All of our testimonies are listed here.
“I feel free to be who God has made me to be.”
At a very significant moment in my life and ministry I realised that a pattern had formed over time. Whenever I formally stepped into a new, bigger and more challenging leadership roles, someone in the ‘system’ would use their power and influence to obstruct and minimise this new role and responsibility. Confusion and disarray crept in around my talents and my calling. Each time I stepped up and out, it was like someone stepped on top of me, seeking to crush me and the work of the Holy Spirit.
After realising that this powerful and dangerous pattern had gone for so long unnoticed, I knew I needed to seek help and break this pattern over my life and ministry. If my ministry was to truly flourish as God wanted it to, then this pattern of stepping up and then being pushed down had to be broken.
Over three sessions, two amazing members of The Well team prayed with me. During one of the sessions, Anne said to me, she was getting a picture of a puppet, with strings attached that were being pulled to control me. Anne asked me if I was familiar with this type of puppet. I said I was very familiar with this type of puppet, as I had exactly what she described in a box under my bed! It is almost the only thing under my bed. I was given it as a child, and for most of my life it had lived in my bedroom. We quickly agreed that this puppet was a prophetic picture of what my ministry had become. I was not free to act and serve how God had called me, but rather I was being bound by those in authority over me, seeking to pull the strings and make me act how they intended. The outcome was I could not be who God made me, or serve how God was calling me.
After an incredible prayer ministry session with the team, the strings were cut to signify the strings that sought to control my ministry. The puppet was free, and in that action, in that moment, I too was free from the systems that try and control who God is calling me to be. At the moment of cutting the last string, God said to me loud and clear, that I am HIS plan A, and I am to act in His Confidence, His Clarity and His Calling from now.
I feel free to be who God has made me to be. No more apologising about who I am, and no more believing the voice of control and doubt around me. I’m excited for what He calls me to do next!
Pain has gone – now I let God carry me
The entire winter I’d been plagued with intermittent, very bad headaches, lasting for over a week and longer. More than a migraine – sinus problems thrown in – to be honest I was totally confused as to the cause, which obviously didn’t help either!
So I went to Soaking Prayer.
As I wrestled with trying to relax (again trying not to try!) I was distinctly aware of the picture I’ve
seen accompanying The Footsteps meditation. It was God saying, “Let me carry you!”
As I thought on this I knew the emphasis was on the “Let” so I said, “Okay Lord, I’ll let you”.
From then on I’ve made a point to rest every afternoon and from the start the headaches went.
The power in God’s Word
I have been coming to The Well’s online Prayer Ministry, Rest and Receive Prayer and Quiet Mornings in recent months, at a time when I’ve been very isolated and have also been on a cancer journey. I have really appreciated how the prayer ministers always pray Bible verses over me. There’s such power in God’s word, and in these appointments I am fed scriptures that I can go back to in my own time. Rest and Receive prayer has been especially helpful in connecting me with God while I’ve been so isolated. These sessions and the Quiet Mornings give me time out and help me to draw near to God. They always refocus me on God and on His Word, which feeds my soul. I thank God that through all of The Well’s online ministries, He causes hope to rise in me and enables me to experience His peace.
Please convey my thanks to the Team at The Well and particularly to S_ and R_ for their ministry as they prayed through the Beginnings Prayer with me. It is very difficult to put into words a summary of the whole experience. Tears of release and healing through to tears of joy as familiar scriptures actually became experiential and the sense of Father God’s presence with me right from the beginning of my life was really palpable! It was just awesome!!! And I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Beginnings Prayer.
New confidence and deeper joy
I visited The Well because there was a pattern of untimely death in my family tree. Concern and anxiety were gnawing away inside of me. I was recommended a Generational Appointment. First there was an initial one where I shared my family tree. Even just talking about my family and previous generations made me feel released and cleansed.
