A healed back.

Dateline: St.Marks, Geneva, Ill.
2 March 2013
While speaking at conferences I often tell the story of my mentor Francis Macnutt. He was at a large healing conference and picked out a very tall man. He placed him in in the aisle saying this is how NOT to pray. He then ran at him smacking him on the forehead, shouting,
“Be healed in the name of Jesus.”
The man fell to the floor. Everyone laughed. He was making a point about TV evangelism. His point, you don’t need to make a performance of this, it is a quiet and gentle process. A week later Francis got a letter from the tall man saying that he was totally healed of cancer! We must not limit what God can do!
Well, this least weekend, at St. Marks, Geneva, Ill. I picked out of the congregation a man called Bob. Bob is six foot six and I demonstrated what Francis did. Shouting, “Be healed in the name of Jesus…”
After preaching on Sunday, I met both Bob and his wife they told me that he realized his back had been healed sitting in the pew at the healing service.
There is power in the name of Jesus.
This just in from Bob,
I’ve had chronic back pain for almost 20 years and after herniating two disks last spring, things got worse. The doctors suggested daily physical therapy exercises and stretching which I’ve done for a year, but day-to-day activities still lead to a lot of back pain. However, after attending the Healing Service, the tightness and stiffness immediately disappeared. The last two nights, I slept peacefully rather than tossing and turning all night which is great! God does perform miracles…
After all the back problems I’ve had, I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to do a lot of the fun dad things (basketball, golf, car repair, etc.) with my two sons due to the pain that those activities caused. Turns out, healing me was no big deal for God.
God is so good.
Let’s not limit God dear friends.
Blessings and love to you.
~Fr. Nigel Mumford+
PS. Bob has given me permission to use his name and has proof read this report.

Boot camp to sandal camp!

Boot camp to sandal camp!
As a former drill instructor at the Royal Marine commando training school I met some interesting characters. Some cut out to be Commandos some not! It was my job to “break and remake”to “cull and to encourage” the way to the coveted green beret, if the recruit had the guts to press on and do it.
Now, as a priest it is my call to “remind and refine” and to “lead souls” to The Lord and “show the way to eternal life” if a soul has the guts to do it!
Not much difference, except I don’t have to shout, just love and point the way.
Ergo, Boot camp to sandal camp!
Thanks be to God.
~Nigel Mumford+

The Stray Bat…

~Nigel Mumford+
Last year I was driving home from work with my car windows open. Suddenly, out of the corner of my right eye I saw a black object land on the head rest of the passenger seat. I turned to see a bat clinging to the head rest. I nearly went off the road. I pulled over as soon as I could thinking where is the bat now and thinking if Lynn had been sitting next to me the bat would have landed in her face!
I tell you it is not a good feeling to know there is a bat in your car! A bee is freaky enough but a bat? I pulled into the next road, parked, opened the doors and carefully searched for the rat with wings! I could not find it. My adrenalin was rushing off the charts. I shut the doors and gingerly got back in. I drove a hundred yards and saw the thing fluttering around the back seat. For the second time in one day I nearly had a heart attack. I pulled over again. This time I was on the bridge in Greenwich, a very well traveled spot. I put the flashers on, got out and opened the passages side doors. I stepped back wondering what to do next.
A police patrol car was on the other side of the road, the officer said, “Are you OK father?” (I was wearing my clergy shirt). I told him there is a bat in my car! He replied, “Be careful, they can hide in very small places…” He then turned on his red and blue lights and parked his car behind me. He got out putting in black leather gloves.
So here’s the thing, can you imagine driving by such a scene?
Police lights, doors all open. Priest. The officer then says to me, “Lets see if we can find this bat.” Car search. People driving by… Why is a police officer searching a car with a priest… Why is he searching a priests car? People were really looking at me… I wanted to shout, “It’s a bat, it’s a bat…”
We could not find the bat.
The next day I had to go to the doctors for a routine check. I told the nurse what had happened. She had a fit. You must get the car checked out. Did the bat touch you. She then told me all about rabies. Oh joy. So I took the car to a local mechanic who spent a lot of time searching my car. He could not find it.
I drove home with great caution and then searched the car again. Actually I searched it many times!
The next day Lynn was with me as we were driving. I was in shorts. I felt something touch my leg. I let out a yelp. Another close heart attack! I looked down expecting to see the bat, the illusive rat with wings.
It was a tiny white moth!
Ok God, you got me.
Post Script:
After telling the nuns my story they dubbed my car the Batmobile.
During the past two Welcome Home Initiatives we had a Chaplain from the Canadian forces called… Wait for it…. Robin.
If a bat is in your car get off the road and out of the car as soon as you safely can.
All birds of the air, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Canticle 12 (BCP)
“And the stork, and the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.
And every creeping thing that flieth is unclean unto you: they shall not be eaten.”
Deuteronomy 14:18-19
– Nigel Mumford+

