During the two week Circuit Riders school there were a reported 129 salvations and 52 healings. How do you follow that? Well — by doing more of the same.
Fortunately God doesn’t change from day to day or place to place. And in our two week outreach we saw 30 salvations and 15 healings. (Which is more than twice as much per capita: our team was 20 people, compared to over 200 in Harpenden for the training phase.)
Here are the bare details that I scribbled down in my notebook as I tried to keep track of what God was doing through our team. With a few video testimonies thrown in for your multimedia viewing pleasure.
Saturday 14th July
Outreach began. The team travelled to Leytonstone, where we were staying with Cornerstone church who are doing ‘Burn 24/7’ worship over the Olympics. In the afternoon, went to Trafalgar Square to join the prayer flashmob.
First team meeting — important to set the rhythm from the start. Worship, teaching (Big 10), affirmations, testimonies.
Evangelism and prayer-walking around Westminster with the team from Herrnhut:
– Hunter met a French man with his leg in a cast, prayed — pain went.
– Rachel met a group of Hindus. Prayed for one’s bad back, pain went. The other two subsequently also wanted prayer.
– Jessica had felt several days before that the Spirit was giving her authority to pray for barren women. Met such a lady, from France. And prayed for healing.
Then squeezed in evensong at Westminster Abbey before joining Prayer for Parliament and getting to go into the Houses of Parliament to intercede for the government.
On the way home, Magda shared the gospel with a Portuguese lady on the Tube. Had just finished leading her through a prayer of repentance, when we arrived at our station, and she leapt through the train’s doors just as they were closing.
Meanwhile, Allison had returned to Cornerstone earlier to help with the Burn. And led 3 ex-drug addicts to the Lord.
4 salvations, 5 healings
Local outreach around Leytonstone in the afternoon. I’ll let Naomi tell the story:
1 salvation, 2 healings
Local outreach again.
– Ashley, Chelsey, & Allison prayed for a man with a bad back. He said the pain went.
– Janette shared the simple gospel with a group of girls, and one of them received Jesus
2 salvations, 1 healing
Prayer and evangelism in groups of three or four from the Tower of London to St Paul’s Cathedral.
– Ashley prayed for a girl with knee pain while we were on the Tube to Tower Hill — and the pain went.
– Matt prayed for a girl on crutches — but I’ll let him tell the story:
– Chelsey’s team saw an English security guard and then 3 French students give their lives to Christ
4 salvations, 2 healings
A more relaxed day.
Officially a day off, but when you’re trying to live like Jesus that doesn’t mean there can’t still be healings…
– Allison prayed for a skater with a twisted ankle, and the pain went
– Tyas met a homeless man who had pain throughout his body, prayed, and the pain went.
Instead of going out to do evangelism, we stayed at home to plough the spiritual ground by doing intercession.
– Still, in the evening, Hunter went to the pub and was able to minister to the girl behind the bar:
Tuesday morning we learnt about the power of the Holy Spirit — “the power which raised Jesus from the dead” (Eph.1) — and then went and did ‘the stuff’!
– Barely had I walked out of the door of the house, than a man sitting on a little wall beside the pavement said to me ‘I’m spiritually dead. Can you help me?’ We shared the gospel with them, and he prayed a simple prayer committing his life to Jesus.
– In the afternoon we went to St Paul’s Cathedral, and we (including 7 who had never done any street preaching before) proclaimed the truth of the gospel to those sitting on the steps.
– Steven shared the gospel with a Brazilian who accepted Jesus:
– On the way home, Magda shared the gospel with a girl in a devil costume who accepted Jesus.
– And after joining us for the evening, Paul led an Italian man to the Lord on the Tube on his way home.
4 salvations, 1 healing
The anointed Ashley led our team into more of the joy of the Lord than we had yet experienced, and we spent the morning shamelessly praising Jesus with all of our might.
And in the evening, the team sent me and Taryn off on our own to have some couple time
We debriefed the team, as people were beginning to leave from Friday onwards. Counted up a total of 15 salvations and 14 healings. In the afternoon, some of the team went to scout out the Olympic Stadium (where the Opening Ceremony would be happening the following day). In the evening all of our team joined the Burn.
Afterwards, we split up, boys and girls, for a final social evening. The boys went to the pub, but before the girls could start anything they received news that Chelsey’s best friend had been in a car crash and was in a coma. I’ll let Taryn tell the story of their immediate intercession helping restore her to health:
Friday was the day of the Olympic Opening Ceremony. I woke up early with an incredible sense of expectancy: REVIVAL IS COMING! Our morning worship propelled us out into the streets (literally), and in the afternoon we were in Brixton doing evangelism around the estates.
– Matt & Magda both each led someone to accept Jesus.
– Myself, Naomi and Camilla met a man with a crutch and asked if we could sit with him. We shared some of the stories of healings we’d been seeing and asked if we could pray for him. He said he felt a tingling all down his leg and was then able to walk on it without the crutch.
– In the evening some of us stayed in Brixton to be part of the youth meeting which Kate had invited us to. She shared a simple gospel message and six kids prayed the prayer of repentance with her. But the crazy bit is what happened when Jessica prayed for two of them to receive the Holy Spirit:
– And later we heard from those who had gone to the Olympic Opening Ceremony that Magda had led three more people to the Lord.
12 salvations, 1 healing
I woke up and had a leisurely breakfast, watching some of the highlights of the Opening Ceremony on iPlayer. I then checked my phone and discovered that I’d missed a message from Sara, who had left the night before to get to the airport. It was an emergency: she had left her passport in Rachel’s car. This led to me and a few others heading to Heathrow to try and find her — only to find that being a US citizen she had been able to fly without her passport. *Sigh of relief *
– Meanwhile, the rest of the team had returned to the Olympic stadium, where Magda had led two more people to accept Jesus as Lord.
– Jessica spoke to two Muslims who were also using the Olympic as an opportunity to proselytize, and gave them more to think about than I think they bargained for:
– And the team made friends with a Muslim girl called Siddra, whose birthday it was, and returned home to find that Allison had been prompted by the Spirit to make a birthday cake!
Before leaving on Sunday afternoon, we had the chance to share a few testimonies at Cornerstone church. And as Taryn and I were making our way with our luggage to the station, we met Steven walking back to the house.
He was smiling.
He’d led another person to the Lord.
Total: 30 salvations, 15 healings
And as we end, let me just reiterate this point. I tell these stories not to make you think I’m anything great — most of the stories didn’t really involve me. But they all involved Jesus. He deserves the glory. As the Bible says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)