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Ipswich 2016

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who has prayed for us and supported along the way!

It’s been really worthwhile and now we have returned home! Until next time & the big one… Brussels to Paris ( that we put in the diary before the trouble started!

Bless you & thanks again. 

Divine appointment opens further doors

Alan and I have just received a phone call from the pastor’s wife from the church plant in Lowerstoft, where we encouraged the folk last night.

The senior pastor has invited us back later in the year to minister…..great  n it!!

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Alan gets indignant.

We knew we had to be in Lowestoft today. So after a  detour to Felixstowe last night our host Christine dropped us back on the A12. We were walking at double speed, because there was no pavement  or hard shoulder.

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We made Lowestoft mid afternoon and met two ladies Barbara and Susan waiting at a bus stop. We got talking and Susan asked if we were able to decipher dreams. Al said he would  give it a go.
The dream was, That she experienced dark angels throw a dark cloak over her to claim ownership of her. She saw a big door and was afraid to go through it.
Unusually Alan told her she was going to hell. Even more unusually Susan agreed saying, ” I think I am going downstairs.”
Of course that was not the end of the conversation. Alan explained that the Devil was a liar and a thief and that if she were to trust in Christ today was the day of salvation.

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After a short while Susan committed her life to Christ. After a frustrating few days of having hardly anyone to talk too for two days. Alan had the bit between his teeth, he wasn’t going to take no for an answer. He was much more direct than usual and shared the good news of Jesus with dozens of people.
We met up with this lovely sister Patricia who introduced us to her house group and has given us a bed for the night.

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Off the beaten track

One minute we were being pelted with giant hail stones and the next, being wisked off to Felixstowe!!

Here’s a group of prayer leaders for the Salvation Army Felixstowe that we ministered to tonight.


We did actually make it to our destination on foot today – Saxmundham! Alan shared with a shop assistant the True Gospel today…she had previously been put off with a false gospel!

Great to hear my friend do what he does so powerfully! And do it whilst munching a sausage roll straight out of the oven!!! ( love God’s provision!) 

we left the cross bag at lasts night accommodation by mistake….( don’t worry Mrs Sherman… It’s back!!!) thanks to Mike Castle saving the day!

Walking to Lowerstoft tomorrow

Thanks for praying everyone.

BBC Radio Suffolk

Tuesday 26th April. Encouraged Pastor Harold at the International Church Ipswich with.some Evangelism ideas. Harold will be walking with the boys on Wednesday.

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Met another Baptist pastor James and discussed Romans chapters 9, 10 and 11 as he preachs through them in the coming weeks.
We met a Baptist lay preacher, Luke, on the road who gave us water and Mars bars.

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Ministered to several people in Woodbridge Thomas who had a serious case of man flu

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Also met a lovely lady Jean who asked us to pray for her Church

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Finally someone contacted the BBC to say they had seen 2 men walking with a cross. A reporter Jon Wright caught up with us in the town of Woodbridge and interviewed us as we walked down the road.

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Tomorrow we plan to be in Saxmundham and then continue up the coast before heading in land to Norwich.

They think it’s all over! ( It’s not now).

It had been a great walk from Epsom to Ipswich, with a few twists and turns. The end result 85 miles walked, 7 people praying to receive Christ and a few surprises on the way.
However , I felt there was still unfinished business. As we prayed on Saturday Mike and I felt it right to continue at least as far as Norwich. So as I write we are currently walking from Ipswich towards Woodbridge.
We have had good fellowship and already encouraged an Elim pastor and a Baptist pastor as we left town.

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Last day for the Hungarian team

We have to say thank you for everyone who prayed for us today it was last day of our cross walk. We got a lift to Balatonaliga and then just walked in to Siofok. On the way we met a lady and her daughter we shared the gospel with her, and before could finish she wanted to know how can she have Jesus in her heart we prayed with her to receive Jesus. And than she told us she was wondering in the last few weeks about God so she told us it isnt by chance we met her today she was so thankful.

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We came a cross a group of fireman who were sorting out a gas leak. We asked if we could pray for one of the fireman and he asked if we could pray for his mum who is very ill.

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As we were in a tourist big town we saw and talked to lots of people and handed out lots of smile tract. Lots of opportunity to share specially with young people.

Unfortunately even though we had some money lots of the shops and restaurants were shut so we had to improvise.

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Open Hearts

What a suprise! As I was waiting to be picked up at Colchester castle, I saw a familiar face in a.car driving past. It was none other than my walking partner Mike Vickers!!.
He was the last person who I expected to see at this point. Mike knew where I was going to be staying and had contacted my host to say he would intercept me.
So Saturday morning the two of us set off for Ipswich.
We hadn’t walked very far when we came to a place called God’s house.

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We needed water, So I knocked the door to enquire if they would help some thirsty travellers. We met Jane a delightful Christian lady.

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we had tea , cake and water. Jane told us the history of the house that in former times it had hosted  Methodist house meetings. Hundreds of years before it had been a stopping off place for pilgrims. We were probably the first pilgrims to stop there in centuries, how cool is that?
We progressed to Dedham and were now in the heart of Constable country. There was no time for sightseeing as we crossed fields and tried to dodge the sleet and hailstones. We were travelling light with no coats or rucksacks.
We were approaching the village of Bentley as we crossed from Essex to Suffolk. a lady called Sue pulled over in her car. We felt she had a glow about her and was probably a believer. Mike wanted to share a word with her but she drove off. We met her again a few hundred yards up the road, this time she invited us to her house for a cup of tea. We knew the Holy Spirit was up to something and as we approached the house we were singing, “she’s going to get saved. She’s going to get saved.” Which seems daft as we initially we thought she might be.

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We had another cup of tea and Mike shared his word and Sue began to cry. My wife Sarah had spoken to me earlier in the week saying I would meet a crying lady. I asked her, ” Where do you see yourself with regards to God?”
Her response, “Lost.”
Well that was honest, With that we prayed with her to restore that broken relationship with God and see hope restored.
Then we spoke with her two teenage daughters, asking them if they knew Jesus? They said they weren’t sure.Then we asked if they wanted to have a relationship with the creator of the universe?
They both said yes and we led them in a prayer opening their hearts to Jesus.
We continued to Capel St Mary Where I will be speaking at the Methodist Church Sunday morning. We were led to the Church by a blind man called Kevin.

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we met many people who plan to join with us Sunday morning. we are believing for more souls tomorrow.

Unexpected visitor.

I set off earlier this morning as today was going to be the longest day’s walk so far. Chelmsford to Colchester. The weather had turned colder and rain was in the air. I passed through several villages and small towns.
Early in the afternoon, I was met by an old lady who had just got off the bus and was on her way home.

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Her name is Virginia, she lived in the USA for many years before returning to the UK to be near her family.  She invited me in for a glass of water. We.talked about Jesus amongst many other things and before I left I offered to pray with her.
“I liked your prayer very much” she said as her eyes misted over. I asked her if she wanted to get right with God and led her in another prayer to receive Jesus.
A few hours later I met a another Romanian guy called Ariel outside a church cafe. He had seen me walking with the cross earlier in the day and asked Why? I have spoken to Romanians every single day of this walk. Although on this occasion he was hungry to accept Jesus. I explained about  Christ’s death on the cross in our place and that his resurrection guaranteed a new life for all who trust in Jesus.
“So can I have this new life and forgiveness?” he asked.
“This new life is available to all who believe.” I replied.
” I believe.” said Ariel.
we prayed together in the street for him to begin  the journey.
As I reached Colchester castle I  called my contact, who never arrived. Then I saw a familiar face in a car driving past, but more of that in my next blog.

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