I had a dream about my brother last night, I love him dearly, but sadly he converted to islam 10 years ago and in my opinion it’s wrecked his life but he just cant see it for himself. Conversations turned into heated arguments and through complications with his ex-wives, we are at the point where we can no longer even speak. In the dream, he was sailing on a boat in the ocean and there was a boat full of bad men drifting at the side of him encouraging him to go further out to sea. He ended up so far out into the ocean that the bad men that had been leading him astray ended up drifting away from him.
He became isolated, just floating in the vastness of the ocean, still determined to do it “his way.” Eventually his boat started to sink and he climbed up to the top of the mast, his face fixed on his course, even though the whole boat was going under! Then all of a suddenly as I blinked, I was still in the dream but I was now sitting with my brother in an old pub, in a seaport town, a little like Whitby. We were chatting and laughing together as in the old times we had together, he was completely his old self. I walked outside the pub to get some fresh air and noticed a “drunken fisherman” rowing a boat into the harbor. I turned to a stranger at the side of me and said, “I just don’t know how that man can row a boat in that state!” the man replied, “That fisherman just saved your brother.” I shouted down to the drunken fisherman and asked if I could buy him a drink? And then questioned myself if that was ok, because he looked so drunk! Then I woke up!
Got the feeling that although I want him back and I want him to give his heart to Jesus, my only responsibility is to show him the way, but the but the Holy spirit drunk “fisher of men”, is just waiting for my brother to run out of options. Really encouraging and encouraging for other people with loved ones who want their salvation and relationship with God, more than themselves do.
2nd Dec 2016 – Ministered with Speakers Of Life at The Hub, Shaw Bank, Staindrop Road, Barnard Castle, UK, DL12 8TD.
4th Dec 2016 – Ministered at Byker City Fellowship International at Wallsend Hall, The Green, Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne NE28 7PA
Pictures from Barnard Castle.
Testimony sent in from pastor fred rudkin
Pastor Fred Rudkin - Barnard Castle UK
This story began a while ago when I desired more intimacy with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. A friend happened to mention that she knew Kathie Walters, from one of her conferences some years previous. I had a desire to know more about her so I looked her up on the internet, and saw some of her videos and purposed that we have her come over from USA to host our first Barnard Castle Speakers of life Conference in October this year. I was not disappointed, she carried a powerful anointing of Holy Spirit, her teaching and retelling of how Holy Spirit ministered through her just made me more eager to get to know her. So I followed her to a conference in London, and then to Florida. Kathie also imparted how Angels work with you. And minister to you and a lot of teaching about religious spirits, water spirits, a lot of it I knew nothing about, but my heart and spirit wanted more.
She introduced me to her friend from Derby UK, Kevin Dexter, her words were this if you want healing, see Kevin, he has a ministry in the Holy Spirit and will teach you how to do it!!!!! Now I have met a few evangelists who carry the anointing and will impart the same to you, but this was the first time I heard not only will he impart but teach you as well, so we invited Kev to minister at our SOL meeting on 2nd December. We started the meeting with just a few worship songs, as we wanted to give Kev, time to minister and teach. He began by giving us a host of stories on how Holy Spirit led him to see healings and deliverances. During the meeting everyone started to smell burning, I had to go and check outside to see if anything was on fire, but the aroma of burning was just in our meeting room!
Towards the end of the meeting, he turned to a woman sitting on his right and spoke a word of knowledge to her about her spiritual gifts, that she had birthed something that she was involved with pastorally, which she confirmed to be true. He then told her that when she prayed, he knew that she received many pictures because there was a prophetic gift inside her that needed to come out! He then asked who had the pain in the left eye? And another lady said that was her! So he asked the first lady to lay a hand on her while he prayed and that if she could deliver what God was going to give her but wait until he’s finished praying, to which the lady looked very nervous. Well after he prayed the eye was healed and amazingly the first lady started describing pictures over the now healed lady supporting the words given by Kev, then he continued this format as we progressed the meeting, encouraging the first lady to move out into her prophetic gifting.
Another woman asked for prayer, she came because she’d felt so far away from Father God. she wanted confirmation that he was still interested in her! Kev imparted and told her that she had a pastoral gift inside her that she needed to allow the Holy Spirit to bring out, and the woman received a vision of a crown, the prophetic woman confirmed this with great words and actually describing the same crown! Then the woman being prayed for received the sensation of an actual crown pressing down on her head! So here I am watching ministry where the evangelist was imparting various gifts and ministering healing, while at the same time, encouraging others to grow in their gifts allowing the flow of the Holy Spirit to confirm the truths in signs and wonders to the recipients.
