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WALKING FOR JESUS

In January 1009 the Lord gave me the commission from Genesis 13:17 “Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you” – I understood that to mean in revival.

 We did it!! I have walked with Jesus through the length – John O’ Groats to Land’s End and breadth (twice) – Inverness to Fort William and Glasgow to Edinburgh of this land but I say ‘we’ because I couldn’t have done it without your loving support expressed in so many ways.  A huge thank you to everyone of you who prayed, printed leaflets, trained me, taught me to map read! walked with me, kept the web site updated, gave so generously, transported me from place to place, fed me, text and phoned me en route with encouragement.  You were all absolutely wonderful but don’t think you can stop now.  The walking may have stopped but the revival has only just begun.  HERE’S HOW I KNOW.

‘A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps’ Proverbs 16:9.  As I walked I planned my way but the Lord frequently directed my steps via different paths as I got lost, went the wrong way, in the stopping places He found, in those I engaged with and even in going back.  Anyone who has walked with me knows that ’I don’t do going back’!  On this day the Lord had other ideas.  It was Thursday 31st May, I was on my own and no I wasn’t lost but I had lost my map case.  It had dropped off in the wind and I hadn’t noticed until going over a style, and there were many of them, on which it always got caught.  I needed those maps to plan my way so I had to go back about 500 metres before I found them.

Then there was the tiny chapel of St John the Baptist set in a beautiful and secluded valley in the hamlet of Churchtown.  I planned to stop, view the ‘exquisite biblical wall texts’ as the guide book put it, pray for the people of Churchtown and leave a leaflet in the chapel.  I stopped at the bottom of the steep descent into Churchtown to talk to two walkers, then crossed the road and followed the ‘waymark’ acorn up the steep ascent on the other side.  It wasn’t until I stopped to catch my breath, turned and looked back that I realized, hidden by a high hedge I had walked right past the tiny chapel.  I could feel the Lord prompting me ‘go back, go back, not for maps but for Me’.  How could I do anything else?  So back I went.

The chapel was open but cold and lifeless.  I viewed the biblical wall texts (very similar but not as good as St Thomas’ Church!), prayed for the citizens of Churchtown and then closing the door behind me as requested, to keep the swallows out, I retraced my steps up the steep slope only to be halted once more when the Lord prompted me again with ’what about the leaflet you were going to leave in the chapel?’  I stood still looking down on the chapel and the words of Psalm 46:10 came to me, ’be still and know that I am God’.  I was still and God could do it (whatever ’it’ was) without my leaflet. However be still doesn’t mean do nothing BUT calmly get on with what has to be done, then pray, trust and watch how God works it all out.

So back I went again to leave a leaflet in the chapel.  I wrote words to this effect on the leaflet ‘I visited here 31.05.12 and prayed for the folk of Churchtown.  God bless you all’ then pinned the leaflet to the notice board in the porch.  I retraced my steps for the third time.  Three times I trudged up that steep ascent opposite the chapel but this time as I stopped at the top and looked down on the hamlet of Churchtown my thought pattern went something like this – three times – three persons – Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the Lord must have something very special in store for this hamlet.  Then I found myself praying for revival to come to that hamlet and asking the Lord for the entire population, every man, woman, and child to be saved so that life and the fire of the Holy Spirit might burst forth from that chapel in glorious worship to the Lord.  Impossible?

 

God never calls you to do what you can;

He calls you to do what HE can.

Revival is coming; let us continue to pray and seek God until it comes.

Pauline

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Mission Completed Day, Tuesday, 19th June, 2012

I’m home! Mission completed. The Lord is so gracious.
Thankyou everyone who has supported me in any way, by prayer, giving, walking with me, dropping me off, picking me up, feeding me etc. You have all been wonderful and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I definitely couldn’t have done it without you. God bless you. See you soon.

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Monday, 18th June, 2012 – Nearly there!

We are in Brockweir tonight and hope to be home tomorrow evening. Celia (Gordon’s wife) is picking us up at the Aust Severn View Service Station after we have walked over the Chepstow to Aust bridge, M48, hopefully about 15.30.
We had a dry, sunny, God day today.

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Sunday, 17th June, 2012

Today has been a total change from yesterday: dry, sunny and encouraging. We walked into town from our B & B and the first church we came to was Monmouth Baptist Church. A member was standing outside on the street and invited us to come in, so we did, and were given a warm welcome, and I was invited to say a word about ‘Walking for Jesus’.
After worship we walked in warm sunshine to Redbrook. It was a pleasant, leisurely walk with several stops to take in the views and soak up the sun! We were able to engage with several other walkers.
The Lord is good!

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Saturday, 16th June, 2012

Today started well with an opportunity to pray for the healing of a long standing knee injury. We were then dropped back at the spot we reached yesterday, picked up the Dyke Path and headed toward Monmouth.
It was wet, wet, wet all day and, after losing the acorn Way Marker and wandering round a HUGE corn field for what seemed like hours, we abandoned the Dyke Path and opted for the B road into Monmouth, only to find when we got there that the whole town was booked out of B & Bs. We eventually found one about 3 miles out of town. Needless to say, we didn’t engage with many en-route, as the weather was too bad.
Tomorrow we are going to worship in the morning, and walk in the afternoon. We hope to make it to Aust on Tuesday, God willing.

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Friday, 15th June, 2012

We are back staying in Llanthony tonight. We did walk the 10 miles to Llanvetherine but got picked up by Sue, the lady proprietor of ‘Treats’, where we stayed last night, and she will drop us back tomorrow.
Even walking on minor roads we managed to go wrong, but the Lord used these to bring us into contact with interesting people, so our disappointments are His ‘appointments’. Praise the Lord!

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Thursday, 14th June, 2012

Today was hard going and the weather has been changeable. We started walking in sunshine but arrived in Llanthony wet and bedraggled. Didn’t meet many people; most engagements were at shops and stops.
Pray re tomorrow – so far the route is vague, there are no B & Bs available and the weather forecast is awful!!
But God is able.

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Wednesday, 13th June, 2012

We made it to Hay-on-Wye in brilliant walking weather, warm but overcast with periods of gentle sunshine.
I think the greatest encouragement of the day was to arrive in Newchurch and find the tiny church of St Mary open with self-service refreshments available. There it was, all set up at the back of the church: coffee, tea, squash, biscuits, with a notice saying, “Welcome, please help yourself”. What a great idea and what a blessing. It certainly blessed us.

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Tuesday, 12th June, 2012

This morning was hard work. We lost the Offa’s Dyke Path and we only met one person, but this afternoon the sun came out and so did the people. We engaged with a dozen or more.
Tonight we are in a B & B in Gladestry and tomorrow we head for Hay-on-Wye.

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Monday, 11th June, 2012

Pauline is walking again, this time accompanied by Gordon Russell:

We left Trowbridge at 6.10.  Celia drove Gordon and myself to Knighton, arriving at 8.50.  We enjoyed a cup of coffee together in a cute little cafe in town, bade Celia farewell and then, at about 10.00, Gordon and I left Knighton behind, with a stiff climb up, up, up to the golf links.

We didn’t meet anyone for the first part of the day, but then started to bump into all these clergy out walking on their day off!  Sound familiar?  We seem to be engaging with church leaders today!

Amanda, Harriet’s step-sister, picked us up from the Dyke path and we are staying with her lovely family tonight.

Stayed dry all day!  God is good.

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