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

A smiley morning

The wind nearly blew us off course this morning but we persevered with Street Seed, knowing we've had good times in the pouring rain before, whats a bit of wind!?  Turns out talking to people who don't speak much English in the wind is quite hard, but we had a really great morning chatting to lots of people who were really open, smiley and chatty.

We were surprised when approaching an apparent 'hard nut to crack' to find him a really warm and friendly Christian living nearby.  Another lady got approached twice but the second time was more interested in what we were doing but not open to prayer.  "It's very good of you to do this". 

We prayed for a guy who wanted to be more valued in his job and we met one of the woman who works at the library. Little chefs was promoted widely among some of the mums we stopped and one of us prayed for a dog for the first time when we met a guy with an Alsatian who had a bad leg.  He described himself as a follower of Christ so it was great to be able to pray for him. 

We also prayed for one of the owners of AJ's shop, holding his hand over the counter before buying some chocolate! 

When StreetSeed became StreetSweep

This morning Streetseed looked a bit different as we went out with 3 police officers to help with a weapons sweep on the estate.  The police are doing regular sweeps of the area to look for weapons stashed away for future use, rather than those being discarded.  The staff team walked through York Gardens and around Pennethorne House helping them look for weapons.  

It was a great chance to meet with the officers and encourage them and we were able to pray for wisdom, encouragement and safety for them.  

2018 here we come....

After a time of refreshing over the Christmas season we went out this morning with renewed energy and faith. Here's some highlights. 

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For the first time out we had a very smiley morning from everyone we met, which was nice. We met a bricklayer, who was in a suit! Turns out he was on the way to an interview to teach other bricklayers. He was a little resistant at first but eventually seemed very happy for us to pray for his interview. Then we met a lady we've seen before and she was keen to come to our midweek older folks group.  We were then able to bless a lady on her way to work and she was very smiley!  Then we had a lovely encounter with a woman who had recently moved to the area and had a bad back. She was a Christian and really excited to be prayed for: 'you're like two angels to me this morning'. 

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We met a young electrician who was up for prayer and then we went into the local convenience store and chatted to the two guys. We had a word that he had a father heart and he said his wife was going to have a baby and we were able to pray for the baby's birth. 

Then we went to a bus stop and approached a few people who weren't up for prayer but wanted to chat. We prayed for a lady who had a bad heal in the park. She didn't seem to have any release from pain in the moment but was blessed.

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We prayed for a lady in the park. We did a run/walk after them! She was off to an interview and let us pray for her. I then prayed for an Indian lady who was lovely and was able to pray for her health. The thing that I think I've learned is to inhabit who I am in Christ. This morning I inhabited who God has made me to be and it felt like I was received better, so that was really positive. 

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We also did a bit of walk/running after people as well! We saw a number of people and spoke to a big guy with a dog. We had a nice chat with him and really warmed up on our conversation. He asked us to pray that his life was long enough to deal with all the problems he had. We then spoke to another man with a smaller dog who didn't want prayer but it then led to our next conversation who was a really nice young man. We had a good time with him and prayed with him a couple of times. He was really warm and open and wanted prayer for his work and were able to pray for his health as well. 

Last time going out in 2017

For the final StreetSeed of 2017 just two of us went out, but we had an extraordinary time praying for folks in our community...

Almost as soon as we headed out a man caught our eye across the street and asked if he wanted prayer. He was really happy to meet us and asked for prayer for his family and strength for each day. We chatted for a bit and he lived really locally and had faith. He wasn't plugged into a worshipping community so were able to encourage him in that.

While we were chatting to this man a Syrian gentlemen who one of us had prayed for before approached us and asked for prayer for his daughter who was giving birth in a few days. It's always great when someone comes up to you asking for prayer!

We then spoke to a man outside the doctor's surgery from Moscow who wanted us to pray for his mum who had cancer and then we finally had an amazing time of conversation and prayer with a man who was going to share a message at his sister's funeral in a couple of days time. He hadn't been a believer but his sister who died was, and as a result of everything that had happened had found faith. He couldn't believe that we had approached him outside the station, just at the time he was seeking God for guidance about what to say. We prayed for him and we weren't sure who was more blessed by the encounter!

Good, great, fantastic

It was a cold and rainy day but that didn’t dampen our spirits going out to pray for folks in our community.

We had a good, great and then fantastic prayer encounter. It got better as we went on.  We prayed for a lovely lady from Morocco with three sons. She had a real heart for community and for people to know their neighbours and was very warm. She was a Muslim and was really happy for us to pray for her brother who was struggling. And we got a hug at the end, which is always nice!

