Team Members’ Experiences
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19, NIV
Here we will share some experiences that have been shared by some of our own Healing on the Streets team members.
I have been part of the Causeway Coast Vineyard “Healing on the Streets” ministry since its inception. I have been literally on the streets every Saturday since the team was established in April 2005, except for a few weeks when work commitments would not allow me to attend. I can’t think of a more rewarding way to spend my Saturday.
When it was announced in church one Sunday morning that a team of people was being set up to go into the town centre, my wife Carole and I looked at each other. We knew instantly that we would like to be involved.
We attended the training sessions where we learnt biblical principles on healing, and the practical issues involved in actually praying with people.
The first Saturday was exciting, yet at the back of my mind was the thought that I was going to be standing in the centre of Coleraine, in front of hundreds of shoppers, and would have to pray for people in such a public area.
The team has become part of the streetscape now, and it seems so natural to be there, and to see people come willingly for prayer, many of them traveling up to one hundred miles to receive prayer and healing from a merciful God.
We have people who come regularly, and they also bring family members and friends in need of prayer. We have established friendships with both local people and visitors to the area, and have been blessed with a team of people who have seen the Lord move in their lives in a powerful way.
I now arrive each Saturday expecting that great things will happen, that we will see people healed and set free from pain, addictions, depression and many different types of sickness. That people will sense and experience God’s presence and accept Jesus as their saviour.
This is an ideal opportunity to show God’s love, and to extend His Kingdom.
Being on the streets also gives me an opportunity to talk to people, and to share my faith, and offer support if needed. It is an ideal place to be, in relation to building your own faith, and gives you an opportunity to serve the Lord, and to impact your community, and the country as a whole.
Having been on the “Healing On The Streets Team” since the outset, I have seen God move in a powerful way, in my life, and in the lives of those I have been privileged to pray with.
The first day was one of mixed emotions. I was looking forward to doing God’s work, yet having lived in Coleraine all my life I wasn’t sure how my friends, work colleagues etc, would react. I found the experience challenging at the start, but now I can’t wait for Saturday to come, so that I can get “out there” and pray with people.
When you see miracles taking place in front of your eyes, you want to jump up and down and tell everyone. To see legs growing, twisted fingers being straightened, fibromyalgia disappearing, being told of cancerous growths vanishing from scans and x-rays, and doctors left scratching their heads, you know that God is merciful.
I believe what we have experienced so far in Coleraine is only the start of much more. We are waiting expectantly for an even greater move of God.
I work in a local school, and now pray regularly with both staff and pupils for healing, and have seen wonderful things happen.
On Saturday afternoon whilst walking with my husband in a local forest we met a lady who was suffering with back pain. We started to talk to her and had the opportunity to pray with her there in the middle of the forest.
I personally have developed a deep sense of compassion for people who are hurting, and use my God given gifts to speak into their lives, and to pray with them.
I hope that when you read this you will be encouraged to take that step of faith, trusting God for more, and consider praying with others for healing.