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Malta 2015

A new day for Malta

I thought I would just take a few moments to reflect on the events of last week walking with the cross in Malta. No two walks are the same, so we always expect the unexpected.  However I was still suprised by the Spirit.
This was the easiest walk I have ever done, (I have know done 15). The accommodation was excellent.  Everyone who hosted us was superb. The walking was easy, made much easier by my son not letting me carry the cross till day 4. God provided for all our needs. The weather was set fair.

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However the astonishing thing was how open people were to hear about Jesus.  Since the summer we heard that there had been an increasing openess to the Holy Spirit.  We prayedwith dozens of people on the streets and remarkably 27 people prayed to receive Jesus Christ on the streets from only 6 days walking
The evangelical church is still relatively small. My guess is maybe 15 churches with about 1000 belivers of which a good number of them are not Maltese. However there is a strong renewal movement within the Roman Catholic Church  with groups like Maranatha. I sense the Holy Spirit is working in the Catholic Church and there will be an overflow into the other churches.
Malta needs our prayer, the island is ripe for a move of God.
On our last day we were in Gozo,  as far as I am aware there is no Protestant church on the island, just a few scattered believers meeting mid week. Yet in just a few hours we saw 7 people open their hearts to Jesus. 

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One of the promises over the ministry of Cross the Nations is,”If we will go, he (Jesus ) will come.”
So we are expecting to hear of great things in Malta overthe coming weeks and months.

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5 guys named Joe

So we arrived in Gozo just as it was getting dark. Thankfully we were able to find our apartment easily enough only to discover the water supply wasn’t working.  We managed as best we could and a plumber came first thing in the morning.  For the first time on this trip it rained . So we went from no water to unwanted water.
We walked in the main town of Victoria and God was all over our Journey. 

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we met Two girls from the local sixth form college who Margaret led through to the Lord. She then prayed for them to be filled with the Holy Spirit and they both began to laugh as the joy bubbled up within them.

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Shortly after we met 2 guys called Joe outside a bar called England’s Glory. One of the Joes had a painful hip . We prayed and the pain instantly left. He went briskly down the road and then came back. Both the Joes then received Jesus as their saviour.

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We were invited into a shop to pray for another Joe who had knee pain.

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And also prayed with an older lady who had dizzy spells,  she also received Christ.

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Outside a takeaway we met some builders two of them were called John. One of them had injured his knee at work . We prayed, he was healed and then prayed to receive Jesus.
Outside the police station we met another Joe, He had an infection on his leg from an operation to remove a tumour.  He became very emotional as we prayed with him and gladly received Jesus into his life.

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So to summarise we saw 7 people come to Christ  today on Gozo.

In Saint Paul’s footsteps

So today we headed west via St Paul’s bay, the ancient capital Mdina and on to another island Gozo.

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Matthew in St Paul’s bay Where the Apostle Paul may have been shipwrecked and bitten by a snake Acts 28.
we had a great time in Rabat and Mdina and once again found people very open to hear about Jesus.  I was able to pray with a couple Paul and Mary to receive Jesus and for healing on his stomach.

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in Rabat we had lots of opportunities to talk to people.. We were joined by Adam and Claire who walked with us and got stuck in talking to people.

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Towards the end of the day we got to the ferry terminal where we were reunited with our friend Margaret who will be with us on Friday in Gozo.
So far 20 people have made responses to the gospel this week that we know of. It has been a very exciting week. Probably one of the most fruitful weeks I have experienced in Europe. 
Friday is our last day of walking before we fly home Saturday.  We are believing for a big finish.

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Arriving in Gozo.

Old School crosswalking.

We went old school crosswalking  today. plenty of Km’s , Matthew even let me carry the cross today.

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We passed through Silema  and St Julians till we were in open countryside and ran out of people.  Then we decided to turn round and come back.
I had a phone call from a guy called Mark today. I  spoke to  him 3 years ago as I passed through Derby. He moved to Malta a week ago and was gobsmacked to see me again. Jesus is definitely pursuing him, we are hoping to talk some more tomorrow. .

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Had a good chat with Fatimah from Tunisia.  A young lady who was very open to hear about Jesus.  The plan is to head to the old capital in the centre of the island and then get a ferry to Gozo tomorrow night.
Didn’t drink enough water today. So need to be more vigilant next two days.

“It’s impossible to live a good Christian life.”

