Up until a few years ago when I was diagnosed as having Acute Myeloid Leukaemia I felt that the only way that God really wanted to use me to bless people was by standing in front of a large group of all ages and speaking or singing to them.
And of course I did then, and still do now feel God’s anointing when I do this…and just as important…I still so love travelling and doing it!
But since God has brought me back to life again, I have discovered that just sitting encouraging and praying for individuals at their hospital bedsides or in their homes has been just as special although of course at times it can be emotionally challenging and often can have a sad outcome.
But…I am so grateful that through my illness, God has ‘widened’ my ministry.
As most of you know, for the past 47 years I have been self employed.
This means that I get no payment or funding for my hospital chaplaincy work and my ever increasing travels to visit the needy, the aged, and those who are sick and seriously ill.
About once a year I make a request and ask if any of you who may have been blessed financially would like to contribute and invest in this very important (and expanding) part of my ministry either by a one off gift, or by regular giving.
If you feel that you would like to consider contributing some financial support please do contact me either via e mail (email@example.com) or Messenger.
Of course all communications will stay confidential.
Thank you for reading this and of course thank you so much for your continued interest in what I do and I promise you, your prayers and words of encouragement are priceless!
What a day I have had today travelling and visiting dear friends who I have known for years and who are now well into their 80s. They have been major influences on my life and ministry.
I visited Philip & Hilary Vogel.
I grew up in the same Christian community as ‘Uncle’ Philip and ‘Auntie’ Hilary and It was Philip who first nicknamed me Ishmael (Ianstuartsmale…get it?) when I was 11 and as it means ‘God hears’ I’ve happily stuck with it for the past 67 years!
Also Phil as director of youth for Christ was a great help to Andy and I when we first hit the road back in 1970.
I also visited and had lunch with David and Enid Pawson. I’ve known and travelled with David over many years and to my mind he is the best Bible teacher of this generation. It was David who endorsed ‘Land of hope and glories’ back in 1980 and we became instant life long friends at our first meeting.
David was in good spirits but sadly not well enough to travel and teach any longer. However the great news is that with all his teaching available on downloads, future generations will continue to be blessed by his in depth teaching.
So a wonderful day talking and laughing with a couple of my true personal heroes. I really do thank God for them.
It has now been confirmed that I will be performing ‘Sting in the Tale’ concerts at the Crossways Christian Centre in St Ives on Wednesday October 11th and St Mary’s Church in Comberton on Thursday October 12th.
If any Church around the Cambridgeshire area would like a concert on Tuesday October 10th when I could travel up a day earlier and be with you, please can you let me know straight away.
Thanks for the interest from Margate, Ipswich, Kings Lynn etc. Please let me know if you are still interested in hosting a concert and I will organise a mini tour for you in January 2018.
I LOVE doing these concerts and having fun visiting so many Churches!
Just to say that I have had a great weekend singing at a kids club in Brighton then travelling up near Evesham to speak and do an all age service at a Impact Ministries International camp.
Also to mention that I am taking a few days break away from my office so will not be sending out any orders or replying to e mails until the weekend.
Yep, a busy 48 hours ahead…which of course I am really looking forward to.
An early start tomorrow as I saddle up and race over to Brighton to do the music in a kids club then back to Chichester and hoping to miss all the ‘Glorious Goodwood’ traffic as they set off in their rather extreme costumes to lose some cash watching a few horses galloping past them!
I then trot off to (no not Canterbury) but Evesham where I will be joining a Church weekend away and speaking at a 45 minute seminar on Sunday morning and doing an all age service to close their weekend after lunch.
As I said, this sounds to me like a perfect way to spend a weekend!
But next week, I’ll be drawing in the reins with my 68 year birthday creeping up on me, I am going to spend some precious time sightseeing and relaxing with Irene!
This is a must…. seeing the rather busy autumn and the finale furlong of 2017 approaching…which actually really excites me….who needs Goodwood when you know what Godwould have you doing!