He encouraged everyone that we are all qualified to minister, Jesus paid the price for us to become His righteousness and qualified everyone to minister by Him. Another woman asked for prayer, who was not well at all, she had a pain in her neck and had previously been to hospital and placed on a special food diet. Kev looked at her and said that he saw a water spirit and he rebuked it in Jesus name, and the spirit manifested making a lot of noise, then she rose up out of her chair and fell forward, face down on the floor convulsing, then let out a loud scream before returning to a calm state. Kev asked the woman moving in the prophetic to share what God had given her, to which the lady said that she had seen a picture of a tropical fish, which confirmed the spirit that Kev had named. The woman was amazed, as she now made the connection and understood what she had received by faith.
The following Sunday evening I took Kev to a church where Holy Spirit ministry was welcome, the worship time was awesome and the healing ministry started without announcing, we were in worship and the Pastor came up to me and told me to take Kev over to his daughter who had a hip problem that was stopping her from running, throughout this ministry time I was allowed to shadow Kev and see first hand how he ministered in the Holy Spirit and imparted gifts. So the pastor’s daughter stood before us and Kev ministered to her hip and we saw her leg kick out, she confirmed healing, at the same time Kev said she had a prophetic gift that she needed to allow the Holy Spirit to bring out. So immediately after she was healed, he took her with us to the next person who requested prayer. Kevin recognised that this man had an unclean spirit and asked the pastor’s daughter for name that God had given to her while he was praying for the man. She gave Kev the name “warrior”, and when Kev named and commanded the spirit to come out, the man started manifesting! And the praise and worship continued as I was told who was next for prayer by the pastor. Another woman I took Kev to had a bone marrow problem after short time Kev said it was a water spirit, he rebuked it and deliverance came and she was healed. Now I was beginning to see how the Holy Spirit operated, and Kevin was so moving in confidence that each person would be healed, I heard his prayer/ rebuke, he never asked for demons to go but demanded, while treating each person with dignity who he ministered to, I was so glad to be a part of what was happening.
Another request came from a man who had pain across his shoulders and was deaf his in left ear, Kev rebuked a spirit of false responsibility in Jesus name, and the man confirmed that his ear and shoulders was healed. The requests were coming in a steady stream, one woman said she had a frozen shoulder, but then revealed some years previously she had an accident that damaged a bone, Kev told her that the pain would travel down her arm and when it reaches her wrist, she must shake of the devil and as he prayed she confirmed that her pain did exactly that! Kev said, “Give it a good shake!” And as she did, she confirmed the pain had gone and her shoulder was healed.
Kev prayed for the Pastors wife, who had a slight pain and deafness in her left ear, He rebuked the pain and demanded all negative words to depart before blowing a light breath into her left ear, proclaiming life and then she was healed! The praise and worship was still happening, I was not tired but totally in awe of how the Holy Spirit was working bringing healing and deliverance through Kev, he would say later on that we were all qualified to bring healing, deliverance and raising the dead, Jesus paid the price so we could do so. Another woman request prayer for a stiff neck and pain across shoulders, Kev rebuked the pain and asked her to move her neck. The lady started moving her head around, then moved her shoulders and as she loosened up she began to dance with her head bobbing along to the music and then Kev held her hands and they both danced, she was completely healed.
I was also taken how Kev would minister gifts to people, a man requested prayer for lower back pain from weight training in the gym. Kev said that God was going to give him the gift of evangelism, then Kev pressed his hand on the mans stomach and the man could feel something enter him! Then Kev told him that he was going to birth evangelism! It brought a smile to his face and he was healed. This was a tremendous time, I was moving alongside this brother in Christ and watching how he ministered, he was telling me at times what to look for and I asked him how he got to know what the problem was and he would tell /show me. This man came and said that he’d had a bike accident some years ago and left his right knee painful, Kev placed his hands on his knee and felt/ heard the bones crack, he asked him to flex knee and he was totally healed. After each healing and deliverance Kev encouraged the person to thank Jesus in praise lifting up there hands.
