I recently returned from my first trip to Ghana. I was met at the airport by three lovely brothers and spent my first night in Accra at the home of one of them. The following morning we travelled to Swedru a three hour journey on African roads. We picked up a friend Martyn Reay on the way and on arrival were booked into a comfortable hotel. The climate outside was akin to sitting in a sauna as the rainy season had just begun!
Every evening I ministered the Word at outreach meetings which were held in the church building with up to a dozen people responding to the Gospel each night. On the final evening I felt led to pray for people to be baptised in the Holy Spirit and most of the people came forward to receive. After they had been filled I prayed for and activated those who wished to move in the gift of the Word of Knowledge. A number of them received words for people and ministered to the sick with a variety of healings evident.
One day we visited the Mahodwo market where there didn’t appear to be many people or market traders present but we gave out invitations to the evening meetings and those that we met were happy to talk with the ‘white men’ resulting in some great conversations. I was invited to preach the Gospel message and made an appeal. To my surprise people started to come out of their houses and around a dozen people gave their lives to Jesus. I followed up by giving some Words of Knowledge and again people appeared and came and sat while we ministered to them resulting in a number declaring that their symptoms had disappeared.
The following day I met with the local Christian Life Fellowship leaders and Pastors. I encouraged them from the Word following up with a question and answer session. I was well received and some incisive questions were asked and discussed, the outcome of which everybody found very helpful.
On the Saturday morning I spoke at a marriage seminar and taught on how to enrich your marriage and the importance of giving time to your partner and having Jesus at the centre of your relationship. We examined some practical ways to help maintain unity in our marriages and discussed the power that can be released through agreement between a couple. We also studied the money, communication, sex triangle and how if one area is not functioning properly it can affect the other two. Some searching questions were addressed covering diverse topics.
On Sunday morning I preached in Swedru on the importance of being filled with the Spirit and we ministered to a number of people. A prophetic anointing was present and the pastor and Martyn moved in the prophetic gift. After the meeting we shared words of encouragement and wisdom with the pastors and local leaders before returning to Accra where I ministered to a vibrant church of mostly young people. I encouraged them to be men and women of the Spirit and to listen and do whatever He commands them. During the last day I was treated to a tour of Accra with lunch and ice cream – lovely!
If you haven’t already heard we would like to share with you some exciting developments for our ministry and our future plans.
At the beginning of 2016 both Kim and I felt prompted by God that it was time for a ‘new adventure’. Within a few days of us discussing this and what it might mean Kim was diagnosed with cancer and given a bleak outlook. A year later we were informed by our church, who have graciously supported our ministry financially for the last thirty years plus, that along with all the other ministries they were no-longer able to continue to do so in the same way. This was not the sort of ‘adventure’ that we had expected and sensed that we had entered a time of wilderness testing. We felt that once we had come through this it would signify a new empowering and the beginning of the next phase that God has for us.
In all this we both felt that the new adventure would involve us moving house. Having lived in our present home for almost thirty-three years and having been part of the same church since we were both saved over forty years ago, this was a challenging thought! But the thought remained. Not sure what would actually be involved we pushed a few doors but they all seemed to be firmly closed to us.
We did however sense in this wilderness experience that God was preparing us and that there was no rush and so we continued to be open to His leading. Over the last months as Kim’s health has improved and in my times with God I have felt led back to two prophesies; one through Smith Wigglesworth given in 1947 and the other by Jean Darnell given in 1967. Both talk about a great outpouring in the United Kingdom that will flow across the nation and into Europe (I wrote about these in our most recent magazine if you would like more information). Jean’s word specifically speaks of this outpouring flowing from the north to the south of the country. God particularly highlighted this point and I felt strongly that He wanted us to move north. Over the months since it has become clear that this move north would be to Liverpool. In the natural this seemed to make little sense as many of the doors that God has opened in the last three years for us to minister have been and continue to be in the south of England.
We were approached by a long standing friend who asked if Kim and I would prayerfully consider being part of a work that he felt God was calling him to establish. He felt this venture would benefit from the involvement of someone with the ministry of a healing evangelist. I told him that we were considering moving to Liverpool and perhaps this would exclude us from being involved only to be told that one of the areas they were working in was Merseyside. We were duly invited to a gathering of church leaders from throughout the Liverpool area. Having met with these guys we really wondered what we could bring to the table that they didn’t already have; the room was full of very gifted evangelists doing amazing things and although they came from greatly differing backgrounds, they were all championing one another in a way that we have not experienced before. Having met with a number of them since it has become clear to us that God is doing something exciting and significant in Liverpool and both Kim and I have a growing expectation that God is calling us to be part of what He is doing there.
We still have questions but are confident that Liverpool is where God is leading us for the next season of our lives. As Merseyside is where we now need to base our ministry, to enable this to happen as quickly as possible, we plan to rent out our home here in Bordon and move into a rental house in the Liverpool area and see where God takes us from there. We already have a little knowledge of the area as our son Tom and his family are living there at the moment.
Having made this decision we were recently at a conference in Bradford and reconnected with a guy who would be considered by many as one of the church fathers in Liverpool. Over lunch we shared with him that we felt God is moving us to Liverpool. He asked us if we knew what we would be involved in there and we described how God has been leading us. Without a moment’s hesitation he asserted that he knew why we were being called and felt that we were a ‘gift to the city of Liverpool’ and he could see several situations where we would be used. You cannot imagine our surprise at his words! We still do not fully know all that this means but as ever we have great expectations that God has a plan and purpose for us as we step out in faith.