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We met a lawyer for a local firm who wanted prayer as she represents clients with bereavements. She didn’t realise we wanted to pray with her (as is often the case) and after an initial shock was really up for it. Then we met with a lady we’d prayed for before who had faith and wanted prayer for her son. We encouraged her that God pursues us and it was a great encounter. Then there was a chap on a bike who stopped and said. ‘it’s funny you said that, yes please pray but I’m in a rush’. We prayed quickly for him and he seemed really moved.

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We first bumped into someone we knew and were able to pray for him and all his requests for the world!  Then we did a super quick prayer of blessing for someone on his way to work and then had some ‘nos’ from some atheists, even though we said we’d still love to pray for them. Then we shared a word with someone and after confirming it didn’t mean anything to him he told us in no uncertain terms that he didn’t want to talk! So we quickly went on our way and prayed for healing for a lady with a stick who had back pain and other health worries. She was very pleased and then finally met a guy in a local business who was really up for us praying for him and his business, so that was a good way to end our time.

Matter of fact prayer

A smaller group of us went out today in the cold to see who we could offer pray for. Here’s a few snippets.

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We met a lady who wanted prayer, but didn’t expect us to pray there and then! Then we met a guy who was the most matter of fact person we’d ever met. He accepted prayer without missing a blink, we prayed for him, and then he thanked us and went on his way as though he was completely expecting the encounter…

We blessed a salon owner’s business, and then after a lot of people too busy for prayer had a really great encounter with an older gentlemen who we approached as he looked like he had a bad leg, which he did but he also asked us to pray for his eye as he’d lost vision in it. We’d prayed for him and he thought it may have improved. He told us that morning he was worried about his eye and was praying to God for some encouragement, and said that we were angels for him.

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We met a mum with 3 kids including a tiny baby. She was new to the area and wanted to come to our Christmas events. Then an older lady with arthritis let us pray for her and then a chef from Algeria who we stopped in the middle of the road (!) and after a chat prayed a blessing over him.

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 We prayed for a guy around the square who was ‘open to ideas’ and for his cold to go away. He seemed like he would have been up for more of a chat but we ran out of things to ask. So he was open to ideas, we just didn’t get chance to share many of ours! We then met another person who wanted to come to the Midnight Mass and had some views on the new church building.  Finally there was a professional lady walking quickly who didn’t seem a likely stopper and she wanted prayer for an upcoming exam which was wonderful.

'I’ve been wanting to come to your church’

A bunch of us went out to bless the community. Here's how it went down...

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There was a man we met who just the day before had said he felt prompted by God to go to church for the first time in a long time. He was so excited to meet us just a day after this.

Then we met a young Muslim lady with a gentle spirit and wanted prayer that her ‘life would go well’.

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We combed the environment for people and just when we were at the point of despair we ran into a lady with crutches. As soon as we came to her and said where we were from she said ‘o yes, I’ve been wanting to come to your church’.  She let us pray for her leg, she’d fallen 17 steps. She said she couldn’t feel anything at the time but was blessed from the encounter. There was then a workman on his phone trying to find something and we were able to give him some advice on a local shop, which he was happy about. He said his parents in law were Vicars so although he doesn’t believe he’s comfortable with it all and he let us pray for him. Again someone looking unlikely was really up for prayer.

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We made some good connections today. We went to a bus stop and asked if anyone had any prayer or had any pain and then there was a self-assigned spokesperson who said ‘we’re all fine’. Then hilariously we started a really great conversation with her as though the first bit didn’t happen! We got to encourage her with how we felt God saw her and it was a great encounter.  There was a gentle guy in leather who was walking really slowly towards us. We offered prayer and he said he was in a rush (a slow rush it seemed) and we said we just needed 5 seconds. He then said ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (really fast)– that’s your time’ and walked off. It was the quickest five seconds we’d ever experienced!

"Yeah you can pray for me"

It was wonderful to have another opportunity to go out into our community with the love of Jesus and see who God had lined up for us to meet...

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We went out and had a sense we should go out to Plough Road and bumped into a man that one of us had met earlier that day. He had a broken past with lots of pain and regret and we had a really good conversation with him. We were able to pray for him and prayed for healing in his wrists and shared with him about the thief on the cross who in his dying breath put his faith in Jesus.  We had a deep connection with him and he wanted to pray a prayer of giving his life to Jesus, which was amazing. He didn't quite get through all of the prayer as there were some things he wanted to process before he continued, which was totally understandable. It felt a real privilege for us to speak and pray with him. We hope to see him again. 