The ministry time now over, I got home rejoicing for I had seen many healings, a few deliverances, I had been shown how to do the same, and the one comment that both Kathie Walters and Kev Dexter always reiterated, that there was no special person marked out to do this ministry, but we all were qualified by the blood of Jesus to do it. It was seeking a more intimate friendship with Jesus and He wanted to work through us to bring the Kingdom healing to a hurting world. I have made life long friends with Kathie & Kev, I only wish I met them earlier in my Christian walk, but another way of looking at it is this, the Lord Jesus wants us to finish the faith walk in a blaze of glory, it is not how you start out in the faith, but how you finish!!
Pastor Fred Rudkin - Speakers of Life, Barnard Castle, UK
Ministered with Kathie Walters at Living in the Glory, hosted by Winnie Kuta-Dankwa at St.Benidict’s Church Hall, Barnacres Road, Hemel Hempstead UK, HP3 8EP.
A fab meeting with some great impartation here in Hemel Hempstead, I witnessed God do some amazing healing and deliverances here, the most memorable one for me was a young lady who asked me to pray for her with a twisted spine and as I laid my hand upon her lower back she went out on the floor, convulsing as the power of the Holy Spirit caused an evil spirit to manifested and as it left, her spine wasn’t twisted any more, God is awesome.
Ministered with Kathie Walters at Speakers Of Life, Barnard Castle Methodist Church, Flatts Road, Barnard Castle UK, DL12 8PW
Had a great meeting here in Barnard Castle – some fab prayer time. One guy asked me to pray for his knee and the Holy Spirit told me that the pain was going to travel down his leg, into his ankle and eventually into his foot and then at that point he must stamp it out! So by faith, I declared that to him and, as I prayed for him, that’s exactly what happened! Praise God! I told him the Devil is under his feet. I stood up to pray for someone else and the man pulled me back and then said that because he had been over compensating with his other leg, his foot was hurting on the other side. So while I prayed for the other foot, I heard the Holy Spirit tell me that he just needed to stamp it out of that foot too! So, by faith, I told him to stamp it out! And God healed his other foot as well. Wow, isn’t God just amazing! Completely the opposite to our natural thinking.
I received an open vision, while I played my guitar last night, I could see it in the room! I saw a vision of Britain and it was covered in the Union Jack flag, including Scotland and Wales, I took it that it was independent from the EU by this, then a wooden crucifix came out of the heavens like a stake and pierced the very centre of the country, like a statement of claiming territory, and then blood proceeded to pour out from the the piercing, engulfing the entire nation – I believe Arthur Burt and Smith Wigglesworth’s prophecies are on the way, a powerful move of the word and spirit cannot be stopped by political boundaries, the great revival is being prepared.
Response to my article “Do you need to receive healing?” - placed on Kathie Walters mailing list in May 2016
"Hi Kevin, I read your testimony and one of them is me: I was asleep just this week and there was something large in my throat. I didn't think to say In The Name of Jesus come out! Tell me, what shall I do from here? Thank you."
Hi Miss xxxxxx, either pray for yourself and command it to get out, or go and get some prayer. I mean from someone who is really being led by the Spirit with the evidence of fruit, Let me know what happens.
"Will do that today! Thank you for your response. Every since that night I felt something large in my throat, it has been very dry and sore, causing me to cough. It's almost as if I want to throw up. That will probably be a good idea. Will let you know my testimony. Thanks for sharing, Miss xxxxxx."
"Just to let you know that I went to a service where there was a speaker named Brian Howell, who moves in miracles, signs, and wonders. I got in the line to share what was happening with my throat and then he laid his hand on me and cast out that spirit of infirmity. He took it by my throat and threw it off In Jesus Name. Thank you for the advance to get help. Blessings, Miss xxxxxx."
Hi xxxxxx, Amen, Wow that’s fantastic news, I believe you will see a definite change in your life and Spirit, you need to share your testimony to wake people to unclean spirits. It makes me so angry to see people being robbed. I've seen hundreds of people set free from unclean spirits, once seen, never forgotten, so now you know how to recognise an unclean spirit too, having seen a glimpse of the enemy first hand. Happy hunting ;)
"Thank you!!! By the way this was not by large my first encounter. It’s been a long hard road for me in this manner but now I’m in my season of being set free in more ways than you can imagine in this degree. Sat in my church for almost five years with no deliverance until finally went outside my church to get help, and that's how it happened."
