03 December 2013

a memory that keeps me going! Summer of 09...

Hello Friends and Family,




Just a wee update, to those i personally know and love, on my afternoon here in Dundee today. Today is was my day off to relax and do anything i please basically! lol

After a lazy morning, i went into town about 1:00p to do a little shopping and just 'take it easy.' i always want be a witness for Jesus, but otherwise, today was just going to be a 'me' day. As i rode into town on the bus, i saw a teenage girl (on my bus), Stacy, that i had met on a previous trip. i tried to get her attention on the bus, but did not. Knowing she has totally strayed away, i quickly prayed that God would allow me to speak to her; if it was His will. Her stop was before mine, and she got away before i could speak. i spoke to God again, assuming it had not been His will for me to speak with her. i almost felt as if God were affirming to me, to just relax today! In town, however, and not more than 15 minutes later, i nearly literally bumped into Stacy and her friend. We chatted briefly, but she was in a rush, so we did not have any sort of substantial conversation.



i shopped a wee bit and then grabbed a late lunch. As i sat on a bench in city centre, after eating my chicken baguette, i felt convicted to pray over the people as they walked by. It is very rare that anyone here will make eye contact, which i always try to do, and then smile. Things were busy in town and there was a crowd of people! Those walking by me seemed so lost, and there was such a sense of hopelessness about them. So i prayed for each person that i could single out as i spotted them. Adding to the atmosphere was rain clouds moving in and hiding the sun and it's warmth, and it was already really chilly. After 15 minutes or more of praying for by-passers, i started feeling overwhelmed and just wanted to cry. There are so many people here, about 135,000, and of those, only about 4000 know Jesus. It seemed that no one who walked by, had any sense of hope in their lives; there were no signs of Jesus!



Instead of showing any tears, i decided to do some more shopping, and it was about to rain too. A wee bit later, i was going to stop in on the thrift shops, one of my favorite things to do here. You never know what treasures one will find! The first shop i walked into, stood a man that i met last October while helping the street chaplains of Night Club Outreach (NCO) from Central Baptist Church of Dundee. His name is William, and he was asking two ladies to sponsor him in a bike-a-thon to raise money for a charity. He recognised me and we immediately started a wee chat. He told me that he was very glad to see me and wanted to tell me something. He asked me if i remembered praying with him that night on the street outside the night club? i told him i did remember.



He had told me that night, that he was a Christian, but he had a drinking problem that was really holding him back from a closer relationship with God. He had tried to quit drinking, or at least quit drinking as much; but never had been able too. After sharing with me for a while that night, i asked William if i could pray for him, he said sure! i put my hand on his shoulder and prayed outloud for God to deliver him from the alcohol and set him free. i prayed for God to simply take away the desire and the 'need' to drink. i prayed sincerely, but did not think much about the meeting after that night.



Today, William proceeded to tell me that he had not had a single drink since that night!!! He said God had indeed delivered him from drinking!!! He said that even during the holidays when everyone else was drinking and having wine with their meal, he did not even take a sip!!! He quit smoking too! With tears starting, and nearly speechless, my excitement was building and i said "Thank You Jesus" out loud. William then turns to the two ladies who were still standing close by during our conversation; he takes my arm and tells them that i am a Christian, and he is too, and that i had prayed for him to stop drinking one night in October of last year, and that God had at that moment delivered him from his drinking problem!!! i couldn't hardly contain myself! William had not only quit drinking, he was witnessing to the two ladies!!! We talked for a few more minutes and parted ways once again. i walked out the door feeling as if i were on the peak of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the U.K.



On the city bus back to my host home, and in the pouring rain, i was praying and thanking God for such a tremendous blessing through William. As i was praying, the rain stopped and almost instantaneously, the clouds were gone and the sun was shining brightly. Everything was still soaked from the rain, and as the sun light pierced the afternoon, suddenly this city sparkled and glistened like a beautiful jewel before my very eyes! The flickering reflections of the sun was almost blinding! In every direction i looked, this city seemed radiant, as Hope beamed down from Heaven. i could hear the words of the song, "God of this City" in my head the rest of the way home and into the evening...

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You're the God of this city, You're the King of these people, You're the Lord of this nation, You Are

You're the light in this darkness, You're the hope to the hopeless, You're the peace to the restless, You are

For there is no one like our God, There is no one like You God



Chorus 1:

For greater things have yet to come

And greater things are still to be done

In this city

Greater things have yet to come

And greater things are still to be done here



You're the Lord of Creation, The Creator of all things, You're the King above all kings, You Are

You're the strength in our weakness, You're the love to the broken, You're the joy in the sadness, You Are



Chorus 2:

For greater things have yet to come

Greater things are still to be done

In this city

When glory shines from hearts alive

With praise for You and love for You

In this city



Greater things have yet to come

Greater things are still to be done

In this city

Greater things have yet to come

And greater things are still to be done here.

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with His love, and thank You Lord for a wonderful "day off!" Amen,

ted

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