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We had an interesting morning and met a Portuguese family and prayed for them and told them about the love of Jesus. Then we prayed for another Christian straight after and she was also from Portugal! Then there was a guy who was well built and seemed a bit intimidating from afar, but was really open! 'Yeh you can pray for me' he said. 'go on then...!' so we did! Finally, there was a guy up a ladder who came down just as we were walking to him, and lo and behold he was from Portugal! We had a little pray for Portugal afterwards!

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We met a Muslim at a bus stop who really wanted prayer for exams she was doing. And then we saw some workmen in a cage thing and one of them thought God must be on his case and wanted us to pray for him. After that we met a guy who was disabled who'd fallen out of bed that morning and had hurt his hip and he let us pray for him to be healed. Then three Muslim removal men came out and were really warm and wanted prayer. 

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Does prayer cost anything?

A good group of us went out this morning to share seeds of love and hope to our community. Here's a little snapshot...

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We met someone who one of us had prayed for on an earlier occasion, and he was really up for prayer. We met a lady who had met nearly all of us who'd been out this morning which was amazing!

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We met two ladies in a row with the same name. The first one had had a connection with St Peter's in the past and was very fearful about the area. The second was a quick encounter praying a blessing on a lady.

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We had a really interesting encounter with a Muslim lady we already knew from the area. When we offered prayer she asked 'how do you pray' and we shared we would pray in the name of Jesus. We were able to talk about our relationship to God through Jesus. She said every Tuesday she walks past the church door but is too busy to come in. She said she had lots of questions about Christianity and wanted to connect with her again. 

There was a lady we ran across the park to as we thought we knew, but we didn't! But she was really receptive and wanted prayer. She was really enthusiastic about midweek family stuff we do and gave us her number so we could remind her when their on.

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I remember significantly a big beared guy we met who initially looked a bit sketchy. He said he thought we were the police! He had a great encounter with God! He was completely open. He said 'im confused, I don't get what you're doing. Will it cost me money?'. he was genuinely surprised we didn't want anything from him. 

'God sent you two angels to me'

A number of us headed out this morning to meet and bless our community. Here's some stories...

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We met an older gentlemen on his way back from the doctors. He was really blessed by our encounter. He used to come to St Peter's many years ago and said he still had a faith. He had tears streaming down his cheeks as we were praying for him and said 'God sent you two angels to me' today and couldn't get over why we'd approached him of all people. He had some health problems and he let us pray for him and he actually gave us his number and asked us to pick him up on Sunday so we can bring him to our service. He was utterly moved by the experience, as were we!

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We met someone we'd prayed for before which was nice and he was still really open. We met a fun Australian couple who we prayed for and also prayed for a chap struggling with addiction in the park who seemed to be moving towards recovery which was good. 

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We started talking to a man who, from the outside, seemed like he wouldn't be interested. But right from the outset was open and wanted to pray for goodness. He asked help in being a dad. He was a Muslim and asked questions because he reads the bible. It was very encouraging how hungry and receptive how he was.

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"This is amazing...! Yeah"

Another beaituful time out in the community praying for people we meet. Here's a few stories...

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The main one I can remember is a man who was surprisingly receptive, and wanted prayers for not getting sick over the winter. He was really up for chatting about faith and shared about his journey.  

We got some nice hugs after praying for people which was nice!

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We weaved round the estate and had a number of special encounters. A standout one was being able to pray for some parents who had a small child with them and they had a family member who had died earlier that week. We prayed for peace and that they would know God in their grief. They seemed really touched.   

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The last person we spoke to was really special. We approached a chap who seemed to have difficulty walking. We asked if we could pray for him and if he had any pain  in his body and he replied 'absolutely I would love prayer I  have pain all over!'  We laid hands on him and he became lost in a sense of peace. After praying we asked him how he was feeling and said 'this is amazing...! yeah' and just seemed to stay in a trance-like state. We had to get back and he seemed quite gutted we had to go! We left him standing there in peace - he may still be there now!

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After a lot of polite 'no thank yous', we approached a lady who was trying to get to St Peter's church for a course and couldn't find it! So we were able to help her find her way and pray for her and she was really touched.

We met a chap who was really open. He said he knew Jesus loved him, and we prayed for greater revelation of that.  We also got to pray for a Christian lady's son which was special. 

'She wanted to go to a church and get prayer'

We headed out on Wednesday morning once again to share the love of Jesus and here's some stories...

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We prayed for lady heading back home to the north of the country. We then prayed for a couple of other ladies before meeting a road surveyor. We got chatting about his dreams we had a word of knowledge about his work which really blessed him. He really opened up and it was a beautiful time.