"Thanks Kevin for your input, and I’ll pray that God will restore what has been stolen from you from the beginning. Grace and Peace." Miss xxxxxx
Ministered with Kathie Walters, John Scotland and Godfrey Birtill at Ignited Church, 5859 HWY 98 N. Lakeland, Florida 33809 USA
During the Freedom Party conference, Kathie Walters invited me forward to pray for people and, as I moved forward, an angel revealed to me where other people’s pains were; so, by faith, I mentioned that I knew there was someone with a pain slightly offset to the back of their neck, and a woman came forward saying that she had been in great pain for some time in that exact place. At that moment, I felt the anointing come over me. To everyone else, I probably looked like a drunken man but, as I laid my hand on the back of her neck, she was instantly healed. Then she collapsed on floor with a smile on her face. It was so obvious that it was all God because I was actually struggling to stand up myself. Then the angel showed me that there was someone with a pain in their left wrist and, again, as I mentioned it, a woman came out of the congregation with a splint on her left wrist and, as I prayed, she began to regain the movement in her hand and went on to remove the splint as she received the healing. Amen!
As God did these amazing works, many people came forward then for prayer, and the anointing was so strong that one woman said that while she stood next to me she was healed, and then, when she stepped back, she said that the pains came back! I prayed for this lady and, in an instant, God completely healed her of all the pains in her body. Then another woman came forward asking for prayer for her ankle, saying that she had no movement in it. I knelt down and placed my hand upon her ankle and, to my surprise, it felt like I’d put my hand on a solid square chair leg. It felt like a piece of inch and a half angle iron! I asked the lady, “Is this your normal ankle?” And then she replied that she’d previously had an operation on it and had a piece of metal grafted to her bone, which explained a lot! This was the reason why she had no movement. Well, I believe in miracles but I was trying to reason in my head, how could it be possible? Was God going to bend the metal or make a brand new ankle? I started to pray and, about half way through my sentence, I heard a loud cracking noise and, as I glanced up, I witnessed the shock on everyone else’s face as they had heard it too and, as I finishing praying, I could still feel the metal plate in my hand, but when I asked her to walk in faith, all of a sudden she could move her ankle. Wow, hallelujah! I have no idea how or what happened in her ankle in any way whatsoever, but I don’t need to know; all I know is that she couldn’t move it before and now she could – simple.
At one point, while I was about to start praying for someone, I felt God say to me that He was going to do some oil changes. Well, the next lot of people I prayed for all had joint problems. I just found it just so amusing as, years ago, I used to work in a garage. God knew I would understand what He meant by the term “oil change”. He was working through me to service people instead of cars!
One lady carried a baby to me who was poorly, and as I laid my hands on the child its head started glistening and there were tiny specks of gold dust all over the baby’s head. The anointing was so powerful that the lady holding the baby nearly fell backwards! She told me after the conference that God had healed her child. Another lady came and asked for prayer for a floater in her eyeball. I’d never heard of that before. I placed my hand over her eye and prayed, and then she said that she had been healed, but about three minutes later she said that it had come back. I told her that she must believe by faith and I shared some faith-building testimony, and when I prayed again her vision was restored, in fact, her eyes seemed to have more of a sparkle, and on an invitation for dinner at her house a week later, (Pictured below on the left) she claimed her relationship with the Lord was back on fire! Amen
Ministered with Darren Canning at Freedom Church, Two Locks Road, Cwmbran, Wales, NP44 7HG
Thoroughly enjoyed my time here with Pastor Robert & Helen King. Their church is wild! One night as the entire church was doing the conga through the fire tunnel at the front of the pulpit, the Pastor was holding a Bible that had hospital electrode paddles connected to it, the prophetic image of the Word of God bringing people back to life! And everyone who got touched by these paddles got instantly filled with the Holly Spirit! Awesome!
My favourite testimony from my time here was when someone asked me to pray for healing and they also wanted a confirmation on something that they were pondering on doing. I love to encourage other people to pray so, at that moment, I asked God to show me someone with a prophetic gift that needed encouraging to allow the Holy Spirit to bring it out more, and I was shown a particular person close by. So I asked her if I could borrow her gift and if she would help me pray for this person.
So I asked her not to speak, but to just tune in and receive what the Holy Spirit wanted to reveal while I prayed. So I started praying and, all of a sudden, she started praying in tongues, so I gently stopped her and explained that the principles are the same in the natural as the supernatural – while two people are talking, no-one is listening. Hear me right with this – I love praying in tongues and listening to other people pray in tongues, but some people pray in tongues as a religious ritual for Him to do something when they need to listen, receive and move in faith.
