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).
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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…
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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!
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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,
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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.
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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.
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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.
Amen.

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.
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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
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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!
Bonnie

Canadian Chaplain report on WHI

Welcome Home Initiative – A Chaplain’s Encounter
By Captain (Chaplain) Robin Major, Canadian Army.
A wise teacher once said to me, “You’re done learning, when you’re done living.” This seems especially true in the spiritual life. I never cease to be amazed by the power of God to open my eyes anew in ways that seem so obvious when my eyes have been opened while up to that moment I did not even realize in this issue, I was blind. We see this all the time with people that we are seeking to help who just don’t seem to get it. My road to growth as a helper is paved with the fact that when I am able to be both vulnerable and honest with both myself and God at the same time, I feel I need more help than those I’m called to help. What follows is the story of my recent experience with healing prayer that made this clear in a new and exciting way.
This past February, I attended the 20th running of the Welcome Home Initiative at the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich New York as an observer. While the 20th running, it was the first exclusively for women. The program was led by the Episcopal Priest, Reverend Nigel Mumford, a former British Royal Marine and PSTD survivor. His most recent book, “After the Trauma, the Battle Begins. Post Trauma Healing,” is an excellent story of his own suffering and recovery through the very prayerful approach that he embodies through leadership of the Welcome Home Initiative.
The Welcome Home Initiative is a three day healing prayer retreat for combat veterans suffering from trauma. The Initiative is explicitly Christian, and is grounded in the belief in the power of the Holy Spirit to heal people through prayer. This kind of approach was quite new to me as an Anglican raised and trained in what for lack of a better phrase I would call “non-evangelical tradition.” I had almost no experience with things such as praying for people through the laying on of hands in groups. The limited experience I have had with such things, I have found to be negative and unacceptable to my religious sensibilities. My encounter with the Welcome Home Initiative changed this.
I realize now in the removal of the barriers that were within me, what the barriers were and why. The first of the barriers to taking serious the healing prayer movement was that my prior experience had been with people who did not celebrate the things that were critical to my faith as an Anglican, namely the honoring of liturgical traditions of worship. While Reverend Nigel Mumford was well versed in more contemporary manners of praying and worshipping, the process also included an Anglican Holy Eucharist with Chalice and Paten. And through the contemporary breakout cross that was at the center of the Upper Room where healing prayer occurred, one looked directly across the valley to the sight of a majestic edifice called the Convent of the Sisters of St Mary. In this context, liturgical and evangelical co-existed side by side in harmonious mutual celebration of God.
The second barrier that was removed centered on my previous experience with the healing prayer movement in terms of the conflict that was posited between healing prayer and modern medicine. It was as if to affirm the value and role of medicine was to lack faith in the power of healing prayer. It was to my delight that the approach I encountered not only lacked the conflict, but rather affirmed and even celebrated medicine. What a freedom it is to pray fully for God’s miraculous healing of sickness by means of either supernatural, medicinal or both.
The third barrier had to do with concerns I had with the tendency for those who practised healing prayer to be overly full of their own sense of importance to the healing process. I made explicit inquires about the nature of the power in prayer with Rev. Mumford who was clear to me that we are called to pray and that something happens because of our prayer but ultimately whatever that is, it is God who is doing the work.
Another barrier for me is that everybody is not healed from prayer. Rev. Mumford’s reply was that in the context of prayer for healing, “All are healed and some are cured.” By this he explained that in some way in the context of prayer, he believes there is always some kind of healing that God is doing and it is our job to remain faithful to this and keep praying. That all are not cured of sickness is in God’s hand.
With these barriers removed, I found myself able to enter into receiving and offering healing prayers for people with an openness to praying faithfully for healing of all ailments and leaving the rest in God’s hands. During the retreat, I witnessed two physical healings, one of a woman with a headache and another with a person who had a continuous nervous shake as well as many tears and smiles that reflected inner healing occurring. These outward changes in my mind are small examples of what can be in time much greater healing of people’s hearts, minds and bodies through continued prayer and participation in every available kind of way to help with recover from illness.
In my own heart, the process created a safe place where I went with Christ to some dark places in my past where I experienced a healing of suffering. With this healing was also a call to more healing and at this time, in daily prayer, I continue to walk with the one who heals in deepening a sense of freedom from the past to live more fully today. I would not say that this process just started but rather, through this encounter, it has shifted and deepened in a way which is benefiting me personally and hopefully will benefit those I feel called to help.
For anyone who might be interested in attending, the next Welcome Home Initiative is 20-22 May 2013 which is the week before the Annual Chaplain Retreat. The location in Greenwich NY is four hours’ drive south of Montreal. If you are personally suffering from deployment based trauma, you may attend as a retreat member. Another option for attendance is as an observer/student of the process as I did this past February.
Respectfully submitted,
Captain (Chaplain) Robin Major

A back healed

Dateline: St.Marks, Geneva, Ill.
2 March 2013
SPONTANEOUS BACK HEALING.
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 prof read this report.

Sorrow in Newtown, CT.

PEACE ON EARTH AND GOOD WILL TO ALL MANKIND
OH GOD WHAT ABOUT MAN-UNKIND?
I lived in Newtown, Ct for eight years. It was a lovely place to live. The flag pole, (in the middle of the road) Trinity Episcopal church, the fourth of July parade and so much more. It was an Idyllic place to raise your kids. Now evil has touched the town and healing will slowly take place over many years. I lived in Newtown when a pilot shoved his wife through a wood chipper! I lived next door to the woman who sold him new bedroom carpet!
What happens when someone just loses the plot? What goes through the mind of someone who has become mad. What happened between mother and son? Why did a mother, with perhaps a problem child have an automatic assault rifle and two powerful hand guns in her house? So many questions arise when something as heinous as this touches lives.
I woke up this morning with such a heavy heart for those who have lost little ones.
Are we going to have to build brick walls around our schools so they look like prisons? Are we going to have to build panic rooms so everyone can be safe in a “Situation?” Do we take away all the guns and the resort to knives and stabbing which seems to be the trend in the UK!
Jesus we really, really need you NOW. The Christmas story includes the words “Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind. Sadly there are many who fall into the gap of “man- unkind.” People who are so bitter they suffer from Post Traumatic Embitterment disorder (PTED) a diagnosis I think we shall be seeing in the new DSM-V next year.
Our hearts and prayers go to all the souls that were lost. The Mothers and Fathers, siblings of the lost, families that are so traumatized, struggling through Christmas and every Christmas for the rest of their lives. We pray and hang onto the words, “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted by the Holy Spirit.”
Come Holy Spirit, come now and come with more power.
In the words of Tiny Tim, rather appropriate for this horror,
“God bless us everyone…”
Fr. Nigel Mumford+
The Oratory of Christ the Healer
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

Only in Silence, can you hear the Silence Speak

A new CD will be available Nov 30th 2012 called “Only in Silence, can you hear the Silence Speak.” The CD contains music played by Mark Kelso (Piano) and Nigel Mumford (Violin) recorded live at twelve healing services. The CD will be available at www.nigelmumford.com and by snail mail to
Oratory Press, P.O.Box 55, Greenwich, NY 12834 $16.95 plus $3.00 S&H.