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There was a guy who we approached who was quite rude to us so we headed on our way! We spoke to a number of people and blessed a man's baby.  We spoke to a chef who was picking up leaves who was up for prayer, but didn't realise we meant there and then so headed off before we got chance to pray with him then.

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The first lady we approached was in a wheelchair and with a friend. She was so up for prayer and said that sometimes she can walk on crutches and Jesus had done so much for her already. She said that moment she had literally been saying that she wanted to go to a church and get prayer!  She started crying as we prayed and they were really touched. We prayed for another lady who didn't speak much English who asked us to pray for her friends - she offered us their phone numbers! we said let's pray for them together and she was up for that. 

A tale of two halves

We started we 3 'friendly' nos on the estate so we decided to go over the other side of York Road to Halfords. We met a man at the bus stop who wasn't a believer but all his family were and he asked us to pray for his father-in-law who has pancreatic cancer.  He encouraged us that it was a really good thing we were doing despite not believing himself.   Then we bumped into a guy who thought we looked lost (!) he said everything was great in his life but despite being tired and grumpy he let us pray a blessing on him.  Then we stopped 2 guys who worked for range rover, despite their initial surprise they let us pray for them in the middle of the road!

We had 8 rejections! But it was kind of fun and they were all nice!  The people who did say yes came really easily.  The responses were really unusual "Can we pray for you? No, but I'll come to church on Sunday!"  Another guy asked us to pray for the addicts in his building and we prayed for a guy who'd lived here since the war who was lovely and will hopefully come to Living Life! 

We went up to the station and had a number of people who weren't interested or too busy. We prayed for a lady who was really open to prayer and then spoke to a Hungarian man who was really engaged and wanted to know all about prayer "where did you learn this"?! Prayed for his bad back and the lung cancer he 'might' get from smoking! But he also allowed us to pray that Jesus would reveal himself to him. We also prayed for a lady who was on crutches and open to prayer but not able to test it.

Encouraging Christians

We hit the streets again to pray for those we met. Here's how it went.

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We went to the park and met a lady who knew someone from the church. She was very receptive and wanted prayer for a new job. We met a Syrian Christian who was on his way to work. We were able to pray for his family and country, and even though he was in a rush wanted more prayer and was clearly moved. Even the offer of prayer moved him.

We met another lady in a rush on the way to work but had a sick relative and so we were able to pray for her. Our next encounter was with a Christian lady who some of us had prayed for a few weeks ago - we prayed for healing in her shins. 

A man who had come to work on the estate was loitering and he wanted prayer as he had cancer. He said he was a Christian but the doctors said there's was nothing more than he could do. So we're hoping for his healing.

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We also met a Christian lady who wanted prayer. And then bumped into a student coming out of the student blocks. We were able to pray for one of the professional team for the new church building which was amazing to have that opportunity which isn't always possible in the formal meetings. 

A lady who looked really weighed down initially was up for prayer and really came alive after we had.

Then we bumped into an older gentleman who had a big injury on his arm and was really open to us praying for healing.

At the station we met a man who initially seemed closed but had grown up in a Catholic faith. We were able to share some encouragement with him and a bit of our story of experiencing new life and love from coming to know about Jesus.

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We also met a Christian man and was delighted we were out praying and were able to bless him. We met a lady who was totally up for us praying for her mother who had cancer.

After a few no’s we bumped into a lady walking her dog, and she knew St Peter’s as she used to get sandwiches there when she was homeless. She was struggling in many ways and was very insightful as to her challenges – she was really up for prayer. It was a beautiful and honest encounter.  

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Amazingly, we also met a lot of Christians who wanted prayer but also really encouraged Christians were out praying for others.

We had a few encounters with people who we prayed and had specific ‘words of knowledge’ about their passions or how God sees them and every one was able to say it connected with them.

Before we went out to pray we had a sense that we’d meet a mum with a child who was not doing well, perhaps ill or not sleeping and God wanted to touch them. We met a lady in the park who some of us had met in previous months. Her three year old wasn’t sleeping through the night and was really open for us praying for her.

There was a large group of people in York Gardens in a circle so we went to find out what they were doing – and they were engineers looking at the sewers. We offered them prayer but they had a lot to get on with so said no!

 

 

A picture of Jesus

StreetSeed went old school with a Thursday morning outing this week (back to Wednesday next week) - here's some of the encounters we had:

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We prayed for a woman we have met before who has had arthritis since she was 18. It got a bit better after praying and she was really blessed by the encounter.