So we began again, but she started this religious ritual again but this time whispering it, so I stopped again and I said, “Stop”. I had to smile; she looked like she was going to punch me, so I said it again, telling her to “just be still” and, this time, she held her lips tightly shut and we started again, and when I finished praying, God had healed the person and when I asked her what she received, well, her face was a picture. She told me that she had never received as clear as just then and proceeded to reveal an amazing revelation to the person that we were praying for, and gave them an amazing confirmation.
And so I had her pray with me for other people in the same manner, and she was flying with amazing visions, pictures and words for everyone – fantastic! I love to see people move into their gifts and starting to allow Him to work through them by faith. Nothing like a bit of body-building!
Gospel outreach in Kovilpatti, Tamil Nadu, India with Suresh Suviseshamuthu.
One night, the Lord gave me an amazing dream where I was riding a powerful motorcycle, carefully making my way through an extremely large crowd of people towards a stage. There were television cameras and billboards with my picture on them, but my focus was on a beautiful Indian lady who was standing at the back of the stage. I climbed on the stage, took her hands and we started dancing together to the music being played. I was so in awe of her that I was gutted when I woke up!
To be honest, I’m someone that doesn’t like being the centre of attention or in the limelight, but I was more interested and hoping that she might be a future partner! A few days later, my mum had a dream that I was packing a suitcase for a long journey to where a storm was brewing, and the “flimsy” buildings that stood in the field there would not withstand this coming storm, for the harvest there was ripe!
Come the weekend, before the Sunday service started, an Indian guy I know asked me if I would go with him to India. Well, I didn't want to agree to anything unless I knew that God was in it so, during the worship time, I laid my hands on my mum’s shoulder and asked God, in my mind, if He would reveal the angel over the nation of India to my mum, as a confirmation for me that He was for me going there with this guy. Well, my mum, who’d never even heard my words, fell back into her chair, out in the Spirit and, when she came round, she said that she’d had a vision of what looked like an Asian man, standing in what she thought was the Sea of Galilee, holding out an enormous fish. He spoke and said, “the scales needed removing!”
So by faith, I found the Indian guy after the service, and said that I’d received my confirmation, so what is it that we are going to do? And he replied that we were going to a town called Kovilpatti, which in English means “town of temples” or, in my opinion, “flimsy” buildings! He then went on to say that he was setting up a stage for a four-day gospel outreach, with billboards and it was going to be televised too. Just like my dream! Only now, I realized that the beautiful Indian lady actually represented His church there! Not quite what I thought!
Well, I received more and more over the couple of months before the event and, at this point in my journey, I’d already witnessed some amazing miracles, but He showed me that I was going to witness a brand new level of signs, wonders and miracles that I’d never had the privilege to witness before. And that’s exactly what I witnessed. It felt like a roller-coaster ride to get to the point of actually being in the hotel room waiting for the first evening of the outreach. My stomach was churning over, in wonder to how it was all going to unfold. I remember messaging Kathie Walters from my room and saying that I felt like I was “freefalling without a parachute, relying on God to catch me!” Her reply was great; she encouraged me to just enjoy what He’s planned and see it like a wedding day. Well as I lay on the bed praying, I heard a song playing in my head, over and over and the lyrics were “I am not forgotten, He knows my name”. I started to sing it, then all of a sudden I felt “tipsy” and gold dust started manifesting in the palms of my hands! Incredible! By the time I reached the outreach I was on cloud 9!
The God consciousness made all my self-consciousness fall away, and it was effortless, just to be who God had called me to be, and I entered the “dance”. By the time it came to the impartation, the anointing was so strong that, at times. I couldn’t stand up by myself; in fact, the crowd would sometimes have to hold me up while I was praying for people! It was so obvious that I myself could literally do nothing but listen and act on the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the healing angel that was present. I had never experienced anything like it. He said I was going to witness a new level, and I did! I have never seen so many healings and deliverances in one go like this. I was so blessed and privileged to actually witness the blind, deaf and cripples healed in one night! And it continued over the four nights that we were there.
