met another woman who had earphones in but was happy to be disturbed. She seemed spiritually open and we prayed for her and shared an encouragement. We then approached a young man who looked a little intimidating but then turned out he used to go to church and was talking about trying to go on an Alpha course with some of his friends, so he let us pray for him and that was really cool. We then bumped into someone with a name we'd heard in prayer earlier so that was cool and we got to pray for him. 

Searching for 'treasure'

We spent a bit of time in listening prayer before we went out this morning to see if there were specific people or places God wanted us to pray for. So we headed out on the lookout for what we'd sensed in prayer. Here's a summary of what happened:

Before we went out we got a picture of someone in a red or pink coat, and then someone in a brown hat and a scarf with a bit of yellow. With that in mind after we'd prayed for someone a lady with a pink coat walked past us so we darted after her. She was a Christian and she asked for prayer for favour and being able to know Jesus more. She was really encouraged that she was the one God had put on her heart for us to pray for. She said it was an amazing way to start her day.

And just as we were finishing that prayer we saw someone in a red coat walking the other way so we ran after him. We joined him and asked if he wanted prayer and he said 'no thank you, wrong Parish!'. Clearly the Lord had it in mind because when we looked up we saw someone with a brown/black hat standing outside the barbers. He was on the phone but we apologetically interrupted his phone call, but he was fine with it. His partner was about to give birth in a month and it was an amazing time sharing with him and encouraging him and we've got an ongoing connection with him.  It was a significant encounter.  

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We had a sense to go to the libary but when we got there it was all cordoned off. We offered prayer to a lady close by and she said it wasn't 'her bag'. So we went towards the square. One of us had a green cardigan and we saw a chap with a green jumper and ended up talking to him for ages. We prayed for him a couple of times, including for a migraine. He knew the area well and had a very colourful past! Really amazing encounter.

'Yes, whack it on me!'

A group of us headed out into the community once again to connect with those we met with prayer. Here's a snapshot:

We went towards the Square on the estate and had a chat with some council employees who were open to prayer and asked for help with their work. After a couple of 'NOs' we stopped a guy who was walking really fast. We gave a super quick offer as he sped along and to our surprise he said 'Yes, whack it on me!' and then he gave me a fist pump and hurried to his meeting. We were left speechless... 

We prayed for quite a few people this morning. We prayed for one person to find a job and then a couple of ladies waiting at bus stops who wanted prayers of blessing. We then came across an elderly gentleman who was partially sited and was really pleased to speak with us. He wanted prayer for his eyes as his sight was degenerating and said he felt a real peace afterwards. We connected deeply with him and he wanted to find out where we meet on Sundays as he wants to come along. 

Spring is in the...prayer

Spring was in the air as we headed out for a sunny morning of praying for our community. Here's the low down:

After a number of people who didn't want prayer initially, we got talking to a lady who wanted prayer for her leg. At the beginning, she seemed a bit weary but then was very cheery at the end! We then met a lady who we'd seen out and about before walking her dog. We chatted and she said she wanted prayer for her mum and her dog. It was nice to build more of a connection.

We also had a number of people who were in rush but managed to pray for a man working on a building site who wanted prayer for his sick mother in law. He was really thankful. We then approached a man who was a Muslim but who had a Christian wife. He was open to prayer and we offered a word of knowledge to him and he was really touched and welled up. And then we managed to pray for another woman who seemed very burdened. We prayed for peace upon her and was very thankful. She seemed surprised about how simple and easy it was.

There was someone we'd met on the streets a long time ago and we'd not seen for a while so we knocked on his door and his daughter answered and she was really grateful we were looking out for him. We had a really great connection and she was open to receiving prayer and seemed visibly touched. We then offered prayer for a few other people who didn't want any prayer and then tried taking a risk and offering a word of knowledge that didn't connect with them but they seemed unperturbed. We asked one couple if they wanted prayer and they said 'we don't have any money' so it took a while to tell them we weren't charging for prayer! Finally we met a lady who was very open and shared that it was actually her brother's funeral that day but she had been unable to make it due to health reasons. We had a very profound moment of prayer on the street and it was special to be able to minister to her in her sadness. She also let us pray for her leg that had been fractured. It was a beautiful encounter. 

 

 

"Please could I have another prayer"

With Spring peeking through the clouds, we heads out once again to see what God was up to on the streets around St Peter's. Here's some of the stories:

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We went towards the station but only got as far as the square by the wine shop and came across a man in a high vis jacket doing some surveying work.  We asked if we could pray for him and he was really happy we'd asked and turned out to be a Christian. He said he had some pain in his head and leg and we also shared some senses we'd had about him being a light wherever he went. Just as we were about to go on our way he said, 'please could I have another prayer if you have time'. He said he really wanted to know God more intimately and receive God's spirit. We encouraged him and prayed for God to fill him. We were with him for the rest of our time just being with Him as he encountered God deeply. It was very special. One of us had a peaceful heat inside our chests while we were praying for him, but it was very cold outside to our hands were freezing, so it was a strange temperature differential! 

We headed out to the park and had three great encounters with people. Firstly we met a lady in the park with a big dog and wanted prayer. We prayed that God would reveal himself to her. We met another man with a dog (smaller) who was really open to prayer and was really touched. 'Oh yes please' was his response to our offer. 'yeh nice one would you do that?'. He had some struggles that he shared and then we met a final lady who was a Christian who was taking her son to the clinic and said she was struggling with anxiety and tiredness so we prayed for her and invited her to one of our women's groups.  