Next came the actual appointment where I was given a prayer to say sorry to God on behalf of my ancestors. It was during this prayer that God did amazing things in me! I was not expecting that at all. I feel like a ‘skin of shame’ has been totally removed from me and I didn’t even know it was there! I feel incredibly different, I seem to be able to breathe more deeply and feel a deeper joy inside of me. I have a new confidence and I believe that God has heard the cry in my heart regarding concerns and patterns in my Family Tree. I have a peace that was never there before. Praise God for His healing and for The Well!
In Sept 2016, my Dad was sadly diagnosed with cancer of the gullet. My Dad sailed through the first lot of chemo and was well prepared for the operation planned in the early part of 2017. Whilst the procedure was extremely invasive and was not with-out risks, everything went according to plan. The surgeon was thrilled with the results and confirmed that all the cancer had been removed and there was no trace of it spreading anywhere else. This was indeed excellent news.
Post op could not have gone better. Slow but steady progress was being made and a bright future was once again before him. However, at around three months in my Dad started to experience problems and was
immediately admitted for further tests. Nothing conclusive could be found but due to his low immune system, pneumonia was soon upon him. This was a real blow and where the battle began. More tests, more confusion and as the weeks turned to months my Dads health started to fade quickly.
Finally, after much back and forwards to the hospital we received the devastating news that the cancer was back but this time it was terminal.
My Dad and I had spoken and deeply debated faith for over a decade. He would call himself a cynic, insistent on a humanist funeral and had no time for religion what-so-ever, whilst always respecting others beliefs. As his life was drawing to a close and with the encouragement of one of the Well prayer team members, I took him to The Well under the guise of what have you got to lose? To my surprise he agreed. After his session had finished we sat at the back of the church without saying a word. Eventually he broke the silence by saying it is all about the power of prayer. In the car on the way home he revealed that the prayer team had identified that he was in turmoil that he was encouraged to pray for release from it. He confirmed that this was indeed the case and that he harboured such anger and bitterness towards the medical profession who he believed had let him down.
Sadly, this was not uncommon for my Dad who had a long history of holding un-forgiveness.
Unbeknownst to me, Dad had taken this insight from The Well seriously and had clearly pressed into it at a very deep level. The last time I saw my Dad before going into hospital, he sat me down and explained that he now wanted a Christian funeral. He told me that he had written out his entire service to include the hymns, prayers and even the vicar he wanted to conduct proceedings. He also informed me that he had forgiven his best friend that he had fallen out with some 18 months earlier. I was naturally thrilled and asked him a simple question, ‘Why?’ His reply was equally as simple, ‘Because I believe.’ He didn’t need to say anymore as I could see it in his eyes and I heard it in his voice.
Of course I would have loved my Dad to have been healed of cancer but as Anne put it to me; I put it to you in this short testimony. Death is the ultimate healing in Christ Jesus. My Dad lived his life really well but thanks to The Well – He died really well too. THANK YOU!
I left feeling much lighter and happier
I’d like to say a big thank you to the Team at the Well for praying for me. When I came to prayer for healing in the morning I wasn’t even sure what the problem was but felt very down and knew I needed help. During the time with the Team, God revealed a lie that I had been believing and led me to the cross where Jesus told me that He didn’t hold me guilty and he showed me that I’m free. The team then prayed for me gently in such a Holy Spirit-led prayer. I was also given a beautiful prophetic picture that had been painted for me and this was also very encouraging. I left feeling much lighter and happier than when I came in.
I continually thank God for His grace
I’d had a car accident and been off work for three months.
I had been suffering quite a bit of hip pain and then it aggravated an old injury in my back which had been hanging around for a few years.
The pain was quite bad and the week before I was due back at work I came to The Well for prayer.
In my appointment, they prayed first about the car accident and I hadn’t realised how scared I still felt about it. I confessed to this fear and then stood up straight for the first time in months and had a feeling of total freedom and joy!
Then they prayed about my lower back and I felt something shift a bit.
In the car going home I told my friend my back was fine. It was really exciting but I still felt a bit unsure whether it really was fixed and wondered why God had bothered healing me when He had so much to do.