I prayed for one Indian lady, and I knew that He wanted her to receive something from Him, but I had to get her to stop her religious striving and show her how to listen and receive by faith instead, which was so difficult with the crowd and the interpretation too, but I did manage to get her to receive. Her face lit up, as she was flooded with pictures and words, while God showed me that she was receiving the gift of prophecy. I encouraged her to pray with me for the next person and, whereas I needed the interpreter to help me minister, this lady was now prophesying over people in her own native tongue, and it wasn’t long before I managed to get the interpreter to pray with us too. Then he started giving pictures that he’d received. It was great to see the ordinary everyday people realize their potential in who they were in Christ and allowing Him to work through them. That lady went on to prophesy over everyone for the rest of the evening!
I witnessed droves of people getting set free but, through this tremendous experience, I felt I’d been given a window into the Father heart of God. Amongst all the healing and deliverance, I’d been asked to pray for partners, financial blessings, passing exams and prayers for loved ones to be saved – many wants and needs. But I then came across this lady who had been queueing up for ages, and I asked her, through the interpreter, what she wanted and, while she clutched a Bible to her chest, she started crying and said this, “Please can you help me; I want to know God more but I can’t read.” She so touched my heart; she was the only one at the outreach who didn’t want anything other than a genuine strong relationship with Jesus and, although I’d witnessed the most amazing miracles over four evenings, this was the lady that I couldn’t get out of my mind. To me, this was the greatest miracle of the entire outreach – her complete selfless surrendered heart for her heavenly Father. Now, He can work wonders with that.
It was a great honour and a blessing for me to be used for His purpose and to witness His glory, but the truth is that the anointing comes on what He does, not on what we do, so it’s only in knowing Him by faith and loving Him in our yielding that we can serve others by Him flowing through us. You don’t have to be perfect for Him to have a perfect plan for you, but you do need to allow your life to be in Him who is perfect. And all glory, honour and praise be to Him who is the Lord.
Ministering at the Evangelistic Coffee Outreach, hosted by Eastwood community church's – Pastor Chris Warwick
I was invited to share at an evangelistic coffee morning in Eastwood town centre, with the hope of reaching out to non-Christians, with whom I shared my testimony and stories about hearing God. So afterwards, some people came forward for prayer. The first was a Christian man in a wheelchair – no pressure – so I laid my hands on him and closed my eyes and, with so many people waiting and watching expectantly, I so wanted to say to the man, “Get up and walk!” But that was coming out of my natural thinking; I assumed that was what he wanted prayer for. In my mind, I said to God, "I'm not telling him to get up and walk unless that’s what You want me to do." And at that moment, the Holy Spirit gave me a picture of the man having his chest filled with the Holy Spirit, so by faith, that's exactly what I prayed. When I'd finished praying, the man said to me, "You thought I wanted to get out of this wheelchair, didn't you? But what I really wanted was more of God, and when you prayed, I saw Jesus standing there with a watering can, pouring the Spirit into my chest" – exactly what the Spirit told me to pray!
One of the ladies that came forward was very old, struggling to walk with her walking stick and, as she got closer, I noticed that she had a box on her throat to talk through, so I laid my hand upon her shoulder and started to pray and, all of a sudden, I couldn’t stop laughing; I couldn’t even say my words for the uncontrollable laughter that had come over me. All of a sudden, she started to shake. I can’t imagine how this must have looked to any non-Christian person in the room! She shook so violently that her walking stick flew out of her hand across the room! As the laughter lifted, the old lady put her arms around me and began to cry. It was such an emotional moment and then someone who had picked up the walking stick walked over to give it back to her, and the old lady spoke very sharply and said, “I don’t need that anymore!” and then proceeded to walk out of the coffee shop without it! Wow – Epic God moment! I barely even said a word, and another lady actually handed me her hearing aid after prayer – such a powerful morning. God never ceases to amaze me. This meeting caused me to start asking what people wanted prayer for, instead of just naturally assuming. Much of this and my revelations are written in my “Being Led by the Spirit and receiving your Healing” article.
Pastor Adam & Karina Martin's Iranian Church Derby, hosted by Paul Hutchinson.
I spoke, through an interpreter, a very simple message on coming into the fullness of God, using a testimony from when, through prayer, I witnessed a Christian with a Buddhist mentality (as he used to be a Buddhist) get set free from a religious Buddhist spirit when he renounced his old faith and come into the fullness of God (full testimony of this is in my “Exposing Religious Spirits” article). Perfect example as half the room was filled with Christians who still carried a Muslim mentality from their previous faith!
