For ministry, we visited
the cities of Folkestone, Birmingham, and Manchester England and Old Colwyn
and Colwyn Bay, North Wales. We were sorry that our dear friend of 39
years; Pastor John Lipton had passed away a few weeks before we got Cheriton,
Folkestone for ministry.
His daughter and son in law, Pastors John and June
Woodland, pastor the church there. We did have some good fellowship with
them. John Lipton's widow Joan was there and we did enjoy our short time
They told me that just before John Lipton passed away,
he opened his eyes and shouted, "Open the gates!" We expect John
and June will one day come to teach in our training school in Ukraine.
We also had good fellowship with our representatives
Doug and Davina Graham. They have been friends for almost 40 years,
representatives for 35 in England. They did travel to a few of our
meetings with us.
We also had a visit with Doug's Sister Helen and husband
George Jesze. They are missionaries to the German-speaking people of Europe.
We had not seen them, nor their daughter Elizabeth for about 15 years. We did
reminisce about past ministry together in Germany and Switzerland.
George has written several books and in his book "God's
Interpreter," he wrote a chapter on Marge and I called 'God's Powerhouse." We
also made some attentive plans for future ministry and outreach in Germany and
George is a good interpreter has been used by such
people as Morris Cerrillo, T. L. Osborn, and Yongi Cho.
We also had the joy of ministering at The Oasis in
Coiwyn Bay with Pastor Bob Searle. We last saw him in 1963 in Portsmouth,
England when we ministered for him there. This ministry is the headquarters
for churches, missionaries, evangelists and ministers in many lands. Our dear
Irish friends, Len and Agnes Harvey, put this and several other meetings
together for us.
In the Manchester, England meeting we saw some dear
friends, the Simons, Moody's and others. Meeting friends and having fellowship
is good, however the best was seeing people saved and healed by the power of
As we witnessed in our meeting, God healed Pastor Allen
Ball while he was helping us pray for the sick. Our last meeting was in
Hockley, Birmingham. The Hockley church was the first church Marge and I
preached in outside of North America and also the first church in England.
That was on the December 31 1962. Two precious sisters,
Miss Fisher and Miss Reaves founded a great work. We were there in 1984 for a
four-day crusade. Sister Fisher was buried the day before that and Sister
Reaves has gone on to be with the Lord since we were last there but their
works still follow them.
I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write,
Blessed are the dead which die in Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit,
that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (Rev
They have a new Pastor now. However, Miles and Judy Witherford were in
charge. They had been the pastors for many years, working with the two sisters
and then taking over the pastorship. They were in Australia for seven
years during the year Marge I spent in Australia. We became good friends.
In these meetings, we saw the power of God in operation.
We saw the gifts of the Spirit working and I believe God is raising up some
new workers for the Work of God He will put on the frontlines of evangelism.
There is so much we could say, however, God keeps the
records. One day when we are with the Lord, time will be no more. We can
go through all of God's records and rejoice and give God all praise, honor and
And there are also many other things which Jesus did,
the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world
itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. (John 21:25
We believe we were in God's time in the United Kingdom. We were to have been
in Brazil but those meetings fell through again. We were able to utilize this
time in Great Britain.
The Bible says the steps of a good man and a good woman
are ordered of God. The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he
delighteth in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. 25 I have been young, and now am
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Please continue to pray for us. We believe God's people carry us and our
ministry with their prayers and faith. As you pray for us you have a part in
the harvest. God bless you.
Tony & Marge