We bumped into a man who'd been fixing David's broadband this morning who he'd wanted to pray for but hadn't had the chance. He was totally open and up for prayer, including for his wedding in 6 weeks, which was great.

Then we met a woman who is being baptised later this year and prayed for her - it felt like God was really pursuing her.

Finally we saw a guy who we thought was limping but when we asked about his health he shared that he had ongoing problems with his hands. We prayed for him and he said he felt warmth and then described it as though someone was physically trying to pull him away from his pain. It felt like a real picture of Jesus.

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We went down to the river. On the way we met a woman who has a colleague with cancer, who was happy for us to pray with her.

Then we chatted to one of the waitresses from one of the riverfront restaurants who didn't want to be prayed for, but we had a word for her about fashion and art. It sounded like she was ready to do something different with her career, so hopefully she was encouraged by the word.

We also met a man who asked us to pray for his wife and her brother, as their relationship has broken down.

Living on a prayer

Another Wednesday, another week out on the streets. Ten of us headed out to bless and pray for folks we bumped into in our community. Here's how it went:

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We saw a young man walking with difficulty and he said that some days he can't even get out of bed and today was a good day. He wanted prayer - he wasn't able to try it out but said he would know the next day so we asked him to let us know if there was any improvement. We met a Muslim woman and let her know that we loved her and honoured her, and she really glowed afterwards.

We spoke to a lady who knew some other people from St Peter’s who initially didn’t want prayer but then later she really opened up and we were able to pray for her.  It felt like her connection with other Christians had paved the way.

We saw a lady in York Gardens with a large dog and who wanted prayer for her finances.  It ended up being quite chaotic with her dog and my buggy collapsing (and she was actually on the phone to someone else but was happy to leave them on hold!) but that didn’t seem to deter things and we had a sense she was very frightened about something and she said she was and we prayed that Jesus would take command of her fear like she took command of her dog.

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There was a man who wanted to pray but was in a bit of a rush, but we convinced him to stay for a moment!  We went through the square which was really quiet, and got to pray for one of the teachers from the local school and was really receptive for prayer for teaching and his family.  There was a man we kept bumping into and we told him God loves him. He had a lot of brokenness and hurt in his life, as well as lots of need. He didn’t want prayer but a seed was sown.

There was an Eastern European guy who was really happy to chat and had had a lot of bereavement in his life in the past year. He let us pray for him and we had a sense he felt burdened and he seemed quite touched.

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We offered prayer for lots of people, who nearly all said yes this week. One of the council caretakers we know was blessed and we then got to pray for two Muslim women who let us pray for their children. We then offered prayer to a lady who was a Christian who had high blood pressure so she let us pray for her to be healed, and straight after that we met someone with a 'crumpled back' who was in a lot of pain and she let us pray for her and her family. 

A bumper time

There was a bumper 13 of us (including 2 under 3s) heading out to pray this morning which felt really exciting. Here's some stories:

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We approached a lady who looked tearful and really up for prayer. She was in a challenging job and was tired out. We were able to encourage her and pray for her.

The next lady was a Christian and really up for prayer around her knee where she had pain. She said she really sensed a powerful feeling that she couldn't describe. She said that her pain went down from an 8 after we prayed to a 4, and then went to a 1, so it was incredible!

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We met a lady who was a Christian who was really receptive to prayer after losing her mum two months ago. Unfortunately, our Spanish wasn't up to the next encounter so we wished her well and headed onto offer prayer for one of the local caretakers who didn't want prayer that moment but asked us to pray later. We were also able to pray for a lady's work which was a nice encounter.

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We had chance to pray for a local business, and we also had an encounter that our Spanish wasn't up to! A man from the council said he didn't live locally so didn't need prayer (which we didn't have chance to let him know didn't disqualify him!).  We made a great connection with someone from another local church who was with a local foodbank customer which was really great. 

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One man didn't want prayer but said us just asking was enough for him. We met a chap in the park who initially didn't want prayer but once we'd been talking for a bit he said he did want prayer for a struggle he's in. On the way back we met someone who was struggling financially. He asked for a specific amount of money and that's exactly what we had so we were able to help him and prayed for him.

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We headed up towards the station and were able to pray for a lady with cist on her ovaries. We asked a lot of people on the way and number of folks didn't want to stop but we were able pray for a local business under the arches. 

We approached another guy and one of us had a sense that he had shoulder pain so asked him if he did. He said he didn't but after we explained that we were praying for people he said he did have knee pain and let us pray for that. So even if we share something that doesn't connect with them God can still use it! There was no immediate improvement from what we could tell but he was very open and headed on his way.