When I’d finished, I asked if anyone wanted any prayer, to which there was only one person in the room who came forward, so when I asked him what he wanted prayer for he said that he’d received some prayer the previous weekend for pains in his back but that it was only 99% healed. Just great, I’d sat through 8 songs of Iranian worship and spoken all that through an interpreter and the only person who wanted any prayer, was a guy just needing 1%! You have to laugh! So I gently placed my hand upon his back and prayed and he went completely out in the Holy Spirit, leapt up off the floor and started shouting and declaring that he was completely healed! Halleluiah! Although I have to say that I wasn’t expecting his healing to be so dramatic.
Well, at that moment, a Muslim guy ran towards me and threw himself down on his knees and begged me to pray for him to receive the Holy Spirit. Wow! When I think of all the tiresome lengthy debates I’ve had with Muslims that I’ve encountered in the past arguing out the truth, compared with this when he was convinced by just witnessing the power of the Holy Spirit – awesome! After he gave his heart to Jesus, while I prayed for him, he started convulsing and cried out as an unclean spirit left him! Praise God! Well, this started a stampede of everyone in the room now wanting prayer!
The woman at the front of the mob was now explaining that she was going to hospital in a few weeks because she had lost all the strength in her left arm, which made me wonder why she wasn’t the first person to come forward for prayer in the first place! The interpreter said that she hadn’t even got the strength to lift up a cup of tea. So I shouted for someone to make a cuppa for her and at that moment the Holy Spirit told me to get her to squeeze my hand while I pray and, wow, as I prayed she squeezed my hand so hard that my fingers turned white! Amen! At that moment, someone passed me the freshly made cup of tea for her to hold and, when I turned back to pass it to her, she just collapsed backward out in the Spirit, leaving me with the cuppa – bonus!
The next woman came forward and the interpreter said, “This lady’s father has cancer and she believes that if you pray for her, God will heal him”. I was just astounded by her faith; the faith in the room had risen from 1% to this level in a matter of minutes! When the Holy Spirit moves, nothing is impossible! In my mind, I was questioning how we would know if he were healed? But as I prayed for her, although her eyelids were shut, I could see her eyes moving frantically! When I finished praying, I asked her what God had showed her and, through the interpreter, she said that God had shown her a picture of her father and that she knew he was healed! Wow! Amen! I was just blown away by the possibilities of God.
Next was a young man who wanted to give his life to Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit. He said that he had some stomach pains and an area in his leg had no feeling from a previous operation. Well, after I finished praying, he said that he had been completely healed and restored! Amen! I had to smile when he asked me how long it would last? I told him “as long as you believe!” And there were many more – what an epic evening! I never expected to witness so many healings and deliverances in one night! God can really do the impossible.
I think what amazed me the most was when, about a year later, I was driving through Normanton, which is Derby’s heavily populated multicultural area, and while I was stuck in traffic, I could hear a faint noise. So I opened the car window to listen, and I could hear the sound of guitar and singing. And as the traffic started moving, I could see the young guy who received Jesus with the healing now singing and praising God with his friends in the street! I just love to see God transforming people’s lives.
Mission trip to Eare Ministries in Andhra Pradesh, India with Rev Dave & Sue Prosser UK and Canadian team Living Water Fellowship. Ministering at gospel outreaches in rural villages, leprocy colonies, orphanages, runaway children projects, old age homes and planting and opening water wells.
EARE ministries in Tenali, South India began with this woman Lalitha. A dedicated woman with compassion and love, she began preaching on the streets of India with her two sons, a bicycle, a lamp, and a drum. Whilst one son played a drum round his neck, the other pushed the bike and she preached to villages through a speaker on the handlebars! God honoured her faith, dedication and passion for the lost and in the 1990’s she had 20 children under her roof, and God provided and then progressed her ministry with the elderly, and as they began intercession for India and the ministry, her children also grew with the same vision as their mother.
Years into her ministry, she contacted a man called David Prosser, an evangelist and ‘revivalist’ who started out back in 1977 when he and his wife Sue, responded to a call to ‘sell up and travel for God in a motor home.’ This costly obedience became the launching pad for an international ministry, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to over 40 nations in 30 years. Since 1991 they have been regarded as the ‘Mum and Dad’ of this now thriving national work in India, which today has over 1,200 churches attached to it! Eventually in 2003 Lalitha went to be with the Lord, but left both of her son’s leaders of ministries that have been used to transform thousands of lives for the Glory of God.
