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I feel complete and whole and very blessed with so much love I receive and can now freely give
… a glorious weekend … it’s amazing how the Lord met my different needs

Living stream

Living stream at Carbis Bay

Two testimonies from a weekend in which we were once again favoured by the healing and restoring presence of Jesus! Shaming events in our lives can leave us with a legacy that overrides our God-given identity and makes us feel unwanted, unloved and irreparably damaged, resulting in negative thoughts and behaviour towards ourselves and others. But God’s promise is to restore what we have lost! This weekend we engaged with this promise, expressed by the prophet Isaiah (61:7) in the words:

Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion… instead of their disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance… everlasting joy will be theirs

Some of our group

Some of our group

Not just a great promise, but one that God commits himself to, through a binding agreement (or covenant), as Isaiah goes on to say,

In my faithfulness (says God) I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them

As someone else noted at the weekend, “I will hold onto this covenant thought and this will truly be a blessing”.

Great shelter for breakfast on the beach

Great shelter for breakfast on the beach

An unexpected blessing at Sunday morning’s breakfast on the beach at Carbis Bay! For the first time in all our Encounter Weekends we were provided with a wonderful shelter – a reminder, someone remarked, of God’s protective covering over us. The weather may not have been typically warm and sunny Galilee, yet we were there! “The experience I had on the beach, with the waves coming in and going out, taking all my troubles with it …..”.

Cornwall House of Prayer

Cornwall House of Prayer

The House of Prayer is always a special place for us on our visits to St.Ives. Once more, the sweet Presence of Jesus filled the place, as we soaked in the ministry of His Holy Spirit. “At the prayer room I felt God released me from all the tough questions and confusion and disturbance within me”; “At the prayer room, God spoke to me about releasing anger and other things I’m holding onto”.

Great thanks to John and Anne for their hospitality, wonderful care and excellent food! Looking forward to the next Encounter Weekend in 2016. DO join us, whether or not you’ve been before.

Shalom at Carbis Bay

Shalom at Carbis Bay

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NH Sept15 beachA combination of God’s healing grace and Presence, liberating truth from God’s Word, sun and warmth for the bbq breakfast on the beach, warm fellowship and excellent hospitality meant we were truly blessed at our Encounter Weekend in September, at Nicholaston House. God met with us!

We thought, taught, talked and prayed about how shame affects our lives and ties us into false identities of who we are, masking or stripping away the person God created us to be. As we confronted these difficult issues, God broke through , healing years even decades of emotional and mental pain for some folk. Some experienced it at the weekend. Others realised the extent of what God had healed and the freedom He has released them into, only after they returned to their everyday routines.

Some testimonies show what God was up to!

NH Sept 15K: Straight after we did all those prayers, Jesus walked with me through my life as a child. He was with me and I saw him with me in every incident where I felt totally rejected, unaccepted, unwanted, ridiculed and unloved. There were so many of them, it becomes a state of being, so that everything is always coloured in that way…even times when it was never mean to be. But this time, as Jesus and I went through my childhood, I felt loved and accepted and it was beautiful. Jesus rewrote my whole history for me – with me – as accepted and loved, in every single moment with every member of my family and moment of my childhood. It was very lovely. … I’ve always felt like my skin was being whipped when people accused me, criticised me or said evil things against me. Now I know that I don’t have to take the whipping. Jesus took it for me. (Jesus was whipped by Pontius Pilate before being crucified. The prophet Isaiah, 600 years earlier said, “by his stripes we are healed”).

D: It has been a weekend of tears and laughter and God has done some amazing things. I’m going home feeling free and excited about what God is going to do with me next. 

H spoke of God rolling away years of isolation and bitterness and being reconnected into His love.

Others found beauty, refreshing, strengthening and fresh hope as God met with us.

Thank you to everyone who joined us and made this such a special time. Thank you to the Lord for His Presence, that made ALL the difference!

 

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At the end of October, at the Mustard Tree, we completed the last of our Encounter Weekends for this year. Psalm 34:5 (Those who look to him are radiant, their faces are never covered with shame) was the theme for the weekend. We gathered to seek our Father afresh and allow the Holy Spirit to ignite a deeper connection with Father’s heart. We
wanted to make the time to gaze on him and experience his gaze on us. We were not disappointed!

