Stretching our legs and getting back out there with 2019 winter StreetSeed. With many greetings, conversations and prayers firing away, read on for this morning’s encounters.
We walked through York gardens and started chatting to a couple of people. We said we were from the local church and she said she was a Christian but finding it difficult. She didn’t want prayer there and then so we prayed for her as we left. We bumped into lots of people who didn’t want prayer, but then we saw an old church family member who has been away and it was great to catch up with her and chat about things. We prayer walked around the estate praying for Brexit and the local area and possible impacts on the community. We prayed for the blocks as we walked past with families we know living in them.
After having brief chats to the people at the bus stop who were friendly but didn’t want prayer, we headed down to the river. We bumped into a church family member and prayed for healing and work. It was good to be able to have a chat outside of a Sunday morning and the change to pray and encourage him. We spoke to a couple of other people who were in a rush before we then met a man with his headphones in and on taking them out and hearing that we were offering prayer, said ‘Praise God!’ He was so full of joy it was such a blessing. He worked locally but lived in Surrey and was part of a fellowship there. He let us pray for his back and for healing. We then met a young estate agent who was having a tough week and was open for us to pray for her, she was very touched and thankful and one of us had a picture and word of knowledge of how God see’s her. She was thankful and hopeful for the week to get better.
We met a man who was a painter from Bulgaria. He had faith and didn’t want us to pray at that time as he was working but asked us to pray for health and family, so we blessed him as we went on our way. Then we met a lady from another local church with bright pink shoes! We were able to talk and connect over children and life and she asked for prayer for wisdom which we were able to do there with her. We had a brief interaction with a young man, who was very focused and on his way to a meeting. We met another young man and had a very long in depth conversation with him. He stopped and we shared what we were doing. He said he was an atheist but was open to be prayed for. He had also grown up catholic and I prayed that God would reveal his love to him. And then after praying we had a long discussion about life, death and eternity. He had really thought about things and had some really great questions. We had this incredibly connected conversation and he said, ‘You’re not going to convert me!’ and I said, ‘I’m just really enjoying the conversation.’ It came up that he had a shoulder injury and he had a really good question about how this injury had really become a part of him and whether it would go in heaven, would he no longer be him. So we had a conversation about what parts of you are you and how we will be restored and about resurrection. But it led to us being able to pray for his shoulder. And we both thoroughly enjoyed the conversation and went off in a good place. We gave him a card so he knows where to find us!