When I got home I phoned a friend who has arthritis to tell her what happened as she was someone who knows what it means to even get half a day without pain.
I woke up the following morning and it was bad again but then I remembered Anne had said about the need to keep praying.
Over the next few days the pain came back a few times – only as niggles and not so bad as it was – but I would pray in the knowledge that God had absolutely healed me and it would go again.
It’s been really good to go back to work. I have gone back on a graded return but it’s been fine.
I’ve been looking in the Bible more and more and I feel I should be praying more for other people.
At Streams in the Desert we were praying for people with pain in their shoulders. I joined in praying for the woman in front of me. The lady had fibromyalgia but said her pain in shoulder and arm had gone completely after the third time we prayed.
I can see now how important it is to have the faith to keep praying. I’m still getting some pain every now and again but when I pray in faith it goes again.
I continually thank God for his grace!
Blessed and grateful
Following the first of a series of ruptured ovarian cysts I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). I was very unwell and had many hospital visits. Then I came to a Streams evening on healing, together with some women from my church. I received prayer for my condition.
My doctors had already booked an ultrasound appointment for me, hoping to catch a further cyst before another very painful rupture. In the event, the ultrasound showed that my ovaries and womb looked totally normal and my left ovary had healed completely. My blood test came back as normal as well. So, not only has God healed me from PCOS (which, medically, has no cure), he has also healed me from hypoglycaemia. I feel so blessed and am full of gratitude.
“An amazing sense of God’s presence” through Online Rest and Receive
I was initially quite concerned about how Online Rest and Receive would be, as I previously have had such a positive experience of Rest and Receive at The Well and didn’t want to be disappointed. I was also concerned about using Zoom, as I wasn’t familiar with this.
From the first online session I felt an amazing sense of what I can only describe as deep peace, relaxation and a physical feeling of warmth. I have continued to have an amazing sense of God’s presence, not just in the Rest and Receive sessions, but at other times in the week. I have slept much better over the past weeks and it is not unusual for me to wake up with worship songs in my head in the morning, some of which I have heard at Rest and Receive.
It has been good to hear short passages of the Bible brought to life and very relevant to life right now. It has been really so encouraging for people to stand with me in prayer in challenging situations in my life. I have had a sense that everything is going to be ok. For example, I was struggling to wear personal protective equipment with a visor at work and feeling claustrophobic and starting to panic. I asked specifically for prayer for this and now feel so much calmer when wearing PPE.
Healing and release through Online 333 Prayer Ministry
I was not feeling well and I made contact with the Well Healing Centre. I must thank the prayer partners who prayed for my complete healing. I am feeling much better. Also Reverend Anne asked if she could prepare a renunciation prayer for me because since I became a believer in Christ some years ago, no one had never asked me to renounce my past religion to get rid of its baggage. Since renouncing I am feeling better and getting close to Lord Jesus. I must say the brothers and sisters at the Well Healing Centre are doing a tremendous work for God. I know that God will continue to bless them. Once again thank you all.
My mind is being renewed.
Thank you so much for all your time, care, consideration and prayers! I feel as though my life is changing and progressing in the right direction since attending the Well for prayer.
The Bible verses you gave to me and prayed into my life are timely. My mind is being renewed and I can see myself differently. I now know that God is my Father and that His love will never run out. Jesus has set me free and healed my wounds which brought me low and into a place of despair. You gave me Gals 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set me free!” This is exactly what Jesus has done.
Thank you for journeying with me and helping me to experience Jesus’ healing.
Proxy prayers answered
My grandson was born two months early and weighing 2lbs 4oz.
His mum had problems giving birth and there was great concern shown as he was very small and thin. He stayed in the Special Baby Unit for several weeks being fed via a nasal tube.
On returning home feeds were 4 hourly, my family were worn out and anxious all the time as he vomited his feeds back and cried a lot.
The hospital began to show concern when he was 6 months old as there was no weight gain, and a plan was discussed with my family for another nasal tube to be put in or to fit a tube via his abdomen.