Wasps and bees…

Wasps and bees…
This summer, if a wasp, hornet, yellow jacket or bee bothers you, point your finger and command it to go in the direction you are pointing. The bible says “have dominion over every living thing.” Just quietly tell the wasp to leave. If you are in a group of people it is a GREAT evangelizing tool. A wasp just flew in through the door, I commanded it to leave as I pointed the way out. It immediately obeyed.
Genesis 1:28
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
I was teaching a youth group the healing ministry last summer. A wasp came by. People got very upset, some ran away. I quietly commanded the wasp to leave, pointing it away. It left immediately in the direction I was pointing.
A while later another yellow jacket came into our area. One of the kids pointed and told the yellow jacket to leave. It did following the direction it was told. It was a sight to behold! Faith in action.
We all had a faith lift that day. Christ showing us the efficacy of prayer. Gift it a shot this summer, your friends will be amazed at your faith.
~Nigel Mumford+

Elevator evangelism…

So, I am in Washington DC invited to an upmarket hotel. 

I am wearing my clergy collar. 

I am in an elevator that is full.  
Everyone is looking at the floor numbers over the door.  
No eye contact.  
All very serious.  
So I offer the shortest sermon I have in my Repertoire.
“I have to ask you people, the ageless and eternal question?”
Pointing, “Are you going up or are you going down?  Amen.”
Everyone cracked up.   
It was amazing… We ALL went up.  
I think it was the most successful evangelizing moment of my life! 
~Nigel Mumford+

Testimonies from an OSL conference.

From Cindy –
I REALLY enjoyed this healing conference with Father Nigel, and truly felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. I have never heard anyone speak in tongues before….wow! This experience is one I will never forget! (Fr. Nigel also prayed for her in tongues).
From Bob –
Yes, I’m the tall guy who Nigel used in his demonstration on “how not to pray for someone”.
I’ve had chronic back pain for almost 20 years and after herniating two disks last spring, things got worse. The doctors suggested daily physical therapy exercises and stretching which I’ve done for a year, but day-to-day activities still lead to a lot of back pain.
However, after attending the Healing Service, the tightness and stiffness immediately disappeared. The last two nights, I slept peacefully rather than tossing and turning all night which is great! God does perform miracles…
Nigel is a valuable tool for God’s work…
From Betty –
I’m so sorry I was unable to stay after lunch on Sat. This was wonderful. There was a healing without Father Nigel directly laying hands upon me: Feb. 28 would have been our daughter, Amy”‘s 40th birthday, and I was emotionally hurting terribly. Because Father Nigel had me laughing so hard, I now feel so very much better. While I was sitting in the pew, I asked for Jesus to heal me through Father Nigel anyway. He did.
I hope & pray that we will again be able to have him back! He’s such a holy, yet outrageously funny priest!
From Susan –
I did–from emotional wounds of abandonment and rejection more than once–in early to middle childhood and adolescence and again in young adulthood. I have been struggling with the hurt and anger of those times a lot recently, and to be freed from the bondage of those feelings is truly a blessing,
From Tim & Gwynne –
I (Tim) came into the conference weekend with a very compromised set of lungs do to an allergic reaction that had started a few days earlier. I was wheezing heavily (Gwynne can confirm this) and forcing myself to breathe deeply just to get enough air. Normally I will recover after removing myself from the allergy causing agent, but recovery usually takes a minimum of a week or two. I went to bed Friday night struggling to breath. After hearing and embracing the evenings sharing, along with the closing prayers by Fr. Nigel and others, I was intending to ask for prayer for my lungs on Sat. I awoke Sat. morning to find my lungs completely restored to a normal state of functioning. An overnight recovery! No shortness of breath. No struggling to breath deep just to get enough air. Without a doubt I know I was touched by the Holy Spirit and give praise and thanks to our Lord Jesus. I went into worship Sat. singing full on.
Along with this, my wife and I returned to our responsibilities (intercessory prayer team leaders) at our fellowship on Sunday with a powerfully renewed sense of our calling in Him and a sense of His empowering presence to touch other lives, to His glory.
Our thanks to all who participated in and made this last weekend possible. God bless each and all, particularly Fr. Nigel.
From Dottie
Thank you so much for organizing the Healing Prayer Conference. I learned many new ideas. I never thought about saying Grace over my medicines, but I have been doing it since I read about it in one of the books.
From Marilyn
Blessings and thanks to everyone who made this weekend such a success. All may not be cured but there was healing in abundance.

Seeds of Faith.