Breakthrough

Simply to say that Father met with us, is rather like saying, “We stood under a waterfall and got a bit wet!” What’s it like to bring ourselves into the torrent of grace and love that flows from his heart?

xxxthere was rejoicing for those who were freed from consuming fears
xxxthere were those who reconnected in their relationship with God
xxxand Father’s special, for some who for the first time in their years of walking with Jesus, were able to experience Father’s embrace and call him “Father”
xxxan amazing answer to one person’s practical and deeply felt needs, through someone they’d not met before, yet who came (unknowingly) equipped with the detailed and exactly right answer: that can only be Father God!
xxxthere was soaking in his enveloping peace and enjoying his favour to us and warmth of his gaze
xxxa lady came, suffering from acute pain – a consequence of 30 years of scoliosis (curvature of her spine). She was permanently on Tramadol, a narcotic like pain reliever. She had tried every remedy, with no cure. The Holy Spirit revealed that she was bound in her affliction by an evil spirit, like the lady in Lk13:10. The word of deliverance was spoken over her and she was set free from 30 years of pain and disease. She was up and bending over to touch her toes and tying her shoe laces, all for the first time in over 20 years!

Hallelujah! Our Father is so good!

Freedom

And  we were hugely encouraged, too, to have confirmed that a lady who attended the Nicholaston weekend in September (and this one) was freed from OCD that had meant a repeated compulsive behaviour that was interfering with her daily life and making a chore out of many normal activities during any day, for over 30 years. She needed constantly to check and recheck that everything in her apartment was secure and it was an ordeal every time she went out. When she returned home from the September weekend, it suddenly dawned on her that the Lord had delivered her from this compulsion. At the Mustard tree she testified to how she had enjoyed a month of “normal” behaviour!

“I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears … taste and see that the Lord is good”, said David in Ps34:4,8. So many of the folk from these last two weekends, at Nicholaston and the Mustard Tree, would say a big AMEN! And certainly we would add, “The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy”.

And more ….

Well, it didn’t end there! Shortly after the weekend, we heard from a dear friend. Best let her tell her own story:

I received a healing a week ago that has made my life so much more pleasant!  Since the age of 17 I have had trouble with my wisdom teeth.  One in particular that apparently could not come through because there was no room.  The hospital did not want to try and extract it because it was too high in the jaw.  The dentist hoped that it would come down enough to be removed. I have had endless pain and infections over the years, a very bad one recently that was the worst the dentist had ever seen. This was part of my problem over half term. I could not open my mouth to eat. Pain killers had little effect. As I lay in bed last Thursday feeling sorry for myself because I had no one to pray for me at that time, I thought of Conrad and his assertiveness regarding healing. In particular I remember him saying that you need to claim your healing- the healing you are entitled to, so I thought that I would pray for myself and do exactly that. I fell asleep and woke up with a big white glistening wisdom tooth in the right place!

How great is our Father God!

Podcasts of the weekends’ teachings can be downloaded from here.

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What an awesome God we have! During our Encounter Weekend at Nicholaston House we experienced the gentle but deep power of the Holy Spirit.

“In quietness and trust is your strength”, the Lord spoke through Isaiah (30:15) and so it proved for us.  There was no drama and yet there was plenty. For one, a deep move of God in their being, that could barely be spoken about and continuing and deeper encounters with Jesus through the weekend; for some others, removal of a lifetime’s baggage; for another, healing of deep wounds and the “making good” of what had been lost in childhood; for many, an enveloping assurance of father’s love and the joy and freedom of the Holy Spirit; and for one, a very special moment of receiving Jesus as Saviour and Lord. Some spoke of the Word that was taught, piercing their hearts and speaking directly to their lives – only the Holy Spirit can do that!

For the casual observer, there was nothing out of the ordinary to describe the weekend because everything, in many ways, just went ahead normally. Yet who can fathom the mind or works of God? It is the testimony of the lives that were being deeply transformed by the Spirit, that speak the truth of what HE was about. We just stand back in awe and thankfulness and give HIM the praise and glory. These are, indeed, extraordinary times. And we are seeing our God at work, not just in the spectacular and visible manifestations but also in the depths of the “engine room” of peoples’ lives, where he’s restoring freedom and abundant life and reigniting a revival of enduring passion for him.

Perhaps what sums up the weekend for us is the experience of one of our number, who arrived quite late on Friday evening, after a 4 and a half hour drive. She arrived, in her own words, in a “very bad mood”, even as she drove up Nicholaston’s drive and approached the front door. As soon as she walked in the door to the empty entrance lobby, she says, she was met with such a strong sense of the presence of Jesus, that it changed her instantly! We do remember that when she found us in the room we were in, we did wonder that she seemed in remarkably good spirit, for the journey she had just done! And that was just the start of God’s blessings for her. God is good! And he’s awesome!

Lord we want to thank you, for the works you’ve done in our lives.

Thanks to all who stood with us in prayer. Paul’s words from 2Cor1:11 certainly resonate with us: “Many will give thanks on our  behalf for the gracious favour granted us in answer to the prayers of many”.