Today we crossed over to Valetta by ferry from Birgu.  Although small in population for a capital city it is nevertheless an impressive sight as we approached by boat.

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Two cruise ships were in town also, so we met lots of German, French and Italian tourists.  However the main thrust of our visit is to the Maltese themselves.
I have a confession to make in 3 days of walking the 20KG cross has not touched my shoulders.  My 19 year old son Matthew has carried it all the way.

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Just in case you think it’s easy . Here he is as I write the blog.

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we met our friend Margaret at the Valetta fountain which doubles as a crazy bus terminus.  we had hardly got going when I found myself talking to Henry a local taxi driver.  He declared that, “It is impossible to live as a good Christian “. He had tried and failed. I agreed with him but with one ammendment,  you can live a life that pleases God, if the Holy Spirit dwells in your heart.
Henry told me that his marriage had broken up and after a series of broken relationships he was in his mid 40’s alone. He told me, “Every time I see a woman with a nice backside my life goes wrong. ”
Matthew and Margaret were buying Date cakes. So we continued to talk. I explained that Jesus could forgive his many failings and also give him the power to overcome temptation in the future. 
A few minutes later, despite all the hustle and bustle around Henry received Jesus into his life. unfortunately he didn’t want to have his photo taken as he didn’t want to get in trouble.
Some time later we met Alfred and his wife as he was walking with the aid of two sticks.

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we prayed with him for healing and he experienced some improvement.  Enough for them to consider the claim of Christ on their lives and invite him to be their saviour.  His testimony was, Jesus was chasing me today!”.
we prayed with a number of people with some professing a measure of healing.  We are believing for healing and more than that salvation and restoration for everyone we’ve spoken too.

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Tomorrow’s walking will include 2 ferries as we walk over to Silema and beyond.  Stand with us as we trust Jesus to transform people’s lives.

Open door Church Marsaskala

we had great time with the folk at Open Door Church.  In many senses it was home from home. we enjoyed a great time of worship  with a real sense of the Holy Spirit’s presence.

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It was great to make some new friends and to find that we had friends in common.

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Tomorrow  we walk to Birgu,  We will be accompanied by some folk from the Church and some young people from Australia.  We are expecting wonderful things over the next 5 days.

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Open Heaven.

It would be helpful to give a little background before I share the news of today’s events in Marsaskala. 
Malta is a predominantly Roman Catholic country and hence there is a high degree of religiosity.  However it would appear that there is also an unprecedented openess to the good news of Jesus. 
2 weeks ago The Roman Catholic bishop of Malta spoke in a meeting and told the congregation they were wasting their time here unless they were born again. At the conclusion he led the people in a prayer to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and saviour.
in recent times visitors to Malta have prophesied an open Heaven.  Theologically my understanding is Heaven is always open, but I think I understand what they mean.
We started walking from St Thomas bay, Where many feel could have been where Paul and his companions were shipwrecked in Acts 27.
Matthew carried the cross all day , Although we made fairly slow progress because we spoke with so many people.

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We had many opportunities to pray for the sick and share good news.
The first fruit came as we spoke to Francesca on the outskirts of Marsaskala.  The Holy Spirit was clearly upon her. Margaret who was walking with us and who is an evangelist in her own right had a word of knowledge and we were soon leading her in a prayer to receive Jesus Christ as her saviour.

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In The afternoon Things really picked up we met a group of folk sat in the shade of the boats enjoying a social time together.  We got in conversation about Jesus and the cross and Margaret was able to emphasise the importance of Romans 10. That we need to confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord. 6 people then expressed that they would like to do that and so Margaret led them in a prayer.  A few hours later as we headed back to town. The same group called us over. 3 more of their friends wanted to receive Jesus.  We prayed again.

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also this afternoon we met Josette and Marian  initially they thought that we were mocking Christ in some way. I have had that reaction before in Spain.  However we were able to explain that we were merely trying to point people towards Christ.
we prayed for these ladies who both testified to receiving healing and then both continued to receive Christ as their saviour.

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When we got back to The Happy Hive, Where I will be speaking on Sunday. Margaret was able to share with another lady Diana who also received Christ.
I have seen many unusual and extraordinary things in recent years and I have to be honest and say I am still evaluating what happened today. If this is a genuine work of the Holy Spirit,  It could be the beginning of something amazing for the nation of Malta.

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