A month later I had proxy prayers at The Well with a prayer team; they prayed for his physical well being and for him to stop vomiting, and that he would be able to take his feeds, and gain weight in Jesus Name! The team prayed for my family too.
I visit my grandson every week and have seen the change in him, he is now taking his 4 hourly feeds, and pureed porridge every morning. He has gained weight and looks healthy, very bright and alert, he is moving around too.
My family are now less anxious and more peaceful, and great fun to be with.
Praise Jesus, and thank you Lord for The Well.
I could feel the power of the intercessory prayer pulling me back to life
I was encouraged by friends to visit The Well in July 2014 for healing prayer. I had left hospital at the end of May after 4 months of aggressive chemo to save my life. I had 6 weeks left to live when I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. The third lot of treatment went wrong and I ended up in intensive care for a week, they were forced to operate though I did not have an immune system. I learnt afterwards that the medics did not expect me to live as my infection rates were so high. Five days later when they woke me up I knew I was going to survive I could feel the power of the intercessory prayer pulling me back to life. My body had gone to the very edge of life but my spirit was very much alive. I had some amazing intercessors standing in the gap for me.
When I came to The Well 6 weeks later I was facing the huge decision of whether to have a bone marrow transplant or not. Donors had been found and the QE specialist told me I only had a 30% chance of shaking the cancer off completely, if it returned I would be dead in months. I was very fearful of another course of brutal treatment of which 10% of the patients never make it through. I didn’t want my body taken down so low again, I knew what it felt like and the long walk back.
I did not go for prayer specifically about the transplant but to my amazement God made it absolutely clear that I didn’t need the transplant he was going to take care of me. A huge weight of fear rolled off my shoulders. He was asking me to step out in faith like Gideon and go forwards one step at a time. He was going to give me the solid ground of faith beneath my feet. My physical health returned quickly and I looked healthier than I had done for a number of years. Emotionally and spiritually I wandered in a wilderness for many months coming to terms with what had happened. But in it all God was changing me and recalibrating me teaching me the disciplines of stillness and silence and my life was becoming a prayer, a listening to God.
Since then I often come to the Well. Early in my convalescence the Quiet Days and Listening To God conferences were a source of life and refreshment. Before each blood test to monitor my condition I come for prayer. Whilst I am in the prayer booth I feel a deep assurance of God being with me and that all is well. Each time my spirit is ministered to on a deep level and the presence of God is almost tangible.
It is hard to imagine how much harder the journey would have been without support and faith of The Well. God gave the Prayer Team to me as a gift at a time of deep need both physically and emotionally.
Thank you Jesus for raising up this ministry to bring comfort to those who walk in darkness, to hold up the light of truth and hope, to shine in the hearts of many who walk through the valley of the shadow of death. To proclaim and demonstrate that God heals today!
I would like to thank the Well and my personal intercessors for healing ministry.
I attended for a personal prayer time on 12 April 2017
I had been suffering from macula oedema in my right eye since September 2016. This probably arose from radiation damage during radiotherapy following the successful removal of a skull tumour in September 2014.
God is good and a leading ophthalmologist sought treatment for me, even though it was hard to set up because there seemed to be no clear pathway to support the treatment of people with macula oedema caused by radiation damage. This was because there were so few of us nationwide.
The treatment involved monthly injections into the damaged eye. Between September and November 2016 there was some degree of healing before injections.began. However from November 2016 to April 2017 scans showed a worsening of the condition each month.
We had a lot of prayer support from family and friends and carried on in faith despite the worsening of my vision. In April I was given the option of receiving another injection or going onto monitoring only, given my eye’s lack of response to treatment at that time.
I feel that God gave me wisdom and I asked for another injection. That was on 11 April and the day after I had an appointment for personal healing prayer at the Well.
The two prayer intercessors who welcomed me and my husband were very kind, wise and godly in their approach and their healing ministry was rooted deeply in God’s word. I also knew that they would keep my personal details in confidence, something I have not experienced with all intercessors.
