So many students wanted to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Stoke that only two and a half year groups were able to go! (There were 9 priests!)
On Monday we visited all the students in their classrooms. One particular year 10 classroom was proving to be pretty disinterested during their session. That is until we started speaking about miracles! However they were still pretty sceptical and so we were surprised to see some of them turn up to the Naturally Supernatural Workshop on Wednesday. We spoke about the miracles that we had experienced and gave the pupils a taste of what God can do. We then provided a space for God to move. And boy, did he move! First, we had the sense that He wanted to heal people with bad joints. A guy put his hand up saying his joints in his thumbs were damaged and in pain due to boxing. Hearing this we showed him that we had written down before mission that God wanted us to pray with someone with a problem with their thumb joint in their right hand. It also turned out that God had given us his name which we had also written down before the mission! The pain he was experiencing was about 7 out of 10 (10 being the highest pain). We proceeded to pray for him as another student laid hands on his thumb and after a few moments we asked him to test it out. Not only was all the pain gone but he was able to perform his double jointed trick that he hadn't been able to do in months! We then prayed for his left hand and the same thing happened! GLORY! Towards the end of the week we caught up with him and he told us how even when he shared what had happened with other people, they were still really sceptical about his experience. We thought this was really interesting as he had been exactly the same with us when we shared our experiences on Monday. He now truly understood what it was like to tell someone about the awesomeness of God and yet not see any response which can sometimes be really hard!
After him we prayed for a guy who had tendonitis in his knees. After we prayed he tried some press ups and all the pain was gone. We also saw him the next day and asked him how it had been in rugby training and he said that there was still no pain. Praise God!
The final person we prayed for in the workshop was a girl who had tendonitis in her ankle. She was not able to point her foot at all. But after the prayer there was no pain and she was able to do it!
The truth of Jesus is that where His Gospel is proclaimed, signs and wonders follow to confirm who he is - our Saviour!
Prayer 4 U Testimonies
On Thursday we were praying for a member of staff when she suddenly changed dramatically and she was clearly in shock. She had previously been quite sad but then was clearly filled with joy! When we asked her what had happened she described how as we invoked the prayers of Our Lady for her she literally experienced Mary putting her arm around her! Mary, the model disciple, truly does lead us to Jesus!
A Year 11 student who had volunteered to help with the mission after his exams experienced Prayer 4 U on Tuesday. He described how he had been seeking God for most of his teenage years, he attended Sunday Mass weekly, had been on retreat and been to Lourdes, but this was the first time he had ever felt the presence of God.
The lost are found
On the latest mission there were queues down the corridor to get into Eucharistic Adoration at lunchtime as well as similar scenes for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Both Youth Alpha and Student Alpha were launched during the week with a great turn out (which might have been helped by domino’s pizza!). During the week I came across a couple of sixth formers sitting alone in their common room. We got into a conversation and discovered one of them did believe in the concept of God. I then proceeded to ask him whether he knew God to which he replied 'no'. I asked him if he wanted to know Him, to which he replied 'yes'. So I suggested we pray right then and there so he could meet Him. After a simple prayer he sat silently pondering and when I asked him how he was, he replied 'ineffable'! For those of us who are a bit slow like me, that means indescribable! God does truly seek us out so that we might know him personally!