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Here are some photos that we trust convey a sense of what this amazing weekend was like. The Lord so blessed us! You can read more about it, here.

We were in Jerusalem for a couple of days before the Weekend and were able to visit the City of David, which excited us with the thought of standing on the grounds of “original Jerusalem”. So we’ve started this slide show with some photos from Jerusalem and hope it excites you as it did us.

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Thank you for standing with us in prayer for the Encounter Weekend for the folk of Shevet Achim. We have just arrived home and we are in awe and wonder at the Lord’s favour and answer to all of our prayers. He has been gracious and answered us above all expectations. We have been so privileged to have had the Presence and power of the Lord with us all at Beit Bracha and to see him at work, moment by moment, in the lives of individuals.

We, ourselves, “worked” through a very large part of the three days. Yet we are refreshed in all of our being, because it’s been like riding and being carried by a wave of the Holy Spirit’s ministry.  Whilst we have given out, we have also received so much in return, from the evident work of God in breaking through in so many lives.

From what we know about, we’ve seen:

–      deep rest and restoration in spirit, soul and body for all who came;
–      the Holy Spirit releasing words of knowledge that pierced the chains of capticaptives to set them free;
–      deliverance of a believer in Jesus from the control of the spirit of Islam (a legallegacy from their previous allegiance);
–      freedom of another from the bondage of a long held sin;
–      awakening of a deep passion for the Lord in another;
–      healing from the consequences of childhood “orphaning” in spirit and soul, for ofor others;
–      reawakening and restored vision for God’s calling, for some;
–      a deeper and fresh grasp of God’s love and rich blessings
–      the Holy Spirit’s direct breakthrough in some, without another person’s involinvolvement

In the words of some of the folk:

“Thank you for helping to prepare an atmosphere to meet Jesus in deeper ways. I believe that from this point on I will walk in a new level of freedom that I have not experienced as a believer.”

“This weekend was one of the best in my life. It really brought restoration to my life and God’s presence was so powerful.”

“… there were moments when tears flooded my eyes when the reality of my Saviour’s presence was in the place.”

“.. the teaching has been amazing, insightful and revealing of the deeper truths of Scripture … the entire Shevet family was treated like sons and daughters of the King.”

“I just want to thank the Lord for providing the perfect rest … (this weekend) strengthened me and enabled the Holy Spirit to draw me closer to my Father.”

“It felt like unwrapping a lovely gift from the Father – planned with great thought and care and presented in love.”

We were truly privileged to be drawn along by the Spirit as he knit together the whole weekend. There were some last minute rearrangements and even these were clearly of the Lord. They enabled a batter balance of free time and also allowed us to invite Paul and Jess to join us from their work in Haifa. Our invitation to them came the same morning they were asking the Lord for an opportunity for a break for spiritual rest and refreshment. Not only did they receive what they asked for, buy the Lord used their gifts to free us for other ministry and they also introduced us to a song called “Restoration” that spoke right to the heart of what God was doing.

Thank you, again, for your support in prayer and also to all who helped towards sponsorship of this event. Your partnership in this encouraged and enabled us to keep going. The folk of Shevet truly appreciate what you have done, not just because it helped towards making the weekend possible, but more so because it enabled a door of God’s grace to be opened to them, from which that have benefited with riches in abundance, pressed down and running over.

Thanks and glory, to our God! He is good!

To see some photos of the Weekend, click here.

If you’d like to read Shevet’s own comments, click here.

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God is good and his love endures forever!

Nicholaston House in October was the place for the third of our 2010 Encounter Weekends.

We knew the Lord’s favour, as the weekend weather turned out to be as glorious as you’ll find in this part of the world.

Breakfast on the beach, in the presence of the Lord, has always been a special part of these weekends. When the sun shines and it is warm, we know we are triple blessed!

But even if it had rained all weekend, it would not have taken away from the Holy Spirit’s deep ministry in our lives.

For some, the Lord brought freedom, healing and cleansing from deep wounds and chains. He restored some in their relationship with him and moved them to a deeper and larger place. Once again, God showed us that he knows and is concerned with the intimate details of our lives and often he will work with us, detail by detail – as when he enabled some to break through particular barriers and begin their journey of healing and deliverance.

During our Sunday morning service, God visited us with a tangible presence and as one body, all we could do was fall to our knees or prostrate ourselves in the presence of almighty God! How kind and compassionate he is, to grace us with his favour.

GOD IS GOOD AND HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!

The 2010 weekend themes have been based on Psalm 23. If you would like to order the teaching CDs, please contact us.

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