They prayed graciously for my physical healing and for the removal of any psychological and spiritual blocks that might hinder healing. There was a sense of peace.
The May monthly consultation at the Eye Hospital did not run. However my vision was tested by the nursing and scan teams on 28 May 2017. At this point I had had no medical treatment since 11 April but I had had intercessory and healing prayer. My reading chart result had improved by two or more lines praise the Lord!
From breaking point to a powerful inner peace
After 25 years of loving and supporting my daughter following the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in her early twenties, I had reached breaking point.
My daughter’s ongoing illness has been very stressful and draining, both physically and emotionally. The illness often takes the form of it being ‘everyone else’s fault’, and I had begun to believe that I’d been a bad mother. If it wasn’t for my other children and husband affirming my love and mothering skills, I would have gone under long ago. I have been a Christian for many years and know that God loves me, yet still my daughter’s unkind words would torment and haunt me, and the guilt engulf me, shattering my confidence. Things came to a head earlier this year when I received an abusive text. I had reached breaking point and knew that my health and ministry were being negatively affected. I felt as though the relationship was killing me and cried out to God. I needed to be able to let go.
I shared some of this with Anne and she encouraged me to have prayer ministry at The Well. Wow, after 2 sessions and much heart searching, revelation and powerful prayer from 2 lovely ladies I was able to put the whole situation at the cross and let go, trusting God to take care of my daughter and bring her to a place of healing and trusting in Him.
What a powerful time that was!! Telling the story was very healing in itself, as the Team listened so carefully and caringly to me. Words that had bound my spirit and berated me were spiritually broken off me, and I was released from their defining power.
Now I feel set free of guilt, negative emotions, anxiety and responsibility, and I’m trusting God completely instead of saying I trust Him but then trying to fix things myself. I love my daughter dearly, and sometimes the silence is hard and I wobble, but I’m able to keep handing the situation over to God in prayer.
As a result of prayer ministry at The Well, I now have that powerful inner peace which only comes from our Father God, and know for myself the truth of His invitation and promise: ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 4:6-7)
I am so much more at peace
While visiting the UK for a few months this year (I am English but living abroad) I began attending The Well Quiet Days with some friends.
While attending these days the Lord began to show me that I had been harbouring some issues from my childhood with regard to never feeling loved by my mother (she also told my
younger sister she never wanted her,which hurt me too).
My mother used to leave me with a man who my parents were friends with and he abused me.
It was a complete shock when this came up as I felt I had completely forgotten about this but obviously the Lord knew it was still there and needed to be dealt with. This had caused me to have problems within relationships and within my two marriages. I was always seeking approval from people and even my children.
Since attending The Well over a period of weeks and discussing my problems with the wonderful volunteers and being prayed for by them I am so much more at peace with myself. I don’t need to look for approval from anyone now; I can just be me and know that I don’t need
anyone’s approval any more.
I know God loves me and that is the most important thing now in my life and this could not have happened without the prayers from The Well and Christ who strengthens me.
I thank the Lord for Anne Hibbert and her wonderful team of volunteers and that the Lord called them into this ministry. They are making such a difference in people’s lives and I pray
that people will continue to visit this healing centre and give them help and support in whatever way they can.
My life feels turned around
Our new born baby did not sleep well, and by eight months old she was still up around every hour in the night, sometimes every fifteen minutes, and I hadn’t slept longer than three hours in a stretch. I also had a three year old, and was struggling to cope with day-to-day life, on such a lack of sleep.
The GP diagnosed me with depression and offered me anti-depressants and counselling, and while I didn’t particularly want to go that route, I felt I had no option, as my state of mind was negatively affecting every area of our family’s life.
At Praise in the Park, [the annual summer event staged by Leamington Churches Together in The Pump Room gardens] I heard Anne Hibbert talking about The Well, and she mentioned ‘beginnings prayer’ for babies, and that it could help with sleep amongst other things.
