…with a soft landing after Nina and I drove up north to Hull, Yorkshire, for a 3-day church event that MORE than met our expectations. As mentioned in January, we went to check out on someone and something we’d been watching regularly by satellite TV since Autumn 2010 – Nathan Morris and ‘revival’.
Where and how can we begin to convey the effect of those days? They tied in not only with what we’d heard and been taught in recent weeks but also directly into my train of thoughts since starting this blog last November. If you, too, have been blessed with special times and encounters in walking with the Lord then you may understand.
First, however, let me backtrack a little. The week after we had confirmations of our individual callings at a conference in Torquay, a pastor’s wife spoke about a picture she’d received during worship. The impulse and timing behind launching this blog were thus confirmed by the date and nature of that picture, as were personal reminders of the encouraging words given to the Bible’s Esther; that is, “For such a time as this”.
In fact, that was the title of the event in Hull – but, when the local pastor planned it at the end of last year, he didn’t know it was scheduled for the actual dates of the Jewish feast of Purim, which celebrates Queen Esther’s intervention in the plot of her Persian king’s prime minister to murder all their Jewish residents.
(NB: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s gift to President Obama during their meeting on 5th March was a scroll of the book of Esther – read full story here)
Bookings for Such A Time As This had sold so rapidly that we two and our travelling companion had to sit right at the back of the 1200-plus auditorium for two nights and then, for Saturday, in the gallery above the balcony! But way up ‘in the gods’ the worship was heavenly – the presence of the Lord was such that two hours into the service everyone entered (and maintained!) a hush of reverential awe for over an hour!
Afterwards, everyone received impartation prayer from evangelist Nathan. Is it any wonder then that the Holy Spirit visited one of the city’s Anglican churches during their Sunday service? (Read about it here)
On the first (Thurs) evening of his return to Hull Nathan preached upon and ministered into the need for repentance, and on Friday focused more upon healing. Nina and our companion were mightily affected by the power of the Holy Spirit that night and this carried over into the next day, and beyond!
Saturday morning was ‘free time’ and we visited the nearby attractive market town of Beverley. As we approached the Minster it’s bells started to peal out a deep, sonorous song. Immediately this magnified the strong, physical weight of Holy Spirit’s presence in both ladies – they were ‘blasted’! Upon trying to take a photo of the Minster I found the actual wind to be so strong I had to hold onto the metal railings for support!
That afternoon was a time for healing on the streets in Victoria Square outside Hull City Hall and many youngsters received prayer and were healed – see photo and pastor Cooper’s blog.
Healings had commenced from the outset on Thursday afternoon with a lady paralysed down her right side being healed. Her accompanying carer became redundant and the wheelchair no longer necessary! It was a delight to find them sitting on the row in front of us for the daytime teaching programme in the church hall. So, as well as the excellent teaching, we had a lot in common to talk about in view of Nina’s healing from immobility.
Also noteworthy were the dramatic healings of a lady from cerebral palsy and a man in a wheelchair from the paralysing effects of a stroke. For more see the pastor’s 11-part daily blogs, Behind the Scenes.
We were particularly touched by noisy Nathan’s gentleness when he sensed a lady wasn’t a believer. He broke from ministering to those who’d come forward to speak quietly to her about Jesus and how he’d been rescued from a life of addiction as an unbeliever. Thus, this nurse received the best miracle – salvation – as well as healing for a hearing problem.
Nathan updated us on the healing of young Ashton Parker’s blind eyes. It’s deep effect upon him was plainly visible. We had wondered how the boy could speak about the colours of clothes and Nathan explained that his mother had taught him what they’re like by holding coloured cards up against his eyes.
Incidentally, for those who don’t know, Nathan’s grimaces and soaked shirt and jacket are a result of the Lord’s fire within him. Right after Hull he went to New Jersey, where he told those assembled, “When I speak about Jesus, my belly boils!“. No wonder he’s an exceptionally passionate preacher.
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