 

A snowy day to pray

After a big dump overnight, the estate was looking beautiful in the snow. We thought that it might be too cold for conversations on the street so we headed to some of the housing blocks to knock on some doors. We had a community survey with us and were offering prayer.

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We headed off to one of the big blocks on the estate and went to the first door we knocked on was answered by none other than the Eastern European gentlemen we'd had an amazing connection with last week! He even said he'd been meditating that morning and the meeting we'd had with him on the street came to mind that very same morning.  This time we were able to continue the conversation, talking about life, faith and why we follow Jesus. We had a time of prayer and he said he felt vibrations in his chest, which we said we believed was the Holy Spirit. God is definitely on his case!

Deep street conversations

The streets beckoned us once again this morning so we headed out to see what was in store for us. Here's a few highlights:

We went to the park and met a lady who had been to St Peter's for the first time on Sunday. It was great to be able to reconnect with her. She asked us to pray for her work. And we had an amazing conversation about faith, why we believe in Jesus, doubts and and she even shared she had wanted to be a priest as a child! It was so good to chat.  Then we had a few quick pray and chat encounters as we walked round the park. 

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First of all we approached a guy who we'd met on the streets and prayed for a while back, but this time he was way more open. He'd just been to the doctors for a chest infection so he let us pray for him. We then said hello to a lady who told us it was her birthday but the first since her twin brother had died so she seemed very pleased to be prayed for. And then after a few very friendly nos, we bumped into a young Eastern European man. He had a bit of a Christian background but was exploring other faiths and practising meditation. He was really open, and asked us why we were out on the streets, when did we first start etc and we tried to reply by talking about God's grace, that we'd seen him at work and we wanted to pray for others because of His love for us. He said he wanted to read the Bible and so we showed him some apps he could download with Russian and English versions, with audio, which he was pleased about. Then we prayed for him that he would have a revelation of who Jesus was. He then prayed for us!  He held our hands and we had a moment of silence together. It was very special. 
 

StreetAsh for Ash Wednesday

This morning was Ash Wednesday, so we thought we'd break from the norm and some of us headed to the back of Clapham Junction station with some ash and a sign saying 'It's Ash Wednesday, we love to pray for you!' Our curate Kaf was wearing her dog collar and had already 'ashed' her forehead so she was looking the part. 

We wanted to take a risk and were interested to see how many people would engage with the ash, and to be honest the answer was - not many! 

We had a good chat with a guy handing out magazines who was very friendly. Then a girl came straight up to us and asked 'is there a prayer that I could take' and we asked her if she was a Christian and she said her mum was. So we prayed for her and she wanted an ash cross on her hand as a sign of repentance and God's love, which she was blessed by.  

We prayed for another chap who was on his way to an appointment and wanted a cross on his head, which we thought was bold of him! 

We also prayed for a lady on her way to the GPs for her sickness - she was happy to be prayed for if a little ambivalent. And we were able to pray short blessings on some other folks and also had a number of conversations with people asking if they knew if it was Ash Wednesday and if they were giving anything up for lent - one guy said 'i'm trying to give up these' as he stubbed out his cigarette..

It felt like we were more present this morning in an obvious way as we were waiting for people to walk past us rather than the other way round.  It was good to try something different. 

Taking a risk for us

A bitingly cold morning to hit the streets, but hit them we did, and here's a few stories...

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We prayed with a lady with a beautiful dog in the park and was really open and appreciative. That was a positive encounter which finished with her hugging us. Soon after that we briefly prayed for a man who had a Catholic background. He was quite surprised to be prayed for!

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There was a lady on the way to the doctors who asked us to pray for her and then we bumped into a couple we knew which was nice. There was a really nice older lady with four sons and one had recently had an operation and she was really appreciative of prayer.  Some of us today felt a little bit intimidated by approaching more professional looking British men, so we decided to offer prayer to some to get over that! And it was great. We spoke to a man who'd just come off a night shift and was up for prayer for his sleep. We then had a sense he was a good Father and he said he became a dad 5 months ago and seemed encouraged by that, although a bit bleary-eyed!

Finally, there was a guy I chatted with who I'd seen around a lot but never spoke to. He seemed quite intimidating but I went and said hello and turned out to be super friendly and we had a really good chat. He couldn't think of anything he wanted prayer for, but was really open.

"You've made my day!"

Another week heading out for StreetSeed on Wednesday morning. Here's a few stories:

 

First of all we met a lady who was a believer and very lovely, huggy and smiley and happy to be prayed for! Then we prayed for a lady's daughter who had financial difficulties and then a gentleman's mother had cancer and wanted prayer for her. We also had a sense from God for him about a meeting he was going to and God would give him the right strategy. He looked at us with bulged eyes and he said 'you've made my day!' It was great to be able to speak with someone who looked very professional and on their way to somewhere with purpose. And he was totally up for it!

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Going out this morning we felt there was a bit of a brick wall while we were out praying as lots of people we offered prayer to said no or were too busy to stop. Having said that we had a nice conversation with a chap outside the doctors and we prayed for his knee that was in pain. He said it felt a little better. He seemed more interested in God telling him the Thunderball lottery numbers though! And we then were able to pray for a local maintenance guy and finally a builder, who wasn't so sure about prayer but we offered a quick one for healing of his back that he'd said was in pain