Seeds of Faith.
For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. Mark 4:28
“It is not the body’s posture, but the heart’s attitude that counts when we pray”
~Rev. Billy Graham
I think I was about ten years old when my parents took me to hear Billy Graham in my home town of Plymouth, Devon, England. I had no idea what we were doing as we parked and walked for what I thought were miles as we approached a huge circus tent. There were hundreds of people with us as we walked. I thought we were going to the circus! The tent was filled with chairs but no circus ring! I remember the speaker, I remember his strange accent. I listened intently as seeds of faith were planted in my soul. What he was saying made a lot of sense. I watched people walking forward, I felt that I was being drawn to the light, drawn to he truth. There were so many people and I wanted to go forward. I felt that my soul went forward to receive the seeds of faith that were put in place to germinate eight years later. It was March 10th. 3pm three days before my eighteenth birthday, when I knew that I knew. Just before going on my first of three active duty combat deployments. Thank you Dr. Graham for introducing me to Jesus.
Every individual in every generation has the free will to embrace Jesus as Lord and Savior one person at a time. Looking back I can easily trace the thread of faith, the “faith time line” if you will, to know Christ a little bit more each day. Looking back at the fear of allowing The Lord into my life, knowing I was afraid of what I was going to loose. Not realizing at all in what I was going to gain.
Perhaps a new seed of faith might be planted in you as you read this and start connecting the dots of faith, that become seeds, that eventually germinate into the knowledge and love of our Lord. How about you give those seeds permission to germinate into “fully knowing” Christ? Allow your heart to have an attitude of prayer. First the seed, then the blade, then the ear, and then the full corn.
Perhaps this story might plant another seed in your soul.
This past weekend I was extremely touched as I invited people of faith to gather around Daniel, at St. Simon’s church, Buffalo New York. My soul was pierced. Daniel is a fifteen year old suffering the extreme post pain of the H1N1 virus, Polly Myopathy and Poly neuropathy, that has prevented him from walking since 2009. Looking into his mother and sisters’ eyes and seeing such pain. Watching about a hundred people come forward, as an act of faith, to lay hands on Daniel, so that he might be healed, touched me deeply. Seeds of healing, seeds of faith, planted in that young man. Looking into his eyes, as he is seated in the wheel chair, knowing what he is going through and hearing him say, “It is so good to meet someone who knows the pain I am going through…someone who understands. ” pierced my soul.
More seeds germinated by tears of faith.
Please join me in praying:
Dear Jesus, thank you for Daniel. Please have mercy on him and heal the ravages of the Swine flu that is residual in his body. Heal the root cause of his pain so that he might walk, run and sprint again. In Your most Holy Name.
Thank you God, thank you Jesus, thank you Holy Spirit, thank you Holy Trinity.

Recent Testimonies…

I had the privilege of leading a healing mission at St. Marks, Geneva, ILL over the weekend of March 1-3 2013. It was truly a blessed time. There was even a Glory Cloud in the church. (I am so sorry I have not mastered how to put a photo into the blog yet.)
I post these for two reasons. 1) To let you know that God still heals today and 2) to bring Glory to the Lord.
“I am the Lord who heals you” Exodus 15:26
Here follows three freely given testimonies:
Date: Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 8:14 PM
Another testimony and praise: We just received word that the lady we stood in for on Sat. afternoon at the healing mission in Geneva has had a dramatic improvement in her heart situation. Here is a summary. A good friend of ours and wonderful woman of God, Jackie Klein, who is 90 years old, was told a year ago that her heart was failing. She had heart valve surgery at that time and was then told she had roughly a year to live. She was even told she that she would likely not live past this month. On last Sat. Gwynne and I stood in for Jackie and we sensed the power of the Holy Spirit move as Fr. Nigel prayed. All day that day Jackie was sensing the Holy Spirit touching her in her home in Springfield, particularly late in the day. She sensed renewed strength for the first time in a long time as well. A follow up visit to her cardiologist early this week ended with him telling her that her heart was actually stronger and not near failing as they expected. She also had ulcers on her heels that were not healing that are now healing and closing up. She believes that this change in her heart and the ulcers was directly related to what took place last Sat. because of what she sensed and felt that day and afternoon. Gwynne and I had simply prayed with Fr. Nigel that Jackie would have “more time” as her life and ministry touches so many here. Praise be to God. Thanks be to the ministry of O S L as well. Tim and Gwynne.
Thank you for coming to St. Mark’s last weekend. It was a joyous time for all of us. I loved serving you as a fellow Brit. You touched many lives while you were here and new healings are occurring daily. Bless you and your ministry. In HIM John
Date: Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 9:57 PM
It was my privilege to attend the Healing Mission on Friday and Saturday. I had hoped to have the opportunity to have Fr. Nigel pray for the healing of my eyes/vision, but this did not happen because I was asked to serve on one of the Prayer Teams. I was disappointed, but also knew that God could still heal if He choose to. While there is no change in my eyes/visual problems, over the next several days I became increasingly aware that the symptoms of my long-standing IBS and more recent severe Colitis were gone. Both have interfered with a “normal” day-to-day life style, in the case of the IBS for 45 years and the initial bout of Colitis kept my pretty much housebound for 3 months. As I gradually stopped both medications, still no symptoms… And then on Thursday, I “dared” to have a salad and, Praise God !, no problems either within 20 minutes (what would normally happen) or the next day. I hardly know how to act – not having to be afraid to eat the “wrong thing”, which with both disorders included just about everything. We truly serve an awesome God, who clearly is active in His healing ministry today, as well as in all details of our lives. And I thank God for his minister and servant Fr. Nigel, who continues to be faithful in sharing the gift of healing which the Lord has given him. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!