This happened yesterday

Amazing thing happened today.

Playing golf in the freezing cold (that’s not amazing) i left my mobile phone in my golf bag pocket.

When I finished the game I checked it and discovered that by itself it had contacted someone without me touching it.

A gentleman (who i don’t know) but who knew me, texted me back to ask if I’d meant to call or was it a mistake.

I apologised and said that it must have been a mistake.

He replied that’s a shame because I thought you may have heard that my wife has serious cancer.

I said that I was sorry but I didn’t know anything about that.

I’ve now been back in touch and will be going round to their house and have the privilege of chatting and praying with them.

Truly God moves in wonderful and mysterious ways!

Ilfracombe confirmed

Just to inform you that my visit to Ilfracombe has now been confirmed.

I will be performing the ‘Sting in the Tale’ concert at 8pm on Saturday May 20th in The Lantern on the High Street and preaching at Combe Martin Baptist Church on the Sunday morning.

Just to remind you that If you do live roughly between Chichester and Ilfracombe and would like a ‘Sting’ concert on either Friday May 19th or Sunday evening May 21st, it will only cost the organiser a bit of petrol money. I do need to know fairly soon though.

Please send me an e mail if interested. Thanks

For your info

As it is that time of year when many of you are planning your Church diaries and some are e mailing me asking what I am still able to do…(there is a wicked rumour going round that I am getting older (but personally, I havn’t noticed it) I thought I would make it clear to all what I available to do throughout this coming year….and what I can’t do.


  • ‘Sting in the Tale’

A fun evangelistic concert which includes a bit of my life story and lots         of ‘sing-a-long story songs. More suitable for adults.


  • ‘An evening of stories & songs with Ishmael.’

The follow up concert to the ‘Sting’ concert with different songs (I have selected some of my favourites) and different interesting and fun stories taken from 47 years of travelling ministry. This will be premiered at Spring Harvest on April 11th.


  • All age services.

I still love getting the whole family of the Church together for an hour to worship, learn, and have a bit of fun as we do so!


  • Family Praise Parties.

I began doing these for children and families in 1982 and still love doing them just as much today!


  • Preaching, seminars, and training days.

Believe it or not but I’ve learned a lot over these many years by getting some things right and yep, getting some things wrong!


I really enjoy preaching anywhere and at anytime but also people seemed to have appreciated 2 special seminars that I have done recently.


a)‘When the road is rough and steep’ a time when I personally share how to cope in very difficult times.


  1. b) ‘Children. Today’s Church tomorrows leaders’ where I share what I have learned rom my many years ministering to children.


  • Anything else you think I may be able to do ie after dinner talks etc.



What I can’t do


  • Dance for an hour like Michael Flatley
  • Sing like Pavarottian
  • Play my guitar like Eric Clapton

Surprise surprise!


Please drop me an e mail at if you want more info on any of the above…and I don’t mean on the things I can’t do!



Chafford Hundred Community Church

This morning I had the most amazing time leading a children’s service at Chafford Hundred in Essex.

There were about 60-70 children present and I can’t remember the last time when I was with a such a group of children for over an hour who were so attentive and who joined in the songs so enthusiastically.

Thank you Kirstie (the children’s leader) for inviting me, it was a real pleasure being with you.

On my way home I visited a doctor friend of mine who was constantly encouraging me when I was seriously ill.

Sadly now my friend is not well at all. I was able to pray for him but I know that both he and his lovely wife would really appreciate even more prayer at this difficult time. Please do join me in praying for him.


Many thanks

Back at work!

Just to let you all know that after a weeks enjoyable break, today I will be back in my office and will be answering all your e mails and posting off your ishmaeldirect shop orders.