We are grateful to all those individuals and churches who have supported us over the last couple of years and hope you will continue to do so as we seek to step out into the new adventure that God has for us in Liverpool. We feel sure that being based in this great city will be complementary to all that we are already involved in through the work of Spearhead Ministries. We envisage that both aspects of our ministry will continue to expand as we seek to equip churches and enable evangelistic endeavours. I fly out to Ghana for the first time next week to teach in a Bible school in Swedru and to minister at a healing crusade. Merseyside is well served by both Manchester and the Liverpool John Lennon airports which have suitable connections to enable us to continue to serve the churches that God has opened to our ministry both in this country and throughout Europe. We will continue to be in relationship with good friends who have always been there for us over the years, all be it from a little greater distance.
We would really value your prayers as we step into this new season and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments.
Tim and Kim have lived an outstanding life of faith for the last forty years together. If you know them you will have heard some of their amazing stories and appreciate that they teach Biblical principles that are brought to life by their real life experiences.
In these times where everything that can be shaken is being shaken it is more important than ever that our churches are filled with people who are genuinely living by faith.
This year Tim and Kim plan to travel the country teaching their empowering ‘School of Faith’. If you would like to host them in your church please click the link below for more information and to register your interest.
This year things have been getting back to some level of normality. Kim’s treatment has had much better results than was expected with the cancer virtually disappearing altogether and her blood markers back to normal levels. She has now stopped all her medication except one monthly injection which has also been reduced in dosage.
Kim has ministered at a number of ladies breakfasts and has been sharing her experiences of the last three years. We have also been ministering together in churches around the country and have run our first “School of Faith” with a church in Haslemere Surrey. This was well received by the church and we had very good feed back. If you would like us to come to your church to teach these Biblical principles please register your interest by clicking Kim’s photo.
I have also travelled into Eastern Europe a couple of times. Firstly to Belarus with Charles Ashby where we ministered at a conference entitled “Time for Miracles”. There were people attending from all around the former Soviet Union and it was a great opportunity to teach, encourage and share some of our personal experiences of healings and miracles.
The second trip was to Bulgaria with Martin Wade where we ministered in a number of churches and taught at two small leaders conferences alongside a missionary friend Craig Sibthorpe. Both events were focused on receiving and moving in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Each conference finished with a time of activation where we prayed for and released those attending into the gifts of the Spirit. Many received and put into practice gifts for the first time. Praise God!
While in Bulgaria the opportunity arose to meet with a bishop in Belgrade in Serbia (a 684 mile round trip in my twenty year old Volvo!) to discuss holding several tent festivals in southern Serbia where there are very few churches. We agreed to begin by hosting a conference on evangelism to be followed by a mission school and tent festivals. This will hopefully culminate in planting some new churches throughout the region.
So far this year has not been without its challenges. Having loaded two of our containers ready to go to Bulgaria we discovered that their shipping plates had at sometime been removed which meant it was not possible to transport them. We were told that it’s almost impossible to have these plates replaced. However, with a little detective work, a lot of prayer and several phone calls they were finally replaced just two days before the containers were due to be picked up. It was at this point our shipping company phoned to tell us that they were unable to pick them up in time to meet the ship that was taking them to Bulgaria. They would now arrive in the Balkans a week after the missions were meant to have taken place. Over the next couple of days I exhausted every other means of getting them there and had to accept that we were not going to be hosting Tent Events in Bulgaria this year. This was the first time that we have ever had to let churches down in all the years we have been ministering, a real low point for me. Not willing to accept defeat we agreed that one mission would be postponed and moved into a building later in the year. The team for the sister mission was still keen to go ahead so we travelled to serve churches around Bulgaria speaking at a conference, running children’s ministry, ministering in churches and even baptising some new believers in the river one afternoon, see more in Elaine’s report below. During this season I continue to minister in churches of all backgrounds and at conferences both in England and abroad.
I went to Bulgaria with an open mind and Spirit and I wasn’t disappointed. We were blessed with good weather, which always helps, and the food and accommodation exceeded my expectations. However the best part of the trip was the wonderful people I met. Everyone was so friendly and so open to what God had to impart through us. We saw people released in tongues, healed and baptised. Tim was gracious and encouraging, giving me lots of opportunities to minister and on one or two occasions challenged me to be brave and trust God and I am glad he did. I was able to see for myself the power of the Holy Spirit at work in people’s lives. It was a privilege to join Tim on the trip and I hope to return. There is much need in Bulgaria and there are many wonderful churches eager to receive from God. I would thoroughly recommend joining Spearhead on a mission trip.
Norway Camp Meetings
What a privilege it was to be asked to minister at “Heaven Partners Camp Meetings” in Arabygdvegen Telemark Norway. We were surrounded by beautiful mountains and countryside. The people were hungry for spiritual things, very appreciative and encouraging. I was ministering alongside Inge Roysland an evangelist from Norway and Richard Albertsson a pastor from Sweden. I had been asked to speak at four sessions but ended up doing five during the week and taught on what it means to be ‘naturally supernatural’, continually filled with the Holy Spirit and to move in faith. By the end of the week people were moving in the power gifts with increasing confidence and ministering to those with physical and emotional needs.
Personal and Planning News
Kim’s third round of treatment had to be postponed by a month which meant we were able to spend some time together with her feeling almost normal! When we did eventually go into hospital the news was all good and it seems the treatment is having far better results than we had been lead to believe were possible. Our confession for a miracle is that her body will be a cancer free zone. Watch this space!
In October I will be meeting with a group of evangelists from around Europe for a “Europe will be saved” round table to pray, plan and strategize on how we can see this vision fulfilled. What a great honor it will be to be part of this group.
We are planning a couple of the largest events we have ever done; one will take place in a Roman amphitheatre in Plovdiv, the European Capital Of Culture 2019 and the second will be in our 3,000 seater tent in Brussels in partnership with “Tent 100”. Both will be in the spring of 2019. The Brussels event is particularly significant as it was there in 1975 that God called me to be an evangelist. How things have come full circle!