The next day I phoned up, went in for an appointment, and amazingly was able to get a time for the prayer session a couple of days later.
Two lovely ladies prayed blessings over our baby for each month of her life while she was in my womb, confirming what development was taking place, and the intricacies with which Father God had created her. I found this in itself deeply healing, as having had fertility treatment I sometimes wondered if we had somehow tricked God, so this affirmation of His blessing and life-breathing goodness was wonderfully freeing.
There didn’t seem too much change initially. However, by the end of the week, she was back in her own room, in her own bed, and sleeping from around 10pm to 5.30am, maybe having one feed in the night . A month later, she goes to bed in her cot around 7pm and wakes up around 7am, with generally one feed in the night.
My gratitude to God and to The Well team is immense. My life feels turned around. I didn’t take the anti-depressants, and I know that was the right decision as it was so sleep related. I am awake, sane, happy, coping, and am enjoying my beautiful little girls. Thank you.
Joe and Claire’s story: “We came to The Well for prayer, and God blessed us with our second child.”
In the summer of 2016 we started trying to have a second child. Our son was approaching his second birthday and we both felt it was a good time to start making an addition to our family!
Claire had become pregnant with our first child relatively quickly and easily and we assumed that this would be the case once again. After more than a year of trying unsuccessfully, we were concerned and saddened and started planning what we could do to try and help us to conceive. We prayed about the issue frequently, both individually and together. Some close friends and family members were praying for us too. In 2018, having been referred to the specialist unit at University College Hospital in Coventry, we were both tested and examined for various things: both of us were given a ‘clean bill of health’ which was both reassuring and frustrating!
Joe had some CBT counselling and by the Autumn Claire resigned from her job, which had become increasingly stressful. We both tried to follow a healthy diet and ensure that the general ‘busyness’ of life wasn’t getting in the way. In spite of all this, nothing happened. Each month followed an increasingly draining cycle of optimism, disappointment and acceptance. Life continued as normal and there were still many joys and blessings, but the absence of a second pregnancy was a sadness we felt often.
By 2019 we began trying to accept that we may not have another child but we continued to look after our general health and well-being and Claire had some acupuncture.
We attended a prayer appointment together at The Well in November. Individually, we had both been to The Well before and felt it would be good to go together this time. A man and lady prayed for us both and were incredibly understanding, perceptive and sensitive, as well as giving both of us godly words of wisdom and encouragement. They prayed God’s blessing on us individually, as a couple and as a family. Nothing dramatic happened but we both came away feeling greatly encouraged and with a sense of God’s peace.
On December 27th Claire took a pregnancy test. Having had so many disappointments over three and a half years we weren’t hopeful, but when the result appeared we were a little confused and felt the need to take two more. The results of all three were the same: positive!
When we went for our first scan on Valentine’s Day, the sonographer dated our pregnancy at 12 weeks and 4 days and we quickly realised that this was the exact date that we went to The Well!
God is good and wants to bless His people. And He undoubtedly uses The Well to do so. We thank God for this incredible resource here on our doorstep in Leamington Spa.
“Do not fear … I will be with you.” (Isaiah 43:1-2)
Patrick, one of our Guests, has a unique insight into emerging from lockdown. He spent the first seventeen years of his life in an institution, only allowed out to go to school. We asked what he’d want to say to others at this time.
“You may have been feeling very safe in your own home during lockdown, and be very fearful about change. But do you want fear to rule you? Or do you want to be yourself and be free? I know that these aren’t easy choices, especially if you’ve been shielding. I remember how scared I was. I had no family or other support, was institutionalised and totally unprepared for the wider world. Many people today have become ‘institutionalised’ in their own homes, their mental health may have suffered during lockdown, and they too are feeling unprepared for a very changed world. But there are things that can help.
