God Opens Doors
The Name of Jesus lifted up around the City of Derry
The friendly BBC radio station interviewers had promised two ten minute slots on their prime time talk show but ended up cancelling other interviews and gave Paul and Harry two half-hour slots free allowing them to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and discuss His Healing Power.
For four days after the event, the airwaves at prime time on one of N.Irelands leading radio stations were largely given over to discussing the effect Jesus Christ was having on the city. A Blessed alternative to the daily spew of hate and violence which after 30 years was 'normal' in Derry.
The small team numbering only eight made by hand (d.i.y.), delivered and erected 140 billboards, lifting up the Name of Jesus across the city. (No evangelist name appeared on the boards or any other publicity material, so as to lift up only the Name of Jesus).
They also distributed over five thousand door-to-door leaflets and thousands of shop window posters. (After the event all returned to their full-time occupations which finance the outreaches.) A small team of three / four catholic unemployed men volunteered and helped enormously. They later accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour. The freeing of the city was almost tangible as it was immersed in prayer by our P.W. Partners around the globe and as God surrounded the area with His Angels
“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today and forever.
Capacity Crowds immediately
rushed forward on all sides
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
Row by row...
they came forward to accept Jesus
"This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes."
On that Spirit-filled night, God drew to Him the largest crowd ever seen at the Rialto for a Christian meeting. At the one and only altar call, virtually every man, woman and child, (who could) stood up as one to accept Jesus, then stood in line to individually be led in the repentance prayer.
Parents wept as children were healed of crippling diseases. The deaf had hearing restored perfectly, partially sighted persons were healed. New believers prayed in thanks as they were freed from asthma, arthritis, migraine, drugs, alcohol etc.
The excited crowd almost overwhelmed the solitary evangelist so that all were reseated and asked to come out row by row. Time after time Jesus healed as hundreds were slain in the spirit. It was a wonderful night of reconciliation, healing and freeing and several exciting days when thousands were touched by Jesus over the airwaves, to the Glory of God.
However, we know this to be only a nucleus** of what God is about to do in Derry. What Jesus did on that memorable night was to plant the seed of life in a dying city. A seed which will grow and blossom and envelop the people there with His Goodness and Love.
Peace and Prosperity will follow. Already prayer groups are forming. More souls have been led to the Lord as daily, callers contact the radio station and some of the baby Christians for copies of the repentance prayer to repent and turn to Jesus and to live in a deeper relationship with Him.
Romans 10:9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised HIM from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:12: For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon HIM
John 10: 37-38: Do not believe Me unless I do what My Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe Me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father"
Heb. 13:8: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
We cannot thank enough all you prayer warriors and intercessors who have selflessly given prayerful support to the Lord's work. Grateful thanks are also extended to Foyle Radio station and Derry City council for their kind cooperation. Please keep them in your prayers.
PS. The Lord has instructed us where and when to go next. PLEASE PRAY for our 70th outreach with an even greater harvest in DUBLIN in March 2001, where there will be an unprecedented move of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 4:19 KJV: "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men"
**UPDATE : Examples of Unity without Uniformity now commonplace.: Derry Interdenominational initiatives; Derry was chosen as European City of Culture.
Harry recently strolled along the vibrant waterfront on a summers day. Yachts bobbed in the beautiful River Foyle which like the city was calm and peaceful. Cafes, bistros and wine bars dotted along the promenade with people sitting outdoors watching the world go by.
The city is transformed and has prospered tremendously. No wonder the Maiden City is now known as 'Legenderry."
Derry/Londonderry Peace Bridge... bringing the once-divided communities together.