I had the pleasure of going with Rev David & Sue Prosser to join up with Lalitha’s son Bishop Sudeer Kumar, leader of EARE ministries to experience first hand India’s rural villages and their ministry outreaches, but just walking in and evangelising in these villages usually isn’t very safe, to say the least, but the way EARE ministries reaches out to these villages involves tact. Firstly they find out the needs of the village, “usually a water well”, which some women in rural India have to walk 4 hours a day to collect water that’s not even guaranteed to be safe to drink!
So using the funding raised by the missionary teams from the UK and Canada before hand, the ministry will approach the village elders as Christians, and offer to pay and supply their village with their need. Which the cost for a water well to be built in their village is £500 and this will supply the entire village with clean safe water. The village elders enjoy the benefit and glory of the grand opening, but the whole village is aware that it was Christians who provided their need and at the ceremonial grand opening of the well, a Christian speaker would say something on the lines of, “every time you drink the water, think of Jesus” and all caste can drink freely, so sooner or later, there’s an interest in Jesus, and opportunities to evangelise and preach and some of the village water well openings I went to, people were already openly asking us about Jesus and wanting us for pray for them.
So when “so” many villages start to embrace Christianity, the ministry organise a “platform crusade” and these open-air meetings can go on until 1.00am! With sometimes gatherings of up to 1000 people! These are great opportunities to preach the Gospel though dramas, songs, and by giving gifts of food and necessities enable people to see God’s power and love through healings, miracles and deliverance. These remote villages are never disappointed with how God moves.
Our mission trip was focused on 10 villages that have all received water wells, being led by Dave & Sue Prosser with the help of Dave & Elaine Dexter, Kevin Dexter, Liz Coltman, Caroline Kirkpatrick, Glen Hinch, Randy & Diane Beatty.
Mission trip from New Life Derby, Assemblies of God, to spend time with Life Connections & House of Hope in Kolkata, West Bengal, then on to the Lamb Hospital & School in Bangladesh, then moving on to minister at a leadership seminar of the Fellowship of the Free Baptist Churches of Sikkim.
What a great first-hand experience of inner city poverty in India. When I first got here, it was so difficult to take in, the number of homeless people living rough. While at Life Connections, the YWAM leader explained to me that children run away from village lifestyles to the cities, fleeing from being overworked, arranged marriages, abuse and assault, and most of the runaway children hang around the train stations collecting the empty plastic bottles to cash in the scrap plastic for money to live off.
What I found interesting was what they spend the money on! A day’s collecting plastic bottles makes enough money to buy one good meal, go to the pictures twice a day and buy glue to sniff! Yes these kids are living in poverty but they love the freedom of doing exactly what they want. And they eventually go on to create dysfunctional families who end up living in the streets. Life Connections is a project that provides showers, toothbrushes and a meal to encourage the children to go there and, at the same time, try and minister to them.
While we were there, I was given the opportunity to preach to them. It was easy to see that, once they had been cleaned up and fed, they were happy to sit and be entertained, even willing to receive prayer for the things that they desired. But, from my own experience, the idea is to be willing to throw off the old and put on the new man in Christ and enter into His perfect plan. So I shared my testimony to these children in the sense of surrendering their lives to Jesus to willingly accept His perfect plan by relationship and hunger, moving into a transformed new life, a fresh start.
I have to say that it was strange telling kids who looked like 8-15 year olds that God could set them free from drug addictions. I called anyone forward for prayer who wanted a brand new life in Christ and, to my surprise, all of them, about 50 kids, mobbed me for prayer. I had to shout over to the rest of the team to help me pray for them all.
Well, during the tea time afterwards, the YWAM leader brought three kids up to us and said that one of these kids had just told him that, as we prayed for him, he felt convicted by the Holy Spirit of missing his family and that he was going home to make amends with them, and the other two boys confessed that, while they had received prayer, they both felt their glue addiction leave them. Amen! I’m sure there would have been more testimonies from the other kids, but I’d like to think that, now they have access to His strength, they have the opportunity to break their routines and change their lives by yielding and allowing the power of the Holy Spirit to work through them.
Kevin Dexter is a minister from Derby, England who desires to see people walk in the fullness of God in their lives.