You may feel secure in your lockdown routine, but try to find a new routine. You can gradually increase time outside your home and contact with other people. Do this at your own pace. Don’t feel ashamed if you feel you need to back away at times and then build up again. Ask your support networks to check in on you – and be honest with them! You’ll need more support some days than others. You can ask God for help too. My faith in God got me through when I had nothing and nobody else in the world. He is still there for me today, especially through my church and The Well. Ultimately we all have to make a choice. Will we choose to live again?”
Experiencing God’s healing, freedom and peace through Prayer Ministry and Online Quiet Mornings
“I have been amazed by God and how He speaks through the words given each time I go. They are just so right for me personally. It’s like God himself speaking directly into my circumstances and situation.”
My relationship with The Well began on the 25th November 2019. I see this as a pivotal moment in my life and journey with God, for reasons that will become clear.
I was already aware of The Well, as my wife had been to several sessions of ‘Rest and Receive’ prayer and found them very beneficial. I was at one of those watershed moments in life. My career in the Police Service was drawing to a close, with retirement looming in January 2020, and all those thoughts and insecurities came flooding in about the future, my worth and usefulness. I suppose that after such a full career, and especially the last decade of dealing with some pretty horrific crimes within my career path of Homicide investigation, it was never going to be an easy transition and always had the potential to be a pretty bumpy ride.
It was in that context that I became aware of the Healing Training evening at a local church (All Saints, Allesley), led by The Well. Over the years I had been on several of these types of events, having had training through the Lighthouse and also Graham Dow at Holy Trinity, so thought this might be a good opportunity to push on a few doors as I went into this new period of my life.
Many familiar faces were there, but it was here that I met a man who I had heard a lot about, but whom I had never actually met – someone well-known and loved by the Christian community in Coventry – Maurice Markham. The encounter I was to have that night with him and the Lord has proved to be foundational to this first retirement year.
The stand-out moment for me was when Anne asked us to practise using Bible verses on each other to bless and encourage. As Maurice was sitting near me, we paired up. He looked me straight in the eyes and gently spoke the words from Isaiah 43:18-19: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing…” Maurice never knew my circumstances, but God did and wanted to use him powerfully that night.
Maurice spoke with authority but in such a gentle way, it was like God Himself was whispering to me. It just took me quite by surprise and I could feel the well of tears begin to flow. God certainly knew what He was doing that night, and I left with a new and renewed sense that yes, this was the end of one career, but just the beginning of something entirely new and exciting. A step into the unknown, but I could go forward with a renewed sense of hope that God had not forgotten or abandoned me and still had plans for me.
Over January and February of 2020 I had personal prayer with Maurice and the Team at The Well. Each time I have encountered God in a very real and powerful way. Many of the past traumas and resultant effects upon me throughout my Police Service have been and are still being healed by God through the very special, gifted and anointed people at The Well, in addition to some powerful healing through generational prayer.
I have been amazed by God and how He speaks through the words given each time I go. They are just so right for me personally. It’s like God himself speaking directly into my circumstances and situation.
Also, throughout this very different year, I have been able to navigate retirement and all the effects of the virus upon our lives by regularly signing up to the Quiet Mornings, which have been just phenomenal. I find that that through the teaching and materials of each one, God has continued to have His hand firmly on me and continues to speak and encourage at just the right time.
Two memorable days were in January, when Anne asked us to explore our hopes for 2020 and express them before the Lord in whatever way we wanted. This turned out to be more significant that I could have ever realised. I have felt able to express worship through a different medium like never before, in the use of colour and drawing.
The 18th June was another special day for me, which brought the birth of my first grandchild and happened to coincide with me being on a Quiet Morning about fear, worry and anxiety. As it happened, the weeks leading up to the birth had been a very anxious time for me, as my daughter had had a few health issues during her pregnancy and the unborn baby had not been growing particularly well.
However, during the morning I experienced God’s overwhelming peace and such freedom from the previous fears that had so affected me. Again I heard that whisper of assurance that everything would work out fine, and it did. A wonderful baby girl was born that night.
I cannot thank my God and the work of The Well enough. What an amazing place, so used by Him. I would encourage anyone to visit. You won’t regret it.